Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Information For eBook Writers

I have been receiving many emails from other writers wanting to write their own eBook. This is the way I did it. I presently use Open Office as my writing program on my computer and that is where I write my books. It is open source software, meaning it is free to download. Most people use Word as their writing program and that is what Kindle Direct Publishing recommended. Once it was written, I uploaded it as a PDF file to KDP. It seems to have worked. I have seen where others had problems with uploading the PDF file,  it can also be uploaded as an html document.

One thing I always do before I start something is to research. I am always researching something. In the Kindle store on Amazon, there are many books on writing your eBook and publishing it to the Kindle. Some are good and some not so much. What I do is to read a variety of these books and then use what I want from each of them.

One of the best I read was written by the founder of Smashwords, Mark Coker. He has written an instructional manual for anyone wanting to publish an eBook. This book, Smashwords Style Guide - How to Format Your Ebook (Smashwords Guides) gave me such detail in formating my eBooks. I highly recommend it. I believe it is free in the Kindle shop and on Smashwords as well. Now I did not use it on my eBooks as I didn't read it until they were already on Amazon. I will be using it on my next one!

 Copyright © 2012 Kathleen G. Lupole
All Photographs Copyright © 2012  Kathleen G. Lupole

Monday, January 2, 2012

Increase Your Income In 2012

Even in a rural area, you can develop many steams of income!

I am ready for the new year. 2012..........good things are on the horizon for me, I am sure. What about you? It has not always been easy for me since I am living with some stressful situations. I just try to deal with it the best I can, but do not allow it to penetrate my being.

When that happens, it would be very easy to fall into the way of others. Instead keep your mind open and focused. Keep thinking about your plans, your ideas, positive thoughts and plans only! That is what I do. If you allow others to affect you, then you will never get anything done or any success. Maybe instead.........your positive attitude will affect them! Something to think about?

I am working on so many different things. They are all the things I talked about previously on this blog. The many streams of income. I feel if I can concentrate on all these various streams...................I will have much success. Look at how someone who works a job, and only has that job for income...........and gives up at least 40 hours a week of their lives, for that measly bit of money. That is your life, and is that all it is worth? If you took that 40 hours a week and concentrated it on a variety of streams of income, you could very well, live your dreams!

Selling three eBooks, affiliate links on my blogs, renting space on my blogs to advertisers and selling guitar strings are all  my streams of income. They are all independent of each other. If one does well, and the others don't, I still have some money coming in. I am adding to my streams as I can. It is not a matter of having too many irons in the fire, but a matter of having more than one way to make money. Presently I am working on another homesteading book and this one should be a bestseller. What are your plans for 2012?

Copyright © 2011 Kathleen G. Lupole
All Photographs Copyright © 2011  Kathleen G. Lupole