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About Terri L Main
Terri Main is a woman on a mission.
"I want to bring the joy back to reading, and you can't have joy when you have to take out a loan to buy a book." She says.
This is the reason that she sells all of her self-published books for $.99 to 3.99.
"I've gotten a lot of grief from other authors about that price point," she notes. "They say that I am somehow demeaning the product. Since when has giving people a quality product for a reasonable price demeaning? I tell them that I don't sell my books inexpensively because I value my writing less. I sell my books inexpensively because I value my readers more. Sometimes we forget that's who our writing is for - The Readers!"
Terri points to her own childhood as the daughter of a sawmill worker in the 50s and 60s.
"We sometimes had to pull the cushions out of the car to find spare change just to buy a loaf of bread or a quart of milk. Forget half gallons we certainly couldn't afford that," she recalls.
Her only escape from the persistent worry about money was in her books.
"I got 50 cents every two weeks allowance. I could buy a book for a quarter and still have enough to get one school lunch on Thursday. That was the day they had turkey."
She notes that since it costs very little to publish through Kindle, that she can give her readers deals the Big companies can't afford.
"Back in the 80s and 90s, these big companies saddled themselves with huge printing plants, office buildings, trucks and distribution infrastructure built around selling print books in brick and mortar bookstores. And since a handful of companies were the only show in town, they slowly raised the prices. When the digital revolution came, they were unprepared and slow to respond. That's when small presses and indie writer/publishers had the advantage. We can produce a quality product without all that overhead."
So, she passes those savings on to the reader.
"Why not? I make a healthy profit. They get a bargain. And I sell more books than if I raised my prices." She says with a wink.
Terri also makes her books available in the Kindle Online Lending Library through Kindle Unlimited and Amazon Prime.
"Hey, this is great. People get to read the books for free. And I get paid. Talk about a win-win."
So, what is Terri up to now? At Age 62, retired from 30 years as a college professor, she is writing one to two short books a month and novels every three months or so. Living happily with her five cats in Central California.
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What do You Say When You Talk to God?
Prayer is talking to God. Just like any other form of communication, prayer takes on many different forms. In this Bible study we learn about different types of prayer from the prayer for the impossible to the prayer for wisdom. We learn about prayers for any season and prayers of communion with God. Each lesson looks at a different type of prayer.
This Bible study does not pretend to teach you "better" ways to pray, as if prayer is some magic formula one uses to get what they want. Instead, it aims to help you understand prayer so your time spent conversing with God can be a deeper, richer spiritual experience.
ALL KINDS OF PRAYER takes a discovery approach to Bible study. You have a short commentary about each type of prayer followed by a list of scripture based study questions. The key is to draw you into what the Bible has to say about the subject. This book is appropriate for either individual or small group Bible study.
$5.00 or $5,000? Which will it Be?
Some self-publishing "consultants" will charge you up to $5,000 or more to do what you can easily do yourself for $5.00 or less. The four books in this bundle teach you how to put the "self" back in self-publishing. In these books you will learn how to format your documents for both ebook and print publishing, how to edit your own copy and do your own proofreading. You will even learn how to design your own covers. Some topics covered include:
A 20-Minute Method of Formatting your E-book
How to Create a Kindle Compatible MS-Word Document
How to Publish a Print Book without Spending a Penny
How to use Free Programs to Create .Mobi and .Epub Files
How to Master Comma Placement in an Afternoon
How to Use Automated Programs to Cut Editing Time by 75% or More
How to Use Professional Quality Free Image Manipulation Programs to Create Stunning Cover Designs that Sell Your Book
How to Use a Free Resource Provided by Kindle to Create a Professional Book Cover in Minutes - FOR FREE!!
You notice I use the word "FREE" frequently. That's because many of the books I write and sell online I produced without spending a single cent. Most books I produce for about $5.00.
If you use just one of these "Freebie" tips, you will more than pay for the price of this book.
So, if you have wanted to self-publish and join the indie publishing revolution, but thought it was too complicated or too expensive, don't let that hold you back any more.
These fully-illustrated, step-by-step instructions have helped many people publish books when they thought they could not.
You can join the ranks of self-published authors. What have you got to lose? A lot less than $5,000! Download the sample and find out more.
This book strips away the padding and wordiness of many texts on the subject and gets right down to the essentials of turning your idea into a novel.
Selling the Hole and Other Bits of Marketing Wisdom
You started your business because you were passionate about the product or service you offer. The last thing you want to think about it marketing. You just want to serve your customers and forget about things like promotions, newsletters, advertising, press releases and the like. However, if you are a small business, you have to think about these things. It isn't really your field, but if you don't do the right kind of marketing, you won't have those customers to serve.
Recognizing this need a few years ago, I was contacted by an online magazine to write a series of articles about marketing. These essays provide you with short, easy to digest tips, how-tos, information and inspiration to help guide your own marketing program. Some topics include:
The Three “M’s” of Marketing: Market – Narrowing your Focus
Three M’s of Marketing: Media
Three M’s of Marketing: Message
What’s Your Image?
Planning the Perfect Promotion: Is the Promotion Profitable?
The Perfect Promotion: Is it Promotable?
The Perfect Promotion: Is it Playful?
Writing an effective news release
Find the Hole and Fill It!
The Power of Newsletters: Getting Started
Newsletter Marketing: It's all about Content
Share an Ad
Diversifying Your Efforts
Value Added Promotion
Selling the Need
Whether you own a small shop, have a home-based business, or work entirely online, this book will provide you with a wealth of ideas to improve your marketing.
Seven Lessons from Seven Churches
Bible studies of the book of Revelation often rush through the first three chapters. The prophetic aspects of the book are featured. That's legitimate since most of the book does center on end-times prophecy. However, the lessons Jesus teaches to these churches relate directly to successful Christian living today. The seven churches of the Revelation were all found in Asia Minor, modern day Turkey. They were Greek colonies. The churches that were planted there grew up in a climate surrounded by pagan worship, sexual immorality, materialism and pleasure seeking. If that sounds familiar, you understand why understanding these messages is vital for churches in he Twenty-First century. This Bible Study takes a close look at each of the churches. What they were doing right as well as how they fell short. Lessons include:
- Ephesus: The Busy Church
- Smyrna: The Persecuted Church
- Pergamos: The Compromising Church
- Thyratira: The Corrupted Church
- Sardis: The Dead Church
- Philadelphia: The Faithful Church
- Laodicea: The “Comfortable” Church
All Wordmaster Bible studies feature a discovery approach to studying God's word. Each lesson includes a commentary followed by related Bible verses and study questions. This makes these Bible studies appropriate for either individual or small group use. For a group Bible study, these are designed for one hour interactive sessions.
Click the book cover to read a sample lesson or click the button to download it to your device.
As you study about the churches of Revelation, I think you'll agree that, while much has changed, much has remained he same.
Proof Reading: You CAN Do it Yourself
There is a myth in self-publishing circles that one cannot edit one's own work. Admittedly, it is easier to allow someone else to proofread your manuscript. However, that can be expensive. For an indie writer, especially if you are just getting started, every dime you can save, the better. If you passed high school English with a "B" or better, you have the skills to proofread your own work. This book shows you how.
It will show you how to automate parts of the proofreading process, hear places where punctuation belongs, use voice and text-to-speech software, and learn a simple method of recognizing where commas belong. Even if you use a proofreader, they don't catch everything. You still need to do a final review before publishing. This book will help you with that process.
Check out our sample. You can read this book for free if you are a Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime Member.
This Bible study series follows a discovery model with a short commentary and scripture-based study questions to lead you into the riches of the book of Galatians. This series is suitable for individual or small group study.
Are You Bearing the Fruit of the Spirit?
Living an abundant Christian life means more than showing up at church on Sundays. It also means bearing fruit which can nourish those around you. This series examines the "Fruit of the Spirit" described by the apostle Paul.
These studies are designed so that you can study alone or use with a group Bible Study. Each lesson has a commentary and some study or discussion questions to take you deeper into the study of each topic. These lessons are designed around a one hour Bible study session for groups and about 30-45 minutes for individual study.
Indie Ebook publishing is one of the fastest growing and most exciting segments of the publishing world. Those who choose self-publishing over a more traditional route have wonderful opportunities to make money and have the satisfaction of seeing people buy and read their books.
However, while there is a wealth of information about what to write, how to format and how to promote your book via blogs, social media and websites, very little exists about using the tools Amazon makes available to help you sell your book to their 75 million visitors each month.
You have a ready-made market for you book, you just have to be visible enough for them to get a good look at what you've written. In this book we discuss how to improve your rank in the Kindle search engine, how to use Author Central to increase your visibility, how to effectively use the free promotion option for Kindle Select books, how to set an appealing price, and how to develop your self-published brand.
Many of these techniques are not even used effectively by small or medium sized traditional publishers. Applying them can give the self published writer a way to level the playing field even with the big kids on the block.
If you are interested in selling your book on Kindle to more than just your family and friends, this book will help you do just that. This doesn't guarantee you huge sales. That depends on the quality of your book, but you will learn effective techniques to get that writing in front of potential readers.
Tired of Making Excuses for Not Meeting the Writing Goals you Set?"
Writers set goals for their writing all the time, but how many of us keep those goals? Not many. When we don't, we make excuses. The excuses let us "off the hook" emotionally, but do nothing to get the work done.
ENTER THE NO-EXCUSE ZONE
Excuses do not help you meet your goals. However, beating yourself up about failing to meet those goals, doesn't either. Effective planning and problem solving will. However, that planning must be based on reality and not just dreams. Writers often fail to meet goals because they don't base their planning in reality. Zeal and determination are not enough to accomplish everything. You also have to consider your own lifestyle.
Most planning guides for writers drive the writer to create writing goals and schedules as if the author had no life other than writing. They give you a plan and expect you to fit your life in around your writing. Reality-Based Planning is different. RBP begins by taking a deep look at your current lifestyle. Your obligations on the job, at home and in the community and find ways to create a writing schedule which requires no excuses because it is based in a courageous look at your day-to-day life.
Topics Covered Include:
Excuses: The Poison Pill of Success
Of Tortoises, Hares and Writers
The Myth of the Unexpected
Time Based Planning
The Gift of Sacrifice
The Power of "No"
Reality Based Deadlines
Check out the sample chapter by clicking on "Look Inside" or download a sample to your device. If you want to become a more productive writer who makes and keeps goals while working less and doing more, this book is for you.
This Bible study explores a central issue in Christian living. We are called on to have the Mind of Christ. Yet, what does that mean exactly? This Bible study examines scripture to discover how Jesus Christ thought and how we can apply that type of thinking to our daily Christian walk. Topics covered include:
Discovering the Mind of Christ
Submitting to the Will of the Father
Loving: The Core of the Mind of Christ
Acting with Boldness
The Power of Meekness
Freedom through Forgiveness
As with all Wordmaster Bible Studies, the lessons in this series are designed to lead the Bible student deeper into the subject of the study. Each lesson will include a short commentary followed by a series of verses and Bible study questions. This is appropriate for both individual and small group Bible study. Check out the sample lesson by clicking on the book cover above or by downloading a sample to your computer or mobile device using the button in the right hand margin above.
Through this Bible study on the Mind of Christ you will gain greater power to live a victorious Christian life.
Self-Publishing: You CAN Do it Yourself
If you listen to the "experts" in self-publishing, you would think you needed to spend $1000 or more for each book. You have to hire cover designers, editors (yes, more than one), marketing experts and people to format your book. Just about every one of these tasks dedicated self-publishers can do on their own.
E-book Formatting Made Easy
Formatting a book for Kindle is one facet of self-publishing many people feel is "just too hard" to do. They pay people hundreds of dollars to do something they could do in a half hour using Microsoft Word or just about any other wordprocessing program. It is much simpler than formatting a term paper for college. This book is short because the process is so simple to master. Topics include:
The Nuclear Option
Creating a Clickable Table of Contents
Removing Hidden Characters
Understanding Print vs. E-book Formatting
Creating Mobi and Epub Files
If you have considered publishing on Kindle, there is no better time than now. Self-Publishing doesn't have to be expensive you can do it yourself, and you can start by learning how to format your manuscript for upload to Kindle.
This book includes links to special web extras.