Learning to Build a Platform

Hey Readers,

It’s been too long since my last post. I’ve been doing a lot of research on how to get noticed for my next book. For my first book I needed go through the right channels to be more successful and I didn’t. Not to say going the Amazon route is bad because it’s not, and I’m gunna do it again. What I am saying is there are so many other social media outlets that have yet to be tapped into.

So, if you’re like me, and looking to build your following and platform this is what I learned.

You can either sloooooooooooowly build your followers over 2+ years, buy a platform for a **it ton of money OR you can borrow another person’s platform.

What does that mean? I can either not get help from anyone and just post a bunch of stuff over time, which is how many people do it and there’s nothing wrong with that but I’m not that patient. On the flip side you can gain a bunch of followers by paying for them, which is too much money and in my opinion it seems kind of cold. Like these people only follow and like your content because you pay them not because they are genuinely interested. Finally, the third option, which is what I am digging more deeply into and borrowing a platform.

To borrow another person’s platform can take shape in different forms. You can do a guest post on someone else’s blog and some how relate yours back to what they wrote about in a not jerk way (I’m still figuring that out). Also, you can ask another company or popular blogger to feature you for a limited time on their sight. There’s also the option to see if you can score a podcast or interview with someone that discusses what you write about or even what you’re selling.

For me, I have written another book, this time it’s more of a “How-to” rather than a romance. There are certain brands I wish to refer to in my book and have written to each company that I want to feature in my book. I’ve asked for permission to use their brand as well as asked if when my book get’s published if I can feature it on their sight for a limited time. I’m now waiting for replies. If even one of them says yes I will have gained all of their followers for the time my book is featured there and perhaps end up gaining a few of my own. This is a form of borrowing a platform.

Even though I am more focused on borrowing a platform right now it doesn’t mean I’m going to ignore the first option either. I will want to continue to connect with those that follow me and try to gain more through my day to day posting and such. This is harder to do when you want to stay anonymous because normally you post pictures about your daily life because people want to make sure you really are a person just like them. So if you are not being anonymous try out a rule I just heard about. The 80-20 rule. Where 80% of your content is NOT about your business but about just being you and 20% is about your business. This could be sharing someone else’s content that you felt was pretty cool, from pins, tweets and so on and pictures of you want what you’re up to. Then after 8 posts of that you can do 2 posts for you’re actual business on discounts, new products, new ideas, asking people to order/buy something.

I’ve been learning a lot over the last few weeks and I’ve got more to share but I’m going to leave it here for today. I’ll let you know what I’ve done to increase views and my platform and what worked and what didn’t. I’ll also keep you posted on what I would like to try next!

Yours Truly,

Lady Venus


Reading your Results/Royalties on Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) on Amazon

Hello Everyone!

If you’ve been following me on how to get published on Amazon as I’m learning it, AWESOME! Thanks for following.

However, if you missed the first few steps scroll to the top of the page and check out “How to get Published on Amazon” from the “Blog” drop down menu.

Now that you’re published the fun doesn’t end. When you log into your Amazon KDP Select site you will have a “Reports” tab, once you click on it you will see the two graphs below.

Kindle picture

The first graph shows you how many books were bought on each day in orange and if you are running some kind of free book promotion it will show up in blue. On my graph you can see I did a free book promotion and had just under 40 people download it for free. However, I have not managed to sell my book to anyone so far. Meaning no one has swiped their credit card to pay $0.99 for my book. (I know not hot but I want to be honest with you, I’ve only been on this journey since August 17, 2018 making today, as I write this, 2 days shy of a month of me doing this. My goal is to record what I’m learning as I’m learning it and share it with you).

The second graph is a little more complicated. If you have enrolled with the Amazon Kindle Unlimited program or the Lending Library you will be paid each time a person downloads your book and reads it. You only get paid for the pages the customer has actually read. So if someone has downloaded your book and read only half of it, you only get paid for half the book. So you can see I have made a tiny bit of money from this, but it looks like a lot because it displayed the number of pages read.

Below those two graphs there is a “Royalties Earned” section. As you see mine is empty because this only reflects those that actually paid for the book, which I don’t have any at this point. However if you click on “generate report” you’ll have a slew of more information in an excel spreadsheet. See below:

Royalties section


This first tab shows everything about your sales and promotions/digital and paperback. The next two tabs show the same exact thing but breaks it down by one tab showing the digital downloads and another that shows the paperbacks sold. Following that there is a orders tab. See below.


This just shows a summary of the first graph from above.

The final tab is KENP Read (Kindle Edition Normalized Pages).


The dashboard is displaying The second graphs information from above.

The real difference with this spreadsheet, that I think is fun to look at, is the money conversion and what that means for you and your customer. For example: I’m selling my book for $0.99 USD but those in Canada would pay $1.29CAD. While at the same time those in the UK would pay 0.82GBP. However, when it all gets converted USD at the end of the month it will equal 0.99 as long as they finished the book and it does have an effect on your royalties. This is also great if you do choose to do the paperback set up as well because you can see how much people are paying for shipping and handling on top of the cost of your book.

I hope that helps!

Yours Truly,

Lady Venus

How to set up an Author page on Amazon

Hey there my Entrepreneurs!

Now that I’ve walked you through how to get published on Amazon you’re probably wondering “What’s next?,” “What else can I do to get my book noticed?”

I found creating an Author page helped. Just click this link. Then at the top there is a “Author Page” Tab. Click it and start filling out the boxes. Then click save after you’ve edited each box. Yup, it’s just that easy!

Just a couple of tips.

  1. Hardest part is figuring out your RSS for a URL if you want to link your blog to your author page. For wordpress.com users  just use your domain link and add “/feed/rss/” to the end of it. For other blogs I would suggest doing a quick Google search that specifically relates to the blogging site you use.
  2. This makes it so that readers can follow you. Amazon doesn’t release how many followers you have though. So sure you can click it and know you have at least one person but Amazon will not release how many follows you have. I tried to find out why that is and it seems to be some big mystery that no one can solve. I think that’s pretty silly but Meh…at the end of the day having a bunch of followers isn’t my goal. It’s having paying customers.

Be sure to comment below on your experience setting up an Author page on Amazon and any tips and tricks you might have.

Yours Truly,

Lady Venus

Publish your EBook on Amazon

Hello my fellow readers,

You’re there! You’ve written this amazing book, it’s been edited, you’ve added your cover photo, you’ve set up your book with all the extra pieces it needs and now it’s time to actually put it out there!

It may seem daunting but I promise it’s pretty easy peasy. You can do it!

First got to https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/ and sign into your amazon account. Don’t have one? No worries all you need is a name and email to set one up!

When you click on the link above there is a brief video you can watch (I recommend doing so!). When the video is done scroll down and click on the words lit up in blue “Learn how it’s easy.”

From there all you have to do is follow the steps. Here are some items that would be good to know or have before you start.

  • Account information- Where do you want your money to be deposited? *wiggles eyebrows*
  • Tax information (just basic, name social and if a company EIN)
  • Have your content ready to be uploaded (Cover photo and your manuscript)
  • Have the summary of your book that is 4,000 characters or less ready to go.
  • Keywords- you get 7 but you don’t have to use all 7. These words can’t repeat what is already in your book summary. You can always adjust these later or add if you’re not sure of 7 to begin with.
  • Category- You only get 2 so choose well and these can always be changed later.
  • Distribution- Are you good with everyone around the world having access to your book or do you want only select areas have access to your book?
  • Also there is a section called Digital Rights Management (DMR), where you can protect your book so no one can share it’s information and no one can just take your book. Even if you select yes to protect your book you can still allow people to share your book for a 14 day span and it allows people to buy your book as a gift for someone else.
  • Price listing and Royalties is the fun part. It’s pretty straight forward you can sell your book for less than 2.99 and get 35% royalties on each book you sell or you can sell it for 2.99 or more and get 35% or 70% royalties back per book. You get to decide.
  • Finally decide if you would like your book to be part of KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) Select. This means an Amazon customer is part of the Kindle Unlimited program or their Lending Library. Each month that customer pays Amazon each month to read as many books as they like that are part of that program. If you choose to be part of the program you get for the amount of pages that customer finishes.

So for example if I am selling my book for $0.99  and a customer buys my book I’ll see only $0.35 back in royalties but if someone on kindle unlimited downloads my book for free and finishes it I will see $0.70 back. However, if they only finish half the book I will only see $0.35.

I know that seems like a lot of information but Amazon does an amazing job walking you through every step and giving guidance. This article gives you a jumping off point and an idea of what to expect in the process. Any additional questions you have will be in the above link. However if you get lost or not sure about something, leave a comment and I’ll try to help you out! For me to get through all the set up information took me no more than 20 minutes and that was with a crying baby in my arms.

It can take up to 3 days before you see your book on Amazon. You’re book will be going through a back end review process of checking to make sure your book meets all the requirements that Amazon has laid out.

Still with me? Okay great! Next week I’ll be showing you how to track the health of your book.

You’re Truly,

Lady Venus

How to Create a “Clickable” Table of Contents

Hello you fantastic people you! Below is the written step by step guide on how to set up a “clickable” table of contents but “Video School Online” does a great youtube video on it. Click here to watch the video.

Step 1 High light the title of your chapter


Step 2 Under the “Home” tab in the “Styles” box select the heading that you want and click on it. If after you click on through each style of headings and you don’t like any no worries just select any random heading and change the font like you would normally would by highlighting it and using the “Font” box to make changes. The important piece of this step is just to make sure it’s changed into a “Heading.”

Step One select header

Step 3 Go to your table of contents and highlight the first chapter title you want to make “Clickable.”

Step Four Content will change look

Step 4 Click on “Hyperlink” on the “Insert” tab.

Step 5 Then select “Place this Document”- Expand “Headings” and select your first chapter title you want the reader to be taken to. You can change the way this looks to but I recommend not doing so because then it might not look “Clickable” to the reader.

Step 6 Click “Okay” and your good to go!


Step Three insert typer link

I hope that helps you!

Yours Truly,

Lady Venus

How to get Published on Amazon

Hey my motivated readers!

You’re visiting my blog today because you want to make money. Some how. Preferably quick and easy. Believe me, I get it!

If you enjoy writing perhaps writing is the way to do it. Below is an outline of each step I’m taking to get Published and links for more details on each step.

  1. Write your book. No matter if it’s fact or fiction write it. From there I can help you.
  2. Format your word document. Click here for more details.
  3. Next get a cover photo made. Click here for how I did it but know there are other options which I will expand on later.
  4. Make sure to get your grammar checked from start to finish.
  5. Creating a “Clickable” table of contents- Click here to walk through this.
  6. Publish your book on KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) Click here to learn more!

These are the basic steps to get yourself up and running to get your book published. Be sure to stay tuned to learn how to get people to find your book and how to get it sold!

Also check out my facebook page to get sneak peeks at other books I’m writing.

Be sure to also check out my Author page here on Amazon.

Thank you for any and all your support! And trust me if I can do you so can you! Got stuck somewhere? Leave a comment and let’s figure it out together! Let’s help each other out!

Yours Truly,

Lady Venus