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Kindle Books you should write as an indie author

I have to admit something to you.  I can't hide it anymore.

I do have a couple of fiction books out in the thriller genre and they sell.  I make money from them but (are you reading carefully?)  not nearly as much as I make in another genre under a different name.

There I've said it.  Wish I'd done it sooner.
So the big question that I keep asking myself is - "Am I a failure in the thriller genre if my other books keep selling so well."
I will tell you my answer.  It's.....I don't know.  
That is I really haven't decided that yet.  I LOVE writing fiction thrillers. In fact I can sit down at my laptop and before I know it I have 3000 words done and more that needs to come.  Doing a book in the other genre I struggle sometimes to even start.
I'm just not that into it.  But it sells so I do it.  It's my job, what feeds me....to a degree and actually I have leant all about self publishing and being an indie author because of these books.
And this …

Why you should write and distribute a press release for your self published books

One reason - To promote and get more sales!

I know this seems like common sense but so many self published authors don't bother to do something as simple as this.  Come on guys!

Ok ok, I have to admit I didn't always do press releases for my books.  I frankly couldn't be bothered.  But once I did I know I always will until I make enough money to pay someone to do it!

Do they always work?  Well I guess honestly I don't know.  I don't know how many sales they make and I don't know how effective they really are but publishers do them for their authors so why shouldn't self published authors?

Here is one I have just released.  I used PRWeb.com which does cost money but you can send to lots of free ones.  Free ones are listed here. http://mashable.com/2007/10/20/press-releases/


Point Loma San Diego resident takes a tongue in check swipe at the Self Help Industry with his new self published Fiction book “Mr Personal Development'
San Diego (July 2012) – The sel…

Why give away the first chapters of your self published kindle book for free

I am a man who eats his own dog food.  That is, I do what I talk about.  Recently I told a friend that a great way to promote your self published kindle book is to give away the first few chapters of your book free.

He asked me, "So can I download one of yours then?"  Cue me changing the subject.  
Luckily I am ugly enough to know when I am being a hypocrite so I spent this morning putting the first 6 chapters of my kindle book; Mr Personal Development into a PDF that you can get here.
Mr Personal Development.


Why do this?  Well clearly the idea is that you read the chapters and have to finish the story by purchasing the book.  Does it actually work?
Yes it does.  I have had varying degrees of success with.
Give it a go and see how you get on.  TIP - Put a link to the book in the freebie or they won't know where to go to purchase.
Let me know how you get on.
Matt

How should I price my Kindle book?

That my friend is a great question!


It's a tricky business knowing how to price your kindle book.  Questions you might have going around in your head right now are: -
1. Do I go high and get 70% of the revenue hoping that I sell enough to make it worth it? (Internal voice is saying, "70% of $3 is a lot.") 2. Go low and become a best seller making only 30%  ("Please let that happen") 3. Low to start then high? ("I'll get them interested.")
How on earth do you know?  Well the answer is...there isn't a define pricing structure for your books.  But you can determine roughly what it should be and then tweak as you go.  How do you do that?
Look at what others are doing in your genre.  If you work mainly in the fiction/thriller genre like me then likely you might want to price your first book low.  Are you published already?  If not then maybe 99cents is a good idea until you get reviews and people like your book.
Amanda Hocking still has her first Hollo…

My big mistake publishing to Kindle and how to avoid it

I'm certainly no big time author (yet) but I have more than a handful of books published on Kindle.  Some sell really well some sell okish.

So you would think I know the Kindle publishing process pretty well by now right?  Well I should.

Should being the word here.

Here is the mistake I made.  All the other books I have on Kindle are short stories, under 10,000 words.  Mr Personal Development is a novella/novel of over 65,000 words.

It was at the time my first 'real' book and I was so excited to actually have it edited and finished.  Well in my haste I went though all the processes of having a cover professionally done, paying someone to edit it and then getting it up on Kindle as soon as possible.  I downloaded it myself, check it and smiled as I thought about all the sales I would get.

And then....

I emailed people to tell them it was live and they could buy it.....

But then......

I read it all the way through and to my astonishment I had uploaded and old non edited vers…

What do you use to write a novel?

Since getting into the writing game I have played with and tested many different ways to create a piece.

Know the feeling?

Obviously the most accessible option for most people is to use Word on Mac or PC.  Now that Kindle and Barnes Noble accept Word files you can practically write a novel, upload it and there you have it!  Ok well it's not quite that simple but Word allows you to get going in a simply way.

But, and here's the thing Word is just a word processor. It wasn't really designed for creating a novel, short story and screenplay.

After trying many different products such as write room, Notebook for MAC and speciality tools such as Finaldraft (which is the best for Screenplays) I have started to use Scrivener.

What is Scrivener?
Well there website says -

Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus i…

Mr Personal Development is published for kindle!

Well I am over the MOON! to announce that my first real, as in not a short story and over 60,000 words is now published to Kindle.  You can check it out and by it for a measly $2.99 here. Mr Personal Development



So what is it all about?  Good question.


Set across the UK, Venice and Borneo Mr Personal Development is a fast paced tale with non stop action right from the start. The storyline is action packed and the characters have edgy hard grit dialogue. A thrill to read!
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MONEY, VALUES, MORALS, SEX, LOVE, MURDER, GREED, CORRUPTION AND A HUGE GAMBLING DEBT.
James Skye Has it all. Looks, charm, money and fame that is growing everyday. People love him. He is Mr Personal Development and can fill conference centers with people willing to be told how to live their life.

When James is asked to help one of the most successful CEO's on the planet with a very bad track record in humanitarian, animal and environmental issues all hell breaks loose. James is faced wi…