Ten 5-star reviews for “Quick Guide to your Career in Transcription”

quick guide to your career in transcriptionThe ninth five-star review for “Quick Guide to your Career in Transcription” on Amazon.co.uk (and tenth five-star review in total) was posted this week! This is definitely a book I wrote in response to interest, as I noticed that I was getting a lot of searches coming through to my website on transcription, transcription careers, etc. I’d been writing odd bits on the subject but put this book together – and I’m so glad I did! I’m hoping to produce a printed version, too, after a couple of enquiries convinced me that that would be a good idea – watch this space for news on that one!

that will be very helpful and useful to me I’m so impressed with this fabulous book, which explains everything so clearly and concisely … I was able to highlight plenty of relevant points in the book, that will be very helpful and useful to me. (Read full review here.)

By the way, it’s worth noting that on the day I received this review, I noted that I sold …

  • Some copies of my e-books via Amazon
  • A print copy of my book “How I Survived my First Year of Full-Time Self-Employment” via Amazon
  • An e-copy of my Business Omnibus via Smashwords
  • A PDF of my Cholesterol book via Selz

So it’s certainly working for me having as many different formats and platforms as I can!

Stop press – all of my books are now available in PDF via the Selz website – you can buy using PayPal, too!

For more information and how to buy, visit the “Quick Guide to your Career in Transcription” page.

“How I Survived my First Year of Full-Time Self-Employment” receives its 25th 4 or 5 star review!

How I survived my first year of full-time self-employment I was thrilled to notice I’ve had my 25th review (all 4 or 5 stars) on Amazon.co.uk (it’s got three more on Amazon.com) for “How I Survived my First Year of Full-Time Self-Employment“. I’m really proud of this book, and I’m enjoying rejigging it for the new edition purely for proofreaders and editors – I’m glad I shared my own experiences to write the book I wished I’d been able to read when I was starting out – everything was so pushy and risk-it-all or else wishy-washy without good worked examples and detailed information.

A really useful perspective … It has given me plenty to think about, but also boosted my confidence that I, too, can build a successful business. Thanks Liz! (Read the full review on Amazon)

I’m always glad to know when I’ve boosted someone’s confidence – that’s what I set out to do and it’s gratifying to know that it’s worked!

Read more about “How I Survived my First Year of Full-Time Self-Employment” including how and where to buy.

A lovely new long review for “How I Survived my First Year of Full-Time Self-Employment”

How I survived my first year of full-time self-employmentAuthor and editor Steve Dunham has posted a lovely long and detailed review of “How I Survived my First Year of Full-Time Self-Employment” over on his blog. We did a review swap – I reviewed his “Editor’s Companion” on my own book review blog but, just like doing competitions offering free books or giving physical copies to reviewers or any other of the myriad ways we try to get our books out there, you can never assume that a) you’re going to get a good review, b) you’re going to get more than a one-liner, or c) you’re going to get a review at all.

Steve really “got” what I was trying to do with the book …

Liz invites you to take a walk with her through the year, encounter the ups and downs with her, and learn the lessons as she learns them.

and has understood that I’m explaining my process as an example, not a prescription:

Liz describes her methods for scheduling work and keeping accounts, knowing that readers will need to devise their own ways of organizing pieces of a business, and simply offers her ways as an example. Her description of how she handles her bookkeeping will encourage you to do yours promptly and regularly, even if your system is different. If you’re self-employed, or thinking about it, just reading how she does things will probably give you ideas for your own business.

It’s not a puff piece – Steve makes the very valid point that I wrote this (partly unintentionally) for a UK audience, and I will address this issue in the version I’m rewriting specifically for editors and proofreaders, making sure I explain British terms and provide dollar conversions, so I’m glad he reminded me of this. It’s also true that different kinds of readers will like the different levels of detail on various topics in the book (I know some people who’ve loved the bits on tea; others have memorably criticised me for including too many cardigans!).

So it’s a very fair review, with a lot of detail and understanding – and that’s the best kind of review, in (of!) my books. Thank you to Steve, and I’m glad he found my book worthwhile.

Read more about “How I Survived my First Year of Full-Time Self-Employment” including how and where to buy.

Great new book reviews – hooray!

My book sales have returned to normal after a dip in December – I can only put this down to people avoiding Amazon (there was a lot of talk about people boycotting the company for Christmas) and possibly some stuff around their new e-book arrangements. Then there was the fear over the VATMOSS issue – I’m happy to say that my prices have only ended up going up by about 15p for the higher-priced ones and I’ve left them there for the time being. I won’t see any of that extra money – it goes straight to the government in the form of VAT paid by Amazon (I hope!).

Anyway, I’ve been mightily cheered by two lovely reviews for my books …

How I survived my first year of full-time self-employmentThis review of How I Survived my First Year of Full-Time Self-Employment (was it really three years ago that I spent my January working hard once I’d got through my jury service?) was posted on 11 January …

Great break-down guide! … Liz’s tone is one you can relate to as it is approachable and warm. There are no gimmicks to this book; it delivers what it says … (see the whole review here)

It’s so lovely when someone really gets what you’re trying to do and picks up the aims of your book, so even though this review is short, it was very valuable and cheering to read. That’s my 24th four- or five-star review on Amazon UK for this book!

Find out more about this book here.

quick guide to your career in transcriptionAnd this longer review appeared over the weekend for Quick Guide to your Career in Transcription. I’m so pleased when I hear that I inspire people – it’s what I write my website and these books for. So, thank you, all of my lovely reviewers!

The most helpful book for anyone wanting to get into transcription I have just finished reading your book Liz and am completely inspired … Your tips were invaluable … Your encouragement is truly inspirational. (read the whole review here)

Find out more about this book here.

Anyone who writes books will tell you that reviews (good ones, or helpful ones, anyway) really make their day. Making that connection, knowing you’ve entertained, inspired or helped someone – priceless!

A lovely Canadian review for “Quick Guide to your Career in Transcription”

quick guide to your career in transcriptionI received a message from a very nice woman who had read a few of my books and wanted to ask a few more questions about transcription careers. I noted that she was in Canada and checked Amazon Canada to see if she’d reviewed any of them (I wish I got automatically notified of new reviews – if you know how to do this, please let me know!) and found this lovely review for my “Quick Guide to your Career in Transcription”:

Marvelous book filled with very helpful information … I’m so glad I came across this book. (Read the whole review here)

I was particularly pleased to receive this after a rather horrid and misleading review on my Cholesterol book which I’m not going to dwell on, but was quite upsetting when lots of people are going to be looking at that book after spotting it in the magazine. If you have read and not reviewed that one, well, I’m hoping some new reviews will push the one-star one down the list of recent reviews a bit.

Anyway, I’m really pleased to have my Canadian review! If you’re in Canada and want to have a look at my books on Amazon, they’re listed here.

A quick note while I’m here – Amazon have put up my UK and EU e-book prices a little  bit, to take account of the VAT increase imposed by the UK and EU governments but affecting us small sellers and buyers more than the big guys it was aimed at (search for VATMOSS or VATMESS for more info). I’ve left the changes as they are for the time being, to see how things settle – it’s only added about 10p to the cost of my most expensive books, so hopefully that won’t be too much of a burden.

Want to read this book? Have a look here for info and links to Amazon, Smashwords, etc., where you can buy.

Three lovely new book reviews!

I’ve been seeing a drop in my book sales recently; whether that’s to do with the Amazon boycott or people not wanting to start new businesses in December, I’m not sure. But I was mightily cheered by these three recent reviews for my books!

Your guide to starting and building your businessFirst off, a lovely note about my Omnibus edition of my two business books – which I created to give the best value I could, as it’s a lower price than the two bought separately.

Wise advice. … The book is packed with calm, realistic advice drawn from Liz Broomfield’s own experience as someone who isn’t a high-flying, entrepreneur, but has built herself a sustainable and successful business … She makes no empty promises, but delivers sense and practicality on every page. (Read the full review here)

quick guide to your career in transcription

Secondly, this just in on my Quick Guide to your Career in Transcription:

Excellent, accessible guide. Really useful, pithy, no nonsense guide … I will definitely use Liz Broomfield’s advice and I’m sure I’ll regularly dip into this ebook for her useful tips. (Read the full review here)

I’m so pleased that this one is continuing to help people with new careers.

Quick guide to networking, social media and social capital

And last but not least, the third review for my newest book, Quick Guide to Networking, Social Media and Social Capital:

A useful and well-written guide to social media. … The information is explained very clearly so as to be easy for even a newcomer to internet social networking to use, yet the guide is detailed enough for those more experienced in social media to also learn something from. It is well worth picking up … (Read the full review here)

How lovely! As ever, I’m so glad I’m helping people – that’s why I got into writing books in the first place! And it’s encouraged me to push on with my next writing project, a version of the omnibus just for editors and proofreaders, and a self-mentoring guide for anyone who is setting up or running a small business!

Find out more about Your Guide to Starting and Building your Business, Quick Guide to your Career in Transcription and Quick Guide to Networking, Social Media and Social Capital including where and how to buy by following the links.

My sixth five-star review for “Quick Guide to your Career in Transcription”

quick guide to your career in transcriptionI was chuffed to notice a new review for my book, “Quick Guide to your Career in Transcription“. This one is flying off the (virtual) shelves at the moment, which is cheering as I put together my next offering, another in my “Quick Guides” series. This one on transcription gathers together all of the useful information I wished I’d known when I started doing transcription work (flailing around using non-optimal technology and without the huge range of shortcuts I’ve developed over the years). Transcription is a huge and valued (and fun!) part of my work life; there’s plenty of work to go around and I’m always glad to spread the word: it’s lovely when I hear back from happy readers!

Excellent
This e-book was excellent and to the point! I have been considering starting my own transcription business for a while now and this has given me the extra knowledge and confidence I needed to pursue it! Highly recommend it!!
How lovely! Thank you to this Amazon reviewer, and I hope she does well in her business!
Want to read this book? Have a look here for info and links to Amazon, Smashwords, etc., where you can buy.

My twelfth five-star review for “How I Conquered High Cholesterol”

How I conquered high cholesterolMy book on how I reduced my cholesterol is going strong, having just gained its twelfth 5-star review. Even though all of my other books are on business, I’m fond of this one, which started my publishing “empire” and is helping people every day, which makes me very happy. No longer do people come out of the doctor’s with a 1-page sheet and nowhere to go (well, actually Heart UK do provide some very good leaflets); they can read this book full of practical tips and hints and see exactly how I dealt with my high cholesterol.

In further exciting news, I was recently interviewed for a piece in a health magazine, on this very topic. Hopefully the article will be published in November, and hopefully they’ll be able to mention the book, too (I get a bit embarrassed if it’s all about ME, but I like to help people towards a source of information: once a librarian, always a librarian …

Read more about How I Conquered High Cholesterol, including where to buy, here.

A new four-star review for “How I Conquered High Cholesterol”

How I conquered high cholesterolIt’s the turn of my first book, on how I reduced my cholesterol, to get a new review today! This one popped up as a four-star review from a chap who’s only previously reviewed some fairy lights and toothbrush heads – so, OK, not the star reviewer we all hope for, but it’s really nice that he took the time to place a review when he obviously doesn’t usually!

A Good Help: A good overview. It helped me to change my diet and be aware of the food I am eating.

That’s 17 reviews for that one now – not bad for something I originally wrote to help myself and my friends!

Read more about How I Conquered High Cholesterol, including where to buy, here.

A new review for “How I Survived my First Year of Full-Time Self-Employment”

How I survived my first year of full-time self-employmentI knew this lady was reading my book, “How I Survived my First Year of Full-Time Self-Employment” because she posted a picture of it on her stand at a jewellery fair (see all of my readers’ pics here) but I was thrilled to see this Amazon five-star review of the paperback version:

A really easy to understand book which was enjoyable and informative

I’ve been following the authors blog for a while and when I found out that this book was now available in format other than for e-readers I just had to buy it. I started with my full time self-employment 2 months ago after working with my self employment in tandem with full time employment elsewhere and found there was a lot of information that resonated with me. A really easy to understand book which was enjoyable and informative. Excellent and to be recommended to anyone thinking of the self-employment route.

It’s always lovely to read that I’ve helped someone, and I’ll keep saying it – reviews really help all authors, especially indie ones!