Have You Heard About Kindle Worlds?

In the August 19th, 2013 Kindle Direct Publishing newsletter, Amazon made a casual mention about Kindle Worlds.  Since this was a new tool I had never heard of (and I was about to do an Amazon workshop), of course I had to find out more.

To put it bluntly, Kindle Worlds is a place for writers to create Fanfiction that Amazon will then publish and promote to their Kindle machines.  Here is a quote directly from their site:

“Kindle Worlds is a publication submission platform where you choose a licensed World, read the Content Guidelines for that World, write your story, upload that story, create a cover using free images or your own image, and accept a publishing contract with Amazon Publishing. It’s simple and it’s fast. Every Kindle Worlds story will be featured on Amazon.com and Kindle devices and apps. Review the steps below to learn how to publish your story.” (www.KindleWorlds.Amazon.com)

What kind of stories can you create?  Well… let’s say you’re a fan of the show “Vampire Diaries.”  Thanks to the licensing that Amazon purchased, you can now write a story for Vampire Diaries and submit it to Amazon.  If Amazon approves it, it gets published like a mini-book or like any other book you would publish on Amazon.  If you don’t have one already, Amazon even gives you an Author Central Dashboard and an Author Profile.  If you do have a published book already, you can claim those books in your Author Profile and it will end up being a very hand tool that ends up promoting your book.

(I will also say this, but don’t quote me… there are cases where self-published authors became hugely successful on their own, and then a Big Six publishing house came knocking on their door asking to buy the author’s “Print Rights” because they were so successful on Amazon.  Thus, it only makes sense that if you write an episode for a show like Vampire Diaries and it becomes hugely successful on Amazon, the show very well might come knocking on your door wanting to incorporate your story into their lineup.  I’m not saying it would for sure happen, but it only makes sense that it could.  After all, TV shows rely on fans to keep their shows going, and if you get enough fans from one of your products about their shows, they will want to take advantage of that for the cheapest rate possible.  It could create all kinds of possibilities in your writing career.  Just think on it… it could be a great way to get your foot into the Hollywood door, or to potentially meet someone from your favorite shows.)

To join Kindle Worlds, you just:

  1. Sign up for the free account.
  2. Pick the World you want to write for.
  3. Read the guidelines for writing your story.
  4. Write your story.
  5. Submit your story and wait for Amazon to give you feedback.
  6. If your story is picked, you create a book cover and then it gets published just like any other ebook.

Other things to know about Kindle Worlds:

  •  For Books over 10,000 words, you get 35% in royalties.
  • For Books under 10,000 words, you get 20% royalties (although this is still in the works and may change in the future).
  • Amazon prices the book depending on the size of the book, and the price is generally between $0.99 and $3.99.
  • Since this is a new program for Amazon, you can bet they are going to market the heck out of it to make sure it’s successful, especially since they are getting a bigger chunk of the pie.  So far, they say on their website that they will market the books through their Kindles and on the website, but right now, sky’s the limit with this program.

I don’t know about you, but this program screams “Great Marketing Tool for Amazon Authors” to me.

A Must-Have WordPress Plug-In: PushButton SEO

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Search engine, Search-Engine-Marketing—Danard Vincente (Flickr.com) This picture I pulled from the PushButton SEO Plug-In in less than 3 seconds… E.T.B.

Okay, let me first start by saying this:  If you are not using WordPress for your website/blog, then this post is NOT for you.  If you do have WordPress or if you are thinking about switching to WordPress, then YOU MUST READ THIS POST.

As many of my readers already know, I am not someone that openly “sells” or recommends a product unless I know that it works.  But I just came across a Plug-In for WordPress that is so amazing and saves me so much time, I wish that someone had told me about it years ago.  It has to be the best Plug-In I have ever seen for BOTH saving time and for Search Engine Optimization.  I have only had this product for about two days at this point, but OMG, the time it is saving me!!!

What’s the Plug-In?

It’s called PressButton SEO and here’s what it does (a sample of the several of these items can be found on this page):

  1.  You can insert videos straight from YouTube into your Blog and Page Posts.  Not only can you insert them, you can search them then watch them from your dashboard.  It also tells you the average length of time for the videos and shows you the more popular videos for whatever you are searching for right at the top.  If you like a video, you click a button and it inserts it wherever you want it and in any size.  Imagine the possibilities for any business.  If you are a bookkeeper and you want to post a blog about using QuickBooks, you can find something from YouTube and insert it instantly (or for any industry in general).
  2. You can instantly add information from other blogs.  This is AWESOME because you no longer have to search all over the web for references from other blogs.  You simply search your keywords in your dashboard and click the add button for any posts you like.  This creates a link for you and takes less than a few seconds.
  3. You can add News Articles from anywhere on the web.  Again, the possibilities are amazing when you consider that you can instantly link to articles that support whatever you are posting to your site.
  4. You can add royalty-free pictures from Flickr by a simple click as well.  Anyone has ever done a blogging workshop with me knows that I am a BIG advocate for adding pictures to a blog post.  This plug-in lets you find pictures for any keyword from Flickr that you can use for free. That is a huge time saver.
  5. It analyzes and recommends SEO tools that will help your site get rankings.  While this is usually every bloggers dream, I put this towards the bottom because for me, the previous four were the most exciting tools.  I personally don’t write for the rankings; I write to pass on whatever knowledge I have.  Luckily, it’s information that people want to hear.  However, I have done the “I-Need-To-Get-Rankings-And-SEO” route before, so I know how time consuming it can be.  I have always been too lazy to spend any real time chasing down keywords or traffic.  But this Plug-In does all the work for you.  From your dashboard, it…
    1. Recommends Keywords to Use that Will Get You Rankings
    2. Helps you Create a List of Meta Tags.
    3. Shows You the Probability that Your Site Will or Will Not Get Ranked Quickly.
    4. Instantly Links to your own pages or posts.  For example, this post is in:  Blogging Advice.

But don’t take just my word for it.  Check out the video that the creator made which sold me on it.

Also, if you have WordPress and you want to try this Plug-In, you can download the free “lite” version and use that.  It won’t let you do the first four things I mentioned, but it will help with SEO.  Simply open the following link in Firefox or Internet Explorer, then once the page is loaded, close the page.  A Pop-Up should appear asking if you want to “Leave or Stay” on the page.  Click Stay and you will then see the free version of the Plug-In.

Just Click Here:  PushButton SEO

If you get it, let me know what you think about it.  I love getting feedback.

Enjoy the video.  (News and Blog Posts are below.)

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Can you believe all of this took me less than 2 minutes to find and insert?  I LOVE this Plug-In!!!