A couple of months ago, I attended a new event for entrepreneurs in Sioux Falls called 1 Million Cups, in which an entrepreneur shares their story for six minutes and the audience has an opportunity to ask questions for twenty minutes. At the first event, a gentleman named Andy Traub spoke about his book The Early to Rise Experience. A couple of weeks later, a woman named Carla White spoke about her business HappyTapper and her book about building iPhone apps, Idea to iPhone. I figured, Andy and Carla don’t have any special skills that I don’t possess, so if they can write a book, why can’t I?
So, I’ve decided to do just that. Sometime later this year, probably during the month of September, I’ll be releasing a book that contains the various lessons I’ve learned about entrepreneurship and building businesses during the last 8 years that I’ve been building online businesses. By reading this book, hopefully you’ll be able to avoid some of the lessons about online entrepreneurship that I’ve had to learn the hard way. You’ll also learn a bit about my story and how I went from being a broke college student to operating multiple six-figure businesses in the book, as well as various tools and resources I use to run my online businesses.
The working title of the book is “40 Rules for Internet Business Success.” Of course, this is subject to change. As of the writing of this blog post, I have about 8,000 words (15-20%) of the book written. I’m not enlisting the help of a publisher for this book, primarily because a traditional publisher would take a large percentage of the revenue from the book and won’t do any marketing to sell my book. Instead, I’ve enlisted the help of Andy Traub from Take Permission Marketing to help write my book. He’s taking care of the editing, cover design, marketing plan and a variety of other things for a flat fee.
Normally I wouldn’t announce a new project so early on in the process, but I’m going to do something a bit different for the launch of my book. As I’m writing the book, I’m going to be posting raw and unedited chapters of the book on my website (where you’re reading this post). The plan is to publish two chapters per week for the next several months. That way, you’ll be able to get a flavor for the book before it comes out and will be able to enjoy some of the content before the book’s official release. You’ll also be able to provide me some feedback about the principles and ideas in the book. Of course, these chapters will be totally unedited and will contain a number of grammatical errors and won’t be in final format yet, but hopefully the ideas will come across as they did in my mind when I wrote them.
I’d like to give you a free copy of the book since you’re a faithful reader of my content and maybe even help feed my family by having purchased one of my products in the past. To get a free copy enter your email address in the top right sidebar of this page.
I’ll be releasing the first of many chapters on my website later this week. Watch for it then!