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'Living' E-book

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Realizing and Living My Utmost Potential Part 6: Marketing My E-book

Marketing is something that did not interest me in the past. It seemed I was being punished when I try to market something because I believed that anything that deals with money is a form of oppression. In my life I question the need to sacrifice my self-expression in favor of earning money. I believed  I was compromising my free-expression when I mix money and self-expression.

So, if we put what I was thinking about Marketing into a mind pattern, it will look like this:

>why do I need to earn money in this world to survive?
>there is something wrong in the way this world is set up
>I should just be able to express myself in whatever I want to do
>and money will come from everywhere
>i was wrong
>I need to learn how to make an e-book
>then I have to also learn to market
>this is ridiculous
>how am I going to do all that
>I don't have a clue where to start
>besides, who will buy an e-book about how one lived ones life?
>normally e-books are well-written prose that conform to a certain writing standard
>I don't know how to write
>I am guessing my way through all these
>everything is spontaneous
>I am not used to this
>I am used to having a pattern for doing things
>so I can just copy information passed on to me
>this was not taught to me
>besides there's no money to pay for all these expenses
>I thought it will be like 1-2 hundred dollars and it's done
>this looks like we're going to be spending forever
>plus i do not know how to do this
>no one is going to buy this
>but I have to do this because this is what I can see is real
>I did not get the content of this e-book in a library
>I did not research about it
>this is about what i ate daily and my recipes
>I better pull myself up and continue even if I cannot see light at the end of the tunnel
>because no one is going to do this but me

Now that I finished making my E-book, I find marketing a challenge. I believed that money was about greed, corruption and lies, so I don't want to have anything to do with it. In a way, I had a love and hate relationship with money.

I forgive myself that i have accepted and allowed myself to give money a value that is less than what it is - a value equal to life - instead of realizing money (as bills) come from plants and coins come from metals from the earth - so I commit myself to develop an equal and one relationship with money - where what I exchange for money is my story of how I changed.

I have this idea that marketing is a function that we can do without as beings. I can see a world where I will be paid to express myself fully - where money is supporting my self-expression. That is my idea of living. Since this is an ideal based on a belief about self-expression having more value than money, I am forgiving myself for having this ideal in my mind based on a subjective interpretation of reality where I have aversion for that which I attached to the opposite to what I like. So, instead, I am releasing the subjective interpretation and see that I am birthed here and since money is also here in this life, we are walking this life as equals.

I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to have an idea that self-expression has more value than money where I compare the values I have within my mind rather than see everything that is here having real equal values realizing that everything in this life is birthed here so, just like i am birthed here expressing as who i am, money too has a value equal to life - all, having a value equal to life.

Marketing being promotion and distribution of documents (or e-books being documents) about how I changed my living, I can align my marketing functions to the product I am marketing - my e-book, which essentially shows how I changed from judging animals and plants to embracing all food items as sources of nutrition that is here to assist the body's functioning and in my e-book to come, show how i release mind layers and in the process take self-responsibility in 'my within' - as the mind - forgiving my judgmental thoughts about different food items - vegetarian, vegan, carnivorous etc. and live, prepare food and eat practically by choosing food according to what is visibly beneficial to the body using tests for now as i develop an equal and one relationship with the body - testing my blood sugar, weight etc. as a reference point but also allowing for physical need for nutrition that is not being shown by the instruments/monitors.

Let's go back to my e-book.

I am right now as I write this blog, in the process of marketing my E-book. This e-book is a testament of how I assisted my body lose weight from 155 lbs to 137.3 lbs. (at the time I am writing this). Last October, I weigh 155 lbs and it was difficult to move then. My skin was getting itchy rashes etc.,  I started logging my food and weight to be aware of what I am doing to my body so I can see he problem and provide a solution. It's in a way questioning the way I feed my body. It worked. I lost 9.3 lbs from Oct. 15, 2013 to Nov. 16, 2013.

Now that the E-book is finished, I have to do marketing. I had this idea that when i finished the E-book everything will be easy going and that I will just receive money from everyone buying my e-book. I did not realize that it is like manufacturing a product. After manufacturing the product, the next thing to do is to sell the product.

I believed that self-expression does not include worrying about money. I was wrong.

Let's back track a bit.

When I was doing the E-book, I believed that, because it was a log of my food and weight and some recipes I made, it will be very simple and that editing will take just 2 or 3 days. It took about 2-3 months of going back and forth to the people who are producing it when it was finally pronounced DONE.

I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to project my past experiences in the future so I do not see what is here because I am somewhere within my mind either thinking about failure of success rather than be here as breath, forgive the projections, both positive and negative and express as who i am within making an e-book - interact with the paper, expand and redefine words, interact with the computer and other people involved where I grow and expand as I learn how to make an e-book and share it with other individuals through marketing.

Here are some photos of the 'editing-in-progress'. The problem we had then was that the pictures appeared so different from our original manuscript - some were small and some were big, In the original manuscript, the pictures were in a table, all neatly placed. When they told me that they cannot put the table in and had to remove it and saw the work in progress, I saw the pictures both big and small were all over the place. I believed at that point that we cannot publish the e-book in Amazon, but I realized there are other ways of doing it, We researched how to fix it (as per the normal way of doing a recipe e-book). For 2 weeks or so, we did not know what to do. The thing is, we already signed a contract with these people and cannot back out or waive the payment. But somehow, after 2 weeks or so, they managed to do something about the pictures.




 Here's the finished E-book:

My Livng E -book

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