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Outlying Islands U. Sign Up. Free Library? Filters applied: x Free Library. Great comment Graeme — I agree with a lot of what you wrote and was about to write a similar comment, especially about the smaller niches. In the first month I did five figures, although that may have a lot to do with the next few months being the most popular time men propose.

Writing an ebook is really the easiest part. Promoting and marketing your ebook is what will make the difference between a success or not. You get instant credibility this way and reach far more people than trying to build up a fan base through your blog. However, in order to do this you have to learn how to think like a journalist, pitch stories that are newsworthy and tied into current events.

Again, great post and resources and best of luck to all of you! You can only 3 reviews for the book and claim to make 5 figures in the first month. Thanks for your insightful reply. Any ideas for where to start looking for niches too small for traditional publishers? Thank you for this in-depth analysis. I have been thinking about releasing non-fiction e-books for kindle, but there has always been consideration in the back of my mind if I should go through traditional route first. I have not made up my mind yet either way, but information like this certainly helps. There are so many different opinions, so much to know and learn about the industry — but each case is different, and I guess we will all have our individual failures and successes.

This article is PERF. It dovetails nicely with the recent Hugh Howey article on Salon. One for inspiration, the other for execution. Please do post more like this! Tim, this is perfect. Goal is to have first book, Tales of Iceland, on Amazon in 2 weeks. Also, most of the world is still way behind the US in ebook adoption. Even in Iceland where they read more books per capita than any other citizenry in the world , ebooks are still rare…but growing.

So the good news is that as other countries catch up, the potential market will continue to grow. Thanks again. More like this, please! I think the most impressive stats is that digital sales just surpassed printed — This is extremely valuable info. Absolutely would consider doing digital-only. Thanks so much for this! You have been my mentor and friend in my head! I just finished my kindle ebook and I am working on creating an app talk about synchronicity! This is very helpful!

I love U! This is where I plan to go financially. Thanks for an amazing post. I was getting doubtful for a little bit, if I had taken a mistake for taking the summer term off. But as a student, I have very little to lose. Thank you. But, alas, how in the heck am I supposed to take notes on such a great post, when the whole damn thing is worth noting?! Love it! I wrote a book some years ago about my time in the music business, and how to get a gig in that world — I hired a design student to lay it out for me using Adobe PageMaker, and he also did the cover.

I also sell it on Kindle, which is insanely simple. Great article but I am certain that the Stephen King, JK Rowling, and Stephenie Meyer did not make it big because they were mercenary about following pop culture trends and finding market niches. You will find it easier to write. It will sustain you through the writing process…and the blogging…and promotions. I agree. I do not try and hijack trends. Lifetime fan value done properly could be x that. Its like mixtapes in the music game. Give it away for free and make 10x on your live shows instead. Can even be done with physical books, just book a distribution deal.

Tucker realized the power of mass market self-publishing and evidently this is actually news to the publishing world, but rappers have been doing this both mixtapes and sub-labels to be distributed for decades. Time to catch up guys. Good points. You earn a repeat paying customer 2. They tell others that it was good so the exponential impact is amplified.

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I love this post! This article have me lots to think about. Got me thinking for sure. Thank you for delivering great stuff again and again. Imformative blog, dropped by to check you out. It will enlighten everyone as to what goes on behind closed doors. All real names will be used in this novel to expose the truth. A book that is so compelling and graphic that has already caused an attempt on my life. The original copy of that book was destroyed during that attempt.

After many years, I have decided to re-write the book. Thanks for giving confirmation to my thoughts with your very informative blog. For those of you who are trying to format your book for the Kindle yourself, I recommend that you use Microsoft Word to do so. Great piece Ryan and Tim. You literally could have written a short ebook on how to write ebooks just using this article. Been a fan of this blog for several years but this just might be the best post. Thanks Ryan and Tim — really inspiring. And the million dollar question s : What about piracy? Ever checked the torrent sites?

Software with DRM-cracking facilities? A substantial part of the music-industry went broke by the peer-to-peer networks. You can use torrents to your advantage. Thanks a lot, very helpful info. I just watched the interview with BitTorrent, quite interesting too. Imho, the most valid argument you gave to go for ebooks is that they are here to stay. Even so, as you worked with BitTorrent, do you have any idea how many copies of the 4HC were illegally downloaded? Is this roughly measurable? I wrote years on it and am now gradually focusing on ways to put it into the market and promote it.

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What are your thoughts on publishing outside the Kindle store as well? I run Digital Delivery App, which is basically a modern e-junkie, and we have a load of e-book publishers who sell via their own websites. Love this. I plan to start writing soon. Also, I would be very interested in learning how you built your supplement business back in the day.

I have a few ideas about supplements but not sure how to start- legalities, manufacturing, etc. Amazon just recently started a more sophisticated cover creator. You can easily create a really nice cover in minutes. That sounds about right to me. But getting those checks from Amazon every month makes it all worth it.

Great article! I work with many authors and they would love this post. Jamie McGuire, Jessica Park and Lauren Clark are all excellent examples of authors that have been incredibly successful going the self-publishing route. Long pots but loved reading it till the end. I would like more of this type of post with steps we can straight use as a practical guidance.

Reading on the Go!! I would like to see more posts with this format commenting on different industries. Unrelated: Tim, you need a word by which your followers can self-reference. You have reached and I am in awe of this a cult-like fervor. I am left to wander the wilderness, with no quick-way to identify myself as an evangelist for the tribe.

Great post. Tons of really useful information with links to much more. Thanks for all the info. Fabulous article! All of them made it so complicated that my book is still unpublished. Thank you!!!

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Until now one of the all-time favourite articles on your site was the one by Noah mentioned in this article. The detail is incredible and amazingly helpful in so many ways. My personal interest is in the development of online training courses, but is is so easy to see how everything here translates across. I fully plan to exploit the cr p out of every suggestion and resource in here. I just wanted to add that Scrivener is awesome for outputting a Kindle mobi or an ePub formatted book which you can load straight to Amazon KDP.

You can test it on a device which makes it much easier to know what your customers are getting before you publish. This seems to remain unknown in germany. Wow, great post. Thanks for this. The only bad point is, now I have 10 more tabs open I have to read. Interesting to note also: 50 Shades of Grey was initially self-published. By the time it sold k copies she got her publishing deal so she was already doing very well. I think the key in everything you wrote above is…quantity.

All the people Konrath, Hocking, EL James, Hugh Howey who dominated the best seller lists in their categories did so by publshing multiple books one after the other. At one point, Howey was on the sci-fi list. I was at one Amazon event for self-published authors and there was one woman who was making a living from writing there who had published over novels. Take all the covers and then just line them up next to each other. And hang it on my wall so I can see so much love every morning when I wake up. Fabulous starter guide!

I would add that kindle books can be powerful marketing for your other products on Amazon. We have 8 video guides and 9 kindle books, all offering practical sex advice and proven pleasure techniques — and the kindle books are one of our best forms of publicity for the videos. Also would recommend adding a catalog of your products to the end of every book, with easily clickable links directing folks right back to the kindle store.

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That way, when they finish a book they have loved, you can make it easy for them to get more right away. I was curious if anyone has any experience with E-Junkie to publish their ebooks? Tim this is legit. WordPress is pretty damn easy to use but it can become more complicated, I guess I just need to spend more time on it. I emailed Matt Mullenweg last year and he actually got back to me. Following you has help me learn about some pretty awesome people. AJ Jacobs is pretty legit also.

Any ideas on how to split the two and sell thru amazon? Tim- Awesome post. One strategy I borrowed from you was launching the landing page before the book was complete. Steve, congratulations. One question for you: how did you market it?


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Have you already build your audience before launching it? Amazon is great because it really help you market your books. Doing it in-house can remarkably increase profits but the toughest part is generating targeted traffic cheaply! Oh heck yes. This post is freaking fantastic start to finish. I always hear people saying that self-publishing will guarantee you make lots of mula. I need one but it totally scares me letting someone have my book. How do I find one? In fact I read about books at the same time a week.

I read one for an hour,Put it to the side and grab the next been doing It since 3rd grade. So others make sense of it cause I can go off on a tangent. Tim, a great blog post with lots of helpful advice for my own e-book challenge.

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Maybe see you in Amsterdam in a few weeks. You have a best-selling cookbook and no one is going to call you chef. You have best selling fitness book and no one is going to call you a personal trainer. You have a best selling book in lifestyle and no one is going to call you life coach. Total synchronicity. I wrote an e-book and have not had the ovaries necessary to market it effectively. I was looking for direction and so checked to see if you had a new post.

Of course. Thank you for inspiring me once again. Somehow you have an intuitive mind that knows what your readers truly need to hear. That totally strokes their ego pardon the pun. Yes, if you have a blog that already has a solid following, this is a great place to cross sell a kindle book related to your blog topic. But putting in the time to start a blog and gain followers just to hopefully get people interested in you enough to buy the book is a huge opportunity cost I think.

Lets say after 2 years of a lot of hard work, you have a blog that attracts a solid 25, visitors a month in whatever niche you are in. So even after all the hard work of creating a blog with a solid following, you would only be cross selling 50 books a month. Unless you are already well established in a certain niche, your time is better spent focusing on perfect your amazon sales page, cover design, etc. Same thing goes for other social media like twitter and facebook.

It might make you feel good or productive that you are creating a facebook page, setting up a twitter, blogging, but the reality is it is not doing anything to convert any real sales volume. I would say only once you are well established, then start utilizing blogs, facebook and twitter to sell more books.

Tim the other Tim, lol I completely disagree. Look at Amanda Hocking…before anyone knew who she was and before she sold any books, she communicated with her potential readers via social media and her blog. But, there are many ways to approach the kindle store. Meaning taking an internet marketing approach to the kindle store. Hiring ghostwriters to write high quality content for certain niches and marketing well. There are many ways to approach the kindle store. There are many test cases of people having 50 mini books in the kindle store in different niches with ghostwritten author names racking in 5, dollars a month.

Or having 15 high quality full books taking in the same amount. The Amazon domain gets high traffic, but a new title in a competitive niche can get buried. A blog provides more opportunites for search optimizations and direct response marketing. A book an Amazon supplemented by a blog and an email list has three traffic vectors, not just one. You just need a platform for an opt-in box to start building a list to drive prospects to Amazon whenever you have a new title.

Andre, I totally disagree. Paul, I disagree with you. Especially if you are relatively unknown. There are lots of blogs out there. Andre is stating that a blog is one of 3 avenues to pursue. And I believe he is saying that all 3 are critical. The other advantage of a blog is that you get to see how your audience reacts to your writing — both the topic, and the style. As you and your audience evolve, you can incorporate that into your writing.

You can start to experiment with marketing and PR with a lower stakes effort so that bombed on that post, no big deal, compared to the fear of taking a step on a 2 year investment of time. Blogging is playing low stakes poker before you go to the world championships. Thank you so much for the helpful tips. I recently wrote and published a German book in 24 hours: Alles. I realised later it was more organic but I checked back twice to see if I had missed the memo.

There were other oversights like this as well. I also wasn't a big fan of Kingsley and did find her somewhat self-absorbed and whiny. She also didn't seem that bothered about the family she had left behind on earth hardly giving them a second thought: found that one a bit bizarre myself.

They obviously have no clue as to her fate: but she doesn't seem even slightly concerned about easing their minds.

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She also seemed to accept her situation after the initial screamfest really swiftly indeed. Now for what I did like: I loved the Alien appearance of the Alphas they were almost reptilian in there appearance: snake-like. Loven is a Seven-foot and sage green Alien with black eyes and lips. He has no ears a flat nose and also a forked tongue: He's bald with long hair braids sprouting from the back of his head: he also has a pair of four inch long canines. With glowing serpent tattoos on both his arms, he's quite the exotic Alien Alpha.

This Alphas purr is described as akin to that of a rattlesnake which is certainly different. There's also nesting and knotting as well as the purring and obsession: but all with a much more softer and more humorous vibe than I've come to expect from this particular genre. Ir really made a nice change to experience this genre in a less intense way. So, this was my first experience with this author and I will be continuing on here as I'm curious to see what is to come next.

I enjoyed this and though I had some issues it was still an interesting read and as such I am on board to see if book two builds on the foundations started here. I borrowed this with my KU subscription. All opinions expressed are entirely my own. Feb 10, Jacqueline's Reads rated it really liked it Shelves: 4-star-books , smut , ku.

Alpha Breeds is slightly different from the last few I have read. I find it tamer and less steamy, but still smutty and erotic. I liked the characters and the storyline. The pacing was good and the flow worked for me. Kingsley is a regular college girl until she wakes up one day not on her planet. Once that ended, the book picked up a bit. Loven serves the king. I like the world building in this one.

Omegas are not to be bonded and they are shared. I liked the interaction between the two. Overall, a decent steamy smutty read. I had a hard time with the alien setting, as well as how some of the characters behaved. Hopefully things look up for me with this one. Received via Author and reviewed of my own accord. Dec 01, Varied Books rated it really liked it. I like this one the hero had some dominant characteristics was Alpha but was Not an abusive ass. I also liked the h. I enjoyed the plot. Negative was that the hero sounded as if he was from this century.

Characters Sound juvenile at time. Mar 18, Elle rated it really liked it Shelves: 4-liked-stars , me-likey-omegaverse , alpha-sexy-male , erotica-dirty-fuck. Plus it has alien theme. Why the hell not. The freakier, the better I just couldn't fathom what happened to Kingsley to be teleport to alien nation. Of course, she thought someone spike her drink because she was to be in a frat party. Suddenly there's a huge green figure and Kingsley is sure she was high as kite.

As an Regha Alpha for the Horde, Loven was infamously ruthless on batt 3. As an Regha Alpha for the Horde, Loven was infamously ruthless on battlefield. He didn't claim Omega because it belongs to the King. Not until the human came. Their banter was so hilarious. Imagined the two different species with a whole new things between them. Surprisingly, Loven is a attentive lover. He is a man on mission to make Kingsley happy and agreeable. I almost forget that Loven is an serpent-like alien.

Again, I really enjoyed their intimate moments especially with the sex. Oh, how much I liked how kinky is Loven. He loves to spank and use toys on her. However, the story is not always about sex. Alpha Loven is protective with Kingsley when she is identified as an Omega. There's a group under the King called Collector. Their purpose is to collect all Omegas for the King.

Alpha Loven bravely fought for Kingsley even when he's without power. I'm really root for this male alone. Also Kingsley is easily likable person. She's undeniably cute and amazing in her own ways. Overall, I really enjoyed this book for fun. Nothing is too complicated. Sep 21, Sebanti rated it liked it. View 2 comments. Nov 04, Jennifer Erwin rated it did not like it. Meh This story left a lot to be desired. The plot in the blurb sounded great but that didn't come across in the actual execution of this book.


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The writing was disjointed, and sometimes the language made the author come across as juvenile to me. Jan 01, TP rated it liked it Shelves: romance , sci-fi , fantasy , series. Ah well, Alpha Breeds by Milana Jacks. A nice short read, without any big expectations if you are bored and need a short doable Alien romance. The Alien is actually an Alien. The world building is a bit limited. The next book in this series is about different characters, I would have read a sequel. But I am not interested in the same basic story with just new characters.

Nov 06, Courtney Green rated it liked it Shelves: omegaverse. I feel like I walked into the World of WarCraft, it took a little bit of getting used to but then I started enjoying the characters. Saying dear and dearest quite a few times was a little odd for me. So I definitely would recommend reading up before hand. So frankly I had issues with this book but would I read the next book? I mean.. Nov 04, Joyffree rated it really liked it. Loven and his men just completed their conquest - he is bloody, sated and does not find it necessary to sample or play with the spoils -He just wants to clean up - Only there is a tiny, breakable but extremely violent female in his quarters trying to kill him??

Darn if she doesn't smell like Stubborn and Mine? If it smells like an Omega and acts like an Omega is It an Omega? This is one of the better Omegaverse stories - a uniquely crafted cosmos with a creative plotline that kept me engaged and entertained dotted with unique characters that are fun and easy to connect with. Kingsley is a little spitfire, once she realizes its not the beer so not telling she takes stalk of her new reality and does her best to adapt.

Loven only knows that he can not let the little female go -something is calling to him to protect her even if it is with his own life. This was a truly enjoyable read and I am dying to see where this goes - I am pretty sure I know what the king is doing but you never know. I definitely want more!! Oct 30, Nara rated it it was amazing Shelves: brutal , sweet , cool-heroine , simple , strong-heroine , paranormal , spitfire-heroine , twisted-scenes , panty-melting , virgin-heroine.

Love this author's books. Always with the holly hotness bed scenes which is A LOT!! What I love about the Alpha character of this book is that he was funny. Not so funny haha but many time he was stuck in the circumtances that remember me of cute male, I mean yeah, he got full holly hotness manliness in him but in a glimpse he was cutely unknown of what to do to our brave character. It was cute. You will let me, or I will s Love this author's books.

This one came up as a recommended read after I finished a Lee Savino book. In the mood for something different I grabbed it. It was really great. Not my usual read that's for sure but it had me turning the pages and absorbed in the story. The premise of the story is intriguing with aliens and omega breeders etc. Loven was an unintentionally really funny character. His attempts at grasping human women and their needs was weirdly cute.



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