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Guess and win

It’s Friday, so why not have a bit of fun?

As you know, I work on several different projects during my work days. Typically, I start with fiction, then I check and answer emails, then I have some books I promised to write, then I write emails, and then if there’s still time, I work on a new product. Finally, I stop working at 4pm, walk my dog, and come home to draw daily cartoons.

Right now, I’m working on a new product, and that product just got an introduction. ๐Ÿ˜€ I wrote the outline last week.

This is a screenshot of the title page:

Guess next NF book

Can you guess what I’m writing?

If you hit the right topic, you’ll get the book for free.

I plan to launch the book February 7th, so you have until February 2nd to deliver your guesses.

Just write your wild guesses here together with your email, so I know where I should send the prize:

Click here to guess https://goo.gl/forms/swwkOuMBYViWP1Ea2

How to make money with your books

Whether you’re writing fiction or nonfiction, there’s one factor you have to take into consideration, if you want to sell your books.

If you bought the Stables course I recommended for nonfiction writers, you know what that is:

Keywords.

Some buyers will go through Amazon’s categories, but a lot of other buyers will simply go to Amazon and type in whatever they are looking for.

Can you imagine what happens if you put your book in front of these people? Yes, exactly. You stand a much better chance of selling your book than if they don’t see your book at all.

There are several ways you can find out what keywords people are looking for:

  • You can go to Amazon, choose Kindle Store and type in a word and a space and see what comes up. For example type “how to” and you’ll see a list popping up. You can go from there and pick one of them as your keywords. Unfortunately, there’s no way to know how many times those words are used for a search.
  • Use a service that will tell you how many people per month type the word into Amazon. Unfortunately, this costs $32 per month, and I must confess I forgot the name of the service, because for that price I’m not interested.
  • Use a Keyword tool like Bing’s or Google’s. That doesn’t tell you how many of those searches are looking for free answers, and how many are willing to buy.

Are you left with the option of guessing?

Nope ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s what you can do:

If you get KDP Rocket, that tool will tell you what you want to know and even more. This is what it does:

  1. Tells you how many people per month type the word into Amazon.
  2. Tells you how much money books are making on average for that keyword phrase.
  3. Tells you how competitive that keyword or niche is.
  4. Gives suggestions on better keywords and niches that will be more profitable.

This means several things.

  • It means that it can help you revive a dead book.
  • And that you can validate your book ideas before you even start writing.
  • You can select keywords that actually get searched for.
  • You can improve your title, subtitle, and book description when you know what people are really searching for.
  • If you’re using AMS for your promotion, you’ll know which keywords to use for your ad, so you can get a good return on investment.

Should you make this investment?

Getting KDP Rocket means that you’ll have to invest a sum of money in it. Is it worth it?

Right now, the price is $67 (going up to $97 February 1st). You might think that’s a lot of money for a keyword tool, but if you look at it this way, it could be the wrong decision not to get it:

KDP Rocket pays for itself:1. If KDP Rocket helps you sell 34 more books priced at $2.99 in your entire writing career, it paid for itself.2. If KDP Rocket stops you from writing one book that no one is looking for on Amazon, then it paid for itself 10x over.

Do you think that having the right keywords would help you sell 34 more books in your entire writing career?

I would say yes.

Anyway, if you’re in doubt, then get it now, because the creator, Dave Chesson, offers a 30-day money-back guarantee. But if you hesitate and postpone your decision until February 2nd, then you’ll have to pay $97.

Check out KDP Rocket here http://malka.im/kdprocket

Get paid to write on the wild side

This is fast and easy money for the right person, but that person is only you if you are willing to write adult content.

Rob Howard has created a product that shows you how you can get paid to write short stories, often with kinky content. The payment is between $25 to $65 per 2,500 words. You can probably type that up in an hour.

The thing about erotica is that it’s not literarily as demanding as other fiction genres. You don’t have to edit and polish your story. Just proof it, and good enough is good enough. The readers focus on the content more than the performance. You should do your best, always, of course, but the snippets I saw were not exactly Hemingway lookalikes, if you know what I mean.

So there’s an opportunity here.

I was highly surprised when I saw the place you could sell these writing services on. I knew that place, but had no idea that you could sell fiction there.

Rob’s book “Erotica Money System” explains where to go, and how to start selling your writing.

If you want more hand-holding, then take a look at the upsells. The first one is a Q&A session with the woman, who found this system and shared it with Rob. The second one is several storyline templates you can tweak into your own stories.

You also get two handy bonus files. One with questions to ask the potential client, and one for promoting your writing.

If hot and spicy writing is your stuff, but you don’t want to hassle with Kindle formatting, getting covers, promoting your books and stuff, then you should take a look at “Erotica Money System”.

Click here to read more http://malka.im/eroticamoney

Setting up a new pen name

Two weeks ago, I finished a nonfiction book for a new pen name, and I’m slowly working at getting to the point where it’s ready to publish.

Setting up a new pen name takes:

  • An idea for a series in a category.
  • Writing book one.
  • Getting the book proofed.
  • Finding a title.
  • Writing a description.
  • Getting a cover.
  • Installing a blog (I chose WordPress).
  • Setting up an autoresponder.
  • Setting up an opt-in form.
  • Writing the first mail.
  • Adding content to the blog.
  • Publishing the first book.

I do a little each day, and each point takes maybe five minutes, except for writing the book, which takes only two.

Days ๐Ÿ˜€

Today, I reached the autoresponder point and thought, Hm…. What should I do? I’m not ready to invest in an autoresponder for this pen name, before I know if it takes off or not. So I installed a free plugin called MailPoet, which I use with my server’s email. Nothing to set up other than the plugin. Easy.

Next point on the list is the content, but I already have some to use. Did you know that you might already have content for an author blog yourself?

That is only one of the things I share inside my book, Your Author Blog.

Take a look here http://malka.biz/your-author-blog/

New pen name

How are you today?

I’m feeling better. Only slightly worried about a swollen lip. Having had angioedema makes you really scared of such small things, I would never have noticed before.

Otherwise, I’m working slowly, but steadily, in launching a series of nonfiction books from a new pen name. I’ve written the first book, and Nate have proofed it. I’ve bought the domain, and set up the blog. Now I just need to set up an autoresponder, the form and a few more things before I can publish the book.

I take one small step at a time, because I have other things I must work on, too. And I don’t want to burn out.

But now it’s weekend and relax time ๐Ÿ™‚ Frostie the cat and Nefnef the dog have been totally quiet today. I wonder if they are saving their energy for tonight and plan on doing some energetic pet battles ๐Ÿ˜‰ They love that. Sigh.

I’m off again. Have a great weekend.

If you’re working on a new pen name, too, and want some inspiration for how to run an author blog, you might like my book about it. You’ll find it here http://malka.biz/your-author-blog/

Did you work on your fiction today?

How are you doing today?

Me, I’m almost fine, and happy to have the Internet back. Lynn sent me a copy of the webinar she did with Beth Barany about editing for compelling characters.

But before I started to watch, I did some more scene outlining in the novel I’m working at. Only a few more scenes to go, so that made me feel good about myself.

Then I watched the webinar, and I must say that it’s interesting stuff. The thing about us having more than 20 senses is not something Beth invented. It’s scientifically proven, and it makes sense (oooh, pun not intended) when she explains it.

She also explains how you can use it in your stories. Using your character’s 20+ senses is also a great way to add a particular “voice” to each person. That again made sense to me. Two people can be next to each other, experiencing the same thing, but sensing it in two different ways.

I’m glad our Internet connection came back yesterday afternoon, so I could download the webinar this morning. And I’m glad I had time to watch it today.

Now I’m off to do some nonfiction writing, and after that it’s weekend.

Have a great weekend.

If you’re interested, you can still get access to Lynn and Beth’s webinar. You’ll find it here: http://malka.im/bethlynn20senses

My writing tips monthly 5 times

I’ve been writing nonfiction professionally since 1995, and believe me: It was a struggle to begin with.

Over the years I picked up tips and routines that made me able to write faster and hopefully better.

Those tips are too small for a full book, but I gathered them and added them to a monthly newsletter. There are five of them, and you’ll get the first when you sign up and a new one every month until volume 5. That’s the last one. And there are no upsells.

You can, of course, unsubscribe any time before the five months.

If you’re interested, then sign up here http://malka.biz/nf-newsletter/

The first hour of the day

A while ago, I learned a tip from someone who worked for others. I don’t remember who it was, or what she did, but I think it was ghostwriting.

That person ALWAYS used the first hour of the day on herself. It didn’t matter how busy she was, or how much her clients asked her to do more work for them, that first hour was hers.

I’ve found that using that first hour to write fiction gives me more energy during the rest of the day.

Whenever I get too busy and forget decide to skip my fiction writing hour, I end up getting less done.

What do you use your first hour on? Doing work for others? Reading? Watching TV? Playing games?

Your choice matters.

I use different tools to keep track of my daily productivity, like KanbanFlow, Toggl, Action Enforcer, and The Journal.

That allows me to see that if I don’t start out with fiction, I don’t get nearly as much done as if I do start out with fiction. Why is that? I have no idea. Maybe something about starting the day by being creative.

Will it work for you?

I don’t know, and only you can check that out. I highly recommend it.

And if you need a chapter-by-chapter guide to write a romance then check this out http://malka.biz/fow-romance/

Bride in black

When you walk a dog like Nefnef and see the world through her eyes, there’s always something exciting going on.

Today, we saw a photographer in the park. That’s not unusual. Newly married couples goes there all the time to have their pictures take. What was different, though, was that the photographer was alone and speaking on the phone.

Nefnef and I continued our walk and in the bushes we saw the bride. I don’t know if she was changing her clothes or what she was doing in there, but she was a gorgeous and very unusual sight: Black top with long sleeves and naked shoulders. A tiny black skirt, only covering her butt, and a longer black tulle skirt over it. I couldn’t help staring after her. She was really a sight.

She could become a worthy heroine in a book ๐Ÿ˜€

That reminds me… If you need help creating your heroines, maybe this will help you? One of the character types is the strong, independent woman with a past. But there are more types.

Take a look here: http://malka.biz/female-character-sketches/

The recipe for a $92K cookbook

One of my friends sold more than 15,000 copies of her cookbook in December.

There’s money in dem books ๐Ÿ˜‰

But don’t you wish somebody would write a recipe to write them and make them popular?

Anne Wolfinger did. She wrote and published a diet cookbook that has made her almost $93,000 so far and it’s still ranking high and selling.

She did a case-study and a step-by-step plan to help others do what she did.

You can get instant access to her guide here: http://malka.im/92kcookbook

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