Who am I? I am J. Bruce Jones, a 33+ year business graphic designer. I have created every kind of design project you can imagine. Designing logos, brochures, environmental wall graphics, books, newsletters, presentations, reports, and more. It has been a wonderful career helping businesses create their marketing.
I am also a product developer and have many products of my own. My biggest selling product is a collection of editable clip art maps called the World of Maps. The collection includes editable maps for business, government, and education. The editable maps sell worldwide, online, and in bundles.
Many of my products based on my books. I came to know about publishing through the books I have authored. I have created and published over 50 books. Most of which I sell on Amazon. The topics range from music theory, geography, coloring, self-publishing, and children’s books. I also have posters, t-shirts, mugs, PDF books, and video courses. Creating books was one of my earliest goals. Starting around the age of five, I knew I wanted to write and publish books.
The fascinating thing for me is that at age three, I knew six words. In elementary school, they diagnosed me with dyslexia. Throughout my primary school years, and beyond, I struggled with writing. It was almost impossible for me to put a sentence together. Everything was backward and twisted. I still cannot tell you what a noun or preposition is. Even today, if I do not get a word out on the first try, it is gone; it is not there. I was that kid in school who made models and did projects instead of writing papers. Around age 50, I pushed hard with trying to write.
Writing has always been a goal of mine. I wanted to write books since I was a little kid. I created a blog and started writing posts and forced my way along. I also learned about the power of an editor from being a graphic designer. I learned that I did not have to be perfect. I could work with an editor and get my writing fixed.
At 53, I took a product development course from the Internet marketer Jeff Walker. In this course, he had us do an exercise where we had to write out a business plan around our idea. He had us do our projects in little pieces, building it bit by bit over time. After finishing our project, something magical happened: I realized I could write. What I could not do on one day, I could do the next. Words started pouring out of my fingers. It was the craziest feeling. They wouldn’t stop.
Some switch in my head had flipped, and I could write. Not great, but some barrier had fallen. If you read any of my emails during that time, they are huge because for once I could write. I kept pushing and pushing and I loved the change. What was a very difficult task for me had switched to a very enjoyable one. Something I always want to be doing. What I also realized was that this was a muscle. I had to work it to keep it. Today, I have many writing projects going on all the time.
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Excerpt from How to Sell Your Book, How I Made $322,650 and Sold 34,605 Books on Amazon, The Inside Secrets, by J. Bruce Jones. Bruce is the author of over 50 books on music, geography, children’s, coloring, and publishing. His latest book is available at Amazon and as a Downloadable PDF with bonus videos.
Available as a Downloadable PDF with bonus videos