Yeah, so I signed a book deal with a publishing company in China, the fact I have released several books on the Amazon kindle publishing platform shocks most people I know…”You wrote a book?” ummm..  yep….a few actually.

I am not the best writer in the world – as you can probably tell – but I enjoy writing and want to improve my writing skills and my storytelling.

I think the best way to do that is by continuously writing – practice makes better (not perfect, but better)

Also, I love reading books to find out new information and this then gives me plenty of ammo to pick new topics to write about – the next book I am about to read teaches you how to improve as an artist, drawing in particular.

So, after releasing 7 ebooks through the Amazon Kindle platform I got in touch with a publishing company in China, showed them two of my books that had been selling ok and to my surprise got offered a publishing deal.

I jumped at the chance, signed the contract and sent it straight back so we could get the first book released asap.

The world has become a small place in terms of making new contacts, enabling you to make progress in your life in the areas that you want to move forward in.

So, I started thinking recently, if I could sign a publishing deal with a book company in China, what else can I do?

It took about 6 months for the books to be translated and then released in China, first, the books were released on Amazon.cn – the Chinese version of Amazon – and then on to several other major ebook publishing sites in China.

Both books have sold ok, my first book released hit number 5 in it’s category, so no complaints from me, the 2nd book has just been released and will hopefully sell as well as the first book.

 

The best part of this? It has not cost me a single penny, the deal with the publishing company was great from my point of view, they translated the entire contents into Chinese, worked on the outline to suit their country better, uploaded the book to the various platforms and then released it for purchase, we just agreed on a royalty split.

I was honestly not concerned about the split on the royalties, I look at this way, when was I ever going to release a book in China? Seriously, was I going to translate the book? My Chinese is a little rusty so I am thinking it would not have ever happened.

So what I have learnt from this little experience?

  • Believe in yourself a bit more and take chances when it comes to making progress in your life.
  • If I can release a book in China, what else can I achieve in my life?
  • Taking a chance and doing something you believe in can then result in more doors opening and further progress being made, e.g. Writing one book lead to me writing several others which resulted in me making a ton of new contacts and then ultimately releasing a book in China.
  • Life is too short to worry about what people think about what you are doing, if you like doing something then just do it, if you stick with it you will improve over time.  People will then wonder how you did and will ask you for advice.
  • Failing at something does not mean you should give up, to me now it means you need to do something different in order to succeed next time.
  • Be patient. It took 6 months for the first book to be released but it got there in the end. Patients really helps you achieve long-term goals, do not rush anything, that tends to lead to bad decisions.

So now, I try to look for new ways to move forward in my personal life and business on a daily basis, if you keep batting away you will find success along the lines somewhere.

 

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  • Ian Farrar August 14, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    Thanks for this I hope to do the same. Where did you start?

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    • Jamie Hill August 15, 2016 at 6:46 am

      Hi Ian, you can sign up to Fibread here http://fiberead.com/ , good luck 🙂

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      • Ian Farrar August 15, 2016 at 7:33 am

        Thank you my friend 🙂

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  • EG III November 22, 2016 at 2:17 am

    Awesome and inspiring! I hope your books in China continue to do well and congratulations on taking the initiative to score the book deal!

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    • Jamie Hill November 22, 2016 at 7:22 am

      Thank you 🙂 It has a been great little adventure for me and I am now in talks to have one of the books released as a paperback.

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  • Sheila Jo November 22, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Congrats! What prompted you to contact a publisher in China for these books in particular?

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    • Jamie Hill November 23, 2016 at 7:12 am

      Thanks for the comment. I read an article by the author Steve Scott, he suggested that if you are selling books on Amazon.com or .co.uk then why not get your books translated and sell on other Amazon platforms around the world! I then came across Fibread via the TechCrunch website, it all seemed to fit well to expand my ebook sales so I approached the published and got signed up 🙂

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