In my previous blog I wrote about a survey scam that someone just told me about. Scams are all over the Internet and in newspapers and in a time when almost one in three families has a member out of work, desperation can set in quickly and before you know it, you are losing the very little you have. You see what is going on in Congress. That means you can’t wait on the government to give you a job. Their paycheck is sure and the truth is, until their paycheck is in jeopardy, don’t expect much from Washington. So what do you do? Look within yourself. You have skills and experience under your belt. What do you do well? Can you write? Do you have a camera and can take pictures? Can you paint? Do you cook? Have you noticed how cooking shows have become popular nowadays? There is something that you can do to make a living. It might not bring in a big paycheck the first week, but keep at it and word will get around.
I have been looking at the publishing industry with fascination. I want to see if you can really make money as an author. Everyone is telling you how to make money writing articles and so on, but much of what they are saying is old stuff. Check the websites to see when last they were updated and that should give you a clue as to how current their stuff is. The point on demand publishing industry is really generating momentum right now. Even traditional publishing houses now have a branch of their company that does print on demand. So, here are two that I am very familiar with. There is lulu.com and there is blurb.com. There is an advantage to using Lulu because they give you an ISBN number (13 digits on back of books with the bar code) and that makes it possible for your book to be sold everywhere. Blurb on the other hand does not give you an ISBN number. If you’ve purchased one you can use it, but they don’t give you. That means without an ISBN you can sell your book yourself on your website or you can sell it in the Blurb bookstore. The great thing about Blurb is that you can create a book show and people can flip through the pages of your book. It is awesome as it is impressive. If you look on my website in bookstore you will see what I’m talking about. Now these are the two I am using, but I know there is Author House, Create a Space (Amazon), iUniverse (Barnes and Noble) and many more. So, if you have pictures put them in a book write a sentence or two and earn some cash for yourself.
In my blog tomorrow, I will talk about EPub versus PDF. You will want to convert but which is better. Subscribe to my blog or check back tomorrow. “Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do” (John Wooten).