APE: Author Publisher Entrepreneur Book Review

Title: APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur apesm
Author: Guy Kawasaki, Shawn Welch,
Genre: Authors and publishers
Release Date: 1/1/2013
Pages: 365

Book Summary
APE’s thesis is powerful yet simple: filling the roles of Author, Publisher and Entrepreneur yields results that rival traditional publishing.

My Thoughts
This is a great tool for authors who want to self-publish. I will read it again and again.

5 Opportunities to Increase Your Writing Productivity

I love this article by Donna Gambale 5 opportunities
on Writer’s Digest. Great tips.

Donna tells you that “In an ideal world, you’d have many more hours to dedicate to writing. In reality, you carve out what meager free time you can, sacrificing things like sleep, a social life, exercise, a clean house, and quality time with friends and family. Until you can add hours to the day, what’s the solution?”

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5 Opportunities to Increase Your Writing Productivity (Without Actually Writing)


History of Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day

Every February 14th, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine.

Who was St. Valentine and why do we celebrate this holiday? The history of Valentine’s Day is shrouded in mystery.

February has long been a month of romance. St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains elements of both the Christian and the ancient Roman traditions.

One legend claims that Valentine actually sent the first ‘valentine’ greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl, who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed ‘From your Valentine,’ an expression that is still in use today.

The stories about Valentine emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and romantic figure. By the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France.

In the seventeenth century, Valentine’s Day began to be celebrated in Great Britain. By the middle of the eighteenth century, it was common for friends and lovers to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes. By the end of the century, printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology.

Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine’s Day greetings.

Americans began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began to sell the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland became known as the Mother of the Valentine and made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap”.

According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated one billion valentine cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. Approximately 85 percent of all valentines are purchased by women.

In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, and Australia.

Ringin’ In The New Year

Time to reviewhappy new year
Time to take stock

Am I the person I wanted to be?
Did I live my life consistent with my beliefs?

Am I where I wanted to be?
Did I reach the goals I set for myself?

Was I spending too much time in the past?
Thinking about what I should have been?

Was I spending too much time in the future?
Thinking about what I should be?

Time to put aside regrets
Time to put aside missed opportunities

I will be the person that I want to be
I will live my life consistent with my beliefs

No more living in the past or dreaming of the future
I will live in the moment, in the now

I will live each day as if it were a new year
I will live each moment as a new beginning