Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Effective eBook Publishing Strategies



If you are a writer who is about to launch a Self-publishing career through Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing or any other eBook publishing platform, it is advisable you first write and publish short stories in at least three different genres to see which of the genres works best for you with respect to sales!

Once you get this important information, you can then concentrate your efforts on writing and publishing full length novels in that genre. This method is called write to market and it works!


GENRE RESEARCH


There is one great secret to being a good and successful author that you need to know. This secret has to do with having a good knowledge of the genre you write. You need to know the expectations of readers of that genre, the plot styles of successful books in that genre, and how cover designed so that it appeals more to readers of the genre.

To be able to get a firsthand knowledge of these important factors, find out who are the bestselling authors in that genre on Amazon. Get and read at least five books by these authors. Learn their approach to all the factors listed earlier and then create your own writing style from what you learned from these authors’ books.

If you do this well, your writing will be good, top notch, and meet the expectations of readers of the genre and hence you will get sales and good following early enough once you publish any book.


GENRES THAT ARE SELLING


The following are some genres that are selling well on Amazon with respect to whether you are into fiction or nonfiction.

Fiction


  • Romance
  • Erotica
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy


Nonfiction


  • Health and Relationship books
  • Food and Weight Management books
  • Travel and Tourism books


Note that the book needs to be good, well written, properly edited, professionally formatted, and a good eBook cover designed for it.


EBOOK PUBLISHING PROCESSES


These are what you need to do to publish your manuscript as an eBook:

  • Typeset it in Microsoft Word.
  • Edit and proofread it.
  • Format the manuscript to eBook publishing standard.
  • Design a Cover for the eBook.
  • Go and create a publishing account with publishing platforms like Amazon, Draft2Digital, or Smashwords.
  • You can then go ahead and publish the book through your publisher account.



INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING SUCCESS FACTORS


There are four most important factors that guarantee a successful eBook publishing career. These factors are:

  • The book must be good, and has a target audience, and also well edited.
  • The eBook cover design must also be genre specific and professional.
  • The marketing/promotion must be strategic.
  • A well written, audience targeted, properly edited, and proofread book will surely sell well on Amazon or any other eBook retailer’s store platform.



PATIENCE AND PERSEVERANCE IS THE KEY


As an Independent author, you have to exercise patience! This is because the more books you have published, the greater the chances of sales and a successful publishing career.

So, never give up if your first published book did not performed up to your expectations or did not even get traction at all. You learn and improve your writing, packaging, branding, and marketing in the process, and these will eventually lead to a greater productivity and success in your subsequent published books.


WRITING TO MARKET


One of the best success strategies of independent authors is "writing to market" that is writing in a genre or subgenre that is currently selling very well and not just writing what you love to write about. To find out these genres, study the Amazon "best seller" list.


CATEGORIES AND KEYWORDS


When publishing your eBooks, placing them in the right categories and also using appropriate keywords is very important. This will ensure your books gets to the right audience some of which can become your faithful fans.


EBOOK PRICING STRATEGIES


It is always advantageous to first put your eBook's list price at $0.99 during initial release. This will encourage many potential readers to give it a try.

Once it picks up well in sales, you can then republish it and put it at a list price of any amount you want like $2.99 or above.


EBOOK PUBLISHING IS A GAME OF NUMBERS


Never make the mistake of thinking that if you published only one book through Amazon, you are going to make a lot of dollars with it. This is because if you have such mentality, you will easily see a reason to chicken out if your expectations were not met!

Rather, have it in mind that it is a game of numbers and time! Once you are able to discover the genre that gives you the best results, and you focused on it, in no time and with five or more books, you will be surprised at the outcome you will be getting.


JOIN AUTHOR/BOOK FORUMS


Whether you are an aspiring or established author, there are two author/book forums that can be of great help to you. They are:

  • Goodreads.com
  • KBoards.com



PAPERBACK PUBLISHING


If you are just starting a publishing career, I advice you take it slowly and stage by stage too. There is really no good reason to go and produce paperbacks of your first book for either local distribution or international distribution through Amazon KDP/Creatspace. In fact, doing that in a rush will overwhelm you and hence can lead to frustration if things did not favor you.

It is therefore important to first publish it as an eBook and if it picks up well in sales, you can then plan and produce a print version of it (paperback) later.


GET US BANK ACCOUNT THROUGH PAYONEER AND USE IT TO RECEIVE YOUR ROYALTIES


With Payoneer payment solution, you get a US bank account which you can use to receive royalties from Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing and Draft2Digital.

You are also issued a master card which you can use to withdraw your fund from any ATM that accepts master card. To register with Payoneer to open your own US bank account now, click here.


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Friday, 16 June 2017

The Three Best eBook Publishing Platforms

The 3 best eBook publishing and distribution platforms


All writers or unpublished authors require some important information that can enable them to earn some money or even a living from their writing. It is therefore good you know the viable eBook publishing platforms through which you can independently publish your books and make some cool dollars.

The good news is that I'm going to share with you three great publishing platforms that you can use to launch a profitable self-publishing career. These platforms are discussed below:


AMAZON KINDLE DIRECT PUBLISHING

Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing controls about 60% of the eBook market share and hence the first point of call for any writer who wants to monetize his/her writing.

It pays two options of royalties to authors for each unit sales depending on the list price of the eBook. These royalty options are 35% or 70%.

To create a publishing account with Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, click here and follow through the entire account creation processes.


DRAFT2DIGITAL

Draft2Digital is an Aggregator, in that it enables you to publish your books through it and it then distributes it to eBook retailers like Barnes and Noble, Apple iBook, Kobo, Scribd, etc. This makes it an important platform because it saves you time and also gets your books to big and successful eBook stores.

To create a publishing account with Draft2Digital, click here and follow through the entire account creation processes:


SMASHWORDS

Smashwords is also an Aggregator like Draft2Digital and hence it as well enables you to publish your books through it and it then distributes it to eBook retailers like Barnes and Noble, Apple iBook, Kobo, Scribd, etc.

One good thing about Smashwords is that it also has its own eBook store where your book is also listed for sales. This therefore, makes it an important player in the industry.

To create a publishing account with Smashwords, click here and follow through the entire account creation processes:

You can as well open a US bank account through Payoneer and use it to receive your royalties from the first two publishing platforms discussed above. To do that now, click here and follow through the simple processes involved.

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Thursday, 9 March 2017

How Authors can Get the Best from KBoards

KBoards

What is KBoards?

KBoards being a community for Kindle users and authors, presents a great platform for authors to socialize and connect with readers.

It was formerly called Kindleboards before it was rebranded KBoards. Its main author forums are listed below:

  • The Book Corner: This is a forum where readers share book reviews, recommendations, and new book discoveries.
  • Writers Cafe: This is where you find all discussions about ebooks and self-publishing in the areas of Writing, formatting, publishing, and marketing. It is a forum for authors to socialize and share ideas.
  • The Book Bazaar: This is a forum for authors to post announcements of their free and bargain books so that readers can browse through to find their favorite from the books.


Creating KBoards Account

To create your own KBoards Account, follow these steps:

  • Go to http://www.kboards.com or click here to go the site directly.
  • Click the "register" link.
  • Under the registration agreement, click the link " I accept the terms of the agreement".
  • Fill the provided fields with the required information (username, email, password).
  • Answer the two questions.
  • Click the "Register" button.
  • Login to the email you used to register and click the KBoards' activation link to complete your registration.


Set up Your KBoards Profile

Once you are logged in to KBoards, you can set up your profile as follows:

  • To be able to modify your profile, make sure you have made at least one post since you signed up.
  • Click on the menu "My KBoards"
  • From the list, click "Profile".
  • Click the link "Modify profile" and from the list click "Account Settings".
  • From here, you can set a new password and then click "Change profile" button at the bottom of the page.
  • To further modify your profile, scroll to the top of the page and click the link "At this link" under "Note".
  • From there, you can fill the provided fields with your website or blog, upload your avatar, and select your gender.
  • Then click the "Change profile" button.
My KBoards Profile


Create Your KBoards Signature

To create your KBoards' signature which will be at the bottom of all your posts and comments in the forums, follow these steps:

  • Click on the "Author" menu.
  • From the list, click "Author Signature Tool" or click here to access the signature tool. 
  • Select the region ".com or .co.UK".
  • Under "book", input the ASIN of the books you want to show in your forum signature.
  • Add your website and social media links under "links".
  • Input your author brand short and long descriptions in the fields provided.
  • Check the box on " Show flags for worldwide readers".
  • Click the "Preview" button.
  • Check the box for "Update KBoards forum profile".
  • Chose the signature format as either (1, 2, or 3) by selecting the appropriate option button.
  • Click the "Save" button just under under signature format 3.
KBoards signature tool


KBoards Link maker

You use "link maker" to add links of Amazon items on your forum posts. To use it,

  • Click on the "Author" menu.
  • Click on "Link Maker" or click here to access link maker. 
  • Search for the item using the search box.
  • Click on the item in the search results. 
  • Select the link code on the right side of the screen and copy/paste it into your forum post.
KBoards link maker tool



Tips on How Authors can Get the Best from KBoards

To get the best from KBoards as an author, follow these simple tips.

  • Update your profile with links to your website or blog and social media.
  • Upload a good avatar.
  • Create your forum signature.
  • Be active in "The Book Bazar" forum.
  • Post your New Release, Free and Countdown Deal books in the "Book Bazar" forum.
  • Socialize with other authors.
  • You can even use KBoards paid adverts to promote your books.
  • Also make sure any of your books you post about in the Book Bazar forum is by the pen name you use to register your KBoards' account, otherwise it will be removed by the moderators.


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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Book and Digital Publishing Tools and Software

digital publishing tools

Some of the software programs or applications use in book and digital publishing to typeset a document,  edit the document, proof read it, and format it for publishing are listed below:

  • Microsoft Word.
  • Calibre.
  • Sigil.
  • Adobe InDesign.
  • Apache OpenOffice Writer.
  • Scrivener.
  • Mac Pages.
  • KindleTestbookCreator.
  • Kindle Previewer.

Microsoft Word

This Word processor is use for typesetting the manuscript of an eBook. It is then also used for formatting the manuscript to eBook standard for publishing through proper use of styles. It is most flexible and easy to master of all eBook formatting tools.

Calibre

This is an open source eBook application for management of digital books. It functions as an eBook formatting software as well as an eBook reader.

Adobe InDesign

This is a desktop publishing software use to create digital publishing contents as well works like posters, magazines, flyers, brochures, and newspapers.

Apache OpenOffice Writer

This is a Word Processor like Microsoft Word but an open source software. It is use for typesetting book manuscripts and formatting the manuscript with the use of styles for publishing as an eBook or paper back book.

Scrivener

This is an outline and Word Processing program usually used  by authors and writers. It is a premium application and is available both on Mac Operating System and Windows Operating System.

Mac Pages

This is also a Word Processor like Microsoft Word but only available on Mac Operating System. It is as well use for typesetting book manuscripts and formatting the manuscript with the use of styles for publishing or to print.

KindleTestbookCreator

This is a Kindle Direct Publishing tool that allows authors and educators to convert a PDF file into a print replica digital book.

Kindle Previewer

This is a Kindle Direct Publishing tool that allows authors to emulate or simulate how their .mobi eBook will display across all Kindle devices and Apps. 


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Monday, 30 January 2017

How to Create and Get the Link of PDF of your Free Giveaway Book Using Google Drive


Google drive

This free book should be one that your audience or target audience will appreciate and hence it will likely help build your mailing list.  
With Google drive, you can remotely host a PDF of your already formatted book with marketing or promotional links strategically placed in various parts of the book.
Once the formatting is complete, you can then login to your google drive account and upload it to the cloud. The following are the steps to get this properly done.


Decide on the Topic of Your Report

Choose and write on a good topic that relates to your niche and resonates with your your target audience.


Format and Convert the Document to PDF

Prepare and format it the document and ensure that it is a good marketing material for your rand or products y strategically placing the links to your products (book pages), websites, email subscription and social media profiles.
Convert it to portable file format (PDF).


Upload it to Google Drive

To upload your already formatted pdf eBook to your Google drive space, follow these steps:

  • Sign-in to Google Drive with your gmail account to have access to the free cloud space for your gmail account from Google. 
    sign in to Google drive account
  • Click the drop-down menu on “My Drive” and select “File”. 
    google drive drop down menu
  • Navigate to the location of the file in your computer and double click on it to upload it.
  • It will then start uploading and once you see the “upload completed” notification, you are done with uploading the free PDF book to your Google drive space.
  • Change its Sharing Permission status to Public. 
    Google drive link sharing
  • Select the file which is now on your Google drive space and click the “Share” icon from the Google drive menu. 
    google drive sharing link
  • Click “Advance” from the the share dialog box and change the file's sharing permission status private to public, so  that anyone on the internet can have access to it. 
    Google drive document permission status
  • Copy the share link URL on the dialog box. 
    get Google drive document link
  • Click the “Done” button. 


Share the Google Drive Report's URL to Promote your Brand or Products

You can now share this link with your fans through social media, or your website and hence creating additional visibility for your rand or products.


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Sunday, 8 January 2017

How You Can Get The Best From Goodreads as an Author

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What is Goodreads?

Goodreads is a social cataloging website that is reader centric but also a great place for authors to socialize with readers. It is also an Amazon company.
It gives leaders the opportunity to add books to their Goodreads shelf, review or star-rate books.
It also gives authors the opportunity to create a Goodreads author account in addition to what readers can do.

Maximizing Goodreads Potentials as an Author

The following tips will be of interest to you if you want to maximize the potentials of Goodreads.

  • Convert your reader account to "Goodreads Author" if you have not done that.
  • Make use of the "General update" feature to announce events or promote new releases.
  • Feed you author blog or website posts to your Goodreads blog.
  • Join groups that suits your niche.
  • Review books in your niche.
  • Participate actively in forum discussions.
  • Look out for those that share similar interests as yours and add them as friends.
  • You can creatively look out for reviewers and ask them to review your book but be professional about it.
  • Do not spam forums with your book, rather use threads dedicated to author promotion to market  your books.
  • You can also use Goodreads giveaway to create visibility for your book.

Be Patient With Goodreads!

As an author, you have to be patient when you use Goodreads and not expect a sudden books sales resulting from being on Goodreads. Be active in the forums, add Targeted friends and participate in discussion. All of this will help you build a fan base such that a good percentage of them can become loyal fans later.

Don't of Goodreads!

Avoid spamming others or forums with your books, as this will put you in a bad light and discourage people from following you.

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Saturday, 7 January 2017

How to Publish your Books Successfully Through Smashwords

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Authors who published through Smashwords will always give it one unique credit as an aggregator and that is the fact that its strict eBook formatting guidelines and its autovetter errors quickly helps a newbie indie to learn and increase his formatting skills.


Premium Distribution

It is only books that are free from autovetter errors that are given the Smashwords premium distribution status.

This must be the case if you want your books to qualify for Smsshwords premium distribution and hence your book being distributed to its partner digital stores like Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo, etc. other wise it will only be made available in its own store.


Tips on Publishing Successfully Through Smashwords

The following tips will help you to overcome the autovetter errors if you publish through Smashwords.

  • Make sure your formatted Microsoft Word document is saved as a .doc file.
  • Do not use Microsoft Word custom heading styles to format your chapter and section headings, rather create a custom heading styles to format them.
  • Do not use Microsoft Word Insert table of content function to create a working TOC rather create your this TOC using Bookmark and Hyperlink method.
  • Do not use text box in your document.
  • Avoid Microsoft Word table and rather format your tables as images.
  • Your book's blurb or synopsis should not be too short when setting it up during publishing.
  • Remove any links to competitors as this will prevent it from being distributed to some important stores that prohibits that.
  • Do your best to avoid nested lists in your formatting.


Smashwords Style Guide and Marketing Guide free book Resources
Smashwords has two important free books that can get you started as a newbie indie author. One is the "Smashwords Style Guide" which gives you the basics of eBook formatting using Microsoft Word, and the other is "Smashwords Marketing Guide" which gives you the basics of author brand and book marketing tips.

You can download both PDF files from Smashwords website for free.

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