I am pleased to announce that my first book will be available on amazon in about a week: ) This is my official cover from createspace.com, I am just waiting for the formatting to be finished....
I think it looks really good, but I would take out the male/female signs, at least on the front. I think it would look a lot cleaner without them.
Thanks Tynan, any advice on pricing/marketing? Paperback is coming first, then I think I have to pay another $75 to put it on kindle. The paperback is easy to price, not sure how much to price the kindle. In one sense I want to make sure it gets out there, in another sense I don't want to give away the farm....
They key to Amazon is getting into the recommendation system. The vast majority of my sales don't come from my site-- they come from Amazon recommending the book. If you price it for $2.99 you'll get into the rec system and stay higher up in it. My ebooks used to be $9.99, but I make more money at $2.99.
I took Tynan's advice, and my book is now available on Kindle for $2.99 or you can borrow it free with amazon prime.
Thanks, Captain P
I like the initiative and congrats on your first book....kind of got lost in the last couple lines of the rear cover.
1. Baby sitters and day laborers? I get it, immature/young and rough looking women, but it sounds like you're a pedophile and now questioning whether there should be 2 male symbols on the cover as traditionally, most babysitters are teenagers and most day laborers are men...just sayin.
2. The last part that says,"...they started a secret society of underground bodybuilders that culminated in an affair with a married billionaire"
a. Secret underground society of bodybuilder pick-up artists?This sounds like "The Game" theme only with pick-up artist substituted with body builder. Is that part really necessary? Your title is about working out, losing weight and not being single. (i.e. you're dating someone and in a relationship) I think the banging a married women part is getting away from your central message of creating a healthy lifestyle.
b. The subject in the last sentence kind of sounds like the society had an affair with this woman.
Hey Snackies, thanks for taking a look....
@"Baby sitters and day laborers" lol...If you ever read my blog, I am NEVER serious...
The book is 90% a true story, with definately some comedy in it...
BTW, if anyone has a blog and wants a free copy I'll trade you one for a review, just waiting for createspace to put it for sale already....
I don't think the text of the back reads well. Whenever a sentence made it's point, start a new sentence to make the next point. Connecting the two sentences with ", and" serves no valid purpose.
"By age 24 he finally had a steady girlfriend, and life seemed good." -> "By age 24 he finally had a steady girlfriend. Life seemed good."
Having the text separated into multiple paragraphs would also look nicer.
That's awesome. Do you compete (bodybuilding)?
hi david. I never competed, I used to run track in college and I did some powerlifting competitions after college. I was actually fat for a while in the mid 2000's. My true story is that after my live-in girlfriend moved out I started working out again like a madman, started a blog, read Neil Strauss's book the game, discovered tynan's blog, and then started writing my book 2 years ago. That picture is from the best shape of my life about 2 years ago : )
In the last 2 years what has changed? Have you gained fat? Lost muscle?
I'm still pretty good. I am supposed to go to Texas for spring break in March even though I am 32 lol, but I'll post some picture/articles regarding my diet/training...To be honest, for me personally to get really cut it was all diet. My workouts really never changed, gym 5x a week and outside running 4x a week.
To give you some exact numbers, for that picture I was 5'8 155ish. Bench press was around 295 max, and I was running 3 miles in around 20 minutes. Give me a day or two, maybe I will post my exact workout/diet plan.
Quite lean. And strong. I agree about diet being the main factor to cut down.
I have been bulking the past few months and put on a wee bit of fat but this pic is from over the summer when I was slightly leaner. I have written a couple posts on my blog about my training routine and diet, I'll dig them up later. Would love to share as well.
Not quite the muscle mass you're carrying though :) But good to see a fellow lifter on tynan's community!
everything looks really neat man good job! My only complaint is the spacing between the first two sentences compared to the spacing between the last two sentences. I would try to keep all spacing equal.
I totally over slept. I hate the morning time. I can never remember anything that happens after my 5 am nap every morning. The time frame from about 5 am till 10 am becomes a total blur. I slept on the sofa. I have no idea what time I woke up or went to sleep. i think that i slept for about 2 hours. No more of that. Just unacceptable. I commit to proper training of my body. If I am going to do this, I'm gonna do it right. Every time that I am seated and begin to feel slightly sleepy, I am going to start dancing around like a monkey.....a delerious monkey. This will totally match how I feel at the moment. Ha ha.
Wake up ritual to be implemented:
Walk Around Outside
I am important.
Yes. I am central to my mother, my father, my children. I matter. Who thinks they don't matter? Who is so insecure that they need to be told this? Does it help to hear hollow words from an anonymous mouthpiece? I'm glad I'm important to everyone in my life.
I am valuable.
Well, if I'm important I am obviously valuable. They need me more than I need them. That's how you create value, isn't it? I am in demand.
I am better.