Captain Planet And The Planeteers: Season 1

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Guided by the ancient wisdom of Gaia and armed only with the will to do good with the strength of the Earth itself, five young Planeteers from around the globe fight to protect the planet from those ready to do it harm. Only by working as a team will their individual powers Earth, Fire, Wind, Water and Heart combine to form the iconic hero known as Captain Planet. Together they will right the wrongs of the Eco-Villains and prevent future crimes against the planet because an injustice against the Earth is an injustice against us all.Factory sealed DVD



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Cheap Ghost Writing Isn’t Easy — But It’s Worthwhile!

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You might think that selling yourself short is a sure way to not be a success in the ghost writing field. And your eyes are probably dancing with the large sums of money that you’ve heard ghost writers pull down, in yearly figures such as $60,000 to $100,000, or amounts such as $15,000 to $60,000 per each book written. You’re a writer, you love to write, and you believe that this is the way to go when it comes to writing.

This is especially so when you’ve started to break into the field and you’re a ghost writer — or ghostwriter — who has never really ghosted a book for someone else before. You’re probably thinking big bucks, major book contracts, large amounts of cash advances from publishers and huge percentages from the books you will be anonymously writing for big time authors.

But let’s face some facts. First time authors are often people with no real money or skills to invest in writing a book. They may have fantastic stories to tell, but they don’t have the enormous amount of financial capital available to hire any such expensive ghost writers. They’re bound to enter some psychological difficulties when they see that the payments to you are the whopper figures such as those listed above, and that those are the only sorts of prices accessible to them. By laying out such enormous fees, you could be stuck losing a huge customer base of clients with fantastic stories to tell — but without the major wherewithal to pay you to tell them. What if, say, your potential author, the person hiring you to write his or her story, has only $5000 or less to spend?

I know what I’m talking about, and I can create a decent, well-written work of cheap ghost writing in a month or so for around that amount of money. You do that, and there’s your $60,000 per year! It really isn’t all that hard. You don’t even have to charge as high as $5000 per book.

Most other ghost writers I know are only as capable I am, but many of them do charge the higher amounts. The clients of the high end ghost writers tend to be people with enormous sales potential, not the typical first time authors who have a great story but often don’t really go anywhere with it – the so called “sucker market.”

It might be worthwhile to consider charging less, or negotiating a deal with such a “first timer.” Over the years, I have drawn the conclusion that there are an awful lot of such people out there. I have been ghost writing books for people for as low an amount as $2000 per book, and as I have sources of income from other types of writing, I have been finding an immense amount of personal satisfaction from helping such would be authors actually obtain what they are looking for in a “cheap ghost writer” who charges a reasonable price for the quality and quantity of work done for them. I simply ask for installment payments, usually made in advance, and sometimes I also ask for a percentage of the net book sales.

This works out to be less “greedy” on my part and more of a service that I provide for authors who are simply yearning to get their books up high on the top of the New York Times Bestseller lists, and who know that such are their dreams, not necessarily their realities. These are often people who have reached the ends of their ropes when it comes to negotiating a lower price for their books. They usually have nowhere else to turn when it comes to putting out their own personal stories, and they need someone with a willing ear and pen to listen and help them set down their tales before it’s too late for them to be told. And there is still hope for these people to even hit the big time, if they have the right types of stories to tell.

Also, some of these authors simply don’t know what they’re doing and need a guiding hand to help them. They need their letters of query written up for them, their brief biographies put together, and their book proposals prepared for them, as they are dipping their toes into the writing field and getting them wet for the first time. A lot of them think they are going to get their book written and then get some kind of major advance, straight from a publisher.

It just isn’t like that 90% of the time. An advance comes after a deal has been negotiated with a reputable literary agent, bids by publishers for the book have been scrutinized, and contracts have been signed. It helps in a major way to have the book in hand, sometimes even having it self published first, to get anywhere near a commercial publisher. This can be a very expensive process for a first time, would be author.

People like that don’t need to face down what looks like to them to be a million dollar price tag when they are looking for what’s described as a cheap ghost writer. They want an actual inexpensive ghost writer who understands their needs, both budgetary and otherwise, who can sit down with them and negotiate a fairly low amount of money paid out by them so they can figure on at least getting some return from their books. These people are not Presidents of the United States or famous movie actors, whose books are guaranteed to sell, and many of them find themselves “stuck” with what used to be called vanity publishing, nowadays called self publishing. They won’t necessarily find a commercial publisher who wants to take a chance on huge returns from their books in today’s multifaceted but still challenging world of publishing.

These clients need literally cheap or inexpensive ghost writers. They don’t need to spend a small fortune on their books to find out they all dead ended in a warehouse, didn’t sell as widely as they thought they would, or they otherwise came out on the short end of the stick. They need to carefully invest their time and effort on a decent, expert ghost writer. And they could use some material publishing help to get their books “out there” — properly displayed and promoted in today’s modern Internet oriented book market.

Help them. Consider bargaining and bartering at a lower price sometimes, and not at a higher price. It might be worth your while. Try it and see!

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Writing is Iterative

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If something is iterative, that something goes through a series of changes, with each new version being called an iteration. The changes involve a two-way system of response, with the reader/audience participating directly in the changes made to each version.

I first encountered this concept when I worked as an administrator at Stanford University, working with computer software programmers. They were always talking about this iteration or that iteration of the computer program.

I would argue that writing also involves an iterative process.

You may question this statement, given the definition of being a writer: A writer sits alone at her computer, writing. She spews words heard in her head onto paper or the screen. Where is the two way process?

I see writing as iterative in two ways: within the writer (who is alone) and between the writer and readers (who are many).

ITERATIVE WITHIN THE WRITER

Within the writer, writing is iterative because the writer is constantly (though not always consciously) making choices based on the writer’s knowledge of the audience’s needs and expectations, the requirements of the genre, the expectations of society, and so on.

As has been argued for years, writing is a social activity even though the writer sits alone while composing the material. The writer is constantly questioning herself about her audience’s expectations, needs, existing knowledge, reading level, familiarity with terms, and so on.

What does the audience expect from this kind of writing? Will they reject the writer and the writing, if the writer makes a controversial statement? Will the writer stir up some action from others? And does the writer want that action stirred up?

For example, when I started writing e-books, my first inclination was to write them as a traditional, printed book: 200 pages, indexed, more formal in tone than a blog post. I quickly learned the impracticality of that viewpoint because the audience had different expectations for e-books, with e-books serving different needs. For one thing, some systems cannot take 200 page e-books. So I learned to change my views, to create a new set of writing rules for e-books.

ITERATIVE WITH READERS

Writing is also iterative between the writer and readers.

Start with those initial readers of the final versions, those who critique the material, giving honest feedback to allow the material to be better. Finding good readers for those critiques is essential for any writer wanting to be taken seriously, for most writers become so mired in their own words and ideas that they cannot see if they are truly effective. I am lucky to have a small group of fellow writers who critique my books before they go to print (or into cyberspace).

Next, the writing changes with comments and expectations from readers along the publishing route, whether self-publishing or the traditionally published. The writing can change drastically with comments from these readers.

And finally, the readers themselves have a say in the writer’s work, in their reviews of the published material, comments on the blog, letters to the writer and publisher about the work.

The writer can react to all of this feedback as she sees fit: ignore it or use it to learn to be an even better writer.

ITERATION IS ACTUALLY ANOTHER WORD FOR VERSION

Creating different versions or iterations of a project is part of the revision process. Consider each iteration a compilation of changes to the project manuscript that indicates a milestone of some kind with the project.

With each version of the writing project — each iteration — I often number each iteration with a Revision number in the file name. That way, I have a record of all of my iterations. Other projects, smaller ones, do not get this treatment.

So you may have files that include the first draft; first iteration that cleaned up the major and obvious problems of duplicated and out-of-sequence content; a second iteration that included all changes made to the content, such as adding definitions and explanations, adding visuals and glossary terms. And so on.

Completing each iteration indicates the completion of specific steps in the revision process. It also often happens when the pages of the hard copy manuscript (which you should use for revision, not the computer screen), are so filled with changes that they must be entered online for the writer to see the true results of the changes.

Let me end with a brief point about revision. Devoting time to revision, going through the manuscript over and over until it reads right, is the sign of a professional writer.

Amateurs write something once, hope it is brilliant, send it out, and suffer disappointment when they hear nothing or rejections as a response.

Professionals know that much of the process of writing involves revision: analyzing and changing the way the writer has organized and developed the ideas in the writing. It also included editing, checking for grammar and usage errors, which is a different stage of the whole writing process.

So there you have it. Writing involves creating iterations. The writer bounces ideas off others in her head and others in the real world, who respond to the writing. Each new iteration marks a milestone of the revision process that has been met. All this iterative activity is meant to make the writing better, and usually it does.

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A Plot to Die For: A Ghostwriter Mystery

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* The THIRD in the women sleuths mystery romance series starring ghostwriter Roxy Parker!
When Roxy Parker accepts a ghostwriting job at a tropical island resort, she expects little more than a good story and a touch of sunstroke. Boy is she wrong! Instead of a little R&R, Roxy stumbles upon a grotesque murder–her hotelier client has been slaughtered and buried in a plot of sand, her head protruding ghoulishly for the crabs to devour. And around her, an ensemble cast of glamorous guests are all hiding something behind their over-sized Gucci sunglasses. 
In this modern homage to Agatha Christie’s Evil Under the Sun, sassy ‘ghost’ Roxy Parker finds herself stuck on a remote island with a motley collection of suspects, including stunning models, sexy artists, shifty locals and biased police officers. And every single one of them has a perfectly good reason to want the hotelier dead.
But who killed Abigail Lilton? And will they strike again?
With a cracking pace, exotic setting and eclectic cast of characters, this mystery will have you scratching your head until the final, Hercule Poirot-style conclusion. And it will make you look twice at your fellow guests next time you take that innocent island holiday…



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Advantages and Disadvantages of Shared Hosting

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If you’re not all that familiar with the many faces of web hosting, shared hosting is the most common form you will find. Companies like BlueHost, WebHostingPad, Fatcow – they all offer shared web hosting services. Shared hosting is the first choice for many individuals and small business owners.  In fact, most of the sites you run across thrive off this type of platform. While there are many benefits to such a solution, there are disadvantages you need to be aware of as well.

Advantages of Shared Web Hosting

Cost-efficiency – The cost benefits of shared hosting are all in the name. Because you are literally sharing server space with other web hosting customers, the provider is able to save money and offer a cheaper service. Combine this with a highly competitive market, and you can easily find yourself a shared hosting plan for less than $10 a month. When considering all the features you can get nowadays, these affordable web hosting packages offer excellent value.

Simplicity – Shared web hosting actually describes the basic concept of managed hosting, which is generally refers to dedicated servers. What this means is that the host maintains the server and associated hardware in their data center. They provide you with connectivity and handle all the complex server administrative tasks. This is an ideal solution for anyone that doesn’t have the know-how or manpower to run a server or simply needs to focus on the vital aspects of their business. In addition to that, comprehensive tools such as control panel software and website builders also make the shared hosting environment much easier to grasp. Even the most technically challenged can succeed thanks to the rapid evolution of web hosting technology.

Disadvantages of Shared Web Hosting

System Crashes – I’m gonna give you the cold hard facts – although you can find yourself a respectable provider, the reliability of shared hosting will always be questionable. Even with proactive measures such as loading balancing, placing thousands of websites on a single server makes the machine susceptible to failure.

Performance Issues – Performance can also be an issue. Let’s say you’re experiencing moderate traffic while Joe Blow who is sharing the server with you gets a sudden burst of traffic. A neighborhood’s traffic can have a direct impact on your site, causing it to lag with pages that take forever to load. We’ve all experienced it so you know that slow web pages are a real drag.

Security – Security is another critical element that isn’t guaranteed in a shared hosting environment. Web hosting companies provide customers with a lot of power these days – way too much if you ask me. All it takes is one amateur webmaster to misuse .htaccess or another sensitive component and stir up all kinds of chaos on the server. If you’re not as proficient as once thought with development languages, your PHP-based web applications can be left insecure, providing intruders with a gateway to your data. Then there is always the threat of sharing server space with a hacker looking to compromising unknowing users like yourself. The worst part of all, you might not have a clue what’s going on until its too late.

This is not a knock on shared hosting, just a warning. The mere structure of this environment makes it vulnerable under a wide range of conditions.  The good is that with a little research, you can find yourself a reliable company with the knowledge and technology to ensure as few issues as possible.

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3 Tips To Write Persuasive Advertising Copy

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An Ad copywriter is a sales person disguised as a poet. Though many advertising copy or concepts are regarded as greatest examples of well directed art, the primary intention of any Ad copy is to sell, sell and sell. When Shoppers Stop opened their second outlet in Bangalore, the caption of the hoardings was ‘Fashion Repeats Itself’. With this particular caption, Shoppers Stop could change the trend and also communicate the very idea that they are opening a second store. Together with a punkish design, their advertising effort might have lured enough number of youth into the shop. Do you also want to write Ad copy that works like a magical sales tool and a stunning piece of art? Here are 3 copywriting tips that will help you write persuasive advertising copy:

1) Understand the brief: Whether you are to create copy for print Ads, online Ads or hoardings, understanding the client’s brief is the first step towards writing persuasive copy. For instance, we all know that the unique selling feature of Maggi Noodles is ‘2 minutes cooking’. Only a copywriter who understands the brief thoroughly can pick this particular feature and can come with a brilliant copy like this: ‘In The Last 20 Years We Have Just Asked For 2 Minutes Of Your Time’.

Rule of thumb: Once you understand the purpose of the ad, the product or services, the copy will come to you.

2 ) Work closely with your designer: Most brilliant copies would not have read great if the designers could not produce equally brilliant designs. Years back BMW had released a public interest Ad which was a warning against drinking and driving. The copy read: ‘Spare Parts for Humans Are Not Original As Those Of Cars’. The copy sounds quite ordinary, however, incorporated into a visual which shows two human legs of which one is artificial, the copy dramatically transformed.

A word to the wise: if you want to create an everlasting impact on your readers, create a rapport with your designer and have a series of brainstorming sessions with him/ her before contemplating a persuasive advertising copy.

3) Make use of popular concepts: This is the best way to launch and ad with great recall value. We all have learned and forgot our ‘Baba black sheep’. Unlike us, a sensitive copywriter will remember such rhymes or popular concepts of nostalgic value at the right time. Here is one such copy:

BABA BLACK SHEEP,

HAVE YOU ANY DOPE?

YES SIR, YES SIR LOTS AND LOTS TO GO

HEROIN FOR MY MASTER

COCAINE FOR MY DAME

AND HASHISH FOR THE LITTLE BOY,

BUT THEY’LL BE DEAD ALL THE SAME.

IT IS NEVER TOO EARLY TO TELL YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT DRUG ABUSE.’

This copy was featured in a public interest Ad released by Kripa Foundation.

Moral of the story: Dear copywriters, always remember each and everything you learned so far can help you write persuasive advertising copy. It is always good to keep these points in mind whenever you open a word file to scribble an advertising copy.

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Classic Journalism Mistakes of Our Time

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“It must be true – I read it in the newspapers…” Perhaps there was a day when people regarded the accuracy of the press as unquestionable, but it’s certainly no longer the case. And it’s not just the newspapers, either; television news is, invariably, just as bad.

But really when you think about it, it’s not really their fault. They’re only human after all. And these days, the demand for rolling 24 hour news grows ever greater with more and more would-be writers enrolling in journalism degrees online to fill the breach. And where there’s more output (often hastily assembled), there are always likely to be that many more mistakes. In any case, here’s a quick roundup of three of the most high-profile (and amusing) journalism mistakes of our time…

Not Knowing How to ‘Right’

Glamour girl Anna Nicole Smith made great copy when she was alive, and the column inches certainly didn’t dry up when she was found dead in Room 607 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood. The Houston Chronicle, though, made perhaps the most illiterate contribution to the saga when, in trying to convey the model’s humble roots, wrote in a photo caption: “When Redding, a long-time scout for Playboy, discovered Smith, the model could barely right a sentence…”

Expert Testimony?

After more than 80 years in the business, you’d possibly expect the BBC (the world’s largest broadcasting organisation) to be able to put the right person in front of the camera. Not so. Back in 2006, a famous case of mistaken identity led to a taxi driver being hurried into a studio, miked up and then questioned in detail on BBC News 24 about a legal wrangle between the Beatles and the Apple trademark. He was forced to confess, live on TV: “I don’t really know what I’m doing here”. Guy Kewney, a computer expert, was left waiting in the car park.

Getting the Facts Wrong (or “Dewey Beats Truman”)

Perhaps the world’s most famous newspaper error. In the fast-paced world of international news, the real battle is almost invariably getting to a story first. Back in November 1948, though, the Chicago Tribune jumped the gun more than just a little when reporter Arthur Sears Henning mistakenly called the presidential election in favour of New York Governor Thomas E Dewey. Much to the embarrassment of the paper, Harry Truman won in an upset victory. But not before 150,000 newspapers had rolled off the press, with the now infamous “Dewey Beats Truman” banner headline.

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How to Get a Job on Elance – Step One, Creating a Powerful Profile

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A good place for online writing jobs for beginners is Elance. While bidding sites such as Elance attract many low paying projects, some Elance providers are making $100 per hour (especially in sales writing), and it’s quite doable for a new writer here to make $20 a day.

 You can start with a free membership, and a paid membership for an individual is less than $10 per month. You pay by the month, and there’s no set up fee. Also you needn’t wait weeks for a check. You can complete a job, be paid within a day or two and have the funds in your bank or Paypal account in a few days or on your Elance Mastercard within 24 hours.

The three keys to winning projects at Elance are:

  • Your Profile (including your portfjolio)
  • Your Feedback
  • Your Proposal and Bidding Strategies

This article will be concerned with the first step – Creating an Elance Profile.

Do take your time getting started here though. Winning decent freelance writer jobs at Elance all starts with a good profile. You want this in place, so that when you bid on a job, the prospective buyer will be impressed. Plus buyers who invite writers to bid often find them by searching the profile pages. Also creating your profile will help you write better proposals because it will get you thinking about the skills you have to offer.

The first thing to do is register. You will be asked to choose a user name. Choose it wisely because this what buyers will see in the bidding and on all Elance communications. If you’re stumped, a search for providers in the “Writing & Translation” category will spark some ideas.

If you intend to specialize in one area or subject, you might work this into your user name, but remember your user name sticks – unless you open a new account. You are allowed more than one account, but you must start each anew without feedback, etc.

Once you’ve registered, you can go to your profile page and fill it out. Your profile should grab attention and tell prospective buyers what you can do for them. Don’t say in the introduction to your profile what sort of work you want, etc. Instead, just like with any good promotional copy, focus on the prospective customer and the benefits you offer. Then back that up with information about you and your skill set.

To get some ideas on how to create your profile page you might want to check out the of providers who are having success in the areas you want to write. Don’t be too wowed by their reported earnings though before checking to see if this is a team leader or an individual provider.

Elance offers skills tests and posts your ranking here also, but many providers feel the tests are off the mark.

For example, the one sales writing asked far more questions about the inner workings of an advertising agency than actually writing copy. This may be something Elance is working on.

Skills tests are now all free. And if you don’t like a score you can try again after 14 days. You can also opt to rate yourself. More than few successful writers here do so.

If you have any samples of writing you have done that are relevant to the types of projects you bid on, make sure you have uploaded them to your portfolio. You can also attach a few to your proposal, but if they are in the portfolio, prospective clients browsing Elance can find them and may invite you to a bid on an “invitation only” project.

If you don’t yet have any samples, you can wait till a project comes up that you think you have a good chance of winning and create a sample or two for your proposal and add to your portfolio.

If the project is for article writing, consider writing a couple articles for a website like Helium or a directory like EzineArticles. If you’re going to also market from your own website, you can link from these to your site, making the articles work double-time for you.

Once you have your profile in place, it’s time to start looking for projects to bid on!

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Ghostwriter

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There’s no such thing as ghosts, right? But after the spirit of Ethan Samuels hovers over Micah Chasen’s bed and demands that the 11-year old investigate his suspicious death, Micah embarks upon the strangest adventure of his life! As Ethan’s ghostwriter, Micah and his new friend, the nerdy Savannah Bishop, hope to solve what appears to have been his ghostly friend’s murder over 100 years ago. Will Micah be able to discover the truth behind Ethan’s death and allow the spirit to finally rest in peace? And, even more importantly, can Micah help his own family deal with their horrible grief surrounding the death of his older sister? This ghostly historical mystery set in the rugged San Jacinto Mountains of Southern California is suitable for ages 9 and up.



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