If you’re befuddled by Kindle publishing, relax. It’s super-simple. The key: keep moving forward. Your first five ebooks will take longest. After that, you’ll speed up. Amazon gives you all the tools you need. They even provide you with a Cover Creator.
Here are the steps.
Kindle publishing, step by step
In self-publishing, it’s important to move quickly, both in nonfiction, and fiction. If you can spot a trend early, before a thousand other authors jump on it, you have a real advantage.
1. Fiction? Nonfiction?
Will you write fiction or nonfiction? Choose.
Next, brainstorm. I like to brainstorm away from my office. I settle down in a coffee shop, or in a quiet spot in a soft chair in our local library.
You can set a timer if you like. Whether you set a timer or not, aim for 20 ideas within 15 minutes. You’re limiting the time you spend, so that you get it DONE.
Got 20 ideas? Great. Don’t worry if your ideas all seem like junk. You’ve cudgeled your brain, kicking your sleepy subconscious mind awake. Within the next 24 hours, you’ll come up with a new, excellent idea, or you’ll choose one of your junky ideas and will make it work.
Leave 24 hours between this step, and the next. I usually wake up the next morning with a good idea — or at least, a good-enough idea. 🙂
2. Clear time in your schedule. How many hours will you need?
You’ve picked a idea: mediocre, excellent or brilliant, it doesn’t matter. Ideas are everywhere. They don’t matter — what counts is what you do with the idea. At the moment, your sole aim is to keep moving forward.
How long will it take to write your idea? I recommend you create a short ebook, of 5,000 to 10,000 words. Your choice, short nonfiction ebook, or short story.
Here’s why: you’re testing an idea. It either works (makes sales) or doesn’t. If it fails, you know that that didn’t work. You can try something else. Alternatively, you may spot why your ebook missed the mark, and hit it with your next effort.
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No one knows what works — try out your ideas. You may have a blockbuster idea today, next month, or next year. That blockbuster will make all your testing worthwhile.
Look at your schedule. Clear time to write. You may need a week, you may need three, depending on how much time you can steal for your writing.
Block out the time: this is the time you’ll spend writing. I recommend you write daily, even if you can only find 20 minutes.
3. CREATE! Unlock your creativity
It’s time to write. Do it. You’re writing first draft material, which can be as junky as you please. Your writing is your creativity. It’s handled by your subconscious mind, which hates structure, demands, and pressure. Think of your subconscious mind as a recalcitrant eight-year-old.
Charm it. Have fun with your writing — it’s the only way to unlock your creativity. My eight-year-old likes nice paper, fountain pens, and colors. My grandmother gave me an elegant fountain pen when I was eight, which accounts for it. What does your eight-year-old like? Give your eight-year-old creative self whatever he/ she likes, and write.
4. Edit and revise. Get someone else to read it
All done. Kudos to you! Leave your writing for 24 hours. Then, save it in PDF form, or print it out. Read it straight through, and then revise. You can follow the revision process here.
Once you’re done with your second draft, give it to someone else to read, preferably a writer, or a keen reader of the kind of material you write.
5. Publish and promote. Tell eager readers
Final step. Upload your new ebook to Amazon. Don’t forget the meta data: your description, etc. Promote your new ebook anywhere you choose.
Ideally, you’ll start promoting before you write. You can do that with future ebooks. Look on this first effort as a way to get comfortable with Kindle publishing. Pat yourself on the back, and give your inner eight-year-old a hug. You did it. 🙂
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