Since announcing that I’m going to get into the Kindle Publishing game, I’ve been getting emails, pm’s, and skypes like crazy about it.
Things like what niche I’m getting into, what topics, fiction or non fiction, etc. Many have even joined me in this experiment, or case study if you will.
Kinda cool how one little thing can spark such excitement ;-)
So far I got the first 2 week out of the way and currently on week 3. Well, technically I’m on week 4. Had a speed bump there for a bit so I fell behind.
Last week I caught a nasty flu that put me to bed for at least 3 days. When I got back, Florida got hit hard with storms, hard winds, and nasty rain. Power surges left and right. So I shut everything down and just relaxed with the family.
Yes I know …Sounds like a bunch of excuses. Well here’s the thing. If I would’ve worked through that storm and got hit with a power surge, I could have potentially burned out my iMac and I would’ve lost everything I worked hard on. I would be behind weeks, maybe months instead of a week.
Plus my family is real important to me. My #1 priority. I wanted to make sure I was there to watch over them and watch over our home in case a leak or something sprung up. Don’t know if you live here or ever been in Florida during Hurricane season, but it gets nasty.
Anyway, we’re back in action so let’s get to it.
On to Business
As I mentioned before, I’m a week behind. I’m currently working on prepping which is week 3 stuff. I should be on week 4 which is getting ready to publish my book on Kindle.
This first phase is more of a trial and error type thing. I’ll be doing a lot of research and studying, talking to people and experts about Kindle, and even hiring a consultant to help me with my writing.
In the first KDP post I mentioned that I wanted to get into short fiction story writing. However, since I know I need a lot of help with that, and I wanted to get the ball rolling, I decided to release a book on a subject I’m well familiar with. The I.M. space.
The reason for this is so I can get my feet wet in the Kindle space. I wanted to get familiar with how things worked. I didn’t just want to read about it or watch it on video. I wanted to personally experience it.
And I’m glad I did this because a software app idea came out of it. I’m currently creating a web based app for Kindle. More on that later.
To best explain what I’ve done so far, what I’m working on, and all the things I read and learned from, I’ll break it down by the week. This will give you a chronicle version of my KDP Experiment.
Steps and Schedule
Week 1 – Study HARD: This week that’s all I did. Study my ass off. I did nothing but hit the books hard. I wanted to learn as much as I can about the Kindle market and how it worked inside and out before I actually got to it.
I got a few books, some paid and some free. And I even bought a course on kindle which gave me a wealth of knowledge. Kinda pricy, but well worth it.
The first Thing I wanted to get familiar with was the legal type stuff with Amazon and Kindle. Things like the guidelines, terms of service, what I can and can’t do or write, etc.
The second is to learn about how other successful Kindle Authors were doing it. One of the guys that was mentioned a lot was John Locke who sold over 1 million eBooks on Kindle and was the first self-published author to to so.
So definitely I had to get my hands on that book.
Next I purchased Jonny Andrews course (The Perfect Publishing System), and studied it hard. Jonny once generated over $30k with just one Kindle book, and the funny thing is that this happened in like 7 days. Crazy, I know…
Here’s a list of the books, guidelines, and a link to Jonny Andrews webinar on how he did over $30k in 7 days with one Kindle book.
- Amazon Kindle Publishing Guidelines – PDF (a must read – this will pretty much tell you everything you need)
- Kindle Direct Publishing Terms and Conditions
- Associates Program Participation Requirements
- Content Guidelines
- John Locke – How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months!
The most important reads are the Amazon guidelines. You want to make sure you know what the hell you’re doing before getting into the Kindle market.
The other stuff like John Locke and Jonny Andrews course are optional. I got them because I am dead serious about this Kindle thing.
Week 2 – Brainstorm, Mind Maps, & Outsourcing: Here I did a lot of brainstorming and talking to people and experts about Kindle and writing in general. I even hired a consultant so that I can ask him all sorts of questions and to help me with my writing. Specifically the fiction short story type stuff.
The first thing I did was hired a consultant who specialized in short stories and Kindle. This helped out a ton. He asked for some of my current writing, all I had was my blog and my ebook so I gave him that. I gave him a list of my most popular posts. After reviewing my stuff, here’s what he had to say…
What I can tell right off the bat is that you have a very natural, conversational writing style. That’s going to serve you well. There’ll be some changes to make when you tackle fiction. It will be about scene setting and drawing the reader into the sense experience of the character, but that straightforward style of yours will be a big asset.”
Kinda cool review, but …and a BIG BUT, I have some work to do when it comes to short fiction stories.
He also gave me some homework. I have to write a sample of a short story, send it to him so he can evaluate it some more and see exactly where I need help in. We’ll leave that for phase 2. All I’m focusing on now is on my current ebook.
Brainstorming and MinMapping:
I created a mindmap using MindMeister (affiliate link) of the process. How I will place links, affiliate links, where to send the reader if they click on those links, how I will build a list, etc.
List of PDF’s and Links
Week 3 – Prepping: As I mentioned earlier, things happened. So this week I mainly just rested and did a lot more reading. And I’m sort of glad this happened cause I actually found some new stuff that I NEEDED to know. Things like formatting of text, images, links, etc.
I also learned more about the KDP Select. This is a must. If you’re going to be self-publishing books on Kindle, you need to get on this program.
I’m currently re-writing my eBook, (The Greatest Experiment Ever). Since learning about the formatting stuff, I starting digging for tools and ways to make this process easier.
I can’t just write and publish my eBooks the way I have been. I needed to do it right and to be honest, the way Amazon shows you how to do it is a bit of a hassle. (Damn Amazon, can’t you make it easy!!!)
Anyway, after searching and also some recommendations by a few peeps in a Kindle group I’m a part of, I found this tool Scrivener.
I’m totally in love with this tool. Only cost me $45 bucks and it’s been a life saver. Worth every single cent.
Scrivener helps you compose and structure your book in the same way you would outline using posted notes or mindmapping. It also has a ton of other stuff. Really simple and easy to use. I’ll be making how to videos on how I’m using it so look out for those ;-)
List of books and links
- Building Your Book for Kindle
- Types of Formats
- Formatting Images Within Your Kindle Book
- Creating eBook Files
- KDP Select
- Scrivener (writing studio)
- Scrivener Tutorials
I truly believe that things happen to you for a reason. Maybe getting sick was a blessing. It gave me a chance to rest, which was much needed, and to do some more research.
Week 4 – Publishing: I seriously can’t wait to get this going. Although I’m very anxious to get this published, I know that I have to be patient.
Once I’m done with my eBook, I’ll have to send it over to an editor. I’m hoping to do this for week 3, but it’s looking more like it’ll have to be for week 4.
I have a few that were recommended to me so I’ll have to go through and see which one of them would be a good fit. At least for this book since it’s about the I.M. space.
To be honest, I’ll probably be late in actually publishing my book, but that’s ok, considering what happened. I would rather be late and have the book exactly how I want it than rush it just to make my mark and have it half assed.
As you can probably tell, I’m really anxious to get phase 1 done and over so I can get started on phase 2.
In phase 2 is where I’ll be writing and publishing my first Short Story book and I’ll be documenting every step of the way.
I do have a 4 week plan laid out, but I’ll post it on the next post which I will give you a detailed report on phase 1 and how it went, and also what the plans are in detail for phase 2.
I’ll also be doing some videos on the KDP Experiment and posting it on YouTube so make sure you’re subscribed to my YouTube channel so you can get those updates before anyone else.
Ok then my peeps, that’s it for now. I’ll c-ya on the next one…
Peace and I love ya for free ;-)
My good friend Matt Wofle just released his first major book in the Kindle Market. The book’s titled …
WordPress Revealed: How to Build a Website, Get Visitors, and Make Money (Even for Beginners)
The book is great. It teaches you everything you need to know about wordpress, and I even learned a few things here and there and I consider myself to know a ton about WP.
Plus it’ll be cool if you can go and support him by buying a copy of his book, giving an honest star rating and review.
Click here to get your copy of WordPress Revealed
Would greatly appreciate it ;-)
p.s. Matt and I started a small private Kindle Publishing group on Facebook. If you’d like to be a part of it, just let me know in the comments below so I’ll know you came from here, and then click here to join the group. (Important that you let me know in the comments so that I can approve your request. We want to keep it small and private)