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You’ve probably seen it on Twitter or Facebook or in your email box. The 30-day money back guarantee offer that you can make boatloads of money if you just follow this or that program. It’s guaranteed or your money back. If you cancel within 30 days. Ahem!
The truth is you don’t need anyone’s
overpriced advice. Or if you do decide to shell out the bucks, you’d best be prepared to wait more than 30 days to see results. Kind of makes the 30-day guarantee a bit of a joke, doesn’t it? 🙂
I’m going to make a big assumption here (which is no doubt foolish) and start with the idea that most creative professionals are a bit daunted by the notion of dealing with the technical aspects of owning your domain name. You do know what a domain name is, right?
Okay, let’s start with that. A domain name is that part of your website that comes after the “www” part. Simple, right?
In my case, the domain name for my author website is debbimack.com. Just [myname][dot]com. This is the way most authors do it, anyway.
Now, here’s why it’s important to own your domain name.
I’ve made my first iPhone documentary. Actually, it’s my third, but I consider the first two to be practice runs.
When you create your own content, that material has intellectual property (IP) rights attached to it. You, as the creator and owner of these rights, can exploit them or license them as you see fit and earn income from that.
Therefore, if you’re an indie author or indie creator of any sort, you should become familiar with your IP rights and explore the various ways to generate income streams from them.
In the case of books, this can include creating various formats, such as print (hardcover, paperback, large print, etc.), digital (i.e., Kindle .mobi, everyone else .epub, PDF), audiobook, and different adaptations (film, podcast, radio, graphic novel, etc.).
I’ve blogged here about my own fitful ventures into the field of indie films. However, today on this blog, I’m featuring an awesome Q&A with talented indie filmmaker Cassiah Joski-Jethi. She’s currently crowdfunding a new short film, Kindling. You can check out the campaign here or click on the above photo. Cassiah recently completed another short film, Woman of the Night. And, for what it’s worth, I’ve previously mentioned Cassiah’s film, Polly, on yet another blog.
We live now in times of incredible distraction. Everywhere we look there are success stories. Along with that are stories of people who overcame incredible odds to succeed at something or other, despite an infirmity or life-changing event of some sort or other. And we want to be successful, too.
We see these stories and think, “Oh, I wish I could be them” or “Thank God I’m not them.”
Either way, we’re doing a form of comparison that’s unhealthy for us.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever bought a book based on the title. If you have, don’t be embarrassed. I can’t see you, anyway. 🙂 I’ll admit I’ve done it. I’ve bought books based on titles and blurbs. I’ll see a book entitled such that it holds the promise of a secret and think, Read more about Never Buy a Book Based on the Title Alone[…]
As an indie author, I’m a long-time believer in publishing on more than one platform. I’m not only an indie author, but also a strong supporter of indie bookstores. And I own both a Kindle and Kobo ereader (see above).
I’ll explain further in this week’s vlog (below the virtual fold):