Myebook – is this YouTube for ebooks?

I came across this amazing site recently and have been blown away by what you can do with it.

It’s the brainchild of the most amazing chap called Sy Whitehall who must have William Caxton turning in his grave …

The site lets you not only publish ebooks and host them for free but it has just about the most amazing ebook builder you have ever seen …

Myebook - 100 Years of Ermintrude - click here to open my ebookYou can just simply upload a PDF and the system will process it for you automatically …

OR you can make your books a multimedia delight & do this …

– embed any file type – audio, PDF, MS Office, images, Flash

– add YouTube videos

– embed forms, PayPal buttons, hyperlinks

And you can create writers’ and readers’ communities !!

If you are an attendee of the Unleash the Book Inside workshop or have taken the Home Study course, then you can join my community to share and exchange your books and ideas with other students …

Apply to the Unleash the Book Inside Community here …

Have a look and a listen to these examples I published only last week to get an idea of what can be done …

100 Years of Ermintrude

The Magic Sunglasses

Authors, publishers & readers – take note, get an account and have a play …

Add a dash to your writing

The In-spirational Hyphen

A hyphen can make a huge difference in a word and give it a new semantic and the reader a new insight.

I’ve been rather taken recently by Lee Carroll’s Kryon channellings. In his first book, The End Times, he channelled much about “voiding karma” and taking the “neutral implant”. The simple message is one that we all know. When you address what it is you agreed to come here to do in this incarnation, then you move on and upwards gracefully and easily.

The simple addition of a hyphen and a letter makes it easy to understand the flip side.

If you a-void karma, then you get stuck in a loop and the same lesson comes around to hit you again and again. Perhaps it manifests as the same type of partner or the same dead end job. Once it’s recognised – or better expressed as re-cognised, as you have been there be-fore – you can move on and embrace the next challenge and new learnings.

You may like to do the exercise and visualisation in this blog on How To Void Karma

So armed with this gem, you have the whole lexicon and richness of the English language to play with. The potential for enlightenment is immense.

Now I run workshops on creative writing where I teach authors how to tap into inspiration. Imagine my surprise when the addition of this simple hyphen led to a huge insight.

The etymology of in-spiration decomposes into the word into “in” and exposes the Latin root of “spirare” which means “to breathe”.

Check out the etymology here

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Now I was aware we speak on the out breath. Could it be that ideas, and divine guidance, come to us on the in breath?

Some experimentation with my own meditation, then with individual clients and latterly in group classes seemed to confirm this was true. I used a modified Taoist Drop meditation I learned from the Barefoot Doctor and amazing results ensued.

I was on a roll. This insight then morphed and expanded into inner-sight. My intuition told me that this was all really inner-tuition. Where would all this linguistic in-vention lead? There you go again with the breathing!

I have always thought it amazing what people like Leonardo achieved in a single life time. He was a polymath – an artist, sculptor and inventor. Not only did he think up the helicoptor but he had the pre-science to add the parachute too in case it failed. Now some Kryon channellings imply that our in-carnations do not necessarily follow chrono-logically. Perhaps this re-naissance man reborn in the past from a future life or another planet?

Yes, just re-read the above para-graph again. The semantic layering is deep, wide and so much fun.

So it tran-spires that the English language has become entrenched in concantenation. I suppose this occurs in all languages, naturally, from years of usage and abusage.

Then a horrible thought occurred to me. If language slides into the modern day parlance of mobile phone text-speak then the origins become lost forever – hardly LOL 4 U & I.

I was in-spired to craft some verse in order to re-verse this trend.

The addition of a hypen

A gift of inner-sight

We are what we speak

Inner-tuitive light

Expand The Word

Banish concantenation

Add a simple dash

For joyous e-lucidation

So a call to all

Authors, poets and scribes

Add verve and dashes to your work

Keep true meanings alive

Now such lyrical musings take your mind down new paths and it occurred to me while penning this that this thought piece would not be complete if it didn’t include re-search on the word hyphen itself.

Imagine my surprise when I found this online …

hyphen

c.1620, from L.L. hyphen, from Gk. hyphen “mark joining two syllables or words,” probably indicating how they were to be sung, “together, in one”

So it appears that first there was The Word. Then we combined them and then we sang and re-played them back to the Heavens. What an Ode to Joy.

Ask Pippa

I’ve been working recently with Pippa Greenwood – from BBC Gardener’s World & Gardener’s Question Time. She’s an all round guru on getting stuff to grow and dealing with those pesky bugs.

From the seed of her idea, we’ve just germinated an innovative online service where you can Ask Pippa any question about your garden directly.

Pippa’s very kindly given me a magic code that you can use, as a Greenfingered Friend of the Bookwright, to get 20% off her new Ask Pippa service while it’s in soft launch, until the end of February. I’d be really grateful for your help testing the service out and making sure none of the other type of bugs are lurking around.

Visit http://www.pippagreenwood.com/ask-pippa/ and use the code greenfingers to get your 20% discount …

You can Ask Pippa a question from only £5.99 …

… oh and, did I mention, you will also get a free ebook on the Why and How of Organic Gardening?

How to Write a Book the Easy Way

Publishing a book is journey. Much like climbing Everest .. or simply going on holiday.

With some planning, the right mind set and the wind behind you and not against you, the journey to publishing heaven can become an enjoyable and calculated process.

Step 1: become lucky
Getting a book in print, publicised and read by the right people needs a considerable amount of good luck. As Gary Player, the golfer said, “The more I practice, the luckier I get.” And you can practice being more lucky and getting good fortune to shine on you.
If you haven’t read it already, get a copy of The Celestine Prophecy to gen up on the subject.

Step 2: why are you writing?
Before you start writing properly, you need to establish what you are going to write, why are you writing it and when are you going to write it. And, from day, it is really worth thinking about how you are going to sell it and what is going to do for you or your business.

Step 3: what are you writing?
Research what you plan to write. Who else has done something similar? What sources are you going to draw on? What will be different about your book and what new angle do you plan to take? Do you need to hone a writing style and learn the craft? There are many good books on the subject.

Step 4: what does your book look like?
Next define your book structure. What exactly are you going to write about? How will it be structured? What assets do you need like images, graphics, exercises and quotes? At this stage, it is also worth thinking about intellectual property rights and ensuring you have permission to use all the components you are thinking about in your book.

Step 5: how will you write your book?
There are probably billions of books in the world but I guess there are even more unfinished manuscripts. In order not to augment the latter list, you need to create the space to write. It might involve taking a writing holiday or break, just stopping watching your favourite soaps or getting up an hour early. My personal approach is to pack all work into a 4 day a week, leaving an indulgent Friday for writing.

You need to do this for the duration of writing the first draft. Let’s say you want to write a 12 chapter book. You should budget for between 8 -12 days of writing. If you learn how to channel the process can be much quicker.

Step 6: commission your first edit or critical review
This can be a scary step when you get someone else to look at your work.w. This could be done by a friend or outsourced to one of the many third party companies who specialise in this service. You are not necessarily looking for someone to correct typos and grammar. More for a holistic viewpoint on structure and whether you are achieving your goals for the book.

Step 7: honing your book
Incorporate feedback from the first edit and prepare a second draft for more detailed review. This phase naturally will vary time-wise depending on how much work is to be done.

Step 8: iteration to your final draft.
Your second edit is submitted for more detailed copy writing and proof reading. Some people do this together and sometimes you may have to loop around Step 8 a few times.

Step 9: designing your book
When you have your final draft it’s time to submit it to the typography, pagination and design process. This is something you should have set up and thought about while the first edit was being carried out so that, by the time you are ready to move, you have found a designer and a route for publication.

And if you need a little helping hand, come and join our 2-day Unleash the Book Inside workshop in June or purchase the BookWright’s innovative home study course of the same name.