I had said earlier that I would be moving more into writing my next book. It has not been easy. My regular ongoing commitments make it difficult to spend the time I need for writing. This is only one part of the process.
Publishing requires a number of more steps. Much of that work is software related. I am poor in that area. Trying to learn the skills needed is very time consuming and it affects my writing work.
This is precisely where I need help. Someone with software skills in three specific areas could be of great help. The first is designing the book cover. The second is to format the book ready for publishing. The third is to do the follow up in publishing such as uploading the formatted book as well as promoting the books.
Even if you do not have these specific skills as anyone with software skills could learn these skills quite quickly. Basically, the template is there. Anyone who has access to the Indesign package of Adobe will find it easy to move in. There are other software packages that could be used as well.
Volunteer? Free? Yes and no. I am a new author. I have published five books online. I have many more in the pipeline based on the good Lord giving me the length of life. My published books have not moved much in the market. They say that once you publish more books the market will pick. At the same time, I am also building up my author platform which should help in marketing. Besides, I have started actively promoting my books also.
Where does the volunteer fit in? It is almost like a venture capitalist. Instead of putting in money you put in time and skills. Both parties will grow together. There is a reasonable assumption that this venture will be successful.
As an author, whatever knowledge and skills I have gained over a lifetime, will be freely shared with the volunteer. The volunteer would gain new skills in cover designing and in formatting the final book. The volunteer can make this skill available as a freelance designer and formatter for many like me who are looking for this professional support. The volunteer can charge at lower or market rates for such services and continue to earn money.
What about my own contribution to the volunteer? At some point along the pathway of growth, a formal or informal agreement may have to be made. This would indicate the financial relationship and how the volunteer would be paid for services done. There are a number of options available which can be finalised that is mutually agreeable.
More than money it is a process of professional growth that would initially take place which I hope would make it possible for the volunteer to earn independently. Of course, I would continue to be available to the volunteer’s growth as long as necessary and feasible.
I have expressed my need. Although my need is only one volunteer, I would like to start with at least three volunteers if possible. The relationship would be one of growth as well as sharing my experiences in a number of areas that could contribute to the professional growth of the volunteers as a mentor.
Please respond to my email ids as follows. We can discuss individually and come to a mutually agreed conclusion.
It has been some time since I made my e-books available for free download.
With December being a cheerful giving month, I would like to make my e books available for free downloads according to the dates mentioned below. Please feel free to download it. Also do not have second thoughts on sharing this free download with others. Ultimately, it is my desire that this book should reach as many people as possible free or paid versions. The first book I would like to make available for free is the ‘Businessmen for the Poor.’ It is available at the link given below.
Dates for free download of eBook ‘Businessmen for the Poor.’
January 1 2022
January 14 2022
Global eBook Businessmen for the Poor http://tiny.cc/f801tz
Indian eBook Businessmen for the Poor http://tiny.cc/k901tz
There are some who prefer to pay and read from a hard copy rather than download even a free eBook. For those interested in only a print version, you can order it through the links given below.
Global Paperback Businessmen for the Poor http://tiny.cc/q901tz
Paperback Indian Businessmen for the Poor http://tiny.cc/6f71tz
I will make my other books available in my subsequent blog.
You can expect my next blog shortly after this one.