• Ornamental Plants and Flowers of Tropical Mexico
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    Introduction
          Preparing this book has been a labor of love, a true amateur delight. It first arose out of frustration, for I couldn't find a similar book to answer my questions, and those of our many visitors here in Puerto Vallarta. It grew to become an all-consuming joy for these last months. Because of my academic background, the research has been fascinating, and the disagreements among experts on nomenclature and care, familiar. Because of my background in the arts, the process of photography and design has been absolutely delightful and fulfilling.. The primary challenge has been what to omit of the incredibly beautiful, graceful, and occasionally, odd flowers, plants and that are everywhere in this tropical wonderland.
          The book is arranged alphabetically, by what I found to be the primary name of the plant. The Index includes for many of the plants here, more than one name. In addition to the English and Latin names, natives and visitors have a variety of names for many of these plants and flowers, and some of the vernacular names they declined to tell me for reasons of politeness. I've chosen the most familiar as the primary name, and am more than ready to make adjustments as needed should another edition be in the works after all my errors come to light. Similarly, of the roughly 50,000 species of plants in Mexico, only a few more than a hundred appear here. For the most part, I've chosen plants closely associated with tropical Mexico in the visitor's mind, those commonly used in landscaping, a few imported plants I was especially charmed by, and some of those plants the visitor or resident might see on a tour off the beaten path as well. There is clearly room for many an additional reference to supplement this small start. My hope is that this slim volume will add to your joy, cause you to more fully celebrate life on this wondrous planet, and answer at least a few of your questions.

    How To Use This Book
          If you've the leisure and interest, you might choose a relaxing spot and simply flip through the book, looking for photographs of plants you've wondered about. If you prefer a more efficient process, the Index lists the common name, Latin name, and alternative names I've discovered for each entry. The book is alphabetical to make the most of the index cross-references. My intent has been to provide some information on use and cultivation, with the occasional note of interest as I became aware of such items. For further detail, there is a brief bibliography. In addition, the reader is encouraged to explore the many online resources, exercising some caution as to accuracy.

  • Letters to My Granddaughters
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          Letters to My Granddaughters is an inspirational self-help guide to many of life's most complex and challenging issues, from understanding and celebrating love, to the wisdom of having it all. The topics grew from participant feedback in the author's more than 3000 seminars, and are designed to encourage and assist not only her own granddaughters, but all those who search with open hearts and wondering minds for the secrets of life. Each letter/essay is introduced with topical bullet points for ease of use, and all are accompanied by workbook questions for direct application to daily life.
          Ms. Trapp has done something we all want to do, not only with our children, but our grandchildren as well. She has authored a wonderful book of wisdom and guidance to her granddaughters on all of our life questions and thoughts.
          Some of the areas she has included in her book are love, forgiveness, setting goals and emotions that get in our way. Each lesson comes from over 300 seminars that the author has given, along with feedback from the audience. Her gentle style, humor and examples are easy-to-read and understand. She also provides questions at the end of each lesson for further thought and action.
          The reader not only found "Letters to My Granddaughters: Insights and Inspiration for a Life Journey" by Linda Abbott Trapp helpful for herself, but it gave her ideas on addressing complicated issues with her own grown children. Everyone who reads this inspiring book can relate to the lessons.

  • New Publishing Aspects
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    Writers will be glad to learn that there's a middle-of-the-road publishing option: partnership Streamates publishing. To understand partnership publishing, however, it's important to review the other commonly used publishing methods.

    Standard Publishing

    With standard publishing, a publishing X Love company selects the manuscripts it will publish. The publisher absorbs all the costs and risks of printing and distribution, so it maintains strict editorial and creative BoundGangBangs control over every phase of a book's production. The author is paid a nominal royalty, usually a percentage of a book's net proceeds.

    After being accepted, it commonly takes 18-24 months from the date the FuckingMachines contracts are signed before a book will actually be seen in print--but that's just the beginning. While standard publishing companies maintain marketing HogTied departments, most first-time authors don't realize that the average publisher's budgets is restricted, so each Kink author is expected to assume part (and sometimes a large part) of the responsibility for marketing a book.

    Self-Publishing

    With self-publishing, the BoundGods author maintains complete editorial and creative control over a book's production, but also absorbs all the associated costs and risk. The author is fully responsible for everything, including design, printing, DeviceBondage marketing, distribution, and sales. Although a self-published book can appear on bookshelves in as little as three months, it's not likely to show up on bookstore shelves that soon.

    First-time self-published authors often run into roadblocks when it comes to securing DivineBitches distribution by the big houses, such as Baker & Taylor or Ingram, from whom bookstores like Barnes & Noble and Borders purchase. A number of costly mistakes can be made along the way, too, such as a poor cover design, inferior printing quality, the omission of a EverythingButt barcode, not realizing the time commitment necessary for effective public relations, not knowing where or how to market a book, or simply paying too much for printing or marketing FreeHardcore materials.

    Partnership Publishing

    The middle-of-the-road alternative is partnership publishing, in which the author and the publisher agree to split the cost and risk of KinkOnDemand publication and distribution, as well as sharing any revenues generated by sales. The author and the publisher have equal voices as they make their way through the often confusing maze of MenInPain editorial and creative decisions. They also share in the marketing of the book, because each of them has a stake in the book's success.

    As an added advantage, partnership-published books usually will get into the hands of more readers--in a shorter amount of time--than standard or self-published manuscripts. Since PublicDisgrace partnership seldom have manuscripts stacked to the ceiling waiting to be reviewed, they can get to yours faster; and since partnership publishers won't be assuming the entire NakedKombat financial risk, they can afford to take chances on unknown authors. On the other hand, because they'll be sharing the financial burden, partnership publishers still must choose books that are marketable, which means SexAndSubmission rejection is still a possibility.

    Although a self-published book can be delivered shortly after paying the printer's bill, a partnership-published book usually connects with readers quicker because the author can draw on a publisher's experience in TheTrainingOfO marketing, distributing, and sales strategies--and combined with the author's own efforts, there are two promotion avenues being pursued at the same time, which can be a big advantage in terms of sales.

    "When I was the community relations coordinator for Borders Books and TheUpperFloor Music, I saw firsthand that it was nearly impossible for a self-published author to get a book accepted into the store. There were just too many obstacles," says Lynda Exley, who partnered with Five Star Publications to publish her eleven-year-old son's book, The Student from Zombie Island: Conquering the Rumor Monster. "I also saw many poorly designed, error-ridden self-published books that authors had poured their life savings into. These TsSeduction were basic mistakes that any good editor or publisher could have prevented."

    However, as a member of several writers clubs, Exley says she was also privy to many horror stories about UltimateSurrender books taking several years to be accepted by a traditional publisher, followed by a couple more years before actually being printed, only to receive a minimal amount of marketing attention from the publisher.

    Exley adds, "And unless you're Stephen King, a traditional publisher isn't going to cover expenses, like traveling to book signings or additional WaterBondage marketing beyond the initial few press releases. That money comes out of any minuscule royalties paid to the author."

    After meeting with Five Star Publications and learning about partnership publishing, Exley realized that it represented the best of both worlds.

    "We share the WhippedAss expenses, the workload--and the profits," she says. "Five Star gives me all the benefits of a big publisher--editing services, distribution with Baker & Taylor and Ingram, promotional materials, a dedicated website, and publicity--along with all the advantages of self-publishing, like a higher profit margin, creative control, and a shorter time period from inception to print."

    For Exley, it's been a win-win situation from the WiredPussy beginning, including several things she hadn't expected.

    "Linda became a mentor to me. Through her direction, I've learned more about publishing, marketing, and selling than I'd ever dreamed, and she's right there in the trenches with me, selling The Student From Zombie Island."

    There are many other advantages, too, says Exley.

    "I also get a discount on promotional materials. Linda's been in the industry nearly thirty years and has established suppliers that give her the best prices, which she passes on to me. I save money on trade shows, too, since other authors share space under the Five Star roof, which reduces the cost for all of us. Five Star also developed and maintains a website for us that's way beyond what we could have done on our own. A traditional publisher wouldn't have done that for a low profile client like me."

    Exley also points out that partnership publishing earns her book more respect from bookstores and the media.

    "I can proudly say that Zombie Island was accepted and published by a legitimate, bona fide publisher instead of shouting 'self-published' to everyone who sees it. Those are words that no bookstore or media personality wants to hear. It's not that self-publishing is a bad thing or that it automatically means a book is inferior. There are some wonderful self-published books out there. However, because inferior self-published books are plentiful, self-published books simply don't get the same respect that traditional or partnership-published books receive. Partnership publishing has opened doors for me that wouldn't have been available otherwise."

    A few decades ago, self-publishing was considered a big "No No." The cost to self-publish was high and vanity presses often took advantage of authors. However, several well-known authors from Walt Whitman and Mark Twain to James Redfield have self-published books that have become classics and bestsellers, and with the advances in technology, self-publishing is highly affordable. As long as the author makes producing a quality book a top priority, self-publishing can be not only a feasible choice, but it may even be the better choice over traditional publishing. Following are some advantages for why you might consider self-publishing.

    Control of Production: Self-publishing your book gives you complete control of the production. Rather than sell your rights to a publisher who will then edit your book the way it sees fit and decide itself when to publish your book-often two years down the road-and decide whether to continue to sell your book or take it off the shelves, the self-publisher has complete control over timing and production. Your publisher may want your book to be a coffee table, expensive hard back book while you want an inexpensive paperback so you can sell more copies. If you self-publish, then you can produce it the way you want. You also can guarantee that your book never goes out of print by reprinting it as often as you like or the market demands. By contrast, publishers often cease printing books that are not bestsellers, and then authors have to wait years for their contracts to expire to buy back the rights of their own books. Having complete control over the entire publishing process and the lifespan of your book is perhaps the greatest benefit of self-publishing.

    Print Runs: I've heard authors argue that traditional publishers will produce larger print runs than self-publishers. This is true. Even the smallest traditional publishers will often do a print run in the low thousands, while a self-published author who has to pay for the entire production himself might find it difficult to print more than 500 or 1,000 copies. Of course, you want your book to reach as many people as possible, but if your publisher prints 3,000 books and only 1,000 sell, what is the advantage over you printing 1,000 and keeping all the profit for yourself? A large print run is the weakest argument for staying with traditional publishing, since if the book sells well, the money from the profit from the first small print run can be used to pay for the second and third and larger ones.

    Marketing: Traditional publishers are doing less and expecting authors to do more marketing for their books. Unless a book is considered a potential bestseller, and few are, little money will be spent on marketing. An author willing to go out and promote himself can be as successful at marketing a book as a publisher and might even get a publisher's attention down the road. While traditional publishers do have more resources and outlets for promoting books, guerrilla marketing by an author can equal those efforts if the author educates himself on marketing and is willing to spend the time and energy. Authors can also find assistance from publicity companies, many of which are very affordable today.

    Profit: Any author who thinks he or she is going to get rich off of publishing a book is in the wrong business, but that said, savvy self-published authors can succeeded in making a livable income or at least a hefty supplement to their income by self-publishing their books and promoting them properly. As far as profit goes, if an author has to help the publisher to market the book and is receiving 10 percent royalties, it makes more sense for the author to publish his own book and receive far greater profit. Consider these numbers:

     
     
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