Can You Become a Millionaire Bestselling Author in 3 Days?

I recently received several emails and even a postcard from a marketing guru.

He is promoting a new book publishing program where, he says, “REAL multi-millionaires show you how to become THE thought leader by sharing your wisdom and content.”

His postcard reads:

“GET PUBLISHED. GET PAID.

Fair WARNING: If your content creation, distribution, and monetization strategy sucks, you’ll be a broke, unknown expert forever. If your content strategy is smart, distinct, ubiquitous, and automated, you could be a famous millionaire who inspires the world. Your call.”

The card directs you to an on-line video sales pitch, where you see that he is offering a 3-day seminar where you will learn all you need to know to publish your book, for a cost of $10,000 dollars.

Lemme get this straight. We can learn all we need to know in just 3 days?

Take a 3 day swallow for $10,000

Where do we sign up?

Alas, this sales pitch is an un-holy marriage of fact and fantasy.

The Facts:

1.) Many people would like to write a book;

2.) There are genuine benefits from writing and publishing a book.

3.) Book promotion should be smart and ubiquitous.

The Fantasy:

1.) It’s fast. You can learn all you need to know to be a “famous” millionaire book author in 3 days;

2.) It’s expensive, but worth it. You need to pay an exorbitant sum of money to “jump start” your dream;

3.) You need “millionaire experts” to correctly publish and promote your book;

Granted, you could probably learn something from this seminar, but … 

if so-called “REAL multi-millionaires” are running the seminar, it’s probably going to involve you handing over your wallet to them so that they can do things for you that you could do for yourself. They’ll also be happy to tie your shoe laces for you and cut your meat up into smaller  pieces so it’s easier to chew, but is that really necessary?

This runs counter to what life teaches us about “self-reliance”

Muhahahaha!

Emerson said, “the essence of genius, of virtue, and of life is available to us through our intuition.” If we determine that our intuition is guiding us to write a book, nothing can stop us. We will learn as we advance in the direction of our dreams.

A better approach – carve out your niche

Self publishing only takes time to learn to learn the steps. Once you know them, you can publish books till the cows come home.

The same is true for book promotion.  Some of the most powerful ways to promote your book are accessible to anyone, and they are inexpensive. These include:

1.)  Blogging;

2.) YouTube;

3.) Amazon promotional tools;

4.) Radio & TV interviews;

5.) Public speaking;

and, many more.

Leap, and the net will appear

I say, instead of sending blank checks to needy multi-millionaires to get your book published, rely on your own inner compass and ingenuity to lead the way. You can do it yourself, and maybe even become more self-reliant and famous-ish in the process.

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25 Responses to “Can You Become a Millionaire Bestselling Author in 3 Days?”

  1. Grat article Terry. Isn’t it just amazing that people can actually sell that stuff?
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  2. Pauline says:

    If someone is buying, someone has to be selling… Thanks for the mention Terry!
    Pauline recently posted..How to save money on currency exchangeMy Profile

  3. Great post. These types of “sales” pitches just usually make me shake my head. Thanks so much for the mention!
    John S @ Frugal Rules recently posted..Blogging Tips From a BeginnerMy Profile

  4. Thanks for the link, Terry! While we weren’t in danger of handing $10K over to someone, it’s also good to hear from someone who has published a couple of books that it’s not necessary =)
    Mrs. Pop @ Planting Our Pennies recently posted..How Do You Go From Minimum Wage to $80K In A Year? Part 1My Profile

    • Terry says:

      Mrs. Pop,

      It’s comforting to hear that you were not swayed by that tempting offer to become a millionaire in 3 days, and thanks for the vote of confidence in my perspective on book publishing.

  5. These “get rich fast” guys should really say Make me a millionaire in 3 days, because odds are the only person making money off of his pitch is him.
    It’s sad that people fall for these hard pitches because they don’t want to work for it. I think it’s much more satisfying when you work really hard at something and it ends up paying off rather than taking the easy way out.
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    • Terry says:

      Justin,

      Well said. There are not really very many shortcuts to success.

      Like the old saying, “success” comes before “work” only in the dictionary.

  6. Untemplater says:

    Thanks for the mention. I can’t believe that guy was charging 10k. There are too many scams out there. I almost fell for a tax filing scam once that was from a company sending forms in the mail that looked way too similar to California’s. Thank goodness I read the fine print before pulling out my check book.
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    • Terry says:

      That’s a good example.

      I think that’s why these ads are successful.There is that thrilling moment why you think “maybe these promises are true and there really is a shortcut to success.” But then, your rational mind will pipe up and tell you that based on your lessons in the school of hard knocks, this is probably too good to be true. It insists that you keep both hands firmly rapped around your wallet.

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  15. 10K?!?!?

    That’s insane. I wonder who would pay that much to attend this seminar =)
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      Holly,

      It makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

      Maybe Ambrose Bierce was right when he said “All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher.”

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