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EZ Ebook Template Package #1 Update Is COMPLETE!

ezebt_box_new_271Yay! Finally after a week or so it is D-O-N-E.

Yowsa, that took a lot longer than I thought it would. But is well worth it.

I was able to add a 23+ minute ‘how to’ video in both .AVI and .SWF (flash) formats

A 100+ page PDF instructional guide that teaches anyone how to do everything with the ebook templates in the package, or any other one for that matter

Updated all 6 of the original ebook templates using OpenOffice Writer 3.0.1

Added 2 extra ebook pages that contain standard/sample resell rights license text and legal disclaimer text

Added a REAL Table of Contents using the ‘Indexes/Tables’ function to each ebook template

And even updated all the reselling graphics too!

As you can see by the graphic displayed to the left of this text.

Best part of all, I’m letting 100 copies of this new updated version go for a one time payment of $10.00 to all current EZ Ebook Template #1 Package holders.

But, to get that deal, ya gotta be on my mailing list. Sorry Charlie(s). Just the way it is. See, being a member of even something free has its privileges ;-)

If you’re a current #1 package holder, and you’re not on my mailing list, sign up over on the right hand side, then contact me with your email address you signed up with and I’ll send you the details. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait another week or two before I release it to the general public at regular price ($27).

Tracy

This Is Important: Please Read

chdbuttonMy very good friend Dr. Mani is having his annual “Day For Hearts” Donation event. What he does is to collect donations from across the web to help children in desperate need of help suffering from CHD or Congenital Heart Defects. Dr. Mani truly is a doctor. A heart surgeon to be exact. And he specializes in children. Where he comes from, there are so many poor children that cannot afford the treatments they so desperately need to live happy, healthy lives.

That’s where we come in as an online community and help. Dr. Mani doesn’t ask for much. Even a $5.00 donation helps these children. I implore you, if you can donate something, even just $5.00, please do. These children need our help.

This year, to raise even more money, Dr. Mani is hosting the first ever “Save A Child’s Heart” Firesale where you can donate 2 different donation levels at either $24.95 or $44.95 and he’ll give you a wondeful package of Internet Marketing products as part of your donation.

Whether you donate $5.00 or $500.00, anything you can give would be most appreciated. I know that this particular event is completely on the up and up and Dr. Mani is a terrific man. So find it in your heart and give a child a chance at a better life.

Do it today.

Dr. Mani’s annual “Day For Hearts” will begin on February 14th, but he is collecting donations right now and throughout the year for these lovely children. So show him and a needy child some love this Valentine’s day.

Oh, and P.S. – I’m not getting one thing out of this. I’m doing it as a way to show Dr. Mani that I care about his cause and I will also be donating myself. If you want to spread the word about Dr. Mani’s events, then please visit his main website page here to find out how you can help.

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.

Are Ebook Templates Beneficial?

You know, that’s a great question. And one that has been grabbing more and more attention as of late. At least, in the online corners I frequent. So, the following is going to serve as a guide for you to decide for yourself whether or not you should use ebook templates. I hope you enjoy this little article.

To Template Or Not To Template….That IS The Question

And it seems to be on the forefront of designer vs. writer arguments.

Both sides have valid points.

Designers will say, “Sure, making use of good graphical elements within your ebook product(s) will help your overall presentation. If used too much, yes, such elements can make you seem more amateur than you might be respectfully. But overall, first impressions mean a lot and graphical composites can make or break your public perception.”

And that’s true.

There is a saying that goes ( and I’m sure you’ve heard or read it about a thousand times before ) …

“A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words”

A picture can be worth a hell of a lot. Especially when you run an online business.

Think about this….

We are peddling digital wares. Things that cannot be picked up and handled like at your local Best Buy. So of course using an attractive ebook cover aids in your ability to sell a “non-physical” information product.

Using an ebook cover to promote your information based product gives your potential customer something they can actually see. It gives the impression that your product is book-like, only difference being it is in digital, downloadable format. Same concept as a traditional physical book, it’s just packaged in a different platform.

If using images like ebook covers, or ecovers, didn’t work, then people selling information based products wouldn’t be using them. Nor would they be paying $200 a pop for one cover to be created. ( Yes, that’s an actual figure and some designers charge even more, believe it or not. )

And, think about this while we’re on the subject of physical books…..

The last time you purchased a “how to” instruction manual or guide off line in the “real” world, were their any pictures inside it?

How about a children’s story book? Pictures or illustrations inside that one?

Uh, yeah. Dollars to doughnuts says there were. ( I know. I’ve bought books off line ;-) )

Now, what’s the difference in using illustrations, graphical elements, or pictures that enhance the inside of your ebook?

NOTHING!

Absolutely 100% no difference.

In fact, having an electronic manual devoid of any type of illustrations, graphs, charts, or pictures can be pretty boring to sit through. Have you ever tried reading a 100+ page ebook with nothing but text?

It’s difficult to say the very least to finish an ebook like that. If you can finish it at all.

Sure, the info might be top shelf, but who gives a rat’s ass if you can’t even stay awake long enough to read it. And, you’re doing it in front of a computer screen at that!

Using images and graphics within your ebook, whether it be an overall design layout, or extra pictures, help mix things up and keep your readers interested and not bored out of their minds.

Okay, that’s great and all, but you are probably wondering what the actual writers have to say?

Writers will say, “The purpose of compiling a product such as an ebook, or ‘electronic’ book, is to present the written word providing an abundance of information on a particular subject. And that is what should be included within such a product…The written word only. Adding extravagances such as graphics, illustrations, or overloaded colored headers and footers only detracts from the main focal point of these types of digital products, and does not enhance it. If an information product is good enough, it doesn’t need any silly graphical extras to give it merit. It will do so on its own. Furthermore, adding such fancies will only bring the author across to the reader as frivolous and an amateur in their field.”

Wow. What a mouthful. But, of course, we’re talking about professional writers, and so they always have a lot more to say ;-) .

However, the writers do have a point.

The information provided inside of any ebook should be good enough to stand on its own without the need for any additional graphics or ebook template designs. That’s very true.

But, they are missing the point, and they’ve got it backwards. The point of using graphics, images, illustrations, and ebook template layout designs is not to distract from the main focal point of the product, which is the information content. The point of adding such elements is to enhance the overall quality of the information and the way it is presented.

Presentation counts for a lot in the online biz industry.

Sure, at times there can be some amateurish looking websites or ebooks that come onto the market. But there have been actual case studies reflecting that amateurish looking websites pull in more money than professional looking ones. And the same can be said for ebooks. Go figure?

But, who’s to say that adding colorful headers and footers to your ebook will devalue your product? Are there any studies that show this information? None that I have seen as of yet.

Adding colors to your information product doesn’t make the information inside of it change magically. That remains the same.

You must understand that people are visual creatures by nature and enjoy looking at pictures, designs, illustrations, etc. It’s simple human nature.

Plus, adding such elements makes the product less boring and more interesting. Sure, your readers may take an extra few minutes to take in the images, but afterwards, they will get to the “meat” of your product….the information, and read it.

Really, it’s all a matter of opinion. And YOURS is the only one that counts when it comes to your product.

But, what about the argument that using such colorful ebook layout designs eats up printer ink and will put off your prospective customers?

Hmm. Another very valid point.

But, here’s a “quick fix” solution for you….

Offer 2 Different Versions Of Your Ebook!

One with all the color and one plain.

Set up 2 different download links on your “thank you” page and let your readers decide which version they want. Then, monitor those download links and see which one gets more hits. That will give you a good idea of what your readers want.

And remember, when you’re putting together a “how to” manual ebook, it’s always a great idea to add screen shot images of the steps involved in your processes. That actually helps your readers in that they can follow along as they read and perform the tasks.

Now, for the “adding graphics or using colorful ebook layout templates comes across as amateurish” debate, well, that’s just hogwash. If adding graphics or creating colorful layout designs were really seen as amateurish, then there would be no pictures inside children’s books. Nor would their be any need or market for magazines. In fact, there are even online magazine publications that are all downloadable and look just like the real deal you can find on your local grocery store shelves.

Again, the only one that can decide whether or not to utilize such elements within your product is YOU. But, to prove the point that calling graphically laden ebooks amateurish is ridiculous, why do so many 6 and 7 figure earning Internent Marketers use them? And how can they be considered the top in their industry by using such amateur methods within their products?

Well, if the above were true, they couldn’t and wouldn’t be. Therefore, it isn’t true. Adding graphics or using a colorful header and footer to your ebook doesn’t make it amateurish at all, if you do it right.

Remember who is saying this. The writers. They get paid to write. Not to design.

Personally, I believe there’s room for both to coexist in the information product industry without doing harm either way, to the writers or the designers.

The main point however isn’t what I believe, it’s what YOU believe is best for YOUR product.

If you want to add a colorful header and footer to every page of your ebook using a layout template, then do it.

If you believe that your product is better without anything “extra”, then produce it that way.

In the end, you’re the captain of your own ship and you control where you are going. I’m simply a navigator offering you a different route to get there.

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