Cashback Websites

Save Money and Make Money with Cashback Websites

As I’ve said before on this blog, all entrepreneurial writers need a few strings to their bow. So today I thought I’d feature an easy way of saving/making money that anyone can apply. That method is, of course, cashback websites.

I shall mainly be discussing the top two UK cashback websites, Quidco and Top Cashback. The UK is where I live, and I can speak from personal experience about these sites. But of course, there are cashback websites serving other countries as well, and I’ll refer to such sites briefly at the end.

The concept behind cashback sites is that they are free to join and provide links to a range of online retailers. When a member clicks through one of these links and makes a purchase (or performs some other action) the cashback site receives a commission from the retailer. Rather than keep all this for themselves, the sites return some or all of the commission they get to the member in question.

So if, for example, you need car insurance, you could click through to a broker’s website from the cashback site. If you then buy a policy from that broker, some or all of the commission paid to the cashback website is credited to your account.

I have been a member of the two UK sites mentioned above for several years now, and have made hundreds of pounds from both. Via Quidco, for example, I recently made £110 in commission when I clicked through their link to the Nutmeg financial services website and opened an investment account. Although described as cashback, really this was more like a bonus, as the money I invested with Nutmeg does of course remain mine and I can get it back at any time. My Nutmeg investment has actually risen in value by £450 since I invested a few months ago, so this has clearly been a worthwhile investment in more ways than one!

With Top Cashback I recently pocketed a more modest £40 cashback by switching my gas/electricity provider using a comparison service listed on the website (the cashback came from the comparison service rather than the energy provider). I shall be saving around £500 a year by switching provider, so again the cashback feels more like a bonus than the return of any money I have spent.

As you can tell, I’m a big fan of cashback websites. If you are a resident of the UK, I highly recommend signing up with both Quidco and Top Cashback, as they compete feverishly with each other to offer the best deals.

If you would like to join Top Cashback, or simply see what it is all about, please click on this referral link (yes, you can also earn a small sum if a friend clicks through your link, joins Top Cashback and earns the qualifying amount). Click here to join Quidco and you can earn even more cashback from their huge range of retailers as well.

There really is nothing to lose and unlimited savings/earnings to be enjoyed, so click through both of the links above and sign up now.

Finally, if you live outside the UK, there are cashback websites in many other countries as well (for example, Top Cashback now has a US operation, Top Cashback USA). Just do a Google search for “cashback website” plus your country’s name and see what results come up. Or check out this article on the MakeUseOf website which lists a number of such sites serving the US. Read the comments section below the MakeUseOf article for a range of international cashback sites as well.

As ever, if you have any comments or queries about cashback websites, please do post them below.

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An Interview with Nick Daws!

A few months ago I was asked by my friend and former Writers Bureau colleague Iain Pattison, a UK humorist and short story writer, if he could interview me for his email newsletter. I duly obliged, and his subscribers apparently enjoyed reading it.

For various reasons Iain doesn’t archive old newsletters on his blog, so (with Iain’s approval) I thought I would republish the interview here. The version below is basically as it appeared in Iain’s newsletter, with just a few minor updates and amendments. I hope you enjoy reading it…

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The Festival on Lyris FiveNick Daws is a professional freelance writer and editor, age 60. He lives in the English town of Burntwood, near Lichfield in Staffordshire. He has written well over 100 books, mainly on business-related subjects. He has also produced copy for packaging, novelty products, greeting cards, games, advertisements, training guides, and more. He enjoys writing fiction too, and his humorous sci-fi novella The Festival on Lyris Five (pictured, right) can be downloaded from Amazon’s Kindle store.

What’s the quirkiest thing that’s ever happened to you?

Inadvertently appearing on Greek national television would be up there. I was on holiday on a Greek island with my late partner Jayne, when a UK tour company suddenly collapsed, leaving thousands of British tourists stranded. Jayne and I were walking along the seafront one morning when we saw someone pointing a large camera in our direction. The next day we noticed many of the locals staring at us. We later discovered via an English barman that Greek TV had shown pictures of us as background to the news story – I suppose they must have thought we looked like typical British tourists. Ironically we weren’t even affected by the collapse, as we had travelled with a different company.

What word or phrase do you overuse?

Great.

Peanut butter – crunchie or smooth?

Crunchy every time.

What’s the most surprising thing anyone’s ever said about your work?

“I was pleased to find out you weren’t dead yet.”

What first inspired you to write?

When I was about eight my favourite teacher put us all into pairs and asked us to write a story collaboratively. My friend Tim and I became totally immersed in this project and continued to pursue it for months afterwards, by which time it was turning into a novel! That experience gave me an appetite for writing which has never left me.

Writer’s block – real deal, or just an excuse to skive?

As a professional freelance writer I can’t really afford to have writer’s block. Very occasionally I will have a day when for whatever reason the words won’t come, and on that day I’ll go out for a walk or find something else to do instead. But I can’t afford to have too many days like that or the unpaid bills would start to pile up!

Who’s your favourite author? Why?

It depends when you ask me and what I have just been reading. But the late American sci-fi author Roger Zelazny would certainly be among them. Not only was he a great storyteller, he created wonderful characters and had a lyrical, almost poetic turn of phrase. Being able to combine all of those skills in one is a rare talent, in my experience.

Worst meal you ever ate?

A lunch consisting of home-made cottage pie, made for me by a friend. It didn’t really taste of anything, but worse than that it was a blazing hot summer’s day and all I really wanted was salad. But seeing as it had been made specially for me I dutifully ate it and attempted to look grateful!

How do you cope with rejection?

Philosophically.

I’m long enough in the tooth to know that you can’t please everyone, and in the world of writing personal taste plays a very large role. I never take rejection personally. I know my own strengths and weaknesses as a writer, and if someone rejects my work, I assume it just wasn’t right for them.

What makes you laugh?

Fawlty Towers.

Corrie or EastEnders?

Corrie.

Game of Thrones – hip or hype?

Never watched it. I did start reading the books years ago, well before the TV series. I got through the first book and most of the second, and then decided I had had enough. All the characters seem unpleasant and impossible to identify with, and I especially dislike what in my view is the misogynistic portrayal of the female characters. George R.R. Martin wrote some excellent short stories and books earlier in his career, but I don’t like this particular series, and therefore have no interest in watching the show.

Your biggest vice?

Sweet things. Chocolate, puddings, ice cream, you name it. I know I need to cut back for the sake of my waistline, but turning down a chocolate ice cream sundae just isn’t in my nature.

Do you believe in ghosts? Do they believe in you?

Yes, I do. I have seen ghosts, and have spoken to people who I am sure had seen them too. Whether the ghosts believe in me I really couldn’t say.

What makes you fume?

Not much these days. Getting steamed up seldom achieves anything and is bad for your blood pressure!

If you were given four sentences to plug your latest project, what would you say?

Entrepreneur Writer is my new blog. It’s aimed at writers and aspiring writers, especially those who have an entrepreneurial streak. I’m particularly interested in exploring new and different ways writers can apply their skills to boost their income, often via the Internet. Please do check it out at www.entrepreneurwriter.net.

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I hope you enjoyed the interview. Many thanks to Iain for allowing me to republish it.

Do check out Iain’s very entertaining blog if you have a moment. And don’t forget to sign up for his email newsletter while you’re there, of course!

As ever, if you have any comments or questions, feel free to post them below.

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Dear Michael Love Dad

Keep Believing! One Day Your Dream May Come True

Today I am pleased to bring you an inspirational guest post by UK freelance writer Iain Maitland.

Iain is an old friend of mine, whom I first met many years ago when he was editing a newsletter called Personal & Finance Confidential, for which I was a contributor.

In his article, Iain reveals how, after many years as a struggling freelance, a book deal catapulted him into the big time.

Over to Iain, then…

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This is an article for aspiring writers, especially those with a dream.

This is not a how-to article.

It is not going to make you money.

What it will do is to give you hope – it’s never too late to achieve what you want.

I’ve been a freelance writer for 30 years, turning my hand to all sorts of articles, from curing hay fever by putting Vaseline up your nose to making money from Forex trading. What I’ve always really wanted to do is to be a ‘proper’ writer with a literary agent and a big-time publisher.

I had a go at various books now and then over the years and time passed by and nothing ever worked. I turned 54 last year and thought I’d drift into retirement with, between you and me, plenty of regrets.

And then something rather magical took place.

I’d written this book, Dear Michael, Love Dad – it’s a funny, sad and emotional story of my relationship with my eldest son. Think Dear Lupin or maybe Love Nina.

I sent it to lots of agents. They all turned it down. I sent it to every publisher I could find. They turned it down too. I then pretty much gave up.

Cue a magical moment. An agent, Clare, suggested we meet for breakfast. She loved the book and would pitch it to publishers. The next morning, within an hour or two, a publisher, Hannah, said she loved it as well. They’d publish it.

This was the same book that so many agents and publishers had turned down. Rejection after rejection after rejection; to the point where I doubted that I had any writing ability at all.

Yet now, same book remember, I was a wonderful writer, capable of moving people to tears and to laughing out loud.

Roll forward nine months to today, early July 2016, and I’m not sure if the book is going to be a best-seller, but it’s certainly going to do rather well. Charlie, ‘Dear Lupin’, Mortimer has said it is, ‘wonderful, moving, humorous…extremely poignant’ and that has been a big boost.

We have lots of interviews and features coming out across the press later this month, with an appearance on ITV This Morning booked on 27 July. There will be plenty of media coverage going through the summer.

I am now, almost overnight, that ‘proper’ writer I always wanted to be with an agent and a big-time publisher who has optioned a follow-up to Dear Michael, Love Dad.

I am about to start writing a stage play with a well-known actor (who may well play me) and this will see the light of day later next year.

I have a thriller, Sweet William, coming out next year too and that, it’s been suggested, will be a best-seller.

So it happened – is happening right now – for me; and, who knows, it could happen for you too. You just need to believe and keep going. And one day…

Find Out MoreIain Maitland

Here is the book: http://geni.us/2TT5o (universal Amazon link)

Here is the story: http://www.yellowkitebooks.co.uk/parenting/your-child-depression-what-you-need- to-know/

And here’s me if you want to get in touch: www.iainmaitland.net and www.twitter.com/iainmaitland

Iain Maitland

Nick Daws again: I really enjoyed reading Iain’s original article, and asked if he could follow it up by setting out some tips for writers wanting to follow in his footsteps. Once again, he came up trumps. Here is what he wrote…

Here’s my ‘how-to’ advice based on my own experiences…

* Write the whole damn book. If you don’t have a track record, the agent and publisher will want to see the complete manuscript.

* Discover similar books, either online or in Waterstones etc. The closest books to mine were ‘Dear Lupin’ and ‘Love Nina’.

* Google – you may have to dip deep – to find the agents and publishers of these books; I found leads on Linkedin and Facebook.

* Approach agents and publishers by email, with an outline of the book and a sample chapter. Keep it short and to the point. Don’t try to be smart or clever.

* Learn to accept rejection. You need a thick skin! Most will not reply. Those that do will send a template response. Few will engage.

* Take advice – when an agent does engage, listen to what they say. Dear Michael, Love Dad was rejected as a funny book but accepted once I’d woven in the bittersweet story of my eldest son’s depression and recovery.

* Remember the good news – you only need to be accepted once. You will get ignored and rebuffed over and over again. You may well doubt yourself. Your heart may break. But you have a talent and a story to tell. You only need one agent and one publisher; it will all roll on from there.

* Don’t get cross with agents and publishers who seem dismissive. They get bombarded. Publishing is a small world and you will cross paths again; not easy if you’ve called them a flipping idiot (or similar).

* Assume you are right and they are wrong and keep going – whisper it quietly, but one Hodder publisher turned my book down, another later accepted it with enthusiasm.

I am happy to chat! You can email me at Imaitland@aol.com.

Join me at www.twitter.com/iainmaitland

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Thank you very much to Iain for an interesting and inspirational article. Do follow him if you are on Twitter, and check out his book and homepage.

And, as ever, if you have any questions or comments, for Iain or myself, please do post them below.

 

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Review: Pop Culture Publishing Profits

Pop Culture Publishing Profits is the latest writing guide to be launched by the prolific Amy Harrop.

Amy is a successful Kindle author, and publisher of many guides and software products for authors. She was kind enough to allow me a review copy, so here’s what I found…

Pop Culture Publishing Profits is a guide to making money by publishing e-books (or books) that leverage the popularity of high-profile movies, TV shows, video games, and so on. The main guide is a 41-page PDF.

As you would expect with any of Amy’s publications, this is well written and attractively presented. It is illustrated with screen captures (mainly of Amazon reviews) where relevant.

In the manual, Amy explains how you can capitalize on the huge interest in popular culture. She reveals how you can create books and e-books that will appeal to people interested in the shows and products concerned. One example she gives is a Kindle e-book on the subject of The Vikings, which appeared to have been written to cash in on the popularity of the TV show of the same name.

The big advantage of writing and publishing books related to popular culture is that there is a large group of people interested in these matters, who in many cases are actively seeking more information about them. If you can publish a book that comes up high in the results when they are searching (either online or on Amazon), you could potentially generate a lot of sales.

Amy discusses a variety of niches in which this could work. As well as the movies, TV shows and video games mentioned above, she includes politics, sport, music and books. Unfortunately (from an author’s perspective!) the latter is not as big a niche as the others mentioned, but it is certainly possible to write books/e-books that capitalize on the popularity of current or forthcoming titles.

Speaking of which, one thing that impressed me about Pop Culture Publishing Profits was how Amy reveals ways to find out about forthcoming productions likely to have lots of people talking about them. Certainly, if you can write a book that ties in with the next blockbusting movie (for example), you could be on the way to generating large numbers of sales.

Although the guide is fairly concise, it includes links to other resources – some by Amy, some by other people – covering specific issues and questions. There is a link to some additional training by Amy herself on how to get reviews for your books, for example.

The manual also covers the tricky subject of avoiding copyright and trademark infringement. Amy advises writers to use public domain content as much as possible, e.g. if a forthcoming movie is based on an old fairytale which is out of copyright, you could publish your own version of the tale by adapting a public domain version. Note that Amazon won’t allow you to simply republish public domain content, so you will need to rewrite/adapt it in some way to make it original.

As well as the main guide, there are various bonuses. These include a publishing guide, writing outlines for a variety of books, and a research and writing guide to help you publish quickly.

In summary, Pop Culture Publishing Profits contains some eye-opening ideas and information, and has definitely inspired me to think about trying this approach myself. It is currently on a launch special offer, after which the price will be rising to $27. If you are interested in this opportunity, it is well worth a look. It doesn’t go into the actual mechanics of publishing a book or e-book, but there is plenty of good advice about this available elsewhere (Geoff Shaw’s Kindling, my number one recommended resource for Kindle e-book authors, for example).

If you have any comments or questions about Pop Culture Publishing Profits, as always, please do post them below.

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My First Teespring Publishing Project!

As you may know, Teespring is a website that lets you design and publish tee-shirts and other garments and make money if they sell.

It’s a site I’ve known about for a while, but never got around to exploring. But after the result of the recent Brexit referendum here in the UK, I saw a golden opportunity to try it out for myself.

As you doubtless know, the outcome of the Referendum was a narrow (52 to 48 percent) vote for Britain to leave the EU. A lot of people who voted for Remain (which includes me) were shocked and disappointed by this, all the more so when some of the consequences of this decision started to become apparent.

So I decided to try my hand at designing a tee-shirt on Teespring aimed at disappointed Remain voters. You can see the result above and click through here to visit the Teespring sales page. The campaign will run for seven days from today, and I am promoting it in various ways (including some paid Facebook advertising).

I am doing this as an experiment as much as anything, and will report back in due course on the results I obtain. I must say that I was impressed by how easy it was to design my shirt on Teespring and set up a campaign for it, but of course the real test will be whether anyone wants to buy it!

  • Have you tried making money as a Teespring publisher? I’d love to hear how you got on! Please post any comments or questions below.
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World’s Richest Short Story Award Now Open for Entries!

Here’s a writing competition with a prize worth winning!

The Sunday Times Short Story Award 2017, with a £30,000 first prize, is now open for entries.

The contest is open world-wide, though you do have to have had work published professionally in the UK or Ireland. More information from the Aerogramme Writers’ Studio website is copied below…

Writers from around the world are invited to enter the 2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. The winner will receive £30,000 (approx US$40,000), making this the most valuable prize in the world for a single short story.

The prize is for stories up to 6000 words in length and there is no entry fee. Stories can be either unpublished or published. If published, the work must have first appeared after 31 December 2015.

Writers can enter regardless of their nationality or residency but they must have an existing record of publication in the United Kingdom or Ireland.

Source: The Sunday Times Short Story Award 2017: Entries Now Open for the World’s Richest Short Story Prize

Full terms and conditions for the prize can be found on this page (PDF) and you can access the entry form via the Short Story Award website

The winning story from last year’s contest by UK author Jonathan Tel, along with the other five works shortlisted for the 2016 prize, can be read in this low-priced Kindle e-book. The closing date for entering this year’s contest is 29 September 2016.

Good luck if you enter this contest. Even being longlisted would be a considerable feather in any writer’s cap. And if you win the top prize, remember who told you about it!

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Get Your Book or Ebook Reviewed for Free at Readers Favorite

All self-publishing authors know that getting reviews for their books or e-books is an essential requirement for getting sales.

So I thought today I’d bring to your attention a website that promises to review your book free of charge through a network of volunteer readers.

The website is called Readers’ Favorite. It’s been around for a while, and is used by top authors and publishing houses as well as self publishers. It’s a site that any entrepreneurial author should definitely check out.

And yes, they do genuinely offer to review your book for free. The way it works is that once you have registered your book or ebook, it goes on a list that is circulated to their volunteer reviewers. If one of these people likes the sound of your book they can claim it, and promise to provide a genuine review once they have read it.

Obviously, this does mean that there is an element of chance about how quickly your book gets reviewed, although you can improve its prospects by creating a compelling description. If you want to guarantee a quick review, however, you can also pay for a guaranteed “express review” in two weeks or less. They review both print books and ebooks, and even audio books.

Readers’ Favorite posts reviews on their own site, Barnes and Noble, Google Books, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and Pinterest. You can also post their reviews on your Amazon page.

In addition, they say that their reviewers will often post reviews of your book on their own websites and blogs, and on popular review and social media sites.

You might wonder what if the reviewer gives your book a bad review? Readers’ Favorite say they only post 4 and 5 star reviews. If a book receives a poor review, they provide constructive criticism direct to the author instead. As they say, they are in the business of helping authors, not hurting them.

There are certain other advantages to submitting your work to Readers’ Favorite. For example, if their reviewer gives your book a five-star rating, they allow you to use the Readers’ Favorite Five Star Review Seal on any of your marketing materials (website, book cover, etc.).

Readers’ Favorite also run their own Book Award Contest, which is quite heavily promoted on the site. There are substantial cash prizes for the winners, but of course you do have to pay a fee to enter.

The Awards are run separately from the reviews service, and you don’t have to submit your book for review to enter it for an award (or vice versa).

There is quite a bit more to the site than I have been able to mention here, so I strongly recommend visiting Readers’ Favorite and spending a little time exploring it. There is nothing to lose, and potentially a lot to gain, by submitting your book for a free review at least.

Lastly, I should also mention that they are always on the lookout for more volunteer reviewers – so if you fancy getting your hands on some extra reading matter, it’s worth checking out the site as well!

If you have any comments or questions, as ever, please feel free to post them below.

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3 Minute Journals Review

3 Minute Journals is the latest writing product to be launched by the prolific Amy Harrop, in association with her regular collaborator Debbie Drum.

Amy is a successful author, and the publisher of many guides and software products for authors. She was kind enough to allow me a review copy, so here’s what I found…

3 Minute Journals is a software tool and training course for creating print journals for publication on CreateSpace and other print-on-demand services. For those (like me) whom this trend has largely passed by, journals are print books where most of the content is supplied by the purchaser. They take a variety of forms, including diet journals, prayer journals, dream journals, and of course writer’s journals!

Journals and other types of interactive print books are very popular right now, and this product is designed to help you publish your own. Essentially, all you have to do to create one is add some artwork and page borders and perhaps a few inspirational quotations. Once your journal is published it can be a source of ongoing royalty income, potentially for many years to come.

Like many of Amy’s products, 3 Minute Journals is accessed via a password-protected WordPress site (so don’t lose your log-in details). This has the advantage that that you can access it from any computer with an internet connection, and it can also be easily updated and expanded.

The members area is divided into six main sections, each of which contains training videos, PDF guides, and so on. You can also download the 3 Minute Journals software from the “Creating Your Journal” page. The full list of sections is as follows:

  1. Welcome
  2. Why Journals
  3. Creating Your Journal
  4. Formatting Your Journal
  5. Publishing Your Journal
  6. Getting Exposure for Your Journal

As you will gather, the training takes you from a discussion of journals and why they are an attractive outlet for self-publishers, through creating your own (using the 3 Minute Journals software in conjunction with Word or similar), to publishing via Amazon’s CreateSpace platform, and then to publicizing and promoting your journal/s. The training is largely video-based, although there is some written content and there are also PDFs you can download.

The 3 Minute Journals software runs on Java, and it is important that you have the latest version installed on your computer. It turned out that I didn’t, so the software didn’t initially work for me. Once I had updated my version, however – which is straightforward enough – everything worked without a hitch.

One other thing to note is that the software doesn’t actually install to your PC. You simply double-click to run it. This makes it straightforward to use and (I believe) reduces the system demand on your computer. You do need to save it somewhere sensible on your PC, though. The desktop would be a good choice for many people.

The software is essentially a structuring tool for your journals. It lets you decide how many pages your journal will have, the page size, chapter headings, number of pages per chapter, number of ’empty’ pages, and so on. You could do all this in Microsoft Word, of course, but the software makes it quick and easy to create a basic journal structure, which you can then export to Word to add images, page borders, and any other bells and whistles. Here is a screen capture of the software with a sample project in progress.

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The training covers pretty much everything you need to know to use the software and publish your journal on CreateSpace. One thing I did notice, though, is that some of the resources refer to other types of product than journals, including ordinary books. I assume these have been borrowed from other training courses that Amy and Debbie have created. It’s not really a problem, although ideally it would be nice if all the resources were solely about journal creation and created specifically for this product. On the other hand, if you plan to publish other types of print book as well, I guess you would find this useful.

Overall, I thought 3 Minute Journals was a high-quality guide to creating and publishing a type of print book that has good long-term selling potential. Inevitably there will be a learning curve, especially if you have never published on CreateSpace before. Once you are up to speed, however, there is no reason you couldn’t publish a range of journals very quickly. It is definitely an opportunity any entrepreneurial writer should consider.

Finally, I should note that 3 Minute Journals is on sale at a launch offer price of $27 until 24 June 2016, after which the cost will almost double.

As always, if you have any comments or queries about 3 Minute Journals, please do post them below.

 

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Review of Outline Master by Lina Trivedi

Outline Master is a software product for writers from Lina Trivedi. It aims to provide a simple tool for creating outlines for non-fiction books or articles. These outlines can then be used as a framework for constructing articles, books or websites.

The first thing I should say is that Outline Master is an online product rather than downloadable. Once you are logged in to the members area, you start by entering four pieces of information regarding the topic you want to prepare an outline for. I’ve copied this below…

I did find some of the item descriptions a little confusing. In particular, I think the second one should read ‘as a noun’ rather than ‘in present tense’. And if we’re being picky, ‘complimentary’ in the third item should presumably be ‘complementary’.

Once you’ve filled in the form, click to continue and the software will go ahead and generate an initial outline for you. Here’s one it created for me on the subject of blogging…

I was reasonably impressed with this. Obviously it would need a bit of re-jigging, but there are some quite good ideas for structuring your content. Any items you don’t want you can deselect by clicking to remove the tick in the box to the left. You can also add your own topics by clicking on a link lower down (not shown in the screengrab).

Click to continue again and a new page will open showing your revised outline, incorporating any additions and/or deletions. You can re-order any item by dragging your mouse on the small up/down arrow to the left of the item concerned.

Click to continue again and a new page will open showing your finished outline.

You can choose a name with which to save the file in the universal RTF format. You can then download and edit it in Microsoft Word or Open Office.

Here is a video produced by Lina which walks you through the entire process…

 

And that’s Outline Master in a nutshell. It’s a simple program, but it does a useful job. Of course, the outlines it produces will all follow a similar pattern, but it’s still a good basis to start from. It might be nice if you could add subheadings as well, but that would reduce the simplicity which is part of the software’s attraction. And you can always add subheadings once you have imported the outline to Word, of course.

In addition to Outline Master itself, you get a couple of bonus items. One is a basic guide to Kindle publishing, which will get you up to speed with publishing e-books on the Kindle platform. And the other is a guide to outsourcing content creation. Lina says she has used the process set out in this to outsource more than 500,000 words of content herself.

Finally, I should mention that there are a couple of ‘one-time-offers’ you will see when purchasing Outline Master. The first is for some software you can use to expand your outline into a full-length article or book. And the other is for formatting software designed to convert your book into Kindle-ready files. Among other things, it automates table of contents (TOC) creation, and optimizes images for size and placement. It’s not especially cheap, but may be worth buying if formatting your book for Kindle is a concern for you.

Overall, while it’s not earth-shattering, I think Outline Master is well worth considering at its current modest price of $15 (about 10 UK pounds). If you regularly write content for blogs or websites it could be a valuable time-saver. You could also use it for outlining longer projects, such as e-books in the popular how-to category..

If you have any comments or questions about Outline Master, as ever, feel free to post them below and I will do my best to answer them.

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Lovely four-bedroom bungalow for sale in West Yorkshire!

Something a bit different for you today. Together with my sisters Annie and Liz, I am hoping to sell a beautiful four-bedroom bungalow in Wilsden, West Yorkshire, BD15, that used to belong to my stepmother, Shirley. A picture of it is shown above.

The bungalow is situated in a quiet, rural location, with lovely views to the rear of open countryside. The living accommodation is mainly on the ground floor (obviously!) with two additional attic bedrooms. A driveway and garage is also included, as are the small but beautiful gardens to the front, rear and side. I’ve posted another picture below (taken from Google Maps) which shows the gardens and garage a bit more clearly.

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There is no chain involved, and the buyer will be able to move in straight away.

You can see full details of the bungalow on this page of the RightMove website.

As it says on the RightMove page, if you would like more information and/or to arrange a viewing, please contact our local agent, Dacre, Son and Hartley, telephone 01274 399121. The full address of the house is 40 Spring Park Road, Wilsden, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD15 0EA. A local area map from Google Maps is embedded below…

 

Despite its rural location, the house is only two miles from Bingley and five miles from Bradford. It is also within easy commuting distance of Leeds and Halifax. The beautiful and historic town of Haworth (home of the Bronte sisters) is only five miles away, as is Saltaire, the Victorian model village built by textiles entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Titus Salt.

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UPDATE OCTOBER 2016  Although there has been a lot of interest in the house, as yet no genuine buyer has come forward. We have therefore lowered the price to £179,950. This is substantially less than the current Zoopla valuation of £198,000 and £20,000 less than the £199,950 paid when it was last sold in June 2011. We hope for (and expect) a quick sale at this price, so don’t delay if you’re interested!

UPDATE NOVEMBER 2016 I am pleased to say that the house has been sold, subject to contract.

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