Today I’m really excited to be interviewing T.D. King author of The Kindle Framework.
Hi. Thank you for agreeing to do this interview. Tell me a little about yourself and your background?
I love writing and I can’t stop. It’s like an addiction. When my first ebook went to Amazon #1 Best Seller in multiple categories it was like a switch went off. That was validation for me that my writing could help others which is what I had set out to do and had planned to do. I’m just one of those people who when I find something that works, I try to tell everyone I know. Ha! For me, I want to live out my God given purpose and a part of that purpose is being a help to others.
Please describe what your book is about in a few sentences.
Well, I always wanted to become a published author as an adult. I’ve always had a love for writing. I found a process that worked really well. Many people asked the how did you do it question so I wrote The Kindle Framework. It details the step by step process to writing and self-publishing ebooks and gives marketing tips to make an extensive income.
How would you most like readers to respond to your book?
I’d like for readers to use this as motivation and also as a method to complete the process. I cant tell you how many people that I know that have been writing their book for years or had a book idea for years. The feeling you get when you follow through with this and actually achieve the goal is fantastic!
What are 2-3 key points they can learn/take away from reading your book?
The Kindle Framework gives readers a step by step process on writing, publishing, and promoting an ebook. It speaks to ways to ensure that your content is riveting and draws the audience in, it details the step by step process to publishing with photos, and it provides various methods of promoting your ebook to maximize sales.
I inspire my readers to create more time and financial freedom in their businesses and to step into their powers as women. How does your book or your journey relate to this?
This is a way that women can gain financial freedom through the power of the written word. The book forces you to set goals and then guides you to completion. We celebrate your achievements together! It’s a simple way to earn extra income with very little investment but great returns!
Briefly, what led up to or what was the inspiration behind your book?
Well, I wanted to help people change their story. Often times when we communicate about something or a desire to do something, we have that negative self talk and we don’t even realize it. We say things like I cant do it, I don’t know where to start. We believe our goals to be unreachable. Well once I changed my story and I started saying I can do this, I am going to do this, I’m doing this and then that led to I did it. I felt so empowered and I wanted to share that. I want to help others who wanted to write break out of the old story and create a new one. Because the fact of the matter is, what we do as published authors anyone can do and I just want people to know that.
Which writers or other women in business (etc) inspire you to share your message?
I would say Oprah Winfrey is inspiring for me. She is always positive and she hits the problem head on with a solution oriented mindset. She doesnt just keep talking about the problem. She acknowledges it and then she tackles it ways to resolve it. I like that about her. Her speech is an educating hope sense of speech. her message and her delivery is fair. Just someone that I respect immensely.
When did you decide to become a writer and what impact has it had on your life?
I was 15 when my grandfather inspiring me to write. He had been writing poetry since 1945 and I saw him always writing in his book that he wrote in. I saw that some of poetry was published and it inspired me. I wanted to be just like him so I wrote a poem too and he helped me get published. It was a very huge sense of accomplishment. It helped me to see that even though I came from a single parent home where there wasn’t much income that I could still make a difference..that I could do something that matter. Writing helped me to dream and gave me a huge sense of fulfillment.
Where do you write from and what is your writing style like, do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when or do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
I write 3 days a week from 7pm until the moment I don’t write. I get inspiration from others and life experience. I never force myself to a number of words/pages. I tried to do that before but I don’t anymore because the writing never flows well and it reads like I was forced to write it.
What was the time frame for writing your book? Tell us an interesting detail or two, if applicable. For example, did you finish first draft after one week? Or did you pick it up after 20 years and finally rewrite it?
I gave myself a couple of weeks to write The Kindle Framework. I knew the information intimately so that made it really simple to finish. I read often and most of the time, I see these books that are hundreds of pages of fluff with 15 or so pages of content. It was my goal to steer clear of that and create a product that was short to read, contained a bunch of content-no fluff, and in 30 minutes or so anyone can take something away from it that would benefit them.
What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? Do you ever get writers block and tips for getting past this?
The editing process is the most tedious but I never get writers block. I would say that I mostly over edit. I end up having to pull myself back from my writing so I wont over edit it.
How are you publishing this book and why? (Did you find an agent if so how did you go about doing this) (*e.g. Indie, traditional or both)
I own a publishing company called Impact Learning Publications, www.ilpublications.com. I decided to open a publishing company to help educate people about how they can write their book(s) and self publish it. And of course if they want help publishing that is an option as well.
What were your 1-2 biggest learning experience(s) or surprise(s) throughout the publishing process?
My biggest learning experience was figuring out that it’s not about writing the book. The book itself and the act of writing it is actually the simplest part. Of course, people don’t feel that way when they are writing it. Ha! It’s really what the book can do for others that matters the most. Getting the word out about the book and promoting the book is the hardest part but when you are passionate about what you are doing, you can change the world. Changing the life of one person leads to changing the lives of a family, which can lead to changing the lives of a community, on to the world. Stay focused.
Did you have a “marketing/tribe” platform in place? On this topic, what are you doing to build a platform and gain readership? (Please add in your links)
- Website: www.ilpublications.com
- Blog: www.ilpublications.com/blog
- Facebook: T.D. King
- Facebook: Impact Learning Publications
- Twitter: Publications_IL
Do you think that the title, design and cover plays an important part in the buying process?
That would be a big resounding YES! – Title, design, and cover are extremely important and The Kindle Framework talks about that in the book and provides ways to make sure that you optimize sales using these three things. We talk about keywords, subtitles, cover design, and more.
Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books? And is there any marketing technique you have used that had an immediate impact on your sales/reach figures?
There are many mentioned in The Kindle Framework but here are two marketing techniques: Free promotions with KDP Select and the Amazon Giveaway
Best piece(s) of writing advice we haven’t discussed? Don’t over think it and fill a need.
For a bit of fun – Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?
I have a Master’s degree in Education. I own a non-profit called Impact Learning where I teach kids fun science experiments in summer camp.
What’s next? What is your next project? What have you been working on recently?
I am speaking more at writing conferences so I am focused on that. My next speaking event is in Memphis TN in March. So I’m prepping my speech for that. The topic of my speech for that conference is Write That Book This Year.
Where can you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
Writing, living, dreaming, loving, empowering, if God says the same.
What is the most important message to women across the globe you’d like to share with them?
You can do whatever you put your mind to. Just change your story and believe in yourself. Tell yourself that you can do it and you will. Surround yourself around positive people that will pull you up instead of doubting you. I believe you and once you write your first book – I want to celebrate with you!
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Facebook: T.D. King or Impact Learning Publications
Wow what an awesome interview and insights into the benefits of kindle publishing. I’ve just started my own journey with kindle books, publishing some of my live interviews I carried out on mylifestyleshow.tv. Loving the power it is creating with the ability to share my message.
Love to hear about your kindle journey? Share how it has helped your business grow and some of the obstacles you’ve come up against.
Thank you to T D King for sharing her story and her new book.
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