My toes are still curled, people. But I’m about to dig into the next section of Geoff Shaw’s Kindling course. I hope I’m as enthusiastic on day 2. Ya never know! I do feel that Kindle Publishing is my future.
How’s his customer service?
First things first. There were two areas I wanted clarification on. So I went to Geoff’s Help section and he gives us a direct email to contact him at. He says he answers it himself. NICE. So I just shot off my questions at 11:50 AM. Will let you know how that goes.
Where to Start
Just an FYI to those who may not know. On the left sidebar, there are main section headings and then subheadings underneath those. There’s a Where to Start main heading with Newbies under it. Some people might just click newbies, but I clicked on both and they’re separate pages.
On the Where to Start page, he says something I don’t WANT to hear but I NEED to hear. It’s a reality check – one I like to ignore, but if I’m going to be successful at this, I need to listen to his advice.
Oh I just can’t! There are TWO – I need TWO sections! I’ll spank myself later. I’m going to excuse myself because I know I’m such a fast researcher/writer on topics I’m familiar with. However, for NOW, for the purpose of this review, I WILL follow his advice.
There’s an audio for us about 5 minutes long. LOL Oh Gosh he knows my resistance and excuses and he’s smacking them down. I like that he reassures me that if I have a hankering for fiction (okay that makes 3 categories lol) it’s okay, he’ll teach me how.
I will go ahead and share with you my implementation strategy for this course. I will be creating a series of Business Life Kindle books for work at home entrepreneurs. I’m choosing that because a.) there’s information out there that I don’t agree with – and I like to get vocal about bad information and b.) I have experience and excel in this area, so there’s lots to share.
My next category later will be Advice & Self Help (and fiction too later … later lol).
Okay I just left for awhile and came back. I had 5 books of a series mapped out for my category but I went ahead and did 2 more, so now I have 7 in a series mapped out and there’s room for way more. Each one has five sections inside the book. I can shoot for about 5 pages per section (although I don’t set page limits on myself).
This is where I know a course has got me – when I get so excited about implementing the product creator’s ideas that I go off on a tangent and implement way more than I’m being told at that moment.
Off track side note: Oh no she DIDN’T! I just emailed Paula Seymour about my series. She came back at me with a double dog dare – she dared me to git er done fast! Well I know why she’s doing this. She knows she’s been after me for months to do Kindle and I sat here on my big comfy brown couch (with ugly pillows), watching my butt get bigger and the grass grow – not doing anything.
Okay lady YOU’RE ON! But there’s just ONE little problem. I’m dedicated to ghostwriting for the bulk of my days right now. I do spend 1 hour a night right before bed working on my own stuff, though. Maybe I’ll dedicate it to this project. In one hour I could get a ton done! Starting tonight – 1 hour a day, nose to the grindstone banging this out.
Back to the Kindling course…
It links out to a research page but I think I already saw this video. Maybe not? No clue. Looks familiar. Okay yes I definitely did. Must have been on another page, so you can skip this if you already saw it.
Back to the main page – great tip on market and terminology. This is VERY important for those of you going into niches you’re not truly an expert in.
Using his last tips on the page, I was able to create the last 2 books in my 7-part series – and the comment tip especially helps me understand how I can really dominate in this area against my competition. I did this when mapping out my books!
This is the section under the where to start page. I’m no newbie exactly (I have 2 books there so far) but by most standards, I’m really green! I love the first bit of advice – hard for a newbie to do, but just DO it, people. It’s what ultimately leads you the right way.
Okay he gives you two options as a newbie. He has a couple of questions for you to decide on. I think on the second question, it doesn’t even have to be for the reason he shares there – it can be because you want to share your personal story or know how to help others in some way.
I like how he has a big red number and bold headline demanding we make the decision now. Bend over because Geoff Shaw is going to kick your butt to the finish line! You know I like that! He takes the pressure off right after you make that decision, grounding you to Earth again.
Red bullet #2 – checklist for things to do next. I did the first two things but I did not do the third. Will go do that right this second. I notice not many people do this on Amazon – I know I never did before I started doing Kindle. So it’s hard to find anything good. I DID see that readers take out revenge in this area.
Okay done. Red bullet #3 – Not applicable to me because I’m going au natural. (Don’t anyone be scared – I’m fully clothed)! I’m kind of ignoring some of the advice on this bullet because I AM established in this niche to some degree, so I’d be a fool to waste the branding I’ve done. The rest of you, if it IS a new endeavor for you, might want to follow this advice.
Red bullet #4 – Wow love the advice. He’s so honey badger here. Strict stuff. But he’s right – too much fear in this area that’s totally unfounded.
Red bullet #5-8 all non applicable to me because I’ve already done these steps. BUT very good for anyone who is intimidated by Kindle. This page is a newbies “dip your toe in the water’ step. Very good to have them do this. Even I learned some great tips! I would have appreciated this if I was brand new to Kindle because it would have removed all of my anxiety about this process as being something overwhelming.
Geoff Shaw’s Kindling course is more than I could have hoped for and I rarely say that. As of right now, I’ve gotten my money’s worth and I’m only on the second teeny section.
On a side note, I was glad to see that his scarcity warnings aren’t a bunch of BS. His sales copy speaks of how training might go up as he adds more – it turns out, it HAS! He started off really low and it has risen now that it’s become a monster (and highly praised) course.
But it’s still very affordable – not $5,000 or any of that nonsense. I think it offers the best chance for a return on your investment, too.
Tomorrow I’ll be reviewing the formatting section. Right now I’m ghostwriting and tonight I’ll be sticking my tongue to the proverbial frozen pole (a la A Christmas Story) and doing what Paula dared me to do.
Wish me luck!