[Book Review] Shattered by the Wars

shatteredShattered by the Wars: But Sustained by Love
by Hi-Dong Chai

Extraordinary book that will renew your faith

A touching account of how love and faith carried a family through war and suffering in Korea.

“Shattered by the Wars” is an outstanding and realistic look at religious persecution, war, despair, and staying strong through prayer.

Hi-Dong Chai provides readers with an invaluable gift by sharing his heart and soul along with his story. “Shattered by the Wars” is well written and has left me feeling incredibly fortunate to live in a country where freedom is taken for granted.

I highly recommend reading this book and absorbing its message of hope, strength, love and faith.

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How To Write Great Articles In 9 Minutes Or Less!

Most writers know that typing an article is much faster if it is on a topic they know well.

What seems to be a huge time sink is RESEARCH on topics you are less familiar with.

However, you can make the most of this to squeeze more knowledge from your brain and make them into articles with very little effort!

How do you do it?

Any time you have a question about anything and search for an answer you gain knowledge. Usually this information remains fresh in your mind for at least a few hours, but after that it starts to creep away.

Capitalize on this temporary knowledge by quickly writing an article immediately after you have learned something new.

It is astonishing how fast you can do this.

Step 1 – Find the answer to a question
Step 2 – Jot down at least 5 key bullet points as subheadings or prompts
Step 3 – Write about 100 words under each point

Voila! You have an article ready to post, and because you wrote from memory the words just flowed!

If you have more than 5 key points, split them up and create multiple articles, posting one today, and the next on that same topic tomorrow.

When writing for a client, just add one extra step:
Step 2b – Remove any bullet points that you used in the article for the client

This is something I do all the time.


Let me know in the comments how long it take you to write an article!

[Book Review] Love or Hate Email… 21 Rules to Change Your – I Must Check my Email Habit

Love Or Hate EmailLove or Hate Email… 21 Rules to Change Your – I Must Check my Email Habit
by Patrick X. Gallagher

A ‘Must Read’ for every modern worker and manager

At first glance, I was dubious about this book. Email is so simple… what could I possibly learn. I was SO WRONG! After putting into practice the tips and tricks that Patrick outlines I have massively cut down on the amount of time spent handling my emails.

Patrick provides straight forward examples and free tools you can use to speed up and track the email process.

My only regret is that I didn’t read this book earlier.

I highly recommend that EVERYONE read this book, and that employers makes it a part of their induction reading for new staff. The time/cost benefit of using Patrick’s RWEF system for handling emails is staggering.

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How to Earn Money Online: Writing Tip to TRIPLE Your Earnings!

The key to consistently increase the amount of money you make online each month is to use your time wisely. In this post I will explain how you can do that without duplicating your content or sacrificing quality.

To get the maximum amount of money for the least amount of work, it is a great idea to rewrite your popular articles.

Rather than writing it again in the same format and risking duplication, switch to a different style, then post the new articles on different sites.

For example, post the original article on Bubblews, then after 7 days check your article views/likes. If it is popular, rewrite it into a few different styles.

The 2nd article you might post to Squidoo, the 3rd you may keep to use in an e-book later.

This method is NOT article spinning. It creates high quality, unique articles in a different format that is best for the platform you publish on.

Many articles contain information that can also be applied to other topics, locations and sites. For example, some tips for writing on Bubblews could also be applied to Squidoo.

The main styles I write are:
– Straight Forward (guide/how to)
– FAQ (Q&A)
– Mistakes to Avoid
– Step by Step (first do this, then do that)
– Story (true or fictitious to illustrate point of article)
– Checklist (bullet style)
– Review (overview with pros & cons)

It is rare that I rewrite an article into more than 2 different styles.

Being a big fan of writing How To Guides, my favorite way to use my content is:
a) Write original article Straight Forward style, post to revenue share site such as Bubblews
b) Rewrite into FAQ style, post to Blog or revenue share site such as Hubpages
c) Rewrite into Step by Step style, put aside to use in an e-book later

In addition to rewriting popular articles, I also use them to create YouTube videos so that I get revenue from Google as well.


What do you do with your popular content?

What To Do When Someone Steals Your Work

Plagiarists are lazy. Some will copy work completely, while others make minor changes to the first and/or last paragraphs, which is why I always use my third paragraph for when using plagiarism checkers.

Sadly it is quite common for writers to have their work copied.

I have had my work plagiarized on a number of occasions. After some very colorful cursing I use the process below:
* Identify the person that has stolen my work
* Contact that person and tell them to remove my work
* If they don’t, then send them a cease and desist order
* If there are any ads on their site then contact the advertisers
* Contact the search engines asking them to ban it from appearing in search results

There is an excellent article written by Lorelle VanFossen that details what you can do when someone steals your work. You can check out the article on her blog at http://lorelle.wordpress.com/2006/04/10/what-do-you-do-when-someone-steals-your-content/

Have you ever had your writing copied?

What did you do about it?

[Book Review] Sir Thomas ‘British Tommy’ Armstrong and the War Between the States

British TommySir Thomas ‘British Tommy’ Armstrong and the War Between the States
by Barry Tighe

A humorous account of the American Civil War

Barry has done an excellent job of bringing the American Civil War to the casual reader with Sir Thomas ‘British Tommy’ Armstrong and the War Between the States humorous adventures.

Tommy, our quick witted hero, is developed well as a character and thrown into situations with well known figures from the war.

Up until now I have mainly read historical fiction based in England and Europe, however Barry’s well researched and written tale based on the American Civil War has convinced me to broaden my horizons!

Overall a highly enjoyable read.

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[Book Review] The Healthy Smoothie Bible

smoothieThe Healthy Smoothie Bible
by Farnoosh Brock

Ultimate guide to becoming healthy, happy and energetic

The Healthy Smoothie Bible is an easy to read guide that outlines the ease, efficiency, and benefits of incorporating smoothies into your lifestyle.

Farnoosh shares her journey, inspiration, and knowledge about healthy smoothies.

I was impressed by the sheer volume of useful and practical information to get started in the world of smoothies and how I could easily search through the list of recipes by major ingredient.

Farnoosh talks about choosing ingredients, good combinations, and guidelines on mixing and matching for delicious results.

Despite my default aversion to anything green, this book managed to convince me to give it a try and now I’ll never go back!

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[Book Review] Self Publishing: Writing A Book And Publishing Books And eBooks For Yourself And Others

self-pubSelf Publishing: Writing A Book And Publishing Books And eBooks For Yourself And Others
by A William Benitez

An excellent self-publishing reference guide for new authors

As a visual learner, the way this book details each process step by step and provides screenshots not only made it a joy to read, it also helped me absorb the information.

William provides valuable information about editing your own work and free tools you can use to aid you in the process.

There is an excellent chapter covering the need to use publishing software rather than a word processor to make your book print ready. While there is a great deal about software such as PagePlus X4, I was a little disappointed that there was no mention of Calibre, a free and open source e-book editing tool that is used by many self-publishers.

Overall William’s book is extremely comprehensive and covers all you need to know regarding creating and self-publishing your book.

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Plagiarism Checker Tool Reviews

Want to know the best way to check that a post is original?

For this article I have assessed six different online plagiarism checking tools using the same unique post.

These are the results…

Line must have more than 6 words and less than 32 words.
Tested = Worked – Best success rate

Need to create a free account to do multiple searches.
Tested = Worked most of the time

Need to create a free account to access unlimited version.
Tested = Worked most of the time

Does not find all matches.
Tested = Failed

Does not find all matches.
Tested = Failed

Does not find all matches.
Tested = Failed

Here is a tip for searching:

1 – Copy the third paragraph of your article
2 – Go to http://www.plagiarismchecker.com and sign in
3 – In the Search With box use the drop down to select Google
4 – Paste your text into the SearchBox and click on Search

Always use the third paragraph of your article to search. Content thieves often just change the first and last paragraphs.

If you want to check your own work, or see if anyone else is ripping you off, I recommend using www.plagiarismchecker.com.

If something has only recently been posted, it may take some time to get indexed by the search engines.

Do you have a favorite free tool for checking for plagiarism? Have you run tests to make sure the tool you use is accurate?

[Book Review] Letters to My Children

lettersLetters to My Children
by Russell Bittner

A Touching Account of Overcoming Life’s Challenges as a Father

A touching account of how emotional closeness between father and children is maintained through physical distance and the highs and lows of life.

When I first came across “Letters to My Children”, I was not sure what to expect. On the surface it seemed like this book would be something only the author and his family would find relevant. I was most pleasantly surprised to find that was not the case.

“Letters to My Children” is extremely well written and provides a realistic account of how a father endeavors to maintain close emotional ties to his children while struggling with physical distance and self-doubts.

Fathers, sons and daughters could all certainly relate to this book and its overall message of hope, daring to dream and overcoming life’s challenges.

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