I’ve spent the last several months looking at the self-publishing world and examining the opportunities that are available. The big dog in this fight is, of course, Amazon. Kindle Direct Publishing has made creating and publishing excellent books push button easy.
Unfortunately, it has also made publishing crap even easier. Sturgeon’s Law applies in the self-publishing business, as well as in general. In fact, my research indicates that Sturgeon was an optimist, and his percentages were probably on the low side.
A quick Google search will show hundreds of authors willing to show you how to “Quash It With Kindle.” I have reviewed dozens and found only a few who will give honest answers instead of hype. These reviews will be in upcoming reports.
In the coming months, I will report on my successes, as well as my failures. Some of the subjects that will be covered include:
How to open a Kindle Direct Publishing Account and the pros and cons of using a business name versus your real name.
Handling Pen Names for different genres of writing.
The best way to get covers made. No, not through Fiverr, although that is an option if you are careful about copyrighted images. I have spent more than $300.00 for an, admittedly beautiful, cover; and I have spent less than $50.00 for great covers. I will show the methods I use to get great covers.
The best forums to use to get real, actionable information for your chosen writing genre. One paid forum I found literally saved me days of work on my first visit, making the investment well worthwhile.
Fiction versus non-fiction writing for profit.
Ways to speed up your writing, with reviews of various trackers and timers, as well as the use of speech-to-text programs.
The use of ghostwriters, practically mandatory for most Kindle Quashing authors, and the best way to find and groom them.
How to avoid plagiarism; it is much more common than you think.
Speaking of plagiarism, I recently developed a method that reveals ways to get around the tricks that modern plagiarists are using. They have methods that CopyScape and Google can’t beat. That will be the subject of a non-fiction ebook I will soon publish on Amazon.
I am also starting an ARC (Advance Readers Copy) list. Those invited will be the first to receive copies of my upcoming books in exchange for honest reviews. See my blurb on the site to join.
Of course, I will also be posting some of my own work here, so you can see if this Phil guy knows anything about writing at all.
The best is yet to come!