Updated: June 21, 2017 If your reading this right now you probably pretty skeptical about if you can really make money with Kindle Publishing. If you are like me you were probably binge watching Youtube on how to make money online and you came across a boisterous, over the top guy named Luca De Stefani telling you how easy it is to make money on Kindle and that you are missing out.
My Self Publishing Revolution Review – Does it Match the Hype?
The short answer is – Yes you can make a good amount of money with Kindle Publishing. Here is a video earning report I made back in October 2016:
Yes, this video is from last year but I will share my most updated dashboard a little later…
Good and Bad – This is my 100% honest review
I am going to share my real thoughts and feelings about Self-Publishing Revolution (SPR), and with Kindle Publishing in general. These are thought I previously only shared with my close friends – so stay tuned!
What Is Luca De Stefani’s Course All About?
The basic premise of this course is to start an online e-book business using the Amazon Kindle platform. To scale up quickly, you will learn different ways to outsource the most difficult parts of publishing books.
If you have dabbled with K Money Mastery (KMM) this all this probably sounds familiar. Self-Publishing Revolution is basically an offshoot of the K Money Mastery course, but one that far surpasses it in terms of strategy and technique.
SPR shows people how to start their own self-publishing business primarily using the Amazon Kindle platform. Luca also, extends his strategies to physical books using Createspace and audiobooks using ACX. As many successful publishers know, only a small part of their income will come from Kindle itself compared to physical and audio books.
How Much Does It Cost?
SPR comes in two versions. The first is the life-time version which has a one-time fee of $399 with no upsells and lifetime access to the Facebook mastermind group. You can access the lifetime version here: http://www.thelazyplumber.com/SelfPublishingRevolution
If $399 sounds like a lot, there is a monthly option that is $67/month. The only issue with this option is that if you join for a month and then cancel your membership, you will lose access to the Facebook group which is an invaluable tool for beginners. You can access the monthly version here: http://www.thelazyplumber.com/SelfPublishingRevolutionMonthly
K Money Mastery 2.0 Vs Self-Publishing Revolution
I first started my publishing business with KMM 2.0. It was a good course, and I learned a lot from it. But I felt like the really powerful nuggets of information was hidden behind upsells and coaching. Then again the base price was only $67 so it had a lot of value for the sticker price.
SPR on the other hand, gives you everything you need to know upfront without any need for coaching or upsells. Then again the price of the course is much higher – $399 or $67/month – so you would expect to have much more valuable information.
Before I bought Luca’s De Stefani’s course I was publishing for about 3 months and it felt like I was blind. Releasing a bunch of books just to see what would stick. There was no real strategy behind what I was doing at the time and it was very time-consuming
After going through the course I literally felt like the wool was lifted off my eyes and I could see clearly. Literally, my income doubled each month for the next 3 months:
Although I believe that SPR is the superior course, I do think people will find value with KMM 2.0 because it really breaks everything down in an easy to understand step-by-step format. I think learning this way helped me appreciate what I learned in Self-publishing revolution even more.
If you haven’t published before and start with Luca’s course, it is kind of like learning how to drive in a Ferrari.
SPR has over 30 video lessons with about 6 hours of content. Each video builds on the previous one so you have to start at the beginning and not skip anything. The good thing about the way it is presented is that there is really no fluff, everything that is mentioned in the videos you need to know.
So you can get through the entire course in about a day and get started right away.
There is also an active Facebook group you get access to where other self authors ask questions and swap ideas – this is actually one of the best things about the course.
What You’ll Learn
Luca De Stefani teaches the basics such as where to outsource to get your book made all the way to the complex such as how to get your book to rank on Amazon’s search engine, but here are the main topics:
- How To Find A Profitable Keyword
- How to Chose A Cover
- Where To Find VAs
- How To Get Reviews and How Many You Need
- Book Launching Strategy
- How To Use Createspace
- Optimal Createspace Pricing Strategy
- How To Use ACX
- How To Scale Up Fast
- Profitable Keyword Criteria
- Assessing The Competition
- Organic Review Strategy (new)
SPR shows you how to turn one product (E-Book) into multiple streams of income by turning it into a paperback using Createspace and an audio book using ACX.
One of the most powerful lessons Luca De Stefani gives are on how to find a profitable niche, he gives clear criteria you need to look for to tell whether a niche is profitable or if it is too competitive to launch a book in. This alone will save you countless hours and heartbreaks.
The other eye-opening lesson is the book launching process. It gives you the exact formula you need in order to get your book to rank high in the Amazon search algorithm. Knowing these two things is where the course really drops some deep knowledge on you and it is something that is rare to find in an internet marketing product.
Self-Publishing Revolution also gives you a pricing strategy for selling your books. Apparently, Luca has done a lot of A/B split testing to figure this out, and I have to say – it works:
The single biggest issue with SPR is that it relies on a blackhat method to gather reviews, which is review swapping.
This is where you pay a VA a certain amount of money to go out and get you fake reviews. This is done to provide social proof to your books and to trick the amazon algorithm into thinking your book is popular.
To follow this course exactly, you need to be ok with doing this and it’s something that some people might struggle with. But this is the same thing big publishers do when they release their books for free to people in exchange for reviews.
Review swapping has not gone unnoticed by Amazon. Back in March they launched an aggressive attack on fake reviews and many reviews were taken down and publishers were hit with a notice about manipulating reviews.
This affected many publishers and caused many to question the whole business model and re-think a more sustainable approach to Kindle…
Organic Reviews – The Answer?
In response to the massive loss of reviews and a decline in author’s fortune, Luca came out with a new method to gain reviews naturally using Facebook ads and an e-mail list.
Of course, this requires much more time and effort but it appears to be a much more sustainable way to be a successful self-publisher long term. I believe that part of the solution is that publishers need to make better quality books so that more people are likely to leave a positive review of their books instead of negative ones.
June 21, 2017 Update: The methods described in this section of the course are very general and lack actionable steps. To get a complete guide on how to generate organic reviews using an E-mail list I recommend checking out my review of Publishing E-Mail Success.
SPR was the first course that really worked for me. It made me believe it was possible to make money online passively. It really gives you everything you need to make real money and the course creator constantly interacts with members of the Facebook group and updates the course whenever any big changes happen.
It really gives you everything you need to make real money and the course creator constantly interacts with members of the Facebook group and updates the course whenever any big changes happen.
But to be successful you must be comfortable with using blackhat techniques which are why I can’t give this course a perfect score.
I personally believe that Amazon Kindle is undergoing a great change and with that comes both risk and opportunity. If you are thinking of getting into publishing on Kindle then there truly isn’t another course out there that will teach you everything you know like SPR.
If you are thinking of getting into publishing on Kindle then there truly isn’t another course out there that will teach you everything you need to know like Self Publishing Revolution
That is why overall I give SPR 4.5/5.
To learn more visit http://www.thelazyplumber.com/SelfPublishingRevolution for lifetime access or http://www.thelazyplumber.com/SelfPublishingRevolutionMonthly for monthly access.
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