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Off to the printers -- Proofreaders & Opinions needed please
« on: September 22, 2012, 02:18:26 AM »
Hi,

I finally got some more added to Adventurer Cash as well as an ISBN.

It's undergoing file review by CreateSpace and if all is well, it's going to print. I'm going to start with a physical book first, then a Kindle version. For me anyway it seems logical to establish some sort of credibility first before going digital.

I've also opted for Expanded Distribution. May as well go the distance, eh?

I've uploaded a short excerpt along with three brief yes or no type questions. If you would, please stop over there and put your two cents in.

Anyone willing to review the entire book on Amazon, please send me a PM and I'll send you a copy of the final product.

Thanks for taking the time to do this!

Preview & Review Adventurer Cash

~Karen



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Re: Off to the printers -- Proofreaders & Opinions needed please
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2012, 11:48:42 PM »
First off, I loved the humor.
Second, the typesetting looks awful.
Third, is it too late to spruce the title up a bit?

Was "Foreward" intentional?  You made a good light-hearted thrust out of it.
Lately I've seen a lot of Forewards getting put in front of the books.  Back when Edgar Alan Poe was still in swadling apparel it was Foreword and I don't know what is causing the sudden change. 
And, I'm assuming you really do know why there are extra pages in the front of some books because again, the humor is splendid.
These mad dashes will certainly get our creative juices flowing.

I think I'd come on a little stronger than "There are so many ways to earn some money both online and offline these days it's astounding!" at the start. 
Maybe go with something like "So many fortunes are being made online these days that we often overlook the steady moneymaking opportunities that come from jumping on the bandwagon.  Online, offline, there are dozens of new opportunities springing up every Tuesday morning at 9 -- and I'm going to show you how to click your way right in there with the best of them by including a massive directory of resource websites for you to check out."
 
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Re: Off to the printers -- Proofreaders & Opinions needed please
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2012, 02:11:15 AM »
Hi Talewins,

I appreciate you taking the time to look this over and provide some helpful feedback.

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First off, I loved the humor.

Thank you! :-)

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Second, the typesetting looks awful.

Don't it though?

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Third, is it too late to spruce the title up a bit?

It's all I could come up with without it coming across as just another (yawn) business ideas book. I'm open to suggestions.


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Was "Foreward" intentional?
 

Yep


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You made a good light-hearted thrust out of it.

I'm always on the lookout to try and find the lighter side to the mundane.


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Lately I've seen a lot of Forewards getting put in front of the books.  Back when Edgar Alan Poe was still in swadling apparel it was Foreword and I don't know what is causing the sudden change. 


Funny, you don't look old enough to have known Edgar Alan Poe when he was in swaddling apparel!


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And, I'm assuming you really do know why there are extra pages in the front of some books because again, the humor is splendid.

Again, yep. And thank you!


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These mad dashes will certainly get our creative juices flowing.

That's the point ;)

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I think I'd come on a little stronger than "There are so many ways to earn some money both online and offline these days it's astounding!" at the start. 


I agree so I changed it to: "There are so many ways to earn some money both online and offline these days it would leave Eminem out of breath just to name them all!"


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Maybe go with something like "So many fortunes are being made online these days that we often overlook the steady moneymaking opportunities that come from jumping on the bandwagon.  Online, offline, there are dozens of new opportunities springing up every Tuesday morning at 9 -- and I'm going to show you how to click your way right in there with the best of them by including a massive directory of resource websites for you to check out."

Sorry, no PLR in this book  ;D
 
~Karen

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Re: Off to the printers -- Proofreaders & Opinions needed please
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2012, 05:53:14 AM »
Some possible title reworks:

Adventurer Cash: Oddball Opportunities For Biz Ideas
Adventurer Cash: Crazy-Cool Career Chances
Adventurer Cash: Explore Unexpected And Uncharted Biz Ideas
Here Be Dragons! : Sail The Unmapped Corners Of Online Business As A Cash Adventurer
Terra Incognita: Claim Your Very Own Business Island In Biz-Op Ocean

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Re: Off to the printers -- Proofreaders & Opinions needed please
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2012, 08:38:59 PM »
I'm sorry about the way my words came out.  No excuse for it, but I certainly intended no sarcasm.  As for Edgar, I collect first editions, especially from brilliant minds and scientific journals, so I think in the past tense a lot.  I do sincerely wish you every success in the world.
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Re: Off to the printers -- Proofreaders & Opinions needed please
« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2012, 09:31:28 PM »
I'm sorry about the way my words came out.  No excuse for it, but I certainly intended no sarcasm.  As for Edgar, I collect first editions, especially from brilliant minds and scientific journals, so I think in the past tense a lot.  I do sincerely wish you every success in the world.

Sorry Talewins, but I'm a bit confused here. I haven't seen anything in any of your posts that could be construed as sarcastic?? Like I pointed out in another thread: your opinion and advice are valued highly as are those of everyone else.

I just hope you don't mistake my answers as being such because that really is just my personality.

Actually, we both have something in common there. I'm an avid reader of what some would consider the more "high-brow" material. However, I nearly suffocated trying to stuff my silly Redneck side into a tiny pocket of my backpack just to appear intellectual for the purpose of justifying a 4.0 GPA. So, nowadays I like to bring up that picture of Einstein with his hair a mess and his tongue sticking out to remind myself that humor is indeed a foundational quality of a brilliant mind.

Please don't apologize for who you are. If not you, who could you be?

~Karen

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Re: Off to the printers -- Proofreaders & Opinions needed please
« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2012, 02:20:23 PM »
Once again, ~Karen, you've come up with a terrific project. 

I continue to be in awe!

Karen

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Re: Off to the printers -- Proofreaders & Opinions needed please
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2012, 05:46:32 PM »
Once again, ~Karen, you've come up with a terrific project. 

I continue to be in awe!

Karen

Thank you Karen!

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New Preview Link -- Re: Off to the printers
« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2012, 05:54:05 PM »
I changed the cover to one that's a bit more colorful  ;D

This is the link to the new preview and feedback questions:
https://www.createspace.com/Preview/1109655

Everything checked out A-OK so I've ordered my final preview copy before it goes into print.

It's not perfect and it may flop. On the other hand it may fly. Only time will tell.
The important thing is that I finally managed to put my "what if" fears aside and just go and ahead do it.

The water's always cold no matter how long you stand there dipping your toe in it. If you want to swim there's just no other way than to dive in and start moving.

~Karen

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Re: New Preview Link -- Re: Off to the printers
« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2012, 12:34:32 PM »
Congratulations, ~Karen for just "doing it"!

Love, love your new cover.

I'm certain you'll do great with it.

And as far as "not perfect"--why in the world do you want it to be perfect?  ;D  (Maybe it's "perfect" to the rest--or some--of us.) If it's not, it will be full of character, I'm certain.

Karen

I changed the cover to one that's a bit more colorful  ;D

This is the link to the new preview and feedback questions:
https://www.createspace.com/Preview/1109655

Everything checked out A-OK so I've ordered my final preview copy before it goes into print.

It's not perfect and it may flop. On the other hand it may fly. Only time will tell.
The important thing is that I finally managed to put my "what if" fears aside and just go and ahead do it.

The water's always cold no matter how long you stand there dipping your toe in it. If you want to swim there's just no other way than to dive in and start moving.

~Karen

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I did it! I did it! I published my book!!! - Re: Off to the printers
« Reply #10 on: September 29, 2012, 03:47:11 AM »
I was so nervous about clicking the 'Proof Your Book' button you'd think I was launching an ICBM.

Here's the timeline of availability amongst various distribution channels:

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Your book will be available in the following timeframes:

Updates to your book will also appear in these timeframes.

    CreateSpace eStore: Immediately
    Amazon.com: 5-7 Business Days
    Amazon Europe: 5-7 Business Days
    Expanded Distribution channels: 6-8 Weeks

Expanded Distribution (for those not familiar) is when it becomes available to brick-and-mortar book shops.

I think I'll put out a bounty on it and reward the first person to find this in their local bookstore.  :cool:

Thanks for encouraging me to go through with this everybody!

~Karen

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Re: Off to the printers -- Proofreaders & Opinions needed please
« Reply #11 on: September 29, 2012, 08:01:41 PM »
~Karen,

     I must say fantastic and then some. I am not sure how you do it but your fantastic.  Just keep the great work. You're really doing Great.  I wish I was as good as you
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« Reply #12 on: September 29, 2012, 09:33:25 PM »
~Karen,

     I must say fantastic and then some. I am not sure how you do it but your fantastic.  Just keep the great work. You're really doing Great.
 

Thank you Bill!

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I wish I was as good as you

Oh no, you don't. Be happy with who you are.  :::tu

Besides, it's not that I'm "good", I'm just willing to try. Some things work out but most don't.
Truth be told I struggle with feelings that I'm a worthless loser so really, I have nothing to lose by failing (which happens quite a bit). ;)

~Karen

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Re: Off to the printers -- Proofreaders & Opinions needed please
« Reply #13 on: September 30, 2012, 11:40:21 AM »
~Karen,

     At least you try. That is better than me. I never get anything done I get started and then it gets dropped as I let the oh this will never work get to me.  So getting it done is half the battle.
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