Archive for January, 2009

Relaxing Audios To Help Your Creativity

Did you know that when you are relaxed that you can actually be more creative?

It’s true!

Well, at least for me it is anyway. And I think that being worried or stressed out about one thing or another can drastically reduce your creative ability.

I know before a couple of days ago, I was totally stressed out. Couldn’t think straight. Couldn’t get anything done. Couldn’t come up with any new ideas for ebook templates.

But, then I came across this awesome audio collection of 12 nature sounds mp3′s and boy, what a lift it gave me!

Let me tell ya, I’ve lived in both Ohio, where it’s cold in the Winter and your stuck indoors without anything to do, and in sunny Florida, where you can go outside in shorts, play at the beach, and listen to the ocean waves just soaking up all the sunshine.

When I downloaded the audios, it took me from the Winter blue “ho-hums” and back to sun and fun at the beach. Even if all I had to do was close my eyes for a while. It was terrific. And after I listened to one of the hour long audios of ocean waves crashing against the shoreline, I felt completely reenergized and raring to go on my next project.

Which of course was the free tutorial I posted up earlier yesterday.

Not only that, but I even began working on a new free special report, checked a bunch of customer support emails, trolled a couple of blogs, got some laundry done, took a shower, washed the dishes, cooked, and enjoyed some tv with my hubby.

I got a lot done and didn’t even care that it was 20 degrees outside with snow blowing all over the place. I felt as good as I had when I lived in Florida, full of energy and creativity. Even if I couldn’t go outside in shorts :)

It’s amazing what our minds can do when given the right motivators. That’s why I firmly believe that having at least ONE nature sounds CD or mp3 can help if you’re feeling blue, have “cabin fever”, or just need a little mental boost.

Lucky me, I’ve got 12 of them.

And hey, if you’re like me, you not only LOVE the sounds of the ocean but the calming sounds of a thunderstorm ( I know, I’m crazy ), I’ve got that too with my new audio collection. Plus there’s even the crackling sounds of a cozy fireplace roaring, getting lost in the desert and listening to all the different animals, a relaxing waterfall, walking through the forest, and a bunch of others.

I highly recommend that if you’re feeling down, you should go check out the package that I got from the link below. Oh, and P.S. – it doesn’t even cost as much as a physical audio CD would. But you could turn it in to one if you wanted and take it with you when you’re away from your computer. In fact, you could even resell it as an audio CD. How cool is that?!

Anyway, here’s the link if you need a handy little collection of relaxers to get your creativity going:

12 Tranquil Nature Sounds Mp3 Audio Collection with Master Resale Rights

Before, I told you how you could create links to your content by making use of the Bookmark setting inside OOo Writer.

Today, I’m going to show you a different way. One which will allow you to utilize the “Indexes and Tables” function, and at the same time, make it a clickable Table of Contents that leads right to your ebook chapters.

First though, let me tell you why this solution might be the better one.

The reason why I believe this is the better solution is because you won’t have to manually update your Table of Contents. Simply by clicking ONE button, you can have your TOC update itself…Including adding in new chapter links!

Can’t get any better than that. At least, I don’t think so.

So, How Do You Create A Linked TOC While Using The “Indexes and Tables”?

Well, first you have to know how to create a TOC, or Table of Contents, using the “Indexes and Tables” function inside OpenOffice Writer. So, I’m going to teach you how to do just that.

Once you get the hang of using the “Indexes and Tables” function, it will come like second nature to you. I promise.

Step 1: Use The “Styles and Formatting” Box/Menu

Okay, the first thing we’re going to need to do before we can even get to the point where we add our Table of Contents to begin with is to make some style changes.

This may sound complicated, but believe me, once you do it a couple of times, it gets really easy.

So, the first thing we’ll need to do, beyond having our ebook content of course, is to open up the “Styles and Formatting” menu.

To do that, look for this link in your main toolbar of OpenOffice Writer: Format.

Click the “Format” link in the toolbar.

A drop down menu will appear.

From that menu, select “Styles and Formatting” by left clicking it once.

The “Styles and Formatting” window should now be open and look like this:

Alternatively, you can hit the F11 button on your keyboard to open up the Styles and Formatting window as well. That’s the shortcut key ;)

The next thing we’re going to do is make sure that our ebook Chapter titles show up inside our official Table of Contents menu within our ebook.

The way we do that is to assign a specific style to our ebook Chapters.

For our main ebook Chapter titles we’re going to use the Heading 1 style.

What you will need to do is to left click and drag across your ebook Chapter text to highlight it. Like so:

Then, you will want to apply the Heading 1 style by selecting it from the styles drop down menu shown below:

Of course it will show the Default style, to change it to the Heading 1 style, simply click on the arrow down and then select the Heading 1 style by left clicking it from the drop down menu.

You will see that your ebook Chapter text has now changed from the default format to the Heading 1 style format.

The next step is to do the above for every single ebook Chapter inside your ebook.

Always be sure to save your progress as you go!

You can also insert “Sub Chapters” within your Table of Contents.

How?

By highlighting your Sub Chapter text then applying the Heading 2 style from the styles/formatting drop down menu just as I showed you above.

Step 2: Adding A Basic Table of Contents Using The “Indexes and Tables” Function

Once you have all your Heading styles in place from Step 1 above, it’s time to insert our Table of Contents.

For this, you will need to create a new, blank page.

To do that, simply select the following from your main OpenOffice Writer toolbar:

Insert > Manual Break… > Page Break

Now that we have a fresh, new blank page, it’s time to insert our Table of Contents.

Be sure that your cursor is blinking somewhere within your newly created blank page.

Then from the main toolbar, select the following:

Insert > Indexes and Tables > Indexes and Tables

You should now see a box similar to the following:

All you need to do now is to hit the “OK” button.

Then you should see your new Table of Contents sitting inside your blank page.

Easy, right?

Well, maybe not at first, but if you do this every time you create a new ebook, it will become really easy.

Okay, let’s get those Chapters linked up.

Step 3: Adding In Hyperlinks For Your New Table of Contents

This is the tricky part. Not too tricky, but you will have to pay very close attention. There are a few magic clicks we’ll have to perform to get this part just right.

All right. The first step is to re-open the “Indexes and Tables” window that I showed you above.

To do that, simply right click anywhere inside your new Table of Contents.

From the menu that will appear, you must select “Edit Index/Table” by left clicking that option when it appears.

Then the “Indexes and Tables” window will reappear. See? Like magic ;)

The next step is the tricky part.

From inside the “Indexes and Tables” window, you will need to click on the “Entries” tab pictured below:

Then you should see the following:

What we do next is to left click inside the little rectangular box directly behind the text: E#

Then click the “Hyperlink” button as shown here:

Keep the above window OPEN!!

There’s one more thing we have to do before we finish our work.

You will need to do the EXACT SAME THING outlined above for the # area shown below:

Remember, left click once inside the little text box behind the # symbol, then click the “Hyperlink” button.

Now, with that all done, simply hit the “OK” button.

Presto!

You now have an official linked Table of Contents.

What About Sub Chapters? Can They Also Be Linked?

Certainly.

Just do the same things outlined above, but instead of having the 1 selected as shown below:

Left click and select the number 2 directly below it.

Then follow the aforementioned steps.

You may have to redo the steps for your main chapter links, but that’s simple enough, right?

How Do I Update The Table of Contents When I Add New or Additional Content To My Ebooks?

That’s simple enough.

Anytime you add a new chapter, be sure that you use the Heading 1 ( or Heading 2 style for sub chapters ) style for your chapter titles, simply navigate back to your Table of Contents, right click anywhere inside of it, and select the “Update Index/Table” link.

Then your Table of Contents will upgrade automatically with your newly added contents. One click simple. Just like I said.

So, now that you know the more “professional” way to add a linked Table of Contents to your OpenOffice Writer ebooks, what are you waiting for??

Go ahead and try this method out yourself!

While I try to maintain a focus on ebook designing, there are also other really important parts that need further discussion. Such as “how to create the guts of an ebook that will sell“. That’s what I’ll be discussing today, and where you can find the best resource that will explain it all from start to finish to get you writing a hot selling ebook in no time flat.

Niche hunting is serious business.

And it takes a lot out of the hunter.

I should know.

I’ve been doing it for years.

Some products are huge successes.

And others are huge stinkers that barely make anything.

I’ve done a whole lot of “trial and error” over the years. But let me tell ya….If I would have had a 50+ page ebook guide back then, I’d have turned the tables on ALL my failures.

Yeah, plenty of people will tell you….”Well, we can only succeed through our failures”.

Sure. That might be true. But I’d much rather succeed 90 times out of 100 than to keep on tasting defeat!

So….the question remains….

How Do I Know Exactly What Subject Will Sell Before I Waste Gobs Of Time Creating An Info Product Around It???

Here’s your “it’s-so-simple-it-must-be-a-misprint” answer…..

James Penn’s Short Report Profits

I know, I know. I used the term “ebook” earlier.

But who says YOUR ebook has to be 95 pages long??!

You can make serious loot by writing up short, 3 to 15 page reports on one specific subject.

Here’s how that one works….

1. You Decide On Your “Niche” Subject Matter

2. You Do GOOD Research On The Subject And Collect Your Data

3. You Write Up Your Content In A Short, “Easy To Digest” Ebook Format “Special Report”

4. You Charge A Small Amount, Anwhere From $1 to $10 For Your “Special Report”

5. You Collect Your Cash

Simple as that!

The hardest part is KNOWING WHAT TO WRITE ABOUT. Once you figure that out you’ll have a simple “Wash, Rinse, Repeat” cycle that will bring you in cash whenever you need it.

James’ ebook goes in to great detail of how to do everything from picking a hot niche topic all the way down to how to market it to get the most return income.

It’s a fantastic read and I recommend everyone who’s struggling to check it out.

This is an invaluable resource for everyone who wants to become an author but was afraid they didn’t know how.

“Where You Been??!”

Yeah, I know. I’ve been gone for quite a while. But I’m back now and ready to get to work adding new freebies for you. Along with tons of other great content.

It’s all coming. I just need a little extra time to get myself back together after my brief stint offline. The cause? A crappy overpriced internet connection through my local cable company.

The solution? Switching to my local phone company and using a slightly slower — but not by much — DSL connection at a much lower price. So now I’m good to go again. And of course, there’s a whole lot of catching up to do…Along with other new endeavors I’m planning. What are those? New sites in all new niches that I am 1. knowledgable about and 2. passionate about. Plus, they do pretty well in the ‘earning money’ department too. And that’s always a plus ;-)

So, just wanted to throw up a quick ‘heads up’ to my regular visitors/readers to let you all know I’m still here and still working.

Thanks for sticking around. There’ll be lots of good stuff to come, so keep checking back for more updates!

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Tracy Y.