Mandala Happiness 3, Celtic Designs, Mandala Coloring Book releasing June 10, 2015

For Immediate Release

Release Your Stress with Mandala Happiness 3, Celtic Designs
a New Adult Coloring Book by J. Bruce Jones

Mandala Happiness 3, Celtic Designs, Mandala Coloring Book

Mandala Happiness 3, Celtic Designs is the third of 3 new adult coloring books by J. Bruce Jones releasing June 2015. The book contains 44 mandala coloring pages for adults and grown ups. Perfect for inspiring creativity, reducing stress and coloring fun.

Mandala Happiness 3, Celtic Designs Coloring Book

Mandala Happiness 3, Celtic Designs Coloring Book

(Boston, Massachusetts, June 10, 2015) J. Bruce Jones and Bruce Jones Design Inc., announces the release of Mandala Happiness 3, Celtic Designs, an adult coloring book focusing on mandalas and their spiritual nature.

Coloring mandalas has been know to help reduce stress, inspire creativity and bring an inner calm. Mandalas have been used for ages as a way to connect with the spiritual world and with your inner self. Mandala coloring pages can bring out your spiritual side, establish a sacred space, and aid in meditation and relaxation. Mandala Happiness 2, created by J. Bruce Jones is designed for grown ups and adults of all ages. Mandala Happiness 1 coloring book for adults contains 46 outlined mandalas to draw, color and bond with. Each mandala is printed on the front of the page with a blank page behind so they are perfect for colored pens and markers, avoiding page bleed.

Mandala Happiness 3, Celtic Designs (ISBN-10: 1514180200), 8.5″ x 11″ (21.59 x 27.94 cm), Black & White on White paper, paperback. The book features 44 mandalas over 96 pages. Mandala Happiness 2 is available at Amazon.com and MandalaHappiness.com, Price is $9.95

Available at Amazon.com Mandala Happiness 3, Celtic Designs Coloring Book (Volume 3)

About Mandala Happiness the Series
Mandala Happiness is a new series of adult coloring books by J. Bruce Jones featuring mandalas and decorative designs. Releasing in June are Mandala Happiness 1, Mandala Happiness 2 and Mandala Happiness 3 with Celtic designs.

About J. Bruce Jones
Bruce Jones is the author and creator of numerous coloring books for kids and students. His books focus on geography, cats and dogs, and alphabets. Bruce has been a graphic designer for the past 30 years and practices Tai Chi. Bruce has created over 30 books over the past 8 years.

For more information about Mandala Happiness 3, Celtic Designs please visit http://www.mandalahappiness.com, or call J. Bruce Jones 781-255-7171

Interview with Stephanie Bavaro, The Making of a #1 Best Seller

As a graphic designer these days we are called upon to help with many aspects of a project. Not only must we do design, but also marketing, social media, video, all kinds of stuff. Having a love of publishing and now selling around 300 books a month on my own, I get asked to help with a lot of book projects. As was the case recently with Stephanie Bavaro where I was asked to step in and help with her book launch. The result was that Stephanie’s book went to #1 international best seller status in 4 countries. Very cool.

Stephanie was very nice and granted me an interview on the process of making a best selling book. Some great lessons here. In this interview Stephanie takes us through the process of how she made her new book “GREATful Woman Talks!: Volume 1: Giving From Your Overflow Starts with Self-Care!” and brought it to #1 best seller status in 4 countries and 6 categories.

Stephanie talks about putting the book together, building her publishing platform, social media, launch day, her team behind the scenes, what has happened since and lessons learned.

GREATful Woman Talks, Vol 1 is available at Amazon.com

Collection of Interviews includes:
• Giving From Your Overflow Begins with Self-Care with Lisa Nichols
• How to Rise Above Mediocre Status Quo Living and Become the Woman God Created You To Be! with Dee Marshall
• Getting Fit and Sassy from the Inside Out! with Kate McKay
• Mother’s Self Care! with Mia Redrick
• Telling Your Authentic Story: How to Access the True Power of Who You Really Are! with Christine Kloser
• Creating a Sacred Space to Unlock Your Highest Calling! with Nikki Klugh
• Life Balance for Success: Your Body, Bedroom, Babies, and Boardroom! with Tanya Penny
• The H Factor: Using Your Heart, Hustle and Humility to Make it Happen! with Vasavi Kumar
• Up Level Your Life and Change the Game of Your Success! with Allyson Byrd
• Living Strong, Lean & Flexible with Stephanie Bavaro

To learn more about Stephanie Bavaro please visit
http://greatfulwoman.com

How to Make a Picture Book and Sell it On Amazon, Part 1

I am in the process of putting together an actual and on-line course on How to Self-Publish a Picture Book. I have written a basic outline around how to self-publish a picture book on CreateSpace and Kindle and thought lets pull all this together right here in the blog and write the full version. One of the points I teach about marketing your book is to start the marketing at the same time you start the writing. One of the easiest ways to get started is to write your book right into your blog. Let it take shape here, attract some readers, have them sign up for your mailing list and build some followers.

1. The Type of Book You Are Making
One of the first decision you will need to make is what kind of book are you releasing. Is it a text only fiction book, a picture book, a non-fiction how-to-book, a children’s book, a paperback, an e-book, or both the list is pretty big. Depending on what you decide, it will determine where you will publish and the process you will go through to make your book. With all of the options available today you can very often pick several different ways to publish the same material. For my own books I often start with the print version and then move to e-book and then maybe a pdf. Some books start as e-books first others start as print.

2. Deciding on the Publishing Platform
At the top of everyone’s publishing list is Amazon.com. Pretty much the largest distributor of books on the planet. Amazon has two options for self-publishing. You can go with a print-on-demand paperback produced through their CreateSpace.com division or an e-book that is read on the Kindle e-book reader. Some books work great on both platforms and some a little better on one. Kindle works great on books that are pretty much mostly text. But more and more picture books are going that way also.

Lets define some terms:
Print-on-Demand: POD is a technology where the book isn’t printed until an order has been placed. Books are printed one at a time as orders come in.This has become a very efficient way of printing because you don’t need to have any inventory sitting on shelves. Print-on-Demand has also moved way beyond just books, it also includes mugs, t-shirts, posters, almost any kind of specialty item. Websites like CafePress.com and Zazzle.com produce all kind of products. For paperback books one of the largest POD printers is CreateSpace.com which is a division of Amazon.com. We will be using CreateSpace.com for our picture book.  The Print-on-Demand technology has exploded publishing and allowed small publishers and indie authors to print and sell books. Other popular POD printers are Lulu.com and Blurb.com.

E-book: E-books are full length books in digital form. The book can contain text, images or both. They can be read on e-book readers, computers, tablets, and smartphones. The most popular reader is the Kindle by Amazon.com. The Kindle comes as a physical device and as a reading app on pretty much any electronic device. There are two basic e-book formats, Mobi which works on just the Amazon Kindle and Kindle readers and ePub format which works on all the other devices such as Kobo, Nook, iPad and many others.

Most main stream books these day are released both ways, e-book and print and sometimes audio. A lot of indie authors and publishers release just on Kindle because it is pretty easy and inexpensive to do. Print takes a bit more effort but in reality is pretty straight forward. There are many ways to get your books published on Amazon and all the other platforms. You can do it yourself or hire people or services to do it for you. Generally most people recommend setting up your own book accounts on Amazon for both print and e-book and for all of the other platforms using a service like BookBaby.com or Smashword.com. Many of the print-on-demand services also have their own stores and are building relationships with Amazon and others to give you full distribution.

Lets Go Through the Thought Process
You want as big a distribution as you can get, world-wide would be great. Paperback black/white or color book, standard sizes, text or images, you go with CreateSpace.com/Amazon. E-Book, world-wide distribution, mostly text such as a fiction or romance book, Kindle/Amazon.com. Kindle will pretty much do anything. The books will play on any electronic device, and can be bought all over the world. More and more picture, children’s, rnon-fiction, really any kind of book now works this way. Where I have seen issues is when the book has extensive formatting, lots of charts and graphs, then things get a little strange. But Kindle is pretty flexible. One of the great things about CreateSpace is that the per book printing price is very competitive, in fact if you are printing extras for use at a conference or event the prices are excellent.

You want to kick your book up a notch. Give it a hardcover or maybe a cover wrap, you are going horizontal, or spiral binding. How about some really nice photos or maybe you want that thicker paper. Then you want to look at print-on-demand printers like Lulu.com or Blurb.com. Both of these companies do a great job and are now offering direct ties to Amazon.com for selling. Blurb.com can produce some really high quality books.

One of the cool things from Blurb.com is their BookWright software. To produce a designed, printed book you generally need some kind of page layout software like InDesign to build your book. But one of the trends is the development of book design and publishing software like BookWright. You don’t need anything, just your text and your images and you can build your book right on-line. This trend is also happening on the e-book side with on-line applications like Kobo Writing Life, Nook can do this also. I think this is the future, build your books on-line. there are also many other picture book sites that allow you to make the boo without any software.

For this project I am going to build a picture book that we will sell on Kindle and CreateSpace. To be a little different I am going to build it in PowerPoint. What did he say, yes PowerPoint. PowerPoint is a pretty amazing software that almost everyone has and can create a pretty nice book. I would normally use Adobe InDesign for my book layout software but I want to have as many people as possible be able to follow me.

3. Basic parameters of the picture book we will make
• 7″ x 10″, approx. 24 pages
• Layout and production, Microsoft PowerPoint
• Publishing CreateSpace.com/Amazon and Kindle. Ideally I would like to make a horizontal book because this is going to be a picture book, but because CreateSpace.com doesn’t really have this orientation we will go vertical. The Kindle works either way, and 7″ x 10″ fits pretty nicely with the Kindle 1:6 screen ratio.
• Pictures, 300dpi, color, jpg

To figure out the book size we look on the CreateSpace.com site and at the printing options for a color book. CreateSpace offers a wide range of sizes, I usually pick the Industry Standard sizes so I can take advantage of the widest distribution.
Visit here for book specs https://www.createspace.com/Products/Book/

General parts of a book
Cover
Title page
Front Matter
Copyright and legal disclaimers
List of illustrations and tables
Foreward
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Table of contents
Chapters
References
Index
Resources
Author bio, Contact info

For my picture book we will have a little simpler layout
Cover
Title page
Copyright and legal matters
Images
Author Bio

Sample Images for my Torrie Pines Beach Picture Book

Sample Images for my Torrie Pines Beach Picture Book

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The text below here is still a work in process

Assembling your content
Pictures, drawings, illustrations
From a stock site, look at the rights issues, publishing, e-book, print-on-demand book, pdf book
Using images from you own camera, iPhoto,

Writing
Text for the book,
Title page text
Pick a topic

Images and Artwork
Collecting Images
Cleaning up images for the book, standard size and resolution
Any color adjustments
Match the picture size with the book page dimensions and layout

Picture book, kids
How to Book on a topic, pictures and images

Amazon book page
Understanding the basic sales page and the parts
How to research your book topic
Importance of book reviews

10 Ten technique for writing

Blogging Ideas, Week 8: Where is Your Business Located?

Week 8 Business Location

Where is your business located?

Today I want you to write about where your business is located. Are you a local business, national or do you do business globally. Even small businesses can be global, maybe you use Skype to connect with clients in other countries. Tell us how far you spread. My own World of Maps editable clip art for PowerPoint sells all over the planet from one location.

My new book 52 Blog Ideas for Business, A New Question Every Week to Kick Start our Business Blogging is just about ready for release on Amazon. The files are loaded up, just waiting for the processing. For a limited time you can download a free pdf copy of the book. Click here to download a copy