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Super-Fast Product Creation: Buy PLR and Profit

Super-Fast Product Creation: Buy PLR and Profit

I love product creation; it’s been a mainstay of my online business since 2002. However, there are hassles. Product creation takes time, above all. You can cut down on that time dramatically when you buy PLR.

Not familiar with PLR? I’m currently offering PLR to three products which I’ve withdrawn, and explained PLR like this:

If you’re not familiar with the term, “private label rights” products, commonly referred to as “PLR”, are products to which you have extensive rights. You can put your name on the products and sell them as your own; you can add and remove text; you can split them up to make new products; you can offer them as bonuses to your own products… basically, you can treat them as your own, and use them in any way you choose.

How to Use Purchased PLR in Your Own Products.

You can use PLR products you’ve purchased in many different ways:

  • To kickstart your own product creation;
  • As social media content;
  • As bonus added-value material to your own products;
  • On membership sites;
  • In newsletters you’re sending out to customers;
  • As the basis of audio, video or presentation material you create.

I created a monthly newsletter for a UK gym company for several years, and bought health and fitness PLR extensively to repurpose in the publications. The balance of new content to PLR was around 50/ 50. The company was happy, because they got inexpensive content, and I was happy because I spent less time on the newsletter each month.

When I created a social media campaign for a marketing company, I used a lot of edited PLR in tweets, Facebook postings with images, and as fast and easy reports. When you look at PLR as raw material, it’s like baking a cake. You have the basic flour, fat and protein. By the time you’ve mixed it up and baked it, the raw material is completely transformed.

Death by PLR: Avoid It – Use PLR as Raw Material.

Once Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) became popular a few years back, Internet marketers jumped on it mindlessly. They shoveled PLR onto the Kindle bookstore. Predictably, Amazon got very cross, and swept away much PLR.

Pay close attention to what Amazon says:

Public Domain and Other Non-Exclusive Content

Some types of content, such as public domain content, may be free to use by anyone, or may be licensed for use by more than one party. We will not accept content that is freely available on the web unless you are the copyright owner of that content. For example, if you received your book content from a source that allows you and others to re-distribute it, and the content is freely available on the web, we will not accept it for sale on the Kindle store. We do accept public domain content, however we may choose to not sell a public domain book if its content is undifferentiated or barely differentiated from one or more other books.

You can use PLR as the basis of your own products. Remember what I said about using PLR as raw material, then baking it into something which looks completely different?

I don’t use PLR on Amazon; I publish content under several pen names, and ghostwrite ebooks for clients. However, if I wanted to sell an ebook on Google+ for small business for example, I’d buy good PLR and use it as raw material. Why not? It would kickstart my own thinking, and by the time I’d revised, edited and added fresh content, its own mother wouldn’t recognize it as PLR.

If you’re wary of product creation, even though you know it would benefit your business, take a fresh look at it, with the idea of judiciously using PLR in your new products. It saves time.

, and on Twitter: @angee.

You can find Angela on Pinterest, too.

Write Your Book: One Essential Trick

Write Your Book: One Essential Trick

You want to write your book, but you can’t get started. You’ve been planning the book for years. You know that the book will give you authority, and prestige, and you know you must get it done.

I’ve worked with many authors who are “writing a book.” Except they aren’t. They procrastinate endlessly. One client decided she’d write her book when she retired. By the time she contacted me, she’d been retired for three years, and still hadn’t started her book. (Yes, she did write it, and publish it, within a couple of months after we started working together.)

Here’s a secret: you don’t have to write “the book” right now. You can work your way up to it, by using Amazon.

Write a “Lite” Version: Have Fun and Be Playful.

You procrastinate because you want your book to be successful. You fear failure.

Amazon lets you publish your book fast. So, why not create a “lite” version of your book? This won’t be THE BOOK, the one you’re procrastinating on. It will be a version of your book. An experiment. It can also be your own private focus group.

For years, I’d advise authors who were unsure about a book to create a blog on their book’s topic. If their blog got attention, their book would too. On the other hand, if their blog was completely ignored, they needed to rethink their book. And yes, this worked for fiction too.

In 2014, Amazon gives you everything you need to test your book. Who knows? You may even make some money.

Vital: have fun with this. You’re not writing THE BOOK, after all. You’re experimenting; testing your idea. Be playful. Get it done. You risk nothing, and you may gain a great deal.

Give Yourself a Deadline.

Here’s the key: give yourself a deadline to write and publishing your book. Yes, the fun, “lite” version. You can create your book’s cover quickly: use Canva:

From go to whoa, the exercise won’t take you longer than five minutes.

I ghostwrite both fiction and nonfiction for clients. Although they’ll hire a cover designer when the book’s done, I like to include a cover in the MOBIs and PDFs I send them. Canva makes it super-easy for me. Thank you Canva.

Write your book, create a cover, and upload it to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing.

It’s a little trick to help you to write your book, and it works. Get started. :-)

, and on Twitter: @angee.

You can find Angela on Pinterest, too.

Writing Fiction: You’re a Publisher Now

Writing Fiction: You're a Publisher Now

You’re writing fiction. Start thinking of yourself as a publisher, rather than as an author. Fiction is big business: prepare for success.

Labels are important. I’ve just written about the “copywriting” label on my freelance blog to make that point. If you’re writing fiction now, unless you opt for the traditional publishing route, you’re a publisher.

The “self publisher” label terrifies some writers. It shouldn’t. Believe me, if you ever experience traditional publishing, you’ll more than happy to go it alone. So accept the “self publisher” or “indie” label, and wear it with pride.

Writing, and Publishing: Create and Promote.

Here’s how self publishing works.

  • You write something;
  • You upload it to Amazon;
  • Done.

Does it sound simple? That’s because it is. There are endless misconceptions about self publishing – such as, it costs thousands. It doesn’t. Self publishing is free.

Another misconception: you need to market your books yourself, if you’re a self publisher. If you’re traditionally published, your publisher does it for you. That’s a myth. Whichever form of publishing you choose, YOU DO IT, no one else.

So, you’ve written, and you’ve published. Now it’s time to promote.

“Create and promote” is one of my favorite mantras which I share with writers constantly. Promotion is simple if you’re a self publisher – two words: publish more. The larger your publishing catalog on Amazon, the more Amazon will help you by promoting your books for you in its “Recently Published” and “Also Bought” categories.

Create a Publishing Schedule.

Create a publishing schedule. Decide what you’ll publish, and when. You may not keep strictly to your schedule, because life gets in the way. However, having a schedule will help you to treat writing fiction as a business, rather than as a hobby.

Watch what other self publishing writers do. Currently there’s a mania for bundles on Amazon, because bundles sell. If you’re just starting your business, you won’t have the material for a bundle. Consider writing four short stories, selling them individually, and then compile them into a bundle. You’ve now got five ebooks in your publishing catalog.

Everything you publish promotes everything else. If you want to do additional promotions, you can. Create a blog and a Facebook page, so that you can add your readers to a mailing list. There are endless things you could do to promote your fiction. Things will fall into place for you when you start thinking of yourself as a publisher.

Make the Switch to Fiction With our Complete Fiction Writing Package

Storytellers' Bonanza - Write Novels And Short Stories FAST

Two of my most popular fiction writing programs have now been combined into one package. (They’re still available separately.)

If you haven’t tried your hand at fiction, you’ll love this. New writers have been asking me for a special deal on the two programs, because they want a complete grounding in fiction.

So here you go: Storytellers’ Bonanza – Write Novels And Short Stories FAST – Complete Fiction Writing Package.

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You can find Angela on Pinterest, too.

Online Writing Classes: Romance Writing Class Kicks Off

Online Writing Classes: Romance Writing Class Kicks Off

Online writing classes are fun. I started my writing career as romance novelist, way back in the dark ages, so our latest class helps you to write and self-publish Kindle romances.

If you knew me, you’d laugh at that notion of me as a romance writer.  I’m not a stereotypical romance novelist in the “hearts and flowers” sense. I comfort myself that Melvin Udall wasn’t stereotypical either. Few romance writers are as you’d imagine them to be.

Over the past couple of years, student authors have been asking me to create a romance writing class, so I have. I’m enjoying it hugely. The class is called Hot, Hotter, Hottest; a nod and a wink to what we’ll be covering; romance at various degrees of heat, from mild to smoking – sweet romance, to erotica.

Hot, Hotter, Hottest: Write Bestselling Kindle Romances

My personal coaching students in romance mostly write erotica. The huge success of Fifty Shades of Grey inspired them; I have no preference. I write whatever I’m inspired to write. Sometimes that’s sweet romance, and sometimes it’s steamy.

Writing Romance, Over Four Weeks and Six Months

Hot, Hotter, Hottest: Write Bestselling Kindle Romances is a four-week class. After the four weeks, students receive six months of Kindle Romance Writer Weekly, which continues the class, in a sense. We’ll all be writing together, which will help students to get beta readers, and to get honest reviews for their ebooks.

I’ll be writing with you. You’ll see my process, and since I do hours of research each week, I’ll be saving you time in doing your own research. It’s all experiential – you receive exercises with each lesson, and you send those to me. Your exercises build into a romance, which you’ll publish on Amazon.

Join us, if you’d like to write, and self-publish…. :-)

, and on Twitter: @angee.

You can find Angela on Pinterest, too.

Self-Publish: Write a Book and Publish it Fast (slides)

Want to self-publish? Many of my clients do, because there are many ways to use ebooks in your business. Authors have credibility which you can get in no other way.

Haiku Deck’s huge fun to use, so when I wrote 3 Easy Tips To Write a Book AND Publish It Fast, I decided to create a slide deck for it.

Enjoy. :-)

If you’re writing a book, or would like to, contact me. I offer mentoring as well as book coaching.

write a book book coaching

, and on Twitter: @angee

Send to Kindle: Read Your Stuff on Your Kindle (or Kindle App)

Send to Kindle
Send to Kindle

I’m a huge Kindle fan; I spend much of my day in the Kindle app on my iPad. Either I’m reading my own material, or I’m reading something for a client, or I’m reading for entertainment.

A couple of my writing students weren’t aware that you can use your Kindle for your own documents, so here’s an explanation of how it works.

By the way — sending your own docs is free, as long as you use wifi. If you’re using Amazon’s WhisperNet services, charges apply. 

Read your stuff on your Kindle, or in a Kindle app

Important: you don’t need to own a Kindle device. You can use the Kindle app on your computer, phone or tablet – no device necessary. I own a couple of Kindle devices, but rarely use them; the apps are handier, especially when traveling. You’ve always got your phone in your pocket or bag: the Kindle app’s very readable, even on your phone.

The ability to read your own stuff on the Kindle is very useful. “Your own stuff” may be PDFs, MS Word docs, or other popular file types. Visit Amazon’s Send to Kindle page for info.

Blogging? If you’re a WordPress blogger, you can install the Send to Kindle plugin so that your visitors can read blog posts later.

I’ve got the Send to Kindle app on my computer, so I drag files across to the app’s icon upload them. The next time I open the Kindle app on my iPad, the files are there, under Docs.

You can also send files via email. Just send them to your Kindle email address. (Add the address to your contacts list.)

Wondering how you can use the Send to Kindle facility?

1. Review long documents you’re creating: “publish” them to the Kindle

When you’re creating long documents (books, reports) send them to the Kindle to review them while you’re away from your computer. I often drag documents across to the Send to Kindle app so that I can do a final read-through before I send an ebook to a client.

2. Create yet another backup

If you’re truly paranoid about losing hours of work, send important documents to your Kindle address to create another backup.

3. Catch up on your reading

Brett Kelly’s just come out with version 4 of the excellent Evernote Essentials book. (It’s a free update if you own version 3.) I dragged it straight to Send to Kindle; I’ll read it over the weekend, while relaxing.

4. Create a reference library

Every business has business reference material, everything from legal documents to price lists. You can keep these references in your Kindle library, so that you can access them anywhere.

Send to Kindle’s an excellent utility. Give it a try.
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Writing a Book? Check Out My Blog for Authors

Just Write a Book Blog
My Just Write a Book Blog

I’ve received several email messages about my “write a book” blog post. I’m glad you like the tips. :-) If you want more tips on writing and selling books, check out my Just Write a Book Blog.

Over the years, I’ve written many books for major publishers, both fiction and nonfiction, and of course, I ghost books. While ghostwriting is lucrative, it does shorten the time I have to write my own books, so I’ll be cutting down on that this year.

If you’re looking for something specific on the above blog, use the Search function in the top of the sidebar on the right. I tend to write about whatever people have been asking me, or whatever catches my attention.

There’s a free report you might find useful in the sidebar too.

Questions? Just ask. Either Julia or I will respond.

Ebooks: A 3-Minute Strategy to Write and Sell

If you’re getting into self-publishing, you need a strategy which you can put to use immediately.

I’ve created an easy one for my book marketing students. You can understand and memorize this simple presentation in three minutes. Then put it to use — use your creativity.

Here’s a quick transcript of the slides.

1. Kindle Ebooks in 3 Minutes Write Your Ebooks FAST

Presentation: Angela Booth angelabooth.com

Twitter: @angee

Writing Genii: writinggenii.com

2. 3-Minute Strategy • Select a topic that sells • Decide on an angle • Define your “hook”

For nonfiction

3. 3-Minute Strategy • Choose a genre • Character, setting and plot • Theme and meaning

For short stories

4. Create a List Outline

5. Write!

6. Publish on Amazon Kindle

7. Promote…• Review copies• Twitter, Facebook• Blog• Blog tour• GoodReads, LibraryThing• Reader list

8. The Easiest Promotional Method: Book Two

Each book sells the next, so write your next book.

9. Cherish Your Readers (Build Platform)

10. Survey: What Did Your Readers Love?

11. Give Your Readers What TheyWant in Books Two and Three

• Is your ebook selling? • Write a series. • Talk to your readers… • Give them what pleases them… and • Magic happens. You’ll sell more ebooks.

12. The Ebook Revolution Is Here: Get Help Now

• Want help writing and selling your ebooks? • Angela’s been doing it for years. • Get help now…

13. Contact Angela Booth: get help with your ebooks today.

Want Your Book Reviewed? Learn How to Pitch

Ellie Vyne Novel

I’ve got blogs. LOTS of blogs. And I’m a reader, and review books I like. (Please notice the “like” part, because it’s important.) My reading’s primarily for pleasure, although I read for work, too.

I’m not stingy, I buy the books I want to read. I buy LOTS of books. I’ve downloaded some 1500 ebooks to my Kindle, 99% per cent of which I’ve purchased. Reading’s my primary pastime, and I know what I want to read. Since I read so much, I’m always looking for new authors. I spend hours prowling Amazon and other online bookstores.

So, what with all the blogs, and people knowing I read and write the occasional review, I get lots of review requests. Most are very annoying.

A typical request starts with a snippet like “I read your blog” or “congratulations on your impressive blog”… I delete those at once. Which blog, for crying out loud? Even the simplest online search will turn up the fact that I have endless blogs, and each blog has its own audience… an audience the author wants to attract.

I also get Twitter messages, and these are a problem all on their own, as this post, 5 Tops Tips For Approaching Book Reviewers by Amazon Hall of Famer Janet Boyer, points out:

“Two: Don’t pitch via a blanket Tweet that says ‘Hello, I’m looking for someone to review my book. You can read about it on my website at ______. Thanks!’ Yes, this is an actual Tweet I received recently. When I checked the writer’s feed, he had just pitched a dozen or so others…all within minutes. Do. Not. Do. This. Not only is it unprofessional (and I can’t believe I even have to mention it), but it will NOT garner a reputable reviewer’s notice. Be a professional. Pitch via email just like you’d pitch an agent or editor. Don’t be lazy.”

(Read Janet’s article, she gives great advice on pitching your books.)

How to pitch your book

Pitching your book is a marketing exercise. On my “write a book” blog, I give you advice on writing your books, and on marketing them. If you’re going to write books, marketing is essential, whether you’re self-published, or are published traditionally. Marketing is NEVER optional. For the past 30 years, it never has been.

Here’s how to pitch, in a nutshell:

* Know your book. Write a short blurb — a description. Keep it under 100 words, preferably under 50 words;

* Make a list of reviewers, who review your kind of book;

* Approach each reviewer individually. Ask for a review, after telling the reviewer why you think he/ she might be interested. Viz: “I read the post _______ (post title and URL). You gave some great time management tips. I’ve written a book _____ (title of book), which helps business people to save time on social media. Could I send you an ARC in PDF format? I’m available for an interview if you’d like to chat about social media or time management in general.” (ARC = Advcanced Reading Copy.)

* Follow up on each message you’ve sent, without being obnoxious. In other words, if you don’t hear from the reviewer in a week, send a second message, referencing the first one. You can follow up again, a week later, again referencing the first message. Email messages and Twitter DMs are missed, or go astray;

* IMPORTANT: Be genuine. This goes a long way. If you seem to be a nice person, a reviewer, even if he doesn’t have time to review your book, might suggest someone else who can help. Or he might even skim through your ARC, and tweet about it. Reviewers love books and reading. They also love people who write books, so if you’re genuine, you’ll get help.

Pitching your book to potential reviewers isn’t rocket science. Reviewers are people. You’re a person too. Think about how you’d behave if you met the reviewer offline. How would you introduce yourself? How would you talk about your book? You’re sending a message to a real person, who’s reading his email messages, or Twitter account. Be real. Be genuine. You’ll get reviews.