Product Creation 2: Get Others to Write for You

A few days ago we talked about one way to create products – writing a workbook or study guide from a public domain resource. Today we’re going to continue talking about Product Creation and our 2nd idea is to get others to write an eBook for you.

This is another very, very easy way to create a product. Let’s say you want to write a book about growing tomatoes but perhaps you don’t have the time or the specialized knowledge to do it yourself. How can you then create a usable, quality product?

The answer – you find others who DO have the time and knowledge to contribute to the book. Go to forums and other places where gardeners hang out, watch and learn and then ask folks who seem to be well educated in growing tomatoes to write a chapter for you. And you do that with several people. You can do this with any subject, even.

When they turn their chapters in to you, you write an intro chapter, ensure things are cleaned up and flow well and put it all together. You’ve now got a book you can market or give away.

Now, it doesn’t have to be fancy – but it certainly does need to be neat and clean looking and well organized. I suggest making a PDF eBook so that it’s compatible with both Mac and PC users. They’re also more helpful for those who have slow connections and/or older computers. Just Google for “free pdf” and you’ll find some good resources for creating PDF documents quickly and easily. And Adobe Reader is free for anyone who downloads your book.

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Another Set of Useful Tools

I wasn’t going to post my next in the Useful Tools series until later in the week, but as I’m sitting here brainstorming, I came up with another set of useful tools I use often, if not daily. So, I thought what better time to share them with you than now.

NovaMind. An awesome MindMapping software, available for both Mac and Windows users. The power of this program is amazing! And I’m sure I don’t even know a miniscule portion of what it’s capable of. But it’s awesome and I love it. Until I began using NovaMind, I wrote/drew my MindMaps by hand because nothing worked the way I wanted it to. And if you don’t do MindMapping yet, you owe it to yourself if you’re serious about your business endeavors to give it a try. There’s a GREAT book by the creator of MindMapping, Tony Buzan. Go to Amazon.com and get it, too.

Bluehost. Seems everybody who’s been online for any length of time has a favorite hosting company. And, mine is Bluehost. I’ve been with them for going on 2 years now and I’ve never had an issue. I keep adding domains to my account and it all just keeps running smoothly. It’s about $100 if you pay annually and $10 for new domains. You can even transfer existing domains free.

Adobe Creative Suite. Though CS3 is now on the market, I am currently using CS2 and will probably upgrade here soon. In any case, it’s a suite of Adobe’s best design products and I highly recommend them. I’ve been using them since the early days of PageMaker – which at the time, was produced by a company called Aldus. (Yes, I’ve been around a while in the design market! 😉 ) And yes, CS3 is expensive if you’re looking at it from a financial perspective. At the least, learn to use Adobe Acrobat so you can produce PDF documents that are both Mac and PC friendly as well as Photoshop or Photoshop Express for making your pictures look spectacular. You can buy those 2 products separately from the Suite.

So – those are my best tools for this time. Let me know if there’s something you use every day or regularly that I haven’t mentioned yet. Perhaps I’ll take a look at it. 😉

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