At last to the end of computer upgrades – and back to regular work. Spring is here, and fencing, dry for now. Now the bittersweet job of weaning begins…
People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going. ~ Earl Nightingale
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Back to work, now that my computers will allow me to get to work again. I now have two machines that are much faster than I had before. Both still running, since my old hard drive with that interface has various tweaks I only find myself aware of when I can’t do something. Once I get the biggest, fastest machine all tweaked up, then I’ll retire the other one as a backup.
The floor of my room is cluttered with old monitors. Some work, some don’t. One of the new boxes came with new monitors (and missing the adapters to use them, which a quick trip to the local Walmart fixed.)
One good point is that I’m still streamlining my process quite a bit. So I don’t have to keep stuff around that I haven’t used for some time.
Public Domain Publishing (is still dead)
With StreetLib stopping their publishing of my books, that leaves only Barnes & Noble who wants to accept them. Not that these sold very well, but they are nice training manuals – these Golden Age Space Opera Tales. And I have more than enough to publish anthologies each week for the rest of this year, if not more. But some 50-70 books will be enough training manuals. Gutenberg is continuing to come out with more stories, from mostly unknown SF authors of the 50’s. There’s no lack of material. I’ve started searching by tag on their site, which comes up with an amazing set of books on various topics. I’ve got a few of these anthologies coming out over the next weeks. And I’ll wrap up the work on the author-centric collections.
Theming these anthologies gives some fascinating works. I just collected an anthology of books on racism and slavery. Predictably, these writers cover this in a viable form, quite different from the nonsense coming out of political mouths these days. It’s always good to get more balanced perspective on things. Because those mouthings are mostly by people who refuse to study either their history or their philosophies. All of these were solved a long time ago, but have been revived for inane reasons in our modern times (while real slavery continues…)
Publishing to B&N makes the whole process faster. And converting these books to paperback (even hardback) if they sell at all as ebooks, will be a relative cinch. The mechanics have building them on D2D and then publishing with that cover and insides through B&N. FWIW.
Update: StreetLib has some limit to new books of 100 ISBN’s. That’s why they quit syndicating mine. So publishing Public Domain really needs to be either compilations of excerpts, or sticking to a specific subset of books that follow your own passion. No one wants to publish more copies of books that don’t sell. Either face Amazon’s smarmy scrutiny for every book, making your special versions for them, or work with Barnes & Noble, who doesn’t care (for now, anyway.) There is no more free ride for public domain books on aggregators. The water has been muddied by the Get Rich Quick few.
Quite interesting – along the lines of “when the student is ready, the teacher appears” – a friend suggested Rhonda Byrne’s newish book “The Greatest Secret”. And if you’re into the metaphysical, this makes accessing a quiet mind (or literally no mind) possible. And being mindless has its advantages. Because you aren’t all that subjected to the subconscious/unconscious regularly giving you the same things over and over to re-consider. And you can still your mind of all those runaway thoughts anytime you want, for as long as you want.
Unwanted trains of thoughts – each constantly entering and leaving the station – can be dispensed with on a wholesale basis.
Of course, I’m just working through this myself. And I’m encouraged to overlay the Science of Success material with this, which makes goal achievement even faster and easier. I was already a fan of Alan Watts and Lester Levenson, so this is a great book to take where they left off and put it into regular practice.
The bottom line is that Politics is a dead-end, like any cult practice. It’s a bit of the “what – me worry?” insouciance to add to a more sensical lifestyle. And explains that the saints still live among us, mostly unknown, but discoverable.
Just thought you’d like to be brought up to date after last week’s soapbox.
Started in with LearnDesk (that’s learndesk.us). Of course, trying to upload videos late at night with rural broadband isn’t a charitable experience. This marketplace does look promising. Most of working through these various providers is to learn their specificites and quirks. Good thing I have 7 courses ready to post on each marketplace.
Again, the test is on these four marketplaces: Udemy, Skillshare, LearnDesk (formerly TabletWise), and Leanpub.
So these four courses will be ready for immediate export:
PMA: Science of Success Overview
Author Freedom Course
Farm Less, Profit More
– and, barring some problem with TTS-generated voices, here’s another set:
Becoming a Wealthy Writer
Get Yourself Scam Free
Once these are all done, the audiobooks I had recorded will become video-based courses (and also published as audiobooks themselves.)
Make Yourself Great Again
If You Can Count to Four
Dorothea Brande’s Becoming A Writer
How to Completely Change Your Life in 30 Seconds
The two master courses after that are on writing, and goal achievement. Copywriting sells best, and there’s two more courses each in their own book, but my heart isn’t in those. All depends on what produces income right off the bat.
Along this line then starts continuing memberships. Another bridge waiting for me to cross.
Again the strategic steps for syndicating courses are:
- Post all beta-ready courses and standalone lessons under new format on this site. Still have to get the video’s moved to Rumble and embedded here, as Rainmaker went stingy on their promised hosting.
- Syndicate those mini-courses to the four marketplaces. (Each of them will be a challenge to explore, while Leanpub might a major one.) Do one marketplace at a time.
- Update the backend of my top-selling books to incorporate those links. (Some of those are major editing and republishing jobs.)
- Audiobooks published from these courses through Findaway (if original audio).
- 50-lesson email lessons that I can repurpose each year, created for Strangest Secret Collection, Becoming a Wealthy Writer. Videos and audios as above – these then become the full course.
- Change Your Life top-seller (ebook) also worked up as email course – but 100 lessons – book edited, reorganized, republished, and audio version posted to Findaway. All print books part of republishing.
- Build out the premier course for both major lines (goal achievement and writing) – get these promoted to my list and to new opt-in’s. Set the other courses for the top-selling books up as mini’s, but paid.
I realized it’s time to wean, which means getting fences ready for the calves to try to escape from. While I got a new fence built during all that squishy-ground-time – where heavy steel posts could be sunk into the ground my simply putting my weight on them – I still have to do things like find where trees have dropped on the fence, crushing it to the ground and letting full-grown cows gingerly step over while their calves jumped after. And there are places where the connectors have simply quit, leaving the barbed wires loose. So I have a bucket full of various insulators and connectors, along with coiled up wire and barbed wire to do other fixings with. Tomorrow will be cutting with the chain saw to remove said fallen trees, then coming back to repair the broken/stretched wire and make it all whole again.
Weaning means that you are going to sell last year’s crop to make room for this years. We’ve put this off until early April this year, which is just days ahead of our cows dropping their this-year calves. So we see some new faces just as we bid some familiar ones adieu.
Of course, if you’re on my mailing list (sign up to the right) you’d hear more about this and get the cute calf pictures for these coming calf crop…
Last week’s to-do’s:
- This analysis & emails – Yup, finally
- Promote courses and podcasts through Gab. Get my videos up to Gab.TV. Nope.
- Publish at least another Golden Age anthology in series. Nope.
- Verify and start posting the mini-courses to marketplaces. Take one marketplace and publish all. Then the next, etc. LearnDesk is first. Nope.
- Keep the farm running by priorities. Yup.
This week’s to-do’s:
- This analysis & emails
- Promote courses and podcasts through Gab. Get my videos up to Gab.TV. HOLD
- Publish rest of ready Golden Age anthologies.
- Verify and start posting the mini-courses to marketplaces. Take one marketplace and publish all. Then the next, etc. LearnDesk is first. HOLD
- Keep the farm running by priorities.