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Neil Slade’s Brain and Easy Paint A Car

Easy Paint Your Car Instruction

Enjoy the #1 Learn to Paint A Car and Paint Your Car Videos in the world-

You Tube Car Painting Videos

Since I was a fourteen year old kid, I always wanted to have the car I am pictured having at the top of this page: A 1965 Lotus Elan.
This was the fabulous sports car driving on the British secret agent television series, The Avengers, starring Patrick MacNee, as John Steed, and Diane Rigg, as Emma Peel.
It took about thirty years, but I finally landed one, and it was probably once of the most original and finest examples on the planet– ironically, having been stored virtually un-driven for twenty five years, a mere mile from my home in Denver, Colorado. The odometer had barely 10,000 miles on it, and every nut and bolt on the car was original. The car had barely been broken in, and drove like a new car.
The paint on the car, however, had suffered somewhat, and being the original 1965 enamel, it was an inferior paint than what is now found on cars nearly forty years later. These days, modern urethane is vastly superior in both appearance and durability.
This is the story of how I came to learn modern car body repainting and repair.
You can learn how to paint your own car professionally, easily, inexpensively, anywhere, any time of year, enjoy doing it. Read on….

This is a web page built by a painter, not just another commercial internet advertising platform. Whew!
The pages has Unsolicited testimonials to show what people like you are getting from this page and my materials– so you know this is REAL, and really USEFUL info.
Painting your own car, and ending up with a professional finish you can be proud of is not nearly as difficult, and certainly not as expensive as you might think it is. Once you read through this site you’ll see that many people who have never painting a car before have used the information on this site, and in the download or DVD, and were completely successful at achieving this.
If you find this site helpful, then you can get further inexpensive and totally affordable online instant download information and/or the DVD. Sign up for the RSS feed too, because I keep adding new information and stories each week.
Your efforts in one weekend can result in a far better paint job than your local cheap OR expensive outside service. This is because you may care more than the actual guy working on your car for minimum wage.
Above all, have fun, and enjoy your finished paint job~!
We have now created a very practical and foolproof 80 page illustrated manual (color photo version download), 62 minute online video download, and/or DVD/CD that you may purchase and keep out in the garage and watch on any computer and/or DVD player – so please consider picking one of these up. These will be priceless for guiding and helping you. (I keep the price inexpensive, because these days, everyone is eager to save a little money where ever they can.) So, enjoy!


From: <>

Subject: Wow!
Date: Tue, 8 May 2007 21:33:55
Hi Neil,
My name is Jan and I live in South Africa. I recently (about 6 months ago) had my car re-sprayed by a “professional” spray painter after a struck damaged the rear door by backing into the thing. (It is a Uno Pacer SX ’95 Model and the paint work was real dull). It cost me R8000.00 (+/- 1150.00 Dollars) I was really disappointed when I collected it from the workshop. The hood still has scratch marks because of the rough sanding paper and seems like their masking was poorly done because of overspray and which looks like fine cracks close to the rubbers. I have also noticed that the paint chips very easily an figured out after my google trip that they must have added excessive hardener.
After a lengthy argument with no progress and a lack of interest, I decided that I would learn to re-spray and paint my car myself. Scrolling through endless web pages, (my own fault, searched: spray painting a car, without the space) I came across your site, read through and looked at the two videos. Man what a relief!
I didn’t know that there were still people out there that actually cared about delivering an excellent service.
You have inspired me. Thank you.
With a new fire I’m tackling tmine! God bless you!
J. Davel

How to Paint Anything
Made Easy, With Beautiful and Expert Results


As fall and winter weather approaches in most of the USA (and whenever or wherever else) the question arises:

Can I paint when it’s cold outside?

Of course.

In fact, the demonstration video was made while it was RAINING and it was 45 degrees outside.

Here are the things to remember for cold weather…

1) Make sure the temperature where you are painting is at least 55 degrees.

If it is colder than that, the paint will not set quickly enough, and will have much more tendency to run and drip. Even though urethane paint is catalyzed and hardens from chemical interaction, and will dry in almost the coldest temperatures, the RATE at which it dries is effected by ambient temperature. If it “dries” to slowly, it will run.

Although 55 degrees is on the cool side, and warmer temperatures will allow faster setting and drying, it is possible to successfully paint at this temperature.

If the OUTSIDE temperature is cooler than 55 degrees– keep reading….

2) Paint inside a paint booth, or inside a garage.

In such an environment you can easily control the temperature with heaters and heat lamps.


Don’t have a flame going where you are painting. DUH.

3) Outside, you can, as I did, paint inside a covered car port.

Hang up plastic sheeting, and warm the place up with halogen lamps, and monitor the temperature.

4) Avoid days of high humidity.

Moisture cures urethane paint, so any increased humidity in the air is NOT good. However– if you have heated the area you are painting in, and moisture is not coming in, you will be okay.

Good Link Here For People “Down Under”

Neil does his LOTUS ELAN
Fun With Body Putty

I learned how to paint a car is because I simply could not afford the several thousand dollars it would have cost me to have someone else paint a rare collector car that I owned.
I was fortunate enough to belong to my local Lotus car club and met several boni-fide restoration experts, among them Mr. Vic Cooper in Denver. He regularly repairs and repaints the most expensive, the most exotic passenger and race cars, from Lotuses to Lambos to hot rods, and people call on him from all over the country to repair valuable vehicles. Over a long period of time he taught me how to do the highest level of body repair and car painting. Since I am a writer and film maker (and he and other experts I knew are not), I translated everything I learned from him into a form that people could easily learn from right off the web. Over the years as I continued to refine my painting knowledge and technique, I further recieved help from an exceptionally good paint shop in Denver that specializes in automotive refinishing.
Initially I spent months learning what works and what doesn’t work. When I was done I had done my first car, my white Lotus on the book cover. It turned out perfectly. The method I used can be applied to any vehicle, fancy or plain, big or small, boat or car, truck, bike, or motorcycle.

Since this first project, I’ve continued to this day learning more about painting that I pass on to my readers and friends, and the feedback that you can read on this site is testimony that this is good advice.
There are many painting books available that look good on the surface, but in practical use are overly-complicated and have irrelevant information for most people and most situations. I am the author of five books, and my goal here is to make material available that WORKS as advertised, and teaches you how to paint in the same manner as I have learned myself from my own teachers, themselves respected masters of automotive painting for decades.
You may find yourself considering painting your vehicle- either a utilitarian commuter car, or a show car, but without having done this previously, or have done it making many mistakes and not having things turn out so good. You may not know anyone who knows how to do this, or has the time to show you.
I will show you, because it is my business teaching people- and I’ve been a teacher for 35 years.

To paint a car properly you will need a spray gun, a compressor, the paint, some miscellaneous small tools, sandpaper, and a certain amount of patience. Do it in a car port, garage, paint booth, or even in your driveway- Decide what is best for you.
You can borrow or rent the gun and compressor and save money that way, and pay about $100 for the paint and sandpaper, and if you read the instructions you can come up with a decent paint job on most cars. You will also need odds and ends which you may or may not have, light solvents, gloves, an air respirator, and other small items necessary for painting.
Or, you can spend about $250 on the gun and compressor, own it permanently and do lots of things with it for the rest of your life- like paint your house, air clean stuff, run other tools with it, etc.
If you have a special car or a collector car, plan on spending extra time sanding and re-sanding, and fine sanding, and polishing, and correcting your mistakes, and doing body work.
If you just want to quickly re-spray your car, and don’t have many body repairs to do, this can be accomplished in a single day at little expense, and you can end up with a very very nice looking car in the end.
If you don’t have an extra $3000 sitting around, this may be your only choice- AND you can do it, and come up with an absolutely gorgeous job. I will show you how, and my methods come from THE BEST EXPERTS possible.
If you just have an old car and would rather do it yourself than spend $300 or $400 at the budget shops for a mediocre job that they will do, you can do it quickly and end up with a finish as good if not better than such shops, and spend a minimum amount of time doing it- although you will still need the materials and equipment you don’t already own, and a place to do it.
You can get the download or DVD (it is dirt cheap), or just read through the basics on this page and get a good idea of what you will need to do.
Okay….you decide. No bull here. The best painting adventure to you!

—- Original Message —–
From: Myron Wilson
To: Neil Slade’s Amazing Brain Adventure
Sent: Monday, November 13, 2006 3:09 PM

Just got the video, thought it was great. I took a class and you covered 8 weeks of school in 1 hour and added some things to boot. Take care, – Myron

—– Original Message —–
From: George Weston
I saw another very fancy web page on this subject, and the guy was spraying indoors WITHOUT A MASK!! In many demonstrations—!! I sure won’t be buying their information- yow!! Man, if they haven’t even got THAT right…. eeek!

On forward to The Heart Of Painting Step By Step

—– Original Message —–
From: Ben Cheatham <>

Subject: Want to say thanks
Hi Neil,
I ordered your video quite some time ago. I’m restoring a ’72 240Z and planned on doing it myself. Well a friend of mine was replacing all of the fairings on his motorcycle and needed his gas tank to match. Figured this would be a perfect opportunity for me to learn before tackling my car. I told him I would do it for free so long as he supplied all the materials. After watching your videos and reading your pdf again, I went ahead and dove headfirst into this tank. Let me tell ya, your tutorials really helped a lot. They gave me an awesome basic knowledge and whatnot that I probably couldn’t have gotten anywhere else. I just wanted to tell you thanks for helping me out, it’s really appreciated. Here is the gastank (and cowl that I haven’t finished yet) so you can see how it turned out…rtank.htm
Thanks again, Ben Cheatham



What about fixing RUST?

Cold Weather and Winter Painting

MIRACLE $300 Mid Winter Repair/Paint Example

Compressor Settings For Paint
Jim Lyons- Painting Automotive Master and his Review of Neil’s “Easy Paint Your Car Pro” on his Talking Car Paint Blog
The $50 Dollar $50 Buck Paint Job MYTH
Why Should I Paint My Own Car Myself?
Will Clear Cover and Hide Small Pits In the Surface?
What About Small Rust Spots?
What is WATERPROOF Sandpaper and when do I use it?
Do I Paint My WHOLE Car, or Can I Paint Just Part Of It?
Proper HVLP Spray Technique

From: “Scott Moore” <>

Best $9.95 I have ever spent!!! I have been working on a 1963 Chevy Belair that, yes, belonged to a little old lady! …..

Thanks for the Great tips!!!! Keep it up!
Scott Moore

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Captain Sherlock Solves 9/11

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A Film By Neil Slade

With Captain Field McConnell*

And David Hawkins



1 hour 16 minutes

Film and comments below

(Above- Mrs. Jeff Fagan, a friend and one of our team illustrators from the film)




To broaden one’s perspective, this assuredly is NOT your typical 9/11 documentary, for certain. And it was not designed to be such.

I have relied on a good amount of symbolism, music, and non-verbal scenes that express emotions and things usually omitted in “facts only” films. It must be looked at in a broader sense, and with some intelligent insight and the ability to understand and appreciate non-verbal film expression. My apologies to anyone who doesn’t understand this style of film, more common in European and Asian film production, of which I am well versed.

On top of that, the coloring, editing, and effects used in the presentation may have been enough to throw some observers for a loop. And then of course, once one person throws in a negative comment, people love to jump on the bashing band wagon.

That aside…

Please note, Dylan Avery of “Loose Change” worked with me in allowing an excerpt from his film to be used in mine. I am friends with very progressive people in the 9/11 Truth movement, and I was quite conscientious about any material or claims in my film. I have worked with Dr. Stephen Jones, and arranged for him to make an earlier appearance back in 2006 at the University of Denver for our Rocky Mountain regional 9/11 group, and I’ve also been very appreciative of the work of all the people like Richard Gage (whom I’ve also spoken with in person) at, and who was appreciative of the film.

The film revolves around an interview with an ex-military pilot, Field McConnell, who shares little with the typical “9/11 Truther” image.  His social and political views (clearly evident from his web site if not from the film itself), are very different from my own and most likely from most persons contemplating the real perpetrators behind 9/11. But I think it was very important to show that the 9/11 issue, and the dispute with the major media and government explanation, is not limited to Democrats, Green Party members, those who would absolve the US government, and “conspiracy nut cases” (which I never thought was the case anyway).  We also used the talents of David Hawkins, a friend of McConnell to help pick and develop concepts presented in the film.

Importantly, McConnell is NOT a slick professional speaker, and it may seem initially to some that this is reason alone to dismiss the film. But, that is a fatal mistake in information gathering. We all are far too familiar with politicians and con artists who talk a great game- but underneath, they are manipulating crooks. McConnell is just a regular guy, with an extraordinary experience and skill piloting planes that few of us can ever claim to possess.

I think it is extraordinarily healthy that we see 9/11 truth through the eyes of a couple of guys “from the other side”.

Even if you don’t believe anything else McConnell and Hawkins proclaim elsewhere, I made a concerted effort to only keep in the film what I believed was supported by logic and hard evidence, and there were many things I refused to put in the film.

The film spends a fair amount of time looking at McConnell’s background in the air force, and this was quite deliberate so as to show here was someone that was not a left wing liberal who questioned the “official” explanation of the events of 9/11.

Two particularly unique contributions of the film, especially at the time of it’s release in 2007, was recognition of the role of the Canadian Air Force in the war games being enacted on 9/11- i.e. the stand down of the USAF and the transfer of protection to other military forces during that day. The other notable observation is the inherent dependence on satellite technology and surveillance, and the persons who were commanding that data during the attacks.

McConnell gives a good insider’s look at the claims of plane flights that day, extremely important to come from an air-force pilot and not an arm chair internet geek, and gives a good rebuttal to “the official facts”. His delivery of the scenario of multiple planes being used on that day (drone and observation planes in addition to the “missing” planes) is a hypothesis that has been embraced by a great many respected people at this current date.

I think it is a strong film specifically because of the testimony of an experience air-force pilot, and ironically because of his political/social views are so different from what we expect from someone contradicting the government/media explanation of 9/11.  For this fact alone, the film is indispensable, because at least half this country is not of the liberal- left wing school- It is imperative to those people in the middle and right side of things that even they can understand why the official/major media account of 9/11 is hogwash, and that they don’t have to abandon centrist or right political aspirations to embrace the truth of 9/11.

Imagine that.

Try embracing something outside your own safe circle.

Thanks again for your consideration.
Neil Slade July 2011





“Captain Sherlock Solves 911”- Neil Slade


Captain Sherlock Solves 9/11 was a film that I made after I became interested in the September 9/11 events in 2006.  I had watched a documentary by Stephen Jones, physicist, and soon after introduced myself to Dr. Jones through email.  After a short correspondence he personally asked me to join a professional non-public 9/11 discussion group.


In that group I also met David Hawkins, an Oxford graduate with experience in the oil fields, mathematics, and filed explosives and with whom I eventually discussed my idea to produce a film about 9/11 with his help. Hawkins had made friends with an ex-Air Force Pilot, Field McConnell, and I believed an interview with McConnell would make a good film explaining some alternate ideas about the events of 9/11.


Field McConnell came to Denver for 3 days in the spring of 2007, and I interviewed him on tape. We talked with David Hawkins over the phone and we all agreed on concepts and ideas that eventually would make the final cut.  A couple of months later I completed the editing of the film and released it on the Internet and produced some DVDs.


After the film was completed, I built a web site for the film and the DVD for it’s distribution. I entered the film in several film festivals.


Before long, I transferred the film’s title domain to Field McConnell, the pilot whom I interviewed for the film, in that he expressed hopes to further promote the film, and that he would bear the costs for the maintenance of the web site.


However, shortly thereafter, I found myself at great odds with the political and social views expressed by both Field McConnell and David Hawkins (another participant), their additional web pages and articles linked to and added to the site that I had initially designed and envisioned only as a web page to promote the film.


A year later in 2008 I added a “disclaimer” at the start of Captain Sherlock Solves 9/11 in which I voice my differences with the other two participants in the film project beyond the stated content in the film itself. This copy of the film replaced the original where ever it occurred, online, on on DVD.


I feel it necessary need to make clear my objections to having the “Captain Sherlock Solves 911” being associated in any way and being promoted on web pages that I feel have no connection with the content of that film, such as other political and social views that I believe are neither my own, nor helpful to the topic of 9/11 investigations.


The film was never intended to promote anything else. The film stands on its own, and in no way is associated with any ideology, political view, opinion, or individual.


Beyond what is presented in the film itself, beyond what is the actual content contained in “Captain Sherlock Solves 911”, no comments, nor any content in print, or on the Internet made by any other persons, including Field McConnell nor David Hawkins reflect my own opinion.


I also recommend as an alternative the following sites for information and high quality films on the subject of 9/11

-Neil Slade, July 2011

Captain Sherlock Solves 911 (c)2007-2008 Neil Slade







     The “9/11 SOLVED” DVD  xxxxxxxxxxxx  This is an INDEPENDENT documentary about the events, and technical aspects of 9/11 seen through the eyes of a pilot.

     This full production DVD film presents new evidence, ground breaking interviews featuring Top Gun Military/Commercial Pilot Field McConnell and  Forensic Economist David Hawkins, scale model recreations and detailed evaluation based on all the hard data, with an original music score, audio commentary and more.

        It is a story you have not yet been told nor heard anywhere else, containing information by perhaps the ultimate non-partisan, non-political scientific and aeronautic experts on 9/11.    Many consider this the breakthrough film about the HOW and WHO of 9/11, told in an artful and unforgettable way.


“It is a piece of art — much more beautiful than most documentary films – I like the way you present and demonstrate the events— genius ideas! I am watching again — it is enlightening AND wonderful to look at — you are a “Felinian”…”      


“A moving, and beautiful film, that brought us to tears in the final scene- totally original- this film is a WINNER.”


“My compliments on a job well done. The symbolism and leitmotifs throughout the picture added resonance to the message and served the cause well.”  -Peter Tedesco, Getthefacts911


“Good film!  I will write a review– I think I may be one of the few who “get it.” (30 year experience as a professional documentary film maker and film critic.)


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My own alternative sites for PRINTED and online download info:



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Kindle, Nook, ePub, iBook

Using free software- Open Office Writer or Microsoft Word-  No software to buy.
BETTER than Mobipocket or any other free software


Learn from someone who makes his entire income publishing quality books-

A revolutionary Fast, Easy, No Cost Method to Make Your eBook,
EVERYTHING you need to know
even if you have zero experience.
ESPECIALLY for beginners. NO CODE or HTML needed. WHEW!!

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Make one file that works for ALL FORMATS.
The entire process from start to finish-
Get ONLINE on Amazon, Nook, and iBook

I was shocked to see what some people and companies
were charging writers to do this job-
a process that can be done by anyone for nothing, certainly in a day or far less, in some cases, within an hour.

After spending a couple of weeks sifting through all of the junk, the free, cheap, and expensive programs,
I synthesized a complete and stupid-easy method for creating
fully professional ebooks of all types, with illustrations,
and without having to making different formatted manuscripts for each type of ebook.

I’ve tried all the so-called free and easy applications
like Mobipocket and other, online instructions-
and they all make things far more complicated then necessary-
or they flat out don’t work at all and don’t deliver the goods.

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You can make and easily published every type of eBook- for Kindle, Nook, iBook, and other ePubs in virtually one go

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2) Quickly

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You will soon have an eBook- Fully functional and with PERFECT formatting (and with images if you choose) TOTALLY without resorting to editing code or HTML- simply by using Microsoft Word or the free equivalent Open Office Writer.

You will create or re-format your existing manuscript, and then easily, quickly, and perfectly convert it for all electronic book readers, Kindle, Nook, iBook, and all other devices- Foolproof and completely professionally.

Then you will get it online for Kindle, Nook, iBook, and all other eBook readers. You will learn how, every step by step of the way, right here. I will explain ISBN and the various ways of getting one, including for free.

I’ve tried the other free and paid software and written and published methods out there (and shall remain nameless here). They don’t work well, if at all, or are dreadfully incomplete in their instructions and will result in nothing but a poorly formatted amateur presentation that you wouldn’t want anyone to see, much less have your name attached to and respected.

I’ve done all the hard work figuring out what REALLY does work. I’ve selected only what is essential, practical, and simplest- and gotten rid of all of the confusing and useless junk that you will find lurking to lure its literary victims everywhere else.

And, oh my, there certainly is a planet full of bad eBook creation advice and eBook making software out there.

This short book allows you to skip all of the baloney and go right to the fun and success of creating your own eBook and getting it online, without any hassle- and enjoy doing it from beginning to finished product!

I’ve broken down the process into teeny tiny steps, and I haven’t left anything out (unlike what you will find elsewhere). You can skip what you don’t really need for your project, and find what you do need later for a different situation.

 Everything is explained in simple language that everyone can understand the first time, even if you’ve never done anything like this before. You cannot fail.

You will have a big smile on your face as you go along, and especially when you’ve crossed the finish line a winner.



1) Making a Kindle or other ePub electronic book is far easier than you can imagine. 2) If you have someone else do it for you, they invariably will make errors or not do it as you would like. 3) eBook formatting by anyone else will cost you far more money than it should. 4) And very importantly, you will certainly want to make updates, changes and modifications to your book, quickly and without any hassle or additional cost.

You want to control your eBook publication yourself, have it done exactly right, have it done instantly and at no cost, and have it completed any time you choose without waiting.


As an global publisher and author who has made 100% of his living online for the past 15 years (tooting my own horn here, forgive me), I simply do not have the time or energy to waste jumping through endless wasteful procedures that don’t bring results- and you shouldn’t either. I’ll show you what works the best- that’s my job in this book.

Congratulations for landing on the Planet of Publishing Pleasure!



Everyone has a story to tell or a lesson to share with others.

However, until the Digital Age and the World Wide Web, it could be nearly impossible for most people to get published and distributed successfully.

Getting a publishing deal, not to mention the difficult matter of actually getting paid for one’s efforts, has been akin to winning the lottery. It has been out of the reach of most people, especially those new to book writing and publishing. Unless you win the unlikely treasure jackpot of having a best seller- in the end, a writer rarely sees much of anything for his or her efforts.

If one manages to actually get picked up by a printed publisher, you are still at the mercy of corporate whim and the publicity budget. You will be dropped like a hot potato if your book doesn’t sell big. You probably will get nothing for promotion, and that job will be left to you and your own wallet. And even if your book does sell, you’ll see a pittance of the sales as your royalties- if anything. Conversely, publish yourself on Amazon Kindle and you get 70% of the sale price for the digital book, immediately.

Read the headlines these days to see what major authors are foregoing “the big publishing deal” to go it completely on their own digitally, for a much more deserved piece of the pie.


I love printed books, and I will always offer them right along with my digital books. They are a timeless, unique and important form of art and communication. But the art of making a printed book- affordably- that’s another lesson and story in itself, full of potential pitfalls and wasted expense if you are a novice.

You might decide to gamble with your own money and print copies of your own books. If you are like 99% of self published authors, a large inventory of printed books will unfortunately probably just end up sitting in your basement, collecting dust, unsold.

But now, anyone- importantly, YOU- can publish and distribute their own writing in the digital realm- and generate a modest or even a substantial income without any outlay of money or risk. In a single day you can have your manuscript made available to virtually billions of online potential customers, millions of which already own and love to use their digital eBook reader.

There is an audience out there for EVERYTHING. Certainly, many readers will be excited to get your eBook.

It will cost you nothing. You can create your eBook for free, as well as distribute it for free. You have everything to gain, and absolutely nothing to lose- not even big blocks of your time.

You wouldn’t think so if you have seen one of those commercial “We’ll format your eBook for you” web sites that charge dollars per page, or a few hundred dollars for a single book. What a racket! These companies probably don’t spent even an hour doing the work, done by low paid employees who care little about your content or career. Even if you are paying less than that- that’s like charging people for the air they breathe.

No need to go there.


Once you’ve written your book, most people know that they can create a free web site or blog to tell people about their project, document, or book. The best web building sites are as easy (or easier) to use as writing a letter or creating a flyer on Microsoft Word.

What people have yet to learn is that one can further publish and distribute their book via Kindle, Barnes &amp; Noble, and get it on iBooks- again, nearly effortlessly and at no cost.

The 21st Century is a golden age for writers.

Welcome to this fantastic new world of global online electronic publishing!




Until now, the process of creating an electronic book, properly formatted to distribute via Kindle, Nook, other eBook formats, iBook, and even PDF books has been a frustrating mystery to even the most experienced author who has never created an electronic book before.

You would think that Amazon and other distributors who gain from having eBooks online would make the directions for doing this easy to understand. They don’t. Amazon’s actual instructions for making a Kindle book is a spider’s web and a black hole from which you will likely never escape alive

It’s ridiculous.

It’s not at all complicated, and there are just a few things to keep in mind. Do it once and you’ll have it memorized forever.




When I first began to prepare my own books for Kindle, Nook, and iBook distribution I was completely shocked to find that there was no easy or pragmatic guide for doing this. The only instructions that I found online were confusing, and a failure in many respects.

Some, remarkably promising ease of use (they lied), were far from that. Other instructions did not work at all- even when I followed the instructions to the letter. Amazon and Barnes and Noble provided nothing but an indecipherable and bewildering hodgepodge of guidance- virtually worthless help.

(Don’t believe me? Go for it. Please don’t tear too much of your hair out, okay? I’ll be waiting here for you when you’re done.)

So, I set out to figure it out on my own, using a bit from here and a bit from there, synthesizing and inventing my own techniques from years of publishing experience, knowing what people really need- both the authors and the readers. In the end, I took what was essential, threw the rest down the garbage disposer, and calculated the absolute best and easiest way to create an eBook, painlessly.

I have a degree in education, and I’ve taught tens of thousands of music, art, and other kinds of lessons over a thirty year period to kids and adults. I know how important it is to keep things simple.

I’ve done all of the research and hard work for you. For the very low cost of this one eBook, the door has been opened for you to make your own fame and fortune or simply to enjoy seeing the fruits of your own creative labor.

 Sell one eBook, and this inexpensive lesson has been paid for, and you’ll soon understand that it was the best $10 you ever invested in yourself.



It is to SERVE THE READER.  No more, no less.

An electronic book has a few unique requirements to do its job well-

  • It should resemble a printed book in correct line and paragraph formatting and chapter headings- and be easy to read.

  • It must have a usable Table of Contents that allows the reader to instantly navigate to any chapter in the book.

  • It should properly display images if needed, without distortion, and render them in a fine manner.

  • It should work similarly in every type of electronic book reader or equivalent computer eBook application- and you shouldn’t have to reformat your manuscript repeatedly for every kind of eBook reader.


These key things are easily accomplished using Microsoft Word as your manuscript editor, (or the free Office Writer .doc creation software)- all without using HTML, any other text editor, or resorting to manipulating code and tags. Using Word or Open Office to create an eBook is a total breeze and the smartest way to work, bar none. I find it absolutely incredibly that people are still doing it any other way. It is PERFECT for creating any type of eBook.

Well, I guess people continued to think the world was flat long after sailors were already circumnavigating the globe…

Bear in mind, you can not simply use a typical Word document written for the printed page. Your file must be modified slightly in the correct way to upload for Kindle and other formats, otherwise your eBook will not look right and will not allow proper navigation for reading. But the changes are not difficult to make. And these simple changes will be light years faster and easier than any other method employed.

In this efficient manual you will be shown how to first make a SINGLE FILE that can be used across the board for the three types of eBooks- Kindle, Nook, and iBook with a minimum of modifications to work for all. (Other readers such as Sony and iRiver use the same type of language as the Nook.)

The easy step by step instructions provided here will supply you with a foolproof method for creating your own electronic book, complete with images and illustrations if you choose.

You can create your eBook from scratch, or modify a previously existing manuscript with some quick changes.

As a teacher myself for over three decades, I continue to be amazed at the torture people put themselves through to learn something.

Not here, not anymore.






Electronic books have their own requirements for images, and I’ve written a special chapter to easily guide you through this process to make your images and illustrations look their best for Kindle and others. Again, I’ve kept this process as easy and as straight forward as possible with a minimum of fuss.




You will soon have your electronic book finished in no time at all. It will look perfect and it will work perfectly for everyone and for all of the various brands of eBook readers and applications.

So, let’s get started!


How To Use This Book

Making your electronic books for all devices and reader applications is a simple process:

Just begin here with “Part One: Easy Make A Kindle Book”.

You will create all of your eBooks in the same way, starting with creating a book for Kindle. After you make your Kindle book, you will make just a couple of small changes to make a Nook eBook and for other ePub formatted books. After you have done that, it will additionally be ready to upload for iBook readers using another simple process.

Follow the steps one at a time.

Do not skip any of the steps.

To navigate in this manual to the Table of Contents, and thus skip to any chapter or instruction, just click one step to the “Beginning” of this book with your favorite eBook reader. (Incidentally, this is THE best way to provide an instantly accessible linkable Contents page for every single reader in one fell swoop without any hassle).


Frequently SAVE YOUR WORK with a unique file name as you go along. In case you make a mistake, you can simply re-open a previous file version, and go again from there.  DO NOT ERASE or OVERWRITE your saves, and give each save a separate name such as “ebook_1.doc”, then “ebook_2.doc” and so on.

Continue to do this as you convert your .doc file to make your Amazon Kindle book and ePub books, i.e.  “ebook_1.epub” and “ebook_2.epub”

This same habit of saving all of your files should extend to your images as well, as you will create images of slightly different sizes and dimension, and you don’t want to discard an image that you may have to re-tweak later on going back to an earlier version.

I use Microsoft Word 2003 as my own application for writing books. I feel that it is the simplest to work with and that it provides all of the tools I need. There is no advantage to using a newer version of Word. My instructions will give tips on menu navigation using Word 2003, but you may use a later version if you choose, or for that matter Open Office Writer (free at Open Office  )

Just use any program’s Help menu if you are not sure how to get to the formatting option menu that you need to use.


This book first presents your eBook making procedure step by step, with a short explanation “why” when necessary. For your convenience, the procedure is then reproduced as a simple numbered outline at the end of the book that you may use for simple reference later on. You may skip to this outline by clicking on THIS LINK or navigating to the outline from the Table of Contents. (The outline link works in this book’s full version).


One other suggestion that I would make is that you acquire two pieces of optional hardware for your eBook creation process. These are not absolutely necessary, but can make your job easier and faster.

1) Get a mouse with a quick scroll wheel. I use a Logitech VX Nano Cordless notebook mouse (my favorite, about $30 on eBay) that has a scroll wheel in the center that can be clicked on or off to work as a fast flywheel. This allows very rapid and precise scrolling through pages and text. Using a quick scroll mouse is like driving a race car! Once you use one of these, you will have a hard time going back to a plain mouse without one.

2. Get hold of an actual Kindle or Nook (or both) to check your work as you go. Although you can absolutely create your eBook without either physical reader and use the Kindle Direct Publishing preview screen and the Nook preview for epub type books (both work quite well), they will not actually let you test links (like the Table of Contents navigation), and I’ve seen the KDP preview stick in a blank page after a full page illustration that did actually not show up in the completed book. The KDP preview also does not show the nice ¼” margins on a real Kindle or in a Kindle Reader app.

However If you follow all of the directions in this manual, you will be fine, even if you just use the KDP or Nook preview readers on their own publishing page. Further, I show you how to test all of your links before publishing.


Kindle uses its own eBook language (.azw file), whereas Nook uses the .epub type of file. Nook will display fundamentally in the same manner as other brands of ePub readers like iBook, Sony, iRiver and a few others. The Kindle will not read ePub files and vice versa.

If you want to work quickly and check your work as most other people will view it, I would suggest you get hold of one or both of these electronic eBook readers. Save money and snap one up for cheap on Craigslist or eBay. It will be well worth your energy to acquire and use as you go along, and it makes checking your work a little simpler- and actually, fun! And when you’re done with your own eBook, you can enjoy reading other eBooks with it as well.

One wonderful thing about an electronic book is that you can make your book uniquely interactive with the Internet- something a printed book cannot do. Your eBook can open up a whole world to your reader in a completely new way readers have never experienced before. Just use your imagination- !

iBooks are read on an iPad or other Apple device only. None the less, you can create and upload an iBook online and never touch or own any Apple computer or iPad at all.

Once your book is published, you can actually send yourself a copy of your book and read it on the free Kindle or Nook reader application for PC or Mac.




These instructions are presented in the order in which you would create a book from scratch or in the order of modifying an existing manuscript. You may check your work at any time by using one of the applications above or by importing into your Kindle, Nook, or other eBook device.

If you are not sure how to import your working manuscript into your device as you go along for review, you may skip to this section of these instructions first HERE (Chapter 6) for Kindle, and HERE (Chapter 7) for Nook and ePubs.  Be aware that you will first need to open a free Kindle account or a Nook account to do this.


Finally, although the evolution of eBooks is certain to change quickly and introduce new elements, at present (April 2011), there are already over 5 million Kindles and other electronic book readers owned and used by readers. You want to make something that works for everyone, old and new alike.

The features and limitations in these original and present generation of eBook devices is taken into consideration here. Your eBook manuscript created from this set of instructions will not only work in every future eBook reader, but will continue to perfectly work in all of the eBooks devices made to date, for each and every one of those millions of happy readers and customers.


In case you are wondering about the differences between the Kindle, Nook, and iPad- briefly, the Kindle and regular Nook use a black and white display that is highly visible in any normal light, even in bright outdoor light. At present, the Kindle can open up linked web pages while still reading an eBook, where as a Nook cannot. Kindle has a built in minimal but usable, type of audio book reader to read your book to you- say while you are driving or just want to listen instead of read. Both double as audio players and rudimentary web browsers.

These readers use a minimum of battery, and will go for a week or more on a single charge.

As time goes on, the Nook will probably offer the same features as the Kindle 3, but presently, the Kindle clearly comes out on top with some of its features.

The Nook Color and iPad have a color gloss screen that can be difficult to read in bright light, and they have a much shorter battery life of about eight hours maximum. You can buy an inexpensive matte screen stick-on that greatly reduces the glare, although perfect application of the anti-glare screen takes careful finesse. (I did it- you probably can manage it too!)

The iPad and Nook are much superior for looking at web pages and can do other kinds of portable computer pad operations as opposed to the Kindle and regular Nook which are more limited.

The Nook Color is a very good touch screen portable pad at around $250, whereas the iPad is a hefty $500 for the lowest priced model. The Kindle 3 is a bargain at around $139, and the regular Nook is slightly more. (These prices are as of April 2011, and will likely get even lower). Again, you can save money by shopping around for a perfectly working used one.

As for the other eBook readers, if you have one, you can use it for viewing ePub files. I am not a fan of Apple proprietary schemes, but if you like Apple products and own them, the iPad can be used to view any type of file with the properly installed application software.

Bear in mind, that a computer or iPad eBook reading application will display your book somewhat differently than a physical reader because of the larger display and the greater numbers of viewing options than the eBook reader allows. Personally, I create my own books and then cross check them on my Kindle 3 and then on my Nook Color. If it looks good on these devices, it will look good on  

That’s all the preliminaries-

Okay- here we go!

Part One:



Make A


Do these same steps first for ALL formats and devices.

Regardless of whether you are making a Kindle, Nook, any other ePub, or an iBook- follow the procedure to make a Kindle book first. You will complete the steps for the other formats after you follow all of the instructions to format for Kindle.

Chapter 1   Kindle Book



1. Resize page size to 3.5” X 4.75” to approximate the viewing page size for electronic readers.

The reason for doing this is so that you can closely approximate what your book will actually look like in on most portable electronic books devices. The display size will vary somewhat on different brands of readers and on computer applications for reading eBooks, but 3.5” X 4.75” is the size of the Kindle and regular Nook screen- the most common size (and the lowest common denominator). To see what your eBook will actually look like while format editing in Word is very helpful and helps you to gauge many aspects of your presentation.

In Microsoft Word, you can change the page size by menu navigating to: File/ Page Setup/ Paper 

To set up your default measurements units to “Inches”, navigate to: Tools/ Options/ General/ Measurement Units

2. Remove Page Numbers

Page numbers should not be in your document for an eBook. This is because any eBook pages actively change as the user changes the type size for viewing. With a smaller type font size, a book will have fewer pages, and vice versa. Thus, page numbers are changeable in every eBook, and useless in eBooks. Navigation through an eBook is done either through simple page turns or through clicking on the Table of Contents links that you will create.

If you are writing an eBook from scratch, do not create page numbers.

If you need to remove page numbers from an existing manuscript, navigate to:  View/ Header-Footer  then cursor highlight the first page number and delete it….



Greetings All!

The brain is a spider web of billions of connections, redundancy, and variation.

My Internet and computer use reflects this to a degree, and benefits from this
reflection on how my brain operates.

And as we discussed the other day, more and new is not always better.

For example, I've always had two browsers on my computer. I find that for some
uses and pages one browser is superior than the other.

My main browser is Firefox, which originated from the creators of the Internet
Explorer alternative of years ago, Netscape.

I've upgraded to the latest version if IE, and I have version 8 installed, and
it works well for certain things.

Firefox is another story however. They make very frequent changes to the
browser, and I've tried them all, including the newest version of Firefox 3.

And I hate it.

I've always kept my old Firefox 2, and I'm back to using it exclusively for most
things. The newer version has all kinds of bells and whistles, and with it, all
kinds of annoying features that get in the way of what I am trying to do. It
actually BLOCKS passwords to key sites that I use many times a day, and keeps me
from controlling features I should have control over.

So, the moral of this is- remember your brain.

Knowing how it works will easily translate to all areas of your life- technical
and otherwise.

New and more is not always better. More often than not, you will find walking,
or a bicycle, or a bus is far better transportation than a Ferrari or an SUV
with electric nose hair tweezers on the dashboard.


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Greetings Travelers With Unusual Tools and Brain Explorers!

In the Book of Wands I describe “Glasses From Another Dimension”- and the experience of my Traveling friends Sky Wise and Bobby “Spaghetti” Reginelli using them.

The glasses I describe are quite unique, but Bobby was introduced to them by these particular type of glasses that anyone can buy inexpensively here:

During the holiday season, many public holiday light shows- like the kind we have here at the Denver Zoo or the Botanic Gardens- sells laser etched glasses that turn holdiay lights into cutesy little snowmen and reindeer and snowflakes.

This is NOT what I am talking about.

These laser etched prismatic glasses are something of an entirely different caliber- and the transformation of ordinary lights as seen through these glasses is just SPECTACULAR.

More importantly, they initiate your brain to move into another dimension-

The optical effect is stunning and completely surprising. People become “transparent”, lights are multiplied hundred fold- its really impossible to accurately convey in words.

Last night, Julia Lu, Bobby and I went to the Denver Botanic Gardens light show, each of us wearing these type of glasses. Unfortunately, many people are conned into buying these very inferior “3-D” laser glasses at these kinds of events- and they have NO IDEA what they are missing.

We ran into one 5 year old kid, and said, “Try THESE on” and his response was a very mediocre, “Oh, I’ve seen those…”

Bobby said, “Oh no, you haven’t tried these…” and he handed the kid the glasses we had. Even this little 5 year old, once he had donned the glasses we had, HE KNEW THE DIFFERENCE immediately “OH WOW!!”

So– get yourself a pair, and stimulate your optical brain and click your amygdala forward in a new way…

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