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In September, Rick Smith Books published three brand new business books from Ryan Hogarth, Michael Jackson, and Iain Johnston, leading professional speakers from the globally-renowned Unique Speaker Bureau. Here’s how we did it…
“How to Win Influence and Friend People” is Ryan Hogarth’s intriguing look at how Social Business is blurring the lines between people and technology, and opening up a new world of consumer transparency, which can either make or break your business. Described as ‘The social business manifesto for Generation X’, the book has attracted a small mountain of great reviews on Amazon, and holds the number one position in two major search categories. It is currently the #1 Best Seller in Global Marketing.
Ryan chose the Black package, which included two copy and line edits, proofing, formatting, cover design, and publishing in paperback and Kindle formats. The package also includes ongoing marketing support and collaboration, including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and e-mail campaigns.
I liked this book so much that I published it as partners with the Author, and we share the royalties. Ryan also received print-on-demand files in order to print paperback copies locally for professional use, and to sell at his many conventions, workshops, and seminars. Ryan says, “Any professional speaker, trainer, or business consultant who doesn’t have a book is really missing out on so many opportunities. Potential clients often ask if I have a book, and audiences always want a takeaway from the shows themselves. Once I knew I had a publishing solution at the end, I was inspired to get on and write it fast. Three weeks after I finished my final draft, the book was an Amazon bestseller!”
“The Fixer – Managing in the Middle” by Iain Johnston is a ‘How-to’ manual for young and recently appointed junior and middle managers. Packed with great tips and advice for business people finding themselves in their first real position of responsibility, Iain wrote the book as a natural extension of his training and consultancy business. Iain says’ “I attended one of Rick Smith’s ‘Self Publishing Masterclass’ courses, and although the whole digital publishing process was made clear, I realised that I simply don’t have the time in my busy calendar. For me, it was a no brainer to get the job done professionally, and the results are way beyond my expectations.”
Ian chose the Gold Package, and brought his own cover design and graphics. The book launched on Amazon in just 19 days.
Michael Jackson’s “Presentation Skills Masterclass” was a particularly interesting project that involved re-purposing existing content, in the form of a training manual and presentation deck that Michael had developed for his workshops and seminars. The end result is a Kindle bestseller, which hit Page One in its Amazon search category in the first week of publication.
Using the Black Package, Michael and I collaborated on a major re-write and update to the original material, including new infographics and a high-impact cover, designed to theme with Michael’s existing website and social media profiles. In his own words, “I present to over two hundred international conferences each year, and the opportunity for book sales is significant. The more quality material you can offer, the more money you make, so adding books to my DVDs and Audio products made perfect sense. Also, many of the delegates I meet these days want your stuff on Kindle, so being able to simply mail or text them a link to my book on Amazon is another great way to monetise my shows.”
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