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release date: Oct 16, 2018
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Lucia Series (2 Book Series)
From Book 1: This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.
release date: Oct 16, 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: Feb 04, 2016
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5 Secrets of Story Structure: How to Write a Novel That Stands Out (Helping Writers Become Authors Book 6)

Want to take your writing to the next level? Discover the “secrets” of story structure other authors are overlooking!

If you’ve read all the books on story structure and concluded there has to be more to it than just three acts and a couple of plot points, then you’re absolutely right! It’s time to notch up your writing education from “basic” to “black belt.” Internationally published author K.M. Weiland shares five “secret” techniques of advanced story structure.

In the multi-award-winning Structuring Your Novel, Weiland showed writers how to use a strong three-act structure to build a story with the greatest possible impact on readers. Now it’s time to take that knowledge to the next level.

In this supplemental book, you’ll learn:

  • Why the Inciting Event isn’t what you’ve always thought it is
  • What your Key Event is and how to stop putting it in the wrong scene

  • How to identify your Pinch Points—and why they can make the middle of your book easier to write

  • How to create the perfect Moment of Truth to move your protagonist from reaction to action

  • How to ace your story’s Climactic Moment every single time

  • And much more!

By the time you’ve finished this quick read, you’ll know more about story structure than the vast majority of aspiring authors will ever know—and you’ll be ready to write an amazing novel that stands above the crowd.

Take the next step in your evolution as a writer!
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release date: Oct 09, 2018
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Life Ed: Things YOU Need to Know: 2018 Middle School Edition
Life Ed: Things YOU Need to Know provides helpful tips that are not often taught in classrooms! These tips are targeted towards middle schoolers/ rising high schoolers. These skills, often called "life skills," are skills that everyone needs to know but are not often addressed.

The five main categories of life skills are: Communication, Home, Finances, Safety & First Aid, and School.

This book includes information from Julie Parrino, the Founder and Executive Director of Infinite Learning, a non-profit that creates after-school programs for boys and girls, El Segundo Fire Chief Kevin Smith (ret.), Nancy Reimann, a partner at Sheppard Mullin, Ms. Lori Lee, certified yoga instructor, and more.

For example, skills such as how to properly prioritize tasks and how to wisely think about a budget, among others, are included in this book. Read to see more!
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release date: Oct 02, 2018
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Take Charge of Your View: Career Advice You Won't Get From Your Boss
Jumpstart your own career changes. Discover your VIEW, the new skills for creating the work and life you love. This book will take you on a six-week journey packed with practical advice, it’s like having your own personal coach. Lisa Prior, a 20-year veteran leadership coach and change consultant, is on a mission to help people build the career of their dreams. Unlike most self-help books that tell people to quit their jobs and follow a “do what you love and the money will follow” theory, Lisa challenges you to dig deep to develop yourself, your career and your organization in your current role, whether you work for yourself or someone else. When you take this six-week journey, you will discover your VIEW, Lisa’s framework of skills needed to create the career you love: Vision, Insight, Engagement, and Will. Lisa shares success stories of people she has coached and offers practical tips, including: How to capture your VISION How to gain INSIGHT through feedback and “flow” How to boost career ENGAGEMENT through win-win situations and by abandoning the idea that success relies on “who you know” How to cultivate WILL by creating your mentoring network and naming your mountain— the thing you shy away from. In Lisa’s case, this mountain was a MOUNTAIN. By the end of this interactive book, you will be able to jumpstart your own career changes, and put your VIEW into action, lead the life you were born to live, and do the work you were born to do. Whether you are 22 or 62, you can take charge of your VIEW.
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release date: Dec 08, 2014
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5 Ingredients Cookbook: The Ultimate Guide

* The Ultimate 5 Ingredient Recipe Guide *

Cooking can be a pleasurable activity that enhances your life and your health. Delicious dishes only need five ingredients or fewer to make cooking easier, faster and down right irresistible. Shopping with a focus on fresh and unprocessed food, and including more fruits, vegetables and whole grains in your diet. Don't be afraid to experiment with flavors you love, and simplify your favorite recipes to create a healthy meal with just a few ingredients. We have collected the most delicious and healthy recipes from around the world. Enjoy!

Enjoy Delicious 5 Ingredient Recipes Today! Scroll Up & Grab Your Copy NOW!

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release date: Jul 26, 2017
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Craft of Writing
This writer’s guide is packed full of insightful lessons on writing well. Gleaned from years of teaching writing workshops and crafting his own stories, Christopher Hawke teaches these lessons in a clear and concise way. While a fan of The Elements of Style and Chicago Manual of Style, this book is geared more toward the heart of writing—what makes a story really work and why.

Touted as “The most comprehensive class on the market today…entertaining and inspiring…” by V. S. Alexander, and designed especially for the busy writer, these lessons require no more than 10 minutes a day and will change your writing life.
Community Authors cofounder and award-winning author Christopher Hawke walks you through both beginner and advanced lessons.

This book is based upon an award-winning video series entitled, Craft of Writing, by Christopher Hawke.
To learn even more, with the help of visual examples and additional writing lessons, go to and buy the entire series.
For a limited time, we are offering over $200 off when you enter coupon code: SUMMER
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release date: Dec 12, 2013
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Always Know What To Say - Easy Ways To Approach And Talk To Anyone
Who is this book for?

"Always Know What To Say" is for anyone who wants a straight to the point explanation of conversation skills fundamentals. I point out key distinctions you can apply right away to go from being tongue tied and unsure of what to say to having fun meeting people and getting to know them better. If you read AND apply what I cover in the book you`ll make steady progress and become much more at ease talking to people.

This book is not for you if you already have very good conversation skills and are comfortable meeting new people and letting your personality shine. You need to go elsewhere if you are looking for "secrets" and advanced strategies to achieve conversation skills mastery. You`ll regard this book as common sense.

And finally, this book is not for you if you read self help books and disregard the training because you`ve read something similar before and never apply what you learn. You`ll tell yourself you knew it all already.

You`ll gain a lot from "Always Know What To Say" if you treat it as a set of principles and strategies you get to play with in the real world. This is not light entertainment, its practical training that`s designed for you to use in your day to day life. If you do you`ll enjoy the happiness and warmth that comes from connecting with the important people in your life whether that be in your family and community or at work.

Here`s what people are saying about this book at

"If you are a shy person who finds it difficult to communicate with new people then this book will be helpful. Peter Murphy presents conversation starters, explains body language and teaches you what to ask people when you first meet. This book contains simple strategies for entertaining conversations. With this book anyone should be able to survive a party or talk to strangers on a plane. I personally find that listening to people talk about their life is a good way to make people like you. Being a shy person by nature I found some of this book to be very useful."

Rebecca Johnson

"I found a lot of great ideas in this book. I will have to refer back to it frequently to remember some of the ideas. Its a short book but not only is it packed with great ideas but the author has a great free website packed with ideas and there is a free audio on his website. I think it would be worth writing down some of the ideas and reviewing them before a social situation."

Cynthia from Florida

"As a manager of a retail store that pushes strong customer service, I have a large young staff. I've shared excerpts from this book with them and it blows their mind. As a young person they are having a hard time talking to people about something that they are worried doesn't interest the customer so they are all worried about failure and rejection. This book, I believe, has helped save my store. It is very basic, but almost like, why didn't I think to tell my staff that!"


Book Description:

Want to know the easy way to approach and make conversation with new people? In this book you`ll discover simple ways to ensure you always have something interesting to talk about.

Find out how popular people make it look so easy and how you can do the same.

This short 17 page book covers the following strategies:

- How to Approach Someone to Start a Conversation
- 9 Great Ways to Confidently Approach Anyone
- How to Stop Feeling Nervous When Meeting New People
- What to Say When Introducing Yourself to New People
- 6 Easy Ways to Avoid Getting Stuck for Words
- 10 Interesting Topics of Conversation for Every Occasion
- The Best Questions to Keep a Conversation Going
- How to Shine in Conversation with Listening Skills
- How to Use Body Language to Read People Like a Book
- Show People You Like Them and Make Friends with Ease

Start reading this book right away and you`ll enjoy better conversation skills and have much more fun talking to the people in your day to day life
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release date: Jan 08, 2018
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Yearly Content Planner and Strategy Guide

Are you tired of spinning your wheels as a content creator?

It's time to get intentional so you can grow your audience and make more money doing what you LOVE. 

Stop wasting time on what isn't working! Scale up your success with strategic plans for your writing and promotion this year. 

You'll learn how to: 

  • use simple analytics to narrow your focus
  • create blog posts and other content your audience is hungry for
  • utilize the power of microblogging
  • reverse engineer your desired income
  • plan launches without overwhelming your audience
  • implement a working social media strategy
  • ...and so much more!

Whether you are a blogger, writer, podcaster, or YouTuber, you'll find helpul tips and resources to map out a successful year's worth of content. This in-depth planner also comes with a free printable content calendar with daily, weekly, and monthly planning pages to help you put your goals into action. 

If you are ready to see results for your creative work, this planner is the first step to success!

Download your Yearly Content Planner and Strategy Guide today! 

release date: Mar 30, 2018
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Summary: The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen R.Covey - More knowledge in less time
In 1989, Steven Covey published a business book or was it a self-help book? Actually 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a hybrid. Like a Toyota Prius or a Ford Focus blends electricity and gasoline to maximize efficiency. One can blend the way he or she conducts business and leads their personal lives to benefit both. The two are intertwined and when you lead life with poise, astuteness, dignity and a sense of purpose, success can be achieved. The paradigm or way to think about things is changed.

A habit is a pattern derived from frequent repetition. It becomes an unconscious choice to act a certain way with oneself or with others. A habit can be as simple as waking up at dawn or saying thank you when a person lends you a favor. Covey puts forth that all successful people share these 7 habits, which become an integral part of a person’s character. By striving to implement these character traits into our own lives, we can be effective and successful too.

Changing our habit’s to mirror those in 7 Habits of Highly Successful People is not simple. A process may require baby steps when our instincts tell us to take giant leaps. Fortitude is required but the payoff is enormous.

The 7 habits toward success can be taken in three stages. Independence happens when we work on ourselves internally. These steps towards self-regulation include habits 1-3.

1.Be Proactive

2.Begin with the end in mind

3.Put first things first

Once we achieve independence, it is time to improve interaction with others. In the words of John Donne (1572-1631) No man is an island, entire of itself; The following three habits will help us achieve interdependence.

4.Think Win-win

5.Seek first to be understood then to understand


The final habit of highly successful people is perhaps the most important because without it the others are no possible.

7.Sharpen the Saw

These tools can set you on the road to success. 7 Habits of Highly Successful People has sold over 15 million copies worldwide and it can be read in over 30 languages. World known business leaders and heads of state like President Bill Clinton of the United States have found this book useful. The time is now to begin implementing them into your life.

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