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Intentional Thoughts = Healthy Choices

Many of us grew up in a chaotic households fraught with severe dysfunctional patterns. As children we absorbed our parents behaviors; just as they followed their own parental upbringing. Once a child reaches the age of 12 these programs are implanted. We run this programming well into mid-life, re-playing scenarios as adults. Then events begin to call us to wake up. And question. And, if lucky, we begin the process of changing ourselves; namely how we think.

Just as our parents, and their parents before them, we adopted behaviors that seemed to work well for survival. There is no blame for the generational sins of our ancestry.
We did the best we could for who we were and what we were taught. We simply did not know any different. In fact. You could say: we are-were puppets mastered by our learned behaviors.

Many people continue to be puppeteered the rest of their lives. Why? Because often it’s easier to follow habits. And, not think about their thoughts…the same thoughts that control every aspect of their being.

To illustrate this point, lets examine those who have the incessant need to control others. Adults who control others were children growing up in a households riddled with systemic issues. One where typically there was no choice. Where respect meant following rules, and obedience to parents; however they conducted family affairs. Children are helpless. With no hope-, or even an inkling, of how to change or influence outcomes. Children typically have limited examples to live by. Thus, adapt and absorb, then live out a version of what was taught as right or wrong.

Many adults today control others. Perhaps they are making up for what they could not control as children. Or they lived with domineering parents and that is the behavior they mimick.  Yet it becomes a vicious, no-win cycle.

Society, corporate institutions, and households still hold fast to control as a means to self gratification. Many believe control over others still works. The contrast is blaringly loud. People know there is a better way and are rebelling. Unfortunately many continue to recycle the same antiquated control methods. However, truly, we can control ONLY ONE person: OURSELF. Becoming aware and aligning with a true intention – WE empower ourself.

Awareness is knowing there are consequences that arise from our thoughts in action. Being AWARE is taking personal responsibility; and knowing how our thought programs run our behaviors. Advanced awareness uses thoughts to correct thought patterns. AWARENESS is making conscious, intentional choices that create healthy outcomes.

Making a choice in good thought is not enough. NOW it’s about making intentional choices to bring about desired outcomes. This journey starts with YOU. Everyone has free will choice of thought. Everything we do every moment is a free will thought enacted.

The choice we have going forth is: Do we allow our programmed child minds to continue to recreate habits that no longer serve us? Or, do we take our God given right of free will thought, and help ourselves into a life of ease and grace?

My fascination with behaviors that stem from learned thought patterns instigated the LET YOUR SOUL SELF SPEAK OUT Series. Each lesson tackles a different topic. Formatted with Q&As and short subject synopsis, these mindful assessments are geared for individual self reflections and/or group discussions. Thought provoking, this series is designed for the classroom, as well as individual growth mindset development. Check them out!

 

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Snap Shots of Eden

Snap Shots of Eden

Recalling family moments is for the nostalgic. Pictures are what push us to go back, way back to a simpler time. Where  our happy moments of innocence are not yet lost. Photos encapsulate an era reserved only for the unsuspecting. Inside pages of a photo album awaits visual reminders and memories folded away somewhere inside time.

With jaded glasses etched and consumed by a lifetime of manic depressive dysfunctions, I visited my family’s youth. Bipolar didn’t exist then. For any of us. My two late brothers as babies, and later as dream-filled young men stood proud, liberated, and untethered by the future that would haunt them.

Photographs are holograms. A person’s soul state emits their light or dark that dwells within. Look close sometime, you’ll see it. Pictures evoke feelings and remembrances. I held three photo albums with an assortment of birthday parties, Christmases, Halloween’s and family dinners. Each in different years. All with happy faces.

I took those three albums back to their rightful owner: my Mother. I think this turned out to be a blessing as my siblings poured over those naive years and soaked up its purity too. One sister kept chanting, “If we had only known then, what we know now…..” But we didn’t. And, that is the beauty of life.

On this day of remembrance, we captured the attention of our elderly Mother now finally recuperated from heart, kidney, and lung conditions. We told her what no Mother should ever have to hear, twice. Her body was frail, but her mind was sharp. On that day I wish it was the other way around. As I looked around a familiar scene, I wondered who had suffered most during these hours. Us siblings had waited, toiled and fretted over the best time to tell Mom. We had carried the burden of our brother’s suicide for almost two months. And, while we had a two month head start to Mom’s first induction just now, we were all crying just as hard.

God, what I would give to go back and live inside those pictures of yesteryear. Where suicide was not even a thought. And bipolar wasn’t even a word. Just one more visit to Eden please.

This Exerp is taken from Patty Ann’s Book: Bipolar Friend on Suicide.

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Estrangement: A Personal Transition Journey

Times of deep trauma leading to transition reminds us not just how to survive, but cope successfully. Eventually, lessons learned grant a deeper sense of self worth, understanding, and insight.

Every person, who has experienced a family Estrangement, has a heartfelt journey. It is a path of discovery, processing, surrender, and resolve. Surviving estrangement can-and will redefine your life. Mine did that for me.

While well on the other side of “Estrangement”, I would like to offer some ideas and suggestions: Hard won conclusions that worked for me, in hopes they may help you.

Put Yourself First!

The old adage: You can only change yourself and nobody else, is an ultimate estrangement journey truth. And, this euphemism is a lasting reminder in the there-after. In reflection, estrangement was an extreme opportunity to retrain and re-frame my thoughts into a healthier paradigm for my future self.

Estrangement gifted much. It taught me how to set healthy boundaries. How to say NO- and No More. How to caretake, putting my emotional-spiritual-mental health FIRST. That learned behaviors are a bitch. But, that I could unwind them. And mindfully rewire how I perceive; thus RE-receive a life I deserved to lead. That meant being of free will; namely where I put my thoughts. And, regardless of external relationships, my choices stood independent; outside the influence of circumstance.

Redirecting our focus onto ourselves FIRST > is the FIRST step back to reclaiming our happiness.

One Day at a Time

Primarily, we LIVE where our thoughts are focused. Our thoughts and perceptions are ours alone which create our individual reality. Changing a thought is simple. BUT IT IS NOT EASY. It takes mindful discipline to redirect unpleasant thinking into feel good thoughts. Especially so during estrangement.

Start small. With one thought attached to one feeling at one time. Become very aware of how you feel when you think a thought. If you FEEL good when a thought comes, hold onto it. Remember it. Revel in it. FEEL good thoughts are the stepping stones that bridge us to more happy thoughts. FEEL good thoughts help heal. Thoughts that FEEL delightful are vehicles that drive you to peace, resolve and return you to your true nature. It is the emotion linked to a thought that catapults you to FEEL something. Harness that FEEL GOOD emotion. Memorize your body responses so you can return back to your happy spot often.

You are where your thoughts live. Be cognizant towards replacing ugly thinking with calming, FEEL GOOD thoughts. Remember or fantasize happy times. Either from your youth– or how you’d like to reinvent your life going forth. Your thoughts and what you want to do with them is about YOU, alone. Play the conductor to your train of thoughts. Be your own engine that forges ahead to reach nirvana.

Challenges Offer Opportunity

Estrangement makes a person strong. Our beliefs are destined to be rearranged. We need to own our issues. Particularly our thinking paradigms, which get challenged until we take an ernst look at them. Examine every thought’s worth in your life. Then redirect, reform and redesign. There is no turning back. Innocence is always lost to knowledge. Paddle your canoe downstream. Go with the flow. Learn from ITS passage. Resist, and estrangement (or any other temporary hardship) will devour you.

In times of deep contrast and upset, we always have a choice. How and what to think- each and every moment. Changing your thoughts will change your reality. Start by doing one GOOD FEELING deed a day. Just ONE. Eat a chocolate. Read a book. Take a walk. Meditate. Listen to music. Pet an animal. Anything to get those good vibes flowing back to YOU.

You do NOT have to experience estrangement to bring about a drastic thinking paradigm shift. Any situation of deep contrast, will urge, if not force you to change your beliefs. It just so happened that estrangement was my trans-formative catalyst. One that enabled a most necessary adjustment to–and for my life.

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2018 Year End Newsletter & Recap

Oh My! Seems like yesterday I was writing a year end update for 2017~! I sincerely hope you are enjoying this season with your fur families. As for a recap, here are some pet related highlights, both personally and professionally, over the past year.

ON A PERSONAL NOTE… 

In January I adopted a bright orange kitty I named “Mr. Orbit”. He was one of 120 cats and kittens rescued by Rogue Valley Humane Society from an extreme hoarding situation. Born into that environment left Orbit sickly and with many social issues. Leave it to me to claim him, knowing in a quiet space he would recuperate and blossom. My Lunar immediately welcomed his new brother. Playing nursemaid, Lunar gave Orbit the much needed cat manners and kitty love necessary to heal. Now almost a year later, I am happy to report Mr. O is one fat, sassy, and silly kitty. 🙂


Lily Left & JD Right

In April I lost my beloved JD to old age. JD came to me with dangerous behavior issues long ago. Over time and with patience, he grew into a top notch parade mount and leading gymkhana competitor. Unsurpassed, JD was trail wise; a safe and savvy trekker. A loyal friend who left a giant hoof-print in my heart. After the truck took JD’s body from our home, a HUGE bright rainbow stretched in an arch across the road…which did not go unnoticed by my neighbors. JD’s remains rest in a cow pasture overlooking the Rogue River. A truly fitting resting spot for this cow penning pony. Yet, his spirit fills my, now, much quieter farm. This is the first time in over 20 years that I have a one horse ranch. It was an adjustment, for me -and JD’s long time companion, Lily, who is now spoiled rotten getting all the attention she deserves.

ON A PROFESSIONAL NOTE…

As per ongoing evaluations, there were some vendor adjustments this year. Last fall I added another education vendor, only to have this reseller close down this spring! Competition is tough in this marketplace. Especially, against TeachersPayTeachers where my lesson books sell steady. Then, after discovering another overseas education vendor, I decided to test these waters. Right now I am in the wait and see stage. Typically, new vendors are on trial for about a year to determine if my products fit their markets, and are received well.

After seeing a surge sales for a couple of my teacher products in Ethics, I decided to add a few more one-day lesson plans. And, they are off and running! These lessons address current social issues that EVERYONE can relate to! Check them out Right HERE!

Another community venture this year was to expand my photography collections. I invited some wonderful hiking-photographer peers to contribute their photos, and they were enthusiastic to help out the Pet Project! I chose from approximately 4000 photos and created a number of unique photo packages. They are currently only sold at my TeachersPayTeachers store. All contributors are acknowledged in the product previews. I anticipate adding more unique collections in the future.

Pinterest continues to get much of my attention, as it is my primary advertising platform for my products. I have added more boards to my Pinterest collection recently and continue to update with new themes. In addition, a new a pin scheduler also helps cut down my time in pinning my ebooks to boards. I am happy to relieve the time of this task, and this app will provide other promotion opportunities. Check out My Boards!
And feel free to send me a message to join one or two!

This month marks the THIRD ANNIVERSARY of Patty Ann’s Pet Project! What was once an inkling of a dream, is now a full blown passion project. My book sales have supported some wonderful animal sanctuaries and rescue groups over the last 3! years. Check out my Donation Recipients.

I hope this season brings a peaceful closure to your 2018 as we go forth to embark on yet another new year!

My Best to Each One of YOU in the NEW YEAR!

~ Patty Ann

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Photographers Collaborate with Patty Ann’s Pet Project!

This fall I invited several photographers to contribute their wonderful photographs to Patty Ann’s Pet Project collections, which are now hosted on TeachersPayTeachers for sale. These photographers eager to support the mission of my Pet Project generously opened up their photo collections. I was able to gleen off over 4,000+ photos -enough to bog down my computer memory! Since, have transferred all, and now work off an external drive. The last few weeks have been spent sorting, organizing, designing previews and covers, uploading- and promoting. And, there are still more photo collections to be made!

A BiG THANK YOU goes out to Beverly Kenney, Debbie Miller, Jim Wayman, Johnnie Kaye Montgomery and Ricardo Barrera. These awesome folks not only shared their stunning photos; but as animal lovers believe wholeheartedly in the mission of the Pet Project. This is a true community collaboration > connecting together to help animal welfare!

Here are some products that are now available. Stay tuned as more are in the works. Click on individual covers to access the previews and sales info.

(PS. ALL Photo Collections are ONLY sold at TeachersPayTeachers at this time.)

 

 

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Community > Connect > Collaborate!

My Pet Project’s  August Animal Campaign of Direct Donations & PattyAnn.net eBook Sale has Ended. A BiG THANK YOU goes out to Beverly Kenney for raising donations through her Facebook Birthday Donation.  AND a BiG *THANK YOU* to EVERYONE WHO DONATED via Bev’s Birthday AND/OR donated directly or bought eBooks! Truly this is a demonstration of my logo’s motto: Community * Connect * Collaborate!

Participants GIVING is was distributed to 4! VERY WORTHY rescue/rehab groups, Locally and afar! (Check out my Pet Project Recipients and Endorsement List at: https://pattyann.net/donation-recipients/)

Sanctuary One, Applegate Valley Jacksonville, Oregon
https://sanctuaryone.org/

Wildlife Images Rehab-Education Center, Merlin Oregon
https://www.wildlifeimages.org/

Paw Posse Rescue-Rehab-Rehome Rio Grande Valley, Texas
http://www.paw-posse.com/

Old Dog Haven, Lake Stevens, Washington
https://olddoghaven.org/

Check out Patty Ann’s Pet Project Group Page on Facebook!

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HOT Summer Events!

This summer heats up in multiple ways! First Up – is my FIRST ever 50% off ALL books on this site – including any sale bundles! Sale goes through August 31, so don’t delay! And, of course book sales support animal comforts!

Did I say this summer was hot! Southern Oregon where I reside is sizzling. Not only from the typical over 100 temps either! Dry lightening strikes two weeks ago set off too many fires in my area and Northern California…not to mention other parts of Oregon. We are smoked in and smoked out. Air quality is rated VERY UNHEALTHY.

If you live in such an environment, please remember your animals living outside are affected too. Do NOT ride horses or press any exercise on any animal. This includes going to competitive events (where sponsors have not canceled them). From horse shows to dog agility events. Any activity that requires the lungs to work, is not easy for animals.

Take extra care! Leave out fresh water buckets for your animals who will drink much more! Also, distressed and/or passing wildlife will be looking for water. And just because your dog may have an outside dog house, do not assume it is cool inside the house! Best to bring animals in out of the heat- or provide a breezey area with a fan.

Stay cool everyone. We still have August to go!

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No Comments. No Ratings. No Nonsense. Right Here.

Notice this website has NO option for leaving comments and ratings on book purchases. This was intentional. Why? Because. This is a simple website. Whose intent is to offer products to purchase, with no fanfare. A site that provides complete information about Patty Ann books and my Patty Ann’s Pet Project. This website is made to peruse through without clutter. Just the facts. Just the basic info.

Not letting buyers leave a comment or rating for a book they bought may seem unordinary.  Of course I appreciate the positive feedback and ratings. If you are moved to contribute a rating(s), please do so on my books posted on all my other webstore sites. I truly DO appreciate your purchase. And, enjoy your comments/ratings. However, I also wanted you to find what you need on PattyAnn.net without extra info and distractions.

And my no-nonsense approach also is the case for NOT requiring you to create a personal account to purchase a book here. No one needs to remember another login name or password. Anyone can make a purchase on this site expediently and with secure payment processing upon check out. My site was intended to be easy to use; a no-brainer.

Also if you’d like to be informed of new Patty Ann books or events related to my Pet Project please sign up for my newsletter. It is emailed approximately 2 or 3 times a year. Again. NO fanfare. Just updates and info. But you must sign up for it HERE (half way down the page under Stay Posted) or on the CONTACT page (be sure to check the box).

Yup. I am a no-nonsense kinda gal. And that applies to everything I produce and do in my life. I live simple and love simplicity.

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JD’s Rainbow

27 years young JD now joins my others across the rainbow bridge. I first met JD when he was 5. When I recommended to my good friend, Kathy: BUY HIM. A couple years thereafter Kathy gifted him to me. JD had uncanny common sense. Yet, he could have easily ended up at the renders. He came with a rearing issue. I told my friend, she would not recognize him in 2 years. JD just needed a leader.

JD proved to be an excellent parade horse. In fact, loved preening as he waltzed down the procession corridor. A leading gymkhana competitor, 5 years running. And, proved himself again, after 6 years off, where I relocated. Completely trustworthy. JD became a trail horse extraordinaire. Calm, thoughtful, careful. Irreplaceable. And, mostly- always he was family. One with bold character. JD was possessive with his pasture. Ran out bears feeding off HIS apple trees. Yet always shared his territory with our own pets. Swimming the river. Horse camping. Poker rides. Springwood Ranch weekends. Cow penning. And more. We had a great life.

He was the black and white pinto pony I always coveted. The one I would cut in line to ride at the pony ring at Seattle’s Woodland park zoo when I was five. Who knows, maybe JD reincarnated into the larger version to become my dream horse come true.

I stood watching the truck drive off to the east carrying JD’s body. Within minutes a perfectly arched rainbow stretched over the road where JD had just traveled. The Rainbow was filled with vivid primary colors! Coincidence? No. Nature is always perfect- and complete.

 

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Spring 2018 PattyAnn.net Newsletter


Happy Spring Update 2018!

The new year brought a new family member to my household. “Mr. Orbit” was rescued from an extreme hoarding situation the Rogue Valley Humane Society (RVHS) stepped into handle. RVHS is one of the groups Patty Ann’s Pet Project supports. Over a 9 month period all 118! cats and several dogs were spayed/neutered, given vaccines and the necessary care before adopting out.

I had been wanting a play mate for my Lunar. Since losing our Toby last year, Lunar was quite lonely. I had thoughts about an orange kitty coming to us for sometime. At the first of the year I went online looking after a tell tale dream. And the last kitty I saw was ORANGE. I just had to go bring him home.

I learned of “Mr. Orbit’s” history when I adopted him. Born at this hoarding house, RVHS had treated him for everything under the sun, and he was still on meds. Told me that Orbit had been quite withdrawn. I knew he just needed the right place to blossom. I didn’t hesitate one second knowing he had a recovery path ahead.

Fate? Serendipity? I don’t believe in coincidences. The day I brought Mr. Orbit home just happened to be exactly 6 years to the date that I had adopted my TOBY from the exact same place! On the one hour trip home, I swear Toby was sitting in the passenger seat next to me grinning ear to ear.

It took two months before Mr. Orbit, and yes I actually named him that!, relaxed enough to come sit on my lap, let me pick him up and hold him. He now trusts the world once again. Much is credited to Lunar who welcomed his new buddy right off. Lunar taught Orbit how to play like a kitty, taught him cat manners, groomed and care took him from the get go! As Orbit has grown up it is evident he suffered a back end trauma. He is quite cow-hocked and has a bit of a hitch in his gait. But he doesn’t care, nor does he hurt. Orbit has grown out of most all of his mental trauma, although he retains a super cautious nature. Although my Patty Ann’s Pet Project does not rescue to re-home, I have adopted my furever family members through established rescues who do.


As for PattyAnn.net and publishing news I have continued to scrutinize my product line and pay closer attention to sales figures and trends. This caused me to create a few more Ethics Activities Teacher products for middle and high school. My lesson products continue to be my strongest sellers.

As well I finally got around to doing SEO (Search Engine Optimization) for my PattyAnn.net website. This is an area I simply put on the back burner due to time constraints. Typically I do all of my own work, except editing. But, sometimes it’s wise to hire in an expert to cut down the learning curve. And so I hired an SEO consultant to make recommendations and point me in the right direction. To which set me to doing SEO updates for the last few weeks. SEO is a whole education in itself. Lots to learn- and do- to make a website noticed. But, it will happen over time. However, for now I got one more ball rolling.

This year will be a time to step back and look at the big picture for Patty Ann books, PattyAnn.net website and the future of Patty Ann’s Pet Project. My book writing adventure started with one book uploaded to Amazon in 2012. From there my publishing path has branched into several niches. I do believe a part of business building is a journey to share with others. Some of my publishing lessons are shared in my books. However, I have also began creating tips, updates, and FYI notes through my BLOGworthy notes.

So stay tuned as my book- and pet project trots on!
And, don’t forget to stop and smell the Spring Flowers!

My Best!
Patty Ann
PattyAnn.net 
Home of Patty Ann’s Pet Project

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Do Your Teacher Lesson Products Crossover to Mainstream Reading Markets?

Does Your Product Genre(s) Crossover to Other Markets?

Teachers who produce education curricula know their niche markets. Why? Because teacher lesson plans reflect their expertise. Fortunately,  TeachersPayTeachers.com (TpT) is an awesome outlet that caters to hosting a variety of instructional curricula.

As a teacher seller you might wonder if some of your ebooks have a wider audience appeal; namely, if they can crossover successfully into the mainstream marketplace. This article will help you to determine whether your education products, and/or YOU, should sell through other vendors.

For example, I write communication skills ebooks. Slanted for education, most employ activities and worksheets. However, many of my communication ebooks have done well on Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble and other sites. On occasion changes to the content are made to adjust for generic readability. Take a look to see if you have products that can crossover to another venue. And if so, set up an account and try out a new sales opportunity!

If you are unsure about unleashing your product in another market—experiment! First and foremost, place your ebooks at compatible re-sellers. And, do select out teacher ebooks carefully. My noteworthy experience has proven mainstream readers are receptive to education books when they: 1) Address and solve a problem; 2) Fill a niche; or 3) Offer how-to-do-it info. Therefore, seek out ebook sites that support your genres.

My Self Publishing Journey is an Anomaly

It’s true! I write fiction and non-fiction stories. And, create teacher products. Plus, offer my-and others photography in collections. Quite a mixed bag. Initially, I didn’t research markets where my products might succeed. Curricula books simply flowed out of my brain with ease. An accrual from my years in education and corporate instructional environments. And, life experiences purged forth. The teacher in me loves to share. The process of creating is addicting. And the results rewarding. Consequently, my lineup reveals several distinct categories. The outcome is a variety now offered through a diverse range of ebook vendors.

My ebooks were selected for markets based on literary genre. To give an idea, as of this blog date, I have 111+/- individual ebook products. Approximately 87 are written specifically for education. And, 24 are aimed at mainstream readers. Yet, 32 of these are crossovers. Which means 32 can be placed at both teacher- and mainstream re-seller sites.

Cautions & Advice for Adding Vendors

If you are a teacher with successful sales on TpT, or another teacher vendor, be cautious about entering the generic reader markets. Admittedly, my author odyssey appears to have been arbitrary. As a writer I love to explore other composition styles. Yet while having fun doing so, I created an albatross to some extent.

So there are cautions to others embarking on this path. Namely, servicing different ebook stores creates lots more work for oneself. Every storefront is an additional site to maintain. Monitoring statistics, while revealing, is time demanding. When ebook content is changed, it needs modifying across all platforms. Catering to many sites is ambitious, one which can turn into an arduous task. Ongoing evaluation is vital to make a bookstore worth the time invested. There is no shame in closing an ebook store. It’s something I’ve done several times. Some reasons include:  1) If sales are minimal; 2) If genres do not fit a vendor’s market audience; 3) Vendor support is the FAQ’s page, very minimal response, or not at all; or  4) Effort to promote products does not merit your return on investment, aka ROI. 

Valuable Tidbits & Lessons Learned

 Do you ponder the option of expanding your market? Let my experience help you decide! 

1) First of all, test market a new vendor. Initially, only place a dozen of your top ebooks. It takes lots of time to upload products to new platforms. Of course you want your writing properly represented. So select from your best sellers and/or products that fit the vendor’s audience. Then, see how sales go for 6 months before making a decision whether to add more store products. You can also just sit tight and let your ebooks find their own natural sales and rankings for awhile. Then determine your next steps.

2) You may be approached and invited by start ups and lesser known hosting resellers to join their sites. I have participated in several. And with enthusiasm, went ahead and fully loaded up all ebooks that fit their genre. They never sold. Why? Because these sites, with good intention, did not have the resources behind them. Not every ebook reseller host is a success. This is why I advocate for #1 above. Only place a few books at a site until it proves its worth. 

3) Some well known resellers might not work in your best interest either. Who doesn’t love Etsy.com? It’s a marketplace rich in creative diversity. I held an Etsy store for a few years. Sales were sporadic and slow. Many Etsy sellers do well because of their marketing efforts in- and outside of Etsy. I did not have the extra time to promote my books on Etsy. After three years I elected to close my Etsy ebook store. Truth was, at that time it was a relief not having to maintain another store site. Lesson here is: if you decide to open up an e-bookstore you must make the commitment to promote sales from that site if you want to see it succeed. Fact is, reseller sites only host your stores. It is up to store owners to peddle their own products. All this said, I may elect to open up my Etsy shop in the future. Why? Perhaps my creativity will spawn new products that would be more in line with Etsy artful themes. I always leave possibilities and options open!

Update! EAT MY WORDS! I decided to open up my Etsy shop again. Why? I created some artful items that I thought might fit into Etsy’s theme better. And, I figure one more place of exposure for my Pet Project does not hurt either. So check it out HERE!

4) Another item worth mentioning, is that all reseller communities are different. Some offer forums, some don’t. Support differs vastly between hosting websites. From support requests answered by a person, to being directed to a FAQs page. While ratings and feedback on one site can be generous, on others it may be sparse. Be prepared. Some sites have buyer reviews that can be rough in their ratings- and with their comments. If so, try not to be disenchanted.

Find Your Niche and Stick To IT

All this said, it really boils down to this advice: 1) What ebook market(s) you want to serve; 2) How much time you want to dedicate to each market and ebook store site; and 3) What reseller host do you prefer to be affiliated with. Of course, much is determined by the niche that fits your ebooks. 

My conclusion is that writing for education has been far more rewarding for me personally. Why? As a lifetime teacher it is easy to determine a target market precisely to a select audience based on my expertise. I have found that TeachersPayTeachers provide more support and acknowledgment on several levels. The assistance TpT support provides is on task and on target. They offer ongoing product and store promo opportunities for sellers. Teacher forums are chock full of help from peers; truly it’s a community of sharing. Weekly newsletters, periodic sales, plus more is offered to enable teacher-author-seller success. Additionally, buyer feedback and good ratings are commonplace on TpT, which is very unlike mainstream markets.

Nowadays my time is spent promoting my books on TeachersPayTeachers.com (TpT) along with my own website PattyAnn.net where my products are also sold. This choice evolved over time because of my niche markets- and for the amount of commission other resellers charge. While my ebooks are at other vendors such as Amazon and Smashwords (which acts as a porthole to other resellers), I don’t often promote my ebooks from these sites. Why? First, it comes down to time. Second, the amount of commissions charged. Particularly for Amazon with their policy of requiring author exclusivity; otherwise your ebooks are downgraded and commissions paltry. I leave my mainstream ebooks at other vendors to climb the ranks on their own merits. And, some have done surprisingly well without my promotional help.

There are many aspects and considerations involved when expanding your market. I hope these suggestions have provided you with some ideas and insight. Especially if you have- or are considering other ebook retail outlets. I would be glad to address any questions. Feel free to contact me!

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BiPoLaR Friend Series- Perspectives on Suicide, Relationships, Spirituality & Well Being

 

This Bipolar Series is a Family Event.
And Far More…

As you may know, Bipolar is also known as Manic Depression. If you have read my estrangement– or other books, you may be aware Bipolar DNA permeates my family of origin deeply. Our Father and maternal Grandmother were both Bipolar Type I. Therefore, their genetics granted all 6 of us siblings some version of this disorder. Consequently, our family legacy has been riddled with challenging, emotional roller coaster moments.

This disability has severely affected and infiltrated every aspect of our family life, and beyond. Consequently my Bipolar Friend series was born from true events. And, arrived in these books. Now help is offered to others. Gain understanding while learning to cope with the many faces of Bipolar. Push past perceptions. Educate yourself through awareness. Then turn tragedy in triumph. These guides will show you how.

Our Bipolar inheritance caused two of my siblings, an older and younger brother, to commit suicide. Even 30 years apart both events left devastating imprints upon our lives.  Fighting mental demons became too great of a challenge for my brothers to conquer in this physical life. And so our story is told in Bipolar Friend on SUICIDE. Our journey speaks to both sides. Those that do it. And those who are left behind. If you, your family members, or relations are at- or have crossed this bridge this guide is for YOU. This memoir is uniquely written. It addresses those who are contemplating suicide. And also supports grieving families, friends and relations left in the aftermath of this finality.

Bipolar Friend on Relationships is just that. The skewed perceptions that bipolar creates is often difficult to navigate. Get straight talk guidance on how to communicate with a person enveloped in moodswings. As well, this outspoken book shares common concerns that develop from dating situations. Personal experience on tough topics is candidly shared. Subjects include: How to approach the B subject when dating. When and how to introduct your endowment to a date. Discussions are also offered as to whether you would consider dating a person who has bipolar. In addition, strategies are given for navigating the stress of a divorce, that can trigger bipolar episodes. Advice and suggestions are offered for well being and healthy interpersonal relationships all around.

Bipolar Friend on Bipolar Brilliance is an uncommon book that celebrates the positive aspects of Bipolar. The creative energy that flows forth from the fringes of Bipolar has gifted the world amazing innovations. The Bipolar brain is indeed brilliant! Interesting topics include: Spirituality as connected to the divine, intuition, awakenings, and enlightenment. Bipolar’s altered states is openly discussed, questioned and explored. Lots of examples are given for broadening one’s perspective.

Mental Health Matters offers care taking tips and ideas. Guidance provides useful routines to maintain mental health. Stabilizing oneself while under the influence of moodswings, plus healing strategies are provided. This book is targeted to caregivers and family who aid others with mental challenges. Communication, assessment, monitoring and self preservation for well being are topics highlighted. This is a practical resource with many sensible suggestions.

Each book cover is linked so you can PREVIEW the books on their sales page. FYI! The best bargain is buying all 4 in the 4-Book Set $avings. And of course, All books can be purchased right here on this website!

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Growing Niche Market = MORE Teacher CiViCs Lesson Plans!

 

Who Knew ETHICS Would be
MY Newest Niche Market!?

You never know what pops to the top as a strong seller. One of my short teacher lessons popped up to the #1 page rank in the ethics category at the TeachersPayTeacher.com site. And, yes! Definitely. I took notice. It takes a lot of sales at $3.+ to rise to a top seller in any category genre. So, decidedly it was time to add a few more CiViCS and ETHiCS lessons to my sales line up. (View Civics lessons HERE.)

Research the Potential for Your Market

The proper way to see if there is a market for a book- or lesson plan- on any subject – is BY RESEARCHING IT. I had always just let my ideas and passion for a subject steer the path for a new ebook. But no more. Especially when I see trends of a solo product selling strong month after month. This is one way to see what niche may be unfulfilled for lack of products in that category.

Write Your Passion? Or Aim for Sales

Doing a bit of searching inside ebook reseller sites will give you a good clue for sales rankings for particular ebook topics and genres. And, surprisingly it does not take that much time to do. Early on in this self publishing game I would scope out and see unfulfilled niches. I could have sold out and help fill those niches. But, that is not my style. I’m inspired to write what makes me tick. Then see what comes of it. Not the best approach if your aim is to make money. But it can pay off if you pay attention to your sales trends.

Target Your Market

With over 130 products in the ebook marketplace I am more discerning. Of where, and how, I want to spend my time. Do I go ahead and write a lesson plan blindly….just because I LOVE creating it? OR. Do I do my homework to see what the competition currently is? The evidence became clear.

Routinely Review Sale Stats!

Over the past 6 months I did a complete sales analysis. And, it was quite revealing. Now reviewing book sales is part of my routine tasks. Why? Because trends and logic makes it clear. That niche markets pay off. Sure, creating ebooks is fun. But there comes a point you need to buckle into the business side of the equation. Especially if you plan on doing this for the long haul. Even–and MOSTLY if this is your PASSION!