Russ Crowley: How to Publish Your Book on CreateSpace and Kindle

How to Publish Your Book on CreateSpace and Kindle (Bangkok: Russ Crowley, 2014)

How to Publish Your Book on CreateSpace and Kindle: Easy Publishing with Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013 is the definitive guide to self-publishing your book on those platforms and with that software. Period.

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If you’ve come straight to this page, then let me tell you a little about myself (though there’s more here).

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A Beginner’s Guide to Buddhism: Your Path to a Meaningful Life (Bangkok: Russ Crowley, 2015)

A Beginner’s Guide to Buddhism will show that happiness is here, if you just know where to find it.

It’s around you; it’s in you.

To forge your path to a meaningful life, you must live in the present. It requires you to put the past behind you, to stop thinking or worrying about it; and to do the same with the future. Be here, now. Your happiness is here, so take the right path, right now.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation:Your Path to Wisdom (Bangkok: Red Dragon Publishing, 2015)

Regular meditation has been proven to make practitioners happier, healthier, and more successful and in A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation: Your Path to Wisdom, the author explains how you can start making the change in your life today.

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Duangta first began meditating at the age of 7 and knows full well how meditation can not only change your life but lead to life-long peace.

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Quest Vol 4 – How To Read Thai (non-colour version) (Bangkok: Russ Crowley, 2013)

The fourth volume in our Quest: Quick, Easy, Simple Thai system is our How To Read Thai book. Packed with everything you need to learn to read Thai, this book shows you how easy learning to read Thai really is.

Whether you’re viewing Thai script for the first time, or you’ve seen it before and gone no further, it almost seems impossible to know where to being.

For example, here’s a simple sample sentence which is essential to know if you’re out and about in Thailand. It’s a question sentence and there are 3 words, 2 with 2 syllables, and 1 with a single syllable:

ห้องน้าอยู่ที่ไหน

But where do you start?

Of course, the start of the sentence is the logical place to start, but though you’ll actually start to ‘see’ words when you’re a little more experienced.

What do I mean by seeing words?

Think about when you just read that least sentence…

…you didn’t look at the letter ‘w’, then at the letter ‘h’, then ‘a’, and ‘t’, you saw ‘What’. Then you saw the word ‘about’, and so on.

If you’re a proficient reader, your eyes just skimmed it and you read it in a fraction of a second. That’s what I mean by seeing words (or word shapes).

Thai is the same. You start to see shapes, they ‘jump’ out of the page at you.

With our Thai sample sentence, it’s easy.

If you know the rules and the clues.

Those ‘marks’ above the letters give us clues, and 2 of the vowels (marked in red, below) have specific rules about how they’re used (they tell us where syllables start and end):

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How To Read Thai – The Rules

The good news is, there are only 8 simple rules to learn to read Thai.

You can learn them in minutes, and be reading Thai before you know it.

So, if we break this sentence down, it’s:

ห้อง-น้า อยู่ ที่-ไหน

In transliterated Thai, we write this as:

hɔ̂ɔng-nám yùu tîi-nǎi

  • hɔ̂ɔng = room
  • nám = water
  • hɔ̂ɔng-nám = room-water (bathroom)
  • yùu = to be (place or location)
  • tîi-nǎi = where? (it’s a question)

ห้องน้าอยู่ที่ไหน (hɔ̂ɔng-nám yùu tîi-nǎi) = where is the bathroom?

Wasn’t that easy?

Click on the book below to look inside (if you click on the button in the middle, you can view full-screen):


Get How to Read Thai ($29.99)

  • 384-page, pdf ebook (requires pdf reader)
  • Start tying all your Quest knowledge into reading Thai script. It really is easy.
  • Instant download after purchase

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The book is also available on Kindle. Please either go to the Kindle page from the above Amazon page, or click here.
Due to CreateSpace’s publishing costs (colour books are about 3-4 times the price of non-colour books), we published 2 versions of this book a non-colour version  (this one, and a colour version – click here).


Get the Entire Quest System ($126.44 $97)

However, if you really want to go the whole hog, as well as save yourself $$$ then get our entire Quest
system for a simple, single low price, then click on the image below:

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Learn Thai Alphabet Flashcards

Learn Thai Alphabet Flashcards - A4 flashcard page

If you’re interested in learning the Thai alphabet, we have some free flashcards you can download, print out, cut up and use to help you practice learning the Thai alphabet. Click here to go to the download page.

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Quest Vol 3 – The Perfect Thai Phrasebook (Bangkok: Russ Crowley, 2013)

If you’re either visiting the Land of Smiles in the near future or you want a really great resource to learn Thai with, then The Perfect Thai Phrasebook is exactly what its title suggests.

Packed with the eveyday phrases that actual Thai use, our phrasebook is the key that will unlock your magical trip to Thailand.

First of all, if you want to speak Thai, then you actually need to get out there and practice, and this is what makes our book such a treasure.

I don’t know whether you’ve seen those phrasebooks which are packed with font so small that you need a microscope to read it. Sure they have lots of phrases, but do you really need all of that?

Wouldn’t it be better if it was readable?

Well ours is.

Take a Look Inside The Perfect Thai Phrasebook

Click on the brown button to view the book in full-screen:

I don’t know whether you noticed, but the Thai script was written with a similar sized font to the English text.
We did that for 2 main reasons:
First, we want to make it easy for Thais to find the necessary item quickly and point to if you ask them a question and/or need assistance of some kind.
Second, after you realise how great Thailand is you’ll be planning to come back. There’s also a greater than average chance that you’ve made a commitment of sorts to learning the language. If you do so, your next visit will sky rocket to a whole new level if you can speak some Thai.
Then, on subsequent visits, as your Thai language skills improve, you might want to learn how to read the Thai script…
…now you’ve not only got a simple little phrasebook, but you’ve got so much more. A veritable learning tomb where (if you want to) you can see and read all the Thai letters, examine grammar, sentence structure, and take it exactly as far as you want.
See, we told you it was more than just a phrasebook.

Get The Perfect Thai Phrasebook ($6.49)

  • 104-page, pdf ebook (requires pdf reader)
  • Start talking Thai today
  • Instant download after purchase

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From Amazon:

The book is also available on Kindle. Please either go to the Kindle page from the above Amazon page, or click here to go direct.


However, if you really want to push the boat out and learn at the best possible speed (as well as save $$), then we’d recommend getting our entire Quest system for just 1 low price:

Get the Entire Quest System ($126.44 $97)

Click on the image below to get immediate access after purchase to our entire Quest system:

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Learn Thai Alphabet Flashcards

Learn Thai alphabet flashcards

If you’re interested in learning the Thai alphabet, we have some free flashcards you can download, print out, cut up and use to help you practice learning the Thai alphabet. Click here to go to the download page.

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Quest Vol 2 – Learn Thai Alphabet with Memory Aids To Your Great Adventure (Bangkok: Russ Crowley, 2012)

When you compare the English alphabet (21 consonants and 5 vowels), to the Thai alphabet (44 consonants and 32 vowels) learning it can be seen as either too daunting or as an extreme challenge – our book Learn Thai Alphabet with Memory Aids To Your Great Adventure makes it simple!

The thing is, when you appreciate that though English only has 5 vowels, it has many more vowel sounds – about 20 or so actually, depending on whether you’re talking about what is termed British English, rather than other variations – it evens the balance up a bit, and doesn’t appear quite so daunting.

As for those 21 consonants ‘we’ have, well they make 24 sounds…still not as much as the 44 in the Thai language, but 2 of the Thai consonants are no longer used – they’re what is termed obsolete*.

Still a difference, but narrowing the gap.

Yet, despite all of this, you still have to make the effort.

I tried lots of different ways to learn the alphabet: made my own flashcards, bought some commercial ones (I still have them), tried writing them out in tables, and so many more methods. None worked.

I’ve documented elsewhere how I cracked the code, and the result was Memory Aids to Your Great Adventure. The title was later changed to Learn Thai Alphabet with Memory Aids to Your Great Adventure (for a greater chance of turning up in searches) and, with the exception of my wife, Duangta’s, A Beginner’s Guide to Buddhism, is our all-time best seller.

With the exception of the Learn Thai Alphabet application, it is the fastest way to learn the Thai alphabet.

Check out inside the book (click on the brown button to view in full screen):


Get Learn Thai Alphabet with Memory Aids to Your Great Adventure ($17.99)

  • 83-page, pdf ebook (requires pdf reader)
  • Learn the Thai alphabet today
  • Instant download after purchase

Learn Thai Alphabet with Memory Aids to Your Great Adventure

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The book is also available on Kindle. Please either go to the Kindle page from the above Amazon page, or click here.


From Amazon:


Get the Entire Quest System ($126.44 $97)

However, if you really want to push the boat out and learn at the best possible speed (as well as save $$), then we’d recommend getting our entire Quest system for just 1 low price.

Immediate access after purchase. Click on the image below: Click here to get QUest now!


The Learn Thai Alphabet Song

* I can neither remember nor find the source for this, but I do recall reading somewhere that the reason why these 2 obsolete consonants haven’t been withdrawn or removed from the Thai alphabet because to do so would require rewriting the Thai alphabet song (this is unconfirmed and, if I’m wrong, please correct me).

This song is taught to Thai children from a very young age to help them learn the Thai alphabet: millions of Thais will tell you its very effective. Understandably, it’s difficult for foreigners (this author couldn’t learn the alphabet this way, I tried though), or, I guess, those late to the language. See for yourself:

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Learn Thai Alphabet Flashcards

Learn Thai Alphabet Flashcards - A4 flashcard page

If you’re interested in learning the Thai alphabet, we have some free flashcards you can download, print out, cut up and use to help you practice learning the Thai alphabet. Click here to go to the download page.

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Quest Vol 1 – Learning Thai, Your Great Adventure (Bangkok: Russ Crowley, 2011)

If you’re a beginner who is looking for a single system to learn Thai, then Learning Thai Your Great Adventure (LTYGA) is the book you’ve been seeking.

Look inside the book (click inside the brown button to view in full screen):

Learning Thai Your Great Adventure is Volume 1 of Quest

The entry point for our Quest (Quick, Easy, Simple Thai) system, LTYGA will give you all you need to start your adventure…

…and will open up the path to your language success.

Quest: Our End-to-End System for Learning Thai

Quest will take you from knowing nothing, all the way through to reading Thai.

But, what makes us different?

We provide an end-to-end system for learning Thai that will ensure you can speak and read Thai.

Even better, you’ll savour every little adventure as you go:

“…your method really appeals to me and is FUN as well as clear. Thanks so much for all your hard work – I hope it all pays off for you and Duangta!” Uda Goode,Chippenham*

Designed For the Beginning Thai Learners

Designed with the absolute beginner in mind we make what has traditionally been classed as difficult, easy:

“I want to thank you for creating a system in which learning Thai is much much more natural rather than filled with ‘technical jargon’…” Emiliusz Smorczewski,Illinois*

You may know there are 12 different transliteration systems in Thailand (this is where the sounds of Thai are written in English) but as your goal is to learn Thai, why bother with them?

Sure, it’s a good place to start, but having to learn 1 transliteration system is still 1 too many.

Learning Thai is Your Goal

So we help you to get passed the transliteration and onto learning Thai.
We use:

  • our own specially devised color-coding system—colours make it so simple to identify the language parts
  • memory aids—acronyms and mnemonics to help you learn what otherwise is complex: saving you hours of struggling to absorb the dreaded ‘language rule’

As we use the same system across all our material (our books, and our pc, Mac, and iPad applications), you know you’re on the fastest path to completing your quest.


Get Learning Thai, Your Great Adventure ($22.99)

  • 211-page, pdf ebook (requires pdf reader)
  • Start your Thai language adventure today
  • Instant download after purchase

Learning Thai, Your Great Adventure

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From Amazon:


Get the Entire Quest System ($126.44 $97)

However, if you really want to go the whole hog, as well as save yourself $$$ then get our entire Quest
system for a simple, single low price, then click on the image below:

Immediate access after purchase!

Click here to get QUest now!


Learn Thai Alphabet Flashcards

Learn Thai alphabet flashcards

If you’re interested in learning the Thai alphabet, we have some free flashcards for you. You can then download, print out, cut then up and use to help you practice learning the Thai alphabet. Click here to go to the download page.