Share Your Knowledge By Writing: You Will Improve People's Lives & Contribute To Social Development!

Sunday, November 11, 2012 0 comments

What If Napoleon Hill Had Not Written Think And Grow Rich?
What would this world have been like if Hill had not written that wonderful book? Think back to all the successful people you know who have mentioned that reading THAT book transformed their lives. Imagine if they had never read the book i.e. it had not been written. The implications would be multiple fold. Let's consider a few examples.
Maybe today, Dr. Walter Doyles Staples would not be the accomplished person whose works have been a source of education and inspiration for thousands of people worldwide. Robert Kiyosaki would probably not be the person we know today, whose message about proper education of children, and the need for a reform of our traditional educational system, opened the eyes of many parents to what they can do to help their kids succeed in life.
My point is that when people who undergo useful/authentic experiences (or who make contact with those who do so), write in order to share their acquired knowledge with others, significant positive social development can quite often take place as a result. This will happen especially if those who read the written works, actually take action to diligently apply the knowledge they acquire from doing so in their personal lives.
You Can Change Lives Through Your Writings
By writing, we give others the opportunity to embark, more intelligently, and therefore with greater chances of success, on doing something we(or persons we closely studied) have also done in the past and/or are still doing. Anyone who has applied honest and diligent effort to a particular cause, can write competently about what s/he has done in a way that can benefit others who wish to pursue a similar goal.
While we are on the subject, have you ever wondered why it is that millions of parents worldwide have bought books by Robert Kiyosaki, and followed his advice about how to educate kids/prepare them to achieve financial independence, even though Robert clearly stated in the books that he and his wife(Kim) had no kids of their own?
I have, and the ONLY logical explanation for what should have been an unreasonable action on that part of the parents is this: They (wisely) chose to look beyond Robert NOT being a parent, to the intuitive and common sense logic of the ideas he presented, which resonated with those they had themselves battled with, during their own childhoods. That's why when you read some of the re-printed testimonials in Robert's bestseller titled "If you want to be rich and happy, don't go to school?", you will notice many of those people quoted said things like "That's what I think"; "puts into words what I have been thinking for a long time" etc.
When I read those commentaries/testimonials by those who read the above mentioned book, I could not help wondering if they would have ever gotten around to doing anything about what they were "thinking" IF someone like Robert had not decided to write it all in a book by himself. Again, back to the questions with which I started this article: What if Robert had never chosen to write any of his books? One thing at least is certain: our thinking about how children should be educated and prepared to pursue success in life as independent adults, would be worse off than it is now. That is the value that Robert's writing has added to millions of lives the world over - mine inclusive(the distance between our continents of residence notwithstanding).
Many People Who Should Write Are NOT Writing
In many societies, people daily undergo unique experiences of all kinds, that those around them may never have the opportunity of going through. For each person, the learning acquired through those experiences literally shapes who they become over time, and ultimately determines whether or not - or better still how well - they succeed.
I am of the firm opinion based on the above, that EACH one of us(if s/he were to make conscious effort) can effectively draw upon the knowledge and insight acquired through his/her unique, personal experiences, to teach others how to deal with them successfully, should they encounter something similar.
What I have just stated is the reason why I am convinced we can never have too many motivational speakers in the world. It is not possible to have too many pastors, or preachers or trainers in the world either. I speak with regard to the possibility of a situation arising where you end up with many individuals who do the same thing in exactly the same way EVERY time, so that if you have seen one, you would have seen all the others.
No two motivational speakers can have exactly the same audience appeal, and effect on people when they speak. Think about it. When you hear that Zig Ziglar is going to be speaking at an event you plan to attend, there is a kind of expectation you have compared to what you feel when another speaker's name is mentioned.
Each one of us has a distinguishing trait or quality that sets him apart from others who do what s/he does. Not matter how many stand up comedians perform on one show, each ONE of them will always have at least ONE joke that is different from those told by his/her counterparts. And s/he will also have a peculiar "style of delivery" that is unique to him/her - except of course s/he unwisely chooses to mimic a role model, mentor etc.
If all of the above is true, it then logically follows, that if an individual were to write a (non-fiction) book or article based on his/her area of competence or experience, there is a possibility that a person looking for such information will find it a useful, if not entertaining, read.
It might help to inform (or remind) you, that even Napoleon Hill was initially plagued with self-doubt, when Andrew Carnegie first asked him to write the book(Think And Grow Rich). Hill worried among other things that he was not "qualified" or "competent" enough - at the time - to write it. But thankfully, he eventually brushed those fears aside, and did us all a favour by working hard to write the book that today has changed millions of lives for the better.
No One Needs A Teaching Certificate Or University Degree To Share His/Her Experience-Based Knowledge With Others Who Need It
I am yet to learn of a situation where a person who - through great will power and endurance - survived years of isolation as a prisoner of war was asked to get a writing degree, or teaching certificate before s/he could write a book or speak to audiences in seminars about (a) what it feels like and (b) how to survive under such situations.
At the least, if you feel you cannot write it yourself, engage the services of a freelance professional, who will work with you to produce a worthwhile summary of your experiences in your chosen area of interest or competence. Ultimately however, developing your writing skills would not be a bad idea, as it would enable you do more spontaneous writing than you could if someone was taking notes from you.
You Can Write While Still In The Process Of Acquiring The Experience(s)
Incidentally we need not wait until we have succeeded in achieving the goal we pursue before we write for others to learn from us. For instance a person who never won the gold at the olympics or indeed, who never made it to the finals of the Olympic 100m finals could use THAT thought to motivate him/herself to draw from his/her "failures" and coach a younger athlete with potential to win the gold.
Taking this further, a person who has "failed" in a bid to achieve a goal could, with a positive mental attitude, articulate a set of learning points about what caused him/her to fail, and use them to teach others(one-on-one or through a book or article) about what to do to increase their chances of success.
You do NOT need to wait till you become the Managing Director of the company you work for, before you begin to share the useful learnings about how to pursue career advancement in a corporate organisation, that you pick up along the way. This is because while you are BUSY "climbing", others coming after you will be in the process of taking the decision to START "climbing", and compared to you, will be LESS experienced or knowledgeable about what to expect. Many of them are likely to appreciate hearing from you, up front, some hints about what they will face during their journey, and how you dealt with the challenges that cropped up, plus what you think THEY can do to make good progress.
In my case, I am sharing insights gained from my experiences as an entrepreneur, through writing articles and books, and in daily interactions. I implore you to begin documenting as much of your own experiences as possible. This way, you can also become equipped over time, to share useful learning with others, and make their journey less difficult.
No one person has the duty of teaching others about how to succeed in life. Every one of us can teach what s/he knows to those who need to know it by writing about it. The best part is that once you've written it, you will not need to write it again. All those who want it will only then have to go to the bookstore or website where it is available and get their copy.
I Found Supporting Evidence That "You Need To Write", In Dr. Spencer Johnson's Book: "Who Moved My Cheese"!
Who better to tell you what it feels like(or takes) to survive as a start-up entrepreneur, if not someone currently in the struggle - or recently out of it? If you wanted to get an authentic update on the socioeconomic situation in Nigeria, would you ask your "Professor Uncle" who travels once-a-year to Lagos on official visits - or would you ask your Aunt who lives in Lagos, and visits New York on business every other month?
The foregoing is why I chose to write about my experiences early in my entrepreneurial career, and not wait till I get "up to the very top" before doing so. But I got even more convinced that this was the right thing to do, when I read the little book titled "Who moved my cheese?" written by Dr. Spencer Johnson.
The Book's Parable About Hem & Haw(2 little people) As Well As Sniff & Scurry(2 Mice)
The book narrates an engaging parable about 4 characters - Sniff and Scurry (2 Mice) and also Hem and Haw (2 little people). The parable illustrates the various ways different people react to unexpected changes/setbacks that occur in their lives on a daily basis.
In admonishing us(readers) to learn to laugh at ourselves, and the mistakes we make in life, (so as to be able to learn from them and "move on" with our lives), Dr. Johnson uses the analogy of "moving cheese" to illustrate how our circumstances/situations in life will inevitably change. The moral of the parable is that we all need to be prepared for those changes when (not "if") eventually they occur. If we're prepared, and we respond quickly and intelligently to them (instead of protesting and complaining), we will often find that we end up being better off in the long run.
Dr. Johnson takes the reader through a series of scenarios in which the 4 characters employ various methods to deal with the unexpected changes. The 2 little people - Hem and Haw - unlike the mice, had major problems getting over the setback (not surprising is it? A typical human reaction!) and moving on with their lives. Hem in particular remained adamant that it was "unfair" for the cheese to have been moved - and prevailed on Haw(who over time became more disposed to trying to find a way out of the fix they were in) to stay with him till things "returned to normal", or "someone gave them an explanation" for moving their cheese.
Remember! It's a parable, and if you think back to our lives as humans, you should't have much problems recalling those occasions when you've been a complainer. Sometime in the past(or possibly even now) you may have been just like Hem - who never saw any good in a change that affected you(in your opinion) "negatively". An example of such a change is a lateral movement from your job to another seemingly less glamorous one in your company.
Lest I reproduce the entire book here, I will get straight to the point I wish to make. At a point, Haw decided that since the mice had taken off in search of another cheese almost immediately the initial cheese had moved, he would do the same. So, he left Hem, (after trying without success to get him to go along), sitting and complaining, and began his search.
"Haw" Starts Writing To Share What He Learns BEFORE He achieves Success
As he journeyed, he made a lot of new discoveries, gaining new and fresh insights that excited him a great deal. In fact, he found the learnings he picked up while trying to find new cheese so profound that he decided to write each learning on the wall(in form of a short phrase). This was so that anyone who was coming along after him, would benefit from the knowledge he had discovered.
Examples of the phrases he wrote are: "If you do not change, you can become extinct"; "When you move beyond your fear, you feel free"; and "Imagining myself enjoying new cheese even before I find it, leads me to it".
I have chosen to adopt the method used by Haw, by writing to share my experiences so far, for the benefit of others who might wish to also go into entrepreneuring. Even before he found new cheese, Haw began to share the little knowledge he was picking up along the way/during the journey. He felt (quite rightly too) that there was no point waiting till he got to the "end" of his journey, and found new cheese, before he shared the little he already knew. This was because he recognised that he was experiencing useful - though sometimes painful - lessons that could benefit others tremendously, if they knew them before facing similar challenges.
I personally believe that it takes strength of character - and tremendous self belief - to repeatedly make out time to share painful lessons learnt(through writing, and/or speaking), in the pursuit of a challenging goal(s), especially while still working to achieve it(them).
Another lesson we can take away from Dr. Johnson's book, is that we can each move our own cheese(become "masters of our fate"), instead of waiting for others to do it for us. Nearly five years ago, I chose to move mine by leaving the comfort of what should have been a comfortable job in a corporate organisation, to follow my longstanding vision of running my own businesses. I also decided that I wanted to spend much of my time, sharing with others about how to do the things I have achieved in various areas of my past, present and future endeavours.
We need to share information/knowledge and discoveries about life, and how to live it better, with each other. We need to do so regularly, and with plenty of excitement and passion. Our actions in this regard must be borne out of a genuine desire to enrich the lives of others, and help them get ahead like we are doing.
The result would be a society in which mutually beneficial exchange of information takes place among people in a way that enhances social development, making life more fulfilling for every member. A society where this happens continually, and spontaneously, would be a very successful one. Many developed countries are already on the path toward attaining this futuristic state.
Developing countries which desire to achieve similar progress, will need to challenge MANY MORE of their members to write MORE OFTEN(give more public speeches, seminars, practical workshops, coaching programs) based on authentic experiences they have had, that would empower others to succeed in pursuit of their life goals.
Writing is a powerful way to communicate useful knowledge acquired through years of experience and sometimes painful effort by the writer, to others. Any society that wishes to develop fully, in all aspects of the life of its people MUST encourage her members to write - and read - as frequently as possible(especially non-fiction). You can play a role today in the development of your own society, by deciding to go out and acquire qualitative experiences in the pursuit of challenging, worthwhile goals, and then writing to share what you learn with others.
Self-Development/Performance Enhancement Specialist – Tayo Solagbade - works as a Multipreneur, helping individuals/businesses develop and implement strategies to achieve their goals, faster and more profitably.

How to Write a Book and Mine the Gold Called Your Knowledge

Friday, October 12, 2012 0 comments

Writing can be a joy-filled creative process to some and a drudgery-filled chore to others. According to Roger C. Parker, "Writing is more a process of identification and organization than the relatively mechanical process of selecting words and placing them in sentences an paragraphs."
My goal is to get you to see writing your book quickly is simply a matter of harvesting your information and recognizing that you probably already possess the majority of the information needed to complete your book.
The real test is simply to organize what you know into a database of usable ideas. The beginning steps outlined below will help you identify and organize the information you need (and already have) into chunks of information to write your book. By analyzing your experiences and life observations into building block ideas and using a table to organize them, you will be ready to write sooner.
Follow these simple steps, identify and organize your ideas; then easily write and complete your book. To get started do this:
1. Realize You Know More Than You Think.
You have gained a certain level of success in your field, career or even hobby. You may be an active consultant, business owner, speaker, or writer. In your field you have been constantly learning and observing. On your path to success through failures, successes and opportunities to learn, you have been accumulating the information you need to complete your book.
You have experienced and observed what works and does not work. You have developed over time an understanding of what order things should happen and how it appears out of order when it doesn't happen in that order. Through the process of continually doing what you do, you have gained a wealth of knowledge and information.
The challenge is that your knowledge is unorganized. Once you create a structure for organizing your ideas, your ability to create your book and/or books will quickly take shape.
2. Divide and conquer - begin to break your knowledge into chunks of information
The beginning point is to begin separate your files, speeches, articles into general topics. For example, I have bodies of information for my inspirational writing and a whole other body or topic for business writing.
And of course there's another topic for the how-tos of writing in my files. When I first started, I went through and separated these chunks of information into different folders and eventually as my chunks of information grew I had to house them in separate file units.
After creating topical groups, break your knowledge for your book into individual ideas or chunks of information so you can inventory what you already know on the subject.
You'll notice as you organize and inventory the ideas you already possess; it will uncover some areas that your knowledge is bit weak. Once you identify the weak areas in your knowledge, it becomes easy to locate the information needed to fill in the gap or strengthen the weak area.
3. Create framework for organizing your ideas
For a short book, simply create a list of every idea related to your book's topic. Once you start your list and create a structure you'll be surprised at how quickly your book takes shape. Now take your list and number them in order of importance. After your ideas have been prioritized, you can easily spot patterns of what will lead to writing a book on what you are most passionate about.
4. Pursue your most passionate idea
For now, put aside your list of topics. Take a break and relax. Successful books are based on one central idea. The author concentrates on one main theme to drive their book to success. Textbooks can get away with a list of all kinds of facts. But non-fiction books, especially how-to books are based on one main idea.
The central idea provides the focus needed to make your writing compelling. For your book, you need a viewpoint, a position, and a conclusion that you develop fact by fact or step by step as you write your book.
Readers look for an easy read. They look for a book that will help them solve their problem step by step. They need interpretation, perspective and sequence.
The easiest way to come up with a main idea for your book is to follow your passion. To choose a subject that you will be still be passionate about in a year or so, ask yourself these questions:
What ideas am I really passionate about, What ideas do I consistently discuss no matter where I am? What ideas do I really want to share with the world? Where do I see others making the same mistakes I did? How can I help people with my knowledge? What key ideas helped me succeed or caused me to fail? What main idea can make a difference in the lives of others?
The main idea for your book may come to you when you least expect it. So over the next few days begin to mull it over in your mind. Spend some quiet time, if only for a few minutes during the day to think about your deep passion, your mission, the idea that really moves you. This is important because if you pinpoint your passion well, the easier it will be to write a book that expresses what you want to express.
Readers enjoy and appreciate passion. Choose a topic you are excited by and let your enthusiasm and excitement spread faster than the common cold. Your readers will connect to you and be excited by it. They will reward you by reading your book from cover to cover and then tell all their friends about your wonderful, insightful book. Remember, the more passionate you are about your topic the faster you will be able to write, complete and publish your book.

Intriguing Way to Choose The Best Books For Children

Thursday, October 11, 2012 0 comments

A bookstore or library can be overwhelming when it comes to children's books. How do you decide which preschool childrens books to read to your children? I've found that I can spend hours trying to decide which books to buy or borrow for my three-year-old child.
To avoid piles of unread books and increase the depth of my child's learning, I've come up with a formula to choose the best books for children. It's easy and has just four components: a theme, knowledge, life skill and character.
Before I head to the library or bookstore, I think of a theme that I would like my child to learn about. Then I think of what knowledge is learned from the theme, what life skill can be drawn from it and a character trait that coincides.
I want my child to gain knowledge because it gives power and understanding. I want her to learn life skills so she can implement the knowledge and to develop positive character traits so she uses her knowledge and life skills in moral and ethical ways.
By choosing a theme and a book from each category (knowledge, life skills, character) within a theme, children are not overwhelmed by multiple topics, yet are learning on a variety of levels. And it makes choosing the best books for children a lot easier. Here's an example of how to follow the formula:
1. Theme
Adam and Eve is a great theme. At an early age, children want to know where they came from beyond "Mommy's tummy" and the story of Adam and Eve teaches children where we come from. It also includes knowledge, a life skill and a character trait.
2. Knowledge
The story of Adam and Eve is about knowledge; the knowledge of good and evil. It's about how we came to know the existence of evil and experience it firsthand. Adam and Eve were instructed that they could eat from any tree in the garden, except one. Then Satan convinced Eve to eat from the tree so she would be more like God.
"You will not surely die," the serpent [Satan] said to the woman. "For God knows that when you eat of [the tree] your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." Genesis 3:4-5
Eve eats from the tree, shares the fruit with Adam and their eyes were opened to the world of good and evil. They suddenly became embarrassed and hid.
At an incredibly young age, children begin testing boundaries. They inherently know that some things are good and some are bad, and it is the parents' job to provide the boundaries for children to learn exactly what is good or evil.
My daughter knows the story of Adam and Eve well. The knowledge she gained from the story is that God created us and that Adam and Eve brought the knowledge of good and evil into our world by eating fruit from the forbidden tree. By reading books about Adam and Eve to my daughter, she gains knowledge of where we came from and how evil entered the world.
3. Life skill
I like to use the story of Adam and Eve to teach the life skill listening. Listen is a verb and is defined: to perceive by ear, usually attentively. I like to expand on the definition and ad to take what is said to heart and put it into action. It is one thing to hear someone's words, but when you apply what they say, it shows that you have truly listened.
In Genesis 3, Eve repeats what God told her, proving that she heard his words. She tells the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say "you must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die" (Verse 2-3). Eve definitely heard what God told her, but she didn't apply them and thus did not truly listen.
When I ask my daughter to do or not do something, I like her to respond with "ok" or "yes" so I know she heard me. Occasionally, she acknowledges what I said but proceeds to do the opposite. This is when I ask her if she heard what I said, and she generally repeats the instructions I gave.
Choosing a book that teaches listening doesn't have to be specifically about Adam and Eve. But when read with the story of Adam and Eve, you can discuss how the couple heard God's words but did not truly listen because they did not put them into action. A book that teaches listening combined with the story of Adam and Eve teaches children that listening means putting words into action.
4. Character Trait
The third concept of my formula teaches a character trait. Since Adam and Eve is the theme, I chose the character trait obedience. Adam and Eve were not obedient to God and as a result they were punished by being exiled from the Garden of Eden.
"So the Lord banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken." Genesis 3:24
Children need to learn obedience to their parents and God, as guidelines are put in place for their benefit and protection. If they are disobedient, there are consequences. You can choose any book that teaches about obedience, then relate it back to how Adam and Eve were disobedient and the consequence of their action was to be exiled from the garden.
Choosing preschool childrens books using the formula theme, knowledge, life skill and character teaches a topic from several angles, allowing children to learn on a deeper level. It also makes choosing the best books for children easy.

4 Reasons Why Switching From Printed Books To The Kindle Fire Or Other E-Reader Is Just Smart

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 0 comments

With the advent of electronic devices such as's Kindle Fire, the Barnes & Noble Nook tablet, and Apple's popular iPad, book publishing has truly entered the digital age.
It is a huge understatement to say the digital publication of books has caused a revolutionary change in publishing not matched since the invention of the original Gutenberg printing press in 1440.
Of course, no one can argue the importance printed books have as being the main repository of human culture, history and knowledge. Books have been the favored means of reading the printed word for centuries, and that will not change for some time to come.
However, there are important benefits to making the switch from reading traditionally printed books to using electronic readers (e-readers):
  1. E-readers make traveling easier If you have ever had to select reading material for a long trip, you can appreciate how challenging it can be to pack and carry traditional books. A wonderful feature of e-readers is even the most basic device has enough internal storage to hold literally thousands of digital books. Furthermore, all of this is accomplished with a device comparable in weight to a single paperback!

  2. E-readers save valuable space As beautiful and impressive as book collections can be, they do tend to take up a lot of space. Also, physically moving large book collections can be quite the headache. On the other hand, digital books weigh literally nothing since they are computer files residing on your e-reader.

  3. Digital books are more secure Physical books are extremely vulnerable to damage from a variety of sources such as age, fire and water. While it can be argued e-readers are just as vulnerable, there is one important difference. In the event your device is lost, stolen, or damaged, its digital content can be easily replaced if a backup is available. For example, automatically provides free copies of all digital content purchased from its web site. So, if your kindle fire is stolen, lost, or damaged, secure copies of your purchased content remains in Amazon's cloud.

  4. E-readers have many useful features built-in These features are designed to make the reading experience more pleasurable and convenient. For example, the Amazon kindle fire includes a complete dictionary and thesaurus. You can also adjust font type and size to meet your preferences. Reading progress can be both automatically or manually bookmarked. Many digital publishers are beginning to include extras in digital editions of popular books. These extras are similar to special features found on dvds. Author interviews, Q & A sessions, and links to related online content are just a few examples.
Please keep in mind, traditional books aren't going to vanish overnight. Still, it is undeniable that e-readers have changed the publishing world forever. With many quality devices costing well below $100, now is a perfect time to experience the digital publishing revolution for yourself!

There Are Books For Every Occasion

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 0 comments

"In today's hectic life, where does one find the time to read?" one might ask. Well, for a person who just loves to read, there's always time at bedtime, the early morning, while waiting at the bus stop, while standing in a queue to buy a rail ticket, or even in the bathroom.
Though television has a lot to offer it is not the answer to every query. Supposing you're facing a problem with your infant. There is the option of running to a doctor for the answer, but still better is to keep handy one of those books telling you all you need to know about infancy and your baby. Or, let us say you wish to begin teaching your child about the alphabet and animals. Get the child an alphabet book and you'll be surprised how often your child will open that book and repeat what you've taught him. Perhaps your child is a fan of motor cars and airplanes - the best buy would be a book showing pictures of these.
Books will give you all the information and know how about cooking meals that you savored at a restaurant till now. The market is full of recipe books covering a wide variety of tastes from all over the world.
When it comes to hairdos and colors or styles too, all you need to do is open a book on the subject. You do not have to spend hours at the parlor to make that final decision and likewise for fashions and styles.
There is no dearth of gifts too. On an occasion like a birthday, a wedding or an anniversary - there's just the book to choose for the special person. Many love reading novels and there's choice enough for every taste. You may wish to express something really sentimental from the depth of your heart to someone as dear as a lover, husband, father, daughter or mother. There are books in the market that will convey just the right sentiment.
If you like to travel, all you would want to know about places to visit and stay at are available in books. Yes, television does offer a lot on various subjects, except that it cannot be carried into bed, unlike a book that you can keep referring to.
Today, with people turning towards spirituality, there is so much that is there to read about on the masters and spiritualism.
Reading is a habit best inculcated at a tender age. Reading helps keep the mind actively engaged well into old age and goes on to create a thirst for more and more knowledge. "Books are one's best friend" has been so rightly said. They help overcome the lonely times.

The Ever Growing E-Book Industry

Monday, October 8, 2012 0 comments

Books are a vast expanse of intellectual wealth. They are informative and helpful. They are man's next best friends, next to dogs. People who are talented and can write, need to experiment with book writing. It is beneficial to you and the reader, as you are adding one more book to this already existing sea of knowledge, "Books".
There was a time, when books passed through a long and costly process, termed as printing and production. These processes would push up your investment after adding other expenses for increased sales promotions and marketing strategies. In an e-book, printing and production is not required, thus saving money. Also, what you would have spent on getting latest marketing strategies and paying for a great sales team is also avoided, thus saving money. Hence, this is one of the main reasons for an increase in e-books, since so much money is saved.
Even printers lay down certain conditions. They will only print 500 or 2,000 copies, depending on how big the business is. You will never be able to choose less then these numbers, as they will refuse you outright. So, you end up paying for 500 or 2,000 copies, even if you were not sure whether all copies will sell.
E-books is a good way for you to save a lot of money. You do not need to shell out exorbitant sums of money. The e-book way is still a new born way, yet to catch on. It is really a new concept and will take time to get a hold onto the market. But, it is a cheap and inexpensive way to sell or promote your e-book, compared to a hardcover book. So, I advise you to convert and go the e-book way.
We have seen a huge advancement in technology, which has made the e-book a possibility. The Internet is a fantastic way to get to people. It makes it easier to deliver information to those who are looking for it. There are hundreds of people out there, who are looking for e-information, with regard to their businesses and occupations. For example, if you run a wedding shop, you could create an e-book, giving tips on how to organize a wedding. Whether they want to get married or are people who are into event management, this book would help both kinds of people. Have your links available, through your own websites or through friends' websites, so people can get to your e-book and use it as a reference.
Understand the needs of people, before you take the plunge. But have courage and strength, you will need them and a whole lot of patience as well. When you actually start making a good profit from your e-books, you will feel completely satiated. Take a plunge into the unknown, as one day, e-books are going to become a rage. And you will be reaping the corn, golden corn!

Children Can Learn Morals And Values From Books

Sunday, October 7, 2012 0 comments

There is yet no better medium than books to teach good morals and inculcate the right values in children. Little children love fairy tales and in their dreams they meet the characters they adore. They develop a strong bond with them and see them as role models. Their imagination is stirred when parents read fables and fairy tales at bedtime and they learn to emulate the ideal character portrayed by their favorite heroes' in day-to-day life.
Home and school libraries stock storybooks for children that have stories of adventurers, pirates, explorers and various other interesting topics and subjects. Boys find these stories very fascinating. Girls are more interested in stories that have dolls, ponies, flowers, or are about training as teachers/nurses, cooking food and bringing up a family etc. Each group finds interest in stories that involve characters of the same gender. Stories written for kids usually had either male or female characters specific to each story.
However, stories now combine leading characters of both sexes. A good example of this can be seen in the Harry Potter series that have the stories knitted around the trio of Harry, Ron and Hermione. This recent trend in story writing is leading to a gradual change in the preference of both boys and girls who can now be observed being commonly interested in stories revolving around certain theme centric characters involving both genders.
Stories in the past depicted a safe and pleasant world in which little children could venture out in safety. Modern day stories put even girl characters like Hermione in dangerous situations. However, the charm of stories for little children are still retained making them thoroughly enjoyable and captivating, taking children on a journey into the realm of fairies, gnomes, witches, giants, speaking animals and cities having houses made of sweets, chocolates and cakes.
Illustrated books have their own charm and are loved by children. They help children to create a visual image of their favorite character(s) in their minds. The pictures of different animals and places like gardens and forests etc. keep them happy and occupied and provide them with knowledge about many things and places, which they may not have seen. For their young minds, books are like wells from which they constantly draw the water of knowledge.
Books are good friends to children and provide them with company at any time of the day or night. In comparison to movies, books provide a more powerful medium to teach strong values like comradeship, courage and loyalty to children. As a child gets engrossed in reading, he finds himself transported to the imaginary locale of the story with the characters moving around him. By bonding to the characters, children learn to respond to real life situations when they undergo similar experiences. They learn to express their desires, fears and aspirations. Good books cater to healthy mental and psychological development of children.