Britain's Brightest Entrepreneurs

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Britain has spawned a surprising number of entrepreneurs who have struck it rich with compelling ideas for new businesses. Successes range from an on-line beauty products retailer, to a dog food company catering to dog-loving Britons (tails.com), to TrialReach that is helping patients find clinical trials that could be a lifesaver. In Britain’s Brightest Entrepreneurs, some of the best new business ideas uncovered by the Business reporters of the Independent are presented in a collection of stories.

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How to Self-Publish for Under $100

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How to Self-Publish for Under $100 is THE bible for getting published. Publishing expert an author, Cinquanta Cox-Smith offers all her tips and tricks for self-publishing on a reasonable budget for content creators who don't have a publishing deal, but who have a nice following on their social platform. This is the beginning, middle and end to getting your manuscript out in the market and producing residual income.

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Peak Performance Eating

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Chef Richard Ingraham has been NBA star Dwyane Wade’s personal chef for more than a decade. The Miami native is also a Chopped contender and the founder of the private chef network, ChefRLI, which caters to professional athletes. Now this chef to star athletes is ready to share the secrets of cooking for a peak performance lifestyle. He’s worked with several top tier athletes in all the major sports including Asante Samuels, Santana Moss, Antrel Rolle and Michael Oher from the National Football League, Manny Machado and Jon Jay from Major League Baseball and from the NBA Patrick Ewing, John Wall and of course, Dwyane Wade. Chef RLI has also worked with top entertainers such as Gabrielle Union and Kelly Rowland. The company’s corporate clients include the Food Network and Walmart. Chef Richard’s book is designed for those who want to change their diet for peak performance whether that be at the gym or the office. This is an insider’s guide to how it really happens. Step-by-step in 90 recipes he will show the CrossFit enthusiast, the working mom and the weekend golfer how to eat for optimum performance because he knows all of the secrets, and it’s not all kale smoothies and grilled chicken. In addition to his recipes, Chef Richard will share what he’s learned about eating well to live well throughout his career from his parents and grandparents, who were his first culinary instructors, to his celebrity clients. Readers will get advice on how changing what you put in your body will change what you put out into the universe and make you feel better physically and emotionally. It’s not just about making sure you get the right mix of veggies and carbs. This is about feeding your spirit as well. Chef Richard is serving up recipes for life.

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Think Like an Artist, Protect Like an Attorney

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We live in a digital world that we weren't prepared for. From currency to memories, everything is digital today. The endless information, creativity, businesses (and cat videos) online is mesmerizing. With all this knowledge at our fingertips, it’s no wonder small business are popping up at an alarming rate. Content creation through sites like YouTube, Tumblr and Periscope are changing the landscape. And the monetization of this art adds to the confusion of what is yours and how you need to protect it. In her new book, The Law of Creativity: Think Like an Artist, Protect Like a Lawyer, author and attorney Rachel Brenke breaks down the legal and creative blend that it takes to find success in your new business. Whether you’re starting a blog, vlog or brick and mortar, Brenke explains the highs and lows that you need to brace yourself for.

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Advancing Your Photography

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In Advancing Your Photography, Silber provides the definitive handbook that will take you through the entire process of becoming an accomplished photographer. From teaching you the basics to exploring the stages of the cycle of photography, Silber makes it so you can master the art form. Purposefully compact, this handbook is meant to fit in your camera bag as it will be your guide and coach as you expand your artistic endeavor. Photography and the technology associated with it is constantly evolving, but the fundamentals remain the same. Advancing Your Photography will carry you forward in a lifetime of pursuing the art and chairmanship of photography. What you’ll learn from this book: * The top tips for making outstanding photographs from Ansel Adams and other top photographers — with many examples and step by steps to implement * How to put this advice into use and train your eye to see composition with emotional impact * Know and master the key points of operating your camera like a pro * How to capture remarkable photographs with more tips from the pros * How to process your images to professional standards From the book: "What makes this books so powerful is that I have been able to distill from my 1000s of hours of interviews with top photographers high level knowledge, that would take decades to acquire — but I have presented this knowledge in a way that even a new photographer can grasp and put right to work. If someone applies themselves and rolls up their sleeves, with this handbook, they can become an excellent photographer and make photographs that they and others will love."

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Real Life Organizing

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Cas Aarssen is a professional organizer. She spends her time organizing other peoples homes, teaching college workshops on organization and creating weekly YouTube videos and blog posts offering tips. The secret to her success? She’s a giant mess on the inside. In her debut book, Real Life Organizing, Cas walks you through the steps you need to create a beautiful, organized and almost self-cleaning home. You do not have to get rid of all of your things, you do not have to be a yoga loving minimalist and you do not have to radically change your lifestyle or personality in order to have an organized home. The truth is that you do not need to be an organized person to live like an organized person. Through her years of experience as an industry expert, Cas has uncovered easy and inexpensive tips, tricks and solutions that allow her to have a clean, organized and functional home with minimal effort to maintain it. After you’re done with Real Life Organizing, you too will be able to live a more organized life without having to give up your sanity.

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Tiny House Basics

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Tiny House Basics is an adventure! In their debut book, tiny house experts Shelley and Joshua Engberg show you how you can join the revolution to downsize without giving up everything you hold dear. This is not about downsizing drastically or giving up a lot of your necessities for a comfortable and entertaining space. This is about redefining what a house is and mastering organization, location and happiness. As avid campers and offroaders, Shelley and Joshua present the best tips and tricks as you enter the world of tiny houses in a book filled with tips, tricks and solutions while keeping your closet full and pantry stocked. What You'll Learn Inside: • Maintaining a good relationship in a small space • Practical downsizing for everyone • How to live comfortably in a small space with pets • The pros and cons of off and on grid living • How to make your small space feel big • Keeping your small space feeling fresh with practical storage solutions and design tips • Equipping your space for entertaining with bar seating by use of an accordion/bi-fold style window • How downsizing and simplifying your life will allow you more freedom and time

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Cooking, Baking, and Making

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From the creative mind of the Harried Housewife blog, comes a beautifully packaged one-stop-shop bursting with projects and recipes for the entire year! Cooking, Baking and Making - 100 Recipes and DIY Ideas for All Seasons and Reasons includes 60 recipes with bonus designs and 40 D.I.Y projects that tie your home together for 365 days. Cynthia O’Hara presents incredibly user-friendly projects and dishes which are accompanied by beautiful photography that make replicating her flavors and designs as natural as the changing of the seasons. The Harried Housewife has written articles and developed recipes in a wide variety of areas which reflect a simpler time and are ideal for budget-conscious families. Author Cynthia O'Hara's "Harried Housewife's Recipe Box" column is syndicated nationally in regional newspapers.

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Unconditional

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In seventh grade, my now 20-year-old daughter came to my husband and I and said that she, “might like girls.” Unlike made-for-television movies, I hadn’t known or secretly suspected that she was gay. Even though I have many family and friends who are gay, including my sister who identifies as lesbian and my niece who identifies as bisexual, I still was taken by surprise and had immediate concerns and questions about parenting a child who was “different.” This book is a combination of our story, other parents’ stories and research as well as anecdotal evidence showing the strong need for familial support for LGBTQ children to be successful and emotionally healthy in our still very biased world.

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American Prep

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“THE BEST BOOK ON PREP SCHOOLS EVER WRITTEN” U.S. boarding schools offer a superb preparation for college bound students. American Prep is the only comprehensive guide for parents and students interested in investigating, applying to, and succeeding at these great schools. Meticulously researched and thoughtfully written, American Prep is an essential guide through the world of U.S. boarding schools – their history and culture, their resources and support systems, their opportunities and challenges – and the only book that leads you through the entire prep experience: *Why boarding schools are increasingly valuable in the 21st century *How to select a school that is right for your student and your family *Navigating the admission process – detailed insider advice *How to secure generous financial aid for prep school *The emotional challenges of prep school for students and families – what to expect and when *Student success on campus – getting in is only the first step Award winning writer/critic Ronald Mangravite has multiple perspectives on the American prep school world. An alumnus of the Lawrenceville School, he is a current prep school parent, an alumni class officer, and an admissions volunteer. His extensive teaching experience includes universities and private schools, with service on admissions and curricula committees. He holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and UCLA.

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The Definitive Parenting Handbook for Gay Dads

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Anytime you decide to have a child, it is a major decision that impacts every aspect of your life and that of your children. For gay parents, this is not just an act of love but it is also a political decision in a fast-changing world. You are part of the gay community, certainly, but you also will become a member of the PTA, the school shuttles and will often find yourself at bake sales, dance recitals and after-school sports with soccer moms. So, where do you turn to advice for these every day moments for which there is NO etiquette guide and very few neighborhood resources? Authors Brian Rosenberg and Ferd van Gameren have all the answers in their book The Definitive Parenting Handbook for Gay Dads, everything a gay man needs to know about the art of parenting.

The Definitive Parenting Handbook for Gay Dads focuses on the lives of gay men with children, a fast-growing demographic. This guide covers everything from deciding to start a family, having kids, coming out as a gay dad, getting married with kids present, being older dads, living in a transracial family, the merry-go-round of play dates and birthday parties, the truths and lies of children’s books, negotiating the tricky territory of telling kids where they came from, and much, much more. Chapters include The Gay Birds, the Egg Donor and the Surrogate Bees in which authors Brian and Ferd take readers on a journey through the many avenues gay dads travel on the way to becoming parents.

Drawing from their own experiences as two gay dads and also from readers’ questions and comments to their highly popular blog, Ferd and Brian go over all the choices and options for gay parenting whether it’s bringing in a surrogate or adopting through the foster care system, as well as other creative solutions. Although these are serious and complicated topics, they approach them with their trademark sense of fun and personality along with helpful, practical recommendations. As leading voices in gay parenting, Brian and Ferd don’t shy away from the tough stuff and share what it means “to have to come out constantly at their kids’ school, at the doctor’s office and when they meet other parents.” A crucial topic is the perspective of the children and how this affects kids, who are also forced to “come out” over and over again when introducing their parents. Even the terrain of naming is discussed fully and with great sensitivity. What’s in a name? Much more than you might think, according to Brian and Ferd who speak to the many options available when it comes to last names for the kids. Should they take the surname of one parent or the other? Or, should the family create a unique surname for everyone?

In their warm, witty and oh-so-smart manner, the authors discuss leaving certain aspects of the gay lifestyle behind and what has to change when you make the big decision to be a dad. For example, fancy, high-end furnishings and bespoke suits don’t exactly go with rambunctious, messy toddlers. As Brian puts it, “Gay fathers share all the universal truths and challenges of parenting that are experienced by dads and parents everywhere, but we also face many that are uniquely our own, like dealing with homophobia, guiding daughters through puberty, and coming out. We have also traveled many different paths in order to become dads.” Drawing from the experiences and thoughts of other gay dads and gay dads-to-be and even gay grandpas, this is the definitive handbook on the top of LGBTQ fatherhood.

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The Responsive Chord

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The essential guide to how media shape our lives. By the creator of the most talked about political ad in television history.

Tony Schwartz, the man the New York Times called the "king of sound," drew on his unrivaled wealth of experience in the communications industry, to give us The Responsive Chord, an engaging read and one of the seminal books on media. Through his decades of work, Schwartz came to understand that most advertisers, politicians, and educators—in fact, most all of us—use a model of communication long outmoded by the coming of electronic media. In The Responsive Chord, he shows us how this model has made us blind to many of the inner workings of modern communication. He explains how audio and visual material can be used to create “resonance” with an audience. His “resonance principle” explains that the meaning of an ad (or any other stimulus) is not present in the ad itself but rather in how the ad relates to the vast array knowledge and associations—both factual and emotional—already held in the mind of the viewer. Thus, audience members do not merely digest a message; they are an essential force in creating it.

The implications for anyone looking to impart a message or influence decisions are enormous.

And with so many people these days getting their information through social media and "fake news" sites, it is crucial that we understand the strong forces by which these outlets act upon us and, yes, manipulate our ideas and actions. The Responsive Chord reveals these forces in a captivating and eye-opening read.

 

“I read The Responsive Chord as a freshman in college and it affected everything I’ve ever made since. Its message is practical and deep. I’d recommend it to anyone.”

— Ira Glass, Creator & Host of NPR’s This American Life

“Tony Schwartz was a genius in his understanding of the communications revolution of the 20th century. My interview with him was one of my favorites and one of the most important of my own long career in broadcast journalism.”

— Bill Moyers, Journalist, Political Commentator and White House Press Secretary

“Tony Schwartz was not only an original theorist but a master persuader whose must-read book is brimming with indispensable insight about how humans construct meaning through media.”

— Prof. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Director, Annenberg Public Policy Center

“Here's the still-true story about how a media environment can shape our thoughts, our purchases and, yes, our votes. It's not just the content that influences us; if only it were that simple. No, it's the media themselves, the political economy driving them, and the atomizing impact of their targeted messaging. Maybe reading this book will prepare us to think more critically about the way social media is used on, and against us today.”

— Douglas Rushkoff, author, Program or Be Programmed, Present Shock, and Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus

“The Responsive Chord had a profound impact on me when I first read it as a teenager, and it sparked a lifelong interest in the impact of media and technology in education. Re-reading it today, Tony Schwartz's observations about education in a media-saturated environment are deeply prescient and more relevant than ever.”

— Luyen Chou, Chief Product Officer, Pearson Education

"I keep talking to Tony, learning from Tony, practically every day. Radio and audio are Tony’s World. We just live in it.”

 Christopher Lydon, Radio Host of The Connection and Open Source, former New York Times Journalist

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Zero Down Your Debt

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Getting into debt is a piece of cake, but getting out? That’s the hard part. Fortunately, award-winning authors Holly Porter Johnson and Greg Johnson offer actionable tips and advice on doing exactly that with their new book, Zero Down Your Debt. With just a pen and a piece of paper in your arsenal, you’ll learn how to implement a zero-sum budget and become debt-free – once and for all. All you need is the know-how, some willpower, and a positive attitude to transform your financial situation. Let Holly and Greg Johnson show you how.

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Color My Miami

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Color Miami the way you want to see it... Color your journey through the Magic City. Color elaborately Hand drawn pen and ink illustrations of the most iconic destinations in the 305—from South Beach to the Everglades, down through Calle Ocho and across to the Wynwood Walls, enjoy the treasures this city has to offer. Each page contains facts about Vice City, so regardless if you’re a native to Miami or a first time visitor to the beautiful city, you'll have your own relaxing coloring experience for years to come.

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Mom Boss

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Where Sophia Amoruso’s #GirlBoss left off for young millennials breaking into the business world, Mom Boss picks up and continues the mission for all the entrepreneurial moms out there. Mom Boss proves that being successful isn’t about degrees or sacrifices, it’s about balance and power. It’s where instinct meets intelligence. Every mom has it in her to be a badass business woman. Nicole Feliciano charts the course for building a successful career without sacrificing being a great mom.

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Pizza & Chill? ;)

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Pizza & Chill? ;) How to Kinda Sorta Date is Lisa Ramos' (model and star of MTV's Guy Code) debut book. It explores the quirky bumps and awkward land mines associated with dating in the twenty-first century. Answering fan questions with personal anecdotes, Ramos connects the dots as she shares her laughable highs and lows of dating in the hopes of helping you find true love... or at least go on a few memorable dates.

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The High School Survival Guide

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Jessica Holsman of Study With Jess and Nickelodeon's AwesomenessTV is changing the way teens feel about school. In her debut book, The High School Survival Guide, Holsman shares exclusive study tips and tricks to help you with your grades! Beyond the classroom, Holsman, who has a degree in Psychology, helps you understand your social skills as you grow from a Freshman to a Senior. From your first year orientation to applying for college and graduation, Holsman provides the best tips and tricks to help you stay organized, write assignments, complete exams, manage stress and live a well-balanced life! Maximize your full potential, ace your next test and become an A+ student!

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