I listen to audiobooks and podcasts on my iPhone frequently, but I’ve ended up with a backlog. Today I was looking for an app which could speed up the audio, allowing me to halve my listening time; Instead I found something better and it’s built in to the operating system. [Read more...]
This is a little off-topic but I want to write a quick post on it for anyone hosting their own site, mainly because I couldn’t find much clear help to address my particular situation (note: I’ll refer to directories as folders to keep it as easy to read as possible). [Read more...]
A lot of people hate the sound of their own voice, and I can definitely include myself in that crowd. The problem is, I believe my first children’s book sounds so much better when read aloud, and I want visitors to my website to get a feeling for that.
While I don’t currently have the budget to pay a professional voice over artist, I did come up with an interesting alternative … [Read more...]
Today I created the first draft of my Media Kit (otherwise known as a Press Kit). If you know what a media kit is you may be asking why I need one, and if you don’t you may be wondering what one is and how you create one. Read on to find the answers … [Read more...]
You’re doing everything you can to promote your product, but where is your traffic coming from? Do you know? Is it your Facebook account, your tweets, your email signature or one of the many forums you’ve posted on?
Knowing which sites are sending you traffic is useful in allowing you to focus (or refocus) your efforts. This short video tutorial shows you an easy way to track when and where your link was clicked. Best of all, you get this real time tracking ability for free. [Read more...]
In the previous post I talked about basic analysis of other people’s successful Kickstarter campaigns. I also mentioned that it was invaluable for me to see what rewards were being offered, and what “reward levels” were proving popular across multiple projects. I want to expand upon that now. As with the other posts in this series I am focusing in on Children’s book publishing. [Read more...]
In the previous post I started looking in to what makes a successful campaign and discussed why I moved away from the idea of analysing hundreds of projects in favour of analysing just a few. In this post I want to talk about some of the results I ended up with from the campaigns that I did look at. [Read more...]
In my first post I outlined the process of using Kickstarter to crowd-fund a creative project. In this post I want to start looking at what separates a successful Kickstarter campaign from an unsuccessful one, with particular reference to children’s books. It’s a hard question to answer – actually I’d say impossible to answer fully, but by trying to do so we are forced to take a more critical look at what we are hoping to achieve, plus but we can definitely single out things that we should or shouldn’t be doing. [Read more...]
Hello, my name is Eric and I’m attempting to use Kickstarter to gain funding for my first Children’s book. If I’m successful, the funding will pay for the completion of the illustrations and the initial print run in China using traditional plate printing methods.
Successful or not, I thought a series of posts chronicling the problems and challenges I’m encountering, and the rationale behind any decisions I make, could be useful to others wishing to crowd fund their book.
I’ve been a member of the excellent training video tutorial site Lynda.com for over 3 years and one of the features I’m most appreciative of is the ability to vary the speed of playback on all their course videos. It enables me to speed up or slow down any of the training videos to suit my needs and has literally saved me days. [Read more...]
Have you considered signing up to a stock photo website, to download images for use on your own blog or website?
You will typically see subscription options such as 25 images per day for 1 month which, though expensive, are the obvious choice because they work out way more cost effective than buying just one or two images individually.
With a plan like that you’ll calculate that you’ll can download a maximum of 750 images, but wait, here is where you should differentiate between “files” and “images” and here’s a tip that could increase the number of images at your disposal dramatically, without costing you a penny more …
Sometimes I need to convert between timezones – usually when I want to take part in a live event on the web which is taking place in another country. For example, many webinars are hosted by people residing in the U.S. so it’s not uncommon to see an event listed like this:
FREE WEBINAR: January 23rd, Wednesday, at 12PM Eastern (9AM Pacific)
But what if you live outside of the U.S.? [Read more...]