About Me

Kim Hillman

Kim Hillman

The Book Project That Became A Nightmare

In the early ’90’s, I dreamed about writing a book.  In 2005, I was struggling to make that dream come true.  Frustrated by a lack of material from which I could do my research, my dream had become a long, tedious project. In short, it was a nightmare.

To compound the problem, I was a stay at home mom of three small children and thus, money was always in short supply. I remember breaking down and crying one winter because I didn’t have just $13.00 to buy my two year old daughter a warm coat.

No matter how frustrated I was with my book project, I was determined to see it through.  That book was going to be my way out of financial despair.  Or so I thought.

A Better Idea

After several months of working on my book, I came up with an idea.  Instead of writing a book, which was taking an eternity and getting me nowhere, I decided to write something smaller – a booklet.

I knew that it would cost me far less to produce a booklet and I could get it to market much faster – meaning I would profit from my efforts much sooner. What I didn’t realize, however, was just how fast everything would happen once I set things in motion and wrote that first booklet!

A 600,000 Copy Deal

One booklet quickly turned into two, and today I am the author of six booklet titles as well as the owner of a publishing  company called Up & At ‘Em Publications, through which my titles are published.

My booklets sell to a variety of markets, including both the business and medical communities.   When my third title was published, one company told me they wanted to purchase 600,000 copies to distribute across the United States inside their product packaging.   And that’s just the beginning of what’s possible in this little known publishing arena!

Now It’s Your Turn

Now, I help other authors write and produce booklets of their own.   How about you?  Are you ready to jump-start your writing career, make more money and enjoy all the success that comes with being a published author? If your answer is yes, then I encourage you to subscribe to this blog by clicking on one of the links at the top right of this page.

My hope is that with this blog you’ll see that if I can do it, so can you!

To your riches,

Kim

PS: Don’t forget to click on one of the links at the top right of this page to subscribe so you never miss a single, important post!  Remember, it only takes ONE idea to start the riches flowing to you!

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21 responses to “About Me

  1. Hi, Kim

    Your experiment is Brilliant..!!
    Thank you so much for writing this blog with your creative ideas to deal with the market.
    Way to go, Kim…Easy, Fun ways to publishing..I look forward to reading your blog more often..!
    Thank you!!
    sune

  2. Hello Kim,

    I liked your posts, there were interesting and helpful. I need your email, I have some questions to ask about booklet writing. Your help would be appreciated.

    Thank you.

  3. Kim….thanks for being so generous with your insights and info.

  4. Thanks, Katie! I’ll do my best to keep the good stuff coming! -Kim

  5. Hi Kim,

    It’s a fantastic idea to create booklets rather than full-fledged books. I have so many ideas in me but am having a hard time bringing them all together under a grand, unifying book concept. It’s much easier to create smaller booklets.

    Cheers,

    Vikram Narayan
    http://www.bookbuzzr.com
    Free, Online Book-Marketing Technology for Authors

    • It’s also much more profitable to create smaller booklets. Your book might sell for as much as twenty dollars. Your booklets might sell for five dollars each. If your book is only ten chapters in length, you would make fifty dollars from the sale of your booklet series as opposed to the twenty dollar sale of your book.

  6. Hi Kim,
    I don’t see any other way to contact you concerning a half hour consultation with you than in a comment section. Is the fee still $149 for 30 minutes. If so, I would like to set up an appointment time. I live in Atlanta, thus in the Eastern time zone.
    Liz GIbbons

  7. Hi Kim,
    Great information on your site.
    Can you give me an idea of the average size of an e-booklet in terms of words or pages and what prices they might range? Thanks so much. Christine

    • Hi Christine!

      Thanks for stopping by. I don’t know if there is an average size e-booklet since everyone who publishes one does something different according to their needs and the needs of their market. But, I’d have to say definitely no more than 50 pages and that’s really the high end. My printed booklets, which are also available as e-booklets, are only 24 pages each and that includes the cover.

      As for price, it really depends on what your market is willing to bear and how exclusive your information is. If you’re selling information that is available elsewhere and your booklet is just a convenience item, you’ll want to price it considerably less than if your information is hard to find or exclusive. From glancing at your website I’d say you’re on the right track. If your booklets are not selling, it’s probably not the price, but rather a marketing issue.

      Thanks again for checking out my blog!

      Kim

  8. Hi Kim,
    Thanks so much for your help.
    I just put the web site up this week so my next step is to work on my blogs and submit articles on similar topics. Hopefully this will work. I look forward to reading more of your posts. Keep it up!
    Christine

    • No problem, Christine. Good luck with your articles and blogs, and I promise to do my best to keep the good stuff coming! -Kim

  9. Hello Kim,

    Because of your Blog I have started to suggest to some of my clients to start writing booklets and than move towards finishing a book. Thanks for the valuable content, keep up the good work.

    • I think that’s a great Idea, Paul – especially if your clients are writing their first book. It’s easier to keep the momentum up and get that book finished when you are already successful with a smaller version. Plus, it never hurts to have money coming in while you’re working on the larger manuscript. Also, having a successful booklet let’s publishers know that you can create a salable book.

      Kim

  10. I’ve just come across your blog and have found the information on it helpful and I like the idea of writing a booklet as opposed to a book which I’ve spent forever trying finish.

    • Hi Jane!

      Welcome to the blog and the exciting and wonderful world of booklets! I know what you mean about trying to finish your book. I had the same problem. It took me ten years just to finally start writing, only to run out of material on my subject half way through! But, I finished my first booklet manuscript in just two weeks, and my third one in only three days! Booklet writing is so much faster – and that way you can start making money right away!

      And, if you still want to finish your book, you can do that too. But, in the meantime, your booklet will be putting some moolah in your bank account!

      If you haven’t done so already, be sure to subscribe to the blog by clicking on one of the links in the upper right hand corner so you get all posts! And please feel free to leave your comments anytime!

      It’s great to have you here!

      Kim

  11. Hi Kim!

    I’ve just found your blog, and spent a good deal of time going through the posts. What a wealth of excellent information you have here!

    I do have a couple of questions though that I hope you don’t mind answering.

    What method/company do you use to print the hard copies of your booklets? You don’t have to name names unless you want to, but I wonder, is this not cost prohibitive due to printing costs and the relatively speaking, lower price that you charge?

    Do you ever use PLR sources as a starting point for your content?

    Anyway, thanks for providing such a great resource, I can totally see how this could be profitable.

    • Hey Heather!

      I’m glad you found the blog and have been enjoying the posts!

      In answer to your questions – there are a variety of sources you can use for printing hard copies and costs vary greatly from one to another. Your best bet is to check with more than one company and go with the one you feel most comfortable with – which may not necessarily be the one offering you the cheapest price.

      Printing hard copies is not cost prohibitive at all because you are printing a small publication, not a full length book. Therefore, your printing costs will be much lower, allowing you to charge a lower price for your booklet.

      I do not use PLR sources for my content. Everything I write comes from me. However, I see no problem with doing so as long as you thoroughly understand your subject and you edit the information to fit your style. Once the information is in the public realm, readers will see you as an expert and if you rely too heavily on PLR content and never write your own material, you may not be able to answer your readers’ questions or provide them with more advanced content in the future.

      If you have further questions about printing and pricing, you may be interested in a new product I have coming out in the next few weeks. It will help you create a booklet of your own from the conception of your idea through the entire production process. Keep watching the blog for details!

      To your riches!

      Kim

  12. Hi Kim, I love your blog…so helpful! I realize there are a lot of benefits to writing booklets instead of books and honestly, the shorter version appeals to me because I have a shorter attention span! LOL! Anyway, I have a couple of questions. First, since it’s a booklet and not a book, do we need an ISBN number or is that just a hassle? Second, do you have experience with selling “booklets” on the Amazon Kindle platform. Seems like booklets would be great in that venue.

    Thanks!

    • Hi Mavis!

      I’m so glad you like the blog! As to your questions – regarding the ISBN, it depends on where and how you want to sell your booklet. Also, you can get an ISBN at any time, so if you find you do need one down the road it’s not too late. I have covered this at length and in detail in my product, The Ultimate Get Rich Guide To Booklet Writing And Production: How To Write And Produce A Booklet Within Two Months Or Less That Will Sell Like Crazy And Create A Rush Of Cash-flow That Floods Your Bank Account.

      As to your second question, I have not sold my booklets on the Amazon Kindle as that platform doesn’t fit with my audience, but you are right – it is a good venue for booklets. In fact, I have covered that topic here on the blog and I highly recommend giving it a try if you think your booklet would fit with that particular sales method.

      Also, should you ever require more personalized help, I am available for consulting by phone. If that interests you in the future, just let me know. I don’t advertise this on the blog much anymore as my schedule stays pretty full now.

      I wish you all the best with your booklet and I will endeavor to continue to bring you nothing but the best here on the blog!

      Kim

  13. Hey Kim,

    I’ve been sucked into your format of publishing as I’ve just sparked the idea myself in a cafe as I type. After typing ‘how to make a booklet’ in google, you rose up. I am looking to publish 46 of my poetry that I feel is worthy of public reading. Thus far I’ve brainstormed promoting, distributing, volume and target audience. I want to invest a small amount to producing the booklet, making my own stands for them and dishing them out to cafe’s, bars, shops, restaurants as well as public spaces in parks, information centres, libraries, gyms and basically anywhere that endures foot traffic.

    I want to know if there’s anything I’m missing and I’m flowing on the right track.

    Look forward to your response.

    Yours sincerely,

    Andy

    Bath, UK

    • Hi Andy.

      Welcome to the blog! It sounds like you’ve done your homework and you’re on the right track! I’m currently preparing for major surgery, but after that, when I return to the blog, I will again be doing personal consultations by phone. If that interests you at some point, let me know and I’ll give you further details.

      I will also have some new products coming out, after my recovery, which will help booklet authors to not only write their booklets and produce them, but also to market and sell them. So, stay tuned! I have many exciting things planned!

      All the best to you,

      Kim

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