Life is. Not life should be, or I wish life was,
Life happens, just because.
A wolf preys on a weakened elk, not because it prefers the taste,
But rather it is nature’s way to end the elk’s fate.
The elk provides nourishment for the wolf clan,
This is natural, it is life’s plan.
No vote is taken in the pack,
To determine the best plan of attack.
The wolves know in order to survive,
Acting on opportunity will help them thrive.
Indecisiveness would result in failure,
And failure leads to death.
If you are looking for fairness in nature, it will not be found.
If you are looking for kindness, stop looking around.
If you are waiting for opportunity to present itself to you,
It will pass you by, and then you’re through.
Look for opportunity and act without hesitation.
Seize opportunity it is the means to an end.
Life is opportunity, no room for rivals.
Embrace opportunity, for it is survival.
It starts with a flurry and a gentle westerly wind,
That’s just the beginning to a terrible end.
It’s been predicted for days, but never fully believed,
Not till the first warnings of the storm are received.
You’re still on the road, thinking there’s still plenty of time,
Then a gust of wind hits your car and you start to slide.
Pushing yourself back onto the roadway,
You know you better get home now, some way!
There’s already a drift in front of your door,
You say to yourself, “Really, how much more?”
Then you realize your shovels are still up in the attic,
You thought there would have been time not to panic.
It’s late at night, not much you can do now,
You’ll get them in the morning and start shoveling somehow.
You still have your snowblower in the garage, thank goodness,
But what about fuel; Oh no! What a mess!!
You try to sleep as the wind starts howling louder,
The temperature drops, there’s two feet of fresh powder.
The lights flicker for a moment then all goes black,
This is not a storm it’s a winter blitz attack.
The generator you wanted was still on back order,
One good thing, you’ve always been a toilet paper hoarder.
You find an old flashlight with dead batteries inside,
And the fifty used candles from your last birthday surprise.
You’ll have a little warmth as you light them one by one,
But, not near enough light to get any work done.
So, off to sleep you go with 10 blankets on top,
Hoping and hoping the snow will just stop.
You awaken in the morning and the alarm clock’s flashing.
Your jaws are tired from all the teeth gnashing.
You relight the furnace and reset the clocks,
Looking out the window nothing’s moving for blocks.
Schools are closed and most businesses too,
There’s no place to go, and you can’t get through.
Neighbors you have never met,
Start popping from the snow, shoveling and wet.
You meet some new friends and old ones as well,
Going house to house with blankets and lots of shovels.
When everyone is safe, and you are stuck waiting on plows,
You start sharing ways how you’ll all get through it somehow.
Life slows down for a few hours or days,
The first plows come by, to a huge “Hip, Hip, Hooray!”
Storms always come at the worst possible time,
But, bring people together who need to share life.
I have been using speech recognition applications, sometimes
called dictation, for several years now and have learned to appreciate it.
However, there are deftly some things that will make it work better for you
regardless of the dictation software you use. I most frequently used Dragon
NaturallySpeaking, but I have used other speech recognition software in a pinch,
including the Windows 10 speech recognition software.
I’ve even written other blogs on the value of speech
recognition applications, but I thought it might be time to provide a couple of
quick simple tips to help train and improve the value of your speech
Use A Powerful Computer With Plenty Of Memory
I have written an entire blog post on why it is good to have a powerful computer, but I will mention it here in general terms. Having a computer with fast multiple central processing units (CPUs) and high levels of memory will, in general, improve the speed of the speech recognition software and therefore be less distracting and less likely to make you hesitate when speaking to allow the software to catch up.
Get A High-Quality Headset With Microphone
Having a high-quality headset with microphone is the first
place to start it works far better than using the microphone on your laptop or
the cheap headphone that may have come with the software if you purchased it.
A good headset has several advantages, among them, are the fact that this microphone is closer to your mouth and therefore can more easily hear your voice without interference. Also, the improved quality of microphone reception will help to improve the accuracy of the voice recognition application you’re using.
Now, this topic may seem a little silly, but the way we speak will affect the overall performance and quality of the speech recognition software. Therefore, we must train ourselves to use speech recognition applications correctly and efficiently. This will require us to learn a few commands, at least, the ones we most commonly use.
when we first start using’s speech recognition applications we tend to want to speak in short bursts and watch to ensure that the application is interpreting correctly and keeping up. However, this practice not only is unnecessary, but it disrupts your writing flow as well. Speech recognition software has been engineered to learn from us and to interpret under normal speaking conditions, so, we must have a conversational pace to our speaking in order to get the best out of speech recognition applications. This means not speaking slowly, or into jilted of a manner, or to rapidly. We just need to speak with a steady natural rhythm and with clear normal enunciation.
Don’t Forget About Punctuation
this is more of an efficiency factor in a bit of an
exception to the speaking normally rule, but it does follow the train yourself
rule. As you speak train yourself to say the punctuation words where they would
be appropriate in the text. Commands like parentheses, period, and question mark,
make the results more readable and facilitate editing. And the facilitation
during editing applies whether you added visually or using applications such as
Grammarly. Ultimately, speaking punctuation as you go will save time, even if
it takes a little effort to develop the habit.
Use Verbal Correction Commands
now I willingly admit that this is a practice that I frequently violate. However, if you learn and use the “correction” commands for the speech recognition software you’re using, assuming it has one, will help the application learn and, in some applications, they will even make suggestions for correction. Using the voice commands to make corrections will help the software learn more efficiently and shorten the learning curve to improved accuracy and efficiency. This is particularly true if you use vocabulary that is unique to a particular topic on a regular basis.
Well, I hope you find these basic tips useful, and if I had to add one more quick tip it would be used to software frequently. The more you use your speech to recognition software the more practice it has and the greater the opportunity for it to learn your speech patterns and common vocabulary usage.
When discussing various writing genres, it is common for people – both writers and readers – to lump science fiction and fantasy together under the catchall term “speculative fiction.” On a general level, this comparison between these two genres is accurate. However, these two very close kins are inherently different on many levels. Let us look at the difference between science fiction and fantasy creations.
Science Fiction Vs. Fantasy: Identifying Major Literary Differences
1. Possibility Vs. Impossibility
Science fiction, also commonly known as Sci-fi, is a fiction literature genre whose storyline and elements are imaginary but are based on science and scientific facts. Sci-fi novels and novellas follow a logical and plausible theme and prose that has scientific backing.
Follow a logical and plausible theme means that the occurrences and events presented in sci-fi literature are possible to occur. Science fiction needs to be set in the future where technologies used may not be available but are still not beyond the realm of scientific theory. It is essential that sci-fi creations make sense within the natural laws of the universe so that the readers can connect the now and the future.
On the other hand, fantasy as a genre deals with mythical, magical, or supernatural occurrences that have no scientific backing or explanation and cannot possibly occur in our real world. Fantasy stories told in an imagined world, often entirely different from our own, which involves a mystical base.
For example, a sci-fi creation may present a space ship that travels faster than light. The writer would hope that in tomorrow’s world, such technologies can be possible owing to advancement in science and technology. On the contrary, fantasy creations might present human characters with abilities to fly or are bulletproof, something that does not and is likely not to exist in our reality.
Science fiction deals with scientific concepts while fantasy creations are merely written on the foundation of imaginative ideas.
3. Heroes And Heroines
Fantasy and sci-fi creations have different types of heroes and heroines. With fantasy creations, the heroes are usually mythical creatures or humans with supernatural powers.
The use of mythical creatures or supernatural humans is however different with Sci-fi creations which present real human heroes with unique talents and skill sets that make them formidable risk takers, valuable leaders or effective problem solvers which help them succeed in the end.
4. The Setting
Often, science fiction works are almost always in the future. A sci-fi story would extrapolate our world across time and explore what would happen in the advent of new futuristic technologies. Pundits maintain that today’s disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, and virtual realities were envisioned and inspired by yesterday’s sci-fi works.
On the other hand, fantasy literature setting is almost always in a world so different from ours, and often in the past. This past could be ancient or medieval, and often involving magic. Fantasy works present an alternate world with mythical occurrences that would only be possible through imagination.
Understanding these science fiction vs. fantasy differences will help you create or choose a clarified genre that satisfies your readers. Often, readers look for specific literary identifying marks in a fantasy or sci-fi novel.
Being aware of the difference between science fiction and fantasy can help you blend and shade these two genres to create literary works that can move readers seamlessly between the possibilities and the impossibilities.
Recently, when speaking with a friend of mine, he questioned why I had purchased such a powerful computer? It seemed to him to be unnecessary to purchase such a powerful computer.
By way of background, my most recent personal computer (PC) is a super high-powered gaming computer, meaning it has multiple CPUs a high-powered graphics card and several gigabytes of memory.
Pondering on his question, I decided to write a short article explaining my reasoning. After having written several books and running several blogs for years I have come to this understanding of why a high-powered computer is a benefit to writers.
As it happens, my most recent computer purchase was a desktop. However, I have laptops, iPhones, iPads, as well.
I would like to note, that even though I own a gaming computer, I am not nor have I ever been a gamer. As a matter fact, I’m never found much purpose in games; computerize or otherwise.
Perhaps, my biggest reason for investing in a really powerful computer, is application performance. There are a number of applications that I use in the course of my day, which I like to have work quickly and efficiently. This is especially true, for tools such as Dragon NaturallySpeaking (my speech to text tool), my word editor, and my photo editors; all of which I use on a daily basis to support my writing and my blogs.
Speech To Text
Nothing hinders my performance more than sitting around
waiting for an application to catch up. I find waiting on the computer to catch
up when I’m using speech to text, for example, to be super annoying and
distracting to the point of causing me to lose my focus sometimes. This hasn’t
been a problem in a while with the new computer but is definitely work on my nerves
in the past. This is an area where high-speed CPUs and significant amounts of
memory can be very helpful.
Photo and video editors
I use a number of photo editors and today even if you take a
photo with your iPhone modern cameras take photos which can be quite large
sometimes. This is even more true, if you’re working with video. This would be
the reason that I lean toward a significant amount of memory and for high-end
in addition to having high-speed Internet access, in my case
1 Gb optical, it pays to have plenty of memory, high-speed CPUs, and a good
graphics card, so you’re not sitting around waiting for your tools to keep up
online and so that they’re not always having to buffer to your PC. And this can
be true for any number of tools including WordPress, Grammarly, and online word
processing and editing tools.
for the same reasons that having a powerful computer helps
will web-based tools, it also helps when you do online research and when you
download online content. This is particularly true, when downloading large
What I look for when I buy a new computer?
Plenty of memory
Plenty memory is important, 16 GB of memory is kind of the minimum these days, so, go for as much memory as you can reasonably afford. Memory isn’t terribly costly these days but unless you just like buying more memory and switching it out (assuming your not tech savvy and like that kind of thing), I recommend that you get the memory up front in your computer or have it installed by their support team at the time of purchase. The more memory you have the more work at one time your computer can do in memory without writing to disk–working in memory is always faster than writing and reading from disk.
Several high-speed CPUs
Since CPUs are the real brains of the process along with the
high-speed memory is important to get modern high-speed CPUs and several of
them. Multicore computers are not
terribly costly these days, either, and with a 64-bit operating system can be
quite fast and efficient. More CPU’s and/or Cores will allow you to run
multiple programs efficiently at the same time.
Now graphic cards may be a little more optional if you don’t do a lot of work with photographs and videos but I would still recommend that you consider getting a computer with a powerful graphics card installed. Even if for no other reason than the ability to work efficiently with your content on the web and in the cloud. Powerful graphic cards improve the performance of photographic and video editors, as was as, providing a smoother overall user experience.
High Speed drives
If you have the budget for it going with a Solid State Drive (SSD) rather than Hard Disk Drive (HDD) can also add performance with it comes to caching and saving you data and files. My most recent computer actually had both types. An Solid State Drive (SSD) as my main drive (C Drive) and an Hard Disk Drive (HDD) for backup, recovery, and long term storage for less frequently used file. This combination has worked very well for me.
Having recently received my renewal notice from Microsoft for my office 365 suite, I got to thinking about do I really want to pay for Microsoft Office even though I’ve been using it for many years and what my alternatives might be to Microsoft Word. Microsoft Word for me is a very familiar tool which I’m exceptionally comfortable, but I’m not sure I need it just to write books and blog posts.
Microsoft Word has been one of the most used tools for writing, and Microsoft Word is familiar to many people because of Microsoft Word’s prevalence of use in business. However, this does not mean that it is the only tool that can be used for this purpose as there are others which can even do a better job than Microsoft Word.
Admittedly, which tool is best for you is going to boil down to your value proposition based on how well the tool’s functionality fits into your mental framework and how exactly you intend to use the tools. If all you’re doing is writing a few simple blogs, you may not even need a software tool beyond your blog provider software or the app on your phone. Also, for really short works grammar league can be used in much the same way.
Nonetheless, this article tries to provide you with the best writer tools to replace Microsoft Word.
Word Processing Component is a writer tool that has most of its features similar to those of Microsoft Word. WPS has a ribbon interface and icons that are almost identical. Any writer who enjoys using Microsoft Office 2007 will find this tool very convenient to work with.
WPS beats Microsoft in that it has a multi-document browsing tab making it appealing to work with. It is also possible to open any document format with the tool. On the issue of the cloud support, WPS ha a whole 1GB of storage that assists to back up or sync your documents easily. These are some of the reasons why WPS might prove to be one of the best alternatives to Microsoft Word.
LibreOffice is another tool that will give you an excellent writing service. This tool comes with a variety of features that you might want to experience when doing your writing tasks.
To start with, LibreOffice comes as part of a great office suite that meets a variety of your writing needs. Still, it provides you with a modern user interface that simplifies its usage as well as its efficiency. On the issue of supporting files, it is excellent since it is compatible with a variety of documents. Examples include the Microsoft Word documents like DOCX and DOC and other text formats.
The icons of the LibreOffice are simple and very intuitive to you as the user.
On the issue of integration, LibreOffice gives you a chance to import files like a spreadsheet from the calculator or even a graph from chats. It simplifies the whole process of writing for you.
SoftMaker Free Office
SoftMaker Free Office is another writer tool that has some features that you might love as a writer. Although some of its features are inside the sub-menus, you can customize them and experience them.
The free office feature makes it possible for you to create documents that are interactive. The bookmarks and the fields are meant for this purpose. Please note that you will not lose your documents if they were initially in word format because Microsoft Word documents can be opened by SoftMaker Free Office.
This writer tool is part of a great suite that comes with a Microsoft Word Office interface. The Apache Open Office offers the writer excellent compatibility with word documents. It can work with an imported spreadsheet, present applications or database.
Google Docs can also be added in the list as it offers one of the best services to any writer. Documents can be stored and retrieved any time the writer needs them.
These are some of the best writer tools to replace Microsoft Word. They come with more significant features found in Microsoft Word, and this makes the writing process simple and enjoyable.
In blogging, images play a crucial role in your success. No matter the subject you are writing about, believe me, or not pictures are not easy to ignore if you are looking forward to succeeding.
Thus, in this article, we have comprehensively covered why
blog pictures are important towards achieving success in the blogging field.
Below is why blog pictures are essential in a blog post:
Having a picture and the right picture makes your content to
create a positive impression.
If your post is visually dull and has no emotions, most
visitors will run away from your site even before reading anything thus
creating a lousy impression.
However, if your posts are visually attractive, the chances
of creating emotional connections with readers are high thus luring them to
In some cases, images are the main focus of your post. Make
sure the pictures you have used are beautiful and relevant to the content of
the post to make them attract the reader and convey the message you intended to
Search Engines Traffic
When you use appropriate images in your blog post, be
assured to get better results in search engines.
There are some things you should consider when adding images
to increase the traffic from the search engines. Adding tags, descriptions, and
titles is vital in boosting performance in search engines.
Use of relevant keywords in a good way, help to make your
post easily seen. Compressing and resizing your images helps in optimizing them
to load faster and rank well in search engines.
Social Media Exposure
Many social media users will pay a little to no attention
when bypassing their timelines and come across posts lacking images.
Use of emotional and creative pictures will make your post
easily seen in a timeline that has been overcrowded.
Posts accompanied with pictures get higher engagement which
is contrary to posts without images.
If your post has images, you will get more likes than that
lacks. With a picture, some users will like the post even without reading it.
When users are interested in the image you have used, there
are higher chances of clicking on your post and open it.
If social media has no pictures, it would be a dull and
unimpressive place. Use relevant photos to ensure your posts are standing out.
Article Length Increment
There are posts which require few words to pass the intended
message, i.e., “Top 10 best web designs trends in 2019”.
In this case, you’ll to have ten images, ten subtitles, as
well as ten short descriptions and you, ’re done with the post.
Thus, relevant and well-chosen images are perfect in
creating a lengthy blog post using very few words.
Makes Understanding Complex Information Easier
In some posts, for example with more technical data like how
a specific technology works, may be hard to be understood by those with little
to no knowledge on that field. Thus, the use of screenshots can be a good way
So, it’s good to provide images to make the information
easily understood. These images are crucial and educate the readers about
whatever you are writing and illustrating.
The use of screenshots, educational images like tables,
graphics as well as wireframes will give more precise meaning to the
information making it easy to be understood and relevant to the reader.
Supporting Your Point
Whenever a reader reads, a blog post gets a kind of a
certain feeling. Depending on the posts, some will encourage, guide among
With the help of images, you can achieve this comfortably.
Let us say your post regards losing weight and the content is about healthy
eating, using a picture of a slim and fit woman will motivate the reader.
Relevant images will support your statement, and your post will be useful to many.
People are visual
If for no other reason because people of all ages are visual and simply enjoy pictures and graphics. Vision, hearing, taste, smell, and touch are the five traditionally recognized senses and sight (or vision) is almost always listed first among them for a reason. A person need look no further than Comic books and children’s books to understand this. Also, a reader can derive meaning from context and content of a picture or graphic, people will tend to remember it faster, better, and longer.
Images play a crucial role in blogging. The just discussed
why blog pictures are important reasons are a tip of an iceberg. They are many
However, when you use images in your blog post, you will get all the benefits discussed above, and you will have a breakthrough in the blogging industry.
There’s nothing more frustrating
than scrolling through 100 pages of a book looking for something specific when
there is no table of contents (TOC). While most authors treat it as an
afterthought, it’s an important part of the package. A table of content
displays the big ideas in a non-fictional book and where to find them. If
you’re writing a book about `The Devil in the City’, you want the reader to
have a quick reference guide of the contents. Obviously, this is a strong
selling point so failing to include a table of contents (TOC) will make your
book less marketable. Let me walk you through the importance of a table of
Makes navigation a breeze
Readers need a reference point to
locate all the important information. A TOC contains numbers which come in
handy when viewing the soft copy of the word document. If your idea has no
direction, your message may take a meandering path. It’s worth mentioning that
a book without a clearly defined table of contents (TOC) can make the readers
get lost along the way.
A detailed TOC is the perfect way
of taking the reader where he or she wants to travel. He can focus on the most
essential information and skip the most irrelevant. If you have a challenge
with the structure, that problem needs to be solved before you work on your table
of contents (TOC). Read on and learn more.
The Table of Contents Informs the reader And Tells what the book is about
Without a strong table of contents
(TOC), the reader will have a rough time following your story. It’s imperative
that you ensure the table of contents (TOC) supports the idea fully and
benefits the readers. Not only that, the chapters should be worded in a way
that makes the reader feel as if they are in the book itself. A non-fictional
book needs a sound structure, so you want a table of contents (TOC) that
supports the manuscript. Even better, the straight lines on the table direct
the reader’s eyes. He can quickly grasp the idea rather than hunting through
Gives the reader the scope and completeness of the book
A table of contents (TOC) is
found on the page before the start of the book. It gives a brief description of
the chapters and the page number. If it’s misaligned or misplaced, the entire
content won’t function optimally. Note: the list chapters are the backbone of
the book’s outline.
Without a clear table of contents
(TOC), the reader will put down the non-fictional book – if they pick it up at
all. Needless to say, they will give a bad review. It’s important that you
create a structure that fleshes out and is unique in its category. If your book
is in eBook format, the reader will prefer to have a table of contents (TOC) tied
to a chapter.
Allows the reader to repeat the major parts of the book
If you’re downloading eBook on
your mobile device, it becomes quite easy to look for what you want – you can
read summaries and jump through chapters. More interestingly, you’re redirected
to the table of contents (TOC) by tapping the same icon. While all the
information on the book may be useful, some parts may be more eye-catching. At
some point, a book to be finished because everything cannot be included in the
book. When writing the table of content, be sure to nail down the real essence
of the book.
Indicates the author’s style
If the table of content is smart
and witty, the reader will know the manuscript features creative writing. To
ensure you bring a wow factor to your audience, you should add a little
originality. More clearly, a nonfictional book requires the writer to think
about the reader.
The TOC will allow the reader to
skim and understand the message the writer wants to put across. If it resembles
a certain style, chances are that the rest of the book features the same
writing. Therefore, before you sit down and write imagine it exists on Amazon
or in a nearby bookstore.
Let’s be honest: there is more to a non-fictional book than a catchy cover. The table of contents shows the reader what lies within the book. The table of contents can make the difference between an average and a great book. Without preparation, you’ll not get the results you want. Unlike a glossary or an index, writing a table of content is a piece of cake. It’s all about compiling a list of the parts – sections, chapters, and sub-chapters. Remember, young readers, are always drawn to books that give information about something they’ve always wondered about.
Today, landscape photography is very popular, perhaps more than ever before. If you think about it, you can probably remember seeing at least two landscape prints that you felt connected and drawn to. Photography can be an art form and more than just a pretty picture; Landscape photography is a message you want to convey to your audience, whether is it is the beauty, the devastation, a historical perspective or an emotion, it is your message. Now, if you specialize in landscape photography, you may think that capturing a great image is simple. But, there’s more to it than simply aiming a camera and taking a photo. You need to pay attention to detail, and make sure that you have great lighting, and properly place the subject you are photographing. It’s also important that you have the right equipment to aid you in your pursuit of photography.
Black And White Landscape Photography
With black and white landscape
photography capturing an amazing image is even more challenging than if you
were taking color pictures. With color taken out of the equation, you are
forced to focus on lighting and shadows more, which can be challenging. The
composition is also very important; you
need to pay attention to how you frame an image and look at edges, textures,
and tones that you see. The goal is to get
your camera to capture an image in black and white that looks like what your
eye would see in color.
If you choose to try your hand at black and white photography, you should try to focus on capturing images of buildings and water, since these are the most common subjects for this type of photography. Pay attention to highlights and shadows, as well as the angle from which you take the picture. When photographing water, water can provide an excellent contrast to trees and rocks, which helps to capture the eye of the viewer. Another great technique is to take photos of landmarks such as buildings and bridges to help draw the viewer in.
Color Landscape Photography
Paying close attention to contrast is essential with color landscape photography. While color gives an image a more vibrant look, it also makes it harder to achieve the contrast you need to create an interesting image. For example, if you are taking a picture of water under a blue sky, there probably won’t be enough contrast to interest people looking at the image. But, if you take a picture of water under a sunrise or sunset when the sky is bathed is reds and oranges, you are more likely to get a much better image. Remember that you need to take your time, set up properly, and take multiple pictures to ensure you have choices, that accidents destroy or cause to lose the composition of your picture.
Position is important
As it happens, I have more than once found the best picture of a landscape or other subject was not the one I originally intended to take. By taking multiple pictures from different positions, vertical angles, and lighting perspective, a person sometimes gets a far better picture or series of pictures than a carefully planned and choreographed approach.
Lighting For Landscape Photography
A landscape photographer depends upon natural lighting rather than artificial lighting, which means you will have to adapt to your subject since you won’t be able to alter or control the lighting. Filters can be used to achieve some specific effects. For best result use of a professional grade camera and tripod is recommended. Other things to consider where lighting is a concerned are:
Use of shadow
Taking advantage of shadows can add a lot of character to our landscape shots. However, it will take some patience, and you will have to leverage what mother nature has to offer. In the case of a landscape photographer, we have to work with the shadows that are provided by the angle of the sun, other objects in the landscape, such as mountains, trees, and clouds. Whether only partial shading is involved or perhaps complete shading of one object in the non-shading of the remainder of the landscape, shadows can add a significant amount of contrast or pictures.
Use Of Seasonality
Seasonality, can add character in a number of ways. First, is the simple color of the changes that occur in certain parts of the world and fall and spring and winter and even the nature of what is there to offer such as snow cover. Also, the sons lighting tends to change across the season’s fall, and autumn may have yellow were sunlight then Midsummer. Working with what the seasons provide the same landscape can look stark if it happens to be a deciduous forest in winter, glossy bright this new snowfall warm hot and dry and Midsummer heat. So, there are reasons that even the same landscape character can change in just a few weeks and therefore, it doesn’t hurt to return to the same landscape multiple times to take advantage of the change in character.
Use Of Time
Time is also important to a landscape photographer, both from the perspective of the time of day; morning, noon, evening, night, dawn or dusk. But there is also another characteristic of time, which can be very useful when taking landscape pictures, which is time-lapse photography. Time-lapse photography provides a character to landscape photos in certain circumstances. In those instances where you have movement in the environment, such as running water, windblown leaves, branches waving in the wind, shadow movements across time, and others, time last photography can add character which no other approach can. Time-lapse photography is also a very good reason a high-quality camera and perhaps most of all a tripod.
With some planning and by honing your skills you can become a masterful landscape photographer But, you have to remember that the small LCD screen you are looking at won’t show you everything that will show up in a final print. Always take more than one picture from different perspectives to provide more opportunity to have high-quality pictures to choose from and use or sale. Just remember nobody is born a great photographer. To achieve mastery takes, study,practice, a smidgen of talent, a passion, and perseverance.
Amazon Central is an interface that allows sellers to market their products and reach out to prospective customers in a way that helps boost sales. There are two versions of this interface; Vendor Central and SellerCentral. If you have a Vendor Central Account, then it means you are either a manufacturer or distributor. Holders of this account simply sell products directly to Amazon. Seller Central Account holders sell products directly to customers who find their way to Amazon, which is why they are considered third-party sellers. If you are looking to make book sales on Amazon, these programs exist to help you out. Regardless Of whichever course of action you choose to take, here is a look at some Amazon Central tips for 2018;
Understand what kind of seller you are
Amazon will require you to pay a monthly fee for using their services. If you are the kind of seller that is only looking to sell a handful of books (less than 40) a month, then you definitely do not need to pay the$39.99 a month bigger seller is required to pay for the Professional Account. Additionally, you will only need to open more than one account if you are looking to sell products across continents.
Develop a working understanding of Amazon’s search algorithm
Amazon runs the A9 algorithm, and there are conditions you need to meet to maximize the potential of your books to sell. If previous customers loved how you handled their orders, then this algorithm will pick that up from your positive rating and push you upwards. The algorithm will also look at how probable your product is to sell by considering metrics such as your price in relation to the competition’s, your description of the product on sale as well your general rating.
Put up all relevant business information
If you do not qualify who you are on Amazon Central, then you are going to have a hard time proving your credibility. In your account,describe your business by name and location. Be sure to use a real, registered business name and avoid listing a home address. You should also provide contact information to allow buyers and Amazon staff to reach you when they need to. To Keep your account from getting breached by malicious parties, enable two-step verification. Finally, activate several modes of payment to make transitions easier for both yourself and the buyer.
Stick to the rules
There is always the odd seller looking to cut corners and get ahead of others. Doing that on your Amazon account is business suicide because they catch up to you sooner or later. When they do, the penalties are vastly consequential. Just play by the rules, because they are designed to help you. From time to time, Amazon tweaks their policies, so keep yourself updated and take advantage of attractive incentives to boost your sales. There are many thousands of people selling books on Amazon, and if you are to succeed in that cut-throat market, you need to keep trying out new approaches and stay updated about events in the marketplace.
One of the best offers presented by Amazon is the devoted author pages. They offer immense benefits to both the author and customer in a number of ways. The Author central is also absolutely free provided you are listed in Amazon. The author page is one of the best every marketing tools to be availed by Amazon and many authors have realized this. You now have nothing to worry about marketing your books online whether you have a ranking or not.
Why is Amazon Author Central Important?
It gives personal control to an author. You hold your future right in your hands by having a personal page with Amazon. The implication is that you will control everything clients see whether on your pages or books. There are many unique features to accomplish this, for instance, the book synapsis. From there, you can decide either to limit or expose your book and to what extent. Sounds great!
Amazon author central advertising employs shortage strategies to get readers to purchase books.
This makes most authors think that they are running out of stock. For instance, they may provide a statement such as Only 2 book left…’make your order soon’. The statement is a hoax meant to make more sales.
The page increase search engines
You need to be ahead of the selling game by creating catchy and unique titles for your books. The author page will help you in this provided you have an account with Amazon.
More selection of books
You can add more books as you want while creating new titles. This enables you to swiftly add the books toyour page and make a follow up on the sales
Keeping track of every sale
You can also make a follow up on your sale right from the Author central page. In addition to that, you can track on the exact location or country where sales have been made.
As time goes by, there are chances of encountering matters such as book listing. The good news is that you can get in touch with Amazon and get your issues addressed. No need for future worries.
The page is author-friendly
As an author, you are likely to receive exemplary customer service. Despite a number of limitations with data,Amazon tries it best to reduce such limitations.
The author central also provides undercutting of Amazon Profits which is a huge advantage to you.
You may be selling a book let’s say at $20 but on one morning wake up to get the same book being sold at $10. That does not imply you will be paid less rather its Amazon giving offers from their profits to sell the books.
Linking with buyers
The Author central page has an option to make live discussions with potential readers. This means you can take advantage and get comments from buyers. Next time you will know what your readers want and improve on that.
Amazon’s Author Page plays a key role to improve sales. You would have missed a lifetime opportunity for not using their resources since they are fast to optimize. Irrespective of the number of times you use the page, it’s valuable to have the pages optimized.