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Top Ten Best Selling Tips Of All Time

Top Ten Best Selling Tips

 Principal category Business
 Word count (approximate pages) 5,200 (42)
 In Kindle or Epub formats $7.99

Maximize your Return On Effort!

Do you want to sell more? Then buy this book! These 10 Best Selling Tips of All Time, plus 15 bonus tips will improve your selling skills. Complete the exercises in the book and start selling and persuading more effectively. These practical tips are the best of the best selected from hundreds of publications and thousands of conversations with successful sales people and customers.

These tips work and they are taught in the Harvard Extension graduate program. Philip Kotler, marketing guru, calls this book “A treasure chest of marketing and sales checklists and ideas.”

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Turning one lost customer around could pay for this book hundreds of times over.

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Wild Goose

Wild Goose

Principal category YA Drama
Word count (approximate pages) 50,800 (131)
In Kindle, Epub or PDF formats $2.50

What will become of Jemima?

Wild Goose is the story of Jemima, a young girl growing up at the home of her grandparents in rural East Anglia. Beneath the surface of the seemingly tranquil and beautiful world of her childhood lurk bitter recriminations regarding her mother’s tragic death, while tragedy visits her own young life when her taciturn but much loved grandfather suddenly dies.

Jemima’s widowed father is an Oxford don who tutors English Literature and envisages his daughter following in his footsteps. She is politely uninterested and yet so eager to please this powerful figure that for a while she is prepared to abandon her true passion: that of the natural world.

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Jemima’s internal conflict erupts during her school exams and her distress at flunking them leads her to attempt suicide by drowning in the sea. The young Warden of a nearby Bird Observatory comes to her rescue. Rescuing her is to become rather a habit of his …

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Becoming a commercial writer is one way that authors can ‘keep the home fires burning’ while waiting for that novel deal to come rolling in. Whether it be by writing articles, ghost-writing a book for someone else or through producing complex corporate training manuals, there’s always something there to be done.

Unfortunately every man and his dog has got wise to this and the market’s saturated with would-be commercial writers who both give the business a bad name (in many cases) and who have also driven the rates down – sometimes below subsistence level.

This free guide sets out how to present yourself in the best possible light, how to structure your bid, how to decide where to focus your efforts (which clients are timewasters or worse from those which are bona fide) and how to put together your price. In plain English, it’s all you need to know to get your career as a commercial writer started … and it’s FREE!

Written by an experienced commercial writer with an irrefutable pedigree for taking on the more challenging of projects and completing them both on time and to the approval of his clients, this guide really is all you need.

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Nosce te ipsum


What does it mean?

Know Thyself

The Suda, a 10th Century encyclopaedia, says that “the proverb is applied to those whose boasts exceed what they are”. The aphorism, sometimes written as temet nosce, is also used as a counsel against heeding the opinions of the masses.


Nosce te ipsum or temet nosce are Latin terms which literally translate in English as ‘know you self’ and ‘yourself know’ respectively. The Suda places the maxim in the 10th Century and it recognises Thales of Miletus and Chilon of Sparta as its first sources. However, some scholars argue that it was probably an already popular proverb that was then attributed to various members of the Seven Sages of Greece, such as the two gentlemen above.

Improper use

If translated on some search engines and online translators, the word ipsum is deciphered as meaning ‘football’. To anyone with a half a brain, this is evidently incorrect. I can’t imagine any self-respecting sage wanting to put their name down in history to the phrase: “Know your football”.

Proper Use

Even in Ancient Egypt, it has been used in the Inner Temple of the Temple of Luxor where, among other proverbs, it is inscribed:
Man, know thyself … and thou shalt know the gods.

Autograph – Joe Holt

Cover - revised - reducedDownload an autographed photo of Joe Holt, author of Aloha Joe in Hawaii, a book which Any Subject Books was proud to edit and produce. Joe’s got a fantastic take on life and you’ll find much to inspire you between the pages of this book which is available in Kindle, Epub and Paperback formats.

This book is the sunny and inspiring tale of someone who refuses to be defeated by the adversities in his life. Scarred by a childhood of abuse, by injury and trauma as a Sergeant in the U.S. Marines and by a totally fortuitous hit-and-run accident, he finally takes his life into his own hands and moves to the ‘Big Island’ of Hawaii which has a reputation for offering a healing lifestyle.

Immersed in a jungle environment where geckos are his companions and he can forage for fruit every day to make his breakfast smoothies, he gradually slows to the pace of island life. He abandons TV, and instead listens to the sound of the rain on the roof. He learns how to greet and be greeted according to the beautiful customs of the island’s inhabitants, enjoys local food and allows serendipity to guide him.

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Aloha Joe in Hawaii by Joe Holt

Cover - revised - reducedThis heart-warming and inspiring memoir tells of Joe Holt’s journey to find self-acceptance and peace in the beautiful state of Hawaii.

After suffering a tumultuous childhood, a disheartening period in the military and a hit-and-run accident which nearly killed him, Joe moved to Hawaii for a new start. Having made the decision to leave his troubled past behind, he immersed himself in Hawaiian culture, adopting the ways of aloha and living by natural means. This book paints a colourful picture of life in Hawaii, as well as encouraging readers to pursue love and forgiveness.

Joe writes with wisdom and compassion, even when discussing the darker parts of his life; but he doesn’t want sympathy. He wants to share the discoveries about life and peace he has made, and help his readers begin the journey to their own happiness.

This book is a very personal and sincere account, but not just one of Joe’s experiences in a new home. His message throughout is clear: once you find yourself living somewhere that you love, everything else will fall into place.

Aloha Joe in Hawaii by Joe Holt is available here.

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Choose a title

719005Some writers will tell you that the title is the most important thing about a novel/poem/short story. After all, it’s the title that will give potential readers the very first impression of your work. It’s certainly necessary to give a lot of thought to what it will be, but coming up with a title is not always as easy as it sounds.

(Note: I use the word ‘novel’ for the sake of keeping this article simple, but these five tips can be applied to just about any type of writing.)

  1. Write your novel first. Sometimes you might be lucky, and find your title comes to you very early on. But if not, don’t spend valuable writing time puzzling over what to call your work. Get it written first; you’ll have plenty of time to worry about what to name it later.
  2. Keep an open mind. Listen to suggestions from other people. Don’t settle for a title you’re not crazy about just because it seems like the best thing to call your work. When you’ve found the right title, you’ll know.
  3. Sit down with a large piece of paper, a fat pen and write down everything about your book. Write down keywords and phrases. Write down, in short, everything that has happened in your novel. Make notes of the themes, of the little nuances, scribble notes about your characters. This way, everything your novel is about will be laid out in front of you. Somewhere amidst your scribblings, you may just finds your perfect title.
  4. Keep it simple. Don’t be pompous or pretentious. Make sure your title is short and catchy, and accurately sums up the nature of what you’ve written without being an essay to read or a mouthful to say.
  5. Keep in mind, keywords. Make sure your title resonates with the genre in which you have written. Horror fans are not going to pay much attention to your terrifying story if it has a name which sounds like it could be a romance novel. And vice versa.

It’s also important to remember that your book publisher will have a lot to say about the title and what keywords it contains. Remember, also, that a title is a work in progress. If your book isn’t selling, consider changing the title, the cover image etc etc.

July 19th – Poem

It feels like a Saturday.854075
There’s orange pulp in my water.
I’m depressed about my weight.
She says ‘sing cos it’s obvious,’
but how or why it’s so obvious
I can’t fathom.
I’m really far from home.
I never learned piano.
A walk around the block
sounds like too much
in this heat.
I spilled a drink on my phone.
I can no longer type the letter ‘k.’
I’m sick of Special K.
I’m glad I never got roped into trying
the other Special K when I was younger.
Outside it smells like bins.
Nonsense poetry is not what it was.
Whoever came up with the term
should’ve thought about how
it could be abused.

Variety is the spice of life


A splash of colour does not constitute originality

Perhaps it’s my age but I find it really depressing, the number of books which are all clones of one another – you know, the ‘two-score-and-ten mucky-white half-tones’ spin-offs. Got it now?

It’s not just erotica (although, goodness knows that’s rife with the ‘must be like …’ disease), it’s the outbreak of paranormal stories all of which mimic each other within their genre, that’s truly depressing.

I was absolutely flabbergasted to read the other day about there being ‘rules’ for how zombies, werewolves and vampires should behave. Am I missing something? There are no such creatures and, even if there were, the way in which they behave would be governed by both the laws of nature and their own psychological make-up, not by a series of rules dreamt up by authors with overactive imaginations.

I thought that such rigidity to man-made pseudo-science was reserved for Klingon conventions but I’m clearly wrong.

Someone reading this might well accuse me of sour grapes – if only we’d got the publishing rights for any of the popular books or films in these sub-genres, it’d be a different story, you say – but I’m also objecting to the need for authors to be carbon copies of each other or otherwise face certain shunning. Originality was once the Holy Grail of us publishers but it’s been replaced with a detailed check to see that the latest manuscript submission hasn’t broken any of the seemingly ‘written in stone’ rules about non-existent paranormal creatures.

Writing is an expression of individuality and creativeness so let’s see some of that with some real originality and inventiveness.