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Beyond Bestseller Part One: Building your author platform from the ground up with your own series on Kindle [Kindle Edition]

Suzanna Stinnett
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Book Description

This guide for authors was previously titled "The 4-Hour Publisher." If you bought that book, please don't purchase this one! Look for Beyond Bestseller Part Two and Part Three for more extensive support of authors learning to build platforms and publish independently. Thank you!

"Publishing for the Kindle seemed like an impossibly difficult challenge
to me. It was incredibly helpful to discover a no-nonsense guide for a
complete newbie, especially a newbie that may also be technically
challenged."
M. Benet, author of "A Month of Haiku Unraveled"

Here is the guide used by members of Bay Area Bloggers Society, and participants in the event series "Authors Go Public." Beyond Bestseller Part One gives you the big picture for Kindle publishing while leading you through the important details to get your writing into the system and starting to sell.

Being part of the digital revolution, as a writer who knows how to publish, is spectacularly rewarding. And why wouldn't it be? For the first time in history, you can take your own idea from conception through your drafts and revisions, work with your own editor, and decide exactly when it's time to hit the "GO" button.

The guide also helps you get started with digital marketing using a few social media tools which authors find bring the best, most consistent results.

Don't let another day go by without dusting off that manuscript or pulling that file back up on your computer screen.

From the book:
Missed any boats lately?
Don't let this one get away from you. While the giants battle it out over ebook contracts, the one person with a little control is you: The creative mind with the foresight to engage technology's finest gift to writers right now.

You need to get your book into digital format and onto some platforms. I'm not talking about next year. You need to do it now. Why the rush?

It's not because millions of people are figuring this out right now, although you might want to note that fact.

It's not because you'll soon be part of an avalanche of writers becoming publishers.

It is because once you go through this process and see your book go up for sale on Amazon, your creative juices kick in - big time. You are going to love what you do next.

So get started! And join the world of authors who took the first step.

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Suzanna Stinnett's guide for authors helped me every step of the way while I was self publishing my first e-book for Kindle. From formatting my product and designing a cover, to marketing and many helpful hints, this little gem was a clear and concise explanation of the sometimes daunting process of a new endeavor.
Marilyn LoRusso, Author of "Celebrating Children-Conversations with Kids" series

This guide should be required reading for all new writers and anyone interested in publishing an e-book. The next few years will see an explosion of reading devices like kindle, nook and iPads and with it a great opportunity for writers to reach an audience previously reserved by the gateway of traditional print publishers. If you have something important and interesting to say, you can be a writer. Consider this your checklist for getting it done. Suzanna will be your cheerleader and coach.
Jerry Guarino, Author of "Cafe Stories"

From the Author

Many writers and published authors are discovering a new vehicle through Amazon's Kindle publishing program. This is creating an exciting buzz among innovators and some frightening chaos for old-guard publishers and writers who have not been shown the enormous value and opportunity in 21st century, technology assisted author-to-reader connection.

My vision of accessibility is a thread my readers will find in all my content. It works both ways. I want readers to have easy access to the content they seek, and the Amazon search engine is a great facilitator of discovery. I want writers to have ready access to these tools, so I've produced Beyond Bestseller as well as my other non-fiction offerings as brain-friendly guides to get more people in the game.

Suzanna Stinnett

Product Details

  • File Size: 116 KB
  • Print Length: 28 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004MPRFPM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,637 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Suzanna Stinnett's 4-Hour Publisher, helped me every step of the way while I was self publishing my first e-book for Kindle. From formatting my product and designing a cover, to marketing and many helpful hints, this little gem was a clear and concise explanation, of the sometimes daunting process of a new endeavor.

I kept it by me as I navigated these new waters and could hear Stinnett encouraging and cheering me on. It's as if she were there with me, adding valuable step by step information and even humor. I recommend The 4-Hour Publisher to anyone who wants to be inspired and find out more about this exciting new frontier of e-book self publishing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars from mystery to clarity in 4 hours October 1, 2011
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Publishing for the Kindle seemed like an impossibly difficult challenge to me. It was incredibly helpful to discover a no-nonsense guide for a complete newbie, especially a newbie that may also be technically challenged. Suzanna Stinnnett takes the aspiring Kindle publisher step-by-step through the process of formatting and uploading the work in an informal and clear manner. Her approach in the guide is much like that of an enthusiastic and caring coach, who gives you the instructions so that you can concentrate on what's important in the end, namely your performance, or in this case, your writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars solid, practical advice in a clear format.. November 22, 2011
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The 4-Hour Publisher should be required reading for all new writers and anyone interested in publishing an e-book. The next few years will see an explosion of reading devices like kindle, nook and iPads and with it a great opportunity for writers to reach an audience previously reserved by the gateway of traditional print publishers. If you have something important and interesting to say, you can be a writer. Consider this your checklist for getting it done. Suzanna will be your cheerleader and coach.

Jerry Guarino
author of The Devil's Orchestra, The Chess Table and Cafe Stories
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1.0 out of 5 stars Messy and incoherent June 26, 2012
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Maybe there is some good information in this book though I can't say that with any certainty. The book jumps all over the place: on the first page I was left with the impression that I had arrived late to the party and the introductions were all done and I had to join the conversation part way through - without knowing the topic. Then then the game of musical topics started with the book jumping from one to another seemingly at an ever increasing rate. If this author had something to say, then it was sorely lost on me. Thank goodness the book was free. Can't recommend this at all.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Some useful info, badly organized, erratic June 25, 2012
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There's a lot of good advice scattered in this book, but the title (referring to publishing a "series") is inaccurate, and the author seems to jump around and sometimes seems to assume a level of knowledge or experience that isn't plausible for the target audience.

This book might be much more useful if if it were handled by a skilled editor (not a proofreader).

I can't recommend this ebook.
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Suzanna Stinnett was born in Oklahoma and lives in the San Francisco Bay area as well as Duluth, Minnesota. Among her early influences were the Carnegie Library, the meditative bison of the Wichita Mountains, and a family of readers who loved language. Formative years included tolerance-building exercises such as sitting in scratchy petticoats for long hours in Baptist church pews, where she was frequently told to "be still." During these trying hours, her mind was likely to be filled with rhymes and images from Dr. Seuss books.

Storytelling began early, before the first year of school. Stinnett wrote three novels during her 20s and 30s, while producing workshops on brain health and the non-fiction book on the imagination, later published by Sourcebooks as "Little Shifts."

Since the 1980s, Suzanna has enjoyed the Bay area, mainly living in the decadently fertile counties directly north of the Golden Gate. She draws inspiration from the fog-wrapped Pacific coast, and has lived among the elk and bobcats at the shore of Tomales Bay.

Today she can be found writing fiction in the coffee-shop churches of Marin and counties northward, wearing soft clothing with the neck tags carefully removed. She is currently working on picture books and chapter books for early readers with a focus on space and science. The chapter book series is "Starship in the Attic," and the umbrella for these adventures is "Starship Makers."

In the mid 1990s she began pursuing her vision to make writing and publishing tools available to everyone. This vision emerged as Bay Area Bloggers Society, a user group in the San Francisco Bay area with a 700+ membership and local sponsors including O'Reilly Media.

With the Starship Makers and Starship in the Attic, Suzanna brings together the exciting projects currently under way in the space industry with the minds of young children who are ready to imagine their own adventures in science and space.






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