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Learn Something New Each Day

Building the Empire Means Increasing Knowledge

You already know what you want, so I’m going teach you somethings I’ve learned since starting My Freedom Flame back in February.

 

1. Always remain a student

a. Never feel you know it all. This was something I had a rough time with in my prehistoric writing days (before I actually learned to write). I thought I knew it all, but when I invested in the craft itself, I found I was dead wrong. Always, always, always strive to learn.

 

2. You are NOT the expert in everything.

a. Sure, us writers may be self-taught in other avenues, as I’ve become a fair editor over the past year thanks to learning ferocious self-editing techniques. However, when it comes to cover design, the only times I design my own cover is if I’m listing a perma-free book or a magnet book. Other than that, I’m paying for a cover design. For instance, my book Northern Knights was professionally designed, while my magnet book took me about thirty minutes to find a catchy free image, upload it to Canva, and put some text on it. As for my future books, they’ll all have professional designs, especially if people are paying for them.

 

3. Blog, NOT Promote via Social Media (thought you can do these sparingly).

a. I know plenty of people who are famous on social media these days. Too bad it’s their only form of exposure. Sure, social media can be used to engage with like-minded people, build relationships, and interact with others. However, it’s not going to sell you many books. Maybe a few sales will come from social media but having a blog which drives traffic each month will end up leading people straight to your site.

 

4. When you have a book online, paste a magnet book in with it.

a. Yes, yes, and yes. We live in a society today where people expect free stuff all the time, so don’t disappoint them. Besides, if they loved your work (and a free gift) they’ll likely to become permanent customers. But how do you get them there? I learned this one last week: Paste the link into your e-book and if they enjoyed it, they may enjoy you magnet, but they need to subscribe to your email list first. Those who enjoyed your work will have zero problem doing this, as they’re looking for future products from you.

 

5. Utilize Free and Paid Book Promotions

a. Yes, I get the fact that we all expect freebies and discounts, but have you ever heard the whole, “You spend Nutting, you get Nutting,” mantra? Well, it’s a nod to Pittsburgh Pirates Owner, Bob Nutting who tends to spend nothing on keeping his players…it’s why the Pirates haven’t won a playoff series in forever. There are free promos, but they only accept about 10-15% of all submitted books (Northern Knights has been lucky thus far 😊 and I was able to sell 57 books during my first free promo).

 

6. Be Proactive and Reactive Simultaneously

a. Drive the market, and strategize often to do so, especially in those early days. Before I published, I’ve read stories where authors upload a 99 cent book to Amazon and pray for miracles. Although I have Northern Knights priced at 99 cents at the moment, I like to change the price every week or so, just to see what the sweet spot is. It’s a marketing strategy. While I’m doing this, I’m also working on a perma-free novella, too, to lead readers from other sites to Northern Knights. Be on the lookout for it! In other words, this rookie has been published for two weeks and I’m already experimenting daily with what works and what doesn’t. As a result, I’ve sold a few. Not many, but a few is better than nothing. When you find what works, that’s where reactivity begins. If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. But in these early days, look to find ways to get your name and your brand out there.

 

7. Embrace the Battle

a. Triumph your wins, learn from your losses, and always climb. The early days are always an uphill climb and it’s where most of the struggles are. The good news is once we learn what works and what doesn’t, after the battle will be won. The toughest part is right now, and the fun is just beginning.

 

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Research, Research, Plus More Research

The True Make or Break Moments

If there’s one piece of advice I can give to anyone starting out, it’s to research, research, research, and research. In my own workday, I set aside time to research, and I research often. For instance, here’s my typical work schedule:

 
6:30: Breakfast

 
7:00-9:00: Write or Edit

 
9:15: Workout

 
10:15: Write or Edit

 
11:15: Author Platform/Blog

 
12:15-3:15: Research.

 
What am I researching in this timeslot?

 
A little bit of everything.

 
For instance, I might research ways to get more book sales. So, what I’ll do is find blogsites like JustPublishingAdvice, SelfPublishingAdvice, TheCreativePenn, an any other reputable source I can think of, and just read, read, and read.

 
If I’m looking for ways to sell more books, as I’m doing now with Northern Knights, being that I’m a first-time author with hardly a review and a tiny readership, I’m just looking for ways to put the books in peoples’ hands.

 
So, I have zero marketing background, but I’m going to show you a little of what I’ve come across today and how It can help you out in your own field.

 

The Writer’s Market is Global

Many claim writers can’t make a living writing because of the fierce and overinflated competition. Let me tell you something: In this day and age, everything has overinflated competition unless the government has monopolized on it through force, by the way.

 
So, the competition is fierce in this field and it’s fierce in all fields. So unless you want to work in the public sector, be ready for some fierce competition.

 
It’s like the nutritional supplement industry, where you have thousands of websites, millions of products, but, millions of fads.

 
And the same goes with writers.

 
So, in all terms writing, how do we take necessary steps to get our books into readers’ hands.

 

My Mistakes

My first mistake is realizing one thing: My Freedom Flame is a great blog site but now that I have a product up and running, it’s due for an upgrade. So, this weekend I’m going to revamp the site a little, especially now that my traffic is larger than ever before.

 
The changes I’m making are simply links to my product page on Amazon and nothing overly insane. So, I’ll be adding a few pages which describe my books and another page depicting my future works.

 
I also realized how much of a gold mine I have that I’m missing out on, or, potential gold mine. So, I’m going to take a crash course in creating what’s called a landing page, I’m sure you’ve all seen something like it on various sites.

 
The good news for you guys, those who follow my blog via WordPress, email, or just tune in regularly, is I’m giving you all an opportunity to become part of an email list where I’m currently working on a few freebies in terms of e-books.

 
Speaking of free e-books, which will be some short stories and novellas that in a way sample my work, I’ll be linking them to Northern Knights, too, so if you buy Northern Knights or any of its sequels coming out in the coming months you’ll be equipped with some freebies.

 
Again, per my research, I was able to compile some new ideas. Being that 2018 is my developmental year in becoming this Author-Entrepreneur, I’m making my mistakes, but also gliding along quite smoothly.

 
But, I wouldn’t be on the verge of really taking my work up a notch had I not done my research. I’d likely be trying to let my keywords and Amazon do all my marketing and wonder why the hell no one’s buying my book!

 
But, the key to any good entrepreneur is learning day in and day out. In my case, it’s all about learning to spread the message I’m currently working on. See below for a brief overview.

 

What My Writing is All About

Those of you who follow my blog tend to know a little on my writing as I preach three different subjects here on My Freedom Flame, all of which intertwine:

 
1. Self-reliance: I write about how we all need to pursue what we love, even at the expense of high paying, high benefit corporate or government jobs.

 
2. Libertarianism: I believe Libertarianism is the only way to being truly independent. We saw in the media the Twitter fiasco and other debates regarding the private sector and private property. But, Libertarianism gives rights to the individual and preaches hard work, hence self-reliance.

 
3. Globalism: Yes, the globalists hate me and if I stop writing, I’ve likely been axed by the CIA. I love talking about the Rothschilds, Zionism, how American Interventionism stems from these, and that all wars are based on interests of weapons manufacturers, oil, and bankers.

 
In Northern Knights and my freebie e-books (which will be top quality and no, I’m not trying to sell you anything but my views), you’ll see the above themes play out. All of my writing, both on my blog and in my books, mirror one another in many ways.

 

What Else Have I Written About?

To be more specific, I write posts that are Fact-based, Opinion-based (I like doing a little bit of both), How to (lots of self-reliance here), Liberty-based, Career-oriented, What I’ve Learned, Themes and Messages behind Northern Knights (I usually say Influences Behind), and when I want to have some fun, I’ll write about my Cleveland Browns.
And again, you’ll see many of these within my fiction works, too.

 
So, if you guys want some freebies, they’re on the way, and again, don’t be alarmed if I have my landing page up and running soon; again, no one’s trying to sell anything for compensation except a message that needs to be spread.

 
If you guys happen to like my freebie works, feel free to explore my paid works, but what’s most important is to get the message of liberty as far and wide as we can.

 
I’d like to thank you all for coming across My Freedom Flame, please come back soon.

 

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