If you’re a blossoming self-publisher, author or other form of writer, you’ve likely encountered information by the charismatic Emeka Ossai. Through grammatically-incorrect emails, Emeka pushes his self-publishing course called ”My Self-Publishing Blueprint.” I’ve noticed an uptick in traffic on my website to an article I wrote concerning Emeka. To be clear, Emeka is, in my opinion, a charlatan whose BluePrint course I would not purchase. I’ve seen it, and it is worthless.
To explain more, Emeka’s course includes these 8 modules: 1. How to pick your niche, 2. Creating your book, 3. Publishing your book on Kindle, 4. Publishing your paperback book, 5. Ranking your book and getting reviews, 6. Creating an audiobook for additional income, 7. Email marketing for Kindle publishers and 8. Bonus lessons. This is all information provided by reputable sources for free on the sites previously mentioned. You could build a playlist and learn from it, instead of giving your money to a charlatan.
After a months-long hiatus, Emeka has returned revved up with more information on how to buy his BluePrint. The problem: everything Emeka sells you in his course, you can find on YouTube, Kindle or Google for free from reputable sources like Brian Murphy, Joanna Penn, Sean Platt and more self-publishers who actually know what they’re talking about and have the evidence to prove it. The information in his BluePrint course may be outdated or outright misleading, based on false premises about his own success.
For one, Emeka positions himself as someone who has himself made a living through selling on Amazon. However, he says he ghostwrote those books. Because of this, he can not release the titles of the books he successfully ghostwrote. Basically, you have no way to confirm his story.
If you want to learn about marketing your books, learn from someone with a proven track record, not someone like Emeka whose track record may have gotten him banned from Amazon. Quietly, the self-publishing community says, due to review swaps with other authors, Emeka got banned. His methods are maybe shady sometimes.
It seems after his hiatus, Emeka is scraping for cash. He is now offering a ”blowout” deal where 1-on-1 coaching with him is priced at $5,000. He prices his new package as follows: BluePrint Vol. 1 $397 + BluePrint Vol 2 (TBD) $4,997 + 1-on-1 coaching $5,000 for a total combined total of $10,394. Right now, he’ll give you this for $997. This whole package is a farce meant to make him some quick cash.
First off, the BluePrint has been available for a very long time. It’s worthless because all the information it contains can be found on YouTube or Kindle for free. Plus, he can’t prove he sold as many books as he alleges. And how can he effectively teach you how to sell books when he himself can’t prove he has? Moreover, his coaching package will include ”three monthly calls” and access to him by email for the $5,000 previously mentioned. Who is Emeka that three phone calls and some emails with him are worth $5,000? And the other course hasn’t even dropped yet. The reason he’s willing to give you all this at less than ten percent of its value is because it has no value. It’s worthless. Do not give this man your money. In his emails and on YouTube, he presents posts of people who have ”reviewed” him. He was banned from Amazon for fake reviews. There is no telling what else he is willing to do to trick people into thinking he has reviews.
For whatever reasons, Emeka went AWOL for some time. Now, hes back in full-force pushing an outdated course that’s worthless on its face. Do not trust his information. His methods are shady. He is not transparent. I highly recommend against purchasing his information or courses. Whereas I provide tangible services for authors like proofreading on Fivver, Emeka ”coaches” with mostly unverifiable information.
*Jermaine Reed, MFA is a writer from Chicago who writes fiction, local news stories and national news stories. For self-publishers, authors and other writers and creatives, Jermaine provides proofreading on Fivver. Please join Jermaine’s email list to get updates on blog posts, writing advice and free books. Get my recently released Science Fiction novel A Glitch in Humanity by clicking here.