How To Become An Author

It used to be so hard to become a published author, write the book, send it to a lot of different publishers wait for the rejections to come in and repeat the process for as long as it takes to get fed up.

There has always been the option to self publish, in the past this has been an expensive option, companies such as Lulu grew up to offer POD (print on demand) services, Lulu was the market leader until Amazon acquired its own POD, Create Space. These companies allow anyone to publish their work for a minimal cost, so the barriers to publishing in print have been eroded. But the real seismic shift has been in E-Publishing the range of E-Reading devices is huge and the demand for content voracious.

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Amazon really has created a revolution in publishing with it’s Kindle platform, recent figures from Amazon tell the tale. For every 100 physical books sold on Amazon there are 105 Kindle books sold. It is estimated that Amazon has sold in excess of 10 Million Kindles. Now that creates an opportunity, because Amazon needs content and lots of it. This is how we will start to make our money.

Amazon has levelled the playing field for small publishers (that’s you and me) by allowing anyone to publish on Kindle and Create Space without it costing a penny. That removes all the barriers to self publishing that has stopped so many people from succeeding.

The traditional route of approaching publishers suffering rejection often for years on end is over. This has allowed some people to make their entire income publishing on Kindle. Read about the very rich  Indie Writer.

But however you cut it Amazon is only about 50% of the whole eBook market as there are considerable sales made on iTunes, Google Play, Kobo, Smashwords and Barnes & Noble as well as on smaller eBook sites.

The above examples are just the big name players there are plenty of specialized book publishers that can distribute an authors work in the same manner as the big companies making their catalog for sale across many different eBook platforms. Take for example Erotica, since “50 Shades of Grey: erotica is big business a whole industry has built up to supply this in demand content and its writers are making a small killing just supplying the market.

An example of a smaller company doing just this is Yellow Silk Dreams, run by writer Jacqueline George. Not only are they distributing there catalog of publications to all the major players in the eBook market place they are also looking for authors to join their growing business. Is This your big opportunity?

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So if you are an aspiring writer here is an opportunity to get your work published with a company with a growing reputation for delivering quality eBooks. Just drop an email to the webmaster sorry mistress… Sorry mistress! at Yellow Silk Dreams.

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What’s Your Image Like Part 3

Well the answer is important, really important, that is why when you are launching a new product is just as important to pay attention to having the highest quality of sales pages as well as making sure that the product itself is the best you can produce.

The sale page or Optin Page are the first thing that any customer will see, remember the expression about making a first impression? This is first opportunity to make that impression. It amazes me that so many product developers who I no doubt are producing quality products skimp on the graphics.

If you have the talent with Photoshop then the choice is easy, if you do not then this could be make or break time. You could buy some Fiverr gigs and get the sales page graphics done that way, although I do use Fiverr I would never have my sale page graphic made this way. Simply get a top professional on the job! don’t spoil the ship for a Halfpenny of tar.

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Do you really want this happening to your product after all your hard work?

So when I needed some sales page graphics for my soon to be released E-Publishing Roadmap I went to Steve at GFX-1. Here is a first look at them, I haven’t even had time to add them to the sales page yet!

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Rather good don’t you think? Need some yourself? Then check out GFX-1 by clicking the banner below.

I am building E-Publishing Roadmap as a membership site using Optimise Press 2, and I am using John Racine’s Membership Manifesto as my guide, you see I have a bit of a love hate relationship with OP 2… So head down Robert and just do it!

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More updates as I build the site, but you can get a fair idea of what’s included by looking at the graphics. This is a complete quick start E-Publishing solution for Kindle publishing.

So it only remains to ask what will your sales page graphics look like?

If you liked this post you may also like:

What’s Your Image Like Part 2

What’s Your Image Like Part 1

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Illustrated books are really big on Kindle, they range from full blown graphics novels such as Watchmen.

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Featuring some seriously talented artists and writers (i.e. not me) to simple illustrated books such as children’s ABC books (i.e. me).

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Although these books look amazing when viewed on such devices as the Kindle Fire HD and other similar reading devices they do present quite a different challenge to the author than do ordinary non illustrated books.

MS Word and similar word processing programs where never really intended for producing books with lots of illustrations or with complex layouts. Some alternatives do exist such as Adobe InDesign which is commonly used to layout professional quality magazines.

InDesign is expensive and has a steep learning curve, we may not need all of the functionality of the program rather like using a sledge hammer to crack a walnut and I cannot therefore justify cost of buying it.

So what about a cheap, easy to use alternative that will help you produce first class illustrated books with no fuss even for those of use who can’t draw for toffee.

Enter Comic Life 3!

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Comic life is available for Windows 7 & 8, OS X and IOS, it costs only $30 but you can try if free for 30 days. Comic life is easy to learn, has lots of pre built templates, panel layouts and output options producing quality comics OR illustrated books.

On Thursday I published my first fully illustrated book for the Kindle Fire HD using Comic life. Here are some example pages from the book. The finished project was exported as a set of .jpg files and imported into Kindle Comic Creator to compile the file for uploading to Kindle. All the images I used were public domain (see What’s Your image like 2). Total production cost of the book $0.

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I used my new iMac to produce the book but a PC or iPad works just as well. Comic life is true alternative to high end costly illustration programs at a fraction of the price. As you can see I even did the cover in Comic Life 3, that’s saved a Fiverr!

Want to know more? I am shooting a series of videos showing exactly how I did this, look out for it.

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Whats Your Image Like Part 2!

Blog posts are supposed to be interesting and informative but unfortunately all too often they can become very wordy (and I am aware that I am one of the worst culprits there is). Using graphics in your blog post not only breaks up the large bulk of text but can also be interesting and informative when used correctly.

LIKE THIS ONE!

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But where can you get your images from? Well the answer all too often is from a Google search then copy and paste the picture, right? Well no it is all too easy to infringe the copyright of others this way. You may get away with it for years but one day you may have a problem.

There are a number of solutions to this problem. Buy a royalty free image from a picture agency such as Fotolia, for a blog these can be relatively inexpensive but if you are using 2 or 3 images a blog post and you are a regular blogger then the cost can be really staggering.

There are plenty of alternatives such as Public Domain (PD) images and Images available under a Creative Commons Licence (CC). Such as these…

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A really good place to start is Wikimedia Commons

There are also other sites such as Icon Archive which have images for commercial and non commercial usage, some just require a link back or credit to the graphic artist. Ghost-icon

Or you could buy a Royalty Free clipart collection which will allow you to use the images where eve you like without additional fee, as long as you don’t resell the clipart images.

One of the really big players Getty Images has made this service available for non commercial activities such as blog posts etc, by providing an embed code to a large proportion of the images in its catalogue. The image is low resolution but good enough for a blog and has a link back to Getty and the original image.

Here is an example of a Getty image embedded into this blog post.

Try Creative Commons for other sources of images.  So if you are looking for images to liven up your blog posts then there are some real alternatives to the Google copy and paste approach which if you are not careful could mean that you are using copyright materials.

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The unique selling point is that you don’t need any starting capital, or skills to make this business work – And all you need is just 1 hour per day to make an extra $1,000 per month!

Now Davis provides everything you need to succeed in his system, but I want to sweeten the deal for you, so I am offering not one but 12 ways of adding to your Extra 1K Income with my unique bonuses. No one else will be able to offer you this because these 12 systems or business plans are part of a product that I created.

It is impossible to put a figure on the value of these bonuses but this product has made in excess of $5000 in sales.

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To help you to sell and promote this I will give you all the web page templates, promotional graphics and sale materials so that you can hit the ground running and start making sales as soon as possible. Real Value: $147

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What’s Your Image Like?

Well what is it like? I don’t mean how dapper you may look on a night out or for a big occasion. But what is your online image like? I am currently finishing off a suite of products with varying graphic needs.

I have created some of my own (the simple ones) had some more complex ones created as Fiverr gigs and some very high quality graphics created by GFX-1. Your graphic needs may be your eBay listings, the look of your blog or that of your products. So I want to illustrate this with a few examples.

Any good chef will tell you that the first bite is taken with the eye, so a great picture or graphic is needed to attract the attention. So let me start with eBay listings, there are many “excellent examples of bad graphics” but together with the title it is the one of the most important factors in getting customers to look at your listing further. Look at this example of a bad graphic!

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Some Resell Rights products are amongst the worst offenders, Take this as an example.
This is a product I have sold both on eBay and Amazon (before the cull) but I hasten to add not with this graphic!

But the thing about it is that it often does not take much effort to produce a first class graphic. Here is one I created for one of my eBay listings. Even with my limited skills I am more than happy with the result.

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Here are some examples of book covers and other graphics I have created or had created for various parts of my new course E-Publishing Roadmap. The first two examples are my own work, one of the images is from the public domain and the other cost a few bucks from Fotolia.

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There came a point for me when my skills were not up to what I wanted to create, so at that point I had to outsource my graphic needs.

For simple graphics I am a great fan of Fiverr. But….. Not every piece of work I have had done has been as good as I would have liked it to be.

Illustrated books are BIG on Amazon and yet they can be very simple to create. Here is one of my examples, forget about the author name, it’s me.

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A classic example of fourth time lucky, I ordered a book cover for this A-Z book on Fiverr, a few hours later my internet went off. Three days later when normal service was restored I found that the artist had cancelled my gig.

Attempt two, reordered the gig from someone else, they failed to deliver even after having three additional days. I cancelled and reordered the gig from another artist. Three days later the gig was delivered but the cover was in portrait format groan…

I Requested a revision which took three additional days.

Fiverr is not just for book covers here is some channel art I had created for my YouTube channel, I asked for something with the same look and feel as the header on this blog.

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Pretty neat! Check it out live!

For E-Publishing Roadmap which I am creating there will be no skimping first class graphics will be an absolute must. So I used GFX-1 which I use for all my high class work. So for the last component of the course which is about using eBay I have had had a listing template and a CD authoring template made as bonus items. Here are just two of the graphics. Impressive?

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So it just remains for me to ask what’s your image like?

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New Year Plans 2014 And End Of Year Review 2013

Once more we start a New Year we look forward to the plans ahead and with it the inevitable review of the previous year and plans. When you look back it is often sobering to see what you have achieved or have failed to achieve, so here goes.

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There has been a BIG spectre haunting me and unlike Scrooge this one did not arrive just before christmas it has been in residence for a long time. It is my long trumpeted, long awaited but not delivered Kindle training course. I never delivered this, I have been unhappy with a lot of the content, I have tinkered with it, messed with it and also left it alone (for too long).

But, I have finally realised what I was unhappy about and with a renewed vigour have created a Kindle course that I am not just happy with but also proud of, so look for that in early 2014.

I have not as yet updated my eBay course Plugin Auction Profits or my 12 Roads to Success course as I was wanting to do in 2013. But, I have the new versions in outline form and intend to move these to there own membership sites with the addition of some new materials. There will also be some additional content available as an optional additions to the product.

angry-iconI have also been experimenting with Optimise Press 2 as the membership platform for my Kindle course. I find OP 2 both easy to use and infuriating in equal measure, on bad days it is seems more like Optimise Depress.

I am unsure as to whether I will continue to use this after I have used up my 3 licence quota, so stay tuned.

A great positive in 2013 was joining the team at Marketing Mini Classes, I knew everyone personally and I am delighted to be working with Steve, Mandy and Barry. Look for some more classes from me in 2014.

So to 2014, here’s the broad plan.

To release 3 products this year
To update and upgrade my Plugin Auction Profits and 12 Roads to Success to membership status.
To add to my Kindle book portfolio by at least one book per month
To buy myself a Mac computer and publish content to Apple iBooks
To extend my existing POD ventures
To build a more extensive and responsive marketing list
And above all to provide excellent value to all my subscribers and customers

Phew just looking at that list is scary! But these business goal should go someway to helping me achieve my personal goals.

What are your plans? Leave a comment below and share your plans.

So it only remains for me to wish you the compliments of the season and wish you success in all your ventures in 2014.

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As you may know my background is in selling on eBay so I am always looking for those little eBay opportunities that are easy to run and bring in cash on a regular basis. Today I have a great little opportunity that I want to tell you about.

It’s called Easy Auction Income

If your inbox is anything like mine you see new products being launched on a regular basis, some are really good and some promise the earth and give you gravel…

…you know the kind where you get to the end and have to purchase again to get to the juice, or you get so far into it and find you need to attend the local college to understand the jargon, all been there right!

Well today I want to tell you about Easy Auction Income, which doesn’t only talk about the juice it shows you in fine detail exactly what you need to do to succeed.

The product has been created by Steve King and Barry Wells, both of whom are long term eBay sellers, who have joined forces on eBay and started selling Photo Prints with almost instant success.

After the first 30 days they were able to transfer £350 ($500 approx.) to their bank, 30 days! And yes, they display proof of that…. as well as the following 2 months.

You see these guys have only been doing this for just 90 days but with their combined knowledge they’ve hit on a winning formula and are now ready to share…

Easy Auction Income is a complete Video Coaching Program showing you how these guys source and sell their Photo Prints on eBay. In fact you’ll actually be looking over their shoulders as they take care of their business on eBay.

These guys are showing you everything they apply to their process and leave nothing out of the equation, the videos include:

• An Introduction to the coaching program with some details of how these guys came up with the idea and started making money with it.
• What tool you’re going to need to get started, many of which you’ll probably have on your PC already.
• Where to find the pictures that you’re going to be selling, remember these guys are already selling them.
• How and where to source the materials you’ll need to dispatch your items and make them look as professional as possible to impress your customers.
• How to start creating listing on eBay with tips on titles and descriptions, categories and the timing of your listings. They’re also including some listing templates to improve your presentations and show you some of their own.
• The art of communication and how to keep your customer in the loop every step of the way, which can be automated so you do not have to send them individual emails.
• How to take care in the presentation and packaging of the items sold so when the customers receive them there’s a wow factor that instantly impresses them and removes the chances of complaints.
• The importance of positive feedback and how to generate a high feedback score that will help you as a seller. As well as some neat tricks for avoiding negative feedback and how to deal with it with you need to.
• How to generate repeat business and bring your customers back time after time, with a really simple trick that these guys are using themselves.

This isn’t one of those over hyped eBay products that lead you to spending lots of money to get started; in fact this is the exact opposite as your outlay is very small and you only produce your prints once you made a sale.

You see the best part of all this is I know Steve and Barry personally having worked with them on different projects since 2009, I know that this opportunity is solid gold.

This really is the complete package that will have you earning an extra income with ease.

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I highly recommend that you grab Easy Auction Income and start making some money from the comfort of home.

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The Book eBay Banned

Over the years I have had a few spats with eBay about one thing or another, despite having other sources of income (always remember not to put all your eggs in one basket) I still sell on eBay.

I sell largely on autopilot on what I call a continual sales system (CSS). I am a great believer in doing the work once, i.e. writing one excellent description and listing that will be used for years. Apart from the occasional minor tweaks it has been very successful.

eBay have however with there continual changes almost wiped out my business on no less than three occasions, its vociferous courting of high street retailers and big brands have pushed out a lot of the small traders. I was once banned for 21 days for selling a product that was on sale in several high street stores and which is still being sold in these shops today.

Only last week I looked at all the eBay trader’s information that I had saved. I was shocked to discover that almost 40% of them no longer trade on eBay. Perhaps victims of the ever changing policies? This continual change has led me to diversify what I do online to include Amazon Kindle, my own products and affiliate marketing. I still do sell on eBay but the latest spat with eBay just takes the biscuit.

I sell a product for £2 (approx $3) Make Money On eBay Wholesale Suppliers List Where The Powersellers Get Stock. It is list of wholesale suppliers that I have used to build my own business on eBay.

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I have been told this week that it has been banned for violating yet another eBay policy. I have been selling this for years and is my best selling Information Product on eBay.

I got the usual link to the eBay policy, and have replied to the message, here is a short extract.

Do you not think that anyone buying a list with the title Make Money On eBay Wholesale Suppliers List. “Secret Sources revealed: Where The Powersellers Buy Their Stock” from eBay would be selling the stock they bought on eBay?

I did an eBay search for wholesale lists and got 207 returns across all categories and 14 in Information Products, these 14 appear to be identical in content to my own now banned offering.

I have asked for a full response to my message not another reference to an eBay policy page, is that an airborne porcine I see out the window?

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How Quickly Can You Start In A New Niche?

How many niches do you work in? Most people work in just one or two and others seem to work in multiple niches. Those niches may be in Internet Marketing, eBay, Amazon or even offline.

Here is a little niche that I have just started to work in. I have always been interested in astronomy have bought my first real telescope when I was 15. I always wanted to do something in this hobby niche so I have decided to have a go, and record my progress as I developed this new area which would make a good case study even if I were only moderately successful.

The whole niche involves the building of a website http://thenightskyonline.com/ which I have started to construct. The idea is to do this on an absolute shoestring. I have used a free theme and if you visit the site, it is clearly in the early stages of construction. I intend to build a marketing list in this niche and the first step is this little book which I have just published.

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Click the links to check out the listings

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This was entirely written by me, it is enrolled in KDP select for at least 90 days, the idea is that I can give this away for free on 5 days of my choice during the enrolled period. I am offering some excellent free software with this book. This is provided via a link in the book that takes you to a download page HERE.

On the download page is another freebie which you can only get by subscribing to my list.

Here is how I produced the book, the content was entirely written from my own knowledge in about 8 hours. All the illustrations were from the public domain and can be used for free, they all came from wiki commons (there are many other places I could have got free content but in this instance I found all I needed there), total time approx 2 hours.

Compiling the book using my own kindle template approx 2 hours

The free software is also public domain and consists of two program’s, downloading, zipping and uploading to my own web space approx 1 hour.

Compiling the download page again approx 45 mins. Writing Kindle listing and uploading 30 mins.

The point being that all this could easily be done in one weekend at a fairly leisurely pace. The hardest part was really just getting started on it. I broke the book down into sections and wrote each section as the fancy took me.

Now before anyone says I couldn’t do that! If you have a hobby, interest or a passion for something then you can just as easily do what I have done.

Oh yes and the cost? £5 for the royaly free image I used to produce the cover 20 mins, which again was done with free software, real budget product production, just 15 hours max. The amazing thing is it took Amazon less than 6 hours from me submitting it to them publishing it.

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