Fun and Finance From Your Books

Fun and Finance From Your Books

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Especially for budding writers/internet marketers

Guest Post.

For the last few years, I have been learning the techniques of working online and internet marketing. Coming from a teaching and sales background I thought writing a book would be an exciting new direction for me.

I recently watched some webinars about people writing books and turning them not only into eBooks but self-publishing with the help of “Create Space” and creating paperbacks too.

Over the years I have written in excess of 350 articles about all aspects of working online, I thought perhaps I could create a book from a compilation of some of these articles and turn them into a paperback edition.

So not being very technical, for a couple of days I studied YouTube videos on using “create space” to produce a book. There are so many to choose from. Eventually, after several attempts to format my book to the required size with appropriate margins etc. I decided to have it formatted for me.

So now I visited “fiver” a website where freelancers are waiting to fulfil all tasks you choose not to do yourself. I found a very helpful chap who was happy to advise me and promised an excellent job from my manuscript at a very reasonable price.

All I had to do was choose a selection of articles to take my readers on a journey showing them how to create an online business. Some articles are humorous, some educational, some to build self-belief. Included are many reference books that would be helpful.

Articles decided upon, the next job was to proofread the whole manuscript adding introductions etc. and preparing it for its journey into print.

The cover was fun to design with the help of “create Space’s tool. I achieved quite pleasing results I hope my readers will like it, and the contents. Now I don’t expect my first book to be a best-seller, but it has been an exciting adventure from which I may progress.

I hope in the future to create a range of children’s books for slow readers as this is an area that appeals to me. I love helping children struggling to get to grips with the joys of reading.

I love working at home developing ideas and my internet business. If working at home appeals to you begin in your spare time, give up some TV and enjoy an exciting future. It doesn’t grow overnight, you have to commit to your venture and invest some time. However it is an inexpensive way to set up a business which develops at your own speed according to commitment.

Affiliate marketing is a great way to begin online working with a coach and mentor who provides a range of products for your customers, together with training and comradeship from the group. Whilst you are learning the techniques required you are paid a commission. So maybe this will inspire you to discover a new hobby business you can create online.

How To Make Kedgeree the Countryside Way.

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How To Make Kedgeree the countryside way

Do you ever watch the very popular Downton Abbey on TV.? It’s astonishing

the trouble they go to to make the sets, language, costumes and even cuisine (of which there was much!) totally realistic. I stand in awe of the production team. The show certainly deserves all the accolades they have earned.

This article, however, isn’t about Downton, it’s about the popular dish they feasted on frequently called “Kedgeree”. A household favourite.

Nowadays, this would be categorised as the main meal. Then, it was a breakfast starter! One of several.

How To Make It: 4 Servings – Cook Time approx. 30 mins.                                    Ingredients:   1 pound skin-on haddock fillets

1 cup of skimmed milk

2 ounces of butter

2 pounds of basmati cold rice

a quarter cup of fish stock

pinch cayenne pepper

black ground pepper

pinch salt

4 eggs (small)

half cup of cream (double)

chopped fresh parsley


Add 300g rinsed easy-cook long grain rice and stir in well. Add 600ml water, stir, then bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer, then cover for 10 mins.

Take off the heat and leave to stand, covered, for 10-15 mins more. The rice will be perfectly cooked if you do not lift the lid before the end of the cooking.

Meanwhile, put 300g skin-on undyed smoked haddock fillet and 2 bay leaves in a frying pan, cover with 300ml milk, then poach for 10 mins until the flesh flakes.

Remove from the milk, peel away the skin, then flake the flesh into thumb-sized pieces. Place 4 eggs in a pan, cover with water, bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer.

Leave for 4½-5 mins, plunge into cold water, then peel and cut the eggs into quarters.

Gently mix the fish, eggs, a handful each of chopped parsley and coriander, and rice together in the pan. Serve hot, sprinkled with a few extra herbs.

And there you have it. Delicious.I’m sure Mrs Patmore would be chuffed.!

If you have any thoughts on similar “old-time” recipes, let us know. If we publish them you’ll receive credit and a surprise gift.

What do you think about us having a section in the magazine set aside for culinary tips and recipes? Again, let us know on the “contact us” form.


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