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New journey Fiverr/ Kindle e-books some questions for e-book writing

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by Selena1, Jul 24, 2014.

  1. Selena1

    Selena1 Registered Member

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    Hi,
    (I have already started my journey, as I have $16 waiting on my F***** account.
    I don't want to divulge the niche I'm in (it's a bad one anyway, will change it up soon).

    Basically, I've done social networking promotion in order to get clients on F*******and that's it.
    I got $16 worth of orders in about a week, and only 5-star ratings so far. However, it took me a long time to fulfill some of the orders as my gig is too personalized. I'll go for an easier, more automated gig next time.
    )

    I'm tempted to write e-books for Azn, and yes I've done my research, but a few things are bothering me, and I'd love to get some advice.

    Since my gig on F***** is also related to creating content, I thought that I might be able to write an e-book myself.

    I have a couple of questions:
    1. Do I need some kind of speech recognition software to make writing e-books worth my while?
    English is not my native language (though I have started a Master's degree in English). I don't live in the U.S., so I kind of have to write for my native country's market. Otherwise, I'll get taxed on my sales like crazy.
    There's no "free" (or dled) quality speech recognition software for my language.

    2. Is a 30-page e-book (~200 words per page) a good start? I'm not sure what to write about yet. Given my situation, I could write a book (or even a series of books) on how to learn languages, but it's been overdone to the point where I feel I'd run into copyright issues whatever I write.
    How many pages do you recommend for a first book?
    Is there a way to find stock images that are guaranteed to be TRUE stock images? Because I hear that can be an issue, especially if you download from torrents or random websites. And even with more reputable ones, it's sometimes hard to tell whether there's a license on a picture or not...

    3. Copying PLR articles are out of the question, but *not* getting inspiration from them, right? That's how I made my blog about language-learning (it's not earning me money, but that wasn't the goal actually). I gave up on that blog over a year ago.

    4. How legal is it to find recipes, try them out yourself (RL cooking haha), then make a book out of them? I thought that (maybe) adding my own recipe picture and tweaking the proportions of the ingredients somewhat would be enough.

    5. Is there any way I could learn to make my own quality e-book cover/book formatting on my own?
    Not to complain, but I'm too broke to shell out around $10 per book attempt to get a cover or something else.

    P.S.: I'm currently studying in order to become a secretary, as my plans with my partly-completed Master's degree in English didn't pan out. I've been looking for a job like crazy (currently spending the summer studying to get more qualifications) and when I pass my exam thingy next year, I WILL have a job, believe you me. Thing is, for now I can't really buy anything, as I'm mostly dependent on my parents.

    So, would writing K***** e-books in my spare time be a reliable long-term investment?
    I won't have a minute to myself when I go back to school, and even now I'm typing this at 4 a.m. and will get up tomorrow to work more.
     
  2. Selena1

    Selena1 Registered Member

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    It seems I'm unable to answer private messages for now so I'll answer here. I do appreciate the offers but I'm not interested in JVs for now. I really just want to learn how to write K**** books.
    I don't need to be spoon-fed, I can learn myself, *but* I would really appreciate it if someone who did it before could answer the questions I posted in my first message.

    Question 4 is especially problematic for me. I can't believe that easy, classic recipes are copyrighted, but pictures are.
    I'll probably end up tweaking the recipe a bit and taking my own pictures, or not adding pictures at all.

    E-book covers will be problematic, I'm sure, but I will learn how to make one somehow.
    I'm on such a tight budget that I *cannot* invest a cent until I get some revenue.

    I don't want to boast, but I think I can write my own e-book, especially in my native language.
    I have done translation work and proofreading work before in both English and my first language, and whoever hired me at the time was very satisfied with the results.

    The main things I'm worried about are:
    * the number of words/pages (as in e-book pages= around 200 words per page tops) I need for one e-book
    * ways to find e-book niches (though I already have a couple in mind)
    * trying to scrape as much content as possible without really scraping it (reinventing the wheel?)

    I won't be using PLR articles or content spinners for the final book, but obviously I'll exploit all the resources that are at my disposal in a legal way. Any suggestions on how to do that are welcome.
     
  3. Selena1

    Selena1 Registered Member

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    One quick question:
    Could someone teach me/give me a reliable link on how to scrape the biggest/best article directories? I know how to download a regular website, but not how to scrape articles.
    Any help would be much appreciated.

    A little update on my "gig" side-project:
    Looks like it's tanking. Someone left me a 2.5-star review on my only "star" gig.

    In any case, since I spent about 2 hours and 35 minutes on this order, I didn't want to give a refund for a gig that was fulfilled.
    Yeah $4 might not be much, but my skills are kind of useless for F*v... so I'll quit
    .

    CONCLUSION FOR THE DAY:
    1. Regarding the aforementioned website, I think I'll withdraw on PP and stop wasting time for peanuts. Done. 10 gigs= 5,000 words, easily. 5,000 words= a mini e-book. 20 sales on Amazon ($2.99) = a little more than the equivalent of selling 10 gigs.

    The way I see it, in my situation, writing books would probably be better. E-books have the potential to generate long-term income :)

    2. I have a few book ideas, but as I read on this forum that the first books are somewhat "wasted" on your audience since you haven't established a reputation yet, I'm not sure I should use my best niche topics right away.

    3. This U.S. I.R.S. thingy is annoying me a lot. I also read on this forum that phoning the U.S. could help me get this sorted out faster. On the one hand I want to get taxed less, but on the other hand, if my book is written in my native language, it won't be bought by U.S. citizens anyway.
     
  4. Selena1

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    If you're reading this post and are able to answer some of my previous questions, please don't hesitate to either PM me or leave a message here. I'm a hard worker, but a complete beginner when it comes to writing e-books and formatting them the right way.

    Here's what I did yesterday before going to bed (very, very late):
    * I looked all over this forum for the main Kindle threads. I plan on reading them all some time in the future

    * I read some other websites, which contained info on the average length of a non-fiction e-book. I'm not going to be writing 30,000 words, but it was an interesting read.

    * I wrote over 1,400 words for my e-book already! I decided I wouldn't do too much proofreading and tweaking. It might be a bad idea, but I've been building websites/blogs for years, and people have never complained about the quality of my writing. I know e-books have to be "perfect", but if I never practice writing some and actually publishing them, I'll never get better.

    Moreover, I still have tons of stuff to do until I actually submit the book to Amazon, and by then, I'll probably have changed the book a lot anyway.

    GOALS FOR TODAY:
    * Work on Word classes for 2 hours. This is for my future "real" job, nothing to do with e-books, even though... Being better with Word would help me.

    * Write 700 words of content for my e-book. I won't have time to do much more today. Hopefully, if I write 700 words, I'll get 600 words of good content at the end.
     
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    Selena1 Registered Member

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    Thank you, I'll keep you all posted. Unfortunately, I can't PM a member of staff yet as I don't have 15 posts. :(
    Who do you recommend I contact about this post's location in the forum?
     
  7. Selena1

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    I was way too lazy to study the Word courses. I hate this software with a passion and can't be bothered to learn how to use it to "beautify" documents. Urgh.
    However, this is a big problem because I read that I'd have to make a "contents/chapters" page on Word, and it needs to be automated.

    Good news though: I wrote over 700 words!

    I'm not going to lie, writing is slightly frustrating for me at the moment. I think I need to use a thesaurus, but I guess repeating words is fine in non-fiction books.
    My content is really original, so I can't be accused of plagiarism. I mean, the stuff I write isn't so new and out there, but most people's idea of my target niche is pretty boring.

    I'm at 2,210 words right now.

    I've decided that I wouldn't go past 5,500 words, because I'll probably write a sequel to this book, and I need to keep some good material for it.
    I think I'll be done with the writing portion of the work in around 4 hours. I proofread as I go along, so hopefully a quick re-read of the whole e-book will be enough.

    I have the nagging suspicion that formatting and making an e-cover could take me well over 10 hours.
     
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  8. Selena1

    Selena1 Registered Member

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    I've written 3,105 words total since I started this project yesterday.
    Phew, I probably need a little break now!
    Honestly, I'm very proud of the book so far. My main concern is that I don't know how to market it, as my social networking presence will be useless for this one.
     
  9. iamleewalker

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    I wish you all the best on your journey and hope to hear more about it! Keep us posted, and never lose your zeal! ;)