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    NathanB
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    Hello Soloists

    As many of you know I run a little coupon website called Click Print Save.
    As part of a strategy I am putting into place to grow and scale quickly I have written my first book called: The 10 Step Workshop to Creating Great Deals and Effective Promotions.

    I would like members of this forum to review my new book and give me their thoughts.

    What I would like to know is.

    1. What did you think of the design?

    2. Was the book easy to read? (any mistake too?)

    3. Did the content flow well?

    4. Did you find the information useful?

    5. Now that you have read the 10 steps, do you think you could do them on your own?

    6. Would you consider paying a marketing dude to come out to your business and run through the 10 step workshop with you and help you create a “Great Deal and Effective Promotion”? – If yes, what price would you consider?

    Thanks a bunch!

    PS: Yes, there will be a Flash version online :)
    PPS: I would have put pictures of Unicorns in the book to but my team threatened to abandon me :(

    PPPS: If you did happen to like the book and find the information useful, AWESOME! – maybe you could like us on Facebook and stuff maybe.

    Okie Dokie, here’s the link: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B6qp7R7cVUf4Z3NkZmRfZFVKV00

    EDIT: Link updated.

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    OneArmedGraphics
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    Great job Nathan, very well produced and enjoyable read.

    Liked the design & layout, good graphics.
    Good content, should be quite v.useful for people that haven’t studied marketing or similar.

    FYI if reading online versus via a PDF reader, I didn’t like the elements with orange BG and white text. The body text was just too small and cramped by that orange. In Acrobat it was much better, but I still wasn’t keen on it :)

    typo pg 12 “We can also runn”.

    Haven’t got time for answering the rest, about to resume work on our deck.

    Good stuff.
    Robbie

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    daydreamer
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    Nice read Nathan.

    Maybe you could do a Flash version :)

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    NathanB
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    OneArmedGraphics, post: 121052 wrote:
    Great job Nathan, very well produced and enjoyable read.

    Liked the design & layout, good graphics.
    Good content, should be quite v.useful for people that haven’t studied marketing or similar.

    FYI if reading online versus via a PDF reader, I didn’t like the elements with orange BG and white text. The body text was just too small and cramped by that orange. In Acrobat it was much better, but I still wasn’t keen on it :)

    typo pg 12 “We can also runn”.

    Haven’t got time for answering the rest, about to resume work on our deck.

    Good stuff.
    Robbie

    Thanks OAG! :)

    Agree with you about the orange and might have to test alternatives.

    Any other takers?

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    Hi Nathan – congrats. Well done – great job.

    You might want to fix some missed typos/grammar as below.
    Cheers.

    Page 2 Content – Step Three – capitalise Know
    Page 11 last line should be Asking your customers
    Page 11 delete point after spam!
    Page 12 should be 1. Ask for referrals. (not asking)
    Page 14 – Were there (not their) common personality traits?
    Page 5 – I think you should move the page number up into the green area. :)
    Page 5 – proof read should be proofread (Paul’s paragraph)
    Page 5 – put space between over10 to over 10 years (James’ paragraph)

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    Steve_Minshall
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    Nice one Nathan let us know how well it goes and what business it generates.

    Just to prove I read it all:

    p4) last paragraph ‘use when helping’
    p13) “who is that guy” in speech bubble
    p16) “if you need” capitalise

    Very good but needs more unicorns.

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    MatthewKeath
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    Nice, well done.

    To be a grumble bum, the layout of the text makes to hard to read. You keep changing it. Stick with one. It’s layout is like a brochure when there is a lot of info in it and readability should be paramount.

    I stopped reading for that reason.

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    exstatic
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    Great initiative Nathan

    I agree with Matthew though.

    Its very very busy and potentially over styled… my eye didn’t know where to look!

    You want to make sure the content is the focus of the book not the design :) Think about flow of the book and where you want your reader to look next.

    I didn’t even read the content as I didn’t know where to start.

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    JacquiPryor
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    Hi Nathan,

    Well done – looks great, and I am already learning from it.

    I agree with previous posters about white text on orange background being a little hard to read; and some of the pages are a bit ‘busy’ – not sure the order I am supposed to read some of it in.. I have absolutely no idea how to fix it though (helpful hey?), as you are clearly wanting to provide that information and it’s totally relevant to do so..

    To answer your specific questions:

    1. What did you think of the design?
    Generally – I like it, nice and bright; good images etc. Only real suggestion is as per the comments above.

    2. Was the book easy to read? (any mistake too?)
    Yes – once I got into the flow of what should be read first and then read through the examples etc.

    Pg 9 – Should it say “Calls” to action include: (rather than Call to Action include?)

    3. Did the content flow well?
    I thought so.

    4. Did you find the information useful?
    Absolutely.

    5. Now that you have read the 10 steps, do you think you could do them on your own?

    For the most part, yes.

    6. Would you consider paying a marketing dude to come out to your business and run through the 10 step workshop with you and help you create a “Great Deal and Effective Promotion”? – If yes, what price would you consider?

    I’m not sure I would need to after reading through the ebook… I would be more inclined to seek further advice more as a way of ‘double checking’ what I have come up with myself (if that makes sense); Something like that I would be willing to probably pay an hourly/consultant type fee for an hour or two.

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