Publishing Deals vs. Self Publishing: Which is better in 2016?

July 17th, 2016

Self-Publish Clipboard Write Promote Sell Writer Author BookWhile publishers have done well with books, they have been losing ebook share because they just don’t understand the market and they price their ebooks too high. They try to price them similarly to physical books and pricing them this way leads to fewer sales.

In addition, they don’t know how to market ebooks on Kindle. They don’t seem to understand  the importance of finding the right keywords and categories as well as which pages you want your book to show up on. I know because some of my writing clients have signed deals and I have worked with publishers doing book launches for my clients.

On the other hand, ebook sales have been increasing for self-published authors, especially books that don’t even have ISBN numbers. (You don’t need an ISBN number to publish your book on Kindle.) One of the reasons is that Kindle has a pricing tool that tells you what the sweet spot is price-wise for selling your ebooks.

Plus, because of the business model that Amazon employs, authors no longer need a publisher: they can sell directly to their audience,  so more authors are able to participate, hence more books are sold. And, it’s a lot cheaper to start with an ebook than a book.

The ebook market itself is only growing at about 1% a year. But, the dramatic shift in how they are sold, has made a huge difference for self-published authors. However, authors themselves may not be aware of this shift and so many are still opting to go for a traditional publishing deal first and only resorting to self publishing when they don’t get one (which is the case for 95% of authors).

What most authors don’t seem to realize is that you make a lot less money, in most cases, from a publishing deal. You’re  lucky if you make a dollar per book with a publisher, and it can be much worse. I once had a writing student tell me that she had a friend who had written a cookbook that sold for $40, but her friend was only getting 40 cents a book!

Teaching people how to self-publish has become my mission because I know how it feels to be the creator and have other people make most of the money from your work! I started out in the music business where we got 10 cents a record. I thought that was criminal. And I think it’s criminal in book publishing too!

Selling my ebooks on Amazon for just $2.99 at 70% royalty pays me about $2.00 a book! And, I have priced other books higher than that; that is double what a publisher would pay-and that’s for low end ebooks. Imagine how much more you can make on higher-priced ebooks or a series of ebooks? Plus, if you have a physical book as well,  you’ll make more money by adding those into the mix.

In addition, unless you are a top-tier author (selling a lot of books already), even if you sign with a traditional publisher, you will still end up having to market your books yourself so you might as well get paid well for doing it! Don’t you agree?

So, whether you want to sell books for passive income, or to grow your business, you are better off self-publishing. And, if you are blessed enough to sell a lot of books and decide at a later date that you are wiling to take a pay cut in order to get the advantages of working with a publisher, you’ll be in a much better position to get a deal!

Ellen Violette is a book-creation, book-marketing, & business coach. She is a 6-time #1 Bestselling author and creator of the Bestseller Business Blueprint. Ellen is also a 2-time eLit Award winner, recipient of the “Be the Change” Award, and a Grammy-nominated songwriter.

She creates book and business strategies using publishing and content marketing for thought leaders, coaches, independent professionals, speakers, and authors. To learn more go to: www.BestsellerBusinessBlueprint.com and register for a FREE PDF “11 Steps to Getting Bestseller Ranking in Kindle With Your eBook”.

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7 Top Fears that Can Kill Your Business!

July 14th, 2016

Courage - Fear signpost with forest backgroundFear is the enemy of entrepreneurs. When you feel afraid, your brain freezes and you can’t think straight.  When you feel afraid, you tell yourself things that aren’t in your best interest. When you feel afraid, you get stuck and you can end up creating exactly what you feared.  I know because I’ve been there. Everybody feels afraid at times.

You might feel afraid when trying a new task or  putting yourself out there where people can criticize you or your work.  And, nobody wants to feel humiliated or rejected.  But, staying where you are is not an option because you will never reach your goals if you don’t take risks.

So, let’s look at the top 7 fears that hold entrepreneurs back.

1. Not believing in yourself. If you don’t believe yourself, it feels impossible to get anything done. When I started my business, it never occurred to me that I wouldn’t be successful so I just jumped in and success came very quickly. But, then the recession hit, the Internet changed, and I failed a lot. So, I kept learning to learn what was working. I also had to decide what it was I really wanted to do and be honest about my skill set. There were times when I thought it would never get better.

But, I kept going anyway and guess what….it did get better! And as it got better, I became more confident again.  Too many people thing they need confidence first and then they will move forward, but it doesn’t work that way.  You have to have enough faith to take action and if you enjoy it, the confidence will come. If you don’t enjoy it, congratulations, you’ve learned what you don’t want to do, so try something else. Be persistent and eventually it will fall into place.

2. Needing to be perfect. One of the great lessons for me has been learning that I don’t have to be perfect to be a leader.  In fact, people want to know that you are real, that you have flaws and that you have succeeded in spite of them because it gives them hope that they can too.  It also takes some of the pressure off when you know that you can make mistakes and still be successful.

If you don’t believe me, I’d like to share a true story with you.  Early on in my career, I had the opportunity to interview a well-known publicity expert. I was using Instant Teleseminar, and I didn’t really understand how it worked yet. When you want to do an hour call, you are supposed to set it for 1 1/2 hours so you don’t get cut off, but I set it for an hour, and it shut off before we were done.

This expert started screaming at me thinking that nobody could hear us, but everyone was listening. He tore into me so bad, I thought I would never recover. But, you know what happened?  My listeners thought he was the biggest jerk ever and rallied to my side. And I’ll bet they NEVER bought anything from him ever again! But, some of them are still subscribers, clients , and even friends of mine to this day!

3. Thinking you lack enough experience and knowledge to get started. When I got on the Internet, I must have listened to hundreds of free calls! I also started taking classes, and I hired a coach. My background was as a copyeditor and layout person before I went into the music business and became a Grammy-nominated songwriter, so I had skills. I started by doing what I knew: writing copy and editing.  But, I learned very quickly that I didn’t like doing it as a full-time job for two reasons: 1. It wasn’t duplicatable and 2. Most people who hired me didn’t have a clue about what made good copy, and I got tired of trying to convince people that they needed copy that sells regardless of their personal opinion.

About that time,  I was writing my first ebook, and when I didn’t find a writing coach who taught what I wanted to learn, I decided I could do it better and I would become one. In fact, I became the very first ebook coach in the world! I spent about $15,000 right off the bat learning, and then my Internet coach said to me that it was time for me to stop learning so much and start teaching.

I thought he was crazy. Who was I to teach? But, then he said something that made a lot of sense to me. He said that I only had to be one or two steps ahead of my clients to teach. So I did, and I made $13,000 in my first 6 weeks and went on to make a 6-figure income in 2 1/2 years and train many other coaches and experts, some of whom are now millionaires!

4.  Believing failure is fatal. It isn’t! Now, nobody likes to fail, but the truth is that you have to fail to succeed. I know it sucks, but that’s just the way it is.  Michael Jordan said it best, “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Just accept failure as part of the process and remember that failure is the key to success!

5. Afraid you don’t have enough time to get everything done. Everyone has the same amount of time in a day, so why do some get everything done that they want to do and other’s don’t? I believe there are three reasons why this happens. 1. They don’t know what they want so they don’t go after it. 2. They don’t set priorities.  3. They don’t outsource the tasks that are not their money-making endeavors and 4. They don’t have the right mindset so they always feel overwhelmed and feel like they are in a hurry to get things done when in fact you have to slow down to speed up success!

6. Afraid that you don’t have enough money to do what you want to do. Getting the money to do what you want to do can sometimes be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to stop you from moving forward. First, check out the free resources that are available.  Then, figure out what you can do and what you can outsource. (You may be thinking, “I don’t have money to outsource!”) First, of all, it can be a lot cheaper to outsource than you think, and there are ways to get around having to use your own money.

Hire someone on fiverr.com to help; hire a college student for credit; or hire an intern. Barter or start a crowdfunding campaign. Get sponsors. Think outside the box, but don’t give up. Or, start small and go from there. For instance, write a book and only publish it as an ebook to save money.  Do a small offer on JVZOO and get affiliates to help you grow a list and your money.

And don’t believe for a minute that you are the only one going through this. I once heard Frank Kern talk about how he wanted to start a membership site and it was going to cost a lot of money and he wasn’t even sure if it would do what he wanted it to do. He was just about to give up, but then decided to make his offer without building a membership site, and it brought in a million dollars!

7. Fear of rejection. A lot of these fears overlap. For instance, maybe you don’t want to reach out to get the money you need because you don’t want to be rejected. Or,  you are trying to be perfect because you don’t want to be rejected. Let’s face it, rejection hurts! But, the truth is that when you are confident in yourself and your abilities, you come to realize that not everyone is going to love you or want to help you and that rejection is just part of the game.  Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield were rejected 144 times with Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Learning to handle fear is one of the most important things you MUST do to be a successful entrepreneur! Handle your fear and miracles will happen!

To learn more about fear and how to get rid of it once and for all, listen to:  How to Get Clear of Fear. To register, go to: www.bestsellerbusinessblueprint.com/clear-fear

Ellen Violette is a book-creation, book-marketing, & business coach. She is a 6-time #1 Bestselling author and creator of the Bestseller Business Blueprint. Ellen is also a 2-time eLit Award winner, recipient of the “Be the Change” Award, and a Grammy-nominated songwriter. She creates book and business strategies using publishing and content marketing for thought leaders, coaches, independent professionals, speakers, and authors. To learn more go to: www.BestsellerBusinessBlueprint.com and register for a FREE PDF “11 Steps to Getting Bestseller Ranking in Kindle With Your eBook”.

 

 

 

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6 Tips For Getting The Most Out of Your Facebook Live Videos

July 8th, 2016

Facebook Live is the newest way to live stream video. I believe it will be the standard and do much better than Periscope over time for two reasons.FBlive

1. It’s easier to use than Periscope-it doesn’t have the glitches that Periscope has. All you have to do is go to status update, click on the broadcast icon ( a head inside a circle), add your title, and hit the “Go Live” button, and it’s showtime.

2. It’s Facebook, the largest social-media network in the world with 1 1/2 BILLION monthly active users.

Here are 6 tips for best results:

#1. Promote your broadcast before going live
You can share your live broadcast with your personal network, on a fan page, in a group, or event. But, before you do a broadcast, let your market know that you are going to be doing it. You can also advertise as you would for any upcoming teleseminar, webinar, launch, or event. You can also boost your posts with Facebook Ads. Unfortunately at this time, you can’t stream across all pages, but there is a piece of software that will allow you to. (If you would like to learn more about it, Click Here.)

#2. Be Prepared and Practice Your Presentation
-Get a tripod for your smartphone if you don’t have one already. I use this one: 
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(This is not an affiliate link) Live streams tend to be raw and unrehearsed, but you don’t want your audience to be distracted by an unsteady hand. You also want to make sure they can hear, so minimize all distractions and background noise.

-Make sure you have a strong phone connection.
-Next, create an outline of your talk.
-And do a practice run  (You can do this by setting it to “Only Me” so you are the only one who can see it.
-Then, change to “Public” before going live.)

#3. Be Authentic
Show up as your best self. Relax and be sure to smile. People buy from people they know, like, and trust, so you want to build that kind of relationship with your audience. If you’re not comfortable, it will be difficult for them to connect with you.

#4. Engage Your Audience
Ask for comments and feedback.If you want to converse with your audience during the broadcast, you will have to be in front of a computer so you can see them. Or, have someone there with you who can watch the comments as they come in and who can work with you.

#5. Market Your Videos
First, make sure it looks good. If you don’t like the thumbnail, you can change it; you can also change some of the metadata. Next, you can market it from the archive page so you can continue to send people to watch it after the live stream is over so you get a lot more views than just from your original broadcast.

#6. Analyze Your Results
Keep track of when you broadcast and what you talked about. Then, check your stats to see how you did and which ones did the best.  With Facebook Live you can now see how many people watched at least some of the video, how many watched at specific points during your live stream,  and how many were engaged. And, if you don’t get the results you wanted or expected at first, just keep going as there is a compound effect that takes effect the more streaming you do.

Follow these simple tips when you livestream on Facebook and you will get the most out of your efforts!

Ellen Violette is a book-creation, book-marketing, & business coach. She is a 6-time #1 Bestselling author and creator of the Bestseller Business Blueprint. Ellen is also a 2-time eLit Award winner, recipient of the “Be the Change” Award, and a Grammy-nominated songwriter. She creates book and business strategies using publishing and content marketing for thought leaders, coaches, independent professionals, speakers, and authors. You can learn more at www.BestsellerBusinessBlueprint.com

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5 Tips For Overcoming Procrastination & Fear of Live Streaming

June 18th, 2016

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Are you afraid to do live streaming? Do you keep putting off doing it? Do you hate the way you look? Or, are you afraid you will make a mistake?

If you said, “Yes” to any of these question, you’re not alone. I’ve struggled to get myself to make videos at times, and in the process, I’ve come up with 5 tips for overcoming procrastination and the fear of live streaming (or any video for that matter).

1. Be yourself, be as natural as possible- your imperfect perfect self- but you have to get over fear of not being perfect. I definitely have some flaws that bother me when I see them on video.  But, understand that most people are never going to as critical of you as you and I are of ourselves. And if they are, they aren’t people you want to work with anyway! Look at them as sort of a test to see what your biases are.

For instance, I’ve seen some live streaming where the person looks absolutely awful and I do judge those-but they are doing it to be authentic and it’s just my bias. And, I can’t say that it makes me want to hire them, but it depends on the context! Also, it probably attracts those who are perfect for those thought leaders. Maybe, I am not the target market.

2. Don’t worry about looking good. One of the good thing about live streaming is that people expect it to be raw and uncensored. If you’re going to let people in, you’re not always going to look your best. So, don’t give up spontaneity in exchange for the right look or right setting.

3.  Surrender control.  Stuff happens when you are live. Learn to go with the flow. If you make a mistake, just keep going, don’t dwell on it. If, all of the sudden, there is a lot of noise, you can mention why that is, and then keep going. For instance, if the gardner shows up or your child who you thought was asleep starts to cry.

4. Record when you have energy, not when you are so tired that you can’t see straight, or when you are so upset that you can’t show enthusiasm for your topic- unless your topic is why you are so upset at that moment.

5. Enjoy yourself!  Don’t let doing video be a chore that you feel you have to do. Instead, think of it as this incredible tool that will get your message out to hundreds, thousands, or even millions of people!

Extra Tip: If you are critical, get the opinion of someone you trust as to whether you want to keep it online or not. If not, you can always delete it and try again!  And, like anything, the more you do it, the easier it will become, so don’t give up.

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I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Ellen Violette is a book-creation, book-marketing, & business coach. She is a 6-time #1 Bestselling author and creator of the Bestseller Business Blueprint. Ellen is also a 2-time eLit Award winner, recipient of the “Be the Change” Award, and a Grammy-nominated songwriter. She creates book and business strategies using publishing and content marketing for thought leaders, coaches, independent professionals, speakers, and authors. You can learn more at www.BestsellerBusinessBlueprint.com

 

 

 

 

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The Compound Effect of Writing Multiple Books

June 1st, 2016

Books library on laptop screen. E-books concept.The Compound Effect, by Darren Hardy, states that the “only path to success is through a continuum of mundane, unsexy, unexciting, and sometimes difficult daily disciplines compounded over time” and that small actions can have big consequences.

This is true for overall business success as well as for authoring success, because let’s face it, while writing books is a joy for some people and not so much for others, there is a lot that goes into it besides the writing part that can be tedious and boring-adding a table of contents, limits of liability, figuring out what bonuses to put in the book, adding website pages and autoresponder series, formatting etc. The truth is it just isn’t sexy or exciting!

But, here’s what is…..getting those checks every single month from Amazon and/or other sites where you list your books. Plus, the bigger the check the sexier it is! But, there’s so much to do all the time, it’s easy to put off writing more books on the back burner and think to yourself, “Someday, I’ll write another one and another one.” But, it never happens. Why? Because the path to success is “mundane, unsexy, unexciting,” and, sometimes, difficult to implement. It’s also long, which means you won’t see financial success right away.

But, let’s imagine for a minute, you wake up in the morning and you stretch and think about what you’d like to do today. You can do whatever you want because you know that you have enough money without doing much because of those checks you’re getting every month from your book sales. WOW! How good does that feel?

And there’s more good news… each time you write a book and start promoting it on Amazon, Amazon sees that you’re promoting it, and then Amazon starts promoting it for you, but that’s just the beginning. When you have more than one book and people go to your page, there is a section that shows potential buyers other books they might be interested in as well, and your other books will show up there and will garner more sales for you! And, that is “The Compound Effect”!

Now, I KNOW how hard it can be because I have gone through it myself and I have found that when you are doing something that gets results that you enjoy and is easy for you, you will generally do better than if it is something where you don’t see the results, you don’t enjoy it, and/or it isn’t easy for you. So here’s what I suggest, if you can do what you enjoy and what is easy for you, keep doing it. If you want to experience “The Compound Effect” from your books and there are some things that you don’t enjoy doing, think about outsourcing them, or learn a system to make it as easy as possible. (For more information on easy ways to create more books, go to www.realeasyebooks.com)

And remember, “The Compound Effect” takes time to achieve, but it’s easier to hang in if you enjoy it and are passionate about it.

It’s also easy to give up when you don’t see immediate results, so you have the have a little trust and faith that it will work over time.

Motivation is another big factor.

Why do you want passive income? Are you tired of working hard instead of smart? Do you have a goal you feel you can’t reach until you make more money? Do you want more free time? More vacation time? More time with family and friends? Whatever your motivation is, remind yourself daily of why you want to multiple books.

And, they don’t have to be long. Many of the books on Amazon are now in the 30-50 page range and many authors are writing one big book a year and several little ones. How? There are several ways to get books written so you can do them quickly: with blog posts, article posts, transcribed videos, and webinars, for example.

So, if you want to make passive income from your books, remember “The Compound Effect” and start cranking out those books NOW or have them done for you, but get them done!

Ellen Violette is a book & business coach & writer. She’s a 6-time, #1 bestselling author and creator of the Bestseller Business Blueprint. Ellen is also a 2-time ELit Award winner, recipient of the “Be the Change” Award, and a Grammy-nominated songwriter. She creates books and business strategies using publishing and content marketing for thought leaders, coaches, independent professionals, speakers, and authors. You can learn more at: BestsellerBusinessBlueprint.com

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When this happened, I panicked! (The key to business success)

May 16th, 2016

Stress Meter Showing  Panic Attack From Stress Or WorryEvery morning when I wake up I meditate, then I take my shower. This day was no different.Until I tried to open the door to leave the bathroom and it wouldn’t open.

I panicked and started pounding on the door, ”Help!”

But, nobody came. The walls started closing in on me and my heart was pounding. I was in full panic mode.

You see when I was 8 years old, I got stuck in a bathroom on an airplane and I was  afraid they wouldn’t find me and they would leave the plane without me. Being stuck in the bathroom triggered the old panic.

Then, I thought to myself, maybe I’m not stuck, maybe the door just locked somehow. So, I turned the lock and lo and behold the door opened.

It was so easy! But, at first, I couldn’t see what was right in front of me!

You see the child responds to the old tapes, the adult doesn’t. But, when you are
trying to grow your business and things don”t go right, it’s easy to panic and trigger the child in you, and then you can’t make good decisions. And sometimes, it keeps you stuck.

That’s why you need a coach.

If you are an author or aspiring author who wants to succeed now and is tired of struggling and panicking, I can help.

For a complimentary consultation to see if we’re a good fit, go tohttp://ellenlikes.com/schedulefreeconsult

I only work with a handful of people one-on-one at a time. If you’re serious, I’d love to talk with you! http://ellenlikes.com/schedulefreeconsult

 

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5 Steps to Getting Found on Kindle to Make Your Book a #1 Bestseller (and sell more ebooks)

April 17th, 2016

Would you like a #1 bestselling book on Kindle? Who wouldn’t? But, the truth is most authors don’t have a clue what it takes to make it happen. The first step to bestseller success is getting found. If people can’t Looking for Next Big Thing Road Arrow Signs Change 3Dfind your book, they can’t buy it.   So, how do you get found?

Step 1. Find the best keywords. Kindle lets you put in 7 keywords to help you get found, but you need to choose wisely.  You want to use the words that are most specific to your book that still have wide appeal.  That means you have to think like the people who would be interested in your book. Put yourself in their shoes and ask yourself, “If I were looking for my books on my topic, what keywords would I look up?”

When you are doing a search for something you want, you don’t usually have to think about what you are going to search for, you just KNOW. But when the shoe is on the other foot, it’s easy to lose site of the purpose of your keywords and miss connecting with your potential buyers.

Step 2.  Figure out what pages you want to get found on in Kindle. You always want to be on the first page for any keyword or phrase because most people only look at the books on the first page. What keyword or phrase you put in to the search bar will determine what page comes up and how much competition there is.

Most authors overlook this step or don’t use the knowledge to their advantage. Once you know what keywords or phrases you want to come up, you’ll want to put it in your title or subtitle, if at all possible, to help Amazon position you on the page you want to get found on-instead of leaving it to chance.

Step 3. Pick the best categories for your book. The more generic your categories are, the harder it will generally be to get found because they tend to have the most competition.  On the other hand, categories with broad appeal get a lot more views.

Case in point:

One of my books has eBook Writing in the title and the other has How to Make Money Writing in the title. The second one has much less competition, but it also makes less money on a regular basis, so it’s a trade off.

But, if you do use the main keywords in a big category, you’ll have to work harder to market your book.  Also, it depends on your purpose. When you are doing a bestseller promotion, you don’t want to be in a category with too much competition, but if it is the main keyword that people look up to find your book, then you’ll want to include it for long-term sales.

Step 4.  Get 4-6 reviews four and/or five-star reviews for your book. By getting good reviews, you’ll be able to get in more announcement sites when you are ready to do your promotion. To get started getting high-quality reviews, go to “How to Get Reviews from Top Amazon Reviewers to Sell more Books with Less Effort!” http://www.kickitwithkindle.com/amazon-reviewers

Step 5. Put your book in as many announcement sites as possible, or have us do it for you www.ebookthis.com . It’s tedious to do, but it lets the world know that your book is available just waiting for them to come and get it!

To get started go to www.kickitwithkindle.com and pick up my FREE Kindle Planner: The 5 Things You MUST Do Before You Launch in Kindle!

If you would like my help send an email to info@theebookcoach.com and we can set up a time to connect and discuss your project.

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Book Review: Kafka in China

April 14th, 2016

Warren Henry Rothman
Memoir, 2016 Release
Warren Rothman Publishing
$9.99, 127 pages, Amazon ASIN 0692616713

In the very first chapter of this #1 bestseller, Author Warren Rothman, a Jewish Lawyer from San Francisco, sets the stage for the terrifying ordeal he endured while working in China. It is a fascinating story-almost unbelievable how

kafkainchinajust being in the wrong place at the wrong time, could lead someone down such a dark and dangerous path!

This is Rothman’s memoir, but it is also an indictment of the Chinese Government, the corruption and  the human rights violations that he says are taking place there still.

He starts with his background and how he almost didn’t become a lawyer,  how he ended up in China, and how his love for the country and the people blinded him to what was really happening until it was too late.

Along the way, he shares his love of China, it’s history and politics, and the events that led up to the mental hospital incarceration that he described in the first chapter of the book.

This book is the first in a series of three, so it is not the whole story. But, there is enough intrigue, history, and information on present day China, to keep the readers attention until the end and leaves you wanting more.

It is an easy read, and would be of interest to anyone who is interested in China, Chinese human rights, political intrigue, has an interest in how the United States protects their citizens abroad (or doesn’t), or anyone who just loves a good read!

My only criticism is with the second chapter where Rothman shares his background and how he became a lawyer. I thought it could have been tied in a little bit better with the rest of the story and not been quite as long. The first chapter was so compelling that I wanted to get to what led to it a bit sooner. But, this is a small detail in the scheme of things. The story itself is compelling and well worth reading!

To grab a free copy with EXTRA BONUSES, April 14-15, go to www.kafkainchina.com for details.

 

 

 

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4 Steps to Creating an Impressive LinkedIn Profile

April 9th, 2016

Search Social ProfileYou want to give people the best first impression possible of you and your business, and when you have a great profile, you attract the most meaningful opportunities, the right influencers, and the best clients.

Without it, you may miss out on some of the best opportunities available to you, including: speaking engagements, business-networking opportunities, and new client sign-ups. In addition, a poorly designed profile can prevent you from showing up in the search engines properly, which can cause you to miss even more opportunities and profits for your business.

So, you’ll want to put some time and thought into making your profile work for you. The good news is you don’t have to do it all at once; you can do it in layers.

LinkedIn actually encourages you to set up your profile in sections, including: a summary, your experience, what you do, publications you appear in or have written, any volunteer work, causes you care about, your education, programs you’ve created, organizations you belong to, honors and awards, groups you belong to, and who has influenced you, plus additional information, including: interests, personal details, and advice on contacting you. It also allows others to recommend you (under skills and endorsements), which show up on your profile as well.

The 3 Most Important Steps To Getting Started

When you’re first getting started, the 3 most important steps are getting a photo that shows you are approachable, but professional; writing an attention-grabbing headline that describes what you do; and creating your unique banner that attracts ideal clients, ideal influencers, and ideal opportunities to you.

First, you’ll need to find a professional photography if you don’t already have the right headshot.  Don’t use a picture with other people or animals in the shot and don’t use a casual shot. It MUST look professional.

Next, write your headline.  You headline must tell your potential audience exactly what you do, but in a way that makes you the expert and puts you in the best light. This can be challenging for some people. If you need help, hire a coach who understands branding and copywriting.

Then, create your banner or have a graphic designer do it for you.  (If you don’t have a lot of money to spend, you can find a designer on Fiverr.com to work with. It will cost more than $5, but it won’t break the bank!)

Be sure to highlight your unique brand as well as your most important achievements. My banner shows me speaking on stage at a major conference, Mega Book University and it highlights my awards, including: my Grammy nomination, “Be The Change Award, one of my #1 Bestseller Badges, and one of my eLit awards.

If you haven’t won any awards yet, don’t worry, you can include organizations that you belong to, books you’ve contributed to, and/or you can have us create a bestseller for you very quickly, which will give you instant credibility and expert status.

Next, write down what comes to mind off the top of your head for as many of the categories on your profile as possible and fill them in. Once you’ve completed this much of your profile you’ll be ready to reach out,  start gathering recommendations, and using them to attract the people and opportunities that you want, going forward.

For more information on my step-by-step LinkedIn Profit Power System, go to: http://ellenlikes.com/linkedin-p-p

If you are considering coaching,  you can schedule a free “Extraordinary Results” consultation with me at:  http://ellenlikes.com/schedulefreeconsult

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How to Crush it on LinkedIn To Get Leads, High-Paying Clients, and Amazing Opportunities!

April 4th, 2016

Several persons in social media network on world mapIf you want to build a high-income business, getting high-paying coaching clients is one of the fastest ways to achieve it. By coaching, you’ll learn what your customers want so you can create programs that give it to them while increasing your business profits. And the best way I have found online to get access to these clients, both directly and indirectly, is through LinkedIn.

By working LinkedIn, I have been offered the opportunity to speak at a major conference, free tickets to another major conference, the opportunity to create a bonus for a product that compliments what I do that will get my work in front of a whole new group of prospects, joint-venture partners, free coaching, and clients- a lot of good stuff! And, to be honest, the opportunities have the potential to make a lot more money than getting clients  directly because you are getting in front of hundreds or thousands of people at a time thereby creating leverage.

How do you get started?

The first thing you have to do is commit to it and be willing to do the work. Let’s be honest, its so much easier to keep doing what you’ve been doing than it is to tackle another social-media site! Plus, there is a learning curve. But, as you can see from my results (and I haven’t been doing it seriously that long) it is well worth the time and effort!

When I first started, I thought it just took too long.  In reality, it took about two hours a day…honestly, I wanted to quit; it just seemed to labor intensive. But, I decided to hang in, and I’m so glad I did as that phase only lasted a few days. Then, I figured out how to make it go faster (create swipe files and focus on a single target market). Before I knew it, I was sailing along, making contacts, and getting results.

So, commit to the process and be willing to do the work.

Next, create your profile.  Having a professional profile, with a good-looking banner that let’s your target audience know who you are and what you do, is vitally important; so don’t rush it.

It took me several weeks from the time I started designing my banner until it was done and a few more weeks to get enough of my information on the site to be ready to go live. (This is the most time-consuming part, but you only have to design it once, and then just make periodic updates.)

It has be organized so it flows and is easy to read, and it needs to include a summary, your experience, any books and/or publications you have written for, volunteer work (if you have any), causes you care about, courses you’ve taken, education, your interests, organizations you belong to, honors and awards, recommendations-anything that will help your prospects decide if they want to connect and do business with you.

The more information you can provide, the easier it will be for the right people to find something that you have in common that they can relate to and will give them the confidence to reach out to you.

Then, once your profile is up, you’ll want to start getting recommendations for your work because recommendations give you third-party validation, which is very important in social media.

Get that done and  you’ll be ready to start networking! But, you’ll want to do it the right way. You only get one chance to make a good impression. To that end, I have written a report on the 3 biggest mistakes people make on LinkedIn.  You can grab a copy at: http://ellenlikes.com/linkedin-3-mistakes

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