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Alldabooksgone

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Re: Any new writers just starting out?
Posted: Sep 27, 2017 6:26 PM   in response to: Dominick in response to: Dominick
 
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I have a facebook page it's Dee Rich, not sure how to designate it an author page, though I did list my occupation as an author. I think I did something wrong though. Any help would be appreciated. Also thanks for the tip about writing 500 words per day!
Donna St Felix

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Re: Any new writers just starting out?
Posted: Sep 27, 2017 6:31 PM   in response to: Alldabooksgone in response to: Alldabooksgone
 
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Author page: www.authorcentral.com
Claim your books there too.
Erik

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Re: Any new writers just starting out?
Posted: Sep 27, 2017 10:38 PM   in response to: Dominick in response to: Dominick
 
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hi there :)

I just published my first book myself. I never imagined I would write one but the story came together in my head during a dark and very tragic time in my life and I had to get it out of my head and onto paper. It only took me 6 months to write over 600 pages but the editing was a nightmare. Took me a couple years to clean it up before publishing it but it was worth it.

Here is my book if you're curious. https://www.amazon.com/Erik-N-Coryell/e/B073PTHMN1/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_3?qid=1500057040&sr=1-3I hand painted the cover and cleaned it up digitally. If you have the time I recommend making your cover as original as possible.

As far as an authors page, I'm not really sure. I was going to create a website for mine but haven't thought about it much. Did you set up a profile on Authors Central?

One thing that helped was asking people here for advice. With their input, I was able to correct some very embarrassing grammatical errors and redesign my cover to better present my story. Personally, I would be happy to offer whatever help I can so just ask.

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Edited by: Erik on Sep 27, 2017 10:40 PM

steven morris

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Re: Any new writers just starting out?
Posted: Sep 28, 2017 2:07 AM   in response to: Bruce in response to: Bruce
 
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I made another book for 99 cents just to see if price was an issue , But its a short niche book thats 10 pages on how to make ebooks, re-explaining what I've heard others say to do.

So you've wrote a book on how to make money publishing ebooks when you haven't made a single sale on any of your previous books?

Outstanding ingenuity.
Dominick

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Re: Any new writers just starting out?
Posted: Sep 28, 2017 8:02 PM   in response to: Dominick in response to: Dominick
 
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HI... I have a question? concerning the author page/biography as for someone like me that is new I find it difficult to properly word my experiences as I see many authors do. I am sure at one point all reading this went through this. Any help or advice?

Edited by: Dominick on Sep 28, 2017 8:02 PM
R Butler

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Re: Any new writers just starting out?
Posted: Sep 28, 2017 8:05 PM   in response to: Dominick in response to: Dominick
 
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Read the bios of some authors in your genre and get a feel for what they speak about. Remember marketing is more about selling yourself than your book.
Dominick

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Re: Any new writers just starting out?
Posted: Sep 28, 2017 8:11 PM   in response to: R Butler in response to: R Butler
 
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thank you, many thanks.
Joseph A Congel

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Re: Any new writers just starting out?
Posted: Sep 28, 2017 8:51 PM   in response to: Dominick in response to: Dominick
 
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Hello - I'm also new to the world of KDP and I've published three books since May. My first, Dead is Forever, is a full length P.I. novel, my second is a collection of short stories, called Leftovers, and the third just came out in September and is titled, The Razzman Chronicles. It is a 3 story collection with the same protagonist (Tony Razzolito, P.I.) as the first book. My goal is to continue to develop the Tony Razzolito character and publish as a detective series.

I am currently knee deep writing the next Tony Razzolito P.I. full length novel, and expect it to be ready to go live by the end of the year.

Any success so far? I guess that depends on how you define success - I say yes! Just the fact that I have 3 books published on Amazon is a definition of success to me. I have sold around 40 books between the three titles, which I also look at as a success. Not looking for a get rich quick scheme, but if I can figure out the magic in marketing, I will hopefully sell more books. Maybe I'll even make enough to fill my gas tank :)

Formatting was a real pain on the first book - mostly because I wrote it on two different word processing programs... I still have some issues here and there but I am also getting better at it as I go along. I also used the Kindle Cover Creator but feel that as I move forward, I will revisit that and look into other alternatives for covers - so far I like Canva mainly because it's free - I used that to create a nice eye catching cover for the book I'm currently working on.

Things I've done since publishing:

*Set up my Author page on Author Central and Goodreads

*I set up marketing campaigns for all three books within the last couple of weeks - even got one sale for Dead is Forever, from one of the campaigns! Too early to tell on the other ones yet.

*I had Dead is Forever in a Kindle countdown campaign, which did generate around seven sales during that time.

*I've posted all my books and a link to my Author page on my Facebook and my Linked In profile.

*I keep trying to strengthen my keywords - haven't found the right mix just yet - but I will.

*I posted one other time and got some great advice and feedback from the responders - ** my word of advice to other newbies - this forum can be truly helpful, but you must ask your questions in a thoughtful manner and understand that the information or guidance you seek, will be better responded to if you keep in mind that no one here owes you anything - they are just trying to help - so be respectful in your conversation and you will get a lot further in getting the help you are asking for.

My writing habits: I try to write at least one new chapter every day (or night), I don't use an outline per say, but I do type 'story notes' at the bottom of the manuscript that I can refer to and add to as I progress through the story, I have two writer friends and we exchange works in progress weekly, giving each other good constructive feedback, and I read a ton of books - mostly in the genre I write in, but also other genres to see what's out there - all give me great inspiration and keep me tuned in as to what is currently popular and selling. And I am constantly combing through the forum pages for tips, tricks, and advice on how to improve from all those who have gone before me. I don't post much, but I do pay attention to what is being posted by others - it's a great way to learn!

All I can really say is that anything worth doing, is worth doing right - but when it comes to self-publishing, for me anyway, it's been mostly a bumpy self-taught road that I am still traveling along. But it is also a very satisfying journey and one I wouldn't trade for anything in the world!

Joe

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Dominick

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Re: Any new writers just starting out?
Posted: Sep 28, 2017 9:41 PM   in response to: Joseph A Congel in response to: Joseph A Congel
 
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Hello and welcome, thank you for your insight of your experiences. From one newbie to another I wish you success.
Dominick

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Re: Any new writers just starting out?
Posted: Oct 6, 2017 9:40 PM   in response to: Erik in response to: Erik
 
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Hi. Welcome, I checked it out. looks interesting and the artwork also looks good. I wish you the best of luck and keep writing.
Dominick

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Re: Any new writers just starting out?
Posted: Oct 16, 2017 6:24 PM   in response to: Dominick in response to: Dominick
 
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Hi. I was wondering if you are allowed reading your book on Facebook as a video format? As a form of advertising?
as anybody tried it?. any help will be appreciated.
ccrockwell

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Re: Any new writers just starting out?
Posted: Oct 16, 2017 8:20 PM   in response to: Dominick in response to: Dominick
 
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I'm a relatively new writer myself. Or at least I'm relatively new to publishing on KDP. In my garage I have a whole box of stuff I've written and printed over the years.

My work is generating enormous ebook sales on KDP. I made over $0.25 last month. By the end of the year I might have enough for a cup of coffee. I'm more amused than disappointed. The fact that somebody paid to read my stuff is pretty impressive to me.

My only advice is not to give your work away for free, at least not in the first week of self-publishing. You will make most of your sales in the first week.

C. C.
Dominick

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Re: Any new writers just starting out?
Posted: Dec 26, 2017 8:09 PM   in response to: Dominick in response to: Dominick
 
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Hi. I hope everyone's holidays were enjoyable. I just wanted to say hello and to wish everyone a happy new year.
Dominick

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Re: Any new writers just starting out?
Posted: Feb 1, 2018 8:32 PM   in response to: Dominick in response to: Dominick
 
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Hi. Anybody out there?
Brad the wronger

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Re: Any new writers just starting out?
Posted: Feb 1, 2018 10:25 PM   in response to: Dominick in response to: Dominick
 
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Hi Dominick. You're wearing your broca-brella upside down. If you want to transmit, turn it over and use it as a satellite dish. Tomorrow is a national holiday in which we pull a mongoose out from under the house. If it pees on us, we have six more weeks of good surf. That means you need to transmit using prime number codes only until Chinese Lunar New Year starts. The only reason I picked you up is because I got new gold crowns on my front teeth and they're tuned to your frequency. If you want to PM me, I'm at Bravo1324261Zulu.

Edited by: Brad the wronger on Feb 1, 2018 10:26 PM
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