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"Carve Out Your Niche" is a true pleasure to read. Follow Sprouse's Steps and Your Will Succeed!  -- Joe Sabah, author of "How to Get on Radio Talk Shows All Across America Without Leaving Your Home or Office"

Packed with specifics on not only writing a book, but also the possibility
and practicality of self-publishing and marketing what you've written.
"Carve Out Your Niche" will prove to be invaluable for anyone seeking
to successfully write, publish, and market their own work. -- Midwest Book Review

"Award-Winning Finalist in the Business: Motivational category of The USA "Best Books
2011" Awards
, sponsored by USA Book News."

From the Back Cover

Your niche is the world that you carve out for yourself. It involves finding what your passion in life is, your soul's purpose, becoming highly skilled in that area, then sharing your passion and your knowledge with others.

You can create a living by relying on your ingenuity and wit.

The Three Stages to Creating a Niche are:

1.  The inspiration. Look inside yourself to find the burning desire and strength to establish your niche, or mission in life.

2. The creation of your book.  You'll learn how to write and self-publish your book.

3. The promotion of your message. Reach out and share your book and your message through an assortment of potent techniques, including videos, radio interviews, and the internet.

Dissatisfaction with the status quo, or being laid off a job, may be an opportunity to change the direction of your life, and a chance to get on a path where you could determine your own fate.

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Planeta Books (August 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979856620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979856624
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,556,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

My most recent book is "How Abraham Lincoln Used Stories to Touch Hearts, Minds, and Funny Bones." The book is the culmination of my life long interest in the Jedi Master of storytelling, and 16th President of the United States.

My first book, based on my fixer upper and rental house business, was, "Fix em Up, Rent em Out," an award-winning finalist in the 2008 National Best Book Awards (USA Book News). This was followed by, "Turn Your Home Into a Rental House Instead of Selling It," co-authored by my wife, Angy. It was named BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR by USA Book News.

Along with Angy and sons, Jason and Bryan (affectionately known as "I want" and "buy me,"), I continue to buy houses, repair them, and rent them out. I also teache classes and seminars on "Mr. Lincoln and Storytelling" and "Real Estate Investing."

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Terry Sprouse is a wise person and he shares that wisdom with us.
D. Blankenship
I had published my first book last June and my second book was now collecting dust on my desk.
Brian V. Menard (Author)
He does a great job of breaking this complicated task into bit sized pieces.
Sharon Vornholt

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Vornholt on September 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
Terry Sprouse is both a successful real estate investor and the author of two books. He also has a great blog called "Fix em Up Rent em Out" that I have been following for some time now. So I was really excited to read his new book. What I love about him is not only that he has real world experience to pass on, but he is very good taking a difficult topic and breaking it down into easy to understand steps.

Terry has a very interesting story to tell about how he started investing in real estate, and what prompted him to take that "next step" and write his books. This book is a quick and easy read that is sprinkled with quotes. I found it both informative and entertaining at the same time.

In his newest book "Carve out Your Niche", Terry talks about creating your perfect life; one that allows you to live your passion. He also gives us a blueprint for telling "our story" or writing the book that lives inside of us. He manages to break down this subject so well that we are left feeling like we too can do it.

Terry covers important topics such as identifying your niche. He defines your niche as "the world you live in; a world that you create that is built around a profession that is spiritually satisfying to you".

He also talks about how his niche of buying fixer upper houses has created a better, more secure life for him. This book is not only for folks interested in real estate investing, but for anyone committed to creating a better life for themselves. Terry demystifies the whole process of how to write a book and get it published.

Last but not least, he breaks down all of the components of marketing your book to the masses. This information alone is worth the price of the book.
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Back in 2007 I had the experience of reading Mr. Sprouse's book,Fix 'em Up, Rent 'em Out: How to Start Your Own House Fix-up & Rental Business in Your Spare Time; or, Investing in Real Estate and Creating Wealth with Fixer-Upper Houses, which dealt with buying old houses, fixing them up and renting them out. This theme went along perfectly with what I was doing at the time (still am for that matter), although rather than renting them, I sold them. One of the remarkable things about that particular book was that Terry did not make wild promises of untold wealth or promises that you will become the next Donald Trump if only you follow his advice. No, his first book was modest, realistic and was more of a "get off your duff and start thinking and doing for yourself" type of book than anything else. I loved that book, still have it and the advice he shared is more pertinent today than it was when the book was first written.

And so it is with this latest offering from one of the most practical, mellow and laid-back author's in this genre I have ever read. Terry Sprouse is real, has his feet planted firmly in reality, and is willing to share is wisdom with all of us. More about wisdom later).

In this book, the author has turned his hand to the self publishing industry which is becoming wildly popular. As with his first work, Mr. Sprouse has kept his head out of the clouds and unlike so many books of this nature, has not promised the reader that they will become the latest Stephen King, Earnest Hemingway, or James Patterson. No, we are given a very nice little game plan to help supplement income, have some fun, explore new world and indeed, help other people.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Randall J Cramer on September 12, 2011
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Carve Out Your Niche is a fun, easy to read book based on Terry Sprouse's personnal experiences in getting your ideas down on paper, formulating your book, and publishing and marketing your own work. With intelligent quotes and a personal, humorous style Terry askes the right questions to get you to reach down deep inside and bring out those thoughts and experiences to bear that make you and your book unique. He gets you so excited that you can't wait to grab your pen and paper or to start pounding on your keyboard to get that book idea rattling around inside you head written, published, and sold. Carve Out Your Niche is not a tech manual, but a nice piece you can easily carry around and read at your leasure. It is a great book to buy to read on your next flight, or to keep handy at your desk to read and refer to time and time again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew J. on May 13, 2012
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I highly recommend "Carve Out Your Niche" for anyone who aspires to be an author. This book will not only show you how to write, publish and promote your book, but it will also inspire you to reach your dreams!

The author's suggestions on book promotion are especially useful. He discusses topics such as blogs, speeches, ezine articles, YouTube, etc., and tells you how to connect them all together in one powerful steamroller. I was especially impressed with the author's extensive, and in-depth, techniques for utilizing Amazon as a fundamental part of your strategy to sell books.

His sections on "My System: Follow the Money," and, "The Greatest Secret of Amazon: Hitch Your Wagon to a Bestselling Star," were extremely instructive. Sprouse says that we are "happy hitchhikers on the fame of other books," when we follow his far-reaching techniques. If you have a book (or are considering writing one), these are techniques that you should know!

His sections on using radio interviews and speeches were also right on the mark. That personal touch allows you to really connect to people, and the opportunities are virtually unlimited. If you are anxious about communicating in this fashion, Sprouse advises to "just focus on telling your story, that's all people really want to hear. And, work in a few jokes. People enjoy some humor with their stories, like cream with their coffee."

Perhaps the most memorable part of the book is the final chapter, which is an engaging story of how one young couple got started on their dream, or rather were forced into it, when life presented them with a seemingly insurmountable obstacle. But, the couple chose to see this potentially disastrous obstacle as an opportunity to get on a new path, a path where they could determine their own fate.

The story ties the pieces of the book together, and is an uplifting example that we would do well to follow.
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