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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Review: Publishing Money Trees

Publishing Money Trees is the latest product to be launched by the prolific duo of Amy Harrop and Deborah Drum, together with a third author, offline publishing expert Brenda Trott.

I've mentioned some of Amy and Debbie's other quality products such as Publisher's Review Accelerator, Book Trailer Treasure Map and Description Detective on this blog before. I also recommended their report on "underground" promotional methods, which you can still pick up via this blog post for free if you haven't already.

Publishing Money Trees is a bit of a departure from their other products in that it is aimed at people who want to make money by offering publishing services to other people and businesses (especially small local ones).

Amy and Debbie were kind enough to allow me pre-launch reviewer access to Publishing Money Trees, so here's what I found...

As is the way with most of Amy and Debbie's products, the content is accessed via a WordPress membership site. This has the advantage that it can be easily updated/expanded with content of various kinds, though don't forget to keep your log-in details somewhere you can easily find them again!

Once you are in the members area, you will be able to access the content. There are five main sections, as follows:

1. Getting Clients
2. Your Own Published Book to Market Your Service
3. Creating Client Book Content
4. Formatting and Publishing Client Books
5. Providing Additional Services

Each of these sections contains at least one PDF manual, and most also include videos, screencasts, spreadsheets, Word documents, and so on.

Part 1 discusses ways to find clients for your publishing services. In addition to training videos and manuals, you also get other resources such as a flyer about the benefits of self-publishing to show potential clients, and advice about charging and invoicing. The section also has links to model publishing agreements you can use.

Part 2 features a complete book you can adapt and publish in print form to market your services to local businesses. The authors recommend that you publish it on the CreateSpace platform and order copies as required. Note that you are not allowed to sell this book yourself on Kindle or other platforms.

What you get in Part 2 is a comprehensive (72 page) book, which is well written and edited. It takes readers step by step through the self-publishing process, and makes a very interesting read. It is provided in the form of a Word (.docx) document, so you can edit and personalize it yourself. You also get separate cover templates for CreateSpace, along with training on customizing and using these.

The book should do a great job of establishing your authority in this field to potential clients. My only slight concern would be that it is so comprehensive the client might just decide to do all the work him/herself rather than hiring you!

Part 3 features a six-page guide to creating a book for your clients. It sets out some different approaches you could use, and includes advice on interviewing clients, copyright, using PLR content, and so on. It is obviously quite concise, but links are included to various useful resources and online articles.

Part 4 is where you get down to the nitty-gritty of formatting and publishing client books. This is clearly a big subject, and there are three PDF manuals, along with screencasts, spreadsheets, and so on. Both Kindle (e-book) and CreateSpace (print) publishing are covered. The resources also include a Kindle template (in Word format) that you can use as a starting point for Kindle e-books, and another template for print books.

Part 5 features another PDF that sets out additional services you could offer to your clients. There is actually a surprising number, from setting up an Amazon Author page to building their social media presence. It's food for thought, although don't expect massive amounts of detail. There are, though, also lists of outsourcers you could use if you don't want to take on all these tasks yourself.

Overall, I thought Publishing Money Trees was another quality offering from Amy and Debbie (and Brenda). I appreciate that it won't really appeal to people who only want to write and publish their own books. But as the authors demonstrate, there is huge money-making potential for enterprising writers who are willing to get out there and offer this service to local businesses and individuals.

If that sounds like something that could interest you, Publishing Money Trees is well worth checking out. It is currently on sale at a launch offer price of $47, which will be rising to $97 in ten days' time. As with all Amy and Debbie's products, there is an unconditional 30-day money-back guarantee.

If you have any comments or questions about Publishing Money Trees, as ever, please do post them below.

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