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Author explores and answers the age-old question, What is Man?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Suzanne Fyhrie Parrott, First Steps Publishing
Phone: (541) 961-7641
E-Mail: support@firststepspublishing.com

Monday, September 22, 2013

 

Author explores and answers the age-old question, What is Man?

CORONA, Calif. — Written from a biblical perspective, first time author, Thomas Sedaker has written a refreshingly new approach to a difficult concept and put it into simple terms anyone can understand—exploring the very question King David asked—What is Man?

The Epistle of Paul states there are mysteries that have “been hidden from ages and from generations.” Sedaker delves into these mysteries and finds that although man was, most certainly, the focal point of what God was doing on earth, he was by no means the only thing God was concerned about.

Using the same process as a detective, Sedaker searches for clues leading to a greater understanding of what Paul said was God’s “eternal purpose, which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Eph. 3:11).

Although the Bible starts out with a narrative of Adam and Eve’s creation, Sedaker shows this is not where God’s story begins—that there is a much bigger picture to what happened with Adam and Eve than what has been taught traditionally.

What is Man that Thou Art Mindful of Him—Where We Were takes us back to the Garden of Eden unfolding credible answers to questions most never thought of asking.

  • Why was the “Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil” in the garden?
  • Why was Eve not created immediately after making Adam?
  • If “Adam was not deceived” as the Bible states, then why did Adam eat the forbidden fruit?
  • If Eve was the transgressor, then why did Adam’s sin bring death upon all men?
  • How do God’s curses of Adam and Eve affect us even to this day?

Filled with interesting observations, each point offers one goal—to bring understanding to Where We Were, thus, positioning us to respond to God truthfully when asked, “Where Are You?”

What is Man that Thou Art Mindful of Him—Where We Were is the first of a three part study of Godly concepts and their influences. Through analysis and argument, Sedaker proposes convincing points of view into Where We Were, Where We Are and Where We are Going to Be.

Published by First Steps Publishing, What is Man that Thou Art Mindful of Him—Where We Were is available through Amazon in both print and digital formats.

A first time author, Sedaker has been mixed with extraordinary spiritual experiences along with the contemporary trials common to all who work out their salvation in the midst of a dysfunctional world. His writings offer a unique perspective to those hungering for truth, a point of view born from one familiar with both success and failure.

What is Man that Thou Art Mindful of Him—Where We Were is Sedaker’s first book, and the first in a three part study of Godly concepts and their influences. Through analysis and argument, Sedaker proposes convincing points of view into Where We Were, Where We Are and Where We are Going to Be.

Sedaker currently resides in Southern California with his loving wife of 29 years, Jani.

For more information, please contact Suzanne Parrott at (541) 961-7641 or send an email to support@firststepspublishing.com

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Author explores and answers the age-old question, What is Man?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Suzanne Fyhrie Parrott, First Steps Publishing
Phone: (541) 961-7641
E-Mail: support@firststepspublishing.com

Monday, September 22, 2013

 

Author explores and answers the age-old question, What is Man?

CORONA, Calif. — Written from a biblical perspective, first time author, Thomas Sedaker has written a refreshingly new approach to a difficult concept and put it into simple terms anyone can understand—exploring the very question King David asked—What is Man?

The Epistle of Paul states there are mysteries that have “been hidden from ages and from generations.” Sedaker delves into these mysteries and finds that although man was, most certainly, the focal point of what God was doing on earth, he was by no means the only thing God was concerned about.

Using the same process as a detective, Sedaker searches for clues leading to a greater understanding of what Paul said was God’s “eternal purpose, which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Eph. 3:11).

Although the Bible starts out with a narrative of Adam and Eve’s creation, Sedaker shows this is not where God’s story begins—that there is a much bigger picture to what happened with Adam and Eve than what has been taught traditionally.

What is Man that Thou Art Mindful of Him—Where We Were takes us back to the Garden of Eden unfolding credible answers to questions most never thought of asking.

  • Why was the “Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil” in the garden?
  • Why was Eve not created immediately after making Adam?
  • If “Adam was not deceived” as the Bible states, then why did Adam eat the forbidden fruit?
  • If Eve was the transgressor, then why did Adam’s sin bring death upon all men?
  • How do God’s curses of Adam and Eve affect us even to this day?

Filled with interesting observations, each point offers one goal—to bring understanding to Where We Were, thus, positioning us to respond to God truthfully when asked, “Where Are You?”

What is Man that Thou Art Mindful of Him—Where We Were is the first of a three part study of Godly concepts and their influences. Through analysis and argument, Sedaker proposes convincing points of view into Where We Were, Where We Are and Where We are Going to Be.

Published by First Steps Publishing, What is Man that Thou Art Mindful of Him—Where We Were is available through Amazon in both print and digital formats.

A first time author, Sedaker has been mixed with extraordinary spiritual experiences along with the contemporary trials common to all who work out their salvation in the midst of a dysfunctional world. His writings offer a unique perspective to those hungering for truth, a point of view born from one familiar with both success and failure.

What is Man that Thou Art Mindful of Him—Where We Were is Sedaker’s first book, and the first in a three part study of Godly concepts and their influences. Through analysis and argument, Sedaker proposes convincing points of view into Where We Were, Where We Are and Where We are Going to Be.

Sedaker currently resides in Southern California with his loving wife of 29 years, Jani.

For more information, please contact Suzanne Parrott at (541) 961-7641 or send an email to support@firststepspublishing.com

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Author Marketing Tip: Easy and Free way to promote and brand yourself

Gravatar.com What are they?

Globally Recognized Avatar

Your Gravatar is an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog. Avatars help identify your posts on blogs and web forums, so why not on any site?

What this means for the Author

You can brand your name, your book, link to your site – all the time you are commenting and building connections. It is done seamlessly and silently.

But they are so much more… They include your bio, links to your websites, images of you your book. And best of all they are free. If you have not set up this easy marketing tool – then do so now. Easy-Peasy Author Marketing Tip!

Setting up a Gravatar

Setting up Gravatars on your site is easy; you don’t even need an account! Plugins are available for leading blog software and content management systems, and our tutorials will have you running Gravatars in no time. Continue reading Author Marketing Tip: Easy and Free way to promote and brand yourself

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Author Marketing Tip: Easy and Free way to promote and brand yourself

Gravatar.com What are they?

Globally Recognized Avatar

Your Gravatar is an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog. Avatars help identify your posts on blogs and web forums, so why not on any site?

What this means for the Author

You can brand your name, your book, link to your site – all the time you are commenting and building connections. It is done seamlessly and silently.

But they are so much more… They include your bio, links to your websites, images of you your book. And best of all they are free. If you have not set up this easy marketing tool – then do so now. Easy-Peasy Author Marketing Tip!

Setting up a Gravatar

Setting up Gravatars on your site is easy; you don’t even need an account! Plugins are available for leading blog software and content management systems, and our tutorials will have you running Gravatars in no time. Continue reading Author Marketing Tip: Easy and Free way to promote and brand yourself

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Author Marketing Tip: Easy and Free way to promote and brand yourself

Gravatar.com What are they?

Globally Recognized Avatar

Your Gravatar is an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog. Avatars help identify your posts on blogs and web forums, so why not on any site?

What this means for the Author

You can brand your name, your book, link to your site – all the time you are commenting and building connections. It is done seamlessly and silently.

But they are so much more… They include your bio, links to your websites, images of you your book. And best of all they are free. If you have not set up this easy marketing tool – then do so now. Easy-Peasy Author Marketing Tip!

Setting up a Gravatar

Setting up Gravatars on your site is easy; you don’t even need an account! Plugins are available for leading blog software and content management systems, and our tutorials will have you running Gravatars in no time.

http://www.gravatar.com/

#authormarketing #ebookmarketing #authorbrand

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Author Marketing Tip: Easy and Free way to promote and brand yourself

Gravatar.com What are they?

Globally Recognized Avatar

Your Gravatar is an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog. Avatars help identify your posts on blogs and web forums, so why not on any site?

What this means for the Author

You can brand your name, your book, link to your site – all the time you are commenting and building connections. It is done seamlessly and silently.

But they are so much more… They include your bio, links to your websites, images of you your book. And best of all they are free. If you have not set up this easy marketing tool – then do so now. Easy-Peasy Author Marketing Tip!

Setting up a Gravatar

Setting up Gravatars on your site is easy; you don’t even need an account! Plugins are available for leading blog software and content management systems, and our tutorials will have you running Gravatars in no time.

http://www.gravatar.com/

#authormarketing #ebookmarketing #authorbrand

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Author Branding using Author Central Account

Yippie! Your ebook is published. Now, you need to set up your Author Central Account.

When you received notification from Amazon on your publishing success, they included several links to where you can set up an Author Page. Below is how you can set up the page for Amazon.com (US), and then you can simply copy and paste the information into all the other Amazon accounts.

Amazon Author Central

https://authorcentral.amazon.com/

You can sign in with your Amazon.com account, but if not, JOIN NOW and use the same login and password (makes it easier to remember).

NOTE: you must have a book published on Amazon before you can access Author Central.

Once you are logged in you want to connect to your books.

Link to your Books

  1. Click the text link that says “list of your books” under the heading Update your Author Page
  2. Click Add more books button
  3. Search by your name or the title of the book. Add it to your list

Profile

Click the Profile tab in the top menu

On the right you will see your personal link to your author page. You can share this link form your blog. This is also the link that will display your Author Page anytime someone clicks your name next to your book. Without an Author page, clicking your name link will only display a generic Amazon page with your books.

Example: this is the link to my Author Page:

http://www.amazon.com/author/suzannefyhrieparrott

Add your Biography – keep it clean, professional, and typo-free!

Bio Image: Add a photo professional image of you.

Blog Feed Click “add blog”and add your blog feed url. It is commonly something like this: http://unrulyguides.com/feed/

Twitter if you don’t have a twitter account (get one). Your tweets will post here.

#authorcentral #authorbranding

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How Authors can Create a Basic Writing Template in Word

Excerpt from eBook Formatting & Publishing Guide 4.0

Many of you are picking up this book after you have your manuscript written and ready to publish. So you may have a little more work than others starting from scratch.

Before I get into how to clean up your manuscript, I want to share how to make a Writing Template – so you hopefully won’t have to go through this process again.

Creating a Word Template

It is very easy to make a Word Template and you can create more than one. In the following, we are creating a very basic template for most fiction books using Heading 1 and Normal styles only.

The following is based on Microsoft Word 2008 for Mac. Please refer to your manual for locations of features discussed.

  1. Open a blank Word file.
  2. Type “Chapter 1”, highlight the words and select “Heading 1” from your drop down style menu.
  3. Type basic text. Select the text and make sure “Normal” is selected from the drop down style menu.

Now, you need to modify the styles. Let’s start with the text style Normal.

  1. Place your cursor anywhere in the Normal text.
  2. Go to Format > Style
  3. Click Modify
  4. Adjust the font style, weight, and alignment. (Note: Make sure you choose “B” for bold and “I” for italic – do not choose a “bold font” such as Arial Bold – It will not convert as “bold” to an ebook – Always use a “regular” font and “apply” the styling.)
  5. For your Normal text you need to decide if you want indented or block paragraphs. Choose the “Format” button in the lower left and select Paragraph.
  6. Choose the First Line Indent if you want indented paragraph layout. Or choose spacing before or after each paragraph for block layout. Only set the Line Spacing to Single, 1.5 or double: DO NOT use At least, Exactly or Multiple.
  7. Click OK to close the paragraph box.
  8. Click OK.
  9. Click Apply

Now, you need to modify the Chapter Heading

  1. Place your cursor in your Chapter heading
  2. Go to Format > Style
  3. Click Modify
  4. Adjust the font style, weight, and alignment to your desires. (Note: Make sure you choose “B” for bold and “I” for italic – do not choose a “bold font” such as Arial Bold – It will not convert as “bold” to an ebook – Always use a “regular” font and “apply” the styling.)
  5. You do not want a first line indent for your Chapter headings. So to make sure it is removed: Choose the “Format” button in the lower left and select Paragraph.
  6. Make sure Indentation is set to NONE.
  7. Click OK to close the paragraph window.
  8. Click OK.

Before you click “Apply” we want to apply these styles to your Default.

  1. Click Organizer…

    On the left are the new document styles you just created in your open document. On the right are the default styles for Word (Normal.dotm).

  2. Choose the Heading 1 and Normal styles on the left and Copy – -> them to the Normal.dotm (right).
  3. A Popup box will display: “Do you wish to override existing style entry “XXX”?” Select Yes.
  4. Click Close.
  5. Click Apply.

Your new Template is almost ready.

  1. Select File > Save As from your Menu.
  2. In the Format dropdown menu, choose .dot or .dotx.
  3. The Save window will take you to a folder called “My Templates”. This is the default area for all the Word Templates you create.
  4. Pick a name that you will remember for the Template, such as Fiction-indent.dot.
  5. Save.

See our Pre-styled Word, InDesign, Photoshop and eBook Templates

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Self-Publishing eBook, print Book, and Book Cover Design Templates

Ready-to-go Self-Publishing Design Book and eBook Templates

Not only have we made the process of formatting your ebook easier, we’ve included an entire package to help you create your eBook, print Book, and Book Cover – all pre-designed and ready-to-go.

Each Design Package includes:

  • Pre-styled and formatted Word Template (.dot) (or Open Office file)
  • Pre-styled and formatted 5″ x 8″ (standard paperback) InDesign CS4 file
  • Pre-styled and formatted EPUB file with CSS and Embedded Fonts* (if applicable)
  • Pre-designed eBook Cover Template
  • Pre-designed Book Cover Template (based on a 5″ x 8″, 200 page book)
  • Step-by-Step Tutorial

*Included fonts are chosen from FontSquirrel.com, and include documentation on usage in eBooks.


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but we’d like to give you a free taste of what is to come:
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The Template Package

Most fiction manuscripts only require a few style elements: Chapter (Heading 1), Body (Normal), and Section breaks (Spacer) The problem, however, is writers trying to “design” their book in Word.

Break the “making a PDF” mentality and use Word as it was created – a word processing program. Period.


Use programs the way they were meant to be used.


The Word Template

Microsoft Word is a word processing program, and it should be used as such. While it does have some great features for designing your page, it is NOT a page layout program. And for the sake of creating an Ebook, the less you do the better.

In addition, the cleaner you set your styles the better. If you set your styles and formatting correctly in Word, then importing into InDesign for print or Sigil for Epub is nearly flawless.

With our templates, we have done the work for you. Setting up templates (2004 compatible) for a variety of looks and layouts from typical indented paragraphs (fiction) to block paragraphs (non-fiction).

The Epub Template

Each Word template has a compatible Epub template – created using the same layout and styles. We have pre-set up the CSS (style sheet) and even embedded the font for you. All you need to do is import converted Word to HTML file and you are ready to go.

The InDesign Template

Included in the package is a template created for InDesign programs CS4+. It has the stylesheet preset up according to the original Word styles. In addition, we’ve included a “fake” copyright page (fiction) and a preset and styled table of contents. (Template created for Create Space Standards for a 200 page, 5″ x 8″ book. If your book is larger or smaller, then adjust the margins prior to your manuscript placement.)

The Book Cover Template

Finally we have included a template for the front eBook cover (5″x8″, 300 dpi) as well as the Full Color Cover for print (front, spine, back) (Cover template created for Create Space Standards for a 200 page, 5″ x 8″ book. If your book is larger or smaller, then use CS book cover layout templates and adjust the spine area accordingly.)

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Linkable Table of Contents

Below is the coding for a linkable table of contents.

 OPTION ONE: LINKS TO PAGES IN YOUR eBOOK

If you split your chapters into individual HTML pages, then your TOC would appear like this:

 

<p><a id=”toc”/></p>

<p>Table of Contents</p>

<p><a href=”../Text/content.xhtml”>Chapter 1</a></p>

<p><a href=”../Text/chapter2.xhtml”>Chapter 2</a></p>

<p><a href=”../Text/chapter3.xhtml”>Chapter 3</a></p>

<p><a href=”../Text/ack.xhtml”>Acknowledgements</a></p>

<p><a href=”../Text/author.xhtml”>About the Author</a></p>

 

OPTION TWO: LINKS ANCHOR LOCATIONS ON THE SAME PAGE (ONE HTML PAGE)

If you are working from one long HTML “Page” and need to create a TOC that links to the sections, then you need to create anchors and your TOC would appear like this:

Where the anchor name is preceded by a hash tag (#) such as #chapter1.

 

<p><a id=”toc”/></p>

<p>Table of Contents</p>

<p><a href=”#chapter1″>Chapter 1</a></p>

<p><a href=”#chapter3″>Chapter 2</a></p>

<p><a href=”#chapter4″>Chapter 3</a></p>

<p><a href=”#ack”>Acknowledgements</a></p>

<p><a href=”#author”>About the Author</a></p>

 

ANCHORS:

You would need to create anchors for each chapter/section. This would appear like this:

<h1 id=”chapter1″>Chapter1</h1>

where “id” is the anchor name. Anchors and links must match.

 

Back to TOC

It isn’t necessary to create a back to TOC as most e-readers have the option built-in, however if you wish to add it, then you would create

<a href=”#toc>Back to TOC</a>

and place this where you need for every chapter/section, so long as you have the “id” for the toc AS “toc”

 

VIDEOS FOR CREATING TOC WITH ANCHORS