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How to Make a Living Writing

Is it possible to make a living writing? If you  had asked me that 3 years ago, I would have said “hell no.” “There’s too much competition, I’m not a good enough writer, I don’t have an “in” in that artsy-fartsy whatever club…” “Maybe you can…but not me.” – (Young, naive Tom’s internal monologue) Luckily...

The Complete Guide to Amazon Kindle SEO for Self-Publishers

  In the following article, I’m going to show you how to (ethically) manipulate Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) program to rank higher and sell more books. But before we get to the meat and potatoes of this article… Warning and Preface George Washington* once said: “with great power comes great responsibility.” As you read through this “Tom Morkes...

How to Create a Bestselling Author Website

Get this: In 2012, 391,000 books were self-published in the US alone. That number increased to more than 458,564 by 2013 (a 17% increase in self-published books year over year). If this pace continues (and it looks to), in 2015 there will be 1,728 books self-published daily, or about one book published every minute. Oh, and these stats only refer to books that are tracked by Bowker…and only...

The Author’s Guide to Building an Email List (and selling more books)

Fact: 1/3rd of all self-published authors earn less than $500 a year from their publishing efforts. Take that in for a moment… $500. That’s not even enough money to pay for a single month’s rent in most major cities. This makes sense when you consider that 80% of books tracked by Nielson Bookscan sold fewer than 99 copies in 2004. In other words, 4 out of 5 books won’t even hit triple digit sales...

Why Every Artist, Author, and Entrepreneur Should Care about Growth Hacking

Since its founding in 2009, Uber has grown to be valued at more than $18 billion. It’s one of the fastest growing startups in the world. Here’s what that looks like, relative to other major tech startups (and their billions in value): If you’re not familiar with Uber, they’re a ride-sharing company that allows people to easily grab a ride in most major cities across the...

11 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read in 2015

Last week, I wrote about starting fires. I believe that a great idea is a spark… And that a spark can turn into a great fire that can change our lives, as long as we bring the resources and hustle necessary to make that happen. How then do we expose ourselves to great ideas?  The short answer: Books. Books are the perfect harbinger for ideas: Books give writers the space to explore and...

Starting Fires

In 2007, I read a book that changed my life. While the book itself is simple (borderline elementary now that I’ve gone back to reread it years later), there was a single idea that I couldn’t shake at the time; one that still sticks with me today. Before I explain what that idea is, I want to put this in context: I first read this book when I was a 20 year old West Point cadet. At the...

$6,000 in Completely Passive Income from One Book (The Automated Book Sales Funnel Method)

Passive income. The holy grail of online (and offline) business. Everybody talks about it, but the reality is most “passive” income isn’t passive at all – instead it forces the creator to continue to spin the wheel (at least intermittently) to keep the money flowing… Well, in 2014 I did something mostly by accident that has led to over $6,000 in completely passive income. And this is from just...

How to Achieve Your Goals through a Structured Evaluation Process (2014 Year in Review)

I love the start of a new year. The desire (and energy) for positive change; the ideas that become goals (and eventually reality); the seemingly limitless opportunities that beg us to step up to the plate, at least to give it a try…at least this once… The beginning of every year is a time when aspirations collide with unconquerable optimism in a beautiful...

It's Time to Stop Thinking Like a Freelancer

I started consulting 10 months ago. The first time I offered my services I felt like a phony. Who am I to offer training / coaching / consulting? There are so many people better than me out there in the world, why bother? Who would pay me for my time? While I felt comfortable and confident with the topics I teach (publishing, product launches, online biz, etc.), I wasn’t sure people would...

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