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How a serial killer helped this writer become famous

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Found a very interesting Kindle author success story and I just had to share it with you. So there’s this crazy-successful indy author named Mark Dawson says that when he hit the bigtime, it was just as much of a shock to him as anyone else. In fact, he happened to check his downloads on the day he released his breakout book. “I could hardly believe my eyes – it was in the tens of thousands. At that moment I realised that I was onto something interesting,” he said in an interview. Continue Reading →

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Amazon seeks Spanish-speaking writers


Big news for Spanish-speaking writers from today. 
Authors who wish to participate in the upcoming competition can upload their work toAmazon’s KDP platformbetween July 1 and August 31, and include “concursoindie2015” in the search keywords metadata field. Submitted titles must be original, unpublished works in Spanish. They will be exclusive to Kindle through enrollment in KDP.See the full story click here Continue Reading →

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Danica Davidson on Kids and Minecraft Novels


MTV journlist slash Minecraft novelist Danica Davidson was recently featured in Forbes magazine to discuss both her work and the effects it has on children. Check out the full story at the link at the end of this article. With the recent sale of Minecraft for $2.5 B to Microsoft, the brand is in no danger of losing steam. Its even expanded into toys, film, and books. Recently, I had the privilege to speak to the author of one of the Minecraft novels on the market, MTV journalist Danica Davidson. Her day job may be covering social justice issues at MTV, but when she comes home at night she authors Minecraft novels. Continue Reading →

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Sweet-Spot: Amanda Hocking on Choosing a Profitable Kindle eBook Niche

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Welcome to the fourth installment in the Amanda Hocking case study series. I’ve been studying Hocking’s career in order to learn and share the steps she took that led her to her significant level of success in Kindle ebook publishing (and later, signing a traditional book deal with a “real” publisher). (more…) Continue Reading →

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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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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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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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