I didn’t have a passport until I was almost 50 years old. Of course, it didn’t matter that I didn’t have one, because I didn’t have a reliable source of income that would allow me to use it very often anyway.
In fact, for almost 10 years, not only did I not have a reliable source of income…sometimes I didn’t even have an income.
That partly explains why my family and I were evicted from our home and the following year lost our last automobile to repossession.
But even during those bleak times, I still held on to the dream that I could eventually travel abroad. There was just the tiny little problem of how I was going to finance that.
Then one night, while I was mindlessly surfing the internet, I happened on the idea of using e-books—especially “how-to” and information books—to build an income.
Now, I didn’t have a book…didn’t have any ideas for one…and frankly wasn’t sure I could even write one.
But I discovered that you don’t have to. This is one of the best-kept secrets about making money from e-books…and I’m going to share it with you.
First, I took an older book which had outrun its copyright—meaning you’re free to publish it without permission—and converted it into an e-book. Anyone can do this and I can show you how.
That first book proved to be immediately popular so I grabbed several more of these books that are now in the public domain. Then the money started to come in. At first, it was just a couple of thousand dollars a month, but by the end of the first year I’d made a six-figure income. Some days I take in $5,000.
But by far my biggest discovery has been how easy it is to hire other writers (sometimes for as little as $300 a book) to produce simple “how-to” and information books that are sold every day by Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble and other retailers. I made $221,000 in 24 hours from one of these books. That’s how you cash in on e-books without being a writer.
Eventually I did write my own book and, while it didn’t win a Pulitzer Prize, it did sell more than 50,000 copies in its first year. Most importantly, it showed me that the process wasn’t nearly as tough as I had imagined it to be (I’ve since written 12 more).
Today, I have a laptop business that gives me a laptop lifestyle…two weeks on an African safari…a week in a secluded Tuscan villa…a week on the beach at Punta Cana, and on and on.
It’s been a first-class, VIP ticket to a lifestyle that didn’t seem possible when I didn’t have two nickels to rub together. And there’s no shortage of tickets for those who are willing to follow the tried and true formula I’ve laid out in this short video…
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