How to Publish Your Books on Smashwords

publishingSmashwords makes publishing eBooks fast, free, and easy!

  1. You create an account or you log in at http://www.smashwords.com.
  2. You click “Publish” button, to publish your ebook.
  3. It takes you to “Publish Your Book” Page.
  4. The page asks for the following:
  • Title and Synopsis: Title, Release date, synopsis, and language of the book would be required. Synopsis covers the long description and the short description.
  • Pricing and sampling: You can either make your book free, or you let the readers determine the price or charge a minimum of $0.99 dollar. You have to enable sampling by making at least minimum of 20% of your book free; readers can download and read that specific percentage as sample for free.
  • Categorization: You choose a category for your book whether Fiction, Non-fiction, Essays, Plays or Screeplays under Primary category. There is also an optional Secondary category. You also have to indicate whether there is an adult content in your book or not, in order to protect minors from viewing inappropriate material; you have to make the platform know whether the book contains language, situations or images inappropriate for children under 18 years of age. You also have to indicate whether the book is a Box Set. Box Sets are multiple complete books bundled into one.
  • Tags: You have to enter maximum of ten Keywords with which to tag your book. You enter each tag one at a time, into the designated field, and click the “Add tag” button to add it. You may also remove tags by clicking the “Remove” link that appears next to them.
  • Ebook Formats: There are seven formats you can choose from, but it is advisable to tick the box for all the formats: epub, kindle (.mobi), PDF, Sony Reader (LRF), Palm Doc (PDB), Plain Text, and Online Reader.
  • Cover Image: You have to upload your cover image. A cover is required to receive Smashwords Homepage exposure, and to be eligible for Premium Catalog distribution to our retail partners. Professionally-designed cover images work best. The cover must be a JPEG or PNG Image should be at least 1400 pixels wide with a height greater than width; and maximum file size of 20MB.
  • Interior File: Now it is time to upload your interior file. You can either upload a Microsoft Word .doc file formatted according to the guide. This allows Smashwords to generate multiple file formats, plus enable browser-based sampling which will make your book more accessible to more e-reading devices. The second option is to upload an epub file. Maximum file size for the interior file is 15MB for Word documents or 20MB for epub files.
  • Publishing agreement: You click “Yes, I agree” to the Terms of Service. Then, you publish your book.

Smashwords is like a blanket in the Indie Publishing Platforms, when it comes to eBooks. It covers a large area when it comes to distribution of your eBooks. Publishing on this platform has many advantages. Feel free to ask me any question on this matter; I will try all my best to clear your doubts by the little experience I have gathered from publishing on the platform. Thanks.

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The Blogger has authored three books:

 (1)     The End Matters Most, authored by Peter Adewumi. (Print Book, eBook & Audio).

(2)     Attributes of Successful Employees by Peter Adewumi. (Print Book & eBook).

(3) Virtues for Riches (Motivational Series) by Peter Adewumi (Print on Demand and eBook)

© 2017 Peter F. Adewumi

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The 3 Major Determinants of Success

successIf you sum all factors that determine success together, you are going to narrow them down to these major factors. Hence, the three major determinants of successful endeavor in life are:

God – You need the backing power of this almighty being, God. He is a success. He was successful in all His endeavors, and till date, He still records success in anything He lays His hands upon. Bishop David Oyedepo said, “God is everything you need to have all your needs met.” I am a strong advocate of this, because, it is well-said and virtually true. God never fails. He has never failed before. Therefore, if you want to be successful in life, you need Him.

You may say, you know some atheists that are making it, and moving ahead in life. You just need to wait to see what become of them at the end, “the end will justify the means.” It is a matter of time, and you will know that, their success is not a real success, but a mirage.

People – I bet it with you, you need people to have a successful endeavor in life. God would always bring people that would help you on your way up. Some people may be wicked and selfish, but men are not always the same. There are nice people that are always ready to render a helping hand, though they may be few.

Those that were able to see far, did just a simple thing. They climbed the shoulders of the tall ones in front of them. You need people that are taller than you to reach the apex on time. You need those that are at the same level with you, in order to maintain the position. You also need those that are below you, there are what they possess, that you need to tap into. Therefore, you need to be nice to as many people as possible that come your way, because “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” You don’t only need to be nice to the power that be, but to everyone that comes your way.

You may not need everybody, but you would definitely need some. Therefore, once again, you have to be nice to everybody, because you don’t know those that you would actually need. “If you want to go fast, go alone; but if you want to go far, go with people.” I think the African proverb makes sense?

Yourself – You would always need yourself to make it in life. You would need yourself in the area of hardwork, integrity, correct decision, etc. But the fact is that, you have to love yourself, and win the war against self. You need to conquer yourself! Before you can conquer anything in life, you need to conquer self – you need to accept yourself the way you are.

First thing and foremost, you accept yourself the way you are, and then work on your weak areas, while maximizing your area of strength. When you conquer self, then, it is easy to be successful in life. A little achievement always gives birth to a bigger one. The most important war to be fought and won is the war against self. You need yourself! Take care of your whole yourself: spirit, mind and body. Crave for a spiritual growth, a sound mind, and a nice physical treat. Take care of your body, “Health is wealth.” Work on your mind – your Intellectual Quotient (IQ) and Emotional Quotient (EQ) are both important, and your spiritual growth supersedes them all.

You can’t neglect these three segments of your being, if you actually want to have a great success in life.

Don’t let us be gray, so that we can have good relationship with God, others, and ourselves, in order to get to our destination in no time.

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If you are impacted with these write up, get any of these three books for more. Thank you.

The End Matters Most, authored by Peter Adewumi. (Print Book, eBook & Audio).

Attributes of Successful Employees by Peter Adewumi. (Print Book & eBook).
Virtues for Riches (Motivational Series) by Peter Adewumi (Print on Demand and eBook)

© 2017 Peter F. Adewumi

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Perfect Earth

EARTH

I am amazed thinking of you

All other planets envy you

Everything is moderate in you

Everyone is blessed living in you

 

Potable water resides in you

Life-giving air embeds in you

Trekkable land lay bare in you

Beautiful flowers adore you

 

You possess a spherical shape

That cannot be changed

There is a purposeful reason for your existence

That cannot be altered

 

You are beautiful

You cannot be tarnished

You are wonderful

You cannot be bastardized

 

We have no other place of abode

From here, no one can go abroad

You are very broad

And I can’t fully describe you by my words

 

I am avid to talk about our EARTH. April 22 – The World Earth Day
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The Blogger has authored three books:

The End Matters Most, authored by Peter Adewumi. (Print Book, eBook & Audio).

Attributes of Successful Employees by Peter Adewumi. (Print Book & eBook).
Virtues for Riches (Motivational Series) by Peter Adewumi (Print on Demand and eBook)

© 2017 Peter F. Adewumi

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God Once Had a Problem!

There is a reason for every season.

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There are different seasons of life, wet and dry, cold and hot. There are winter, summer, autumn, and spring. Everybody would agree with me that, some seasons favor planting than others; that is the reason we do say, “Planting Season.” But this day, technology has made it possible to plant all round the year. Even in some places where they have soil fertility problem, technology has restored and made all-time planting possible. For instance, I learnt that Israel topography and her soil fertility did not favor successful farming, but through technology, they are able to farm profitably everything season. Highly mechanized farming through technology has made her to be one of the best agriculture.

Farming is now made possible in every season. God is not wicked, there is a reason he made them different: wet and dry, cold and hot, summer and winter. If hot season does not precede a raining season, how would there be evaporation that would later result into rain? Jesus died so that he can rise and live again. Just like a seed planted, it would first of all die, and then begin to germinate, and then blown fully into life. Can you now see there is a reason for every season? Sometimes, a particular product would be scarce in the market, thereafter, it would be surplus. That is as a result of different reason. But now this day, through technology, you can plant and harvest all year round, and a particular product can be made available throughout the year.

What is this technology? Is it no more the application of scientific knowledge to solve human problems and made life easier? The definition still validates the fact that, problems, or let’s call it challenges, would always surface, even if it is once in one’s life time. Our own responsibility is to solve them; we have been equipped to do so. God once had a problem! He looked for a way to solve it; the problem was solved once and forever. The humanity committed a grave sin, and the verdict was that they all have to end in their graves. They have to pay for the debt by death. God is a just God; He has nothing to do than to let the Law takes its course and effect, though it is not easy. Have you ever witnessed a judge presiding on the case of his son? This is not an easy task. How would a good father be looking at his children (billions of them) to die? He has to apply wisdom. He needs somebody to die on their behalf, though this is not practicable again, Jesus has gone to the Cross to die once, and that is all, everybody has to be responsible for his/her action this day.

He searched and re-searched the whole Heaven, before He could find a sinless lamb, no angel could stand it, I imagine them saying one more time, “Why is God doing this for man?” The father has unconditional love for his children; therefore, it is normal for them to jealous. The angels were jealous of human beings because they know we don’t deserve the fair treatment we receive from God. The first son and the first born of the children of God agreed to die for all the other children. They thought he died in place of Barabbas only; not knowing he died because of the whole human race. What wisdom on the path of both the father and the son is this? For billions of people to die a cruel death, I think one is better. Human race needs to pay allegiance and obeisance for this forever.

What I want to bring out of the story is that, there would always be a problem/challenge, even if it is once in a life time. There would always be a scarcity, famine, inflation, and recession, even if it is once in a life time. What we need to do is to prepare ahead. God used wisdom to solve what would have been a great loss forever. Israel used technology, which is scientific wisdom, to solve their soil infertility. They can plant anything in every season, and it would germinate, grow, and mature to harvesting. They can plant every day, at any time, in any season, whether there is drought or not, it doesn’t affect them.

When people were starving and dying of hunger, Joseph was enjoying the fullness of God. He always communed with God, and God had shown him what was about to happen, he prepared ahead to neutralize the negative effect of recession. He was even living better than when there was no recession. It was God’s revelation and wisdom that helped him out.

You have to jolt into reality. You can live far above inflation and recession. You can thrive in every season of life through wisdom by planning. You can live above every challenge of life. God once had a challenge, and He solved it.

The Blogger has authored three books:

The End Matters Most, authored by Peter Adewumi. (Print Book, eBook & Audio).

Attributes of Successful Employees by Peter Adewumi. (Print Book & eBook).

Virtues for Riches (Motivational Series) by Peter Adewumi (Print on Demand and eBook)

© 2017 Peter F. Adewumi

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12 Truths about Righteousness

Righteousness

Righteousness, simply, is doing the right things at the right time, always.

  1. It exalts a nation – Proverbs 14:34
  2. Its work is peace – Isaiah 32:17a
  3. Its effect is quietness and assurance forever – Isaiah 32:17b
  4. It paves ways for all your needs – Mathew 6:33
  5. It offers protection – Psalms 34:15
  6. It offers timely divine assistance – Psalms 37:25
  7. It gives life – Proverbs 11:30
  8. It gives access to the Lord’s name – Proverbs 18:10
  9. It offers God’s Kingdom – Revelation 19:8
  10. It offers boldness – Proverbs 28:1
  11. The righteous shall be recompensed in the earth – Proverbs 11:31
  12. “There is none righteous, no not one.” – Romans 3:10, but we can be righteous by His grace. We are made righteous through the righteousness of Christ for the remission of our sins – Romans 3:25&28.

As you are climbing higher spiritually by being righteous, you begin to move higher on the rungs of the all-round success in life.

© 2017 Peter F. Adewumi

The Blogger has authored three books:

(1)     The End Matters Most, authored by Peter Adewumi. (Print Book, eBook & Audio).

(2)     Attributes of Successful Employees by Peter Adewumi. (Print Book & eBook).

(3) Virtues for Riches (Motivational Series) by Peter Adewumi (Print on Demand and eBook)

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Platforms to Publish and Sell Your Books

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  1. Amazon: It is one of the major retail outlets. The largest retailer on the surface of the earth. Amazon’s reading App, Kindle is also the most used eReader in the market. Amazon.com is an Online Shopping from the earth’s biggest selection of books, magazines, music, DVDs, videos, electronics, computers, etc. Some of the companies under the umbrella of Amazon are CreateSpace, KDP, and ACX. CreateSpace produces Print on Demand (POD) Books; KDP which means Kindle Direct Publishing produces eBooks that are read by Amazon App, Kindle or through any other means; while ACX which means Audio Creation ‘Xchange’ (Exchange) produces AudioBooks that can be sold on Amazon Stores, Audibles, and iTunes (owned by Apple).
  2. Kobo: Kobo is only second to Amazon. It has more than 5 million ebooks in stock. Kobo eReaders are countless using its free Kobo App.
  3. Apple iBooks: Apple’s iBooks is the premier eBook destination for iPad, iPhone, and iTouch owners in over 50 countries around the world. Apple leads the world in innovation with iPad, iPhone, and iTouch. iBook store is an App store. Apple tablet, iPAD, is the best tablet you can think of. Besides United States of America, it is the leading eBook retailer in many countries including Canada and Japan.
  4. Barnes & Noble: It is also one of the major retail outlets. It is the manufacturer of Nook, one of the best reading apps for eBooks. It is one of the biggest eBook retailers in Unites States. There are millions of Nook owners around the world. Hence, it is not bad if you have your books on Barnes & Noble. It also handles your print books.
  5. Google Play: Who does not know Google as the best search engine all around the world? You can sell your books on its digital distribution service, Google Play, which is an App Store.
  6. Bookbaby: This is a company for eBook publishing and distribution. It can be a channel to have your books sold on Amazon’s Kindle, Apple’s iPad, Barnes and Noble’s Nook, and many more. It is based in Oregon, USA. It dealt with only eBooks formerly, but from 2015, you can add POD and global distribution to any printed book order.
  7. Smashwords: It publishes eBooks from independent authors and publishers. It is a very good platforms that distributes to the major retailers and libraries worldwide.
  8. Draft2Digital: It is an eBook aggregator. It publishes and distributes to your desire platforms.
  9. Scribd: This is a reading subscription that is available anytime and on any device. There are eBooks and Audiobooks subscription service. If you publish on some platforms, it’s going to be automatically available on Scribd.
  10. Lulu.com: You can self-publish your print book on this platform. It publishes and also distributes.
  11. Baker & Taylor: It distributes books to more than 36,000 libraries, institutions, and retailers in more than 120 countries. It can help sell your printed books.
  12. Ingram: As the world’s largest distributor of books, Ingram can get your book into practically any store, making your book available for sale in over 39,000 online retailers. It can help sell your printed books.
  13. Books A Million: This is the second largest book retailer in the nation, and also sells on the internet at bam.com. the company presently operates in over 250 stores in 31 states and the districts of Columbia. It can help sell your printed books.
  14. Powell’s: It is based in Oregon, Portland. Powell’s Books is the largest independent used and new bookstore in the world. It does not publish but sell books. It can help sell your printed books.

Note: CreateSpace categorizes: CreateSpace Direct, Baker & Taylor, and Ingram under Expanded Distribution.

Self publishing cannot replace traditional publishing, but it is climbing higher in the publishing industry day-by-day.

Reference: Google, Bookbaby, Joanna Penn, Nick Stephenson, and Tim Grahl.

© 2017 Peter F. Adewumi

The Blogger has authored three books:

 (1)     The End Matters Most, authored by Peter Adewumi. (Print Book, eBook & Audio).

(2)     Attributes of Successful Employees by Peter Adewumi. (Print Book & eBook).

(3) Virtues for Riches (Motivational Series) by Peter Adewumi (Print on Demand and eBook)

Photo Credit: Pixabay


 

How to Publish Your Book on CreateSpace

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There are many platforms that can be used to publish your work, especially books, online. CreateSpace is not just one of them, but one of the best. CreateSpace is an Amazon Company along with kdp (Kindle Direct Publishing) and acx (Audio Creation Exchange).

These are the major steps to take to publish your work on CreateSpace:

(1) Create an account: If you are a new member, sign up for a member account.

(2) You can now publish your work (whether book, music or film).

(3) You can publish your work either by choosing to:

  1. Start your free online setup or,
  2. Explore paid services with CreateSpace Publishing Experts.
    (There are buttons to click for either of these options).

(4) After logging in, you can start whatever you want to do from Member Dashboard.

(5) From Member Dashboard, click “Add New Title” button to start.

(6) Clicking the “Add New Title” button takes you to another page: https://tsw.createspace.com/getstarted/productselection. It is a page where you WILL START YOUR NEW PROJECT:

  1. It will ask you for the name of your project.
  2. It will ask you to choose which type of project you want to start: A book, Audio CD, or DVD (Book, Music, or Film).
  • It will ask you to choose a setup process either;
  1. Guided: A step-by-step process with help along the way, and
  2. Expert: A streamlined single-page experience for those familiar with the process.

(7) In any of the two options; either Guided or Expert. You will be asked for:

  1. Setup
  • Title Information
  • ISBN – If you don’t have your ISBN ready, your book will be assigned a free CreateSpace ISBN
  • Physical Properties
  • Interior File, which will be uploaded by you
  • Cover , which will be uploaded by you, or you design it impromptu using a Cover Creator launched on CreateSpace
  • Complete setup, you then finalize the setup.
  1. Distribute
  • Choose your sales channels
  • Pricing
  • Cover Finish
  • Description
  • You can also publish on Kindle (ebook) right from CreateSpace, and that is the best decision you can make.
  1. Review: Before your product can be on sales on Amazon, and all other Sales Channels; you have to proof-read your book, and submit for publishing.

Note: If you want to publish your book, many processes are required, among which is EDITING, you have to be timely in this step, and don’t waste time just because you want to make your work very perfect. If you want to achieve that, maybe you will be the only one that would continue to read your book.

I am looking forward to reading your book. I would be very happy to answer your questions and clarify your doubts, if I can. Thanks for your anticipated questions.

I have published these 3 books using CreateSpace and kdp:

The End Matters Most, authored by Peter Adewumi. (Print Book, eBook & Audio).

Attributes of Successful Employees by Peter Adewumi. (Print Book & eBook).

Virtues for Riches (POD and eBook).

© 2017 Peter F. Adewumi

SEXUAL LITERACY: If you are financially literate, are you sexually literate?

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Sex is very sweet inside marriage, but very bitter outside marriage. It is like a bitter leaf; when you eat it at the wrong time, very bitter! But when eaten at the right time, delicious! It is also medicinal to your body. Sex at the right time makes you healthy, while sex at the wrong time makes you sick.

You and your children are not only to be financially iterate, but also sexually literate. Knowing a lot about sexuality is not bad! Having sexual orientation is good!

Most people shy away from this topic, some parents and some religion institutions inclusive. Yet, it is a very important part of life that needs to be taught. We all say it is for a particular age group. If I may ask you, from what age can you teach children about sex? Can you see you are just thinking about it?

The reason why many adults don’t know what they ought to know about sex is because they were not taught at the right time. The first teaching about sex should come from parents, because parents are the first teachers of the children. The first teaching about sex education should not be from our religious institutions or any social group. It lies in the hands of the parents. The exact age of this teaching about sex depends on the growth and development of the child. Some children grow very fast physically, while some grow and develop very fast psychologically and intelligently.

These factors determine when sex education starts by the parents. It should not be fixed to a particular age. I have first hand information about two 9-year old children (a boy and a girl) having an affair. Some parents would say, “They are still children”; what they are supposed to have learnt from their parents, they have learnt it in a wrong way from TV Shows, movies, and their peers.

Sex is a very critical aspect of life that we need to take seriously, and educate our children effectively on. Sex has been found as the major cause of disagreement between couples, if one of them should have wrong perspective about it. In marriage, sex is not meant for procreation only; it is also to be enjoyed.

Sex is very sweet inside marriage, but very bitter outside marriage. It is like a bitter leaf; when you eat it at the wrong time, very bitter! But when eaten at the right time, delicious! It is also medicinal to your body. Sex at the right time makes you healthy, while sex at the wrong time makes you sick. If I were you, I would have waited for the right time. That right time is in marriage!

Both the man and the woman have their rights in marriage. Each person’s rights need to be respected. Men, women are not sex machines! But hear this, women, if you want to have a blissful marriage, let me share a secret with you. A woman asked a Marriage councillor, “How many times can I allow my husband to copulate with me?” The councillor replies, “As many times as he wants.”

I bet it with you, the councillor has given the most accurate and correct response to the question. If he has the strength, let him, as many times as he wants. Just wait and see, a time would come that you will demand sex from him, and he would be running away. He would soon be tired!

Sex education is very important in life; let’s teach it to our children early in life. Let it also be taught to any adult that demands it, if we have the capacity to do so. You and your children are not only to be financially iterate, but also sexually literate. Knowing a lot about sexuality is not bad! Having sexual orientation is good! Let us unravel sexuality, and teach it to the younger generation at the right time!

I wish you the best of marital life, as I wish myself.

Hebrews 13:4 – “Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: ….

© 2017 Peter F. Adewumi

 

A LETTER TO A NUBILE LADY

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Dear young lady,

How are you? How is this weather treating you? Is it cold or hot out there? But I hope you are not feeling heat from within? Yes I know! I know that you are nubile, that you are of a marriageable age, and you are ready for marriage. It looks as if no suitor is showing forth. You don’t need to file a suit against all men for this. It’s a common challenge. A common one to both young men and women!

Young lady, relax! Your husband is looking for you. You are a favour, you are a good thing, and you are prudent. Who would not like a good thing? Who would not like to be favoured? Who would not like a prudent wife? The reason it looks as if no suitor is showing forth is because you are not meant for just anybody. There is a particular and a special man for you, and do you know what? He’s already searching for you. How do I know this? I was opportune to lay my hand on a letter written by a man of God to a young man, who is in the same shoe with you. It reads:

Dear young man,

There is no doubt that a prudent wife is from the Lord – Proverbs19:14. It was God that saw the need for Adam to have a helper (Genesis 2:18), He made one and brought her unto the man (Genesis 2:21 – 22). Till date, God still makes and chooses wives for people, but you have to be spiritually inclined to recognize His choice for you, when you see her. Adam was highly spiritual, and could recognize his wife when he saw her. And note this that the recognition was not based on the physical endowment only.

On the other hand the sons of God in Noah’s time, out of flesh, chose the daughters of men as wives based on their beauty only, and the result was premature death (reduction in life span – Genesis 6: 1 – 3). The carnally minded can never please God. The basis for innumerable challenges in some marriages is choosing life partners based on man’s wisdom only. Any time a man chooses his wife based on his wisdom alone, problems are inevitable in his marriage.

There is a ready-made and chosen helper for you somewhere, but God would never bring her to you directly; He has made her before you were even conceived (Jeremiah 1:5 – He knew you and the wife you will marry). But, you have to play your own part – YOU HAVE TO SEARCH AND FIND; the reason is that Adam cast the blame upon God for their mistake – Genesis 3:12, “And the man said, the woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.” There is a chosen wife for you whom you have to search for, and recognize when you have found her.

He made and brought to Adam then; but now He made, you find.

House and riches are the inheritance from fathers: and a prudent wife is from the Lord (Proverbs 19:14). Whosoever finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favour of the Lord (Proverbs 18:22). From these two verses, young man, there are steps you need to take to find your wife:

Step 1: Pray for favour,

Step 2: And God’s guidance,

Step 3: Then search until you find,

Step 4: When you find her, SPEAK – TELL HER.

There are many devises (plans) in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord shall stand (Proverbs 19:21).

Continue to rejoice in the Lord.

My dear young lady, what can you sense from that letter? You have been giving yourself an unnecessary headache by carrying another person’s burden (well, the burden of your partner-to-be). Your own part is to get prepared, ready, and make yourself available and accessible. He is already searching for you here and there. Another thing you can also do to expedite his action is prayer.

Be tenacious in “watching and praying”. There are always both physical and spiritual requirements to get anything done in life.

Continue to radiate in His beauty and glory. I look forward to hearing good news from you by receiving your simply-, but well-designed Invitation Card.

Regards,

© 2017 Peter F. Adewumi