Monday, April 7, 2014

Bestselling Author Amanda Hocking Shares her Writing Tips

Best Selling Author Amanda Hocking  started self-publishing her books on Amazon Kindle a few years ago and became an amazing success story. Now her young adult and urban fantasy books have been optioned for film release.  She now has a publisher distributing her books but realizes that some prefer to keep their books and income by self-publishing.  When starting out as a new writer sometimes publishing your own books is the best way to get noticed if you want to obtain a publisher.   Some writer prefer to stay as a self-publisher and run their own business and keep all of the profits but also having to do all the marketing and promotion for their books.  Here are a few videos from Amanda that provide great writing tips and advice when writing books and getting readers....
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

How to Create and Publish a Professional Cookbook with Blurb

How to Make a Blurb Cookbook
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Ever thought of putting your favorite recipes into a beautiful book you can give as a gift or pass down the generations? Blurb is a company that lets anyone create beautiful books from their favorite content, and get those books shipped in any quantity (even just one copy). Not a designer? That’s ok, Blurb’s free BookSmart software is an easy route to a great cookbook.

What's the best way to get started? Holding off a bit. It’s tempting to want to dive right in, but thinking a bit and getting organized is worth it in the end. Make the most of your time by dividing each step into chunks so you can tackle them at different points in your book-making process.

And here we go:

1. Organize: Gather your recipes and do a process of elimination. Once you have narrowed your favorites down, you can gather accompanying images—just make sure you’re giving the recipe and image files the same name to make it easier when it’s time to upload. Keep everything in one folder on your computer.

2. Flow it: Next, determine how you want your cookbook story to flow. Do you want to sort your recipes by age, popularity, or even something else? Once you have determined the order, you’ll have done the bulk of your creative decision-making.

3. Get the tool: Download our free book-making tool, BookSmart, choose your book size (Standard Portrait and Standard Landscape are the most popular for cookbooks) and input your title and author name. Then choose “Cookbook” as your starting point — this will give you the best layouts for the job. Then pick a source for your images — from iPhoto, your computer, even Flickr or Picasa. Lastly, choose a theme. Now you’re ready to put together your cookbook.

4. Lay it out: This is where the real book-making comes in. BookSmart will provide you with 20 pages in our standard recipe layout, but you’ll find plenty of alternate layouts in the “Choose page layout” panel on the upper left. You can also add additional pages ­­— including photo pages — by clicking “Add Pages” in the top toolbar.

5. Just add copy: Our layouts provide space for stories, introductions, and those all-important ingredients and directions. Paste in your copy and you’re golden. Then garnish with photos. Don't forget to run BookSmart’s spell check feature.

6. Preview and review: Click “Review book” and go through page by page. If you’re not a natural-born proofreader, ask a friend to take a second look.

7. Order: Make any last minute edits, click “Order,” and follow the prompts to checkout. Remember to order extra copies for friends and family—or sell it in our Bookstore. Order now and save 15% on all print book orders through April 30th with code TAKE15%.

That’s it, you’re done. Give yourself a toast, a pat on the back, and a moment in the sun. Congratulations!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

How to Create Your Own Fashion Book Using Blurb

Blurb is a cool company that lets you make books about anything that interests you. And if you’re interested in fashion and style—and love to show it off—making a book of your personal fashion is a fantastic way to capture your sartorial genius for all time. Whether you want it just for yourself, so you can look through your greatest hits, or you’re a bit of an Internet fashionista who wants to make a book to sell, you’ll find these tips pretty helpful:

1. It’s all about lighting. To make your fashion really pop, choose natural light or studio light with a soft box (you can even make one from a lamp and last season’s white t-shirt). If you’re using a flash, you’ll probably want to bounce it or stick a diffusion filter on it.

2. Make a shot list. This is a critical step, and even more important if you are photographing models. Even if your model is just your best friend who owes you a favor, they’ll appreciate it if you know exactly what you want to shoot. Think about the poses you want to capture, the outfits you want them to wear, and the details that you want to highlight in every shot.

3. White balance (WB). Accurate color and skin tones come from making sure the WB function on your camera is set to your lighting situation.

4. Choose the right lens/zoom setting. If you’re using a wide angle, you’re going to lose your beautiful lines (and your model may never forgive you). If you have a camera with different zoom levels, zoom out to minimize lens barrel distortion.

5. Keep it stylish. It’s a fashion shoot, after all. Play music, keep things moving, try new angles. Attitude, attitude, attitude.

6. Dress it up. Make your book as fashionable as the clothing featured in it. Choose a simple design that doesn’t upstage the clothing, but still looks chic. Pick a size and paper type that showcases the work brilliantly.
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If you’ve ever paid attention to what’s on the catwalk, you know that fashion means different things to different people. Follow your own fashion obsessions and document them in a fashionable book. If you look good today in person, imagine looking great forever on the printed page with Blurb! Start your Blurb book now and Save 25% on print book orders of $75+ at Blurb.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Sell Your Product Idea Online with Quirky

Have you ever had an idea or an invention that you thought of and wanted to share it or get it manufactured? That is where the web site Quirky come in to help...
Quirky makes invention accessible by bringing real people's product ideas to life. To take ideas from pipe dream to consumer product, an in-house team of designers and engineers collaborate with Quirky's online community on nearly all aspects of development. Anyone can make their mark by submitting a problem-solving idea or weighing in on others. And when a product is sold, Quirky shares its revenue with every community member that had an impact. Quirky is free to join, free to submit your ideas, and you can share with others, get followers and vote on other products and ideas that people have come up with.  Some of Quirky's ideas from others have become top sellers in the industry and if you have a unique idea yours can too.  Once your idea is voted on and approved, Quirky helps with the production of the product and your item is sold online and in stores for example here are a few of their items selling on Amazon.
 Here is how to Join Quirky or learn more about the community.
If you would like to do some shopping on Quirky here is a coupon savings for you...

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Monday, March 3, 2014

How to Self-Publishers, Writers and Bloggers Find Their Audience?

Book Fairs: Where Self-Publishers Meet Their Audience (via
by Jane Choate, Children's Book Insider contributing editor     Participate in a book fair? Not for you? Think again.   Authors in all stages of their careers are signing up for book fairs, showcasing their books as well as themselves.   Book fairs…

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Take Control of Your Writing with Independent Publishing

You can easily publish your first book and reach millions of readers each month by digital publishing. The best thing about digital publishing is that is is FREE and fairly easy to do once you learn the basics.
With Amazon’s independent publishing services you can reach millions of readers worldwide and keep control of your work. It’s fast and easy to publish your print book with CreateSpace, your digital book with Kindle Direct Publishing and create an audiobook with ACX.
Whether you want to publish your book in print, as a digital copy or as an audio book there are several methods on learning how to do this and where to start.
A great article to read if you want to start digital publishing your book is What Digital Publishing really means. He talks about what e-Books mean to kids and adults and how much easier it is to adventure into reading now days instead of making a long trip to the bookstore.  
Another resource is to read the book about about How to Write a Novel.  It is currently a free download but is subject to change daily.  Learn Power tips and techniques that all writers need in the eBook.

Monday, February 17, 2014

How to Make Money Writing about Natural and Alternative Health Remedies

Want a way to earn money and write at the same time by providing helpful information to others about natural and alternative health remedies?
There is an easy way to do this by Joining the Barton Affiliate program and earn money by writing articles and making money when others click on your links in the article or blog post. 
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