Farm life continues to be exhilarating, despite the hot weather and rain quitting (for now.) Not too oddly, I found a new real world project that’s taking my time (for now)…
“Enjoy life today. Yesterday is gone – and tomorrow may never come.” ~ Alan Coren
- Total subscribers: 2275
- New subscribers last seven days: 9
- Course sign-ups: 0
- Nothing this week…
Courses in Progress:
- 10 mini-courses
- PMA: SOS – An Introduction
- How to Become a Wealthy Writer (3 parts)
- Becoming a Successful Writer – Your Guide to Unlimited Writing Success
- Becoming a Productive Writer – The Fiction Writer’s Master Craft Guide
- Becoming a Wealthy Writer –
- Completely Change Your World
- Strangest Secret Collection (A few more mini-courses out of this book)
Farming is still making its demands.
I got a new challenge this week – an old travel trailer that I need to reduce to the trailer frame below it. And it’s just one of those things that I need to crank out – because I’m between major projects again in the digital workplace. The real world work place has other demands. Like the 90+ degree weather these days. But I can finish this off in something like a week. And investing this time now will give me a nice payoff later.
Subscribers continue their slow drop as they and I weed out those who aren’t a good fit. A few more IF/PW subscribers eeked their way in this last week. So my giveaway is a good match for someone out there.
The Real Story Behind “The Hero’s Journey”
The guru’s have boiled down Joseph Campbell’s master work to a simple recipe to make good adventure stories.
But the joke is on them. You have to dig into that book, plus all his various “Mythos” videos. And you’ll see that this has an uncommon depth to it – something that can explain your entire life for you if you choose to believe his material.
For me, this then just added to the other breakthroughs I’ve had recently, one that wrote its own story as “Think Less and Grow Richer” – while that book then updated “Freedom Is” and “The Strangest Secret Collection” (Another book, “Make Your Self Great Again” should also be updated, but as this will also then require an audiobook update plus another mini-course, I haven’t gotten back to it.)
But get those videos, including his “Power of Myth” PBS DVD. Then you’ll be well on your way to writing masterpieces.
The keystone is the top stone in the arch and everything builds up to that, while it holds everything else together.
Most of these existing mini-courses are included inside “Strangest Secret Collection”. Again, books sell the courses, courses sell the book.
Two other keystone courses will be “How to Completely Change Your Life” and “Becoming a Wealthy Writer”. That last is in three parts, Becoming a Successful Writer (encompassing goals), Becoming a Productive Writer (the writer’s craft), and Becoming a Wealthy Writer (online marketing).
(Mini-courses on copywriting are basically stand-alone, but can be added to as other books become topsellers in this series. These aren’t my main passion, so that’s not in the near future.)
There’s a fourth course, PMA: Science of Success, which is also keystone course.
Keystone courses are a buy-once setup. They aren’t ongoing memberships, as I will generate this material once, and then keep looking for other clients to buy them.
An on-going membership, that I will host for an annual payment, will be my fiction material. Because, I’ll come out with new fiction every week, in addition to new Golden Age Space Opera Tales. Those members will also get access to the Pulp Method for Writing Fiction (Becoming a Productive Writer mini-courses), which will explain the GA books coming out. Meanwhile, people are given a new book every week for two years – so it’s a two-year commitment to get the entire set of GA books.
Also, I’ll be producing all these GA books as paperbacks through D2D, and so will start adding to the backmatter as they are published. Their paperbacks are different from their ebooks, but I have to check their paperback backmatter to see how much. I can also offer discounted POD paperbacks through Lulu, but I haven’t seen much reach for these. However, I’ve found these don’t cost me a proof to get them onto local distribution there, so it’s probably: “Here’s the paperbacks on B&N and everywhere else, or you can have Lulu print your very own copy for a 40% discount.”
I may go ahead and set that Completely Change Your Life into an ongoing membership, since I have a large library of books that I can update print through D2D & Barnes&Noble, plus the ongoing Nightingale articles.
The idea of patron-sponsored income comes back to that “1,000 true fans” concept. Not that it’s a workable ideal, but being able to simply have a close set of paying customers who want to have a regular supply of new reading matter is an author’s dream. And something worth developing.
As you can see above, with four keystone courses, and one or two ongoing memberships, I’ll be able to leverage my income well through that. Add in the remote marketplaces, book income overall, and leverage like audiobooks, and you’ll see a big scene. That’s the point of these challenges.
Back to Courses
This year was an hiatus from fiction writing. Because my non-fiction books needed courses. And expanding that line of income needed testing. (And after nearly 6 months, I’ve made little finished progress.
This last set of books now gets that entire body of work off my plate. So my time demands should ease up.
I’m done with personal development books. I still have to push through publishing any courses and audiobooks that are laying around. Just to leverage everything.
I already have these 9 mini-courses that need to be pushed through the marketplaces, and additionally to my own site, which requires uploads to them and to external hosting sites.
I’ll also need to get some more videos created. But I have that resource (that I’m paying for monthly) to get that done. That may even be a way for me to build my fiction animation videos – we’ll see…
Coming up is to get all the LearnDesk videos done, and then continue with Udemy next – as I laid out months ago.
With this last writing and research out of the way, I should be set to go.
(Oh, a sidebar: I get weekly DVD’s from DVD.Netflix.com. And I’m about to start up a study of animated feature stories which will last several months…)
But, as above, there are physical demands coming on. Grass is growing high, and I need to mow this off with cattle or machines (to make things look nice for visitors). That trailer is taking my time right now. But I have some nieces who are demanding to come “see the farm” this summer.
Again the strategic steps for syndicating courses are:
- Own site
- Post (and catch up) 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 more major editing and republishing jobs.)
- Audiobooks published from these courses through Findaway (if original audio)
- 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.
Keystone courses: PMA:SOS, Becoming a Wealthy Writer, Change Your Life in 30 Seconds. The Strangest Secret Collection.
- Build out these lessons as podcasts to promote those courses.
- Texts for these courses worked up as ebook/paperbacks – edited, reorganized, republished, and audio version posted to Findaway.
The key is to get things fully wrapped up as I do them, syndicated everywhere. Once the major, top-selling books are syndicated, I can then work to get other mini-courses created and syndicated based on other popular books. That action then creates more feeder lines into the courses, memberships, and other books.
More Notes on Livingness
I did find that my “Short Flights” series is going to have to be re-edited. Because the editing on each takes out about 2900 words – meaning the stories are that much shorter than what I started with. (2900 words of boilerplate licensing for these PD works). These are stories collected by their final published length. And start at anything under 1500 words, then goes up in 500-word increments right up to 6K words, all depending on how many of each length I have. I today edited the first one back into shape, but the other four are on backburner. Counting up all these “under-6,000-word” books, there are some 440 stories that are in need of collecting – after I edit each one down to the story itself to get an accurate word count.
But with some 40 books already collected and still waiting to be published, having a few drop off isn’t a big deal-breaker. These tend to come and go.
Priority (after the real w0rld farm work) is still courses. Once this trailer is done, then we’ll be back to courses. Actually, I started on the middle third of the Wealthy Writer trilogy – which itself will produce probably five mini-courses, though some of these won’t be syndicated as they aren’t exciting enough.
Regardless, it’s great to have a very full life. As long as I keep creative and so keep it fun.
Last week’s to-do’s:
- This analysis & emails – Yup
- Finish and submit all the rest of the courses on LearnDesk – Nope
- Keep the farm running by priorities. – Yup
- Track my notes of everything else and post to my updates. – Yup
This week’s to-do’s:
- This analysis & emails
- Keep the farm running by priorities.
- Finish that trailer project
- In my spare time, keep pushing the courses along as I can (and have energy for.)