Bob See and I are really enjoying playing SwagIQ every night. I managed to win money tonight :). It’s a 10-question live quick trivia game and only takes about 10 minutes. Some people tonight won $50 each for that 10 minutes. It’s free to play so worth a try! Let me know if you have any questions :). And yes, I get credit if you join up, which then lets me win a game I’m currently playing. So I’d appreciate it, too!
I have a wealth of experience publishing books. I have published books through a traditional publisher, through a self publisher in print, and via ebooks in all shapes and styles. I have 229 fiction stories and 114 non-fiction books, totalling 343 works in total. This page is a master listing of all items I have published. Feel free to ask me any questions about how I did a given book or how the process went. Note that I don’t count my boxed sets in this listing – that would seem to be double-dipping :).
My books are available in two forms. The paperback version is generally done via CreateSpace, Amazon’s self-publishing branch. The ebook versions are on all major platforms (Kindle, Apple, Nook, Kobo, SmashWords, GooglePlay, etc.). In both formats the books were completely free to set up and publish. The books are listed in release order. Some of the ebooks are Amazon exclusive, to have access to their promotions, while others are available on all platofrms
For all books on this page, click on a given cover to learn more about that book. Or, if you want, you can skip to the List of Lisa’s Free Ebooks.
We’ll begin with fiction. I currently have 21 series of fiction published, in lengths ranging from short story to novelette to novella to novel to epic :). I have 14 medieval romance novels, 4 modern murder mystery novels, 4 sci-fi romances, 3 regency time travel romances, 3 dystopian novels, 2 1800s-era novellas, 3 African-American mystery novelettes, and 22 adult-romance novellas. I have 41 adult-romance adventures, 31 black cat cozy mysteries, 31 time travel adventures, 10 Jerusalem stories, 10 romantic proposal stories, 10 diner mysteries with a heroine with Asperger’s, 10 Copper Age Flood stories, 6 zoo mysteries, 6 art museum mysteries, 5 Wyoming mysteries, 4 paranormal, 3 sci-fi, 3 fairy tale, 2 local literary, 1 Korean story, and 1 mythology. So that is 229 in total. Many of these series are also bundled up into various bundles, which I don’t count.
Medieval Romance Novels
My medieval romance novels are written with “gentle romance.” There is no explicit language relating to intimacy nor swearing – they are suitable for teens and up. They feature women who stand strong against oppression and strive to make the world a better place. This series is my first love – it is what I grew up writing. I have 14 of these.
Modern Murder Mystery Novels
These novels are set in Massachusetts and feature a couple who meet in the first novel and then build their relationship as the series progresses. The first book won a Gold medal from the IPPY group. The second won a bronze medal. The fifth is in progress.
Sci-Fi Romance Series
The Collective Saga has four books in its series.
Regency Time Travel Romance Series
The Scottish story currentlyhas three books in its series.
There are three books in this series.
1800s Black-Lumbee-Irish Series
There are two books in this series so far.
Blackstone Valley Mystery Novelettes
There are 3 books in this series so far. The heroine is a black law librarian in central Massachusetts.
Adult Romance Novellas
These are written under a pen name. Each novella is ten to eleven chapters long. There are currently 22 total.
I love short stories. They are like haiku – precision moments in time. Some of my favorite stories of all time are short stories. The Cask of Amontillado. Nightfall. Here are a few of my own. I have 31 black cat mysteries, 41 pen-name shorts, 20 time travel shorts, 10 proposal, 10 diner, 10 Jerusalem stories, 6 zoo mysteries, 6 art museum mysteries, 5 Wyoming mysteries, 4 paranormal, 1 mythological, and 5 standalone. So that is 149 shorts in total. They’re also bundled up into various bundles, which I don’t count.
Salem Massachusetts Mini Mysteries
This was a project from October 1 2014 through October 31 2014. Each day a new story was written and published. They are set in Salem, Massachusetts with a black, female ex-cop private investigator as the heroine. So there are 31 total. This are just the first few.
Destiny Time Travel Stories
Eternal Time Shadows is a gently cliff-hangered short story series which leads up to a happily ever after ending. From Renaissance Venice to troubled Scotland, from the Civil War to the Wild West, Elizabeth and Robert find and re-find each other. The series is clean romance and is suitable for teens and up. There are 31 books in this series; these are just the first ten.
Biblical Jerusalem Stories
Although Jerusalem’s history had been one of warfare and conquest, Phoebe had been fortunate to come of age in a time of peace. The Romans saw fit to allow the Jewish residents to manage their own lives. But change was in the wind … There are 10 stories in this series so far.
Romantic Proposal Series
Each story in this sequence features a proposal – and a connected thread of a Native American love totem. Each takes place in a different state. There are 10 so far.
Asperger’s Diner Cozy Mystery Series
Willow has Asperger’s and she loves visiting traditional diners. Her acute senses help her spot hidden clues! There are 10 so far.
Copper Age Flood stories
This series is set in the year 6,500BC – the copper age. It tells the historic version of the flooding of the Black Sea basin, which many people feel is the foundation event for the flood story which appears in so many cultures. There are 10 books so far.
Zoo Mini Mysteries
Rosalinda Alameda had always dreamed about being a vet, but life intervened. Now she works as a receptionist in a vet’s office and spends her free time enjoying the local zoos. There are six of these so far.
Art Museum Mini Mysteries
Strolling with Duke along a sunny bike path, Cindy got the call that lifted her spirits. The Worcester Art Museum needed her help. At long last, her dreams of becoming an art detective were coming true! There are 6 so far.
Wyoming Vision Quest Romantic Mysteries
A Wyoming blizzard. A crashed car. Haloke’s only six years old, but there’s no one else. Her father’s dead. Her mother’s clinging to life. She draws deep within her, to her Arapaho and Navajo roots, and sets out to find help. There are 5 so far.
Paranormal Astral Out-of-Body Series
My paranormal astral out-of-body series is a thriller adventure following Sarah, whose twin sister has tragically passed away. One night Sarah’s life changes forever … So far there are 4 books.
Cinderella Fairy Tale
The original Grimm fairy tales portrayed women of strength and conviction. Women who took action and could forge their own destinies. Over the years they have been watered down. I seek to reclaim them in these sweetly romantic – while powerfully heroic – retellings.
Sci-Fi Short Stories
I have written three standalone sci-fi short stories. These first appeared in Mused.
Sutton Massachusetts Short Stories
I have written two standalone Sutton Massachusetts short stories. These first appeared in Mused.
Navajo Footsteps in Korea
Amber treasured her Navajo heritage. Until now, she had never left her home on the reservation in the Four Corners. The only reason she was standing on this South Korean moonlit shore was to honor her father’s last wishes.
Psychological Horror Short Stories
I used to say that I wrote anything but horror. I realized in time that it wasn’t healthy to define myself by what I did not do. I appreciate stories that delve into the ways individuals strive to cope with emotional trauma.
Ava was in trouble again. This time it was for pummeling Dominik, that bully, when he was harassing sweet little Pia. Why did the teacher always blame Ava for everything that went wrong? This is the first book in the new series.
I have 114 non-fiction books published on a variety of topics. That’s not counting Mused, which I edit. The variety keeps me interested in writing! Again, each is available in both print and ebook format. There are 19 relationship books, 13 low carb books, 13 green living books, 11 journaling books, 8 Author Basics books, 8 Author Social Networking books, 4 ASP books, 3 weddings books, 8 self-help books, 7 yoga books, 4 pet/plant books, 4 art books, 3 sleep books, 2 wine books, 2 Melville poetry books, 2 memory training books, one of my own haiku books, a lighthouses book, and one history book.
Low Carb Recipes and References
I currently have 13 books in my Low Carb Reference series. About half are recipe books, while the other half contain reference material. All are based on the content on my BellaOnline Low Carb website. For historical reasons I did the print copies through Lulu.
I have two wine books – one on sangria recipes and one on Champagne cocktail recipes. These are in print copies BOTH on Lulu and on Amazon. This is because Lulu offers spiral binding but only if you buy the book through Lulu. So to have a print copy available on Amazon I had to have a perfect bound (normal binding) entry in there. Both are being revised with fresh covers and updated content.
Weddings & Courtships Books
These books explore the wonderful world of love, romance, and tradition in different cultures. I have three done and am finalizing a book on Native American traditions.
I am in the process of redoing these books. They are in two sets – one for men, and one for women. There are 11 books in each set, although three of them overlap. So that is 19 books total.
This series helps people to lead greener lives. There are currently 13 books in this series. I wrote the majority of the content in this series, with the occasional page added by a member of my Green Team.
Journaling with Lisa Shea
There are 11 books in this journaling series.
I write self-help books on a variety of topics. There are 8 books in this series.
I have seven books to guide people through yoga, meditation, and chakras.
Author Basics Books
I have eight books helping authors move through every step of the process from writing their novel to designing a book cover to marketing it.
Animal and Plant Books
From tadpoles to parakeets to spiders, I help you thrive in the natural world. There are four books here.
I have four art books in print. The first is on entering art shows. I’ve got one on plastic cameras (the Holga, Diana, etc.). Then I have two books on cyanotypes – one on the history, and one on making them.
ASP Programming Books
I write my sites in ASP, a language like PHP but designed for Microsoft IIS. Here are my 4 books on the topic.
Sleep and Dreaming
Getting solid sleep and understanding your dreams are just so important to removing stress from life. These are the windows into the issues your mind is struggling with. There are 3 books in this series.
I enjoy poetry! These are by Herman Melville, of Moby Dick fame. I annotated each poem. There are 2 books in this set.
Two books to help you build your memory skills!
I adore haiku, and I love watercolors. This was a melding of those two interests.
This was a massive effort to put online a fascinating document about Massachusetts in the colonial days.
I adore lighthouses. This book explores all of the lighthouses of Massachusetts.
I’m not counting the issues of Mused in the above tallies. I am the editor of Mused, a quarterly full color literary magazine featuring art, poetry, photography, short stories, essays, plays, and more. We’ve been going strong since 2007! We’ve put out 36 issues so far.
Our time on this Earth is incredibly brief – and we never know when it will end. Life is truly ephemeral. The one thing we know is that each day is a blessing. Each day is a precious, one-time-only opportunity to share love and appreciate beauty.
Every day matters.
I love exploring a variety of art forms. Digital photography. Film photography. Cyanotypes. Origami. Polymer clay and precious metal clay. The possibilities are nearly endless – and each one has its own unique beauty.
Here are just a few of the realms I’ve explored. I hope they inspire you in your own creativity!
I adore origami. It is made from paper – it is something anybody of any age level or financial status can enjoy. It can create objects both simple and beautiful. You can make jewelry, table decorations, wall hangings, flowers, Christmas tree ornaments, and just about anything else you could want. It is meditative and serene.
Cyanotypes pre-date photography. You mix up light-reactive chemicals, paint a surface with them, and then lay objects on top of that surface. When the sun shines down, it turns the exposed areas blue. The areas left in shadow remain the base color. You can create beautiful prints, T-shirts, curtains, and other items with this technique.
Lisa Shea’s Cyanotypes
A monotype is a one-time-only, unique print made off of a one-time-use surface. Compare this with woodblock printing where you can just keep churning out the same image over and over again. With a monotype setup, when that print is made, it’s done. There’s no going back. There’s no redos. It’s a quite mindful way to create art.
Lisa Shea Monotype Printmaking
Polymer Clay is an amazing style of plastic clay that can be baked in a normal oven. You don’t need a special kiln to do it with. It comes in a wide ranges of colors, styles, and textures. You can make sculptures, pendants, earrings, rings, and a wide variety of other items. Covers for journals.
Lisa Shea’s Polymer Clay
It’s interesting that, not too long ago, the word “photography” meant film photography. It was just assumed. Nowadays photography by default for most people means digital photography. If there’s a photography show that’s open to the public for submissions, nearly all submissions are done digitally. It reminds us of how ever-changing life truly is.
Lisa Shea’s Photography (digital)
For those who still remember film photography, they often think of 35mm roll film in neat cylindrical cartridges. But I like to go back even further in time. Back to when film was in 120 large, square format and you only got 12 photos per roll. I use a Holga camera for this, which is a plastic-based camera made in China. It creates eclectic, artistic types of images.
Lisa Shea’s Film Photography
Redscale Film Photography
Remember that 35mm film we were talking about? There is one way I enjoy using it. If you put it into a camera backwards, so you’re shooting through the back side of the film instead of the front, then colors take on this rich, red hue. It’s about the way the light interacts with the backwards film. You get stunning effects by doing this.
Lisa Shea’s Redscale Film Photography
Cross-Processed Film Photography
In the days of film, there was regular photo film and then slide film which was meant for creating slides for slide projectors. Different chemicals were used for developing the two types of film. However, if you took slide film and then used regular photo chemicals on it, something fun happened. The colors would pop and alter. That brings a new way of viewing the images.
Lisa Shea’s Cross-Processed Film Photography
Lisa’s Art Books & DVDs
I love to write and to help others learn. You can probably guess that from the hundreds of thousands of pages on this website. I’ve written a number of books about art, cyanotypes, Holga photography, jewelry making, origami making, and more. Here are a few of my books which touch on artistic topics.
Lisa Shea Art Books and DVDs
Ask with any questions!
My name is Lisa Shea. I’m an author and artist. In addition, I own, maintain, and write for over thirty websites. These are sites I personally created, designed, and update. Many of these date back to 2004.
At their peak, my largest sites saw between 2 million and 20 million pageviews a month. Nowadays, with competition growing with every passing second, their traffic tends to be a bit lower.
You’re on one of my websites, of course, here at LisaShea.com. Here are just a few of my other websites. Ask with any questions!
BellaOnline began back in 2002 and at one point was the second largest women’s website in the world. We have trained thousands of women and men on how to write for the web. BellaOnline has over 400 different topic areas, each written for by an enthusiast in that field. We train our writers how to write engaging content, how to use social networking, and how to monetize their material. It’s all free!
RomanceClass was also once a top-traffic site. We were getting up to fifty questions a day submitted to us from people who wanted help with dating, flirting, and other topics. The site has tens of thousands of tips on a wide variety of topic areas. Nowadays people post on Facebook with these kinds of questions, but we still have that massive library of questions, answers, and advice to lend a hand.
I had wine content online with the site GeoCities long before most other wine sites even knew about the web. I then wrote for About.com for several years as their wine guide before creating my own WineIntro website. I have thousands of pages online about wine regions, wine reviews, wine terminology, and much more. Plus sangria recipes and Champagne cocktail recipes!
I’ve created a non-fiction series of books describing wedding and courtship traditions in various locations. So far I’ve written books on Ireland, France, and Italy. The next book will be on Native American traditions. These are perfect for anyone looking to add a little romance into their life!
Remember the days when books were a luxury item that only the wealthiest had access to? The rest of us common folk could only dream of touching a book, never mind owning one. How the world has changed. This site is all about the vast number of FREE books now available for all. As a side note, this monastery in Prague is open to the public for tours and is WELL worth the visit.
I love film photography. The Holga is a medium-format film camera made out of plastic in China. It’s delightfully old school with light leaks and chaotic behavior. Perfect for adventuring with.
Meditation, yoga, and compassion can make all the difference in a person’s daily life. So much which we stress over is really not that important in the grand scheme of things. Learn to take a step back and appreciate all we have already in our lives.
Powerful corporations have moved into many underdeveloped worlds and taken advantage of the local populations. Fair trade and ethical trade seeks to balance that out. BellArtistry finds and promotes fair trade products to help artisans earn a living wage.
ASP Classic is a programming language that was in popular use back in the early 2000s when I began creating my websites. All of my sites that are not WordPress based are in ASP. Nowadays people have moved on to ASP.Net or to simply using WordPress or other content engines. But half of this LisaShea site, for example, is still hand-coded in Notepad in ASP Classic. I’ve got over 50,000 pages here – to convert those all into WordPress would be a Herculean effort.
I have lived in Massachusetts for over twenty years. I adore it here. Any time I’ve moved away I’ve come right back again. I love to kayak and hike, and Massachusetts offers great options for both. Plus historical locations and the ocean.
I’ve lived in a variety of places in Massachusetts. Several homes in Worcester, one in North Attleboro, and so on. But for the past twenty plus years I’ve been contently in Sutton. It’s about mid-state, below Worcester, and features a beautiful rural setting. I have a horse farm on my street and a dairy farm around the corner!
I also have a number of other websites as well. I’ll add links into them when I get a moment! Feel free to ask me about any of these.
I’ve been on the internet since the early 1980s and have been publishing books and content since 1987. I now have over 300 books published. My focus is on supporting battered women’s shelters – most of my fiction features female characters, young to old, overcoming adversity and finding their inner strength. I write in a wide range of genres from fairy tale to mystery, from romance to dystopian, from science fiction to paranormal.
I also enjoy writing self-help books to assist people in making progress in their lives. I have books on yoga, meditation, stress relief, eating healthily, journaling, photography, and much more.
When I’m not writing I enjoy a range of visual artistic expression including photography, cyanotypes, monotypes, and origami.
To get a sense of what I write, I am offering you 33 Free Books – just enter your email below and I’ll send you the information! This email is only ever seen by me. It is never used by any other person.
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If you’re a writer, your ultimate goal in life is typically that of getting your book published. I am here to help you achieve this goal! By following these steps, and applying yourself diligently to the path, your dream of getting your book published will soon be a reality. You’ve taken the first step by coming to this site!
How do I know these steps will help you get published? By following these steps I now have published over three hundred books. I have both self-published and worked with traditional publishers. I have used literary agents and worked on my own. My books include:
* Medieval Sweet Romance Adventures – fourteen book series
* Sutton Massachusetts Mysteries – four book series
* Mused Literary Review – over ten years of quarterly art-and-literature issues
* Low Carb Cookbooks – Thirteen book series
* Lisa’s Full Library of Published Books
* List of Lisa’s Free Ebooks.
I have published paperback and ebook. I’ve published fiction and non-fiction. Full length novels, novellas, novelettes, and short stories. Standalones and serials. I have personally used CreateSpace, Lulu, CafePress, Nook, Apple, SmashWords, Kobo, D2D, and many other sites. My experiences explained here are all from my first hand knowledge of using those to publish books.
Here is my step by step guide with over 1,000 pages and images to help you in getting your book published! Please let me know if you have any questions or comments on this material. I’m happy to help.
Setting the Stage
Getting Free Kindle Books
Preparing Yourself for Writing
Finding Time for Writing
What Software to Write your Book In
Typing your Novel vs Speaking with Dragon
First Novel when you’re Old
First Novel when you’re Young
NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month
Famous Dates in Publishing
Writing the Book
Get Your Book Written – The Basics
Starting to Write
Organizing your Files
Handling Writer’s Block
Choosing Character Names
Is Your Story Unique?
Fake It Until You Make It
Losing Data / Files while Writing
Writing Style Notes
Capitalization in Writing
Then vs And Then
I’m sorry, or I’m sorry;
That vs Which
Commonly Confused Words
Writing Style – Sparse to Lush
Using “Said” When Writing Dialogue
Indicating the Speaker in Dialogue
Writing in Past vs Present Tense
Point of View in Writing
Word Order when Writing
Avoiding Adverbs – Why?
Avoiding Feeling / Felt as Modifiers
Writing in a Screenplay Style
Parts of a Book
Parts of a Book – Overview
Table of Contents
About the Author
Other Books by the Author
Preparing Your Book for Publication
Using a Pen Name
Book Sizing Chart
Choosing a Book Size
Headers and Footers
Setting a Gutter Margin
Page Numbers and CreateSpace
Sample Book Copyright Page
Printers Key on Copyright Page
External Trademark Mentions in your Book
Sample Acknowledgements Page
Listing your Other Books
Sample About the Author Page
Back Cover Blurb
Page Count – Multiple of 4
Proofing the PDF
Book Cover Technical Details
Book Covers on Kindle / Ebook
Technical Steps for a Book Cover – Simple
Technical Steps for a Book Cover – Advanced
Designing a Book Back Cover
Designing a Book Spine
Book Spine Text – Left or Right?
Full Cover Margin Issues
Publisher Options – main page
Overview of Publishing Options
… Pros of Traditional Publishers
… Cons of Traditional Publishers
Small Press Publishers
… Pros of Small Press Publishers
… Cons of Small Press Publishers
Vanity Press Publishers
… Pros of Vanity Press Publishers
… Cons of Vanity Press Publishers
… Pros of Self Publishing
… Cons of Self Publishing
Using a Literary Agent
Finding a Traditional Publisher
Traditional Publishing – main page
Overview of Traditional Publishing
How Copyright Works
Working With A Literary Agent
… My Concerns about Agents
Finding a Publisher
… Writer’s Market
Writing a Query Letter
… Query Letter Tips
… Query Letter Issues to Avoid
Getting To a Contract Offer
Negotiating the Contract
Working With the Publisher or Agent
Should I Suggest a Cover?
… Publishers and Editing
Self Publishing Paperback Options – **ALWAYS FREE**
Why Start with the Paperback?
Publishing On Demand Options – FREE
Publishing On Demand – FREE comparison chart
Lulu vs CreateSpace
Working Directly with a Printer
Spiral Bound Books
CreateSpace Publishing On Demand Step By Step
CreateSpace Step by Step – main page
CreateSpace Self Publishing
Loading Up the CreateSpace Book
Making a CreateSpace Cover
Channels and Pricing on CreateSpace
Review Process on CreateSpace
Timing of CreateSpace Process
Problems and Issues with CreateSpace
Lulu Publishing On Demand Step By Step
Lulu Self Publishing – Setting Up the Book
Formatting your Book for Self Publishing
Creating a Lulu Covers
Setting the Lulu Description
Setting the Lulu Preview
Promoting your Lulu Book
Problems and Issues with Lulu
Amazon Kindle Ebooks
Creating an Amazon Kindle Ebook – overview
Preparing your Kindle Ebook
Load your Ebook Into Kindle
Kindle Ebook – Start to Finish in 24 Hours
Combining your Kindle and Paperback Entries
Lisa’s Kindle Book List
Draft2Digital (iTunes, Nook, Kobo, etc.)
Load your Ebook Into Draft2Digital
Load your Ebook onto SmashWords
Load your Ebook onto WattPad
Load your Ebook on Lulu
Google Play Ebook
Load your Ebook on Google Play
GoodReads – Book Review Site
Self Publishing FAQs
Money Earned from Selling Books
Earning the Most Money
Dealing with Plagiarism
Making a Non-Rectangular / Non-Square Book
What Do I Do With Old Version Books?
Book Crafts – Uses for Old Books
Markting and Promoting your Book
Mindset about Fans
Prerelease / Prereleasing Your Book
Running a Virtual Launch Party
Promoting Your Book on the Web
Sample Chapter for your Book
QR Codes and Book Marketing
Reading Trends – Book Reading by Decade
Getting Book Reviews
Basics of Getting Book Reviews
Sending Out Review Copies
GoodReads – Getting Reviews for your Books
Goodreads Book Giveaways
PaperBackBookSwap – Book Review Site
Common Mistakes when Seeking Reviews
Review Swapping – Why to Avoid It
One Star Reviews
Basics of Amazon Promotion
Planning an Amazon Launch
Selling Your Book on Amazon’s Marketplace
Selling with Amazon Advantage
Amazon Advantage vs Amazon Marketplace
Amazon Pricing Information
Amazon Author Central
Book Shows / Book Festivals / Book Stores
Making an Author Business Card
Placing in Bookstores
Doing a Bookstore Signing
Booth at a Craft / Trade Show
Pricing Books for Book Shows
Flyer for Free Book or Books
Selling Written Content / Writing on Demand
Freelancer.com – a content marketplace
Building Traffic for your Twitter Account
Followers and Twitter’s Value
What is a Twitter Hashtag?
Maintaining Multiple Twitter Accounts
Choosing a Twitter Icon
Choosing a Twitter Background
What is a Twitter Hashtag?
Twitter for Authors
Twitter Promotion Tips
Twitter Next Step
Twitter 2000 Follower Limit
TweetDeck – Free App for Twitter
TrueTwit – Prevent Twitter Spam
Tweepi – Manage your Followers
ManageFlitter – Follow and Unfollow
FollowerFilter – Great Free Follower Management Tools
My Books and DVDs I Have Published
Lisa’s Full Library of Published Books
If you’re ready to work from home, this is where you begin! I provide over 800 pages and images of step by step instructions help you work from home and achieve your dreams. It’s all FREE and online.
I was once a well-paid database programmer, but years of stressful work caused me to burn out on my job. The office politics, the daily commute, the grind of doing what other people felt were important, all combined to cause me to actively dislike going in to work every day. Life is FAR too short to be deliberately unhappy. It’s important to enjoy what you do all day!
I made it a priority to study and learn how to work from home, for myself. Once I had a plan, I worked on it daily. I am happy to say that it has been very successful. There is no magic get-rich-quick pill! The money fairy does not exist. However, if you research properly and apply yourself, there are thousands of success stories to prove this can be done. Read on to learn more about running your own home business so you, too, can work from home. I have over 500 pages of valuable information here, so take your time! It’s all online, and it’s all FREE.
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Planning your Home Business
This section helps you learn about get rich quick schemes and avoiding work from home scams. It also steps you through self evaluations to help you decide if you’re really ready to work from home, and what your best skills are.
Setting Up Your Home Office
It’s always good to get prepared before you begin your new project. Learn what the basic supplies you need for your office area, and set things up to be ergonomic so you don’t injure yourself. Understand the laws and regulations involved, consider whether you want to be a Sole Proprietor or a DBA. Get ideas for health and dental insurance. There are even computer and laptop reviews.
Computers and Cell Phones
Having a computer and cell phone is almost a hard requirement in our modern world. These reviews help you optimize your email, set up your accounting software, and get your system running smoothly to support your business dreams.
Names, Logos and Words
It’s important to protect your valuable assets. Make sure that you take the time to design a logo that will stand out and get you recognition. Then make a concerted effort to trademark, servicemark or register that logo and name you have chosen. It is often quick and inexpensive to do this on a state level. Finally, be sure to copyright any content you create.
Finances and Accounting
Even if you are bored with the thought of accounting, it is critical that you do it properly. If you do it with a computer program and update it each month, it can be really quick and easy. Most banks are online in these modern times, so all you do is hit “download” and then “accept”. It makes your taxes very easy, and helps ensure that you focus on your most promising income streams.
Many people fear taxes, but the IRS has really done a good job of making the tax paperwork for a small business quite simple. Normally, all you do is attach a Schedule C form to your regular 1040 tax filing. Read on for advice on keeping records, handling deductions, contractors, 1099s, and quarterly estimates.
Marketing and Networking
If you want to have sales and customers, you need to make sure your potential customers know about you. It’s critical that you spend time every month on marketing and networking, so that your company keeps a steady revenue stream.
Leadership and Mentoring
As your business grows, you will begin to work with contractors, interns, helpers, and employees. It’s critical that you build an ethical culture and interact with these individuals with respect and fairness in order for everyone to prosper and meet their goals.
Creating an iPhone App
You’ve probably heard from many sources how amazingly powerful having an iPhone app can be for your business. There are millions of users out there, and only a small number of apps! Get yourself heard in that audience!
I’ve tried many promotional items over the years, large and small, to help promote my various businesses. Here are reviews of specific items and companies I have used.
Legal Issues for Home Businesses
It’s a fact of modern society that people love to sue each other. It’s that get-rich-quick mentality. If someone finds a fly in their McBurger, they figure they can sue McDonalds for trauma and make an easy million. You shouldn’t be paranoid – but you should also take basic steps to keep yourself protected.
Small Business Ideas
A range of sample ideas are covered, from bird breeding, craft making, ebay auctions, genealogy, sales and telemarketing, webmaster design, and website content / ebook sales.
Travel Tips and Accessories
Every businessperson has to travel at least some of the time – to meet clients, to go on sales calls, or to attend a conference. Even short trips to the next town are more efficient if you have the proper accessories. Here are tips on how to make your travel plans go as smoothly as possible.
Small Business Book Reviews
Build up your library of valuable reference books, to help you learn techniques for everything from finances to better selling techniques. I’ve got over 100 books reviewed in this area!
A key to running ANY sort of business is to build up skills and to keep growing those skills over time. This can come in the form of local classes, networking events, and earning an online degree. Here are my experiences with getting an online degree.
NOTE: The image in the top photo is from my trip to Cancun. Because I work from home, I was able to escape for a quick weekend with my mother and sister to visit Cancun a few years ago. It was a memory I will treasure forever.
I run several websites from my house. Together they bring in over 25 million pageviews each month. These include:
BellaOnline.com, the 2nd largest women’s website in the world
WineIntro.com, all about wine
RomanceClass.com, romance advice and tips
My mail file began giving errors, which is dangerous – I rely enormously on my email. It took me over 24 hours to run repair, archive, and maintenance on it. It’s now down to only 15.5gb in size. Amazing how much space mail takes :).
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So honored! Someone in Arizona just bought two of my cyanotypes.
This one was done with Tibetan prayer flags. The flags hang next to my desk. They represent a wish for peace.
Evening meditation time. I have so much to be grateful for. I have a warm home and ample food. My family is in good health. I am able to explore my creativity in writing and artwork. Every day is a gift to treasure if we but stop to see it. #namaste