I've mentioned before I've worked in comic books, news, animation as both writer, illustrator, and producer/publisher.
I had seen the value of the web long before many others in my fields and made good money. I practically invented working at home doing toons.
However, the spread of Facebook offered more opportunities now that I've studied some IM tactics and the guy in the story above showed just how powerful it is.
He's a visiting professor to Rutgers University and he had problems getting his four year old daughter to go to sleep. He chatted about it on Facebook and someone told him to write a book about it.
He did. Got himself an artist, and wrote a satire childrens book called "Go The F*** To Sleep". Yes he used the "F" word.
Well as luck would have it, he or someone posted the book on their profile with thumbnails of the book where his poems trying to get his daughter to go to sleep went viral in a few days. He is now at the top of Amazon having sold over 100,000 books pre-sold! It's gotten so popular he's even signed a movie deal in association with the book. Licensed merchandise is on the way as well as other money making opportunities.
Just one post with a unique and funny product that's illustrated and dude doesn't have to work again.
I've been so busy doing grunt work with IM building up to producing my own products so I can live that "Endless Summer Vacation Auto-Pilot Life" that an opportunity like this just jumped ahead of me.
He's proven that creative products, with illustrations, marketed via social networking can lead to wealth in a short time.
Yes, I've got my art supplies at the ready because if he can do it I can do it as I'm a writer and illustrator. One of these days I'm going to have to Joint Venture with one of you know-how IMers and make a fortune at this as the industry will grow especially when e-readers support better graphics.
I'm loving this because for me the overhead would be so low, but at $14-$20 per book with no other staff to pay and selling just 5,000 books would be a windfall. Can you imagine 100,000 books at those prices?
Off to the drawing board!