Monday, August 17, 2009

Kurt Cobain

Is it possible that somebody life’s would change music? Kurt Donald Cobain was the leader of one of the most important bands of Grunge, Nirvana. He was born on February 20,1967 in a small town close to Seattle. He lived with his mother, a cocktail waitress, and his father, a mechanic. Later, he moved to a depressing logging town. Cobain was considered during most of his childhood a sickly bronchi tic child. Situation worsened when his parents divorced when he was seven. He said that he would never feel love again and security.

Cobain began changing through time, life became more difficult for him. He became more antisocial, but he continued to follow his dream of having a band and being successful. He formed a series of bands before Nirvana came to be in 1986. Nirvana was a very simple alliance between Cobain, Krist Novoselic, bass player, and Dave Grohl. By 1988, Nirvana began making shows and completed their demo tapes. In 1989, they recorded their first album, Bleach, considered on of the best Grunge hits at that time.

“Smells like Teen Spirit” became Nirvana’s most highly acclaimed and instantly recognized song. However, Cobain felt always worried thinking that maybe his music was attracting the wrong kind of fans, the kids that always beat him up in high school. In February of 1992, Cobain went to Hawaii to marry Courtney Love. In that same year he released Insecticide another record of him. In early 1993 In Utero was released into the top spot on the music charts.

Cobain felt into heroin in the early 90`s; he said he used it as a shield against the rigorous demands of touring and to stop the pain of stomach ulcers. In August, Cobain had hospital treatment for heroin abuse. Shortly after Bean Cobain was born. Again on March 4, he was sent into a rush to a hospital in coma after an unsuccessful suicide when he took about fifty painkillers with champagne.

Cobain was a gun fanatic and always had sever5al in his possession. Some days later on the April 5, he barricaded himself into the granny flat behind his mansion, put a shotgun on his mouth and pull the trigger. Cobain`s body was found when an electricitian visiting the house to install a security system went round the back of the house. He though he saw a mannequin on the floor until he noticed a splotch of blood by Cobain`s ear. When the police break down the door, they found Cobain dead on the floor, a shotgun still pointed at his chin, and nearby a suicide note written in red ink addressed to his wife and his daughter Frances Bean. He became not only for me but also for the whole world one of the best singers and the leader of a new genre, Grunge.
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20 Ways To Profit With Free eBooks

My habit of collecting every free eBook I could lay my hands proved very profitable

to me while building my business.

Here are 20 ways that you can use free eBooks to boost your profits.

1. Build Your List

Use free eBooks as an incentive to get more people to join your list.

2. Keep Your Subscribers

Give away a new free eBook every time you mail your list or at least every month, so they have a reason to stay subscribed. Create a subscribers-only eBook library and keep adding new ones often.

3. Get More Affiliates to Promote Your Product

Offer free eBooks and free brandable eBooks as an incentive for join your affiliate program.

4. Sell Customization Rights to Your Own eBooks

If you've written an eBook and have a number of affiliate links in it, you can make more money by selling the customization rights.

5. Back-End Profits

Purchase customization rights to others' eBooks and give them away free to your list. Profit when they purchase something through your links.

6. Become an Instant 'Expert'

Write an eBook on a topic that you know well and give it away to a target market. Once people know you as an expert on your subject, they will be more willing to spend money with you.

7. Grow Your Downline

Offer free eBooks as an incentive to join a program under you. Allow your downline to give away the eBooks as well so they can build their (and your) downline.

8. Become a Leader

Train your team by giving away free eBooks that help them learn how to build their business. eBooks help you save on the cost of ordering printed copies and shipping them to your distributors.

9. Boost Your Website Traffic

Write an eBook yourself and insert your website links in a way that gives your readers a compelling reason to visit your website, either for the resources you offer or an invitation to download more eBooks.

10. Survey Your List

Have a great idea for a new product or eBook, but need to find out if there's a market for it? Create a survey and use free eBooks to entice people to respond. To ensure a good response to your survey, offer two or more eBooks, or a product that you own, or even a download of the product you plan to create as a result of the survey.

11. Get Viral

Give away a free eBook that others can brand with their own links so they will give it away eagerly to their own lists. Include your own affiliate program, or traffic exchange programs, or two-tier or multi-tier affiliate programs that readers can join through your links, to get most from this strategy.

12. Get Free Advertising

Give away a free eBook that hasn't been circulated much or one of your own products or eBooks to ezine editors in exchange for free ads in their ezine.

13. Get Joint Venture Partners

Make your JV offer more attractive by offering your partners a valuable or unique eBook that you own or have the right to give away.

14. Build Link Popularity

Get others to link to your website by offering them free eBooks or one of your own products. The more links you have pointing to your website, the higher you will rank on search engines and the more traffic you will get.

15. Promote Your Own Products

Offer free preview versions (say, the first few chapters) of an eBook that you wrote to promote it and get more people to buy it from you. Combine this with a rebrander to get a viral effect and increase downloads of your preview version. If you are selling a software product, give away a free report that explains why your software solves your target market's problem and how it will benefit them.

16. Enhance the Value of Your Product

Give away free eBooks as Bonus Products along with your own product to enhance its value. This works best if the bonuses are related to the topic of the product you are selling.

17. Keep in Touch with Your Customers

Send your customers free eBooks often to show them you value their business and remind them of your products in a way they won't object to.

18. Get Testimonials

Offer free eBooks or bonuses to existing customers in exchange for testimonials that you can put up on your sales page.

19. Boost Flagging Sales

When sales are low, create an eBook with discount coupons or special offers and give them away to your customers. You can also use this strategy to boost holiday sales.

20. Revive Your Old Articles

Update or rewrite old articles or sections of your ezine archives and compile them into an eBook to give them a new lease of life.
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Great Books for your Toddler: 5 Must-Reads

With so many new books out there, it is hard to decide which books are really worth the investment. Below you will find 5 must-reads, which will provide excellent toddler reading! Pick up a copy at the library and if your toddler loves it (and I’m sure they will), buy a copy. These books make a great foundation for your book collection!

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, Illustrated by Clement Hurd

The rhythm and rhyme of this story will really appeal to two-year-olds. Don’t be surprised if you read this one over and over before bed. Infact, the more you read it, the better! It will be the “get ready for bed” book, and this consistency is great for your toddler. Although saying goodnight to everything in the room may seem boring to the average adult reader, your toddler will delight in the simplistic message and pictures.

Jamberry by Bruce Degen

This book is, admittedly, my favorite picture book. The pictures and imagery are simply phenomenal. I walk away singing the words to this book every time after reading it. It is a super book, and will pull your toddler into a world of bountiful berry bliss! Read this book with them today!

Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi, Illustrated Amanda Mayer Stinchecum

Perfect for those toddlers, this book will amuse and delight them every time. It’s funny and it’s true. “Everyone Poops” is a great opportunity to bring potty-training issues to face, and learn a thing or two about animals.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle

This is a great book to get your toddler reading! The repetition is a sure-fire way to get them reading along with you. They will learn the text, and say it along with you, or even by themselves. Then, pour on the praise! Kids will love this book if it makes them feel like they can read. Not to mention, the pictures are super fun; kids love Eric Carle books!

Are you My Mother? By P.D. Eastman

This one is a little long, but it’s worth the time. The story has a great theme, and the concept is interesting for toddlers. Pick up a copy and read it with your toddler; they will find the search for the “real mother” relatable and interesting. The simplistic pictures, and simplistic language makes it a sweet but ‘serious’ read!

I hope you will check into these great books for toddlers. They have provided me with many great reading memories, and I know they will provide you with the same!

Sylvia C. is a children's writer and poet. She also enjoys reading, going on walks, listening to music, and dancing. Sylvia teaches creative writing for kid’s classes and is an active member of the Kansas City Writer Meetup Group. She is currently pursuing publication for her children’s picture books.
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