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What Type of Books Are Easier to Get Published?


What Type of Books Are Easier to Get Published?

Are you a writer who is interested in writing a book, hopefully one that will be published? If you are, have you ever written a book before? If not, there is a good chance that you are looking for the easiest approach to take. After all, no one wants to create more work for themselves than needed. That often results in many writers asking themselves which books are easier to get published.

When it comes to determining what type of books are easier to get published, the answer isn’t as easy to find as many individuals had hoped for. In all honesty, publishing any type of book, whether it be a children’s book or a romance novel, isn’t easy. A lot of time, hard, work, determination, and research goes into getting a book published. With that said, there are a number of steps that you can take to help you ease the process.

For starters, it is important to choose a genre, topic, or theme, that you feel passionate about. This is particularly true with how-to books or other helpful guides. Yes, you should look at writing as a job, especially if you hope to get a book published, but writing should never seem like work. That is why it is important that you choose a genre, topic, or theme that interests you and one that you feel passionate about. For example, if you are a parent, consider writing a children’s book. If you are a science fiction enthusiast, consider writing a science fiction novel, and so forth.

Not only will choosing a genre, topic, or theme that you are interested in make it much easier for you to write a book, but it will also provide assistance with getting your book published. If you have an invested interest in what you are writing about or if you are passionate about the words that you write, you are more likely to produce better results. You are also more likely to take the time to properly proofread and edit your book, as opposed to other authors who are just hoping to make as much money and as quickly as possible.

Regardless of what type of book are you interested in writing, you should do a little bit of research first. As important as it is to write on a topic or great a story that you feel passionate about, it is also important to know what publishers want. For example, did you know that mysteries are popular stories for chapter books and early adult books? They are and you will see if this if you take the time to research what publishers are looking for. This research is easy to do with printed resources, like the Writer’s Market books, or by using a standard internet search online.

When you write a book that focuses on a story or topic that you have an invested passion in, as well one that focuses on a topic or a story that publishers are seeking, your chances of getting your book published increase significantly. It is also important note ease of writing. When you know what you should write about, in addition to what you want to write about, the words will flow off of your fingers in no time at all.

As a reminder, there is no specific type of book that is easier to get published than others. All publishers have the same goal and that is to publish a book that will sell. For that reason, all have strict standards.

Comic Ghost Rider From Comic Books To The Silver Screen


Comic Ghost Rider From Comic Books To The Silver Screen

The comic ghost rider is one of giant Marvel Comics’ most successful franchises. Since its release, the comic book has already spawned several hundred issues, different spin offs, and generations of loyal fans. It was only a matter of time when its success would attract the eyes of Hollywood movie producers and make a silver screen debut.

The comic ghost rider is just one of several Marvel comic classics to transition from page to film. Classics such as Spiderman, X-men, and the Fantastic Four have already hit the movie theaters successfully and already made enough impact to warrant sequels. Fan favorites such as the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man have also made significant box office hits. Other classics such as Thor and The Punisher also have adaptations in the works.

A very noticeable similarity behind these successful comic to movie adaptations are compelling story lines. The comic ghost rider has a very intricate and deep story with elements of action, horror, and the occult in just the right amounts to attract an enduring fan base. The advanced special effects movie makers are now capable of also add icing to the cake making scenes and visuals that were only possible in comic books a few years ago come alive in the big screen.

The comic ghost rider weaves a story around a reluctant motorcycle stuntman by the name of Johnny Blaze who strikes a deal with the devil so he can become the best in his craft. A few years of success later the devil comes back to ask for payment in the form of service: Johnny is now given the role and abilities of a ghost rider the devils collector of damned souls. Instead of accepting fate Blaze decides to go against the devil and begins to use his abilities to exact vengeance on evil elements of society.

Aside from the entertaining and exciting story line the comic ghost rider also does not disappoint in the creative’s department. When Blaze turns into the ghost rider, he becomes a skeleton garbed in biker clothes with a flaming skull head. As if the ghost rider isn’t intimidating enough, he also has a monstrous motorcycle with burning wheels as his ride. The ghost rider also has a chain as his primary weapon which usually seems like it has a mind of its own and can often extend far beyond what it looks like it could.

The movie adaptation features A-list celebrities such as Nicholas Cage, Eva Mendez, and Wes Bentley. The movie promises to be a motion picture spectacle of action and special effects which makes it a definite must see movie. Fans are definitely going to be satisfied with the motion picture release and surely a follow up of comic book spin offs would just be around the corner.

The comic ghost rider is a perfect example of one of the greatest past times the world ever had, comic books have persisted for so many generations and just like technology they grow more sophisticated and addictive as time goes by.

New Approaches To Pain Relief


New Approaches To Pain Relief

Modern medicines that provide pain relief are considered to be wonderful little things, often providing a much needed respite

from pain. However, it is a known fact that the more pain you feel, the more pain relief medications you’re going to need.

Certainly, you do have the option of using more potent medication, such as upgrading from Tramadol to morphine, but for most

cases, this is not an option. The standard is that when the pain gets worse, the patient has to pop a few more pills. The

problem with this approach, and with using a more potent pain killer, is that the body eventually starts to feel a general

sense of numbness because of the medication. In high enough doses, the body may even fall asleep or become unconscious due to

the sheer amount of pain killer in the bloodstream.

Of course, there may be another way to go about this situation. The fact is, most people find the numbness and the

possibility of becoming unconscious to be a bit more than unsettling. It can be a severe annoyance in some cases, with the

potential to become threatening if the person needs to engage in activities that require alertness. Science has recognized

this flaw in the design of pain relief medication, but there has been little progress by way of finding an alternative

method. However, medical science is aware that the nerves and receptors that signal the pain reaction are distinct and

separate from the nerves and receptors that process other sensations. Therefore, there should be a way to suppress the pain

reaction without having to suppress every other reaction.

There is an experimental treatment currently being used that promises to be able to do that, but there is a catch. According

to the research team, it only works if an injection of hot pepper spice is made prior to the use of the experimental pain

relief compound. This is a negative factor because the injection has been known to cause effects ranging from mild

unpleasantness to actual pain. Researchers are still trying to find a way to circumvent that issue, eliminating the current

problem of having to introduce a painful compound into the body before administering something to dull it. However, despite

the “high price” of this experiment, there have been positive results. For example, test subjects could feel a pinprick as a

regular sensation, without associating it with pain.

The research team hopes that this might one day revolutionize surgical and post-surgical uses of pain relief medication.

There have always been issues related to the use and effects of pain killers and anesthetics in surgical procedures, as well

as in post-surgical therapy. For example, most anesthetics make the patient fall asleep or become immobilized, which makes it

a frightening situation if the patient awakens during the procedure and is unable to inform the doctors that he feels

everything they’re doing. If the researchers can perfect their technique, then the patient would be awake during the

procedure, but would feel nothing and would not be fully immobilized.

Anime 101


Anime 101

Simply put, anime is a form of cartoon animation created in Japan, which explains animes formerly-popular moniker, Japanimation. Anime’s history began at the start of the 20th century. This was when Japanese filmmakers began trying out new animation techniques that were being used in the Western world. Anime did not reach mainstream status until the 1980s, and since then it has blown up not only in Japan, but around the globe.

Part of the draw that anime possesses is the fact that they can target wide ranges of viewers. This is due to the fact that animes are not confined to one category, but run the entire gamut of genres, including action, sci-fi, drama, romance, horror, and yes, even erotica. Many animes do not limit themselves to one particular genre and mix genres together.

Animation itself allows anime creators to convey just about any storyline they desire. It is much easier to make a cartoon about large robots featuring huge action and destruction sequences than it is to produce a live-action film including the same things. With recent advances in CGI animators have even more power to transfer their wildest imaginations on to a screen. Storylines, characters, and settings are limited only to what creators can conjure up in their minds.

Though animes seem to be simple cartoons on the surface, many of them have deeper storylines and character development. This may be conveyed through the use of character-based flashbacks, which portray part of a character’s past to the viewer, allowing them to understand why they act a certain way or say the things they say. Juvenile humor may be thrown in sporadically in drama-based animes, but do not be surprised if you see poignant and profound character development in humor-based animes as well.

Needless to say, not all animes are just cartoons for kids. In fact, the majority of animes feature violence, sexual innuendos, and language that may not be suitable for children. This is likely a major reason why anime’s popularity has exploded in the past few years across the world. With animes, cartoons are no longer just for kids, and even adults can find themes of romance and drama that they might otherwise find only in real-life television shows. The unique blend of animated characters with more mature themes is undoubtedly an enticing combination for adult-viewers.

Most anime series find their foundations in manga, or Japanese comics. These mangas are usually a few episodes ahead of the actual television series and have become popular among international audiences as well.

When animes are released in theaters, on television, or on DVDs in countries outside of Japan, distributors must decide whether they want to use subtitles or dubbed voices. There are pros to both sides of the issue, and there are strong proponents of both. Some viewers enjoy watching their anime without having to read words on the bottom of the screen, which they say take away from the visual pleasures of the anime. Others prefer to hear the original voice acting and enjoy reading the more literal translations. DVDs offer both sides a satisfying medium, as they allow for either subtitles or English voice tracks.

Now that you know the basics of anime and its history, it is time to find the right animes for you. There are countless resources on the Internet that give recommendations and reviews of numerous anime series, many of which are readily available on DVD and even on television stations. Pick a genre, read up on reviews and summaries of shows that you are interested in, and enjoy.

Happy hunting.

Basic Meditation Exercises


Basic Meditation Exercises

Meditation exercises are effective means of reducing stress and teaching your body and mind to relax. Not only that, such exercises can also help build self-confidence and self-esteem. And most importantly, just like any other exercise, it can help you maintain your good health and keep you in great shape.

There are many types of meditation exercises that you can do. It would depend in their ability to make you feel relax and relieve you of stress. One that you can try out is the walking meditation. It is a form of meditation that monks do as a habit in monasteries. What they do is walk the on a quiet area for a time while contemplating or meditating on something. It can be so easy that you can do it too.

In doing the walking meditation, what you need to do is find yourself a set path. It can be a circular track, a sports field, or even a large garden good enough for walking on. Start by walking the path in order to get to know the route. Once you have gotten used to it, begin taking in breaths in a slow and deep breath and then let it out slowly. As you do this, try to be conscious of your body. Feel or sense your entire body and be aware of its every parts. Try to walk slowly. As you are walking try to mentally be aware of how your body is functioning as it moves. Do not attempt to criticize every function or movement. Just try to be aware of how your body moves or works as it walks.

At first it might come off as silly for some people. But just like any other forms of meditation, it is not something that you should rush. You need to get comfortable with it. Sometimes distractions may come and they usually do. It is normal, especially on the initial days that a thought comes into your head like: “This is silly” or, “I have to do the dishes”. When they do, just try to push them gently away, and continue on with your walking. You can do this for 10 or 15 minutes, take a bit of rest, and then get on with your normal routine in life.

Another simple meditation exercise that you can do is what is known as the “Step inside a Painting” technique. You can start by finding a painting or picture that you enjoy looking at. Place it a few feet away from you and at a comfortable visual distance. Find a comfortable place to sit on, preferably some area in your home where you will not be disturbed.

When you already have your painting and quite area ready, try to close your eyes. Be aware of how you breathe. Just be attentive to how your body functions as it is breathing in and breathing out. Try to keep everything as they are and try not to change anything, even the timing of your breathing. After a couple of minutes, you will notice your body beginning to slow down.

At this point, you can open your eyes and look at the chosen painting. Simply gaze at the picture. Be aware of the scenery, the lines, and the colors of the painting before you. Try to set the picture in your mind. Once you have it captured in your mind, close your eyes once again. Create the picture mentally and imagine yourself walking into the picture. Have yourself stand inside the picture in your mind. Take a look through the frame and to the place where you are sitting. Allow your mind to take you into the picture. Explore and be aware of your surroundings as you are inside the painting. It can be quite an adventure trying to learn some of these meditation exercises.

A Crack in the Teacup – Book Review


A Crack in the Teacup – Book Review

The Crack in the Teacup, by C.M. Albrecht, is a mystery fiction novel with a slight seasoning of romance and suspense to spice things up. The story line is centered in a small Californian town where an 11-year-old boy, Jerry Beakey, goes missing on his way to a music lesson. Author C.M. Albrecht skillfully walks the reader through every aspect of the case and what happens in police departments, support centers and within the family of the missing person.

There are two main characters in The Crack in the Teacup. Detective Steve Music and his co-workers butt-heads with the FBI while working on the case. Lovely, and sympathetic, Shelly Lambert guards an awful secret and harbors a guilt that drives her to volunteer at the Missing and Exploited Children Coalition whenever she could get away from her job as a Notary.

Whenever Detective Music and Shelly meet during the investigation, something deeper between them happens. Neither of them seems to know what to do about it. Steve discovers Shelly’s secret when he looks into her past and creates a huge rift between them that could destroy their romance.

A classic who-dun-it written in the Agatha Christi style with a very unusual motive for child kidnapping. I suspected nearly everyone involved at some point in the book and I liked that the characters represented true society, with people of different races, ideals and backgrounds. The Crack in the Teacup has very little violence, but a lot of mystery and a happy ending.

ISBN#: 1-59466-037-9
Author: C. M. Albrecht
Publisher: Port Town Publishing

Discover your passion


Discover your passion

What are you passionate about? We didn’t ask if you are passionate. But what are you passionate about? What stirs your emotions? What is it you can’t stop talking about whenever someone asks: “What are you passionate about?” What’s the fire in your belly? What really turns you on? What do you love doing most?

What is it that you love doing so much that you forget time? You forget others. You are so focussed that you don’t hear anything. What is it that gets your creative juices going? What is it that you love more than anything else?

Graham is passionate about books. He loves them. He just loves books. They are all placed in their respective homes on the shelves. Each has a neighbour. He fondles them. Cares for them. Places book marks in them, never folds the corner of their page.

A bookshop is like a magnet to him. He will spend hours with his head tilted to one side as he scours the shelves for works that interest him. He loves books that have a different angle on coaching and developing people. He loves reading unusual biographies. He loves books where people have beaten the odds to survive. It doesn’t matter whether they are fiction or non fiction. They have to be about improving self.

At least that’s what it appears to the outsider. But, you see, books aren’t really his passion. It just looks like it. He loves books yes of course he does. But really the books are a vehicle. A method of giving him what he truly craves for…..

And that is learning. Graham has a passion for learning about the human spirit. How to get the most out of it. How to tap into it. How to push it to new heights. How to get to its potential. How to climb out of the feelings of mediocrity. How to, excel at what ever he does.

His Passion is for the human spirit.

Often, that which appears as a passion, at first, is just the vehicle for the real deep down passion that lights you up.

Florence Nightingale is known for her nursing in the Crimean War. And most people know that Nursing was her passion. But it wasn’t.

Believe it or not Florence Nightingale’s passion was……statistics. Yes good old fashioned Statistics. She was so good at it, in1858 she was the first female elected member of the Statistical Society of the UK and an honorary member of the American Statistical Association.

When you think about it you can see the connection. Because she was passionate about Statistics she was able to see and prove that disease was killing more troops than battle and then do something about it.

What about you? What is the deep down passion that lights your life up. What is it that you love doing and being beyond all else.

Michael Jordan’s passion is basketball. But most are unaware that his passion was such that he had written into his contract that he could play “pickup” games whenever he wanted. (For us non Americans this is playing with whoever is available on public sites) He just wanted to play basketball whenever he felt like it. There is no doubt that it was his passion that made him so brilliant, so extraordinary.

Go on….. you can tell yourself. There is no need to tell others. Just have a go and tell yourself.

What is that love that stirs you up – that love that others may not be interested in but is so important to you. What is it that makes you forget time? What is it that you love doing?

We all have it. We all have at least one thing that we are passionate about.

What’s yours?

The bottom line is; passion is motivating. Passion is more motivating that money.
Passion energises and transforms you. When you are passionate about something then you enter that ‘flow’ state where time stands still. You are so focussed. You are really in tune with yourself.

Go on try it.

Good Luck

Graham and Julie

Getting Your Image Immortalized Through Portrait Paintings


Getting Your Image Immortalized Through Portrait Paintings

Today, getting your image immortalized comes easy with today’s technology. With digital cameras, computers and digital printers, you will be able to create a great portrait of the photos you take. However, if you want elegance in the way you preserve your loved one’s images, getting the pictures painted as a portrait is the way to go.

This method of preserving images has existed for centuries. In fact, it is the only way to preserve the image for posterity. A good example of a portrait painting is the Mona Lisa created by the Italian artist and inventor, Leonardo da Vinci. He created this portrait of a woman with a mysterious smile in the early 1500s and is still in very good condition.

Rembrandt is another famous artist that creates portraits. Some other famous works are in the National Portrait Museum in Washington D.C. while others can be seen in some of the famous museums all over the world, such as the Hermitage, and the Louvre.

If you want to have your portrait painted, you will see that there are quite a lot of portrait artists today that can copy your picture and immortalize it on canvas. They will be able to accurately paint you or your loved ones picture with utmost realism.

However, because you wouldn’t want to sit on a stool for many hours just to get your portrait painted, you might as well get on your best pose, get your picture taken, print it and present the picture to the artist. They will be able to copy the image in the photo you took by painting it on the canvass.

You can choose what you want to be painted on canvass. It can be your image, or it can be the whole family. In fact, it can even be your pet dog or cat. Whatever you want to get painted on canvass, you can be sure that the talented artists today will be able to copy it.

Portrait painting is usually done through oil painting. Oil painting can let you create realistic images and is usually the number one method of creating portraits. Even the glitter of your eyes can be copied with oil painting.

You can also get it done through water color painting. It will have the same realistic effect but most artists prefer oil painting as water color portraits are often very hard to produce.

Whenever you are looking for an artist to get your picture on canvass, you might want to shop for one first by taking a look at their work. You have to remember that some artists today are not quite as talented when it comes to portrait painting. Some can paint realistic fruits or flowers, but cannot really quite do faces as well.

Before you commit and get the work started, try to ask them for examples of their work. By doing so, you will be able to know what to expect once the painting is finished.

These are the things that you have to remember whenever you plan on getting you or your family’s image on canvass. By knowing about the work of the artist you plan on hiring, you can be sure of the quality and accuracy of the portrait you are planning to get made.

Free eBook Publishing Guide – Part 1 – Why publish an eBook?


Free eBook Publishing Guide – Part 1 – Why publish an eBook?

eBook defined
Despite being around now for over twenty years, no-one has yet come up with a stable definition for the word ‘eBook’. However, one can discern some typical features:
• The item is distributed as a single file (so CD encyclopaedias are not considered to be eBooks) and can be opened as a data file in an application, rather than being launched as an executable (.exe) file
• The item is both complete & completed – i.e. neither a chapter / episode / serial nor an unfinished work in progress
• The item is familiar to readers, as obeying most or all of the standard conventions of a book (e.g. contains a table of contents, preface, index, etc. and is between 25,000 and 400,000 words in length)
The advantages of an eBook
Aside from the financial advantages for the author (which I will cover below) there are a number of intrinsic benefits to eBooks when compared to the traditional printed book:
• Readers can search the text to quickly find key information, particularly when reading for a second time
• Readers can adjust the font face and size to make the book easier to read (ever more vital for an ageing population!)
• Blind or partially-sighted readers can make further use of text-to-speech conversion software (“screen readers”)
• eBooks can be read in low light or total darkness by using the back-lighting features of PC or mobile devices
• Distribution costs are extremely low and eBook authors and publishers can respond quickly to any erratum or addendum, with more frequent, incremental editions
• eBooks are environmentally friendly. Many hundreds can be stored on a single device and paper use (through printing) is minimised or avoided altogether
• eBooks without DRM protection can be instantly copied and backed up easily
The Advantages for the Author
When writing a traditional printed book, the odds are stacked against the author making a decent living from their work! eBooks, by contrast, deliver a real return on investment for the author:
• You cannot get rejected! A traditional book may get rejected 50 or 60 times by different publishers and agents before finally being accepted – or indeed may never find a home! Many authors paper their walls with rejection letters. You won’t have to!
• You don’t have to wait! For the traditional book, it can take up to two years for the publisher to get your book to market (managing as she does a huge and inefficient supply chain of printers, shippers, wholesalers, distributors, marketers and booksellers). An eBook may take no more than 10 weeks!
• You can make a lot more money! To illustrate this, imagine a traditionally published book with a list price of £20. The Distributor and buying public share a 50% trade discount between them (£10 in this case) and the Publisher takes £9; leaving the author with a 10% royalty on the discounted “net” price (£1). For a trade paperback, this might be less (perhaps 70 pence). For an equivalent £20 eBook, you could earn 14 times as much on each copy (£14)! More on this later in the guide.
• You get your money sooner and with less surprises! On a traditional book, an author would generally get their cut up to 120 days after the actual sale, with 20% of their cash witheld as insurance against unsold books. With eBooks it varies from immediate receipt to 90 days, with no portion witheld.
• The practical advantages; eBooks can be changed or updated easily, without the need for new print runs and thrown-away old editions. They need never go out of print and can cross genres or use unusual formulas without aggravating an interfering editor! Finally, you retain complete rights to the title and agreements will be non-exclusive (so you can sell through other publishers).
I hope I have convinced you that the eBook option is very much worth investigation, particularly for the new author. You can avoid publisher rejection letters, get to market 12 times faster and make 14 times the income per book than you would in the traditional publishing model.
In chapter 2 of my free eBook Publishing Guide (“features of the eBook Market”), I explore the Book market itself and the different emerging publishing models therein.

How to Market Your Unsold Books on the Internet


How to Market Your Unsold Books on the Internet

Your book expresses your wondrous information, your
creativity, your genius. It’s your dream come true. Or is it? You
have already tried a few venues–maybe an expo, book
signings, press releases, book reviews, distributors, wholesalers,
speaking and book tours.
Now, there is a new way to market those unsold books. Use the
Internet. And you don’t even have to have your own Web site or
spend money.
Get ready to create a continuous, passive income. Be ready for
those checks and credit card charges coming your way often!
What Kind of Books Can I Market?
Depending on your passion, your willingness to learn a new way,
and putting energy into your campaign, you can market any kind
of book: how-to, non-fiction, fiction, short special reports,
booklets, training manuals, workbooks, poetry, short stories,
Sell your Print Books and Create New eBooks
If you already have a print book, you can still sell it Online.
One way to draw attention to it is to write a short eBook on the
same subject. This won’t take long.
Make this eBook from 25-90 pages. You can take the
information right from your print book. Just copy and paste
information on one topic, perhaps one chapter. Reduce the
number of stories to keep it short. Then add a new introduction
and conclusion. People on the Net want straight-to-the point
Put your eBook into Word and Portable Document Format.Use
your Word file to update and edit and use your PDF file to send
your book by email or from your Web site.
Who will Buy?
You can sell your short eBook for 6.95-$24.95, depending on
how much your audience wants it and how well you write your
sales copy. You can also give this book away to stimulate your
audience to want the whole story–the print book.
Online audiences read all kinds of books. Many will want the
shorter electronic version and be perfectly willing to print it.
Others only want a book they can hold and enjoy on their
nightstand a long time.They will buy the print version.
To publicize your books start writing short articles, anywhere
from 300-800 words on your book’s topics. When you submit
to Online Publishers, Web masters and ezine owners, each
article will be seen by thousands, even hundreds of thousands of
Online readers. They are hungry for information. That’s why they
go to the Web. After a few months, your articles will be listed on maybe 1000 other Web sites with a link back to where you sell your book. This number grows as your submissions. Your bookcoach now listed on over 80,000 Web sites with a link back to her bookcoaching and book-selling pages.
At the bottom of the ezine, add a signature file that gives your
title, tag line, book title, free offer, phone numbers, and e and
Web addresses.
While your title may impress some, your tag line is far more
important. What major benefit do you bring potential buyers?
For example, “Helps professionals make money on their books
through the Internet.” Offer a free report or a free ezine to seal
the deal. You please your audience by giving free information which may lead them to check out your book sales copy–even buy your book.
When they visit your site, they may subscribe to your ezine or order a free special report. Here, you collect their email and can use it later for more announcements. This is permission marketing.
Divide and conquer. Use your one book as a spring board for
many others and catapult your sales. Reluctant marketers and introverts will love this way to get their book into the hands of their audience. .
===end of article
Judy Cullins
c. 2006

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