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How To Become A Published Author In 24 Hours For Free
The days of traditional publishing as we know it, are over! Thank goodness! The long tedious chore of submitting your synopsis to big publishing houses, getting rejected over and over again because your book just does not fit into there general niche. Well its a new day, Their are a lot of great authors out there, that would have never gotten a chance to prove themselves if It wasn't for KDP Direct, which is amazon's author house, open to the public. Yes, everyone can become an Ebook author, it's quick, it's easy and yes it can happen in 12 to 24 hours, it's that simple! If you have already written a novel, all you have to do is create an account and upload your manuscript. It toke me all of Thirty Minutes to create the account and upload my book. Within the next 12 hours my Ebook was posted to the kindle library for millions of people to view and purchase. You set your own price, KDP keeps 30% and the author keeps 70%, so if you set your price at $3.99, this means you will receive $2.79 per sale. Remember these are Ebooks so the prices are generally lower then a traditional paper back book. Also if you want your book in paper back format you can go through a company called create space, but I'm not completely sure of the process, this is another avenue for indie authors to sale there books in paper back form. You may think receiving $2.79 for your work is a rip off, remember if you had gone through a traditional publishing house like I did, 99.9% of the time, you will only receive a whopping $1.00 per sale, so these prices are not bad at all. Also Amazons payout is monthly, that's right you get paid every month, which is a plus, with traditional publishing you are paid quarterly which is four times a year, so payment would be every three months. Amazon also offers their authors direct deposit, so what ever you make can be sent directly to your bank account, for those who like paper checks, they will send them out monthly to the address provided.
Most authors do worry about the length of their books, well with KDP their is no page number requirement, i have seen some Ebooks that are 20 pages long, although I would recommend at least writing a novelette, which is 7,500-17,500 words, and roughly 25-49 pages or a novella which is 20, 000 - 50,000 words which is approximately 50-100 pages long. If your an author who can write 200-300 pages of great fiction or non fiction then your already good to go. If you do write a book under 50 pages, I recommend you set your price at .99 cents. Remember these are just my recommendations, you can write as much or less as you want and set what ever price you want, It's all up to you. Before uploading your book you want to take the time to make sure your manuscript is polished. Editing is a big problem with indie authors, and most of their work has a lot of grammatical errors. Since your doing everything your self, remember there is no team of editors through a publisher that will edit your book, you want your book to be flawless so edit it as much as possible. I know professional editing is pricey, some companies charge $5 dollars per page, most indie authors just don't have that type of money. For those of you who do have the money to spare, then yes, of course, buy the professional help. If you don't have the money then I suggest you go through your book with a fine tooth comb, use Microsoft word and then have a friend or family member read over it as well. Get as many people as possible, but people you trust. try to get at least three sets of eyes, including your own, editing is key. As authors we are blind to our own errors and having those extra set of eyes will help tremendously!
Now that our book is edited and up loaded We need a Cover page for our book, don't worry if you don't have the funds for an artist, you can make a free cover using the tools in KDP's, make a cover section. Here you will find pictures and graphics, different colors, formats and fonts for your book and title. This is a wonderful tool for Indie authors, you want your cover to look professional as possible, remember you are competing with covers from professional writers. Realistically, for most indie authors paying a professional graphic designer is not in the budget. For those of us who have the money for a professional artist, then by all means use them, you also want to be original and unique, some indie authors pay about $10 for photo sharing, to insure that no else using KDP will have the same cover. For those of us who are talented and can make our own cover, or use a photograph you have taken, you can go ahead and upload your own or paid work in the cover section. Now that our cover is made, we need to tackle the issue for a ISBN number and copy rights, don't worry, KDP covers all of this for you, they issue you a ASIN/ISBN number and they copy right your book.
10 Tips to Marketing Your Book
How To Market Your Book
Congratulations, if you have followed all the steps above in this blog you are now a published author. Now you need to market your book, and the best way for an indie author to do that, is social media marketing. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, linkedin and more, Make a Facebook "Like" page for your book and if you already have a personal twitter or facebook you can promote your book to your followers and friends. Also you want to make an amazon author page, this helps to promote your book as well. Go all out for your book, make a book trailer for your Ebook as well. If you have windows xp or windows 7, they all come with windows movie maker. Post your book trailer to Youtube and upload it to your social media sites, this is more exposure for your book. Now that your book is out and people are purchasing it, please ask people to write a review. If the person who has purchased your book is a friend or family member, ask them to write a review on Amazon. The big trick to getting free advertisement for your book are reviews. The more reviews you get the higher you move up in rank, and Amazon will start advertising your book for free. A lot of authors don't know about this trick. Authors who make top 100 are making thousands some even millions, their are even teenagers publishing books and becoming Amazon best selling authors. Remember, Reviews equal sales and I wish you all the best of luck on your journey to becoming a published author!