Pre- 21st Mindset Birthday Gift And Guinea Pig Card From A Work Colleague!


Beautiful tripple hanging quotes and guinea pig birthday card.

So this year, in true quirky style, I am having the mother of all mother’s; huge, big, gigantic, 7 day birthday celebration, starting this Sat 22nd of April in London, followed by 5 days and 4 nights at EuroDisney (Disneyland Paris), and returning to London on 27th, with a whole day in London on the 28th.  My actual birthday is on Mon 24th of April, which will be my first full day in the park. I am going for a huge self-date to EuroDisney and meeting up with friends while in London. Super excited. 

Today is my last day in my day job before I break for my holiday and a work colleaue gave me a guinea pig card and this triple hanging quotes set for my birthday – plus this gorgeous bear bag, that is like a gift in itself. So thoughtful!

I still have holiday prep to do!! And things to sort out to do with my own business stuff. I have bought some new clothes, but I still need a few more tops if I can find ones that I like! I found and bought 3 so far and that is good for me as I have specific tastes.

You may have noticed that I am having a 21st Mindset Birthday. This means I will be having the mindset of a 21 year old for my birthday and the coming year. I have stuck at 23 for the last 2 years. So I can do; say: wear; think; speak; or act, like a 21 year old. If you want to join me, there are huge advantages to this, as it allows you (and me), to get out of your (and mine), comfort zone even more, and be more unstoppable in your life and business – that’s the quirky magic!!

More posts to come about my 21st Mindset Birthday!!

Write soon and stay quirky.

Sandra xx

 

Print Book Publishing With KDP Or CreateSpace? – Avoid This Mistake!


As a writer you may have many goals, one is usually to see your book in print and many people decide to self-publish these days using Amazon’s print on demand (POD) service, called CreateSpace. Most would be writer’s and authors will use Amazon’s CreateSpace and so will existing Indie Authors.

Although I am the author of 3 Kindle books using Amazon’s KDP system (Kindle Direct Publishing), I have yet to publish a book in print. This year, I decided to get more serious and go into print with my Asexual Perspectives book, as the demand is there. This whole process started in January after the launch of my Kindle version, and is still not over yet! Boy is it tough being a jack of all trades as well as a master of writing to get an indie book published in print!!! Not for the faint hearted – but for the love of writing! My book is non-ficton and Approx 560 pages, so that is why it has taken me longer than predicted to get it out there and just as I think the publish button is near, something else crops up!! Arrrghhh!!

I think it’s good that I write posts that can help you to avoid some of the mistakes I have made, or almost made. One such mistake is using KDP to print instead of CreateSpace! This is one of those, ‘I almost made a big mistake jobbies!!’

KDP is currently in Beta mode for enabling you to publish your Kindle book in print. I kinda like being one of the first for things and it sounded great, just click a button and add your print version for one of your Kindle books!! Easy right? Me being naive to this stuff, thought great, hey presto and out pops a printed version! No. You still have to create a print version cover for your book, and after many hours of playing around with the “cover creator”, and uploading versions that were a muddled up version of the original I did in the KDP Kindle version cover creator, I finally conceded that I would need to pay someone to create the print version of the KDP cover, exactly. Which was not straight forward and that is another whole post entirely!! (Note to self to create that post.)

Thankfully, I am in an awesome book group on Facebook that is run by a six figure Author, (something I can aspire to after becoming a hundredaire and thousandaire Author – and the rest!). Well I am making a little money with books, even if it is not yet a ton! But if you add up all the hours and costs, then it would be a profit loss – well I won’t go into that! Positive mindset is key and my love for writing never dies, so I am onto a winner anyway! I was chatting in this book group through my post and comments and they stopped me from making a huge mistake! They told me that you cannot get discounted author copies while using KDP for print but you can if you use CreateSpace then you can. Thank God I did not hit the publish button yet. So I had to go through the cover upload and interior content upload again using CreateSpace but I registered as a publishing company under Quirky Books and thank goodness I had not used my ISBN yet, so I typed that in. The book had to gain approval and now I am on the proof stage with final edits – yet again, under way!!

From the KDP forum: “CreateSpace will send print proofs to examine before approving the book for sale. They will also sell author copies at a discounted price. AND they will distribute the book to other markets of your choosing. As of now, KDP for Print offers none of those advantages.” Check out this forum thread for more information https://kdp.amazon.com/community/thread.jspa?threadID=345180

I hope that helps you in your own Author journey?

As always, stay quirky and write soon xx

“Don’t Put Me Into A Box!” Inspirational/Motivational Poem By Sandra Bellamy


“Don’t Put Me Into A Box!” Inspirational/Motivational Poem By Sandra Bellamy. Sometimes people try to put us into a box, society tries to put us into a box, and we also need to break free of our own box, that is hiding our beauty. We need to break free from that box and go into the light, so that we may spread our own unique light to others!

As always, stay quirky, stay unique and keep being you xx

Write soon, Sandra xx

 

QUIRKY BOOKS IS NOW AN OFFICIAL PUBLISHING IMPRINT!


Today, I got my own publishing company imprint ‘Quirky Books’ and that is what the print edition of my Asexual Perspectives book will now go under. OVER 6 years I have waited for this, since starting this blog. This is an awesome, quirky day.

This picture was taken is EuroDisney in 2014, and this month I am going on the biggest self-date ever, to EuroDisney for my birthday. 5 days and 4 nights of quirky bliss, with two nights in London, 1 night before and after.

Always stay quirky, embrace your quirky, and be true to who you are. Never let your sparkle die or your light fade xx

And – write soon xx

Out Of The Shadows! Inspirational/Motivational Poem By Sandra Bellamy


I am currently off sick from my day job, but creating stuff is very therapeutic for me, so this is why I created this “Out Of The Shadows, Inspirational/Motivational Poem” for you. I hope you enjoy it.  Let me know what you think? Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel if you haven’t done so already, and thanks for your continued support xx

As always, stay quirky xx

Sandra xx

INTERPRETER OF DREAMS – BOOK BY B BANU – QUIRKY BOOKS REVIEW BY SANDRA BELLAMY! MADE FOR ME!


 

 

5.0 out of 5 stars A truly remarkable book that is life changing and makes you think as if your life depended on it!! Profoundly moving and deep., 20 March 2017
By
B Banu Book Review
Interpreter Of Dreams Book Review
This review is from: INTERPRETER OF DREAMS (Paperback)

I found this book profoundly moving and deep. It’s a miracle in and of itself. It had a profound impact on me. Often echoing my own thoughts and words, that are word for word the same. It’s although the author has written it especially for me, without consciously knowing it, and with a clear message to follow my dreams, even down to the minute detail of pursuing love and a future relationship with my asexual Indian soulmate, whom I have never yet met, but whom I feel I am getting closer to, every single day of my life. I intuitively feel him and have known I have a soulmate from the age of 10, maybe I knew him in a past life or maybe only this, but it gives me hope that he may be looking for me also.

I also have many career goals and aspirations like the girl in this book, and I suffer from some of the same anxieties and disturbances. It’s like the chopping and changing of her mind, that changes her thoughts, feelings, emotions and actions, are similar to my own mind, and with similar consequences, so I really related to her. Although she is physically braver than me. This book is even told in a very unconventional and quirky style – just like my personality is quirky and unconventional. This book makes use of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person viewpoints, and slides in and out of each to change the pace and action. This book has so much truth, wisdom and knowledge in it, that is a credit to the author, who has learnt all of this stuff and interpreted it into a wonderful parable, with so much meaning, thought and emotion.

As a published author of non-fiction books, I tend to read what I like to write, and often fiction does not appeal to me and as such, I do not usually take much value from it, but as this book is a parable, that resonated so much with me, I got tons of value from it. It made me think so much about myself and my life, and I love that!

As a fellow writer, I believe, if just one book I write changes one person’s life in such a significant and powerful way, that it may change it for the better, forever, then my life has been worth living even more and my time has been well spent. Thanks Banu for creating this profound, moving and touching book, that has reached parts of my soul that I did not know was possible to reach. I love this book xx

Buy Banu’s book here:

http://www.amazon.in/INTERPRETER-DREAMS-B-BANU/dp/9385524577

http://power-publishers.com/buy-books/fiction-novels/interpreter-of-dreams-ebook-detail

Connect with Banu https://bbanublog.wordpress.com
bbanunovels@gmail.com

ASEXUAL PERSPECTIVES: 47 ASEXUAL STORIES: 5 STAR BOOK REVIEW ON AMAZON!


Asexual Perspectives Book
Asexual Perspectives: 47 Asexual Stories: Love, Life and Sex, ACElebration of Asexual Diversity.
I wanted to share with you, that I have had an amazing book review for Asexual Perspectives on Amazon. .
Top Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars – before there was the relative wealth of information and acknowledgement that there is today – I think this book is a great idea
By David1879 on 10 Mar. 2017
Verified Purchase
I’m writing this as someone who realised and rationalised his own asexuality a while back, before there was the relative wealth of information and acknowledgement that there is today – I think this book is a great idea and could be beneficial for many reasons. A few of the contributors have found ways to explain in such relatable terms, something that may be a struggle to put across to somebody who may be unfamiliar of asexuality. Any young people who may feel unsure of themselves or those just beginning to explore the possibility that they may be asexual should find something that rings true to them in this book. I’m sure it will be a helpful tool to them, showing them that many others have had this experience. Or allowing them to find a way to tell a friend or family member with clarity that ‘I am ace, and what that means is…’.
And for older aces, or even those just curious about asexuality- taken as a collection of experiences, it’s interesting to discover the common ground and massive variations across all the entries. For some it’s an intrinsic part of their personality and for others it’s a mundane fact they barely give a thought to.
If it had been around when I was younger it would have provided a certain amount of relief to come across this book and I hope it will do that for others now it’s here.
I have also changed my book cover wording to now read Asexual Perspectives: 47 Asexual Stories: Love, Life and Sex, ACElebration of Asexual Diversity. ( I added the stories part.)
To buy from Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2mQcAoL
To buy from Amazon USA: http://amzn.to/2mBzj7u
As always, stay quirky xx

HOW TO BE GREAT QUOTES: GREATNESS QUOTATIONS VIDEO


HOW TO BE GREAT QUOTES: GREATNESS QUOTES: HOW TO BE GREAT QUOTATIONS. This video will explain how to be great using quotations. Feel inspired and empowered to be great, to have greatness within you, and to help others to be great. Please SUBSCRIBE for more videos!! Share with all of your friends and LIKE.
My Inspiration Inspired channel, is Inspirational and Motivational videos to empower and enhance your life, leaving you with that feel good factor. Education and Inspiration for the mind, soul and spirit. Self-belief, positive thinking, mindset, attitude. Personal growth, Personal and Professional development at its best.

Hey my quirky friends, long time no write – shame on me hey!! It took me over 10+ hours to create this video. I put it together using a programme called Animatron so it took me a while to learn it, the quotes were created using another programme. Enjoy, and tell me what you think??

Keep embracing your quirky!!

Sandra xx