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The 12 All-Time Best Business and Personal Development Books

 

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Free book: Digital Freedom

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Digital Freedom: How Millions Are Carving Out a Dependable Living Online and How You Can Too.  is a book on how money is made online, from blogging to self-publishing to YouTube to podcasting to donations and more, and it’s packed full of advice on how to be successful as well.

If you sign up before September 16, you’ll get it FREE! 

 


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Ya…But How? Online Platform Building for the Very, Very Beginner by Melanie Fischer

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About the Book

Are you trying to get your works into the world? You may know very well where you need to go, but there is something that stands in between point A and point B?
The pit of “Ya…but how”
Ya but how do I create a website?
Ya but how do I start a blog?
Ya but how do I create email lists?
Ya but how…?
This fun and interactive book with step-by-step instructions and links to video tutorials, will transform you into a modern day author.

Book Excerpt

Before the Beginning

You are peering into a book that is offering to help you build a bridge from having little or no online presence, to existing online in a meaningful way. An online presence is often referred to as an online platform. This term online platform is used as an umbrella term to describe the combination of all the online devices which are being used to help make your works known.

A platform typically has two parts 1) The physical components, such as: a blog, podcast and social media channels 2) The people whom you have influence on, such as: members of a group or a club you are part of, your social media followers, blog subscribers and podcast listeners. Your platform ultimately is the people you have influence on, but without the physical means of reaching out, it would be difficult to connect with them.

Considering that you have this material in your hands, I suspect you are in the shoes of having little knowledge about how to build your online platform. I was in similar shoes not long ago—they can feel a bit clunky and may seem too big to fill. Building an online platform may appear to be a task only for the “techy” folks. However, if the required steps are laid out in a manageable fashion, these are shoes that even the least tech savvy person can grow into.

 

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About the Author

Melanie has an appetite for sharing the principles of living for purpose. She is passionate in living her calling and equally passionate in helping others live theirs. What fuels her works? The combination of her experience of living without purpose, with the beautiful reality of what life has to offer when living with it.
If Melanie is not found in front of her computer compiling her next blog, story or techi manual, you may find her at the end of her fly fishing rod, or banging on her drum set.

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7 Essential Habits of Christian Writers

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About the Book

Could your personal and writing habits be holding you back from becoming a successful writer?

Perhaps you’ve discovered, as have many others, that being gifted or knowing you are called by God to write is not enough to be successful at it. There comes a time when every writer must develop the gentle art of discipline – establishing certain practices, or habits, that make it easier to carry out the right and good thing.

This anthology deals not so much with the technical or how-to aspects of writing but rather, with seven key areas that are seen as essential for Christian writers to succeed. They are:

* Time with God
* Healthy Living
* Time Management
* Honing Writing Skills
* Crafting a Masterpiece
* Submitting
* Marketing

Book Excerpt – Nonfiction

Navigating Voice by Pam Mytroen

A well-developed voice depends primarily upon listening. When our first-born daughter, Diana, was born, we were fascinated at her reaction to our voices. First her breathing would speed up, then she would fling her arms out to the side, kick her legs, and her eyes would grow large. Within a few weeks she began cooing and babbling to herself in the mirror, thinking she was talking to another baby. As the days went by, babbling turned into long, happy conversations that gushed from her constantly, followed by a pause as she waited for a response. Apparently she knew what she was saying, though we hadn’t the foggiest clue. Those first sounds, though nonsense to us, were imitations of the world around her. When clear words began to emerge, we had many laughs. Her favourite program as a tiny toddler was Bugs Bunny and she memorized several lines that she would use to engage others. When guests would arrive at our door, she would say, “Give me twenty-bucks!” When they left our home, she would remind them, “See you in the city, slicker!” Her voice even took on an exaggerated Boston accent like the cartoon character. When she turned three she liked answering the phone. One time I heard her say clearly, “No, Daddy is not home. He’s driving the smurf-truck. He is out making money to buy food and clothing for us.” Hmmmm . . . sounds like something she may have picked up from her Mama! Everything she said in the first few years was a response to what she had heard, and that’s primarily how voice develops –through both focused and peripheral listening, and by many humorous attempts at first words.

Focused listening for the writer is equivalent to reading. While a child has no choice as to the voices surrounding him, as writers we have the opportunity to immerse ourselves into specific writing voices. We begin to speak and write like those we read.

But before we hoist the sails we should consider the larger Voice that informs our work with its depth and direction. If we want to stay the course, it is imperative we listen to the Voice of Truth.

Truth speaks to us through the Word of God, whispering into our desires and our fears. Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice. I know them and they follow me” (John 10:27). Truth, not deception, has the ability to fill our scripts with both simplicity and depth, clarity and mystery. Only One Voice can both convict and set free. Discern the Voice of Truth. Trust it. Obey it. Imitate it.

 

Book excerpts – Fiction

“Then she looked up and said aloud, ‘Lord, it’s been a while since I’ve been out for a walk—and even longer since I’ve been on a prayer walk. I thank You for the beauty of Your creation. And Father, I’m stuck in my writing. I need Your help.’”—Kimberley Payne, “A Way Out”

 

“Tears began to form in Jordan’s eyes and he squeezed them shut. He read the scripture quote four more times, resisting the tears less with each reading and letting them run down his face and fall onto his shirt. Who had written the diary page? What did it all mean? The writer wrote as if she’d spoken with Jesus face to face. How had it survived through the years, let alone land in his line of sight? Instinctively, Jordan knew he might never know the answers. But one thing was certain: The message was intended for him. He folded the paper, tucked it into his pocket, and headed home.” —Terrie Todd, “In His Time”

 

“For the next few weeks, Gillian floated. She had been so productive on her computer, sending query letters and requesting writers’ guidelines from many publishers. She had realized as the emails kept popping into her inbox, she needed a filing system. She knew some of her writer friends might laugh, but she didn’t care. She pulled out the beautiful, old green ledger that she’d had for years. She liked the feel of the big book, so she decided this was where she would document her submissions.”—Glynis Belec, “The Pursuit of Passion”

 

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Learn Twitter: 10 Intermediate Steps by Ruth Snyder

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About the Book

Use Twitter to easily and effectively reach your readers!

Successful writers take responsibility for marketing their own work. Social media, including Twitter, can be amazing tools. But how do you get started and use Twitter productively without wasting valuable writing time?

In Learn Twitter: 10 Intermediate Steps, Ruth L. Snyder explains how to go beyond the basics and use Twitter effectively. Using this manual, you’ll learn how to write great tweets, use hashtags, link shorteners, and Twitter tools, schedule your tweets, use tweet templates, and continue building relationships with your worldwide audience. You’ll also discover many tips and tricks to engage your audience and build a solid marketing platform in minutes a day.

This is the second book in the Authors’ Social Media Mastery Series on Twitter. The first book, Learn Twitter: 10 Beginning Steps, helps you master the essentials. This book builds on the basics and helps you learn to make the best use of your Twitter account.

Become more proficient at using Twitter today!

Bonus Content: Video – 10 Steps to Creating Beautiful Graphics with PicMonkey and E-book – Quotes to Use on Twitter (Inspiring Quotes in 140 characters or less)

Book Excerpt

Writing effective tweets can be a challenge. However, there are several things you can do that will make your job easier.

Choose your topic/content

Remember that although your goal may be sales, your focus needs to be on building relationships. Put yourself in your follower’s (prospective customer’s) shoes:

1. What topics is he interested in?
2. What is her felt need?
3. What problem does he want resolved?
4. What makes her laugh? Or cry?

According to Dave Larson (@TweetSmarter), the types of tweets which receive the most engagement are warnings, quotes, trending news, fun quizzes, summaries, tips, and resources. Pictures also increase the chances of your tweet receiving attention.
Shea Bennett (@Sheamus) states only two things count on Twitter: readability and retweetability. He urges that we learn how to differentiate between selling links and selling content:

“…the content is what will sell your product or idea, but nobody is going to care about any of that unless you’ve first sold them the reason to read it. You might have discovered the cure for cancer, but nobody is going to care if you link it next to ‘This is cool.’”

Summarize the topic/information

Summarizing your main point is similar to writing a catchy headline. Jeff Goins (@JeffGoins) says, “Too often the headline is the most neglected part… People just gloss over it without taking much time to consider it. In their minds, it’s the cherry on top. No, friends; it’s not. The headline is the sundae.” He shares this formula: Number or Trigger word + adjective + keyword + promise.

Add a graphic or link

If you’re sharing a quote, a graphic will garner more attention. Donna Moritz (@SociallySorted) has an informative infographic about The Importance of Visual Content. Michael Stelzner of Social Media Examiner (@smexaminer) says, “When you merge the power of imagery with original content, then it gets shared a lot. If you can create some of your own original content, you’ve got more chance of it being shared, versus having to share everybody else’s. It’s very powerful.” If you need more convincing, read How to Use Images to Skyrocket Your Blog Traffic: A Case Study of 100 Million Articles

My favourite apps for creating graphics are WordSwag, Canva, and PicMonkey. (Click here to watch my video about creating beautiful graphics on PicMonkey.) We’ve already discussed how to obtain shortened links using bit.ly.

Writing good tweets takes some practice, so be patient with yourself. Try different formats and topics and see what works best.

Intermediate Step 4 Assignment
Create 5 tweets using the steps outlined in this chapter.
1. Choose a topic
2. Summarize the topic (aim for 80-90 words)
3. Add your link
4. Add an eye-catching graphic

Put all that together and post your tweets. Pay attention to which tweets get the most retweets, favorites, and mentions and write more tweets like those. You may also want to pay attention when you’re reading other people’s tweets. Which ones do you disregard? Why? Which ones do you pay attention to and comment on, favorite, or retweet? Why? This will give you vital information you can put to use when creating your own tweets.
In Chapter 7, we’ll be discussing scheduling your tweets. Once you know which tweets work best, it will be easier to decide which ones to schedule.

 

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About the Author

Ruth L. Snyder spent the first ten years of her life in southern Africa where her parents served as missionaries. In 1977, her family moved to Three Hills, Alberta. She now resides close to Glendon with her husband and five children.

Ruth enjoys writing articles, devotionals, short stories, and Christian fiction. She is a member of The Word Guild and The Christian PEN. Ruth currently serves as the President of InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship.

In her spare time, Ruth enjoys reading, crafts, volunteering, photography, and travel. Several years ago, Ruth and her family traveled through 28 States in 30 days!

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How I Sold 80,000 Books by Alinka Rutkowska

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About the Book

If you plan on self-publishing through amazon and you are looking for book marketing tips, “How I Sold 80,000 Books” is for you.

It will show you all the steps you need to implement to get readers, what type of book marketing for authors works, kindle publishing guidelines and best practices.

Author marketing is something that can be learnt if you have the right tools. You will find my “4Ps” system, which allowed me to sell 80,000 books in this guide.

Book Excerpt

So you’ve published a book and now you’re ready to market it? I have good news and bad news. Which do you want to hear first? O.K., I’ll decide. The bad news is that it’s already too late to start marketing your title. The good news is that we’ll make the most of what we have and get you geared for success.

What does it even mean to market a book? If you attend a Marketing 101 lecture at any university, you’ll see that the professor’s first PowerPoint slide will prominently display the “Marketing Mix”, which consists of four Ps (and I don’t mean the green stuff you’re sometimes served on your plate).

The professor will announce that the four Ps stand for Product, Place, Price and Promotion. The students will yawn, text, doodle or maybe even take notes.

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About the Author

Alinka Rutkowska is a multi-award-winning and #1 international best-selling author and coach.

She’s been featured on Fox Business Network, Examiner, She Knows, She Writes, Blog Talk Radio, The Writer’s Life and many more.

She’s giving away presents! AUTHORS: Click here to get her ebook “200 Book Marketing Tips” for free!

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