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Make 30 cents in 30 minutes with fiction (wahaha)

Sorry about that non-hypey subject line 😀

Actually, no, I’m not. But even as fiction writers, we’re used to seeing big numbers all the time.

… went from zero to ten million in three months … wrote a book and became an overnight success…

I’m certain that it can happen, but it’s hard to believe that it could happen to you, right?

So when I heard from one of my friends that he wrote a short, flash fiction book and it had made him 30 cents already, it actually made me happy.

For that means potential.

Frankly, I read his book, and the premise is great, it ends in a super cliffhanger, but the story needs editing.

The cover is horrible. Part of the title isn’t even readable.

If you can make 30 cents in that way, it makes you think, doesn’t it?

Anyway, flash fiction is not just for making money. You can also use it to get into a good habit of writing.

Or to train certain aspects of your writing skill.

Or to get good at getting a message out.

Actually, I’m inspired right now, so I’ll finish this email and write.

I’ll follow this guide http://malka.im/flashfictionfever

What’s stopping you?

Have you written all the nonfiction books you wanted in 2017?

If not, do you know why?

I often see that what’s stopping people:

  • It’s not the thought of work – writers aren’t afraid of working.
  • It’s not ignorance. Writers read. They have knowledge.
  • It’s not language, lack of tools, or anything like that.

What is it then?

In my opinion, writers don’t write because they make it way too complicated.

The key to writing books is to make it simple. Make it SO simple that procrastination looks like a day job in comparison.

How do you make it simple then?

You write a one problem – one solution book. I’m a huge fan of those myself. You can often write them in one or two sittings.

Money likes speed. Only the books you publish will make you fans, money, and the freedom you dream about.

In Mike Nielsen’s “Book-A-Day Problem Buster” you find out exactly how to write short, simple books that fix problems.

He provides a template with the ebook. A template he uses himself. It’s super simple! Tweak it to your liking or use it as it is.

If you’re already an experienced writer, and you have no problem coming out with book in a frequent way, you’re probably not getting much new info here.

But if you need that kick to get started, or you’re blocked… then you should take a look.

Read more about it here http://malka.im/problembusters

If you want to take it one step further and create super-fast books that will help people overcome problems with step-by-step books you can make in a day, you should grab the upsell as well. It’s a video course – I prefer reading myself, but it does make sense to present this method in videos.

You get the “Book-A-Day Problem Buster” for $14.95 and the Nonfiction Factory video course for $27.

Any questions? Just hit reply or create a ticket. I’ll soon be off for this week, though, but I’ll be back Sunday.

Meanwhile, check it out here http://malka.im/problembusters

Nefnef see FedEx

If my dog isn’t the craziest dog on Earth, she’s a great runner up.

Every month, I receive a printed newsletter called “Email Players”. It’s delivered by FedEx, and Nefnef always enjoyed sniffing to the envelope when I brought it home.

Before FedEx arrives, the delivery guy calls me on my phone, and then we meet in front of the bank, two minutes walk from our house.

Nefnef has learned that my phone ringing can mean only good things:

  • Either Dad’s on his way home with groceries.
  • Or Danni is on his way to visit us.
  • Or the FedEx guy is outside the bank.

Last month, I took her with me and told her “Nefnef see FedEx” and since she already knew what FedEx was, she was excited. Meeting the FedEx guy was a huge experience for her.

Don’t you just love how dogs and kids remember to value the small things? I do.

Yesterday, it was FedEx day, and I took her with me, and all the way to the bank, she made sounds like “Nefnef see FedEx” over and over again, and she was happy when he bent down to pad her on her head.

Small things can lead to great happiness 🙂

We got back home, and I read “Email Players” which was good as usual. Ben Settle, who writes it, is all about writing daily and entertaining emails.

But that got me thinking: Surely, you can’t do that as an author, can you?

So what can you do? If you want to avoid that your subscribers forget about you, what do you write about if you only come out with a new book every three months or so?

Have you thought about that question? Have you perhaps solved the problem?

kindle shout out profits

Kindle Shout Out Profits Review

I made a video review of Kindle Shout Out Profits so you can see what’s inside.

Kindle Shout Out Profits

Kindle Shout Out Profits by Joshua Montoya and Marty Cooney is an ebook that shows you how you, as an author, can grow your list.

Why is it important to have a list? Josh and Marty went from earning $0.35 the first month as Kindle publishers to over $14,000 a month within only 5 months, and they credit their email marketing formula for this success.

In “Kindle Shout Out Profits” they share that email marketing formula.

The first part of the book dive deeper into the content of the emails you’re going to send. It deals with the ideas you can use and shows examples. I find this part awesome and really helpful, and if you’re hesitated and not started your list yet, I’m sure this will get you eager to start. If you already have a list, you can send out your first email today and start building your autoresponder sequence.

The second part of the book shows you several ways you can grow your list. Personally, I found some of the ways good, and others were not to my liking. But the authors recommend that you pick the ideas you like and leave the rest. There are so many ideas in this book that you should be able to find several you can implement.

The third part contains alternative ideas to make money with your list. If you’re purely an author with a passion for writing, you’ll probably dismiss this part. If you’re more marketer inclined, I’m sure you’ll be seeing dollar signs right here. (Personally, I lean towards the pure author side here.)

Finally, you’ll get ideas to get more reviews for your books.

Overall, the 56-page PDF ebook is easy to understand and contains no filler or fluff. It teaches you exactly what the sales page says: how to build a mailing list of active readers and how to engage with them in a good way.

That good relationship is necessary if you want to sell your books.

Kindle Shout Out Profits cost $14.97 and it’s absolutely worth it. I’m not fond of the title, which relates to one of the alternative ways you can make money with your list, but I love the content.

>> http://malka.im/kdshoutout <<

There are three upsells, so let’s talk about what you’ll be offered after your purchase.

OTO1: Kindle List Magnets

The first upsell is called “Kindle List Magnets” and it’s a 19-page PDF ebook containing 15 emails templates. You can copy, paste, and use them as they are (with your data where it says XXX) or you can tweak as you like.

These templates are really helpful to get you going, and you can use several of them many times just with a few changes.

The price is $11.95.

OTO2: 50 Romance Fiction Plots

If you’re writing romance, and you’re struggling with the plots, here are 50 of them for you to use or send to your ghostwriter.

Personally, I don’t use done-for-you plots but make my own, so I can’t tell you much about them, other than give you an idea of the structure and the ideas.

Inside the plots bundle, there are two folders, one with series plots, and one with standalone plots.

Each plot consists of a section for each of the main characters, followed by the hook/opening scenes, the inciting incident, rising action, midpoint, crisis, climax, and the resolution.

The plots are written for different romance genres, like historical, contemporary, and I even spotted a cozy mystery in there.

The 50 plots cost $47

OTO3: Complete Kindle Video Course

Temper Thompson is the creator of this video course made for Kindle publishers (fiction or nonfiction).

It contains 12 videos plus bonus files with information and instructions about how you can find a ghostwriter, how to edit and finalize your book content, keyword research, title and subtitle creation, how to write your descriptions, cover creation (outsource for $5 to $10), publishing your book, getting reviews, promoting your book, and expanding your publishing profits.

The videos are clear and easy to understand. Temper is showing how he runs his publishing business, but you don’t have to outsource to follow along, if you prefer to write yourself.

The promotion methods he shows are some that have brought him a spot on the top 100 best-seller list. Some you have to pay for, others are free to use.

From what I could see, the videos are made in 2015, but with evergreen content and everything I saw seemed to be still valid.

The Complete Kindle Video Course costs $97.

Conclusion

If you want to publish romance, which is one of the two best-selling categories on Amazon, you’ll be allround covered with all four products. The first two will help you grow your list and build a relationship with the subscribers. The third will give you the plots you need to have 50 books written, and the complete course will help you to find out how to find and hire ghostwriter, finish and publish your book plus promote it.

How much do you need of this?

That depends on your experience and the kind of books you want to publish.

Obviously, the romance plots are only of interest to romance writers/publishers, but the other three products can be used for both nonfiction and fiction writers.

I recommend all four products in this funnel, but if you have any doubts if it’s useful to you, ask in the comments or send me an email. I’m not afraid to let you know if I think you shouldn’t buy.

Any other questions? Feel free to ask here or in an email.

Happy writing 🙂

>> http://malka.im/kdshoutout <<

Format your Kindle book with free tool

I’d actually written another email when I saw an ad on Facebook and checked it out.

A Udemy course about how to format your Kindle book with free software (for Windows or Mac) called Sigil.

It’s heavily discounted right now, but the site said the price would only be that low 5 more hours.

You get it for only $15 right now, which is 77% off.

The course has a 4.7 star rating and the content looks good.

Check it here http://bit.ly/2go79JD

Tomorrow: Huge package of images

I just reviewed a product that goes live tomorrow at 10am EST.

It consists of a huge package of high quality royalty free photos, vectors, videos, cinemagraphics and more.

You get PLR with your purchase, and you can use everything you like on mugs, T-shirts, adult coloring books, covers, children’s books…

You can also use it on blog posts, squeeze pages, social media posts.

You can change them and basically do whatever you like, and the price is LOW!

But instead of me babbling here, take a look at the review I made: http://getmoneymakingideas.com/3989/review-of-webmagnus/

What’s shared inside Kindling’s FB group?

Kindling, the program Geoff Shaw created many years ago, and which is responsible for several millionaire authors, has a very active Facebook group.

I’m not allowed to share with you what’s inside it, like quoting posts or taking screenshots. But I can give you an overview.

  • Fiction fodder. A lot of people share odd news they’ve found and which can be used as inspiration for fiction as well as stories inside nonfiction books.
  • Tips: Members are at different levels, but people share the tips they’ve found to work.
  • Questions and answers. Members ask questions. Other members replies and help them out.
  • Links to articles about special knowledge, like “how does it feel to get hit by a bullet”.
  • Success stories, even long and detailed ones. I’ve seen authors share everything they’ve learned when going from struggling indie author to successful read author who makes enough to have all the time he wants to spend on writing fiction.

It’s rich!

And then, of course, there’s all the stuff and knowledge you get inside the original Kindling membership site.

The membership site will stay.

The Facebook group will stay.

But soon it will not be possible for a new member to get access.

There’s a onetime fee to get in. No upsells.

Join now http://malka.im/kindling

Would you call yourself “bulletproof”?

My husband teaches ethical hacking.

That means showing students (many of them system administrators) hacking tools, how they work, and how they can prevent hackers from using the tools against them.

He told me about a guy who claimed on TV that NOBODY could hack into his system.

While he talked and boasted about his hackerproof system, somebody called the TV station and said, “I’m in”.

If he’d kept his not-so-hackerproof system a secret, nobody would have cared, and nobody would have broken into it.

But at least it didn’t have fatal consequences like the following.

Rapper called himself “bulletproof”

Poor guy. He’d been shot and survived, and on Twitter he told his fans, “God made me bulletproof”.

Unfortunately, that statement didn’t hold water. Maybe he tempted someone higher up. Maybe he just tempted a wicked soul.

He was shot again, and this time he didn’t survive.

Words hold power.

And using the right words can make miracles happen.

Like it did for one author who went from selling nothing to becoming a best-selling author.

It’s a switch of mindset. It’s an epiphany to the right person.

See what I mean here http://malka.im/9words

Were you ever caught doing naughty things behind a door?

As a teenager, we used to love asking that kind of questions.

Because when the unknowing victim replied “no” in an offended voice, we would say:

“Of course not. I knew it was a good place to hide.”

The power of words, right?

You can learn how to do that when you describe your books as well.

You have it inside you already. Now learn how to use it.

Check it out here http://malka.im/9words

Inboxing Pro questions and objections

(First: If you’re both a subscriber to my writers’ list and to my money-online list, you’ll get this email twice, because I have you on two different systems right now.)

If you’re as much as considering getting Inboxing Pro, the autoresponder I promoted yesterday, I want to remind you of something I nearly forgot myself:

It’s available for only $27, but the price goes up in less than 5 hours.

I was late to discover it, because I don’t normally scout the WarriorPlus best-seller lists like a vulture over a thirsty man in the desert. But better late than never, right?

After my email, I got questions and a serious objection.

One of the first mails I got about Inboxing Pro scared me. You’ll know why in a moment, but I really feared that I’d recommended something that I shouldn’t have.

One of my subscribers asked an anti-spam attorney and an expert at the technicalities of email servers and email marketing what she thought about Inboxing Pro, and she said, “I wouldn’t touch it”.

I asked what had motivated the attorney to say so, and got the following answer:

  1. The domain was only registered a couple of months ago
  2. the site looks like cr*p
  3. there are exactly two companies in the word that certify email senders (us and ReturnPath) so the hook of “trusted sender reputation” is misleading
  4. The entire thing is built on getting to the Gmail inbox, and following best practices will do that… plus everybody knows that a) the algorithms at the receivers change regularly
  5. they talk about “3 protocols applied by every receiver”…bllsht

Any time you do something to get around the protections that ISPs have in place, you look like a spammer

The process is known as snowshoeing, and it is dangerous to your reputation as an emailer.

That’s something of a mouthfull, right?

The autoresponder just launched, so I’m not surprised that the domain is young, and I don’t think the site looks bad. But that’s a matter of taste. Does Aweber’s site look great? GetResponse’s? They all three favor blue and white it seems…

In Bob Bly’s and Kim Stacey’s book “Secrets of Successful E-Mail Marketing” they go over the ways to obtain good delivery, and they include the same measures that Inboxing Pro does. It’s something that SMTP provider SparkPost does too in every email they send to their members. I’m getting a 96% accepted mails with them, and they tell me how I can improve that. Why haven’t I done so already? Because it takes some technical work. Work that Inboxing Pro does for you.

I’m sorry, but I send three emails daily, and best practices don’t help me get into Gmail’s inbox. Sometimes one mail hits while another one misses. Again, I’ve taken some measures (like only including one link in the email, avoiding images…) but other than that, there’s the technical set up which I haven’t done. With Inboxing Pro that’s done for me.

Point #5 – true, perhaps not every receiver applies the 3 protocols. Some might let spam go right through. The purpose of using this autoresponder is not to spam. You’ll need either your own SMTP domain or third parties like SparkPost, SendGrid etc. and THEY won’t accept spam.

I strongly disagree that using DKIM to identify your mailing domain you look like a spammer.

That’s like saying that by registering your company name you look like a crook. It doesn’t make sense to me.

And I looked up snowshoeing which is something completely different. Look it up. This is a short excerpt: “Snowshoers use many fictitious business names (DBA – Doing Business As), fake names and identities, and frequently changing postal dropboxes and voicemail drops.”

With Inboxing Pro you send from the same domains every time. You use the same IP number. You use the same names.

My conclusion: This attorney made a quick judgment and now she’s defending it.

Her arguments don’t make sense to me. I’ll leave it up to you to judge.

Do you have to buy more than one copy?

I got a question from a subscriber who wanted to use it for more than one persona. This could happen if you run a list under a pen name, if you’re a writer for example.

You can set up each list individually with a new from name and add all the sending domains, so that each become trusted senders thanks to the DKIM keys. (Something that to my knowledge all web hosts offers inside cPanel. I still can’t believe how an expert can see this as making me look like a spammer.)

Will I only mail to Gmail users?

No, you can mail all kind of users. They use Gmail as an example on the front page, because Gmail is known for putting marketing mails on the Promotion tab. Even some of my private emails, sent from my email client, went there, by the way. Following best practices or not 😉

I wish I had more time

I would have loved to show you each function in a separate email, but the price goes up in four hours.

I bought it myself this morning. I’m also going to buy the two upsells (PLR membership + lifetime access). I have full confidence in this. I would have preferred the autoresponder to be self-hosted, but I know that you might prefer hosted, because it’s less technical work.

So here it is – it’s up to you now to make a decision.

To buy or not to buy?

If you choose like I did, this is the place to go http://malka.im/inboxingpro

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