App Dev 2: Finding A Killer App Idea And Defining Guidelines

May 5, 2013 in App Development

iPhone App DevelopmentNow that I’ve officially started the process of creating my first iPhone app, it’s time to start brainstorming ideas. This is one aspect of creating apps that could mean stellar sales or no sales at all.

One thing I want to say right off the top, at this time, I’m not revealing the niche or name of the app I’m going to build. This may change later but this is my first time around and I’m still pondering whether I want to reveal all that info. I apologize for that but like building niche sites, it may not be wise for me to introduce competitors for my app. Although it’s possible that when I finish my app, I will be so excited about it that I won’t be able to keep it a secret anymore!

Finding A Great App Idea

Ok, back to the topic of this post. I’ve been doing some research into different types of apps I want to build and to help you understand the process I’m going through, here’s where I’m getting my ideas from:

  • Personal interests
  • My favorite apps
  • The iTunes Store
  • Friends and acquaintances

A lot of this process is similar to the steps I take when I build niche sites… although I’m not very successful at it. But let’s look at each step a little closer. Read the rest of this entry →

My April 2013 Income Report

May 1, 2013 in Goals, Income Reports

Welcome to my April 2013 income report! This is the place where I report how much I make each month through my various online projects. I post my income reports here so that I can keep track of my progress and so that I can look back and see how I’m doing over time.

April was another record setting month! My efforts this year have finally allowed me to break the $500 barrier! For a long time, I never thought this would happen and now I’m half way towards my goal of reaching $1000/month (or $35/day) by the end of the year. In this report, I’m excited to share record breaking sales from Createspace publishing and also see how I did with a new publishing platform over at Barnes & Noble.

I didn’t do a whole lot in terms of any of my online business but was able to maintain and grow my income a little bit. May is going to be a great month because I plan on publishing a new book and trying out a few more things. I’m happy to see that every small thing I do starts adding up! Let’s get to the details! Read the rest of this entry →

How To Install Windows Mail On Windows 8 For POP And IMAP

April 30, 2013 in Tutorials

12 Windows Mail on Windows 8Recently, I replaced one of my home laptops with a new Acer Aspire V5 Ultrabook laptop. This laptop packs plenty of features including an LED backlit screen and keyboard, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive and a touchscreen LCD with Windows 8. This is my first PC with Windows 8 and the touchscreen is a nice feature to have when using the Modern tile interface. The touchscreen is a bit awkward to use because of the physical keyboard below the screen. If this was a tablet, it’d be perfect.

Since this is my first experience with Windows 8, it took some time to get used to where things are and how this operating system works. I had to Google how to do simple things like how to turn off the laptop. It wasn’t very intuitive. But I’m past that now. Even the desktop interface has a few quirks that I’m still slowly getting used to. However, when it came to really putting this laptop to work and retiring my old Dell Studio 17, I ran into a few more issues.

Where Is Windows Mail?

One issue I ran into was getting my email on this laptop. Windows 8 comes with a Mail app in the tile interface. To set that up, I needed a Windows Live email account. I didn’t really want to do that but at the time, it was the only way I thought I could get mail on this computer. I didn’t have a current version of Outlook to install so I set up the Mail app. When I finally got it working, it wasn’t exactly what I wanted. It was more like a web-based email client. I was used to the interface in Outlook and Windows Mail. The Mail app is great if I was on tablet but again, this isn’t a tablet.

On my old laptop, I was using the Windows Mail program that came free with Windows Vista. I kept searching the hard drive but there was no Windows Mail program. The good news is that after about a week of searching the internet, I finally found out how to get Windows Mail onto my Windows 8 laptop. Read the rest of this entry →

App Dev 1: Mobile App Development – My Journey Starts Here

April 29, 2013 in App Development

iPhone App DevelopmentI love mobile apps! Every time I look in the app store, I’m discovering new cool apps I want to put on my phone. In fact, I’m also having to delete apps off my phone on a regular basis to accommodate the new ones I’m installing. So if I have this much fun exploring new apps, other people are too! Which is one of the reasons why I am getting into the mobile app development business. I’ve heard it a thousand times that mobile is where everything is going in the future… I truly believe that!

If you read My 2013 Goals article, you’ll see a number of things I want to accomplish… among those goals is to develop one iPhone app this year. Why an iPhone app? It’s been in the back of my mind for the last couple of years and I’m finally at the point where I’m ready to make this happen. I believe that it goes in-line with the natural progression of my goals, interests and skills. Plus it might be a good source of income in the future! There are 3 things I’ve been able to identify in myself that make me feel confident to go down this path at this time: Read the rest of this entry →

Got My First Sale On Nook Press

April 23, 2013 in Nook Press

Nook Press Self PublishingNook Press is a new platform I’m using to sell my self-published books. It is much like publishing for Amazon’s Kindle. Both are electronic formats and both have dedicated document readers including apps for customers to read these electronic books even if they don’t own the devices from Amazon or Barnes & Noble. So in my quest to expand my readership, I recently uploaded my first book to Nook Press.

As far as I know, Barnes & Noble doesn’t offer free giveaways like Amazon does. I usually do free book giveaways on Amazon to generate more buzz. But without that feature, I had to Read the rest of this entry →

How Long Does It Take For Nook Press To Approve A New Vendor Account

April 19, 2013 in Nook Press, Self Publishing

This is just a quick post to let you know that my new Nook Press vendor account has been approved! This means that I can now publish my first book on the Barnes & Noble Nook. In my previous post, I mentioned that I should’ve applied for my vendor account first before I started editing my manuscript. That’s because I can start building my book on Nook Press even before I get approved. So I could’ve let B&N work on my approval while I worked on getting my book ready… which actually took a few days. Read the rest of this entry →

Sell Your Kindle Books At Barnes & Noble using Nook Press

April 18, 2013 in Kindle Publishing, Nook Press, Self Publishing

Nook Press Self PublishingBarnes & Noble just announced the launch of their Nook Press platform for independent publishers. This new tool is designed to compete directly with Amazon’s Kindle and offer similar services for ebook publishers and readers. I haven’t published with Barnes & Noble before but it has always been in the back of my mind. However, now that Nook Press is here, I will start using their service soon! (Keep reading for information that could prevent you from using Nook Press) I’m actually glad I didn’t publish on the Nook before because prior to Nook Press, publishers used their outdated PubIt interface. B&N is now phasing that out and requiring all publishers who want to continue to sell on B&N to transition their account to the new Nook Press. Here’s what B&N had to say: Read the rest of this entry →

My March 2013 Income Report

April 8, 2013 in Income Reports

Welcome to my March 2013 income report! This is the place where I report how much I make each month through my various online projects. I post my income reports here so that I can keep track of my progress and so that I can look back and see how I’m doing over time.

In March, I made some good progress towards my goal of reaching $1000/month (or $35/day) by the end of the year. In this report, I’m excited to share details from my first full month of income from Createspace publishing, a platform that allows users to create print-on-demand books. If you read last month’s income report, you’d know that I only started publishing print books toward the end of February and only had a partial month to report.

In March, I made another addition to my income portfolio from teaching an online course on Udemy.com which I hope to grow as the year progresses. With that said, let’s get to the details! Read the rest of this entry →

My First Udemy Course Is Live

April 5, 2013 in Goals, Udemy

Make money with UdemyRecently, I discovered a great new resource for online learning at Udemy.com. They feature courses on multiple subjects taught through streaming video. I had taken a few classes myself and soon realized that Udemy is the platform for me to launch my own instructional courses! Keep reading to find out how you can get a huge discount on my course! Up until February, I’ve been launching courses/products with protected membership areas using the popular Profits Theme. Now Profits Theme is very versatile and makes it easy to create membership sites. It connects easily to various payment processors and email auto-responders. I use it with Clickbank and Aweber. However, there are some quirky things about that WordPress theme that causes me stress everytime I set it up.

But now that I’ve launched my first course on Udemy, I know that won’t be using Profits Theme again to sell virtual products. Udemy is so easy to set up and it’s free! So I’m proud to announce my first course offering. Drum roll please!

Bestselling-Kindle-Ebook-Covers2

My first Udemy course is called How To Create Bestselling Kindle Ebook Covers. This is a course that was born out of necessity. This year, I plan on publishing more Kindle books and I wanted a way to quickly build professional looking covers. I know there are lots of people that are doing the same so I decided to offer my templates to other Kindle authors and graphic designers. Read the rest of this entry →

How I Doubled Sales Of My Self Published Books

April 4, 2013 in Createspace Publishing, Kindle Publishing, Self Publishing

Createspace-Print-On-Demand-PublishingI’m still new to the world of self-publishing and I don’t sell that many books. However, I’m learning more and more as time goes on. Today, I wanted to share with you a major discovery I made last month. I was able to double the sales of my self-published books on Amazon.com. The best part of this story is that I didn’t have to write new books to do this! I’m using a strategy you might already be doing or this might be the first time you’re hearing about it. But the main thing I want you to take away from this post is the power of reusing or repurposing content you already have. So what did I do to double my March book sales? I simply converted my Kindle ebooks into physical print versions on Createspace.

Createspace is a company that produces print-on-demand books and is owned by Amazon.com. Because they are owned by Amazon, integration between Kindle ebooks and their print versions from Createspace is seamless. Making a print book isn’t too difficult, but as a first-timer, it did take me awhile to get used to all the proofing and formating required to get a professional looking book. There were many things I learned while editing the digital proofs. And when it came down to ordering the physical proofs, it took me more time to read through my books again with a pencil in-hand to mark-up the mistakes. Read the rest of this entry →