How to Publish your Amazon Kindle e-book (It’s easier than you think!)

March 15, 2012

Are you an author or a writer? Do you have a book in you that is ready to be shared with the world?

I published my first book in 2002. Last year, everything changed. I published 4 of my own e-books as Amazon Kindle books.

In Feburary, I had the privilege of presenting the nuts and bolts of the “how to” at the National Speakers Association 2012 Winter Conference in Dallas, TX on February 4.

A few weeks later, I did the same presentation for the my home chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. We taped the Calgary session and I have the highlights here for you. This video details the exact method for you, step-by-step.

My prediction is that teachers, students and writers of all types are soon going to be publishing and sharing their work on line in a variety of formats. Amazon e-books are just one way to do that. It is easier now to be a published writer than it has ever been in history. If you are a writer, this is your time!

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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.


“Big Universe” teaches children the love of reading and writing

June 22, 2010

When I saw this resource posted on a friends’ Facebook page, I had to share it with you. It’s a fun, creative, value-priced resource to help children learn to love reading and writing. Children create their own picture books through Big Universe, a fee-based service that also offers a free trial. There are family, classroom and school plans. The site makes it easy for children to create and publish their own books. Super resource for literacy programs, language arts programs, and home schoolers. Love it!

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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.


Leadership Book Recommendation: Good to Great

April 29, 2010

One of my goals for 2010 is to read one leadership book per month. I’ve been able to meet that goal and of the books I’ve read so far, the work of one author stands out. Jim Collins’ Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t (2001) is an insightful read into why “good is the enemy of great” (p. 1). He shares insights such as:

  • “When you have disciplined people, you don’t need hierarchy. When you have disciplined thought, you don’t need bureaucracy.” (p. 13)
  • “There’s a huge difference between having the opportunity to have your say, and the opportunity to be heard.” (p. 74)
  • “The essence of profound insight is simplicity.” (p. 91)
  • “You can’t manufacture passion or motivate people to feel passionate. You can only discover what ignites your passion and the passions of those around you.” (p. 109)
  • “It is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life.”

After studying businesses, Collins did a short companion book called, Why Business Thinking is Not the Answer: Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great (2005). This is a thought-provoking little gem that helps us wrap our brains around the struggle that education and non-profit organizations face to be more like businesses. Collins makes a compelling argument that they shouldn’t try. He challenges us to think in new ways when he claims, that “most businesses are mediocre. Why would we want to import the practices of mediocrity into the social sectors?” (p. 1)

He talks about “organizational greatness”, as opposed to business as being something to aspire to. He urges us to consider that, “A great organization is one that delivers superior performance and makes a distinctive impact over a long period of time”. It’s easy to see how that could apply either to a business or a social sector organization.

Collins goes on to say that he suspects, “we will find more true leadership in the social sectors than the business sector” (p. 12). That’s quite a claim from a former faculty member of the Standford University Graduate School of Business.

Good to Great and the companion monograph, Good to Great and the Social Sectors are thought-provoking and insightful books on organizations and leadership. Well researched. Well written. Worth the read.


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