Acquiring the right mindset

When Kindle Book Publishing first became an option for authors, it was immediately and cynically latched upon by the usual band of Internet Marketers who think every business opportunity is a potential get-rich-quick-scheme and every customer a patsy waiting to be taken advantage of. When Kindle Book Publishing first became an option for authors, it was immediately and cynically latched upon by the usual band of Internet Marketers who think every business opportunity is a potential get-rich-quick-scheme and every customer a patsy waiting to be taken advantage of. In effect, this meant these unscrupulous people choking Amazon's shelves with cobbled together PLR stuff which invariably had been scraped off the Internet, often without the original author's knowledge or permission.
Putting it bluntly, Amazon is a multi-billion dollar enterprise and there was no way that this kind of behaviour was going to be allowed to continue.
So, in the time-honoured tradition of Google et al, the offending 'books' (in commas since it's a travesty to use the word in their connection) were summarily sent packing by means of a jet-propelled virtual broom, and the corresponding publisher accounts closed.
This is the problem that you will face if you approach the idea of writing like someone who's been educated on 'fast-buck' internet plans. Of course, conversely, if you write non-commercial stuff (e.g. stories which cross mutually-exclusive genres) then you'll be lucky if the few books you do sell don't get immediately returned. And that's another potential target for Amazon - the ratio of returns to non-returns. If too many (proportionally) of your books are thrown back, you risk having the book dropped or your account being slapped.
So what’s the simplest way of avoiding this happening?
Forget the idea that your book is written for Kindle and that the process is not like traditional self-publishing where you had to fork out for the best part of a hundred copies (at least) of your 'magnum opus'. That notion is what will land you in trouble. It's easy to think, "Hey, I'll just churn it out as quick as I can, upload it and then, however many copies it sells, it’s pure profit". This theory is only correct in the short-term and, in the immortal words of the French poultry farmer who realised he'd made a bit of a boo-boo, "If you want to see golden eggs, don't think pâté de foie gras".
While no-one likely to be reading this can control Amazon's ranking system, you can do your best to boost your chances of being on the right side of the dividing line when the big axe falls. Some suggestions for ways in which you might achieve this are by:
? Offering value for money
? Carefully targeting your market
? Using grammatically correct English
? Taking the time to create an attractive cover
? Crafting a catchy opening
There are others, too.
Getting into a bad mindset will only land you in trouble. Thinking that no-one will notice your little antics and won't object to spending cash on a book that doesn't deliver, will only end in tears - your tears. Amazon aren't going to jeopardize their sales figures for the sake of any individual even if that individual is a bestseller (unlikely if you produce poor quality books) and you will get shunned faster than an IOU at a bankers' convention if you fly against this.
It would take at least a book in itself to go into the theory of how you control the quality of your writing. However, if you think in terms of the old-fashioned self-publishing process whereby you had to pay at least £1,000 or a couple of thousand dollars to get a minimal quantity of books printed and bound before then going out and distributing them to reluctant shops and booksellers, you are beginning to put the right sort of value on what Amazon is doing for authors by offering them the Kindle Book Publishing service.
Once you've got your head around this, you are well on the way to having the right publisher's mindset and thus avoiding getting the bum's rush.


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Aly willam is author of this article , she is telling a story for Kindle Book Publishing.

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