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The Book Kahuna Interview on CNTV!

Don and Derek

The Book Kahuna and his Corgi, Derek!

The Book Kahuna

Did you ever want to use your talents for something greater?

Did you ever think: What if I could start a business that would help people to create their dream books without getting fleeced?

Having worked in the publishing industry for the past 30 years and gone from assistant to manager and beyond, is it possible I might have something to offer young people in the publishing industry?

I am convinced that I have something to offer. I am convinced that there is a market for what I’m doing and that people are looking for voices to come out of the din and give them directions on the paths they are choosing.

I know there a lot of naysayers out there who look at what I’m doing as something frivolous, insignificant and lacking in any real ability for successful conclusion. To them I say, “Stand back and watch this take off!”

Anyone who wants to review my academic and work histories can do so by accessing my LinkedIn profile.

www.linkedin.com/in/donaldschmidt/

I currently have a Go-Fund-Me  campaign where you can contribute and actually receive products that I have put together. The one product is my lecture at the Denver Publishing Institute that was turned into a self-narrated video with the corresponding PowerPoint presentation, the other is the e-book that I wrote for my Master’s thesis with an added chapter on “How to load your e-book for an Amazon Kindle download”.

http://www.gofundme.com/5qk2mo

I hope you will take the time to review the attached video and see exactly what I am building and why I am building it. There have been people throughout history who have been laughed at and ridiculed (Edison, The Wright Brothers, Marconi) while building something integral and special to their particular niche in the corporate world. I know that I am on the right path because of the social media interactions and views that I am generating with my blog-posts, tweets and videos. Come along for the ride and see where this journey takes us!  If you sign up for my email list you will receive the DPI lecture as my gift to you.

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Follow me on Twitter:        @thebookkahuna

Subscribe to my YouTube Channel:     http://www.youtube.com/user/TheSkootdad

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No one said anything worth having is easy, and I am prepared to fight for every scrap that comes my way along this challenging test. I will succeed and prosper in the end!

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CrowdSourcing or CrowdFunding: Small Donations Bring Big Benefits

Don and Derek

The Book Kahuna and his Corgi, Derek!

The Book Kahuna

In the Beginning, Was the Crowd…

I’ve been thinking about doing a blogpost on Crowdsourcing for a while now, and since I have my own campaign going on at this particular point in time through GOFUNDME, there’s no better time than the present to start discussing this new and innovative technique for raising seed capital.

What is Crowdfunding or Crowdsourcing?  The basis behind Crowdfunding is to use your social media contacts to make small donations toward a larger goal.  Whenever someone started a business in the past, there was always a bank loan involved or begging for money from family members.  Although a family member may still be connected through social media outlets, Crowdfunding cuts out the banking aspect completely by building a predetermined cash goal through very small donations.  If you have 250 Facebook connections and each one contributed $5.00 for four months, the total cash value of the individual $20.00 donations would be $5000.  The Internet has become the equalizing factor in getting your word out to build a corporate structure and also have financial resilience to see your dream enterprise through the inevitable hard times.  It’s amazing to think that having a very large social media framework can be a godsend to start a business or continue to keep a business viable whenever cash flow is needed.

I Need Money to Start a Worm Farm…

When I was going through the GOFUNDME website, I found that there were many people involved in personal campaigns who had various other fundraising projects:

  1. I need to raise money for a new car.
  2. Help me pay my tuition.
  3. Help me fund my trip to Italy.
  4. I’m looking to play bass in a rock band and need to get to Vegas
  5. Help me snowboard in Aspen this winter.

For whatever reason, people have varied interests and goals and there is no judgment call as to whether someone’s goals are worthy of funding or not worthy of funding.  I looked at this backdrop and decided that my goals are worthy. My business is about helping people get their message out through book publishing or learning the way to get to the corner office and move up the ladder. Someone with 30 years experience should give the sage advice back to those who can use it and prosper from it.

Click here to donate—> http://www.gofundme.com/5qk2mo <— Click here to donate!

Shake Your MoneyMaker and Get it to Work…

I don’t know how my campaign is going to end, all I know is that I am going to attack this project in the same way that I attacked every project in my working life and that is to go for the throat and make this work.  I see this resource as a great democratizing factor in helping people get cash through nontraditional and easier accessible pathways.  This could be a way that opens up the spigot of cash that banks have been sitting on since the economic downturn began in 2008.  If businesses start to grow and expand based on capital sources that are not traditional in nature, then the banking establishment will need to wake up and see that they have been circumvented from the process of small business loans.  People who do not have the time to wait for a loan to be processed and approved can now go online and start a campaign through their social media network connections that will give a higher yield of success in a shorter amount of time with no interest payments.

Click— http://tinyurl.com/lama53t– Click

The Electronic/Digital Revolution in Book Publishing:  History, Industry Perspective (Print and E-book) and “How To” Publish Your E-book for Amazon Kindle

The Virtual Squeegee Man?

I know at this point in time, with the economic climate that we are in, that money is tight and asking for donations to fund a small business is not in the forefront of anyone’s giving this season.  No matter how my campaign turns out, I can make one guarantee: That any funds I receive are going to help me get more reference materials into the mainstream to help self publishers and independent publishers with their publishing needs.  I am all about giving back to my industry and helping other people to be successful.  I want to help young, inexperienced publishing professionals succeed and prosper.

Spend a Buck, and Launch a Dream…

I will be giving blog updates on this campaign as it progresses.  Since it has just started, there is not very much to say but I am looking for a very successful conclusion within the next few months.  It’s amazing to be blogging about something that’s new on the Internet, and be a part of it as it’s growing from infancy.  Crowdfunding could be a way to keep economic chaos from occurring and could kick-start the economy to greater productivity.  More people working is more people earning and not getting government checks.

CLICK IT!!—> http://tiny.cc/bookkahuna1<——- CLICK IT!!

Follow me on Twitter:        @thebookkahuna

Subscribe to my YouTube Channel:     http://www.youtube.com/user/TheSkootdad

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