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Old May 21st, 2011, 02:15 PM   #1
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any books that have helped you Make a living from Video?

Just wanted to see if anyone has any good book suggestions that have really helped them get more video work. and helped you become more of a success in video production or producing or editing.
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Old May 21st, 2011, 09:53 PM   #2
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Not a video book, but I found the ideas in this book very practical for keeping a small business on track - http://www.amazon.com/Little-Bets-Breakthrough-Emerge-Discoveries/dp/1439170428/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0.
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Old May 21st, 2011, 11:22 PM   #3
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I still refer to 'The Independent Film & Videomakerís Guide' by Charles Wilkinson for help.
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 12:31 PM   #4
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Currently reading Making Documentary Films and Videos by Barry Hampe. About halfway through and an excellent and thorough read if this is your path. He has a book called Making Videos for Money. Haven't read the second one or know anything about it, but will be very interested down the road based on the first.

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Old May 23rd, 2011, 10:26 PM   #5
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not really a direct answer to your question, but a very inspirational book for any professional. "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill.
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Old May 25th, 2011, 05:30 AM   #6
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Ron and Tasra Dawson have a book called 'Refocus'. It basically teaches the reader to change a few things about how we do things and includes case studies of successful videographers.

It's something that I bought a few years ago and loved, and I'm now re reading it because I didn't take their advice, but this time, I'm following it to the letter!
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Old June 3rd, 2011, 02:00 PM   #7
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Re: any books that have helped you Make a living from Video?

This is what you're looking for:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_18?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=guerilla+marketing&sprefix=guerilla+marketing(or similar marketing books)

And this:

http://www.amazon.com/How-Win-Friends-Influence-People/dp/1439167346/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1307127680&sr=8-1
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Old June 7th, 2011, 12:32 PM   #8
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Mary,

I bought Refocus on your advice and the total was like $92 including shipping. It's a fine 240 page paperback and all but even on the back cover it has a msrp or only $44. Is this a supply and demand issue I wonder?
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Old June 7th, 2011, 12:40 PM   #9
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@ Harry...

I see what you mean... looking at Amazon, the paperback is $102.00 but you can get the Kindle version for only $28.79 with instant download. I'm assuming that the paperback version must be out of print?
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Old June 7th, 2011, 01:22 PM   #10
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Wow, guys, even allowing for conversion, I definitely didn't pay anything close to that for it! Looking at the UK Amazon, it's currently selling for £28 although if you want to buy a second hand copy, it'll set you back a cool £215!
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Refocus-Cut...7470807&sr=1-1

Don't understand it, myself, but I'm sure there's a valid reason for it!
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Wow, guys, even allowing for conversion, I definitely didn't pay anything close to that for it! Looking at the UK Amazon, it's currently selling for £28 although if you want to buy a second hand copy, it'll set you back a cool £215!
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Refocus-Cut...7470807&sr=1-1

Don't understand it, myself, but I'm sure there's a valid reason for it!
I am not sure that Amazon UK actually have it in stock or will deliver it for £28 as it is listed as "Usually dispatched within 1 to 2 months." I have ordered a copy so should find out in the next 1-2 months & will report back. It looks an interesting book.
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Old July 25th, 2011, 01:55 PM   #12
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I bought it from DailyDeal via Amazon. It's some kind of racket where they just pull a price out of there arse and unsuspecting you pay it. Yes that's the most I've ever paid for a book ever!! I finally went bact to Amazon and they listed the book at near its msrp of $42 or so (still high). So I wrote to DailyDeal and they gave me a 25% refund ($20 or so). What a racket!!

So my copy of Refocus put me back $60+ now.......better than $90 i guess....
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I am not sure that Amazon UK actually have it in stock or will deliver it for £28 as it is listed as "Usually dispatched within 1 to 2 months." I have ordered a copy so should find out in the next 1-2 months & will report back. It looks an interesting book.
The book just arrived a couple of days ago & looks an interesting read.
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Old August 1st, 2011, 09:22 AM   #14
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It's a little dated (written around 1998, pre-web boom era) but "Getting Businesses to Come to You" is pretty good for sales/marketing tips. Written by Paul & Sarah Edwards.


For software learning (Flash) I actually find the Books for Dummies very handy for training and for later reference. I've often found myself asking "How do I do that??" and looking it up in the book to figure it out.
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