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Writing for a Living - Writing Handbook
SKU: wfal/270/000
Binding: Paperback: 140 pages
If, as an author, you succeed in getting your work published or performed, what financial rewards can you expect? What about income tax and VAT? How can you tell if the contract is fair? These questions are answered in this book which also gives advice on copyright, submissions, contracts and the rights which they grant; self-publishing and PLR.
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Among the Gently Mad: Perspectives and Strategies for the Book-Hunter in the 21st Century
SKU: atgm/442/000
Binding: Hardcover: 272 pages
From the author of "A Gentle Madness" comes a 21st-century guide to book collecting that deals with the traditional methods of acquisition and the electronic tools now available on the Internet. Topics include how to determine if a book is a first edition, the importance of dust jackets, scouting flea markets, how to work book fairs, and the importance of handling the goods. Photo insert.

From the author of A Gentle Madness -- a book with more than seventy thousand copies in print that delighted bibliophiles everywhere -- comes a twenty-first-century guide to book collecting that deals with both the traditional methods of acquisition and the electronic tools now available on the Internet.

Sharing the superb insight he has gathered from booksellers over the years, Nicholas Basbanes offers a refresher course on the fundamentals that endure, while questioning certain practices of doubtful validity. Topics include how to determine if a book is a first edition, how to spot book club editions, the importance of dust jackets, scouting the flea markets, how to work the book fairs, and the importance of handling the goods, as well as discussing less tangible issues like spotting trends and having a focus. Then he takes a long look at the pros and cons of Internet buying, illuminating how you can use these electronic tools to your advantage and making this the book no modern collector will want to be without.

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The Timewaster Letters - Robin Cooper
SKU: SKUbbd2246e4ff12cfb301be0cfcfd29
For several years, Robin Cooper has been plaguing department stores, hotels,associations, fan clubs and a certain children's book publisher with his letters. From Prince Charles to the Peanut Council, Harrods to the British Halibut Association - no one is safe. So who is Robin Cooper? Architect, thimble designer, trampoline tester and wasp expert, Robin Cooper is all of these things - it just depends on the person he's writing to...
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Creating your book with Microsoft Word - a Tutorial
SKU: cybwmw/ebook/000

A tutorial designed for those using the most popular versions of Microsoft Word but excluding Word 2007. A free template is available with this tutorial. The tutorial emphasises the use of Styles, the use of Page and Section Breaks, correct Page Numbering, the creation of a list of Contents as well as an Index for a book. Whilst the tutorial shows how to create a 6” x 9” size book it can be applied to any size book with probably only an initial adjustment to the size of the margins necessary.

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Frameworks for ... Selected Business Management Reports - ebook
SKU: Feed/manrep/400
Binding: ebook - pdf

Businesses and projects rely on well-structured reports to ensure accurate communication about goals and objectives, requirements, designs, measuring and recording progress, etc. Unfortunately, many engineering reports and management reports are not as clear as it should be. In order to alleviate this problem - particularly for engineers and managers in the early stages of their careers – this ebook contains suggested frameworks for a selection of commonly used business management reports. (Two other ebooks by the same authors contain frameworks for project management reports and system engineering reports.)

This ebook is intended as a report writing reference guide, from which ideas can be sourced about the typical structure and contents of commonly used business management reports. The ebook does not provide blueprints for all reports that a manager might ever have to write, but it provides guidelines which should be tailored and adapted by common sense and experience, in order to suit specific circumstances.

The philosophy underlying this book is: contents follow structure - i.e. first carefully think about, and decide upon a report structure, and then systematically fill in the contents. When a report structure is defined first, the gathering of information becomes focused, and unnecessary material is either not collected at all, or it can be filtered out systematically.

Besides briefly addressing the main generic elements of a report and report quality assurance, frameworks for the following types of reports are provided in this ebook:

  • Mission Statement
  • Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) Analysis Report
  • Market Research Report
  • Business Plan
  • Business Re-Engineering Report
  • Negotiation Preparation Notes
  • Trade-Off Study Report
  • Cash Flow Budget
  • Accounting Ratios Analysis Report


Each of these reports is briefly discussed in terms of its typical purpose and scope, followed by a suggested framework for the report.

Dr. Johan Gouws holds the following qualifications: B.Eng. and M.Eng. (Electrical and Electronic), MBA, and Ph.D.
Some areas of expertise include: Feasibility and re-engineering studies, system engineering, project management, modeling, simulation, and has been an expert witness in legal matters involving technical and management issues.

Mrs. Leonie Gouws holds the following qualifications: B.Eng. (Mechanical) and M.Eng. (Engineering Management).
Some areas of expertise include: Maintenance management for operational systems, computerized management information systems (SAP PM), technical writing and project documentation, and logistics engineering for new and existing systems.

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Frameworks for ... Selected System Engineering Reports - ebook
SKU: feed/ser/70

Businesses and projects rely on well-structured reports to ensure accurate communication about goals and objectives, requirements, designs, measuring and recording progress, etc. Unfortunately, many engineering reports and management reports are not as clear as it should be. In order to alleviate this problem - particularly for engineers and managers in the early stages of their careers – this ebook contains suggested frameworks for a selection of commonly used system engineering reports. (Two other ebooks by the same authors contain frameworks for business management reports and project management reports.)

This ebook is intended as a report writing reference guide, from which ideas can be sourced about the typical structure and contents of commonly used system engineering reports. The ebook does not provide blueprints for all reports that a system engineer might ever have to write, but it provides guidelines which should be tailored and adapted by common sense and experience, in order to suit specific circumstances.

The philosophy underlying this book is: contents follow structure - i.e. first carefully think about, and decide upon a report structure, and then systematically fill in the contents. When a report structure is defined first, the gathering of information becomes focused, and unnecessary material is either not collected at all, or it can be filtered out systematically.

Besides briefly addressing the main generic elements of a report, report quality assurance and the system engineering process, frameworks for the following types of reports are provided in this ebook:

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Frameworks for ... Selected Engineering Project Management Reports
SKU: feed/pmr/70

Businesses and projects rely on well-structured reports to ensure accurate communication about goals and objectives, requirements, designs, measuring and recording progress, etc. Unfortunately, many engineering reports and management reports are not as clear as it should be. In order to alleviate this problem - particularly for engineers and managers in the early stages of their careers – this ebook contains suggested frameworks for a selection of commonly used engineering project management reports. (Two other ebooks by the same authors contain frameworks for business management reports and system engineering reports.)

This ebook is intended as a report writing reference guide, from which ideas can be sourced about the typical structure and contents of commonly used project management reports. The ebook does not provide blueprints for all reports that a project manager might ever have to write, but it provides guidelines which should be tailored and adapted by common sense and experience, in order to suit specific circumstances.

The philosophy underlying this book is: contents follow structure - i.e. first carefully think about, and decide upon a report structure, and then systematically fill in the contents. When a report structure is defined first, the gathering of information becomes focused, and unnecessary material is either not collected at all, or it can be filtered out systematically.

Besides briefly addressing the main generic elements of a report, report quality assurance and project management, frameworks for the following types of reports are provided in this ebook:

Contract Proposal
Project Plan
Progress Report
PERT (Program Evaluation and Revision Technique) Report
Trade-off Study Report
Technical Notes
Minutes of a Meeting
Each of these reports is briefly discussed in terms of its typical purpose and scope, followed by a suggested framework for the report.

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THE ACTIVE AUTHOR'S COPYRIGHT COMPENDIUM
SKU: taacc/ebook/000/000

You won't need to waste time researching copyright law or copyright information. We've included all the information in THE ACTIVE AUTHOR'S COPYRIGHT COMPENDIUM, a 100+ page e-book. Our writers cover many diverse topics on copyright law, copyright registration, patent law, and trademark law.

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THE ACTIVE AUTHOR'S GUIDE TO COPYRIGHT BASICS - free ebook
SKU: taagtcb/ebook/000/000

This free e-book will teach you all about copyright protection, how to register your copyright, and how to copyright any creative work.

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Book Publishing Encyclopedia
SKU: BPE/ebook/000
Binding: pdf - ebook, download. 226 pages.

Read What Others are Saying about Dan Poynter’s Books “Poynter is at his best when discussing such specifics as starting one’s own publishing house; dealing with printers; establishing discount, credit and return policies; promoting, advertising and selling a book; and order fulfillment.” —Publishers Weekly “A deeply researched how-to book on writing, printing, publishing, promotion, marketing and distribution of books.” —The College Store Journal “Poynter covers the production basics emphasis is on the business of books.” —Booklist but his “The strength of this book is the detailed discussed

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The Human Face of the Book Trade
SKU: hfbt/sand/560/499
Binding: Hardcover: 228 pages

This volume explores the way in which stories about books are also stories about authors, members of the book trade and readers, and how human idiosyncrasies intervene at every stage of the journey between them.

With 13 studies of authors, printers, booksellers and books, this study of print culture and its creators explores how human involvement can influence the progress of a book from author to reader.

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