Birthday Bash

Birthday Bash
Happy Birthday Cake with flowersWe’re celebrating the birthday of
The Book of Matthew: Life of Jesus Christ and
several other books.
All of the books will be 99 Cents
From Wednesday 4/9 – Friday 4/11/2014. These are the books that are available for only 99 Cents during these dates:

The Book of Matthew: Life of Jesus Christ

God Is Love

Proverbs 31: Who Can Find a Virtuous Woman

The Book of Esther: A Story of Love and Favor

The Book of Colossians: Paul’s Letter to Colosse

The Book of Philippians: Paul’s Letter to Philippi

The Book of Philemon: Paul’s Letter to Philemon

Click on the books you’d like to purchase to go to

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PURIM Celebration – FREE Ebook Giveaway

PURIM Celebration

FREE Ebook Giveaway

Wednesday 3/12 – Sunday 3/16/2014

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PURIM Celebration: 28 Daily Devotionals

by Deborah H. Bateman and Friends

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About the book:

PURIM Celebration: 28 Daily Devotionals is a Daily Bible Reading Study Book by Deborah H. Bateman and Friends. It is a compilation of 28 Daily Devotionals by Deborah and fourteen of her author and writer friends.

Purim is a holiday that was started back in the days of Queen Esther and is still celebrated today. Deborah took the letters of PURIM and created categories for the contributors to write about:

• P=Praise
• U=Un-forgiveness or Forgiveness
• R=Relationships
• I=Inspirational
• M=Marriage

One of the traditions of Purim is giving gifts to the poor. In light of that tradition we have decided that a portion of the proceeds of this book will go to charity.

PURIM Celebration was originally created as part of Deborah’s Book Launch for her book: The Book of Esther: A Story of Love and Favor which was published in 2012.

PURIM Celebration includes devotionals from: Mary Pacheco, Penny Zeller, Katherine Harms, Dave Moore, Marlo Schalesky, Judith Robl, Lynn Dove, Buffy Crabtree, Deborah McCarragher, Shawn Lamb, Serge Roux-Levrat, Lily Brenner, Heidi Faith, and Lisa Buffaloe. The book is edited by Lisa Lickel, one of my friends in the John 3:16 Networking Group.

Some of the contributors are from the John 3:16 Network Marketing group Deborah belongs to. Some of the writers are from a coaching program that Deborah participates in. One of the authors is from the Palmetto Christian Writer’s Network in which Deborah is a member. The rest of the writers and authors are friends Deborah has made over the past several years online.

 

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Happy Purim,

Deborah

What is PURIM?

What is PURIM?

Lesson 1

By Deborah H. Bateman

Esther 9:26-32

purim(1)PURIM is a Jewish holiday which was established during the days of the book of Esther to commemorate God’s deliverance of the Jewish people.

It is a day of celebration where the book of Esther is read in the synagogues. There are parties where people dress up in costumes. They give gifts to the poor and to each other. It is a day of celebration including big family feasts.

The PURIM celebration has been passed down from generation to generation and is still celebrated today. PURIM is celebrated on the fourteenth and fifteenth of Adar according to the Hebrew calendar.

Therefore, the date changes from year to year according to Gregorian calendar. They also make cookies called Hamantaschen, which may be called “Haman’s Hats” or ”Haman’s Ears.”

Have you ever been to a PURIM Celebration? Why not plan to have one at the end of this Bible study? It would be especially fun if you are doing this Bible study with a group.

But, you could have a PURIM Celebration with your family. I have included some suggestions for your PURIM Celebration along with a recipe for Hamantaschen cookies in the back of this book.

I have never been interested in history that much, but since doing these Bible studies and learning how there are traditions and other things which have been passed down from generation to generation since biblical times I have become more interested in history, especially biblical history. Do you find biblical history interesting?

 

Daily Bible Scripture:

Esther 9:26-32

26 Wherefore they called these days Purim after the name of Pur. Therefore for all the words of this letter, and of that which they had seen concerning this matter, and which had come unto them,

27 The Jews ordained, and took upon them, and upon their seed, and upon all such as joined themselves unto them, so as it should not fail, that they would keep these two days according to their writing, and according to their [appointed] time every year;

28 And that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province, and every city; and that these days of Purim should not fail from among the Jews, nor the memorial of them perish from their seed.

29 Then Esther the queen, the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew, wrote with all authority, to confirm this second letter of Purim.

30 And he sent the letters unto all the Jews, to the hundred twenty and seven provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, with words of peace and truth,

31 To confirm these days of Purim in their times appointed, according as Mordecai the Jew and Esther the queen had enjoined them, and as they had decreed for themselves and for their seed, the matters of the fastings and their cry.

32 And the decree of Esther confirmed these matters of Purim; and it was written in the book.

 

Things to think about:

  • Do you find it interesting that special days which were established in biblical times are still celebrated today?
  • What are some other holidays that were established in biblical times that are still celebrated today?
  • What holidays do you celebrate and why do you celebrate them?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

We thank You for the book of Esther and the lessons we learn from reading and studying it. We thank You that we can see Your sovereignty throughout the book. Thank You that we see there are certain days appointed in biblical times which are still celebrated today, such as PURIM. Help us to know You are in control and You will work things out for our good and Your glory. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

-Excerpt from: PURIM Celebration: 28 Daily Devotionals by Deborah H. Bateman and Friends

Another book by Deborah concerning Purim

The Book of Esther: A Story of Love and Favor

This year PURIM will be celebrated March 14-15.

 

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Blessings,

Deborah

 

 

99 Cent Book Launch

99 Cent Book Launch

We are offering our new release along with two other books for only 99 Cents each 2/27 – 3/3/2014 Get your copies now!

Philippians - 25The Book of Philippians: Paul’s Letter to Philippi

by Deborah H. Bateman

About the book:

The Book of Philippians: Paul’s Letter to Philippi is a Daily Bible Reading study of the book of Philippians by Deborah H. Bateman. The book of Philippians is from the New Testament of the Bible and is one of the Apostle Paul’s letters. In the book of Philippians Paul encourages the saints at Philippi to be strong in their faith, to stand fast in the Lord and to be content in Christ.

Paul loved the Philippians and it shows in his writing to them. Paul knew that they loved him as well. The Philippians showed their love for Paul by supporting his ministry.

Paul would never forget the Philippians because of the way they cared for him when he ministered to them. They would always have a special place in his heart.

Paul wanted the best for the Philippians. He wanted to make sure they never let anybody steer them in the wrong direction. He wanted them to stay on course and do the things he had taught them whether he was with them or not.

The Book of Philippians: Paul’s Letter to Philippi contains ten Daily Bible Reading lessons. Each lesson consists of a brief commentary, the daily Bible Scripture, several questions for contemplation, and a prayer for the day to go along with the lesson. This is a great Bible study for individual daily devotions or for a group Bible study.

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galatians-25The Book of Galatians: Paul’s Letter to the Churches of Galatia

by Deborah H. Bateman

About the book:

The Book of Galatians: Paul’s Letter to the Churches of Galatia is a Daily Bible Reading Study of the book of Galatians. The book of Galatians is in the New Testament and is one of Paul’s letters. He wrote it to the churches of Galatia.

Paul is concerned that the people of Galatia are being taught something different than the true gospel, which he had taught them earlier. Paul goes to great lengths to make sure they understand the difference between living under the law and living under the grace of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Book of Galatians: Paul’s Letter to the Churches of Galatia contains sixteen daily Bible lessons. Each lesson consists of a brief commentary, the daily Bible Scripture, a few questions for contemplation called, “Things to think about,” and a prayer for the day. This book is good for personal daily Bible study and would be great to use for group Bible studies as well.

Go to: http://amazon.com/dp/B00H2YGNBM/

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The Book of Philemon: Paul’s Letter to Philemon

by Deborah H. Bateman

About the book:

The Book of Philemon: Paul’s Letter to Philemon is a Daily-Bible-Reading Study of the book of Philemon which is found in the New Testament of the Bible. This is the shortest one of Paul’s letters. In this letter Paul encourages Philemon to forgive and accept Onesimus, his runaway slave, back as he would accept a brother. This book contains great lessons for us today about authority and how we should treat our brothers and sisters in Christ.

The Book of Philemon: Paul’s Letter to Philemon contains two daily Bible lessons since this book is only one chapter long in the Bible. The lessons consist of a brief commentary by the author, Deborah H. Bateman, the daily Bible Scriptures, a few questions to contemplate called “Things to think about,” and a prayer for the day. This is a great Bible study for individual or group studies.

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Enjoy the books,

Deborah

 

My First Writer’s Conference

Have you ever been to a writer’s conference? I will be attending my first writer’s conference this coming weekend. It’s called Writer’s Advance Boot Camp.

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An author friend of mine will be traveling with me for the conference. Since it’s my first time going to a writer’s conference, I don’t know what to expect. The conference is for traditionally published authors so I’m not sure how they will receive me since I am a self-published author.

Another of my concerns is that we have to be at the conference center for breakfast at 7:30 am. I wake up early, but I’m not really a morning person. I can do anything I have to do, but it may be a bit of a challenge.

You know how it is when you’re going to an event for the first time. You’re a little apprehensive because you don’t know what to expect. One of my concerns is that we have to share a room. There will be four of us in our room. Two of the other people I know and one I have never met.

I will be meeting other writers, authors, publishers, agents and speakers. Some of the people who are going I have already met, but most of them I haven’t. Some of them I am friends with on Facebook and some I have no prior connections with. I’m looking forward to seeing what connections God wants me to make here.

I’m ready to see what God has in store for me. I’m looking forward to what the speakers have to share. Knowing that God has a purpose in me going and wondering what messages He will send me through this conference.  Hoping and praying my heart and mind are open and ready to receive what He wants me to. Maybe He’ll open some doors for me for my books and my ministry. I need to be open to receive whatever He has in store for me.

Now I have to get everything ready to go. My to-do list seems to be growing. I have to get the car washed and filled with gas. My clothes washed and packed. I need to print out the agenda and roster for the event and a few other things.

What is your best advice for a girl who is about to go to her first writer’s conference? Leave a comment and share with me. I’ll be sure to let you know how it went when I get back.

FREE Ebook Giveaway

godislove25Our Valentine’s Gift to You!

GOD IS LOVE

by Deborah H. Bateman

is FREE Wed 2/12 – Fri 2/14

About the book:

God is Love is a Daily-Bible-Reading Study by Deborah H. Bateman. It contains 19 daily devotionals on Scriptures about love from the Bible: including God’s love for us, the love relationship between a husband and wife, love and honoring our parents, and much more.

This devotional would be good for personal daily devotions or group Bible studies, including small groups, and Sunday school classes.

Each devotional contains a brief commentary by the author, the daily Bible Scripture, a prayer of the day, and several questions for personal reflection or group discussion. 

In God is Love, Deborah strives to show you not only what love is, but that love comes from God, as well as the love of God surpasses all imagination.

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Happy Valentine’s Day,

You are loved!

Deborah

 

How to Enjoy Reading and Studying the Bible

Some people may find reading and studying the Bible to be hard, while others find it inspirational, encouraging, and uplifting. Reading the Bible and coming to know the Lord can be a life-changing experience.

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Making a habit of reading from the Bible every day is a good habit to get into. It will help you get to know the Bible and get to know the Lord.

When studying the Bible, you go a little deeper than just reading it. You can actually dig in and ask yourself some questions to help you comprehend and apply what you have read.

I like to study one book at a time in the Bible so I can get a clear understanding of what that book is about rather than skipping around to different passages of Scripture.

10 Questions to Ask Yourself While Studying the Bible

I have ten questions that I want to share with you that may help you as you study the Bible. I’ve broken them down into two sets of questions.

The first set of questions, you can ask yourself, while reading and studying the Bible, is the who, what, where and when questions:

 

Who is writing this passage of Scripture?

Who is it about?

What is going on in this Scripture?

What can I learn from this Scripture?

Where is the Scripture taking place?

When is this Scripture taking place?

 

The next set of questions you might like to ask yourself is more about your senses:

 

What do you see in this Scripture?

What do you hear in this Scripture?

What do you feel in this Scripture?

How does this Scripture make you feel?

 

I hope applying these questions to your Bible study time will help you to dig deeper into God’s Word and come out feeling like you are really getting to know and understand what the Bible is all about. If you would like to join us for our daily Bible study you can subscribe to Daily-Bible-Reading, where we share a daily devotional Monday through Friday.

You may also like to check out some of the books I’ve written about different books of the Bible or specific topics. I take you through the book one day at a time sharing a brief commentary, the daily Bible Scripture, a few questions for contemplation and a prayer for the day. All of my books are available on Amazon.

 

May God bless you as you read and study the Bible,

Deborah

Book Launch and Sale

We’ve published our next book in the Daily-Bible-Reading Series.

It’s another of Paul’s letters: The Book of Ephesians. We’re offering it at a special introductory price of only 99 cents January 30th – February 5th. As part of the celebration of our new book we’re offering three more of Paul’s letters on the Kindle countdown promotion. Get your copies now!

**New Release**

Ephesians(1)The Book of Ephesians: Paul’s Letter to the Church at Ephesus

by Deborah H. Bateman

About the book:

The Book of Ephesians: Paul’s Letter to the Church at Ephesus is a Daily-Bible-Reading Study by Deborah H. Bateman. It is a study of the book of Ephesians from the New Testament of the Bible. Ephesians is one of the Apostle Paul’s letters, which was written to the church at Ephesus.

In the book of Ephesians Paul reminds us that we are chosen of God. He encourages us to walk in unity in the church. He talks about our various relationships including our relationship with Christ, with each other, the husband-wife relationship and others. He also exhorts us to put on the full armor of God so that we are clothed for battle against the enemy.

The Book of Ephesians: Paul’s Letter to the Church at Ephesus consists of twelve lessons, which can be used for an individual daily Bible study or a group Bible study. Each lesson consists of a brief commentary, the Bible Scripture, a few questions for contemplation called, “Things to think about,” and a prayer for the day.

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We’re also offering these books at discounted rates January 30th – February 5th

The Book of 1 Timothy: Paul’s First Letter to Timothy

The Book of 2 Timothy: Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy

The Book of Titus: Paul’s Letter to Titus

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Blessings,

Deborah

Do you have a dream?

And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: – Acts 2:17

 I have a dream

I have a dream, do you? Many people have dreams, not only old men. They have dreams of different things. I believe many dreams are God given. Having a dream gives your life a sense of purpose.

You may have had a dream your whole life, a strong desire to be or do something special. Some people have many dreams.

Maybe your dream is to be successful in some way. Some may want to be a professional athlete, an actress or actor, a best-selling author, a doctor, nurse, or lawyer.

Some may have dreams of finding that special person to share your life with, having a family, or buying a home.

Some may want to build a business, or to become financially secure. There are endless things that people can build dreams around.

Some people’s dreams may be to change the world in some way, while other people’s dreams are personal.

Some dreams may take a short time to accomplish, while some may take years, or even a life time to see them come to fruition.

Some may start a movement, invent a product or service, or do something renowned to change the whole world and the way we live in the world.

Having a dream and seeing it come to pass can take a lot of hard work, determination, and passion. Just having a dream is not enough; you have to be willing to do what it takes to make it happen.

You may have to set goals to reach steps along the way to see your dreams come true. You may have to take some classes or other special training to learn to do the things you need to do to see your dream fulfilled.

Many times there will be opposition. You have to work through the opposition to see your dreams come to pass. Sometimes you may have to hang on for the ride, while other times it may seem like smooth sailing.

Whatever your dream is, dream big and do what it takes to make it happen.

 

May all your dreams come true,

Deborah

Christmas Christian Book Sale – a – Bration

Christmas Christian Book Sale – a – Bration

Daily-Bible-Reading logoMost of the books in the

Daily-Bible-Reading Series

will be on a special Christmas promotion which starts at

12/16 and ends on 12/22/2013 at 8am PST.

The books will go on sale on 12/16 and gradually resume their normal price by 12/22/2013 thanks to the Kindle countdown promotion.

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Have you read all the books in the
Daily-Bible Reading Series by Deborah H. Bateman?

If not, this is a good opportunity for you to get
the ones you don’t have already or
gift some to your friends and family in time for Christmas. 

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Merry Christmas to you and your family,

Deborah

 

99 Cent Book Launch

99 Cent Book Launch

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The Book of Galatians: Paul’s Letter to the Churches of Galatia

By Deborah H. Bateman

About the book:

The Book of Galatians: Paul’s Letter to the Churches of Galatia is a Daily-Bible-Reading Study of the book of Galatians. The book of Galatians is in the New Testament and is one of Paul’s letters. He wrote it to the churches of Galatia.

Paul is concerned that the people of Galatia are being taught something different than the true gospel, which he had taught them earlier. Paul goes to great lengths to make sure they understand the difference between living under the law and living under the grace of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Book of Galatians: Paul’s Letter to the Churches of Galatia contains sixteen daily Bible lessons. Each lesson consists of a brief commentary, the daily Bible Scripture, a few questions for contemplation called, “Things to think about,” and a prayer for the day. This book is good for personal daily Bible study and would be great to use for group Bible studies as well.

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Deborah H. Bateman Interviews Janet Harllee

Author Interview Series

Deborah H. Bateman

Interviews

Janet Harllee

Author of

“Just a Closer Stumble with Thee”

on Wednesday

11/20/2013

at 6:30 pm.

To listen to this FREE Teleseminar

Call:

(605) 475-3201

Access Code: 860983#

Meet my friend Janet Harllee

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 Author and Speaker

 

Author of

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Give Thanks Book Launch

Give Thanks - 25Book Launch for

“Give Thanks”

A Daily-Bible-Reading Study

by Deborah H. Bateman and Friends

In Celebration of the

“Give Thanks” Book Launch

the book will only be

Only 99 Cents.

From 10/29 – 11/5/2013

In addition as to “Give Thanks” to our readers

we also included all of the other books

in the Daily-Bible-Reading Series

for 99 cents each.

So, now is the time to get all the books

you don’t already have or gift them to a friend.

About the Book:

Give Thanks is a Daily-Bible-Reading Study by Deborah H. Bateman and Friends. Give Thanks contains 21 daily Bible lessons that remind us to have an attitude of gratitude. Each lesson contains a brief commentary, coordinating Scriptures, a few questions for contemplation or discussion, and a prayer for the day. Give Thanks is a great Bible study for individual or group Bible studies.

Four of Deborah’s friends contributed to the book and one of her friends contributed pictures of nature to remind us to be thankful for God’s creation. May God bless you as you read this book and remember to “Give Thanks” with a grateful heart.

Contributors: Deborah H. Bateman, Amanda Beth, Janet Harllee, Lily Brenner, Mary Pacheco, and Kathy J. Snow (photographs)

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Free Teleseminar – What is Your Passion – from Self-Publishing Simplified Boot Camp

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I have decided to do the first session of the Self-Publishing Simplified Boot Camp as a FREE teleseminar. I would like to invite you to join us. I will be introducing myself and telling you a little bit about my story and will also be talking to you about “Your Passion.”

We’ll discuss how finding your passion can help give you a purpose for life and how that passion can help you to share your message with the world.

I will be sharing with you some of the things we are going to be talking about in the Self-Publishing Simplified Boot Camp and giving you an opportunity at the end of the teleseminar to register and join us for the rest of the classes.

The free teleseminar is Tuesday 10/15/2013 at 2:00 pm EST.

If you missed the teleseminar you can listen to the replay at:

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It Is Time to Realign

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Have you ever felt like it was time to realign your priorities? I am writing this post to share from my heart with my family, friends, followers and fans to let you know that I am making some changes. Over the past three years I have put my heart, soul and life into the ministry that God has called me to do. I will continue to do that, but I feel like I need to make some changes in order to be able to sustain the ministry and serve you better.

My husband has wanted me to not work on the weekends for quite some time, but I didn’t feel the freedom to do that until now. There have been some changes in our lives recently in that he got a new job and because of that I have the opportunity to travel with him.

Because most of my work is online at this point I can work from anywhere. I have decided to take the opportunity so that I can spend more time with my husband. Life is short and we aren’t promised tomorrow.

I feel that by changing my focus and working Monday through Friday during business hours I will allow myself some freedom as well. I will be able to spend more time with my husband during the week and on the weekends. I will be able to spend time with my children and grandchildren on the weekends as well. I will also be able to schedule time for writer’s meetings, writer’s conferences, church activities and women’s ministry.

I guess you are asking what does this have to do with you. I have been posting seven days a week for the past three years on Daily-Bible-Reading.com and BibleVerseTweet.com. Starting today I will be posting Monday through Friday. There is plenty of content there that I have created in the past three years in the archives for those of you who want to view it on the weekends.

At times I have felt burned out and exhausted. I have felt over worked and under paid. I have also experienced some physical issues. Due to my own physical well-being and the need to realign my schedule I feel these changes are absolutely necessary. I feel I will be able to get some much needed rest and will be able to focus better when I am working.

I love serving you and am excited about what God has done in the past and what He has planned for the future. There will be more books. I plan on publishing one book a month in the Daily-Bible-Reading Series over the next year. I also am planning on publishing another book in the Simplified Series in the next year. I am working on a coaching program to go along with Self-Publishing Simplified: How to Publish a Book on Kindle that I hope to release soon where I will be teaching other writers how to publish their books.

God has been good to me. He has blessed me with a wonderful family that I dearly love. He has blessed me with a ministry where I can serve Him and share with you. He has blessed me with many wonderful friends, followers and fans and I am grateful for every one of you. Thank you for your continued prayers and support as I move forward for His glory.

Birthday Bash – Book Launch

Join the Celebration

Happy Birthday Cake with flowersWe’re celebrating the 1st Birthday of The Book of Ezra: A Story of Provision and Protection

and

We’re also celebrating the publication of The Book of Philemon: Paul’s Letter to Philemon

Both books are FREE

Wednesday, 9/4/2013 – Friday, 9/6/2013

Get your copies now!

The Book of Ezra 25The Book of Ezra: A Story of Provision and Protection

Published September 1, 2012

by Deborah H. Bateman

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and

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The Book of Philemon: Paul’s Letter to Philemon

Published August 26, 2013

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Blessings,

Deborah

How to use Facebook Insights to Learn about your Target Market

No matter what your business or ministry is it is important that you know about the people you serve. Facebook Insights is a tool that is on Facebook Fan Pages. You can learn so much about your target market by using this tool. There are different tabs that you can click on and each of those tabs gives you more information about the people who like your fan or business pages. Some of the things you can learn are:

Pages Tab

  • Where your page likes come from
  • Your total number of likes up to this point

Facebook Insights

Posts Tab

  • Which posts reached the most people
  • Which posts had the most engagement
  • When your fans are online
  • What days of the week they are online
  • What times of the day they are online
  • What the best post types are

Facebook Insights people

People Tab

  • What is the age of your fans
  • What is the gender of your fans
  • What is the geographical location of your fans
  • What languages does your fans speak

Facebook Insights People Geography & Location

What I learned about my audience from using this tool is that 80-85 percent of my fans are women, even though some of my best supporters are men. I am glad to have them both.

The majority of the women who like my pages are between the ages of 25-65, even though there are some women who are both younger and older.

Most of my fans are from the US, even though I have fans from all over the world and welcome them all since one of my goals is to “Share God’s Word” around the world.

Most of my fans speak English, which is understandable since I write and speak English. But, I do have fans who speak other languages as well. I took Spanish in high school, and can recognize some words in Spanish, but I wouldn’t say I speak Spanish.

I learned the times of day that most of my fans are online and the days of the week that most of them are online. This information may help me in knowing when are the best times and days for me to post my messages.

I also learned which posts my fans engaged with the most. This can help me learn what posts my fans like best.

This doesn’t include my entire market since it only includes those people who have liked my Facebook pages, but I believe it is a good representation of my total market.

What tools do you use to help you learn more about your target market?

For those of you who are more technical and want more answers about how to use this tool you may find this Facebook tutorial helpful. Though I found it most helpful to just go into my Facebook page and click on insights to see what I could discover for myself about my  tribe. I hope this information helps give you some insight into learning more about the people you serve.

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Deborah

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Book Launch for The Book of Titus: Paul’s Letter to Titus

Book Launch

To celebrate the launch The Book of Titus: Paul’s Letter to Titus

We are offering it for FREE!

As a bonus we are offering two of our

most recent books for only 99 cents each.

The Book of 1 Timothy: Paul’s First Letter to Timothy

and

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The celebration begins Wednesday, 7/31/2013

and goes through Friday, 8/2/2013

 

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The Book of Titus: Paul’s Letter to Titus

About the book:

The Book of Titus: Paul’s Letter to Titus is a Daily-Bible-Reading study by Deborah H. Bateman. Titus is considered to be one of the Pastoral Epistles along with 1 and 2 Timothy. Paul wrote these letters to help instruct the leaders of the churches how to handle certain situations and how to properly establish the churches of his day. The book of Titus is found in the New Testament of the Bible right after 2 Timothy.

The Book of Titus: Paul’s Letter to Titus contains six daily Bible lessons. Included in each lesson is a brief commentary, the Daily Bible Scripture, a few questions for contemplation or discussion which Deborah calls: Things to think about, and a prayer. This Bible study is good for personal or group studies.

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The Book of 1 Timothy: Paul’s First Letter to Timothy

About the book:

The Book of 1 Timothy: Paul’s First Letter to Timothy is a Daily-Bible-Reading study of the book of 1 Timothy by Deborah H. Bateman. Paul addresses several issues concerning the church in his letter to Timothy as he encourages Timothy to fight the good fight of faith. He includes the qualifications for bishops and deacons, as well as the care for widows in the church. Paul also addresses some issues concerning women of the church and how they should conduct themselves. Paul’s letters were not only relevant to his day, but are also relevant to the world we live in today.

The Book of 1 Timothy: Paul’s First Letter to Timothy contains fourteen daily Bible lessons consisting of a brief commentary, the daily Bible Scripture, several questions for discussion and contemplation, and a prayer of the day. This is a great study for personal or group Bible studies.

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The Book of 2 Timothy: Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy

About the book:

The Book of 2 Timothy: Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy is a Daily-Bible-Reading Study Book of the book of 2 Timothy by Deborah H. Bateman. Paul writes this letter to encourage Timothy and also to warn him.

The letter was written to Timothy, who was the first bishop of the church of the Ephesians. It was written by Paul, during his second imprisonment in Rome. Paul had suffered much persecution and desertion by those he loved and served with, but still he gave the Lord the praise for always standing by him no matter what happened. Paul exhorts Timothy by letting him know that things won’t always be easy, but whatever you go through if you have the Lord on your side you can get through it.

The Book of 2 Timothy: Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy contains nine daily Bible lessons consisting of a brief commentary, the daily Bible Scripture, a few questions for for contemplation or discussion called “Things to think about,” and a prayer of the day. It is great for both personal and group Bible study and devotions.

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Our life’s work often resides within an obvious passion

What do Vernon Davis and Tia Torres have in common? Both have a unique expression for what they are called to do AND they’re living their life’s work.

Top-ranked NFL tight end and 49ers star Vernon Davis, owns Gallery 85, an exclusive art gallery in Santana Row in San Jose, California. Gallery 85 offers a wide range of visual artists a venue for high-end exposure for their work while raising funds for the Vernon Davis Foundation for the Arts, which promotes arts education and art appreciation for at-risk youth and awards college art school scholarships for talented inner-city youth.

Some would say Vernon’s life’s work is to be a great tight end, while others would say it is running his nonprofit organization. Another perspective is that both are part of his life’s work.

Then there’s Tia Torres, an iconic figure who rescues pit bulls. What started as a part-time interest in rescuing dogs has become Tia’s life’s work. Having worked as a gang counselor at one point in her career, her passion for rescuing animals turned into what is now known to millions as the TV show Pit Bulls and Parolees.

In the late 1990s, during a visit to a local animal shelter, Tia met a four-year-old pit bull, which made a huge impression on her. She touched Tia’s heart and was instrumental in Tia’s pursuing her new calling. The journey to save pit bulls was a rough one with many obstacles along the way. But with her big “why” always in the forefront of her journey, Tia overcame incredible obstacles to become known as one of the most powerful dog rescuers of all time.

Because of Tia’s work, thousands of pit bulls destined to be throw-away dogs now live in loving homes. Her work not only saved these amazing creatures, but she has transformed the misunderstanding people had about pit bulls into love.

It is now easier to get the word out about what Tia and others like her are doing to make a difference in the world. There have been amazing advances in communication technology since the time when she first began her rescue mission.

Whatever your calling, what is your bigger “why?” Certainly there are times when things get really tough for Tia Torres and her pit bull rescue program. What allows her to stay the course is that her commitment is bigger than she is.

It’s the same with Vernon Davis. At times there are likely challenges he must overcome to stay the course. Yet, he does. And through Internet and social media marketing he has been able to raise awareness about the needs of talented inner-city artists in a much bigger way.

We are often led to believe that there should be no struggles, no hardships, no obstacles in pursuing our dreams. Give me a break! There will be times when things are a challenge, and it is often the challenges that inspire us in our true calling.

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Finding Our Identity in Christ

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“Finding Our Identity in Christ” is a Daily-Bible-Reading Study By: Deborah H. Bateman. The Bible Study is designed to help us develop a close, personal, intimate relationship with Christ through prayer, Bible study, giving thanks, worship and praise. Deborah shares some personal examples about how God used these tools to help her in her walk with Christ. She wants to share them with others so together we can embark on the journey of “Finding Our Identity in Christ.”

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The Book of Matthew: Life of Jesus Christ

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“The Book of Matthew: Life of Jesus Christ” is a Daily-Bible-Reading Study by Deborah H. Bateman, which takes you through the entire book of Matthew beginning with the genealogy of Jesus Christ and His birth. Then it goes into Jesus’ ministry here on earth, including the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus’ parables, and Jesus’ final days, including His death, burial, and resurrection. The book concludes with the great commission.

“The Book of Matthew: Life of Jesus Christ” includes fifty-seven daily devotionals which contain a brief commentary written by Deborah, the daily Bible Scripture, a few questions to think about, and a prayer of the day. It is a great book for individual daily devotions or a group Bible study.

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God Is Love

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God is Love is a Daily-Bible-Reading Study by Deborah H. Bateman. It contains 19 daily devotionals on Scriptures about love from the Bible: including God’s love for us, the love relationship between a husband and wife, love and honoring our parents, and much more.

This devotional would be good for personal daily devotions or group Bible studies, including small groups, and Sunday school classes. Each devotional contains a brief commentary by the author, the daily Bible Scripture, a prayer of the day, and several questions for personal reflection or group discussion.

In God is Love, Deborah strives to show you not only what love is, but that love comes from God, as well as the love of God surpasses all imagination.

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PURIM Celebration: 28 Daily Devotionals

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About the book:

PURIM Celebration: 28 Daily Devotionals is a Daily-Bible-Reading Study Book by Deborah H. Bateman and friends. It is a compilation of 28 Daily Devotionals by Deborah and fourteen of her author and writer friends.

Purim is a holiday that was started back in the days of Queen Esther and is still celebrated today. Deborah took the letters of PURIM and created categories for the contributors to write about:

• P=Praise
• U=Un-forgiveness or Forgiveness
• R=Relationships
• I=Inspirational
• M=Marriage

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by Deborah H. Bateman

About the book:

“The Book of Matthew: Life of Jesus Christ” is a Daily-Bible-Reading Study by Deborah H. Bateman, which takes you through the entire book of Matthew beginning with the genealogy of Jesus Christ and His birth. Then it goes into Jesus’ ministry here on earth, including the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus’ parables, and Jesus’ final days, including His death, burial, and resurrection. The book concludes with the great commission.

“The Book of Matthew: Life of Jesus Christ” includes fifty-seven daily devotionals which contain a brief commentary written by Deborah, the daily Bible Scripture, a few questions to think about, and a prayer of the day. It is a great book for individual daily devotions or a group Bible study.

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The Book of 2 Timothy: Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy

By Deborah H. Bateman

About the book:

The Book of 2 Timothy: Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy is a Daily-Bible-Reading Study Book of the book of 2 Timothy by Deborah H. Bateman. Paul writes this letter to encourage Timothy and also to warn him.

The letter was written to Timothy, who was the first bishop of the church of the Ephesians. It was written by Paul, during his second imprisonment in Rome. Paul had suffered much persecution and desertion by those he loved and served with, but still he gave the Lord the praise for always standing by him no matter what happened. Paul exhorts Timothy by letting him know that things won’t always be easy, but whatever you go through if you have the Lord on your side you can get through it.

The Book of 2 Timothy: Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy contains nine daily Bible lessons consisting of a brief commentary, the daily Bible Scripture, a few questions for for contemplation or discussion called “Things to think about,” and a prayer of the day. It is great for both personal and group Bible study and devotions.

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About the book:

The Book of 1 Timothy: Paul’s First Letter to Timothy is a Daily-Bible-Reading study of the book of 1 Timothy by Deborah H. Bateman. Paul addresses several issues concerning the church in his letter to Timothy as he encourages Timothy to fight the good fight of faith. He includes the qualifications for bishops and deacons, as well as the care for widows in the church. Paul also addresses some issues concerning women of the church and how they should conduct themselves. Paul’s letters were not only relevant to his day, but are also relevant to the world we live in today. 

The Book of 1 Timothy: Paul’s First Letter to Timothy contains fourteen daily Bible lessons consisting of a brief commentary, the daily Bible Scripture, several questions for discussion and contemplation, and a prayer of the day. This is a great study for personal or group Bible studies.

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Psalm 119: Thy Word is a Lamp unto My Feet

by Deborah H. Bateman

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About the book:

Psalm 119: Thy Word is a Lamp unto My Feet is a Daily-Bible-Reading Study by Deborah H. Bateman. Psalm 119 is located in the center of the Bible and is the longest chapter in the Bible, but Deborah breaks it up into bite-size pieces for daily devotionals. Psalm 119 is about the importance of God’s Word in the life of the Psalmist and in your life as well.

Psalm 119 is broken up into twenty-two stanzas of eight verses each so Deborah crated twenty-two short daily devotional lessons which can be used for personal daily devotions or group Bible studies. Each stanza in Psalm 119 starts with a letter from the Hebrew alphabet so you will also learn about one letter of the Hebrew alphabet with each lesson.

Deborah includes a brief commentary, the daily Bible Scripture, a prayer, and a few questions at the end of each lesson for personal reflection or group discussion. This study will encourage you and inspire you to read and study the Bible, God’s Holy Word.

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GOD IS LOVE

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God is Love is a Daily-Bible-Reading Study by Deborah H. Bateman. It contains 19 daily devotionals on Scriptures about love from the Bible: including God’s love for us, the love relationship between a husband and wife, love and honoring our parents, and much more.

This devotional would be good for personal daily devotions or group Bible studies, including small groups, and Sunday school classes. Each devotional contains a brief commentary by the author, the daily Bible Scripture, a prayer of the day, and several questions for personal reflection or group discussion.

In God is Love, Deborah strives to show you not only what love is, but that love comes from God, as well as the love of God surpasses all imagination.

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Beatitudes: How to Live a Blessed Life

by Deborah H. Bateman

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Beatitudes: How to Live a Blessed Life is a Daily-Bible-Reading Study of The Beatitudes By: Deborah H. Bateman. The Beatitudes are part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and are also known as “The Blessings.” The Beatitudes are found in the book of Matthew in Matthew 5:3-12. This Scripture tells us what it means to be righteous. Jesus tells us how God expects us, as Christians, to live our daily lives and how we can receive the blessings of God on our lives.

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The Book of Esther: A Story of Love and Favor

by Deborah H. Bateman

which was published on 3/28/2012.

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A Story of Love and Favor
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In honor of The Book of Esther’s Birthday we are offering

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Psalm 119: Thy Word is a Lamp unto My Feet
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Psalm 119: Thy Word is a Lamp unto My Feet is a Daily-Bible-Reading Study by Deborah H. Bateman. Psalm 119 is located in the center of the Bible and is the longest chapter in the Bible. Psalm 119 is about the importance of God’s Word in the life of the Psalmist and in your life as well. Psalm 119 is broken up into twenty-two stanzas of eight verses each so Deborah crated twenty-two short daily devotional lessons which can be used for personal daily devotions or group Bible studies. Each stanza in Psalm 119 starts with a letter from the Hebrew alphabet so you will also learn about one letter of the Hebrew alphabet with each lesson. Deborah includes a brief commentary, the daily Bible Scripture, a prayer, and a few questions at the end of each lesson for personal reflection or group discussion. This study will encourage you and inspire you to read and study the Bible, God’s Holy Word.

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PURIM Celebration: 28 Daily Devotionals is a Daily-Bible-Reading Study by Deborah H. Bateman and friends. It is a compilation of 28 Daily Devotionals by me and fourteen of my author and writer friends.

PURIM Celebration was originally created as part of Deborah’s Book Launch for her book: The Book of Esther: A Story of Love and Favor which was published last year.

Purim is a holiday that was started back in the days of Queen Esther and is still celebrated today. Deborah took the letters of PURIM and created categories for the contributors to write about

  • P=Praise
  • U=Un-forgiveness or Forgiveness
  • R=Relationships
  • I=Inspirational
  • M=Marriage

One of the traditions of Purim is giving gifts to the poor. In light of that tradition we have decided that a portion of the proceeds of this book will go to charity.

PURIM Celebration includes devotionals from: Deborah H. Bateman, Mary Pacheco, Penny Zeller, Katherine Harms, Dave Moore, Marlo Schalesky, Judith Robl, Lynn Dove, Buffy Crabtree, Deborah McCarragher, Shawn Lamb, Serge Roux-Levrat, Lily Brenner, Heidi Faith, and Lisa Buffaloe.

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The Book of Matthew: Life of Jesus Christ is a Daily-Bible-Reading Study by Deborah H. Bateman. The Book of Matthew begins with the genealogy of Jesus Christ and His birth. It takes us through His ministry here on earth, and Jesus’ final days, including His death, burial, and resurrection. The book concludes with the great commission.

The book includes fifty-seven daily devotionals which contain a brief commentary, the daily Bible Scripture, a few questions to think about, and a prayer of the day. It is a great book for individual daily devotions or a group Bible study.

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Nathaniel Taylor was a Christian who thought believers were exempted from “dark times.” That was until he entered his own long time in the dark. When he meets Lilly, a young woman in danger, it sends him on a journey to discover the difference between night and day and that during dark times, the Light is hidden, not gone.
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Amazon ImageThe Forever Stone by Gloria Repp
No matter what they think, Madeleine decides to go. She’ll help her aunt restore the old house; she’ll sign up for an online baking course; and she’ll bury–yes, bury–those terrible memories. ”From now on,” she tells herself, “I’m going to be strong and independent.”
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Amazon ImageThe Missing Piece by Carol McCormick
After only a few months of marriage, Lorraine left Dylan on a wintry night after he’d spent one too many nights out with the guys. Unable to cope with the loss, Dylan escapes the painful feelings by drinking them away. This decision costs him a year-and-a-half of his life after he stops in a little mountain town and ends up in the local jail. When he’s released, he returns home in search of a job to get his life…and his wife back.
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Amazon ImageThe Earth Painter by Melissa Turner Lee
The Earth Painter is a Young Adult Supernatural Romance set in the small mill town of Chesnee, SC. It revolves around Holly Scruggs, whose family has just moved back to Chesnee after her dad lost his job along with pretty much everything they owned. Her image conscious parents correct her to the point of brokenness until she meets Theo. He is the artist responsible for all the beauty of the land and he thinks Holly is beautiful, too. Together they will fight against Fritz, the water painter, who hates humans and is hiding a secret under the high school.
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Amazon Image Chosen by Barbara Ellen Brink
With tongue firmly in cheek and genuine Amish-made stakes at hand, Jael the vampire slayer is ready to kick some serious bloodsucker butt. Seriously.
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Trained by her uncle and father in twenty-one different forms of hand-to-hand combat – she also throws a knife with the speed of a bullet, and is accurate to within two centimeters of a cold, dead heart with her crossbow – she is a bloodsucker’s worst nightmare.
Her parents, forced to leave their plain and simple upbringing to escape the clutches of the new Bishop – an ancient and powerful vampire with plans to use the Amish Community as his own personal Jamba Juice – raise and train their daughter to continue the fight begun thousands of years earlier by another Jael, and to fulfill the prophecy in the Book of the Shunned.
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Amazon Image Hearts On The Road  by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer
Will Randi find love on the open road? Abandoned, betrayed, and feeling forsaken by God, truck driver Randi Davis crisscrosses Wyoming with a broken heart, vowing never to love another man. Suddenly Matthew Carter, a pastor in search of a mobile ministry, is thrust into her life and into her cab. And there’s nothing she can do about it.  Matthew sees the seedier side of trucking every day, and he feels a pull toward the people there—a definite call to minister to them. But getting this ministry established is proving more difficult than he imagined.  Soon Randi and Matthew find themselves at cross-purposes. His life on the road has just begun. Her eight-year-old niece needs a parent to come home to every day. Will this be the end of the road for Randi and Matthew’s romance?
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Amazon Image That Hoosier’s Cap by Dave King
Stan Leidel has vanished from Beatty … again … leaving his two sons, Tim and Mark, to once again fend for themselves. But this time, there just has to be a good ending to the story!
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Amazon Image Julianne  by Rebekah Lyn

Julianne is a story about a young woman’s struggle to find inner peace and spirituality. Julianne Finnegan has experienced relationship issues, career confusion, and is overshadowed by a successful sibling. Dissatisfaction is evident in every facet of her life. She meets Oliver, a handsome young actor who struggles with demons of his own. Through her encounter with Oliver, Julianne begins to learn about faith in herself and in others, although she is faced with some difficult choices when a former love appears. Julianne is an exploration of the guidance we may seek in establishing relationships with others and a higher power.
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Amazon Image Joe The Dreamer by A.B. Brownell

When Joe’s parents disappear, he becomes the target of the radical militant group that enslaves them and his fate could be worse than death.
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Amazon Image Deep In The Heart by Staci Stallings

Just out of college and completely alone in the world, Maggie Montgomery has one shot left to save her life from an abyss of poverty and hopelessness. Clinging to the last shred of fuel and hope, she arrives at the mansion of Texas billionaire Conrad Ayers. Although Maggie is clearly not what Mr. Ayers and his wife have in mind for a nanny, they agree to hire her temporarily until they can find someone more appropriate to fill the position. However, Maggie’s whole world is about to be up-ended by two way-over-scheduled children and one incredibly handsome hired hand. As she struggles to fit into a world she was never made to fit in, Maggie wonders if she can ever learn to become a perfect version of herself so she can keep the job, or is she doomed to always be searching for a life she can never quite grasp?
Keith Ayers despises his life. As the son of Texas billionaire Conrad Ayers and the fiance to a Senator from Texas’ daughter, it looks great on the outside, but inside, he is dying. He would vastly prefer to manage and train his father’s racehorses. However, everyone else thinks that is beneath him. He needs to get into industry and build on his father’s success. Suffocating under the constrictions of his life, he meets Maggie who begins to teach him that wealth and power is not everything in this life. But can Keith defy the most powerful men in Texas to follow his heart?
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Amazon Image To Protect & Serve by Staci Stallings

Houston firefighter, Jeff Taylor is a fireman’s fireman. He’s not afraid of anything, and no situation is too dangerous to keep him on the sideline if lives are at stake.Lisa Matheson runs a semi-successful ad agency that’s on the brink of falling apart. Her employees are incompetent and her schedule has become exhausting. When she takes on a client with a brilliant idea for a big conference, she thinks that maybe, finally this is her lucky break. However, the fire station wasn’t what she had in mind for finding conference speakers. When she falls for a handsome but shy firefighter, it’s possible that life might just be going her way for a change. The only problem is she can’t control Jeff and the death wish he seems to have…
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Amazon Image The Captives by Precarious Yates
Three lives weave together inextricably.
Qoshonni: the warrior.

Shunda: the orphan.

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Amazon Image Pyromarne by Precarious Yates
The MerKing has access to the magical metal, pyromarne, and the world of Aiqua Marrin is falling apart according to his designs. All his pieces are set in place. But he doesn’t anticipate the resolve of men, the dedication of the Ulys or the purity of the aquavians. Is there enough time to defeat the MerKing before the end that was foretold comes to pass?
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Amazon Image March Madness Revisited by Teirrah McNair
At first glance, Tiny, a young Silicon Valley worker, mightn’t have passed for much more than a pretty yuppie, up and about her sprightly life. When Tiny however meets an unexpected turn in her life, losing her job, without anyone to turn to for help, a desperate casting of doom spells over her.
She is left to fend with absolutely no money, no one to care or her, no rent money and not even gas money that can get her to her next job interview. Alone in a world that so suddenly turns perilous when one is without financial support, Tiny treads through her life with extreme caution, despair and just by blindly clutching on to hope, hope that will eventually redeem her, in a tale of twists, surprises and events that can only be described as put in place by destiny.
March Madness is about triumph of the human spirit. It shows how even people who seem like ordinary people can reach deep into themselves, to pull up amazing bouts of tenacity, fight, resolve and dogged determination, to overcome obstacles that just seem to keep tumbling down when they down on their luck.
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Amazon Image Read Me Dead by Emerald Barnes
Alexia Wheaton’s problems go far beyond picking a dress and a date for the homecoming dance.
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Alex is catapulted into a race against time to save her own life and bring her parents’ murderer to justice. She will face many secrets, lies, and betrayals before the truth about their murder is revealed.
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The TRUTH is……You don’t have to be perfect to delight in the Lord. You don’t have to have it all together, or have the perfectly balanced life. For so long I thought before I could move forward in certain areas of my life I needed to at least have a perfectly balanced life.
But now I realize that isn’t so. God will bless your efforts, and He will honor your humility. So when you feel like delighting in Him requires action from you to improve or be better at being a Christian, know this, God is strong where ever you are weak, and your actions for the Lord will not go in vain.
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Does having your spouse’s undivided attention appeal to you? Planning weekends give you time to dream, to talk together about what you wish, or want, at a time when the other person is really listening.
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Our lives are ruled by habits. We are defined by them. How our days play out, how we act and react, and even how we eat, sleep and talk are all affected by our habits – for better or for worse.
It’s said that it takes 21 days to form a new habit or break an old one, so why not spend the next 21 days forming a habit of spending time with God? If you’ve got 21 days, we’ve got 21 devotions specifically written for today’s teen girls.
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It’s been said that it takes 21 days to form a habit. I don’t know about you but it sure seems difficult to break the bad habits and keep the good ones going. You may have several good habits you’ve formed in your life that have become second nature to you.
For me, running has become one such habit. What started out as a legitimate way to lose some extra pounds and help speed up my metabolism eventually turned into my favorite sport and primary outlet for competition. The daily run is something I look forward to as it leaves me feeling energized and full of life.
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Amazon Image Starting Off On The Right Foot: A Beginner’s Guide To Running Well by CJ Hitz
No matter the sport, everyone has to start somewhere. The simple sport of running is no different. Running came natural to us as kids but for various reasons, many of us gave it up at some point.
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Amazon Image Another Second Chance by Troy Lewis
This is a very powerful book about the author’s experience in facing the ups and downs of kidney disease–After playing Jesus Christ in a local passion drama for 9 years, his world is turned upside down; As he states in the first chapter, “this would cause me to question who I was, all that I had believed, and God himself.” We live through Troy’s journey and the emotional and spiritual roller coaster with him, but always we sense God in control of the situation-even when all seems hopeless.
You will find yourself eagerly reading, in suspense, wanting to find out what happens next and how God will work. The author merely talks to us as if to friends, sharing something wonderful and awesome that happened to him; How at death’s door step, he found God’s Hope, Peace, and the reason for it all.
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Amazon Image A Mom’s Battle Cry for Rest  Battle Cry Devotional Series by Laura Marshall
Tired? Stressed out? Overwhelmed?
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Amazon ImageBody Image Lies Women Believe by Shelley Hitz
Are you insecure about your looks? Have you ever compared yourself to someone else and found yourself wanting? Do complements or put downs determine the image you have of your beauty?
Throughout this book, Christian women share their stories of how they have struggled with body image lies and a distorted view of themselves. However, each of their stories also contains hope – the hope of replacing these lies with God’s truth. Our prayer for you is that you find encouragement within these pages and allow Christ to transform you with His truth.

God has created each one of us with unique abilities, unique talents and a unique personality. As women we are influencers and God has given us that role and our beauty to share with others. Yet so often we settle for a counterfeit. The enemy has counterfeited our idea of beauty, convincing us to share our beauty with the world in a distorted way. Today that often means that we see our beauty as what we look like on the outside.

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Amazon Image My Treasure  by Heather Bixler
There are plenty of Christian resources out there telling us how to manage our money. From budgeting, to couponing, to saving, to investing, (there are numerous) books, courses, and blogs available for all Christians to learn how to steward their money to better honor and glorify the Lord.
I think these resources are amazing and have often used them in my own life in order to become debt free and learn how to better manage my family’s finances. But one burning question always entered into my mind as I began to budget, coupon, and bring down my debt – what’s the point? my heart still struggled daily with greed and fear when it came to money.
In this four week mini Bible Study, we are not going to examine how to manage our money. Instead we are going to examine our heart towards money. One thing I have learned when it comes to money is this, it’s really not about HOW much money you have that will determine whether you are broke or rich, it’s WHERE your heart is towards God and towards money.
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Amazon Image Thoughts On Being Left Behind by Phyllis Sather
At one time or another we all feel left behind – whether because of illness, loss of a loved one, or the busyness of parenting and/or homeschooling. These timeless pieces, written by someone who went from the life of an active and involved woman to a near invalid within just a few weeks, speak to the heart of anyone who feels like they’ve been put on the shelf and possibly forgotten.
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Amazon Image Swallowed By Life by Ada Brownell
In Genesis immediately after Adam and Eve sinned and knew they would die, God promised a Redeemer. Jesus was that Redeemer and He came to do something about death–and He did.
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Amazon Image FaithLeaps by Alyssa Avant
Do you believe God has placed a purpose and plan in your heart for business?Do you need help channeling your passion into profits?
Are you scared to death to pursue the plans you believe God has placed in your heart for business?
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Amazon Image The Book of Esther: A Story Of Love And Favor  by Deborah H. Bateman
The Book of Esther: A Story of Love and Favor is a Daily-Bible-Reading study of the book of Esther. In the book of Esther, Esther was adopted by her cousin Mordecai. In a series of events and through fasting, prayer and God’s favor Esther was placed in a position to save the Jewish people. Esther’s cousin Mordecai told her maybe she was born for such a time as this. God puts us all in circumstances where He can use us to further His kingdom and give Him glory, if we are willing and obedient. Esther found her identity in Christ and her purpose for life. Like Esther you were born for such a time as this. You too can find your identity in Christ.
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Amazon ImagePsalm 119: Thy Word is a Lamp unto My Feet by Deborah H. Bateman

Psalm 119: Thy Word is a Lamp unto My Feet is a Daily-Bible-Reading Study by Deborah H. Bateman. Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible and is located in the center of the Bible. It is about the importance of God’s Word, the Bible in your life. It is broken up into twenty-two stanzas of eight verses each so Deborah created twenty-two short lessons which can be used for personal daily devotions or weekly group Bible studies. Each stanza starts with a letter from the Hebrew alphabet so you will also learn about one letter of the Hebrew alphabet with each lesson. Deborah includes a prayer and a few questions at the end of each lesson for personal reflection or group discussion.
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Amazon Image Proverbs of the New Testament by Lara Velez

A Relevant Study of the Book of James. Unlock the Secrets to Living a Victorious Christian Life… the Way God Intended
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Amazon ImageHoliness Revealed by Lara Velez

But just as He Who called you is holy, so be holy in all your conduct and manner of living; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” – 1 Peter 1:15-16The word “holy” seems to be completely insane and utterly unattainable at first glance. It can also make many cringe at the mere mention of it. In today’s culture, the words: “holiness” and “holy” sound like something out of the dark ages–or at the very least, words spoken by some overzealous religious lunatic.
Thankfully, being holy is not crazy, “old fashioned thinking” or unattainable! It is what we are called to, and if God calls us to it, then He will make a way for us to walk in it!
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Amazon Image The Way of Salvation by Teirrah McNair
Comfort food for new Christians, The Way breaks down salvation basics into easily digestible bites. 5000 words. A great quick read for individual and group study.
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Amazon Image Financial Empowerment Realign Your Finances To God’s Will by Pamela Carmichael
Are you in a constant financial struggle and juggle where there never seems to be enough? Do you wonder if God is able to or even willing to provide for you? Are you constantly paying bills and covering debt payments without seeing much progress? Are you faithful in tithing and giving but yet you cannot see on outpoured blessing?
Then this book is here for you. Financial Empowerment discusses the problems we face in different areas of our finances and shows how to manage money in a God-pleasing manner. In a simple easy-to-read manner, it provides biblical and practical solutions to personal financial management.
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Amazon Image God’s Promises in 8 Key Life Areas That Will Change Your Life Forever by Krystal Kuehn and Violet James
God’s Promises in 8 Keys Life Areas That Will Change Your Life Forever helps you to know and understand who you are and what you have as a child of God. With personalized confessions of Scripture applied to 8 key life areas, you will easily be able to receive God’s promises and live life to the fullest. You will be empowered and changed from the inside out as you walk in the truth of God’s promises in your relationship with Him and others, in your life purpose, in your thought life and more.
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Amazon Image Think Like A Winner by Krystal Kuehn and Violet James
One of the greatest challenges we face in our Christian walk is the renewal of our minds and the application of Biblical truth and principles to our lives. This is an ongoing process, and it is the key to our victory and fulfillment. Think Like a Winner – How Renewing Your Mind with God’s Word Empowers You to Win in Life will inspire and motivate you to live the fulfilling life Jesus died to give you. You will gain a deeper understanding of the power and importance of renewing your mind. You will be given examples and exercises on how to apply and practice Biblical truth and principles.
This book is a perfect companion to In Christ, I am… and God’s Promises on Who You Are in Christ that Will Transform You from the Inside Out. You can win every battle and have victory in your mind, relationships, family, work, health …. because you are born to be a winner!
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A Life of Gratitude: How to Overcome Self-Pity and Negativity

During a season of transition in my life, I found myself overwhelmed with negative emotions like self-pity and a complaining spirit. It was as if a dark cloud had descended over me. I prayed and asked God for wisdom on how to overcome these negative emotions. As I did, I sensed Him leading me to do a 21 day gratitude challenge.

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Because of some design issues we had to change the cover, so it is different than the cover for the Kindle version, It still has the same coloring as our Kindle book and the Daily-Bible-Reading logo. It has the same great content, but has been updated to include lines to answer the questions so it can be used as a workbook as well.

I wanted to get it in print for those of you who prefer paperback. It will be good for people to use as personal Bible study and devotional or for group Bible studies and devotionals. Celebrate with me. My first book in print.

 

 

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What’s Your Passion

By: Deborah H. Bateman

What does passion mean to you? Passion to me is a strong desire for something. Passion is a longing in your heart, soul, and body for something or someone.

What are you passionate about? What drives you? What are you zealous for? What would you do if no one paid you anything? What do you love? Common wisdom says if you can find what it is you are truly passionate about as your way of living, you will be able to live a happy life. When you are passionate about something it doesn’t feel like work. You love doing it. You enjoy it so much that you would do it whether you were being paid or not.

Don’t get me wrong, it is nice to get paid for doing your work, but when you are passionate about a cause or something you enjoy doing it is much easier to do the work it requires. It is as if you live to do it. You thrive when you are doing it. Your passion could be a million different things. Some people really enjoy doing art. They love drawing, painting, or doing some type of craft. Others enjoy music. They love to play instruments or sing. Some enjoy acting. They love dressing up and getting into different roles.

I love studying the Bible and sharing it with others. I enjoy writing. I always knew it was easier for me to express my feelings in writing than it was through speech, but, I only discovered in the past few years how I could use that passion to share with others through writing blogs and books.

I hope you discover your passion, because when you do you get so much joy out of it. Don’t get me wrong, it is still work. Sometimes you may get tired or frustrated, but when you love doing something you keep coming back to it. No one has to prompt you to do it. You do it because that is what you love.

How does your passion drive you? If you tap into your passion, it can drive you to succeed. It energizes you. It gives you a reason to live. It gives you a purpose.

Once you discover your passion or what it is you want to write about you can begin to work on building your platform.

 

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The Top 7 Ways Authors Mess Up Their Book Marketing

Imagine this scenario: You’ve just finished your first book. You are thrilled beyond measure. Fantasies of best seller lists, limo rides in New York, and appearing on Oprah dance through your head…

It’s a beautiful dream.

However, that dream can turn into a nightmare of wasted money and disappointment if you don’t know how to market your masterpiece.

In fact, according to industry insiders, some new authors sell between 40 and 100 copies of their books. Yes, you read that correctly.

However, many new authors sell thousands of copies of their books. Mark Victor Hansen and Robert Allen of Chicken Soup fame sell millions of copies of books each year.

What’s the difference?

Strategy and marketing skills make the difference between having cases of unsold books sitting in your garage and creating a media empire. If you don’t know what to do with your book once it is written, it will be pretty difficult for you to sell many copies.

Thankfully, there are resources available to help you with all the facets of marketing your book successfully. There are many different techniques that you can use, depending on your personal strengths and preferences. There isn’t a cookie cutter approach to book sales that you are required to follow.

In fact, if you know some of the most common book marketing mistakes, you can avoid them, saving yourself from wasting time and money.

Review this list carefully. Authors who don’t sell many books:

· Wait to plan their marketing efforts until after the book is written. That’s like planning a wedding before you have a groom.

· Fail to view the book as a business. Instead, they see their book as a passion, a message to the world, or a legacy. Sure, a book can be those things, but foremost, it is a business and requires an investment of time and resources in order to be successful.

· Use a poorly designed cover. You have an average of 8 seconds to grab a reader’s attention with your book cover. In fact, 75% of bookstore owners surveyed said that the number one reason a book did not sell in their stores was an unattractive cover.

· Give up too soon. Some authors shelve their book if it does not sell well in the first month. Book selling is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes an average of three years for a new author to get a book selling briskly.

· Depend on book signings and bookstore sales. It is very difficult for new authors to achieve significant sales in bookstores. Today’s successful authors give readers a variety of ways to buy their books including on websites, with on-line retailers like Amazon, or at live appearances where the author presents a workshop or seminar.

· Fail to give readers the chance for a second date. If a reader loves your book, he will be very likely to want to learn more from you. If you direct her to your website for a free report, worksheet, or article, you can begin a long term relationship that may lead to sales of additional products and services.

· Aim for Oprah too soon. Appearing on talk shows can be a very effective way to sell lots of books. However, it takes skill and poise to give a great interview. Successful authors start with local radio and television shows, gain experience and skill in interviewing, and then work their way up to the larger shows. Really savvy authors hire media coaches who can help them avoid looking like a fool on national television.

Now that you know what not to do, you can research the book marketing techniques you need to successfully sell your book. Many resources are available at your local library and on the internet.

When you spend as much time planning the marketing of your book as you spend writing it, your book sales will make your dreams come true.

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Influential and Popular Indie Music

I’ve been listening to hundreds of great Indie Music albums for a long time and i enjoy it so much. The genre has been an extremely loved genre of music over the last few decades and it’s not weird to see why it’s become so cherished by older kids and young adults from all over the continent and even over seas. The independent approach to music recording has become outrageously used by artists over the last few years and the style that Indie Music gives off really tells to listeners that this field of music is about being independent from the world and the major industries. Indie Music has been incredibly influential to hundreds of persons and in this article were going to teach you the best indie music albums and also some of the more influential indie music albums that have been published within the last 30 years. The Indie Music Albums are in order of release date.

“Hatful of Hollow”
The Smiths (1984, Rough Trade)

The lords of redoing, The Smiths released this compilation of rarities and other songs just weeks after their debut, self-titled record. “Hatful of Hollow” has many of the well known Smiths’ tracks, including the classics
“Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now,” “Girl Afraid,” and “How Soon Is Now?”

“Let it Be” by The Replacements (1984, Twin/Tone)
The Replacements

The Little Band that Couldn’t, the Replacements were lovable ragtag misfits headed by the musical stud Paul Westerberg. “Let it Be” was a watershed release that greatly captured all that was brilliant about the Minneapolis group of four.

“Surfer Rosa” by the Pixies (1988, 4AD)
Pixies

Nothing else has and ever will sound like it. Cited by Kurt Cobain as a monster influence, and it shows.

“Daydream Nation” by Sonic Youth (1988, Enigma)
Sonic Youth

Post-punk, art rock genius with the incredible indie anti-anthem, “Teenage Riot.”

“Slanted & Enchanted” by Pavement (1992, Matador)
Pavement

Lo-fi, quirky, and imbued with a great sense of humor, “Slanted & Enchanted” set the way for the lo-fi indie revolution soon to begin.

“In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” by Neutral Milk Hotel (1998, Merge)
Neutral Milk Hotel

One writer likened this record to a “marching band on an acid trip.” Apt description, but it’s so much more. The tracks, the singing saws, the horns, the shambling rhythms, and the great poetry all add up to an album of great individuality. One of the best indie music albums of the ’90s.

I definitely suggest that you buy all of these great indie music albums. They will pump you up. These are the earliest and best albums that have been created and they started the independent music loving craze.

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Publish A Kindle eBook You Know Nothing About In Less Than A Week (And Watch It Sell!)

Self-publishing a book used to be an expensive and difficult proposition. Vanity publishers would charge thousands of dollars to typeset and print a manuscript, and at the end of the process an author would have boxes of his or her book delivered. And then what? Market the book. Buy mail-order advertising. Try to get book stores to pick your title up. Scramble for any exposure you can get. If you are lucky, you might have a few orders trickle in and then you’re packaging and shipping. What a hassle.

Starting a publishing house used to be an expensive and daunting proposition. You either invested huge amounts of capital in graphic art, typesetting and printing capability, or you established contractual relationships with businesses that could provide those services. Then you had to seek manuscripts that might turn a commercial profit and once found, buy the rights. It was like the lottery- traditional publishers expected to lose money on the vast majority of manuscripts they published, hoping the income from the rare "hits" outweighed the losses.

Today, the Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing platform has changed all that. KDP allows a self-publisher to create and market their own book as a Kindle eBook for free. Kindle books list right there on Amazon search results, side by side with traditional physical books. And now small businesses are able to add publishing to their income streams by creating, marketing and selling other authors’ books at minimal cost. My regular readers know that I always emphasize that everyone needs to develop multiple streams (or trickles) of income to survive in the economy of the future. Kindle Direct Publishing is one such stream that is easy and cheap to tap into and has the potential to grow into a perpetual river of income over time. Here’s how I got started.

Keyword Research

I knew I would not be able to write my first book myself. First, what I can write about with any authority is stuff that interests me, and not necessarily anyone else, so I figured it wouldn’t make a highly marketable product. Secondly, if I want to sell the book in volume it would have to fit a niche that is being actively sought out. So I turned to Google Adsense. I figured that if a large number of people are searching for something on Google, that search term will also be popular as a book subject on Amazon. Then if I see that there is little competition about that subject in Kindle eBooks, I have found a lucrative niche to publish in!

My Adsense tool of choice is Market Samurai, which lets me very quickly find things people are searching for on Google. You can certainly do your own research for free using Adsense, but it does take much longer manually. As a test I decided to choose a subject I knew absolutely nothing about: hair loss in women. Market Samurai soon told me that that subject gets hundreds of searches a day on Google, and a quick check on Amazon showed very few books on the subject. Now to get a book made.

Contracting the Writing

I find that Elance has a very high quality pool of writers from which to choose. I logged into my Elance account and posted a request for a 4500 word report on womens’ hair loss, complete with open source illustrations and full attribution and footnoting. Within 24 hours I had a half dozen people wanting to write the report, and they provided a bid along with writing samples and a resume. Elance provided their ratings and feedback. I selected a median priced bid from an author who showed she had previously written in the area of womens’ health and had great ratings. Cost: under $200.

In four days I had the finished product and I was thrilled. The author did a fine job and the manuscript needed absolutely no editing. The images were captioned and attributed and there was an appendix with all links and footnotes.

Building the Kindle Book

There are lots of resources to help you turn a Microsoft Word document into a Kindle-ready eBook. The best one I found is actually an eBook available for free on Amazon! It’s called Building Your Book for Kindle and it gives clear simple step-by-step instructions on the mechanics of transforming your Word document properly so your final product will have an active table of contents, images that show up correctly, pages that break at the right places and the book will work on any mobile device from Amazon Kindles to iPads to mobile phones. My 4500 word document turned into an eBook of over 30 pages.

Amazon currently provides a free tool that Kindle developers can download so they can virtually view their completed eBook on any mobile platform before uploading it. You can make any format changes immediately and make sure everything is right before committing the book to publishing.

Creating a Cover

The book cover is vitally important because it will be the potential buyer’s first impression. You want to stand out as a professional here. It is a separate.jpg that you upload along with your finished book. It needs to be in a 1 to 1.6 aspect ratio with a minimum of 1000 pixels on the short edge. I chose to create mine with 1500 pixels horizontally and 2400 vertically. This is another job that can be outsourced at Elance or other places for anywhere from $25 to hundreds of dollars depending on quality and features. Many eBooks on Kindle show the book as a 3-d image with shading and reflections, but I chose to go with a simple flat cover image. This is one area where I have some experience, and I opted to make my own using a free open source graphics package called Gimp.

For the cover image I went to a stock photography site and found a great photo of a young woman looking at her hair brush in horror. To this point I had not decided on a title for the book and this photo actually was the inspiration for the title, "Fear the Brush No More!" I checked the few other books on Amazon about hair loss, and saw that this image was not used, so I grabbed it for about $12. Within an hour I had a complete cover.jpg with image, title, subtitles, and author. The author, of course, is a pseudonym.

Publishing the Book

Once everything is perfect, you save the book along with a folder of the images in a compressed (.zip) file.

I next logged into my KDP account and began the process of adding the new eBook to my bookshelf. There is a couple steps to doing this, including choosing where you would like the book to be available (Only certain regions, internationally) and the pricing. Kindle has several different pricing structures depending on the royalty rate you desire. You can also choose options regarding Digital Rights Management, or whether to allow your book to be part of Kindle’s free lending library. Additionally, you select a couple categories for the book to be listed in, add several key words for search, and make sure you’ve written a compelling introduction. You then upload your book’s zipped folder and also upload your cover.jpg.

Congratulations! You’re published!

Once the book is successfully uploaded it takes about 24 hours (or less in my case) for it to be reviewed, approved and made available. It is so exciting to search for your subject in Amazon books and suddenly see your own book pop up in the results! One great feature of KDP is that, unlike printed books, once published you may still revise and update the book. You can make changes and after the normal review process, the book is again made available. In addition previous purchasers are sent an email advising them of the availability of the revised copy!

Kindle Direct Publishing has opened a wonderful world of inexpensive publishing to anyone with a computer. Granted, the fact that low quality, cheap or free work can potentially meet Kindle’s requirements means that the number of returns in any particular niche will increase over time. However if you offer a quality product at a reasonable price point, and you get good reviews, your eBook will certainly remain high on the search returns. And once the work is done it’s out there forever, contributing a little trickle to your publishing stream of income. Kindle will pay monthly using direct deposit once your account has reached a threshold (currently $10).

I look forward to repeating this process many, many times. Each additional book will add to what I expect will eventually become a consistent monthly income that can only grow over time!

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How to Give Ebooks as a Gift

Did you know that you can give eBooks as a gift? What a novel idea. If you have read an eBook that you enjoyed and want to share it with your friend or loved one you can gift it to them. The only thing you need is their email address.

Sign into your Amazon account and choose the eBook you want to send then select the “Give as a Gift” button. It will direct you to put in the email address of the person you want to send it to.

Think of how much money you can save not paying shipping on presents to friends and family that live far away. Share an eBook today. Not only will you encourage reading, but you will share the message of the book with your loved one and they will be thankful and enjoy the eBook as well.

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Social Media Marketing For MLM – 3 Simple Social Media Tips You Can Use to Get Noticed Online

Being able to master social media marketing in your MLM home based business is going to help you rise above the rest of the crowd. Gone are the days of search engine marketing training, and in are the days of YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. The main goal of social media is to be social and to syndicate your DESIRE through particular mediums into other people, thus branding yourself in the process. Here are 3 super easy tips you can use starting today to increase your credibility online with social media.

Understand the User

In order to excel in this type of marketing, it is imperative that you understand who you are marketing your products and services to. The more you try to use force in your marketing efforts, the more your prospects will run far away from you. Understanding your target market is crucial with this type of marketing. If you are looking to gain the trust of your potential business partners and customers, this has to be mastered.

Go Viral

In order to better spread your message across the internet using social media, you need to do your best to go viral. There are numerous ways to do this of course, especially with video marketing. One free service you can use is called Tubemogul. This tool allows you to upload one video and post it to more than 10 video sharing sites all at one time. This is by far the best way to brand yourself and your company as quick as possible.

Be Social

The key to succeeding in social media marketing in your MLM business is to actually be social. If you are out there just trying to increase your status, you will soon fail. This type of marketing is so transparent that others can see your motives as clear as glass. Make it your goal to reach out to others to see if you can help them attain their goals. By using the 80/20 rule, you will be doing yourself a good justice. You need to focus on other people 80% of the time, and focus on your efforts the other 20% of the time.

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Book Writing Mistakes That Block The Completion of Your Book

What’s blocking you from releasing your significant message in a book this year? For many, an unfinished manuscript is the culprit. No worries; read this article to finish strong and sell sooner than you imagined.

Don’t make the simple mistakes that blocked many of us for years. A wildly successful book could be in your near future. But you’ll never know if you don’t complete and release it to the world.

To make sure you finish strong and your book garners all the attention it deserves, start with correcting the simple book writing mistakes below:

Mistake 1 Failure to make the editor’s cut.

Many inexperienced writers are in love with their words. They can’t bear to part with the long wordy prose in their manuscript. Shorten your stories and examples. Use the popular question answer format. Ask a question in the heading; then answer it in the text. Most audiences are busy and respond better to this easy direct style.

Solution: Go ahead you can do it. Edit your book and cut anything not necessary to support your thesis (main central point). Editor cuts make your book concise, easy-to-read, and compelling for your readers. They will reward you by reading it and telling all their friends about your easy to read helpful book.

Mistake 2 Failure to submit one’s writing to a professional editor

First time authors settle for the easiest opinion to get (their family and friends). Always get a professional opinion of the final edition. Someone not blinded by love and concern for your feelings will tell you the truth about your wordiness or grammar mistakes. They’ll help you weed out passive constructions like, “there is”, “is”, “has”, “begin or start”. A professional editor will energize your writing by limiting the “ly” adverbs that tell instead of show. A good editor will spot your tense changes.

Solution: Invest in your book to make it the best it can be. Make it your goal to paint a picture that your readers respond to with their emotions. Professional proofreading pays off with more book profits.

Mistake 3 Failure to know your audience.

Aspiring authors gather all their extensive knowledge and write a book. They often fail to consider the audience they will serve. Write for a specific audience. Top selling books focus on one topic for one audience at a time. Your audience waits for the easy to read and easy to implement solutions you provide in your book. Save them time and money, make life more enjoyable, help them profit; they will love you for it.

Solution: Today choose one or two of your audiences; prepare a profile of their needs or problems. Keep it close to your book writing station. With a targeted market, you’ll write a book for an audience that’s looking for solutions.

Mistake 4 Failure to sizzle your title to sell well.

Titles set the stage for your potential audience. They either work to grab your reader by the collar and pull them in for the read or they don’t. Top titles create excitement, anticipation and enthusiasm for more. You want your titles to express the heart and passion of your book or be ‘the match’ that ignites your reader’s interest in reading your important message.

Solution: Develop this valuable skill and you add magnetic pulling power and punch to all your marketing documents including your front book cover and chapter titles that will get your message read. Remember, don’t stop at your book cover title, sizzle your chapter titles, headlines, bullets and sell more.

Mistake 5 Failure to focus on one main topic.

Top selling authors focus on one main topic. They make sure each chapter supports that subject. If you scatter your focus, you’ll come across as unorganized, long winded, and boring. Your readers may find your book hard to understand.

Solution: Instead of an encyclopedia type book, chunk your information into modules, segments, chapters or parts. In each segment, offer plenty of detail to make it useful to your reader.

To continue with these book writing mistakes could mean your book never reaches the audience for which it was designed. On the other hand, you could finish strong and put your book into the hands of those waiting for your easy to read solutions. Don’t make them wait any longer. Go to your destiny; write and complete a wildly successful book.

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Indie Filmmakers Experience Paranormal Activity & El Mariachi Effect

At different points in everyone’s life there is a decision made to either go for it or play it safe. This happened to me when I decided I was going to stop talking about making a movie and take some action. Making a movie wasn’t playing it safe for me because I had no connections in the entertainment business, had never written a script, and had no real to money to produce my own movie.

This was 10 years after filmmaker Robert Rodriguez’s legendary indie movie El Mariachi was made for $7,000, give or take few bucks. I read Rebel Without A Crew when it was published because I was entertained by El Mariachi and the filmmaker behind it came out of nowhere. He wasn’t the son or relative of an already established Hollywood director, producer, or actor. The book spoke from a true indie filmmaker’s perspective. Hollywood could not script a better story. An unknown indie filmmaker shoots a low budget action movie in Mexico that starts a bidding war between studios. Robert Rodriguez went so far as being a human lab rat for medical trials to earn money to make his movie. That’s going for it.

10 years later I was ready to give it a go. I had been talking about making a movie for years. But that’s all it was…talk. I finally stopped talking, got serious and dug in to do my homework on making a smaller budget movie. I started reading up on a new wave of indie filmmakers that were making movies with smaller budgets just like Robert Rodriguez had successfully done. It’s funny how life moves. Over the next couple of years I ended up a partner in a small industrial video company as my regular job. On the side I was moonlighting producing reality videos. It wasn’t like making a movie, but was I learning areas of production hands on by doing.

During this time I came across an interesting article in a magazine about a small budget action movie that was made by one new filmmaker for $12,000. The filmmaker’s name and movie escape me right now. But this was a few months before I was close to getting enough money together to make my first movie Consignment. What got me about this article was reading that this small budget action movie was able to support a large and well equipped production crew during production. Post production was equally impressive as the filmmaker rattled off what they had done during final edit.

I was amazed this indie action movie could be made for as little as $12,000. Even the marketing stills shown in the article looked professionally done. I already knew to save money on the Consignment budget that there would not be a set photographer hired to shoot marketing stills. We would have to wing it. As I kept reading I thought to myself if this filmmaker can do this for $12,000 I should be able to make an even splashier movie on my planned budget.

To the filmmaker’s credit, towards the end of the article, they shared that the $12,000 spent was only a small fraction of what the movie really cost to make. The reported $12,000 budget did not reflect donated time of some cast and crew members, generous equipment discounts through a connection, and other contributions to the overall production.

The point I want to get across is every filmmaker has different resources when making a movie. If you read that a smaller budget indie film was made for “X amount” take it with a grain of salt. Co-producer/editor Tim Beachum handled a bulk of the post production work for Consignment himself. His contribution did not appear as an expense in our final budget. Another filmmaker would have to pay an editor or post house hourly. Filmmakers that have made movies know how expensive post production can get. As a friend Tim wasn’t going gouge the production budget on editing. A relative who is a chef provided catering on Consignment 3 out of the 9 production days free of charge. That’s not cheap with a cast and crew of over 50 people to feed quality meals to.

Bottom-line is friend and family favors are never reflected in a true indie movie’s budget. Keep that in mind next time you hear what an indie movie was reportedly made for. What does appear in a budget is hard money you have to spend on your movie. It’s easy to leave out the free things you get, but a indie filmmaker keeps track of every real dollar spent. Especially for money that comes out of their own pocket. With Consignment we ending up having to spend $7,000 at an Orange County post house finalizing the master for distribution. That was Robert Rodriguez’s total budget to make El Mariachi and almost half of the reported $15,000 budget used to make Paranormal Activity.

Aspiring filmmakers can lose focus causing them to run into problems when they get caught up in the production hype of another movie. After indie movies like El Mariach and Paranormal Activity are released by major studios everybody with a camera and editing software sets out to make it big. That’s the Paranormal Activity and El Mariachi effect in action. Right now there is some indie filmmaker out there thinking, “I can a hot movie on that budget if they did.”

Don’t expect after hearing a indie movie was made for $7,000 or $15,000 you’ll get the same result. It could be that a small amount of hard money was actually spent, but in reality without that filmmaker’s particular resources it might have not turned out as successfully entertaining. I have not seen Paranormal Activity yet. El Mariachi I’ve seen a dozen times. I can’t say enough about how cool the shooting location in Mexico played. Visually it had character.

Rebel Without A Crew is still one of my favorite books on making movies. What some aspiring filmmakers gloss over is that Robert Rodriguez utilized resources he had that did not impact his budget. What’s important to remember when making a movie is to stay focused on what you’re doing as a filmmaker. To get more no nonsense advice and entertaining stories about making movies outside of Hollywood pick up The First Movie Is The Toughest. There are many books on making movies, but not many are as truly personal, entertaining and informative as this one.

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The New Ebook Publishing Paradigm

The future of publishing nonfiction ‘How to” eBooks is at a turning point. The industry will drastically change over the next few years. This change will be brought about through the use of better niche finding tools and the ability to monetize the new mini-web site model or so called landing page.

The Old Paradigm

We have all searched the WEB for important information and found a site offering just the information we were looking for in the form of an eBook. The site is a one page landing or pitch page and describes the virtues and benefits the book has to offer. No other pages or additional information is available. The owner of the site uses a pay-per-click program and one of many affiliate programs such as ClickBank to generate traffic to the site. For many publishers this model or paradigm has worked great. For example, the eBook Fat Loss for Idiots generated over 21 million in sales in a 12 month period according to ClickBank. Others have also done very well financially using this model. But, newer tools and technological advances in the eBook publishing arena will add more keyword markets and make it more probable to attain this type of world class financial performance.

The New Paradigm

The new paradigm will open thousands of smaller keyword based markets for eBook publishers. Although these new markets will be smaller in size and not likely to produce 21 million in sales in twelve months, the smaller size will allow the publisher to “own” their keyword space; thereby avoiding the necessity to use expensive pay-per-click services. Consequently, although the total revenue from smaller markets may be less, profitability will be higher since pay-per-click programs will not be needed. In addition, the smaller size markets will necessitate additional eBooks be published to generate world class revenue growth. So, more eBooks sold into smaller markets equals’ higher profitability.

To create a world class financial performance using the old model you needed a “hit” eBook. By definition, hits have a low probability of occurring. The new approach reduces this risk by spreading out the earning potential over many eBooks which are sold into smaller markets improving the possibility of consistent and higher profitability. It is generally accepted, that relevant content on your web site combined with a good linking programs will lead to being placed on the first page of Google’ search results. This is what we mean by owning the keyword. If you can attain first page placement, no need for a pay-per-click program, since your site is already on the first page of the search results. Problem is how much content and how many links do we need to get first page placement? Tools are now available allowing us to make these types of judgment calls.

Although others are available, BrainStormIt by SightBuildIt is designed to find this type of information. For example, using the BrainStormIt tool, you can rank keyword based market niches by size and the amount of competition likely to be found in the space. The ranking ability is used to estimate the amount of time it will take to build out a mini-site in term of pages to accomplish first page Google placement. However, if you choose a keyword market that is too small you will not make any money selling your eBook since there will be no real market to sell into. So, BrainStormIt provides a profitability rank which will give you the ability to get just the right size market niche. Not so big so that it takes years to get first page placements but just the right size so first page placement is available quickly and profitably.

The New Paradigm Advantages

The smaller market size and first page placements deliver many other advantages. With a mini-web site that contains relevant content, the possibility to sell – in addition to your own eBook – other related information products as an affiliate, significantly improves the profitability of the mini-site. Unlike the old paradigm which only contains a single landing page, the new paradigm uses a mini-web site allowing for other monetizing techniques such as AdSense Ads, affiliate marketing, audio products, video products, membership services, joint ventures, ad space sales and so on. These monetizing techniques lead to higher profitability. This is a powerful new approach for eBook publishers. These tools open up a broad array of new markets for the publishers of eBooks. When these new tools are combined with other changes in the eBook publishing industry such as new eBook readers, eBook popularity on mobile devices such as the iPhone and the significant increase in Amazon eBook sales the growth advantages for the new paradigm is clear and evident.

“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” Benjamin Franklin

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Indie Versatility

Indie music is short for independent music, and rather than typify a particular musical style, it describes a mindset, philosophy and culture with which diverse musicians align themselves. Indie artists place great emphasis on self-expression and prefer the freedom of being in full control of their own recording and publishing, rather than having the ideas of producers and sound engineers supersede their own. They aren’t all that hung up on commercial success and make music for music’s sake, for the enjoyment of it and to make a basic living from it, not for huge financial gain and international fame. The mere thought of these motivations makes an indie artist want to stick a fork in the nearest electrical outlet.

The artists of the time often go against the prevailing trends. For example, the 80s, as a reaction to all the testosterone filled swaggering rock that shook the windows, indie started the twee-pop movement. The movement was characterised by jangling guitars, fey and innocent lyrics and an idealisation of 60s pop. The culture adopted a childlike innocence and assumed naiveté; clothes were asexual and pastel, they read penguin books, ate sweets, and drank ginger. Their heroes included Christopher Robin and the Undertones.

A “lo-fi” aesthetic has often been associated with the genre. This was the case in the days before the massive advancements in technology, when many artists still used cassette tape recorders to record their music. These days, even with the easy availability of home technology that can do the same work that a music studio can do, a lot of artists still make use of lo-fi. They claim that it has “authentic roughness” and a raw sound, which they treasure in the face of slick, polished recordings, with all missed chords and unique mistakes wiped away.

Some artists, however, have embraced technology and invested in the relatively inexpensive recording devices that allow them to create their own studio quality music from home. The new equipment also allows them to experiment more with sound, enabling them to delve further into their creativity to express themselves. Artists have their own web sites and spaces on other sites like MySpace.com. Music blogs and social networks also play a pivotal role in getting independent music out into the public’s attention. Sites that have been particularly significant in the success of a band are those that allow audience participation, i.e. giving the audience an opportunity to listen to the band and then rate them.

Other sites allow artists to upload their music so that visitors can browse the site, pick their favourite genre and listen to free artist samples. They also have access to artist biographies and may purchase any tracks that they would like. On some sites the tracks have a set price but on others the artists are allowed to sell the tracks at any price that they like.

Indie artists often create their own labels and record companies in order to sell their records and the records of artists with similar sounds to theirs. Occasionally, however, an indie band will move to a major label. These bands are often severely criticised by their fans and by the fans of indie music in general for being sellouts and for giving in to the lure of wealth and fame. It is important to note that a band doesn’t secure its success by merely moving to a major label. Only 1 in 10 cds released by major labels makes any profit for the label. It is often more probable that an indie artist will make more money by producing and promoting his or her own cd than by signing with a major label.

Major labels keep a very close eye on indie labels and the emerging indie music scene. They consider indie labels to be right on top of current trends in the continuously evolving music scene. Indie labels are small and often local to a specific area, and are ideally situated to spot local talent. Because indie is such a diverse genre, they are able to promote a variety of specialised music types.

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Online Publishing – The Future

With the emergence of the internet, there are now many services that will let you publish your work online, some of them even publishing the material for free.

There are many categories in which someone can publish something online. The most obvious are books, which you can now write and put up for sale at a number of online publishing websites without needing any professional services. This also includes photo books, which can include pictures you have of celebrities, animals, flowers, or whatever you want your photo book to include. Self publishing can now make your photo book available to the online world. One of the most popular forms of publishing self written material online is in the form of an e-book. Ebooks can be downloaded immediately giving the reader the chance to get the material instantly without having to wait or pay for shipping or traveling to pick it up from a local bookstore. Publishing books on poetry or cookbooks or a wide variety of topics are now done easily without having to wait for approval from another source, and these types of books can easily be turned into ebooks, giving the publisher another way to distribute their work and make more money from it.

Music has moved to the forefront of the online publishing industry. While artists are still looking for that big contract from a major label, there are many websites that will publish your songs for no cost at all, giving bands and solo artists exposure which was not possible years ago. Publishing songs online has become one of the most popular forms of online publishing, especially in various social networking communities.

The type of online publishing one chooses is a matter of preference, as even though there are many sites where you can publish your media for free, there are advantages to dealing with companies that charge a fee as well. Self publishing most times also means self promotion. Someone without the proper marketing skills may find that even though they can now get their work published, they still are not getting any exposure for their work. There are publishing companies online that will promote your material as well as publish it for you. There are various fees depending on the type of service you want, but many of these companies not only will publish and promote your work online, but also can offer newspaper, radio, and TV exposure as well. Sometimes this comes in the form of advertising your work, while other times they can set up interviews with various media outlets which can allow someone not only to promote their work, but also promote themselves which could help with future projects.

The world of publishing has taken on a whole different look with the emergence of the internet. The trial and tribulations many artists and writers had to deal with years ago are now a thing of the past and being able to get your work published online has opened a door for many people that could not have been opened so easily before. Online publishing could be the wave of the future for many writers and artists.

Martin Alan enjoys writing on subjects such as literature, online publishing, online magazine and self publishing. He also enjoys keeping up-to-date with the latest developments and innovations in technology and online marketing.

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New Opportunities for the Indie Comics Creator

Ten years or so ago, noted comic book writer Robert Kirkman left a nice job writing stories for Marvel, one of the leading corporations that publish comic book titles in America, to go after a career exclusively in creator-owned books. Back then, this was seen as a huge gamble. This is because independent comics creators have all of the risk that their titles will not sell enough, but working on corporate characters at Marvel and DC offers a solid, if not spectacular, rate. Kirkman has preached the gospel of independent comics for years now, his pitch carrying a lot more weight now that The Walking Dead, a title he had a hand in creating, has ended up being such a considerable ratings draw on television. And as digital comics market share develops, deciding to go independent might become even less of a gamble.

For many years, the hardest challenge for an indie comics creator was simply getting noticed by neighborhood comic book stores. The industry is strange in that one company has a monopoly on distribution, so retail shop owners normally get their new stock from one order form. To make matters worse, just two publishers are responsible for at least 75 percent of the market for print books, so you can imagine that the order book gives the primary focus to DC and Marvel. Sellers have to spend a lot of time to find independent titles in the order book. The average independent comics creator struggles to get the work in front of shop owners, let alone fans.

But that could be evolving as more and more comics are being sold for computers and tablets. On the web, independent writers and artists do not have to face the disadvantage of paying higher per-book print prices on smaller print runs. And there are many storefronts and sales tools sellers can utilize to sell their original work at favorable prices. Needless to say, the better known platforms will continue to cater to the big publishers, but the digital store is not as limited as the space in a physical store.

Nor is independent comics just for novices. Longtime creators including Mark Waid and Paolo Rivera have all in the past year announced their plan to start working on creator-owned titles, though not all of them will do independent work exclusively. The independent world allows all creators the option to profit or fail from their characters. Robert Kirkman believes the future lies in a world where comic book creators use the Big Two as a professional step, a learning center to practice their talent before switching to the (possibly) more profitable opportunities in the field of independent comics owned by creators. As the indie market grows, we can find out if his vision becomes the industry standard.

To learn more about being an indie comics creator, or to read independent digital comics, check out Longboat Comics, a micro publisher.

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Self Publish Your Online Magazine

Before you do anything else, first determine what topic or topics you enjoy writing about. As most beginning publications are started and operated by one person, it’s important to stick with topics you like and in which you are most knowledgeable. Writing for subjects that you are not passionate about will create tedium and boredom for you. Writing on topics you have little knowledge of will cause you to exhaust your writing abilities prematurely, leaving your magazine short of useful content. Be sure to research everything. That means everything. This is not a joke or something to be taken lightly. Self publishing your online magazine can be mentally and financially draining. Research anything and everything you can about not only your subject matters but the business of online magazine publishing as well. Think about the following and research them until you are comfortably answering them all.

Ask yourself the following questions: What is your target audience seeking in an online magazine? Are there magazines out there already providing content similar to that you wish to publish? Perhaps your magazine will be unique for its target audience? What makes those magazines good? What makes those magazines bad? How can you make your online magazine better than the competition? Are there comparable magazines out there that can teach you the successes and failures for your particular topic space?

You must also take budgeting into consideration. With traditional printed magazines, printing/circulation costs were a huge consideration. The online world changes this concern drastically, as it costs significantly less money to deliver a million “copies” of your magazine online than it does to deliver printed ones in the real world. There still are production and distribution costs, nonetheless, both of which need to be realistically accounted for in a budget prior to making the plunge.

How do you plan to make money? As with printed magazines, advertising makes up a huge chunk of your income. Although it is possible to charge subscriptions or “pay per view” for online content, it doesn’t work the same as collecting a cover price for each issue at the newsstand. It is important you research every avenue possible for how your online magazine intends to make a profit for you.

You should determine your target audience prior to writing even a single word. It is critical to know exactly who your target audience is. Failure to do this will result in the inability to properly organize your magazine and secure substantial advertisement revenue. You will want to explore the different areas on the web where your current audience frequently visits. Newsgroups, chat rooms, email-based discussion lists, Yahoo! Groups, are among a few worth investigating.

Your online magazine’s technical setup is not something you want to leave out. When you’re finally ready to go, consider a Content Management System (CMS) like presspublisher.com to get you started publishing without a high cost. A CMS like this lets you self publish your online magazine with little or no technical expertise. You’ve already done all the planning, budgeting, etc. Now it’s time to focus on writing and editing. Leave the technicalities to someone else!

Just because your online magazine is finally published doesn’t mean it will be read. You need to generate traffic in order to boost your online magazine’s readership. Try to get visibility on other websites with high-traffic. Be sure to post frequently in newsgroups and write a few submissions for high-traffic blogs. You can link/cross-reference your own online magazine from these submissions. Consider participating in blog commentaries or even “blog carnivals” to share traffic between your online magazine’s site and other websites.

As you can see, there are many steps involved with getting your online magazine venture off the ground. All of this may seem like an awful lot of work to do in the beginning. As with anything else in life, failing to plan is planning to fail. Don’t let this stop you though. If you can get through these initial critical steps it is all downhill from there. The actual writing for your online magazine will seem like a piece of cake by comparison!

Martin Alan enjoys writing on subjects such as literature, online publishing, digital magazine, publishing software, sharing sites and self publishing. He also enjoys keeping up-to-date with the latest developments and innovations in technology and online marketing.

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Dealing With the Indie Doldrums

Dealing with being a drop of water in an ocean of books is something pretty much every indie author has to deal with. You worked hard, and wrote a book that you’re proud of. After all the hours of slaving and hammering those keys to get it done, you hope and pray that some people will actually read it and spread the word.

Sometimes it doesn’t go very smoothly though. Day after day ticks by, and yet the sales just aren’t there. It can be extremely difficult not to feel despaired. Not only are you competing with other indie authors for attention, but also another massive mountain that stands between you and readers. That mountain is the main stream and traditional publishing.

For whatever reason, as an indie author you have chosen to circumvent this traditional route. Maybe it was constant rejection letters, or simply wanting to avoid additional months or years before your work could have its chance in the spotlight. If you’re not one of the lucky ones who managed to gain fame over night, then your book is probably still stuck back stage. As you watch other books get all the attention, how can you deal with the fear that your book will never be given a chance?

That’s the million dollar question. The best advice I can give is to just keep working. Keep blogging, and mentioning your book. Use social networks and book forums. Most of all, keep writing! Fear is a difficult opponent to combat, especially when you’re putting yourself out there in such a personal way. People aren’t always kind, and like to bring you down for trying to accomplish your dream. I’ve been told I should follow in van Gogh’s footsteps, but cut my fingers off instead of my ear. It can be hard to keep a positive attitude after some of the things people have to say.

When it feels like it’s becoming too much, don’t dwell on it. Take a break, and do something you enjoy to take your mind off it. Agonizing over every negative comment you get will only bring you down. If you give up because of it, then it won’t be because your book may not be the single best one ever written that barred you from your dream. It will be because you gave up, and left the dream behind.

It’s a tough road to be an indie author. You’re baring your soul for all to see, without the backup of known publishers who are giving your work their seal of approval. It will probably get worse before it gets better. Keep your attitude positive, and the books coming. With enough work, your day in the sunshine will eventually come.

I’m Benjamin C. Andrews, an author sharing my writing knowledge with others. Visit http://magicjarpublishing.blogspot.com/ for more writing tips and tricks, and other quality information.

Author: Benjamin C Andrews
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A Look at Carbon Neutral Publishing

Publishing now, at the beginning of the 21st century, is inextricably linked with the future health of the planet and all its inhabitants. Public concern about the environmental impact of conventional publishing is a strong force. It is influencing many companies to opt for “greener” practices. Traditional printing not only fells trees, it also disturbs wildlife, creates pollution, uses up natural resources, and produces large amounts of waste material. Fortunately, new technologies are changing the face of printing. These new technologies reduce carbon emissions by eliminating paper, but they do not achieve “carbon neutral” status through that alone. It takes more than switching away from paper to bring a carbon footprint to zero.

Many negative environmental effects occur as a result of printing magazines, newspapers, books, and other paper materials. There are steps that can be taken to minimize the carbon footprint of these materials. Tyson Miller, of the Green Press Initiative suggests that in addition to reducing paper use, all readers and printers should Maximize recycled content in papers, especially post-consumer recycled material. Look for the following words on any paper product: Processed Chlorine Free (PCF), Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). But, these practices may not be enough to mitigate the damage.

More changes must all be made at a time when even the definition of publishing itself is transforming. Printed text is in more demand, and in more variable formats, than at any time in history. Both paper and electronic print can be produced and accessed faster than ever. Even the daily newspaper, which used to be the fastest source of printed information, is slow in comparison to the wide range of electronic resources available at every consumer’s fingertips. Fortunately, these changes open up new avenues for green publishing. One way to reduce the negative impact of traditional hardcopy printing is to explore all the options offered by publishing through electronic means.

New technologies offer everything from online eBook self-publishing to book distribution on personal readers like the Kindle. Truly responsible green publishing companies acknowledge the carbon emissions created by all the power they use. One company’s website declares “We completely offset all our CO2 emissions by donating money to Carbon Clear, a leading carbon management company. They invest in projects that improve living standards in developing countries and which provide global climate benefits with clean energy projects and reforestation initiatives”. All Yudu publications carry a carbon neutral stamp.

Martin Alan enjoys writing on subjects such as literature, online publishing, digital magazines, carbon neutral publishing, publishing software, file sharing sites and self publishing. He also enjoys keeping up-to-date with the latest developments and innovations in technology and online marketing.

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Author: Martin Alan
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Self Publishing Simplified: How to Publish a Book on Kindle

Self Publishing Simplified: How to Publish a Book on Kindle
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In the book: Self-Publishing Simplified: How to Publish a Book on Kindle. Deborah shares a little about her journey in becoming an author. She also shares the elements required to publish a Kindle eBook and discusses them. She shares about her experience with the Kindle Direct Publishing Select Program and gives tips on how to promote your book once it is published. A lot of these tips can be for eBooks on Kindle as well as traditionally published books.

In Deborah’s group coaching program she will have handouts to go with the chapters in the book. She will also share even more tips and some PDF’s with more of her favorite FREE sites to use for promotion, and other tips to help you follow her strategies of promoting your books.

Some of the things we will discuss in even more detail are:

  • What is your passion?
  • Building your online platform
  • How to Publish a Book on Kindle
  • How to promote your book once it is published
  • The Kindle Select Program
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Deborah has created a private community with a private Facebook group where we can share and ask questions. Deborah will schedule a private call with each student in the coaching program to help guide them in the publishing process.

Sign up today for Self-Publishing Simplified Coaching and get started publishing your book right away.

Deborah is offering a special introductory rate of only $100. Many such coaching programs cost thousands of dollars, but Deborah is offering this program at a low price in order to help aspiring authors get started. You can use your paypal account to issue payment. If you don’t have a paypal account it is easy to set up at: http://paypal.com

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

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Who Needs a Traditional Publisher When You Can Self-Publish for Free?

With the success of such self-published authors as E.L. James author of “Shades of Grey” and Amanda Hocking, author of numerous best-selling e-books, including “Hollomen,” there is no question that e-books are here to stay. How is it that some self-published authors are able to sell more e-books than authors published by major publishers?

One could argue that there are two reasons why this is happening.

The first reason being is price. Some self-published authors are selling their e-books for as little as $.99 where the standard price of an e-book published by a traditional publisher is $9.99. That is ten times what the indie author is charging, and that alone can play a significant role in why some indie authors are selling more e-books.

Being an avid reader myself, I have to say that there have many instances where I purchased a book of interest, simply because of the low price. I tend to believe that there are millions of other authors who share my philosophy as well. What boggles my mind is that many times, the e-book version of books published by the majors are very similar in price to the paperback version. If I have a choice between a paperback book for $10.99 verses the e-book version for $9.99, I’ll take the paperback for $10.99.

Jessica Park, author of “Flat-Out Love” was quoted as saying that one of the reasons she fears a book deal with a traditional publisher is that she knows that the e-book versions will be severely overpriced.

The second reason for the major success of the indie author over the traditional published author is that some, not all, but some traditional published authors are relying too much on the publisher to make their books a success, whereas, an indie author knows from the very start that if their book is to be a success, they will have to become aggressive marketers.

There may come a day, if that day has not come already where an author from anywhere in the world will no longer even need a traditional publisher to believe in her book, especially with the launching of Createspace, a company that will publish your paperback and e-book at no costs to you.

For the ambitious author, with a dynamite marketing plan and the skills and commitment to pull it off, there will no longer be a need or want for the traditional publisher.

Sarah Box is the author of “The First and the First Lady, the True Story of What Never Really Happened!” You can find her on Facebook.com. http://www.facebook.com/sarah.box.547

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Save Money by Publishing Your Own EBook and Selling it on the Internet From the Comfort of Your Home

In this digital world we live in, the increasing popularity of eBooks is not that surprising. Its accessibility is what attracts readers to opt for eBooks instead of the traditionally published books. As an entrepreneur, you can take advantage of this trend and save money by publishing your own eBook.

It is easy and inexpensive to produce your own eBook. Think about the traditional printing materials that will require a huge financial investment. You can save money by publishing your own eBook, instead. In addition, there will be no need to pay for agents or publishers. All you need is a good idea and a computer equipped with the applicable software.

Producing your work in a digital format is less time consuming. There is no manuscript submission and approval process to think about. With this in mind, this will help you save money by publishing your own eBook.

Distribution of eBooks is usually done online. The speed and ease involved with online transaction will save you a lot of money, too. You can reach a global audience from the comforts of your own home. You can continuously update your work even during distribution, thus, saving you reprinting costs.

You can use eBooks in a lot of way, depending on the line of business you’re with. You can use it as a promotional item that may eventually lead to sale or as an after-sale promo to keep your customers interested with what you offer. Or it could be your main source of livelihood. Whatever your reason is, publishing your own eBook is a cost-effective business venture.

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Your Book Marketing Plan

Writing is an art, one that brings joy to its creator. There is a certain yearning to get the words on paper and lastly have it printed on a book. For those looking to have their books published by a big publishing house there is much more required before they offer anyone a publishing contract; book proposal. The book proposal is for the publisher, a book marketing plan for you. It is a roadmap for your book marketing efforts. Both plans are integral for your book success.

Think about your book as a product, and that’s exactly what it is. As any other product that you might consider to market to make a profit you must think of :

  • Its value compared to similar products and how yours is better.
  • You should also know who your customers would be and where to find them.
  • Avenues to advertise and promote your book off and online.
  • Possible sponsors for your book.
  • Stores, organizations or business who can offer your book in a gift with purchase offer
  • Where to get reviews to include on your book, your website and any other promotional material. Try to get reviews from people who are experts in your book topic; your readers will know them and their review will heavily influence their buying decision.
  • Analyze the content of your book and devise a way to develop a talk, workshop, or community based on one or more of the topics discussed in it.
  • Write a few articles related to your book to use as a traffic building tool to your website, web log or forum. There are many places where you can submit articles free for others to use in their websites or electronic magazines as long as they keep it intact with all your information and links.
  • Think about other type of media you can include with the book like CD version, calendars, software, workbook, etc.
  • Develop a special report to be downloaded from your website as a thank you for their purchase. You can print the information within your book. If you have them register at your site before downloading the report you will be building your own fan mailing list.

There is so much you can do with a book if you only take time to think it over and plan for the marketing strategy before you write the first word.

According to a survey performed by Guerrilla Marketers’ Cafe with over a hundred book lovers, one of the most important parts of a book who influenced their decision to buy was the back cover. Dan Poynter explains it in detail in his book The Self-Publishing Guide and Is There a Book Inside You? On it he explains step-by-step how to divide the back cover section and what items to include in it to make it more attractive and to impress the reader with your book’s value. The book cover in general is a very important to the book, it’s what the readers see first and it should attract them in just a few seconds. And excellent written book with a poor cover won’t reach its audience. Go to the book store and look at books in your genre and see what attracts you enough to pick up, notice its layout, colors, typeset graphics, etc. Make notes of the elements and then take that information to develop your own book cover design. When it comes to cover design a professional is your best choice, but if you can’t afford one think about college students which you can hire for half the price or interest a graphic art class to take on your book cover as a project. You can contact college professors and propose the project for one of their classes. You can also request to have them make posters, cards, business cards or any other promotional material from it. Banners and logos will come in handy for when you develop your website or web log. There is a lot of software available you can also use to customize your own promotional material and then take it to your nearest printer or upload it online.

I hope you understand the importance of building a marketing plan for your book before you write your book. It is the key to make it a success and to be considered in the future for future ones. It doesn’t matter if you submit your book to a publisher or self-publish your book, the process should be the same and you should have a clear vision of how the book will find its way into the readers’ hands.

Clary Lopez is the CEO/Founder of Guerrilla Marketers Café, Free Book Promotion site. She is an author, moderator and publicist. You can contact her at guerrilla@clarylopez.com

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E-Publishing 101: Marketing Tips for New Ebook Authors

Congratulations, you’ve published your first ebook. You’ve uploaded it to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Apple, and other online booksellers. The problem? Only Mom and Grandma know it exists (and Grandma doesn’t know how to work an eBook reader so she doesn’t count).

It’s time to start marketing!

The biggest obstacle we face as indie authors (yes, I’m one too) is obscurity. We’re competing with traditionally published authors and lots of other indies jumping on the e-publishing bandwagon.

Today we’re going to look at three ways to help readers find you: guest blogging, advertising, and giving away a free eBook (this can be a short story).

Guest Blogging for Book Promotion

You’ve heard of blogging, and may even have a blog, but have you ever blogged for other people? Guest posting is when you write an article for someone else’s site, someone’s site that is ideally more popular than yours and that caters to your target audience (i.e. the types of readers who might buy your ebook).

For example, if you’re a science fiction author, you might try to find a science fiction and fantasy review blog and see if the owner is open to publishing guest posts or reviews. The post shouldn’t be self-promotional; it should be informative and useful to the blogger’s audience. But, in exchange for submitting this free content, the owner should be willing to let you attach a bio. This can include information about you, and it should definitely include a link to your website and your sales links (i.e. your author or eBook page at Amazon).

Not everybody excepts guest posters, but lots of people do (hey, it’s free content for them and gives them a day off of writing). It’s best to comment on the person’s blog a few times, so they’re aware of you, before writing them and asking about a guest gig.

Advertising Your Ebooks

Guest blogging is a way to promote your work for free, but if you have some money to spend, you could try advertising. There are a lot of options, but most of them will end up costing you more than you earn in book sales (I’ve tried quite a few). There are a couple of good options though.

Lots of folks with fairly mainstream ebooks have had luck buying a sponsorship at Kindle Nation Daily (assuming there’s a Kindle-version of your eBook out there). They have a number of options at different price points.

I’ve also had some luck (I’ve made more than I’ve spent) advertising at Goodreads. There you do pay-per-click ads (meaning you only pay if someone clicks the ad) with a title, short blurb, and thumbnail picture of your book. I wouldn’t recommend this if you’re selling your eBook for 99 cents (because you have to pay about 25 cents just for a click), but for my novels, which are currently priced at $2.99, the royalty rate is high enough that I can afford a few clicks per sale.

You can check my site (link in my bio below) for a detailed how-to on starting a Goodreads campaign.

Giving Away a Free Ebook

When I released my fantasy novel, The Emperor’s Edge, as an ebook, I’d already written a couple of short stories with the same heroes. I decided to take one of the stories, Ice Cracker II, and release it as a free ebook. I uploaded it to several places online and also to Smashwords, an eBook distributor, and they got it into Barnes & Noble and the Apple Store. (As an indie author, you can’t normally list free ebooks for sale on your own–the minimum price at those stores is 99 cents, so Smashwords acts as a backdoor around that.)

At the end of my free short story, I included an excerpt of my novel as well as links showing folks where they could buy the ebook. While this didn’t turn me into an overnight bestseller, it did help me start selling ebooks at Smashwords and Barnes & Noble (places where I hadn’t had much luck before).

I’ve also read about authors who have a whole series of full-length ebooks (i.e. a six-novel fantasy series) who have giving away their entire first book for free and then gone on to do so well, they quit their day jobs and write full time now (Google “Brian S. Pratt Smashwords Interview” for some inspiration).

While there are lots of ways to market your book, these are three that can bring lasting sales and help get the word out about your work. Good luck!

Lindsay is a blogger by day and an indie fantasy author by night. You can visit her site to find that article on Goodreads Advertising and lots of other posts on e-publishing and ebooks.

Author: L.a. Buroker
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Start Your Own Online Publishing Business

The internet allows entrepreneurs to create and market a digital product to hundreds of thousands of targeted customers. Read three tips to start your own online publishing business.

Create A Needed Product

When creating a digital product to publish and sell on the internet it’s important to create a product that solves an immediate need. Pick a subject you have extensive experience with that has a market with high demand.

Products that have found success on the internet include alternative healing solutions and how-to guides. As the internet and social media evolves there is a growing expectation for digital products to include a video format with your product.

Videos have become best sellers when included with how-to guides.

Market Your Digital Product

Whether you choose to create your own custom website or sell your product through an auction site it’s important to create compelling, but credible copy. It’s common practice to give away several copies of your product in exchange for customer testimonials.

Adding positive testimonials to your website adds a social element to your copy that helps generate more sales.

When marketing your product it’s also important to select the appropriate price point. Compare your product with your competitors and decide if your product is worth more or less than comparable products.

Create An Affiliate Program

When you have a product that generates consistent sales you may want to scale your marketing by utilizing an affiliate program. You allow other marketers to promote your product in exchange for a commission.

Using the leverage of an affiliate program can turn a few sales into hundreds of sales in a very short time.

The tips above are just a small sample of a larger marketing blueprint found at the Maverick Money Makers.

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Pros and Cons of E-Publishing Your Book As an Ebook

With people buying kindles and iPads by the millions, you may be wondering if you should jump in and be a part of the e-publishing revolution. It’s free and relatively easy to get your eBook listed with the major online resellers, such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple. Profits are high, as well, for indie authors (you’re not represented by a publishing house, so there are no middle men to share earnings with). Expect to keep 60%-85% of the royalties on every sale.

But e-publishing may not be for everyone. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of turning your own book into an ebook:

Advantages of E-Publishing

It’s a speedy process

Between the hunt for an agent, the hunt for an editor, and the wait-time before a book is actually printed and available in a bookstore, the traditional publishing model is slow. You can expect that process to take one to two years, if you’re able to find an agent and publisher at all!

It’s much different with e-publishing.

For my first ebook, it took me about a month from first deciding to publish it to having it go live. In that time, an editor proofread it, an artist created a cover, and an eBook formatter turned my Mac Pages file into something readable on the kindle, nook, iPad, etc. When I uploaded the finished file at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords (a distributor that gets your ebooks into the stores that require ISBNs), it took a maximum of two days for it to go live.

You have full control

Everything is up to you with e-publishing. You write the story or book you want to write, and you choose the artwork. You also choose the price, and you can experiment with the price at will. This means you can tinker around and see if you sell ten times as many books at $0.99 as you do at $2.99, or if you can raise the price to $3.99 or higher and people will still buy.

You can also see novel sales as they’re happening, which gives you some insight into what marketing tactics are paying off and which are taking up time and money and returning no profits.

We may be in the “perfect storm” for ebooks

I’m no Nostradamus, but with eBook readers leaping off the shelves, this feels like the time to jump on the e-publishing bandwagon. Actually, I wish I’d jumped on in 2009, because some of those people are the ones making a living as indie authors now! Still, with more and more people grabbing kindles, nooks, ipads, etc. the market should only grow.

Downsides of E-Publishing

Okay, I can see you’re getting excited, but it’s not all fun and profits. There are certainly downsides, and the indie-author road may not be for everyone. Here are a couple “cons”:

Upfront costs

If you want to create a professional looking product, something that can compete with ebooks from publishing houses, you’ll need to invest money up front.

Unless you’re artistically inclined, you should pay for custom cover art. You’ll also want to hire someone to edit your work. It’s best to have a professional editor (you can find freelancers on Elance or any job board) do the task, someone who edits for a living and can quote the Chicago Manual of Style to you. The formatting is something you can learn to do yourself if you want to save a few bucks.

I paid $600-$800 to put together each of my fantasy novels, and I’ve seen people spend more if they had heavy line editing done (I had several critique buddies read my work first so didn’t feel I needed that).

You’re on your own for marketing

While traditionally published authors may complain that they don’t get much help from the publishing houses any more when it comes to marketing, you’re really and truly on your own as an indie. If you’re not willing to push your book and network online, this business is not for you.

That said, I’m a hardcore introvert who isn’t that comfortable with selling either, and I’m doing all right so far. The internet does offer many ways to market, and it’s likely you can find something that works for you as long as you’re willing to invest time in learning.

There you have it: some of the pros and cons of e-publishing. I hope this article has helped you decide whether or not this road is right for you. Good luck!

For more information on this topic, visit the author’s e-publishing blog, where she covers everything from internet marketing basics to social media promotion to explanations of the Amazon sales rank system. She also maintains a “for fun” Kindle blog that highlights fantasy, science fiction, and geeky non-fiction releases for the popular e-reading device.

Author: L.a. Buroker
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Several Ways to Publish Your Software

With the computer industry exploding over the last decade, many software engineers are staying away from the traditional means of work and heading over to the freelance market. Sites like Elance and freelancer.com have made it easy for a freelance software programmer to make a hansom income from getting bids on their patented software. These websites also offer freelance software engineers a chance to design for a company on a per project basis. This would usually involve the company posting a job for a specific program that they need for a platform. The engineer would then big on the job and, if they won, they would build the program for the company for a set fee and relinquish all of the rights to the software.

Affiliate marketing has made this means of income extremely easy. A software engineer creates a great program or application plug-in and then offers an affiliate program for his product through an affiliate marketing directory. An affiliate marketer sees the product and believes that they can really churn some profits out of it’s potential. When the affiliate marketer makes a sale, they get a percentage of the sale and the software engineer just sits back collecting a great passive income. Of course, this is only one way of marketing their application.

Another way that you could publish your software is by going the traditional route. By pairing yourself up with a company like IBM or Dell, you could sell your software to them. This route usually involves intellectual property attorneys though. Attorneys who handle this kind of law can be found online or through software publications.

Other software engineers have ditched the traditional means and the affiliate markets by selling through their own websites. With their understanding of computer code and search engine optimization, a lot of programmers have just resorted to investing in themselves by setting up their own websites to sell their software packages to consumers. Niche software usually goes by this means of operation. For instance, one of the hottest markets right now is affiliate marketing tools. A programmer may come up with a series of software packages to help out an affiliate marketer and offer them individually or as part of a bundle per their website.

The software industry is not something that is going away any time soon. Engineers are always finding new uses for software packages and are always updating their products. There are a variety of ways to publish your software with companies or on your own. Whether you decide to publish through your own website, publish through an affiliate marketing directory, or by the traditional means with a large company, you can rest assured that your work will always be needed.

Martin Alan enjoys writing on subjects such as literature, online publishing, digital magazine, publisher software, sharing sites and self publishing. He also enjoys keeping up-to-date with the latest developments and innovations in technology and online marketing.

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Author: Martin Alan
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Social Media Tips – How Businesses Are Turning a Profit in a Down Economy Using New Media Tools

According to current online research agencies, social networks and blogs have moved ahead of personal e-mail among the most popular online activities people engage in. Knowing this, many businesses have taken advantage of these new tools to market their services.

Online marketers utilize social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Naymz to connect with potential clients by providing useful publicity tips and information to their friends and followers. Using these new marketing tools, they have been able to reach out to the right audience in a new way and attract multiple qualified leads from their efforts.

Companies from hospitals to restaurants, whom have successfully implemented social media tactics are using blogs, a Facebook group, a YouTube channel and Twitter as their top marketing strategies. Other than sweat equity, the majority of these efforts are free.

When some companies start using Twitter as a marketing tool, they set up two separate accounts, one for each segment of their business. If a business training company for instance also sells physical products, they could have one account for training services and another for their physical products. Companies do this because sometimes their product clients would not care to receive marketing ideas and training students would not necessarily care to receive information about a new product.

Because Twitter has become almost a necessity among new age businesses, they are starting to receive business from tweeting. This is mostly as a result of relationship marketing. Another positive aspect they receive are direct contacts to some large companies they may otherwise would not have.

Social media users feel this is a great benefit because they now have a starting point of contact if they want to offer a products or services to their new contacts.

I think all of the social medias are great avenues for marketing, and they are free.

Business owners today are becoming more savvy as they know they must stay abreast of the ever changing social media canvas.

If you are out to attract prospective customers and develop your online presence and exposure, you owe it to yourself and the financial future of your business to learn everything you can about social media.

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Author: David Hale
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Indie Music Marketing – The Importance of Comparison

Indie artists are at a disadvantage. While there are some who will dismiss any thought of comparing themselves to other artists, I would like to offer a different perspective. The Problem for Indie Artists

First of all, the biggest problem for indie artists is gaining exposure through unfriendly systems. The traditional systems that are in place today were built around an industry that has many layers of interdependency. These layers of interdependency are the various services that are frankly necessary to operate at higher levels. Agency, management, and promotion are only a few of these services. Some of these systems may seem “unfriendly” because they are reliant on larger publishers and labels. For the larger labels, publishers and related services, self sufficiency threatens their source of income. If we were on the opposite side of the fence, we would view it the very same way.

However, as indies, we are not on their side of the fence by definition. We are indies, which, aside from being a genre unto itself, is short for independents. Part of the Solution for Indie Artists

Indie artists must provide many of the services through friends, by themselves, or by paying for specific services. New systems are developing to assist indie artists, but they are unfortunately mired among scores of new services that are yet unproven. Either way, it is an uphill battle for an indie artist.

It is necessary for an indie artist to create paths for themselves that are not always clearly marked. I would suggest trying to look at yourself from the perspective of your potential market. It is not an easy exercise, because it could not be further from the core business of making music. In fact, it can be discouraging. Most artists already have enough to discourage them, so it becomes a critical part of survival, for some folks, to avoid anything that is discouraging. However, if you don’t have the money to pay for this service, then you may need to be a little more resilient. So, if you can be brave for a minute, take a look at yourself from a real market perspective. How Do You Find You?

First of all, how do you find you? It is perhaps a silly question to some folks, because you already know where you are. But, the vast majority of your market has no idea where you are. This is very difficult for many people to imagine, but it can be powerful. Stated differently, how do you rise above the crowd?

Who Do You Sound Like?

I think there are many ways to differentiate yourself, but I want to address one of the easiest techniques for drawing people to yourself. It is actually very simple. Who do you sound like? Do not be afraid to compare yourself to well known artists. Why? Because your market already knows these artists and it can be like a beacon of light leading back to you.

“But I am unique”, you may say. Yes, you are unique. But, there are elements that can be compared to other artists, including your style, the sound of your voice, and perhaps something a little less noticeable such as your lyrical phrasing.

It is a little contradictory in that you are trying to differentiate yourself by comparing yourself to others. However, you can also paint a very nice composite picture of yourself through comparisons with more than one artist. I know most everyone has seen it before, but you might say that you sound like the Allman Brothers with the funk style of Mother’s Finest. It creates a picture that can lead people to you through association with well known artists. The Added Bonus

Guess what? There’s more. You can use these artists as keywords to help your prospective fans find you a little easier. The well known artists do not mind as it also helps them, but it is a very descriptive way to drive potential fans to you. What is the beauty of using well known artists as keywords? They are well known so they are much more likely to be used in search strings.

I would only caution that you should take your time to get this characterization right. Using an artist that does not describe your style or sound does nothing to help you because there is nothing more frustrating to a potential fan than to be disappointed at a poorly characterized comparison. Get a Second Opinion

You should ask others for their thoughts on comparisons. It is very difficult to be objective about yourself sometimes, so this can be very useful. Ask a lot of questions. Ask them how you are similar. That is, are you similar in terms of sound, or are you similar in terms of style? Spread It Out

Finally, try to create a composite built on well known artists from different generations. This also helps to attract potential fans, as you may have an appeal to a larger demographic that may surprise you. If you are an older artist, don’t dismiss the potential for younger fans and if you are a younger artist, don’t dismiss the potential for older fans.

Article written by Del Boland and distributed by permission of Del Boland. Follow Del’s blog at http://publishingboxofdreams.blogspot.com.

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A Quick Guide to Online Publishing

First of all, the cost of online publishing is typically affordable, often free. Online publishers don’t have the overhead that paper publishers do. In addition, online publishers generally make their money off of advertisements and premium accounts, so there is no need for authors or creators to pay large sums in order to publish their documents. Second, online publishing is much easier than traditional publishing. Determining whether or not a print publishing company is reputable can be difficult, and finding a print company willing to take on your work at all can be challenging. Online, however, you not only have the choice of many publishers, but you can view the publisher’s work easily on their web pages. This means that you know what you’re getting into well before you publish.

Because of the success of online publishing, more and more online publishers have been springing up over the Internet. Modelling print publishing, different types of online publishers are available for different types of work. For instance, online literary magazines accept creative writing and art. A variety of web sites, like Associated Content and Orato, allow users to publish their own journalistic endeavors. Magazines for niche audiences, like students, women, sports enthusiasts, etc., have also gone online. Writers, artists, and other creative professionals can choose to submit to these online publishers. However, the Internet also offers opportunities for individuals looking to take the self-publishing route. Blogs and web sites are two examples. Free and easy to use, a blog allows an individual to turn anything–from recipes to diary entries to poetry and music–into a published work. Users can choose whether this work is private or public, in much the same way that they would if publishing traditionally. Blogs are now used for everything from magazines to newsletters for groups and clubs.

However, a blog presents a problem for the individual looking for an online publisher. Although they are easy to customize, blogs don’t give readers an interactive, professional looking document. This takes a great deal of creative options away from designers, as they can’t dedicate mock pages to photos, pull quotes, etc. An alternative is the traditional web site. One method of online self-publishing is to choose a domain name that will be the title of your publication, whether it is a magazine, newspaper, journal, or other document. Then you can design the page to look as you would like, with few logistical limitations. The limitation that does exist, however, is related to time and effort. This process is very time consuming and requires you to learn aspects of web design, in addition to charging you for the domain name and hosting.

Fortunately, a new online publishing technology has recently emerged that offers the advantages of blogs and web sites without the disadvantages. This is the file sharing online publishing portal. Sites like megaupload allow individuals to upload documents that they have already designed using software such as Microsoft and Open Office publishing programs. Free to use, megaupload also hosts the documents for free so there is no need to worry about them expiring. Most online publishers allow users to select a privacy level. This way, newsletters for a local baseball team can’t be read by the rivals!

Because it is easy, cost effective, and may actually reach more readers, online publishing is the option that many of today’s writers and creative professionals take. However, the options for online publishers are numerous. To choose an online publisher, you must determine what your needs and limitations regarding cost and time are. Then, you can decide whether the web site, blog, or file-sharing portal is for you.

Martin Alan enjoys writing on subjects such as literature, digital publishing, digital magazine, publishing software, carbon neutral publishing, file sharing sites and self publishing. He also enjoys keeping up-to-date with the latest developments and innovations in technology and online marketing.

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Print on Demand (POD) Publishing and the Self-Publishing Industry

The first obvious issue for any reader of this article is the title, since it strays dramatically from the norm of using “versus” to separate the two mediums. The reason for my word choice is because technology now enables anyone to self-publish for very little out-of-pocket expense.

This still doesn’t imply that self-publishing is not loathed by the major print publishers and upscale indies, along with the agents who support them with submissions, but the rising presence of this electronic medium seems to have created a degree of acquiescence for the digital aspect of self-publishing. I want to reiterate that this newfound tolerance should not be considered akin to support, since the stigma assigned to self-publishing by the mainstream industry remains as strong as ever, and the purpose of this article is solely to try to provide a degree of clarity.

POD is Not Self-Publishing

Print On Demand is confusing to some people, who assume this to connote self-publishing. POD has nothing to do with self-publishing, except that it enables a self-published book to be converted into a hard copy–and at a heretofore unavailable low cost. A single copy in a paperback book, including cover artwork from a template, can be printed for as little as $35, with the entire process taking less than an hour. And an even much shorter time frame is available if the latest technology is used (the “technology” is essentially a sophisticated printer, which I seem to remember has a price tag of around $100,000).

A run of a few hundred copies or less of a book, depending on the purveyor, can reduce the cost to under $10 per unit. According to industry figures, the average self-published book (average in this instance refers to the mode or most common number), sells 41 copies. For someone bent on seeing his or her name in print, I think most folks would agree a single shopping bag full of books is indeed preferential to a garage loaded to the ceiling with them.

Major Royalty Publishers are Utilizing POD

Because of the high cost of distribution and warehousing of non-bestsellers, especially since gross retail sales for a particular title are usually far from a sure thing, it only makes sense that major royalty publishers have embraced the POD model. Publishers can produce an exact replica of a soft-back book on demand–and at a profit–and not have to keep the book in inventory awaiting a consumer buying decision that might never come.

From a business standpoint, the POD model for a soft cover (and probably hard cover in the not too distant future) makes all the sense in the world. This might mean that the few major book retailers still out there will be reduced to kiosks in the mall, and considering the high cost of maintaining large retail space, this dramatic change could occur quite soon.

So What about Self-Publishing?

Self-publishing is changing too. Authors are now being solicited (okay, badgered), via a constant barrage of POD options presented by the self-publishing houses, to buy the books the writers themselves wrote. Rather than once again creating a new business model, it’s much easier for a self-publishing company to access the convenience of POD and not view it as a competitive medium. Unfortunately, self-published writers unwittingly fall for their respective publisher’s constant solicitations and still end up with a trunk full of unsold books (which once again I guess is advantageous to a garage full).

Self-Publishing is Still Self-Publishing

Like leopards not changing their spots, self-publishing is what it is. And my advice is still the same for any writer who has run out of patience and tossed in the towel: self-publish as inexpensively as possible. With E-publishing, a book can be made available with an ISBN number or its counterpart for less than $100 (and closer to $50 in many cases, I’m told). If a hard copy is necessary, the POD element enables this starting at $35 for a single copy. But once an author, and particularly a novelist, elects the self-publishing option, the writer needs to be aware, if it should be desirable at a later date to ply the major royalty publishers, it could be like springing Bernie Madoof and introducing him as the guest of honor at your fundraiser.

Before Self-Publishing, Consider the Regional Independent Publishers

The advance from a major royalty publisher (the big six plus Kensington) for a heretofore unpublished author for a work of fiction is generally in the neighborhood of $20,000. There are, however, some very well-respected independent presses (this “indies” name you’ve been seeing) that are worth looking into after the big guys have sent out their rejection slips. The advances will be smaller, but still in the $1000′s in almost all cases, and a writer might have to do more grassroots marketing (although the majors are requiring this, too, and more so than ever).

Publishers Marketplace is the “Old Reliable”

Publishers Marketplace, via its newsletter Publishers Lunch ( here’s the link to sign up for the daily free Lunch), shows which agents are placing what with whom, and a writer can learn which indies to ply for a specific genre by checking the respective links. A writer can also Google the words “Independent Publishers” and create a list. The problem with this, however, is sifting through the vanity presses that disguise themselves as legitimate royalty houses. This is why I always suggest Publishers Marketplace as the first, and in my opinion, best resource for accurate, concurrent information. But before jumping on the indie express, and to take one more precaution against ending up with that garage full of books I always warn against, I also recommend that authors make a visit to the Predators and Editors Web site ( here’s the link ). This will be time well spent and enable one more snapshot of what can be lurking in the bushes, which can be something with the body of a lamb but with a head that immediately morphs into a hydra the moment the contract is signed.

A Final Word

In fairness to self-publishing history, there are indeed accurate tales about people who have self-published and been wildly successful. But to my knowledge, all had one of two things in common: phenomenal marketing created via a gargantuan Internet presence or a highly successful commercial advertising career. In the nonfiction market, those who made it were also the undisputed experts in their respective niches. Most of us mere mortals aren’t fortunate enough to fit any of these categories, and this is why I keep stressing to self-publish the absolute cheapest way possible, should this be perceived as the only option still available.

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Publishing – Hard-Copy Vs Digital Ebook

You have done some writing and you had hoped of one day getting your stuff published. However, finding a publisher that wants to publish your writings can be a long and adventurous task. First you have to find a publisher that is even willing to read it and then you are at their mercy while they decide whether or not they think it will sell. The other alternative is to publish the books yourself, but you quickly find out that the costs for doing so are beyond your budget. So, what do you do? Do you try publishing some, with the hopes of selling enough to be able to publish the rest? Or do you simply produce an ebook and sell it via places before you produce a hard-copy version?

I personally think that producing an ebook version and then publishing it afterward, is a great thing to do. It’s best to start out this way so that you don’t invest a ton of money into getting it published. After all, you want to see if it sells first, right! Producing a digital version is the best way to do it simply because it’s inexpensive and can be published with the click of a button.

Of course, the way you market your new brilliant book, will have a huge impact on your earnings, but at least you can see how well it sells or could sell based on your efforts. By publishing your book digitally first, you can learn a lot from the process, while getting it done a lot quicker. You also could potentially make a lot more money than you ever could from the publishing route. You’ll be able to keep all of the profits by selling it on your own. And just think, you could also get others to sell it who have related sites, and you could give them a percentage of the sale! So, you’ll have an entire army working for you and no extra cost to you. If you create a good enough buzz and market it well, you could make a bundle.

However, once you get it going,  I would still publish the hard cover as well, for the simple reason that it’s going to open up more avenues and channels of distribution than you could ever get with an ebook. If you open the window of opportunity, you’ll be amazed at what can happen.

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Indie Labels Competing With Major Labels?

Major music Label, and Indie music Label, who does what, and what are the differences? I get emails constantly asking me this question. Who does what, who doesn’t do what? Well the answer depends on the organization.

Generally the biggest two things that a major music label has that a indie music label does not have, is deep pockets, meaning a boatload of cash that they can invest into an artists career, they also have mass distribution outlets that just aren’t available to small indie music labels, and last but not least, they are very well connected with radio stations, and other heavy hitters in the music business industry.

So what advantage does an indie label have for attracting artists, and how in the world would a small start up indie label compete with the major labels? The answer is simple. For starters you need to understand that as an indie music label, your goal is not to attempt to compete with the major music labels, but to work with the major music labels. Think of yourself first and foremost as a independent label that is open to working with a major music label if it makes financial sense.

There are many small independent music labels in the music business that make very good money for themselves and their artists, and never work with a major music label.

But then there are times when you need a major music label, and the major label needs you. If you as a indie label have the ability to find, recruit, develop, and promote artists up to a certain level, you essentially have spent the time and effort finding and developing a profitable product that a major label will be interested in enough to invest some enormous cash into to make the product or artists more profitable.

The major label, and the indie label see joining forces and lifting the product or artist to higher level as joint venture with the intent of all parties involved benefiting from the partnership. Quite often many of the independent music labels are a mere extension of the major labels, think of the indie label as perhaps a branch office of the major label.

The independent labels essentially operates as a separate office that goes out and scouts for the next big thing, they then invest on a small scale developing the artists, maybe working with the artist to get a first CD completed, packaged, bar coded, maybe also the small independent label may also act as their own in house publishing company, and handle getting all of the copyright work completed, and then promoting the artist up to a certain level where there is a good buzz going on, and then the independent label may introduce their new artist to the major label and discuss a potential joint venture or partner situation to take the artist to a much higher level.

So as you can see, there is definitely a place for indie labels among the major labels. Essentially the indie label finds the diamond in the rough, then polishes, develops, promotes it, and makes it shine, then if the diamond needs a little extra boost, then the indie label may bring in a major label to invest some more resources to present the new shiny diamond to the world.

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Online Publishing Opens Doorways of Opportunity

Words written for distribution and consumption in cyberspace are almost instantly available at the touch of a button, unlike physical books which require more physical movement and activity plus time to access, such as driving to a library, looking for a book in a stack of other books, and holding and carrying the book.

Online publishing is a very different medium than print publishing, and although it’s been around for about a decade, it has not replaced print publishing or made it obsolete. It is challenging print publishing though, especially in the arenas of educational textbooks and marketing and advertising. Computers are almost required for schoolwork now, even in grade schools. The costs of moving to online or e-texts for education are being given serious consideration and we may soon see the end of the forty-pound backpack full of heavy books.

Online marketing and advertising grinds out almost infinitesimal e-content, saving money on paper, television, and other forms of advertising and getting in front of many eyes per second. Online publishing is developing in innovative and interesting ways daily, interactive communities, virtual business, average and professional people blogging, webcasting, podcasting, and video casting, among many other mediums of communication. The possibilities are staggering.

There are many benefits and advantages of online publishing, which are challenging almost every kind of print media. The wide, almost instantaneous, easy, and cost-effective distribution of materials, faster results, and possibility for interactivity with e-publishing is hard to match with printed materials.

Electronic publishing includes media such as CD-ROMs, E-books, electronic journals, online newspapers and magazines, file sharing, podcasting, and collaborative software. E-books go back to 1971, to Project Gutenberg, the oldest digital library, a catalogue of digitalized full texts of books in the public domain. It now has over 28,000 documents in many different languages at http://www.gutenberg.org. Anyone who sits down at a computer with internet access can read “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte, or “Dracula” by Bram Stoker, as well as see which are the most-read books and most-read authors as of yesterday, as of the last 7 days, and as of the last 30 days. E-book reading devices give readers instant access to books and magazines anywhere and everywhere, carrying one electronic device to be able to read literally unlimited numbers of texts without physically carrying or handling more than one item.

While there are some limitations to electronic publishing, like lack of a physical object in the audience’s hands and long shelf life, weak standards and controls in writing and reporting, and online media diluting traditional media and journalism, the future of online publishing is wide open. Interactive advertising, social networking, and new technology dominate currently and are quickly developing new e-media almost daily.

Martin Alan enjoys writing on subjects such as literature, online publishing, digital magazine, publishing software and self publishing. He also enjoys keeping up-to-date with the latest developments and innovations in technology and online marketing.

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Why I Went With Traditional Publishing

Karma? Fate? Fickle luck? Good fortune?

These are all theories on how things happen to us, the common man. It’s a debate that has stormed across the ages, and will never have a resolution. We’ll all stumble along, damning fate whenever we trip, and thanking our good luck when we shine.

So it is with my start in writing. Going traditional was simply dumb luck. Or one of those other choices. See, I never ached to have my books read. It isn’t something I yearned for over the last 54 years. But over those years, I was looking for a way to create. Playing the trumpet, singing, even tried my hand at genealogy. (That last isn’t quite up there in the creation scale, but trust me, there’s a lot of satisfaction in it.) Nothing seemed to do the trick. So, one day I just decided to try writing. That was a year ago. Didn’t know crappola about writing, publishing, or any of the rest. (Still don’t know too much.) But what I did discover was that it’s fun. Just plain ol’ fun. And so I wrote. And wrote. And wrote some more. And after four months, I had a novel. I edited the snot out of it, lost sleep for a few days, and finally picked three publishers to which I would submit.

Now, unlike many of you who might be reading this, I hadn’t gone through the rejection thing. I’d heard the nightmares, of course, and had even read Stephen King’s account of his start, and how many rejection chits he’d received before he began his decades-long romance with the literary world. (That work is entitled “On Writing”, and I’d highly recommend it to anyone wishing to gain a bit of perspective.) So, I waited. The first rejection came back pretty fast. They were a blood and gore type site, and my story ain’t that. Fair enough. The second one was down my alley, and took my work. But when I wrote them a courtesy letter, telling them I’d also submitted to another publisher, they slid a rejection back down the tube faster than a Nolan Ryan fast ball. So, one remained. And I resolved that, given all the success stories I’d heard over the weeks about publishing “indieR