Why YOU Should Write YOUR Own Ebooks

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This is the first post on what will be a series of posts on the reasons Why YOU Should Write YOUR Own Ebooks.  They will all come together in an ebook I will be using in future giveaways.


Before you start to write your ebook there are some things you need to think about.  These include:

  1. What is the subject of your proposed ebook?
  2. Do I write the ebook myself or do I pay someone else to write it for me?
  3. In what way am I going to use the ebook?
  4. How many pages should it have?
  5. What price should it be?

The answers to the above questions are totally up to you yourself but I will try to give you some pointers.…

The Blogging Blog

I stumbled across this little meme in a corner of the internet and I’d be interested to see how you answer the questions.

1. How long have you been blogging?
Only since November 2014, but it was more of a return to blogging. I had my first actual blog in 2009/11 for about 2 years , but then took a very long break.

2. What made you start?
I just wanted a place to vent and put my words on “paper” I suppose – it’s hard to keep track of my life because it goes so quickly so it’ll be nice to look back and see what I’ve actually done.

3. Who inspired you?
One of my friends always says it’s good to write things down and get your thoughts out, so I decided to do it in the form of a blog and so far it feels good to let it all out!…

My Learning Curve

I’m having a hard time believing it’s already December 31st. My, how things have changed in a year. And I mean, changed in ways you would never believe.

August was the beginning of the most difficult year of my life and December 1, was a day which will be burned into my head for a long time. It was the beginning of a lot of struggles. It was the start of a long road to a recovery hubby and I needed. My, oh, my.

Hubby lost his job a year ago today, and although he had another job lined up, he had no start date. And I may have mentioned this before, but his old boss was excruciatingly manipulative of my nubby, and he was actually still technically working for him, receiving phone calls and helping him out via phone with no payment. This was the beginning of our troubles with the insurance companies because he promised to keep our insurance rolling until his new job started covering us, since my husband was still providing services for him. He lied. He shut it off the very first chance he had.…

New learning: an analogue response to digital experiences

It’s been a great year for visiting different places and last week was no exception. And, of course, the wonderful thing about visiting different places is that they are full of interesting people to talk to and learn from.

There were a few highlights for the week – meeting up with my tutor is always an enormous pleasure and meeting Tim Ray was awesome. He talks about using an analogue response to digital experiences, he explained how this concept was implemented in a new website for GED preparation. It’s a great example of digital online learning.

Having heard so much about Tim’s work and having communicated a little via twitter, it was good to put a face to a name at the ICT For Education Conference. And even better to have an opportunity to hear him speak. …

Career Change Advice: Don’t Regret Missed Opportunities and Mistakes

There’s so much career change advice around…in books, magazines, on the internet…or from career counselors, coaches, mentors and here our best career change advice while you still have a job is….

1. Start “on the side” career instead of looking for that elusive ‘better’ job
2. Don’t miss parallel career opportunities in your current job
3. Learn from mistakes you’ve made in your present and past jobs
4. Don’t wait until it’s too late!
5. Keep learning, MBA is a great degree and you can find plenty of cheaper MBA schools.

In this page, we’ll focus our career change advice on these two areas:

· Missed career opportunities
· Mistakes you’ve made in your present and past jobs
…and learning from them.
Hopefully, in the future you’ll not look back at missed parallel career opportunities and mistakes made in your jobs. There are people who lost or left their jobs and look back with regret.

Career change advice on missed opportunities and mistakes is best given by these real-life experiences*:
The Jamieson Swiss* Experience Good Career change advice…

Literacy Path for An Emerging Writer

What is literacy really? For the sake of this discussion the working definition here is “the state of being educated so that one can read and comprehend what one is reading, as well as communicate with others through writing.” You take the students where they are and support them as they move along a continuum of improved reading and writing. How you do this is the challenge facing teachers.

How do you provide a safe, solid mooring in the vast sea of illiteracy and indifference found in so many classrooms? You develop practical, highly individual strategies as you scan the students. You learn to zero in on a teachable moment. You do it one step at a time, one child at a time. And you learn to appreciate the power of small gestures. What follows is a picture of what literacy looks like in one particular writing situation and how the teacher built on what the child already had.

A slice of life

Charles Harry Evans (all the names have been changed) was a small, slender African-American boy in an eighth grade English class in 1996-1997, and his teacher, Mrs. …

Case Study: An Emerging Reader

Samy (not his real name) is a slightly-built twelve-year-old, Cambodian-American child assigned to a split 7th grade English/History CORE class in September 1998. The class is loaded with the maximum, thirty-two students, from ages 12 to 14. A split CORE at this school means the class meets at 4th period and again at 7th period. Students have an 9-period day (8 classes plus lunch). Samy is assigned to five (5) classes in five separate physical locations in the morning and three (3) in the afternoon.

It is more than he can handle – too much movement and disruption. The counseling department says nothing can be done about the scheduling. As the year begins, Samy is not a disciplinary problem but he demonstrates many learning difficulties. He has attended local public schools since kindergarten and reads with difficulty at the 2nd grade level. Past assessments are not available and the teacher’s calls home are unproductive because persons answering the phone speak no English.

Samy begins to cut and by the end of the first semester this child completely stops coming to all his classes. He comes to school, hangs out in …

Things I DIDN’T Learn in College: Part 1 – How to Recognize a Scam

Colleges teach facts but rarely teach students real life skills. Colleges can teach you how to compute the interest rate on a series of cash flows but they rarely teach you to recognize bogus cash flows. Before you think you’re too savvy to fall for a scam, remember that everything from high school students to accomplished Ph D’s fall for scams every day. Everyone is at risk because scams play on a deeply held desire to make a ton of money in a short amount of time

So how do you recognize a scam? What causes some highly educated people to fall for scams?

The first step in recognizing a scam is if it sounds too good to be true, it is. What a tired old cliche! Let’s change it to “If it plays on your sense of laziness, run far away!” Get rich quick schemes play on our innate desire to make a quick buck without having to work for it and then live like the rich and famous by the end of next week. Folks, it isn’t going to happen. And THAT’S why even the highly educated fall …

Things I DIDN’T Learn in College: Part 2 – How I Learned To Study

Unless you’re a human knowledge sponge, learning to study can be an unnatural process. Where else in your life do you listen to someone speak to you about a subject you’re not interested in for the purpose of passing a test? If you’re interested in the subject or if you’re motivated by your boss to study for a certain subject, things take a different course. When I was in college I stumbled upon a study technique that consistently produced A’s in my classes. It did require a lot of work, but when I fully developed and followed these ideas, I aced my classes. I’m not talking easy 101 type classes either, I was excelling in 300 and 400 level courses. Your mileage may vary, but here’s how I did it:

1. Read the chapter outline for the lecture. Do not read the whole text, only read the subject headings and familiarize yourself with the illustrations, concepts, and general ideas. Allow several hours to go by and then re­read the chapter, making careful notes of key terms and concepts and any questions that arise in your mind.…