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Happy World Book and Copyright Day

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Today is World Book and Copyright Day. The kids wore their pyjamas to school and were super excited. It is all about reading some of their favourite books today, and they love reading, so you can imagine the excitement. At the moment, the twins’ favourite books are I am an Artist by Marta Altes and Max the Brave by Ed Vere. They would happily read them everyday if possible.

I am a lover of books myself. I love reading and I am currently challenging myself to read a book a week. It has been successful so far, I am a few days behind but I know I will catch up soon. I am currently reading – Why Love Matters: How affection shapes a baby’s brain by Sue Herhardt, on my Amazon Kindle. It is a great book with so much valuable parenting information. All parents should read it. It is a book I am learning a lot from. What are you reading?

 

World Book Day also known as International Day of the Book is an annual event the organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to promote reading, publishing, and copyright. It is amazing to have a day dedicated to reading, publishing and copyright. As a book lover, that is so important to me. The fact this day celebrates these important things is good as they are how I make my bread and butter.

 

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Copyright Issues

I have had my own fair share of copyright issues. There were a few bold blog post thieves I had the misfortune of dealing with last year, which is why my blog content is now protected. You can’t copy anything on my blog with the copy and paste function. I had to get the plugin for that because many blog thieves were busy reproducing my content on their blogs. It was such a distressing time. I felt completely violated and the fact that these people had the audacity to steal my work was so frustrating.

Many of the blogs were reported and the content were taken down once I discovered them. I can’t understand why anyone would think it is okay to steal a blog post but then again we have all sorts of fraudsters around.

 

 

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Anyways, happy World Book and Copyright Day. I hope your head is buried in a book or a blog post wherever you are 😊

 

 

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Read One Book a Week Challenge

Last year, I set a target for myself to read a book a week. I didn’t smash my target, but I read many books. This year, I am making sure I hit my read a book a week challenge do. My plan is to read 1 week a week on my Amazon Kindle, and I am currently smashing it. I am currently reading my 4th book for the year 2019!

 

Week 1 – You Need a Budget: The Proven System for Breaking the Paycheck-to-Paycheck Cycle, Getting Out of Debt, and Living the Life You Want

Reading this book by Jesse Meecham was a great way to start the year and get my finance priorities straight. If you need some help managing a budget, then this book is the one for you. It was great read.

 

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Week 2 – The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Keeping Your Sh*t Together: How to Run Your Business Without Letting it Run You

I read this book in the second week of January. It is a great book, lovely to business owners. This book written by Sherry Walling and Rob Walling. It is full of tips to help your business thrive. If you need to read a business book this month, read this.

 

Week 3 – The Sisters of Battle Road: The Extraordinary True Story of Six Sisters Evacuated from Wartime London

I read this book some days ago. It is a wartime book and I found the story of the Jarmen sisters very intriguing. I have always been curious about world war period and how life was for the people back then. I finished this book within a few days.

 

Week 4 – Gaslighting: How to recognise manipulative and emotionally abusive people and break free

This is the book I am currently reading. I downloading it on my Kindle some days ago, and I am currently loving it. Stephanie Sarkis has done an amazing job with this book. It is full of wisdom and so easy to read. If you are interested in mental health and psychology books, then this book is what you need.

 

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I am excited about this read a book a week challenge. Reading is one of my many loves. I think it is a great way to improve my creativity, relax and educate myself.

I will be sharing what I am reading on Twitter and my Facebook page every week, so look out for the updates.

 

What book are you currently reading? Please share in the comments section.

 

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5 Lessons I Learned from Writing a Book

My book – How to Cash In as a Blogger was written over a year ago. It was released February 2016 on Amazon and my second book is still under construction. The second book would be on an entirely different topic, so watch this space. It promises to be good!

So what did I learn from writing a book? I learned a lot. It could take me a day and a half to write all I learned from writing a book on here, so I will summarise the main lessons, and try to keep it as brief as possible.

 

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Lesson 1 – Writing an eBook was the smart way to go

I released only an e version of my book. There are no paperbacks and this was deliberate. I only read ebooks on my Amazon Kindle. I have not bought a paperback in years because I don’t have the space for them. I love reading. I read about 2 books a week easily. So imagine if they were all paperbacks? We won’t have a place to sit!

I also didn’t want to put myself under pressure to sell! Having the paperbacks would have been an issue if I couldn’t sell them quick. I was not prepared for that added pressure  So you won’t be reading a paperback version of How to Cash In as a Blogger or any of my future books anytime soon.

 

Lesson 2 – Self-promotion is the only way up

This kind of took me by surprise. I thought all I had to do was to write a book worth reading and the buyers would come. I was so wrong. Self-promotion is the only way up! I am still working on this. I am very good at promoting blog posts and all, but I struggled to promote my book as much as I should for reasons I am not aware of. It just didn’t come natural to me.

Maybe because it is my first product. I guess I would have to wait to see if self-promoting my second book would be easier. Regardless of how hard I find the whole promotion process, it has to be done. So be ready to self-promote like crazy if you want to write a book.

 

Lesson 3 – Be ready for the attention

Writing a book brought myself and Fashion and Style Police a lot of attention. So it was a good thing I was ready for it. I expected some attention but as much as I got, especially in the early days. This attention can be a blessing and a curse at the same time, depending on your circumstances and how long you look at it.

The best way to handle this new found fame is to make sure your social media accounts and blog are looking the part. Also, remember to make the most of the attention.

 

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Lesson 4 – I can’t live on the sales of 1 book

This was never my intention but it is good I have experienced this first hand so I know. My book sales are less than 10% of my yearly income, so surviving on the sales would be impossible. I plan to write more books in future, and I don’t plan on surviving on the sales I make from those either, although it would be amazing if I could. Having said that, I have collaborated with many brands, in various ways because of my book. So I am living on some collaborations thanks to writing a book, if that makes sense.

 

Lesson 5 – The reviews or lack of them

Before I though of writing a book, I didn’t think about how many authors struggle to get their book buyers to leave reviews. Now this does not affect only authors, but all businesses. Reviews are like oxygen to a business owner, and we all need them. As I type this post, I have less than 10 reviews and I have had my book downloaded hundreds of times. So why do I have only 9 reviews? Big question that no one can answer. All I know is that book readers do not enjoy writing books reviews.

Now that I have written a book, I know how important book reviews are to an author so I make sure to leave a review, whether it is good or bad. If you have read my book, please leave a review. I need those reviews like I need air. If you have not read my book, you can download it here.

 

Thanks for reading. Have a lovely week.

 

 

 

 

 

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