Hi everyone! We’re on part five of my in-depth implementation review of Geoff Shaw’s Kindling course. As you know, yesterday I had a big breakthrough. I’m happy to report I wrote my first page of fiction today that I’ve ever been proud of.
I sent it to my Mom and she said my dialogue was MUCH improved from stuff I’d done in the past (thanks to some tips I gained in Kindling in general and also in Tom Monetleone’s Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing a Novel.
Quick Note: Someone asked me once about a course and whether or not it was something I would urge my own mother and sister to buy. Just a quick FYI that Jeni (my sister) bought Geoff’s Kindling course this morning – she called me, talked to me about my excitement, and she bought it while we were on the phone.
So have zero doubt that I never recommend anything to you that I wouldn’t have my own loved ones spend money on.
We’re off to Part 5 now – hang onto your seats and I’ll try to keep tears to a minimum this time!
He talks about non fiction and why you should get into it. He links out to a page on the series lesson. This is what Paula did and what she urged me to do (and I’m doing and so is my sister Jeni). I’ll go to the series page when I come to it naturally. I think it’s just being mentioned here.
He talks about what type of non fiction you should create.
Ha ha! I see he’s put a clarification up in this section because of what I was confused about. I’ve already seen this main page of the Kindling course.
Right off the bat he wants us printing this. Kind of a good kick in the butt. Oh I love these red numbered bullets again!
#1 – this is why ANYone can do this.
#2 – I like to do this. I tried doing it with my Vegetarian book and most people said it made them laugh a little.
#3 – This section almost seems to contradict itself but I understand what he’s trying to say.
#4 – Oh what a breath of fresh air – it’s a 180 from what the gurus teach, isn’t it? Well actually not what they teach – what they specifically ASK for when they come to ghostwriters for publications.
#5 – great tip for non fiction!
#6 – again, I did this in my Vegetarian book with my feather story.
#7 – I love this tip and I wasn’t always like this. I had to be told to do it by a marketer and once I did, it was freeing!
#8 – I can’t wait to get instructions on how to do this because I plan to do it in my vegetarian book once I know how. I was scared
#9 – This is one tip I picked up here and implemented and in the first few days on Kindle, my veggie book has 11 reviews already! 10 five star and one 4-star and 9 “Likes,” too!
#10 – LMAO! Oh he cracks me up – stick to it like…LOL! This tip is a common one. Okay he challenges us to create a deadline. I did! I mapped the whole process out for a summary book of my own. Why not?
Again, he uses a real example. Love this. I didn’t know Kindle could be in color! Awesome. Mine’s in B&W – it’s a 2nd generation. He tells us to go peek inside the book and I like how that’s laid out! I can do that.
He pounds it into our brains that we over complicate things. We do!!
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There’s a 5 minute warning video and some text here. Watch it! I like that he’s teaching ethics in here too. “It’s not right…” he says. Yes! I agree.
This page has snippets of text with three video tutorials in it. I’m confused before I read the lesson because I’m wondering why you wouldn’t just work from the original you have on your desktop, but maybe he explains that. Think I’ll shut up and go learn.
All of the videos are short. Ah see? He tells me why I need to know this. Good to know! Kind of a neat safety feature for us. This is a good video showing you more about summary books and how easy they are.
Good tip in second video about where to put certain things – especially to help increase sales. The way he did the paragraphs looks like they’re scrunched – did anyone else notice that? I wanted to hit Enter. LOL
The third video is good – I love the ease of use with images! Ah here he shows you the easier way to do a hyperlinked TOC so you don’t need that other tool after all that he previously spoke of.
This is the last one in this section. We first download an HTML template. It comes with a doc file too. This is for Googledocs. I personally don’t like GD and would rather do it on my own since mine turned out fine last time – but this is good for beginners.
He reiterates the summary book instructions because apparently I’m not the only dummy who was confused
ACK! There’s a spider on my screen!
Shiver! Maybe he wants to hear Geoff’s training so he can create a summary book on How to Spin a Good Web. He’s scurrying across the top of my monitor and I don’t have the heart to kill him, he’s so teeny tiny!
Okay we moved Mr. Spider. Next up tomorrow is Romance and Erotica. I tried my hand at Romance back during one of my “try to write fiction” phases because typical publishers tell you it’s easy, fast, makes money, etc.
I apparently sucked. I’m still in 4th grade and I snicker at “pulsing pants” and “big throbbing bulges”. It just doesn’t do it for me. However, I do like love stories so I’m going to look forward to that training tomorrow to see if I can pick up some tips.
Alright – goodnight people! I’m happy – toes firmly curled with the Kindling course. What’s even BETTER is that so many of you are onboard with me so it’s like our whole family is in there on the same journey and I don’t feel so…alone.