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Tiffany Lambert’s Kindle Fiction Challenge – My Review

Do You Dream Of Making Money from Your Writing?

Tiffany Lambert’s Kindle Fiction Challenge could be the perfect additional resource to help us on the road to building a full time income from writing fiction. I have already published a few short stories and am working hard to create more.

Tiffany Lamberts Kindle Fiction Challenge - My ReviewTiffany set up the Kindle Fiction Challenge – a challenge where she takes you step by step through the process she used in order to produce a series of 4 short stories that, at one time earned her up to $1500 per month.

One of the hardest things about writing is consistency and motivation. I have stopped and started countless times. People who have remained consistent have gone on to earn outstanding amounts of money and have been able to leave their jobs and become full-time writers. That’s where I hope to be by the end of this year. I got this course help help spur me on my own fiction writing journey.

About The Course

This course originally started last year as a live daily event but you can join anytime and work through the material at your own pace.

It consists of daily blog posts with a video that covers a particular aspect of creating fiction books. The blog posts are password protected and people who took part in the live event left feedback comments on each post.

The Course Length

At the moment, there are over 40 daily blog posts on the website. I am taking my time to go through the posts. I usually look at one or two per day and make notes as I view.

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My Thoughts On The Course

It is still early days for me but so far so good. I watch each video, make notes and incorporate the things that resonate with me into my work.

The great news is that I already gained a couple of valuable tips from the video for Day One. I was able to implement this straight away. And this tip helped to make two sales on one of my short stories!!! Yippee 🙂 🙂

I will be back with an update review as I progress through the rest of the daily blog posts of Tiffany’s Kindle Fiction Challenge.

Should You Buy?

If you want to get started with fiction writing or you are looking some extra support and guidance, then I would suggest this course. You can go as fast or as leisurely as you like, as long as you take action and implement the tips and advice provided in the lessons.

Tiffany has earned more money from her fiction books than I have so I know that she has tips that I am able to learn from. As I mentioned above, I have already gained something from doing one simple thing she recommended. I certainly look forward to my own a month $1500 pay day.

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PS – I am taking notes as I go through the course and will upload this as a free report on My Resources Page. If you are interested, simply sign up below and I will let you know when this report is ready 🙂

Have Your Say: Are you interested in making money writing fiction? Have you purchased this course? What did you think? I would love you to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

3 Reasons I Like Writing Short Stories

The Benefits of Writing Short Stories

As a reader I am a big fan of short stories. I tend to upload them on the kindle app on my phone and read them while I am on my way to work. I like the fact that I can start something on my morning train commute and end my journey with a smile because I have finished reading a story with its happy ever after ending.

Why I Like Writing Short Stories

As a writer, I am a huge fan of short stories and I am glad that there is an audience for this type of thing. Here are just three of the main reasons why I like writing short stories:

  1. I Can Complete My Stories
  2. I Can Get More Stories Published
  3. I Can Improve My Writing Skills

#1 – I Can Complete My Stories

When I first decided that I wanted to write a fiction book, I was overwhelmed. Most of the books that I read were between 300 – 600 pages long. I didn’t think that I would be able to write something that long.

Thankfully I discovered that people like to read short stories and so I decided to give that a try. At the moment, most of the stories I write range between 5,000 – 20,000 words. This length suits me because I know that the end is in sight and that I will actually finish the story before I get demotivated or distracted.

I expect that in the future I will want to look into writing longer stories but right now, I am happy writing shorts.

#2 – I Can Get More Stories Published

Because I know that I can get a short story completed, I am able to hit the publish button more often. When I am in the flow, it can take me 10-15 days to write a short story. That means I could get at least one new short story published every month.

That is what I am aiming to do this year. I have several books waiting to be edited. Once I have ordered book covers and written the advertising blurb, they will be good to go.

#3 – I Can Improve My Writing Skills

Writing anything is a skill that has to be learned and practised. If you want to get better at something you have to do it more often. A tennis player’s game improves due to the hours of training they put in. It is the same with writing. The more you do, the better you get. I know that I still have lots to learn.

By writing short stories, I get to try out different styles of writing and get more confident in my skills. I want to ensure that I write stories that people want to read, therefore the more I write, the better I can get at things like creating believable characters, introducing realistic dialogue and simply telling a good tale.

My Plan Going Forward

The plan is to continue and complete my Fiction Book Promotion Plan for January,  write more short stories and get them published. I will also put together short story collections, so that people can choose to buy individual books or a box-set.

As long as there is an audience interested in buying books of this length, then I am happy to create more stories to meet their needs.

Have Your Say: Do you read or write short stories? Are you a fan? I would love for you to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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My Fiction Book Promotion Plan for January

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The Journey of a Fiction Writer – It’s All Trial and Error

So I have written collection of short stories and I would like to make some money from them. The most important thing I have to do is let the world know that these short stories exist. So I need to figure out how to promote them. This is the plan that I have come up with.

My 4-Point Book Promotion Plan

By being a member of several Facebook groups and writing forums I have learned how different writers have promoted their work and found their audience. I have no idea if these things will work for me but the only way to find out is to give it a try.

Here are the 4 things I did in order to set up my book promotion schedule for January:

  1. I Created a Permafree Book Offering
  2. I Created a Free Gift Offer
  3. I Created a Way to Capture Emails
  4. I Chose 3 Promotional Websites to Promote My Book

#1 – I Created a Permafree Book Offering

At the moment I have published 5 short stories under my pen name. They are stand-alone stories and the theme is love. The first story is about 5,000 words long and was written in order to be the free book offer. Once I was able to make it Permafree (which means that it is free to download from Amazon), I knew I wanted to use this as part of my marketing and promotion.

During the month of December 2016, the book was downloaded about 30 times without any promotion. Now it will be interesting to see how many downloads I get after this month’s promotion.

#2 – I Created a Free Gift Offer

Sometimes it is not enough to offer just one free story. There are many writers who also advertise a FREE GIFT OFFER in their Permafree book. This is a great way to capture the emails of potential customers. If they like your first story, they may be curious to read your next one and will happily provide their information. Once you have the email, you can actively engage with them to see if they are interested in purchasing other stories.

I wrote another short story and have set this up as my free gift offer.

#3 – I Created a Way to Capture Emails

If you want to get people’s email addresses, you need to use the right tools and the system I use is Aweber. You can sign up for a 30 day free trial and then there is a monthly fee. It is possible to collect emails with or without having a website.

I decided to create a simple sign up form that isn’t linked to my author website. I did this because it was quicker and meant I was less likely to procrastinate about getting the page set up as Aweber does that for you.

I just had to add the link to the back of my book so that people can click on it and sign up.

#4 – I Chose 3 Promotional Websites to Promote My Book

There are lots of different websites and services that will promote your book. They all vary in prices and have their own criteria about the type of books they accept. Some will take any and all books, some will only promote a specific genre and others will only promote books of a certain length and with the right amount of Amazon reviews.

I chose to use the three following services

  • Bknights from Fiverr.com
  • Choosy Bookworm
  • Bookshark

I decided to schedule the promotions one week apart. I did this so that I could have a way of measuring the effectiveness of each service. I will be able to calculate how many books are downloaded and see which service is the most cost effective. I have no way of knowing if this is the best strategy so it will be a case of trial and error. I won’t know if it is right or wrong unless I give it a go. So I am giving it a go.

I will report back on the results in a future post.

That’s The Plan

So that is my 4-Point Promotional Plan for My Short Story this January. There are two things I would like to gain from this experiment.  One of my goals for January 2017 is to add 100 subscribers to my author email list. . At the moment it consists of two people – both are me. Lol.

The second great thing would be if this promotional strategy leads to some actual sales of my other stories. We shall have to wait and see. I am a little nervous about this but excited too. Wish me luck.

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Have Your Say: Have you heard of or used any of the books services mentioned above? Were you happy with your results? I would love you to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Fiction Writing – How Fear (Almost) Stopped Me Writing

Fiction Writing - How Fear Almost Stopped MeWe Can Be Our Own Worst Enemies

One of my main missions for this month was to get a piece of fiction completed and published as a kindle book. Well I am happy to report that I am almost there. The writing is complete, I am in the middle of adding the front and back matter and I have also ordered my book cover.

There are only a few days left until this month is over so if my kindle cover arrives in time I will just about make my 31st January 2015.  Continue reading