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Amanda Hocking: 25 Favorite Kindle eBook Editing Tips That Made Me a Millionaire


“No author dislikes to be edited as much as he dislikes not to be published.” – J. Russell Lynes

Welcome to the third in the series of the Amanda Hocking case study here at Online Writing Pro. In case you aren’t familiar with her story, she’s the self-published Kindle author who is now a millionaire with a book deal. As part of the Great Kindle eBook Publishing Experiment, I’ll be doing in-depth case studies on very successful Kindle authors, and since Amanda Hocking is among the best-known for her self-publishing success on that platform, she’s the first one I’m profiling. Today, we’re going to touch on her editing process, much of which was developed during the time she spent submitting manuscripts to editors who ultimately rejected them. Continue Reading →

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Amanda Hocking Case Study: 3 Early Secrets to Her Kindle Publishing Success

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According to Kindle author Amanda Hocking, if you’re going to succeed in the Kindle ebook publishing market, you’ve got to have more than passion; you’ve got to have a serious work ethic. Hocking ought to know – she’s the most recent in just a few authors who found themselves selling more than $1m in ebooks via’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). Learn about the Great Kindle Publishing Experiment

This is the second in a series I’m working on to study Hocking’s success – you can read the first one right here – it’s called Amanda Hocking: Talented Super-Writer or Lucky Duck? and it offers a brief rundown of her story, if you’re not familiar with it. As we continue the study, we’re looking today at what Hocking learned from years of getting rejected by editors and agents. Rejected, Revise, Repeat: The Success Mindset

Hocking writes that early in her career, she found herself submitting novel after novel to traditional publishers and receiving rejection after rejection. Continue Reading →

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Loosely Scientific: The Method to My Kindle Publishing Madness

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“A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom.” ~Roald Dahl

Last time we talked, I promised you that I’d explain the method to my kindle publishing madness. So I’m going to start right here. Introducing The Great Kindle eBook Publishing Experiment: My Kindle Publishing Success Formula, Beta Version! Continue Reading →

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Loosely Scientific Methods: Kindle Success Formulas and What They Have in Common

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“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

Before I was officially successful in the online professional writing world, I had to develop a bio that sounded professional even though I didn’t have a lot of online writing or publishing experience. With a bit of research, I found that SEO rules required me to sort of identify myself with certain keywords if I wanted to be found by potential clients. Continue Reading →

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7 Insider Tricks to Find Best-Selling Non-Fiction eBook Ideas

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Castleman offers an entire plan to succeed in Kindle publishing in the video, but he doesn’t give it away, so I’ll just tell this one secret today and offer you the link to the actual product in case you’re interested in knowing more. Continue Reading →

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Non-Fiction eBook Idea Generation Tip: Your Blog’s Google Analytics

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A couple of days ago, I talked about my two best-selling books (so far), and today, I’m sharing a tip on how you can generate profitable ebook ideas for your own Kindle publishing efforts. See, whenever I see something that’s working, I study it and figure out what I did differently and how I can do it better next time. So, here’s what I’ve come up with. Something I did here that might have been particularly useful was to use the analytics from my site, which is where many of my readers find me – but also a super-sharp way for me to find out what people want to know and what I can write to help them to improve their life in some way (that’s my general mission with all of my books – they must, in some way, have a positive effect on a person’s life). I look at the Acquisition tab in Google Analytics, specifically the SEO/Queries section. Continue Reading →

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Amanda Hocking: Talented Super-Writer or Lucky Duck?

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“Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.” ~Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Let’s talk about Amanda Hocking, shall we? Continue Reading →

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9 Pages Every Kindle Best-Selling eBook Must Include, According to Steve Scott

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As part of the Great Kindle Publishing Experiment, I must research as I run the “experiment.” So, I’ve been reading TONS of Kindle books on (you guessed it) Kindle marketing and the related topics. Steve Scott has quickly become one of my favorite authors in this genre, for a couple of different reasons. First, you don’t get a lot of bullshit fluff from his work – and I appreciate that. I am busy, y’all! Second, his stuff is legit. Continue Reading →

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