Month: September 2011

Ideas Galore!

Ideas Galore!

Ideas are like ants, they’re everywhere. Why don’t we trip over them? A: Because we don’t see them.

Ideas are free but highly valuable. They sneak up on us when we least expect them. Here’s some now!

Ideas go out solo but love the company of friends. The strongest ideas are as lean as an athlete.

The best ideas are like bamboo, they bend in the fierce wind of debate and dissection.

People give away ideas without even knowing it. The throwaway line and the deep insight are each as likely to be taken seriously. Write it down.

Keep new deposits in your ideas bank.

What an investment!
  • Active listening opens doors of possibility. Empathy, the twin, nods knowingly, smiling.
  • Ideas flow to cool minds. They bubble up from the sub-conscious. They surprise and delight.
  • Ideas spring from who you meet, what you see and the things you read. Become wise in the digital world.
  • Ideas are like social types at a party, making connections one after another or lingering with one.
  • Like the seasons, ideas come and go; they wither and flourish; seeds become fruit; leaves turn to dust.
  • Study what you’re passionate about to discover rich new veins of gold. Good ideas make money.
  • Look at different things for fresh perspectives. Look at familiar objects with new eyes. Join ideas together as scouts tie ropes. You’ll get surprising strength. Use ideas in combinations. Like the boxer you’ll hit the target.
  • Look for patterns and trends that explain the what, and how and why. Every great company started in one person’s mind. Always ideas are nourished by action, reflection, hard work and sacrifice.
  • Ideas upset the balance. Heroes of noble causes and movements speak of human or spiritual values. They challenge the status quo. They create new realities now. They seek a better world.
  • Be prepared to open the door to each new idea. Hold it to the light of reason to see if it has that ring of truth.
  • Ideas exist in time and space. When is the ripe time to float, expose or promote your best idea?
  • Build a mindset that invites ideas in. Let people know you welcome all ideas. Sift them later for quality.

You’ll be far richer one idea at a time…then soon you’ll have


8 Tips for Self Publishing Success

Self Publishing Success is not a given

Sending Images to your Book Publisher

This is the first in a series of articles by Julie McGregor owner of Love of Books.

Tip #1 self publishing– Images need to be supplied at 300dpi for the best print quality. (If you can only provide images at 72dpi they must be at least 4 times the size you want them to appear in your publication)

Tip #2 self publishing- Please supply images as TIF, JPEG or EPS files and avoid files such as GIF, BITMAP and internet pictures as these formats are not of a high enough quality for printing.

Tip #3 self publishing- Remember the publisher can only reproduce your pictures at the quality you have provided. We cannot improve the quality of your image. Be aware that lower resolution images can appear to be good quality on screen but may appear blurred when printed. To check the quality of your image open it in a standard photo editing package. eg. Adobe Photoshop.

Tip #4 self publishing- For full colour printing, convert your images from RGB to CMYK using image editing software. Your files will increase in size when you change them from RGB to CMYK. CMYK refers to the four inks used in color printing: cyan, magenta, yellow, and key black.

Tip #5 self publishing- If you have taken your photo on a digital camera please ensure the camera has been set on the highest quality setting. Do not downgrade the quality of the image before sending it to your book publisher.

Tip #6 self publishing- If you’re using a program like Adobe Photoshop your files should be at least 300dpi as the final print size. You can check this in Photoshop via the image menu and then the image size option.

Tip #7 self publishing- It is important when linking images that you do not re-name or move linked graphic files to another folder once they have been placed.

Tip #8 self publishing- Before supplying your document to your publisher ensure that all links are intact and that none have been broken.

Copyright Letter- Cease & Desist

Small business can’t afford a lawyer, creatives can’t afford a lawyer, even lawyers can’t afford lawyers.

Here are a few Letters that could be useful in your business as an artist.

Cease and Desist Letter (Download RTF file)

Note: A cease and desist letter needs to be flexible. My letter is targeted exclusively at plagiarists. This means that certain parts of this letter may not apply in other cases. Please read this note carefully and edit to suit your needs.

Dear Sir or Madam,

You are using a work that I own the copyright of. The name of the work involved is “<<WORK NAME>>”. It appears on a site operated by you at <<INFRINGING LINK>>. I have reserved all rights to this work, which was first published on <<ORIGINAL LINK>> in <<YEAR OR DATE OF PUBLICATION>>.

Your copying and or use of my work, which appear at the link above, is unauthorised. You neither asked for nor received permission to use the piece nor to make or distribute copies of them in the manner you have. Furthermore, you have taken credit for my work and caused confusion as to whom the original author of the work is. Therefore, I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 USC §101, et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $100,000. Further, such copyright infringement is a direct violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and International Copyright Law.

I demand that you immediately cease the use and distribution of the work and all copies of it, that you remove any further works you may have stolen and that you desist from this or any other infringement of my rights in the future. Furthermore, I demand that you post an apology on the site clarifying who the real author is and that you inform others that might have been misled by your misuse of the works’ origins.

If I have not received proof of compliance from you within 72 hours, I shall consider taking the full legal remedies available to rectify this situation including contacting my lawyer and/or your site’s administrators.



This work by Jonathan Bailey from Plagarism Today and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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