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How This Mom Ended Up With a Career
Self Publishing on the Internet

        I've been a wife, mother and homemaker for over 30 years and I had enjoyed staying home to raise my two children. My husband Tom had been the sole financial provider for our family until over a decade ago when he lost his job and our steady income. He didn't want me to have to go outside of our home to find employment and I didn't relish the idea either. After months of him not being able to find other work, we began to frantically consider alternative ways to bring in money.

        Tom started developing a passion for reading books about "Home Businesses" and how to start them. One home business that attracted us the most was writing and self publishing various "how-to" booklets. As Tom shared the nuggets from these different authors with me, he began to write a booklet on How to Win a Pinewood Car Derby, since he was able to speak out of the experience of four years of consistent wins with our son!

        As a result of his motivation, I then came out with my own individual booklet. This is the KEY to producing money-making material in self publishing - knowing what ideas, experience, and knowledge you have that others would desperately want to have for themselves.

        My how-to booklet also came out of personal experience. I'd been having successful garage sales for over 12 years at that time, so I decided to write a booklet on: How to Have Big Money Garage Sales. My friends had always been astonished and unbelieving when I would tell them how much I had earned for the days of my garage sales. Some of them begged me to tell them my "secrets" which is what gave me the idea of actually putting them into print. It was from these friends and my husband's prodding that finally got me to put some of my experience into writing as well.

        The next big step was figuring out how to publish our booklets and then how to market them. We LIVED in the library, bringing home armloads of books every few days. As a result of all this newfound knowledge, my husband and I established a self publishing business through the mail. We used magazine ads and direct mail in the beginning, but lost more money than we made! It wasn't until we discovered the Internet, in 1996, that we truly began to see some fruit from our labors. Learning how to make my own web pages and market them well myself, has been the key to our Internet success.

        The items we sell through our web pages have brought in so much needed income over the last few years, that it's become our main income. I never would have believed that this would blossom into a full-time job for us! Because of that, we definitely plan to keep writing and marketing our books…it put our two children through private college!

        One of our self-published manuals, "Self Publishing, Writing and Marketing Your Own Books and Booklets" is a complete and honest course in writing, self-publishing, and selling informational how-to booklets. We wrote this manual to share with people what has worked for us AND what hasn't! For us, self publishing was a long labor process before we gave birth to profit. Also, we firmly believe we are the "norm" and those who are an instant success are the "exception." Most self publishing books on the market will scare a lot of new self-publishers away. We want to teach you that your best sales will not come from bookstores. You can become very successful marketing your books through your own website. We teach you how in this manual.

        I also believe there's another key to our success, other than just plain dogged determination and hard work. We sell a variety of different booklets and products. That way when one product is having a low sales week, another product is selling like hotcakes, so we never have to worry about no orders coming in. Here's a list of new books and products we've added over the years. Can you tell we've been busy?!!

How to Attack Panic and Anxiety - A Comprehensive Plan for the Victim of Panic Attacks

How to Stop Smoking and Quit the Cigarette Habit!

Garden of Life Vitamins and Nutritional Supplements

Baby Go To Sleep ... How to Quiet a Crying Baby

Honey, I'm Pregnant, Too! - A Pregnancy Guide For Men

Three-Dimensional Worship Music - How to Sing Down the Presence and Power of God

Restoration Manual: A Workbook for Restoring Fallen Ministers and Religious Leaders

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        As I look back, I'm amazed at how far we've come. It took a lot of studying and long, LONG hours, but there is nothing so satisfying as finally seeing the fruit of all our hard work and persistence finally paying off. Best of all, I still got to stay home and be with my kids and make my work hours revolve around my home life, versus having my home life revolve around my work life!

        I love computers and throughout these years I've learned much to help us in this self-publishing business. Not only do I continue to sell our booklets through the Internet, but also I've learned a lot about desktop publishing and creating web pages as well. I've learned how to database and keep financial records…I could go on and on. So, if you're a mom (or dad) that loves learning, and loves computers, and you have an area in your life that you excel at…go for it! Other people might just want to know YOUR secrets!


        Cathy Pedigo is a homemaker and owner of Winning Edge, a self-publishing business in Colorado Springs. You can find her website on self publishing HERE! Enjoy!


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How to Quiet a Crying Baby and How to Help Your Child Sleep Through the Night
Statistics show that 40% of children under age 5 keep their parents up at night, and 1 out of 3 babies has colic. Baby Go To Sleep CD's are GUARANTEED to quiet crying babies, fussy newborns, colicky, or premature infants, soothing them to sleep. They give help to parents of newborn babies, and children up to age six. They also make fabulous baby shower gifts!

Honey, I'm Pregnant, Too! - A Pregnancy Guide For Men
Pregnancy is not just about the mother! Enjoy a highly informative video that takes the husband and wife through the roller coaster nine months of pregnancy. It gives expert advice as the soon-to-be dad goes through this exciting transition from husband to father. It will explore everything the expectant father needs to know to share in this important nine months of pregnancy - up to AND including the actual birth experience.

Expectant Hearts CD - Romance & Relaxation for Parents-to-be
Snuggle up with this one of a kind pregnancy CD featuring original songs from today's hit songwriters. Each romantic song captures and enhances these precious moments and creates musical memories you'll treasure forever. Perfect for while you're pregnant, in labor, delivery and beyond, this is music you will treasure forever! As a bonus for you and your baby, we have included over thirty-minutes of soothing and relaxing Celtic Harp music.

How to Have BIG Money Garage Sales and Yard Sales!
Proven methods will triple your garage sale income! The vast majority of garage sales are poorly put together and the organizers are not maximizing their potential. This manual, featured in Woman's Day Magazine and McCall's Magazine, will teach you how to organize a garage sale and packs a lot of valuable information between the covers.

Self Publishing, Writing and Marketing Your Own Books and Booklets
A complete honest guide on writing and marketing informational how to books with valuable information on self publishing - how to write, copyright, and sell how-to books and booklets in your own home business. Most self publishing books on the market will scare a lot of new self-publishers away because of their emphasis on marketing your books to get them into bookstores. Yet, most book experts will tell you that your best sales will not come from bookstores! You can become very well-to-do marketing your books through your own website. We're going to teach you HOW in this manual.

How to Attack Panic and Anxiety - A Comprehensive Battle Plan for the Victim of Panic Attacks
Many anxiety sufferers and those suffering with panic disorder do not know how to how to effectively control this personal, lonely, and sometimes painful emotional battle. We want to give you the tools you need to win the victory over panic attacks, worry, anxiety and fear. We are not going to teach you just one “miracle method” — anxiety disorders must be attacked at a variety of levels using multiple methods. Anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, worry, and fears wreck the lives of innocent people and their loved ones. You and I need to fight back ANY way possible with ANY means at our disposal. That's what we’re going to teach you!

Pinewood Derby Racers...How to WIN Your Pinewood Car Derby!
The excitement of competition! A detailed, inspirational booklet that explains the specifics of building your pinewood derby car for speed. Make your car the fastest it can be with secrets that will give you a winning edge! Useful for Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts Pine Car Derby, Royal Rangers, Royal Ambassadors, Awana Grand Prix, Shape N Race, Kub Kar Rally and other groups.

Garden of Life Vitamins and Nutritional Supplements - Lowest Prices!
Garden of Life has what we believe are the finest vitamin and nutritional supplements on the market. We dare you to try them and watch the remarkable difference they will make in your health! Fastest shipping on the internet - Low Prices - up to 30% below retail and priority mail shipping!

During the last few years my husband decided to learn how to start cooking and we've discovered he has a tremendous gift....This guy can COOK!!!!! We decided to compile every fantastic recipe that he has cooked for our guests and our own family that literally have people begging for us to invite them over again. The highlight of my day is looking forward to the fantastic meals he prepares. He has a gift for making my mouth water before I even sit down at the dinner table. The smells are fantastic! These are truly recipes to die for and we're now offering them to you also. Bon appetit!

WORSHIP MUSIC IN THREE DIMENSIONS - How to Sing Down the Presence and Power of God
This book was written to help churches bring their congregation into the very lap of God. This can be accomplished by adapting a certain musical progression during the time of congregational singing. The author, Rev. Tom Pedigo, calls this model "The Temple Pattern" which involves a simple threefold process of musically moving from the Outer Court (celebration and jubilation) to the Inner Court (reflection and expectation) and into the Holy of Holies (adoration and spiritual communion). A must-read for every pastor, worship leader and serious worshipper. After visiting hundreds of churches, Rev. Pedigo believes this is a blueprint for corporate church revival.

How to Stop Smoking and Quit the Nicotine Habit!
"How to Stop Smoking" will give you winning strategies for quitting the tobacco habit and overcoming your nicotine addiction by providing powerful, step-by-step, WORKABLE tools for you to use in your battle to quit smoking. The author, Dr. Roger Aveyard, has been working in the behavioral health field for over 25 years and has experienced the struggle of smoking, the agony associated with the habit, and an unrelenting desire to learn how to quit. He's been there, done that, and has come out a winner!

by Cathy Pedigo at Winning Edge


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