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EXECUTION Authorpreneur in the Making. Goal - The Unscripted Life.

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First - I just quit my job. Here's the link to the thread on this forum, where I shared about that journey. (I have created a new user account, for I want to begin with a new username)
Yes, for me quitting the job did not happen instantly.

But anyway, the focus of this thread is to document my entrepreneurial journey.

I also consider it as a way to be accountable.

The Core Idea: Use Amazon Kindle Publishing to establish myself as an Author.

I already published a book a couple years ago. So I am not totally new to the game.

Financial goal: Get to 10,000 USD in royalty income by November, 2020. A year from now!

Why this is important to me

While, being financially free, is the obvious goal, it isn't the ultimate.

I not only want to enjoy financial freedom, but I also want to make a difference in the world.

To exist in this world, for the sake of existing, is not my thing.

I want to contribute in a meaningful way.

And after going over several business ideas, being an Author of Non-fiction books is the only thing I end up circling back to.

But that is not all. I am also, inspired by MTF's journey documented on this forum. Here's the link It is open only to those with an Insiders subscription.

I took several nuggets of wisdom from there, and perhaps without MTF's publishing success, I would have not been as confident to take this step.

I also decided to document this journey in the regular forum, with a vision that, whether I succeed or fail, there will be documentation for others to draw some nuggets from.

What Challenges I Am Facing Now:

Budgeting -
Earlier, I had a fixed income coming in each month from my job. Now I have to live off savings.

So I need to plan this well. There are some unavoidable expenses to operate this business.

Organising - When you're doing a job, you have to be available during the work hours, no matter what.

I am working on that, to discipline myself.

Health - I need to ensure, I stay healthy and at the right weight.

Family - I am all set to work 24/7 -- not literally of course. But I will need to ensure, I spend adequate time with the family, else they will end up feeling ignored. And success doesn't mean anything if you're not spending quality time with your loved ones.

How Often Will I Update this Thread

Mostly every day. At least, that is what I intend to do.

The Most Important Thing:

I am not a fan of being a crazy hustler. I am not doing this to prove anything to anyone.

I am doing this simply because it is a basic requirement of life -- to live well!

Else, what am I doing here?

So that's it for now!

I will keep you posted.

Cheers!
 

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Execution Update Day 1

The focus at the start of the day was the following:

-identify an autoresponder service provider
-configure to mailing list, so I can start capturing reader emails

While, doing this should not have been a big deal, I was more cautious keeping GDPR and future business prospects in mind.

I ended up reading a lot about GDPR and it cost me a few hours, before I could come to terms with it.

I toiled with the idea of using some cheap options, even considered getting one of the deals live on AppSumo, that would give me a lifetime subscription for one small fee. Which would be great for an autoresponder service.

But on doing further research, I found that, the service wasn't upto the mark. Especially, from a GDPR perspective, so I dropped the idea.

I finally zeroed in on ConvertKit, and I am loving it.

Lesson I learned here was: Almost all the time, you get what you pay for.

Another one is: It is essential to build a business on a solid foundation.


Considering that an email list will be vital to my success as an Author, it was a no brainer for me to choose an email service provider who has a great reputation.

Sure, it's going to cost me money, but I will mark that as an investment that will pay for itself in the long run.

By the end of the day, I was still not completely setup with the system, but I am satisfied with the days work.

I will tackle the rest of the challenges tomorrow.

Cheers!
 
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Execution Update Day 2

At the top of my list today was to get the Optin page working.

There were some glitches, so it took a while to fix that.

But I am glad that it is finally done.

Since I am starting out again as a self-published author, I decided to enroll my book in KDP select, and set up the promo for 3 days.

This is a small step to acquire readers.

I used KDP ROI to notify various book websites about the free promo, and hopefully that will make some difference. Let's see.

Overall, it was a slow day. I would have preferred to get more done.

I also got my author website installed. Will be tweaking that as well.

On another note, I am researching topics for my next book, I will need to figure out an effective launch plan.

Last time I published the book, it could not gain much traction as I struggled to get reviews.

In fact, one of the biggest challenges I have is to find a way to get reviews before I launch a book.

I have a couple of training programs that show how to do it, but the process has been quite slow there.

How to get reviews early for my book will be on my task list. One of the best ways I know of is to contact reviewers of other similar books, I don't know if that still works.

On another note, it has been 7 days now, since I last went to work.

I have worked for close to two decades, and it was shift work.

While I am working a lot harder now, than at my work. I still feel great.

In fact, work, doesn't seem like work at all.

Mindset challenges:

I have an occasional dip, where I start feeling insecure about the future. Whether I will be able to make it.

I even look at job portals to see if I can grab a part-time job.

But soon I remember, I took the decision of quitting my well settled job because I know that is not the right vehicle to where I wish to be.

So I drop all the ideas of even getting a part time job.

I want to put all my energy in self-publishing, and don't want to be distracted by the promise of fixed income. I am training myself to unlearn instant gratification. And move towards delayed gratification.

Meditation has been quite helpful, and helps me remain detached to the drama as it unfolds.

Until tomorrow.

Cheers!
 

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I'm looking forward to seeing your progress @aum.

I think it's good you focus on building an email list right from the beginning. A loyal audience is one of the most important assets that authors have these days.
 
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Execution Update Day 3

Today was interesting.

I started working on the author website, and found myself going over an SEO course to start things on the right note.

Before I decided to go the Author route, I tinkered around with the idea of doing Rank and Rent websites etc.

As I went through the course, it talked about the value of SILO structure.

That got me wondering, how am I going to position myself as an author.

What is the USP or core subject that I will be talking about.

I know that I will be writing non-fiction books.

The one I wrote last was in the self-help niche.

But, I don't want to simply position myself as someone providing personal development tips etc.

Which lead me to a book, and the rest of my day, was invested in reading it.

If you care to know, the name of the book is Solved: The Mystery of Life -- by Vernon Howard. Around 400 page book, done reading 100.

I feel this is going to be an important step, in helping me identify my core values, and decide how I want to show up in the world.

So all in the all, most of the day went in introspection.

Nothing productive apart from that.

Challenges I faced today:


The moment I sat at my desk to work, I started feeling drowsy.

As if I had not slept last night. Inspite of getting good eight hours rest.

Not sure why that was the case. But did some Yoga, and that helped feel more active.

All in the all, it was another, slower day.

Anyway, catch up tomorrow.

Cheers!
 

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How to get reviews early for my book will be on my task list. One of the best ways I know of is to contact reviewers of other similar books, I don't know if that still works.
Be careful on reaching out for reviews. Amazon is famous for discounting whole slews of reviews. I'd focus on producing lots of quality work and within each work build links to sign up for email lists and request reviews.
 
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Be careful on reaching out for reviews. Amazon is famous for discounting whole slews of reviews. I'd focus on producing lots of quality work and within each work build links to sign up for email lists and request reviews.
Thank you. Have made a note of the same. I was never in favor of using shady tactics to get reviews. Cheers!
 

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Here is a suggestion to get early reviews:

Grow an email list that you will launch on. Promote the book to this email list and then follow up with them for the reviews.

Having these people be YOUR followers and not just amazon buyers ups your odds of getting a review like crazy.

I don't know how well it would work, but an example of a lead magnet to grow your list would be something like an excerpt from your book - for free.

Run ads to people who follow authors within your genre/angle.
 

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Good luck and let me know if you need any help.
 
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Here is a suggestion to get early reviews:

Grow an email list that you will launch on. Promote the book to this email list and then follow up with them for the reviews.

Having these people be YOUR followers and not just amazon buyers ups your odds of getting a review like crazy.

I don't know how well it would work, but an example of a lead magnet to grow your list would be something like an excerpt from your book - for free.

Run ads to people who follow authors within your genre/angle.
Sure sounds like a great idea. Noted.

Many thanks!
 
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Good luck and let me know if you need any help.
The legendary MTF. Happy to see you here. Sure, I will be in touch!

Cheers!
 

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Execution Update Day 4:

After a couple of days slowdown, I thought today I would make progress.

But nah, today was one of those days that you don't want in your life.

The whole day gone by as some personal issue showed up -- no execution today. Nada, nothing.

Inspite of no work done, I am exhausted.

Anyway, looking forward to a more productive day tomorrow.

Cheers!
 
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Execution Update Day 5:

Today I was able to have a more productive day.

Figured the angle, the positioning I'd like to take as an author.

Spent a few hours, researching on a book topic.

I am quite close to zeroing in on one, may be tomorrow, I should have it figured out, and will be able to start preparing an outline.

I have not written a book for over a couple of years now.

So my aim is to get to Writing ASAP.

The last book I wrote was with a goal of getting published. So ended up with a very generic topic, that perhaps did not connect to a specific audience.

This time I am trying to ensure I maintain a fine balance between affinity towards the niche, plus a need in the market for it.

My marketing budget won't be much, so I have to rely more on the market to pick up the title based on interest.

Challenges I faced today:

It was more of things coming in within family.

It's as if life knows you ought to be challenged, so it throws more your way, or something like that.

Anyway, these things are expected on this journey.

That's it for today.

Cheers!
 
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Execution Update Day 6

Huh! What execution? Nothing.

Health issues in family, so all time was spent there.

And now I am tired.

This is not helping.

I can't be working one day, and taking an off for two days.

The solution to this is to be awake at an hour when there is least chance of distraction.

I think 5 am should be a good time.

I haven't been up that early since ages, but now comes the challenge.

Will keep ya posted.

Cheers!

P.S. I write these not so productive posts, not to waste your time, but just so that I don't hide anything, not even days when I didn't/could not show up. Nothing to feel ashamed here, this is a new life, will take a while to get it organized.

P.P.S. I was even tempted to apply for a nice looking profile, at a company with great work culture, that too remote work, but then, I thought about their founders, and dropped the whole idea.
 
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