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Harness the power of the crowd to turn your dreams into reality! Crowdfunding is the newest way to fund projects and start businesses. You don't need to hit up family and friends, max out your credit cards, or get a second mortgage--there are perfect strangers out there who will help you fund your idea. You just have to know how to find them. The Everything Guide to Crowdfunding is a step-by-step handbook to harnessing the power of social media to raise funds. Inside, you'll find real-life case studies and techniques for creating a successful campaign, including: Gaining an online presence Tapping into the crowd Understanding the different crowdfunding platforms Designing a successful campaign plan Promoting your campaign with social media, search engine optimization, and affiliate marketing Dealing with donors after your campaign ends Almost 50 percent of crowdfunding ventures fail to get funded. With this guide, you will learn how to be in the 50 percent that succeed. Whatever your dream or business idea, there is no reason it can't become a reality with the power of crowdfunding.
Leona Lewis, Lily Allen, and Colbie Caillat all became famous after their self-produced music was posted on the Internet. And now anyone who's ever practiced in front of the mirror for hours wants to try it too. This guide shows aspiring musicians how to turn their computers into a music studio. Professional musician Marc Schonbrun leads you step-by-step through the basics of home recording, including: Tips on how to make'and stick to'a recording budget The best digital recording software Microphones, mixers, and electronic hardware Recording for individual instruments and virtual instruments Mixing, mastering, and advanced recording techniques For a fraction of the cost of recording, you can become their own engineers. You'll learn to create tracks complete with digital effects, virtual instruments, and sound quality that rival professional studios. In no time, you'll be ready for your time in the spotlight!
The decision to divorce is never an easy one. This completely revised and updated second edition prepares readers for the challenges that lie ahead. Attorney Milinda J. Reed gives readers an advantage in the courtroom and prepares them for their new life. Readers will gain information and advice to help them: Determine if divorce is the right course of action; Choose whether or not to hire a lawyer; Manage custody issues; Handle pretrial stages and hearings; Interpret and execute the judge's ruling; and more. This informative guide, written in plain, understandable language, unravels and simplifies this complicated process so readers can get through it - with their sanity intact. This edition also includes completely new material on: considering a separation before deciding to divorce; whether one needs a lawyer (includes tips for representing yourself); custody and visitation, child support and spousal maintenance, and preparing for and getting through the trial; special cases (domestic violence, mental health issues, etc. ); and the emotions of divorce and how to deal with them.
The genius and orphan son of itinerant actors, Poe led a tragic life and suffered greatly--as much at his own hands as those of Fate. Yet tragedy never stopped him from writing: poems, short stories, literary journalism, and even creating a new genre, the detective story--a contribution so great that the most prestigious writing award for crime fiction, given annually by the Mystery Writers of America, bears his name. The Everything Guide to Edgar Allan Poe is a fascinating guide to the tormented genius, with critical insight into: His difficult childhood His 13-year-old bride The truth about his drug use The enduring mystery of his death Poe led a life as epic as one of his poems. In The Everything Guide to Edgar Allan Poe, you'll learn all the deepest secrets that haunted this tortured writer, influenced his writing, and ultimately drove him to an early death.
Saffron boosts your mood. Pumpkin seeds promote a healthy prostate. Sea scallops improve cardiovascular health. Unlock the healing power of food and with this guide! In this A-Z guide, you'll learn how to incorporate the right nutrients into your diet to alleviate common ailments such as:Alzheimer's DiseaseInsomniaAcneFibromyalgiaCancerDepressionHigh CholesterolPacked with more than 150 delicious recipes for 30 different ailments, plus detailed sections on what nutrients are best for your specific condition, this guide is your ultimate resource to healing yourself with what you eat. With this guide, you'll be cooking your way to a clean bill of health--and discovering that an apple a day really does keep the doctor away!
Your mission is to raise money. The only question is: What is the best way to do it? The Everything Guide to Fundraising is full of practical, useful, and effective ways to identify donors, raise awareness about your cause, and get contributions. This indispensable guide is full of tested techniques for finding new donors and managing all sorts of contributions, from monetary gifts to donated items.
You've always wanted to be an author. And now you're ready to get started. But getting that manuscript written and published is not so easy. In this guide, you'll find the expert advice of industry insiders--editors, agents, and successful authors. You'll learn tips and tricks about submissions, how to write a killer query, and even how to navigate the uncertain waters of self-publishing and e-books. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced writer, here is everything you need to take an idea to the printed page, including: Guidance on planning a writing career and building a platform Surefire ways to get a submission taken seriously Contract negotiation tips from the pros An in-depth exploration of self-publishing and e-books This essential guide also includes an exclusive link to a FREE get-published webinar, sponsored by the prestigious writing magazine Writer's Digest. This multimedia package is loaded with insider tips and professional techniques--all you need to turn writing from a hobby into a profession!
Beat the blues with St. John's Wort. Improve your memory with ginseng. Calm down with chamomile. People have used herbs and other plants for thousands of years to improve health and vitality. This practical guide reveals the timeless healing power of the best herbs and natural remedies available today. You learn how to strengthen immunity, ease hormonal mood swings, and treat such common ailments and conditions as: Aches and pains Allergies Psychological and emotional issues Digestion problems With this guide, you have the information you need to enjoy a happier, healthier life!
All you need for a smooth transition to the gluten-free lifestyle! Contrary to popular belief, living gluten-free doesn't just mean eating gluten-free! With 1 in 20 people suffering from some degree of gluten intolerance and countless others interested in the health benefits of removing gluten from your diet, it's no wonder that the gluten-free lifestyle is on the rise. The Everything Guide to Living Gluten-Free is the perfect introduction to this lifestyle change. Inside, you'll find guidance on making a stress-free switch to a gluten-free life, with valuable information on: Setting up a pantry to avoid cross-contamination. Finding gluten-free options when traveling. Selecting gluten-free health and personal care products. Enjoying restaurant dinners and parties. Helping children acclimate to the gluten-free lifestyle. Plus, you'll find 100 recipes for superb gluten-free dishes, like Cornmeal-Crusted Chicken, Focaccia Bread, and Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes with Fluffy Raspberry Frosting. Even including information for gluten-free vegans and vegetarians, this all-in-one guide is your indispensable resource for losing gluten for good!
Magazine writing has its own set of rules and guidelines that can befuddle anyone trying to break into the business. The Everything Guide to Magazine Writing clarifies the process by providing you with insider tips and guidance to achieve success in this exciting field.
You can prevent type 2 diabetes--starting today! A pre-diabetes diagnosis is a wake-up call. And with The Everything Guide to Managing and Reversing Pre-Diabetes, you can make the lifestyle changes you need to ensure good health. Certified Diabetes Educator and Registered Dietician Gretchen Scalpi provides helpful tips not only on what to eat and when, but how to prepare delicious, healthy meals such as: Honey Oat Bran Bread Hearty Beef Stew Cold Roasted Red Pepper Soup Chipotle Chicken Wrap Chocolate Cheesecake Mousse This trusted resource also includes a ten-week plan to help you start seeing results immediately. Reversing a diagnosis can be daunting, but with this guide you will learn to take the process one step--and one meal--at a time.
Finding the right home can be easy. Finding the right mortgage-one you can afford-can be a challenge. You need to arm yourself with the latest information so you can make the right decision for you and your family, especially in the current housing market. In plain English, finance expert Lisa Horton shines a light on the confusing world of points, interest rates, and credit scores. Whether you're buying your first home, trading up to a larger one, or buying a rental property, you'll find all you need inside. Learn how to: Save for a down payment and prepare to borrow Understand credit reports and credit scores Deal with banks, mortgage brokers, and online lenders Refinance a mortgage The Everything Mortgage Bookteaches you how lenders work, how different kinds of loans are structured, and what they're best for. You'll also learn which mortgage practices and loans you should avoid. Whether you have a great credit history or a poor one, you'll be able to get the best loan for your most important purchase-your home. Lisa Holtonis the author ofHow to be a Value Investor, The Essential Dictionary of Real Estate, and theEncyclopedia of Financial Planning. She is a contributing writer for the Financial Planning Association on consumer finance and retirement planning issues. Ms. Holton heads the Lisa Company, a writing, editing, and research firm. She lives in Evanston, IL.
Eat carbohydrates-but only if they're "good. " Eat fiber-but only if it's soluble. Eat protein-but not too much. There are so many rules on the road to good nutrition, how can you know what to eat? With The Everything Guide to Nutrition, registered dietician Nicole Cormier shows you all you need to keep yourself and your family healthy, such as: How to safely transition to a vegetarian or vegan diet Recipes for nutritionally balanced meals that taste good Tips for incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet Which foods contain the most beneficial vitamins Why processed foods are so bad for you-and how to stop eating them And much, much more! With meal plans and grocery shopping guidelines, this complete guide is perfect for busy families or individuals on the go. Eating healthy is just a grocery store trip away!
Packed with helpful tips and sound financial practices, this practical yet inspirational guide leads you on a step-by-step journey to financial independence and security.
Your all-in-one guide for a fit pregnancy! As a mom-to-be, you want the best for your baby and yourself. You need sensible, up-to-date advice on maintaining a healthy diet and a robust fitness level. The Everything Guide to Pregnancy Health and Nutrition is your ultimate mother's helper for diet, exercise, nutrition, and more--at every stage. Inside, you'll find information on: Determining your caloric needs When (and when not!) to exercise The best and worst foods for pregnancy Exercises for all your major muscle groups Vegetarian or vegan pregnancies Getting back into exercise after your baby is born With extra information on pre- and post-pregnancy health, this guide is the perfect handbook for mamas-to-be looking to stay healthy!
The Everything Guide to Pregnancy over 35 covers the physical, emotional, and social implications of a 35+ pregnancy to help ensure the healthiest and happiest nine months-and beyond.
Written by a pediatrician and a mom, The Everything Guide to Raising a One-Year-Old is full of practical and informative advice that will ensure that you and your little one enjoy a safe, healthy, and happy 12 to 24 months!
The toddler years are a wondrous time of exploration and independence. A time when your little one begins to stretch his wings and test his boundaries. If you're prepared, you can enjoy the toddler years with ease and confidence. All you need is a little direction to change these often trying years into terrific memories. Filled with practical advice and sound strategies, this guide tells you how to: Prepare great meals your toddler will actually sit still for and eat Handle tantrums Toddler-proof a home Get your toddler on a regular sleep schedule Cultivate good manners You'll also get tips on handling technology and toddlers, a slew of activities to build brainpower, and recipes that help keep toddlers performing at their best. You no longer have to worry about the toddler years--with this helpful guide, you can have a happy, well-adjusted, and terrific toddler!
Written by a pediatrician and a mom, this all-inclusive guide shows you the ins and outs of your child's second year of life in an easy, accessible way.
Millions of people belong to social networks, but a surprising number of them still don't know a tweet from a tweep. With this guide, you'll master the lingo, tools, and techniques you need to participate fully in the social media movement. Written in friendly, nontechnical language by acclaimed high-tech reporter John K. Waters, this accessible handbook covers the full range of social media services, including:Messaging and communication (Blogger, Twitter) Communities and social groups (Facebook, MySpace, Buzz) Location-based social networking (Foursquare) News and tagging (Digg, StumbleUpon) Collaboration and cooperation (Wikipedia, Wikispaces) Photo and video sharing (Flickr, YouTube) Opinion and reviews (Yelp, Epinions)Waters helps newbies become comfortable with social media--and shows more experienced users how to expand their presence online. With a special section on leveraging the growing power of social networks to build or grow a business, this up-to-the-minute guide is everything you need to walk the talk online--one wiki at a time!
Create and run your own virtual business! Whether it is a full-time online consulting business or just selling your crafts on the side, starting an Internet enterprise is a very appealing prospect to a budding entrepreneur! The Everything Guide to Starting an Online Business is the perfect guide as you navigate the online market--no matter your experience level. From developing an idea to sharing it with the world, this expert manual provides information on: Determining what kind of business to create Developing a smart business plan and online presence Transitioning from brick and mortar to the virtual world Using vendor sites like Etsy Promoting the business with social media Perfect for part-time entrepreneurs who want to make some extra cash or for full-timers who want one income stream, The Everything Guide to Starting an Online Business will help you get your businesses off the ground and onto the web!
The Everything Guide to Starting and Running a Restaurant is your key to becoming a professional restaurateur! Your dream can become a reality-just follow the steps longtime restaurant owner Ronald Lee lays out for you in this lively, informative handbook. From financing your business and choosing the perfect location to attracting and keeping satisfied customers, The Everything Guide to Starting and Running a Restaurant is your starting point to an exciting-and rewarding-new career! The Everything Guide to Starting and Running a Restaurant will set you on the fast track toward a thrilling career doing what you love! Book jacket.
All you need to get started and succeed in your own retail adventure
Here's something worth learning: Studying doesn't have to be a chore! This fun and accessible resource provides the tools you need to develop better study habits, boost your grades, and position yourself for academic success. Educational consultant Cynthia Clumeck Muchnick uses a wide range of ideas taken from hundreds of students to help you find a unique, effective method suited for your individual learning style. You'll improve transcripts for college applications, ace standardized tests, and become a better student at any level of education. This indispensable guide shows you how to: Get the most out of class time Use the best strategies for note-taking and memorizing Improve writing skills Prepare completely for tests Safely and effectively conduct online research Use Skype, iChat, or social media to form study groups With this guide in your backpack, you'll be able to balance school and activities, avoid pre-test panic, and achieve consistently better results.
An essential guide for understanding the inner workings of your brain! Do you really only use 10 percent of your brain? Can a bump to the head really restore memories? Does your brain ever lie to you? Why do you always forget where your glasses are, but never how to read? The brain makes you who you are. This fascinating organ creates your personality and controls your reactions and emotions. It's responsible for how you perceive the world around you--all while controlling hundreds of physical functions like breathing, moving, circulation, and digestion. The brain is simply amazing! The Everything Guide to the Human Brain will help you to unlock the mysteries of the brain. You'll learn how the brain communicates with each part of the body, how it affects your emotional life, why you dream, and how you remember things. And you'll also get in-depth descriptions of brain disorders and how science and medicine are working to heal or reverse them. Written in plain English, this ultimate user's guide will help you learn about the most influential part of your body!
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