Mandala Happiness Coloring Books Now Available on Amazon.Com

Release Your Stress with the New Mandala Happiness
Adult Coloring Book Series by J. Bruce Jones

Mandala Happiness 1, 2 and 3, Mandala Coloring Books
Mandala Happiness is a new series of adult coloring books designed by J. Bruce Jones releasing June 2015. The books contain over 40 mandalas each for adults and grown ups to color. Perfect for inspiring creativity, reducing stress and coloring fun.

(Boston, Massachusetts, June 10, 2015) J. Bruce Jones and Bruce Jones Design Inc., announces the release of Mandala Happiness 1, 2 and 3 Celtic Designs, adult coloring books focusing on mandalas and their spiritual nature.

Coloring mandalas has been know to help reduce stress, inspire creativity and bring an inner calm. Mandalas have been used for ages as a way to connect with the spiritual world and with your inner self. Mandala coloring pages can bring out your spiritual side, establish a sacred space, and aid in meditation and relaxation. The Mandala Happiness color books are created by J. Bruce Jones and are designed for grown ups and adults of all ages. Each Mandala Happiness coloring book for adults contain over 40 outlined mandalas to draw, color and bond with. Each mandala is printed on the front of the page with a blank page behind so they are perfect for colored pens and markers, avoiding page bleed.

Mandala Happiness books are 8.5″ x 11, Black & White on White paper, paperback. Each book features over 40 mandalas. The Mandala Happiness coloring books are available at Amazon.com and MandalaHappiness.com. Price is $9.95

About Mandala Happiness the Series
Mandala Happiness is a new series of adult coloring books by J. Bruce Jones featuring mandalas and decorative designs. Releasing in June are Mandala Happiness 1, Mandala Happiness 2 and Mandala Happiness 3 with Celtic designs.

 

About J. Bruce Jones

  1. Bruce Jones is the author and creator of numerous coloring books for kids and students. His books focus on geography, cats and dogs, and alphabets. Bruce has been a graphic designer for the past 30 years and practices Tai Chi. Bruce has created over 30 books over the past 8 years..

The Gumroad 30 Day Challenge – Resources

Gumroad.com is running a cool 30 day exercise for building an online business using their service. Gumroad is a platform that you can use for hosting your digital products. They take care of all the back end, the e-commerce stuff and the downloading. We just make and sell stuff they do the rest. The challenge is giving us lots of tools to help with that. I am a big fan of Gumroad and have a number of products there. There is also a matching Facebook group that looks excellent. They are also releasing a new feature for collecting followers called Audience

You can follow me on Gumroad at https://gumroad.com/bjdesign/follow

The Thirty Day Challenge, the calendar

Day 1. Start Creating
Article by Sahil Lavingia the founder of Gumroad.

Day 2. Getting to Know Your Audience and Finding Your Niche
Tools for Getting to Know Your Audience (Part 1)
Google Keyword Tool
Google Trends
Google Alerts

Picking the Right Niche
Big Fish in a Small Pond

Day 3. Building Your Landing Page
Landing Page Tips

A good example of how to set up different product packages by Caleb Wojcik DYI Video Guy
http://www.calebwojcik.com/diyvideoguide/#packages

Day 4. Audience Tool
Building a tool to gather followers

Day 5. Building an Audience
Making the Lead Generator

Day 6, Auto Responders for your List
Automatic Updates

Scheduled email

Day 7 Free Give A Ways to Build Sales, This is a good one, come back to it, make some samples
Use sample to build an audience

IDEA: Build out a sample pack form the individual pdf map collections that people can download for free and it also gets gets sent out to anyone who buys a pdf collection. Link all the collections together, also offer a discount for the other pdf packs. Include a pdf with images of all the other collections, put live links in the email to each one.

Day 8, Connect with your email
Put a link from your email signature to your business landing page
Naming your product

Day 9, Building Your Content
10 Steps of Content Marketing Checklist

Day 10 Content
Pick one form of content to produce, master 1 and then add

Day 11, Do Something Small Every Day
http://austinkleon.com/2013/12/29/something-small-every-day/

Day 12 YouTube Annotations,
Every piece of content leads back to your website or Gumroad but somewhere where people can connect with your or buy your stuff. Click for Article on Gumroad on linking

Day 13 Using high quality content to build a following
Interview with Pat Flynn on building content.

Day 14 Sending Updates to Your Customers
The Update page, send an update

Day 15, Writing email subject lines
Email subject lines

Day 16, More social media connections
Find audiences on Reddit, Dribble, Facebook Groups, and Hacker News

Day 17 Knowing Your Audience
Part 2, Tools for Knowing Your Audience, using Facebook, Twitter, Buzzsumo

Day 18 Using Twitter and photos
Twitter and using images

Canva

Free photos at Death to the Stock Photo

Day 19, Twitter, Instgram and YouTube, lots to learn here

Twitter article

Instagram article

YouTube article

Day 20 Be part of the discussion
Google Alerts, Buffer news and articles

Buzzsumo, great ways to find influencers

Day 21, Look for opportunities where you can guest blog to a similar audience

Day 22, Reach out to these Bloggers and offer some guest blogs on their topics

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Make a Book Your Business Calling Card

make a book your business calling cardBooks are powerful tools for spreading your message. Why not make a book your business calling card, here are the 10 steps to making this happen. Create a book about the lessons you have learned in your career. Your book can be a great leave behind or an introduction to what you do and who your are. Simple to make, easy to produce. Here are the steps.

1. Write down the 10 best tips on your business, or your expertise or what you consult on. Keep these to one or two sentences each.

2. Write out one paragraph for each tip, just one paragraph.

3. For each tip expand that 1 paragraph to 3-4 paragraphs, flush out the concept.

4. Add an author bio along with a photo and contact info at the back of the book.

5. Add a resource list at the back of the book, an intro for the front, a table of contents and any additional info that might apply to your book. If you offer programs or consulting, drop that in also, give readers a call to action. We are talking 28-36 pages when done. This isn’t a manifesto.

6. Format your book in MS Word or some similar word processing application such as Google Doc, Pages, or Scrivner. If you are going to print, create a document that is the page size of your book in a page layout program. 51/2 x 81/2 is a great size and is easy to get printed at a quickie print shop for those first copies.

7. Create a separate file for the cover, for Kindle, front cover only and save it as a jpg. For a printed book, set up a full cover spread, back, spine and front, save as a high-res pdf. Both Kindle and CreateSpace/Amazon have online tools you can use to make a cover.

8. If sending your book to Kindle then save it as an html file for the web. If you are going to print, export or save as a pdf file.

9. Upload your book files to Kindle, or CreateSpace.com, CreateSpace is the print-on-demand, self-publishing side of Amazon.com, or take the two pdf files to a local quick print shop. On-line, add descriptions, author bio, categories and keywords.

10. Market your book though the popular social media channels; FaceBook, Linkedin, Twitter, Pinterest, your website, YouTube; these lessons make great videos. Always carry several with you to give away, people love getting a book, they don’t throw them away.

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Shaping Your Life, Setting Goals and Getting a Ferrari

Bruce sitting in a Ferrari putting a real car to his goals

Bruce sitting in his fantasy Ferrari putting a real car to his goals

At the recent Make Market Launch It conference in San Diego I connected with some people that had a tremendous effect on me and really altered my direction in life. Through a casual introduction I met three Australians, Amanda Jane Parish, Kate Murfet and Grahame Reeese. All three came together and were here to learn about making products. The Make Market Launch It program is about making products. During the weekend long event we all became fast friends and resulted in producing and launching, “Ten Tips to Change Your World” a Kindle book by Amanda and getting it to #15 in Motivation on Amazon. It was quite an accomplishment. There was a tremendous amount of positive energy flowing, which has continued well past the conference.

One of the benefits of all this energy is that it has given me some great insights into what directions I want to take with my business over the next couple of years. In the course of all the learning Grahame told me a story about positive thinking and setting goals. He told a story about how if you choose say to buy a Ferrari, the world starts to realign itself so that you get the Ferrari. Somewhere out in the world the doors start coming together, the wheels start moving towards the axels. Different parts of the universe start lining up so that at some point you can get the Ferrari.

You then think, oh can’t afford the Ferrari and almost instantly the Ferrari disappears from your grasp. A very simple story that has powerful implications for your life. After Grahame told me the story I started to think about it and realized that you could think your way to the Ferrari. I found that I now am vetting decisions in my life against getting the Ferrari. If I choose this way I get closer to the Ferrari and if I choose that way I move away from the Ferrari. Even simple decisions are now being run by the Ferrari goal. It is quite amazing.

I was telling Amanda about this and how powerful it has become to me, and what I choose to do. She suggested that I go and take a test drive in a Ferrari. Funny thing, there is a Ferrari dealership about a mile from my office. So on Monday while out driving I decided to stop by the dealership and ask them if I could at least sit in one their cars and have my picture taken. I told my story to the salesman of how I am expanding my business and using this story to help me focus. He said, “sure I can help you reach your goals.” So off we went, down a line of amazing Ferrari and stopped at a beautiful red convertible car. I think it was a California Ferrari, but not sure. I got in and the salesman took a couple of pictures. What a car, all that leather and the red. It was just so cool, a big thank you to Ferrari of New England in Norwood, MA for letting me do this. Before all these events of the past several weeks I couldn’t image myself walking into a high-end car dealer and asking them if I could sit in their cars, but now, yes.

And who knows with such a positive reception at the dealership and getting my business to grow I just might be back.

Bruce sitting in a beautiful red Ferrari convertible

Bruce sitting in a beautiful red Ferrari convertible. It was a pretty cool thing to do and the salesman was very accommodating.

Blogging Ideas, Week 8: Where is Your Business Located?

Week 8 Business Location

Where is your business located?

Today I want you to write about where your business is located. Are you a local business, national or do you do business globally. Even small businesses can be global, maybe you use Skype to connect with clients in other countries. Tell us how far you spread. My own World of Maps editable clip art for PowerPoint sells all over the planet from one location.

My new book 52 Blog Ideas for Business, A New Question Every Week to Kick Start our Business Blogging is just about ready for release on Amazon. The files are loaded up, just waiting for the processing. For a limited time you can download a free pdf copy of the book. Click here to download a copy

Book Review: The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton M. Christensen

The Innovator’s Dilemma, by Clayton M. Christensen
I just finished a fabulous book called The Innovator’s Dilemma, The Revolutionary Book that Will Change the Way You Do Business about how established companies try to and often fail to deal with new and innovative products and ideas. Calling these new ideas “disruptive technology” he explains how these ideas and products often push aside and often crush the existing companies.

The Innovators Dilemma by Clayton Christensen

The Innovators Dilemma by Clayton Christensen

A disruptive innovation is a term often used in business or technology that describes innovations that improves existing products in ways that are unexpected. He describes how successful companies are successful because of the relationships that they have in house with their managers and employees and with their customers. Companies and their customers are unable to deal with the new ideas because they are so ingrained with the existing ones.

The new ideas and products are usually simpler, have less features, much lower profit margins and usually need a very different customer base to be successful. Christensen takes us through the entire process with many suggestions and insights. This book gives you a lot to think about.

I found this book very interesting and relatable to the changes I am currently experiencing in the print side of graphic design as the world shifts from paper to the web. Christensen who is a professor at Harvard and a businessman, walks us through the process of a disruptive innovation using actual case studies. This book was originally published in 1997 so the examples are a little dated but the theory and conclusions are dead on. The book focuses on disc drive technology, hydraulic excavators and backhoes, and the mini steel mill industries. Writing about the failure of many businesses that focus heavily on their existing customers while ignoring what is coming up behind them. But one of the points brought out in this book is that it isn’t always their fault that they don’t see it. It is more the way businesses are structured internally and with their customers.

Christensen does write about companies that do successfully handle the transition from one technology to the next but they usually do it by setting up an independent business group away from the major company. Basically a group that isn’t tied to the same profit margins, customers and goals of the existing business. A start-up that was able to develop and grow the new ideas on their own terms.

I really enjoyed this book a lot and it has give me much to think about. I recommend it.
To read more about disruptive innovation check out this excellent article on Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disruptive_innovation

The book is available on Amazon.com (affiliate link)
The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business

Learning How to Make a Web TV Show with Andrew Lock and HelpMyBusiness.com

Just back from Sandy, Utah and the WebTV Wealth 2 day workshop with Andrew Lock and Help My Business.com. Andrew is the creator of a very popular web and iTunes based TV show, Help My Business Sucks. Which is on practical marketing, small business, and lessons from well know brands.

This is the future of television, it is moving to the web, YouTube, on Blogs, all kinds of places. Remember everything you do on-line is global so the world is open to your message. I have been working on my own web based TV show for a couple of months, testing different ideas and learning the ins and outs and what takes to produce it. My goal with going to the workshop was to ask questions, learn about how to do it better and how you can make money from it. It takes a bit of work but it is very possible. One of the things I learned is to focus on a narrower topic. I was doing a show based around my graphic design experiences, but I think what I will do is focus down on making and selling books. I can also bring in my years of design experience and keep it all under one roof. We had about 17 people there and it was a great two day workshop. Andrew is an excellent teacher.

Andrew Lock and the Help My Business Sucks Web TV show

Andrew Lock and the Help My Business Sucks Web TV show

Bruce on the set of Help My Business Sucks

Bruce on the set of Help My Business Sucks

Andrew does a great job with his show and has been at it a pretty long time with a lot of success. You can see more of what he does at HelpMyBusiness.com where as he says Get More Done & Have More Fun.

Simple Techniques to be Found Online Using Social Media and the Web

The Bottom Line in 3 Steps to Stand Out Online

First: Cultivating visibility on line is a process of putting yourself and your content out on a variety of platforms with a variety of active and passive techniques that get you in front of the people and organizations that need to know about you. The content must be original. It must matter to your readers, with all the i’s dotted and the t’s crossed and it must be accessible to the search engines with clear links back to you, your business or organization.

To be successful, this process takes constant and consistent effort across many different platforms over a long period of time. You must also be able to measure the content and know where you are starting from, what is happening and then adjust, and do again.

Second: It is essential to build market leadership and connections to the leaders and organizations in your market. The goal is to go from following the market to leading the market and becoming an authority in it.

Third: One of the results of the first two stages is that you develop exposure, products and services that you can promote and sell in your market.

We live in an amazing time; For almost no cost at all, we can spread our message around the globe.  Everyone, from the biggest companies to the smallest one man businesses, gets access to the same pieces of real estate, the same basic web page, video sites or social media platforms to send out their messages. What we do with it is up to us and how hard and smart we want to work, but we all can do it.

An excerpt from our newest book, How To Stand Out Online, available at Amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/How-Stand-Out-Online-Techniques/

New Book from Bruce Jones, How to Stand Out on Line

I am proud to release my newest book, How to Stand Out Online, Simple Techniques to Be Found Online Using Social Media and the Web.

Cultivating visibility online is a process of putting yourself and your content out on a variety of platforms with a variety of active and passive techniques that get you in front of the people and organizations that need to know about you.  The content needs to be original, matter to your readers, accessible to the search engines and connected with clear links back to your home site. In this short read, How to Stand Out Online takes you through this process from the Keys to Being Found Online, Your Web Home and the Active and Passive Sites one needs to have to be successful.

My book is broken down into three parts, in part two I cover how to build market leadership and connections to the leaders and organizations in your market. The goal is to go from following the market to leading the market and becoming an authority in it.

Part three gives you a brief overview of how we can use this platform to not only promote ourselves but also allow us to develop, market and sell products online.

This book developed out of my consulting on social media with my design clients and as the social media consultant to Bill Gentile’s Backpack Journalism Workshops.

Available in paper back at Amazon.com and shortly on Kindle.

How to Stand Out Online: Simple Techniques to be Found Online Using Social Media and the Web