So, a couple of months ago, I did something really brave: I decided to go cold-turkey on my whole “multiple niche” approach to life (and blogging).
I decided I’d spend 30 days focusing only on a single niche that had been sort of assigned to me by the universe. At the end of the 30 days, I received an invitation to participate in a pretty big online summit that was perfect for the niche – but the event was a month away. So, I decided I’d give it another month. The summit, despite a small hiccup, went incredibly well. In the meantime, I’ve developed classes, written more books and produced a ton of videos in the niche. Continue Reading →
As you probably know, finding your niche is the key to finding your place in the online world of profitable blogging. While I absolutely love writing about…well, writing… and my career in general, I’m going to try something new this month. I’m calling it the 30-Day Niche-Focus Experiment, and it’s the reason that this will be my last post on this site for awhile. Since I’ve received so much feedback and support from my work in the narcissism and narcissistic abuse recovery niche, I’ve decided to drop all other areas of focus when it comes to blogging and social media this month. Continue Reading →
If you’ve been following along with the Great Kindle Publishing Experiment, you know that I’ve been trying all sorts of different marketing tips and tricks in order to get my arms around what works and what doesn’t. While I’ve done the KDP free days with every book I’ve published so far (and they do seem to work – detailed information coming on that in a future post), I haven’t yet tried the Kindle Countdown Deal. So, since one of my books (which is admittedly slightly outside of my usual genre but still directed at my target audience and close enough to be relevant) isn’t selling as well as the others, I decided to try it with this one. It’s a more career-focused book and one that I hope will help me launch another series in the near future that focuses not only on discovering your passion but also on making money from it (that is, after all, what I do!). The book is called Bloom, Flourish, Shine and it’s priced at $4.49 on the Kindle store. Continue Reading →
It’s been a week or two since I’ve updated here, but there’s so much to say! I’m going to start with this quick bit of news, though. I’m trying something new. A couple of my books have folks making some noise – they want to have them in paperback because, for whatever reason, they don’t “do” Kindle, but they want to read my book. I am totally honored, obviously, and after having the book formatted and sent off to the publisher, I’m waiting on a package of proof copies for my approval now. Continue Reading →
“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 →
If you have ever followed my work before, you might know that I co-owned a pretty big online writing blog and website a few years ago. I had a fabulous partner, but after a few years, our lives and businesses went in different directions. Though we remain friends and still co-own what’s left of the network, we’re not working together daily lately, and that’s totally okay. So after having been flying somewhat solo for awhile now, I’ve picked up a pretty awesome partner for QueenBeeing.com – my friend and YouTuber Melina the Pinterest Lady. And after having been facilitating a mastermind group for some of my fellow coaches at UCI, I have found another potential partnership. Continue Reading →
“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 →
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 →
So, if you haven’t heard of Fiverr, you haven’t been in the online publishing business long. Basically Fiverr offers a two-way commerce system for people to sell their services and wares for $5 (starting rate!). (more…) Continue Reading →
So here at the Great Kindle Publishing Experiment, I’m documenting my experimental efforts in which I’m writing and publishing ebooks exclusively to the Kindle platform, thereby offering me the opportunity to give my book away to Kindle Unlimited members (and still earn a royalty) as well as selling it to “everyone else” on the platform. Get more details on the experiment here.
One of the things that seems to be becoming a regular feature here at the blog is my online ebook marketing experiments and tests – so I figured I’d throw together a quick post on what that means and what to expect from me. So it looks like this. I pick up really great ideas for marketing Kindle ebooks here and there and then I try them out. Sometimes they’re my own original ideas, and other times I pick them up from various sources like blogs and YouTube videos and other Kindle authors. Continue Reading →