In my book, The Simple Facts About Self-Publishing, I explain that while you can be listed as the publisher, your book will look more professional if you create your own publishing entity.
When I mentioned this in “The 13 Most Common Self-Publishing Mistakes to Avoid” (a guest blog for Christian Indie Publishing Association), I received several questions about setting up a publishing company.
Choosing a legal structure (sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, corporation) is a decision you’ll make after consulting with your attorney and tax advisor. Choosing a company name is more fun — but it can take as much and…
I was wonderfully busy this week enjoying a week-long visit with our eleven-year-old granddaughter 😃 ❤️. I only had time to publish one article. Be careful about subscriptions that automatically renew.
Not sure what to pray for? Here are some suggestions:
Don’t try to mask with humor something that you wouldn’t say seriously.
Jonas Ellison explains the difference between purpose and plan when we’re talking about what God has in mind for us.
I’ve written about (and suffer from) the imposter syndrome. Kathleen Smith has a solution:
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Recently a colleague of mine recommended a grammar-checking product that she said she liked better than Grammarly. She said this product was more expensive to purchase, but the price includes lifetime access, unlike Grammarly, which charges an annual subscription.
I’ve been using Grammarly for years. I like it and recommend it. Even so, I decided to check out this new product. My first step was to see when my Grammarly subscription expires to determine when I had to make my decision.
Wouldn’t you know it? My non-refundable Grammarly subscription had automatically renewed the day before.
It made me remember an…
An article about how to fire people humanely that I wrote years ago and thought was worth sharing again:
If you teach a class or classes, turn it into a book. Here’s why and how:
Some reactions from subscribers to my weekly Shareable Saturday email:
Books don’t have to be 80,000–100,000 words. In fact, shorter books can be effective and popular.
If your book helps promote you, or your company, use it as a business card.
Jack Heimbigner offers a way to make the time you spend alone in your car supernaturally productive.
Alexandra Walker-Jones writes about how easy it…
When we select the quotes, we choose messages that we think are profound, yet simple. And we love it when our subscribers see something more complex than we did.
A book based on what you teach will:
Many of my ghostwriting clients over the years have been in the information products industry.
They are great speakers. They know their subject and they love to teach it to a live class. Give them a topic and tell them to go, and they’re off in grand form.
If that’s you and you want a book based on what you teach, but…
If it isn’t done right, the consequences can range from mildly inconvenient (an uncomfortable display of emotion by the departing employee) to catastrophic (an expensive wrongful termination lawsuit or even violence resulting in serious injury and possibly death).
Employees who are not performing up to your needs and expectations should be given appropriate counseling and warnings with time limits and a performance improvement plan. Make it clear that failure to meet the plan within a reasonable time will result in termination so there is no surprise if and when things reach that point.
When an employee commits an offense you…
My heart breaks for people who are struggling financially and can’t pay their rent, but there’s another side to the eviction issue.
Should a criminal past automatically preclude someone from employment?
Should You Hire Someone With a Criminal Past?medium.com
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We don’t like to think about on-the-job injuries and deaths, but they happen.
Robert McManus takes an interesting look at the intent of the seventh and eighth commandments.
Bebe Nicholson shares how the pandemic has affected her relationship with the church.
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If you’re a business owner or HR manager, eventually, you’re going to have an applicant who answers “yes” to the question “Have you ever been convicted of a felony?”
Should you automatically reject that candidate?
These days, good workers are in great demand, and you may find some excellent employees who have criminal backgrounds. And unless you have a legal reason, a blanket policy of excluding applicants with criminal records could leave you open to liability.
To develop a policy on hiring convicted criminals, begin with a clear understanding of the applicable legal requirements. Many states have laws prohibiting…
As a society, we have a responsibility to help tenants who face challenges through no fault of their own and can’t pay their rent, especially the unprecedented tough times brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
But we shouldn’t do this at the expense of the landlords.
I don’t know the percentage of small, independent landlords versus large corporations that own huge properties, but I can’t count the number of those small landlords that I’ve known in my life.
Those small landlords who might own a few single-family homes or duplexes or fourplexes don’t deserve to have their business plan and…