So…. I finally did it! I finally got a product on to Amazon. My very own creation. A journal to help others get the most out of their morning ritual.
As most of you will know I have been doing the miracle morning process (keep up to date here) for 152 days as of today and to say it’s changed my life is an understatement.
The miracle morning book has inspired me into learning all sorts of new things. One of those many things is reading books. From the many books I’ve read, Think and Grow Rich and Rich Dad, Poor Dad are the most influential when it comes to looking at ways of earning money outside traditional employment and has contributed greatly to my goals to become free from traditional employment by the end of 2018.
After being so inspired by the books, I bought the official miracle morning journal to accompany my journey however on its arrival it became quickly obvious that it was more a tick box exercise of confirming you’d completed the actions of your miracle morning rather than a space to explore what you were doing, why you were doing it, what you were learning and how you were growing from the process. This is what I wanted to gain from the process so instead made a makeshift journal from a scrapbook.
Also at that time I saw a mutual friend online that created her own gratitude journal and I thought to myself “If her, then why not me?”.
A dream was born…
I started by contacting that person who had brought her own journal to market and asked her how she did it. Simple as it sounds, all too often we won’t ask for help out of our own stubbornness. I always say to the candidates that I work with, that the easiest way to find a job is to find someone doing the job they want to do and ask them how they got it. 101 networking.
I began researching the companies that I’d found; Lulu and Createspace. They’re both seemed like American companies with the latter being an extension of the Amazon brand. But looking further into it, Createspace can give you more options and a greater scope of where your publication can appear for a smaller chunk of your royalty.
I started to map out what I wanted it to look like and how I may get the best of each morning. I started to doodle with my Apple Pencil on my iPad and began to mock up what it may look like.
I had the benefit of drafting in one of my friends who is a graphic designer to help with the design process of the journal and very quickly I came up with what I wanted the concept to be. Createspace do have “professional” design services that can help you with that if you don’t know anyone that can help.
I decided on a full double page spread for every day and giving each journal a full 90days. Not only is there a space to do all of your usual miracle morning, I also expanded on what I’d used to get the best out of the process. Discovery – Resonations – Ideas – Commitments – Achievements and Celebrations. I noticed the more I did the process the more I learned about myself and wanted somewhere to put everything I was learning.
After a couple of design changes and additional pages to make it more polished and professional. I ordered some proofs to see what the finished product would look and feel like.
Now they come all the way from America so unless you pay additionally for the 72hr international priority shipping option they can take up to 1mth. So depends how quickly you want them turnaround.
Then once you are happy with the product then you can choose to publish your book. It then asks for your intentional banking number (also known as IBAN) which can be found on your bank statements and asks you were you want to sell your book and at what price. I advise to keep your interior in black and white as colour is extremely expensive and you would need to charge £30+ for you to make a profit.
You also need to decide how you want to describe your product though when doing this part there isn’t an option for spacing. It literally copies and pastes your text into a box and doesn’t space it how you did. So far I haven’t worked out how to change that.
The other thing you should be aware of is that you have no control of what pictures of the book it shows. It shows the front and back cover.
Instead I have asked those that have bought it to review it and include pictures of the inside so you can see what it looks like. As this was a mistake I made when ordering the original miracle morning journal.
So far I am yet to complete a whole month of sales so I can’t tell you much about the royalty/payment aspect of the process just yet and I hope to come back and update this post in the future and tell you more.
Until then… If I can do this, then you can too! If you’ve always wanted to bring a book to market then do it! If anyone wants more info on the process feel free to give me a shout via the contact me section or hit me up at Instagram.com/jamiecnicholas
Thanks for everyone that has invested in My Miracle Journal so far.
For those who still want to support me and invest in a copy of My Miracle Journal can do so here
It could just change your life if you let it!