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  • 9 Ways To Make Your Author Resource Box Sizzle

    The Future of Ink
    Joan Stewart
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Joan Stewart Why is it that some writers can describe themselves, their personalities, their likes and dislikes, and promote their expertise, in such a compelling way that you’re dying to know more about them? And they do it all in only two or three sentences? I’m referring to what’s known as the author resource box, the short 50 to 100-word paragraph that you write at the end of articles and blog posts, and on your social media profiles. Digital publishing practically requires that you have one. So why not make it as compelling as possible? I’ve been collecting…
  • What I've Learned As A Newbie Author

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    Liberty Speidel
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    From LoveThisPic.com user StacyOne year ago this week, I pressed the “Publish” button for the first time. I was a scared new author, trying to build some confidence in whatever way I could. And for me, that meant putting up a short story I was fairly pleased with. I’d decided during the year that I was going to try my hand at self-publishing, and while I didn’t necessarily have a specific plan, I knew doing something was better than doing absolutely nothing. When I pressed the lovely button that sends chills and waves of panic through many authors, I knew I was taking my first step,…
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    13 Dec 2014 | 10:24 pm
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  • KDP Select Payment Continues to Hover Below $1.40

    The Digital Reader
    Nate Hoffelder
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Amazon revealed in the KDP monthly newsletter yesterday that the KDP Select payment was still disappointingly low. With the payment per loan still only $1.39, authors are wondering whether KDP Select in particular, and Amazon's subscription ebook service in general, are such a great idea. KDP Select has been a good revenue source for indie authors since it launched with the Kindle Owner's Lending Library 3 years ago, but that came to an abrupt end in July. Following the launch of Kindle Unlimited, the payout from KDP Select declined by 25%, and it continued to decline ever since. The…
  • The Morning Coffee – 17 December 2014

    The Digital Reader
    Nate Hoffelder
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Must read stories this morning include David Gaughran's history lesson on a precursor to Author Solutions (and its connection to Random House), the chilling effects of copyright, howJames Patterson became the The Henry Ford of Books, and more. Georgia Tech Research Finds Copyright Confusion has 'Chilling Effects' in Online Creative Publishing (Georgia Tech) How James Patterson Became the Ultimate Storyteller (Vanity Fair) How Jessica Mitford Exposed A $48m Scam From America’s Literary Establishment (David Gaughran) How To Speak Startup (TechCrunch) Why media companies should pay attention…
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    Mediashift

  • Daily Must Reads, December 17, 2014

    Julie Keck
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:20 am
    1. Smart filters on the rise (Millie Tran / Nieman Lab) 2. Jury finds Apple not liable of harming consumers in iTunes DRM case (Josh Lowensohn / The Verge) 3. External traffic to Spanish news sites plummets after Google move (Mathew Ingram / GigaOm) 4. Spotify CEO wants ‘to do a better job’ convincing musicians […] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • 5 Funding Options for Journalism That Blossomed in 2014

    Dena Levitz
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    There’s no shortage of great journalistic content being produced right now. From video interviews to longform writing to entirely reimagined storytelling vehicles, journalistic creativity and heft are at a high. But how do you pay for it? Legacy media operations are still tinkering with their business models to incorporate new and old revenue streams in […] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • #EdShift Chat: Crowdfunding Journalism

    Meagan Doll
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    On Friday, December 19, our #EdShift chat will focus on crowdfunding for professional and student journalism projects. Join us at 1 p.m. Eastern Time/12 p.m. Central Time/10 a.m. Pacific Time as we discuss how to engage the crowd to find funds to tell stories in new and important ways. The chat will be moderated as usual […] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Rebuilding Advertising for the Post-Digital Age

    Tom Goodwin
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    The following piece is a guest post. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. Digital hasn’t come smoothly to advertising. We’ve made the error of flash micro-sites, done silly things on Twitter and had a few missteps into consumer-generated content. But looking at the world now, it seems we’ve finally understood it all. In a […] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • E-Books & Self-Publishing Roundup, December 16, 2014

    Julie Keck
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:51 am
    1. Why book marketing (still) starts and ends with the website (Murray Izenwasser / Digital Book World) 2. U.S. faces tough questions in Apple e-books antitrust appeal (Nate Raymond / Reuters) 3. The maritime industry embraces e-books and digital newspapers (Mike Koslowski / Good e-Reader) 4. Jane Friedman’s favorite digital tools in 2014 5. Teens […] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
 
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    Digital Book World

  • Bookmate Takes Subscription Ebooks to Asia

    DBW
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:44 am
    Bookmate, the subscription ebook service and social e-reading platform, is now available in Singapore. Partnering with StarHub, a Singapore-based digital communications provider, Bookmate brings its more than 500,000-ebook catalog to the country’s growing market of e-readers, in what Bookmate founder Simon Dunlop in a statement today calls “a significant first step in increasing Bookmate’s footprint in Southeast Asia.” In an interview earlier this year, Dunlop voiced qualified agreement with skeptics of the subscription model for ebooks, saying it “does not seem…
  • Four Ways Metadata Is Changing for Authors and Book Publishers

    Renée Register
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    As I near completion of the second edition of The Metadata Handbook, which is due to be published next month, I find myself looking back over the two years since its initial publication and looking forward to exciting developments that will expand the ways in which metadata can be leveraged to support books and publishing. I’ve seen interest in understanding metadata and learning to create and distribute quality metadata continue to grow across all segments of publishing. The four metadata courses created in 2013 through Digital Book World University continue to attract a large number of…
  • Why All Publishers Should Watch the Academic Market

    Rich Bellis
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Academic publishing is evolving alongside every other sector of the industry, but according to Processed Media President Joseph Esposito, it’s where a new crop of innovators may emerge next. “In 2014 we began to see the reemergence of institutional markets as important channels for all books,” Esposito points out, citing, among other things, the “large proportion of trade ebooks available for libraries” compared with just a few years ago. As Esposito sees it, the industry-wide push to establish new distribution channels is encouraging cross-pollination among market categories that…
  • Penguin Random House Ebooks Dominate Best-Seller List During Holiday Shopping Season

    Rich Bellis
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Penguin Random House has had a strong year on the ebook best-seller list overall, and it’s heading to a strong finish, too. This week, thirteen–or just over half–of the top-25 best-selling ebooks belong to Penguin Random House. One of them is Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken, which shoots to No. 1 as a film adaptation, directed by Angelina Jolie, prepares to hit theaters this Christmas. The past year has amply demonstrated the power of media tie-ins to boost sales of best-selling ebooks, a phenomenon that Unbroken appears toprove once more. The average price of a…
  • Five Digital Publishing Questions for Joseph Esposito

    Joseph Esposito
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    The Digital Book World Conference + Expo, kicking off on January 13, 2015 is packed with an incredible amount of information and ideas about the digital publishing landscape at a time of remarkable transformations. To help attendees make the most out of those three days, Digital Book World is sitting down with conference speakers to help lay the groundwork for conversations that will take place at the conference and continue for many weeks and months afterward. This is the tenth installment in our “Digital Publishing Questions” blog series, featuring Joseph Esposito, President of…
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    A Newbie's Guide to Publishing

  • Erotic Romance

    9 Dec 2014 | 4:58 pm
    I've written in many genres, including mystery, thriller, horror, science fiction, humor, YA, chick lit (is it still called chick lit?), and erotica.But I've never written a romance.Until now.Co-written with my frequent collaborator, Ann Voss Peterson, WANT IT BAD is a departure from the smut we've penned in the past.Not to say there isn't sex in this book. There's loads of sex. Heaps of sex. Kinky sex.But this is the first time I've ever attempted to actually make sex essential to the arcs of the two main characters. Where 'girl meets boy' is the point of the plot.Ann is an expert when it…
  • Thoughts on the DBW Writer Survey with Author Lisa Grace

    3 Dec 2014 | 7:48 am
    Lisa Grace: I asked Joe to please respond to the DBW 2014 survey questions because I just love how he rips through all the *flakes. Many people spout utter nonsense that is meant to slam self-publishing back into a little box marked "they can't really be doing that well since everyone knows self-publishers really don't make more than $500 per book, ever" so let's write a survey that highlights that particular wish-oid  (which are related to hemorrhoids.)Joe: You can see some of the results here, but I'm not going to link to the actual survey because I STRONGLY advise writers not to…
  • 1 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am

    1 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    GUEST POST BY ANJO BORDELLAnjo Bordell has lived in Shanghai, China since 2007. He completed his debut novel Default in the summer of 2014, and describes it as “half expat novel, half great American adventure.” It is available hereon Amazon.Please sign up for his newsletter, a hilarious and informative monthly dispatch from Shanghai with photos and short podcasts. This lengthy guest post is also available as a (very entertaining) podcast. Click herefor the audio download or herefor the player. Pro tip: Listen to the podcast while reading along and clicking the links! Click herefor the…
  • A Novel Approach To Box Sets

    24 Nov 2014 | 7:12 am
    8 Ways to Thrill - Unique Ebook Bundle Available Through 11/27/2014Available at http://storybundle.com/thrillerMy thriller The List is available in a discount eight novel thriller bundle until Thanksgiving.Box sets are one of the hottest promotional tools going right now, so I interviewed the bundle’s curator M.L. “Matt” Buchman.Joe: What's the main idea behind this unique bundle, and how did you come up with it?Matt: I’ve worked with StoryBundle.com a couple of times and I like their structure. The reader sets the price. For $3 they get half the titles, for $12 they get all eight.
  • Don't Pay to Self-Publish

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    My name is Joe Konrath, and I write fiction.I've sold over a million books by self-publishing.You probably were searching for "how to self-publish" or something similar and my blog came up.This post for all newbie writers considering self-publishing. While it would be extremely helpful to you to take a week and read my entire blog to get a full understanding of how the publishing industry works, here's the most important thing you need to know:DON'T PAY ANYONE TO PUBLISH YOU.Now you can certainly pay people to help you publish. Freelancers such as editors, cover artists, book formatters,…
 
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    Catherine, Caffeinated

  • The Surprising Thing About Rejection (Or What I Learned in 2014)

    catherineryanhoward
    5 Dec 2014 | 6:32 am
    This will likely be my last blog post in 2014 and you might want to make a cup of coffee, because it’s gonna be a long one… In past Decembers I’ve compiled gift guides, and last year I shared my first Christmas in a place I lived all by myself (and so could decorate as I pleased, safe in the knowledge that no one could touch anything or suddenly appear with a strand of the most offensive substance known to man, tinsel). But this year I’m coming to the end of my first term in Trinity College Dublin, barely three months in to a four-year degree in English Studies that…
  • A Discount on Self-Printed 3.0 Just for YOU!

    catherineryanhoward
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:26 am
    Well, not just for you, but for all my blog readers. Until midnight GMT Monday 17th November, you can get enjoy 25% off an ePub or Kindle edition of Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing (3rd edition) if you purchase it directly from me at one of the links below. Just enter the code blogreader to avail of your discount. Click here for Kindle Click here for ePub A PDF is also available at a permanent price of $2.49. (There’s no discount on that. Sorry!) Please note that this process will result in a file being downloaded to your computer. You’ll then have…
  • [Insert Annoying Self-Promoting Message Here]

    catherineryanhoward
    4 Nov 2014 | 8:09 am
    I’ve decided to change the way I blog. From now on, day in and day out, all I’m going to post are blogs that consist of an image of my book’s cover, a link to where it’s for sale online and an excerpt from “another 5* review!” (the word another and the exclamation mark being the most important elements of that phrase). Will you stick around? I’m guessing not, and I wouldn’t expect you to. Were you to change your blog to consist exclusively of such blatant, repetitive, smug and utterly pointless – more on the pointless bit in a minute…
  • #SelfPrintedSplash: The Qs and As (and the Winners!)

    catherineryanhoward
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Thank you to everyone who participated in the #selfprintedsplash on Friday! Below are links to all the questions asked and the answers I supplied (some of them very late Thursday night/early Friday morning…) I promised there’d be prizes for the Random Participant Wins This and Best Question Asked awards, and here’s what those prizes are going to be: you can either have a paperback copy of Self-Printed 3.0 OR any book that appears in Self-Printed’s Further Reading section. (And if you can’t pick one, I’ll decide for you and you can wait to find out when…
  • Self-Printed Splash Special Guest Star: Mel Sherratt

    catherineryanhoward
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:35 am
    The #selfprintedsplash weekend* continues with a very special guest appearance today by self-publishing superstar Mel Sherratt who after a truly stellar rise through the Amazon bestseller ranks – well, really it wasn’t exactly a rise, more like she burst onto them at the top and then stayed there! – secured a deal with Thomas & Mercer, an imprint of Amazon Publishing, and was one of the first Amazon Publishing authors to see her paperback books not just for sale online but in brick-and-mortar bookstores too. I’ve “known” Mel now for a few years…
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    BookBaby Blog

  • All in the family: the powerful connection between CD Baby and BookBaby

    Steven Spatz
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    “The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.” RICHARD BACH, Illusions When we launched BookBaby back in 2011 we had a strategy to get the word out about our new brand: “Book Barnstorming” – traveling across the country to book fairs, trade shows, author conferences and more. The BookBaby team pitched our products and services to thousands of would-be authors, talking up our global eBook distribution, our payout of 100% of net sales back to authors, and all the rest. Most folks listened politely, nodded pleasantly –…
  • The 30 best book covers of 2014

    Chris Robley
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:31 am
    Are you in the process of designing a cover for your next book? Need some inspiration? Check out this article from PASTE Magazine, featuring (in their opinion) the 30 best book covers of 2014. What do you think? See any design ideas worth borrowing for your own book? Let us know in the comments below. The post The 30 best book covers of 2014 appeared first on BookBaby Blog.
  • BookBaby leaves eBook authors with no choice. Thank goodness!

    Steven Spatz
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Red, blue or green? Large, medium or small? No matter what we’re talking about, most people love having choices. Fifty seven varieties. Thirty one flavors. Bring it on! In fact, the more the choices, the better. Right? Well, not always. And that’s why BookBaby has decided to go against the grain this week with our new and improved eBook publishing offer. We’ve gone from three eBook packages to just one. And authors will be better off because of it. People who make it their business to study stuff like this have long known that having too many choices is a bad thing. Psychologist Barry…
  • The best Christmas books of all time [infographic]

    Chris Robley
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    What are your favorite books that take place during the holidays? Here’s an infographic from NinjaEssays showing the “best” Christmas books of all time (according to Goodreads and Stylist). But we want to hear about your favorites too. Let us know what you think are the greatest holiday books in the comments section below the infographic. Do you agree with this list? What are your favorite Christmas books? Let us know. The post The best Christmas books of all time [infographic] appeared first on BookBaby Blog.
  • [Infographic] What to post & when to post it on 9 important social networks

    Chris Robley
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:57 am
    Social media tips for authors Great content. Good timing. That’s the key to successful social media marketing in a nutshell. But quality content and appropriate timing look different on every social media platform. To help you keep all the details of your social strategy straight, here’s an infographic from Business 2 Community about WHAT, WHEN, and HOW OFTEN to post to the 9 most popular social media sites: Which social media platforms work best for you? Let us know in the comments below. The post [Infographic] What to post & when to post it on 9 important social networks…
 
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    Self-Publishing Review

  • Why Amazon Reviews Just Aren’t Enough

    Cate Baum
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:54 am
    With the fall in prices for trad published books, the indie Kindle goldrush may be over, so Cate Baum looks into Amazon’s algorithm and how its search engine works for authors and their books – and why Amazon reviews are not enough to sell a book – and maybe never have been. There’s a lot ...
  • Self-Publishing is Self-Correcting

    Henry Baum
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:26 am
    With all the uproar about Kindle Unlimited (SPR included), there is one other major deciding factor that may be driving the self-published sales downturn. Publishers have finally gotten wise to lower prices, thereby eliminating a major tool used by indie writers. Russell Blake writes in The New Landscape: I just looked at the Amazon top ...
  • An Interview with Author Joanna Penn [Audio]

    Martin Lastrapes
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:55 am
    Joanna Penn is a self-published New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has sold over 100,000 books. I recently interviewed Joanna on my podcast, The Martin Lastrapes Show Podcast Hour, which you can listen to in its entirety by pressing the play button below: A few of the topics Joanna and I covered: How she quit her job and ...
  • 3 Simple and Efficient eBook Marketing Tips Every Author Should Know

    Tanisha Williams
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:53 am
    Taking the right approach to marketing an ebook is critical to selling it to your potential audience, and as long as you understand a couple of factors pertinent to decision-making, you should be able to quickly drive more sales without even having to be a qualified marketing expert. Give It Away for Free A great marketing ...
  • Review: Dublin In The Rain by Andrew Critchley

    Cate Baum
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:36 am
    Dublin In The Rain weaves themes of love, redemption and devastation as those connected to a fatal accident in Dublin in 1947 are thrown together with sadness and romance, in this, the first book of a series by Andrew Critchley. When Jonathan arrives in Dublin, he’s anxious and solemn due to traumatizing events that have ...
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    Publishing Perspectives

  • Top 12 Articles on Publishing in Latin America of 2014

    Hannah Johnson
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:53 am
    Latin America is a dynamic book publishing region. Read our top articles from 2014 about publishing in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and other Latin American countries. The post Top 12 Articles on Publishing in Latin America of 2014 appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Strong Foreign Rights Sales for 2014 French Bestsellers

    Olivia Snaije
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    2014 has been a good year for French publishers with strong foreign rights sales of several titles, including Nobel Prize-winner Patrick Modiano's novel. The post Strong Foreign Rights Sales for 2014 French Bestsellers appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • The Translation That Became a Most Unlikely Bestseller

    Kevin DiCamillo
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose celebrates 30 years in translation and in print this year — but still confounds even the most erudite readers. The post The Translation That Became a Most Unlikely Bestseller appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Top 10 Articles on Rights and Licensing of 2014

    Hannah Johnson
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:55 pm
    In 2014, Publishing Perspectives covered rights and licensing around globe from Beijing to Serbia, from digital to self-publishing. Here are our top 10 rights articles of the year. The post Top 10 Articles on Rights and Licensing of 2014 appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Translating the Untranslated Anton Chekhov

    Dennis Abrams
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    The Anton Chekhov Foundation is working to produce English translations of 528 of the author's earliest, still untranslated works. The post Translating the Untranslated Anton Chekhov appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
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    The Book Designer

  • Ebooks: What a Long Strange Trip

    Joel Friedlander
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:05 am
    By Jason Matthews Hard to believe it’s only been seven years since Amazon released the Kindle. It happened in November of 2007, and while ebooks existed before then, that was a pivotal event for the future of publishing. More specifically, for the future of self-publishing. Back then the consensus among many writing circles was that self-publishing “is the sign of a bad book” or the author gave in to desperation when all else failed. I heard it a lot. Some people still feel that way, they’re just quieter in general. But times have changed. A newbie to self-publishing today is less…
  • Sneak Peek: The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide

    Joel Friedlander
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    Although I’ve been publishing books for decades, I haven’t been doing much of it recently. Too busy writing about publishing, I guess. There are many book projects scattered on my hard drive in various stages of completion, but as I’ve said before, a book isn’t always the best way to distribute content. There are so many choices these days, and that’s great for readers, don’t you think? But when my friend Betty Sargent (Bookworks) suggested that we collaborate on a resource guide for self-publishers, I jumped on board immediately. Why? What Self-Publishers…
  • e-Book Cover Design Awards, November, 2014

    Joel Friedlander
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:05 am
    Welcome to the e-Book Cover Design Awards. This edition is for submissions during November, 2014. This month we received: 116 covers in the Fiction category 25 covers in the Nonfiction category Comments, Award Winners, and Gold Stars I’ve added comments (JF: ) to many of the entries, but not all. Remember that the aim of these posts is educational, and by submitting you are inviting comments, commendations, and constructive criticism. Thanks to everyone who participated. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. Please leave a comment to let me know which are your favorites or, if you…
 
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    The Future of Ink

  • 9 Ways To Make Your Author Resource Box Sizzle

    Joan Stewart
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Joan Stewart Why is it that some writers can describe themselves, their personalities, their likes and dislikes, and promote their expertise, in such a compelling way that you’re dying to know more about them? And they do it all in only two or three sentences? I’m referring to what’s known as the author resource box, the short 50 to 100-word paragraph that you write at the end of articles and blog posts, and on your social media profiles. Digital publishing practically requires that you have one. So why not make it as compelling as possible? I’ve been collecting…
  • 9 Ways Authors Can Use IFTTT Recipes To Be More Productive

    Shelley Hitz
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Shelley Hitz I love productivity tools and finding ways to accomplish more with less time. A tool I recently started using is IFTTT which stands for If This Then That. I have to admit when I first found out about IFTTT, I was confused. It didn’t make sense to me how it would be useful to me. Now, I know there are many ways authors can use this tool to be more productive and I am excited to share them with you. Check out my video tutorial on how to use IFTTT and recipes below: Here are links to 9 of my favorite IFTTT recipes to help authors be more productive: Social Media 1) Send all…
  • How To Use Slideshare To Market Your Book

    Rebecca Livermore
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Rebecca Livermore Writing your book is only half the battle. Regardless of whether you self-publish or go with a traditional publisher, once your book is published, if you want it to sell well, you have to market it. SlideShare is a great and often overlooked social media site that has great potential for marketing your books. Using SlideShare – The Three Primary Steps #1: Create an Awesome Presentation Using PowerPoint, Keynote, or Google Slides While you can upload many different file types to SlideShare, the focus of this article is on slideshows. You can use PowerPoint or Keynote…
  • The Art of Social Media for Writers

    Peg Fitzpatrick
    5 Dec 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Peg Fitzpatrick Building a social media platform has never been more important whether you plan on self-publishing or pitching your book to a traditional publisher. Writing a great book is just part of the equation, your social media platform is where readers will get to know you, find out about what you’re writing, and could determine the success of your book sales. Goodreads One of the most important platforms for writers is Goodreads. Goodreads’ tagline is “meet your next favorite book” and I’ll add “and favorite author!” You can set up a solid author profile…
  • The Shocking Truth Why Most Affiliate Partnerships Don’t Work

    Kathleen Gage
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Kathleen Gage If you’ve been exploring how to run a business online for any length of time you’ve likely heard there are surefire ways to achieve greater success for your efforts. At the top of the list are joint-venture and affiliate partnerships. Although a very effective way to increase your market reach and visibility, there are some “must dos” and “don’t dos” to building successful partnerships. Partnering with those who are a great fit can, and will, achieve incredible results, including reaching highly qualified prospects, increased opt ins, higher revenues and…
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    The Passive Voice - Latest Updates

  • I have never felt the slightest inclination to apologize for my tastes

    Passive Guy
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    I have never felt the slightest inclination to apologize for my tastes; nor to shrink from declaring that a mystery or detective novel boldly upholds the principle, in defiance of contemporary sentiment, that infinite Mystery, beyond that of the finite, may yield to human ratiocination: that truth will “out”: that happiness is possible once Evil is banished: and that God, though, it seems, withdrawn at the present time from both Nature and History, is yet a living presence in the world,—an unblinking eye that sees all, absorbs all, comprehends all, each and every baffling clue;…
  • Amazon hints at e-book price hike on Jan 1st

    Passive Guy
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    From The Bookseller: Amazon has warned that e-book prices will rise come January following a change in VAT law in an email to self-published authors. On 1st January Amazon will “make a one-time adjustment to convert VAT-exclusive list prices provided to us to VAT-inclusive list prices” resulting in a rise in the list price of thousands of e-books. From 2015, VAT will be charged at the rate where the customer resides, rather than where the servers are based, meaning e-books bought by UK readers will be charged a rate of 20%, as opposed to the 3% levied by Luxembourg, where Amazon is based.
  • Small businesses facing ‘bullying’ by corporate customers

    Passive Guy
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    From The Guardian: Small businesses are being pushed to breaking point by bullying corporate customers making immoral payment demands, a lobby group has said. About one in five small companies surveyed by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) said they had suffered some form of supply-chain bullying in the past two years. The latest big name company to be drawn into the spotlight was WH Smith, after the retailer withdrew After the Battle magazine from its shelves following the publication’s refusal to pay a £2,000 “promotional fee”. The magazine, which has a circulation of 11,000,…
  • Are You an Adult Who Reads YA Novels? Congratulations, You Saved Publishing in 2014

    Passive Guy
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    From Flavorwire: We won’t have the full picture until sometime in 2015, but as it stands right now, book publishing had a profitable year in 2014. In the face of constant fighting between the Big 5 publishers and Amazon, book sales are up across all categories by 4.9 percent, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP). Even trade sales, as it turns out, are up 2.8 percent this year. And — in a turn of events that should surprise no one — those trade sales were buoyed by a substantial increase in sales of Young Adult and Children’s books, up 22.4 percent over 2013. When…
  • Did Apple Fix E-Book Prices for the Greater Good?

    Passive Guy
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    From The New Yorker: Had you listened to the lawyers presenting oral arguments to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit between ten o’clock and eleven o’clock on Monday morning, you might have assumed that someone was suing Amazon. Much of the discussion centered on whether Amazon had a monopoly on e-book sales a couple of years ago. At one point, a judge even suggested outright that Amazon could be described as a monopolist company that engaged in predatory pricing. But the case before the court that day wasn’t about Amazon—not directly, at least. It originated in…
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    The Digital Reader

  • B&N Updates Nook, Yuzu Apps for iOS

    Nate Hoffelder
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:52 am
    Barnes & Noble has stepped up its pace and released a couple updates for two of its 3 reading apps for iPad and iPhone. The new Nook app adds support for iOS8 as well as other features, and the changelog for B&N's textbook app mentions a number of bug fixes and new annotation features. (The Nook Kids app hasn't been updated since July 2011.) In its first major update, the Nook app gained new support for browsing and reading samples from the Nook Store. Readers can also organize their libraries into collections called Stacks. New customers can test drive the Nook app without…
  • Bookmate Launches in Singapore, Lets You Read Unlimited eBooks for a Monthly Fee

    Nate Hoffelder
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:53 am
    While Kindle Unlimited, Skoobe, Mofibo, and other ebook subscription services are focused on Europe and the West, Bookmate continues to invest in other markets. This Russia-based startup expanded into Singapore today in partnership with StarHub, a local telecom, to bring a library of over 500,000 ebooks to StarHub's customers and with the goal of engaging local publishers to offer their ebooks on the Bookmate platform. StarHub customers can read for free from a limited selection of titles, or they can pay to subscribe for either S$10 or S$16 a month. The standard subscription offers…
  • External Traffic to Spanish News Sites Plummets After Google Move, and Other Clickbait

    Nate Hoffelder
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:08 am
    Google shuttered Google News in Spain on Monday in anticipation of changes to Spanish copyright law, and if you believe the data-free post Matthew Ingram publisheed at GigaOm yesterday, the publishers are already seeing the effects. I'm not convinced, but Ingram says that: As expected, Google removed all Spanish publishers from its Google News index on Tuesday, which the company said it was forced to do as a result of a new law — a law that publishers themselves lobbied for — which requires anyone using even a short snippet of copyrighted content to pay a fee. According to the…
  • The Morning Coffee – 17 December 2014

    Nate Hoffelder
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Must read stories this morning include David Gaughran's history lesson on a precursor to Author Solutions (and its connection to Random House), the chilling effects of copyright, howJames Patterson became the The Henry Ford of Books, and more. Georgia Tech Research Finds Copyright Confusion has 'Chilling Effects' in Online Creative Publishing (Georgia Tech) How James Patterson Became the Ultimate Storyteller (Vanity Fair) How Jessica Mitford Exposed A $48m Scam From America’s Literary Establishment (David Gaughran) How To Speak Startup (TechCrunch) Why media companies should pay attention…
  • KDP Select Payment Continues to Hover Below $1.40

    Nate Hoffelder
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Amazon revealed in the KDP monthly newsletter yesterday that the KDP Select payment was still disappointingly low. With the payment per loan still only $1.39, authors are wondering whether KDP Select in particular, and Amazon's subscription ebook service in general, are such a great idea. KDP Select has been a good revenue source for indie authors since it launched with the Kindle Owner's Lending Library 3 years ago, but that came to an abrupt end in July. Following the launch of Kindle Unlimited, the payout from KDP Select declined by 25%, and it continued to decline ever since. The…
 
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    The Creative Penn

  • BookTrack: Why Soundtracks For Books Are Great For Readers And Authors

    Joanna Penn
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:10 pm
    I just did a fantastic event in Auckland, New Zealand, so a big thanks to everyone who came! Plus a big thanks to BookTrack who sponsored and organized the event, as well as Auckland Libraries who hosted it. So what is Booktrack? First up, watch this quick video to get the idea about what it is – watch below or here on YouTube In order to learn more about this, I interviewed Paul Cameron, CEO and co-founder of Booktrack about the service. In this video, we talk about why he and his brother started the company and what they want to achieve, as well as the benefits for authors and…
  • Audiobooks For Indies With Simon Whistler

    Joanna Penn
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Have you put your books into audio yet? Today I interview Simon Whistler about his new book, Audiobooks for Indies. I’m in New Zealand on a family visit! Delirium is now available as an audiobook, you can find it here on Audible or please email me if you’d like a review copy. This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps authors self-publish and reach readers in global markets through the Kobo eco-system. You can also subscribe to the Kobo Writing Life podcast for interviews with successful indie authors. Kobo’s financial support pays for the hosting and…
  • Commonalities Of Successful Indie Authors Plus A New Way To Find An Editor

    Joanna Penn
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:27 pm
    The fast-growing self-publishing environment is attracting all kinds of start-ups and companies that intend to serve authors. However, most of them seem to aim at the periphery of what authors really need, which in my opinion, is primarily editors and cover designers. Then I met Ricardo Fayet at a number of events, and discovered that his start-up, Reedsy, is aimed at connecting indie authors with editors and other professionals. The providers on the site are curated so you can trust that they offer a quality service. Reedsy itself is a partner member of the Alliance of Independent Authors,…
  • Writing The Million Dollar Outline And Resonance In Writing With David Farland

    Joanna Penn
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Would you like to hear the advice that Stephenie Meyer used to create Twilight, one of the bestselling books of all time? David Farland taught her and today he shares his advice on million dollar stories with you. In the introduction, I mention Mark Coker’s fantastic post about the realities for indie authors right now, how amazing the STORY conference was and my writing update: Gates of Hell is back with my editor for final edit, and will be out in the new year. Delirium, London Psychic Book 2, is now out in audiobook format. I also mention the fantastic Author Marketing Live online…
  • Final Chance To Get My Courses For Authors. 25% Off. Limited Time Offer.

    Joanna Penn
    30 Nov 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Would you like to learn more about book marketing, becoming a pro writer, writing a novel or writing fight scenes? If you’ve been following my annual author-entrepreneur reports about my income split, you’ll note that I have been reducing my online course sales and ramping up my fiction, effectively swapping income streams over time. I started out with a business model of education through video courses, but now I focus more on books and sales through other online platforms. Well, now I’m biting the bullet and pulling down my courses. And it just so happens to coincide with…
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    GalleyCat

  • Rare Books Dealer Abe Books Reveals Its Most Expensive Books Sold This Year

    Dianna Dilworth
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    AbeBooks.com a site that sells used and rare books has revealed its list of the 50 most expensive books sold this year. The most that fetched the most money was Les Maîtres de L’Affiche (5 vols) which sold for $43,450, followed by a copy of Das Kapital by Karl Marx which went for $40,000. Call for the Dead by John le Carré  sold for $22,500. A copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll & illustrated by Salvador Dali brought in $20,000. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway went for $18,000 and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK…
  • J.K. Rowling Confirms That a Jewish Wizard Has Attended Hogwarts

    Maryann Yin
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
    .@benjaminroffman Anthony Goldstein, Ravenclaw, Jewish wizard. — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 16, 2014 Has Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry ever admitted a Jewish student? Yesterday, J.K. Rowling confirmed that the answer is “yes.” In response to a fan’s message on Twitter, the Harry Potter series author revealed that a Jewish wizard named Anthony Goldstein belonged to Ravenclaw house. We’ve embedded the tweets above—what do you think? In addition to coming to her fans rescue via social media, Rowling has been a busy bee with adding new…
  • The State of eBooks: INFOGRAPHIC

    Dianna Dilworth
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:15 am
    Data journalist Niall McCarthy has created an infographic which explores the current state of eBooks Charted by Statista, McCarthy shared the infographic in a post on Forbes.Check it out: “Today, 23 percent of all male adults and 33 percent of all female adults in the United States read e-books. In fact, the global e-book industry is worth a whopping $8.5 billion.” We’ve embedded the entire graphic after the jump for you to explore further. (more…) New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
  • Chronicle Books Shares Holiday Video

    Dianna Dilworth
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:40 am
    Chronicle Books has sent out its fifth annual holiday video. The holiday greeting was created by the publisher in-house. For this year’s video, they built the Little Free Library. It will be given away during National Library Week next year. We’ve embedded the video above for you to enjoy. New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
  • Ruby Barnhill Cast as Sophie in The BFG Movie

    Maryann Yin
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    Ruby Barnhill, a newcomer English actress, will play Sophie in The BFG. This project marks the first time Barnhill will take on a feature part. Steven Spielberg will take the helm of this Roald Dahl film adaptation as the director. Mark Rylance, a British theatre actor, has been cast in the titular role. Here’s more from Deadline: “Published in 1982, The BFG is the story of a young London girl and the world’s only benevolent giant who introduces her to the beauty and peril of Giant Country. The two set off on an adventure (with the aid of the Queen of England) to capture the…
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    Publishing News

  • US poll backs torture of terror suspects

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:58 am
    Washington: Most Americans believe that torture of suspected terrorists is justified, a new poll shows, just days after a scathing report into the CIA's brutal treatment of detainees after the September, 11, 2001 attacks. The Washington Post /ABC News poll found that 58 per cent of people believe that in general, looking ahead, the torture of suspected terrorists can be justified "often" or "sometimes".
  • Author and cartoonist Norman Bridwell, creator of Clifford

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Norman Bridwell, Clifford creator, dead at 86 The 'Big Red Dog' books became a PBS show. Check out this story on sctimes.com: http://usat.ly/1ADbY34 Author and cartoonist Norman Bridwell, creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog, poses for a portrait at Scholastic headquarters in New York, May 4, 2011.
  • LAPD to get 7,000 officer body cameras

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:14 pm
    LAPD officer Juan Paz wears a body camera during a press conference announcing the department's rollout of the new technology on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Tuesday that 7,000 police officers citywide will be wearing body cameras by mid-2016.
  • Kathie Lee Gifford says Bill Cosby tried kissing her

    16 Dec 2014 | 1:09 pm
    At the time, Gifford and her backup singers were opening for Cosby on a tour. She was quick to note how Cosby treated them with "great kindness and generosity" during the two years they performed together.
  • Fort Drum soldier arrested for desertion

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:09 pm
    A U.S. Army officer who served in the French Foreign Legion after deserting his unit has been sentenced to four years in prison. The New York Times reports that 28-year-old 2nd Lt.
 
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    Commercial Printing News

  • RR Donnelley Ranked as a Leading Outsourcing Service Provider on The Global Outsourcing 100

    15 Dec 2014 | 3:56 am
    R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company announced today that its Global Outsourcing Services offering has been recognized for the fourth consecutive year in The Global Outsourcing 100 . The Global Outsourcing 100 list, compiled annually by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals , is a global organization dedicated to the development of standards within the outsourcing industry.
  • The Denali Fund Inc. Declares Dividend

    12 Dec 2014 | 4:33 pm
    In accordance with generally accepted accounting principles , the dividend will consist of $1.46736 per share of long-term capital gain. The timing and character of distributions for federal income tax purposes are determined in accordance with income tax regulations which may differ from GAAP.
  • Quad/Graphics Coverage Initiated at Macquarie

    12 Dec 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Separately, analysts at TheStreet upgraded shares of Quad/Graphics from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating in a research note on Thursday, November 6th. Quad/Graphics opened at 20.48 on Thursday.
  • Moses Znaimer's ZoomerMedia seeking to buy Sun News Network from Quebecor:Globe

    10 Dec 2014 | 6:49 pm
    A published report says Moses Znaimer's ZoomerMedia Ltd. is in talks aimed at acquiring Sun News Network from Quebecor Inc. The Globe and Mail quotes a source "familiar with the negotiations" as saying Znaimer wants a deal to buy the TV channel before the end of the year. Sun News Network, a conservative-angled news channel, has struggled in the ratings, and been the centre of various political controversies.
  • Press release distribution, EDGAR filing, XBRL, regulatory filings

    10 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    Research and Markets: Asia-Pacific Resectoscopes Market Outlook to 2020: Key players covered include Olympus, Richard Wolf and KARL STORZ GmbH & Co )--Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Asia-Pacific Resectoscopes Market Outlook to 2020" r... )--A.M. Best has released the latest installment of the Insurance Law Podcast, a series that examines timely insurance issues from an attorney's point of view. This epi... )--SPIRIT DSP, the world's No.
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    Packt Publishing

  • Creating reusable actions for agent behaviors with Lua

    Sandeep Dhumal
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:17 am
    In this article by David Young, author of Learning Game AI Programming with Lua, we will create reusable actions for agent behaviors. (For more resources related to this topic, see here.) Creating userdata So far we've been using global data to store information about our agents. As we're going to create decision structures that require information about our agents, we'll create a local userdata table variable that contains our specific agent data as well as the agent controller in order to manage animation handling: read more
  • About MongoDB

    Sandeep Dhumal
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:33 pm
    In this article by Amol Nayak, the author of MongoDB Cookbook, describes the various features of MongoDB. (For more resources related to this topic, see here.) MongoDB is a document-oriented database and is the most popular and favorite NoSQL database. The rankings given at http://db-engines.com/en/ranking shows us that MongoDB is sitting on the fifth rank overall as of August 2014 and is the first NoSQL product in this list. It is currently being used in production by a huge list of companies in various domains handling terabytes of data efficiently. read more
  • Ansible – An Introduction

    Sandeep Dhumal
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:05 am
    In this article by Madhurranjan Mohan and Ramesh Raithatha, the authors of the book, Learning Ansible, have given an overview of the basic features of Ansible, right from the installation part till the deployment. (For more resources related to this topic, see here.) read more
  • Creating CSS via the Stylus preprocessor

    Sandeep Dhumal
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Instead of manually typing out each line of CSS you're going to require for your Ghost theme, we're going to get you setup to become highly efficient in your development through use of the CSS preprocessor named Stylus. Stylus can be described as a way of making CSS smart. It gives you the ability to define variables, create blocks of code that can be easily reused, perform mathematical calculations, and more. After Stylus code is written, it is compiled into a regular CSS file that is then linked into your design in the usual fashion. It is an extremely powerful tool with many capabilities,…
  • Components

    Sandeep Dhumal
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:39 am
    This article by Timothy Moran, author of Mastering KnockoutJS, teaches you how to use the new Knockout components feature. (For more resources related to this topic, see here.) read more
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    Thad McIlroy - Future Of Publishing

  • Barnes & Noble Divides $300 Million in Half

    Thad McIlroy
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:05 pm
    The December 4th announcement of Microsoft’s retreat from Barnes & Noble is well documented. Barnes & Noble demonstrated how to turn $300 million into $125 million (OK, less than half). The company’s shares had a brief dip but then recovered. © Barnes & Noble Barnes & Noble (stock symbol BKS) is trading today for about $22, giving the company a market value of $1.3 billion. This is good news for investors: a year ago the stock was worth a third less, in the $14 range. Despite the price increases company founder and CEO Len Riggio has been selling shares. In…
  • Another Online Publishing Breakthrough from the New York Times

    Thad McIlroy
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:09 am
    At the end of 2012 I published a post called “Read & Watch the Future of Publishing at the New York Times.” That post considered John Branch’s award-winning “Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek.” The New York Times continues to innovate, this time in the travel section. The short title is “Norway the Slow Way.” I prefer the subtitle, streaming along the screen as you begin to immerse yourself in the piece: “A journey in which I travel north, on the world’s most beautiful voyage, searching for the specter of my grandfather and a glimpse…
  • Where the Music Industry Meets the Book Industry

    Thad McIlroy
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:54 pm
    I last covered the topic “What Can the Music Business Teach the Book Business?” in a November, 2011 blog post. Today, in response to a fascinating blog entry on Brian O’Leary’s site I found myself revisiting the issue, leading to a comment I posted there. Thoughts are frequently shared comparing the music and publishing businesses but there are few facts to establish the alleged close connection. Much more work could be done. The always-astute James McQuivey notes in the comments on O’Leary’s blog that “the (book publishing) business is doing quite well in the…
  • Newspapers and the Decline in the Use of Traveller’s Cheques

    Thad McIlroy
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:09 am
    I’m thinking about two very different products each apparently well on the road to oblivion. Here’s a graph (roughly) illustrating the decline in the use of traveller’s cheques (aka “travelers checks” and several other spellings). There was tremendous growth through the mid-1990s. The drop-off is severe. Wikipedia details that “travelers cheques are no longer widely accepted and cannot easily be cashed, even at the banks that issue the cheques.” OK, use of traveller’s cheques declined by two-thirds in two decades. Were many jobs were lost as a…
  • Bundling, Unbundling and Ebook Subscription Services

    Thad McIlroy
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:07 pm
    How to Succeed in Business by Bundling – and Unbundling is a thought-provoking interview with Marc Andreessen and Jim Barksdale online at the Harvard Business Review. Marc Andreessen was the co-founder of Netscape. Jim Barksdale is a veteran of IBM, FedEx and AT&T Wireless “brought on a few months after Netscape’s founding to provide adult supervision as its CEO.” Both are now tech company VC investors. Barksdale, in his early 70s, is one of those rare executives whose advice reflects a depth of experience, much longed for in this age of the “serial…
 
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    Self Publishing Advisor

  • Christmas is Here Again | On Holidays and Happy Chaos (Part III)

    Kelly S
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:04 am
    I have good news and bad news, and it’s the same news.Should I ever face a film-worth scenario in which I have to choose, I will always choose to hear the good news first, so here it is:Today is the 17th of December, which means Christmas is fast closing in––and I mean fast.Christmas brings plenty of delectable morsels into our lives, as well as gifts and gift-giving, and––if we’re lucky––a blissful trip up and down memory lane with the people we love most in this world.But here’s the bad news: Christmas is fast closing in.You read that correctly!As I mentioned, the good and…
  • Self-Publishing Week in Review: 12/16/14

    selfpublishingadvisor
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    As a self-publishing author, you may find it helpful to stay up-to-date on the trends and news related to the self-publishing industry. This will help you make informed decisions before, during and after the self-publishing process, which will lead to a greater self-publishing experience. To help you stay current on self-publishing topics, simply visit our blog every Tuesday to find out the hottest news.  Hi! Can We Talk About Self-Publishing? The author of this Huffington Post article shares why he thinks self-publishing is great. I love the humor and honesty of this article.  The…
  • How to Find Time to Self-Publish During the Holidays

    Jodee Thayer
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:50 am
    The holidays can be a hectic time of year, and you might be considering putting your self-publishing project on hold until after the craziness of the season calms down. Well, if you’re anything like me, you’ll enjoy the holidays more if you cut back on the chaos and make time for what you love. Here is how I recommend finding time to work on your self-publishing project during the holiday season. 1. Shop online. Save time and money by shopping online. Instead of waiting in long lines, you can spend your extra time working on your project. 2. Create your wish list wisely. When…
  • Friday Conversations With A Self-Publishing Writer 12/12/14

    selfpublishingadvisor
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    CHARACTERS V Professional choices—the jobs we take that lead us into careers—are also a valuable part of character development.  Have you seen the new TV series FOREVER?  My hubby and I are enjoying it as he critiques the acting and I critique the writing.  The multi-time-period-plot is intriguing as the main character was born in 1779, yet is a New York City medical examiner in 2014.  Thus the career choice that carries the storylines throughout centuries.  Another intriguing element of this television series is the similarity to a novel written in 2003 by author Pete Hamill, who is…
  • Weekly Self-Published Book Review: The Job

    selfpublishingadvisor
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Book reviews are a great way for self-publishing authors to gain exposure. After all, how can someone buy your book if he or she doesn’t know it exists? Paired with other elements of your book promotion strategy, requesting reviews is a great way to get people talking about what you’ve written. When we read good reviews, we definitely like to share them. It gives the author a few (permanent) moments of fame and allows us to let the community know about a great book. Here’s this week’s book review by Midwest Book Review: The Job Cramer Louis Jackson Publisher: Outskirts Press…
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    BadRedhead Media

  • YouTube, Your Book Trailer and You! by @nblackburn01

    Naomi Blackburn
    14 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    YouTube, Your Book Trailer and You!   M.J. Kelley (@themjkelley) asks about how to use YouTube in a book’s marketing plan. Hold on! Isn’t YouTube only for videos, tutorials, and short movies?  Yes, this is why an author should invest in a book trailer for their book.  If one writes young adult/teen fiction, it isn’t even up for discussion that the investment should be made. You should make the investment. A recent poll found that more young adults recognized YouTube ‘wonder stars’ more than they recognized Hollywood stars. In a Variety article on the subject, they…
  • December 2014 #MondayBlogs Giveaway

    Rachel Thompson
    7 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Since I created #MondayBlogs in late 2012, even I’m shocked at what an amazing success it has become! Thousands participate each week, generating more than 5,000 tweets! And it is because of all of you that we can say that with a lot of pride and a big ol’ smile! As a thank you to all you wonderful #MondayBlogs tweeps, we launched an ongoing, monthly giveaway contest in April and we couldn’t be happier with the response! The Featured Monday Blogger giveaway is our way to say thank you for participating in #MondayBlogs by giving you more exposure for you and your blog. Each…
  • Why Silence Is Sometimes The Best Answer

    Rachel Thompson
    29 Nov 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Racism. Misogyny. Threats and bullying. Sometimes we wonder: why are we on social media at all? We’ve all heard the stories or been targets ourselves of online bullying, trolls, threats, and even stalkers. Is it worth putting ourselves out there if this is what we end up with? I don’t know. I have my days just like you. For me, the good outweighs the bad, but I’ve had to develop some new rules. You may disagree and that’s cool. That’s one of my rules: disagree all you want. I don’t have to force you to agree with me. Let’s deconstruct, from the author…
  • How Google+ is Different from Facebook — A Primer for Authors by @K8Tilton

    Kate Tilton
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Author Camela Cami Thompson asked, “How is Google+ different from Facebook?” Kate Tilton compares these two platforms, so you can see the differences and similarities. Differences Membership Size Facebook was founded on February 4, 2004, in 2012 Facebook hit the milestone of more than one billion active users. Google+ launched June 28, 2011, in 2013 the platform served 300 million people. With seven years to build membership, Facebook certainly has a larger membership size than Google+, but remember, Facebook is also the older platform. {Ed. note from Rachel: Google+ is owned by Google,…
  • How to Connect with Readers on Goodreads by @nblackburn01

    Naomi Blackburn
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Author John Hancock asked “How do I connect with readers who would be interested in my books? I can locate authors who are, but every time I find a fan group site or whatever, they have rules about promoting your own work. It feels a bit like a catch 22.” This is one of the most frequently asked questions that I get on The Author CEO. Marketing your books can be really intimidating. However, to connect with those who are most likely to purchase your product, marketing is a critical element of any book’s business development plan. There are numerous social media sites that an author…
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    Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

  • Lifelong learning looms large

    Joe Wikert
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:54 am
    You’re probably familiar with Moore’s Law, which states that computing power doubles every couple of years. I think there should be a similar law for the amount of information and expertise most workers have to acquire in each generation. In... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Evernote as a content distribution channel

    Joe Wikert
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:46 am
    I’m addicted to Evernote. I use it throughout the day to capture my meeting notes and other thoughts. I was recently joking with a fellow Evernote user and colleague about how the tool makes us smarter and dumber; smarter because... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Unlocking the hidden value of archives

    Joe Wikert
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:43 am
    The cost of scanning, converting and digitizing content seems to decline every year. As a result, we’re seeing all sorts of print archives being converted to digital products. The problem is that too many publishers are applying the “if you... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Disney shows how to tear down walled gardens

    Joe Wikert
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:36 am
    Tired of dealing with the fragmented mobile marketplace that iOS and Android represent? The imagineers at Disney have come up with a terrific way to address that problem. It’s both a much-needed solution for consumers and also a clever way... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ebook subscription services as publisher affiliates

    Joe Wikert
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    I was at an event last week where an attendee described the following scenario: She discovered an author on the Oyster unlimited ebook subscription service, she read one of their books and then realized the author’s other books aren’t included... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Beyond the Book

  • Open Access Is A Business Now

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    According to a recent industry report from Simba Information, Article Processing Charges (APCs) – the fees that publishers collect from authors for making their work available under “Open Access” rules – are expected to grow 80% from 2014 to 2017. Indeed, the report projects OA publishing revenues will rise at a pace far faster than traditional publishing. Clearly, OA is here to stay. And the disruption that Open Access has generated has publishers rethinking business models and turning to technology for solutions. In a pair of recent posts to the Scholarly Kitchen blog, Joseph…
  • The Battle For Media Democracy

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Under the United States Constitution, the First Amendment protects free speech from government restriction or interference. Yet government has a significant oversight role for a variety of media. In his new book, America’s Battle for Media Democracy, Victor Pickard asks how well public policy has served the public interest or only protected private business. In 2014, the so-called “net neutrality” debate has focused attention on ways that government, specifically the Federal Communications Commission, can or should regulate media companies and their business practices. In the 1940s, the…
  • What Apple Wants From Santa

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    When lawyers for Apple enter the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan next week, they will carry a brief that in its content is as hopeful as a child’s extravagant holiday wish list. Indeed, the attorneys for the computer and smartphone maker would seem to believe in Santa Claus – even if just a little – given the high hopes they have of overturning a 2013 antitrust ruling from Judge Denise Cote. “Apple’s appeal essentially boils down to this— Judge Denise Cote botched the case,” explains Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer. “The key argument Apple will…
  • The Researcher’s Dilemma

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Say the word research, and what do most people think of?  Well, teenagers, at least, and many, many older people who should know better think of Google, of course – or maybe Wikipedia.  But if your idea of research is a key word search online and a tap of the return key, then you probably think cooking is heating soup from a can.  No offense intended to Campbell’s or to Google, but that’s not going to get you into the Le Cordon Bleu or qualify you for a doctoral degree. Research – honest to God white coats and test tubes research – is what London-based Sybil Wong does. She joined…
  • HarperCollins CEO Is “Person of the Year”

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    4 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    As December opens and the year approaches its end, ‘tis the season – for awards. In the publishing industry, Publishers Weekly is handing out the latest round of ribbons and medals. The magazine’s list of notables for 2014 in the book trade includes Fiona McRae, director for two decades at the leading indie house Graywolf Press, as well as Jeurgen Boos, director of the Frankfurt Book Fair who has taken the fair beyond books and beyond Frankfurt. As “Person of the Year,”  Publishers Weekly is honoring Brian Murray, President and Chief Executive Officer of HarperCollins Publishers.
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    TeleRead

  • 2014 Reading Challenge: How Did I Do?

    Joanna Cabot
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:25 am
    A timely article hit my RSS feed recently, from a Book Riot contributor who has set herself the 2015 challenge of…well, not having a challenge. Boy, can I relate! As Jessica Pryde explains: “And then I realized, late this year, that I was reading myself crazy. I was reading while I was catching up on […] The post 2014 Reading Challenge: How Did I Do? appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Scottish Poetry Library extends fundraising drive, engages crowdfunding

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:25 am
    As already noted in Teleread, the Scottish Poetry Library (SPL) has launched a fundraising drive to provide the remaining tranche of funds needed to support renovation and expansion of its facilities, including the Space for Sound Campaign “to create a flexible, contemporary space that preserves the spirit and indeed much of the Library as it […] The post Scottish Poetry Library extends fundraising drive, engages crowdfunding appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Morning Links: Year’s fattest cookbooks. Interactive children’s book gift guide

    Joanna Cabot
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Year’s Fattest Cookbooks (PW) From How to Cook Everything Fast at a thousand-plus pages to an authoritative collection of Mexican recipes that clocks in at 705 pages, the year 2014 saw a slew of hefty cookbooks. Here’s a look at just a few. *** Where Are All the Boy Books? You’re Buying Them (Book […] The post Morning Links: Year’s fattest cookbooks. Interactive children’s book gift guide appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • British Library’s Terror and Wonder show throws open its portals

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:25 pm
    As many will know, the British Library has been hosting a great show on the Gothic tradition, “Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination,” since October. It’s the ideal show for the Christmas period, given the well-known British propensity for linking the festive season to ghost stories, horror movies, and dark and hideous imaginings of all […] The post British Library’s Terror and Wonder show throws open its portals appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Appeals court judges ask probing questions in Apple e-book anti-trial case

    Chris Meadows
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Yesterday, the appeals court heard testimony from Apple and the Department of Justice relating to the e-book anti-trust trial appeal. To my surprise, two of the three judges seemed amenable toward Apple’s point of view. They expressed concern over why the publisher collusion was such a bad thing when it was for the sake of […] The post Appeals court judges ask probing questions in Apple e-book anti-trial case appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
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    BuzzMachine

  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: New roles for journalists

    Jeff Jarvis
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:57 am
    A two-fer today: I’m posting the last two chapters of the first section of Geeks Bearing Gifts as they are both about new roles and relationships for journalists: one explores engagement, collaboration, and membership; the other looks at the journalist as organizer, advocate, and educator. Earlier drafts of these chapters have appeared online before. Tomorrow, I’ll start posting chapters about new forms and business models, which haven’t appeared before. Snippets from these two chapters: What would it mean for members of the community to be truly engaged in news? At the high…
  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: News ecosystems

    Jeff Jarvis
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:26 am
    Here’s chapter 4 of Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News about news ecosystems and the New Jersey model, posted to Medium for free. A snippet: This notion of an ecosystem can be confusing as we leave an era dominated by monolithic media — large, vertically integrated companies with tangible products, obvious control over scarce resources, and clear brands. Now we have this untidy hydra we call an ecosystem. No one is in charge. It has huge blank spots — there are 565 towns in New Jersey, each an opportunity for corruption needing a watchdog, and only a few…
  • Spain’s link tax forces Google News to shut there

    Jeff Jarvis
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:39 am
    Google News just announced that Spain’s recently passed link tax has forced the net giant to remove Spanish publishers from Google News and shut off the service in Spain come Tuesday. Thus a link tax intended to protect Spain’s publishers will only end up harming them — depriving them of untold audience — and could even end up killing the weakest among them. Spain will also bring damage to the web itself and to the country’s reputation, establishing itself as a hostile environment for investment in technology. Be careful what you wish for, you old, threatened…
  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: Content vs. Service

    Jeff Jarvis
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:45 am
    Here is the second chapter of my book, up on Medium for free. It argues that journalism is a service. That means that we’re not in the content business. That is heresy. So shoot me. The lede: Is news really a content business? Should it be? Perhaps defining ourselves as content creators is a trap. That worldview convinces us that our value is embodied entirely in what we make rather than in the good people derive from it. The belief that our business is to produce a product called content is what drives us to build paywalls around it — to argue that the public should pay for what…
  • That German guy and his beard

    Jeff Jarvis
    6 Dec 2014 | 7:46 am
    Was it @KaiDiekmann's intention all along to look like #Gutenberg on @jeffjarvis's book cover? #EinBartfuerKinder pic.twitter.com/Q98mBND1hT — Dominik Wurnig (@DominikWurnig) December 6, 2014 Just a brief post to cross the language barrier with an amusing story going on in German media. Kai Diekmann is the explosively colorful, diabolically charming, dangerously brilliant, stunt-prone editor-in-chief of the largest paper in Europe, Bild (it’s a tabloid in spirit that is printed on really big paper so the bare breasts are bigger). His company, Axel Springer, scares even…
 
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    Intentional Leadership

  • Season 2, Episode 11: The 5 Biggest Hiring Mistakes Leaders Make [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to Season 2, Episode 11 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this eleventh episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the five most common mistakes leaders make in hiring people. Nothing can accelerate the growth of your business faster than hiring the right person. Similarly, nothing can derail it faster than bringing in the wrong person. If you are going to succeed in business (or even in a non-profit organization), you must get really good at hiring great people. Listen to the Audio Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Play in browser | Download Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe…
  • Find out What High Achievers Are Doing Now to Win in 2015

    Michael Hyatt
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    One thing I’ve noticed about high achievers is that they all share a lot of commonalities. They all have habits that make them unique, but I find many similarities when it comes to the things that bring them success. I recently asked almost thirty different high achievers to tell me what they do to set themselves up for success in the New Year. People like Tony Robbins, Dave Ramsey, Jeff Walker, John Maxwell, and Chris Brogan all let me peek into their year-end process. Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s fast, free,…
  • The Real Reason You’re Afraid to Set Goals for 2015

    Michael Hyatt
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Joy is one of hardest feelings to hold onto, isn’t it? Fear is always crouching nearby ready to snatch it from us. Photo courtesy of Istockphoto.com/MariaDubova In Daring Greatly Brené Brown talks about “foreboding joy,” the idea that some sort of disaster looms just around the corner no matter how promising things look for the moment. Instead of experiencing joy, even when things are going well, we feel worry, fear, and dread. Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s fast, free, and more convenient.  
  • Goal-Setting Webinar with Amy Porterfield [Event]

    Michael Hyatt
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:03 am
    I am looking forward to doing a goal-setting webinar with my friend Amy Porterfield. It is open to the public. Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s fast, free, and more convenient. Date: December 17, 2014 Time: 12:00-01:30 pm CST Event: Goal-Setting Webinar with Amy Porterfield Topic: Get What You Want This Year: 5 Secrets for Finally Accomplishing Your Biggest Goals Sponsor: Amy Porterfield Public: Public Registration: Click here to register. More Info: Click here for more information.
  • “Creating Your Best Year Ever” [Appearance]

    Michael Hyatt
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:02 am
    In this episode of the The Chalene Show, my friend Chalene Johnson interviews me about how to create your best year ever. Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s fast, free, and more convenient. Event: “Creating Your Best Year Ever”
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  • New Branding Campaign Coming For Time Inc.

    Patrick Hughes
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    via gyro Time Inc., a major publisher or popular magazines like Time and Sports Illustrated, will be working on a new branding campaign come 2015. Ad Age is reporting that the branding campaign will involve creative agency Gyro New York. According to the article, a focus will be given to Time Inc.’s B2B presence. This comes from a spokeswoman at Time Inc., who claims that getting their brand message out to the B2B marketplace is a natural process, especially since the company was spun off publicly from Time Warner. This branding campaign comes as Time Inc. works to establish itself as more…
  • Nail SEO Copywriting in 2015 and Prove Keywords Are Still Relevant

    Amanda MacArthur
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    There’s still no easy way out of this demanding craft After the early years of SEO copywriting, every guru on the Internet suddenly decided SEO copywriting no longer means including keywords in your copy because it’s not natural and Google only rewards natural copywriting. Oops, I just made the mistake of writing a completely natural sentence with the keyword phrase SEO copywriting in it twice. Will I go to Google jail? You tell me. By including a keyword phrase twice in one sentence, have I made that sentence unnatural? Of course not. And yet if I took the advice of some gurus out there,…
  • ‘Politico’ Expands Into Europe

    Patrick Hughes
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    via Politico In September, Politico announced it would expand through partnership by creating a European version of its political news site. Folio is reporting on the latest moves from Politico. “The group has acquired European Voice, a website and weekly newspaper based in Brussels, and intends to relaunch the title in the spring with a new name: Politico. Terms weren’t disclosed.” Incorporated into this launch includes product offerings of a website, a weekly newspaper, live events and “a European version of subscription service, Politico Pro. The latter product, priced at…
  • Interesting Information on Cross-Device Targeting

    Patrick Hughes
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    How do you successful drive sales and build your audience online? Different strategies are needed than many traditional print publishers recognize. Now, with the growth of mobile devices, it’s increasingly more important to consider a cross-device approach for sales and promotions. Cross-device targeting is still very new and it seems to primarily be targeted by major online retailers like eBay, but it’s never too earlier to start paying attention to options as they develop. An article from eMarketer interviews Glenn Fishback, the head of global display for eBay Enterprise, to share some…
  • Bloomberg Digital Publications To Combine

    Patrick Hughes
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    via Businessweek Bloomberg is developing a major digital publishing powerhouse as it sets to merge Bloomberg Businessweek and Bloomberg News. The website for bloomberg.com will publish a mix of quick, breaking news snippet, which is expected from Bloomberg Business. Additionally, the site will also feature longer featured articles with depth and analysis, like those found at Businessweek. In addition to this combination, the look at the website will change and new content will enter the group, as Folio reports. “Along with the imminent mergers of their content and aesthetic, editorial…
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    WritersDigest.com

  • Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 289

    Robert Lee Brewer
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:02 am
    Quick note: If you’re searching for a gift for a writer friend or family member, consider giving the gift of a subscription to Writer’s Digest magazine. Click here for details. For today’s prompt, write a high poem. Now, I know the word “high” is a loaded one–so take it where you may. There are high temperatures, high heights, and other meanings related to high. You can even transform high into the greeting “hi,” which then leads down a whole new rabbit hole. Ignite Your Creativity! Jump start your creativity with four books, two tutorials, and…
  • How to Write Novels About Faraway Lands

    Brian A. Klems
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:22 am
    In explaining why he wrote his novels, the great writer Joseph Conrad once told his readers that it was so they could “glimpse the truth for which you have forgotten to ask.” These words no doubt resonate with many writers, but especially with those of us who choose faraway places and times for our settings, for often we are presenting realities the reader has never before imagined. Guest post by Eliot Pattison, who has been described as a “writer of faraway mysteries,” a label which is particularly apt for someone whose travel and interests span a million miles of global…
  • A Nosy Elf on the Shelf

    Brian A. Klems
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:42 am
    You are an Elf on the Shelf and you’ve been picked up by a famous celebrity to roam around his or her house at Christmas time. But what the celebrity doesn’t know is that you’ve been hired by The National Enquirer gossip magazine to find dirt on that celeb. You are a week in and you report back to the editor at the magazine about what you’ve learned. Want more creative writing prompts? Pick up a copy of A Year of Writing Prompts: 365 Story Ideas for Honing Your Craft and Eliminating Writer’s Block. There’s a prompt for every day of the year and you can…
  • New Literary Agent Alert: Heather Alexander of Pippin Properties

    Chuck Sambuchino
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:58 am
    Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Heather Alexander of Pippin Properties) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.   About Heather: Heather came into publishing through editorial at Dial, working with such authors as Jenny Martin, Vin Vogel, Scott McCormick, and Jeanne Ryan. After six years at Penguin, she was asked a very interesting question: had she ever considered becoming an agent? Many discussions later, she accepted a position at Pippin Properties, where she is building…
  • Slush Pile Showdown: How to Make Your Submission Stand Out — Dec. 18 Webinar (with Query Critique) by Agent Instructors

    Chuck Sambuchino
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    For this live webinar, “Slush Pile Showdown: How to Make Your Submission Stand Out,” literary agents Barbara Poelle and Holly Root are pulling back the curtain and showing you exactly what goes on when an agent reads your query. In their simulated slush pile, they will critique submitted queries live and give insights into which ones stand out and why, how queries could be improved, and common pitfalls to avoid. You’ll get a peek into what it’s like to be an agent sitting down, hoping to strike gold in the slush pile, and learn how to make your submission stand out.
 
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  • Editorial Accomplishments

    29 Nov 2014 | 5:54 pm
    A look at what others have achieved and a suggestion to prompt greater achievement among the rest of us....
  • Attention-Worthy Books

    29 Nov 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Three recommendations to have on your shelves. By Peter P. Jacobi Books have been gathering. Not dust,...
  • The Fog Index

    29 Nov 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Assessing the readability of a Digiday.com excerpt. This month, we will calculate the Fog Index of a passage...
  • Digging into Editorial Archives

    29 Nov 2014 | 5:49 pm
    In the news: Folio's Michael Rondon explores how iconic magazine brands are putting older content to work. Earlier...
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  • Ten Stories That Shaped 2014

    John
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:14 am
    With 2015 around the corner, it's time to look back at this year's notable headlines. 10. Little Scofflaws The Little Free Library movement ran afoul of local ordinances in several locations this year. 9. IKEA Catalogue Amidst the hoopla over 3D printers, many of us got a chuckle out of this tongue-in-cheek parody. 8. The Bottom Line If a library visit is as good as a pay raise, does that explain librarian salaries? 7. Prix Fixe A payout structure was established this year for the long-standing case over Apple's illegal price-fixing practices with e-book publishers. 6. Fuhgettaboutit Google…
  • Edinburgh University has Given a Library Card to a Cat

    birdie
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:10 am
    Jordan has turned his back on his Catholic friar owners and adopted Edinburgh University library as his main residence. The feline has his own Facebook page set up by students with over 6,800 “likes”. [Ed. note: the Facebook page is a hoot; pictures of Library Cat and a stream-of-consciousness storyline by an anonymous commenter]. And now the black and white pet has been made “official” by getting a card for the library, complete with a photo and 2017 expiry date. The eight-year-old came to the Catholic chaplaincy as a kitten but never took to life as a mouse catcher with men of the…
  • Are Your Favorite Magazines Doomed?

    birdie
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:49 pm
    In a word, yes. Here's the straight scoop from librarian/writer Roz Warren on what's going going gone in the world of magazines. I love magazines, which is why I am alarmed and dismayed by the fact that they’re doomed. How do I know? I’ve read about it, of course. In magazines. Not only that, but I process the incoming periodicals at the library where I work, which means I can actually see them dwindling before my eyes. What once were fat monthly issues are now alarmingly thin. Monthlies have increasingly resorted to publishing double issues. “New York,“ always my favorite weekly, now…
  • Benjamin Franklin, a Sage Man

    birdie
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Benjamin Franklin’s Philadelphia printing shop made plaster molds from pressed sage leaves to create metal stamps for marking foliage patterns on Colonial currency. The distinctive contours of leaf spines, stems and veins were meant to thwart counterfeiters, and Franklin’s workers managed to keep the casting technique a secret that has puzzled modern scholars, too. James N. Green, the librarian at the Library Company of Philadelphia (founded by Franklin in 1731), had wondered for the last two decades if any of Franklin’s actual metal leaf-printing blocks for the bills survived. He had…
  • Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian's Design Museum Reopens

    birdie
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    From The New York Times: On Friday, Dec. 12, 1902, Andrew Carnegie moved into his just-finished home at 91st Street and Fifth Avenue, with his wife, Louise, and his 5-year-old daughter, Margaret, to whom he handed the key. Carnegie lived there until his death in 1919; Louise until hers in 1946. Margaret was married there but moved next door. When she died in 1990, her childhood home had long since become headquarters for the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Lovely slideshow on the renovation by Gluckman Mayner Architects which include a new, wide-open gallery space, a cafe and a raft…
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    David Gaughran

  • How Jessica Mitford Exposed A $48m Scam From America’s Literary Establishment

    davidgaughran
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:54 am
    Jessica Mitford took on the American funeral industry, the California Department of Corrections, and the Ku Klux Klan, but it was her 1970 exposé of The Famous Writers School which led to Time calling her “The Queen of the Muckrakers.” And if a courageous editor hadn’t reversed his decision to kill her story, it might never have happened. Mitford had been aware of The Famous Writers School’s existence for some time. Anyone who was a frequent reader of newspapers, books or magazines would have seen its ever-present advertisements, inviting aspiring writers to cut out and apply for the…
  • Author Solutions Steps Up Global Expansion, Penguin Random House Integration

    davidgaughran
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:52 am
    Penguin Random House is speeding up the international expansion of its vanity press operations, while also seeking to integrate them more closely with the traditional side of the business – hoping to counteract flat growth for Author Solutions at a time when self-publishing is booming. Author Solutions launches a new self-publishing service company for the Spanish market next Tuesday – MeGustaEscribir – which contains the usual mix of crappy publishing packages and ineffective, overpriced marketing services, as well as some extremely questionable practices such as reading fees (more on…
  • Amazon Opens Dutch Kindle Store, B&N Moves Into Author Services

    davidgaughran
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:23 am
    Amazon launched a Kindle Store in the Netherlands this morning, as anticipated by The Digital Reader yesterday. Kindle devices are now on sale for prices ranging between €59 for the basic model, up to €189 for the Voyage, and the store has opened with over 3m titles. However, only 20,911 of these titles are in Dutch and only 1,221 of these e-books are by Dutch authors. That may change now that KDP has launched a local portal for Dutch writers and small presses. The opening of the Dutch Kindle Store also means the abolition of the regressive and unpopular Whispernet Surcharge in the…
  • Aiming for the NYT Best Seller List

    davidgaughran
    7 Nov 2014 | 5:20 am
    Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last week – with no wifi! – you are probably aware we released The Indie Author Power Pack on Monday, with the aim of hitting the New York Times Best Seller list. We won’t know the result until next week, but I’ve had a few tweets and emails asking how we were doing, so I thought I’d give you an update. Before that, if you somehow missed the blanket promo we have been conducting, The Indie Author Power Pack is a stonking deal – only 99c – and contains three top rated writer’s guides: Write. Publish. Repeat. by Sean…
  • New Release: The Indie Author Power Pack: How To Write, Publish & Market Your Book

    davidgaughran
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    For the last few months I have been secretly planning an assault on the New York Times bestseller list. Today, I can finally announce the release of the book I’m hoping will do the trick. The Indie Author Power Pack: How To Write, Publish & Market Your Book contains three top-rated guides: Write. Publish. Repeat by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant Let’s Get Digital (2nd ed.) by me How To Market A Book (2nd ed.) by Joanna Penn + Bonus Content! It’s only available for a limited time, and you can pre-order it now for just 99c at: Amazon Apple B&N Kobo $0.99 The box will launch on…
 
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    Writer Beware

  • Rights Grab: Transferring Copyright

    16 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareThe Toast is an online literary magazine that publishes stories, articles, artwork, reviews, and more. Launched in mid-2013, it's associated with some respected names and apparently draws a sizeable audience.It also offers, in Writer Beware's opinion, a very problematic agreement for freelancers.Contributors to The Toast are paid a flat, one-time fee of $50 on publication. No further compensation is due, even if The Toast re-publishes the contribution. The Toast also reserves the right to edit at will.These aren't ideal provisions, but they're not…
  • Alert: Questionable Terms of Use in HBO's Game of Thrones Compendium

    11 Dec 2014 | 10:12 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareIf you're an artist and a Game of Thrones fan, you may have heard that HBO is inviting contributions to "the ultimate compendium to Game of Thrones."What exactly is the Compendium? According to the FAQ:The Game of Thrones Compendium will be the world’s first collaborative, crowd-sourced compendium. The end result will be a printed and bound edition. Every entry chosen for inclusion in the printed book will receive a copy with their name listed as an author.Entry is open to anyone over 18 in the USA, UK, Canada, and Brazil. A wide variety of…
  • Don't Do This: Wrong Ways to Try and Escape Your Deadbeat Publisher

    3 Dec 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareThe other day, I received this email:Dear Writer Beware, A couple of years ago, I published my mystery novel with [insert name of well-known deadbeat publisher here]. My contract won't expire for several more years, but I'm very unhappy with [deadbeat publisher] and would like to get out from under it. Can I change my title and publish on Amazon and hope [deadbeat publisher] won't see it?I often receive such questions from authors who've tried and failed to get their rights back from their scammy or incompetent publishers, and are desperate to…
  • MeGustaEscribir: Author Solutions Inc. Expands Into Spain

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareToday I'm highlighting a post by author and self-publishing expert David Gaughran. Like Writer Beware, David has been following Author Solutions Inc. closely over the past few years, and has written a number of important, in-depth articles about ASI and its operations.From David's blog: Penguin Random House is speeding up the international expansion of its vanity press operations, while also seeking to integrate them more closely with the traditional side of the business – hoping to counteract flat growth for Author Solutions at a time when…
  • Scam Warnings For Freelancers

    14 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareIdentity Theft This week, freelance writer Heather Boerner (who has published with such well-known venues as The Atlantic and The Washington Post) alerted me to her experience with a scammer.Heather discovered the scam when she was contacted, out of the blue, by an individual who claimed to have hired her through a freelance jobs bidding website called oDesk. From an article about the scam by one of Heather's colleagues, Paul Raeburn:[Heather] quickly realized that she had been the victim of identity theft. Somebody--a fake Heather--had gone to…
 
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  • Janine’s Best of 2014

    Janine
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    This was a very good reading year for me. Although I didn’t read that many books – only fifty or sixty at a guess—the percentage of books I enjoyed was high. Due to conflict of interest this list excludes some books I enjoyed, but combining my four favorite romances with my four favorite non-romances of 2014 made it very easy to come up with eight terrific books. Here they are, listed in alphabetical order by author: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (My review) This fantasy novel isn’t a romance, though it does have a small romantic subplot that ends with all signs pointing to…
  • REVIEW: Never Trust a Cowboy by Kathleen Eagle

    Jayne
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    When a Cowboy Comes Calling… The last thing harried Lila Flynn needed was another cowboy to deal with. But new hire Del Fox was different than most sweet-talking wranglers. The hard worker had a gentle touch and eyes that spoke of a past he didn’t share. Lila soon found her hardened heart softening, frightening her more than any other hurdles she was facing. Del’s assignment in Short Straw, South Dakota, was meant to be fast and simple. Falling for Lila Flynn, however, had complicated everything. If he did his job right it would mean destroying everything Lila had worked for.
  • Wednesday News: Sony employees sue over hack, extreme copyright appeal, rise of the power couple, and kitschy menorahs

    Janet
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Sony employees file lawsuit, blame company over hacked data – So this is pretty interesting. The famous Sony executive email hack is, according to a new lawsuit filed by current and previous Sony employees, symptomatic of a much larger security problem within the company. Most damaging are allegations that Sony did nothing to protect sensitive data after a 2011 security breach, and that data of at least 15,000 employees was subject to compromise. It’s becoming clearer and clearer that so-called “security” is more perception than reality in our evolving digital…
  • Daily Deals: A favorite book, a favorite holiday collection and an interesting freebie

    Jane
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. $ 2.99 From the Jacket Copy: Winner of the Hugo, Nebula, British Science Fiction, Locus and Arthur C. Clarke Awards. On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Once, she was the Justice of Toren – a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance. I finally broke…
  • REVIEW: Bad Behavior by KA Mitchell

    Kaetrin
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Dear KA Mitchell, You have written some of my favourite queer romances. No Souvenirs and Regularly Scheduled Life have long been my favourites. I think there is a new one. It’s not a secret that your work can be hit or miss for me – the previous book, Bad Influence, which I reviewed here was a little disappointing. But when your books work for me they really work.  I admit I’ve had a soft spot for David “Beach” Beauchamp ever since Bad Attitude (another book which didn’t work so well for me.)  Beach and Gavin Montgomery (from Bad Attitude) are best…
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    TNBBC's The Next Best Book Blog

  • Where Writers Write: Greg Boose

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Welcome to another installment of TNBBC's Where Writers Write! Where Writers Write is a series that features authors as they showcase their writing spaces using short form essay, photos, and/or video. As a lover of books and all of the hard work that goes into creating them, I thought it would be fun to see where the authors roll up their sleeves and make the magic happen. This is Greg Boose.His Young Adult novel The Red Bishop was published by Full Fathom Five Digital in November, 2014. Greg is the former Los Angeles and Chicago editor of BlackBook Magazine, and his work has…
  • James Tadd Adcox Recommends The Illuminatus! Trilogy

    16 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    And so we continue our Writers Recommend - a newish series where we ask writers to, well, you know.. recommend things. Like the books that they've enjoyed. To you. Because who doesn't like being recommended new and interesting books, right?! Think of it as a PSA. Only it's more like an LSA -Literary Service Announcement. And this one comes along as a part of the blog tour for James Tadd Adcox's newest, Does Not Love. You're doubly welcome.James Tadd Adcox recommends The Illuminatus! TrilogySeveral years ago I went to see an interview with the science fiction writer…
  • Audio Series: Guy J Jackson

    15 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Our audio series "The Authors Read. We Listen."  was hatched in a NYC club during BEA back in 2012. This feature requires more time and patience of the author than any of the ones that have come before. And that makes it all the more sweeter when you see, or rather, hear them read excerpts from their own novels, in their own voices, the way their stories were meant to be heard.Today, Guy J. Jackson reads an excerpt from his book Drink The Rest Of That. Currently living in Los Angeles, Guy is a writer, performer and moviemaker.Click on the soundcloud link below to…
  • Christopher Brooks' Would You Rather

    11 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Bored with the same old fashioned author interviews you see all around the blogosphere? Well, TNBBC's newest series is a fun, new, literary spin on the ole Would You Rather game. Get to know the authors we love to read in ways no other interviewer has. I've asked them to pick sides against the same 20 odd bookish scenarios. And just to spice it up a bit, each author gets to ask their own Would You Rather question to the author who appears after them....Christopher Brooks'Would You Rather Would you rather write an entire book with your feet or with your tongue?Tongue.
  • Melanie Reviews: After the People Lights Have Gone Off

    10 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    After the People LightsHave Gone Off by Stephen Graham JonesPages: 310Publisher: Dark House PressReleased: September 2014Guest review by Melanie PageStephen Graham Jones is at again, writing faster than fans can read and publishers would like. This time, SGJ gives us a collection of 16 stories coming from various scary persuasions: ghosts, vampires, werewolves, haunted houses, and even some aliens. The title alone creeped me out; “people lights” imply something looking at your house, something that isn’t “people.” The cover image, too, is frightening--we see a person through a…
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  • Why PLOT?

    Lisa Lickel
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:30 pm
    WHY PLOTGood Stories that aren’t experimental have a recognizable beginning, a middle, and an end.Know what your story is about.Think in terms of these three elements:A problem (inciting incident)Why the problem can’t be solved (roadblocks, conflicts)What the character is willing to do to overcome the problem (motivation, challenge, victory), which leads to a resolution, if not a happy endingBreak down any book or movie, and it’s good practice, to examine the plot. Some Examples:          Lord of the Rings: One ring to rule them all, one…
  • Book Review: So Over My Head by Jenny B. Jones

    Cherie Burbach
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    So Over My Head (Book 3 in the Charmed Life Series) by Jenny B. JonesIt’s rare that I read YA books since, well, I’m not a YA. I’m a MA (middle aged adult) but still, if the writing is solid and intrigues me I will pick them up. Or three of them, as I did recently with Jenny B. Jones’ “Charmed Life” series. I adore her writing and one thing I like about her YA works are that they are not written down to a young audience. I know that I’m not the only one that reads her YA stuff, either. At the ACFW conference last year, I embarrassed myself when I saw her on the elevator by…
  • To Curse or Not to Curse

    Jody
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    I found this article, excerpted in the January 2015 issue of Writer's Digest from Jeff Gerke's The Art and Craft of Writing Fiction, very informative and helpful. Just passing along the highlights in case anyone is interested. I've personally decided that profanity has no place in my writing , but the article (Handling Controversial Language in Christian Fiction) has some great insights and tips for fleshing out profane characters.Understanding the debate on this subject in Christian fiction, Gerke surveyed published Christian novelists on how they deal with the issue. I highlight here a…
  • What I've Learned As A Newbie Author

    Liberty Speidel
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    From LoveThisPic.com user StacyOne year ago this week, I pressed the “Publish” button for the first time. I was a scared new author, trying to build some confidence in whatever way I could. And for me, that meant putting up a short story I was fairly pleased with. I’d decided during the year that I was going to try my hand at self-publishing, and while I didn’t necessarily have a specific plan, I knew doing something was better than doing absolutely nothing. When I pressed the lovely button that sends chills and waves of panic through many authors, I knew I was taking my first step,…
  • Book Review The Blessed by Ann Gabhart

    Lisa Lickel
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:30 pm
    The BlessedBy Ann GabhartRevell, a division of Bakerc. 2011ISBN 9780800734541Historical RomanceThe Blessed adds to the author’s collection of novels dealing heavily with a Shaker theme. This is the first novel I’ve read by Gabhart, and the first that features Shaker characters. I appreciated the author’s brief history of the society before reading the book. The Blessedtakes place in the mid nineteenth century in a small rural community at the home of the local Baptist preacher and his ailing wife. As a teenager, Lacey Bishop was sent to be the hired girl for Miss Mona. During this time,…
 
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  • Advent Anticipation

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Advent blessings from Debby Giusti!Advent is a time of anticipation when we wait in expectation for the birth of the Baby Jesus. The story has been told and retold down through the ages whenever Christians reflect on the coming of the Christ Child. Luke and Matthew both include the infancy narratives in their gospels, and in keeping with the season, I thought we'd look briefly at the various techniques the evangelists use to build a sense of excitement and wonder that invites the reader into the story.            At the beginning of his…
  • Secrets of an Indie Author Cover Designer

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    with guest blogger, Lacy Williams. Hi, Seekerville!A huge thanks to Tina and the ladies for hosting me, I’ve always had fun when I visit here.One thing you might be surprised to know: in addition to being an author, I am also a freelance cover designer.Some of my covers:I loved the post you had back in July with one of the Love Inspired cover designers (http://seekerville.blogspot.com/2014/07/inside-cover-design-with-love-inspired.html ) and I thought it might be fun to show the difference in how one indie author/freelancer does it.The biggest difference: I use stock art, not models at…
  • The Publication Train

    14 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I know what you’re thinking. How can you take a train from Unpubbed Island? Think Polar Express. This train carries both unpubbed and pubbed. Its first stop—Seekerville. We all need to get on board.Yes, there’s no free ride. Do you have your ticket? That ticket is desire. Wanting to be published badly enough that you’ll make changes in your life, in yourself, in your writing. Study the market, the craft. Finish the book. Enter the contest. Submit and submit some more. If you don’t have the ticket, somewhere along the line you’ll topple from the train. This train circles our tree.
  • The Weekend Edition

    12 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We Have WinnersDid you claim your giveaway from LAST WEEK?  Giveaway rules can be found here. Please drop us a line to claim your giveaway at seekers@seekerville.net. All prizes not claimed in 8 weeks go back into the prize vault. We wish we could contact all our winners individually, but we'd rather write books! Monday we joined Missy Tippens, who scoured the Internet and picked the brains of writer friends to help you compile your  writer Christmas list. Winner of Hope for the Holidays--Deanna Stevens and winner of A Recipe for Romance--Tanya Agler.Tuesda Myra Johnson…
  • 7.1 Confessions of a Love-Writer

    11 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    with guest Davalynn Spencer.Seekerville’s seventh year is slipping from the calendar, but I have just enough time to add my confessional list before 2015 pushes in with a clean slate. Confession 1: I’ve been known to self-medicate with words. Do you ever write fiction simply because you want to? Because you enjoy getting into a setting and meeting the characters, “watching” things unfold as if you were in a movie theatre?As a quasi seat-of-the-pantser, I do. There is a certain freedom in writing with no deadline lurking, no publication dreams pulsing—just creating for the love of…
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  • Protected: How to edit your new website

    Amy
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
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  • The Real Costs of Self Publishing Your Book

    Amy
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
    Self-publishing is definitely becoming a more popular route for modern authors. Well, think about it, just about everything else has gone digital in an affordable way that allows people to earn substantial incomes with low overhead, so why not self-publishing? As a writer, you have an even better advantage because of this. The entire process – which used to all be outlandishly expensive – has significantly dropped in price to compete with one another for self-publishing services. The prices are still considered steep by some, but the fact remains that it’s not as it used to be. Keep…
  • Introducing Firebrand Publishing New Affiliate Program for Bloggers, publishing professionals and authors

    Amy
    27 May 2014 | 10:49 am
     Firebrand Publishing, a boutique book publisher, has one of the easiest, fun affiliate programs available today. If you are an author, blogger, information marketer, entrepreneur or publishing professional, this program is for you. Firebrand Publishing has made their affiliates’ job easy by creating popular publishing packages for authors that ensure high quality author services such as: *Complete ebook Publishing Package *Book Blurb writing *Book Interior Formatting & Conversion *Copy editing *Proofreading *Copyright *ISBN *Distribution *Professional Cover Design *…and Authors…
  • Cover Reveal: Spark by Bambi Bellamy Available April 8th 2014

    Amy
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:50 am
        Title: Spark Author: Bambi Bellamy Publisher: Firebrand Publishing Release Date: April 8th 2014 Available: everywhere books are sold Format: ebook Click here to request a review copy Click here to sign up to host a book blitz   Blurb: WARNING: Spark contains sexy neighbors who love getting it on… with each other. Graphic language and sex scenes abound. Be advised, this is no sweet romance. Contains hard pumping and ridiculous sexual situations and scenes to make your toes curl. If you can finish Spark without getting hot and bothered, I would check for a pulse. 18+ only!
  • FREE Review Copy of Larry the Lamp by Andy Fox

    Amy
    17 Mar 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Larry the Lamp by Andy Fox Larry the Lamp is a vividly illustrated picture book for toddlers. What is a lamp? What is it used for? What does a lamp do for me? These questions are answered in a simple and nicely illustrated picture book for toddlers. The outstanding and vivid colors of the illustrations capture the attention and imagination of toddlers over and over again. Larry the Lamp is also a caring story that shows examples of appreciation and manners to others. A basic foundation toddlers will build on as they get older. www.authorandyfox.com Would you like a FREE Review Copy Would you…
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  • Kindle Unlimited payout to authors rises to $1.40 in November

    Roger Packer
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:17 pm
    The Kindle Unlimited payout to authors bounced back with a welcome rise to $1.40 per borrow in November, up from a low of $1.33 in October. Amazon added a massive $3.5 million to the KDP Select fund for November, which had originally been set at $3 million, bringing the total fund to a new record of $6.5 million. In previous months, Amazon has also added big amounts to the original fund to prop up the payout. For October, the company added $2.5 million to the original fund of $3 million to make a total of $5.5 million, while in September it added $2 million to the original $3 million for a…
  • Audible makes a drama out of Jeffery Deaver’s new story

    Roger Packer
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:39 am
    Audiobooks aren’t just about reading out a book as Audible has shown with Jeffery Deaver’s The Starling Project, which is winning acclaim as a quality audio drama. The company, which is owned by Amazon, calls the project an Audible drama and it was written as an audio exclusive which is not available in print or as an ebook. It features over 80 speaking roles, with 30 actors, and stars Alfred Molina, who has played many major roles in film and on stage. The cast also includes Lisa Stathoplos, David J Curtis, Aaron Abano and Ian Alan Karlsen. Jeffery Deaver has written over 30 novels…
  • Thrillers dominate the Kindle Scout winners

    Roger Packer
    13 Dec 2014 | 11:36 am
    Mystery/thrillers are dominating the recently launched Kindle Scout ‘reader-powered’ publishing scheme. Ten of the first 13 books selected for publication are in the mystery/thriller genre, while three are science fiction/fantasy (one of these is a fantasy/mystery crossover) and there is just one winner from the romance genre. The scheme involves excerpts from books being displayed on the Scout website and readers voting for their favorites. It looks for new, never-before-published books of at least 50,000 words in the genres of romance, mystery & thriller, or science fiction…
  • Self-published top page-turner goes exclusive on Amazon

    Roger Packer
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:54 am
    Core readers: Casey Kelleher’s Rotten to the Core was the most-completed read among Kobo’s UK customers in 2014 The new book from the author that Kobo readers in the UK are most keen on reading right to the end won’t be available through Kobo as the author has signed up with Amazon’s Thomas & Mercer imprint on a Kindle Unlimited deal. Kobo’s research into which books the platform’s customers actually finished reveals that the UK top spot is taken by self-published grit-lit star Casey Kelleher’s Rotten to the Core, which was read from start to…
  • Italy and Malta slash ebook tax rates in Euro VAT inferno

    Roger Packer
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:16 am
    There has been another turn in the European ebook VAT fiasco, with both Italy and Malta slashing the tax rate. The two countries have cut the VAT payable on ebooks from the standard rate charged for other goods to match the rate they charge on print books. In the case of Italy, this means a reduction from 22% to 4%, while Malta will see a cut from 18% to 5%. They join France, who has also set ebook VAT at 5% to match the rate on print books. This leaves the UK, the biggest ebook market in Europe, slapping a huge 20% VAT charge on ebooks from January 1, 2015, despite print books in the UK…
 
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  • Who Needs Writing Groups?

    William Stevenson
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:18 am
    Simply put, every writer needs a writing group. When I started my Ph.D. I ignored my first chance for a writers group. After all, I’d worked as a journalist and my student essays had always aced it in assessments, so I didn’t see the need. As I quickly discovered, however, much more is expected of professional academic writing and research publications are often written in a style that is completely alien to general media writing. Academic papers may seem dry to the uninitiated, but just try sitting and writing one! Research publication is a specialist craft that needs to be…
  • How can a researcher use a Library effectively?

    William Stevenson
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:55 am
    Although every library has outreach and support programs tailored to the needs of its primary users, some types of formal initiative are common to all. One of these is the orientation tour. In the press of the moment, an incoming graduate student may feel more productive privileging an extra half hour with new colleagues. However, if that’s what you did, it’s not too late to look for a PDF of the tour or a virtual re-enactment of it on the library’s website. Sometimes a library schedules tours throughout the semester. Don’t skip the tour.… Continue ReadingRelated Posts:The…
  • Maximizing Your Time: When to Write, When to Research, When to Edit

    William Stevenson
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:54 am
    What’s the Difference? Every person has both a different writing and learning style. Every student works on research papers differently. Those working on advanced degrees have the skills necessary to write a successful term paper. But as one gets farther in their degree program papers get longer, more in depth, and more time consuming. From a cognitive and educational standpoint, writing, researching and proofreading are different skills. They differ in activity, strategy and purpose. They utilize different parts of the brain. In order to maximize time, one needs to be familiar with when…
  • Is Perfectionism Doing You More Harm Than Good?

    William Stevenson
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:05 am
    Do you struggle to write first drafts because you agonize over every word? Does any criticism of your (much) later re-draft feel like a personal attack? Do you beat yourself up over small mistakes and regularly sacrifice your health, or relationships in order to do better? If you answered yes to any of these questions perfectionism may be sabotaging your success. The obsessive drive to forever be your best is not the same as having high standards. Whereas people with high standards might aim for majority positive feedback, perfectionists are likely to obsess over any small criticism.……
  • How to Paraphrase in a Research Paper?

    William Stevenson
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:45 am
    When writing a research paper, a researcher will often need to refer to a previous publication and summarize the findings in a paraphrase. Why? Because quoting the entire passage of interest will take up too much space and may contain much information that is not relevant. Also, the original passage might be written in a style or language not readily understood by the intended readers. Here are some guidelines for paraphrasing correctly. Avoiding Plagiarism Instead of rewriting an entire passage of a paper, it may be possible to cut and paste selected parts, stringing them together in a way…
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  • Bookshelf Satisfaction

    Laura Jones
    29 Nov 2014 | 12:19 pm
    What I did this afternoon. Pic says it all.  
  • Guest post: Stevie Marsden on the Man Booker Prize

    Laura Jones
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    This is a guest post from Stevie Marsden (@StevieLMarsden), who is currently studying for a PhD in Literary Awards and Prize Culture at the University of Stirling’s Centre for International Publishing and Communication and is a literary awards researcher at the Saltire Society. ———- I had intended to write a blog about this year’s Man […]
  • The Lemon Grove – ‘SEXY’, ‘SHOCKING’, ‘SULTRY’? …nope.

    Laura Jones
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Lemon Grove is about as sexy as my left pinky toe. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a perfectly fine pinky toe but it doesn’t really have that alluring factor. (my other pinky toe however…) As a victim of the over-hyped, over-endorsed book, I found myself disappointed and left a little flat after closing The […]
  • This week in numbers: September 6th – 12th

    Laura Jones
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:39 am
    After a month long break (oops) here’s this week’s numbers in publishing. Children’s market up 10% on 2013 (Bookseller) ‘The UK children’s publishing market is up by 10% this year, making it the fastest-growing book sector ahead of what is expected to be a sell-out Bookseller Children’s Conference (25th September). Nielsen BookScan data shows that […]
  • A Lovely Way to Burn – Louise Welsh

    Laura Jones
    6 Sep 2014 | 12:45 pm
    FINALLY. About time I read a Louise Welsh book. If you’re in or around the Scottish literary scene, you’re bound to know her name regardless of whether or not you’ve read any of her work. I was shamefully in the latter camp. I can only blame dissertation, work, general life for so long before I […]
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  • 10 Questions with Zachary Friederich

    Kim G
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:42 am
    Kim G:We gots a new music blog. Follow this! :) Originally posted on NOSTROVIA ! MUSIC: 1. How would you characterize your music? Z: It all feels like Pop to me. Like most people, I’m influenced by all kinds of things and they’re just put in a kind of songwriting blender and mixed up and poured out. I tend to hop around genres. I guess one thing that I tend to focus on is storytelling. 2. What is one early music experience that made a deep impression on you//made you rethink what music can sound like//has helped shape the music you make today? Z: One of the earliest things I remember is…
  • The Laura Palmers – Weird Feelings

    Kim G
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:33 am
  • UndergroundBooks Manifestos

    James B Kepple
    18 Jun 2014 | 4:30 pm
    UndergroundBooks Manifestos. via UndergroundBooks Manifestos.
  • “These kids are going to die”

    Jeremiah Walton
    14 Jun 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Books & Shovels is a cross country traveling bookstore and publisher launched by 19 y/o poet Jeremiah Walton.  The project debuts at the 2014 NYC Poetry Festival, backed by Nostrovia! Poetry and UndergroundBooks.  Browsing the Book of Faces, this project has received a myriad of responses (from, “kid, you’re going to get arrested” to “DAMN I WANT TO COME!”).  There was one common theme though: support. Their goal is $2000.  For such a large, donation based project, why are they low-balling it?  $2000 won’t cover their travels for long, right?
  • 2014 NYC Poetry Festival

    Jeremiah Walton
    10 Jun 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Jeremiah Walton:We’re going to be doing some pretension stabbings at the 2014 NYC Poetry Festival. Cheers to lawlessness! Originally posted on Nostrovia! Poetry: We’ll be causing a ruckus at the 2014 NYC Poetry Festival with UndergroundBooks this year.  Jeremiah Walton, Captain Thornton, Zarina Zabrisky, Simon Rogghe, Ezra Letra, and Sam Lennon will be representing Nostrovia! Poetry, and helping both publishers launch Books & Shovels, a cross country traveling bookstore that debuts its journey at the festival. 2014 NYC Poetry Festival Saturday & Sunday, July 26th & 27th,…
 
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  • Bottlec[r]ap Volume 2 Call for Submissions

    andlohespoke
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Submissions are now open for volume 2 of Bottlecap Press’s lit/art zine, Bottlec[r]ap, which is available *online* and *in print*. Submissions for volume 2 will last until January 31st, 2015, and we’ll be releasing this volume in February. We’re looking for poetry (up to 5 pieces), prose (up to 1000 words), comics (up to 5 pages) and visual art (up to 5 pieces). We’re also accepting film, music, and interactive media submissions for the digital version. There’s no specific theme, but we lean in the direction of the eccentric and like to shoot for a wide variety of material…
  • Review of “Lost Levels” by Alec Robbins

    andlohespoke
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:29 am
    Alec Robbins’s debut poetry collection, “Lost Levels,” is not only the flagship collection for August Smith’s Cool Skull Press, but a poignant reflection on internet culture, technology, relationships, and the quintessential geek experience. Since these poems embody the everyday journey of our wandering minds bouncing from message to forum post to email, it’s fitting that “Lost Levels” has no page numbers—like a game with no save points, Alec’s collection is meant to be a continuous ride. From the get-go, readers find a Notepad document (titled “Table of Contents 2”),…
  • Contributing Editor Introduction: Christopher Morgan

    andlohespoke
    13 Dec 2014 | 11:57 am
    Hi, Everyone! My name is Christopher Morgan, and I’ll be one of Nostrovia! Poetry’s contributing editors I’m 27, and currently the Editor for Arroyo Literary Review, with my MA in Creative Writing and American Lit. I’ve grown up in Michigan, Georgia, and California, and will be posting call for submissions, awesome poems I find, and reviews (such as later today)! If I were to recommend three pieces to showcase my writing, it’d be the following: Here is a flash fiction that theNewerYork turned into a poster! A boy with bombs for hands! Here are seven haiku /…
  • (anti)anti-Manifesto [o yeah?]

    Jeremiah Walton
    13 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    Manifesto by John Thomas Menesini the only poets I like are the poets I know – inappropriate erections in thin pants have more influence on my writing than art – art does not arouse in me a desire to create shit, it only gives me a framework in which to create shit I’m more inspired by your Mom or old wino piss & I’d rather sidestep poopsmears on the sidewalk than pay to walk around the Whitney David Foster Wallace was a big, fat cunt, but at least he had convictions I wipe my ass with academic literature I tip my hat to all the suicides and offer empathy for those who found…
  • “Goddessmode” (Call for Submission)

    andlohespoke
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Cool Skull Press is gathering poems, stories, and writing about video games written by women and nonbinary writers for a print zine. The pieces can explore a distinctly feminist perspective and engage with gender, prejudice, and misogyny in video games, but that shouldn’t be seen as a requirement. Rather, we are open to any video game-related writing by female or nonbinary artists, be they celebratory, derisive, surreal, experimental, or concrete. All profits will go towards Feminist Frequency and Girls Who Code. For more info, check out here!
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    Marketing Tips For Authors

  • How to Create the Perfect Website: Finding Your Keywords

    Paula Krapf
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Figure out what you want your keywords to be. What sort of searches do you want to come up for? This is important because pinning yourself to the wrong search term could get you poor results. Getting someone too early or too late in the buying process may get you a lot of traffic, but it may not be the right kind. Figure out where their point of entry is. This isn’t something that you can search online using Google AdWords, Trends or Insight—it’s something you learn by researching your market. I learned about this when I did my own research. I plugged in a bunch of keywords I wanted to…
  • 6 Ways to Resuscitate Your Novel

    Paula Krapf
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:49 pm
    “I suggest we remove the entire first chapter,” my agent said. Really, I thought, but that’s where I set up the chaos that’s become my life. “I almost stopped reading,” she said, “but I’m more patient than most.” “What’s wrong with it?” I asked, not understanding why. She told me it was too poetic, too esoteric, but that it would make a nice stand-alone story. “The real story,” she said, “starts with first sentence of chapter two. It grounds you in a time and place.” “Ok,” I said, deleting the entire chapter with a quick click. How many others had stopped…
  • How to Build a Mailing List to Help You Sell More Books

    Paula Krapf
    7 Dec 2014 | 6:51 pm
    Every author should collect email addresses – it’s the best way to stay in touch with your readers. When you have their email addresses, you can market to them on a regular basis. Many authors, however, aren’t sure what to do, or when. Learn how to build a good list and develop a newsworthy newsletter that will help you sell more books. Read more: http://www.amarketingexpert.com/12-ways-create-mailing-list-will-sell-books-tip-33-52-ways-market-book/ Share How to Build a Mailing List to Sell More BooksClick To Tweet Share Sell More Books by Building a Mailing ListClick To…
  • Finding New Readers: Communities That Can Boost Exposure

    Paula Krapf
    5 Dec 2014 | 5:14 am
    There’s been a lot of growth in reading and writing communities online, and these sites present an excellent opportunity for authors to connect with readers. You can find beta readers, get feedback on your writing, join writing competitions, and much more. Bigger sites like Wattpad and authonomy collaborate with media and publishing houses, while WEbook lets writers pitch directly to agents. Learn more: http://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/2014/12/where-readers-are-15-reading-and.html Share Ways to Find New Readers #amwritingClick To Tweet Share Reading and Writing Communities That…
  • How Authors Can Use Amazon’s Pre-Order Feature

    Paula Krapf
    30 Nov 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Did you  know Amazon now allows pre-orders for KDP authors (Kindle Direct Publishing)? This feature used to be available only to traditionally published authors. This is a great option for self-published authors to help build pre-publication buzz for their books. But, there are things you need to know before you leap into this. We’ll walk you through the steps so you know how to get the most out of Amazon’s pre-0rder. Read more: http://www.amarketingexpert.com/boost-book-amazons-pre-order/ Share How Authors Can Use Amazon’s Pre-Order Feature #amwritingClick To Tweet…
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    Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog

  • Don’t Forget These 3 Main Factors for App Marketing

    Wojtek Szywalski
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:52 am
    There are some important tips how to write an appropriate and vivid app description for the App Store Optimization purpose. But ASO is not only about app description. In this guest post David Bell, CEO and founder of Gummicube provides 3 main factors that will help you create strong base for your magazine app marketing. […] The post Don’t Forget These 3 Main Factors for App Marketing appeared first on Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog.
  • How To Design Your Magazine with PowerPoint

    Wojtek Szywalski
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:42 am
    Actually, I am not going to use PowerPoint but something more elegant and available for free. I am talking about Google Slides, which is a part of the Google Docs suite. As a challenge, I will try to copy the design of one my favorite magazine’s couple of pages – Mighty Car Mods, published by […] The post How To Design Your Magazine with PowerPoint appeared first on Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog.
  • PressPad Introduces IBeacon Press Lounge for Venue Marketing

    Wojtek Szywalski
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    With the introduction of “PressPad Lounge”, we are entering a completely new land of location marketing. “PressPad Lounge” is an innovative product that will be available for venue owners. There, digital magazines will meet people at their actual location thanks to the iBeacon technology. Forget traditional magazines laying around in your lounge Welcome PressPad Lounge […] The post PressPad Introduces IBeacon Press Lounge for Venue Marketing appeared first on Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog.
  • How Online Video Support Improves Your Magazine Experience

    Wojtek Szywalski
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    YouTube is one of the biggest social media network in the world. More than 1 billion unique users visit YouTube every month. Over 6 billion hours of video are viewed each month on YouTube—that’s almost an hour for every person on Earth. What is more, YouTube reaches more US adults aged 18-34 than any cable […] The post How Online Video Support Improves Your Magazine Experience appeared first on Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog.
  • Digital Distribution Channels How To

    Wojtek Szywalski
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:07 pm
    One of the crucial activities of every digital publisher is to create, grow and maintain their own digital distribution channels that will secure digital sales. What are the digital distribution channels and why are they so important for digital content creators? If you want to learn more and find out clear answers about the digital […] The post Digital Distribution Channels How To appeared first on Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog.
 
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  • Do you sell digital products? Then you need to know about this change

    The Proof Angel
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:03 am
    I know this isn’t very Christmassy, but if you are an indie publisher in the UK, it is important for you to know about this change. In an attempt to stop organisations like Amazon putting their transactions through countries with low VAT rates, the tax regulations about digital products are changing. From 1st January 2015, if you sell a digital product, it counts as a sale not in your home country, but the country where the customer lives. That may not sound like much of a change, but: Before the change, if you are a UK trader with an annual turnover below the £82,000 VAT registration…
  • Links between authors

    The Proof Angel
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    Here is an interesting gizmo from the Open University. Once you’ve launched it, you can select an author from the 20th century & see how they are connected by background, genre & interest. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Bits & bobs Tagged: authors, literarture
  • Designing a book cover

    The Proof Angel
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:49 am
    Here are some thoughts on the crucial subject of book cover design. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: book cover, indie publishing, self-publishing
  • Confused by book marketing?

    The Proof Angel
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:05 am
    So you’ve done some research. You’ve read some things that sound like common sense, & you’ve also read about strategies that are clearly not for you. What is your next step? A plan. But don’t get out a blank piece of paper or open a new document & stare at it. Try these templates as a starting point. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: book marketing
  • Planning your book launch

    The Proof Angel
    13 Dec 2014 | 1:46 am
    Launching your book is a complicated task. Many beginners make the mistake of avoiding their marketing plan until the book has been finalised. If you take that path, your launch will be more stressful and less efficient. At the same time as you are refining your draft, getting it edited, & producing the book, you should be working through this to do list. And of course, it is a good idea to make sure the book production plan coincides with the launch plan. You’d be surprised how many people overlook that simple fact. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page. Filed…
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  • I have never felt the slightest inclination to apologize for my tastes

    Passive Guy
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    I have never felt the slightest inclination to apologize for my tastes; nor to shrink from declaring that a mystery or detective novel boldly upholds the principle, in defiance of contemporary sentiment, that infinite Mystery, beyond that of the finite, may yield to human ratiocination: that truth will “out”: that happiness is possible once Evil is banished: and that God, though, it seems, withdrawn at the present time from both Nature and History, is yet a living presence in the world,—an unblinking eye that sees all, absorbs all, comprehends all, each and every baffling clue;…
  • Amazon hints at e-book price hike on Jan 1st

    Passive Guy
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    From The Bookseller: Amazon has warned that e-book prices will rise come January following a change in VAT law in an email to self-published authors. On 1st January Amazon will “make a one-time adjustment to convert VAT-exclusive list prices provided to us to VAT-inclusive list prices” resulting in a rise in the list price of thousands of e-books. From 2015, VAT will be charged at the rate where the customer resides, rather than where the servers are based, meaning e-books bought by UK readers will be charged a rate of 20%, as opposed to the 3% levied by Luxembourg, where Amazon is based.
  • Small businesses facing ‘bullying’ by corporate customers

    Passive Guy
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    From The Guardian: Small businesses are being pushed to breaking point by bullying corporate customers making immoral payment demands, a lobby group has said. About one in five small companies surveyed by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) said they had suffered some form of supply-chain bullying in the past two years. The latest big name company to be drawn into the spotlight was WH Smith, after the retailer withdrew After the Battle magazine from its shelves following the publication’s refusal to pay a £2,000 “promotional fee”. The magazine, which has a circulation of 11,000,…
  • Are You an Adult Who Reads YA Novels? Congratulations, You Saved Publishing in 2014

    Passive Guy
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    From Flavorwire: We won’t have the full picture until sometime in 2015, but as it stands right now, book publishing had a profitable year in 2014. In the face of constant fighting between the Big 5 publishers and Amazon, book sales are up across all categories by 4.9 percent, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP). Even trade sales, as it turns out, are up 2.8 percent this year. And — in a turn of events that should surprise no one — those trade sales were buoyed by a substantial increase in sales of Young Adult and Children’s books, up 22.4 percent over 2013. When…
  • Did Apple Fix E-Book Prices for the Greater Good?

    Passive Guy
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    From The New Yorker: Had you listened to the lawyers presenting oral arguments to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit between ten o’clock and eleven o’clock on Monday morning, you might have assumed that someone was suing Amazon. Much of the discussion centered on whether Amazon had a monopoly on e-book sales a couple of years ago. At one point, a judge even suggested outright that Amazon could be described as a monopolist company that engaged in predatory pricing. But the case before the court that day wasn’t about Amazon—not directly, at least. It originated in…
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  • Quick Tips: Prepare Early for a Successful New Year

    Jennifer Mattern
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:36 pm
    The New Year will be here before you know it, and there's no time like the present to prepare for it. Recently I shared three things to do this December to close out the current year. For this week's quick tips, let's expand upon that with some easy things you can do now that will have you ready to hit the ground running after the holidays, getting your New Year off to a successful start. Here are five super-simple things you can do ahead of time to kick 2015 off right: Update your client files (archiving things you won't need any time soon, updating contact info, or creating new files for…
  • 4 Free Tools for NaNoWriMo Authors

    Jennifer Mattern
    3 Nov 2014 | 7:55 am
    It's that time again! NaNoWriMo kicked off over the weekend, and writers everywhere are challenging themselves to write novels of at least 50k words during November. I'm taking part again, and like last year I'll document my progress here at All Indie Writers (you can keep an eye on my word count progress in the sidebar, and I'll occasionally post updates or any tips or tricks I pick up along the way). Free Tools for NaNoWriMo Authors Now is the perfect time for a quick reminder about the free tools I have available for NaNoWriMo authors. So if you're looking for ways to track your progress,…
  • Quick Tip: Build Relationships With Reviewers Well Before Your Book Launch

    Jennifer Mattern
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
    When you try to land reviews for your new book, the last thing you want is to be just another random new author reviewers have never heard of. Yet it's not uncommon for authors, and especially indie authors, to wait until the last minute to think about book reviews. So for this week's quick tip, let's make sure you don't fall into that group. Rather than waiting until your book is about to launch (or already has), build relationships with key book reviewers early. Put yourself in a position where, when you do contact them to request a book review, they already know your name and are already…
  • 71 Tools and Tactics for Your Book Marketing Plan

    Jennifer Mattern
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    In my recent book marketing plan series I shared a book marketing plan outline. One element of that outline involved marketing and PR tactics to support your larger promotional strategy. These are the specific things you'll do to promote your book and your visibility as an author. While I'm working on a short e-book covering basic book marketing and PR tactics, I wanted to give you a starter list -- a menu of tools and tactics that you can choose from to create the perfect book marketing recipe for your next book launch. Here are 71 book marketing and PR tactics that can help you spread the…
  • Book Marketing Timeline: From Pre-launch to Post-launch

    Jennifer Mattern
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    In my free book marketing plan outline, I suggested creating a book marketing calendar or schedule to keep track of your marketing activities in the months leading up to, and extending beyond, your book launch. But when exactly should you pursue each promotional tactic you're considering? This post offers a book marketing timeline that you can use as a guide. This book marketing timeline includes example marketing activities and when you might want to focus on them. But you know your book and market better than anyone else (or at least you should). Adapt things where necessary. Re-schedule…
 
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    Helen Sedwick

  • Don’t Let Your Hollywood Dream Turn into a Nightmare

    Helen Sedwick
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:13 pm
    With the successful adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s WILD, many authors are imaging their books on the big screen. What writer hasn’t cast a movie star into their leading role or heard the perfect song for their opening credits? I certainly have. (Matt Damon, Coyote Winds is ready for your review anytime!) I suspect many independently published book could be transformed into powerful, money-making films, if only they made it into the hands of the right people. But a word of warning: there are companies out there ready to prey upon your Hollywood dreams and sell you expensive book-to-screen…
  • How to Tell Which Self-Publishing Company is Right for You

    Helen Sedwick
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:07 pm
    The following is an update of a post I wrote for Joel Friedlander’s ever-helpful blog at TheBookDesigner.com. On the path to self-publishing, your first decision will be whether to: Engage a self-publishing service company (SPSC) to do everything from editing to distribution. Some SPSCs are BookLocker, Mill City Press, Outskirts Press and Dog Ear Press. Do it yourself (DIY) by hiring editors, designers, and other freelancers, and uploading your finished, formatted cover and manuscript to POD providers such as CreateSpace and IngramSpark and ebook distributors such as KDP and Smashwords. You…
  • Using Fiction Techniques For Writing Nonfiction

    Helen Sedwick
    9 Nov 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Long before I wrote the Legal Handbook, I wrote tons of fiction. I have short stories, screenplays, children’s books, and half-finished novels stuffed into drawers, both real and virtual. Since my day job is practicing law (a 95% left-brain activity), writing kept my imaginative right-brain alive. Whether or not you believe in the whole left brain-right brain dichotomy, I know when I don’t have time to use the creative (right and write) part of my brain, I turn into a grump. Just ask my family. (Actually, don’t.) In 2012, my left brain took over, pushed aside the…
  • Welcome to the Hotel Author Solutions

    Helen Sedwick
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    Last week, I spoke at a conference where Keith Ogorek, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Author Solutions, gave a keynote address. I was curious to hear how he pitched the various Author Solutions self-publishing service companies. After all, their prices are high and their reputations dismal, yet they still pull in tens of thousands of new self-publishing writers each year. How did the marketing man himself sell his companies? Did he trash CreateSpace, Smashwords, Outskirts Press and other competitors? No, he explained. There is room in the market for all these companies. After all some…
  • Negotiating With a Book Publisher: 7 Deal Points to Confirm Before You Sign On The Dotted Line. (Guest Post by Jody Rein)

    Helen Sedwick
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Today, I am running a guest post by Jody Rein, a book publishing consultant, literary agent and former executive editor with Big 10, Big 6, Big 5 publishers in New York.  She shares some helpful advice on understanding and negotiating publishing contracts. A traditional book publisher has offered you a contract—hallelujah! But…now what? I always negotiate book publishing contracts in (at least) two stages. I recommend you do this as well. Stage one: Agree upon the key deal points. Stage two: Review and negotiate the actual contract. Why Negotiate Before the Book Contract Arrives? Every…
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    Ajoobacats Blog

  • Fire and Ice Book Tours and Giveaway: I Truly Lament by Mathias B Freese

    ajoobacats
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Fire and Ice Book Tours Review A hard-hitting collection of short stories describing the plight of Jewish individuals during the Second World War. Freeze does not pull any punches throughout the book and presents no romanticism regarding his subject matter. Probably the hardest book I have read this year, this well-written collection of short stories is definitely not for the faint-hearted and allow no escapism from the brutality and horrors of which ordinary people are capable. I think there has been a certain glibness that creeps into the way we regard human suffering on the scale of the…
  • Book Review: My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni

    ajoobacats
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:42 am
    After leaving her sister, Sarah, to drive home 20 years ago Tracey Crosswhite never saw her again. Despite a huge manhunt in the county she is never seen again. Edmund House is convicted for her abduction and murder but now, 20 years later, a body is found and confirmed to be Sarah, but her discovery raises many issues for the original case against House. I found this thriller a bit slow to start with but was drawn in and hooked into reading it about a quarter of the way in. There is great courtroom suspense and drama but the conclusion was a little bit of a let down for me, however the…
  • Reading and Review Update December 2014

    ajoobacats
    13 Dec 2014 | 8:25 am
    I will be continuing to plough through review requests in the holiday season and look forward to bringing my blog readers some great recommendations both now and in the New Year. I will also be uploading code to Amazon links in the New Year which will earn me a few pennies royalty if you use my links to Amazon and make a purchase. I hope this will subsidise in part what I spend to keep this blog going, but even if it does not I will be hear to blog books into the foreseeable future. After 2014 has officially ended, I will also be listing my favourite books of the year, without which reading…
  • Book Review: Prelude For A Lord by Camille Elliot

    ajoobacats
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:02 am
    Set in the ‘Pride and Prejudice’ era (eighteenth century, England) this thrilling tale about Alethea, a 28 year old spinster living with the aunt in Bath. In addition to her unconventional unwed status, Alethea also is passionate about music and is quite a talented violinist, which is scandalous for a genteel lady and not something her Aunt allows Alethea to advertise. Her musical gifts were encouraged by her former neighbour whom she loved as a mother, and who also bequeathed her a violin. It is this rather unusual violin, which is the object an anonymous buyer wishes to acquire…
  • Book Review: The Memory Child by Steena Holmes

    ajoobacats
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Diane and Brian both mapped their careers out and talked about having children, but when Diane falls pregnant, her doubts about being a mother surface, particularly after her own mother’s tragic postpartum psychosis. Brian tries to stem the time he spends travelling abroad for work but inevitably has to go away. At the start of the book we see Diane coping with being away from Brian and taking care of Grace with the help of their nurse/nanny/housekeeper, but all is not as it seems. A painful tale of one woman’s experience of pregnancy and be warned this book does not sugar coat…
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  • Virginia Beach, VA, Pool Installer Offers Below Market Prices

    admin
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:39 am
    East Coast Leisure, a leading provider of pool installation in Virginia, Beach, VA, belongs to the SPARCO™ buying group, which means it has the buying power that allows it to offer customers below market price products. As a reputable company known for affordability and for hiring pool installers that are reliable and affordable, East Coast Leisure is proud to belong to a prestigious group such as SPARCO, which is made up of 15 major retail pool stores in the Northeast. In addition, owner Todd Glaser has also implemented Mira™ Hot Tubs, a hot tub program that is exclusive to SPARCO™…
  • Cosmetic Dentist in Morrisville, NC, Renowned for Remaking Smiles

    admin
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:37 am
    Carolina Dental Arts Morrisville serves patients of all ages with a range of dental services in Morrisville, NC. The goal of their dentists is to ensure every patient has a strong, white smile. According to a survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 71% of women and 58% of men agree that teeth are the first thing they notice in a potential partner. People that have confidence in their smiles and appearances feel like their lives are positively affected. From traditional braces to root canals, the process for transforming a smile is different for every patient. The dentists at…
  • Outstanding Year-Round Pest Control in Miami, FL, from 1st Solution Pest Control

    admin
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:34 am
    From identification of the pest to the eradication of the final bug, 1st Solution Pest Control makes sure every client can live a pest-free life. For home and business owners, there is no time to ignore a bug infestation, especially in a locale where termites are a real threat.According to research, it has been found that termites work 24 hours per day.  That is why home and business owners need insect removal services in Miami, FL, year round. The warm climate makes the perfect environment for bugs to thrive year round. No matter the weather, customers turn to the trustworthy team at 1st…
  • Make Every School Event Perfect with Professional Sound from Elite Pro Systems in St. Louis, MO

    admin
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:33 am
    For more than 25 years, Elite Pro Systems has provided schools with professional sound and video systems in St. Louis, MO. The right technology helps teachers to meet educational standards and prep students for future success.According to a study conducted by PBS learning, a national survey revealed that 74% of teachers found that educational technology enables them to reinforce and expand on content. The right technology helps teachers in meeting educational standards and prepping students for future success. Incorporate technology in the classroom with the help of Elite Pro Systems. From…
  • New bestseller reveals the tell-tale signs and proves we are biologically designed to be joyful… and healthy

    admin
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:32 am
    SANTA MONICA, CA, December 17, 2014 — Laughter Deficit Disorder or LDD occurs when life seems too serious, stressful or overwhelming and we are unable to laugh or play enough. It can seriously affect our immune systems. The shocking truth is that most people who suffer from it don’t know it and don’t know that it can be rectified. We live in a time of great stress, both personal and global. We are bombarded with negative news 24/7. Just in the nick of time comes a little treasure of a life-enhancing book, The P.L.A.Y. Formula™, by Susan and Julian Lange, Doctors of Oriental Medicine…
 
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    Top South African News

  • Liquor City Franchise Strategy Throws Lifeline To Independents

    Staff Reporter
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:15 am
    Liquor City, The Liquor Boys, has launched a national drive to grow the franchise component of its business and in the process offer a lifeline to increasingly embattled independent liquor retailers. South Africa’s largest independent liquor group is running an advertising campaign to attract potential franchisees while actively seeking franchise enquiries from small-scale retailers who face increasingly tough competition from supermarket chains and high-volume competitors. National Trade Marketing Manager Vania Martins-Fouche commented: “We have more than 250 stores in the Group and plan…
  • Robin Williams’ Death Tops Google’s 2014 World Trending Searches

    Staff Reporter
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:24 am
    The death of actor Robin Williams this August topped 2014’s global Google search terms. The search giant has revealed in its annual search report that Williams’ passing tugged on the heart-strings of millions of fans all over the world, the fallout from which ensured the tragedy was vastly more searched for than the second-placed Fifa World Cup in Brazil. This is despite Twitter announcing last week that the World Cup was the most ever tweeted event. This year’s top ten list makes for rather miserable reading thanks to the inclusion of Ebola, Malaysia Airlines and ISIS.  …
  • Senzo Meyiwa’s Death #1 On Google’s Top South African Searches in 2014

    Staff Reporter
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:08 am
    Google has released its 2014 Year in Search report, which shows that Senzo Meyiwa, Ebola, Robin Williams and Oscar Pistorius were the top trending search terms in South Africa in 2014. Looking at South African searches, Google provided the following categories of top search terms. Top Trending Searches For South Africa On Google (2014) Senzo Meyiwa Ebola Robin Williams Oscar Pistorius World Cup 2014 Kelly Khumalo IEC Big Brother Mzansi Joan Rivers Michael Shumacher The top search terms globally were Robin Williams’s death. “The passing of Robin Williams shook the world, bringing many…
  • Ugandan Maid Pleaded Guilty To Child Torture And Was Sentenced To Four Years In Prison

    Staff Reporter
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:40 am
    A Ugandan maid has been sentenced to four years in jail for assaulting a toddler, in a case which sparked outrage across the country after a video was released. Jolly Tumuhiirwe, 22, was filmed beating, kicking and stamping on the 18-month-old child. On Friday, she told a court in Kampala the attack was revenge after she was beaten by the child’s mother. The mother denied beating her. Earlier charges of torture were dropped. Chief Magistrate Lillian Buchan told Tumuhiirwe she had committed an “unjustifiable and inexcusable” crime. She said the sentence was appropriate in…
  • Latest on Senzo Meyiwa’s Killing: Gauteng Police Gives Statement

    Staff Reporter
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:14 am
    The investigation into the killing of Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa is continuing, Gauteng police said on Monday. “There is nothing further to report. The investigation is continuing,” said Brigadier Neville Malila. Meyiwa was killed in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni, while visiting his singer and actress girlfriend Kelly Khumalo in October. Two men allegedly entered the house on October 26 and demanded cellphones before shooting Meyiwa and running away. Last month, murder charges were withdrawn against Zanokuhle Mbatha, who had been arrested in connection with the case. -…
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    Fashion Pinki

  • Jessica Alba Elegant Hairstyles 2014/2015 | Beautiful Hair Fashion

    M Ajmal
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:56 am
    Jessica Alba Elegant Hairstyles 2014/2015 | Beautiful Hair Fashion, Jessica Alba may be a highest distinguished yankee actor and model whose beauty, talent and nimbleness isn`t restricted in America however universal.She begin her tv career since but thirteen.She conjointly retreat to greatest name and glam below nineteen for series dark angel Jessica Alba Elegant Hairstyles ...
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    13 Dec 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Anushka Sharma Sexy Images Collection in Photoshoots is here. Anushka Sharma factory-made several film industry Hindi videos additionally to She the lady ideal admiring facetious movies Band Baaja Baaraat together with younger better-looking skilled Ranveer Singh. Anushka Sharma Sexy Images Collection in Photoshoots Anushka Sharma wiill stay visible without delay forthcoming movies PK together with ...
  • Tips for Designing Xmas Bed Rooms – Christmas Ideas

    M Ajmal
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Tips for Designing Xmas Bed Rooms – Christmas Ideas, The aim of the chamber ornamentation with Christmas vogue is to be achieved to urge a full heat and cozy area wherever you’ll be able to Descartes therefore pleasant and pay pleasant time to relax throughout the celebration of Christmas and yr holidays. To this finish ...
  • J Brand 2015 Happy Christmas Special Wear

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    8 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    J Brand 2015 Happy Christmas Special Wear, This gathering is amazing for the party wear and the Christmas event. J Brand is familiar, well-liked and demanding fashion brand of USA. J brand fashion brand not old but get huge success very quickly. J Brand 2015 Happy Christmas Special Wear J brand was started since 2004. J ...
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    M Ajmal
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:16 am
    Amna Ismail Printed Fashionable Elegant Wear – Fashion Trends, This is the first ever gathering of Amna Ismail has particularly launched for the winter season 2014-15. you may reaching to find the trendy type of long, A line shirts with dupattas that you simply will set along side trousers or maybe with the proper shalwars ...
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    Memory Book Company Blog

  • Team Talks: Creating Yearbooks With Dmitriy Chernioglo

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Dmitriy Chernioglo: Yearbook Representative for the Following States. New Jersey, Louisiana, Alaska, Ohio, West Virginia and Vermont For those of you who have just joined Memory Book Company, team talks is the blog topic that gives you, as a customer, a look at your representative as a person and team member. We strive to provide the best possible customer service by setting you up with a specialized member of our team to work with.
  • Yearbook Cover Ideas That Involve Students

    9 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    This is the part in the yearbook process when cover designs are due. Yes, I hate to break it to you, but cover designs for your 2014/2015 yearbooks should be coming due soon. Don't stress out. There are some really simple ways to pick a cover and personalize it to your school. You could just pick one that you like, or...
  • Yearbook Week-Get Their Attention & Get More Yearbook Orders

    2 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Yearbook week is October 4th through the 8th and is a great time to promote your yearbook sales, and recognize your yearbook staff. The yearbook advisor and staff work really hard to put everything together for the production of the yearbook, but sometimes the real challenge is the selling of the yearbook. Who wouldn't want a yearbook, right? Well, most of the time it's just a matter of making students and parents aware that they are available and making it convenient for their purchase. We offer free sales materials for you to use as reminders and some great tips on ways to effectively…
  • Team Talks: Creating Yearbooks With Brenda Roberts

    26 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    Brenda Roberts: Yearbook Representative for the Following States. Delaware, Ilinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington & Wyoming Team Talks is back with the introduction of the latest member of our team. This is where we introduce you to team members within our company. Memory Book Company recently said goodbye to Lois Niemann with her retirement, and we were down a team member. Luckily, Brenda Roberts came our way and we are proud to welcome her to the team. Read more about Brenda below...
  • Don't Let Your Elementary Yearbook FALL short

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:56 am
    Incorporating Fall Holidays into Elementary School Yearbooks Elementary school is the best time to capture unforgettable moments of a child's life. As sad as it may be, if you miss those moments, you can never get them back. It is a time for parents and children to learn to go through day-to-day activities without each other, allowing teachers and school staff to mold their children. Thankfully, a yearbook can serve as a parent's keepsake of their child's elementary years when they aren't around to see those special moments. As you begin this year's yearbook endeavor, think of those…
 
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    Read You Later

  • Getting to Know Author Kai Storm

    Read You Later
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    uthor Kai Storm is a new face in the Urban Literary world, has brought us shining jewels called Alani's Bigger Hustle & Alani's Hustle Gets Bigger. Kai was born in Panama in 1972 and came to New York in 1981 with her mother. She discovered her writing gift as a junior at Boys & Girls High School when an English teacher gave her an assignment to develop a story from just one paragraph and since then, her pen was hot. Thru the years, Kai continued to write any and everything not only to keep her gift alive but also for therapeutic reasons, either way her pen and paper kept her sane. In December…
  • Getting to Know the Cast of the Inspirational Play Love's Redemption

    Read You Later
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Vanessa Richardson is an author, poet, and playwright. She has written several stage productions and have been blessed to perform them at various venues. Her stage productions include: Someone To Love Me, Why Do Bad Things Happens To Good People? Lord, I Don’t Understand, and The Fullness Of Time. Vanessa wrote her freshman nonfiction inspirational novel  titled, The Certain Ones. A spiritual impacting novel that inspires her readers to know that not everyone are called into greatness. Fact: Many can not handle the process that goes along with becoming great. Only the certain ones, who…
  • Getting to Executive Editor of Shades of Romance Magazine LaShaunda C. Hoffman

    Read You Later
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    La Shaunda Hoffman is a force of postive enegry in the liteary world. Her magazine, Shades of Romance has given several authors, bloggers, and publishers the chance to reach readers.  Her ideas and postive thinking has empowered many.  In addition, she also organizes virtual conferences. The conferences are held to create a learning and nertworking environment for literary professionals. In her spare time she mangages to blog and host podcast. 
  • Getting to Know Authors Patricia Haley and Gracie Hill

    Read You Later
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Patricia Haley-Glass, who writes under the pen name of Patricia Haley, is an award winning national bestselling author. She earned the title of ‘trailblazer’ after achieving remarkable success with her first faith-based novel in 1998. The self-published novel, Nobody's Perfect, sold nearly 20,000 copies in an industry where selling 5,000 copies at the time was highly regarded. The novel was the first of its kind to repeatedly make numerous national best sellers list, including #1 on the Essence list. Her next book, No Regrets, tackled the marital, personal, and financial impact breast…
  • Getting To Know Literary Icon Beverly Jenkins

    Read You Later
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Ms. Jenkins is known for her historical romance novels that highlight African-American life in the 19th century. Her latest book  Destiny's CaptiveShe has received numerous awards for her works, including: six Waldenbooks/Borders Group Best Sellers Awards; two Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times magazine; a Golden Pen Award from the Black Writers Guild; and in 1999 was named one of the Top Fifty Favorite African-American writers of the 20th century by AALBC, the nation's largest online African-American book club.
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    LifeBeyondNumbers » Beyond Numbers

  • Khasi Women In India Call The Shots. Why Can’t We?

    Rekha Narayan
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:12 pm
    I remember a moment where I saw failure during the early days of my career and realized I wasn’t competitive enough.“You did this to yourself”.When I heard those words, I was ready to rationalize, ready to walk away, ready to say “Not my fault”. It was also easy for my inner voice to say “You’re doing this to me, only because I am a woman. You wouldn’t do this to a man”. I couldn’t find the words to say it at that time. In fact it was hard for me to even to show the disbelief I felt. I couldn’t be that articulate, collected person in that moment.
  • 31 Things I Have Learned In My 31st Year Of Life

    Natasha Mahtani
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:45 am
    It’s been a trying year to say the least but also one filled with lots of love, laughter and memories to cherish. I spent 6 weeks this summer with my extended family and quite literally cried my eyes out when it was time to say goodbye. My son has grown so much in the last year too, he’s gone from a babbling baby to a terrific toddler and if you follow my Project 52 pictures you can also see just how much bigger he’s growing physically as well. He’s a ball of energy, keeping me on my toes 24/7.This year has been a great learning curve as well. It’s forced me to re-evaluate my life…
  • Another Rape In The Capital City – Dilli Meri Jaan, When Will It End?

    Jahnavi K. Laungani
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:54 am
    6th of December, 2014, another rape in the capital city. Ironically, it seems like the more publicity these sex crimes get the more confident the offenders are getting.A young urban lady raped in a private taxi on her way home. This lady acted with apparent prudence when she chose UBER – a high end taxi app to provide her with a safe ride home. She did nothing seemingly wrong except to nod off in what was supposed to be her personal chauffeur driven car for the night.There is enough being said  about Uber; how the company has failed to perform background checks on their drivers, how…
  • 24 Things I Have Learned In 24 Years Of Marriage

    Dr. Margaret Rutherford
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:34 pm
    24 years of marriage.That’s what September 15th meant for me.We had celebrated earlier so I didn’t remember until I was driving to work. I called him. Told him I loved him. I got grocery store flowers when I got home. Beautifully arranged by the way.What ever did we do without grocery store flowers?Between being a marital therapist and my own experience, I have learned a few things. Since I am on year #24, I’ve divided them into 12′s. Just to be cute.12 Things That Marriage Is Not:1. Marriage is not for sissies. It’s hard work.2. Marriage is not about getting what you want all the…
  • I’m Not Demotivated, I’m Disheartened

    Vartika Manasvi
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Those mornings, when you don’t want to get out of bed. Your work doesn’t fire you with enthusiasm anymore – now it makes you feel exhausted. The kick goes missing. It seems like you’ve been slogging for multiple things for so long now, and you still have a long way to go. Even when you did your best to cut through the many roadblocks, plateaus and deep valleys along the way, a sudden storm blows of the carpet below your feet. Who’s to be blamed? You, yourself. All justifications go for a toss, as you feel your hard work, struggle, integrity and honesty go unnoticed; trust is…
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