The Storyteller’s Art by Francis Porretto

The Storyteller's ArtThe Storyteller’s Art by Francis Porretto

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is not your beginner “how to tell a decent story” ebook on writing. This is “I’ve been writing for awhile but something is missing, now what?” ebook on writing.

There is a lot of detail on many facets of writing, from character design, to plot structure, and writing retreats. There are roughly 25 essays each focusing on an aspect of writing, and while the essays are short, they do pack a ton of advice and examples.

The author has a way with words, and sounds very much like he knows what he’s writing about here, so I plan on coming back to this little ebook whenever I have questions, or something feels like it’s missing from my writing.

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Copywriting Mastery by Devon Wilcox

Copywriting Mastery: Exactly How To Become A Professional Copywriting Expert & Create Content That Gets Attention & Sells (Copywriting, Copywriting For Beginners, Copywriting Web)Copywriting Mastery: Exactly How To Become A Professional Copywriting Expert & Create Content That Gets Attention & Sells by Devon Wilcox

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This ebook is packed with information for an adult wanting to know more about copywriting. I say adult because this book is written for someone who is somewhat intelligent and probably out of high school a few years. It reads a bit like a college textbook, with large words and no fluff.

The chapters are distinct, with the last chapter being a take on further reading and learning. It goes into ethics, plagiarism, and bridging the gap between creativity and knowledge.

Having given it the praise it deserves for context… it was riddled with spelling and grammar errors. I consider myself an average reader, and if I can find them, you can find them and they were pretty glaring errors. This is the reason why it’s not rated another star higher. Please just have someone else read over it before publishing, spellcheck can only do so much…

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Blogging: A Practical Guide to Plan Your Blog by Dale Reardon

Blogging: A Practical Guide to Plan Your Blog: Start Your Profitable Home-Based Business with a Successful Blog (Create Your Amazing Blog: Your How-To Series Book 1)Blogging: A Practical Guide to Plan Your Blog: Start Your Profitable Home-Based Business with a Successful Blog by Dale Reardon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This little ebook covers the planning stage of building a blog, things like content, title, keywords, posting schedules, team planning, and more. The authors provide links back to their own blog as this ebook is a product of their blog.

If you’ve read any other books on blogging, some of this will not be new whatsoever, but having read a few myself, I did pick up some tips for my own blog from this book. Minor changes, so don’t worry, just a few bits to add to the search filters.

This is why I’m a big fan of reading several books on the same subject, different authors find different topics to talk about, and have different experiences. So read on little book worms!

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy by Lawrence Wallace

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: 7 Ways to Freedom from Anxiety, Depression, and Intrusive Thoughts (Training, Techniques, Course, Self-Help)Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: 7 Ways to Freedom from Anxiety, Depression, and Intrusive Thoughts by Lawrence Wallace

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is basically another goal setting and achievement book, but it’s a step above all those other self-help books as it takes into consideration the emotions, thoughts, and behavior associated with goal setting.

It is a psychology derivative which can help those with mild anxiety and depression by helping to resolve those intrusive, automatic thoughts. The ebook provides a 7 step process for resolving an issue. It can be any issue, such as smoking, feeling better, becoming less anxious, less depressed, and any other goal you wish to reach.

Take for example weight loss, something many of us struggle with, with this process you take into account why you can’t loose weight. Maybe one of your core beliefs is that you will always be fat because a) your parents and siblings are fat b) you have a co-worker that reminds you of this, c) you have terrible self image and always talk yourself out of weight loss practices. With this 7 step process you will address the core belief that you will always be fat and if that is actual truth, then you can examine your self image issues and if those are reasonably accurate, and then maybe telling your co-worker to knock it off.

It addresses our thought processes and how to change how we think so we can live better lives. I for one am going to take the seventh step to heart and perform additional reading.

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66 Tips & Tricks for Everyday Live by Kerstin Ordelt

66 Tips & Tricks for Everyday Life: Faster, simpler & funnier through life with life hacks66 Tips & Tricks for Everyday Life: Faster, simpler & funnier through life with life hacks by Kerstin Ordelt

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the ebook you want if you want an easier way to peel a boiled egg, take the smell out of your sneakers, and keep track of the stuff you lend to friends and family. It’s written in a way that pokes fun at the situational problem (like having your boiled egg survive a tornado), which makes the ebook that much more interesting to read.

It’s short, and much more of a reference book, and another ebook of all this stuff you can find elsewhere in one place, but I liked it, it was a bit of fun and lighthearted, and I learned how to core a strawberry!

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65 House Cleaning Hack to Make Your Life WAY Easier by Elizabeth Bolling

65 House Cleaning Hacks to Make Your Life WAY Easier: (DIY Hacks, Household Cleaning Hacks, House Cleaning Tips, Natural Cleaning)65 House Cleaning Hacks to Make Your Life WAY Easier: by Elizabeth Bolling

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is another ebook in the line of putting all these great tips found around the internet into one little ebook and selling it on Amazon. Having said that though, this formula seems to work as I have several of these kinds of ebooks.

The author provides a deep cleaning checklist, then a weekly checklist, then delves into her “hacks” for each room. I’ve heard of some of these hacks, but a few were new to me. I’ve also read about some of her DIY cleaners too, but never tried them.

If you’ve never had a cleaning schedule, or want to start a new one, this isn’t a bad place to start. I might have to try her fabric refresher formula for myself.

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50 Things to Know Happy Life Series by Lisa M. Rusczyk

50 Things to Know Happy Life Series50 Things to Know Happy Life Series by Lisa M. Rusczyk

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Again, nothing groundbreaking with these four ebooks (Downsizing, Going Green, Happy Right Now, Stress Free), and they even repeated each other. Smile more, breathe, and meditate showed up each a couple times, especially between Happy Right Now and Stress Free.

I don’t know that Downsizing and Going Green are really part of being “Happy” but they both can contribute to stress so I guess there is a weak link there? Maybe? I’m just not sure they all belong together in a set.

Anyway, back to nothing groundbreaking. These do the same thing as this author’s other ebooks: puts basic information together in one place. It’s a handy thing to do and have, bu you may already know this information or know where to find it online.

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