What’s Going on in 2016?

 

2016 brought with it successes and bad news from the Association of American Publisher regarding pubishing. Sales in the first half of 1016 were 5.37 billion dollars.

  • Adult books down by 2.8 %.
  • Children and YA books up by 0.9 %.
  • Religions books up by 10.4 %.
  • Ebooks were down by 20 %.
  • Paperback books grew by 8.8%
  • Audio downloads grew by 32.3 %.

Surprises to me were religious books gains over first six month of 2015. Need to investigate what genres are growing in religion book markets. Looks like I will definitely using CreateSpace to produce paperback book copies of my ebook. Ebook decline continues so authors should focus on finding niches that sells.

What’s up with audio downloads? That’s a big jump! See more date at http://publishers.org/

Once Again CreateSpace Delivers

My second CreateSpace paperback book was published this week. I tracked the steps used to format a Word manuscript into a CreateSpace paperback. The third attempt went smoothly and is detailed in my upcoming paperback book titled, ”CreateSpace Quick & Easy Self-Publishing Guide.”

Launch date will be Friday, October 28. Amazon Kindle and Epub versions via Draft2Digital will be released together. CreateSpace version will be available the following week.

The glow of publishing another work of mine is fading; but the itch is growing for another non-fiction book. The hardest task facing me upon writing the last three manuscripts was delivering enough details to make these books worthwhile.

Need time to do some Fiverr gigs formatting Word manuscripts to ebooks. Check back later.

RASPBERRY PI CONTROLLED TELESCOPE IMAGES

Pi Computer Board
Raspberry Pi CPU

My son in Charlotte, NC loves astronomy. He takes pictures of the planets and star clusters at night. Now, courtesy of a Raspberry Pi-2 computer, his telescope is positioned to photograph the objects he wants from the comfort of his easy chair automatically. He doesn’t go outside anymore to position it or snap a picture. He consults his star map for time and where in the sky the celestial object will be. Then he instructs Pi-2 computer to do it for him.

He has introduced me to Kodi (a mass media center for movies, music, and pictures) software for a Raspberry Pi-2 computer. As a movie buff I’m enjoying Kodi.

Now I am hooked and working on my own Raspberry Pi-2 project to have motion activated video cameras watch my home and send snapshots or what triggered the motion detector to an email address. Pi-2 will also let me view in real time what it sees in my home. Two cameras watch over the interior of my home and the entrances. This is in addition to the ADT alarm system present.

The Raspberry Pi Zero is half the size of a Model A+, with twice the utility. A tiny Raspberry Pi that’s affordable enough for any project!

  • 1Ghz, Single-core CPU
  • 512MB RAM
  • Mini HDMI and USB On-The-Go ports
  • Micro USB power
  • HAT-compatible 40-pin header
  • Composite video and reset headers

Did I mention Wi-Fi and blue tooth capability built in. A HDMI port, 4 USB ports, and an Ethernet port? Equipment and computer cost way less than $ 80 dollars.

 

 

TRIALS OF A CREATESPACE FIRST TIME USER

Yep, I tried successfully to use Createspace to publish a hardbound version of my new eBook “How to Guide: Easier, Faster EBook Publishing for Beginners.” The questions were easy to read but what they meant wasn’t.

Ignorance of publishing terms contributed to my confusion. So I did the research to clear the term I didn’t know. Then I figured out how to do running headers and footer with Microsoft Word. Now I was rolling right along with interior book design and cover art.

I did the interior book design formatting with Word. Fiverr.com was used to produce my PDF cover for my book.  It was only $ 15 and 24 hours of wait time.

My book is scheduled for a final review yesterday. Next step will be a printed copy for my review and approval. If I say yes, it goes up in the Createspace and Amazon eBook catalog within 14 hours of my approval.

My grown children don’t consider eBooks to be real books. Hard bound books rule followed by paperback books. True, holding your own book is a thrill and an additional reason to do book signings.

Publishing Company
My Publishing Firm

RELIGIOUS SAYINGS

Young Wisdom
Young Wisdom

All of us have points in our lives when words do make sense in our soul as well as our mind. Here are some of the words we might encounter.  Here are some sayings I’ve encountered.

As much as you you want to plan your life, it has a way of surprising you with unexpected things that will make you happier than you originally planned. That’s what you call God’s will.

Knowing the Bible is one thing. Knowing the author is another.

When life gets too hard to stand kneel in prayer.

Prayer is the key to the door to heaven. Faith is the power to put it in the lock and turn it.

Faith is like Wi-Fi, it is invisible but has the power to connect you to what you need.

We need to teach our daughters the difference between:

A man who flatters her and a man who compliments her.

A man who spends money on her and a man who invests in her.

A man who views her as property and a man who views her properly.

A man who lusts after her and a man who loves her.

A man who believes he is God’s gift to women and a man who remembers a woman was God’s gift to man.

And then teach our sons to be that kind of man.

Faith is when God pushes you to the very edge but you believe one of two things will happen. Either He’ll catch you or teach you to fly!

Sometimes God allows us to cry because tears clear our eyes so we can see clearly the good things ahead.

God doesn’t want us full of ourselves, just full of HIM.

MY LATEST EBOOK

New Book
Latest Book Published

Today I sent my newest non-fiction eBook out into the cruel world to earn  a living for me! The books topic is self-publishing. It will be nice for me if it makes passive income for me. There is nothing better than receiving OPM. Other People’s Money spends well when I receive it.

I gently lead the reader from their created manuscript to self-publishing a properly formatted eBook for Amazon Kindle or other ePub readers. You won’t learn how to write a book. You will instead learn how to produce one starting with a word processor. Convert the manuscript into an HTML file and style with a CSS stylesheet.

Your will be shown the methodology and tools to do so when you buy it at Amazon eBooks https://www.amazon.com/How-Guide-Easier-Publishing-Beginners-ebook/dp/B01GIT4UM0  or through one of Draft2Digital’s ePub distributors. The software product Sigil is the real key to producing ePub eBooks.

Not using Smashwords as an eBook distributor this time.

TIME IS NOT DISPOSABLE

Time
Time Gone By

In our daily life of hustle and bustle our attention is fragmented and time passes us by. At first, just a minute elapses before we note the loss. Given time days become lost and we live for the holidays or vacation, and of course special events.

Time keeps moving on and we keep forgetting how precious it is. We must strive to live in the now. It’s the only time we possess. Our control is fixed to the here and now—not the future. The past is gone never to be relived except in our minds. Even the future is kept from us. We must wait for it. Sometimes we die before the future reaches us. Don’t put things off for the future if you can do them today, right now.

Only in the present may we live and impact the lives of others. What can you do today? What will you enjoy today? Who will you enjoy the day, hour, or minute with? Will you be like the image of cast away watches?

I hope not!

ONLY IN THE WORLD OF POLITICS

I’m tired and sick of the political talking heads on mass media who believe that we care about what they say. Are you fed up with the assault on your intelligence by television’s news reporters? If so take the pledge.

I refuse to dumb myself down by over dosing on network news.

One hour of CNN is enough. Consider it my blood pressure exercise to keep the arteries and veins functioning.

This election cycle honors the tradition of forgetting a politician’s failings but rewarding a politician’s virtues with punishment.

What’s the difference between a white lie, a black lie, and a politician’s lie?

  • A white lie serves to protect you.
  • A black lie’s intent is to hurt you.
  • A politician’s lie is about your vote, money, and approval. It’s not about whether you’re supposed to believe it.