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Month: May 2017

Free eBook Publishing Guide – Part 5 – Sell Your eBook

Editing your Amazon record 2-3 weeks after approving your proof, you will see your title appear as a record on in the US (inheriting the basic details that you entered when uploading to Lightning Source). LSI allocates a new "child" ISBN identifier to your title, which differs from the "parent" ISBN. Until recently, your eBook would also have appeared on However, Amazon have turned off eBook records on their UK site (pending the integration of their recent Mobipocket acquisition). Your record will look pretty empty to begin with. There will be no cover art, very little descriptive data, no reviews and no capability to search inside the book. Do not worry. All this data can be added directly via the Amazon site. The first key step is to ensure that your basic data on Amazon is accurate by clicking on the "correct errors and omissions in this listing" link in the "feedback" section at the bottom of your record page. After logging in, you are presented with a choice of data to amend, including: (a) title, (b) author, (c) languages, (d) binding, (e) number of pages, (f) publication date and (G) format / edition. Once you have made your changes, you will be shown a summary; Click on "submit update" to confirm. Please check you are happy with your author name; They may have picked up your...

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What to Look For in a Management Company

Many real estate investors have found that a good property management company can be a real asset, allowing them to leverage both their time and properties more effectively. Others have had bad experiences with companies that either did a poor job, or simply were not a good fit for their property or investment goals. So, if you’re considering hiring a manager, how do you tell the difference between a company you would want to work with and one you would avoid? Here are a number of things you should look at. Fees You’ll find that fees vary widely from company to company, but it’s important to be able to break them out and understand what services they offer for the money. Keep in mind that quality of service and long-term ROI is the ultimate consideration, not price. Make sure to identify all the potential fees that a management company may charge by reviewing their management contract. For a breakdown of the common fees found in property management contracts, see the guide linked to at the end of this article. Finances A competent property manager will have a clearly defined and transparent process for handling tenant and owner funds. They should be able to demonstrate that they keep detailed records and make these available to their respective owners, both to provide an audit trail for tax purposes and to help...

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Cutting the Ties with the Family Home

Debbie Reynolds “Let the seller know they are not alone and you will be right there with them, helping to guide and make the move as easy as possible. You are a team, you care and will not abandon the seller.”Right on target – and – re-blog! Sellers and Helping Them Cope with the Stress of Moving People get very attached to their homes. Though their heads tell them it is time to go and move on, their hearts are on the verge of breaking at the thought. Sometimes the reason is financial, other times it may be health issues or time...

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Insurance Appraisers – Property Appraisals and Estimates

In this article, we’re going to look at how the value of a property claim is determined. This could relate to your real estate property or your personal property, such as your automobile or the contents of your home. Before we go any further…remember this statement: THERE IS NOTHING IN YOUR POLICY THAT REQUIRES YOU TO GET MORE THAN ONE ESTIMATE. Many times, you’ll hear an adjuster recommend that you get three estimates. That’s just not necessary, and wastes your time and money. That procedure had everything to do with price, but has almost nothing to do with quality and value. Your home or your property is not a commodity…a mere rubber stamp of every other piece of property. It should not be treated like a commodity. Don’t let an adjuster get away with this. Here’s another statement to remember: AN ESTIMATE IS AN APPROXIMATE COST OF REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT OF PROPERTY. IT IS NOT ETCHED IN STONE. IT IS NOT A CONTRACT TO REPAIR OR REPLACE PROPERTY. Automobile Damage Appraisals If your loss is an automobile loss, and your vehicle is damaged, YOU seize the initiative and take your vehicle to the body shop of YOUR CHOICE. It would be best to have your vehicle inspected by the insurance company appraiser and your chosen body shop appraiser at the same time. That way, they can agree on the...

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Snow in Alaska? — You’d Be Surprised

Does it snow in Alaska? Of course it does. But the reality of the snowfall amount that Alaska receives may be far different from the popular concept of snow in Alaska. Many people conceive of Alaska as a barren land where it snows constantly in massive amounts and where everyone lives in igloos. Such a concept makes Alaska sound like a cold and white land. In reality Alaska has more lakes, rivers, and green trees than does any state in the U.S. The state is intensely green and rich much of the year. But the rainfall total and the snowfall total may be much less than you may think. Alaska Snowfall Totals Here are some average annual precipitation and snowfall totals for a cross section of Alaska. Anchorage — 15.37″ precip —- 69.0″ snowfall Barrow ——- 4.67″ ———– 28.0″ Fairbanks —- 10.37″ ———– 68.0″ Homer ——- 24.93″ ———– 58.0″ Juneau —— 52.86″ ———– 101.0″ McGrath —– 16.18″ ———– 93.0″ Nome ——– 15.64″ ———– 56.0″ Valdez ——- 61.50″ ———– 320.0″ By comparison Buffalo, N.Y., receives an average of 80″ to 100″ of snow per year. Some sections of upstate New York, similarly affected by their proximity to the Great Lakes, receive an average of 150″ to 200″ of snowfall yearly. Hooker, N.Y., received 466″ of snow during the winter of 1976-1977. Minneapolis, Minnesota, received their heaviest seasonal snowfall total of...

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