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    Forum Self-Promotion Opp: Offers, Links, Your Biz, More (October 2019)

    SELF-PROMOTION 
    Thanks for sharing this. I love Baroque music. I write in the early mornings to it. It harmonizes thoughts.
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    Needs to be said... sell the DAMN motorcycle.

    RANT HEALTH 
    My wife made me ditch my motorcycle when she got pregnant. Once in a while, I fantasize about getting another one. Then I look at my daughter.
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    Had FTE Moment, Scared Shitless, But Going In Anyway...

    FTE INTRO 
    I totally get it. If you're new to entrepreneurship, "go help someone" sounds like charity work. Think of it more as starting a conversation. Here's a suggestion: write down the names and numbers of five people you know who own or help manage a small business. Any business. Give them a call...
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    Had FTE Moment, Scared Shitless, But Going In Anyway...

    FTE INTRO 
    You don't even need to narrow down and cross out. As @Andy Black said, use your skills, any skills (don't overthink this), to go help someone. Do it for free. Just see where helping someone--then another--then another--takes you.
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    How I get 60% open rates and 40% response rates cold emailing

    Great post. Inspiring. You posted a while back an offer to sell to members niche-specific lists of prospects. What ever happened to that?
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    Funnel Builder: I'll build high-converting funnels designed to maximize your conversions!

    Congrats on all the 5 star reviews on Upwork. Do you have any testimonials that show the quantitative results of the funnels you've built? What were the conversion rates before and after your intervention? Also, do you write the copy on the landing pages? Many would say that's the key piece of...
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    Creating a book?

    EXECUTION 
    Please. I'm asking nicely. Sincerely. Stop.
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    Creating a book?

    EXECUTION 
    I'll pass. Thanks. You can keep your gift.
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    Creating a book?

    EXECUTION 
    Just please consider this with an open mind: Some folks are sitting around a table, having a pleasant, productive conversation. One person says the other, "I like pomegranates. You're looking for advice on what to use in your recipe for a dinner you're making. I recommend adding pomegranates to...
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    Creating a book?

    EXECUTION 
    To be honest, your response rambles. It's hard to follow. Some punctuation would be most appreciated. Also, it'd be nice if you made an effort to find out who you're lecturing to. Did Donald seduce your wife or something? You really seem to have it out for the guy.
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    Creating a book?

    EXECUTION 
    Strong opinions about Donald Miller! Not to worry, though, the "epic" plot is just a basic scaffold on which to array the flesh of the narrative. There's still plenty of flexibilty for originality. Further, much of the vitality in a book comes from the voice of the narrator. Wouldn't you...
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    Creating a book?

    EXECUTION 
    Next is continuing to copy and paste your threads into the Scrivener project. Then: read through and sort them into theme-based folders. Then: Decide on Approach 1 or 2. Sound good?
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    Creating a book?

    EXECUTION 
    So @Andy Black, have any of these folks nudged you towards Approach 2?
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    Creating a book?

    EXECUTION 
    I'm a big fan of Blake Snyder's Save the Cat (also, Jessica Brody's follow-up, Save the Cat Writes a Novel). Not sure, though, how Snyder's 15 story "beats" would work for a nonfiction book that's not emulating a novel. Worth considering, though. Donald Miller's approach to plot is a bit more...
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    [Progress Thread] Amazon FBA

    EXECUTION 
    Yeah, it was surprising. At the end of the contest, I sent out an email to those who had entered. It announced a winner and offered a consolation prize--20% off the product featured in the contest. No one took me up on the offer.
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    Creating a book?

    EXECUTION 
    @Andy Black and I have been discussing the overall plan for the book. I've suggested 2 basic approaches: Approach 1: Have the book be more "aphoristic." By that, I mean a series of short essays that are more or less copies of your best forum posts with some light editing for clarity and flow...
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    [Progress Thread] Amazon FBA

    EXECUTION 
    Another update. Sales are growing for my brand on Amazon. I have 3 products listed in the Health & Beauty category. One is the runaway winner. It accounts for the vast majority of sales. It's an "Amazon's Choice" for my target search term. Customers seem to love it: The thing I like most...
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    Creating a book?

    EXECUTION 
    I hope it's more than a "maybe"! ;) The book definitely deserves a storyline running through it.
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    Creating a book?

    EXECUTION 
    If I recall, Amazon Kindle won't let you set up a book listing to take pre-orders unless you upload the actual book file first. Hey @Andy Black. What do you think about setting up a page where people interested could give their email addresses to be on a list to be notified when the book is out.
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    Creating a book?

    EXECUTION 
    @Andy Black and I had a great Zoom session this week. A plan for executing the book is taking shape. Right now, Andy's gathering together links to all the threads he's started here on the forum that are "authorial." By that, I mean threads where he posts an essay of sorts on a given topic...

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