Before you read the following post, take a look at the video by Gary Vaynerchuk.
If you're reading this right now, it probably means that you're a writer. As writers, we believe in our dreams to a degree that most people don't. We are willing to hide ourselves away and cobble our stories word by word. We skip out on social obligations and stay away from binge watching Game of Thrones just so we can get what's in out heads down on paper.
So what does that have to do with a millionaire spending time at a garage sale?
In about sixty to ninety days, I am going to have a complete second draft of my novel. I would love to tell you that I have an adoring fan base that have worked themselves into a lather over that last sentence I wrote. I don't. I don't have an agent. I don't have a publisher lined up. The only thing that I will have is a complete book and a dream.
My reality is that no one out there will ever care about my dream as much as I do. Those are the cold, hard facts. I am an artist and I love to create, but as I write this, I do so in complete obscurity. If my book is ever going to see the light of day, it is because I'm going to complete it and then I am going push that thing out into the universe with every ounce of my being.
Which brings me to how eBay works into the dream.
Assuming that I send out query letters to editors and I get nothing but rejection, I will need to self-publish my book. I am in the process of writing a Fantasy novel for young adults that will be over a 100,000 words long. Aside from that, I do not trust my own command of the English language. I will need to hire an editor to help me carve that thing down and get it as tightly written as it can be. Also, I need an editor to correct my grammar. The last time I checked, editors do not work out of the kindness of their own hearts. I need to have a big pile of cash to pay someone to make my book the best that it can possibly be.
So where am I getting this money from? Thanks to the advice of Gary Vee, I have recently started flipping books on eBay. Why books? First, because I know them. Second, if you're shrewd, you can pick them up on the cheap at a library, bundle them, and sell them. Third, I found that I could run this experiment with a ten dollar investment. That's two venti lattes at Starbucks.
Most libraries have a spot where they sell books the public have donated to them. The library takes the proceeds and uses it to keep itself moving forward. If you take a look at the prices at the East Anaheim Library, you can see how unbelievably cheap they are. How is the selection? It really depends on the library.
Up until a few days ago, I had never sold anything on eBay. I watched a couple how to videos on YouTube and then I made the jump.
My first couple attempts didn't go anywhere, but I consider that a part of the education of a salesperson. I have been patient with it and finally made my first sale.
I know what you're probably thinking. "You made a sale of $3.26 and you're crowing about it? Let me know when you make some real money." That's fine. I'll remind you though. I am approaching this with the same mindset that I needed to get a first draft done. I am measuring in inches. Every single day, I crawl forward just a little bit more. It's tiny growth, but it's measurable progress. Over the long haul, all of these little eBay sales will add up.
Are you still skeptical? That's fine with me. Gary Vaynerchuk thinks I'm on the right track.