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Re: WRITING AND BOOK MARKETING RESOURCES AND STRATEGIES by Stevenbright(m): 7:16am On Jun 21
From the feedbacks I got from one of my previous post on writing your books such that it appeals to universal audience, so many people are saying their books are predominantly written for the Nigerian audience. But they still maintained that they will want to publish such books through Amazon KDP.

In such case, this is what you can do! Once the version which you will print for the Nigerian audience is ready, edited and proofread; you can then copy its content to a new Microsoft Word document and edit it such that you will create a version of the book that appeals to universal audience by changing some words, names, etc.
Re: WRITING AND BOOK MARKETING RESOURCES AND STRATEGIES by Stevenbright(m): 7:11am On Jun 22
The following are some genre that are selling well on Amazon with respect to whether you are into fiction or nonfiction.

FICTION:
1. Romance
2. Erotica
3. Science Fiction and Fantasy

NONFICTION
1. Health and Relationship books
2. Food and Weight Management books
3. Travel and Tourism books

Note that the book needs to be good, well written, properly edited, professionally formatted, and a good eBook cover designed for it.
Re: WRITING AND BOOK MARKETING RESOURCES AND STRATEGIES by Stevenbright(m): 7:20am On Jun 23
It will interest you to know that Nigeria has its own eBook publishing platform through which you can publish your books you think is primarily written for a Nigerian audience. So, check out OkadaBooks here: https://www.okadabooks.com/

I'm also creating a Facebook group where Nigerian Authors published through OkadaBooks can meet Nigerian readers. I will share the group with you soon so you can join.
Re: WRITING AND BOOK MARKETING RESOURCES AND STRATEGIES by Stevenbright(m): 6:57am On Jun 25
Like I said in my last post, this is the Facebook Group for Authors published through OkadaBooks and Nigerian Readers. https://mobile.facebook.com/groups/473729092961031?refid=27

So, join the group and Add your author friends and readers too.
Re: WRITING AND BOOK MARKETING RESOURCES AND STRATEGIES by Stevenbright(m): 7:25am On Jun 27
Writing, Publishing, and Marketing are the three basic aspects you must pay attention to if you are interested in launching an independent/self-publishing career.
Re: WRITING AND BOOK MARKETING RESOURCES AND STRATEGIES by Stevenbright(m): 7:06am On Jun 28
As a new author who wants to publish books through Amazon KDP, resist any interest you have in writing any motivational or inspirational book. This is because readers only buy such books if they are written by popular, successful, and well known household names.
Re: WRITING AND BOOK MARKETING RESOURCES AND STRATEGIES by Stevenbright(m): 6:59am On Jun 29
The following are important aspects you need to pay good attention to when working on a new book project:

1. Book content - This must be good, well edited and proofread.
2. Cover - This must be creative and genre specific.
3. Blurb or Description - This must be a great and marketable copy.
4. Categories and Keywords - These must be appropriate.
Re: WRITING AND BOOK MARKETING RESOURCES AND STRATEGIES by Stevenbright(m): 7:27am On Jun 30
Note that as long as Publishing through Amazon KDP is concerned, paperback publishing as an option for an author who also wants to publish a paperback edition in addition to the eBook version. The formatting for that is different and the cover design is also different from the eBook edition. It is advisable and economically wise to only publish the paperback version of an eBook which is already published and selling very well. This is because eBook sells more and also have a higher margin of royalties. It is a fraction of readers who care for paperbacks.
Re: WRITING AND BOOK MARKETING RESOURCES AND STRATEGIES by Stevenbright(m): 7:22am On Jul 01
Your eBook cover design should be genre specific and also not clustered with too much text.
Re: WRITING AND BOOK MARKETING RESOURCES AND STRATEGIES by Stevenbright(m): 7:09am On Jul 02
As an independent author just starting out, it is always good you publish exclusively with Amazon KDP. But as your author brand gets more visibility, you can then decide to go wide with some of your new books.
Re: WRITING AND BOOK MARKETING RESOURCES AND STRATEGIES by Stevenbright(m): 7:31am On Jul 03
Nigerian Writers/Authors can join these groups to get information on how to publish their books.
Author Support Group:
https://mobile.facebook.com/groups/213441545767880?refid=27

OkadaBooks FB Group:
https://mobile.facebook.com/groups/473729092961031?refid=27
Re: WRITING AND BOOK MARKETING RESOURCES AND STRATEGIES by Stevenbright(m): 8:17am On Jul 04
With respect to the enquiries I received concerning how a self-published author can promote his/her Amazon published books! These are what you can do:

1. Join Facebook "book groups" and market your book through them.

2. Use Amazon Countdown deal or free promotion days.

3. If you are wiling to spend some money, then you can use Facebook Ads, or Book promo websites.
Re: WRITING AND BOOK MARKETING RESOURCES AND STRATEGIES by Stevenbright(m): 7:36am On Jul 05
You need to have faith in your writing, and believe in your book. If you don't have faith in your book, how do you expects readers to find it persuasive?
Re: WRITING AND BOOK MARKETING RESOURCES AND STRATEGIES by Stevenbright(m): 7:18am On Jul 07
Never access your Amazon KDP account through a public computer like in a cyber cafe. It is better you use your personal devices like a smart phone or computer. This is because if Amazon system traced more than one KDP accounts to a particular device, it will be assumed that an individual is operating more than one account which is against Amazon's terms of service and such accounts will all be terminated.
Re: WRITING AND BOOK MARKETING RESOURCES AND STRATEGIES by Stevenbright(m): 7:40am On Jul 08
Properly editing and proofreading your book's manuscript is a very important factor in launching and sustaining a successful self-publishing career.
Re: WRITING AND BOOK MARKETING RESOURCES AND STRATEGIES by Stevenbright(m): 7:29am On Jul 10
From the beginning of the conception of a book idea, you must consider the target audience and genre of the book.
Re: WRITING AND BOOK MARKETING RESOURCES AND STRATEGIES by Stevenbright(m): 7:21am On Jul 11
Always publish your books under two or three different pen names and eventually one of them will really be performing well. You can then put more efforts onto that pen name to get maximum benefits from it.
Re: WRITING AND BOOK MARKETING RESOURCES AND STRATEGIES by Stevenbright(m): 7:00am On Jul 12
Re: WRITING AND BOOK MARKETING RESOURCES AND STRATEGIES by Stevenbright(m): 7:29am On Jul 13
Still on writing: Let your book research ideas remain at that level and it should only act as a guide to you. Hence, never copy and paste any part of it into your book project.
Re: WRITING AND BOOK MARKETING RESOURCES AND STRATEGIES by Stevenbright(m): 7:40am On Jul 14
Author brand is one great thing to build as an author. You can create and maintain an author brand in the following ways:

1. Write a series book which will have a unique and professional covers. The covers for each book in the series should be closely knitted such that readers can easily identify them.

2. If you write stand alone books, make sure they are all in the same line of thought and unify them with a unique but similar covers.
Re: WRITING AND BOOK MARKETING RESOURCES AND STRATEGIES by Stevenbright(m): 9:01am On Jul 15
This is the standard for the length of a book:
Short Story ........ below 7,500 word count. Novelette ...... btw 7,500 to 17, 500 word count. Novella ...... btw 17, 500 to 40, 000 word count. Novel ............. over 40, 000 word count.
Re: WRITING AND BOOK MARKETING RESOURCES AND STRATEGIES by Stevenbright(m): 7:13am On Jul 17
Read books in your genre as that will help you know the taste of readers of the genre and hence improve your writing strategy and quality.
Re: WRITING AND BOOK MARKETING RESOURCES AND STRATEGIES by Stevenbright(m): 7:36am On Jul 19
Never reply to a review of your book, no matter how low the rating or how negatively worded.
Re: WRITING AND BOOK MARKETING RESOURCES AND STRATEGIES by Stevenbright(m): 9:10am On Jul 20
It is good that even before you publish your first book, you should already established an author brand through these media:

1. Facebook profile

2. Facebook page

3. Twitter handle

4. Goodreads author account

5. Website or Blog.
Re: WRITING AND BOOK MARKETING RESOURCES AND STRATEGIES by Stevenbright(m): 9:12am On Jul 21
Some sure ways to cut down investment in your book project as an independent author is to:

1. Learn to write a clean book manuscript with minimal editing requirement.

2. Learn the art of editing your manuscript.

3. Perfect the art of proofreading your manuscript.

These will help to eliminate the need for professional editing.
Re: WRITING AND BOOK MARKETING RESOURCES AND STRATEGIES by Stevenbright(m): 7:30am On Jul 22
Tips on Self-publishing books, make some money and become a fulfilled independent author.
http://ebookstrati.blogspot.is/2016/11/how-to-become-independent-author.html?m=1
Re: WRITING AND BOOK MARKETING RESOURCES AND STRATEGIES by Stevenbright(m): 7:21am On Jul 24
These are the basic steps involved in eBook publishing through Amazon:
1. Create a publishing account with Amazon KDP.
2. typeset your book in Microsoft Word.
3. format the book manuscript to eBook publishing standard.
4. design eBook cover for the book.
5. login to your accounts and publish it.
Note that I can offer you affordable services on points 3 and 4.
Also note that the account creation guide I will provide you is free. I also normally guide my clients on the publishing processes and how to promote their books once it is published.
Re: WRITING AND BOOK MARKETING RESOURCES AND STRATEGIES by Stevenbright(m): 8:04am On Jul 26
Being an independent author involves a learning curve and it also requires you to promptly act on the feedbacks you get to get better at the game.
Re: WRITING AND BOOK MARKETING RESOURCES AND STRATEGIES by Stevenbright(m): 7:48am On Jul 27
According to amazonauthorinsights.com, the real costs of self-publishing are well articulated in the article below:

http://amazonauthorinsights.com/post/160048498205/the-real-costs-of-self-publishing-by-honorée?ref=aai_ts_publish
Re: WRITING AND BOOK MARKETING RESOURCES AND STRATEGIES by Stevenbright(m): 8:46am On Jul 28
With a know-how of the fundamental basics of research, niche, and marketing strategies; you will surely have a successful self-publishing career through Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing.
Re: WRITING AND BOOK MARKETING RESOURCES AND STRATEGIES by Stevenbright(m): 8:17am On Jul 29
Re: WRITING AND BOOK MARKETING RESOURCES AND STRATEGIES by Stevenbright(m): 7:57am On Jul 30
This is a list of Digital and eBook publishing tools that can be of great help to you.
http://ebookstrati.blogspot.co.ke/2017/02/BookandDigitalPublishingToolsandSoftware.html?m=1

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