A Peek Inside Max Lucado’s Writing Process

Writing is lonely but fascinating work. That’s why I love talking to other writers, especially accomplished ones like my good friend, Max Lucado. I had the privilege of being his publisher for many years.

As you probably know, Max is the author of almost 100 books with more than 80 million copies in print. There are probably less than five authors in the world who are that prolific—or that successful. It’s mind-boggling.

A while back I had the opportunity to sit down with Max and talk about his writing process. In this five-minute interview, he shares:

4 Reasons You Should Consider Crowdsourced Design for Your Next Big Project

My first experience with crowd-sourced design was four years ago. I sponsored a contest to design a new logo for my blog. I paid $200 and received 280 entries in seven days. I am still using that design to this day, albeit tweaked a bit since the original.

Since then, I have sponsored three design contests:

The Virtual Assistant Solution

Last week, I ran a contest on 99Designs to have a cover designed for my new ebook, The Virtual Assistant Solution: Come Up for Air, Offload the Work You Hate, and Focus on What You Do Best.

After three days, I chose five finalists and asked my readers to select their favorite. More than 2,700 people voted. What you see here is the winning design (with a few tweaks), created by Niels van Londen from the Netherlands.

I’ll tell you more about the book when it is available for sale next week, but I wanted to share the results with you here.

Which eBook Cover Do You Like Best?

I have selected the winning cover. You can view it here. If you want to know why I used crowd-sourced design, you can read about that here.

I have a written a new eBook called, The Virtual Assistant Solution: Dig Out from the Pile, Offload the Work You Hate, and Focus on What You Do Best. It is based on what I have learned in the last two years about building virtual teams. It will be available for sale in the next few weeks.

The Virtual Assistant eBook Cover Contest

I’ll tell you more about it later, but right now I need your help.

Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn: An Interview with John Maxwell

Last week marked the publication of Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn by my good friend, John Maxwell. I recently had the opportunity to interview him about his book. In a moment, I’ll tell you how to get a free copy.

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John has been my friend and mentor since I first started working with him in 1998. He had just finished writing The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. I was the VP of Marketing at Thomas Nelson and and part of the team that helped get the book on the new York Times bestsellers list. It was the first of many for John.

An Interview with Andy Andrews About the Noticer Returns

Tomorrow marks the publication of The Noticer Returns by my good friend, Andy Andrews. The original book was a New York Times bestseller and one of my favorite books ever. I gave cases of it away. This one is sure to be just as popular. In a moment, I’ll tell you how to get a free copy.

Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Andy about the book. I thought you would enjoy listening into our conversation. My questions and comments are in bold.

Watch this touching video The Power of Words, to see how changing just a few words can make a dramatic difference in your life and in the lives of those around you.

Question: Can you think of a time when words have had a major impact on you or on those around you? Share your answer on , , or .

#065: Why You—Yes, YOU!—Should Consider Writing a Book [Podcast]

Admit it, you’ve thought about writing a book. According to a recent reader survey, 61.5% of my blog readers have thought about writing a book. Is it time for you to stop thinking and start doing?

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Being a published author has done more for my career—and my income—than I could have ever imagined. It has opened doors of opportunity I couldn’t have dreamed were possible. It can happen for you, too.

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Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you are doomed.

5 Unselfish Reasons to Charge for Your Content

I am on sabbatical for the next few weeks. While I am gone, I have asked some of my favorite bloggers to stand in for me. This is a guest post by Stu McLaren, the Co-founder of WishList Member and Rhino Support, as well as being a popular business speaker. You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter.

Nearly ten years ago, I made my first sale online for a $7.95 ebook. You would have thought I had just won the lottery. Dancing, high fives, pictures and a huge ego boost—all from one measly sale of $7.95.

5 Unselfish Reasons to Charge for Your Content

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Now I’d like to tell you that from that day forward I became this “sales machine,” but that wouldn’t be true. Anytime you make something available for sale, self-doubt will kick in no matter how much experience you have.