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Jerome “Jay” Isip is a successful entrepreneur within several walks of life – finance, small business, e-stock trading, and athletics. Born and raised in Belleville, New Jersey, Jay was never one for academics. Rather than concentrating on coursework, he was instead distracted by the typical trappings other young men endure. Jay has always been more interested in enjoying life and those around him, which isn’t going to get anyone accepted at a credible college or university.
Even still, Jay stayed determined to choose his own career path, which would eventually lead to him becoming a business owner, consultant, and even a professional “mixed-martial arts” fighter. And now he has added the title of “author” to the list. Through his brand of “tough love”, Jay has helped others achieve their own personal successes, from mom and pop shop owners and pro athletes to millionaire investors and the everyday “9 to 5’er.” He is now inspired to spread his love and knowledge to the world so that everyone can reach the lifestyle they seek. He may come off aggressive and forceful, but his methods are sincere and most importantly, proven to deliver results.
A few times each month, I’ll receive a plaintive email from an author asking me why their book isn’t selling better.
It’s always tough to receive these emails, because I know behind the email is an author who’s feeling disappointed, or possibly depressed their years of effort have borne no fruit. The impossibly of answering such a question makes it all the tougher. There’s no one single magic bullet.
Some of the authors who contact me are considering throwing in the towel. I always try to respond with some feedback that might set them on the right course, often by encouraging them to study the best practices of their fellow authors, as I chronicle in The Smashwords Book Marketing Guide and The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success. Sometimes my feedback is well-received, and other times they’re offended when I share opinions they don’t want to hear.
1.Write your masterpiece. You can use in Microsoft Word, or any other word processor.
2. Get it right the first time. It’s best to format your books using Amazon’s quite strict ‘Formatting Guide’. I’d suggest hiring a typesetter on Fiverr if you don’t want to deal with those details. I know you’d have to pay someone, but it could be 6-8 hours of your time in order to get things the way Amazon requires while a Fiverr typesetter would do it in less time and you could use that time to work on your book marketing strategy. I paid my typesetter $50 to typeset a 150 page book for a client – so it’s not crazy expensive and God knows I wouldn’t want to be the one doing that work.
3. Stop them in their tracks and COMMAND attention. You’ll want to create a cover that helps you sell more books. Here again, I found my designer on Fiverr, but you can also find great designers on Odesk, eLance or 99 Designs.