Let’s go ahead and take a look at this method of properly planning and pacing yourself while writing your Kindle books step-by-step, shall we?
>> Kindle Book Planning is Caring
Not only will planning your Kindle book ahead of time via an outline of chapters, characters (if fiction) and conducting research help you map things out easier, it will also likely help speed up the overall writing process quite significantly. Once you have the overall gist of your Kindle book outlined you can then effectively begin planning out what you’ll be writing each day, week and months.
>> Avoiding Writer Burnout
When you first start out writing your next Kindle book after planning the overall summary and outline, you should schedule several days each week to include short, concentrated stints of writing and a couple much longer, intense sessions. It’s up to you in regards to what you choose to do with each, but we highly recommend focusing on your rewriting, editing and proofreading on the shorter writing days and getting as much as you can on paper (or screen, rather) during your long writing days.
As an aside, you’d do well not to make a habit of trying to critique and edit your writing as you’re writing/typing it. This can be accomplished when you go back and proofread, rewrite and edit what you’ve already written on your longer writing days. You’ll definitely save yourself a whole lot of unnecessary aggravation this way.
>> Take it to the Next Level
As you progress further into writing your Kindle book, you should adequately increase your longer writing days to match. Not only will this help avoid the aforementioned writer burnout, but it will also help you speed towards actually completing your book at a point where the end is actually in sight.
>> Don’t Be Afraid to Take Breaks
Writer’s block (or writer’s burnout if you prefer to call it) will happen eventually. It happens to everyone – even the best of us – especially if it’s a relatively long fictional book you’re attempting to write. While it’s ultimately up to you as a writer whether you try to brute force your way past writer’s block or not, we personally prefer the escapist method.
Essentially, once you hit that proverbial wall, get up and get as far away from your computer or writing area as you can. Don’t even think about your book at all and simply do whatever it is that strikes your fancy at that moment, whether it’s catching up on your favorite TV show, taking a relaxing stroll in the park or participating in extravagant tea parties with your children. It’s up to you – the important part is that you separate yourself from your writing and give your creative mind a chance to reset and get ready for however much road you have left ahead.
>> To Work Towards a Specific Finish Date Goal or Not… That is the Question
Just as with overcoming writer’s block, it’s going to be up to you whether you decide to set a final deadline goal to have your Kindle book finished. Personally, we recommend doing this only after you’re at least two-thirds to three-quarters of your way through if you’re going to do it at all. Any earlier and you’ll be at risk of it constantly looming over your head during each and every writing session that you have.
As the moral of the famous “The Tortoise and the Hare” fable taught us, slow and steady wins the race. Just don’t be afraid to mix in a few sprinting sessions throughout and you should be good to go. Good luck!
Whether you’re a chronic do-it-yourselfer in regards to absolutely everything, or are just interested in saving some money in regards to your overall Kindle book financial campaign, creating your own cover art can be both ingenious and infuriating.
Unless you’re moderately knowledgeable in regards to designing your own graphics, logos and covers with the various design software available, you’d do well to bite the bullet and simply hire an outsourcer to ensure yourself the best possible Kindle book cover imaginable.
Fortunately, Kindle book covers are relatively simple, non-complicated work and you can get some really, really exceptional work done for probably much less than you’d have expected. In the interests of sharing the collective wisdom I’ve garnered over the past few years in this business, I’ve provided for you a starter list of sorts of different websites where you can find high-quality Kindle book designers for moderately affordable prices.
While you may think that a service that maxes out the payment for something as creative and demanding as book cover design at five dollars isn’t worth your time, it’s all about knowing how to game the system. The key to finding potential Kindle book cover designers on Fiverr is to identify and focus on the members with a proven track record of excellence. And yes, they’re out there.
If you go with a Fiverr provider, make sure that you supply them with the image,s or they provide proof that they have full rights to use the images commercially. This can be an issue with some of the less ethical providers, they use images for your cover they have no rights to, so make sure you have that clear before you go with them.
Boasting well over 350,000+ freelancers (with about a third or more of those consisting of designers), Guru offers perhaps the most robustly safe option to not only hire your prospective Kindle book cover designer, but also manage and cultivate a potentially long-term, mutually beneficial relationship with them.
While Elance may very well be the most expensive of these three starter options I’ve listed for you, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for if you’re willing to do the research and – perhaps most importantly – pay what the top book cover designers on Elance.com deserve to be paid for their services.
Before you even approach a prospective Kindle book cover designer, you should try and focus on and recognize exactly what you’d like your Kindle book cover design to be. Do you want it to be a minimalistic picture-is-worth-a-thousand-words type design that draws the reader in on a multitude of levels despite its simply outward appearance? Or perhaps you’d simply rather it be a window into a particular scene that occurs in the book, or consisting of several images of the themes, topics or subjects covered?
There are a number of templates available you can use as a basis for your own book cover. You can have these modified easily (usually in Photoshop), for a professional look without the higher-cost of a compete design project. Here are a few places:
There are literally a thousand different directions you can take in actually designing your book cover, and in the end – even though you’re not technically doing it yourself – you can still list your thoughts and wants in regards to the finished product for your prospective Kindle book cover designer to adhere to.
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