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Make 30 cents in 30 minutes with fiction (wahaha)

Sorry about that non-hypey subject line ๐Ÿ˜€

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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?

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

Perfect for struggling authors

When you start out as an author, unless you’re traditionally published, you’ll begin with a lot of expenses:

  • Covers
  • Ads
  • Autoresponder

Even if you skip the ads and create your covers yourself, you need to pay for an autoresponder so you can communicate with your buyers. And get more future buyers.

So you’re looking at around $20 per month normally… Even for a small list.

I’m always looking out for better alternatives. I like the system I use, but I know a lot of people who prefer to struggle with Aweber/GetResponse and their low delivery rates, hours offline, delayed emails, and even deleted subscribers (yes, they do that with “soft bounces”) rather than set up an autoresponder themselves.

I can’t blame them. It takes some technical knowledge, and you’re on your own if you run into trouble.

Today, I noticed a worthy alternative. It’s perfect for struggling authors, because:

  • You can send up to 8,000 emails daily for free.
  • It’s a one-time investment. $27, if you get it today (the price goes up tomorrow).
  • It’s hosted. You don’t have anything to install yourself.
  • High delivery thanks to the way the system is set up.
  • You can create your own templates.

There are many more advantages, but for writers, I think these are the main ones.

Anyway, I suggest you take a look today, while the price is still only $27 for unlimited access. This is a fantastic deal, if you want my opinion. And by the way, tomorrow I’m going to talk more about what to write in the emails you’re going to send to your readers.

For now, check this out http://malka.im/inboxingpro

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