Today I have a (syndicated) guest post for you from Jen Matera
of Divas on Writing
In her excellent article, Jen argues that many so-called rules of grammar can (and perhaps should) be broken in certain circumstances.
It's an argument I do agree with, with just one proviso, which I'll state at the end.
Over to Jen, then!
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Thank you to Jen for an interesting and thought-provoking article.
As I noted at the start, while I do agree with all the points she raises, I would add just one important proviso - that before you break a rule, you should know what it is and have a good reason for breaking it.
I strongly believe that all writers should have a good knowledge of the rules of grammar and punctuation, so that they don't inadvertently break them when it's inappropriate. There is a big difference between occasionally breaking the rules for dramatic effect and regularly breaking them because you don't know any better. Readers (some, anyway) will notice this, and so will potential publishers.
If you have any comments on this article or any of the points it raises, please do post them below!
Labels: grammar, guest blog, writing
The Kindle Love Case Study
is a new product from Ryan Leonard
, just released at a low launch price.
As you may gather, it's a guide to writing short romance novels for Kindle (a hugely popular genre), or more precisely to outsourcing them. It uses as an example an actual romance novel
that Ryan created using outsourcing himself.
Ryan's guide has been generating quite a lot of interest and discussion, so I decided to buy a copy myself to evaluate it. Here's what I found...
The Kindle Love Case Study
is sold via JVZoo. After you have made your purchase there are two attempted upsells. The first is a complete pack of all Ryan's previous guides for Kindle authors. It includes Kindle Echelon, Kindle Renegade 1 and 2, Kindle Fiverr Academy, and KDP Select Promo Primer. At the time of writing Ryan was asking $27 for this package. I already have several of these myself and do therefor think that's good value, though I decided not to pay for the offer just to access the couple I hadn't got!
The second attempted upsell is for ten premium romance novel plots. Ryan is asking $19 for this. If you need a quick source of plot ideas it might be worth buying, although the main guide does suggest methods you can use to come up with plots yourself (if you need any help, of course). You can buy both upsells later via the members area if you like, although in this case you may have to pay a bit more.
Once you have turned down or accepted the upsells, you will be able to download the three main components of The Kindle Love Case Study. At its heart (hoho!) is a 17-page PDF manual. This is quite concise, but it is well written and presented, and illustrated with screen captures as appropriate.
The manual takes you step by step through the whole process. The first section deals with finding and hiring a writer, and a particular job-auction website is recommended for this. Ryan reveals exactly how he uses this site, and explains how he posts job descriptions for writers there and how he screens applicants. I found this a real eye-opener. You can also view a written discussion between Ryan and the outsourcer he ended up using for 'his' novel. This covers the main areas he advises readers to raise with any potential outsourcer.
The manual goes on to discuss preparing a plot outline for your outsourcer to follow, along with a title and cover image. As mentioned above, Ryan includes some suggested methods for coming up with suitable outlines. I didn't find any great surprises here, but some useful resources are revealed, especially a source for high-quality romance e-book covers costing as little as $20.
Finally, the manual looks at formatting, publishing and promoting your novel. This section is quite short, but of course there is plenty of info elsewhere on these subjects (my Kindle Kash course
, for example!). I was also interested to read about a service that guarantees 2,500, 5,000 or 10,000 downloads of your e-book while it is on a free promo with KDP Select. There is a charge for this, of course, but it would pretty much guarantee a place for your book in the best-seller lists for its category, with subsequent benefits in reviews and paid downloads.
The other two components of The Kindle Love Case Study
are a mindmap, which sets out the content of the course in a one-page diagram, and a '20 Master Plots' PDF. The latter sets out twenty standard fiction plots. These are not specifically for romance novels, but most could easily be adapted to them.
The other thing you get as a buyer is membership of a private Facebook group called The Kindle Syndicate. When I joined yesterday this had 92 members, and already some interesting discussions were taking place and tips being shared.
In summary, what you get in The Kindle Love Case Study is a concise guide to outsourcing a short romance novel (though the method could be used with any other genre as well). It provides step by step instructions for doing this, although I do think you will need some luck as well to find someone able to write a publishable novel for the sort of money Ryan paid (he apparently got his novel written for $60). I would actually feel a little uneasy about hiring a fellow writer for such a low fee, but of course you could pay more if you like!
If I was to make one criticism, I think it's a pity that Ryan doesn't include a copy of his romance e-book, so that you could read and learn from it. You can buy it yourself from Amazon for around $1.50 - here's a link
- but in my opinion it wouldn't have hurt to include it as part of the package.
The Kindle Love Case Study
is currently on offer at $9.95, though I understand the price will be going up next week.
If you have any comments or questions about The Kindle Love Case Study
, please do post them below.
Labels: Kindle, reviews, writing
With Christmas in mind, we're holding a special prize flash fiction contest
on my forum at myWritersCircle.com
To enter, you have to submit a story of exactly
100 words, including three specified words (Christmas, appreciation and ticket).
The winners will be chosen by MWC's 'founding father' Karl Moore
, from a shortlist selected by yours truly. The closing date is Monday 16 December 2013 at 9 am GMT.
The contest is free to enter, and the first-prize winner will receive a copy of Blogging for Writers
, my latest guide for writers published by the Self Development Network. There will also be a second prize of a signed copy of my printed book 100 Science Mysteries Explained
, while all short-listed entrants will be able to take their pick from a variety of e-books, including the MWC Christmas anthologies and the entire range of horror fiction books published by Crystal Lake Publishing
(kindly donated by Crystal Lake publisher and MWC moderator Joe Mynhardt
For the full rules, including how to enter, please visit this forum topic
. Note that this contest is for members of myWritersCircle
only, but it is very easy (and free) to join if you haven't already. Just click on Register
near the top of the forum homepage
and follow the on-screen instructions.
Good luck, and I look forward to reading your story!
Labels: contests, fiction, writing
Today I'm hosting writer Pavarti K. Tyler
and her newest project, Sugar and Salt
(a Sugar House Novella). This post is published as part of her launch week blog tour.
Be warned, Pavarti's book is erotica,
or more specifically erotic romance
and intended for readers over 18. A summary of the book is published below:
After over a decade working in the sex industry, Janice Cane retains
no illusions about the nature of relationships. Everyone lies and
everyone wants something. Still, a part of her longs for a connection.
Speed-dating becomes her addiction, a place to find a man for the night
when she needs a quick fix, and her last hope that true love may still
be waiting around the next corner. When a mysterious man entices both
her intellect and her lust, she becomes entangled in an affair more
complicated than she’d expected.
Enter the world of The Sugar House. Here you’ll meet the illustrious
Madam Janice Cane and her brood of men and women who will fulfill your
every fantasy. But can they find a way to fulfill their own?
To promote her book, Pav has put together a giveaway with free paperbacks and ebooks from some of the best indie erotica authors around. Titles include:
Beats by Kendall Grey (autographed copy)
Two e-book copies of Rue Volley's erotica trilogy
Three copies of an Eden Baylee e-book
An ebook bundle of erotic romances by Kenya Wright
The Twisted Mosaic by Amelia James (autographed copy)
Autographed paperback of Succubus, edited by E.L. King
$25 Amazon voucher
To be in with a chance of winning any of these prizes (great research material for any of you with an interest in writing in this popular genre!) just visit Pav's Rafflecopter Page
, log in with Facebook or your email address, and follow the on-screen instructions. Note that you can get extra entries in the raffle by tweeting about the book, reviewing it, leaving a blog post comment, and of course buying the book!
Speaking of which, if you would like to buy a copy of Sugar and Salt
(a 40,000 word novella from Evolved Publishing) use any of the following links: Amazon
~ Barnes and Noble.
About Pavarti K. Tyler
Award winning author of multi-cultural and transgressive literature, Pavarti K Tyler is an artist, wife, mother and number cruncher. She graduated Smith College in 1999 with a degree in Theatre. After graduation, she moved to New York, where she worked as a Dramaturge, Assistant Director and Production Manager on productions both on and off Broadway. Later, Pavarti went to work in the finance industry at several international law firms. She now lives with her husband, two daughters and one very large, very terrible dog. She keeps busy working with fabulous authors as the Director of Marketing at Novel Publicity and penning her next genre bending novel.
Connect with Pavarti at www.PavartiKTyler.com
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Thank you to Pavarti for inviting me to join in her blog tour. Do check out her book
if this genre interests you, and enter her Rafflecopter Giveaway
before it closes at the end of this week!
Labels: books, fiction, writing
Today I have a syndicated guest post for you by my co-author on The Wealthy Writer
course, Ruth Barringham
In her post below, Ruth sets out twelve pieces of excellent advice to get your freelance writing career on track for the year ahead.
Ruth is a prolific and inspirational writer/publisher, and I always enjoy and gain something useful from her articles. This one is no exception...
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Unless you’re planning on not writing any more in the next 12 months, now is the time to set yourself up for success for not just next year, but the next 5 or even the next 10.
Give me just five minutes of your time and I’ll show you the 14 steps you need to take to achieve all your writing dreams in the year ahead.
1. A business plan
. Now while this may sound boring, it's not. If you're a writer, sitting down and writing out how you see your writing career really taking off in the coming 12 months can be really inspiring.
Just sit down with a pad and pen and imagine where you want your writing career/business to be in one year's time.
Be as bold as you want. Do you want to make $100,000 in e-book sales? Or how about $200,000? Or maybe you want to earn enough money to hire an assistant and a book-cover designer and an editor?
Think of where you want to be with your writing in 10 years. Then work it back to 5 years. From there, work out what you need to be doing in the next 12 months to get it started.
2. Manage your time.
If you're like most writers, not only are you the writer, you're also an editor, proofreader, bookkeeper and stationery supply manager.
So it's important to make a written time map to see where you are spending most of your time.
Tracking your time can be a real eye opener and will help you to see where you're wasting time on unimportant tasks.
It will also help you to see how you can prioritize better and spend more time on things that are more important.
As a writer, at least 80% of your time should be spent writing.
3. Decide what's important.
Once your time can be better managed, because you have a clearer picture of where you're wasting time, you then need to make a list of what is really important to move your business forward and which tasks are simply unproductive busywork.
It may be that you need to spend less time online or that you need to allocate certain hours or times of day (or certain days) to complete mundane jobs like bookkeeping or answering e-mail.
Put the urgent tasks to the top of your to-do list, but only if they're important.
Once you've had a long hard look at your time management and you've figured out where you're going wrong, see if there's anything you can outsource.
It may be that book cover designing takes you far too long. So it would be better to pay someone else to do it so that you can get on with your writing.
5. Pretend to hire staff.
If you wear a lot of different "hats" every day (bookkeeper, cover designer, web page designer, editor, etc) try this simple, yet effective trick.
Write out a job description for each of these roles. Write it as though you’re actually planning to use it to hire someone to do the work. Include their duties and how many hours a week they'll be working.
Then use this list to understand what you need to do in these roles yourself and see how much (or how little) time you really need to accomplish each one.
And when you eventually do want to hire someone, you'll have a job description ready.
6. Work out a marketing schedule
. Now you know exactly what you need to do and when, you’re going to be a writing and publishing dynamo. So the next thing you need to plan is a marketing schedule.
Map out how you’re going to market yourself, and have an ongoing plan of action.
Marketing only works if it's consistent. You have to figure out how you're going to keep putting yourself in front of new and existing audiences for one whole year.
7. Optimizing your website.
Is your website fulfilling its purpose? Do you know what you are actually trying to achieve with your website?
If you can afford it, having an SEO professional audit your site can be a real eye-opener as to why your website is or isn’t performing well.
If you can't afford to hire a professional, look at other websites in your niche and see what keywords they’re using and how they present their information.
8. Update your business.
What products do you use to run your business? Is it time to buy new software or to automate or delegate certain tasks?
Look at how you run your business and see if there are things you can buy to help grease your daily workflow. Simplify your productive time by having the right software and systems that will save you time and frustration.
9. Read more.
If your mind doesn't grow, it stagnates. And in the online world, things change rapidly, so you need to keep up to date with the business world you live in.
But don't read too tightly in your niche. If you're a writer, read technology sites and newsletters, hang around readers forums, know what celebrities are up to.
Reading more broadly helps you to be more creative and have more ideas, and makes it easier to keep track of what you need to know.
10. Check your social media habits.
If not done correctly, social media can be a real time vampire. If you blindly spend time on social media without a clear objective, you're wasting your time.
Create a plan of what you want to achieve with social media and how you're going to implement it.
And then monitor and measure what you do to make sure it's working. And if it's not, see what needs to change.
11. Learn something new.
In life, if you're not growing, you're dying. So make sure you're always learning. And learn something big...
12. Plan more learning.
- Learn how to market more effectively.
- Learn and implement better time-management strategies.
- Learn SEO.
- Learn how to write HTML code or CSS.
- Take a writing course.
- Learn how to use book cover creating software.
It's not only the big stuff you need to learn. You can plan out a whole year’s worth of seminars you want to attend, audios you want to listen to, and writing courses you want to take.
How about planning one every month?
Think one a month is too much? It’s not if you’re really serious about your writing success.
13. Write for print magazines.
There are thousands of opportunities to write for print magazines. Find a good list of writing opportunities and start sending in queries.
Just remember that magazine editors plan their content 6 to 9 months ahead. So if you want to write a seasonal piece for their Christmas issue, send it in before June.
Writing for magazines really helps because it brings in money quickly, and listing all the places you've been published looks great on your resume.
And if you're good, it can turn into regular work.
14. Collect emotions and memories.
This really helps when you're writing for magazines. It’s hard to write about a snowy Christmas Eve in the middle of summer. And it's just as difficult to write about hot summer days when a snow blizzard is beating against your window.
So at seasonal times and events, keep a written record of smells, sights, sounds, feelings and emotions. It will make your writing easier when writing out of time for the season.
And that's the 14 most important things you need to be starting right now, especially if your writing career still isn't where you want it to be.
But you need to start immediately. Passive reading won't help you, but action will.
Will you take action?
The question really is, how bad do you want it?
If life is getting in the way and you don’t feel that you have the time to implement such big bold plans, then why not let The 12 Month Writing Challenge
do the work for you?
This is a massive course that leads you step-by-step through 12 months of writing and earning money, with no planning required.
Just download the course and you can begin straight away.
And the best part is that the course is designed so that the writing that you do in the next 12 months will carry on earning you money for years.
So download The 12 Month Writing Challenge now
About The Author:
Ruth Barringham is a freelance writer and online marketer and has been writing professionally since 1999. She started her own publishing company
in 2007 where she publishes all her books and ebooks. She also has an inspirational website for writers
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Thank you to Ruth for an inspiring and thought-provoking article. I agree with all the points she makes, although I must admit I have never tried writing job descriptions for the different "hats" I have to wear during the course of a working week. Probably I should!
I particularly agree with the advice about outsourcing, though. In my experience freelances don't do this nearly enough, and some have an almost pathological aversion to spending any money at all on their writing business.
I think this is misguided. Time is money, and if writing is what you do best, it often makes sense to outsource other necessary tasks to people who have the relevant skills, leaving you more time to focus on your own core skill of writing.
If you have any comments or questions about Ruth's article, as always, please feel free to post them below.
Labels: Inspiration, writing
In the last few days I have been trying out a new (and free) web-based tool called GeoRiot
, which I have mentioned on this blog before
is designed to provide a solution to the problem of how to direct visitors to your website to their own national Amazon store. With Amazon's own links, you can only send people to one store, e.g. Amazon.com or Amazon UK. If you send them to the "wrong" store they won't be able to buy there and you won't receive any affiliate commission.
Both A-FWD and GeoRiot let you create a single link that will automatically direct visitors to the appropriate page of their home store, with your affiliate code embedded if you have one for the store in question. This should help maximize your Amazon affiliate income.
Like A-FWD, GeoRiot does not charge users, but it takes a proportion of clicks via your link as "payment". If these individuals make any purchases, the service in question rather than you will receive the commission.
The way the two sites do this is somewhat different, however. In the case of A-FWD, 1% of visitors/clicks are tagged with their affiliate ID instead of yours. A-FWD say they will also add their ID if you don't specify one for a certain Amazon store your user is redirected to (if you run an English-language website, for example, you might not consider it worthwhile to join the affiliate program for Amazon France or Amazon Germany).
The rules for GeoRiot are a bit more complicated. I've copied the relevant details from their info page below...
You assign up to 15% of the clicks we help you earn to GeoRiot. That doesn't include the revenue you're already earning in your base country. You always keep 100% of that. In fact, we go to lengths to help you maximize your affiliate revenue.
Our Clicks As Currency payment model involves Passive Click Share and Active Click Share.
Passive Click Share
We start by earning our clicks where you can't. There are always countries from which you don't see enough traffic to make it worthwhile to go through the affiliate process. Maybe it's Japan or Brazil. We earn our clicks from these countries first, taking 100% of the affiliate revenue. If collectively, those clicks add up to 15% of your total affiliated clicks- and they often do for our clients- you're done. If they don't, Active Click Share kicks in.
Active Click Share
With Active Click Share, we earn clicks from the affiliate programs you've signed up for. So, for example, if your base country is the United States, and you're signed up in Canada, we get a portion of the clicks you earn through the Canadian program. However, we never employ Active Click Share on accounts earning less than 100 clicks in a 24-hour period in order to help you maximize earnings. Again, once a total of 15% (between the passive and active clicks) is reached, you're paid up in full.
Calculating which of these services offers the best deal overall is not straightforward, as it depends in part on the distribution of the clicks you get. To take an admittedly extreme example, if all of your clicks come from your home country, you would never have any clicks taken by GeoRiot, whereas 1% would be taken by A-FWD.
On the other hand, if (like me) most of your clicks are divided between Amazon UK and Amazon.com, then if you get over 100 clicks a day you would probably be better off with A-FWD. But with under 100 clicks a day, again, GeoRiot would offer the better deal.
Of course, there are other considerations too, and both services have their pros and cons.
first, this scores for simplicity and ease of use. All you have to do is enter your affiliate ID for any Amazon stores you are signed up with, and the ASIN (unque Amazon product identifier) for whatever you want to link to. Your link is then created instantly for you.
On the minus side, the A-FWD links are rather long and ugly (though you can of course put them through a URL-shortener such as TinyURL
). In addition, no stats are provided, so you won't get any feedback on who is clicking on them.
is a more "professional" looking tool than A-FWD. You get various stats and reports on who is clicking on your links. This is valuable information to have when planning and fine-tuning your campaigns. I have copied below a couple of sections from the GeoRiot dashboard concerning the link to my Kindle e-book Three Great Techniques for Plotting Your Novel or Screenplay
(and yes, that IS the GeoRiot link in question!).
As ever, if you click on these images you can view a larger version. Use the Back button on your browser to return here.
Incidentally, I was interested to see the high proportion of clicks/visitors to Amazon.com compared with UK (where I am based), and also that I was getting some clicks that resolved to non-English language sites.
Other advantages of GeoRiot include the fact that the links are short and don't need passing through a URL-shortener, and they take visitors straight to the relevant sales page (A-FWD links take users to a search results page which they then have to click through to get to the main sales page - you can see an example here
One other plus regarding GeoRiot is that as well as Amazon you can also create universal links to products in the iTunes Store and the App Store. This is not something I have tried personally, but it would obviously be useful if you promote products from these stores.
On the minus side, I have not found GeoRiot as user-friendly as it ought to be. There is no quick and simple option to add ASINs, as provided by A-FWD. Rather, you have to go through a somewhat laborious process of adding product-specific links, and trying to ensure that these are in a form the software likes. Amazon store links, as anyone who has ever tried to promote them will tell you, come in a wide range of shapes and forms.
I also found the process of adding my affiliate IDs a bit hit-and-miss. The first time I did it a message congratulated me on adding them successfully, but it transpired that they had not been incorporated into my GeoRiot links. On my second attempt everything worked fine, but there have been one or two incidents like this that suggest to me that not everything at GeoRiot is working as smoothly as it should. Of course, it is still early days where this service is concerned.
Overall, these are both valuable services to anyone who promotes Amazon products, and I have certainly noticed an increase in my commissions since I started using A-FWD a few months ago. Admittedly, now is the best time of year to be promoting your Amazon links
but even so, compared with previous years, my results have been significantly better.
For the time being I will continue to use both services for my Amazon links and monitoring which gives me the best results overall.
If you have any comments or questions about GeoRiot
) please do post them below and I will do my best to answer them!
Labels: Amazon, resources, reviews
is new software for Kindle authors that has just been launched on The Warrior Forum at a discount price.
I'm always interested in new Kindle tools, so I bought a copy myself to evaluate it. In a moment I'll tell you what I thought, but first of all I should explain what exactly it is.
According to the sales page, Kindle Researcher
aims to assist writers with a number of tasks that can help maximize their profits from Kindle publishing. These are to:
- gather information and statistics regarding your topic
- analyze the competition
- find the right price
- uncover phrases and words that NEED to be in your book's title and description
- find reviewers that can vouch for your ebook
The software has five modules that perform these functions, though it is worth noting that the module that finds reviewers is a separate "one time offer" and currently costs slightly more than the main offer itself. As I already have software for finding reviewers on Amazon (KD Suite
and also the dedicated Publishers Review Accelerator
) I didn't purchase this, so my review only covers the main product.
does not install to your computer. Rather, you have to double-click on a .exe file any time you want to use it. This is not the most professional approach to software creation, but it works well enough. You do just need to be sure you save the file somewhere you can easily find it again, such as on your desktop.
Once you start the software, you will see the box below...
To see a larger version, just click on the image above and use the back button on your browser to return here.
To begin, you enter your chosen keyword in the box at the top left and click on the green "Start" arrow. All the modules then start working simultaneously. This is a good time-saving feature, and an aspect of the software that I like.
As an example for the purposes of this review, I used the search term "container gardening". After I had entered this in the keyword field and clicked the start button, the following list of titles appeared on the Competition Analyzer page. Apparently titles are listed according to relevance.
As well as the titles themselves, various statistics about them are revealed, although you have to scroll horizontally to see them. It is one of a number of minor irritations with the software that it is not possible to enlarge the display. If you try to maximize, the box remains the same size but the rest of your screen goes black. Anyway, here is a further screen capture showing the stats you get...
As you will see, you are shown the price, average rating, number of reviews, title and description length, number of pages, and Amazon best-seller rank. You can rearrange the display by any of these criteria by clicking on the relevant column heading.
This is useful research information and will save you a lot of time compared with searching on Amazon directly. I would just comment that the information is similar to what you get with KD Suite and the similar AK Elite, though not quite as detailed. So if you bought either of these products in the past, you probably don't need Kindle Researcher as well.
The Bestseller tab is where you aim to optimize your book's title, description, price and length. You can see a screengrab below.
As you will see, a suggested price and page count are provided, which I assume is based on an average of the best-selling books in your keyword search. You can enter your own book's proposed price and page count beside them, and click on "Calculate Best Seller Rating". If the software likes your suggestion, green ticks will appear in the Results section on the right. This is useful as a rough guide, though I'm not sure how scientific it is. Still, if nothing else it will ensure that your book's length and pricing is not wildly out of step with other books in the subject area concerned.
Also on this tab you can enter your proposed title and sales page description, and get suggestions on what to include in both. I found this interesting, but also a bit frustrating. Once you have drafted your title and description, you can click on "Calculate Best Seller Rating" as before, but getting green ticks for both of these is a lot more tricky. And it doesn't help that no guidance at all is given on why the software doesn't like your suggestion. With another proposed book I tried many different versions of the title and description and grew increasingly frustrated as the red icons stubbornly refused to vanish. I'm not convinced that this feature is really any great help to an aspiring author.
The HTML Exporter tab is referred to as the Fiverr Cash Cow on the sales page. Essentially, all this does is let you format the list of competitor titles from the first tab and export it to an HTML file. The suggestion is that you could offer to do this for other would-be authors and charge them $5 a time on Fiverr.com
. I can't really get too excited about this, I'm afraid.
Finally, the Keyword tab extracts the most used keywords and phrases from the titles and descriptions of competitor titles. A screengrab is shown below.
I thought this was quite a good feature. It will give you some ideas for your title, and also help ensure that you cover all the essentials in your description. Whether you can call this search optimization is questionable, as the data used comes from existing book descriptions rather than customer searches. Nonetheless, if you include all the essentials from every similar book in your own title and description, it should certainly assist the discoverability of your book.
As I said earlier, there is also an optional extra module that helps you find potential reviewers for your book. It does this by searching reviews of competitor titles and extracting contact details for the reviewers where they are provided. I haven't checked this myself, but from other reviews I've seen I gather that it works well enough. Of course, there are other products such as Publishers Review Accelerator
(mentioned above) which will do this as well.
Overall, I thought Kindle Researcher
was a reasonable product with some good features, but some aspects could certainly be improved on. Aside from my criticisms above, it's a little disappointing that there is no user manual and not even a quick-start guide. OK, the software is pretty intuitive to use, but a bit of guidance on how to make the most of it wouldn't have gone amiss. There are no help files, and neither is there a link to an online helpdesk. There is a five-minute video on the sales page that takes you through the main features, so I've copied that below. That aside, you are pretty much on your own!
As ever, if you are receiving this post by email or RSS, you may need to visit my blog
to see the video.
To be fair to the developers, I should add that items are sold at a discount on The Warrior Forum on the understanding that they may not have all the features of the final, full-priced version. They are sold at a discount to get testimonials but also to get feedback on how they can be improved, so some allowance should be made for that.
If you already have Kindle Suite or AK Elite
, it's pretty clear that you don't need Kindle Researcher
as well. If you don't have either of these products, I recommend considering KD Suite
(my personal favorite), although it is quite a bit more expensive than Kindle Researcher
even with the add-on module.
Otherwise, Kindle Researcher
at its current discount price is worth thinking about if you're serious about making money from Kindle. It will certainly help you research competing books and optimize your titles and descriptions. Just don't believe some of the more extravagant claims that are being made for it!
If you have any comments or questions about Kindle Researcher
, please do post them below and I will do my best to answer them.
Labels: Amazon, Kindle, resources, reviews