Do you have notes and papers, typed up copy, your story typed into your cell phone even? It’s time to get your book in a format that people can read and understand now!
Recently my uncle in California told me about a guy writing a book. He put me in touch. Lo, and behold the book was on the guy’s phone.
Now English is his second language. He didn’t have caps for new sentences. No spaces between sentences. It really was a mess.
I fixed it up though — real nice. Now he could show it to people and they could read it comfortably and get it.
And he has an incredible story to tell. For $200 I was able to fix up his work for the first round, of what will be a few rounds of edits and fixer-uppers, editing.
I can do the same for you! Rough notes. I’ll put it together and put it in your voice. It will be great, I promise you!
A typical flea market shop, in Germany Français : clients aux marché aux puces Русский: Блошиный рынок во Франкфурте-на-Майне, Германия (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Yesterday for the fun of it I went to one of our local flea markets. This time I did not bring money for my incurable habit of buying books to re-sell on Amazon.
I only brought goods to trade and sell, barter with!
I used to sell old photos and prints – way back in 2009. So, I brought a bagful of pieces that never sold – including old postcards.
Also brought freebies I’d acquired – new goods: stationary, markers with coloring books, crayons, pens, small note paper. I had a couple of those nice decorated-colorful grocery bags full of these.
Included clearance food items from my local health food store – chocolate-covered cranberries, blueberries and cherries. Eco-friendly chocolate bars, gluten-free flour.
Arrived at the Flea Market. First I pulled out my scanner and apps and found $12 worth of great book-MUST-haves. Talked to the seller. No go! He was not about to trade or barter. He needed money. Stopped by about 5 other booths – No, they wanted to sell and collect money today ONLY.
One regular who I’ve known over many years said, Sales have been slow over last month or so.
Received a tip that a nice Asian woman up front might like the type of product I had. Stopped at another seller quick – he said sales had been slow over last month or so.
The lady and her husband – Yes, bought a full bag of the new pens and stationary, plus my nice grocery-shopping bag for $12 – enough to cover my books!
Went back and bought the desired books!
Then I visited my collector contact – showed him all my old photos and postcards. He bought a bunch of them for $20. And then I sold him a couple of the chocolate food stuffs for $3.
Went out and bought a Lionel Train reference book for collectors to sell on Amazon. Headed home. Stopped off and bought more books at a thriftstore to sell, and a new toy-game on clearance at a retail store ($1.99) for my Amazon Christmas collection.
Fun! I left the house with $3 yesterday morning – gas for the car and parking. Earned $35 selling miscellaneous goods around my house. Replenished items for re-selling on Amazon – buying $25 of new books and a new children’s toy, lunch with $2 to spare.
Today is the birthday of a dear friend of ours – John Igo. He’s 88 years old. Our favorite public library in town is named after him.
He’s lived in San Antonio all his life. Very active in the community. A beloved English professor for many years. His classes at our historic San Antonio College always filled up immediately.
He’s written a number of books. We own 10 or so. Every time we attend a meeting of the Friends of the Library at the Igo Library, it seems he signs a new book for us.
The library is on the property that belonged to his family.
Today we’re going to give a reading of one of his plays – “Tomorrow and Tomorrow” at the John Igo Library at 2 pm.
There are six main characters. I’ve been preparing for this event over the last few weeks. I have not done a lot of public speaking or performing in my life. We may have quite a crowd today – I hope so. I play the main part – of Martha.
Not sure I’m quite ready yet. But nearly as ready as I will ever be. We will have two or three reading rehearsals today. I’m getting my clothes ready. And last night I spiffed up my reading glasses at the mall. I want to look my best – and to see my best!
We rehearsed once. And I’ve already seen I’m not the most polished actress. I hope I can make John happy with my performance. He’s used to working with professional actors and actresses.
Two of the other readers were much more convincing and dynamic than I – one has been an actress and manager of a playhouse, the other has written plays. I haven’t performed since I was about 14 years old. And then I was only a jester doing cartwheels across the stage. Ah, yes, utilizing our talents.
So today – we will read at 2 pm to the public. Come one and all!
Book (Photo credits: PB Teen)
I’m a writer. And I’m a book seller. I’ve been and still can be a tutor – a geometry tutor, basic chemistry. I’m also really good at basic algebra. I’m a really good editor too.
Did you know there are levels of editing? You can’t get it in one try – flow, consistency, grammar and punctuation come at different times. My boyfriend likes to brag and talk about how I set the red pen to his writing.
But I’ve written marketing pieces, entire long direct response sales letters, ads, opinion pieces, columns, book reviews – a lot of different things. I helped a friend who’s an expert in holistic health with the editing of his book — for over 5 years. He’s still writing, editing, improving – now it’s been taken up by a publisher.
But right now – I mostly sell books. Yes, I sell a lot of books … and other items too. I sell health food, children’s toys and games, linens, soap, CDs, and a lot of things.
Like any job that we’ve done for a long time… I think a lot about how the grass is greener on the other side. But I probably need to be happy I have a good job I can leverage, selling books. I sell a lot of crazy books, unique, eclectic books — hard to find and reference.
Gees though, I just want to be a copywriter. I’ve been hired and paid for a couple of direct response letters — reports. One of them stayed up on a doctor’s website for over 5 years – a control.
If you have a need for a good writer who knows copywriting – let me know.
In the meantime, though — no I’m not raising kids. I’m selling used books and things on Amazon.
And I’m re-viving my EditWrite Inc (2005 – 2009) to EditWrite LLC to officially get back into the writing, editing, copywriting business again…officially.
In the meantime, check out my store on Amazon if you like: www.amazon.com/shops/EditWrite. I post a lot of my Amazon listings on Pinterest too: www.pinterest.com/kaye456