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Sorry to hear about the lack of interest in your report. I and some of my friends also wrote reports for Soapbox but nobody could find them in their crazy system. The only reports that seem to sell there are those that havew a very short term orientation, an easy way to make big money fast, etc. That marketplace evidently places little value on good long term planning where results do not come overnight.

I noticed that you also were offering a report on financing college at Soapbox that unfortunately sold about as many copies as mine did. It's very frustrating to put your heart into a project and then have it barely get noticed (as I know all too well), but I think your comment may be a little harsh on Soapbox. The trouble with trying to sell a college finance report is that the visitors to Soapbox are primarily looking for investment advice. Those who produced reports on either investment strategy or a particular market sector (wireless etc.) seemed to do well, while most of the rest of us didn't. This is only natural as The Motley Fool is primarily about investing, although they are also big on LBYM and reports with a general LBYM orientation have also done well.

If you look at the total number of posts to this message board (as opposed to say, the mechanical investing board) you can see what we were up against. Hopefully TMF and Soapbox will eventually attract a big enough audience to make it easier for a broader class of reports to be successful. I don't want to blame anyone other than myself for my own failures, but I recognize now that I would have had to do an absolutely terrific job in terms of marketing in order to make my report a financial success, and that simply wasn't going to happen. That's why I ultimately decided just to give it away.

-- Edmund Ross
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