Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Five Article Writing Skills

Submitted by: Ryan Pauline

Being a freelance writer can be a more difficult field to break into then people realize, but it is very possible to succeed and thrive if you work hard and are determined. Here are five skills that can help a beginning freelance writer succeed.

Determination- If you want to be a writer and stay in the field, be prepared for rejection. Rejection is not a bad thing. Sometimes you might get feedback to help you improve in the field. If you or your works are turned away by a potential client, do not give up. Keep on applying, keep on improving and get your foot in the door.

Marketability- Write as much as you can, in any style about any topic that you can and you may find that clients and employers will be looking for you because you can right in the style that they are looking for, instead of putting yourself in one specific niche. Marketability can open up so many more doors.

Work Hard- When you are your own employer, the amount of money that you make and the traffic that you develop depends on how much you can promote yourself and how much business you can develop. That all falls on you, the writer. Check out all the freelancing job boards and there are a lot of them. Make a name for yourself on those boards and apply, apply, apply.

Follow Directions- If you are a freelancing article writer or any kind of freelance writer, one of the reasons that you may be getting in the field is that you don't want someone hovering over your shoulder, seeing how productive you are being. That means it is basically up to you to start working and get the projects done that you are assigned and it is up to you to follow directions even in the application and bidding for project process. Clients are going to look for someone who can follow their vision and goals for their projects and they want someone who can pay attention to small details. You might even come across some job listings where they will ask you to type in a few words in your proposal to make sure that you are paying attention and not just bidding randomly.

Time Management- Again, as a freelance writer, more likely than not, you are not bound to a set schedule. This can be one of the best feelings in the world and it can also be one of the worst, especially when you have a deadline and you realize in horror that you are not even close to meeting it because instead of writing, you decided to go on a day trip. Manage time wisely. Sometimes it might be a good idea to start working on an assignment or project as soon as it is received and write in blocks of time so it is not too overwhelming.

Hopefully, these are traits that can help one build a successful freelance article writing career.

About the Author: With more than 40 years experience, I've learn a ton of secrets which I share for free at

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Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Writing and Self-Publishing Your Own Ebooks: A Look at How Much Can You Realistically Expect to Earn

By Yuwanda Black
I started writing and selling ebooks online in 2004. To date, I've written and self-published over 50. Hence, I receive a lot of questions from aspiring ebook writers about the process. And, one of the most frequently asked questions is about sales. For example, one aspiring author contacted me, asking the following:
I am considering writing an ebook, just for some sort of income. I realize... that it's not possible to project the income from any one particular book, but could you give me some probability estimate? If I could write and promote an ebook and generate a couple of thousand dollars in a year, I would consider that a success.

Writing an Ebook? How to Increase Your Chance of Making Money Selling It
I responded to this author, basically telling him that how profitable an ebook is depends on a host of factors. Hence, it's literally impossible to assure him that he could earn even "a couple of thousand dollars in a year." No one can guarantee anyone that if they wrote an ebook - on any subject - how many copies it's likely to sell.
If you run across some program that guarantees you can earn hundreds or thousands of dollars a day selling ebooks online, then run. It's not true. There simply are no guarantees - if there were, big publishers like Random House would have figured it out by now; trust me. With that being said, there are things you can do to increase your chance of writing an ebook that will sell.
Ebook Marketing: As a Self-Published Author of Over 50 Ebooks, Here are 3 Things I Do All the Time to Ensure Sales
Following are three ebook selling tips. In 2010, over half of my income came from ebooks I wrote and sold online. These three tips are from my own personal experience - ebook marketing strategies I use all the time.
Research: Do keyword research to determine if there's a wide enough market for you to make sales. No matter how good your ebook is, if there aren't enough potential customers to sell it to, then you won't make very many - or any - sales.
Ebook Marketing Plan: You must, must, must have an ebook marketing plan that you follow religiously. For example, I like article marketing. It's free and it dispenses helpful, first-hand information to prospective buyers. It's one of the most effective ebook sales tools in my marketing arsenal.
If article marketing isn't for you, there's also blogging, newsletter publishing, PPC ads, affiliate marketing, etc. The ways to market your ebook are only limited by your imagination. But, whatever marketing you do, remain consistent with it.
Many who what to know how to write and sell ebooks online think that writing an ebook is the hard part. That's not true. The hard part is the marketing - because it's constant. You can never let up.
Price It to Sell: How to price an ebook is not an exact science. After publishing over 50, it's something I still tweak all the time. One way to set your price is to go on major sites like Amazon and Barnes & Noble to see what other ebooks - in your niche - are selling for.
How to Make Money Selling Ebooks: Conclusion
If you have a wide enough market interested in what you want to write about; a concrete marketing plan that you following consistently; and price your ebook right (ie, price it to sell), then you will make sales. This I can almost guarantee if you put out a quality product. However, one thing I can't guarantee is how many ebooks you will sell.
It took me about six years to start earning five figures per year selling my ebooks online. But, the beautiful thing about self-publishing is that once an ebook is written, it's done. And, you can ostensibly earn money from it forever. It's kinda like having a backup retirement fund - which is pretty cool!
About the Author: Yuwanda has written and self-published over 50 ebooks, which can be found on major sites like Amazon and Barnes & Noble, in addition to her freelance writing website, If you found the info here insightful, get more in the complete package on writing an ebook. It will not only teach you how to write an ebook (in just a few days!), but also tell you exactly how to market it and start getting sales within a week - really!
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Monday, 25 February 2013

How to Cope with Anticipatory Grief

How to Cope with Anticipatory Grief How to Cope with Anticipatory Grief
By Lorraine Kember
Anticipatory grief is the name given to the mix of emotions experienced when we are living in expectation of loss and grieving because of it. Anticipatory Grief is particularly relevant to those who have received a terminal diagnosis and for those who love and care for them.
Terminal diagnosis changes the very structure of our existence, takes away our control and our ability to hope and plan for the future. When someone we love is given a terminal illness, we become painfully aware of the fragility of life and may even fear for our own mortality.
Living in expectation of death, causes us to experience many of the symptoms and emotions of the grief suffered when a loved one has actually died, including; shock, anger, denial, physical and emotional pain, helplessness and sorrow. Depression is common and changes in eating, sleeping and bowel habits may also occur.
Prognosis increases our turmoil; it is inevitable that we begin counting down the days to the estimated time of demise and see the dawn of each day as bringing us closer to it. Some may feel a sense of surrealness and an inability to fit back into the pattern of life prior to diagnosis, this often intensified by the reaction of friends and acquaintances, who may be dealing with their own shock and dismay at the news and not knowing what to do or say, avoid us.
It may be some time before we can truly accept that our loved one is dying and during this time we may experience alternate periods of acceptance and denial. Often, necessity brings about acceptance for the Carer as they need to make decisions regarding the best options available for the care of their loved ones. The patient however, may choose not to accept the prognosis and it is important for the carer to recognise and support their need to live in hope of a cure. Hope, is paramount to quality of life for their loved one and may even contribute to their longer survival.
Whether our grief is anticipatory or grief due to the death of a loved one, there is a very real need to talk to someone about the roller coaster of emotions we are experiencing. This however is not always easy to do, due to a number of reasons which may include; trying to remain strong for the patient, trying to remain strong for the children, trying to put on a brave face for other family members and friends.
Counseling, though readily available, is resisted by many, who believe that no one could possibly understand what they are feeling, nor do anything about the outcome.
Speaking from my own experience of anticipatory grief due my husband's terminal illness, I initially had these feelings and it was with some trepidation that I went to my first counselling session. Upon hearing my story, the counsellor cried, further strengthening my opinion that she could not possibly help me. I was mistaken; after a few visits I began to see the benefit of these sessions and looked forward to seeing her each week. Here, for a short time at least, I could stop acting as if everything was okay - when nothing was okay, here I could take off my brave face and let my defenses down.
The only trouble with counseling is that it may not always be available when you need it. I highly recommend keeping a personal diary for these occasions. During the two years of my husbands terminal illness, my diary was without a doubt, my strongest coping tool, I wrote in it daily, often in the form of poetry, pouring my anger, my fear and my heartache on to the pages. Periodically, I would read back through it and through this I came to know myself very well - later I could see my strength coming through.

Excerpts and poems from my diary now form a major part of my book "Lean on Me" Cancer through a Carer's Eyes.
Article written by: Lorraine Kember Author of 'Lean on Me' Cancer through a Carer's Eyes. Lorraine's book is written from her experience of caring for her dying husband in the hope of helping others. It includes insight and discussion on: Anticipatory Grief, Understanding and identifying pain, Pain Management and Symptom Control, Chemotherapy, Palliative Care, Quality of Life and Dying at home. It also features excerpts and poems from her personal diary. Highly recommended by the Cancer Council. 'Lean on Me' is not available in bookstores - For detailed information, Doctor's recommendations, Reviews, Book Excerpts and Ordering Facility - visit her website
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Saturday, 23 February 2013

Three Unfortunate Misconceptions About Kindle Ebook Publishing

Three Unfortunate Misconceptions About Kindle Ebook Publishing

Submitted by: Marcia Yudkin

Take a look around you the next time you visit a quiet beach, and I’m sure you’ll see that besides the men and women who have plopped themselves down with a paperback novel under the shade of an umbrella, numerous others are reading material on their Kindle. Amazon has sold millions of these devices in the last few years, to the point that mainstream consumers who aren’t particularly gadget lovers are using them.

In many cases, those Kindle users are reading books that also are on sale in bookstores and available for borrowing in libraries. But did you know that thousands of authors and entrepreneurs are now earning extra money and in a few cases a very good living writing content specifically to be sold for Kindle?

I've identified three misconceptions that keep some writers and experts from pursuing this exciting new entrepreneurial opportunity.

Misconception #1: You need a Kindle ereader to get involved in publishing for Kindle.

In fact, you don't need a Kindle device either to read works published for Kindle or to publish them. Amazon provides free tools for reading Kindle ebooks on your PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or other smartphone. Amazon also provides everything you need for publishing your works for Kindle without owning a Kindle yourself.

I don't own a Kindle. I much prefer reading traditional books. However, I have painlessly published 19 ebooks for Kindle. You can, too.

Misconception #2: You need to write a full-length book to get involved in Kindle publishing.

This is also not true. Although six of my Kindle ebooks are digital versions of previously published paperback books, the other 13 are Kindle originals and only a fraction of their length. The shortest is just a little over 5,000 words. It prints out off my computer at 17 pages.

As long as you alert potential buyers to the shorter length of your compact ebook and price it accordingly, you can earn money from selling short reports on Kindle.

Misconception #3: You need to be a technical whiz to format a manuscript for publication on Kindle.

This used to be difficult. Amazon has now simplified the process by allowing properly formatted "doc" files to be uploaded for conversion to Kindle format. Amazon performs the conversion, and you can check in their online previewer to see if the Kindle version looks the way you intended it.

Now, if you can manage formatting a Word file according to easy-to-follow instructions, you can upload your work to the Kindle store without struggling with software or paying for technical help. Smashwords offers an excellent free style guide to preparing your manuscript for uploading to Amazon. Look for it in the left column of their home page.

If you enjoy writing, if you have files and files of useful content, if you have reports that are no longer selling from your website but could be easily updated, if you gave up on finding a traditional publisher for a manuscript you still love - these are all great reasons to look into Kindle publishing now. Chances are, any excuses you still have not to do it also involve misconceptions!

About the Author: The author of 16 books and nine multimedia home study courses, Marcia Yudkin has been selling information since 1981. Download a free recording of her answers to commonly asked questions about information marketing at

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Writing E-Books That Sell

Writing E-Books That Sell Writing E-Books That Sell
By Rohan Magallanes
There are lots of people who can write e-books, but not all of those will actually sell. Putting together a legitimate e-book is easier now thanks to abundance of resources and self-publishing tools available, but making one that people will actually buy is another thing. Perhaps you already know the basics of writing an e-book, but here are some really great tips to make sure that your labor of love will bring you profit:
Know What Readers Want
Before sitting down to work, you should know what your readers want to have from you. As soon as you have determined who your core audience is, take the time to reach out to them and ask for their suggestions. Use your e-mail list for this purpose (if you still don't have an e-mail list, create one before even thinking of doing an e-book). Ask your subscribers what they want to see in an e-book then take it from there. Their suggestions will prove invaluable when you collect materials for writing. There are writers who think they know what their audience wants. Do not assume and just ask so you will know for sure.
Focus on the Benefit Your Readers Will Get
People will buy e-books if they think they can get something out of it. Do not just write about a topic that interests you; make sure that your topic will become beneficial for the audience. How-to topics sell like hotcakes because it gives precisely what the audience wants. Sell a particular need and make sure your e-book delivers. You can ramble on and on about some ideology but still get ignored no matter how good your arguments are. Why? Because they are not interested in your opinion if it does not benefit them, unless you are a really famous person that people will be interested in no matter what you say.
Make It Look Pretty
Your great content may go unnoticed if you don't package your e-book the right way. Let's face it, there are people who place premium importance on appearances. Why risk losing profit for not making your e-book as presentable as you can make it? Don't just convert your Word file into PDF and sell it as it is. Your work will get lost in a sea of e-books that people do not pay attention to. You will have to spend money for a beautiful cover, but trust us, the investment will pay off in the long run.
Hire an Editor
There's nothing like another set of eyes to read your work for corrections. Even if you happen to be a great writer, you still need another person to proofread your work. Why not go all out and get a professional to do it? An editor will cite the necessary changes that you need to do to make your e-book more readable and credible. Don't hesitate paying for the services of an excellent editor. You will definitely get your money's worth.
To maintain your motivation while writing your e-book, think of the profits that you will earn and the credibility you will gain from publishing your work. Do not do things halfway and give this venture your best shot.
Make sure your e-book is free from embarrassing grammar and spelling errors. Check out and hire an editor now.
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Frequency, Intensity and Duration of Grief Episodes

Frequency, Intensity and Duration of Grief Episodes

Submitted by: Tim O'Brien

The loss of a beloved pet leaves a huge hole in the family, and grieving this loss has its own individuality and timetable. The look and feel of grief is personal.

The frequency of grief expressions, their intensity, and their duration during the bereavement process, vary from person to person. Each person is unique and grieves in his or her own way. Do not allow anyone to tell you otherwise. The guidelines presented here should contain something to help everyone. Right now it is probably difficult to think about yourself, or to muster the will to read or listen to anything, but please try. Your health and welfare are important and need attention, even now.

Frequency is individualistic. The longer term goal is to minimize the frequency of grief episodes. However, when you do have one, deal with it directly. You don’t want to encourage suppression of honest feelings and emotions.

Intensity, like frequency and duration, will vary episode to episode. At times the intensity of the experience will depend on how tired you are when it occurs. Sometimes, a specific trigger will set a very intense grief episode into motion. Sometimes you simply won’t know why a particular experience had such an impact on you; it just happened. All of this is normal.

Duration is personal, and varies widely among individuals. Also, there are two types of duration to consider. The duration of a single mourning event is one type. Some events might last for days, and others last just a few minutes. The duration of the entire bereavement process is the other type of duration. There is no rule or formula to determine how long your bereavement will last. The best answer sounds like no answer at all. It will last however long it lasts. To some extent, it might never really be over, simply adjusted to over time.

Some professionals who deal with those in mourning feel that the overall process averages around a year. Others say it can take from days to months to years. Many feel it is better to think in terms of years instead of days or months.

Over the course of your bereavement, you will probably experience many different emotional responses to the death of your pet. Normally, you can expect to move from the sensation of intense loss, to periods of anger and rage, through feelings of depression and finally toward hope and recovery. These stages or phases are not clear-cut. They mix, overlap, and sometimes repeat themselves. While grieving, try to live each day the best you can, using all the help and support at your disposal. Eventually, you will notice a change, subtle at first, more pronounced as time passes, that allows you to feel and believe you are returning to a semblance of normal – not the same, never the same, but a new normal, a new way of living, expressing and being.

You should not try to deny the emotions you feel, or suppress them. Again, you do not need to conform to someone else’s expectations. If you ever feel overwhelmed or desperate, consider allowing a trusted friend, member of the clergy, or a trained professional to help you through that particular challenge. It is difficult to handle everything alone during normal times; we all need occasional help. Remember, it is an indication of wisdom, not weakness, to recognize the benefits of allowing qualified, supportive people to help you during times of bereavement, when necessary.

About the Author: Timothy J. O’Brien, MS, has been involved with grief and mourning issues since 1991. He is the author of the best seller,You Will Always Be A Part Of Me – A Guide & Journal for Grieving the Loss of Your Pet, a pet loss grief support program from which this article was adapted. You can also read or download a preview of the Program.

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Wednesday, 6 February 2013

First and Only - A Good book from Peter Flannery

First and Only - Peter Flannery

I never heard of Peter Flannery before so my expectations was not high. As far as I know this is his first published book. I was surprised. The writing style is easy and the story is interesting and there is a few interesting twists and turns. Flannery can be proud of his first book.

It tells the story of Psimon, who is a real life psychic. He can see the future, move objects with the power of his mind and read other peoples thoughts. Unfortunately for Psimon, he saw his own death in five days at the hands of an unknown killer only known as Lucifer. His only hope is Steve Brennus, an ex-SAS soldier whose personal life is in shambles. Will Steve be able to save Psimon from the hands of Lucifer?  The story is engaging, but there were a few aspects that bothered me. The main character is psychic with extreme powers. He can, for instance to control a submarine many miles away, or even bend a steel pipe telekinetically but he cannot remove a piece of rag from his mouth. It does appear strange that someone with his powers are so "powerless" at times in the story. Still, the book is a good read and I did enjoy the book a lot. I will not be surprised if Peter Flannery publish another book soon, and I even think it will be better. I look forward to reading more of his books in the future.