Is self-publishing profitable 3

Hire Authors: Explore the Profitable World of Kindle Publishing Platform

There's a lot of talk about how lucrative the fiction genre is and how countless new writers can make money with a combination of self-publishing and the right market.

But you don't only need a "good story" if you want to write a book. Every advertising message is also better packaged as a story. Every sales letter, every newsletter, every sales page benefits from the know-how of an author.

But what if you're not a writer?
What if you lack the "know-how"?

Then you can still make money venturing out to the hungry, ever-growing audience interested in buying fictional stories. And even if you are not writing the next bestseller, give your advertising message a new look.

Bet you can!

Whether you have virtually no experience writing fiction or whether you suffer from writer's block every time you sit down at the computer, you can still make a tremendous amount of money publishing books in specific genres.

With Amazon's KDP (Kindle Publishing Platform), you can publish your first story in a matter of hours. With just a few quick tweaks, you can start generating sales with very little effort.

This post shows you exactly how you can take your first step into the incredible world of self-publishing today.

Let's begin!

Writing without being an author? How to find a ghostwriter

The truth is simple: many bestsellers are not written by the named authors. The "big ones" in the industry have writing teams who turn the masters' ideas into reality.

You too can easily find plenty of freelance writers willing to create stories in any genre you choose. But the key is to find a quality writer with writing experience in the genre.

Since each genre requires a different writing style, it is important that you find a writer appropriate for the industry, and preferably one who has already published stories in that particular genre.

Fiction readers are a dedicated following, and if you can come up with an interesting story, you will be able to build loyal audiences quickly. This means that you have to be very careful with who you hire to write your stories. You want your writer to be able to

  • Generate action,
  • to keep the story flowing
  • Prepare summaries,
  • Execute storylines,
  • create dynamic characters
  • and to write from different perspectives (first person, third person, etc.).

Both Guru.com and eLance.com attract some of the best and most experienced writers online. While you may have to pay a little more for 1,000 words than usual, you'll end up with a polished, market-ready story that requires little post-processing.

The time you save by hiring seasoned writers will pay off because you can take the story, create a cover, and publish it to your audience quickly and easily - with no extra work. No editing, no proofreading and no changes are necessary.

When creating your ad or project outline, you want to be as clear and direct as possible. You don't have to offer a full summary of your plot or story, but you do need to provide all the important details and catchphrases that attract the best writers.

For example, your draft project should include the estimated length of your story (40,000 words are considered a "novella", 50,000 words are considered a "novel"). The length of your project plays a big role in the number of writers you target, including the overall budget. Many experienced writers prefer to tackle larger projects rather than multiple smaller projects.

Once you've published your project listing, you will likely start receiving bids right away. Don't hire the first author to reply! Take your time and look at each potential candidate by reading through profiles, text samples, and feedback from others.

If you want to hire a specific writer who hasn't provided references in the genre, ask if they have ever written for this market before and ask for a few examples so you can better see what the quality and overall style is like.

When I create a team of writers, I tend to choose 2-3 writers per genre. That way I can tackle different story types while also making sure that if one writer is late to deliver, another comes in the pipeline. Also, create "groups" of writers based on the genre as many writers will be familiar and acquainted with one another when writing on specific topics rather than tackling stories in a variety of niches or markets.

Fiction writers tend to be the most flexible and can cover anything from mysterious, paranormal to romance, but you should be clear about the type of story you want written and make sure that the ones you hire are Authors are comfortable with your topic.

Let your story be written

Hiring your author is only the first step in getting your story ready for market. You still need to be involved in the creative process to ensure that your writers are able to take your concept and turn it into a dynamic, engaging story.

As you are just starting to assemble your team of writers, get used to the marketplaces, and self-publish, it is important that you take a hands-on approach. Even if you won't be writing any of the stories yourself, it is important that you understand the industry so that you target the most profitable genres, develop stories around in-demand topics, and make sure that any story posted under your pseudonym is a story you click on are proud.

When it comes to developing your first story, it is important that you plan everything out.

It's your job to create a storyline, including plot and character details, so that your writer understands what you want. Your story will also get 100% better if you stay involved in the process, because while you're not writing yourself, you're promoting the story - help bring it to life and give it a voice of its own.

Start by creating a basic synopsis, an exposé that outlines the entire process. For example, if you are hiring a writer to write a romance, you should provide an overview of the main characters, what obstacles they encounter and how the story should end.

Every summary should always contain:

Character structure:

Protagonist - these are your main characters.

Antagonist - the villain of the story. This can also be an obstacle for your characters to overcome, problems, etc.

Round characters - supporting characters that help emphasize your main character's strengths, weaknesses, personalities, etc.

Start, middle and end:

You should always state how you want the story to begin, where your characters should be or how they should develop and how you would like your story to end (whether you want a "happy to the end", "happy forever", a open end "or whether the book will be first in a row).

Don't forget the importance of having a complete "flow" that will help the writer better understand the story as a whole. It's easier to make changes early on than to change the flow or timeline of the story after it's completed.

Period, style & "Feel":

You should also include a specific language, clothing, and even locations that you would like to use in the story. The more often you do a good overview, especially if you're just starting to develop a relationship with your writers, the better your story will be.

You should also make sure that your writer is able to write / play a story in a given time frame, and that the language and conversations in the story are authentic and reflect the time and place.

For example, historical fiction readers know the jargon and expect stories to be true in a certain period of time (facts). If you were to commission a story set in the 18th century, you'd also want your writer to accurately describe the dress styles, customs, language, and even laws of that time.

During the creation of each story, be available for your writer if they have questions or need further guidance. Even the most seasoned writers may need more directions or ideas on where to go your story or how to create a compelling ending. I recommend setting up an email account specifically for authors so that you can easily manage inquiries, questions and tasks.

Subdivide

You should also ask that your writers send your story in sections so that you can approve each section. For longer stories of 20,000 words or more, I recommend delivering sections after 5,000 words. For shorter stories, split it in half (2500 words per section) or whatever - whatever you're comfortable with.

Top freelance hot spots

Here are the top freelance hotspots I use to find quality and experienced fiction writers:

  • http://www.eLance.com
  • http://www.Guru.com
  • http://www.Freelancer.com
  • http://www.VWorker.com

I also suggest visiting forums focused on "work from home" and "freelance" to find other writers looking for work.

Protect your investment

When hiring a writer to create a fiction story, it's important that you think long-term and protect your investment.

Your story can sell out in the thousands, and when that happens you want to make sure that you own 100% of the copyright and ownership of the content.

The easiest way to protect your investment is for all ghostwriters to sign both a nondisclosure agreement and a ghostwriters agreement, which outlines the conditions for owning, disclosing, and possibly paying for the published stories.

A number of agreements and contracts can be downloaded for free from http://www.printablecontracts.com

tip: Make sure the agreement is signed and dated before the story is closed. Otherwise, hand in the agreement by the time you commissioned the story. You should also apply for a nondisclosure agreement that will prevent your author from sharing information with other clients or from posting the same story himself.