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release date: Sep 26, 2017
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Witchwood Estate Collectables (2 Book Series)
From Book 1: A fun little book to help you awaken your inner witch - because there's a little witch in all of us. And it's all FREE!

This is a condensed version of the hands-on print book. Recipes, poetry, spells, reading tea leaves, broom history, animal familiars, the witches' pantry, crystals, candles, and more! 

  • Bonus content: The first novella in the Witchwood Series - Going home. The Craft meets Practical Magic.
release date: Sep 26, 2017
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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: Sep 26, 2017
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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.

INSIDE THE SMASHWORDS STYLE GUIDE

GETTING STARTED

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FORMATTING

Pre-Prep
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

Formatting
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

POST-FORMATTING
Step 23: Preparing your cover image
Step 24: Review requi
release date: Sep 19, 2017
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Minimalist Living: This Book Includes - Minimalist Living: Master The Minimalist Lifestyle AND RV Living: Master The Life On The Road

This Book Includes 2 Manuscripts

Minimalist Living

Master The Minimalist Lifestyle

What exactly is minimalism and why might it be relevant to you in your life? Minimalism is a method for becoming free in life. It can help you become free from worry, fear, and overwhelm. It can also help with depression, guilt, and being caught up in a consumerist culture. That isn’t to say that it’s wrong to own possessions, but it’s very easy to get caught up in what those mean. Some people even put aside their personal growth, passion, relationships, and health for the sake of continuing to own new stuff. Minimalism can help you live your life with purpose, free from distraction.

Do you feel overwhelmed, overstressed, and surrounded by clutter, both physically and mentally? Then you might want to consider a lifestyle of minimalism.

In Minimalist Living: Master The Minimalist Lifestyle, you will learn:

  • The Definition and Benefits of Minimalism: Did you know that minimalism goes beyond just getting rid of some of your possessions? It’s an attitude and extends to your mentality as well.
  • Is Minimalism Right for You? If you’d like to save money and simplify your life, minimalism might be right for you. Chapter one will give you some questions so you can find out whether it’s time to make this change.
  • Steps for Simplifying and Decluttering: It’s time to start simplifying your life and cutting stress out, so you can dedicate your free moments to spending more time with your family and following your dreams.
  • Setting Goals and Making Routines: Have you ever wondered how some people seem to effortlessly have their lives together and stay organized, while for others, it’s such a struggle? In chapters four through seven, you will be given actionable steps and tools for getting back on the right track.

Minimalism is something that you can ease into gradually, but that will last you a lifetime. This will help you get your life under control and keep stress at bay, and who doesn’t want that?

RV Living

Master The Life On The Road

Inside this book, you will find a guide to help you get started on an adventure like no other as you prepare to leave everything you have known behind and hit the road with just the essentials and bare minimum to bring along with you inside your RV motorhome. You will find tips to help you choose the kind of RV that’s right for you, checklists and guides to help you be as prepared as you can be, explore the good and bad of living in an RV and how to make a living while you’re on the go so you can continue to enjoy your RV life for as long as you possibly can.

In this book you will learn about:

  • Your First Rv – Choosing One That’s Perfect For You 
  • Rv Vs. Houses – Which Is The Better Choice? 
  • The Ultimate Rv Checklist 

  • Legal Considerations & Safety Guides 

  • Pros & Cons Of Rv Living 

  • Budgeting, Planning & Expenses 

  • Food Prep & Storage Tips 

  • Earning Money On The Road 

  • And much, much more

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release date: Sep 08, 2017
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Watches: The History of Time,: The Complete Guide to Servicing And Repairing Your Timepiece
This is a DIY book that helps amateurs in cleaning and oiling their watches. It provides a step by step procedure on watch servicing. Attached with it is a dictionary for all those unfamiliar with the different parts of a watch as well. The parts have been named and their location within a watch has been identified as well.
Afterward, chapter one talks about the different types of watch repair tools that are required before one decides to do some watch service. The parts have to be bought beforehand and it is advised that a novice should start off on a cheap watch brought for the purpose of watch repairing.
Chapter 2 discusses how wrist watch repair is done, the watch is opened up first, and with which tool, each part should be delicately pulled out of the watch. It is a lot like undergoing a major operation; steady hands and focus are key for successful watch repairing.
Chapter 3 talks about how the different parts of the watch should be cleaned and how to oil watch. The oil should always be used in small quantities, preferably with an oil dropper that is specifically made for watches.
Chapter 4 discusses the reassembly of a watch. The watch should be put together in the opposite way it was opened up, meaning the parts removed last should be put in first. That is how you get a clean watch that you can use for years on end.
Wrist watch repair is a very technical job, so it is advised that practice should be done on a cheap useless watch, and not a family heirloom.
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 Amazon.com

"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!"

J.Conley

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: Aug 23, 2011
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The Elements of Style
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.
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release date: Dec 06, 2011
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Budding Reader Book Set 1: Cat and Rat
Reading is a neurologically complex skill. So, it isn’t surprising that many children find learning to read difficult. Make learning to read more fun with award-winning Budding Reader eBooks, arguably the easiest learn-to-read book series on the market. These research-based eBooks were developed in consultation with Cecilia Minden, Ph.D., the former Director of Language and Literacy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. They were illustrated by artist, Doug Oglesby, winner of one Emmy, five Emmy nominations, and three international awards from the Broadcast Designers Association.

Budding Reader eBooks use an innovative format to ease children into reading. Using research-based best practices identified by the National Reading Panel, each of the five Budding Reader eBook sets (one for each short vowel sound) tells an original story over the course of ten books. Previewing a book dramatically improves reading comprehension, so Book 1 in each set is a wordless picture book which introduces the story through colorful illustrations. Repetition aids brain development, so the story is retold in Books 2-10 with an ever-expanding vocabulary. By repeating words and gradually adding new ones, Budding Reader eBooks help new readers (even reluctant ones) experience success from the very start.

In total, the Budding Reader eBook series introduces more than 60 simple words including dozens of common sight words. Learning is reinforced with free companion writing worksheets (available at buddingreader.com) which provide a multisensory experience and enable children to practice both reading and writing. A free parent guide with tips for working with new readers is also available on the website.

The first set in the series, Cat and Rat, introduces the short “a” vowel sound and is designed to be a child’s very first reader. With only eleven words (and, at, can, cat, look, rat, see, stop, that, the, you) introduced over the course of ten books, Cat and Rat aims to provide even the most reluctant reader with a positive first introduction to reading.

Series:
Set 1: Cat and Rat (Short a; 11 words)
Set 2: Wit and Kit (Short i; 17 words)
Set 3: Bugs (Short u; 18 words)
Set 4: Hop! (Short o; 18 words)
Set 5: Hens (Short e; 22 words)

For every eBook set sold, Budding Reader donates one to a child in need. One for You. One for the World. A Better World with Every Purchase.

Gold Mom’s Choice Award Winner: The Mom’s Choice Awards has named Cat and Rat among the very best in family-friendly media, products and services.

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release date: Sep 10, 2017
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Sympathetic Storytelling: How To Connect To Your Audience Through Shared Human Emotions And It’s Application In Everyday Life
Have you ever wondered why do people lose interest when you try to tell a story, miss the message that you hope to convey?

Sympathetic Storytelling: How to Connect to Your Audience Through Shared Human Emotions and Its Application in Everyday Life is your one-stop guide to everything that you need to know about storytelling. Learn how to tap into human emotions to connect with anyone and tell a story more effectively. This handy book will teach you:

•The basics of storytelling
•What is Sympathetic storytelling
•Using shared human emotions as bridges between you and the audiences
•Examples of how great storytellers do it so well
•Learn to use those ideas in your own stories, speeches and conversations.
•Some of the best storytelling and speaking practices
And so much more!

What’s in the book?
Chapter 1 discusses the basics of storytelling. Before you can start applying your skills as a storyteller, you must first establish a strong foundation and understanding of what sympathetic storytelling is all about.

Chapter 2 gives examples of different stories. Every story is followed by a discussion and analysis for you to understand how sympathetic storytelling is applied, as well as how you can craft a story more effectively.

Chapter 3 lays down the best practices of storytelling. Learn how to tell stories like a master storyteller who can evoke and arouse the emotions of his audience. Turn these practices into a habit, and you will be on your way to becoming a successful storyteller.
release date: Nov 17, 2016
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77 Habits for Highly Successful Living: Your Personal Pathway to Success, Riches and Happiness

Are you really interested in having a better life?

And ready to create a vision for yourself that will inspire and motivate you to move beyond your old limitations?

Do you wake up in the morning wondering if things could be so much better for you than they are right now? If you're really ready for a change and willing to make the effort, this could be one of the defining moments of your life. Because so much of our experience, our successes and our failures, are simply the results of the habits we use every day. Recognising that most of our behaviour is little more than a set of habits and conditioned reflexes allows us to begin the process of real transformation. Once we begin to use the kind of habits that lead directly to more positive outcomes, we can adopt behaviours that support our real potential for happiness, success and fulfilment.

The startling fact is that only around four percent of the people who are recognised as being very successful have a happy and satisfying life. That might come as a shock to you. Yet that significant group of four percent displays habits that not only encourage success but foster great relationships and a level of personal happiness that makes their lives deeply satisfying at every level. Should we consider these relatively rare individuals lucky? Well, no. Because the habits and behaviours they employ every day can be learned. That's right. It's possible for each and every one of us to develop these habits for ourselves and watch the wonderful changes that naturally occur when we introduce incredibly positive behaviours into our lives.

˃˃˃ Amongst a wealth of practical insights and essential guidance, you can learn how to

Master your emotional reactions and re-set your expectations

Chart your progress and record every victorious step on the pathway to fulfilment

Become calm and centered in the face of stress, tension and challenges

Develop immensely strong resilience in the face of the inevitable setbacks

See the world through the eyes of others

Understand why some people don't want you to succeed

Grant yourself the gift of true happiness

Explore the joy of making a positive difference wherever you go

Re-calibrate your old emotional reactions and transform them into positive feelings

Enjoy the gift of your life today and share the joy with the people around you

Cultivate a sense of peaceful detachment from the negativity that often surrounds you

Accept yourself at the deepest possible level

Be at peace with the rest of the world

˃˃˃ Life-Changing Methods

The life-changing methods that are shared in this totally practical guide to making your life better have been developed from the latest research in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and encourage the use of higher brain functions that are so effective in overcoming inappropriate habits and emotional reactions. Clearly, there is a formula for success and it is now available for everyone to share and pursue according to their own interpretation of what personal success really means. Yes, like all the worthwhile things in life, the process requires effort but the author rightly reassures us that we expend vast amounts of energy every day maintaining the way we live and the way we experience life's possibilities. Why not expend some of that precious energy on creating a much better set of conditions for ourselves? It is very much the pathway to personal freedom and self-expression.

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