Free Books! Special Today on Self-published Do-it-Yourself Books and Self-help Guides

Book marketing and promoting for self-published authors is sometimes our least favorite thing to do.  In spite of this, the fact still remains that new and existing authors must constantly find ways to expose their book titles

One good way to bring attention to just about anything online is to offer something for free.  This philosophy works hand-in-hand with the hard cold fact that you have to give a little to get a little.  That is why the website will be offering regular “Specials” on various books at different times.

Today – September 14, 2016 – you can visit the website and take advantage of a Free book (selected from any of the “FEATURED SPECIALS.”)  If you would like to obtain one or more of these available titles, simply copy the published “Coupon Code” from the page and be sure to insert it on the book’s purchase page.

Be sure to visit often and pay attention to any new Specials that may be available.


Weight Loss and Body Image: Self-help Guides Offer a Positive Approach

Weight loss and body image issues are a major focus of many self-help books and guides.  This is because they often contain guidance that comes from first-hand knowledge of the situation.  Another reason is because they typically offer positive approaches to the way we should deal with our problems.  More often than not, the information that we get from a self-help book may not be original or unique.  But sometimes, the same words spoken in a slightly different way can make a big difference.  You’ve heard the expression:  “All of a sudden a light bulb came on in my head.”  This is what happens when the right self-help book manages to read like the author wrote it specifically for you!

Feeling Better about You  

In the website article:  How Self-Help Books Improve Your Personal Growth, it highlights an interesting thought about self-help books and feeling better about yourself.  “Many guides help to reveal the underlying causes of your problems and issues.”  The example that was given to support this statement is the book:

Weight Loss Success Guide (The Truth about Obesity in America And How to Finally Succeed at Losing Weight) By Justiss Goode

Read the article (or the book).  See how this information absolves over-eaters of some of the blame and guilt for their poor eating habits.  Needless to say, this knowledge can help to improve the reader’s self-esteem and self-worth.

A Positive View

The self-help book:  How to Live Life in a Positive Bubble (A Daily Guide to Positive Thinking) By Charm Baker touches briefly on “body image”.  The counsel it provides about having a positive view of your body image is for everyone.  It helps to drive this point home by emphasizing the fact that ALL of us suffer from some type of negative body image.  Just as the above publication about obesity distributes part of the blame to society, Baker mentions a similar point.  Once again, another author focuses attention on the underlying causes of our body and image issues.

Individuals who struggle with losing weight and a negative body image will benefit from Baker’s self-help book, along with other titles like:  Beautiful Confidence – How to Be Confident and Build Self-Acceptance By Rachael Yahne

Do-it-Yourself (DIY) Halloween Decorations and Recipes You Can Try

Halloween will be here before you know it, but diehard do-it-yourselfers don’t have to wait to start planning.  One visit to the website and you’ll find some fun and very detailed step-by-step guide books.  Just check out the Home Improvements category, the Arts, Crafts & Hobbies category, and the Food category.  You will find a number of great Halloween related DIY titles, written by knowledgeable self-published authors.  There are easy to follow guide books available.  Do you want to learn how to give your home a makeover and turn it into a haunted house?  These do-it-yourself books will show you how to create cool and scary Halloween decorations and prepare tasty Halloween recipes and treats.  One author even created a Halloween recipe book with treats that are gluten free.  Check out the book:  Halloween Treat Recipes-Gluten Free by Sarah Beach, as well as some other related titles on the website.

More Holiday DIY Books

As was previously mentioned, Halloween is only one holiday that brings out the do-it-yourself attitude in people.  After October 31st has come and gone, the year-end holiday season will be instantly upon us.  You can prepare yourself now for all your creative gift making and upcoming holiday decorating.  One DIY book called that can help is:  50 Easy & Unique, Homemade, Fall Holiday Decorations; Halloween, Thanksgiving, & Christmas! by CJ Shipley.  As you can see from the title, how to create Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations is included in the content, in addition to making unique Halloween decorations.  If you would like to start thinking of some cool holiday decorating, and gift ideas, why not check out the above title, as well as others on the website.

50 Easy & Unique, Homemade, Fall Holiday Decorations; Halloween, Thanksgiving, & Christmas! by CJ Shipley


Halloween Treat Recipes-Gluten Free by Sarah Beach


Fun Fare Recipes: Halloween by Mimi Riser


How to Create Seasonal Arts and Crafts Using Simple Do-it-Yourself (DIY) Books and Guides

Creating arts and crafts can be a fun and educational way to teach children of all ages and sizes.  Arts and crafts are also used as an enjoyable way to help keep seniors and disabled individuals entertained and mentally sharp.  In fact, creating arts and crafts can be a fun and therapeutic experience for just about anyone, depending on the circumstances.  This is especially so when creating arts and crafts for a particular holiday or special time of year.  Whether it’s a solo effort or a family endeavor, there’s nothing more fun than making seasonal arts and crafts to decorate with and use for the holidays.

Making Simple Gifts

There is definitely no denying that simple arts and crafts have always made some of the best gifts.  For a child, a good imagination and a creative touch can go a long way on Mother’s and Father’s Day, or even on a birthday.  Think back to the days of the string paintings and macaroni drawings that you made in school as a child or you may have received as a parent.  The only thing more enjoyable for a kid than actually making this type of gift is seeing the look on a parent’s face after handing it to them with love and pride.

There are lots of good arts and craft ideas for those who like to make simple gifts for friends and loved ones.  This can be an inexpensive way to give a gift, yet say you really care.  Using arts and crafts when it comes to gift ideas is not just about being cute or cheap.  Handmade items often have a lot more than just sentimental value.  When you consider the time and expense that many people put into the arts and crafts they create, it amounts to no small expense.  Perhaps that is why not everyone who engages in arts and crafts does it as a hobby.  Some people have turned creating arts and crafts into a business; that includes those who write about arts and crafts.

Creating Decorations

A recent blog post talked about Halloween Home Decorating Ideas from a Self-published Author.  The post mentions a self-published book called:  “How To Make Your House Haunted For Halloween”.  This book is currently listed on the website (in the Home Improvements category).  Creating Halloween decorations clearly fall into the Arts, Crafts & Hobbies category, but apparently tricking your whole house out and making it a house of horrors is on a whole other level.

“How To Make Your House Haunted For Halloween” is more for the hardcore Halloween fanatic.  But suppose you simply want to create some cool and scary decorations to add to your existing Halloween theme.  There are tons of great arts and crafts to create for kids of all ages.  DIY books and guides offer step-by-step instructions on how to create awesome decoration projects.  Not just for Halloween, but for other holidays and seasons as well.  Parents can help the kids create all types of seasonal arts and crafts and use them for decorations, gift ideas and more.

Learning how to create the perfect holiday theme is easy with the help of a good arts and crafts do-it-yourself book.  It’s no wonder that lovers of arts and crafts look forward to the holidays.  Not only do holidays provide numerous opportunities to make creative gifts, but also to create lots of fun holiday themed decorations for home, school and work.

The following Arts, Crafts & Hobbies titles are currently listed on the website

101 Fun Things to do in Retirement: An Irreverent, Outrageous & Funny Guide to Life After Work by Stella Rheingold

200 Japanese Tattoos By Deedee Moore

Art Lab for Kids: 52 Creative Adventures in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking …by Susan Schwake and Rainer Schwake

Beauty Eternal – Easy Ways to Preserve Flowers by Dueep Jyot Singh

Breeding Goldfish Eggs (Step-by-Step Guide to Successful Breeding)  by Charm Baker

Candle Making Simplified – A Guide for Beginners by Deedee Moore

Canning 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Canning by Jennifer Gomes

Craft-a-Day: 365 Simple Handmade Projects by Sarah Goldschadt

Gardener’s Guide to the Pepper by Paul R. Wonning

Getting Started in Photography: A Complete Beginner’s Guide To Taking Great Pictures By Jim Hamel

How to Crochet: 16 Quick and Easy Granny Square Patterns by Prime Publishing

How to Draw Awesome Figures by Neil Fontaine

How to Draw Cool Stuff: Shading, Textures and Optical Illusions by Catherine Holmes

Kids First Activities with Paint By Fatima Usman

Lights, Camera, Background! The Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming a Background Actor … By Nichole Ashlyn Jackson

Loom Knitting Comfort Dolls By Denise M Canela

Man Crafts: 10 Free Patterns to Crochet for Men by Prime Publishing

My First Origami: (Downloadable Material Included) by Joel Stern

Scrapbooking Techniques by Deedee Moore

Smart Soapmaking: The Simple Beginners Guide to Making Handmade Soap by Anne L Watson

The Big-Ass Book of Crafts by Mark Montano and Auxy Espinoza

Halloween Home Decorating Ideas from a Self-published Author

Halloween, and other holidays provide an opportune time for some authors of do-it-yourself (DIY) arts and crafts or home decorating guidebooks.  Since my own focus is currently on promoting and marketing these and other types of help aids, I’ll be spending the remainder of 2016 highlighting various DIY and self-help guides.

With the holiday season fast upon us, we’ve already begun to see different holiday items put on sale in the stores.  For those individuals who like to stay ahead of the crowds, here is a tip on a great ebook about decorating your house for October 31st.

Create a Haunted House

Self-published author Jeff Schoettker offers some cool Halloween home decorating ideas for the do-it-yourself decorator in all of us.  His book:  How To Make Your House Haunted For Halloween is just what you need if you’re determined to be the scariest house in the neighborhood!   Who better to get this kind of great home decorating advice from then a self-proclaimed “weirdo” who absolutely loves Halloween?


The “How To Make Your House Haunted For Halloween” title is listed on the website for good reason.  It provides a simple and enjoyable guide to follow, created by a virtual Halloween expert!  Learn how to create your own spooky haunted house with all the effects.  You’ll get instructions on how to do including making spooky Halloween props.

This awesome little book is available at Smashwords.  It’s more than just a book for the arts and crafts lover or the home decorator.  This book is truly for the Halloween enthusiast!

Check out: How To Make Your House Haunted For Halloween by Jeff Schoettker



Book Marketing and Promotion Strategies Continue to Be a Challenge

Marketing and promoting a newly published book title continues to be the most challenging part of the ebook self-publishing process.  Over the past couple of years, I’ve had to fight a difficult battle when it comes to staying positive and focused on the idea of achieving writing success.    In my efforts to navigate the rough and bumpy rapids of online self-publishing, I’ve tried just about everything you can think of when it comes to marketing and self-promotion.  Granted, I haven’t actually spent any real money to speak of on professional marketing, but in all honesty, I’m not sure which of my publications really warrant the expense of an expert marketer.  I’ve come to realize that therein lies the problem.

Books Worth the Effort

I’ve written a number of small digital books, with the exception of my one full length novel and two or three more lengthy non-fiction publications.  With each and every publication, I made an honest attempt to convey useable, practical; and in some instances, valuable information.  But in spite of the benefits to be obtained from the various informational products, I now believe that my current titles are not unique or weighty enough to enlist professional marketing experts.

The above statement is not to say that none of my existing books are worth the effort of marketing and promoting, but rather, it is up to me to do more but in a different way.  Countless other self-published authors can be found putting out decent titles with adequate information, but falling into the same situation as my own books.  They don’t merit paying good money to market and promote properly.  Recognizing this fact is one way to help new and existing others really give some thought to their future titles and publications.  Given the challenges that automatically come with promoting and marketing a book effectively, we need to be sure that the books we’re writing and self-publishing are worth more than just our own inexperienced marketing efforts.

Batch Marketing and Promotion

As the year 2016 continues to wind down, this author will be spending more time and efforts on a form of “batch” marketing.  Instead of concentrating on one or two specific titles, I’ve decided to promote and market ads that link to multiple publications.  Not only will I focus on giving attention to more of my own books and Just Charm publications, but I can also help promote and market other self-published authors.  A good example of what I have in mind can be seen when you visit my website.  I’ve take the opportunity to promote a number of great titles that all fall into the do-it-yourself (DIY) or self-help category.  DIY is an area that online readers are always searching for practical books and information guides.

During my many years as a freelance writer and self-published author, I’ve always made a point to promote other authors and writers.  I’ve found it to be a great way to meet others who share my passion, as well as network and learn about things related to our trade.  That is why I welcome any new or existing self-published authors to take advantage of any marketing and promotional help that I may be able to offer.  To learn more, click here and read about FREE BOOK MARKETING.