Self Publishing and Advertising on Amazon to Fulfill Your God Inspired Dream

Today  I welcome Indie Author Susan Neal, who has done very well marketing her Health books.  Lots of helpful information whether you are Indie or Traditionally published. Thank you Susan for stopping by to share your secrets for success.

Self-Publish and Advertise on Amazon to Fulfill Your God Inspired Dream

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My God-inspired dream finally came true in 2016 when I self-published my first book. A year and a half later, I had published three books and was generating over $1000/month in revenue. In this blog, I will share my secret to get your book published and improve your book sales.

Why I self-published

For two years I wrote a book about Christian yoga, but it was in one of the smallest writing niches. Therefore, I couldn’t find a publisher to publish my book. However, as a follower of Christ, I believe God inspired me to write and publish Scripture Yoga to assist other Christian yoga teachers to speak Bible verses over their class participants. I wanted to provide a godly environment for Christians who choose to participate in yoga. Therefore, I decided to self-publish, and I am satisfied with the results.

Yoga books

My first book, Scripture Yoga: 21 Bible Lessons for Christian Yoga Classes, became a #1 Amazon best selling yoga book. That same year I self-published my second book, Yoga for Beginners, and two Christian Yoga Card Decks. In 2017, I successfully began using Amazon Marketing Services (AMS), and within six months my revenue increased from $400 to $1000/month.

Advertising

To advertise on AMS, you need a Kindle Direct Publishing account (to promote your Kindle book) and an Amazon Advantage account (to market your print book). I recommend using sponsored ads where your book shows up at the top of the list when an Amazon customer searches for books similar to yours and at the bottom of a competitive book’s product detail page. It is the only ad that shows up twice. The AMS steps to set up an ad are easy to follow. I recommend checking your ad every couple days to make sure you are making and not losing money. You can easily pause or terminate your ad at any time.

Diet Books

In December 2017, I expanded my genre with my third book, 7 Steps to Get Off Sugar and Carbohydrates. I plan to create a “Healthy Living Series” of books with topics to help readers improve diabetes, dementia, and autoimmune diseases. My goal is to self-publish at least two books per year.

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Susan’s Background

I am an RN with a masters in health science along with being a health nut, so I want to help people improve their health by sharing my expertise. My motto is “Inspiring others to improve their health so they can serve God better.”

I was inspired to write 7 Steps to Get Off Sugar and Carbohydrates because my sister was having health problems and most of it was due to her addiction to refined carbohydrates and sugar. She asked me for help, so I developed the seven-step plan in this book. She fearlessly embraced the lifestyle change and new way of eating. Now her rosacea, achy joints, and irritable bowel syndrome are gone, along with a lot of weight. She feels and looks great.

Since she experienced great success, I put her story and the seven-step plan in my book so it could help others. I believe God programmed our bodies to heal if we eat the foods He gave us to eat, not the food industry. This is a Christian book with Bible verses to recite when tempted and a “binding the strongman of addiction plan.”

My latest project is a Christian study guide and journal to accompany 7 Steps to Get Off Sugar and Carbohydrates. I love the Word of God and want to create something similar to a Bible study that can be used in small groups at churches. A journal would help participants to recognize unhealthy eating patterns and express their feelings before God.

Scripture that inspires

Currently, my favorite verse is Ephesians 3:20 “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think (NLT).” I couldn’t believe that I published my first book, much less my third, but God prepared me. Over the previous decade, God inspired me to write mini-Bible studies to recite while I taught Scripture Yoga™ classes, and this content is what I used in my book Scripture Yoga. This spring I am teaching Scripture Yoga™ at the Florida Christian Writers Conference and Blue Lake Christian Writers Retreat.

My writing support

I believe the best support system for a writer, other than God, is a Word Weaver Christian Writer’s Critique Group. My fellow members are not only my peers who provide exceptional advice to improve my work, but they have become my dearest friends. We pray for each other and encourage one another during the ups and downs of this unique career. In my Word Weavers group, I have found accountability partners and prayer partners. We also share resources that work for us. Recently, I joined a second Word Weaver group that is online as I needed more critiquing of my work. Go to Word-Weavers.com and see if a group is located near you. If not, you can join an online group.

Advice for new writers

I understand the disappointment of not having a publisher choose your manuscript. If you have a God-inspired dream to publish a book, you can take the reins into your own hands and self-publish; I did and you can too! I also understand the frustration of low book sales, but AMS advertising solved that problem for me. Blessings to you in your writing endeavors.

Free Gift for you from Susan

Gain access to a Scripture Yoga™ class video titled, “The Lord’s Festivals.” The mini-Bible study in this yoga session is about the seven festivals God gave the Israelites. This class reveals how Jesus Christ fulfilled four of the festivals, and the last three are biblical prophecy. To receive this video click here.

Susan’s Healthy Living Blog

Susan posts healthy menus along with the corresponding grocery shopping list and recipes, and many other healthy lifestyle tips at her blog HealthyLivingSeriesBlog.com and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HealthyLivingSeries/.

About the Author

Susan Neal RN, MBA, MHS published three books, Scripture Yoga a #1 Amazon best-selling yoga book, Yoga for Beginners which ranked #3, and 7 Steps to Get Off Sugar and Carbohydrates. She published two sets of Christian Yoga Card Decks, “How to Receive God’s Peace” and “Fruit of the Spirit” and two Christian Yoga DVDs, God’s Mighty Angels and What the Bible Says About Prayer. She produced a Hospice C.D., Bedside Encouragement: When YouDon’t Know How to Say Goodbye. These products are available on Amazon and ChristianYoga.com.

 

Her two digital products Eat to Live with a Low-Carbohydrate, Low-Glycemic, Anti-Inflammatory Diet, and How to Prevent, Improve, and Reverse Alzheimer’s and Dementia are great resources for attaining optimal health. These two products are sold on Gumroad.com and ChristianYoga.com. Susan is the president of an online Word Weaver Christian Writers Critique Group and vice-president of the Destin Word Weaver Group. She has been interviewed on Moody Radio, Blog Talk Radio, and Premier Christian Radio from the UK.

Susan founded Scripture Yoga™, a form of Christian yoga, and enjoys leading classes at her church and fitness club. She is a speaker and enjoys teaching Scripture Yoga™ sessions at women’s retreats, Christian conferences, and yoga retreats. If you would like Susan to speak or teach yoga at your conference, you can contact her at SusanNeal@Bellsouth.net.

 

You can follow Susan on:

https://www.facebook.com/ScriptureYoga/

https://twitter.com/SusanNealYoga

https://www.youtube.com/c/SusanNealScriptureYoga/

https://www.pinterest.com/SusanNealYoga/

https://www.instagram.com/scriptureyoga/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/susannealyoga/

https://www.facebook.com/HealthyLivingSeries/

7 Steps to Get Off Sugar and Carbohydrates Back Cover Blurb

Over half of Americans live with a chronic illness, primarily due to the overconsumption of sugar and refined carbohydrates. Seven Steps to Get Off Sugar and Carbohydrates provides a day-by-day plan to wean your body off of these addictive products and regain your health. These changes in your eating habits will start your lifestyle journey to the abundant life Jesus wants you to experience. Not a life filled with disease and poor health.

You will learn:

  • how to eliminate brain fog, cure diseases, and lose weight

  • foods that damage versus foods that are beneficial—the ones God gave us to eat, not the food industry

  • healthy food alternatives and menu planning

  • the science behind food addiction, Candida, and emotional reasons we overeat

  • to identify food triggers and use God’s Word to fight impulsive eating

  • resources—educational videos and books, meal planning, support organizations, recipes

Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief’s purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness” (TLB). Are you living life in its fullness? Is your health or weight impeding you from embracing a healthy, bountiful life? Take these simple seven steps and regain the life you were created for. You will love the new you!

 

Purchase: Click here to purchase 7 Steps to Get Off Sugar and Carbohydrates on Amazon.

Susan thank you for these great insights and a wonderful testimony.  I’ve never persued Yoga but you make me want to check your books out. I am going to recommend your book to friends.

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25 Common Sense Warnings to cross over the finish line of Indie Publishing

This week I welcome two Indie published non-fiction authors to share their experiences and tips. Today, my friend and accountability partner Darlene Larson shares insights she learned getting her first devotionalEnableme,Lord, to Shift in book form.

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25 Common Sense Warnings

To cross over the finish line of Indie publishing!

By Darlene Larson

Somewhere along the line in life, when an author feels that tug on their heart to write their first book, they step toward a writer’s conference. For me, it had been years since college and yes, I had thought of writing books but I buried my treasure, the writing craft. It would have made my life much easier in the last lap of indie publishing if I would have heard these warnings at a writer’s conference,

 

25 common sense warnings to wrap up your first book!

  1. Once your final manuscript is sent off to be published expect the final proof to take longer than you planned. You may need to see three proofs before you are pleased with the final copy!
  2. Did you include acknowledgments of people that you want to thank in your book?
  3. Did you add a dedication paragraph in your book?
  4. What about that copyright page, did you add everything that is needed on that page?
  5. Is your ISBN number on the copyright page?
  6. Is your book cover designer cited on your copyright page?
  7. Are your Bible translations cited on your copyright page?
  8. If you used quotes in your book are they cited with the author’s permission? If you do not know if you need the author’s permission, read author’s copyright page.
  9. Did you Goggle and check Amazon to see if other authors have the same name as you?
  10. Is your author name on the book binding?
  11. Enjoy reading proof one! It’s exciting!
  12. Have two to three people read over the proof or even look over the book covering.
  13. Make certain you only have one title page inside the book.
  14. Did you know page numbers begin with the front blank page? Count the blank page, but do not number them.
  15. It takes time for books to be shipped. Watch out for the holidays as that causes delays.
  16. Surrender to God’s timing when your book is to be released.
  17. Watch for tech issues. PDF’s and Word Docs can have issues during the final days of editing. It’s like they know you want to hurry up and get done!
  18. Watch for spacing on pages and images in the final proof.
  19. Did you know some images can get skewed and changed up in a book format?
  20. Margins can move too in a book format, so check that out in a PDF and in the final proof.
  21. Every author wants their book clean, but some spelling errors, missed letters, or even a word left out sneak by even the best editors. Do your best! Then let your baby go!
  22. Be on guard if your book deals with the Truth of God’s Word. You’re in spiritual warfare, Eph. 6:10-20
  23. While you wait for the first box of books to arrive to your home keep penning and or prepping for the book release.
  24. Gather folders, stamps, marketing material, and addresses to prepare for the book launch.
  25. Once that final product arrives, send out your free books to your influencers so they can rejoice with you, read your book, and push you out into their world.

 

Then do cartwheels, you did it!

Congratulations!

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Back Cover Copy for Enable me, Lord, to Shift

Has your smile faded? Are you doing a battle beneath your masked smile? Serving in the name of Jesus, yet you live with doubt, fear, and anxiety only multiples. Your life is not making sense and you have many questions that are not being answered. Where do you turn?

I know these feelings. I lived in a deceptive war zone and wrestled with many questions to God, Are you relevant to meet my needs today?” “Is it worth my time and effort to pick up a Bible?”  “Does Scripture speak to the pain I’m facing?” Enable Me, Lord, to Shift, is based on the principles I learned while living in an emotional abusive marriage. Doubt is a real weapon of the enemy still today. And I began to believe lies about myself and that I had no reason to live. But, I chose to turn to the Word of God daily to stay alive and to shift into Truth—to live!

In order to change, we must look at our life and evaluate it to the Word of God.

  • Enable Me, Lord, to Shift, is an inspirational coaching devotional to teach women how to sow the Word of God to their heart, one verse at a time to shift into truth and experience transformational living.
  • Enable Me, Lord, to Shift, teaches a model of healthy enabling. Jesus is the enabler for freedom living, teaching us how growth can occur from the inside out, and offering His followers real life.
  • Enable Me, Lord, to Shift, offers a daily inspirational story that teaches a woman how to apply the verse to her life.
  • Enable Me, Lord, to Shift, contains a self-assessment report card for each domain book. This offers the reader the opportunity to take an inventory of her life and then examine where she needs to grow.
  • Enable Me, Lord, to Shift, offers coaching questions in each daily devotional, which allows readers to expose their current method of doing life. Then they discover where the gap is and plan a step to shift into Truth—and live!

 

Darlene Alene Larson is a Professional Certified Life Coach and founder of Hearts with a Purpose, coaching and inspiring women to live out their life purpose. She holds certifications as a Life Purpose Coach®, Grief-Loss Coach, Recovery Coach, and a Life Coach Instructor. She is a speaker for women events. Her books, coaching material, and contact info can be found at www.Heartswithapurpose.com. She and her husband, Bill, reside in mid-Michigan.

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All you Indie published authors out there share some of your tips with us. Have you run into some these same problems?