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Dan S. Kennedy made a fortune in direct-mail marketing by doing exactly what he wasn't supposed to. A leading producer of infomercials and video brochures, he is also the author of How to Make Millions With Your Ideas (Plume). He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; 1st Printing Stated edition (January 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452273161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452273160
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan S. Kennedy is the provocative, truth-telling author of seven popular No B.S. books, thirteen business books total; a serial, successful, multi-millionaire entrepreneur; trusted marketing advisor, consultant and coach to hundreds of private entrepreneurial clients running businesses from $1-million to $1-billion in size; and he influences well over 1-million independent business owners annually through his newsletters, tele-coaching programs, local Chapters and Kennedy Study Groups meeting in over 100 cities, and a network of top niched consultants in nearly 150 different business and industry categories and professions.

As a speaker Dan has repeatedly appeared with four former U.S. Presidents; business celebrities like Donald Trump and Gene Simmons (KISS, Family Jewels on A&E); legendary entrepreneurs including Jim McCann (1-800-Flowers), Debbi Fields (Mrs. Fields Cookies), and Nido Qubein (Great Harvest Bread Co.); famous business speakers including Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy, Jim Rohn, Tom Hopkins, and Tony Robbins and countless sports and Hollywood celebrities. Dan has addressed audiences as large as 35,000....for more than ten consecutive years, he averaged speaking to more than 250,000 people per year.

Dan lives in Ohio and in northern Virginia, with his wife, Carla, and their Million Dollar Dog. He owns, races and drives professionally in about 100 harness races a year at Northfield Park near Cleveland, Ohio, accessible at and frequently televised on the TVG cable network.

For more information check out my blog at

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102 of 110 people found the following review helpful By James D. Nichol VINE VOICE on October 30, 2007
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Dan Kennedy wrote this book to be helpful and is genuinly insightful for the reader. "How to Make Millions with Your Ideas" is dated material, but helpful and inspiring. Dan is candid and has a ton of practical knowledge to offer in this book. I can recommend this book because it delivers what is says it will; 8 different approaches to making your ideas work and make money. More recently his books are the longest sales letters ever written, all designed to get you to buy more of the same material from him.

However, be warned he hates the internet and would like to ignore it. He wrote this in 1996 and the web was really forcing these old school guys to deal with it. So if you were looking for help with anything "e" related, like I was, this is not the book for you.

Ironically, the two companies I found relevant to my marketing have been indited or convicted and are now out of business. I thought I would learn more about these companies after reading about them in this book. So I Googled them and found court cases and a bunch of nastiness. Interesting! Again, the book was written in 1996 and I read it in Mid-September 2007, anything can happen. Right?

If you are looking for a book that is truly helpful with "e" marketing or is at least current STAY AWAY from "The Official Get Rich Guide to Information Marketing" I finished it a few days ago and was very disappointed; it kept referencing me to their website for the information I really bought the book for. If you really want to learn how to be a Junk-Mail Jockey or a Spammer skip buying that book and go directly to the Kennedy-Glazer web site and be prepared to spend BIG BUCKS for the real information.
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62 of 68 people found the following review helpful By John Chancellor TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 5, 2006
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This book is very typical Dan Kennedy. That is to say it is based on years of experience and he tells it like it is. He does not give theory but gives specific examples of what works and what does not work.

There are some very basic truth - gems in fact - hidden in the book. You might miss them if you haven't been there and experienced the same situation yourself. One of the very basic truths is, "Wealth is most often linked with exclusive ownership or control." You may make a fortune with someone's idea or product, but you stand a much better chance with your own. Another basic truth is if you can find a product that gives people more time, that is if your product or service saves the customer/client time, then you can make a fortune.

Dan gives great advise - don't concentrate on making money, instead concentrate on delivering a better product or service. You will never get rich competing on price ... so go for quality.

Dan made and is still making a fortune from coaching and direct marketing. He started with little or nothing and learned the hard way, through experience. You would do well to read the book for all the lessons. You will be learning from a master.
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64 of 71 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4, 2001
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As someone who doesn't live in the US, I am continually amazed by Americans who complain about lack of opportunity to make money. Nowhere else in the world has the money making opportunities of the US, NOWHERE! And I've lived in many countries and visited a lot more to boot.
This book is really about taking your ideas for products and services and revving them up with excellent ways to market and sell them. It's also chock full of excellent examples of people who have done just that. Real people that is, with REAL obstacles and sometimes almost no money, who got off there derriere and did it.
I found myself thinking lots of ideas for when I get back home. Admittedly I lot of ideas simply don't translate to my home country, but the really great thing about the book is it's attitude. Everywhere in the world, even in communist countries, people go out each day and make and spend money. Getting a slice of that money is what this book is really about.
Where-ever you are in the business world, whether you are an employee looking for something better, or a business owner looking to give your incoming wealth a mega-vitamin booster... GET THIS BOOK!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Ron on March 22, 2005
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As a psychologist and writer, I never studied marketing much in my younger days, much to my chagrin ! I was too busy seeing patients, working horrendous hours and writing books and articles. However, the books I wrote never went as far as they could have, because I didn't know about guys like Dan Kennedy, one of the foremost marketing gurus for entrepreneurs in the country, maybe the world.
If you work for a big corporation, they have the money and means to hire a whole slew of marketing experts, but what about the little guy ? The guy with a new idea, or a great book, or any other creative work they want to bring to the world?
Where does the little guy turn, when he can't compete with the big guys with the big bucks ?
You turn to a guy like Dan Kennedy, whose inspirational, creative ideas are a gold mine to the small creator. In fact, you just might become one of the big guys yourself, if you follow Dan's advice.
Dan is a guy who has commanded fortunes from others, and a guy who has been in the trenches. He has helped many build their ideas into million-dollar empires, and he might be able to help you.
Culled from his expensive seminars and speeches, he reveals a vast array of money-making concepts, insight and wit in this marvelous book.
I found it greatly inspirational, and a source of marketing ideas that are no-nonsense, what works and what doesn't.
In bringing my works to the world, Dan has been a tremendous help.
I highly recommend this book.
Dr. Ron Dalrymple/Psychologist/Coach/Author of The Inner Manager/[...]
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