Yup! So amazing and exciting. I cannot quite believe it yet.
I am an Amazon author. With even my own Amazon Author page.
Whoa… can I say that again?
And I am so nervous! I mean what if it isn’t perfect or done well?
Or if people don’t like the books? Hmmm!
Or I made a graphic layout mistake?? Or or or???
What if I just totally screwed up in front of loads of people?
I have been wanting to do this for ages.
Yeah,, its get over myself time. And off of that comfort zone space.
But yup, you might also know this drill .
Fear moved in.
I did not even notice it had taken up residence. I don’t actually remember even inviting it in.
But here it was. And I just let it get comfortable.
Yes fear, would you like more blankets with that fear?
And well aren’t we all really good at doing jobs on our own heads?
You know, i am not really that great of writer, or who would want to read what I am offering?
So I pushed out the thought about becoming an author on Amazon.
UNTIL RECENTLY WHEN OUR MENTOR, BO, PLANTED A SEED
He said, ready for this?
Just publish one ebook on Amazon and then put a widget on your sidebar of your site. That gives enormous credibility to your writing. It says you wrote for Amazon.
Wow, who isn’t impressed by that?
So I had to think that one through.
Instead of seeing it as oh my goodness I cannot write a book and publish it on Amazon.
It was instead, oh wow, light bulb moment.
My blog will do so much better because it shows my credibility. Huh!
I can deal with that.
And so off I went to build my own credibility.
And lets’ be honest here, OK? If I can build credibility for my own blog , it is also saying I am building credibility for my own worth too.
Wow that is really potent, yes?
HOW TO MAKE BEING AN AUTHOR HAPPEN, on the NOW plan!
When you are ready to get started as an author on Amazon, remember as bloggers we already have writeen material at our fingertips. We do not have to reinvent the wheel. Just take an already written blog and expound on it a bit.
And Voila…you have a new ebook! Now just copy it from your blog and put it into Word format, doc or docx.
Then go to Kindle Direct Publishing. Sign in and go to Bookshelf. choose Ebook. Its the top box on the left hand side in green. On that page it will ask you questions. And one of them is to upload your manuscript. So easy peasy!
Upload your book.. (yup its your book!) And then it will ask you to create a cover. Follow the options.
Then you get to see a preview of how the book will look. If you do not like how it appears. Start over again, and go back to the original document and make whatever changes you need to make. And then go through the process again. (that is the only thing, I could not figureout how to do edits without doing the entire project again.)
After the book is uploaded there are also more questions as to how you want to manage your sales.
Also. Bo Tipton suggested not choosing Kindle Select because it means exclusive sales. Which means then you cannot sell it on other sites. Its your choice.
So there you go! And make sure you set up your own Author page. Whoa, yes YOur very own author page. It lists your bio and the books you are selling. And you can also include all your social media info so people can contact you elsewhere.
Speaking of which here is my AMAZON author page.
OTHER THINGS TO KNOW AND REMEMBER TO DO!
Oh and be sure that you include all your links in your ebook. Social media, Amazon and your site.
Do not forget to mention your site with a link to it! And do an internal link also in your book.
And one more thing!
This is a great venue to grow your email list. So do include a capture page and link it to Traffic wave or your autoresponder.
Success? On yes. .we are so on our way!
Join me in the list of writers who are going to make money on Amazon!
Oh and a big shout out and thank you to my colleague and Trailblazer friend Michelle Lake. We check in with each other every day. And ask what are you working on and what do you need help with.
And when I needed to be walked through the Amazon process, Michelle was right there. Step by step. So again thank you Ms M! Everybody needs a friend like Michelle to help with accountability and success. So if you don’t have an accountability buddy, find one.. It makes such a world of difference.
Ok ready set? Go on to your Authorship. It is really worth the trip!
Oh I have already made sales! Yippee! See hurry up..it works.
I want to hear about your first book. Ok?
YES WE CAN! YES WE ARE!
In peace and gratitude,
Founder, CEO, success-full-living.com
living one heart-centric moment at a time