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In it for the long haul. Like Noah.

Well, I have been off the School (of Wisdom and Wizardry) nest, it seems. But what I have been doing is related (isn’t it always!). www.ebookuploader.com is going ahead fast, as I learn how to upload people’s books, and earn a crust and maybe a bit more to put into the School. The foundations, like roots, are deep and won’t shift, though.

And the more I learn of the virtual world the more I can start building the virtual community here. We must love the Earth and embodied life, but the web is like a brain we are all part of. The Mind, however, is a more subtle thing, and transcends the web as it transcends the brain.

I just watched Avatar. Their saying, ‘I See you’…. wonderful, when she sees Jake the human and says that, before he is ‘uploaded’ into his ‘alien’ body for good. So our minds, creative and full of wonder, see the World and other minds in it, and that is the best thing.

Do you see me? If so, leave a message, and follow this pilgrimage. It may be slow at present, but it is bound for – Camelot, Avalon, Aeden… Eutopia.

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Well dang it, my sister’s ebook ‘Where Lions Roar at Night’ may be going viral!

Yep, there IS gold in (some of) them there hills.

Rosie Boom my sister uploaded her Where Lions Roar at Night on Monday and made it FREE, to get herself out there for her whole series of the six – seven? – Barn Chronicles. Now it’s only Wednesday and already she has 382 downloads of the free book and 24 FIVE STAR reviews.

See her on Smashwordshttp://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/rosieboom

Dang, how’d she do it? Is it luck?? This ebook is only up on the (relatively small) Smashwords site, not even out to Apple and the others which Smashwords sends them to after checking. So, I asked her, Who and What and How??, and she said some of her friends from the Christian homeschooling groups, and email ‘loops’, she belongs to in New Zealand, had offered to email their contacts overseas, in Canada and the USA, where there are some pretty big ‘loops’ indeed… While we talked on the phone, seven more downloads…

So, I know Rosie pretty well, being her brother, and I reckon these are the only things that could account for her luck:

– She and husband Chris put in the years BEING what she talks about in the books – genuine Christian homeschooling happy family.

– She had a full social life with others of their ‘tribe’ – christian homeschoolers.

– Furthermore, she is a singer and the family did lots of concerts for christian audiences up and down NZ.

-Also she did a writing course, learned her craft, and kept it clear what genre she was in, not trying to be all things, or do what didn’t come naturally. She just told her story, in her words, simply. When you get a Barn Chronicle book, you know what you are getting. Rosie Boom and family. Simple, good.

– Also she is a speaker at homeschooling and christian writing conferences – more contact, more credibility. In short, she has become what Greg Habstritt calls a ‘Trusted Authority’. People buy from Trusted Authorities, take the time to read their books, do their courses, buy their products.

So, now there’s not much need for the ‘lucky strike’ hypothesis! She put in the groundwork, it is solid, and her tribe is proving that by going for her offering like bees to honey.

Find your tribe, says Seth Godin, and then i Guess, impress them that you’re the real McCoy, and of course they will want what you offer, if it is any good. If it is really good, then you get what Rosie is getting – solid uptake, massive endorsement in the first part of the tribe to hear of it (all five star reviews!) and then, like as not, word of mouth and email and twitter and blog, recommendations enough to make the thing go viral at least through that particular tribe. In Rosie’s case, the tribe is many thousands world-wide, so Watch this Hill! I will report as news unfolds…

Of course, I’m very proud of her and will try not to be jealous. Compared with her I’m isolated, not of a clearly defined or large Tribe, and not simply one thing, but a man cursed with many parts which tend to confuse the hell out of people… So, lessons for us all here.

But first, let’s get some stuff out there. If Rosie hadn’t put the book out as an ebook, this wouldn’t have happened, no matter how well-known she is here in little ol’ NZ with its 40 million sheep and 4 million humans.

Now, be in to win. Go to my new ebook conversion services: http://www.ebookuploader.com

and get YOUR book up on them there hills!

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The ebook Goldrush – yeehah!

‘There’s gold in them there hills’…  I’ve always liked the idea of goldrushes – the manic excitement, the gleam of gold in the eyes of believers in the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow… the shouts of joy as great nuggets or veins of the timeless metal are unearthed and held by a man hoping for a better life… Yes I know, all so easily corrupted and turned to greed and folly and idolatry of Mammon. Yet… don’t we all yearn for SOMETHING to really hit the jackpot in our lives, something really good? Like, having the power to get our little or big dreams and words out to their natural readers. Like finding our tribe and finding that they LOVE us… Well, look at this 21st Century goldrush story:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/novel-rejected-theres-an-e-book-gold-rush/2011/04/09/AFZdqb9F_story.html

an exerpt:

“A thin, pretty brunette who majored in economics at Stanford, Belleville had been a singer in her 20s, but that career died, and now her writing career was so flat line that one of her old publishers had even given her the rights to her first two novels.

So, out of sorts and feeling blue, she sat down one morning and figured out how to self-publish one of those novels, “Authors in Ecstasy,” on Amazon’s e-reader, the Kindle, just to see what would happen. It was a pain. She had zero graphic-arts skills. She had to create a cover, write her jacket copy, figure out formatting and set a price. She did it and forgot about it.

A few weeks later, she checked her account. She had sold 161 copies. She’d made $281. She was astonished.”

It gets better. Much much better… read the article! And go to my Ebook conversion services page for a simple Quickstart ebook upload service. https://wizardgifts.wordpress.com/ebook-conversion-services/ I will shortcut you to them there hills!

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