#271: How Aaron Kerr made his first dollar with Public Domain books

June 11, 2014 | 4 comments. | Comment on this post

aaronHow did Aaron Kerr make the first dollar (and quick thousands!) with his business idea? Get the behind the scenes scoop and nitty-gritty details that make Aaron’s extraordinary journey…very ordinary.

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Aaron is the founder and publisher of Timeless Reads, specializing in publishing outstanding public domain books. Timeless Reads had over $100,000 in sales in its first year as a one-man publishing shop. Three of Aaron’s releases hit the top 100 bestseller list on Amazon, including one that became the #1 bestselling book for Kindle.


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Before Free Agency

  • Aaron was working full time in IT, and still is, even though he grossed $100,000 his first year in this ‘side business’.

 

 Spark – What started the idea for free agency?

  • “I’ve always had the itch,” said Aaron. “I’ve always had something going on the side. My job’s OK, but I want to be challenged.”

 

Why…are you doing this? What’s the motive?

  • To be challenged. To do something himself, from birth to existence.

 

What…gave him the biz idea?

  • He heard of others publishing Public Domain books (before 1922), and realized the Anne of Green Gables series his wife was reading to their kids was available and not done well.

 

HOW DID HE MAKE THE FIRST DOLLAR?!

  • Posted it on Amazon kindle and sales came right away…at $.99. In about 30 days he hit 7,300 sales in a single day!

 

TR-boxToday, what’s the status of the business?

  • After grossing $100k in the first 12 months, he’s has his two best months recently and business continues to grow.

 

Resistance…to the free agent pursuit

  • Time. The busyness of family and a full time job. “I’m getting rid of some other endeavors to save time, says Aaron. “Some criticism to what I was doing was also more disconcerting than it should have been.”

 

Inspiration…what has been a primary motive for this pursuit?

  • “The challenge of it has been most inspiring,” shares Aaron. “But I dream of taking a year off of…everything. And this could help.”

 

Reward…what’s been the best reward so far?

  • Aaron says, “I thought money would be the big deal. It’s helpful and will enable some things, but hasn’t made me any happier. The fulfillment of success is more rewarding.”

 

Next?

  • Automate and outsource and add more titles.

 

An Encouraging Word

  • “There are huge opportunities out there. The Amazon and Kindle marketplace is staggering. Try things. Have a level of play in whatever you do.” – Aaron Kerr on free agency

 

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  • http://www.theSneezingChristmasTree.com Aaron Kerr

    Kevin, thanks for helping me share my story. The last year and four months has been a wild ride, and I’m glad to be able to share some of the lessons I’ve learned in hopes that it will inspire someone else.

    • http://www.freeagentacademy.com Kevin Miller

      Oh man, my honor…thanks for being real with us!

  • unicyclemichael

    Thanks Aaron and Kevin – I was really looking forward to hearing this one and you did not disappoint. You have indeed inspired someone else.

    • http://www.freeagentacademy.com Kevin Miller

      Great to hear from you Michael. And there you go Aaron…