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Happiness – it’s Now or Never. The ebook I wrote at the airport. Hope it takes off!

I am now pretty happy…. Just before leaving for far-away (well 8 hours by car) Gisborne to join Raewyn at our daughter Anna’s place and await her first baby and our first grandchild, I was stressed and not sure I could cope.  But I saw a book lying round and dipped into it. The next morning I read a bit more of it, and had an epiphany.

The book is ‘Happy for No Reason‘ by Marci Shimoff. The epiphany – well read this free ebook I wrote about it while waiting overnight on standby at Auckland International airport. I had three coffees and didn’t sleep a wink, but I wrote a book! That felt good. See it here: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/309807

Last night, safely arrived in Gisborne, I did the cover and uploaded the ebook to Smashwords.

Cover for 'Happiness - it's Now or Never'Tell me if it’s rubbish, but I at least have vowed to follow this one until I am able to practice the ‘happiness is here and now’ wisdom at all times. The irony is I’ve been holding up the ideal of Eutopia all these years but not practicing the first principle of Eutopia, which is that HERE is a ‘Eutopia’ or Good Place, and we only find happiness Now, and again Now… Then, happy, we can also work to improve the place yet more. But if in our minds it’s always  ‘jam tomorrow, jam yesterday but  never jam today’, we will NEVER have or dwell in Eutopia.  

But do download and read the tract – it’s short and hopefully clear. If you like it, put a star rating on it and propel it to wider readership. That would make me very happy! 🙂

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The Girl and the Guardian Epic at Large – FREE for 9 days

(It HAD to be Nine days, of course…)

This is the FREE ebook only on Smashwords, where you can download it for any platform… all new edition of the text and many more coloured graphics too. And the glossaries, and lots of MAPS! Very useful for getting around on Aeden.

(It is on Amazon too http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Guardian-Apples-Aeden-ebook/dp/B003FMUXPM/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1349780472&sr=1-3&keywords=girl+and+guardian, but their minimum price applies there – 99c).

Pass this on to anyone you know who may be looking for an alternative to rereading the Lord of the Rings for the 11th time – you/we/they know who they are… 🙂 Readership – 11 to 111 years.

This is pasted from the Smashwords page (link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/243499):

The Girl and the Guardian

Cover for 'The Girl and the Guardian'

By Peter Harris
Rating: Not yet rated.
Published: Oct. 08, 2012
Words: 211462 (approximate)
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301983193

Short description

Shelley is lost in a World once known as Aeden. The ancient Tree of Life is dying, and deadly Thornmen are hunting her. Someone else has been waiting for Shelley. He asks to be her Guardian on a perilous quest to save Aeden. The Thornmen are closing in as the Girl and the Guardian seek the faery refuge of Urak Tara. In the terrible Valley of Thorns they make a daring – and fateful – pact…

Extended description

Volume I of the 2000-plus page epic fantasy Apples of Aeden, twelve years in the making, [with brother John’s enduring support]… Newly edited in October 2012, with many new coloured maps and graphics throughout….(more on Smashwords. Go to the page HERE: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/243499)

If you download and enjoy it, any feedback (a like or a review or passing the link to friends) would be wonderfully appreciated! 2012 is the year this epic needs to be out – at the dawn of the Fifth Age!

oh and volume II is out, on kindle only. III to follow… IV is in edits. You won’t run out of this world if you happen to love it, for a long happy time. A LOT of bed-time reading here, though I say so myself.

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How to be a wizard – for 99c

Well after the quick dashing off came some picking up pieces and tidying –  some rewriting, a late-night uploading, and re-formatting and reloading.

‘How to be a Wizard – how life is magical and we are too’ is now OUT.  Scary! the short blurb:

This short book is not about ‘pointy hats‘. Instead, I outline the foundations of the True West, and list the ‘Wizard’s Desiderata’ – what is needed to live a life which is truly powerful, truly magical, truly mythical, and truly possible. It always has been possible to be a ‘wizard’ of one’s life, though never perhaps with as little danger of being burned at the stake! 

I made a short version of the book to give to customers as a free passport book if they spend $10 at Cafe Eutopia and leave their email address. The full (colour) printed version is $9.99, but only 99c as an ebook.  Now on Smashwords, http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/236770

and Kindlehttp://www.amazon.com/How-Wizard-life-magical-ebook/dp/B009C977K6/ref=sr_1_5?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1348351169&sr=1-5&keywords=how+to+be+a+wizard

The cover:

How to be a wizard. The passport book.

It does raise the bar for oneself, writing a guide to something. Can I live up to it? Certainly one doesn’t always feel like whatever it is one is claiming to be (For example, right now I have a slight nausea – a symptom that can make anything feel like bleah. I wonder, did Gandalf have a stomach ache on the bridge of Khazad Dum? We’ll never know.)

But that isn’t any reason to back off declaring oneself. Or raising the flag of some ideal or idea. If we wait until we know we are perfect, or feel we are, no flags would ever be raised, or they’d be pulled down again at the first stomach ache or flu or migraine or domestic meltdown, and then where would we be?

Certainly those with something to share whether paid or not need to raise a flag. It’s called marketing. It’s a bit scary! Or for the sensitive Cancerian artist or contemplative, terrifying.  But part of being in the world. Which clearly, we are. We can’t be passive observers. At least now on the threshold of the digital age we can put out something like an ebook and people can sample it for free, and only spend 99c (Amazon’s minimum price) to have our best offerings on their ereaders forever, weightless and maintenance-free.  So the risk for book maker and book reader is way lower, and everyone benefits. And it is great news for the voluminous writer – it costs no more to produce my 2000 page epic as an ebook than to put up this little passport.

What condensed wisdom could you write up one inspired weekend and upload? The power is there for anyone to do it. (If you want help uploading, I do that too see my www.ebookuploader.com)

What about the shingle I put out at the front? Well, the wind kept blowing it over, the corrugated polycarb protecting the printout dims it down, I printed it too small…

So that also need tidying up. So many opportunities to back down and give up! But I will redesign and put it out again.  All part of the process. the dreaming, the Idea, the working out, the following through. Wonderful synchronicities and synergies do happen, bringing things together, but there’s no magic wand when it comes to actually building the things. That’s where the ‘law of attraction’ has to be balanced with a ‘law of Processing’. That’s in the How to be a Wizard guide too, of course!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Well dang it, my sister’s ebook ‘Where Lions Roar at Night’ may be going viral!

Yep, there IS gold in (some of) them there hills.

Rosie Boom my sister uploaded her Where Lions Roar at Night on Monday and made it FREE, to get herself out there for her whole series of the six – seven? – Barn Chronicles. Now it’s only Wednesday and already she has 382 downloads of the free book and 24 FIVE STAR reviews.

See her on Smashwordshttp://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/rosieboom

Dang, how’d she do it? Is it luck?? This ebook is only up on the (relatively small) Smashwords site, not even out to Apple and the others which Smashwords sends them to after checking. So, I asked her, Who and What and How??, and she said some of her friends from the Christian homeschooling groups, and email ‘loops’, she belongs to in New Zealand, had offered to email their contacts overseas, in Canada and the USA, where there are some pretty big ‘loops’ indeed… While we talked on the phone, seven more downloads…

So, I know Rosie pretty well, being her brother, and I reckon these are the only things that could account for her luck:

– She and husband Chris put in the years BEING what she talks about in the books – genuine Christian homeschooling happy family.

– She had a full social life with others of their ‘tribe’ – christian homeschoolers.

– Furthermore, she is a singer and the family did lots of concerts for christian audiences up and down NZ.

-Also she did a writing course, learned her craft, and kept it clear what genre she was in, not trying to be all things, or do what didn’t come naturally. She just told her story, in her words, simply. When you get a Barn Chronicle book, you know what you are getting. Rosie Boom and family. Simple, good.

– Also she is a speaker at homeschooling and christian writing conferences – more contact, more credibility. In short, she has become what Greg Habstritt calls a ‘Trusted Authority’. People buy from Trusted Authorities, take the time to read their books, do their courses, buy their products.

So, now there’s not much need for the ‘lucky strike’ hypothesis! She put in the groundwork, it is solid, and her tribe is proving that by going for her offering like bees to honey.

Find your tribe, says Seth Godin, and then i Guess, impress them that you’re the real McCoy, and of course they will want what you offer, if it is any good. If it is really good, then you get what Rosie is getting – solid uptake, massive endorsement in the first part of the tribe to hear of it (all five star reviews!) and then, like as not, word of mouth and email and twitter and blog, recommendations enough to make the thing go viral at least through that particular tribe. In Rosie’s case, the tribe is many thousands world-wide, so Watch this Hill! I will report as news unfolds…

Of course, I’m very proud of her and will try not to be jealous. Compared with her I’m isolated, not of a clearly defined or large Tribe, and not simply one thing, but a man cursed with many parts which tend to confuse the hell out of people… So, lessons for us all here.

But first, let’s get some stuff out there. If Rosie hadn’t put the book out as an ebook, this wouldn’t have happened, no matter how well-known she is here in little ol’ NZ with its 40 million sheep and 4 million humans.

Now, be in to win. Go to my new ebook conversion services: http://www.ebookuploader.com

and get YOUR book up on them there hills!

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