WHY READ BOOKS?

"A wonderful thing about a book, in contrast to a computer screen, is that you can take it to bed with you." -  Daniel J. Boorstein*

*Whoops! He wrote that before the Kindle was a gleam in Amazon's eye!

 

Ten Million Words and Counting . . .

The combined word count in Barbara Brabec's home business books is well over half a million words of good advice, but when you add all the words in previous editions of each of her books, and consider that each new edition was often a total rewrite, Barbara has, indeed, written well over a million words in her trade books alone.

ADD TO THIS the three print books, eBooks, and reports she has self-published, the twenty years of print newsletters she wrote and published, her promotional newsletters, ezines, and several magazine columns (one of which ran monthly for twenty years) . . . PLUS all the articles on Barbara Brabec's World (now several hundred thousand words) and on various other websites . . . and you'll find the total estimate of her outpouring of words to be simply uncountable. She used to joke that she had typed her way to the moon and back, but now she likes to think of it as "Ten million words . . . and counting."

Author BIO 

Barbara's Print Books

The Drummer Drives! Everybody Else Rides—The Musical Life and Times of Harry Brabec, Legendary Chicago Symphony Percussionist and Humorist (Print edition, $14.95; Barbara Brabec Productions, 2010). Kindle edition, $2.99.

CLICK HERE for FREE MP3 files of one of Barbara's book club presentations and her reading of selections from The Drummer Drives!

"Finding your books was like finding a friend who knew what I wanted to do and had all the information packaged for me with a sparkly gold bow." - Carrie Patten, Fireside Design Studio

Praise from Book Reviewers & Readers

The following TRADE business books are available on Amazon, but
see below for important note.

HOMEMADE MONEY, in print since 1984, has been called the most comprehensive home-business guide in print. Long recommended by U.S. Small Business Administration specialists, it was for many years used as a text in entrepreneurial courses across the country. After five editions and more than 128,000 copies in print, this classic guide was updated and released by M. Evans in 2003 as a new two-volume edition (becoming the only NEW books with a track record): HOMEMADE MONEY: Starting Smart (for beginners); and HOMEMADE MONEY: Bringing in the Bucks (for established business owners).

HANDMADE FOR PROFIT—Hundreds of Secrets to Success in Selling Arts & Crafts (2002 Rev. Edition, M. Evans). This crafts marketing bible features the best marketing strategies and selling secrets of nearly a hundred successful craftspeople, artists, designers and publishers in the author's network.

THE CRAFTS BUSINESS ANSWER BOOK—Starting, Marketing, and Managing a Homebased Art, Crafts, or Design Business (2006, Rev. Edition, M. Evans). This classic encyclopedic reference especially for artists and craftspeople offers answers to hundreds of troublesome questions about starting, marketing & managing a homebased business efficiently, legally, & profitably.

MAKE IT PROFITABLE—How to Make Your Art, Craft, Design, Writing or Publishing Business More Efficient, More Satisfying, and More Profitable (2000, M. Evans). The first and only book of its kind ... an intimate and revealing look at how creative people live and work at home. Unlike the author's other crafts business books, this one places heavy emphasis on computer technology and related products and the different ways creative people are using them to manage their businesses and increase productivity, sales, and profits.

CREATIVE CASH—How to Profit from Your Special Artistry, Creativity, Hand Skills, and Related Know-how. (6th ed., 1998, Prima Publishing). After 32 years in print, with more than 110,000 copies in print, this book was declared out of print in July 2011. This classic guide, first published in 1979, helped tens of thousands of creative people launch successful art or craft business at home.

About Barbara's Books on Amazon

All of my home-business books remain available on Amazon—along with many terribly outdated earlier editions being offered by various used-book sellers. Although changing technology, laws, and Web marketing practices have naturally made a few sections of even the latest editions of my books outdated, each book still contains a wealth of TIMELESS business management and marketing advice from me and the many business pros and experts who contributed to it.

I will not be updating any of these print books in the future, but if you can accept them for the wealth of timeless business guidance and information they offer—rather than what they may now lack in new technology and Web marketing information (easily found on the Web itself)—you will find them well worth the read, perhaps even life-changing. Just as it takes only one good recipe from a cookbook to make its purchase worthwhile, you may find that just one great idea, tip, or marketing secret in one of my classic but aging business books will prove priceless to you. (A link to the Table of Contents for each book will be found on its main page.)

Given their age, you might want to check your library before considering the purchase of any of my home business books, and before ordering a copy on Amazon, do pay particular attention to the book's publication date to be sure you're getting the latest edition published. (Amazon makes this easy for you by enabling you to sort titles by publication date.) Note that each new edition has a different cover and subtitle, and each of those editions reflect a change of at least 30 percent of the content from its earlier edition (old content removed, new content added, other content updated). Buy only the latest edition available, remembering that once a book goes up on Amazon, it will be there forever, regardless of its age or whether it's still in print. (Amazon still has my long out-of-print self-published books listed.)

Take one of Barbara's books to bed with you . . .

. . . learn how to turn your home business dream into reality—or make the one you already have far more successful.

"The books that help you most are those which make you think the most." - Theodore Parker

On second thought. . . maybe you'd better not read one of Barbara's books right before bedtime, because thinking about all the ideas you're guaranteed to get from any one of them is apt to keep you awake all night.

"Last night I hardly slept at all. It was one of those good thinking nights." - John Steinbeck, in Journey of a Novel

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