I’m Debating With Myself

Can I manage 5000 words a day or will it shove me down a mountain straight into a pit of burnout like last week?

I don’t like to plateau. In my mind, I feel like I’m good enough to write at an elite level. But, while showering, it dawned on me that quantity does not guarantee quality.

I see a shit ton of people publishing these niche books on things like microwaves and coconut oil and I cringe. I don’t want to be one of those writers. I don’t want to ever do things for ‘easy money’. There’s no such thing as easy money. 

I strongly believe a time is quickly approaching when readers won’t be generous enough to give an author a second chance if they publish 20 page books that are nothing more than a sales gimmick.

Those guys will not last on Amazon. Which is why all my books will be nothing less than a 100 pages. I don’t want to cheat people of their money. If anything, I want them to feel like buying my books is a solid deal. 

Quality is the way to go. So the debate is more focused on whether or not I can maintain a certain standard for 5000 words a day.

I’ll give it a shot tomorrow and report back. 

Z.K

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Being Jealous Of Other Writers?

I can’t remember where exactly I read this article about jealousy but the writer felt that being jealous of another writer is a good thing.

Jealousy comes with the desire to be as good as someone else. It motivates you to work harder because you don’t want to be outshined. It can knock you out of a slum and defeat writers block.

The idea behind this technique is to channel jealousy in a positive way. Use it to work harder, smarter and faster. 

Generally, I’m not the kind of person to get jealous but it does happen from time to time. Perhaps this little trick could work for me in the future. Maybe it could work for you. 

Anyway, I hope you find some value in this little post. 

I’m currently taking a short break after writing a 1000+ words. Today is another tough day because I could only fall asleep at 3am last night and was awake by 9. Eh! I just want my bed 😦 lol

The grind never stops until we destroy those goals, right? I just need to hit another 1000 words and then I’m off to bed. 

Have sweet dreams…and use it for a story if you can 😉

Z.K

Conspiracy Theorists Could Make The Best Writers

Usually in movies, a conspiracy theorist is made to look foolish and ludicrous. They’re either depicted as almost mentally unstable or as comedy relief.

But, in the world of books, conspiracy theorists could actually be the Gods of writing. I kid you not! This is the truth.

These are individuals who don’t simply see something unusual and just shrug it off with a simple – “I wonder what happened.”

Instead, conspiracy theorists run through every possibility, no matter how ridiculous it may sound to others, of what could explain a certain occurrence.

As a writer, you could highly benefit from being a conspiracy theorist. I’ve been trying to work conspiracies and prophecies into my story and it’s taking some practice but the amount of possibilities I’ve opened up to the plot by simply speculating has been phenomenal.

I’ve been working on a strategy that not only improves how easily you think up explanations for events but also improves creative thinking. Today, I’ve been going through old mementos from my parents past and just thinking up stories as to what it could represent, how they got ahold of it and where it was found or made.

Do this for just 15 minutes a day, every day, and I’m more than certain you’ll unleash the creativity within you. Heck, pull up a few stories on the net or scan a newspaper and try to piece together what could have been the motive and conspiracy behind an unfortunate murder or robbery.

It’s fun and you’ll gain a new skill that can help you write juicier plots!

Oh, by the way, today has been a productive day! Not only did I manage to go out and sort some errands, I also managed to fit in a workout session and wrote almost 3000 words! I’m loving the feeling attached to progress. Once you get started, the more you work, the better you feel and the easier it becomes!

If you’re feeling lazy or had a long day, try and fit in some time to write regardless. If you work when it feels tough, you’ll never face the issue of not being able to write religiously. If anything, it will become an irreplaceable part of your life.

Oops, I got carried away! Sorry for the lecture haha!

Anyway, have a great weekend and don’t quit on those resolutions…just yet! 😉

Z.K

Hard Facts About Amazon Self Publishing

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Some of you may be aware of this but not so longer ago I published my first kindle ebook on Amazon. Though the experience was not ‘profitable’ in the sense of monetary value, it was sure as hell profitable in other ways.

I learnt a heck of a lot from this experience and it has equipped me with a few lessons that I plan on practicing upon my next eBook launch (which is probably going to happen within the next week).

On that note, I figured it would really be great idea for me to share the lessons I learnt from the entire KDP experience so that perhaps you can avoid making the same mistakes I did and promote your chances of success :).

Nevertheless, these are some cold hard facts about Amazon Self Publishing.

1. You truly need reviews to get any substantial rankings and earnings.

I know they say that on the blogosphere, building backlinks from ‘Authoritative’ sites is extremely helpful for ranking. On Amazon, I believe authoritative reviews is what gives you a great ranking for any particular keyword you choose. Obviously, it needs to be specific and related to your eBook. On that note, I did not use my 5 day free promotion benefit which the KDP system provided effectively.

In saying that, use those 5 days to get as MUCH reviews on your book as possible. I don’t believe there’s anything wrong with requesting your family or friends to leave an honest review during this 5 day period on your book. Get it out there, get some honest reviews and that’s definitely going to help your book sell or rank better in your chosen category.

2. Fictional in general is more lucrative than non-fiction.

This is debatable but here’s my reasoning – It’s hard to believe this since I always had the impression that when someone needs help, on matters dealing with every day life, they’re willing to pay the price for such help. That wasn’t exactly the case. I wrote about dating advice for men – which was actually too niche specific and probably men aren’t willing to pay for dating advice simply because of ego or personal standing.

Of course, one can argue that maybe the fault was with my book rather than the audience. It’s a subjective thing because it’s hard to ever imagine what someone knows or does not know on the internet. So, in the regard I think fictional is definitely a better choice. I eventually plan on getting my fictional book out there however you know the what it’s like to be a perfectionist, all writers tend to hit that phase and it’s gruesome. Who knows how long it may take for that to be completed.

3. If you write blindly, without any research regarding the topic, chances are your sales will be minimal.

Once again, I really think research expands into the sphere of publishing. Let’s be honest with each other, if research is such a critical step to writing, it ought to be just as important to the actual publishing phase. My next book is on writing, I researched and believe that it’s a much better topic to write about in comparison to dating for men. It’s not a massive shift, it’s still in non-fiction and does explore self development to an extent but more specific to writers yet broad enough for a big market/audience.

Keep that in mind – Audience, Genre, Category, Competition and Scope. Get the research done and the rest will fall in place.

4. Your cover does 50% of the marketing.

Here’s the catch, I have a buddy who designed my book covers who is also a fellow blogger (check him out at Vishal4nw). I truly believe the reason the dating advice book actually caught some attention was because the cover was unique. Whilst all the other books displayed women flocking over men or whatever, this was a vector sort of comic book design cover.

I got him to do the same for my next book except this time he took it a notch higher and designed an even catchier/unique cover.

My advice to you is never rush your book cover. Don’t put together a cropped image with cuttings from other images around the net. Rather go with a simple yet smashing font on a plain background in contrast to a sloppy cover designed on paint.

5. Patience is the key to self publishing on KDP.

No book blows up over night unless you’re like Stephen king but that’s not to say that after a few weeks or days or months, one odd night, you book explodes and goes viral. That is possible but please don’t just publish with the expectation of it selling thousands within that week.

I don’t mean to sound like such a downer it’s just I don’t want you to have these expectations and then give up on writing because it doesn’t pan out the way you planned. It would be really disheartening to see that happen. I’ve seen some real talent go to waste because of it so please do the research, have some realistic goals but still dream big!

Over To You –

Alright, I do hope you found some value in this article and perhaps it will work to your favor. Feel free to hit me up with an email if you want some help or clarity on the matter. Now, I ask you, do you have an experience or lesson or story with publishing to share with me?

I’d love to hear back from you and I’m keen to learn a few more lessons through your KickAss experiences 🙂