Whenever prospective clients contact my company for a book publishing quote, they invariably request a book printing quote to go along with it. I tell them that to figure out your initial publishing costs—the professional editing, graphic design, proofreading, indexing, and administrative costs involved in publishing a book—a publisher will need to know five things: 1. How many words are included both inside your book’s interior and on its cover? 2. How many images/graphics are included both inside your book’s interior and on its cover? 3. Will your book have a colour or black and white interior? (If colour, will it be a full bleed?) 4. What trim size (e.g., 5 x 8″, 5.5 x 8.5″, 6 x 9″, 8.5 x 11″) do you want? 5. What format (e.g., paperback, case-wrapped hardcover, dust-jacketed hardcover) do you want? Figuring out your book printing costs is even more involved than that. It is only once your book is fully formatted and you know all the above information plus the page count of the final-designed book that you can officially request a book printing quote. (The page count of a final-designed book is almost always different from the page count of your initial manuscript.) There is much to think about, much to consider when it comes to book printing. I also ask each author, “How many books are you thinking about printing, and have you considered how and where you’re going to sell them?” Some people are puzzled by that question, assuming the publisher will actively sell your books for you. I published this FREE ebook for these individuals a while ago: Your Ebook is an Asset … if You Own the Copyright. The moral of the story is there’s no point in printing any books at all unless you have a clear idea of how to distribute them—successfully. Otherwise, you’ll end up wasting a lot of money in book printing costs followed by even more in storage costs. For the authors who believe you’ll be able to print and sell direct to popular “bricks and mortar” book retailers, I highly recommend you download and read this additional FREE ebook: Why Traditional Bookstores Won’t Carry Your Book on Their Shelves … and Why That’s Okay. The truth is, if you want your book placed on the physical shelves of a traditional bookstore, you must play by the peculiar rules set by the traditional book supply chain. And, believe me, peculiar is the best word to describe these old rules … as I’m sure you’ll agree once you read the book. As well, most “bricks and mortar” booksellers (e.g., Chapters Indigo, Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, and Blackwell’s, et cetera) and libraries will only purchase their books through established distributors. They simply won’t deal with individual authors. Add to all this the fact that printers can be finicky machines at times. Have you ever wondered why, sometimes, a colour image looks different on your computer screen than it does in a printed document? This has much to do with the way the colour file was created by the designer as well as the type of paper it is being printed on and the type of printer being used. There is MUCH to consider with book printing. Before you engage in any type of book printing at all, read this book! It could save you a lot of time and money down the road. For those who still wish to print their books, this guide will help you to produce the best book printing result possible.

If you are new self publisher and you plan to print your first master piece, here are some advises that you can use before you print. Some of the factors that you might to take in consideration is the size of the book, the type of paper that is used for the book cover and content, the type of fonts used because the larger the font that you use, it might affect the number of pages hence affecting the quantity of pages used per book. There are many other factors that are also mentioned in this book.

If you ask me, it is a good book to give you an overview on what to expect and how can you sell the book provided you bear for the printing, logistics and the ware house cost.

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“Nearly everyone within a company is involved in selling at one level or another. Yet, the majority of those people are not professional frontline salespeople – they have never received any training in selling or in dealing with customers. As a result, opportunities are missed and, worst, you may even have wrecked the relationship with the customer for the long term. Selling Skills for Complete Amateurs presents a set of basic skills for selling, aimed exclusively at those people who have never been trained in the art of selling. Based on the successful courses which the author has been running for over ten years for beginners in sales, this book is intended to enable anyone to make a sound contribution to the overall sales process. 10 reasons you must buy this book and stop wrecking sales efforts in your organisation! 1. Amateurs make 10 fatal selling statements that instantly turn customers off. 2. You can cut objections to your sales pitch by up to 90% (and deal easily with the remaining few) using a proven method. 3. A truly persuasive sales letter doesn’t look anything like the attempts that amateurs make. 4. No validated research supports the business folklore that sales objections are “buying signals in disguise” – in fact they have the opposite effect! 5. Unconscious emotional need – that’s what you need to generate when your customer is at the point of making a buying decision. 6. There are two key human attributes which you can use to encourage customers to persuade themselves for you. 7. “Telling isn’t selling” – what can you do to make a massive change in the outcome of your next meeting with a customer? 8. Prolonging the investigative phase of your sale increases customer desire for the solution your product provides. 9. You don’t want to be marooned in “great-presentation-we’ll-call-you-soon” limbo. 10. Wake up to the real cause of the commonest objection of all – “You’re too expensive” – and discover what you can do to stop it immediately. ”

If you are an amateur and looking for more guide on how to sell your products in the worst of time,  classic mistakes that amateur seller do, the art of controlling the situation and negotiation and many more.

One of the tips that was given is stop talking and start asking question to attract the attention of your client. So if you really want more tips and guide on this, get this eBook and start learning now to boost your sale.

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“The essential cornerstone of robust, successful marketing strategies is to understand house buyers’ needs, markets and trends. This book introduces the reader to basic lifestyle segmentation by using an exploratory study as a tool in determining the lifestyle of Malaysian house buyers. By understanding our customers and their needs can give insights to massive solutions and consultations in our core business. The way we understand our customers and their needs has been responsible for our massive shift into solutions and consulting, which will account for the majority of our business. Housing development is dominated by projects in which insight into house buyers is the foundation to improving interactions between developers and potential house buyers. This book reduces the gap between marketers and house buyers. Beyond the business needs, lifestyle of Malaysian house buyers provide an added lifestyle value to professionals like architects, engineers, designers, planners and researchers together with guidance on typical issues such as survey analysis, and more specific matters such as limitations and recommendations for future research. ”


This book is characterized by a good pedagogical approach, and provides an overview of the objectives in identifying house buyers’ lifestyle segments for the segmentation research. This book covers a research problem, its translation into statistical terms, a theoretical review, a dataset description, a guided analysis and interpretations of the results. It concludes with discussion and recommendations of features and locations that reflects lifestyle, behaviour and preferences of house buyers’ in Malaysia. So, whether marketers are just beginning to understand their customers, or whether this has been an issue of priority for years, this book is a guide and it is with great pleasure that we recommend this interesting book to anyone engaged in or interested in lifestyle segmentation research in Malaysia.

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This book attempts to understand Najibnomics-economic policies advocated by the sixth Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak, since he helmed office on April 3, 2009. Najibnomics refers to a new approach to Malaysia’s economic development which is typified by three main characteristics: knowledge, innovation and freedom. It is a set of strategies, programmes and measures meant to transform Malaysia into a high-income and developed nation by the year 2020. This book analyses Najibnomics in action, or rather attempts to problematise Najibnomics at the level of its implementation. Through Najibnomics, the Malaysian government strives to keep the momentum of a sustainable growth trajectory, to enhance the well-being of the rakyat (people) and ensure the country gets out of the “middle-income trap” to become a high-income and developed economy by the year 2020.

An overview of this eBook is what he (the Prime Minister) had done to improve the Self-Sufficiency Standard of the nation. Here, the author also mentioned on the challenges of the Malaysian economics and approaches that had be made to overcome the issues. Some of the challenges that have been pointed out was i) to boost growth; ii) to consolidate debts and deficits; iii) to manage the rising cost of living.  According to the author, out of the three challenges mentioned, i.e., boosting growth is the most important because it has a direct impact on unemployment rate. In economics, unemployment rate is considered as one of the most important variables to assess the state of an economy.

The author also gave his opinion on managing debt and deficit level. He said that beside reducing the petrol and diesel subsidies, there are other better ways to control prices in the economy without heavily subsidising goods, such as by promoting competition, increasing efficiency, stimulating production and enhancing competitiveness.

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A series of mysteries. An explosion of truths.The Explosionist: Someone sets off a bomb outside fifteen-year-old Sophies boarding school, but no one can figure out who. The Medium: Soothsayers and séance leaders are regular guests at her great-aunts house in Scotland, but only one delivers a terrifying prophecy, directed at Sophie herself.The Murder: When the medium is found dead, Sophie and her friend Mikael know they must get to the bottom of these three mysteries in order to save themselves—even as the fate of all Europe hangs in the balance.Set in a time of subversive politics, homegrown terrorism, and rapidly changing alliances, The Explosionist is an extraordinarily accomplished debut novel for teens that delivers a glimpse of the world as it might have been—had one moment in history been altered.

Sophie is an intelligent and well-brought-up girl on the verge of taking her final exams in Edinburgh, 1938. In a world in which Wellington lost to Napoleon at Waterloo, there are many subtle differences from our world. In fact, it took me a few chapters of minor details that struck me as odd to be sure this was an alternate history. Sophie’s Scotland hears rumors of the terrors enacted in Europe (which engulfed England long before), but they have thus far stayed resolutely politically neutral, while providing weaponry to the various warlike nations. Then Sophie stumbles across a plot to pull Scotland into the war, and not only does she have to uncover it, but deal with her increasing suspicions that her Great-Aunt’s pet governmental project doesn’t educate young women so much as brainwash them…

I really like Sophie, who has a distinct personality and is delightfully competent, while remaining totally believable as a 15 year old who’s been somewhat sheltered. She figures out the main mystery not that long after I did (which was a relief–I hate stories where the solution is obvious but no one picks up on it). And I appreciated how many interesting adult characters there were with their own priorities and stories. (Personal favorite of course was her poised and mysteriously knowledgeable history professor, Miss Chatterjee.) I particularly loved discovering the differences between Sophie’s society and my expectations. For instance, thanks to their isolation from trade and independence from England, Scotland developed rather different technologies, with greater emphasis on electrically-based tech than in reality. But there are still enough similarities (there’s a running thread about the terrible food her boarding school and aunt’s cook serve Sophie that I loved encountering–I’ll never get tired of hearing about gooseberry fool and “shapes”) and references to known historical personages (sometimes serving rather different roles than expected) that it still feels recognizable.

My only quibble with this book is that it’s developed quite well and written at a good pace until the last few chapters, which both resolve too many things too swiftly, and set up a huge cliffhanger. I did not expect this to end in a cliffhanger, let alone such a huge one! I suppose I’ll have to read the next book. I would have read it anyway, and now I’m a bit sulky that the author felt I needed to be coerced into doing so in such a hamfisted way.

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Kerana kecurangan Faris, Hannan Aisya berhijrah ke bandar membawa hati duka lara. Saat Aisya bergelut dengan rasa sedih dan kecewa muncul pula Auzan Rudi Shauqi yang selalu memperlekehkan dirinya, malah dia lebih seronok membuli Aisya. ​ “Geum Jan Di…” ​“Hah!” ​“Geum Jan Di.” ​“Siapa tu?” ​“Nama baru awak.” Bagi Aisya, Shauqi hanyalah langau yang mengganggu hidupnya. Namun pernyataan cinta seseorang kepada Aisya membuatkan Shauqi jauh hati. “Along tak tau kenapa pertama kali jumpa dia along rasa… satu perasaan yang lain. Along rasa along rindukan dia.” Asyfar Haziq Musyaffa Tiba-tiba kehadiran seseorang yang pernah bertakhta dalam hatinya memporak perandakan lagi hidup Aisya. “Abang tau Sya masih cintakan abang… abang yakin sangat.” Faris Hakimi ​ Aisya dalam dilema. Antara cinta Faris Hakimi yang pernah mengecewakannya atau Asyfar Haziq Musyaffa, lelaki yang seiras pelakon pujaannya. Bagaimana pula dengan Auzan Rudi Shauqi? ​ ‘Terima kasih Ya Allah. Izinkan aku mencintai dia hingga ke akhir hayatku’ ​ Cinta siapakah yang akan jadi pilihan Hannan Aisya?

The start was kind of okay. Tapi lama-kelamaan, ia menjadi mendatar.

Watak Aisya terlalu lemah. Laki yang dah treat dia macam sampah tu pun, still nak dirindui sampai nangis-nangis.

Walaupun banyak lelaki yang mengejar Aisya, tiada satu pun yang ada chemistry. There were just characters yang berinteraksi with each other.

If there were any redeeming qualities in this story, it is Shauqi. Tapi watak dia pun, pada N, biasa-biasa saja.

Mungkin kerana hampir kesemua watak utama dalam novel ni masih muda, rasanya paling tua pun 30 tahun. That’s why perwatakan mereka masih lagi mentah.

On certain days u will get book that sucks. On other days, u will get a book that just click with u. And I guessed, this one of those days. It depends on individual though.

Saya suka cerita jenis knight in shining armor. Tapi this type of knight honestly can be such a jerk at the same time. Autocratic pun ya. Tak cinta tapi tak suka ada yg ingin mendekati. Dua2 punya kisah silam. Dua2 dicurangi. Satu sebagai kekasih satu lagi as spouses.

Penantian 5 tahun tak berbaloi. Macam maid dan bank bergerak pulak sementara menunggu suami pulang dari rantauan. Sejurus kepulangan suami, dia di hina lantas diceraikan. Ingat memilih permata rupanya kaca (Faris). Pahit pengalaman belum hilang, lain masalah pulak yg mendatang.

Tapi saya suka cara mereka..kesemua watak ni suka usik mengusik. Cuma Faris jenis tak makan saman. Other than that ok walau ada sedikit lelah bila Auzan masih enggan melafazkan cinta. Akan terlambatkah meluahkan isi hatinya sebelum merasa kehilangan lagi?

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Simon Winchester, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Atlantic and The Professor and the Madman, delivers his first book about America: a fascinating popular history that illuminates the men who toiled fearlessly to discover, connect, and bond the citizenry and geography of the U.S.A. from its beginnings.How did America become “one nation, indivisible”? What unified a growing number of disparate states into the modern country we recognise today? To answer these questions, Winchester follows in the footsteps of America’s most essential explorers, thinkers, and innovators, such as Lewis and Clark and the leaders of the Great Surveys; the builders of the first transcontinental telegraph and the powerful civil engineer behind the Interstate Highway System. He treks vast swaths of territory, from Pittsburgh to Portland, Rochester to San Francisco, Seattle to Anchorage, introducing the fascinating people who played a pivotal role in creating today’s United States.Throughout, he ponders whether the historic work of uniting the States has succeeded, and to what degree. Featuring 32 illustrations throughout the text, The Men Who United the States is a fresh look at the way in which the most powerful nation on earth came together.

This sweeping history of largely unsung heroes of vision and creativity behind America’s exploration and infrastructure development was uplifting and informative. Starting with Lewis and Clarke, Winchester’s lively narrative brings to life the stories of key individuals for charting the young nation’s geography and geology, exploiting its waterways, building roads, canals, and railroads, linking its far reaches by telegraph and then by telephone, radio, and electricity. We take so much for granted, but each of these achievements involved a human story and a host of challenges. He puts himself on the road to places that are significant to these accomplishments, so his storytelling from history becomes integrated with his personal travelogue. He makes an odd frame for organizing his narrative in relation to the five classic Oriental elements of wood, earth, water, fire, and metal, but his progression is logical enough without straining to these metaphors. I like the thrust of his overall urge to account for the bones and flesh of America’s stable unity of states and peoples despite so much diversity.

Winchester writes with energy (and occasional hyperbole) that was fun to listen to in his reading for the audiobook version. The effort clearly reflects his admiration of his adopted nation. His special affinity for geology and map making I was already a fan of from previous works of his that I’ve read. He acknowledges the bad deal and genocidal proportions of how Native Americans were treated effectively as impediments to Manifest Destiny of white dominion over all resources. However, the human achievements of the explorers, engineers and the dreamers still deserve our interest and appreciation. He tries to get at what drives them and finds admirable aspects of their personalities relevant to their talents and actions, but he does not shy away from varied contribution of self-centeredness, greed, jealousy, or lunacy behind their successes. I appreciate his probing mind, sense of wonder over human creativity, and ability to put so many threads of history into his tapestry.

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