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Becoming a virtual entrepreneur

Updated on January 11, 2017
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Nadine is from Cape Town and is both a visionary fiction author, an art therapist and a graphic designer. Loves gardening, reading & writing

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Our changing times

More and more people are entering into the virtual world of Cyberspace.

We as publishers do our best to make sure all our titles are available in the local book stores and that they all appear on the many online bookstores. Today with ebooks that in itself is a great task, to keep tracking them all. Our titles are for sale on at least 5 major online bookstores and another 6 smaller websites.
To upload a cover and a Kindle or Epub file to the many online sites also takes time. Each website has their own way and requirements.
We also own our own online bookshop and we run a blog in conjunction with our Kima Global Facebook fan pages, but my job as the art director in the publishing company has become a part time occupation. I mainly do more and more marketing instead of book cover and illustration work.
Today Authors need to do their own marketing besides their publisher’s efforts, and that can be a lot of work. I know all about it.

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Having a passive income

Ten years ago when I still gave workshops and lectured I thought that being an author of several books would give me a steady income from our website over time. I'm sure that many of the authors we have published must have thought the same as me, but today it’s getting harder and harder to achieve regular ongoing book sales.
When I joined the publishing company and learned what it takes to even keep all our titles on the local bookshelves, I knew that we would totally rely on the authors promoting themselves actively. Our authors are our business partners, but that is not how they see us.

The willingness to change

Some of our authors do worry about the isolation they experience from those who are connected to the internet, but if they themselves are not willing to change, then they will lose out. Today true writers need to take a course in social networking in order to catch up.

Business partners who do not do any work

When people go into business together they are usually aware of what each party will contribute to the business. There is a partnership agreement drawn up and each individual does his or her part in order to make the business flourish.

Most authors do not have a clue as to what we all do daily to market their book. All they care about is their own book sales, and if that is not happening they sometimes blame us. Then we suggest (reluctantly because of our investment in their book) that we remove their book from all our lists, (that in itself is a lot of work) so they can publish their own book so long as they change the title, cover and do some rewriting since we still hold the print rights, unless they buy their rights back. We have then lost a potential income stream from this title wihich we invested in, but we know that dissatisfied authors only take the joy away from our work. Thank goodness in the last 15 years we have only lost 3 titles that way. If I would not have known the inside story of a publishing house I might have reacted the same, I will never know.

Many of our authors have not been able to move into the virtual world of writers.
They refuse to sign up for the major social networks and some do genuinely have no time for marketing.
I have often mentioned Hubpages or bubblews, but only a few have investigated the two sites, and when they did sign up they tried a few posts, we never heard from them again.

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I’m still holding on to my vision

It’s my vision or more like a dream at the moment, to be able to earn a livable but passive income in the years ahead. When I say passive, what I mean is that the work I’m doing now, will start to pay its dividend in the years to come.

Like here on hubpages. I've become quite addicted to the interactions I have with fellow Hub members, and learned a great deal in the fourteen months that I've been on this forum. I'm here to stay!

Today I’m still fit, healthy and actively involved in many projects on and offline, but sometimes all I want to do is sit back, read a novel in the sun or do some gardening or take the day off and have lunch in town. I know that my slogan: What we can imagine we can make real is very true, that is why I am busy what I’m doing today. Setting up several online product stores while still working part time for Kima Global, (Robin does the rest full time)

If online shopping is getting more and more the norm, my leather work from years ago and some of my oil paintings come to good use.

Redbubbles

I heard from a Skype friend that she made money with Redbubbles. I had no idea what kind of a website that was, but when I saw that it had to do with designs, I was hooked. It took me a few hours to get the feel of the way how to produce pillows, greeting cards and other interesting items and I soon had several items for sale. Since most communities have forums or a way to look at other member’s work, I followed a few to start with because I liked their work.

How easy it is to actually earn money from the designs I have uploaded so far, that is a learning curve in itself.

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Zazzle

The same Skype friend told me that she had made a fair amount of money with Zazzle, so a few days later I investigated and again was hooked. So many more products, and on top of that I could see how I could create online shopping stores. Wow, my whole weekend was taken up with creating more products.
What dawned on me was the following: since we hold the copyright on the book covers I designed for Kima Global, why not start a Kima Global gift shop?
I could see this working, especially if the authors would be willing to promote these products because their name and book page address is added to the description of their book.

What we can imagine

Our visions should be kept in mind every day and projected out while doing creative things, or being somewhere or with someone that inspires us, like in my own case writing a page for my novel, or writing an article like this hub, or even a shorter similar version for Bubblews. These projections focused out in between our daily chores, can become really powerful.

That is the tool we humans use to create our reality.

By sharing my artwork from over the years as an earning tool and because I enjoy my creative graphic activities at this moment I stay in the NOW moment.
While learning how to apply my photos, scans of original artworks, and the graphic designs of the last few years, I'm now already thinking of a signature I need to develop for this kind of trade.

Staying in the Now Moment

These NOW moments, when they accompany the feelings of joy, create an energy frequency that some can see in a colour vibration. If these colour vibrations are held long enough, they then form an energy vortex, or an attractor field.

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Tornadoes are energy vortexes

We all know how powerful our individual attractor fields are. Our individual vortices that stream away from us bring about opportunities. Yes negative events and obstacles do happen in our between the NOW moments. Our reality is shaped by every energy vortex in the making. Depending on the severity of these manifestation stoppers, it is in these moment that our awareness levels about the thoughts and feeling that they bring out in us that has the power to influence our reality. That is why the vortex of fear has such a control over people.

I wrote a post titled Darkness and light for bubblews about what attractor fields many youngsters are expressing, and no wonder these people are so easily persuaded to give away their creative power.

Are any of my readers on these product sites I have mentioned?

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What we can make real

Today we have entered the virtual reality zone due to the many types of products that are offered, like our print-on-demand technologies for books, and many other physical goods for anyone to create and sell over the Internet, with little or no up-front costs.
TSU is the GREATEST thing to happen to social networking like you do on Facebook, but you get at least paid for it! It's made for the people that keep the network alive. This is my page and your introduction link. https://www.tsu.co/nadinemay

I will also include several great print-on-demand site links that will help you create and sell everything from T shirts to clocks, from books to skateboards, from board games to fabric

Zazzle.com - Redbubble - I googled the question and CafePress came up as being the oldest print-on-demand service online. I'm sure there are more.

Shopping in Cyberspace.

What do all these online “Make your own product” sites have in common?
They do not operate in South Africa. It seems that we don’t have companies that offer this to South Africans, so when we buy anything from these virtual shops, we need to add our shipping cost, and that is often expensive.

Now my time is running out. For now I have to take baby steps in this entire new virtual reality world I’ve entered into - becoming a virtual entrepreneur.

Thanks for reading and I hope some links were helpful.

Nadine May

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      All great thoughts, Nadine. Writers are an interesting breed, aren't they? Work so hard to produce a piece of beauty, only to drop the ball when it comes to marketing. All of your points are valid my friend.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Wow you are on the ball with your comments. I've just posted this hub. Thank you my friend.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A wonderful window into this world called marketing. Kind of exciting. You really cover this across the board. thank you.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for reading my post Eric. Yes the topic of marketing does not have to be boring.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I am not on any of the list you have mentioned. I found this hub to be most helpful and yo covered all aspects of this subject.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you DE and I'm glad that I wrote this after you and Eric found it informative to do with marketing.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Nadine, you provide valuable information in this article. I'm currently working on something myself to offset my income.

      Your designs are so beautiful and unique. I'm sure you'll do very well.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Shauna I'm so glad to have written this article, since most of you have found it informative. That was the intent. To inspire others.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a very helpful and inspirational article, Nadine. Thank you for giving me some new ideas!

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      Marie Flint 2 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

      You've put a lot of information into this hub, Nadine. I'd like to follow up on some of your recommendations, but I'm off to a ground-breaking ceremony for a new, special-needs complex.

      You are a hard worker--I just hope you are loving it all.

      Voted Useful and Interesting. ***

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      THank you for the advice and share on this new title of virtual marketing. It does all make sense to me.

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      You make some good points, Nadine. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for reading my post and your compliment. That is all I wanted to do, sharing new ideas.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      That is just it. I DO! I love working on my zazzle shop and have lots of ideas, but its also important for me to keep up the writing and the commenting that goes with it. I also have a garden to maintain so my days are never long enough.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi teacher so glad you like my post and that it makes sense for you.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for stopping by and your comment vkwok. I must now do some more writing on my next article for hubpages

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      Good hub and I just friended you on TSU.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi there I'm so glad we are linked up because I have missed you on Bubblews? The zazzle shops do keep me busy at the moment.

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      Good and I am glad that your zazzle shops are going great. See you on TSU!!!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Such a great article Nadine! I think we all want that passive income and are trying to figure out how to get there

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Well I do not yet know if I will have any sales after I have more products published. It's for me very inspiring to use my art work from over the years to a new level.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Audrey I'm glad you liked my post on my new adventure. For now I'm having fun and who knows one day it might pay off..

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I have yet to try RedBubble. This is very helpful.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Sandy let me know if you signed up for Redbubble and let me know what you think about that site.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Nadine Writers create not market..but wouldn't it be nice if they were..some have the natural ability..such as you and Billybuc and a few others to pave away for their work.. people stumble upon one.. or others are determined.. love the way you broke down this hub and made it difficulty easy to follow..Bless you

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Many thanks Frank for your reply to this article. We all have skills that come in handy in times of need. I never thought I would have to earn money from writing and now creating product shops on line, but at least I enjoy it. That is the most important.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Wisconsin

      I can relate to some of these that I am on as well. Even Redbubble.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Oh Hi there I must look you up on Redbubble. I love that site. Thanks for your comment

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      Sandy Mertens 12 months ago from Wisconsin

      I can relate to everything that you have mentioned here. For some of us to become virtual entrepreneurs, we have discovered our hidden talents.

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      Nadine May 12 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Yes we have I totally agree. I love being creative in writing ( that coming from a dyslectic) and creating images in Photo shop. I also love meeting people from all over the world.

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