Another Free Book? Yeah, I’m Overdoing It!

I know, I know!

Just how many books have I published! Quite a bit, as it turns out. This current book on promotion is all about finding focus and I want to share it with you.

Finding focus isn’t a matter of learning how to focus. You already know how to focus!

What it requires is understanding how focus works and to direct, improve and apply it to the right aspects of your life until it becomes second nature to you.

In this book, I put together an elaborate guide on how to find focus in the long run and for short term results. It is a fluff-free focused book that consists of every single practical way to build focus until you can call upon it in mere seconds.

You will learn what it entails to enter The Zone and how to achieve maximum productivity whilst focusing on the task at hand.

Cool? Cool!

Here’s the link – Click Here 

Catch you tomorrow, Peace Out!

Z.K

My New Book Is Live And Free On Amazon, Show Some Support :)

productivity handbook cover 3.jpgI thought twice about publishing this post given that it’s about promoting a book of mine. But, I want to show up and share my work with you!

This is a small book I’ve been writing in my spare time, it’s called THE PRODUCTIVITY HANDBOOK FOR LAZY PEOPLE and I put in tons of work into making it as potent and fluff free as possible.

No gimmicks. No sales pitch. No fluff and bullshit.

It’s just a informational guide packed with every single bit of productivity techniques I implement on a daily basis. Well, I threw some motivation in it too 🙂

Here’s the book live on Amazon – The Productivity Handbook For Lazy People

It is free and I would seriously appreciate any support I can get, whether you decide to download it, review it or simply share it with someone who could benefit from it 🙂

Okay. Enough of that. I’ve still got about 2300 words to complete before calling it a day. It’s been one hell of a busy day with promotions and marketing. But, I enjoy the grind and I hope you do too.

Here’s to many more days like this!

Z.K

Confidence Always Reflects In Words

Bold. Calculated. Fearless.

These are often characteristics found in individuals and writers who are confident. It’s not easy. Putting yourself out there and being as experimental as possible in writing is a scary feat to accomplish.

I always just presumed that confidence is something you can wing. Fake it until you make it, right? 

But, I’m not so sure that actually works. What I have come to understand is that it is crucial for any writer who wants to start a novel to be confident from the get go. You cannot afford to let a lack of self esteem hold you back because if you do, it’s highly likely you won’t write.

There were times when I doubted my abilities and it often resulted in me trashing my work or deleting it altogether.

Eh! It sucks!

However, why bother so much? If you want to write and you’re unsure if people would accept it or not, write anyway! If they don’t accept, too bad. We’ll try again! If they accept your work, you gain a ton. The only scenario where you lose is if you don’t even try.

I read a quote recently and it said, “You either win or you learn. Failure does not measure into the equation unless you quit.”

It’s so damn true. This morning I fired up my laptop, opened my book and read the few pages I wrote yesterday. I didn’t like what I wrote and started to feel as if maybe I’m not cut out to write an epic adventure novel. There’s so many elements that goes into writing a solid story and I didn’t feel like I was confident enough to do it.

I could have quit but it would have been a waste of my time to quit!

So, I just decided to use the tools in my arsenal and write as best as I could today.

That’s the trick. Just write for today.

Don’t think about whether the next 10 chapters are going to be insanely entertaining. Focus on making today’s chapter as interesting and exciting as possible and the rest will follow when the time arrives.

In time, I’m sure my confidence will increase. Look, challenges are what makes us stronger. Every time we write, we’re getting stronger and better.

Let’s just write and forget about all those insecurities.

The story I’m working on is called INFINITY and I’m truly excited to share it with you as soon as it’s done. The ideas for this story is terrific. I’m hoping the execution is on point and everything comes together properly.

Keep on keeping on, fellow writers and authors!

Z.K

The Fine Line Between Genre and Literature

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Art is not necessarily entertaining and neither is entertainment arty. Up until recently, I was battling to decipher between the two. Believe it or not, understanding the audience you want to write for will help you establish the form of fiction you may want to write.

I have an interest in writing genre fiction – popular types being sci-fi, fantasy, horror and so forth. Generally speaking, fictional genre writing tends to be more on the entertaining side. It explores thrill and edge of the seat writing but can be simplistic at times – that’s the exception, not the rule.

Literature fiction on the other hand explores a more arty and developing style of writing. The content itself is influenced by such style. It need not necessarily be very entertaining, infact, it could come across as very different or unorthodox to the general audience. It explores depth and artistic development alot more than the average fictional genre novel.

Needless to say, both styles are never isolated in any particular book. It’s actually rather common, depending on the writers mood, thought and ideology, parts of a book can be rather genre style whilst other parts literature.

The point I’m trying to make is that the fine line between Genre and Literature isn’t meant to be forever divisional. You can jump between sides and explore the best form of fictional writing for yourself. After all, arts and entertainment is exploring your creative self. Be free, explore and live your dreams through writing – Be it arty or entertaining!

– Zak

How To Build Good Writing Habits eBook

Build good writing habitsIt seems like ages ago since I released my very first kindle eBook but alas, How To Build Good Writing Habits has arrived. This is a book that explores self development in conjunction with writing. We all develop, none of us are objects that remain the same forever.

Time and tide affects our bodies, our personalities and our lives. That’s the way life works – years ago writers never had the opportunity of publishing online. It never existed and the habits of modern writers differ whilst still resemble past writers.

In this book, you will have the opportunity of re-imagining the habits of successful writers to suit modern day writing.

Are you aware of the slight edge? The slight edge that sets you apart from those that fail? The slight edge that makes you an established writer apart from the rest? The slight edge that encourages you to get up every morning and work towards your dreams without any instant gratification?

You may have heard of the book titled The Slight Edge and I am a firm believer of the principles that make up The Slight Edge. In saying that, How To Build Good Writing Habits  is founded on the principles governing The Slight Edge. It promotes a way of thinking that just attracts positive thinking along with success.

All in all, this is a super smart and compact guide for those of you who want to build good, if not great, writing habits.

Quick Update : Get How To Build Good Writing Habits for absolutely free between 4th July to 8th July – Click Here

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Scatter Your Clues – Fictional Writing Tips

I recently began dusting the virtual dust collecting on my fictional series and got back to wearing my thinking cap. Though I loved the original concept and flow, I decided to rethink the details of my story.

Thus, I marched forward on my quest to creating an improved story line. First off, scatter the clues. Mystery is an essential building block to a good fictional book. You, as the writer, have complete control over how your story pans out. Which means, you hold the deck of cards and the way you deal them will result in whether you win or lose.

Now, at this point I realized something concerning yet true – No matter how you scatter the clues, mystery will never make up for a poor story line.

Regardless of whether your book relates to teen girl experiencing young love or an epic hero trying to fulfill a prophecy, if there’s no sequence of relevant dialogue and connecting story bits that make up the crux of your book, it will be fruitless.

A tree is made off roots, trunk, bark, branches, leaves and sometimes fruits or flowers. Similarly, your book needs a main plot, subplots, sub-sub plot, scattered clues, connected clues and finally the pieces of a puzzle that is placed together which presents a big, completed picture.

Here’s where things get fun guys. I am going to document the process of writing my books in a manner that is kind of unorthodox. Instead of focusing on the publishing phase, or the how to write phase, I’ll speak more on the construction of plot and the mindset behind creating a design and then breaking it up into pieces. 

Over To You

Is there anything in particular you have learnt from fictional writing or reading for that matter. I’d love to hear from you 🙂

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 🙂