How to Use Amazon’s Createspace

If you’ve written a book in, say, Microsoft Word and have proofread it, properly formatted it, and have a title page, copyright page, introduction, table of contents and distinct chapters, you are essentially ready to roll for Createspace. Although a variety of trim sizes (i.e., book sizes) are available, I recommend selecting the 6” x…

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The Story of Iannis V.

Writers are storytellers. As I thought about a story to tell you, I settled on the story of Iannis V. *, a rich and influential Greek businessman.  I thought about him because he made an impact on me. Even though Iannis owns over thirty homes, he mostly lives in two, one of which is a…

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Reality is in the Detail

How much attention do you pay to your environment?  Do you notice what’s happening around you?  How careful are you regarding details pertaining to, for example, your job? Pay attention Many people go about their daily business as if they wore blinders.  They focus on a goal yet ignore everything else.  It’s as if nothing…

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Perfect Mind Discipline Produces Perfect Writing

Aaaaaaaiiiieeeeeeee!  This is the ‘war cry’ that Bruce Lee emits before performing a series of moves that incapacitate his opponents perfectly. In the same way that Lee disciplines his mind to execute the moves that categorically put his opponents ‘out of business,’ we need to discipline our minds before writing. Economy of speech Although it’s…

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Keep Your Voice

The late American author and philosopher, Joseph Campbell, said that when you like an author, read everything they’ve written and then read authors they’ve read.  This is the opposite of reading as much as possible by as many writers as possible.  What Campbell was pointing at was that we should follow ‘threads,’ not follow blindly. …

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