Think E Books If You Dream of Becoming a Published Author

Not long ago, if you wanted to write a book and get it published, you had to work with a traditional publisher. But in recent years, finding a publisher has become increasingly difficult, because traditional publishers have become very risk averse. In other words, if they don’t feel sure that they can at least earn back their investment in a book, they won’t publish it. First time authors have an especially tough time finding a publisher in this environment.

E books have changed the equation however. They’ve revolutionized the publishing world by giving everyday people just like you the power to create their own books.

If you are a business owner, e books can be extremely effective tools for promoting your services or products and showcasing your professional knowledge and expertise. And, if you simply have a great story to tell, e-books are a great way to do that too.

Here is a quick step-by-step overview of what it takes to turn your book ideas into real live e books:

1. Create your manuscript in Word, get it professionally edited so you can be sure that your text is problem-free, and then convert the edited document into a PDF file.
2. Get a cover designed.
3. Apply for an ISBN (short for International Standard Book Number, a 10-digit number that identifies your book) and a copyright.
4. Choose the platform/s you’ll use to sell your book. For example, you may want to create a special web site dedicated to your book and/or you can sell your book at your business’ existing web site. If you decide to create a site just for your book and don’t want to hire a professional web builder to do it for you, there are some excellent, easy-to-use and extremely affordable DIY options. You should also arrange to have online bookstores sell your book and make sure that your book will be available for the Kindle and the iPad.
5. Choose a shopping cart feature so that orders for your book can be processed from your web site.
6. Develop and implement a marketing plan for your e book. It’s not enough to write a great book. You’ve got to let potential buyers know about it and give them a reason to buy it. Book marketing, including traditional publicity and an aggressive online marketing effort, that may include a blog tour, blogging at your web site, the use of Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, AdWords, online articles, webinars, message boards and more, is essential.

You can pursue the e book publishing process on your own or with the help of an e book consultant. Whatever route you take, I hope your book is a best seller!

Mom fights to sell 'Supermanny' comic about her disabled son – WLS-TV

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. (WLS) —

A Romeoville mother is fighting for her son, who has cerebral palsy. In an effort to help pay mounting medical bills she created a comic book in his honor, but DC Comics says she’s not allowed to sell it.

“The Adventures of Supermanny” is about a 3-year-old boy who cannot speak or walk, but he can dream. That, his mom says, is Manny’s super power. But when DC Comics saw the title and an application for a trademark, it asked her to stop selling it, mom Holly Bueno said.

A Warner Brothers spokesman says they never asked for the book to be pulled.

PHOTOS: The real-life adventures of ‘Supermanny’

When it’s a good day, Manny Bueno is smiling. His sisters are home, his friends are around, and he’s being his usual silly self.

Holly Bueno has watched her son grow up a fighter. Trips to the hospital are frequent.

“And watching that the doctors are truly worried about him and having to go home and explain that to my daughters is scary,” she says.

Manny is an inspiration to all who know him; that’s why he’s called “Supermanny”.

“Everything that he goes through and he’s still happy. It’s evident he’s happy and he goes through so much pain,” says Stephanie Cook of Manny’s Mission.

Last year, sitting in the hospital, Bueno began writing a book: “The Adventures of Supermanny.”

“My driving force was I wanted to give myself a voice and my son a voice, and I want there to be a story out there where the main character is in a wheelchair, there aren’t too many of those,” she says.

She invested $5,000 of her own money, but can’t sell it. DC Comics saw her trademark request and says it looks too much like Superman. But selling the book is crucial for Bueno as Manny’s medical bills continue to grow as he ages. Manny needs a wheelchair ramp that will cost $25,000.

But Holly is not discouraged. She says her children drive her.

“Knowing that at one point he had three days to live, and I look down and my girls are looking at me. So I need to show them you don’t just sit and pout, you don’t just give up. You just keep going. You got to find a way to make it better,” Holly says.

This weekend, Manny’s Mission, a 5k fundraiser run in Romeoville, will raise money for the wheelchair ramp. The last two years, it helped pay for a hyperbaric chamber for Manny.

To sign up for the 5k or donate to Manny’s cause, visit: http://ati5k.com/

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Live Your Dreams, a Les Brown Book

“In the end, it is the person you become, not the things you achieve, that is the most important.”

“Begin to read a book that will help you move toward your dream.”

“Anytime you suffer a setback or disappointment, put your head down and plow ahead.”

I like really Les Brown. I have never met the man, but having heard him speak on audio and having read his books, I feel I know him. I first read his book, “Live Your Dreams,” back in 1993.

“Live Your Dreams” is as powerful as it is relevant today as when I first read it. It is relevant because it deals with the issues of setbacks, obstacles, and disappointments that are a part of life’s fabric. It is powerful because Les Brown shows us that determination and resolve are fundamental to success.

You must go get this book. It has been in paperbook for a while now, so it is not too expensive, or better yet, pull out the old trusty library card (that library card – what a great thing).

Les Brown’s “Live Your Dreams” is uplifting and fun to read because it is so positive in its message. Les has overcome so much and he uses his own setbacks, obstacles, and disappointments to teach us the steps to “greatness and living our dreams.”

I love reading books like these. Inspirational books, I think, reaffirm that we are not alone in our struggles. It reinforces the truth that there really is nothing new under the sun. It may be new to me, but chances are it has happened to someone else, too. And that someone else overcame the same setback, or maybe not. Either way, I think knowing that others like Les Brown looked squarely at his challenges and did not blink, did not give up, and did not step back; gives me (or at time, gave me) the will to attempt the same. You can give me a role model like Les Brown anyday.

Lastly, if you are unemployed at the moment, read, read, read. And read books by authors like Og Mandino, Stephen Covey, Harvey Mackay, Napoleon Hill, Les Brown, and Denis Waitley. There are so many great authors out there that have overcome tremendous obstacles both personally and professionally. That they would put it on paper for us to learn from; testifies to their selflessness and I urge each of you to take advantage of that.

In fact, even if you have a great job, a wonderful family and life, you should still be reading.

Top 10 sports books we're reading right now — and you should too – AOL News

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Vacation, Father’s Day, a long train ride — or even a night to yourself — calls for a good book list. Here are the Top 10 new sports books we loved that you have to read:

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10. Back from the Dead

By BILL WALTON

This inspiring memoir from sports and cultural icon Bill Walton recounts his devastating injuries and amazing recoveries, set in the context of his UCLA triumphs under John Wooden, his storied NBA career, and his affinity for music and the Grateful Dead. PICK IT UP ON SALE!

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9. The Legends Club: Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Valvano, and an Epic College Basketball Rivalry

By JOHN FEINSTEIN

The riveting inside story of college basketball’s fiercest rivalry among three coaching legends—University of North Carolina’s Dean Smith, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, and North Carolina State’s Jim Valvano—by the king of college basketball writers, No. 1 New York Times bestseller John Feinstein. PICK IT UP ON SALE!

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8. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

By DANIEL JAMES BROWN

For readers of Unbroken, out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant. PICK IT UP ON SALE!

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7. Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

By PHIL KNIGHT

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands. PICK IT UP ON SALE!

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6. The Anatomy of Greatness: Lessons from the Best Golf Swings in History

By BRANDEL CHAMBLEE

In the first book from popular Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee, the network’s “resident scholar and critic” (The New York Times) explores the common swing positions of the greatest players throughout history—and reveals how those commonalities can help players of every skill level improve their own games. PICK IT UP ON SALE!

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5. Boys Among Men: How the Prep-to-Pro Generation Redefined the NBA and Sparked a Basketball Revolution

By JONATHAN ABRAMS

The definitive, never-before-told story of the prep-to-pro generation, those basketball prodigies who from 1995 to 2005 made the jump directly from high school to the NBA. PICK IT UP ON SALE!

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4. Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty

By CHARLES LEERHSEN

Finally—a fascinating and authoritative biography of perhaps the most controversial player in baseball history, Ty Cobb.

Ty Cobb is baseball royalty, maybe even the greatest player who ever lived. His lifetime batting average is still the highest of all time, and when he retired in 1928, after twenty-one years with the Detroit Tigers and two with the Philadelphia Athletics, he held more than ninety records. But the numbers don’t tell half of Cobb’s tale. PICK IT UP ON SALE!

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3. Game 7, 1986: Failure and Triumph in the Biggest Game of My Life

By RON DARLING with DANIEL PAISNER

Every little kid who’s ever taken the mound in Little League dreams of someday getting the ball for Game Seven of the World Series. Ron Darling got to live that dream – only it didn’t go exactly as planned. In Game 7, 1986, the award-winning baseball analyst looks back at what might have been a signature moment in his career, and reflects on the ways professional athletes must sometimes shoulder a personal disappointment as their teams find a way to win. PICK IT UP ON SALE!

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2. Chasing Perfection: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the High-Stakes Game of Creating an NBA Champion

By ANDY GLOCKNER

Chasing Perfection goes behind the scenes of the multi-million dollar, high-stakes world of basketball player development, research and analysis, and the often secretive, cutting-edge methods that NBA franchises use to turn less-expensive, supporting players into vital parts of championship teams. PICK IT UP ON SALE!

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1. The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports

By JEFF PASSAN

Every year, Major League Baseball spends more than $1.5 billion on pitchers—five times the salary of all NFL quarterbacks combined. Pitchers are the lifeblood of the sport, the ones who win championships, but today they face an epidemic unlike any baseball has ever seen. PICK IT UP ON SALE!

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Unspoken Dreams – Book Review

Carol Bennett writes a stunning mystery-thriller. Her chilling entrance is one I have encountered only rarely in a book. Here, we have a victim who looks like he had been swarmed by bees in the middle of a storm, but the reader is lead to believe that it was something much more ominous and that it is about to get worse.

There are many characters in the tale, but a group of teenagers that are about to graduate from high school (Mike, Jack, Jared, Jenny, Tracy, Dana, Alan) and Sheriff Nate are the main characters. The lead character, Mike, is more like a father figure for the group in that he concerns himself with the needs of his friends and becomes a compassionate leader to his community during an emergency. His girlfriend Dana, as a sweet and supportive character, gives him strength. Shy, Jenny who is blooming into a beautiful girl has a crush on Mike’s friend Jack, which sends Alan into a jealous frenzy. Though James and Tracy are dating, their buddy Jared holds a secret fondness for Tracy.

Carol did a wonderful job in portraying the characters in Unspoken  Dreams . I was so involved in the story that by the time Mike finally broke down in grief for his friends’ death, I had tears running down my cheeks – this was less than 2 dozen pages into the book! Mike’s humorous relationship with his parents had me laughing aloud. And I felt real pity for Alan’s situation.

An excellent read for those who love a good thriller with a solid rate of tension throughout the book.

ISBN#: 1413767397

Publisher: Publish America, Inc

Author: Carol Bennett

Anderson Cooper, Anna Quindlen, Amy Bloom, Among Author Appearances – Hartford Courant

Chris Bohjalian, the bestselling author of 18 books, will be the guest speaker at the Friends of the Simsbury Library’s annual Booked for Lunch Author Luncheon on May 19 at noon at Hopmeadow Country Club, 85 Firetown Road, Simsbury.

The cost to attend the luncheon and talk is $30. Reservations must be made before Thursday, May 5.

Bohjalian, who lives in Vermont, has a wide following for his novels, which often involve current issues. His latest is “The Guest Room” (Knopf Doubleday, $25.95), which explores the horrors of human sex trafficking. His earlier books include “Midwives,” “Sandcastle Girls” and “The Double Bind,” and three have been adapted as films. He also frequently contributes to newspapers and magazines.

Reservations can be made at simsburylibrary.info or with a form available at the library’s reference desk. Information: 860-658-7663.

Authors At R.J. Julia

Journalist Anderson Cooper will appear at R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison 2 p.m. May 7, for a book signing. Cooper, who is anchor for “Anderson Cooper 360°’’ on CNN and a correspondent for CBS’s “60 Minutes,” will sign copies of his latest book “The Rainbow Comes and Goes’’ that he co-authored with his mother Gloria Vanderbilt. Cost is $30 and the ticket includes admission to the book signing and a copy of the book.

Novelist and journalist Anna Quindlen will join a conversation with novelist and short story writer Amy Bloom on Tuesday, May 3, in a program presented by R.J. Julia. It will take place at 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Madison, 26 Meeting House Lane. Tickets are $30, plus tax, and include one copy of Quindlen’s latest novel, “Miller’s Valley” (Random House, $28). The book, her eighth, is the story of a small town threatened by a planned flooding to create a reservoir and the lives of the people who are affected. Quindlen, a former New York Times columnist who won a Pulitzer Prize for her commentaries, also wrote the memoir “Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake” and “A Short Guide to a Happy Life.” Bloom, who is a psychotherapist and teaches creative writing at Wesleyan University, is a National Book Award finalist whose stories have appeared in “The Best American Short Stories,” “O. Henry Prize Short Stories” and other anthologies.

Susan Branch will sign copies of “Martha’s Vineyard: Isle of Dreams” ( Spring Street Publishing, $28.95), her memoir about following the dream of living in New England by moving from California to Martha’s Vineyard, at the bookstore on Sunday, May 1, at 3 p.m. The cost, for admission to the signing and a copy of the book, is $30. The bookstore is at 768 Boston Post Road, Madison.

Lucy Burdette, the pen name of author and clinical psychologist Roberta Isleib, will give a free talk at the bookstore about “Killer Takeout” (New American Library, $7.99), on Wednesday, May 4, a 7 p.m.. The book is the latest in her Key West Food Critic Mystery series featuring crime-solving Hayley Snow.

Registration is required for all events: 203-245-3959 or rjjulia.com.

Online Or Face-To-Face

Three experts on digital technology will discuss whether online connectivity through social media is harming face-to-face conversation in a program presented jointly by the Mark Twain House & Museum and the Connecticut Forum on Wednesday, May 4, at 7 p.m.

David Greenfield of the Center for Internet & Technology Addiction, Slow Tech Movement founder Janell Burley Hofmann and tech ethicist David Ryan Polgar will speak at the Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. Hofmann will sign copies of her book, “iRules: What Every Tech-Healthy Family Needs to Know About Selfies, Sexting, Gaming and Growing Up” (Rodale Books, $17.99).

Tickets are $10 or $5 for Twain House members and CT Forum subscribers: 860-247-0998 or marktwainhouse.com.

Summer Reads

Three novelists who have written books that make for enjoyable summer reading will join in a Jewish Festival discussion, hosted by the Mandell Jewish Community Center, 335 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, on Tuesday, May 3, at 7 p.m.

The speakers will be Elyssa Friedland, author of “Love and Miss Communication” (Morrow, $14.99); Emily Liebert, author of “Those Secrets We Keep” (NAL, $15); and Pam Jenoff, author of “Last Summer at Chelsea Beach” (Mira, $14.95). Julia Pistell will moderate. Tickets are $20: or 860-231-6316.

Sawhney And Bloom

Hirsh Sawhney, whose debut novel is “South Haven” (Akashic Books, $15.95), and writer Amy Bloom will present a free talk to launch the book on Thursday, May 5, at 7 p.m. at The Institute Library, 847 Chapel St., New Haven. The event is cosponsored by the New Haven Review.

Sawhney is the editor of Delhi Noir, an anthology of original fiction. He lives in New Haven and teaches at Wesleyan University. His book, set in the suburbs of New Haven, explores childhood and migration in suburban New England. “South Haven” is a Summer 2016 Pick in Barnes & Noble’s Discover Great New Writers Program that promotes works by new writers who are worthy of national attention. Information: 203-562-4045.

WordForge Reading Series

Poets Elizabeth Kincaid-Ehlers and Margaret Gibson will give a free WordForge Reading Series program, followed by an open mike, on Monday, May 2, at 7 p.m., at The Studio @ Billings Forge, 563 Broad St., Hartford.

Kincaid-Ehlers has a private practice in psychotherapy and has published three poetry collections, the most recent of which is “How Do I Hate Thee? A Sampler of Poetic Rage Against Cancer” (Antrim House, $15). Her honors include a North Country Poetry Prize.

Gibson, a professor emeritus from UConn, has published 11 poetry collections with LSU Press, most recently “Broken Cup” ($17.95) whose title poem won a Pushcart Prize this year. Her many honors include a Connecticut Book Award in Poetry. She has also written a memoir, “The Prodigal Daughter.” Information: 860-508-2810.

Lunch And Poetry Workshop

Prize-winning Connecticut poet John Surowiecki will lead a four-session poetry workshop called “Lunch And Poetry In The Merry Month Of May,” beginning Thursday, May 8, from noon to 2 p.m. and continuing on May 12, 19 and 26 at the Clinton Art Gallery, 20 E. Main St., Clinton. Surowiecki has published 11 poetry collections and has won a Poetry Foundation Pegasus Award and the Pablo Neruda Award, among others. He teaches at Manchester Community College.

The cost is $200 for the four sessions. Registration and information: [email protected] or 860-228-1434.

Mystery Book Discussion

Carole Shmurak, of Farmington, who writes the Susan Lombardi mystery novels, will lead a free discussion on Wednesday, May 4, at 3 p.m., of “Winter and Night” by S.J. Rozan, at Wallingford Public Library, 200 N. Main St., Wallingford. The discussion is part 4 of the Wallingford Mystery Group: The Award Goes To series. Information: 203-265-6754.

Writer’s Retreat

Registration is open through May 10 for a Writer’s Retreat led by British poet and creative writing teacher Brian Evans-Jones. It will be hosted by the East Haddam Stage Company and E.P.I.C. Publishing Services at Gillette Castle State Park, 67 River Road, East Haddam, on May 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Up to 16 aspiring or experienced writers in any genre can take part. The cost is $85.

The retreat will offer writing and discussion periods as well as time for exploring the unusual landmark castle built by famous actor and playwright William Gillette and its grounds. Evans-Jones has led writing workshops about the influence of place at several historic sites.

Registration can be made online by May 10 at bit.ly/1NxQSOY

Information: 850-204-7450. Please do not call Gillette Castle for information.

Book Review – The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento

The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento is the tale of a ballplayer who grew up surfing and playing cricket with his father who finds baseball. The player, Damian, turns out to be a fine player and signs on with an American team to play in the minor leagues.

It’s an interesting story of an Australian traveling to the USA to play ball. The story shows a young boy struggling to find his way in the world of baseball. Seen as an outsider, he has to work hard to impress and move up the ranks to reach his goal of making the major leagues one day.

The story takes place in the early 1990’s before the Australian Baseball League was formed. So Damian learns the ropes of the game through the tournaments around Australia. He rises fast in the ranks of the Australian players and is soon signed to a minor league deal with one of the fictitious Sacramento Sea Lions’ minor league teams.

Damion travels around the US playing in small towns in Louisiana, Texas, Tennessee, and others getting a good dose of small town America which is very different than what he is used to back home in Perth, Australia. You get to ride along with Damion as he learns a few new things in life like driving a stick shift.

The book focuses not only on the baseball side of life for Damion, but also the trials he has in his love life. He leaves a girl back home and the long distance relationship is too much to handle for the two of them.

There is humor in the book as well. Anytime you get a bunch of young guys together for long periods of time funny things are going to happen. Thrown in some alcohol and things can get out of hand for a few of the ballplayers. It’s a lighter side of the life of a ballplayer that the author shows here. Letting loose is something every player has to learn to do at some point to help deal with the stress of the job. Thus hilarity ensues as each player deals with the stress in their own way.

The story doesn’t stop with Damion in the minor leagues but follows his story to retirement and beyond. I don’t want to give away just how far he gets or how long he plays because I think it would take away from the story. However, I will say that he is not a one year flame out.

This is a story for any baseball fan. You get to see the game from the perspective of another country. The language used to describe certain parts of the game are different than what an American might say which makes it that much more interesting. Even a casual sports fan would enjoy the journey of this young boy because it’s about more than simply baseball. So go out and pick up a copy today.

Collection Day with a Twist – My First Book!



A collection day with a twist, I’m picking up the first copy of Living the Supercar Dream – 76 Cars, 14 Countries, 1 Dream. My first book! http://amzn.to/1VUAPNR

The supercar book takes readers on a road trip across the globe, experiencing the most incredible locations and the cars that have defined their landscapes. From driving the high-speed Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse across the German countryside to twisting down the mountain roads of the Alps in the Porsche Cayman GT4, driving Italian designer cars through the streets of Mediterranean cities to testing the limits of the McLaren 675LT on track.

Living the Supercar Dream is available for pre-order now via Amazon http://amzn.to/1VUAPNR and goes on sale 19th May.

A huge thanks goes to the photographers who made this project possible, the team at Blink Publishing and all those in the Shmee150 management team for their immense work in creating this.

Thanks for watching, Tim

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The Property Brothers Dish on Third-Wheeling on Dates, Their Budding Music Career, and Their First Book – People Magazine

Property Brothers stars Drew and Jonathan Scott
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With four hit shows on HGTV, a rabid social media following and, now, a new book, twins Drew and Jonathan Scott are on top of the world.

The real estate and renovation heartthrobs celebrated the launch of Dream Home: The Property Brothers’ Ultimate Guide to Finding & Fixing Your Perfect House on April 20 at a fête hosted by HGTV Magazine at the Hearst Tower in New York.

PEOPLE caught up with the duo, 37, about design advice, third-wheeling on dates and their surprising foray into country music.

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What do you hope readers get out of this book?

J: We’ve amassed this bunch of knowledge over the last 20 years — because we’ve been doing real estate for almost 20 years — and especially with the shows and the feedback from fans and problems that they’ve had, we listened to them, and we wanted to take all of that information to make a comprehensive guide that no matter what the problem is someone was facing, this book gets them to ask the questions they need to ask themselves, or else they’re just throwing money away.

D: It doesn’t matter whether you’re buying, selling, renovating or whether you even own — you just rent an apartment, condo or house, and you just want to make it feel more like home instead of a rental: We show cost-effective ways of doing that or working with your landlord to be able to get more of that dream home feel.

J: And there’s fun stuff, too — there’s a lot about our story and how we got started and the brotherly banter and whatnot. But there’s also funny things like decoding realtor speak, so there’s a whole thing that breaks down if you’re reading a listing, some of the code words that real estate agents use that are actually not anything. Like, “artistic home” means “there’s some weird s— going on in here.”

D: Or, if they say, like, “Oh, this home boasts natural landscaping,” that means they did nothing outside.

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You released two country songs recently — do you plan on making more music?

D: When we were shooting Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch, this is a renovation of a family friend’s ranch back where we grew. That was fun to go back to our roots, to do something for some family friends. We grew up on a ranch, we’re cowboy kids, and we used to just sing around the campfire singing songs; my dad and I played the guitar. So we recorded these two songs as a tribute to how we grew up, we had no idea that they would hit so well and hold on—it Billboard charted! It’s amazing to us that everyone’s loved the songs so much, so we’ll probably do more.

J: Which actually makes more sense. I’ve been told from Drew over and over again that the sawdust, which I call “man-glitter,” is causing this (gestures at face) to prematurely age, so I need to get to radio as soon as possible.

D: That face needs to go to radio.

You guys are always together: You work together, you live together, you have TV shows together: How haven’t you gotten sick of each other yet?

J: We actually have a no-BS policy, so if there’s something that’s bugging us, we just get it out and deal with it so it doesn’t turn into more than it has to be. I think the only thing that annoys Drew his girlfriend Linda [Phan], is that I’m third-wheeling all their dates.

D: I have photos of him like third-wheeling on our movie dates and stuff like that.

J: Maybe they’re second- and third-wheeling on me!

D: Last year, I set up an interview with Steve Harvey on his show. He thought it was just an interview — tips on something, real estate — but in the middle of it, Steve Harvey says to Jonathan: “Okay, this isn’t why you’re here Jonathan.”

J: Live on the air.

D: “Drew and Linda are sick and tired of you third-wheeling.” So Steve Harvey moves a wall, and there are three eligible bachelorettes ready to go.

J: Awkward!

D: And the cruise [we took with fans recently]: there were 2,000 fans on that ship, and if you look at the stats of the ship, it was probably 2,000 eligible bachelorettes that were trying to get a date with Jonathan.

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You’ve got all the shows, music, now a book — what’s next?

D: We’re actually producing a lot more comedy content, collaborations with other talent. We have friends like actor-comedian J.B. Smoove, we just did one with Gilbert Godfrey —  whole random array.

—Jeff Nelson

The Meaning of Dreams

‘Only the dreamer knows the true meaning of his dreams.’ Edgar Cayce

Some people believe dreams act as prophesies, whilst others believe they are trying to tell us something about our lives. Dreams have been said to reveal aspects of our past (often long forgotten) as well as matter lurking in our unconscious mind. In Ancient Greece, priests would analyse people’s dreams then provide them with remedies and advice.

Symbols in our dreams

Thousands of books have been published in an attempt to aid people in interpreting their dreams. Such books are based on the idea that dreams contain many symbols that mean something more than what is given at face value. The books provide a meaning to the dream which generally tells you something about what is going to happen in your future.

For example, in one book, to dream of drinking water was said to indicate poverty is on its way. Yet dreaming of winter indicates financial success. So, what if you are dreaming of drinking water in winter? Such books ignore the complexity of dreams and are problematic because they do not know anything about the person’s life. We all are unique and as such our dreams are too. Far reaching assumptions are made about a person’s life.

An additional concern is such books reduce the element of control in a person’s life. A person has a dream, looks it up in their dream book, are told that such and such will happen, take the words to heart, then sits back and waits for it to happen.

Symbols in dreams (if there are any) must be looked at subjectively. It is up to the dreamer to decide if they mean anything to them — perhaps with the help of a therapist. Your dreams can have great meaning to you and there are active rather than passive ways you can use your dreams.

Can dreams predict the future?

Sometimes you hear stories of people who received a warning in a dream, which changed the course of their day. For example, people who saw a plane crashing in their dream, decided not to fly the next day and then the plane subsequently crashed.

What is the reasoning behind this? Given the huge amount of dreams we have in a lifetime, it is quite probable that something may eventually happen that corresponds to the dream. Also, fears expressed in a dream about an event you are considering may prompt you not to act. After all, a plane crashing is something people do fear and is something that does happen. As you will have experienced, dreams can sometimes be highly emotive and do have an impact on your actions the next day.