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release date: Jan 19, 2018
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Smashwords Guides (2 Book Series)
From Book 1: The Smashwords Style Guide has helped indie authors produce and publish over 130,000 high-quality ebooks. 200,000 copies of the Smashwords Style Guide have downloaded!

This guide offers simple step-by-step instructions to create and format an ebook using Microsoft Word.

The Smashwords Style Guide is required reading for any author who wants to distribute their book via Smashwords to major ebook retailers such as the Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo and Diesel.

Authors and publishers who don't yet use Smashwords can still benefit from the Guide. It provides detailed information on how ebook formatting is different from print formatting, how to create a reflowable ebook, and it offers step by step illustrated instructions on how to tame the beast of Microsoft Word.



Welcome to Smashwords!
Do-it-yourself, or hire help?
Good formatting examples
What Smashwords publishes, what we don’t publish
Five common formatting mistakes to avoid
How Smashwords publishes books
How Smashwords distributes books
How ebook formatting is different from print formatting
How we convert your book into multiple ebook formats
The three secrets to ebook formatting
How to avoid (and fix) AutoVetter errors
Introduction to Meatgrinder conversion system
Your required source file
Understanding the different ebook formats



Making Word Behave
Step 1: Make a back up
Step 2: Activate Word’s Show/Hide
Step 3: Turn off Word’s “AutoCorrect” and “AutoFormat” features
Step 4: Eliminate text boxes
Step 5: The Nuclear Method

Step 6: Unify Manuscript around Normal paragraph style
Step 7: Managing and modifying paragraph styles, fonts
Step 7a. How to choose the best paragraph separation method (first line indent or block?)
Step 7b: How to implement your chosen paragraph separation method
Step 7b-a: How to define a proper first line indent
Step 7b-b: How to define trailing “after” space for block paragraphs
Step 7b-c: Special tips for poetry, cookbooks and learning materials
Step 7b-d: How to define proper line spacing
Step 8: Check your normalized text
Step 9: Why you should never use tabs or the space bar for indents
Step 10: Managing paragraph returns
Step 11: Managing hyperlinks
Step 12: Designating chapter breaks, page breaks, section breaks
Step 13: Working with images
Step 14: Text justification
Step 14a: Centering text
Step 15: Managing font sizes
Step 16: Style formatting, symbols and glyphs
Step 17: Headers and footers
Step 18: Margins, page sizes and indents
Step 19: Add the Heading style to your Chapter headers (optional)

Building Navigation
Step 20: Building navigation into the manuscript
Step 20a: Creating the NCX
Step 20b: Creating the linked Table of Contents
Step 20c: Advanced link building (Footnotes, Endnotes)
Step 20d: Troubleshooting and testing

Front Matter
Step 21: Front matter
Step 21a: Blurbs (optional)
Step 21b: Title and copyright page (required!)
Step 21c: Add a Smashwords license statement below copyright page

The End of Your Book
Step 22: The end of your book

Step 23: Preparing your cover image
Step 24: Review requi
release date: Jan 08, 2018
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Pay Your Student Loans Fast: A Proven Plan to Eliminating $42,000 of Student Debt in Less Than 3 Years

Get rid of your student debt fast. This book will show you how.

In 2012, Val Breit graduated college with a master’s degree in school counseling and over $42,000 in student loans. She started her career earning just $36,000, yet she eliminated all her college debt in just 34 months.

If you consider her husband’s debt, combined they wiped out nearly $60,000 of student debt in just 3.5 years using this proven plan to get out of debt.

Pay Your Student Loans Fast is not just a personal story.

You will learn:

  • the steps to pay off your college debt in record time
  • tons of money-saving strategies to slash your bills in half
  • the costliest mistakes people make with student loans
  • new tips to find extra money every month

Overwhelmed by all your debt and not sure where to start?

Stop stressing and follow the 5 key steps to eliminate debt.

I felt so overwhelmed with the amount of debt that I had but by utilizing the skills I learned from this book, I paid off one of my husband's student loans and am very close to paying off 2 more of mine!”

Think the only way to wipe out debt is by doing something crazy?

Find out which small lifestyle changes could give you massive results.

  • You don’t have adopt a diet of only ramen noodles.
  • You don’t have to move to another country.
  • You don’t have to sell everything you own and live in the woods.

“Thank you for opening my eyes to the many ways I have been throwing my hard-earned money away!”

Think you just don’t make enough money to pay off debt?

Learn how to be intentional with your money so you have enough to pay your bills and knock out your debt too!

“This book helped me realize that average people, with average incomes, CAN become debt free.”

“Val's techniques have already saved me a bunch of money.”

Think this book only applies to paying off student loans?

Learn how to handle any kind of debt, including:

  • college debt
  • car loans
  • credit card debt
  • and more!

“Since reading this, I have been able to use the tips to not only focus on my student loan debt, but I have been able to pay off two credit cards as well.”

“This book lit a fire under my butt to tackle this debt! I just paid off my ridiculous amount of debt on my Target card. Next is my Discover card, then my student loans!”

Don’t have student loans yet?

  • Learn how to make smart money choices now, so you don’t have a huge mess to clean up later.
  • Understand the 12 common, yet costly, mistakes you need to avoid now.
  • Prevent college debt from burdening your life for decades.

Val has given me the tools to help my daughter complete college without being buried in debt!

“I highly recommend that high school students read this book before making their post-high school decisions and know how to be smart about taking out their student loans!”

Get your hands on the guide that will inspire and guide you to break free from the shackles of your debt for good!

Take back control of your money by scrolling up and clicking the BUY NOW button.

release date: Jan 11, 2018
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Work at Home Part-Time:  Other Things to Do to Earn Good Money While Working from Home
Learn how to really be a successful entrepreneur whether part-time or full-time

Inside this guide, you'll learn strategies to becoming a better entrepreneur and some business ideas that you can start today.

Here's a preview of what's inside:

- Why you probably don't need a college degree
- Why college is not the safest surest path to success
- The best way to learn and become a master of your craft
- What to do when you don't know what to do
- Awesome ways to start a side-hustle
- A much much cheaper alternative to college with the same benefits minus the "paper" or the diploma
- Why you should consider joining the military
- How to be a modern day renaissance man and why it's okay if you don't have a purpose in life just yet
- What is a YOU fund and how this can help you achieve success faster than your peers

- How to find the best keywords and products to target
- How to create a video review that sells the product without being pushy whatsoever
- The exact tools you need to do a video review
- How to use these 2 cheap services to rank faster in Youtube and Google
- How to upload your video for maximum ON PAGE YOUTUBE SEO power... this is the secret to higher rankings on Youtube

- How to find good keyword to target for your website
- How to create a wordpress website from start to finish. Absolutely nothing left out!
- How to find the best product to promote. A product that matches your keyword.
- How to apply on-page seo tactics so you can rank your website as fast as possible!
- How to apply free backlinking methods to boos your website's seo points
- How to write a product review that turn your readers into customers

All successful entrepreneurs take action and make things happen

How about you? What are you going to do if given this opportunity to know the top common traits you need to have, in order to be a successful entrepreneur?


Scroll Up & Grab Your Copy Today!
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release date: Dec 05, 2017
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Truth, Lies & Statistics: How to Lie with Statistics (Bite-Size Stats Series)
Pirates, cats, Mexican lemons and North Carolina lawyers. Cheese consumption, margarine and drowning by falling out of fishing boats. This book has got it all.
A roller coaster of a book in 8 witty chapters, this might just be the most entertaining statistics book you’ll read this year.

Did you know that pirates caused global warming, and that a statistical lie gave rise to one of the fastest growing religions on the planet? Probably not – you might have missed the memo that day. Did you also know that organic food is the real cause of autism, and that Mexican lemons are a major cause of deaths on American roads? They’re true, honest – and this book has got the stats to prove it.
In this eye-opening book, award winning statistician and author Lee Baker uncovers the key tricks of the trade used by politicians, corporations and other statistical conmen to deceive, hoodwink and otherwise dupe the unwary. Like how the ex-Chancellor of the Exchequer attempted to persuade us that 5 lots of 10 make 150, or how the President of the United States tried to convince us that 420,000 is a larger number than 782,000. Nice try boys, but we were awake that day!
In his trademark sardonic style, the author reveals the secrets of how the statistical hustlers manipulate and misrepresent data for political or commercial gain – and often get away with it.
Written as a layman’s guide to lying, cheating and deceiving with data and statistics, there’s not a dull page in sight!

Discover the exciting world of statistical cheating and persuasive misdirection. Get this book, TODAY!
release date: Jan 12, 2018
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Start a Business 101 (How to Start a StartUp): The Truth About Starting a Business for Beginners or First-Time Entrepreneurs

"Entrepreneurship is hard. If you don't have the heart for it, then it is better for you to quit now."

The sentence above is the kind of advice that you will get inside this book.

Honest, real and no B.S.

A lot of new entrepreneurs out there are suffering right now because they don't have the proper advice to follow.

Don't try to learn all of these lessons on your own.

Here's a preview of what you will learn:

- The first thing that you should have if you want long-term success for your business
- Should you really follow your passion from the start?
- How to be rich and NOT miserable with what you have
- What to do with your business profits
- What NOT to do with your business profits
- Why learning to adapt is key to continued success of your business
- The exact feelings that your product must elicit in order to sell them fast!
- The concept of "+1 -1" and how this can help you make more money with lesser mistakes along the way

FAQ for Entrepreneurs
- Why most of your excuses is invalid!
- When to quit your job
- Should you even quit your day job?
- What to do before you quit your job
- The best business ideas right now
- 8 of the best books to read for newbie businessman and businesswoman
- How much to charge for your product
- The biggest secret to success.., it's not even a secret anymore
- The biggest shortcut to success... yes, there's one!
- Top 3 things to learn to grow your business as fast as humanly possible

Look, you can choose to ignore this book bundle and learn all of these things on your own...

Or you can choose to learn from the lessons inside and avoid the heartaches and mistakes most newbie entrepreneurs make

The choice is totally up to you.

If you pick the latter, I want you to scroll up and download your copy today!

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release date: Jul 10, 2014
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How To Avoid Being Misled By Statistics
Three kinds of people ought to read this book.
Firstly there are those who use statistics in their work: accountants, scientists, advertisers, marketers, politicians and journalists. If you are in one of these categories I would like to help you to maintain, or aspire to, a reasonable standard of honesty and integrity, so that people can trust what you say, and so that you do not even inadvertently mislead yourself as well as others.

Secondly there are cynics who think statistics can never be trusted and are just tools used by liars. I want to show that they can be used properly, and also that with a little thought, we can all learn to spot the false or exaggerated claims, the non-sequitors, and the unsubstantiated assumptions. Then we will be able to see the truth when it appears.

Thirdly, there are the huge number of ordinary people who get totally confused and sometimes, sadly, misled, by statistics. I want to help you make sense of what you read or hear, and be able to be confident in sorting the facts from the hype.

It is for this third group that this book is really written. If the other two groups benefit, I will be glad, but if you are in this group, please read on. I hope you will enjoy it, but above all I hope it will empower you.
release date: Nov 19, 2015
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What Everyone Should Know About Super-efficient Learning
The best way to learn is to first understand how the process of learning works.

Super-efficient learning doesn’t need to be a trick to work well. It simply means recognizing what is actually going on when you reach a new level of insight and finding approaches to help you reach those stages consistently.

It is possible to vastly enhance most learning. The old belief that one can be too old to learn, or a new skill requires years to learn, is toxic thinking. While it is true that mastery (top 1%) takes time and practice, it is likely that one can learn and become excellent at a lot of things in a matter of months (not years!), by applying proper learning strategies.

This book will help you become a super-efficient learner. It presents 10 powerful learning principles that will super-charge your learning.

You will find many helpful tips and actionable items in this book. Even only applying a handful of them to your learning will help you become more efficient. I promise!
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release date: May 28, 2017
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Start, Study & Pass The 2018 CPA Exam Fast: Proven 8 Step CPA Exam Study Playbook (That Works With Any CPA Review Course, CPA Exam Study Guide, CPA Prep Course & CPA Study Materials)
Are you planning on using Wiley CPAexcel, Roger CPA, Becker CPA or Gleim CPA Review to study for the CPA exam? Discover Your CPA Exam Study Personality by taking our Quiz so you can maximize your results using any CPA review course! I'll even throw in 100 Multiple Choice & my Free CPA Exam Coaching Course! --> details inside the free preview of the book :)

Passing the CPA Exam is all about having a personalized Study Playbook to use as your study guide.

A Study Playbook is going to be the backbone to your daily study routine that will help keep you focused, motivated and successful.

Before I passed the CPA exam, I had no plan, no playbook and no clue where to begin...

The end result was that I failed all four sections of the CPA exam in a row!

I DON'T want this to happen to you, which is why I created "Start, Study & Pass The CPA Exam FAST: Proven 8 Step CPA Exam Study Playbook!"

So that YOU can learn from the mistakes I made and help you avoid wasting thousands of dollars and hundreds of study hours...

What Having A Study Playbook Did For Me

- Helped me to maximize how I studied for the CPA exam based on how I learn best
- Kept me motivated even after I failed multiple sections of the CPA exam
- Saved me 100+ study hours by eliminating busy work
- Helped me recall complex topics on CPA exam day
- Helped me juggle work + family/friends + studying for the CPA exam
- And of course helped me pass the CPA exam and become a licensed CPA!

If you are interested in bleeding edge study tactics, a proven playbook that you can follow step by step on your journey to passing the CPA exam and hate the idea of wasting time or money...

Then download the ebook to find out how – as well as the ebook edition, you’ll also get:

- access to my free CPA exam study personality quiz for free
- Learning how to utilize your CPA review course (works with Wiley CPAexcel, Roger CPA Review, Becker CPA Review, Yaeger CPA Review, Surgent CPA Review, Gleim CPA Review and Fast Forward Academy CPA)
- a PDF edition of the book (in case your ereader doesn’t handle screenshots well)
- a chance to enroll in my free CPA exam coaching video series
- a chance to download one hundred free CPA exam multiple choice questions

Here's to your success!
release date: Jun 05, 2016
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Mnemonics Memory Palace Book One: Memory Palaces and Mnemonics. The Forgotten Craft of Memorization and Memory Improvement With Total Recall. (How To Build a Mnemonics Memory Palace 1)

"The one book to read if you want to learn how to build powerful memory palaces, and other mnemonic tools."

"How to Build Mnemonics Memory Palaces" is a no-nonsense, practical guide on how to conceive and build memory palaces, and feed them with information that you want to memorize. In it you will learn:

  • What is a memory palace?
  • How to build your first couple of memory palace.
  • Learn the one secret to why some information stick to your mind, and other types don't
  • How to easily build up to 15 memory palaces, based on the first two.
  • Building memory palaces based on walks/journeys.
  • How to build virtual memory palaces.
  • How to memorize any fact or information using memory palaces.

Unlike other popular books on the subject, like "Moonwalking with Einstein", the book "How to Build a Mnemonic Memory Palace" focuses on practical, hands on advice. Information that will get you started making your own memory palaces from day one. 

This short, but informative book is virtually packed with information. Tips that simply work. Memory palaces are an ancient, yet somehow forgotten method of memorizing all kinds of information. Before the printing press was invented, content was passed on verbally from person to person. And using the Greek tradition of memory palaces, scholars could store vast amounts of information. 

These techniques have seen an increased interest lately, and many people who have been inspired by memory palaces from TV-series like "Sherlock" or books like "Hannibal", want to find a way to easily get started making memory palaces. 

"How to Build a Mnemonic Memory Palace" literally takes you by the hand and walks you through the process, step by step. And thanks to the many examples, these ancient methods become very clear. In many ways, this book starts where others, like "Moonwalking With Einstein" stop. 

Download a sample, or get the set of two books today. Learn how you can use the powerful techniques of memory palaces in order to memorize vitually anything. 

  • A full, practical guide to getting started memorizing all types of information using memory palaces
  • Equally useful for students, as adults
  • Find out the perfect method for memorizing speeches
  • Never forget another keyword
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release date: Dec 25, 2017
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The Search for tough seed to combat Africa’s harsh agro-climate: Merging DNA technology with farmers’ indigenous knowledge (Ethiopia’s Agriculture Narratives Book 11217)
In a combat with the sustained negative impacts of climate change that frequently causes drought keeping Ethiopia under foreign food aid, agronomists with biologists have combined the indigenous knowledge of farmers to find new durum wheat varieties that are tough enough and suitable to the dry and mountainous part of North Ethiopia, East Africa. After field visit and meeting the farmers and the scientists involved as well as conducting research, Andualem Sisay Gessesse, an Award-winning journalist, looks in-depth into Ethiopia’s agriculture sector performance and the challenges and opportunities of Africa in general as a continent, which failed time and again to feed its around 1.2 billion people while having 60% of the world’s arable land.
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