He’ll Show You How to Write an Ebook in 7 Days

The word is spreading. Michael Kaindl – or as he prefers, Mike – is already the third digital nomad coming to Tenerife to teach you about his way of life and experiences.

This time however, there will be something new. Something even better. In addition to the usual presentation and workshops, there will be a full practical workshop lasting 7 days!

As Mike’s surname is Kaindl, you’ve surely already guessed which topic would be most fitting for this workshop week  ;-). Got it? Yes, that’s it! It will be about writing, developing and publishing a book or ebook.

Thanks to his year-long experience in the publishing industry and creating a number of successful books, Mike has become an expert in his field. Every year he manages to generate an impressive amount of passive income from the sale of his releases.

This allowed, and still allows him, to travel through many parts of the world and enjoy life as digital nomad. Furthermore, he works as a Ghostwriter, owns a SEO company and organises workshops for prospective writers in the most beautiful places in the world.

One Week Workshop

As I talk about the most beautiful places in the world – what a coincidence it is that the exotic island of Tenerife is one of them! So of course, Mike could not miss the opportunity to combine his stay with us with one of his famous workshop weeks, which will take place from the 02.11.2015 until the 08.11.2015 in our Coworking Space.

During these 7 days, Mike, together with the co-writer of his book “Book writing made easy”, Jeannette Zeuner, will teach you everything to guide your book or ebook on the road to success. From the right techniques for content creation to all the necessary facts about how to publish and merchandise your work – you will get to know everything here.

As a plus, you will have Mike as your constant contact person for the entire week and he will support you with any questions that you may have during the creation process. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to reduce the participation fee.

Meet Mike – Public Presentation & Workshops for Students and Coworkers

Before the workshop week, Mike will hold a presentation about himself and his work for our digital nomad guest series on the 13.10.2015. After this, he will host special workshops about book publishing for all SEOintheSUN participants on the 14.10.2015.

Mike's events in Tenerife at SEOintheSUN

12.10.2015 - Public presentation at our Coworking Space

13.10.2015 - Workshop about ebooks production & promotion (for students and coworkers)

02.11. - 08.11.2015 - 7 days workshops about writing & promoting your own ebooks

Just in case that you are still doubting whether to take part in the events, read our digital nomad interview with Mike to get to know him better.

 

10 Questions to Mike Kaindl

Mike at work

1.) Why did you decide to begin a nomadic life and what does it mean to you?

I didn’t really ‘decide’ to begin a nomadic life. It was more of a set of dreams that I had that complemented one another:

Number one was the dream of earning money regardless of my location, thus getting rid of the rat race and 9-to-5 jobs (which in my case were 8-to-8 jobs), in order to facilitate dream Number two, which was being able to travel and keep on earning money while doing so.

Like for so many DNs, it was Tim Ferriss’ 4HWW, that opened my eyes. I read the book in 2009, when I was a well-paid startup CEO, earning good money but feeling a bit ‘imprisoned’. Two years and a lot of really significant changes later, I was on my first one-way-flight.

Today, first and foremost, this lifestyle means ‘freedom’ to me. The freedom to go wherever I want, to stay as long as I would like to, to work / earn just as much money as I need, etc.

I came down a bit from ‘traveling a lot’ to ‘slow travelling’ in the last year (which I spent in Asia). Maybe I will settle for a while in the future, but the benefits of ‘being a digital nomad’ are still there, even if you don’t travel.

 

2.) How do you earn an income now?

There are two main sources of income:

  • My SEO-Agency (www.syncron-marketing.de), where we offer a holistic approach to German SEO for clients in (at the moment) D-A-CH, Canada, Australia, UK and the US.
  • Books – our own books as well as books that we write as ghostwriters. We also coach other writers and offer book-making-workshops (writing, publishing and marketing your own book)

 

3.) What is your approximate travel budget for a year? Any tips on how to lower it?

It depends on where I am. Costs usually vary between 10.000 EUR per year in Asia and > 30.000 in western countries.

To be honest, I am not very good at lowering my costs of traveling / living. If you hope to do so however, maybe should take note of these two tips:

  1. Try Asian countries like the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos etc., which offer quite low costs of living (although you might find that their standards are also quite low).
  2. Don’t travel too much (or travel very slowly) because travelling frequently is expensive and lowers your productivity.

 

4.) What would you consider to be one of the best tools for becoming a digital nomad?

If we are talking about technical or software-tools, there is no ‘best’ or ‘one of the best’ tools. Other than maybe the internet 😉

I need (and use daily) features like skype, evernote, email etc., and for specific jobs, like SEO or writing / producing books, I need other specific tools. It would be a long list and again – it’s quite different from nomad to nomad.

 

5.) Do you have any advice for those starting a digital nomad life?

If I was to do it again, there are tw things that I’d do in a different, faster way because of how essential they are:

Downsizing (getting rid of any kind of ballast – personal, things, costs, etc.) thus lowering, especially, the amount of money you need. If I had done that faster and more consequent, it might have saved me ½, maybe a whole year, of expenditure.

Trying to make my income not only location-independent but also more passive, before I start travelling. Travelling can be fun when you only have to work 1 hour or less a day, but it’s quite stressful when you try, or have to work, let’s say 4-6 hours a day ‘on the road,’ especially when doing clients-work, having to acquire new clients, communicate with them, meet deadlines and so on

 

6.) How long have you been travelling and where have you been? Do you have a favourite place in the planet?

I had my first one-way-flight in December 2011 after 2 years of preparation (downsizing my business and my life to become location independent). This flight was going to Spain for “a couple of weeks” but I ended up staying for around 2 years. Up until now, there is nothing like a “favourite place” yet. Chances are that doesn’t exist (for me).

 

7.) What is your travel frequency? How often do you change the place you stay and do you have a home base?

I started with a very low frequency (months, years), then started traveling a bit more in 2014 (1-2 week-stays) and now I’ve calm down a bit again. My perfect time to stay in one place is about 2-3 months.

It’s long enough to really dive into a place, but not too long (so it doesn’t get sticky). There is a place I call my ‘homebase’ (Munich, Germany), and that’s because of family and friends. I don’t have a flat or a house there any more.

 

8.) How many hours do you work at an average on a usual day?

Good question. I don’t count them, but it’s around 4-6 hours on an average day, I think. To answer it in a more philosophical way: What is work? 😉

 

9.) How did you gain all the experience in your field? Why and when did you decide to write books?

In my former 9-to-5-life, I was working in publishing houses like “Markt&Technik” and “Holzmann-Verlag”, where I learned everything around publishing newspapers, books, software, later websites etc. I can’t remember if or when there was a ‘decision’ to write books, but for as long as I can remember, I was reading and writing a lot. And when print-on-demand and self-publishing grew, I jumped on it.

 

10) Could you imagine keeping up the digital nomad lifestyle for the rest of your life?

You never know, but I think yes. There might be times when I slow or even settle down, but what I will never give up again is my location-independent lifestyle and way of earning income, even if I stay somewhere for a longer time.

Sometimes that’s easier said than done: A few weeks before I decided to go to Asia, I got a midsized 6-digit job-offer in Germany, but I said no, because it wasn’t location-independent.

Sounds pretty interesting, doesn’t it?

So, if you have been struggling for months with finishing your book, and if you would like to learn something useful for your future or if you’d would just like to meet a digital nomad personally – this is your opportunity!

We are looking forward to seeing you in the sun!

Are you a digital nomad with experience? Then you might want to read our blog post “Hey you, digital nomad! I want to offer you something