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Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Kindle Books you should write as an indie author

I have to admit something to you.  I can't hide it anymore.

I do have a couple of fiction books out in the thriller genre and they sell.  I make money from them but (are you reading carefully?)  not nearly as much as I make in another genre under a different name.

There I've said it.  Wish I'd done it sooner.

So the big question that I keep asking myself is - "Am I a failure in the thriller genre if my other books keep selling so well."

I will tell you my answer.  It's.....I don't know.  

That is I really haven't decided that yet.  I LOVE writing fiction thrillers. In fact I can sit down at my laptop and before I know it I have 3000 words done and more that needs to come.  Doing a book in the other genre I struggle sometimes to even start.

I'm just not that into it.  But it sells so I do it.  It's my job, what feeds me....to a degree and actually I have leant all about self publishing and being an indie author because of these books.

And this is the point of the post.  I have seen some comments and read some things from authors who say you should only write what you want to be known for.  Keep going and you will succeed and other such fist raising tag lines.

And I agree with all of them.....

Accept that sometimes you have to do what you don't want to do in order to get what you want.

Didn't Mick Jagger say "You can't always get what you want.  But if you try sometime you'll get what you need."?

And I need to know about writing, publishing and how to make money doing those things.  So before I even wrote my first book I looked at Amazon and downloaded lots of books in different genre's.  Analyzed them, looked at what sold.  What people were writing and saw that the romance genre is great for short stories.

Short stories, I can write them.

And that's where I started.  I wrote about 20 and tweaked them, changed them and now my romance books sell really well.  I make money and I feel good about my abilities as a writer.

Should you write in the romance genre?  If you want to sure.  But is there something else you might be better at?  Or maybe romance is good for you.

It doesn't matter the main thing is that you write even if you don't want to become the best known author in romance.  I don't.  But I still write in the genre to make money.

I bet if you ask all the big authors they have all written in different genres and under a different name.

So what books should you write as an indie author?  Ones that sell.

Off to start another romance book.

Matt










Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Why you should write and distribute a press release for your self published books

One reason - To promote and get more sales!

I know this seems like common sense but so many self published authors don't bother to do something as simple as this.  Come on guys!

Ok ok, I have to admit I didn't always do press releases for my books.  I frankly couldn't be bothered.  But once I did I know I always will until I make enough money to pay someone to do it!

Do they always work?  Well I guess honestly I don't know.  I don't know how many sales they make and I don't know how effective they really are but publishers do them for their authors so why shouldn't self published authors?

Here is one I have just released.  I used PRWeb.com which does cost money but you can send to lots of free ones.  Free ones are listed here. http://mashable.com/2007/10/20/press-releases/


Point Loma San Diego resident takes a tongue in check swipe at the Self Help Industry with his new self published Fiction book “Mr Personal Development'

San Diego (July 2012) – The self help and personal development industry is huge. With people looking for different ways to improve and change in a down economy it's no wonder sales of self help books, Cd and seminars are better than ever.

You have probably read a book, listened to a CD or been to one of these very conferences. But is it all smiles behind closed doors?

That's what Point Loma resident and author Matt Belcher wanted to discover.

I have always had a healthy fascination with the personal development industry that started in the UK. I have read a lot of books from the likes of Tony Robbins, Dale Carnegie and Brian Tracy to name a few. But what I always wanted to know is what goes on behind the scenes. Are these people really living what they preach? That's the basis of my fiction/thriller 'Mr Personal Development'.

Belcher created a fast paced story that features a UK based 'guru', James Skye who is on the up and from the outside is very successful. Behind the scenes he is a womanizer, alcoholic, liar and almost bankrupt.

The book is currently on sale at Amazon for only 99 cents. It's a quick read and should be a lot of fun for anyone interested in this industry.”

To get your copy search on Amazon or visit Matt's blog.
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Matt Belcher is a San Diego based self published author originally form the UK. He's a marketing consultant that successfully turned his hand to writing because he wanted to tell stories. Matt is a proud Englishman, animal lover and Rugby supporter. He can be contacted on his blog at www.mattbelcherwrites.blogspot.com or 619 259 0387.