7 Little Known Secrets For Making Money and Saving the World on SCRIBD
By Jed Diamond, Ph.D.
When a friend first told me about “Scribd” I didn’t quite get it. Although I use the
internet, mostly for research, reading, and e-mail, I’m not very savvy about networking
and “new technologies.” But when he told me you could easily upload just about
anything—books, e-books, articles, research studies—to Scribd and sell them in the
Scribd store, he got my attention.
I’m a writer, researcher, and psychotherapist and have been helping men and the
women who love them for more than 40 years. I am founder of www.MenAlive.com,
where I share information about male menopause, irritable male syndrome, male-type
depression, and how to have successful relationships of all kinds. I’ve written 8 books
including international best-sellers Male Menopause and The Irritable Male Syndrome.
Making money as a writer isn’t easy. Every time I write a book, I’m sure that it will
sell a million copies. But the odds are against me. According to industry statistics there
were 1.25 million books published last year. Of that number 850,000 sold fewer than 99
copies for the year. Only 1.2% of the total new titles sold over 1 million copies (Think
Stephen King, Dean Koontz, John Grisham).
I do sell more than 99 copies a year and you can find me in most bookstores including
Amazon. But when I sell something on Amazon, I may make 8% of the $20 cover price.
And I have to give 15% of that to my agent. And I have to wait 6 months until I get my
next royalty check. But, listen to this. Selling on Scribd, I make 80% of everything I
sell and I get paid immediately.
You can’t believe how excited I was when I got my first e-mail from Scribd telling
me that someone had purchased one of my e-booklets. I had uploaded it, just a few hours
The e-mail said, “Your document “Six Simple Ways to Cure Depression: What Men
and Women Need to Know” has been purchased for $1.99. The total earnings to date for
this document is $1.34.” Now $1.34 may not seem like much, but it was my first sale and
I was proud. Selling something you’ve written, hours after you’ve written it, is like
nothing else I’ve ever experienced. I’ve gotten many more notices like this one and each
one is a source of excitement and joy.
But wait, there’s more. Not only do I get quick cash from selling e-books and articles
in the Scribd store, but I also get a chance to try out new ideas and see what people find
most interesting. I wrote a two page summary of some research I was doing on
relationship addictions. I titled it: Is It Love or Love Addiction? Within a week after
posting, it has been read by over 1,000 people. My power point summary of a study I
conducted on depression, Male vs. Female Depression: Why Men Act Out and Women
Act In has gotten 642 reads in the last week.
Within two months after I joined I have developed a following of more than 2,000
people. Each time I post a new article or make a comment, they receive my post. It’s a
great way to reach people who want to know more about the things I’m writing about.
It’s also a great way for me to learn about other people’s work that relates to my own.
Here are the 7 Steps I followed. I’m still learning as I go, but wanted you to have the
benefit of my experiences so far.
1. Learn about Scribd.
Like learning most things, I started with a Google search. The first link I checked
was http://www.scribd.com/about where I got a quick summary from the Scribd site.
Scribd (It rhymes with "ad libbed.") began with a simple observation — that the
desire for self-expression through the written word is as old as humanity itself. But even
with the proliferation of blogs and other self-publishing tools, there was no easy way for
average people to publish to a readership of millions. Scribd founders Jared Friedman
and Trip Adler felt that everyone should be able to share what they know.
Today, Scribd is the largest social publishing company in the world — the website
where more than 60 million people each month discover and share original writings and
documents. Scribd’s vision is to liberate the written word — to turn everyone into a
publisher and create the best possible reading experience on the web and mobile
With Scribd’s iPaper document reader, anyone can easily upload and immediately
share their original works on Scribd.com or any other website. iPaper transforms "print"
files like PDF, Word or PowerPoint into web document — with all the fonts, layout and
artwork that makes your document unique.
Your work can be shared with Scribd's community of passionate readers, and because
your document is indexed for search engine optimization, your screenplay, novel or even
sheet music and recipes can be discovered by the world. At Scribd, we built a technology
that’s broken barriers to traditional publishing and in the process also built one of the
largest readerships in the world.
2. Look around and sign up.
Go to www.Scribd.com and check it out. You're free to browse Scribd and read as
many documents as you like without an account, but if you want to download an e-book
or leave a comment, you'll need to sign up and log in. But no worries - sign up is
absolutely free! All you need is a valid email address.
3. Create a public profile.
This is how people will learn about who you are, how to reach you, and what your
interests are. Upload a good picture. Write a biography that highlights your work.
Provide website information. And describe your personal interests. As you get more
involved with Scribd, your profile page aggregates information about you, your activity,
and your documents. Here your readers can see and reply to your comments, favorites,
and recent publications.
I check out my profile page every day ( www.scribd.com/JedDiamondPhD ). I can
see at a glance what things I’ve recently posted and how many people have read the
articles and e-books I’ve uploaded. Today I see that my last article, Love Addictions for
Women Only (and the Men Who Truly Want to Understand), has been read by 99 people
since it was posted 4 days ago.
4. Upload helpful information to share with people.
When I looked at all the files I had stored on my computer I found had some pretty
interesting and helpful information. I had research studies, e-books, articles, blog posts,
power point presentations. I found that uploading was amazingly easy. Every page on
Scrib has a tab that says, “Upload.” When you click on the tab, it asks if you want to
“upload to share” or “upload to sell.” I’ve done both. I want people to have information
that will be helpful. If I can give it away that’s great. If I decide to put a price and sell it,
that’s fine as well.
It’s easy to search your computer and upload the files you want. You can even
upload multiple files at once. Once uploaded you can write a description and pick “tag
words” so that it is easy to find. If you’re selling your document, you write in the retail
price as well as the sale price (and Scribd automatically calculates how much a person
will save and posts that on the books sales page). If you’re not sure what price to set,
Scribd will suggest a price based on what others are charging.
5. Enjoy your Scribd home.
The old saying, there’s no place like home, is true. Your “home page” is your window
to the world of Scribd. From here I can manage my documents. I can see how many new
people have subscribed to the Jed Diamond, Ph.D community (So far 38 new people
have joined). It also tells me that as of today 2,038 people have subscribed.
I learned that there have been 8100 reads of my various documents since I joined
Scribd. This has been in less than two months. It still amazes me that so many people
read what I have written so quickly. Since I have a modest desire to help people and save
the world, I feel good when I see that number go up each day.
I posted a chapter from my new book, As Civilization Sinks: Making the Transition to
a Better World and in quick order 200 people had read it. Introducing people to my new
material helps me get information out quickly and also builds an advance readership. My
other book project, Mr. Mean: Saving Yourself and Rescuing Your Relationship from the
Irritable Male Syndrome is also generating interest and comments on Scribd.
I can also check my “stats” from my home page. For those of us who like immediate
reinforcement (and who doesn’t) clicking on stats tells me how many people have viewed
my documents each day. Yesterday it was 385. Today it is 772. Each day it varies, but
generally it keeps going up as more people hear about my work and share their interest
6. Make connections with others in the Scribd community and other social
One of the most interesting and useful aspects of Scrib is the ease at which we can
connect with others in the community. Clicking on the “Community” link takes me to a
host of interesting people and organizations. Some of the most popular are MIT Press,
The World Bank, World Economic Forum, Harvard Press, Lonely Planet, Berrett-
Kohler, and Simon & Schuster. But there are also regular people like you and me who
have something to say and want to use Scribd to reach out to the world.
You can learn about who they are, what they’re doing, what resources they have
available on Scribd. You can subscribe to their feed and learn about their latest ideas and
the things they think are important. It’s a great way to expand your focus and see where
your work connects with what others are doing.
There are also hundreds of groups you can join where like-minded people share
resources, ask questions, post comments, and learn about new and interesting subjects.
Groups are small micro-communities dedicated to documents and discussions around a
particular topic, user, publication, or event. Any user can create a group, and there's no
limit to the number of groups users can create. I created a group for people interested in
Male Menopause and Irritable Male Syndrome. I joined groups on Men’s Health,
Psychology, E-Medical Books and Articles, Health & Fitness, Personal Development,
and Developing Small Businesses.
Ever wished you could publish a document online and have it automatically shared
across all your social networks? With Scribd’s new social networking integration, you
can publish to Scribd, Twitter, and (soon) Facebook with a single click. It’s a great
way to get your ideas out the those who want to know them. You can automatically sync
your Scribd and Twitter profile settings. Choose whether to tweet every time you publish
a document, every time you scribble, or both.
7. Explore the wide world of Scribd
Some people like to stay within the bounds of what they know. Others like to explore
new worlds. If you’re an explorer like me you want to see what else is going on outside
the bounds of our own experience. Who knows I might get an idea for my next book or
entrepreneurial enterprise. Today, Scribd is featuring the following: Basic Handbook of
Human Rights, Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, Blacksmithing Basics, and Religions View
I can also search the following categories: Books, Brochures & Catalogues, Business
& Law, Creative Writing, How-to-Guides and Manuals, Illustrations & Maps,
Magazines & Newspapers, Presentations & Slide Shows, Puzzles & Games, Recipes &
Menus, Research, Resumes & CVs, School Work, Sheet Music & Lyrics, Spreadsheets,
and the Scribd store.
Put these steps together and you have a plan for success. If you have something useful
to share with the world (and yes, I believe everyone does), this is the place for you. The
community draws 50 million people a month and this is growing every day. Come join
Jed Diamond, Ph.D.