How To Convert PDF To Word

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When I hit a big period of writer’s block, one of the things I like to do to get my mojo back is to “edit” rather than write from scratch. So I dig in my archives, pull out things I’ve written a very long time ago, edit, then publish. What I’ve found is that over the years I’ve been sloppy in keeping final drafts of a lot of things so I may only have a finished product which is usually in PDF format.

PDF To Word

A free and easy way to convert any old PDF document you may have floating around to an editable RTF or Word document is by using this cool website I found recently. This one really works! I didn’t run into any problems with the size of my document and I didn’t have to leave any credit card information. 100% free.

Here’s the site:


How Do I Get A PDF Document To Show On My Website?

Frequently Asked Question – PDF Uploads


One of my favorite clients is planning and promoting a huge workshop and created a digital flier that she wanted to share with her community via her website. She created the flier as a PDF document, because she is also sharing the flier with different online/email groups etc. and needed to pass it around electronically. So here’s the dilemma…

What She Tried

1. She wanted to upload the PDF flier to her WordPress blog so that people could view it immediately when they visited the page.

2. She tried uploading it via her media uploader on her WordPress blog and then pasted the link on a new page on her blog.

The Problem

The web reads PDFs as files so any file with .pdf at the end of the url will be shown as a downloadable link (http://myguide.pdf). People click on the link and they can download your pdf file which is great in many instances where we are sharing information to be downloaded and read – but the client wants people to immediately be able to view the flier. So…

The Solution

There are several workarounds for this issue. The end result we want is a visual representation of the flier. In other words we need to make an image versus a file.

1. Use the software that you used to create the original document and “save as” a .tiff, .png, or .jpg file. All of these are image formats.

2. If you cannot save your document as an image then the next best thing to do is to “take a picture” of your document. This is what I usually do because it’s a super fast solution.

So you would simply open up your pdf file and take a screenshot of it. I use Jing to take all my screenshots. It’s free and easy to use. I also have a screenshot tool which is a browser extension on Chrome, but the problem with some of these tools is that they are only for capturing things you have showing in your web browser and not your entire computer. That’s why I end up mostly using Jing. Whatever you use, most screenshot software is free.

3. Save and name your new image. Upload it to your website using whatever FTP method you use. In WordPress you could simply use the Add Media option. Add the image to a new post or page on your website and presto! Now people can see and read your pdf file without having to download it first.

Note: This obviously works well with one page files because you are creating one image, but if you have more pages you just need to create an image file for each page, repeating the screenshot process for each page, and then inserting each image into your post or page.

What Are Your Book Writing Goals: One Book Or A Book Writing Career?

book writing career

If you’re thinking about writing a book or have written a book already, I’d love for you to read this post over on fiction author Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s blog, because I thought it brought up a few excellent points that every writer needs to consider.

What are your book writing goals?

Is it a goal for you to simply write a book (which is no easy feat:) to say that you did it? Would that be a major accomplishment for you that you could check off of your bucket list? Or perhaps you would like to write a book that gets published by a mainstream publishing house that you can haul around with you to your speaking engagements?

Or do you want carve out a career writing and publishing books? Perhaps you’ve been trying to write a book or series of books for years. Maybe you make a living at writing in some other capacity and always thought of book writing as a “side hustle” or a “dream deferred”.

Did you even think that it was possible to make a substantial living as a writer even if you don’t have an existing platform to stand on?

Listen– I’m not judging. Whatever kinds of goals you have as a writer and entrepreneur are perfectly fine, but perhaps you haven’t really given it much thought. Honestly this post gave me some food for thought for myself in regards to my own writing. Check it out…

The Business Rusch: A Career Versus Publication

I was a bit stunned at the response to last week’s blog, not because the response was negative—it wasn’t—but because so many of you said that you had no idea that writing was a career choice.

On a gut level, many of you knew that some of us had made careers as writers, but over the years—decades, maybe—the idea that a writer could not just make a living, but spend her life writing without financial support from some other job, had gotten lost.

The fact that so many of you had no idea writers could be in this profession for life while, at the same time, wanting to become professional writers helped me realize something that I hadn’t been able to understand before.

People make different choices when they’re looking at a career as opposed to the choices they make to achieve a single goal.

Read the rest at:

Are you looking to publish one book or make a career of writing books? Let’s all check in. I’ll go first…I would like a book writing career.

How Ebook Buyers Discover Books

Ebook Marketing Basics: Know How Ebook Buyers Discover New Ebooks

How Ebook Buyers Buy

As a voracious reader of books, I am also highly interested in the authors of those books. I always visit the websites of authors to learn more about them. Always. One of the common threads I have found with authors that I have thoroughly enjoyed is that they ALL were also voracious readers. How do I know? Well they mentioned how much they read on their sites, Facebook pages, or Twitter accounts. They also tended to have discussions on other books in their genre (or books in other genres for that matter) that they enjoyed and wanted to recommend to others. I think that this common love of reading is the foundation of an excellent writer– and an excellent writer sells books.

Rule #1 – Research and Read Books In Your Niche

You’d be surprised how many new authors have not read many other books on their topic or related to their topic. I’m not 100% sure what that is about, but if I had to guess based on experience, I would venture to say that the first problem is that some authors think that they are way more knowledgeable and/or experienced then the authors of the other books in the marketplace and don’t feel the need to read them. Other authors are in such a rush to write and publish their book that they don’t want to take the time to do the “research” on their competition. And maybe another reason is that the author picked the topic of their books solely on it’s popularity factor and are trying to make a quick sale. They aren’t even that interested in their topic. (Big Mistake!)

So the first rule of understanding how an ebook buyer will search for and purchase an ebook on your topic is to read other ebooks in your niche. Obviously the first step for this is to do the research online (Amazon, B&N, NYT BestSeller List, Clickbank, Goodreads) and take a look at what are the top-selling books and/or well-reviewed books in your niche. Pay very close attention to the keywords you use to search for your topic. That’s probably how other readers will search for your topic as well. Invest in yourself and buy several of them. It’s important that you know what authors have already said on your topic so that you can say something new or deliver the information in a different way.

Rule #2 – Consider The Process Of The Search (Author SEO)

Now that you’ve purchased a few books, it’s time to dissect the process that you used to find your book. There are two major ways that non-fiction ebook buyers find books.

Organic Search

Buyers of non-fiction are typically looking for information, for answers, solutions. So they search for those solutions using keywords and keyword phrases on your topic. (Ex. How to cook lobster) And that search is typically going to be done through a mobile device or on their tablet or computer using Google or Bing. This is called an organic search and this is where your author seo (which I plan to write a more intensive piece on soon, so be sure to subscribe) becomes seriously important. Will people find your website, blog, or book in a search on your topic.

When I use organic search, I typically search for a keyword phrase and take a look at the top 3-5 sites in my results. I weed out any sites that I don’t think will have what I need such as big magazine sites (ex. or information sites like Wikipedia. I’m looking for speciality sites or boutique sites that specifically focus or seem to have authority on my topic. Those are the types of sites that tend to publish ebooks on niche-centered topics. You want your website/blog to show up in these results.

Big Retailer Search

Another place that your buyer will look for answers is on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and iBooks. When I search on these retailers, I type in my keywords and typically base my initial interest on several things: the cover, the synopsis, and the reviews. It’s important that you get at least 2 of these 3 things right to grab the readers’ attention.

Then depending on time, I will either “take a look” inside the book and read the front matter (that’s why it’s essential you don’t waste a lot of space in the front of your book with dedications, title pages, etc.) Just get straight to the meat. A descriptive table of contents is very important with a non fiction book. If I’m short on time, I may download a free sample of the book straight to my iPad (I use the Kindle App for iPad), so again that sampling of your book needs to be really good. But I don’t do this very often. Books under $5 are impulse buys for me and I suspect for most buyers and so if you wow me immediately with your cover, description and/or reviews then I’ll probably buy immediately.

Social Media Search

Another place where readers may find your book is through word of mouth in social media. People are always sharing books on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads so it’s definitely a good idea to have a presence there and start connecting with people who may be interested in your writing. It’s been in social media where people that know my work have recommended it to others. Don’t dismiss the power of “word of mouth”. You just have to make sure you have a presence where it counts so that you can be found when they actually do start hearing about you.

Rule #3 – Read Your Books On A Digital Device

No disrespect to my over 55 crowd, BUT many of you are looking to build a side income by getting into ebook publishing and you don’t even own a digital reading device. I know this because many of you are my clients:) This makes zero sense. If you want to earn even one dollar in digital publishing, you need to understand how your readers will consume your work. How your books will look on e-readers.

You need to make sure that you are formatting your books or that the person you hired to format your book did it correctly. The reader experience needs to be flawless so that they won’t leave you the dreaded “I liked the content but the typos were distracting” review. This goes for ebooks sold on your own site or through big retailers (Amazon etc.). Personally I own a Kindle, an iPad, and an iPhone. I read books on all three of those devices as well as on my iMac computer. And I definitely test my own books on those devices and you should do. It’s how I’ve caught formatting errors during the editorial process.

What about you? Is there a special way you find and purchase ebooks? Are there other suggestions you can share with authors on how to make sure that their books are seen by buyers? Please leave your input in the comment section below and get a nice juicy link back to your site via CommentLuv:)

Is Your Book Ready For The World?

If you’ve been following my writing for any significant amount of time, you know that I always preach that you don’t have to be a professional writer in order to be successful when writing and publishing your writing. So don’t obsess over it and don’t let that fear cripple you from getting started. BUT having said all of that…

You also don’t want to write and publish pure crap either (lol!). The goal of your writing is to probably do one or more of these things: motivate, inspire, convert, inform, educate, entertain, challenge and the list could probably go on and on. In order to successfully do any of these things with your writing, people should not be distracted by poor execution and errors.

If you’re a reader and you buy your books from retailers such as Amazon or B&N, you have probably taken a look at some reviews of your book before you purchased. Chances are if you’ve bought a book from an indie publisher (which is what you will be) vs. a big New York publishing house that you may have seen some reviews that said something like this.

copyediting blunders

Not a good look huh? Well there are a lot of these types of reviews online these days, and it really can turn a lot of readers off from buying your book. Especially when there are so many other books to try.

That’s why one thing that I do highly recommend to writers is to have your work copyedited or at least proofread before you submit it as your final piece of work.

It’s very easy to be so inside of your book while you’re working on it that you totally miss errors both small and large and readers notice. Bad reviews lead to poor sales and a bad impression of the “care” that the author took with his/her work. If you weren’t diligent enough to check over your work, why would I ever buy from you again?

I have over 20 years of writing and editing experience and I still have someone else check over my work, because I know for a fact that my eyes start glazing over once I’ve read my draft a million times.

It’s very easy to find someone who can copyedit your work (check things including style, grammar, spelling, punctuation, consistency ) or proofread your book (fix any spelling or punctuation errors, etc.). If you are close to finishing your book and you’re ready for this part of the process, there are a few ways you could find someone. You can check online with freelance sites such as for reputable copyeditors, or you could look at the credits section of a book and see if they have listed an editor or proofreader and try that person.

After receiving quite a few inquiries over the years about the copyediting process from readers, I have decided to add a few Done-For-You services to my arsenal in regards to copyediting, proofreading, and formatting books for publishing. I love to read, I have always loved to write and edit, and I’m a stickler when it comes to attention to detail. So I look forward to taking on a few new projects this year. Perhaps one of them will be yours? Stay tuned for when I formally roll out each service by making sure you’re subscribed to my list.

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Have you read any books lately that you liked (or maybe you didn’t like) but wish they had been a bit more polished for a better reader experience? Share your story and start the conversation.

Amazon’s Kindle Cover Creator

There may be another indicator that independent writing and publishing is on the rise and profitable. Amazon has a new Kindle Cover Creator tool in Beta testing for those using Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). When I say that adding this feature proves that indie publishing is profitable, it’s because I believe Amazon wouldn’t bother with the cost of creating and adding this feature if they didn’t know that it meant increased sales for them.

While the covers that you can create with this generator are average at best, some of them are still pretty decent looking versus some of the crap that I’ve seen slapped up on Amazon. While a little clunky to use at first, I think that it may be easier to get the hang of after playing around with it several times. Since this tool is in beta and is not available to all KDP users, you still have a shot of creating a cover that your competitors don’t have yet. Of course as the tool catches on, you may want to abandon it after that or perhaps Amazon will be diligent about uploading new templates on a regular basis.

Of course the best thing of all about this new tool is that it’s free! Here are some of the covers that you can currently create using the tool.

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Source: The Digital Reader

Kindle Cover Creating Resources

Here’s where you can learn more about the new tool:

Here’s another illustration-based cover generator tool I uncovered which is very niche-y but you might like it for a particular book:

You can always search for someone who will create a Kindle cover for you on Fiverr. Of course you need to keep in mind that you have to search through people’s portfolios and understand that you may be getting what you pay for. A simple $5 cover.

Ninja Tip: Remember if you are making your cover image yourself that Amazon as well as the other big e-retailers (Barnes and Noble, Smashwords) recommend that you use a BIG image due to the higher resolution on computers and digital devices. For example, Amazon recommends that ebook cover images are 2,500 pixels tall, with the height 1.6 times greater than the width. So keep that in mind when making your own images.


#1 Mistake Self-Published Amazon Authors Make

kindle grammar errorAttention All Self Published Authors! The #1 Mistake You Are Making When Publishing Your Books On Amazon Are Simple Grammar Errors. (GAHHH!)

If you are considering writing a book and publishing it on then I highly recommend that you hire an editor because there is nothing more embarrassing then seeing reviews for your book that love your topic or your story but couldn’t get through it because of the amount of errors:

amazon bad editing reviewkindle publishing errorsWhile I am a writer by trade (and passion:), I am also an avid reader. I buy a LOT of fiction from Amazon and read it on my iPad with my Kindle App. I am amazed by how many errors I find in these books. In fact, I’ve run across a few where I had to reread passages in order to try and make sense of them. Basically trying to figure out what the author intended to say.

While it doesn’t discourage me from reading self published authors (there are plenty of fantastic books written by self published authors), it does discourage me from purchasing from that particular author again.

As an author, avoiding the reviews that you will receive (like those I’ve shown above and they aren’t the worst of it!), are worth the investment of hiring an editor.

If you are on a super tight budget and can’t pay anyone, then another thing you could try is to form an alliance with another author and agree to proofread each other’s work. You can find other authors in your area quite easily through social media. Just put it out there and people will be very willing to connect you with others.

Read about more common grammar errors many writers make…