From Welfare to Bestseller Book Review

From Welfare to BestsellerThis is a beautiful story. It is of a family that has transformed from “working poor” through tragedy and poverty to success, with resourcefulness and entrepreneurship.

The main character is the author herself, but her husband is always in the background. They made this transformation as a family unit and that’s only one of the wonderful traits of this book, and of their story.

No Excuses
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Book Review: You Are a Writer

You Are a Writer review
I don’t have the words to properly describe awesomeness of this book. I don’t read much about writing. As a proper published author I think I’m perfect and nobody will tell me how should I write. Or do my business. It’s not their business to poke their noses into my business.

I’m so glad I decided to read You Are a Writer I was drawn straight into it from the Why Listen To Me? section at the beginning of the book. Once Jeff stopped covering theoretic pitiful creatures (wannabe writers) and started talking about himself, the book suddenly become deadly serious and deep.

Writers don’t write for the money.

I’m past my own struggles with my writer’s identity. I have nine books published and six more in various stages of completion. I’ve been writing every day since 23rd of September 2013. I think I’ll pass the 1 million words mark this year. But when Jeff took me to the beginnings of his career it was so raw and real I felt it in my bones. I thought: “Wow, I was in the same spot.” I was back in my own skin at the end of 2012 when I put my words ‘out there’ for the first time. I was back there when my short story was criticized on the big Science Fiction forum; I was once again rejected by a huge site in the last possible moment, literally a few days before publishing the article I had worked on for months.

I put the time in and showed up—and I saw results.

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Book Review: How to Work a Room

How to Work A Room reviewThis is a great textbook on working a room. On this particular subject it may be even THE ultimate textbook. Susan RoAne covered everything from exhibits via high school reunions to funeral services. Wow, what a tremendous experience! Susan was on schedule for more meetings than I changed diapers (and changed a lot of them).

But this is not some boring textbook which can substitute for a soothing lullaby. Not at all. This book is packed with both fun and interesting stories. Most of them came directly from Susan’s rich array of experiences. That makes the book far from the dreadful image of a textbook.

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61 Ways to Sell More Nonfiction Kindle Books

61 Ways to Sell More Nonfiction Kindle BooksTo me, this book is worth a thousand times more than its price

It’s not some figurative price. For every dollar I spent on “61 Ways to Sell More Nonfiction Kindle Books,” I earned at least $1,000 back.

I bought this book on the 4th of May 2013. On 4th, I had been polishing the final version and had wondered how the heck I should proceed from that point on. 22 more days passed before I published my first book on Kindle.

This purchase was the best thing that happened to me in 2013.

A few details about me, so you get the full picture:

  1. English is not my first language.
  2. I had no prior experience in writing and publishing (other than my masters thesis).
  3. I had no online presence and following whatsoever.
  4. I had no authority at all.

Then I got my hands on “61 Ways to Sell More Nonfiction Kindle Books” and the universe became crazy.

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Book Review: Exercise Every Day

The Essence of Common Sense

Exercise Every Day

This book is so down to earth, that you can smell the mud.

In a couple of places, it was its weakness. You shouldn’t use common sense against lazy bums who “are not motivated” or against “mental” cases (Mental Stumbling Blocks). Whoever expected a pep talk at these moments would have been disappointed. Scott’s answer is almost the same every time:

“Get real and grow up! Nobody will do the job for you. It’s your body and your exercises. On the ground and gimm’e 50!”

Well, maybe not exactly these words, but I’m apt at reading between the lines 😉
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Book review: Will the Real You Please Stand Up?

Will the Real You Please Stand Up?
Wow, this book spoke to me on so many levels that I could have written it myself. But who am I kidding? I don’t have such extensive experience and knowledge like Kim possesses.
The message of “Will The Real You Please Stand Up?” was definitely something close to my heart. I feel that authenticity means everything in the online world.
You could have dismissed her message saying that it’s naive, utopian, and that the guys with big bucks always win in the end.
However, I can’t say this. I started my first-ever online business in May 2013. I had zero knowledge, zero authority, zero skills, and no connections. But I was authentic. And I still am. My business continues to grows. I earned about $4.5k in 2014. Until the 28th of April 2015, I earned $5.9k. It works.
If a guy who hadn’t seen a webinar till November 2012 could do that, anybody can. It’s just enough to be yourself.
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Book Review: How to Find Peace

How to find peace
I’ll tell you how good this book is. It’s so good that when I came back to it to write down some quotes (and they hit me again like a ton of bricks) I finally decided:

“That’s it! I’m buying Kindle as soon as the next royalties come. I can’t afford reading such books without highlighting!”

I usually read on my old eReader device and use those reading sessions as speed reading practices. This is a short book; I’ve read it within less than an hour. But it’s precious. Don’t read it in a rush. This book should be contemplated sentence by sentence.

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Book review: Writer's Doubt

Writer's Doubt
Wow, what a great book it is!

It encapsulates everything a good indie book should have, even to the very last letter: personal experience, authentic voice, an author’s transparency, integrity and genuineness; sound advice and some questionable issues. You don’t feel like it’s a book written by you where you agree with everything. A profound position.

A hero

I can’t imagine a better candidate for discussing writer’s doubt. I could relate well to Bryan because I have experienced similar struggles… however not on the scale he did. When I decided to write, I had no writing experience (Bryan at least attended some writing classes), no authority, and I started publishing outside of my native language. But once I set myself on a writer’s path, doubt did not have a chance with me.

Bryan had it much worse than that… and he overcame everything: naysayers, critics, and the internal, ultimate doubt itself! Wow, he is a hero!
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