Life as a business writing wallah isn’t always merely a matter of applying fingers to keyboard. Here’s one short story that I think I should save for the autobiography…
Having written literally thousands of speeches for clients over many years, I firmly believe in the discipline scripts provide so that from there, you make a natural yet well structured presentation.
I have dragged myself, kicking and screaming, into the wonderful world of eCommerce, and my eBooks are finally available instantly (well, as long as you pay for them).
That’s as opposed to paying for them and then trusting me to send the books out to you once PayPal had notified me – often hours later. Thank you to the hundreds of readers who bought books anyway and trusted me to send them out manually. You’re stars!
Getting that eCommerce show on the road wasn’t easy, I can tell you.
I’m so spooked by technology that it has taken me nearly a year of paying for membership of E-Junkie before I could build up the courage to go find out what was needed to put 6 of my books up on there. Wimp or what?
But over a couple of days of pacing myself, I read up on the processes and experimented with one book until I figured I had got it about right. I had a couple of false starts, e.g. where I forgot to upload one book and wondered why the link didn’t work. Fail.
(Don’t you love these English-only spell checkers that insist “voilà” should be a “viola?” Quels cons.
As always in these circumstances, after figuring out the whole thing one should slap oneself on the forehead and say “of course! It’s so easy! Why has it taken me so long when I could have done this months ago?” Because, er, I’m utterly technophobic, that’s why.
But I did have to smile when my son asked me what I was doing, while I was struggling away with the E-Junkie processes. A snatch of the dialogue…
“Well, all I have to do, so it seems, is just cut and paste the HTML into the HTML editor on my site, and that’s it really.”
“Sorry Mum, you lost me. I just use techie shit for email, Facebook, Word and Excel. Haven’t a clue what you’re on about.”
It’s comforting to know that despite being Mum I do know a bit more about “techie shit” – in some areas – than a 21-year-old university student…
So what can you get as instant downloads now?
Click on the sidebar, top right, or to see individual eBooks, click on the green titles – go …
Business Writing Made Easy
From blogging to business emails, speeches to sales letters – all you need to know to write well for business in English
How To Write About Yourself
Simple, effective ways to make the most of yourself in writing, whether for an “about” page, CV/résumé, biography, testimonial and much more
How To Write Winning Non-fiction
Described as “the book writing coach in your pocket” … the comprehensive guide to devising, planning, writing, publishing and promoting your non-fiction book
Super Speeches – how to write and deliver them well
How to develop, write, and perform speeches and presentations for all business and social occasions, with practical tips on delivery, rehearsal, etc.
Banana Skin Words and how not to slip on them
Over 1,500 tips on how to avoid making common spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes – the perfect guidebook to carry on any writing journey…
The English Language Joke Book
Hundreds of laughs about this crazy language … a perfect little eBook to entertain you in spare moments, when you’re travelling, etc.
…and there are more to come in the very near future.
So what are you waiting for?
In the time you’ve taken to read this article, you could have got all of these books in your inbox!