The first book I wrote, The Power Of NO! was born of recycled content. To your right, you can check out the cool graphics I created using Canva to make the book covers.
How to say no is a topic I first blogged about long ago. I felt passionate about the topic at the time and do even more today. When you feel passionate about something you put your heart and soul into it and people respond. I coach people on this issue as well.
The inability to say no is a big problem for many people. Far too many of us become burnt out and tired of doing tasks we dread as soon as the habitual yes falls from our mouth.
Yes is a knee-jerk reaction cornering many in situations they have zero interest in doing. Aside from their lack of interest, they should not take on tasks or busywork that does not serve their true abilities and interest or those who can benefit from their best. Yea, I know that's a mouthful but important.
All this busy work gobbles up their time, frustrates them to no end, and causes both mental and physical stress, none of which is good. Not only that, it causes resentment and prevents those who can't say no from living their best lives.
HOW I TURN OLD CONTENT INTO CASH
I use old articles I've written as motivation. I copy the articles into a word document and break the content into sections that can stand on their own making for a solid chapter of a book.
I expand on the ideas, edit the articles beyond recognition, and make the content better. I use what I wrote years ago to inspire new content that soon became over 20,000 words in the first book and over 45,000 in the second.
Take your time writing the book and then dive into learning how to use KDP or the other way around whichever works best for you. I advise you to avoid attempting both at once, this can cause frustration and you don't want that. PLUS, if you complete the book, and are happy with it you will be more motivated to get it through the KDP process. Like learning anything it gets easier.
Note: I ALSO CREATE SKETCHBOOKS AND RECIPES BOOKS seen to your right.
Thank You for visiting and leave you questions or comments below :)
Holistic_Health Creating videos can be helpful in many was. I dabble in it but keep learning and doing more.
Thanks Mike, As always your input is appreciated.
I'm enjoying the discussion between you and @teddletonmr. Makes me want to look into video editing apps.
Katie, I completely understand not using apple devices. There are a couple of really good video editing apps available for windows and android devices of which I am sure you are aware.
Thanks for everything you do, make it a great day and a prosperous new year.
teddletonmr, I'm not an apple or Mac user. I really should get a VA for video mastering. Maybe I will and yet I'd rather do it myself. We shall see. My winter hobby is making low content books under a pen name. I make blank cook books, sketch books and varying activity and puzzle books. I feel the need to mix it up a bit after writing high volume books and courses. I plan to add restructuring, or more to the point, revamping my YouTube channel this winter after the holidays I look forward to more videos from you. Vision changes are something most all of us struggle with as we age etc. You videos can help many.
Hi Katie, my youtube intro? Recorded on my iMac webcam, editing using the Final cut pro app on the mac. I have updated my gear a bit since recording that particular video. I am considering a redo.
Start to finish, recording, and publishing the intro took 1-day. Overcoming low vision challenges and all that takes me a bit more time.
The final cut pro app on the mac makes it easy to edit B-roll and audio.
teddetonmr, Great to hear from you, Mike. As always I appreciate your input. I've watched many of your videos. How did you create your video introductions? I'd like to improve my video library on YouTube which is seriously lacking. It's a matter of time. I need to put the time into it to do better. All your helpful tips and comments are always welcomed.
Hi Katie, I enjoyed reading this information packed article. I devil in video creation my self. Where I use Apple devices for video recording and editing, I do use free Version of Canva.
My graphic design skills do not require the added features of the expensive paid pro Version.
As for audio recording I use several external mics. The USD Blue Yeti with including table top mic stand is as you say, heavy, Additionally, the table stand picks up keyboard clicks along with the noise generated by fingers tapping. When the mic stand is sitting on the dining table I use as my work station. For that and other reason I use a professional floor style mic stand that allows me position the blue yeti and other mics just out of frame.
I also use my reflections of previously published articles for inspiration. When drilling down on relevant content as reflected by the analytics.
Make it a great, break a pencil.
DerdriuMarriner, I find it best to approach content with an all inclusive learning style as much as possible and what time allows. The book covers are a done deal now. I personally have to sensor myself when it comes to artistic exspression. I could go on and on changing and or adding to my work. There comes a time when i must decide a protect is complete for the sake of production. I rescue pit bulls. My cat, jellybean, is friends with the dogs and happy to be the queen. Good to hear from you and I appreciate your input.
katiem2, Thank you for plenteous product lines, practical information and pretty pictures.
Does it reinforce the learning curve to work from both the videos and the written guides? I like them both but always like to support books and writing (perhaps from having read Fahrenheit 451 and We).
It's really telling, the difference between the dynamic and the laptop mics.
Especially, I like all your sample covers and quotes although I guess if push comes to shove I'd put the cover to Creating the life you crave just a nano-bit ahead of the take your life back cover (or would I?).
In particular, I also like all the precautions that you include, such as about the mic, since sometimes I leave out for convenience what really needs not to be in plain sight.
In another but perhaps related, perhaps not, direction, what breeds are your cat and dogs? Does your sentient feline get lonely without other feline sentients, or is it like being an only child, with lots of attention from parents and relatives?