Software program For Public Speakers To Make Info Merchandise
Article by Thomas Christopher
How considerably does it cost for the software program you require in order to produce the books, CDs, and DVDs that you sell in the back of the room? The majority of your income as a speaker comes from such sales. You can create all of these out of recordings of your speeches, and there is a lot of cost-free software for the PC that you can use in developing these items.
You want to edit recordings of your speeches. I recommend utilizing Audacity. It enables you to combine several audio tracks, so you can add music to your presentation or combine parts for more than one speech. It allows you to cut out parts of the speech, fade the music in and out, and adjust the volume level.
You can package one or far more of your speeches on audio CDs. You can have the CDs duplicated for as small as .75 which includes printing, packaging, labels, and inserts.
You will want to generate cover art for your CDs, DVDs, and books. I use GIMP, the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It does every thing that you will ever want.
You will require workplace software program. Unless you already have Microsoft Office, you need to contemplate getting OpenOffice, a free equivalent. The most important components of the suite for making information goods are Writer, equivalent to Word, and Impress, equivalent to PowerPoint.
To develop a book from your speeches, you will need them transcribed. For an ebook, you will require, say, 15,000 words, or two.five hours at 100 words per minute. For a physical book, you will need about four times that considerably. You can get an inexpensive transcription of a speech more than the Internet.
For making your own e-books, you will need to have to combine the cover art with the physique of the book. I use PDFCreator. I just save both the cover and the body in Postscript, drag them into PDFCreator, merge them, and save the result as PDF.
Rather than laying out the physique of the book in Writer, I have started utilizing Lyx. Lyx is not WYSIWIG, and most of its templates are oriented toward scientific articles and books, but it does a stunning job of formatting text and figures. Having decided to live within Lyx's restrictions, I do not waste time playing with formatting, which I did in each and every other system I've employed.
You need to have physical, bound-paper books for back-of-the-room sales. You can lay out your book your self and have it printed on demand for a modest price with out enormous up-front expenses and inventory.
You can generate video slide shows by combining an audio recording of your speech with images of your slides. Which mean that you would be using Audacity and Impress. You can combine them in Windows Movie Maker, accessible totally free from Microsoft. You can have DVDs duplicated for .75 every, the very same as for CDs.
With cost-free software program you can convert recordings of your speeches into a assortment of merchandise, digital and physical, with small up-front commitment of cash.