Hey guys, today my first book became available on Amazon and it’s called ‘The Psychology of Confidence’ and as you can probably guess from the title, it’s about confidence but perhaps more importantly, how to develop it in an internally validated way. Like Tynan’s books, it’ll cost £2.99 so I hope you can read it. I’d love to hear your feedback on it. Thanks again!
Special shout out to John and David from the community for answering my questions about Kindle formatting.
Looks like you really did set the price in pounds :) At first I thought you had mis-typed. If your intention is to price the book the way Tynan did, then you'll need to actually set the price in dollars. Your book is listed for $4.52 which is how many dollars 2.99 pounds converts to. Just a heads up, as it seems from your post that your intention was to price the book at $2.99 as Tynan did.
Nice!! I missed this when you released it. Awesome job with the cover, I'll check out the book this weekend.
My one critique is that for your book cover image on amazon you might want to get rid of the 3D stack of books and just put the 2D cover. It looks a lot better with the small sizes that Amazon uses to display your book.
Messing with my cover is what (I believe) did the most to increase sales.
Good job!! One question, how did you design that cover and picture that you posted? Looks good!
Thanks John, I don't know how I stumbled upon it but there's a website called Fiver when people offer services for $5. I found Zoran on there and he did an unbelievable job after I told him what I wanted. It cost me about £3 pounds : ) He did such a good job I have him as a contact on Facebook now. I would recommend this guy extremely highly :)
Awesome man, the cover looks great!
One of the great sacrifices of subjecting kids to school is that it trains them to ask for permission for everything, from turning in work late, to changing to a different class, to more mundane things like going to the bathroom. It's a tradeoff, of course: condition kids to seek permission for everything, and by doing so enable a system to exist where they receive an education.
Maybe that's a worthwhile tradeoff, and maybe it's not. But the real harm in it, in my opinion anyway, is that when we leave school, we're still in the habit of asking permission for everything. That's dangerous.
A manifestation of this that I come across with frequently is the questions that people send me by email. Here's a paraphrased template, which covers a good 60%+ of the emails I get from strangers:
I wrote this as a guest post on the Beeminder blog — comments can live there.
It’s dark. Warm. Safe. You’re in bed, about to fall asleep. Pre-dream hallucinations of commanding a mighty bear army are playing across your sated mind. Zz — wait — what about that CrossFit Beeminder?!
You forgot. You got behind. You skipped CrossFit yesterday, but Beeminder said that was okay as long as you did it today instead. You meant to, but life happened. At this point, you think, “I am sumptuously swaddled in my favorite luxury bedding material, it’s late, and there is no way I’m going out in the street to do the workout-of-the-day in the dark, by myself, in my pajamas. And Beeminder will just charge me $5 this time. Okay, deal. Zzz.”
But I think there’s a better way to use Beeminder. When this happened to me, I didn’t even have to think about what to do; I just found myself out there grunting my medicine ball against a telephone pole and jumprope-sprinting into gloomy rosebushes.  It wasn’t even worth considering losing my wager over the tiny matter of some physical discomfort. What wager? Not money — just the certainty that I will always do what I promise myself I will do.