Re: Anne's remark about our German expert forum -
it's more like a place for SEO tips, keyword and title suggestions, and general advice on money making opportunities for writers. I had started it 2 years ago when our German authors were still a bit behind with all that online stuff.
Re: Sheri's request -
I have a feeling that Sheri mostly needs reassurance. After doing so much for such a long time, there comes a moment when you doubt yourself and ask:
Is it really going to pay off?
How long will it take?
What could I do to be more efficient?
Who could help me?
Sheri - you could hire all kinds of experts, and I'm sure that many of them could teach you lots of new stuff. But that costs a lot of time, and therefore a lot of money. And then you'd be probably even more overwhelmed because of all that new stuff.
Here's my advice for you:
If I "read" you correctly - out of a desire to make things happen quicker, you're doing too many things at the same time. However, you may need more focus.
Pick the one thing you love doing the most, which is dearest to your heart, and for which you have the most passion and expertise. (Cue to angels' choir: "And the money will follow...")
Then make a plan.
Let's pick child abuse as an example.
1. Professional website with ...
a) 10 great articles that establish your authority. (Everyone can see those.)
b) Once a week a great blog post with more useful insights. (Everyone can see those.)
c) Membership section with forum. (For members only; low monthly fee.)
d) Your own Kindle e-books for sale (Everyone can see those ads and reviews.)
e) Related products from Amazon.
Then you promote your website on all your existing web properties.
Forget Zazzle, forget "sales pages" on Wizzley, Squidoo, HP... focus on your website and your e-books.
You can have all this up and running within 3 months. Easily! You've got plenty of content available for quick repurposing.
Here comes the hard part:
Pay for a professional website. It's the only way that makes sense.
Figure somewhere around $750-$1000 for an initial set-up with all the necessary bells and whistles, and then about $60 a month for webmaster maintenance (updates, security, etc.)
Hire Anne (NightOwl) to do it. She's done amazing work for me and my US and Europe clients, and for a bunch of other large firms. She is the most knowledgeable, creative, and helpful web designer and webmaster I know, and that at a ridiculous price.
Once you have your website up and running, then you can go back to Wizzley, Squidoo, etc. and promote it with occasional articles.
2. If you can't afford this, focus on writing Kindle e-books and promoting them on Wizzley, etc.
I don't think you need to hire a coach anymore. You've just received the best advice for free.