Writing Commercial Fiction: Current Programs (to help you to make money in indie publishing)

Writing Commercial Fiction: Current Programs (to help you to make money in indie publishing)

As you may know, commercial fiction (genre fiction) is currently a hot area in self-publishing. We’ve got several writing programs which help you to establish a career as a novelist and short story writer.

They include:

Readers have asked “which program is right for me?”

Which program is for you?

That depends on where you are in your writing career. If you’re making the switch from other forms of writing, and are new to writing genre fiction, start with Story Power.

Writing short fiction teaches you how to write fiction, and with the launch of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited, writing short stories is currently more profitable than writing longer fiction.

Here are four tips to turn short stories into Kindle cash.

Short stories have never, ever been as profitable as they are today, so if you’re a new fiction author, you’re being paid to learn. :-)

Hot Plots: tell exciting stories

Our latest program, Hot Plots, teaches you how to develop great stories. As I said in this article on how to write commercial fiction:

“Fiction is stories. Everyone loves stories. Readers read stories for escape, to learn more about other people, and to feel specific emotions.”

Make money with fiction

Writers always want to know the income potential of an area, so I covered that in this blog post, Indie Publishing And Money:

“The Passive Voice blog’s been asking authors to share their “I quit my day job” stories in a series of posts. All those posts received massive comments, so you can see that yes, indeed, people are making a good living writing fiction and self-publishing it.”

Enjoy writing fiction, and take advantage of this new golden age for writers. :-)

Hot Plots: Craft Hot-Selling Fiction in 5 Minutes (or less)

How To Write Commercial Fiction With Hot Plots

The big secret of making money from your fiction is writing a lot. And publishing strategically and consistently. Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program ensures that authors can make money from short stories, and all kinds of fiction. Moreover, whatever you’re publishing, you have a global audience.

You’re about to discover the easiest, fastest, and most fun plotting method ever. You can use it for all your fiction, whether you’re writing short stories, novellas or novels. Take control of your fiction now, and publish more, more easily. Discover Hot Plots.

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Writing For Money: The Reason You’re Not Selling

Writing For Money: The Reason You’re Not Selling

This is a “writing for money” blog post, which I’d normally post to the Fab Freelance Writing Blog. But this post isn’t just for people who get hired to write, it’s for anyone who’s selling online. So, if fits better here because it’s broadly applicable.

It’s also the single biggest mistake I see companies making with content marketing. Not to mention authors. (Scroll down, if you want to know how to sell more books.)

You’re not selling because….

You’re looking in the wrong direction

Everyone wants traffic, and that’s the big reason you’re not making sales online. Whether you’re selling ebooks, self-help courses, or widgets, content marketing is just marketing.

The goal of marketing is sales. Ditto content marketing.

Your goal is never traffic. I discovered the perils of striving for traffic years ago. Did I learn my lesson? No way. I had to learn it over and over again. Traffic doesn’t help you to sell anything.

Stop looking at your website stats. Start looking at your sales.

Not making any sales? Then your content marketing isn’t working.

You need more content: content that’s focused on your customers, and this content may well be boring.

Josh Haynam describes the benefits of boring content in making sales in an excellent post on Hubspot. Trying for viral posts didn’t make sales:

“Then one day, out of sheer exasperation, I tried a different approach. Instead of just trying to get hits I decided to answer a real question that a real potential customer had asked me.”

Now let’s look at how to sell books — one tip, however. Don’t be boring — that’s the one thing you must remember as an author. Never, ever, be boring.:-)

How to sell more books: book marketing secrets

A couple of students asked me how content marketing — writing for money — works with book marketing.

That’s simple: write more books.

Let’s say you’ve written seven ebooks — fiction, or nonfiction, it doesn’t matter. You’re making sales, but your sales aren’t growing. You took a break from writing a few months ago, and haven’t been publishing. Your sales have pretty much flat-lined.

You’ve considered spending money on advertising. You’re blogging, and using social media.

Sales? Crickets.

To repeat: write more books.

Publish more. You don’t need to write more novels, if you’re writing fiction, or lengthy works of nonfiction. Write short material. Authors have had great results from the strategies we cover in Story Power, and from Sell Kindle Ebooks. Basically — write short material, and publish it.

Writing fiction? This post, 4 Easy Writing Tips To Turn Short Stories Into Kindle Cash, will help.

Yes, it’s content marketing. Your ebooks are content. Create more content to sell. With ebooks, a consensus seems to be that it takes authors (who don’t have a backlist of titles to which they have the rights back) around 30 titles to make “good” sales. You may need more than 30 titles to be happy with your sales. Kindle Unlimited helps. You get paid for each ebook of which 10% or more is read.

And of course, by publishing more and publishing regularly, you’re taking advantage of Amazon’s “new releases” list, which attracts readers for you.

So, whatever you’re selling, remember that your goal isn’t traffic.

If you’re Kindle publishing, stop the social media frenzy. Write more — create more salable content — that is, ebooks, and let Amazon sell them for you. Currently, that’s the way you sell more.

“What have you written today?”

A final tip: writing for money means writing. A lot. If something isn’t working, ask yourself the question I ask my students: “what have you written today?”

Sell Kindle Ebooks: Write Bestselling Genre Fiction & Nonfiction FAST

Sell Kindle Ebooks: Write Bestselling Genre Fiction & Nonfiction FAST

Sell Kindle Ebooks is a comprehensive self-publishing program which helps you to make the most of your talents. Take advantage of the power of Amazon to write both genre fiction, AND nonfiction. It’s time to develop a publishing program, and tell your day job goodbye.

You receive everything you need to become a publisher of both fiction and nonfiction.

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3 Tips To Make Your Business Blog Work

Is your business blog making your company look bad? I’ve been working with a content marketing client, who asked me to look at business blogs across a range of industries, and create a report.

Yesterday, we looked at content marketing mistakes and how to fix them in a slide deck. Today, let’s look at some easy tips to make your blog work for your business.

Some companies do a fantastic job of integrating their blog with their overall marketing. They get it. A blog isn’t an obligation, or something “for the search engines”. It’s a publication. Consider blogging to be instant publishing, and think about your most recent blog post. Is that post something you’re proud to publish? Would it work as a brochure?

If publishing a blog post were as expensive as publishing a brochure, business blogs would get a lot more respect. Many companies blithely push blogging and social media onto their least experienced employee. Not a good idea.

Each and every blog post is a gateway to your website. It represents you, and every post, no matter how short, can work for you.

Let’s look at some tips.

1. Publish real content: forget junk content for “SEO”

If someone says to you: “a blog is good for SEO”, ignore them. The days when shoveling junk onto the Web in the hope of getting search engine rankings have LONG gone. In fact, those days never existed.

A lot of great companies have woeful blogs. They’re updated infrequently, with content which looks like placeholder text.

On the other hand, many companies have good blogs. Here’s one.

I enjoy shopping at The Good Guys, and their blog does them proud.

To repeat, your business blog is a publication. Integrate it with your website; The Good Guys’ blog does product reviews. You can too.

2. Get personality: blog for real people

Consider magazines. Next time you browse a magazine rack, pick several magazines devoted to the same topic — any topic you choose. Each of those magazines is slightly different. It has a vision — a personality, if you like.

Your blog should have a personality too. Consider this blog.

Rhodia Drive is a blog published by the Rhodia paper company, and promotes its products. The blog is for people who love paper, and buy and use paper notebooks. It’s got personality, and the blog appeals to people all over the world who love paper.

What could you do to give your blog a personality? Start by considering the people who buy your products. The Good Guys do this: they’ve got recipes and videos for people who love food and cooking — and those people are a part of The Good Guys’ market.

Years ago, Microsoft had major PR problems. Robert Scoble’s blogging went a long way towards showing that Microsoft, big as it was and is, is a company made up of real people.

You’re human. Your company’s made up of people. Relate to your customers as people via your blog, and you’ll reap the benefits.

3. Know what you want your blog to do

Again: your blog is a publication. You can publish anything you like instantly. Your blog’s a huge opportunity to humanize your company, and differentiate you from your competition.

If you’re not happy with your blog, start your blog’s makeover by checking out what your competitors are doing. Then check out the blogs of big companies. Check out the magazine rack too.

Consider your customers. Create customer personas, if you haven’t done so already. What magazines do your customers read? What movies and TV shows do they watch?

Your blog is a huge marketing opportunity. You can be one of those companies which does blogging, and content marketing, well.

Want some blogging inspiration? Contact me.

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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. :-)

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