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The QQQ Trick for Word Formatting

Have you ever copied and pasted something into Word, only to discover it inserts paragraph returns in odd places? [You’ll need to have your Show/Hide button on to see them and other Word formatting.] This commonly happens when you copy and paste text from an email or a web page into Word.

Word Formatting

If you have a lot of text facing this problem, you’ll love this trick! I learned it from Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords. He calls it the QQQ Trick.

  1. Press CTRL+H, search for ^p^p and replace it with QQQ
  2. Search for ^p and replace it with nothing.
  3. Search for QQQ and replace it with ^p^p

Voilà‎ – you have reflowable text again. You may still have a little bit of clean up to do, but this trick is really fabulous.

This trick has other uses with other variations. Essentially, you’re using a wildcard – QQQ – as a temporary placeholder for something. Note: Mark chose QQQ because the letters are unlikely to ever appear in natural language.

Try it out and let me know how you like it by commenting below…

Unique Holiday Gift

Unique Holiday GiftDon’t know what to give a loved one, friend, colleague, or employee? Holiday gift certificates are available from The Computer Spirit! Purchase whatever number of hours you like, and the recipient can use them for coaching and consulting services related to:

  • WordPress websites
  • Constant Contact e-newsletters
  • One-sheets
  • Brochures and flyers
  • PowerPoint slideshows
  • Microsoft® Office (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook)

To purchase and/or learn more, contact me via email or phone (928.301.7292).

Webinar: The Power of Email Marketing

On 11/20/13 I presented a webinar to writers on the importance and power of email marketing. I covered topics such as:

  • Why you need an e-newsletter
  • What is Email Marketing?
  • How Email Marketing fits in with your marketing plan (i.e., your website, social media, etc.)
  • Using metrics to increase your success
  • Tips on growing your mailing list.

And, as part of the webinar, I did an actual (albeit quick) walk-through of creating an e-newsletter in Constant Contact.

Although this webinar was aimed at clients of Tom Bird, facilitator of “Write Your Best Seller in a Weekend” retreats, most of the information shared is applicable to all businesses and organizations seeking to build strong relationships through their marketing efforts.

The webinar was recorded and you can watch it by clicking on the video below. And, yes, that’s a New York accent you’ll hear even though I live in beautiful Sedona, AZ!

The Hub

Your Website is Your Hub by The Computer Spirit

My passion is relationship building, be it social or business. Now, when it comes to business (but really how can you separate social from business in today’s world of the Internet and social media?), the way I see it, your website is the hub for everything. It’s like a wheel with spokes, or Home, where all paths lead to, where your heart is.

And the spokes or the paths include (more…)

Flyer for My Home for Sale

Flyer for my home for saleI am a disabled veteran and former POW. I was referred to Joyce Kaye through my realtor when I decided to sell my house in Sedona (Village of Oak Creek) on my own.

Joyce has helped me tremendously. She helped me to design a flyer for my home for sale, recommending details that I wouldn’t have thought of myself – it looks great! She handled posting an ad on CraigsList, as well as pricing printing costs, getting the flyer printed, and delivering them to me directly.

I recommend her and her work to anyone!

– Art Acevedo, Owner

Click here to view the flyer.

A Bit About Brochures

Brochures are designed and used as a:

  • Marketing tool to advertise services or products
  • Information providing tool to inform people about specific topics.

When you design a brochure to sell or explain your products or services, remember that this brochure is going to “talk on your behalf” about your services or products that you offer. It is extremely important to make sure that your brochure gets the correct message across, is clear and, most important of all, sells or explains your product or service – which is your ultimate goal.

Even in this world of dynamic cyberspace, brochures still have a place.  They can be beneficial when handed out at events or kept in a holder in the public traffic areas of your office.

Together we will co-create the brochure so you can be sure that it conveys what you want it to as well as looks great.

Here are just a few samples of brochures I have designed – click on an image to view the brochure…


image Brochure - At The Threshold

image Brochure - Friends in Deed

image Brochure - Financial Intellgence Quotient University

What’s a One-Sheet?

If you’re an author or a speaker, you need a one-sheet. What’s a one-sheet?

The concept originated in the entertainment industry – you are an entertainer, ya know! It’s a single-page document designed to provide a burst of information about a product for the purpose of sales or advertising.

Your speech could be the product. Maybe it’s your book. Could be your entire organization. Or maybe your event.

A one-sheet is sort of like a brochure on steroids. You get the whole message – boom!

The goal of a one-sheet is to spark interest in the product or service being advertised. If the one-sheet is aimed at the public, its content may not be incredibly detailed. But it absolutely must pique the interest of someone who sees it.

If your readers are professionals, including those who might book your speeches, order your book in quantity, or attend your event, you’ll want to include more specific details.

The Computer Spirit loves doing one-sheets. It’s a terrific opportunity to pack a lot in a small space and that takes skill and creativity at the same time – a hallmark of our work.

View some of the one-sheets created by The Computer Spirit by clicking on each of the images below…

One-Sheet - Gabriel's Angels

One-Sheet - Pegasus Pathways

One-Sheet Writers Conversations

Taking Presentation Materials to the Next Level

powerpoint presentation“Joyce S. Kaye helped us to jazz up our workshop PowerPoint presentation and did such a great job that it has now become our standard template for all presentations. She listened to our preferences and added touches that none of us thought to incorporate on our own. Joyce is very detail oriented and asked a lot of questions to ensure that she would be able to deliver a product that would meet our goals, be professional and maintain audience attention. That was important for us. We highly recommend Joyce to assist you in taking your presentation materials to the next level.” – Marcy J Maslov, CEO/Inventor of e-Factor!TM, A Property of Empowerment Unlimited Coaching, LLC

Click here to see the enhanced PowerPoint presentation.