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My journey to...money, I guess?

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by Nefarious Nuisance, Jul 27, 2013.

  1. Nefarious Nuisance

    Nefarious Nuisance Newbie

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    Hey everyone, long-time lurker, first-time poster. I'm a college student and blah blah blah bills. Yeah. I've lurked long enough to know not to ask for handouts, not to ask to be spoonfed, and generally not to ask for clarification - that is what the search button is for :p

    As much as I would like to make thousands of dollars a month (and yes, I'm aware it is possible), I'm not totally cut out for IM. I don't want to invest money (which, of course, is the only way to make the really big bucks), I don't understand SEO, and I'm pretty sure it took me a month to figure out what CPA stood for. Basically, none of that stuff is going to work for me right now.

    The one skill I do have is learning school subjects. I was the kid that took meticulous notes in high school, the kind that were highlighted and cross-indexed and what-have-you. I was also pretty smart in science, and at one point during my freshman year I was tutoring seniors in Advanced Placement Biology.

    What does this mean? The way I see it, the most efficient method for me to earn money online (without spending all my time searching BHW) is to create Kindle books that are largely based on my notes. The plan is as follows:


    1. Take notes from high-school and college-level classes that people often have trouble with (Science, Math, etc)
    2. Create notes for specific courses (Introductory Chem, Organic Chem, etc)
    3. Split notes into digestible pieces - this is what sets my service apart from books already on the market. Companies like Barron's and McGraw-Hill are slowly moving over to eBook format, but even so their books are clunky and unreadable. They've only taken the paper copies of their books and converted them directly to eBook formats. As most high-school and college students have phones, tablets, etc. with eReader apps, it seems profitable to create books specifically geared for mobile devices. Breaking these notes up into pieces allows me to sell chunks of readable information again and again to satisfied customers. It also allows me to hook customers who are only looking for a certain section of a course (for example, they might only want a review of electrochemistry, not the entirety of Chem 101)
    4. Package notes as whole books with "discount" - really, it's the same material, just all thrown together in one big book. The individual pieces will already be written, so I will not have to put any extra effort in. And, if I size my "chunks" correctly, I will only incur a minimal loss.
    5. Lather, rinse, repeat.

    Of course, when I say "largely based on my notes" I don't mean copying and pasting my notes. They will be pieced together into cohesive lessons with example problems, original illustrations, etc. The big selling point here is that these books are optimized for mobile devices, something which I haven't really seen done by big publishers in this market.

    I have no delusions about making $100000000000 in my first month, or anything crazy like that. In fact, given that I will be creating all the illustrations and example problems and answer keys and such by myself, it will probably be a few good weeks before I even publish anything. Perhaps beyond the initial releases I would consider using profits to outsource some of the illustrations and number-crunching.

    The main goal here is to establish a reputable business that can serve as a bit of side income. I've got my eye on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, but after that all proceeds will most likely go towards savings and paying of loans.

    So, there you have it. Not really black hat, but it's going to be a journey for sure. Care to follow along with me?
     
  2. kinlee

    kinlee Supreme Member

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    This is an interesting journey and I will be sure to follow.
    Can you give us some note taking tips? :)
     
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  3. vamola2

    vamola2 Newbie

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    Good luck. I'm actually thinking about starting on the Kindle business as well, but with much simpler books than yours.
    You write REALLY well and that's a niche that you can charge more than the usual $2.99. I hope it works out for you, and by the way, I'm a potential buyer in the future :p
     
  4. Nefarious Nuisance

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    Kinlee: (sorry, can't use quotes yet, I guess. Too new :p)

    Sure! For my notes I always use the 3 R's:

    Rewrite: notes are like drafts, especially during lecture hall. Get as much important information on the page as you can, but try to stay somewhat organized. Later, type out all your notes in a more detailed, more structured format. This not only creates neat, organized notes, but it also counts as studying! The more you rewrite your notes, the more you'll remember the content.

    Reword: don't ever copy word-for-word. Though rewording takes longer, it ensures that you understand the material. Also, try to state the point as concisely as possible. Instead of "Rutherford discovered the proton in 1920. In his most famous experiment, Rutherford placed radioactive materials in a lead box with a single pinpoint opening, for the purpose of emitting alpha particles. The alpha particle ray was aimed at a gold foil, with the expectation that the particles would pass directly through the sheet and bounce back to the lead box. Behind the gold foil was a ring of material that would glow when it came in contact with the alpha particles. However, the particles behaved differently than anticipated. The ring behind the golden foil began to glow at points to the side of the sheet, indicating that some of the alpha particles were bouncing in different directions. Rutherford postulated that some positive subatomic particle must be contained within the gold foil in order to cause such an outcome." You can summarize to: "Rutherford discovered the proton when he conducted his gold foil experiment, in which a ray of alpha particles was reflected in a way different than anticipated." Much easier, and it gets the main point across.

    Restructure: textbooks are ordered into units and chapters for a reason. They denote a logical progression through the course material. However, you may not always agree with book structure. For example, my high school chemistry textbook took nearly seven chapters to get to Stoichiometry, which is perhaps the most important mathematical tool in basic chemistry. The book spent ages going over all the rules of nomenclature, even explaining some organic nomenclature (notorious for being stupidly difficult) before delving into Stoichiometry. To me, it makes much more sense to work out basic nomenclature (NaCl = Sodium chloride = table salt), and then work on Stoichiometry before returning to the more difficult sections of nomenclature. That's what you need to do with your notes. You remember things best when they appear logical to you. Always restructure your notes so that they make the most sense to you, even if they don't go in the same order as your textbook or lectures.

    There's lots more that I've found, but those are the most important. Hopefully I've helped :p

    Vamola2:

    Well thank you! I want to start with $2.99 as a baseline, but maybe in the future I'll bump it up. Haha, I'll let you know when I get my books up and running then :)
     
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  5. kinlee

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    I always have a bad habit of copying word for word, I feel like a robot when im doing it and i'm never really engaged. Thanks for the helpful tips, I will be using them :D

    PS: Any more tips would be great! You should share them with is through your journey. :eek:
     
  6. bushinonasake

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    Interesting method. This could be used in other courses. Just make sure to include your resources. Hope it pans out well for you.
     
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  7. Nefarious Nuisance

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    Sure! I'm thinking of putting a short section on note-taking at the front of the books, so I'll put the tips up here as I go. That way I could get some feedback on what's useful for everyone and what would only work for me :p

    That's what I'm planning on. Chemistry, Biology, Math, and Physics were all ones that I had thought of, but I'm open to more suggestions as well. Thank you!

    PS: Updates soon. I've been out-of-state with my grandparents all weekend and unable to get to my computer much. Hopefully today I'll get a lot done. I've also signed up for textbroker and Etsy (When I'm stressed I either run or make crafts. I definitely don't need all the things I make, so I figured I might be able to make a few extra bucks off of them.) Hopefully that will afford me a little quick income.

    EDIT: Yay, I can quote people now!:D
     
  8. Nefarious Nuisance

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    UPDATE
    What I Did Yesterday:
    - Outlined the entire College Chem course
    - Broke down course into "chunks"
    - Started writing the first chunk
    - Finished drafting 2/14 sections in the chunk

    What I'm Going to do Today:
    - Start drafting the other 12 sections in the first chunk
    - Plan illustrations
    - Play with formatting (questions and math can be difficult because the kindle seems to handle lists oddly)

    That's it for now! More updates when I actually get some things finished
    :rolleyes: