Great Quotes: "Someone Must Be On Top: Why Not You?"

Source by Dr. Gary S. Goodman

One of my college speech teachers was a dynamic fellow who, though advanced in

years, emitted the energy of a power plant.

Years before, he was tapped by Dale Carnegie, not the course or the franchise, but

the actual man, to be one of his original instructors. I could see the wisdom in Mr.

Carnegie’s selection.

Anyway, my professor was a colorful guy, a former Navy Captain, and a great role

model. He was the only one of my professors who tooled around campus in a

Mediterranean blue Cadillac convertible, and with his shock of white hair matching

the car’s interior, he cut quite a figure.

One of his best suggestions was to collect quotations from sources far and wide,

because a great quote can set the perfect tone for a speech.

I think he’d really like this one, from the great General George S. Patton:

“I don’t fear failure. I only fear the slowing up of the engine inside of me which is

pounding, saying ‘Keep going, someone must be on top, why not you?'”

Most of us, because of false modesty or simply low aim or lack of ambition, get

this backwards. Our quote would read: “Someone must be toward the bottom.”

It’s sad, really.

There are winners, top dogs if your will, in every walk of life. Patton had to share

glory with Generals Bradley, Eisenhower, Marshall, and even that famous Brit,


He didn’t like it one bit, chafing at the idea that he had to answer to, or be second

banana to anyone.

Simply, to feel he was in the saddle, to feel things were right in the world, he had to

be the standout, the leader.

Perhaps if we DON’T feel this ourselves, we’re a little out of step, at least with


Someone must be on top, right?

Why not you?

Investing Book Review – The Warren Buffett Way (Second Edition)

Source by Dr. Steven J. Lynne

By: Robert G. Hagstrom

ISBN 978-0-471-74367-5

Book Price: $15.99

Bestselling Professional Portfolio Manager

Robert G. Hagstrom is Senior Vice President of Legg Mason Capital Management and portfolio manager of the Legg Mason Growth Trust. He is a member of the CFA Institute and the Financial Analysts of Philadelphia. His bestselling book The Warren Buffett Way (First Edition) spent 21 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

History’s greatest investor

Robert G. Hagstrom reveals successful investing principles of one of history’s greatest investors. 12 chapters view the world’s greatest investor (Ch. 1), buying a business (Ch. 4); Investment guidelines of business (Ch. 5), Management (Ch. 6), Financials (Ch. 7), Value (Ch. 8), Portfolios (Ch. 10), the psychology of money (Ch. 11), & more.

Buffett’s Key Investing Practices

Robert G. Hagstrom’s background in finance allows him to express Buffet’s practices with clarity and simplicity. Knowledge of Buffett’s practices also marks his eligibility. He states, “We know it is Buffett’s preference to “buy certainties at a discount… ” We also know Buffett’s discipline of operating only within his “circle of competence.”

Hagstrom takes time to explore Warren Buffett’s background through viewing his mentor, Benjamin Graham. He takes time to define Graham’s principles, sown into Buffet. He states, “A true investment must have two qualities-some degree of safety of principal and a satisfactory rate of return.” Viewing Buffet’s roots, locates his beliefs.

Throughout this book, Robert uses selected quotes from Buffett to solidify his investing principles. He quotes Buffett saying, “It’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price.”

Brief quotes from Buffett also serve as directives to budding investors. Hagstrom again quotes Buffett saying, “Buying stocks means buying a business and requires the same discipline.” Research is seen as a key to success.

Addressing questions asked of Buffett reveals Buffett’s key practices. A question about companies Buffett will buy in the future reveals, “… avoid commodity businesses and managers that I have little confidence in… It must be a type of company that he understands, possessing good economics, and run by trustworthy managers.”

Warren Buffett’s Practices Revealed

Robert G. Hagstrom reveals Warren Buffett’s successful investing practices for readers to grow in their success.

Success Step: List 3 things that Warren Buffet looks at in a company before he invests in its public traded stocks.

Chairman Greenspan and the FED, learn more you will be glad you did

Source by Lance Winslow

So many people work their whole life to make money, but they know so little about out monetary system. They know so little about the Federal Reserve Bank and so very little about the brilliant minds, which make it all work. To get a better insight to the behind the scenes strategic planning and the intense thought which goes into making it all work I recommend you read a few books on the subject. Let’s start on an easy one for your on-going education as an Entrepreneur; I recommend you first read:

“Quotations of Chairman Greenspan-Words from the man who can shake the world.” By Larry Kahaner.

This was a great book, which studies Greenspan’s early days in the private sector and his many quotes throughout his career. The book is broken into sections and can be read comfortably in one night. If you read this book you will laugh at the big words used to describe nothing and the way he answers questions with riddles, which intertwines history, politics and modern day fluctuations in markets. He often describes situations with which such disdain for politics and rhetoric with what on the surface appears to be more of the same, yet his carefully and large inventory of words appears to have a symbolic meaning and often answers more than just the question.

His comments often go unchallenged because you have to carefully review all the statements and piece it together to understand what he said and by that time it is too late to ask the next question. He appears to be doing an excellent job and having a lot of fun screwing with peoples heads who are of less intelligence. His thoughts on recessions, gold, education, transportation, communication, derivative trading, S & Ls, silver, gold, employment, Housing, small business, social security, medicare, Demographic diversity, junk bonds, sector rotations, unemployment, Debt, government spending, population, inflation, the economy at all levels and everywhere in the world are discussed. His thoughts on competition, in the free market etc. His comments of government bureaucracy and its role in business and also how companies use the government to set laws to impede competition and why this is good at times too; Interesting that a man could have so many thoughts on so many things, which seem unrelated yet are all related in a three dimensional way to everything else. I know someone just like him in fact, but only one. Few are even close to being in the same bathtub or ball park for that matter.

He talks about how things, which are seemingly unseen, affect larger issues later. He talks of consumer savings and credit card debt and taxation and rebates. Global financial markets and leading economies and how the IMFs actions can affect the common man and how free trade encourages commerce and quality of life and increased profits from those who may appear to be damaged and how efficiency which is so difficult to measure on the surface yet so obvious in the macro scheme of things.

I would say that before anyone is allowed to question Greenspan at a Senate Sub meeting ought to first read this book. This book should also be read by every local level politician and especially by the good ole boys in the South. It should be read by those who support unions and toll ways and over regulation, as those intellectually challenged folks might learn something without having to read 900 pages of Ayn Rand. Those opposed to NAFTA and in favor of bigger over the border truck restrictions. It should be required reading at all Business Colleges especially economic classes and electives. Hell it only takes on night to read anyway, why not have every one who takes a business class read it. I think all protestors of monetary policy should read this before they go and protest so they know exactly what they can really do to help. It is amazing to me that all this information is available to the public and business world and politicians yet no one gets it. After reading this book, I would have to say for the most part Greenspan is correct in his observations, assumptions and actions. Read it, think on it and I’ll get back to you with another book selection.

If You Love to Read Books Join a Book Club

Source by Marie Giunta

You will be reading and socializing more

The first time I had heard of this type of club I was watching an Oprah show many years ago and at the time thought it was a great idea. As an avid reader the idea of ​​discussing books with like minded people appeared to me. However, it would be years later that I actually helped for form one and have been enjoying books as well as discussing them for quite some time.

There are five of us who decided to form our own "not-so-serious" club. We simply meet once a month at a local restaurant (different one each month so good for the local economy), suggest books to read and each of us read the same one, then discuss at the next meeting (or whenever we all finish the said book. Simple, except we all lead very busy lives and although we do our best to meet regularly, reading the same book every month sometimes does not happen.

"By the way ladies, I believe in-depth discussion of the key character's struggle with morality and her drive to satisfy her selfish desires attained a level of intellectual sophistication that we have not achieved prior. so seriously – thank you for helping my mind grow. "

The above quote is from one of the girls after a particular meeting where not one of us had read the same book. She wrote this on an email which our relative partner was privy to, so now they think we are really serious bookclubbers!

Well as a not-so-serious one, we have read many books over the years, some of which I would have never read had I not been part of such a club. As well as discuss books we eat, drink and mostly laugh about things that are happening in our lives. There are times when discussions become serious if one of us is having a particularly bad week but we all find that sharing seems to lighten the burden and by the end of the night we've usually solved the problem, and most of the world's big problems too.

If you enjoy socializing, wish to broaden your mind, make new friends and really enjoy a good night out I highly recommend joining (or starting) a club such as ours. You will actually save money by sharing the books around and if going to restaurants is a little too rich for you, then rotate the meetings at each others homes.

How to join a book club

The best way is to ask around your local area, probably the best place would be the library, and make up a list of possible choices in your area. The first one you choose may not be the right one for you but do not give up, the right group is out there. Another way is to approach your work social club and suggest starting one, or ask around your children 'school to connect with other avid readers.

There is an alternative type of book club if you do not want the social interaction and that is to join the many book clubs offered by such such as Oprah. There are heaps to choose from, just Google book clubs and go from there.

Some of our favorite books

The amount of books we have read are too many to mention but here is a list of some of the stand outs which received praise from the five of us.

  • Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin
  • The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  • The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
  • Breath by Tim Winton
  • Dirt Music by Tim Winton
  • The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • The Other Hand by Chris Cleave
  • I Do not Know How She Does It by Allison Pearson
  • The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
  • Rock n Roll Babes from Outer Space by Linda Jiavin

A few footnotes:

Mao's Last Dancer was the children's edition because some of our children were reading it at school and Li Cuxin was visiting schools at the time.

The Other Hand – an intriguing book about refugees written from the refugee perspective.

The Slap – A look at modern society and what is considered appropriate when it comes to disciplining children. This book made for rich discussion about racism, friendships and what is right and wrong social behavior.

Breath – beautifully written, so descriptive and touching. A story about coming of age with a backdrop of surfing and magnificent beaches.

So go ahead, turn an individual pursuit into a way of making new friends, join a book club today.

Using Quotes to Give a Creative Twist to Your Writing

Source by Andrea Di Salvo

As any good journalist will tell you, it’s best to let your sources tell the story. That’s true of fiction or news writing, and it’s done with quotes.

For one thing, the use of quotes varies the voice of the story. What do I mean by voice? Every writer has a voice, a certain tone to his or her writing. That’s a good thing. Every writer’s voice is different, so it gives variety to the world of literature. At the same time, big chunks of narrative in the writer’s voice can bog down your writing–like having the same speaker drone on for too long. Almost all writers (including me) are in love with their own voices, but it can get very boring for the reader. That’s why it’s a good idea to break it up by letting someone else do the talking. As I already said, that’s done with quotes.

Nonfiction Writing

Let’s start with journalistic writing. Why? In my opinion, it’s easiest to add quotes to news or feature writing. You’ve interviewed a variety of sources (at least, I hope you have, otherwise you need a different article). Now all you have to do is pick the quotes that best tell your story. While that can seem daunting when you have a long interview, you’ll soon find it’s easy to separate the useful quotes from trash–the wheat from the chaff, as it were.

As you get more experienced with news writing, you’ll learn to weave quotes into your story or, even better, make them the foundation on which you build your story. If you’re not at that point yet, a good rule of thumb is to place a relevant quote every few paragraphs.

Voice aside, the biggest plus to adding quotes in nonfiction is that it lends authority to your writing, especially if your sources are credible experts in their fields. Finally, using quotes in nonfiction lends a special human touch to writing that, if the writer isn’t careful, can become too much about facts and figures.

Fiction Writing

It’s a little more difficult to add quotes to fiction. That’s not because it’s hard to make up things for your characters to say. It can be refreshing to be able to make people say whatever you want them to say. However, it is a challenge to make sure those quotes aren’t also in your own voice. If every character sounds the same, it makes your situation worse, not better.

On the other hand, if your characters are too overdone, the dialogue can become laughable. I’m sure you can think of an example from your own reading–an Irishman with a brogue so stilted and behavior so stereotypical that the Irish wouldn’t have him, for instance. Anyway, you can see how tricky quotes in fiction can be. Still, if you achieve the right balance, it takes you work to the next level, making it worth every bit of the effort you put into it.

If you’re still shaky about using quotes in your writing, try this:

Write a scene, any scene, in straight narrative. That is, write it only from your narrator’s point of view. Then, go back and write the same scene, but this time describe the same scene using only dialogue. Tough? Probably. But it will help you refine your use of quotes so you’re comfortable using this powerful writing tool.

A Bonus Secret

Finally, I’ll tell you a secret…readers love white space. How is that relevant to quotes? No matter what genre, quotes generally add white space to the page. Pull almost any book off the shelf and look at a page of dialogue. Then compare it to a page of straight narrative. Doesn’t it look like less work to read? Readers think the same way. White space makes them think they can get through a page quickly, so they’re more likely to keep reading–and that’s good for you!

Human Evolution Timeline: Bible Quote and Science

Source by Ruy Miranda

The human evolution timeline is found recorded in Bible quotes (Book of Genesis). Adam’s rib symbolizes the chromosome and is the key to the man ape evolution. In discussing evolution vs creation, many convergences like this one are found.

Someone who holds to the theory of evolution and denies creationism might ask why such an important matter as the creation of human beings would be in a symbolic message rather than in explicit language. And, after all, the Holy Scriptures don`t talk about chromosomes. That is a valid question, which shall be pursued below. First off, the main interest is to see the points of confluence between evolution and creation regarding the appearance of the human being.

Parallelism Between Adam’s Rib and Science

There is an amazing coincidence between the numbers in the Book of Genesis involving creationism and numbers in science regarding man’s evolution from the ape. The parallelism begins on the Bible quotes according to which God took out one of Adam’s ribs and made the woman, Eve, with it.

And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.

The number of ribs – Men have 24 ribs – 12 on each thoracic side. The same number is found in women. The text says that God removed one rib and not one pair of ribs. Had He indeed removed only one rib, man would have different numbers of this bone on each side of his chest. Not only that, but there would also remain a doubt about the number of ribs in a female.

These contradictions disappear if the text is examined from the standpoint of information conveyed by Jesus Christ to His disciples: To God nothing is impossible. God may have removed one of Adam’s ribs but He did it in such a way that the woman and all her descendants would have the same number of ribs. However, it is assumed that the rib’s removal is symbolic language and explained it cannot be regarded as direct language.

A look at it now from the standpoint of science. The chimpanzee, from which science now admits that man has evolved, has 24 chromosomes in its sexual cells, i. e., 24 chromosomes in each spermatozoon and 24 chromosomes in each ovulum. This is referred to gametes, those sex cells capable of reproducing the species. Therefore, the number of ribs in a man and of chromosomes in a chimpanzee are identical. The other cells in a chimp, as in a human, are diployd, that is, they have the chromosomes in pairs – therefore, they have 48 chromosomes.

Confluence of Book of Genesis and Human Evolution Timeline

Were we to admit that the rib symbolizes the chromosome, the implicit and explicit Bible numbers say that God removed a chromosome from a chimpanzee and made a woman out of it. In other words, the “man”, a chimp, lost a sex-cell chromosome and thus a woman was formed.

Indeed, the woman, just like the man, has one chromosome less than a chimp in the sex cells. The human spermatozoon has 23 chromosomes and the human ovulum also has 23 chromosomes. It makes sense. The other cells in the human being are diployd, i. e., they have 46 chromosomes. But it is needed to see what science says regarding the man ape evolution, that is, man’s evolution from the chimpanzee.

Man’s evolution from the ape – It is admitted that, in the evolution of the species, through some unknown phenomenon, two chimp chromosomes were fused and thus, primitive man, a hominid, came about. Some theories claim that the female came first, which, if true, would give further consistency to the symbolic version of Adam and Eve’s story.

In a nutshell, this is what the matter has:

  • Number of ribs in the human being: 24.
  • Number of chromosomes in the chimp’s gametes: 24.
  • Creation: removal of one rib.
  • Evolution: fusion of two chromosomes.
  • Rib symbolizes chromosome.
  • Removal of one rib = fusion of two chromosomes.
  • Number of chromosomes resulting in the gametes: 23 – New species: man, hominid.

Without wandering too far from these basic issues, it should be asked why there are so many differences between human and chimp, given the “simple” fusion of two chromosomes. Furthermore, those in favor of creationism would argue that, since the similarity between a chimp’s DNA and that of a human being is above 98%, humans and chimpanzees ought to be more alike. These are pertinent questions which must be carefully examined.

Starting with the numbers: the difference between human and chimp DNA is less than 2%. For three reasons, this percentage can be very meaningful:

the science is just barely beginning to understand the human genome, that is, the DNA map, that of genes and each one’s role. On the other hand, we know also little about the chimp genome. Thus, it is perfectly acceptable that this percentage, though small, means much in terms of anatomical and physiological differences between the species;

the differences may be situated in fundamental parts of the DNA, enough to cause the differences between the species;

the amount of DNA in the cells is not always proportional to their complexity. Therefore, the arrangement of DNA components in humans may be more important than the quantity.

Thus, the slightly less than 2% difference between chimps and humans may become more meaningful. The “simple” fusion of one species’ two chromosomes may cause many differences in the resulting species.

Why is the Bible not explicit? – In other words, why, since the issue was raised in the beginning of this article, does the Biblical message not speak directly about chromosomes? At least two answers are possible.

The first has to do with Christian and Jewish dogma: this is a sacred text, dictated or inspired by God, and there is no questioning how God speaks. The second has to do with the Biblical writers: they would be human beings possessing a deep knowledge of evolution timeline and humans nature. They knew that it would not be possible to write what men would not understand at that time (existence of chromosomes, genes, DNA). They further knew that, in a patriarchal society such as the one they lived in, women should remain in a secondary role, in the written version, to make the acceptance of God’s word easier.

The faithful cling to the first answer, the dogma.

But those who are not faithful may properly ask how those writers, barely out of a semi-nomadic life, could possess such knowledge about the evolution of the species.

Examined as a book and without any preconceived position, the Bible is a singular book and its writers differed from common mortals. However, as intelligent as they might have been, there was no way they could have held such knowledge. Thus the answer is: this is a mystery.

Book of Genesis & Science: More convergence

In the pleasant study of Biblical numbers involving creation vs. evolution, there are other convergent points. Example: part of the sacred text reproduced at the beginning of this article and science’s version of the differences in man/ape. The Genesis expression “closed up the flesh in its place” conveys a special meaning and suggests more parallelisms between religion and science. It could be read as “closed up the frontal lobe in its place”.

In the monkeys the frontal lobe is 9% of the brain. In the man it is 30%. The frontal lobe is a tissue (“flesh”), a nervous tissue. The frontal lobe integrates most of the brain functions. Its prefrontal portion is related to the initiation of planned actions, i.e., thinking, idealizing, acting in orderly fashion, and letting out emotional expressions. In the difference is the “closed up the flesh in its place.”

Subsequent Procreation

The appearance of the human being raises the issue of procreation. In the history of creation, this problem does not exist: once created, Adam and Eve started to reproduce. However, in evolution, ONE individual, from the fusion of the two chromosomes, would not give origin to the human species.

To illustrate,suppose that the fusion of the two chromosomes took place in a female, resulting in 23 chromosomes in the gametes, living with males bearing 24 chromosomes in the gametes. Procreation would be impossible. Even if they copulated, no ovulum would be formed due to the lack of symmetry in the DNA. How, then, would the human being have procreated in evolution?

More likely the phenomenon – physical, chemical or physical-chemical – had by then reached several individual chimps, causing chromosome fusion in many of them, both males and females. In the history of evolution, there is still another peculiarity: the bonobos have more elements than the chimpanzees to be man’s ancestors.

Chimpanzees vs Bonobos

Preference for the chimpanzees over the bonobos – In the evolutionary scale, science shows preference for the chimpanzees over the bonobos, even though the latter are more similar to human beings.

See some ones:

the similarity percentage between bonobos’ DNA and humans’ is greater than that of chimpanzees;

their genitals are more protuding and face forward, as with humans;

except for humans, they are the only primates who copulate from the front;

they engage in homosexual and heterosexual relations;

upon reaching adolescence, the females abandon their group and join another one. In their new group they submit themselves to the female – including sexually – and then copulate with the males;

the females keep together in groups and the male respects them because, together, they will fight him for food;

they stand on two legs more frequently than chimps do and their laughter is more expressive. They are also more cordial in the group.

Despite all this, it is believed that man has evolved from chimps, due to the fact that they are found in many African regions, in wide-open areas, which would have favored their territorial dispersion. Bonobos, on the other hand, live in closed-in woods, in some regions in Africa. However, from the genetic, anatomic, emotional and behavioral standpoints, more likely the human species has come from the bonobos. Perhaps, after their community was hard-hit by a cataclysm, they took refuge in closed-in woods.

Man’s Ancestor: Neither Chimpanzee nor Bonobos and Adam`s Rib

Another theory admits that chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, orangutangs, gibbons, all belong to the primate family known as Pongid, just like the Hominid family, whose sole representative is man, all belonging to the Hominoids super family, and would have come from individuals known as Old World Monkeys.

It is possible that some violent environmental change hit Africa and Asia, altering the genetic structure of many Old World Monkeys (Cercopitecoids) sometime between six million and twenty-five million years ago. Different Pongids came into being.

Why would not different hominids have appeared? Present day human must have featured differences among individuals from the very beginning. For instance, there must have appeared at the same time individuals with white skin and with black skin in Africa and in Asia. Weather conditions and the fight for survival would have made easier for white-skinned individuals to disappear from Africa and for black-skinned individuals to disappear from ice-cold regions.

The theory of a common trunk for all Hominoids does not change the parallel with Adam’s rib. The whole Hominoid super family would have come from individuals with 24 chromosomes in the gametes. One family (Pongid) continued with 24 chromosomes in the gametes while another (Hominid) appeared with 23 chromosomes.

Do ESL Students Have an Opportunity to Study Medicine?

Source by Mary Anita

ESL students find many difficulties with English communication. Being an ESL student, I know the struggles of going through interviews, communicating with superiors or traveling to English speaking countries. I have been neglected so many times being an ESL student.

I was surprised to know the truth that ESL students also become a doctor. GAMSAT gives opportunity even for the non science and ESL students to study medicine. So I was curious to know more about GAMSAT. I would like to share the details that I gleaned about GAMSAT. Particularly, I would like to help the ESL students who are struggling with section 2. These tips would enhance them to score good marks in section 2.

What is Section 2?

GAMSAT has divided into three sections. Section 1 tests your thinking ability in Humanities and social science. Section 2 tests your English written communication skills and Section 3 tests your reasoning ability in Science.

Section 2 has designed to test the English proficiency of the candidates. Doctors should be able to interpret the results quickly in English. So you need to score well in Section 2 in order to apply in the popular medical universities.

In Section 2, you will be given 2 sets of quotes. 2 essays have to be written based on the quotes. Vocabulary, Grammar and sentence formation are mandatory to write an effective essays.

Read more:

I regret reading because of less confidence in English. I thought section 2 would be a huge obstacle for me. The best way of improving word power is reading. The clear structure of sentence formation can be found in newspapers or magazines. There are plenty of novels and short plays available. It gives chance of learning new words. By reading one book we can learn more number of new words. It improves the quality of communication.

Vocabulary guides:

Here are excellent vocabulary building books designed for the non-English speaking students:

1. English Vocabulary in Use – Advanced by Michael McCarthy, Felicity O’Dell

2. Compelling Conversation: Questions and Quotations on Timeless Topics – An Engaging ESL Textbook for Advanced Students by Eric H.Roth, Toni Aberson.

3. Practical Faster Reading: An Intermediate/Advanced Course in Reading and Vocabulary (Cambridge Classical Studies) by Gerald Mosback, Vivienne Mosback

Games can also help you:

Let your recreation be an effective. You can play many games, puzzles and cross words. It would improve your word power. Constant practice helps you to grow in your language without getting tired.

Text Books that enhance your literature:

Reading Books are important for communication. “The Catcher in the Rye” written by J.D. Salinger helped me to improve a lot. There are good vocabulary building books are available on the web.

I would recommend you to follow the above methods and prepare well. It is important to have a good command on English to ace the Section 2 successfully.

Also here are few tips would help you to answer the GAMSAT questions perfectly. Do the practice essay writing and have a good preparation for GAMSAT.

How to Write a Blurb That Sells

Source by Stephanie Heijkoop

1) Look at samples – Go to Amazon and click on the bestsellers in your genre. Read their blurbs and select some of the ones that got you really interested in the book. Analyze what structure they have used and also note the words that made the greatest impact. This will give you a better idea of what to work toward.

2) Use a formula: Most fiction book blurbs start with a situation (a), introduce a problem (b) and promise a twist (c). They usually end with a sentence that emphasizes the mood (d) of the story.

Here’s an example from the bestseller “The Girl on The Train” by Paula Hawkins:

(a) Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life-as she sees it-is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

(b) And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved.

(c) Has she done more harm than good?

(d) Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

3) Treat your first sentence like a pick-up line: Many readers don’t read past the very first sentence, which is why this should have the biggest impact. It should entice them to read on. It needs to be clever, engaging and new.

4) Introduce your main characters: For your readers to care, they need to be intrigued not only by the story, but also by the characters. Introduce your characters in the most interesting light possible. Mention them by name and characterization: journalist Sophie Collins, reformed criminal Joe Bradlow et cetera. Give them dimension and put the focus on the dilemmas they face.

5) Use a cliffhanger: The aim of your blurb is to leave readers curious and wanting more – so much so, that they would actually buy the book. As in the “Girl on a Train” example, you can use a question: “Has she done more harm than good?” Or you could just hint that there is more to come: “Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined.” (An Ember in the Ashes, Sabaa Tahir)

For non-fiction books your cliffhanger should promise a strategy or solution: “this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home-and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.” (The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo)

6) Use words that cater to your audience: The words you use should evoke a certain atmosphere and meet the expectations of readers of the genre. Sabaa Tahir uses words like “ancient”, “brutality”, “infiltrate”, “deadly fighters”, “spy” and “dangerous escape” to create a sense of adventure for An Ember in the Ashes.

7) Give readers a setting: Transform readers to the place and time of your story to make it more interesting. Example: “Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life.” “After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France.” (The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel by Nina George). If you write historical fiction, just including a time period in your blurb can greatly increase the amount of clicks your book will get.

8) Use Hyperbole: Words like “never before”, “incredible”, “unimaginable” and “inconceivable” are powerful tools to spark curiosity.

9) Keep it short: Most blurbs are only between 100 and 150 words long, excluding the bit about the author. Keep your blurb around 100 words if you want it to make an impact. Both Amazon and Apple don’t allow much space, so if your text is too long, it will be cut off and the reader will have to click “read more” to see the rest.

10) Use short sentences: Buyers are usually just skimming through text, so the easier your blurb is to read, the more enticing it will be. Long sentences won’t grasp the attention of the reader as well as short sentences. Use white spacing to separate thoughts and make it look less like a solid block of text.

11) Stay true to your voice: A blurb should give readers an idea of what to expect from your book, which is why it is important to stay true to your voice. Stick to your genre – don’t suddenly make a dramatic romantic novel sound like a thriller in your blurb. You want people to buy the book for the right reasons, otherwise they may be disappointed and leave bad reviews.

12) Use fresh eyes: Once you are happy with your blurb, let it rest for a day or so before you look at it again. Print it out to look at it in a different format. Look at it on your phone. Seeing it in a different way will give you a new perspective and you will notice things you haven’t before. Let other people also have a look at it for you.

13) Rewrite it many times: The book blurb is not something you should do hastily as an afterthought. Take your time with it. Start out by writing a short summary. Include the plot basics, the characters you want to introduce and some other elements of the story that are important to you. Now write your first version. Read through it and trim it down. Write at least five different versions.

Things To Add To Your Book Description That Will Increase Book Sales.

Quotes from well-known authors: Get some famous people to review your book and add their quotes to your book description. Keep in mind that quoting individual authors instead of publications will give you a much better click-through rate.

An author byline: This is not essential, but if you have won awards for any other books in the past, including that you are an award-winning author can boost the amount of clicks you get. This is especially true if the award signifies your book’s genre.

Review data: If your book has had a high number of 5-star reviews on Amazon or Goodreads, pick the one with the best numbers and add that to your description.

What You Shouldn’t Do

There are of course a couple of pitfalls to avoid if you want to create a killer blurb. The first one is rather obvious: never give away any spoilers – no matter how tempting. Secondly, be sure to stay away from clichés and overused phrases like “in a world of… ” Also remember that comparisons with others tend to set you up for failure and might trigger the wrong expectations with your readers. Refrain from calling yourself the “new Stephen King” (or any other famous author for that matter) and don’t compare your book to a certain bestseller such as the “next Fifty Shades of Grey”. Your book is unique, and the blurb needs to reflect that.

Book Review – Dr Bob Rotella's 'Putting Out of Your Mind'

Source by Jack DA Brown

If you are one of the majority of golfer's out there who regularly regularly gets frustrated and upset by your putting performance, then Dr Bob Rotella's 'Putting Out of Your Mind' is one book that I would definitely recommend reading. His simple and easy to understand messages and style of writing will help you to create a whole new positive attitude towards your game.

The key message from this wonderful Dr Bob Rotella book is:

'Take your satisfaction not from wherever the putt drops but from when you got yourself in the right frame of mind to hit the putt'.

Dr Bob Rotella believes that one of the reasons for poor putting is because many golfers allow the negative effects of the conscious mind to have too much of an influence. 'Putting Out of your Mind' will help you to understand how you control your mental processes and eliminate these influences.

Dr Bob Rotella is known for being one of the best shrinks in the game and his 'Putting Out of Your Mind' book contains some outstanding advice and insights on how to create a mindset that will have you putting away freely, without anxiety or stress, and will have you actually looking forward to your next putting challenge.

Although 'Putting Out of Your Mind' is a reliably short book, it contains some wonderful chapters, including 'How Good Putters Think', 'The Light is Always Greener' and many more, that will teach you all the intricacies and psychology of putting which will help you to believe in your own abilities.

There are priceless quotes in this book, from some of the best golfers in the world, that help you to understand his messages clearer and which will also give you a great insight into how Champions think.

Dr Bob Rotella's book 'Putting out your mind' is a great read and will change the way you approach your putting game for good.

Hologram of Liberty: The Constitution’s Shocking Alliance With Big Government

Source by Alain Burrese

“Hologram of Liberty: The Constitution’s Shocking Alliance with Big Government” by Kenneth W. Royce (a.k.a. Boston T. Party) is a book that makes you think, or at least it should. I personally found it to be quite eye opening, and respect the amount of research that went into this analysis of the United States Constitution. I believe this is an important book, and many more people should read it. And you don’t have to take it on face value if you don’t want, just go do some research on your own, because Royce provides a great road map with the research he’s done, and that’s the thing about this book, it contains so many quotes and passages from other sources that support Royce’s conclusions.

In this analysis of the Constitution, Royce illustrates the weaknesses of the Constitution, and how the large government we now have has grown because of the way the document was drafted, not in spite of it. Royce definitely believes the Federal Government has become too powerful and intrusive, and I share this belief, although maybe not to the extent of the author. This book shows how the Constitution was not meant to enshrine State autonomy or hold individual rights over federal interests, nor was it meant to stunt federal growth. Big claims? Well, read the book.

Many in our country want to hold the Constitution as almost something sacred, but once you read this book, you will recognize the difficulties and disagreements the drafters had when forming the document, and where compromises and inaccuracies crept in, making it seem much less sacred, and more of typical political wranglings that continue to exist with the formation and drafting of just about anything that comes from our government.

Royce believes changes are coming, and in fact encourages concerned citizens to be part of these changes. He also provides some solutions to some of the problems he points out, and I thought some of his ideas were right on, while I don’t foresee some of them ever being realized. I actually blogged about one of the ideas Royce suggested that I really liked. And while I respect freedom, liberty, gun rights, and such, I’m not as anti-government as Royce is, but then maybe I have not been bitten hard enough yet.

I will say this, I enjoyed reading “Hologram of Liberty” and firmly believe that Royce is 100% correct when he says people should “Think. Decide. Act. Now.” It is all of our responsibilities to educate ourselves and act on those things important to us. With this book, Royce has provided a well researched analysis of the Constitution that should at the very least make you think a little bit more about our government and why things are as they are. It should also stimulate thought on what can be done to make changes to improve our country. So read this book and become educated on our government and the document it’s based on.