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release date: Apr 30, 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.



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: Mar 28, 2017
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The Homesteader's Handbook: Raising Chickens
Discover everything you need to know about raising chickens in this informative, light hearted book about raising chickens. Take control of your food supply and enjoy the quality and convenience that comes with raising your own flock. Learn about coop design, breed selection, feed options, eggs and much more. Chock full of practical facts and personal anecdotes from a down to earth chicken keeper, it’s an easy read. Sometimes funny or sad, always practical, this book is the only one you’ll need to successfully raise your own flock of healthy, happy chickens.
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release date: Apr 11, 2017
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Steal This Resume Workbook: A Self-Help Guide
A step-by-step guide to creating a job-winning resume and cover letter written by a professional resume writer with over 25 years' experience and countless satisfied clients.
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release date: Apr 25, 2017
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What's Next?: The most important career guide to help you find the right job, be more confident and achieve career success.
Let’s start your journey!

You are so excited as you are about to graduate soon when suddenly lots of questions jump in your mind ‘’Now what’s next? What should I do in the next coming years of my life? Which jobs should I apply for? Should I apply for a job at a big corporation or a middle company? And how can I attract a good employer through my CV?’’.

Several months later, you receive an interview invitation. You feel very excited and worried at the same time and you start asking yourself ‘’How to look more confident in the interview and show the interviewer that I am the right person? What questions should I expect and how to answer them? Should I ask the interviewer something or is it better to stay silent?

Finally, after working for several years again you start asking yourself ‘’ How can I accelerate my career progress and earn more money? Should I change my job internally or is it better to join another company?’’

If you ever thought about answers to these questions -and no matter if you are still studying at the university, fresh graduate or early to mid-career- then this book is for you.

During our career Journeys, we need to make a lot of decisions. But for us to make the right decisions, we must empower ourselves first with knowledge and the right information. And that’s the purpose of this book.

In this book, you will find answers to 10 of the most important career questions to help you identify what you want, take the right actions as well as make the right career moves.

So I hope you enjoy it and welcome on board.

About the Author:

Mohamed Hanbal is the President of Hanbal Consulting- a Consulting & Coaching Company located in Germany. He is an Entrepreneur, University lecturer, Leadership & Performance Expert with extensive years of experience in some of the biggest companies in the world such as Orange, General Motors and TE Connectivity.

He is also the south-west Germany Champion of Public Speaking 2015 and one of the top 10 finalists in the North, Middle and East Europe Championship of Public Speaking 2015.

Mohamed is holding an Engineering degree as well as an MBA degree in International Business Consulting.
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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: Apr 10, 2017
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Learn Amazon Ads: Use AMS to Find More Readers and Sell More Books
Want to learn how to use Amazon ads to find readers and sell more books?

There are plenty of advertising options for savvy authors who want to build their publishing careers. Amazon Marketing Services ads might have the most potential. They enable authors to reach readers looking to buy books on the world's biggest online retailer. And, unlike other platforms, those readers are already looking to buy and can do so with just one click.

This book, written by two leaders in the field of book marketing - Mark Dawson and Joseph Alexander - sets out precisely how Amazon ads can work for you.

Also includes a free instructional video masterclass written and presented by Mark Dawson, the founder of the Self Publishing Formula.
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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: 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: Apr 24, 2017
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Trivia Madness Volume 4: 1000 Fun Trivia Questions (Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers)
Introducing Trivia Madness, Volume 4: The complete manual providing trivia, trivia facts, interesting facts, trivia questions, random facts, brain teaser quizzes, and brain games to strengthen your knowledge base! This is our fourth installment in the series, and you will not be disappointed with this newest installment. This book offer trivia in the following areas: TV, Movies, Music, Sports, Math, Science, History, and so much more!

One of the trivia facts included in this installment: Question: What country won the World Cup in 1978? Answer – Argentina. You will amaze your friends and family with the wealth of knowledge you will gain from reading this trivia questions book!

There are so many interesting facts to learn from the newest installment in this series. For example: Question - What makes a Mansard roof distinctive? Answer - All four sides are sloped. What average Joe would know these random facts? You will be the most wanted team player when it comes to playing a trivia game.

The included quizzes will provide your family endless hours of family fun. Most families lack the opportunity to bond or have quality time together. You will be pleased with the vast variety of the questions included. There are numerous categories filled with random facts to expand your knowledge of the world around you.

The brain games included will release any brain fog and make you the life of the party with all of the interesting facts that you will be able to provide. You can use this book in addition to the trivia questions that you already have in your personal arsenal.

Trivia facts have a tendency to amaze those around you, it is a known fact! Assisting others to increase their brain power will make you feel better about yourself too! Quizzes should not be something humans fear, besides this one already contains the answer key!

Brain games are invaluable. Check this out: Question - What is the meaning of numismatics? Answer -
The study or collection of coins, paper currency, and medals. These trivia questions will expand your mind and increase your knowledge, guaranteed!
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release date: May 16, 2012
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The Scarlet Plague
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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