Alas, no zygote this month. We’ll make a more, ahem, concerted effort this month. It’ll be a lot easier now that the book is written and edited. Speaking of which…
Cover is covered
I had a very fretful Sunday/Monday because I had to choose a background for the book cover. There were 14,444 backgrounds/textures to choose from in just the one category I searched. I lost the will to live somewhere around page 35.
Then I nagged Mom, Tim and Revanche — bless them all — to help me choose among the finalists. I picked the two that were in all three people’s favorites and sent those off. (I figured I’d provide a back-up just in case the first one didn’t work.) I suppose I could’ve just gone for a solid color. But I decided on a slightly more “beat up but still standing” option.
I should receive that on Friday, but there may be tweaks needed. Depending on response time from the designer, I think it can be finalized by early next week.
There’s still the uploading process for Amazon and getting the direct sales option squared away (including using Calibre to create an ePub version). Still, I’m hopeful that I can get it up and running by the end of next week — at the latest.
Make money on a thermometer
Swagbucks is having a pretty awesome offer. You can get a Kinsa smart thermometer for $19.99 — and get 2,000 points called SBs back. And okay, a penny isn’t an amazing profit, but you can:
- Sell the thermometer on eBay/Craiglist
- Donate it (still “making” money if you itemize your taxes)
- Just have a cool thermometer with awesome features (more on that in a moment)
You’ll get an additional $3 if this is your first month with Swagbucks. When people earn 300 SB in their first month, they receive a 300 SB bonus. Since 2,000 > 300, this offer will net you your bonus, easy peasy.
At that point, this offer means a total of 2,300 SB. That’s either just 200 SB shy of a $25 PayPal payout or enough for your first $25 gift card of the month — with an extra 100 SB to spare!
Don’t forget, you can always sell/donate the thermometer for an even better profit.
So what makes this thermometer so cool? You plug it into your phone’s headphone jack and launch the Kinsa app. You can document your child’s temperature over time, and apparently the device will help you determine whether it’s time to call a doctor.
Oh, and it plays games! The app has interactive games to keep your kids occupied while you take their temperature. Seriously, how awesome is that?!
Make sure you use this link or the one above to get the $19.99 price. Otherwise, you’ll pay $24.99, and where’s the fun in paying retail?