Write pamphlets of about 45 to 100 pages. Put a card stock cover with an illustration and title photocopies on the cover. Inside put your address, preferably a post office box number and the name of your pamphlet publishing home-based business, so people can order more pamphlets. Include an E-mail address. Pamphlets on everything from cat care and building pet gyms to medical advice written by physicians have potential markets.
People most likely will order pamphlets and booklets online. These are small books with card stock or paperback covers. You can have them photocopies or printed and bound and sell them from home. Be the boss of your own creativity. When you publish your own little pamphlets, no other publisher can reject your writing based on subjective decisions. Your market and readers’ demand for your pamphlet determines your success. Charge about three to five dollars for your pamphlets of about 45 to 100 pages.
When you get successful enough to mass-produce your pamphlets or little books and get them in stores, like the impulse rack or counter in supermarkets where they will compete with the pamphlets published by the tabloids, you can charge two dollars. Also, offer your books electronically.
The pamphlets should be either pocket size with thin paper covers or five by eight inches with card stock covers. School libraries at all levels of education as well as public libraries are very interested in pamphlets on the controversy in contemporary issues in the news and social issues that students of all ages can use for research in their homework assignments and report writing.
Write and publish or use hundreds of other writers to write the pamphlets for you for a 10 or 15 percent royalty. Make home-made pamphlets and booklets on controversial issues in the news, contemporary problems certain age groups have, such as teens or the aging, write a tip for parents or nutrition-minded people, or sell career booklets to school libraries. Or pick a subject with which you are familiar, such as healthcare tips and market pamphlets to doctor’s offices.
The best bet is to create pamphlets or booklets of 45-100 pages that will be sold to school libraries all over the world, mainly at the high-school level. Use a cardstock cover with two staples in the middle or a bound pamphlet of 45-100 pages. Have a clip art illustration in pen and ink format on the cover. If you can afford it, have the binding glued in place rather than stapling the booklet.
The best size is 100 printed pages, but thinner pamphlets of 45 pages also work fine. Typeset in a font like Times New Roman 12 point. Use pamphlet or newsletter format to create a pamphlet about 81/2″ X 5″. Keep all the pamphlets the same size, but different page lengths. You can publish the works of about 400 writers and pay them royalties of about 10-15 percent on your gross sales. Some larger books may be serialized into 100-page pamphlets or45-50 page booklets.
The most popular pamphlets are on healing, such as healing with juices, diets for healing, healing massages for your cat, spontaneous healing, laughter as healing, and so on. How-to instruction explaining step-by-step how to make something also is very popular, particularly if you put your pamphlets in do-it-yourself stores.
Sell through the mail to libraries and schools as well as career counseling centers. Recipes sell well in shopping malls stores featuring cookware and online.
To market your home-made pamphlets, you’ll need to target school libraries at various levels you wish to reach” high school preferably, then community colleges. Or you may want to focus on subjects of interest to elementary schools, teachers, or educational technologists.
High school students will probably use your pamphlets the most for writing term papers as will college students at two-year community colleges, and career planners. You’ll also need a Web site. Another source would be home schooling supplies, other libraries, and stores featuring materials for students.
How do you get a Web site to sponsor you free? What can you do with a Web site that will help you create pamphlets on the best subjects and sell to the largest audiences?
The secret to profiting from a Web site is daily commitment to answering your customer’s e-mail. Use the Web as your second store. Each day, 45,000 entrepreneurs take their businesses online. In 1994, only 5,000 Web sites existed. Today, more than 300,000 sites link the Web. Most entrepreneurs online are willing to sell you their hind-site and let experience be your trainer.
The first question they’ll ask is: Do you have the time to tend a Web site? Going online increases your visibility, but you still have to prove your credibility. Be a pamphleteer on the Web. Back in February 1995, I had a pamphlet writing Web page that brought in more than 250 hits’ a day.
I had a self-published pamphlet entitled How Will Your Marriage End? One publisher couldn’t afford to pay me. He placed one of my booklets on his own Web home page at no cost to me to fill the empty space he had during the first year the Web site was on-line. I took orders for the booklet, paid the printer, and sent them out myself.
At the end of the year, he took my booklet offline because his Internet provider began to charge for so many visits users made to his site to read my booklet online. People made only a few visits to his own site, a new multimedia services, design, and training company.
By putting me on as a star attraction to his site, he lost business traffic for his own product. He needed to make himself the center of attention. Piggybacking free on his site helped me to find a new publisher who paid. I ended up with a contract to write three books. He ended up with the cost of paying for all those visits to my section of his Web site. So, what’s the secret of avoiding pitfalls before you put up a Web home page?
Simple keywords are necessary for an online home page. If you don’t simplify your keywords, a computerized text search cannot show users where your page is found. Anyone going online usually first searches through a computerized search engine such as the Yahoo list, Alta Vista, Lycos, or Web Crawler using a simple keyword. The search engine takes the searcher to your home page.
I went to chat and newsgroups to announce my new Web site. Announce any changes to your site. Then I aligned my Web site with all the other well-visited areas of the Web where someone would be looking for what I had to sell. I placed an advertisement in several electI went to chat