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Monday, 10 November 2014

BOOK REVIEW: BECOMING GENERATION FLUX by MILES ANTHONY SMITH



I was given the honor to review this eye opening new perspective on Becoming Generation Flux by Miles Anthony Smith. We live in times full of uncertainties, fear, doubts and challenges, learning and adapting to the environment at an un-precedented fast pace. It is truly a new experience. This book will provide you a new perspective and prepare you to obtain the more technical skills or skills that are hard to automate if you want to a successful career.

I received this book in exchange for my independent review only.

This book is well crafted with powerful facts supported by statistics on the contemporary social issues encountered by all of us particularly in US and the world as a whole, which invite us to give these critical issues due consideration. Miles Anthony Smith does a magnificent and marvelous job for raising, nurturing and nourishing us to embrace Generation Flux so as to avoid unnecessary stress.

I too subscribe to similar formulae by the author i.e. seize the day in areas we control, cede stress in areas we have no control. Relax and have fun to gain strength in every aspect, be it physical, mental and spiritual. By shaping ourselves to be adept and to accept the new environment is the surest way of obtaining success. Keep learning, unlearn and relearn to navigate our career path.

Miles Anthony Smith is a positive yet realistic author, illustrating with numerous compelling and convincing new trends of the social issue caused by income inequality imbalances. By doing so, we are able to see the entire scene through appropriate lens without being side tracked by chaotic career complication.

"Becoming Generation Flux" is a timely book which dares to raise those issues normally people avoid discussing publicly. However, for those who aspire to gain the highest, deepest and broadest perspective on how to live in the new world, then this book is right for you. It is not meant to persuade or dissuade you – it’s meant to inform, ingrain and inspire you in gaining appropriate and broad perspectives so that you are much better prepared ahead.

It goes without saying, accept and follow the new career flow as reflected in the title of the book.

To know more concisely and precisely, please grab hold of the book immediately and read it. Cheers and enjoy your reading.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

FIRST HALF 2014 UPDATE

Dear Friends, followers and fans,

Time flies. The first half of 2014 has gone.

Have you ever thought of how life could be better?

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to have much easier time creating wealth all the time? 

Do you feel as if something is holding you back and you just can't figure out as to what it is?

Do you struggle with financial difficulties and fell that things are only bound to get worse considering how the economy is faring right now?

If your answer is yes to any of the above questions, the answers that you seek are not far ahead. You too can achieve your success if you are willing to follow the recipe which I am going to share with you.

This is another great year for me. My life has gone from good to amazing. People wonder  how I did it. I must say that I have managed to apply wealth visualization successfully. Thanks and credits must be given to several of my online gurus, namely Lisa Nicole, Dr. Steve G. Jones, Mario Polio and many others.

A couple of updates for you:-
I have published two  additional books, Looking Beyond Financial Statements & Chess King to Purpose Filled Life. I also developed 5 additional training programs and held talks at several professional institutes and business club, apart from my normal consultancy work.
My online presence is gaining momentum and keep growing. My google plus has hit more than a million views. 

I have secured several training engagements for the second half of the year. Several of my articles had been and will be published  in Smart Investor magazines. These will keep me moving forward to another great year. Hope the same for you.

Stay tuned for more updates.

Thanks for your continuous support.



James Oh

FINANCE MAVERICK, SPEAKER AND AUTHOR 

Thursday, 24 July 2014

GUEST POST FROM FLORA G ALEANA - WHAT ARE THE CHIEF THEMES OF THE BOOK " BETTER THAN THE BEST" BY JAMES OH

What are the chief themes of the book “Better than the Best” by James OH?

Better Than The Best is a must-read and is definitely a best seller. It has given tips to help readers to know more about themselves. It also prepares them to take up the challenges in life which crop up anytime because of the rapid changes in the environment and technology. It is a detailed personal account and a series of anecdotes which the author shares with us, the readers. The instances are nothing but his experiences and hind sights on how he came up in his life. The book obviously helps us in sharpening our minds and in boosting our confidence towards living a life of our choice. We should live our life to the fullest. In the process of living it we access several ideas, illustrations and insights. This book must be read by all those who want to live a life without any regret. 

James Oh is an author, speaker and accountant. His broad experiences and multifaceted talents together with his passion, enthusiasm and commitment make him a great difference maker. His expertise is in making people see the invisible, do the impossible and in helping people see new opportunities in life without losing sight of the details. Seeing things in a new, fresh light is very conducive to creativity. The author adopts a very practical approach and provides real life examples which readers understand easily and they are able to relate to it.

Many a times we do not realize that we are capable of doing many more things than what we actually do. We tend to go into a slumber thinking that we lack the potential to work. It is actually a grave mistake and an injustice we are doing to our own selves. Human life is a wonderful mixture of ups and downs, the good and the bad. Who decides what is good or bad? What actually is good and what is bad? These are all relative concepts we construct for our convenience. We tag something good and some others as bad. When our mind is free of all assumptions and preconceived notions we will see things in an unbiased way. For free and effective thinking some of us may need some training. Some people have very weak minds which do not stand a small misdeed or slight difficulty in life. Difficulties in life do not come to destroy us, but they teach us to stand up straight and to face whatever comes our way.

Life is often compared to a journey. We cannot jump over troubles, but we must take a baby step initially. We know that Rome was not built in a day. There is tremendous amount of effort which has gone into building such a beautiful city. Great thinkers, scientists and Nobel laureates did not become successful overnight. We should understand that there are years of hard work, many attempts which did not yield positive results, but the point to take home is their perseverance and the strong bent of mind to keep trying till they succeed. 

We often search in the outside world for some help which would help us in developing our personality. In essence, we need to look at our inner self and find out what is our strength which we may have kept unused for long. Dig deep within and find the real zeal within us which, if used to the optimum level, will take us to great heights in life. Life is never static, but it undergoes continuous changes. We must adopt ourselves to the changing times and accept that change is necessary. Therefore, we should know ourselves, love ourselves and take ourselves to be a great resource.

We should have faith in our positive qualities, strengths and merits. Never let negative thoughts creep into your mind if you are one weak-minded person. Believe in yourself, do what you love to do without bothering about what others will say. Your life is your choice. You decide how you want to live it and live it the best possible way. James Oh gives a series of great tips in the form of a book which should be widely read and followed in our daily life.

Author Bio: I am Flora G Aleana, a freelance writer and currently working for writing Admission Essay Writing Service. From the experiences of several years in the writing profession, I am capable to deal with academic as well as non-academic papers. My skills and expertise have helped me a lot to gain knowledge in various disciplines of writing. 


Sunday, 20 July 2014

MY LATEST ARTICLE IN SMART INVESTOR MAGAZINE, JUL 2014

Growing Your Wealth Exponentially - Smart Investor Magazine July 2014

Dear Friends, followers and Fans,

My latest article, Growing Your Wealth Exponentially, is in SMART INVESTOR magazine for the month of July 2014.

Trust it helps to shape and shed the way for readers to equip them with the know-how and strategies to grow their wealth explosively. 

Readers will be able to see more opportunities which will definitely increase their chances of growing their wealth significantly according to what they want in their lives. Wishing you success and do enjoy the journey of creating your wealth.




Friday, 18 July 2014

GUEST POST FROM fLORA -LEARN THE SKILLS TO MOVE FEARLESSLY IN YOUR BUSINESS CAREER

Learn the skills to move fearlessly in your business career

Having a successful business career in the age of information technology and unstable economy requires great business skills and commitment. We need to take time to develop personally and professionally in order to become successful entrepreneurs. When we start business the fundamental principles of communication, dedication and perseverance are necessary. We need to pay enough attention to these areas if we are looking for a career in business. We must possess good leadership qualities too in order to run a business enterprise. Consider the case of a cricket team in a high school. The basic principles of solidarity, unity and co-operation need to work from that time in life itself. We all were part of such teams in schools, played and won or lost the game. The lesson we need to take from those activities is nothing but the principles and certain mode of behavior.

Technical knowledge: 
1940s saw the grand entry of computers into the world. None would have then thought that we will be carrying gadgets with much larger processing power in our pockets some decades later. We do not have to be IT experts to become good businessmen, but we must know how Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, Thunderbird etc. work. We should also be able to work with the internet. Once we know these basic tools, picking up some more slightly advanced tools and software is not hard. The truth is that we did not have any exposure to computers during our school education. Whatever we know now about computer and information technology was learned much later. All that was possible since we were a dedicated lot who wanted to pursue a career in business.

Communication and networking: 
The first and foremost requirement for any successful career is good communication skills. We will not like to work with a boss who is very short-tempered and who shouts at us for every minute thing. We will not love to be part of a team where the team lead always mumbles something instead of speaking out in a dignified manner. Leadership qualities entail some basic things which most people take for granted. Even the head of an educational institution will not be loved and respected if he or she mumbles or loses temper over trivial issues. I now recollect the good old days of my schooling where the Headmaster was a very meek and submissive character. Even the students used to walk over him. Professional and personal development courses will help us to master fearless public oratory, the ability of keeping our control under stressful situations etc.

Time and event management:
We need to be as productive as possible to come up and reap success in business. Businesses will require us to complete a number of tasks every week for which we need to plan our schedule effectively. Only when we are able to manage our time and work perfectly we will be able to manage others in business. Planning and productivity must go hand in hand.

Education and training: 
On-the-job training has gone to the pages of history. Whatever educational qualifications we have earned on a regular basis help us in career. Diplomas and corresponding courses will just give us some hints on how to improve our capabilities.

Flexibility, imagination and presence of mind
Running a business is an extremely risky affair. We never know when things will take turns. A slight fluctuation in the economy is enough to shake our entire business. As business owners we need to be determined to face any situation that may come our way. We may have to slow down the productions, even give pink slips to some employees or stop import or export etc. Things often cannot be predicted in business. We need to go along the current and adopt ourselves to the prevailing situations. These basic principles we all know in our personal lives. The same must be applied to the professional front too with ease. At some point we tend to mix the personal with the professional. This will adversely affect both our personal and professional lives. This must be avoided though it is highly difficult to demarcate the personal from the professional. Work and life must be nicely balanced to have satisfaction in both. Then we can trudge any kind of business-path fearlessly.

Author Bio: I am Flora G Aleana, a freelance writer and currently working for a custom essay writing service. From the experiences of several years in the writing profession, I am capable to deal with academic as well as non-academic papers. My skills and expertise have helped me a lot to gain knowledge in various disciplines of writing. 



Sunday, 15 June 2014

CHESS KING TO PURPOSE FILLED LIFE BY OH JAMES

CHAPTER 1 LIVE LIFE LIKE YOU WILL NEVER REGRET

People always think that the most painful thing in life is losing the one you value. The truth is the most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of valuing someone too much and forgetting that you are special too. Unknowingly, this sound, solid and valid principle has governed my life all this while.

How many of you have regretted that you have not done anything you think you ought to do? If you have, then I like to congratulate you for taking the effort to buy this book. Keep reading and apply whatever you feel comfortable and I can assure you that you will not regret it.

Despite my several temporary setbacks since I was born till date, I never gave in nor gave up. I managed to get through though it seems that there is no way out. You may at a later chapter learn how I rise from these temporary setbacks. I must attribute my achievements through help from those kind souls and people I came across. These temporary setbacks are merely to mold and shape me to the way I wanted. This is because I am a firm believer of I am the creator of my own destiny and everyone has a seed of greatness inside us.

Permit me to brief you a little about my background. I am a product of a migrant from Main Land China and a local lady in Malaysia. My late father had traveled across an ocean from China to marry my mother. Both are illiterate and we were given lots of freedom. Luckily, 5 out of my 7 siblings are university graduates, which made both our parents very proud.

I was born underweight but there is a good reason for it, which you may find out from this book.  I began to start work at a very young age, but this did not deprive me from receiving an Education to break off from the poverty chain. Since then I strive to follow the foot- steps of those great successful people and wanted to leave my foot-prints in others’ hearts so as to repay what they had done for me even though they had never expected anything from me.

I have chosen to live my life like playing a winning chess game many decades ago. I always do my utmost best so that I can be a great contributor to the society which I had benefited from. I managed to maintain my attitude as I began to read lots of motivational book since young, My favorite authors, namely Confucius, Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln and Charles Dickens taught me to fight all odds to achieve success.

With this positive and profound attitude, it helps me to see things from the positive side of everything no matter what. This attribute made me able to dance in the rains while waiting for the rainbow. That’s easy as it sound. From there, I also learned that tough times never last, but tough people do. Gaining strength from strength to the next level of success is the surest way so long you keep doing it with inner desire. Now, hope you can see it as inside out process. First with the mindset, follow by knowing-doing gap strategy before using tangible tools to make it real. Keep reading if you do not know exactly what I mean and say.

Always remember: - if an egg is broken by an outside force, life ends.
If an egg is broken by inside force, then life begins. Great things happen from the inside.

One thing I also learn is to never despair nor give up.  Keep encouraging yourself immensely no matters what so that it will eventually spark your desire to pursue your dream further. Grow your spirit rather then cut your dreams. Live the life you are capable and do not compromise it. This is because you only have a chance; you either do it Now or Never.

Determination, will power and staying focus on the goals will help you to overcome whatsoever challenge that comes along your life. Just believe it and do it. Have faith and never let your sight let you down. This proven success recipe has provided lots of fruits for me. Keep reading till you are convicted and convinced wholeheartedly.

These positive habits and attitudes will empower you to obtain what you desire in your heart. Keep listening to your inner voice and let it navigate you through the direction of your destiny. Keep practicing. Deliberate Practice does not make you Perfect but Deliberate Practice makes Permanent Progress.

Would you agree that your beliefs determine your actions?

Keep learning, unlearning what you have learned and relearn what is new to you. Get used to it and you will be rest assured to grow with it.
In 2008, I simply quit my overseas job shortly after I obtained my Permanent Residence. What at the time appeared as a bold and irresponsible decision, would soon open doors that would enable me to discover the "Missing Link" in my own life. 

That freed me to enter into one of the most creative and bold periods of my life. Guess what? I WAS venturing into blogging on wealth and health at my late 40s with the intention to bring humanity to the next level of success, becoming a great successful man so that I can leave my foot print in many hearts and souls so as to glorify my Savior. At the time of writing, my blogs have spread its wing to more than 170 countries. Bear in mind, it has and is gaining momentum.

With this blessing, I then discovered my larger purpose of helping people to live life in more fulfilling roles and discovered my hidden potential. 3 Ebooks, namely Better Than The Best, Letting Go and Moving On & Growing Your Wealth Exponentially have been published so far so as to enhance its impact.  Needless to say without your support, my purpose filled life would not have materialized.

From my turbulent life history, I learnt that we dictate our path. Nothing can stop us from achieving our goal so long as we don't give in and give up. We just need to be accountable, decisive, committed; audacious and stay focus as we stride along our life journey.

NOW, I like to sum up the following quotation in the end of the very first chapter of this book:-

May the sun bring you new energy by day,
May the moon softly restore you by night,
May the rain wash away your worries,
May the breeze blow strength into your being,
May you walk gently through the world
and know its beauty all the days of your life.

Apache Blessing.



To get the book, please click the link below:-

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Thursday, 12 June 2014

WAY BEYOND THE NUMBERS AT MICSA ON JUNE 24, 2014



CHECK DETAILS AT THE LINK BELOW:-

http://www.maicsa.org.my/training_calendar_detail.

MY LATEST PROFILE - UPDATED ON JUNE 8, 2014

James Oh BAC (Hons), LLB (Hons), CA (M), MPMA (UK), Author, Speaker and Accountant.  He is a Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years experience in the corporate fields. Served as Financial Controller (FC) both in Malaysia and Singapore; has broad exposure; diversified experiences together with his passion, enthusiasm and commitment that make him a significant difference maker.

James brings a truly unique perspective to his writings and talks. He has published six books, namely Better than The Best, Letting Go and Moving On, Growing Your Wealth Exponentially, Mindset Shift: Employee to entrepreneur, Looking Beyond Financial Statements & Chess King to Purpose Filled Life.

James specializes in helping people to develop practical financial skills, knowledge and strong mindset.  He is passionate about making finance relevant, understandable and fun.  He empowers people to see the invisible and do the impossible and also to apply financial management practices that suit their organization’s needs and circumstances.  He is passionate about helping people succeed in using their minds to see new opportunities in life without losing sight of the details. That is, to see things in a new, fresh light and that’s very conducive to creativity.

James Oh’s approach is highly practical hands on, using only financial principles and theories that people need to know, and building sane, sound, solid skills and knowledge.  He is able to provide “real life” advice based on his experience in FC roles and his experience of managing major Capital expenditure financing, implementing financial systems, improving and reengineering financial processes and procedures and achieving ongoing efficiency savings.   

James is a CPT graduate from Quest Learning Sdn. Bhd., Competent Communicator from Toastmasters International and a certified Human Resources Development Fund Train-the Trainer by Human Resources Development Bhd. (PSMB).

James Oh has been personally trained by world-class trainers and coaches like Dato’ Lawrence Chan, Mr.  KC See. Mr. Gerry Robert and Madam Teoh Poh Yew.

James is also facilitating:

Looking Beyond Financial Statements
Seeing Beyond Numbers
Understanding Numbers Beyond the Numbers
Way Beyond the Numbers
Looking Beyond Financial Statements – New Breakthrough
Looking Beyond Financial Statements – Investor’s Perspective.

His clients include:-
Malaysian Investor Relations Association Berhad
United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Berhad
Vistage Malaysia Sdn Berhad
Malaysian Institute of Human Resources Management
Malaysian Institute of Accountants
Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators

He looks forward to the opportunity of working with you on your real world issues in the areas of his specialty.


Should you like to explore specific issues related to his areas of expertise, please contact him at jamesoh2003@yahoo.co.uk or 019-2133728

Saturday, 31 May 2014

UNLEASH YOUR INVISIBLE WEALTH, LOOKING BEYOND

Unleash Your Invisible Wealth, Looking Beyond 

Dear Friends, Followers and Fans

Hi. This is James Oh. I am trained as a Chartered Accountant cum Legal backgrounds and spent 20 over years in the corporate world. I have gained broad, diversified and extensive experience from growing a private limited company to public listed company. When I was 47, I found my deep passion and niche in developing and inspiring people to see the invisible and do the impossible. This has led me to start several blogs in 2008 and series of lift you up books before I embark my training programs in 2011.

I have done numerous training programs and consulting projects for organizations like Citatah group of companies, M.I.R.A., UOB bank, IHRM, Vistage, MIA, ICSA, MACPA, Taylor and APII locally. Presently, I am an International Author, Speaker and Consultant and a Business coach for CEOS in Vistage.

Of course, I love what I do. I can unleash my invisible wealth and so can you. Do turn your past experience, your expertise or your passion into your wealth. But it is not just the money....it is the life that you dream and deserve!

I am a firm believer that people should do what they love to do in life. I am deeply sad to see people who are in jobs that they do not really like. More often than not, we do not pursue our dreams because of reason best known to us and chose to be in a comfortable zone rather than staying alive and do what you truly deserve.

Though this initial bold action seems irresponsible, it started to bear fruit after deliberate mentoring and training under numerous renowned mentors, such as Poh Yew, KC See, Daniel Teh and many others. I discovered a more fulfilling life. Coaching and mentoring is my passion. It is in my DNA to share what I know, the skill I have and the gifted talents from the above. 

I must admit that being a professional trainer not only optimizes my existing skills and qualification but what is more important is helping people to unleash their hidden potential for a better tomorrow. Training also is a fun and interesting profession in which the older you are, the more valuable you become.


Don’t let the insignificant doubts stop you from exploring possibilities. Let us help you if you are keen.


Tuesday, 27 May 2014

INTRODUCTION - LOOKING BEYOND FINANCIAL STATEMENTS - NEW BREAKTHROUGH

LOOKING BEYOND FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – NEW BREAKTHROUGH

Instead of providing the normal quick fixes, the Looking Beyond Financial Statements – New Breakthrough Workshop provides you bold, focus and accountability approach in bringing your company a new breakthrough results as its title suggests. It provides not only the “how to” but also of committing to new dream and make things happen.

Looking Beyond Financial Statements - New Breakthrough gives you the long lasting burning desire in building pipelines, begin with the end results, end with models and analytical insights in gaining your competitive advantages.

Looking Beyond Financial Statements - New Breakthrough is about “renewing your mindset” in managing your business and making transformational plans, strategies and vision based on the Balance Score Card framework.

Balance Score Card is not a concept or theory. It works in many cases and gaining popularity and widely used.




Sunday, 25 May 2014

MY PROFILE UPDATE AT MAY 23, 2014

James Oh BAC (Hons), LLB (Hons), CA (M), MPMA (UK), Author, Speaker and Chartered Accountant.  He is a Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years experience in the corporate fields. Served as Financial Controller (FC) both in Malaysia and Singapore; has broad exposure; diversified experiences together with his passion, enthusiasm and commitment that make him a significant difference maker.

James brings a truly unique perspective to his writings and talks. He has published five books, namely Better than The Best, Letting Go and Moving On, Growing Your Wealth Exponentially, Mindset Shift: Employee to entrepreneur & Looking Beyond Financial Statements.

James specializes in helping people to develop practical financial skills, knowledge and strong mindset.  He is passionate about making finance relevant, understandable and fun.  He empowers people to see the invisible and do the impossible and also to apply financial management practices that suit their organization’s needs and circumstances.  He is passionate about helping people succeed in using their minds to see new opportunities in life without losing sight of the details. That is, to see things in a new, fresh light and that’s very conducive to creativity.

James Oh’s approach is highly practical hands on, using only financial principles and theories that people need to know, and building sane, sound, solid skills and knowledge.  He is able to provide “real life” advice based on his experience in FC roles and his experience of managing major Capital expenditure financing, implementing financial systems, improving and reengineering financial processes and procedures and achieving ongoing efficiency savings.   

James is a CPT graduate from Quest Learning Sdn. Bhd., Competent Communicator from Toastmasters International and a certified Human Resources Development Fund Train-the Trainer by Human Resources Development Bhd. (PSMB).

James Oh has been personally trained by world-class trainers and coaches like Dato’ Lawrence Chan, Mr.  KC See. Mr. Gerry Robert and Madam Teoh Poh Yew.

James is also facilitating:

Looking Beyond Financial Statements
Seeing Beyond Numbers
Understanding Numbers Beyond the Numbers
Way Beyond the Numbers
Looking Beyond Financial Statements – New Breakthrough
Looking Beyond Financial Statements – Investor’s Perspective.

His clients include:-
Malaysian Investor Relations Association Berhad
United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Berhad
Vistage Malaysia Sdn Berhad
Malaysian Institute of Human Resources Management
Malaysian Institute of Accountants
Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators

He looks forward to the opportunity of working with you on your real world issues in the areas of his specialty.


Should you like to explore specific issues related to his areas of expertise, please contact him at jamesoh2003@yahoo.co.uk or 019-2133728

Sunday, 18 May 2014

MY PROFILE AS AT MAY 15, 2014

James Oh BAC (Hons), LLB (Hons), CA (M), CPT (IPMA, UK), Author, Speaker and Chartered Accountant.  He is a Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years experience in the corporate fields. Served as Financial Controller (FC) both in Malaysia and Singapore; has broad exposure; diversified experiences together with his passion, enthusiasm and commitment that make him a significant difference maker.

James brings a truly unique perspective to his writings and talks. He has published five books, namely Better than The Best, Letting Go and Moving On, Growing Your Wealth Exponentially, Mindset Shift: Employee to entrepreneur & Looking Beyond Financial Statements.

James specializes in helping people to develop practical financial skills, knowledge and strong mindset.  He is passionate about making finance relevant, understandable and fun.  He empowers people to see the invisible and do the impossible and also to apply financial management practices that suit their organization’s needs and circumstances.  He is passionate about helping people succeed in using their minds to see new opportunities in life without losing sight of the details. That is, to see things in a new, fresh light and that’s very conducive to creativity.

James Oh’s approach is highly practical hands on, using only financial principles and theories that people need to know, and building sane, sound, solid skills and knowledge.  He is able to provide “real life” advice based on his experience in FC roles and his experience of managing major Capital expenditure financing, implementing financial systems, improving and reengineering financial processes and procedures and achieving ongoing efficiency savings.   

James is a CPT graduate from Quest Learning Sdn. Bhd., Competent Communicator from Toastmasters International and a certified Human Resources Development Fund Train-the Trainer by Human Resources Development Bhd. (PSMB).

James Oh has been personally trained by world-class trainers and coaches like Datuk Lawrence Chan, KC See and Teoh Poh Yew

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

BOOK REVIEW : LEARNING FROM THE MASTER - LIVING A SURRENDER LIFE

BOOK REVIEW: LEARNING FROM THE MASTER – LIVING A SURRENDER LIFE

I had the pleasure to review a powerful, hand on and practical hand book, Learning From The Master – Living A Surrender Life by Laura J. Davis. We live in times full of uncertainties, fear, doubts and challenges, learning and adopting the value of surrender is nearly impossible if not for God’s grace. This book will provide you the required tools both to overcome fear and gain trust in God simultaneously.

I reviewed this workbook solely without reference to the novel and I receive it as my only remuneration for my independent review.

This is a well-designed workbook, which invite us throughout the book to scrutinize our own lives and dig deeper into our hearts to a new discovery that brings us closer to the Savior. Laura J. Davis does a magnificent job for directing, nurturing and nourishing us in living surrendered lives, based on love and respect.

I subscribe to similar formulae i.e. trust, obedience and submission, to strengthen my faith which was not the case prior to acceptance of Jesus into my life. Through trials and tribulations, God strengthen my faith and caused me to submit to Him voluntarily out of His grace. By knowing my true self deeply and thoroughly, I am able to solve whatever challenge in my life through Christ who strengthens me. This is because there are no challenges, even when combined, larger than Him inside us, provided I surrender to Him.

Laura J. Davis is a firm believer of living a surrendered life, illustrated with numerous compelling and captivating scripture’s stories that truly convinced and convicted me before she raised the relevant and material questions at the end of each chapter. By doing so, we are able to see and connect to this scripture so that we are not side tracked. Here, she relates the real life of Joseph in this context.

"Learning From The Master - Living A Surrender Life" is a practical, hand on work book which serves wide and diverse needs especially for those who want to gain the highest, deepest and broadest perspective on how to live a life surrendered to God. It is not meant to persuade or dissuade you – it’s meant to inform, ingrain and inspire you in gaining appropriate and broad perspectives in such a life.

Her approach is also possible with statements like:

“It can only be done through the work of Holy Spirit and a person’s willingness to surrender to the Lord’s will.”

To know more, please grab hold of the book immediately and read it from the horse's mouth. Well done and I pray that Lord will continue to use her mightily for His will, Amen.


Wednesday, 12 March 2014

BOOKS TURN MOVIES

Very happy day to you,

I write in response to your brilliant and noble call, Books Turns into movies and am more than happy to furnish you with the content for your movies production.

In this connection, I write to nominate my book, Letting Go and Moving On. It is based on my real painful story on how I pass heavy loads of unbearable experience to our Savior, Jesus Christ.

It all started when an ambitious young accountant aspired to give the best for his beloved family. He convinced his wife to use a state of art hospital. However, things went obviously wrong, as he was the only key witness to the whole series of event. He eventually turned into helping the midwife to "murder' his own second full grown son by giving in to every objections he raised. This is definitely not the normal him who will tolerate such obvious negligent case that caused a casualty. Due to this long delay, his son was announced dead about 10-20 minutes before a successful operation which saved his wife. Just imagine the patient who cried first and experienced abdominal pains a couple of hours ahead.  

To upheld his promise to his still born son, he took full responsibility and accountability and summon all the involved parties to the court, despite advised not to do so by various parties, including the leading opposition party. However, he pursued the case after obtaining numerous written unsatisfactory replies from the government linked hospital and gynecologist after he put lots of pressure on them. Numerous fruitless private meetings were conducted prior to the domestic inquiry, without the presence of the key witness and external gynecologist. He confronted the chairman and the CEO who initially refused to give him a hearing and instead threaten him with removal by police. He was calm and took up the CEO's challenge. In return, he gave the CEO an ultimatum to reply or he would stay in the hospital until he obtained a satisfactory explanation. The CEO finally agreed to furnish his explanation within seven days thereof.

The hell experience does not end there, but the file was misplaced by the courts. He even instructed his appointed solicitor to reconstruct the file, instead of refiling a fresh case as advised by his solicitor. Knowing this is going to be a tough battle, the author completed a Law degree to standby. He even furnished his findings through his research on medical negligence cases and furnished his solicitor to strengthen his case. Unaware that all these worked against him as his solicitor pulled out to represent him, a day prior to the first hearing of the case. He tried to represent himself, as he had completed his law degree, but was removed.

By then, he got to know Jesus, who had then took over the case from the author.

Since then, he has been used as His vessel to lift others up through his blog at http://liftyouup.blogspot.com and series of life you up books at the link below.

With the above, I trust I can deliver you abundance of content to make your dream materialize.

Thanks and cheers.

Look forward to establish long term business relationship with you.

James Oh

FINANCE MAVERICK, SPEAKER AND AUTHOR 

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Sunday, 9 March 2014

SMASHWORDS - KEY FACTS

What is Smashwords?

Smashwords is an ebook distributor.  We make it fast, free and easy for authors and publishers to distribute ebooks to the world's largest ebook retailers.  Authors and publishers retain full control over how their works are published, sampled, priced and sold. If an author wants to give it away for free, they have that freedom. 
When was Smashwords Founded?

2008. Its founder first started working on our business plan in 2005, we incorporated in 2007, and we officially launched the business in May 2008.  In our first year, we published 140 books from 90 authors.  Our catalog reached 6,000 books in 2009, 28,800 in 2010, 92,000 in 2011, 191,000 in 2012 and as of this writing (November 2013) stands at over 250,000 titles.  Thanks to the enthusiastic support of our authors and publishers, we've grown to become the world's leading ebook publishing platform for indie authors and independent presses.
Why did you create Smashwords?

Smashwords was inspired by my own unsuccessful multi-year attempt to get my novel published. In 2002, my wife, Lesleyann, and I completed a novel called Boob Tube, a roman a clef set within the daytime television soap opera industry (Lesleyann is a former reporter for Soap Opera Weekly Magazine). We were fortunate to have multiple top tier literary agents compete for our representation, and in the end we selected one of the most respected firms in New York City. Our agent contacted all the top publishers of commercial womens fiction, and each rejected us. We took their feedback to heart (the book was too long, too complex, characters needed better development) and completed a major revision. We then shared the manuscript with multiple test readers. Soap fans and those who enjoy celebrity gossip loved it, and even non-soap fans enjoyed it. Confident we had a winner on our hands, our agent again pitched the book to publishers. All of them rejected it again. Some publishers told our agent they didn’t believe soap opera fans read books! I found it frustrating that the whims of a publisher could stand between our book and those who would want to read it. I ultimately came to the conclusion that the publishing industry is ill-equiped to serve all authors.  They're unable to take a risk on every author.  They acquire books based on perceived commercial potential, but ultimately they don't know which books will sell well.  I created Smashwords so I could take a risk on every author, and so we could let readers decide which books are worth reading.  We've helped launch many best-sellers!
How is Smashwords performing as a business?

The business has been profitable since September, 2010.  We think profitability is important because it means we'll be here tomorrow to serve our authors, publishers and retailers. Unlike publishing services that earn their money by selling services and books to authors, Smashwords earns all its income selling your ebooks to readers.  In other words, we only earn income if our authors sell books.  We think this aligns our business practices with the best interests of the authors, publishers and retailers we serve.  In June, 2012, Forbes magazine did a feature profile on Smashwords.  It was the first time we shared revenue numbers.
Who publishes on Smashwords?

Over 70,000 serious writers and small independent publishers publish and distribute with Smashwords. Many Smashwords authors have been previously published in print through mainstream publishers, or have had their works published in well-respected literary journals. Starting March, 2009, Smashwords introduced new publishing options for publishers who want to publish and centrally manage two or more authors.
What does Smashwords offer readers?

Smashwords is a virtual playground for those who love the written word. Readers can sample most works for free (and in many cases, read up to half of the book before they commit to a purchase decision); read in multiple DRM-free formats; create digital libraries of purchased and sampled works; publish reviews (including YouTube video book reviews); and “favorite” their favorite authors, publishers and works.
What is an ebook, and how do I read these books?

Ebooks are digital books. They're similar to print books, but you read them on screens. The ebooks on Smashwords can be read online using our online readers, or they can be downloaded to other reading devices such as the iPhone, iPod Touch, Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader or Barnes & Noble Nook, or to other ereading devices. Smashwords offers generous sampling options so readers can try before they buy.

Why would authors and publishers give part of their book away as a free sample?

When an author uploads their book to Smashwords, they can determine the sample size of their book.  Our sampling controls how many words, from page one, the reader is allowed to sample for free.  Free sampling allows the reader to test drive your writing before they make a decision to purchase.
How does Smashwords compensate authors and publishers?

A primary mission at Smashwords is to help make publishing more rewarding for the world's indie authors and publishers, and more affordable to the world's readers.  Authors and publishers earn 85% or more of the net proceeds from the sale of their works. Net proceeds to author = (sales price minus PayPal payment processing fees)*.85 for sales at Smashwords.com, our retail operation. Authors receive 70.5% for affiliate sales. Smashwords distributes books to most of the major retailers, including Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo and the Diesel eBook Store.  Sales originated by retailers earn authors/publishers 60% of the list price.  To put these high royalty rates in perspective, it means if an author has a book they might otherwise publish via a traditional commercial publisher as a $8.00 mass market paperback, which would earn a 40 cent royalty, they could publish the same book at Smashwords as an ebook and earn up to $6.45, or 16 times more. Or, they could price their ebook on Smashwords for $3.99 and make nearly 8 times the per unit amount compared to selling a traditionally published print book. To learn more about how we compensate authors and publishers, see our Royalty FAQ or read the Smashwords Terms of Service.
What marketing tools does Smashwords offer authors and publishers?

Smashwords offers multiple free marketing tools to help authors and publishers connect with readers. We offer distribution to major online ebook retailers such as Barnes & Noble, Sony, Apple iPad iBookstore, Kobo and the Diesel eBook Store, and to all major smart phone platforms via app providers such as Aldiko, Page Foundry, Kobo and Word-Player. We also offer free author pages with bios, headshots and lists of works; the industry’s broadest range of sampling options; embedded YouTube videos for video book trailers and virtual author events; reviews from readers; ebook downloads in multiple ebook formats; a coupon code generator for custom promotions; Smashwords Interviews, our exciting self-interview tool; preorder distribution to Apple, Barnes & Noble and Kobo; Series Manager which makes series books more discoverable; and more tools in the works.  For a great summary of what Smashwords does to market your book, along with 40 marketing ideas you can implement at no cost, download our free Smashwords Book Marketing Guide.
Will I sell a lot of books on Smashwords?

Probably not. How's that for an honest answer? Some Smashwords authors don't sell a single book. Some authors sell thousands of dollars worth of books each week. Although ebooks are the fastest growing segment of the book industry, ebooks still only represent about 30% of the overall book market in the US, and less in other countries. Authors should publish their books on Smashwords not because they'll make a lot of sales today, but as a long term investment in their writing career. eBook authors face the same marketing challenges all authors have always faced. By publishing digitally on Smashwords, however, authors and publishers can expand their global readership by leveraging the power of viral marketing to reach more potential readers with less effort.
Do you have archived versions of any of your workshops?

Yes!  You'll find many of my Powerpoints at Slideshare at http://www.slideshare.net/Smashwords/presentations.   I've also uploaded several full workshops to Youtube.
Introduction to Ebook Publishing (an introductory primer)

Ebook Publishing Best Practices (learn the secrets of the bestsellers)

Smashwords Survey Results (learn the best price and length for an ebook)

10 Trends Driving the Future of Authorship (indie authors are the future!)

How to Reach More Readers at Apple iBooks (the #2 global seller of ebooks)

How to Add Navigation to a Smashwords Ebook (it's easy, and will please readers)

Will Smashwords market my book for me?

Although hundreds of thousands of readers march through our virtual doors each month, the bulk of your sales will come as a direct result of your own marketing and promotion efforts. We provide you free tools to help you do this, but it'll be your hard work that makes sales happen. For authors who want to maximize their sales opportunities on Smashwords, we created The Smashwords Book Marketing Guide. The Guide starts with an overview of how Smashwords helps you sell your book, and then provides a series of tips for how authors can take their book marketing to the next level.  Also be sure to read our free ebook, The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success, where you'll learn the best practices of the most commercially successful ebook authors.  Over at the Smashwords Blog I share additional information that helps writers learn to become professional publishers (there's an option to subscribe to the blog via email).
How does Smashwords change the economics of authorship?

Smashwords turns traditional authorship, publishing and pricing models upside down. With 85% of the net purchase price going to the author/publisher, author/publishers can charge readers significantly less for their works than would otherwise be possible through traditional print channels, while making greater per-unit profit on each book. When costs to the reader drop, there is a fundamental change to the demand side of the equation. This creates a virtuous cycle of more per-unit profit for the author/publisher, lower prices for consumers, and greater demand and consumption for written works. It’s a win-win-win for publishers, authors and readers.
Does Smashwords require exclusive publishing contracts?

No.  We think exclusivity is a bad idea.  All author contracts with Smashwords are non-exclusive. We are the distributor.  You (the author or publisher) are the publisher, and retain all ownership rights to your works, and are still free to publish your work elsewhere if you choose. Authors and publishers can remove their works from Smashwords at any time (although they cannot take back works that have already been purchased or sampled by readers).
If I publish first with Smashwords, will my "First Publishing Rights" become less valuable to a publisher?
Although this was a common concern a few years ago, it's less of a concern today. Traditional commercial publishers have warmed to independently published authors, especially if those authors sell a lot of books and thereby prove that a large commercial market exists for their books.  Many Smashwords authors have sold their books to big NY publishing houses.  If you do well as a self-published author, you will increase the value of your book because you will have proven the market for it.  Most Smashwords authors believe it's better to get their work out there now for readers to start discovering than to allow their books to languish in obscurity, unpublished, as they wait for a publisher to publish it. An increasing number of Smashwords authors don't even bother pitching their books to NY publishers.
If Smashwords publishes all authors and publishers, how do you maintain quality?

Our mission is to give every author and publisher a chance to find their audience. At Smashwords, every author or publisher who honors our Terms of Service has a right to publish, and it's up to readers to decide what's worth reading. Readers are the new curators. Because we publish everyone, it means we publish brilliant up-and-coming writers who haven't yet been discovered, and we'll also publish works of lesser quality. The authors who write reader-pleasing books will bubble up to the top and build audiences.
Where can I learn about some of the successful authors on Smashwords?

With over 70,000 authors at Smashwords, we represent most of the world's most successful indie authors.  Over at the Smahwords Blog, you can find interviews with many of them.  Also check out my free ebook, The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success, where I identify the best practices of the most successful Smashwords authors.  Or, browse Smashwords Interviews, where you can read interviews of thousands of Smashwords authors.
What does it cost to publish on Smashwords?

It's free to publish on Smashwords. There are no hidden fees. No listing fees, no setup fees, no change fees and no conversion fees.  We earn our income by taking a small commission on all net sales. Our commission is 10% of the retail price for sales through our retail distribution network (Apple, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, etc.) and library distribution network (Baker & Taylor Axis360, 3M Cloud Library, and others coming) and at our Smashwords store, 15% of the net for sales or 18.5% for sales that are originated by affiliate marketers.
Can Authors Publish Partially Written Books to Gather Feedback?

No. Smashwords is a place for complete, finished books that are ready to be published. Numerous other writers web sites offer communities where authors can critique each other's partially written works. Smashwords is a platform for complete, finished, and original works.
Can I publish public domain books on Smashwords?

No. You must be the original author of the work, or the exclusive electronic publisher or distributor of the work. The only exception to this rule is if you are the author of the public domain book.
What other types of books will Smashwords *not* publish?

Smashwords will not publish works that advocate criminal activity. We do not publish books that appear elsewhere on the Internet under other people's names, or books that come from private label subscription services that give people the right to distribute generic content under their own name (please don't throw your money away on these scam services!). We're also wary of many Internet marketing-related books that promise the reader simple "systems" for making money on the Internet, especially if the books advocate sneaky systems designed to trick search engines. If your book is nothing but an advertisement, we will delete the book and your account. Bottom line, for it to appear on Smashwords is must be legal and original, and you must either be the original author or the exclusive publisher. For more information, see the Smashwords Terms of Service.
I've been offered a book deal with a big mainstream print publisher. Should I take it?

This is really a personal call, and depends on the terms of book deal. For most authors, if a publisher offers you a six figure advance (and this is rare for any author), you'd be foolish not to consider it. However, if they're only offering you a couple thousand dollars, and they don't allow you to retain digital publishing rights, then, well, we think the correct decision is obvious. And if you do sell the rights to your book, make sure rights revert back to you if the publisher takes your book out of print or fails to deliver agreed-upon sales, marketing and distribution support. Better yet, if you have the ability to do so, consider retaining digital rights for yourself (so you can continue publishing on Smashwords) and sell the print rights. A good literary agent can help you navigate these negotiations.
A literary agent is offering me representation.  What do you think about literary agents?

We love literary agents.  A good literary agent acts as your business manager.  They'll help you maximize the commercial potential of your work.  To learn more about literary agents, check out the Association of Author's Representatives.  Read their cannon of ethics, because it provides a good filter through which to evaluate a potential agent.  Many literary agents are now big supporters of self-publishing, and an increasing number of them are helping their authors publish on Smashwords.
I'm a book reviewer and want to review a Smashwords book. How do I obtain a free review copy?

If you're a reviewer for a newspaper, magazine or blog, please click the "Comments/questions" link at the top of any page, and provide a hyperlink to your most recent review and let us know which author and book you want to review. We will coordinate it for you.
How does Smashwords work with traditional book publishers and university presses?

Smashwords welcomes large and independent presses alike to list DRM-free ebooks of all their titles with us. Smashwords offers special accounts for publishers that make it easy for publishers to centrally manage the ebook publishing and distribution for all their authors from a single console. Click here to learn if you qualify for a free upgrade to Publisher status.

Why should a publisher work with Smashwords?

Smashwords works with thousands of small independent presses.  Smashwords makes it easy for you to publish and distribute your catalog. When a publisher sells an ebook through Smashwords, they receive up to 85% of the net sales price (they receive 70.5% for affiliate sales). Publishers receive only about 40-50% of the price of a print book sold through a bookstore or online retailer. That small number from traditional print book channels can drop to 20% or less once unsold inventory returns are factored in. With Smashwords, publishers have no inventory, no shipping expenses and no returns. Like authors, publishers can increase sales volume and profits by selling their books for lower prices.

Does Smashwords publish only self-published authors whose works are not owned by a publisher?

Smashwords publishes everyone’s content, provided the author or publisher is legally entitled to publish with us, and provided the work satisfies our strict standards for originality. We welcome the opportunity to publish self-published authors, unpublished authors, authors of out-of-print books for whom the rights have reverted, and authors under contract with big-name publishers. If you own the digital publishing rights to your works, we want to publish you.
I'm an agent, and I rep many authors, many of whom control the digital rights to their out of print books. How can I list my clients' works with Smashwords?

Smashwords offers a service designed for literary agents.  Learn more at the How to Publish and Distribute with Smashwordspage.
What is Smashwords’ position on digital rights management (DRM)?

We think DRM is counterproductive because it treats lawful customers like criminals. Consumers value non-DRMed content and there's a growing body of evidence that digital content producers who have abandoned DRM are enjoying greater sales. Many buyers of ebooks resent DRM because it limits their ability to fully own and enjoy their digital book. At Smashwords, we only publish DRM-free works. By the same token, we strictly discourage illegal pirating of an author’s works.
Do I need to copyright my work prior to publishing with Smashwords?

If you are the author - the creator - of an original work, then most laws automatically give you copyright to the work. For the best legal protection, register for a copyright at copyright.gov.   Here's what Wikipedia says on copyright: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyrights.
Can I publish my book in print as well?

Since you own your book, you can publish your book anywhere you choose.  Print publishing is more complicated, expensive and time-consuming than ebook publishing.  Also, since most self-published authors are unable to get brick and mortar bookstore distribution, it's tougher to reach readers.  For these reason, most indie authors now skip print entirely.  If you do decide to publish in print, consider starting out with a free print on demand service rather than filling your garage with a large and expensive print run of unsold books.
Why can't the publishing industry serve all authors?

First, I should state I am a big admirer of the publishing industry. A good agent, editor and publisher can add a lot of value to your work. The pre-publication support provided by a publisher is invaluable, especially in terms of getting your book edited, packaged and carried by bookstores. However, beyond getting their books carried by bookstores, publishers are unable to provide all authors the publicity and post-publication support they need. First time authors often find themselves disappointed by the lack of publicity support. I can't completely fault the industry for this because publishers can't afford to lavish tens of thousands of dollars in publicity support and advertising on every author. As the publishing industry navigates the rough waters facing all media companies, it's likely over the next few years we'll see fewer publishers publishing fewer authors, and we'll also see many brick and mortar bookstores closed. With fewer physical bookshelves to showcase books, it will become increasingly important for authors and publishers to replace those shelves with digital shelves.
What challenges does the traditional publishing industry face, and how do these challenges impact authors?

The publishing industry, like most media, is undergoing some wrenching but necessary change. Overall book industry sales, according to recent data from the AAP, have stagnated or declined. Many publishers have reduced the number of new acquisitions and have laid off employees. Bookstores, too, are facing massive consolidation. It's likely in the years ahead will see fewer bookstores carrying fewer titles. There are several reasons for the challenges faced by publishing:
  • Publishing is expensive: Books are expensive to produce, distribute and promote. Book publishers are structurally limited in the number of new titles they can publish each year, because each book requires editing, artwork, promotional flaps, production, sales support, inventorying and shipping.
  • Books are expensive: If a $25 or $30 book is expensive to the average American, imagine how expensive that book is to literate people in developing countries?
  • Publishers have difficulty predicting demand for a book: Despite hundreds of years of experience, consumers are fickle and it's difficult for publishers to predict which books will sell, and which won’t. As a result, they can’t predict the proper size of their print runs, and often saddle their warehouses and bookstores with expensive unsold inventory.
  • Publishing is a “hit” business: Publishers lose money on many books they publish and try to make up the difference by having a few bestseller hits.
  • Shelf space is limited: Bookstores are physically limited in the number of titles they can carry. Most Borders or Barnes & Noble superstores cannot stock more than 100,000 books at any one time. Amazon, by comparison, stocks approximately 2.5 million titles. The major bookstores are also struggling to remain profitable, and we'll likely see many bookstore closings in the years ahead.
  • Bookstores have short attention spans: New titles are allowed only a couple weeks to find their audience and sell well before the books are returned to the publisher for full refund.
  • New titles must compete against midlist: New titles are not only competing against each other, but also against established midlist books - published titles that continue to sell moderately well, year in and year out (often classics and former bestsellers).
  • Tiny earnings: With traditional publishers, most authors receive royalties of only 5-10% of the retail price of their print books, and only 12-17% of the list price for ebooks. With Smashwords, the author earns 85% net, which works out to 60-80% list.
  • Publishers don’t promote most books: Many first time authors receive little to no post-publication publicity support from their publishers. Many authors recognize they have to do the promotion themselves. They have to do their own PR; call bookstores to arrange signings; and personally hand sell books to local bookstores.
  • Limited geographic distribution: Book publishing today is still geographically constrained. Most works are never published outside their own country, or in languages other than the native tongue of their author. In the United States, most published works will never receive distribution outside the US. Authors outside the US have little chance of finding an audience outside their own country.
  • There's no "long tail" in print book publishing: To enter the midlist, books must be able to meet a certain threshold of sales, often several thousand copies per year, year in and year out, with little to no promotion from the bookstores or the publishers. What about the millions of previously written and out of print works which could be selling 50, 100, or 1,000 copies each year, if only they were available for their audience to discover?
  • Readers are left unserved: All of these challenges faced by the publishing industry harm not only authors, but readers as well. Readers are effectively denied the freedom to discover new voices in the written word.

What is the business model for Smashwords?

Although Smashwords was founded to achieve a strong social purpose, we also recognize we must produce a profit so we can continue to carry out our mission. Smashwords generates income through commissions from the sales of written works. Guiding all of our business decisions is an overarching mission to serve the needs of the authors, publishers, retailers and readers who participate in our community.

What is Smashwords’ privacy policy?

We will never sell, rent or share our members’ contact information with any third party. We respect the privacy of authors who choose to publish under pen names. We also protect the privacy of book buyers by not revealing their purchases or identity to anyone. Read our complete privacy statement here.
I'm organizing a writer's conference. Can Smashwords supply a speaker?
Contact us with details and we'll see what we can do.  Our founder, Mark Coker, is a frequent speaker, keynoter and workshop presenter at writing and publishing conferences.  Jim Azevedo, our marketing manager, is also a frequent speaker.

What’s next for Smashwords?

We’ve been in business for over five years and are growing quickly, but we still feel like we're just getting started. We're constantly improving the service, and we have hundreds of ideas for how we can further help improve the digital publishing experience for authors, readers and publishers. We listen closely to our members, whose valuable feedback guides our daily development. Stay tuned and tell a friend!