“So shines a good deed in a weary world.” – Willy Wonka
One week ago, we released our first eBook. We decided to set a donation amount of $0.99 (though people could donate more if they liked) and give all profits from Your Customers Like This to Touchpoint’s Central Missouri Autism Project.
To describe your reaction is hard. I’m afraid words will fail. I don’t want to sound trite.
We had no expectations. If we raised a hundred bucks, I was going to be over the moon. I mean, heck, we only have tens of readers.
But, you did it. To date, you’ve raised more than $1500 for Touchpoint.
We are humbled and grateful. And pert near speechless. Thank you.
Here’s our plan.
I have enough stuff and presentations and topics and talks to fill a small library.
And that’s just what we’re finally going to do. This process has help me shed the self-consciousness and fear of publishing. We’re going to turn the volume up to 11.
I figure I have enough content to write, package and release an eBook at least every six months. We’re going to do it, and we’re going to follow the same procedure.
We’re going to build The Giving Library at The Daily Blur.
The next eBook?
I’m going to write about how I prepare one of my speeches/talks/keynotes. I’m going to talk about research and brainstorming and slide preparation (I’ve been paid mid-four figures to design slide decks for other keynote speakers) and public speaking.
I’m going to finally write the talk I’m finally ready to write.
I’m going to develop a presentation on how everything I thought I knew about marketing, advertising and communication – about all the things that won me more than eighty award in the first ten years – about all the attention and pseudo-fame …
I’m going to talk about how all of it was crap.
I’m going to write about how everything I thought I knew was wrong.
I’m going to write about what my son with the communication disorder taught me about communication.
Its proceeds will go to benefit Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center.
Now, we have our first printed book (totally different from the eBook we just released) going to the printer on – appropriately – April Fools’ Day, so while I’ll be building the talk and taking notes, we won’t release the eBook until sometime this summer.
But I already have the cover.
Elizabeth Spencer says
What a wonderful idea! Congratulation sign me up!
Wow! Everything about this post is amazing. Nice way to start my day. Let me know if you ever need a guest or co-writer!
I am so happy for you. You have made wise decisions.
Many things will fall in place for you and you are blessed.
It’s great to see someone you know succeed and do well.
Erica Pefferman says
That information and advice is dang near priceless but I’m in for whatever I can do. Tim, God has to be especially fond of you and Dee. You are inspiring to so many. Keep up the great work. It has benefits far beyond what you can see.
Yay! Congrats on the success of your first ebook. I for one am not surprised!
It would be interesting to know, of those who donated, how the numbers broke down, in regards to the amount donated. Like, $1 to $5, $5 to $10, etc, considering the minimum was $0.99. I’m guessing you had some big donations?
As always, best wishes!
Happy & proud bro!
Admirably done, Tim. Really looking forward to the next book.