Are you looking for more ways to generate income online? Do you know someone who either wants or needs to make their living with a home-based Internet business? These were among the questions Ian and Amy Anderson presented to 107 bloggers from all over the world.
As I read their email (received exactly 3 days before Thanksgiving), I was presented with an opportunity. Would I be interested in collaborating with other bloggers to write a book called the “2011 Internet Business Ideas Book.”. The book would be available in both print as well as digital and they were seeking contributors internationally. There were very strict criteria for submissions and the deadline seemed daunting. Of course, after giving it serious thought, I said yes.
So what is this new book and why am I telling you? Well, I’m telling you for two reasons.
Reason #1 for Wanting to Know about the Launch of the “2011 Internet Business Ideas Book”
As a blogger and/or website owner, you may have already written your own eBook, be in the process of contributing to one or planning to write one. Either way, you may find it interesting to get a little insight on how a collaborative effort involving 12 contributors from 7 different countries ended up as a book for starting a home-based Internet business.
Of course, I have no idea how much work Ian and Amy Anderson (the book creators and editors) personally put into this effort. I can only tell you that I was first approached on November 22nd and given a deadline of November 27th to submit my contributions. (This was Thanksgiving week!) I was also given a template to follow, instructions to produce no fewer than 5 submissions and given no guarantee that my work would even be accepted. (That should have weeded out a lot of the potential contributors right there!)
Instead of being discouraged, I was challenged. I saw structure, a plan and an opportunity. I had confidence in the concept. The collaboration was organized. The target market was clearly defined and most importantly, it was filling a need. Especially in an economy like the one that we’re facing today, people need marketable ideas that they can turn into lucrative Internet businesses. I wanted in!
Reason #2 for Wanting to Know about the Launch of the “2011 Internet Business Ideas Book”
It’s a good book. (No, I’m not saying this because 3 of the 38 ideas are mine.) The challenge was to come up with ideas to launch an online business. These had to be creative ideas that could be implemented. They needed to have the potential of earning an income through the Internet.
Along with each idea, we were expected to explain how to get started, suggest domain names, give ideas to market the business and suggest pricing. Since the contributors represent different countries and different areas of expertise, the ideas range from reviewing pro-sport equipment to creating a mobile application for Android and iPhones.
What do I want you to do?
Hopefully, by sharing a little information about my experience (collaborating on an eBook), I’ve motivated at least one person to pursue creating their own masterpiece. It doesn’t have to be an effort of this magnitude. It can be a simple eBook completely written by you or it could be a collaboration of a group of like minded people. The important thing is (as Nike’s slogan says) – “Just do it!”.
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As always, I’d love to hear your experiences. Have your written an eBook? Did you write it alone or with others? Do you have plans to collaborate?