Making Business Connections That Count

I’m a very unlikely networker

Making Business Connections That CountMy qualifications, with respect to networking, are questionable at best. And that’s good news for you.

Four years ago I had no business contacts. The reason is simple—I had neither business background nor experience. I’d only been an employee. Utilizing the methods I will show you in this book, I’ve been able to start and grow my first business to a profitable level. And I’ve been able to meet a lot of new people, build rapport with them, do business with them, and get their help.
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Authority Pub Academy: THE Resource for Self-publishers

Even with my moderate level of success, I’ve been approached by people who wanted to start their writing career quite often.
Up to quite recently I had no resource to send them to. There was nothing really valuable on the market, only some half-scammy courses created for Kindle Gold Rushers that taught more about gaming a system than writing and publishing.

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Book Review: You Are a Writer

You Are a Writer review
I don’t have the words to properly describe awesomeness of this book. I don’t read much about writing. As a proper published author I think I’m perfect and nobody will tell me how should I write. Or do my business. It’s not their business to poke their noses into my business.

I’m so glad I decided to read You Are a Writer I was drawn straight into it from the Why Listen To Me? section at the beginning of the book. Once Jeff stopped covering theoretic pitiful creatures (wannabe writers) and started talking about himself, the book suddenly become deadly serious and deep.

Writers don’t write for the money.

I’m past my own struggles with my writer’s identity. I have nine books published and six more in various stages of completion. I’ve been writing every day since 23rd of September 2013. I think I’ll pass the 1 million words mark this year. But when Jeff took me to the beginnings of his career it was so raw and real I felt it in my bones. I thought: “Wow, I was in the same spot.” I was back in my own skin at the end of 2012 when I put my words ‘out there’ for the first time. I was back there when my short story was criticized on the big Science Fiction forum; I was once again rejected by a huge site in the last possible moment, literally a few days before publishing the article I had worked on for months.

I put the time in and showed up—and I saw results.

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61 Ways to Sell More Nonfiction Kindle Books

61 Ways to Sell More Nonfiction Kindle BooksTo me, this book is worth a thousand times more than its price

It’s not some figurative price. For every dollar I spent on “61 Ways to Sell More Nonfiction Kindle Books,” I earned at least $1,000 back.

I bought this book on the 4th of May 2013. On 4th, I had been polishing the final version and had wondered how the heck I should proceed from that point on. 22 more days passed before I published my first book on Kindle.

This purchase was the best thing that happened to me in 2013.

A few details about me, so you get the full picture:

  1. English is not my first language.
  2. I had no prior experience in writing and publishing (other than my masters thesis).
  3. I had no online presence and following whatsoever.
  4. I had no authority at all.

Then I got my hands on “61 Ways to Sell More Nonfiction Kindle Books” and the universe became crazy.

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Elusive Success

elusive_success
A few days ago I’ve received another message from my publisher, that the launch of my latest book will be further postponed; maybe even as long as 4 more weeks.
I know that some of you are waiting for it, so today I reveal the first chapter of the “Trickle Down Mindset”:


“There are no stereotypes for success.” ― Jim Rohn

The philosopher’s stone is a legendary alchemical substance said to be capable of turning base metals such as lead into gold, and to be an elixir of life, useful for rejuvenation and achievement of immortality. For centuries, it was the most sought after goal in alchemy, symbolizing perfection, enlightenment, and heavenly bliss.

And I found it.
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Cooperation with Archangel Ink

Cooperation with Archangel Ink

 
Since I signed the contract with Archangel Ink quite a lot of indie authors approached me asking if it is worthwhile.

I answered them here and there, but I intend this post to be an ultimate answer for all such questions.

I’m very satisfied with our cooperation, however there are some drawbacks and I’ll start with them.

Drawbacks

1. Deposit.

Publishing a high quality book costs money. Editing services, a cover, proper formatting… The list goes on.

On the other hand, there is quite a time lag between publishing a book and reaping the benefits. Archangel Ink will get their investment back no sooner than two months after the launch. Here’s a real life case to illustrate this point:

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Buck Books for Authors

Buck Books for Authors
What Buck Books has to offer to indie authors? Exposure. A factor which is priceless on Amazon. The biggest hassle with starting on Kindle is getting the initial traction. I remember how I observed my mentor with jealousy just a year ago. He was launching book after book and they all stayed in the top #10k, #20k, #50k or #100k. When I did research on his books some time ago I found only a couple titles which were above #100k on the bestselling list. And these were the titles from his old catalogue published about a year prior, which he mostly left alone.

 

The biggest difference between my struggle and his success was the size of a mailing list. At the beginning of January 2014, my list consisted of just 27 people. He “lent” me his list promoting my book to his subscribers (about 1800 at that time). It wasn’t the only marketing tool I used for that launch, but I credit many of the results to that ‘lease’. Master Your Time became a bestseller in a very competitive niche and stayed on the first page of bestsellers for the next few months.

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Buck Books for Readers


The disclaimer first. I will receive a tiny amount of cash if you subscribe to Buck Books email list. It’s the service of my former publisher, so my opinion about it is far from non-judgmental. Having said that, my opinion is not for sale. If I thought they might abuse their relationship with their subscribers I would never promote this service. It just is a great deal for readers.

Buck Books is a secret weapon of Archangel Ink. The idea is very simple. You never pay more than a buck for the book.

They claim on their site that they promote both fiction and non-fiction, but they are heavily skewed toward the latter. However they cooperate with many authors from different genres and they are growing rapidly. Variety will never be a problem with Buck Books.
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From Shy to Hi available on Amazon

From Shy to Hi
From Shy to Hi” has been launched. This is my 6th book and 5th in the “How to Change Your Life in 10 Minutes a Day” series.

40 percent to 45 percent of adults in America say they are shy. So there are good chances that this book is for you.
From 25th to 29th of June it is free to download from Amazon.

If you are still on the fence about reading it, take a peek into this excerpt:


A Quick, But Meaningful, Moment
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