Must Read: The Social Media Why? So you can get focused now…

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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read: The Social Media Why? So you can get focused now…, June 23, 2013
 
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After reading about 50% of The Social Media Why? I have already wrote down a few notes of things that I need to improve on and try to remember for my own business venture, as well as the clients I serve (and will be serving). I really enjoyed the 5 Actions Steps that were included. Not only is this a great resource to read and gain knowledge from but you have action steps that you can put into place before you move onto the next social media. So if you are just stuck or confused when it comes to social media of Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Google+, etc… then I’d recommend getting started with The Social Media Why? today.

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Submitting your Digital Book to Amazon doesn’t have to be time consuming on your behalf when Staci can help you get it on Amazon and Nook for you!

You’ll get:

  • Your Book Details submitted to Amazon and Barnes and Nobles.
  • Your Publishing Rights Verified
  • Your Book listed within Amazon and Barnes & Noble’s search for your Targeted Customers
  • Your Book Cover Uploaded (For best quality, your image would be 1563 pixels on the shortest side and 2500 pixels on the longest side and in .jpeg format)
  • Worldwide or Individual Territories selected
  • Select your royalty of 35% or 70%
  • Allow your book within Kindle Book Lending, if you’d like.

What’s needed to get started?

  • Word document of your Digital Book
  • Book Cover of your Digital Book
  • Completed Application of what you want from authors listed, description, royalty to KDP select or Kindle Book Lending, etc.

All of this will be submitted to Amazon’s Kindle Directory AND Barnes and Noble’s Nook Directory for only $75.

Have you used Adobe InDesign before? Anyone??

Starting to dive in and learn ePub for my Kindle guides. Looking for something that will ensure each upload to Amazon Kindle will be perfect with images visible and table of contents loaded correctly and looking great.

I did find these two helpful references:

And also noted these steps:

Kindle has the option to “Go To” the cover image, beginning and the Table of Contents of your book, anywhere from the content. These are defined by what is known as “Guide Items.” To define the Guide Items, follow the below steps:

For the Cover Image:
Click on the cover image, then click on “Insert > Bookmark.” In the ‘Bookmark name:” field, type “cover” (without the quotes) and click “Add.”

For the Beginning:
Place the cursor where you want the book to start, click on “Insert > Bookmark.” In the “Bookmark name:” field, type “Start” (without the quotes) and click “Add.”

For the Table of Contents:
Place the cursor at the beginning of the first entry in the Table of Contents. Click on “Insert > Bookmark.” In the “Bookmark name:” field, type “TOC” (without the quotes) and click “Add.”

Staci Jansma Biography – Amazon Author

Just a short time ago, Staci Jansma went off to work every morning, leaving her small children in day care. A strong desire to spend more time with her family, and to be able to stay home with her children, drove Staci to take the leap into entrepreneurship, and she’s never looked back.

Staci didn’t start out with dreams of being an entrepreneur. She graduated from Wartburg College in 2003 with a degree in business administration, after which she worked as a certified pharmacy technician. She also spent five years in customer service and sales before taking the first, tentative steps toward business ownership. Two years later, Staci is a highly successful virtual assistant, marketing consultant, and author.

Staci’s core business is StaciJansma.com, where she provides administrative assistant services such as shopping cart set-up and management, Facebook fan page design, and other marketing tasks for busy entrepreneurs. In 2010 she launched the companion site, eCommerceQueen.com, where she shares her vast knowledge of online business marketing with a loyal following of do-it-yourself small business owners. In addition, she heads-up a highly-skilled team of virtual assistants at YourOnlineVirtualAssistant.com, a one-stop shop for all your virtual assistant needs.

Now Staci spends her days helping other entrepreneurs to be more efficient, profitable, and happy in their businesses. She knows the great satisfaction that comes from having it all, and she’s determined to help other small business owners just like her achieve their goals through strategic outsourcing to qualified assistants, and by sharing the methods she has used to make her own business a success.

Visit the complete Amazon Author Page at: http://www.amazon.com/Staci-Jansma/e/B0044YKX1O

3 Idea Hangouts For Finding Red-Hot Ebook Topics

I’ve always been impressed with those who seem to always be ahead of the pack when it comes to new ideas.

When I first started publishing information products

online, I thought that certain people had a crystal ball they gazed into. Or some top-secret contact who was providing them with inside information.

Over time, I realized that it wasn’t magic that allowed these people to come up with red-hot ideas on demand. It was simply that they knew where to look.

I soon discovered many places where ideas seemed to always be found. I call these places “idea hangouts”. Here are three of my favorites where you can find ideas for your next ebook anytime you want. Almost like a genie granting you three wishes…

1. GOOGLE.COM.

Google is the ultimate “idea hangout”. There are so many ways to mine the gold in Google’s amazing search database that it would take another article to graze the surface of this enormous iceberg.

What I want to mention are just two quick ways to find ideas by searching Google.

  • Identify Listings.

Search for a broad topic related to your area of interest or expertise. (I.E. “Tennis”, “Weight loss”, “Homeschooling”.) Look at all of the web sites listed in the index of returned results. You’ll likely find some ideas for information products right there in the first couple of pages.

  • Identify Advertisers.

You’ll probably notice small ads either at the top of the page or to the right of the page (or both!). These advertisers represent your competition. They also represent your thermometer for taking the temperature of your market and gauging interest in specific topics. Chances are, what they’re selling you should be selling.

In both of these examples, you can click through to the web pages of the sites listed and study their respective sales pages. Look specifically at the “bullet points”. Each of these represents a potential idea for your next ebook.

2. AMAZON.COM.

From the world’s largest search engine we move to the world’s largest bookstore. At Amazon.com you’ll really get your creative juices fired up.

Again, you’ll want to search the listings by entering a keyword or keyphrase into the search box on the main page at Amazon.com.

You’ll get a returned listing of numerous books, courses and other periodicals. Search these listed items for ideas for your own ebook.

— Example —

If you were to search for “Homeschooling”, you’d find a variety of ideas just waiting in the listing of books available, including: homeschooling for special needs children, getting starting in homeschooling, choosing curriculum, homeschooling field trips, homeschooling support groups, homeschooling for various ages (I.E. Pre-K, Elementary, Junior High, High School, etc.), homeschooling for Christians, etc.)

Any of these listings (and the dozens of others listed) would be great ideas for the topic of your next ebook.

Pay particular attention to the first page of the listing. Amazon ranks their listings based on popularity of actual sales volume. In other words, #1 is a better seller than #50. This is a ready-made indicator of demand!

3. MAGAZINES.COM.

After visiting the world’s largest search engine and the world’s largest bookstore, it’s time to take a quick stop at the world’s largest periodical store, Magazines.com.

You’ll find every imaginable magazine listed at this site. The interesting part (and useful to you as a research tool) is this: you’ll also find the COVER of usually a recent copy of each magazine.

That is, you can search for “Parenting” and the engine will return a listing of magazines related to that topic. You can then click on the image of the magazine cover and you’ll be shown a larger copy of that cover where you can read the contents. (I.E. “How To Raise A Stubborn Child”, “27 Ways Discipline In Public” and “The Real Key To Your Child Getting Better Grades”.)

Each of these “cover stories” represents an idea for your next ebook.

The best part about it is this: the publishers of these magazines have done the research for you! They’ve measured the level of interest for these ideas and found it high enough to warrant not only writing content about them, but referencing that content on the cover of the magazine!

That’s your hint. People want this information.

So, there you have it, 3 “idea hangouts” where you can find ready-made, in-demand, red-hot topics for your next ebook.

Happy hunting!

Amazon S3 and S3Fox

Two really neat tools that I started to use this month.

1. Amazon S3

2. S3Fox (Firefox add-on)

Amazon S3 – for storage. I can upload any file I want and have it fun through Amazon S3 versus my server – which should help to keep my website running as fast as I can and also help keep certain files secure for me. I do have to say that it was hard to get the account setup – I went through 2 options of signing up and then tried numerous times to use their system for uploading files. While a file was uploading I tried to look at one that was already completed to make sure I could get the URL and see if my video would play – to my surprise – I could not even locate where to find the URL. Seriously Amazon – why does things have to be so difficult with your system. I asked my business partner, Tanya Watson (WatsonVA.com) how do you get to watch your videos that you upload into Amazon S3. I am missing something but what?

Her response was simple and one word – S3Fox. Thanks!

Great – so now I need 2 things to make one thing work – its the way of the new internet world right! We need this and that to make this and this and oh yeah – that work. Crazy how we go through so many hurdles but in the end hope our path was the correct one.

I have to say that I am very happy with S3Fox and glad that I took the steps to download it and use it. I had files uploading while I was sleeping and now I am ready to start switching the bigger files from my server to the URL that Amazon S3 has.

S3Fox has made life so much easier and within 5 minutes I figured out how to get the URL by right clicking and then I just had to make sure my properties were setup for the folder. Easy Peasy! Thank you S3Fox and Thank you Tanya!

If you are struggling with Amazon S3 or unsure about S3Fox, use S3Fox – you’ll thank me later!