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  • The Secret Formula to Creating a Bestselling Book

    The Future of Ink
    Penny Sansevieri
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Penny Sansevieri Writing a book is one thing, promoting it is a whole different animal. But what if you could, right out of the gate, know exactly what to do to create an outstanding, well-received book that was promoted in such a way that it sold better than you expected? Sound like a dream? Well, certainly nothing is without risk but in working and speaking with thousands of authors, I have found that there are certain things that work every time – and others that don’t. There is a formula for success, and though varying degrees of it may be modified to better serve your audience…
  • The Content Flood and Authors Whining

    The Passive Voice - Latest Updates
    Passive Guy
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    From from author Bob Mayer on Digital Book World: Sales are down for most authors. You don’t see blog posts about it or tweets, but it’s a reality. And the reason is simple: there’s more content out there than ever before. Jon Fine of Amazon calls it a tsunami but at least a tsunami recedes. This is a flood that is going to get deeper and deeper. Authors United (a misnomer as it represents less than 1% of authors) wraps itself in a cloak of noble intentions. But while some of them certainly do have those, for many it’s an economic quandary. They look at their royalty statements and…
  • Why Publishing Shouldn’t Be A One Person Show

    The Future of Ink
    Justine Schofield
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    by Justine Schofield Entrepreneurs who choose to publish digitally are afforded the luxury of having many of the cumbersome and costly steps of print publishing eliminated. However, there is one aspect of traditional publishing that should absolutely not be overlooked by the tech savvy digital publishers of today: publishing with a team. As most of us know, writing is very much a solo act, but that doesn’t mean publishing has to be as well. Having other people in your corner, so to speak, will allow you to publish a better book and broaden the reach of your initial marketing efforts to gain…
  • The Self-Publishing Revolution Is Only Just Beginning. Reflections On My Stockholm Trip

    The Creative Penn
    Joanna Penn
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:45 am
    I spent a couple of days in Stockholm last week, and did three events in just over 24 hours for Lava Forlag, meeting authors at all stages of the journey. Here are my reflections on my time there. Flying into Stockholm The indie revolution is expanding… and it is incredibly exciting to see the light dawning in people’s eyes. The Swedish publishing industry is still in the old traditional, print dominated way of doing things right now. Ebooks haven’t taken off yet, Amazon hasn’t opened its .se store and authors are still focused on the route of agents and publishers to reach readers. I…
  • Authors United Mistaking Its Enemy?

    Digital Book World
    Rich Bellis
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    One author and industry watcher takes a close look at the complaints put forth by Authors United and draws that conclusion. Bob Mayer argues it’s a mistake to take Amazon to task for suppressing book sales. The growing surge of new content into the marketplace–thanks partly to Amazon–creates both challenges and opportunities for everyone in the book business, but it also empowers authors to take greater individual charge of it. For authors, at any rate, pressuring Amazon in its dispute with Hachette could be the wrong battle to wage. Here’s Mayer’s take on why. To get all…
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    Mediashift

  • E-Books & Self-Publishing Roundup, September 23, 2014

    Julie Keck
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
    1. Amazon looking to the wisdom of crowds to find new authors (John Biggs / TechCrunch) 2. E-book piracy becomes a top concern (Mike Kozlowski / Good e-Reader) 3. DBA Judge Franco Alvarado on future-proofing e-books (Anne Kostick /  Digital Book World) 4. Amazon to launch new crowd source platform (Nate Hoffelder / The Digital [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Daily Must Reads, September 23, 2014

    Julie Keck
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    1. Can Longform become a Netflix for journalism? (Chris Dannen / Fast Company) 2. Springer, Pearson Russia independence tested by bill (Ilya Khrennikov / Bloomberg News) 3. Disney’s Maker Studios pacts with MiTú to produce Latino YouTube content (Todd Spangler / Variety) 4. AT&T’s cord-cutter pitch: Broadband, HBO + Amazon, for $40 a month (Peter [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Mark Little: ‘This is the Golden Age of Storytelling’

    Ted Spiker
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Attending a wedding in Ireland several years ago, Mark Little saw fellow guests looking at their phones, as they learned that Michael Jackson had died. Soon, the group was dancing to Thriller as a tribute to the late star. That dance, Little said, happened 15 minutes before the Los Angeles Times had even officially announced [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Daily Must Reads, September 22, 2014

    Julie Keck
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
    1. News for the Minecraft generation: Gannett experiments with virtual reality (Adam Hochberg / Poynter) 2. Statement on the use of Finfisher by members of the Freedom Online Coalition (Jillian York / Electronic Frontier Foundation) 3. How Harvard Business Review has turned its old content into new revenue (Folio Magazine) 4. New York Times launches [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • What the Rise of ‘Hands-On Journalism’ Means for Community Engagement

    Josh Stearns
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:05 am
    Digital journalism has made possible some incredible storytelling in recent years. Visually stunning reports on issues as diverse as gun violence, environmental disasters, and surveillance have brought stories to life on the screen. Increasingly, however, journalists are experimenting with innovations that move journalism off the screen and into people’s hands. This spring RadioLab did a [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
 
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    Digital Book World

  • Authors United Mistaking Its Enemy?

    Rich Bellis
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    One author and industry watcher takes a close look at the complaints put forth by Authors United and draws that conclusion. Bob Mayer argues it’s a mistake to take Amazon to task for suppressing book sales. The growing surge of new content into the marketplace–thanks partly to Amazon–creates both challenges and opportunities for everyone in the book business, but it also empowers authors to take greater individual charge of it. For authors, at any rate, pressuring Amazon in its dispute with Hachette could be the wrong battle to wage. Here’s Mayer’s take on why. To get all…
  • The Content Flood and Authors Whining

    Bob Mayer
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    Sales are down for most authors. You don’t see blog posts about it or tweets, but it’s a reality. And the reason is simple: there’s more content out there than ever before. Jon Fine of Amazon calls it a tsunami but at least a tsunami recedes. This is a flood that is going to get deeper and deeper. Authors United (a misnomer as it represents less than 1% of authors) wraps itself in a cloak of noble intentions. But while some of them certainly do have those, for many it’s an economic quandary. They look at their royalty statements and see less. They also see sales shifting from…
  • Young Adult Sales Strong in First Half of 2014

    Rich Bellis
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    The first five months of 2014 have been prosperous ones when it comes to children’s and young adult fiction, according to the latest figures released by the Association of American Publishers (AAP). Sales in that category are up 30.5% among the 1,209 trade publishers whose earnings from distributors the AAP surveyed, as compared with the same period last year. Ebooks are up 7%. But it would be a mistake to interpret those figures as signs of broad-based market growth. And as even a casual watcher of the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List knows, growth in children’s and YA…
  • Want to Sell More Books? Understand Your Readers

    Beth Bacon
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Know your readers well—and sell more books. Every self-published author wants to sell the most books possible. But not every book appeals to every reader—not even books that achieve best-seller status. The cold, hard fact is your book has unique characteristics that only interest a select group. The good news is you don’t need to appeal to everyone to experience brisk sales. According to BookPromotionHub.com, if you can bring in 1,000 sales of your book within the first few days following its release, you are on your way to making it part of Amazon’s Top 100 list. Match your…
  • Mix of New and Familiar Players, Challenges at BISG Annual Meeting

    DBW
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    New entrants and challenges are joining–but not necessarily upending–the old ones in today’s publishing landscape, according to speakers at the Book Industry Study Group (BISG)’s annual meeting in New York City today. The list of new initiatives BISG’s Executive Director Len Vlahos outlined for the coming year reflect that mix of new and familiar terrain: new, more frequent research on hot topics like subscription ebooks and profiles of emerging markets continued work toward broadening EPUB3 support and standardization through epubtest.org, EDUPUB and…
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    A Newbie's Guide to Publishing

  • The Name Game

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:16 pm
    Elsewhere on the Internets, David Gaughran gives the publishing industry a spanking, Dan Meadows gives Douglas Preston a spanking, and Hugh Howey gives Authors United a spankingI'm finding this highly amusing. The Hachette/Amazon situation has become a true comedy of errors. It's like watching Groucho Marx lead Freedonia into war by intentionally being greedy, dishonest, and self-serving.I'm not sure if Authors United is a bunch of elitists who know they're full of shit and are trying to make the best argument they can to sway public opinion because they don't want the gravy train to end, or…
  • Nonsense United

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:28 am
    And Authors United confirms that a group can indeed be less than the sum of its parts when it acts in such a blatantly stupid way. But, like any group of likeminded people bonded together by mutual ignorance, they can persuade the legacy media tools at the NYT and The Bookseller to run their biased propaganda without any counterpoints.Fails all around.Their recent letter almost isn't worth fisking. Really. It's so poorly done, such a flimsy, whiny argument, that a child could deconstruct it.But I didn't have a child available, so I did it.If you want a refresher on the nonsense, start…
  • Author Conference of the Future

    12 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    If it ever does happen, this is how I'd picture it:One giant room, similar to ComiCon, with a stage and microphones.Authors sit at tables, which are set up everywhere. For table space at the 3 day conference, authors pay $25 a day.Attendees get in for free.Authors bring their own paper books to sell. They can accept cash, or credit cards via PayPal Here.Authors can bring cardboards stands, giveaways, whatever they'd like to make people come to their tables. I suggest having QR codes on promo material, so attendees can instantly buy ebooks.Conference fees pay for the room space, advertising,…
  • Ebook Sales Down? Here Are 15 Tips!

    8 Sep 2014 | 4:46 pm
    It happens to everyone.Sales slump. Riding high in April, shot down in May.No one knows why some titles sell and others don't, or why some sell for a while and then taper off. My own experience defies any long tail explanations. Sales tend to fluctuate, and I'll see spikes on titles I released back in 2009. Some of my ebooks have broken the Top 100 many times over many years, proof that there is no such thing as "backlist" when ebooks are forever. Your title is brand new to someone who has never seen it before.A decline in sales is natural. So natural that I wrote about it back in 2010.But…
  • The Opposite of Legacy

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:50 am
    So I just read the latest drivel from The Guardian which completely misrepresents self-publishing. There's no need for me to fisk it--Howey, Eisler, Gaughran, and others already shredded the stupid in the comments. And there was a lot of stupid. It makes me ponder how the mainstream media keeps getting so much wrong.It also makes me ponder why self-pubbed authors care.As far as mainstream media, I can point to lazy reporting, willful ignorance, nepotism, and not-so-hidden agendas. This blog has a long history of pointing out why legacy publishers do what they do, and their priorities often…
 
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    Catherine, Caffeinated

  • Self-Publishing a New Edition? Get Rid of the Old One First!

    catherineryanhoward
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:41 am
    Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing, 3rd Edition is almost here, so it’s time to address the woes involved in bringing out a new edition. Don’t forget that in the Self-Printed 3.0 build up we’ve already talked about closing the Facebook and not doing what Goodreads tells us anymore, if you need something to read with your coffee today. See also the end of this post for Self-Printed 3.0 buying options and a chance to see Self-Printed: LIVE! (AKA, me doing a self-publishing workshop) if you live within driving distance of Dalkey, Co. Dublin and are…
  • The SELF-PRINTED 3.0 Splash Needs YOU!

    catherineryanhoward
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:29 am
    Self-Printed 3.0 is almost here EXCLAMATION MARK. Well, it’ll be here soon. It’s hard to estimate exactly when all editions will be up and running, but I think it’s safe to say we’ll be good to go by October 16th. Some editions may be available long before that but usually I watch all self-imposed deadlines pass on by, so I’m way overestimating here just to be safe. I’ll also be availing of Amazon KDP’s new pre-ordering function, so stay tuned for that. Since it’s been 2 years since the last one and this new edition is almost entirely revamped,…
  • Goodreads Giveaways: Don’t Do What You’re Told

    catherineryanhoward
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:07 am
    This summer I’m working on revising and updating my self-publishing ‘how to': Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing. Edition #3 is scheduled for release in a few weeks’ time. (I will definitely be taking advantage of KDP’s new pre-ordering function, so stayed tuned for that.) When I did the second edition back in 2012, only one year had passed since the first but still, so much had changed. This time around, the entire landscape has changed, and there’s so many new and exciting opportunities for self-publishers to take advantage of. I’ve completely…
  • Closing the Facebook

    catherineryanhoward
    5 Jul 2014 | 2:31 am
    This summer I’m working on revising and updating my self-publishing ‘how to': Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing. Edition #3 is scheduled for release September 5th. When I did the second edition back in 2012, only one year had passed since the first but still, so much had changed. This time around, the entire landscape has changed, and there’s so many new and exciting opportunities for self-publishers to take advantage of. I’ve completely changed my mind about some of my advice, and believe more than ever in the rest of it. One thing…
  • Some Pics From Belfast

    catherineryanhoward
    25 Jun 2014 | 3:26 am
    Busy writing, packing and – come this weekend – moving (ugh!), so I’m just popping in to share some pics from my afternoon at the LitNetNI event ‘Way With Words’ at Belfast Book Fest on June 14th… L-R: Alison Baverstock (@alisonbav) sharing the findings of her research into self-publishing and those that indulge in it, and moi and Andrew Moore (@agrmoore) listening intently. Photo credit: Averill Buchanan (@averillb) Should we have a caption competition? Note how my top matches my blog. I mean, really…. Photo credit: Averill Buchanan (@averillb)…
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    BookBaby Blog

  • Is your book cover holding you back?

    Chris Robley
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:11 am
    How to make sure your book cover grabs the attention of potential readers Think about the way you scroll through your social media feeds, or surf through TV channels, or breeze through the aisles of a bookstore. If something doesn’t grab your attention within a few seconds you’re probably going to move on to something else, right? Well, most people will give YOUR book the same treatment. Before you’ve built up a big readership, your book cover is not just the first thing someone sees; it’s the ONLY thing someone sees — and they’ll have to decide if they’re going to…
  • Authors who hate social media

    BookBaby
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    [This article was written by guest contributor Nancy L. Baumann of Bookarma.] If you’re an author, you may have come kicking and screaming into the world of social media — or perhaps you haven’t entered it at all. “I don’t like social media … I need more than 140 characters … It’s not communication … blah, blah, blah.” Authors, it’s time to get over it! If you can string a few words together and click (and if you can’t, then don’t call yourself an author), then you better get out there. Social media is not a…
  • Should you get your MFA? Professional writers weigh in

    Chris Robley
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    The pros and cons of an MFA in Creative Writing On the one hand, getting your MFA will (ideally) give you access to a strong community of writers, mentorship from published authors and poets, and the time and space to develop your own voice. On the other hand, it’ll cost you a boatload of money (unless you’re able to get full funding from the institution), and you’ll graduate with the qualifications to — what? — hop from city to city as an undervalued adjunct and never pay off those loans? Then again, having a couple years to work on your craft while surrounded by…
  • The twelve stages of writing

    Chris Robley
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
      Oh, it’s funny because it’s true. For more writing humor, check out Grant Snider’s other cartoons. The post The twelve stages of writing appeared first on BookBaby Blog.
  • BookBaby announces new president

    BookBaby
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    We’ve got some exciting news to share: Steven Spatz has been chosen as the new president of BookBaby.  Spatz has been the Chief Marketing Officer for Audio Video Labs (our parent company) for much of the past 10 years. He’s been a driving force behind many of our new products, including BookPromo and BookShop. “Steven has been an invaluable marketer for AVL on the music side of the business,” says AVL CEO Tony van Veen. “But he took a special interest in BookBaby from day one of this brand and we’re excited to see what he can do with the business.” “I’ve watched this…
 
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    Self-Publishing Review

  • Review: Love Poems: Are You The One? by Steve Ryan

    James Grimsby
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    Love Poems: Are You The One? is a collection of heartfelt poetry written by musician -poet Steve Ryan, and the second such themed collection published on Amazon by the author, this time on the subject of love and romance. Also a singer/songwriter, Ryan uses his lyrical talents to create succinct and intriguing pieces on a ...
  • An Interview with Author Stanley Tsiamoulis

    Stanley Tsiamoulis
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:35 am
    An interview with Stanley Tsiamoulis, author of the spiritual self-help book “Your Numbers, Your Journey.” Tell us something about your book. The basics: what’s it about? Your Numbers Your Journey,  encompasses the journey towards reaching your highest potential via ancient & modern wisdom within the universe, bringing forth crystal clarity to define and shape your ...
  • Review: Illusive Intrusion by Tomasz Chrusciel

    T B Markinson
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:43 am
    The cover and blurb for Illusive Intrusion by Tomasz Chrusciel are intriguing. Sisters Bianka and Niamh are offered a trip of a lifetime. Two weeks at a luxurious hotel on Gran Canaria. Niamh is invited for a modeling gig and since she’s underage, her older sister, Bianka, is her chaperone. The shoot is supposed to ...
  • MS Madness Book Promo – Win a $25 Amazon Voucher!

    Cate Baum
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:04 am
    Win a $25 Amazon Voucher!
  • Authors Must Be Marketers

    Neil Raphel
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:54 am
    Authors don’t like to promote their own works. Here are actual quotes from some of the authors we published: “I’m a writer, not a marketer.” “I’m uncomfortable asking people to buy my book.” “I don’t really understand social media.” “I’ve put a ton of effort into writing my book. Why do I have to sell ...
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    The Book Designer

  • 14 Definitions You Need to Know When Creating an Author Media Kit

    Joel Friedlander
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    By Joan Stewart (@PublicityHound) Ed: The link between you—and your book, your stories, and your ideas or agenda for change—and the media that can help you get readers, attention, and sales, is your media kit. This is what you present to those in the media looking for content, for guests, and for stories and conversations that will appeal to their audience. Today, publicity expert Joan Stewart provides a valuable glossary to help you understand this critical part of your marketing plan. (And check the end of the article for a free live event with Joan this week.) Your author media kit…
  • This Week in the Blogs, September 13 – 19, 2014

    Joel Friedlander
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:05 am
    There’s a definite chill in the air in some parts of the country. A great excuse to curl up with a good book, don’t you think? Or, better yet, why not check out this week’s articles? A wide variety of topics await. Enjoy! Helen Sedwick on Helen Sedwick How to Use Real People in Your Writing Without Ending Up in Court “Writers face three big risks when using real people in their writing: defamation, invasion of privacy, and misappropriation of the right of publicity. Yet every fiction writer bases characters on real people. Memoirists and nonfiction writers identify…
  • Warning: Discoverability Dependency is Hazardous to Your Fiction Marketing

    Joel Friedlander
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:05 am
    By Jason Kong Before your books can be read, they have to be found. You’re probably familiar with these common tactics: Tweaking your book’s keywords to be more search-engine friendly. Posting to your blog daily, even when no one seems to be reading. Establishing a presence on every social media platform, and staying active on all of them. These are activities intended to help your discoverability. You’re trying to increase the likelihood of connecting with potential readers through your digital content. If you’re diligent and patient, people will eventually find you…
 
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    The Future of Ink

  • Why Publishing Shouldn’t Be A One Person Show

    Justine Schofield
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    by Justine Schofield Entrepreneurs who choose to publish digitally are afforded the luxury of having many of the cumbersome and costly steps of print publishing eliminated. However, there is one aspect of traditional publishing that should absolutely not be overlooked by the tech savvy digital publishers of today: publishing with a team. As most of us know, writing is very much a solo act, but that doesn’t mean publishing has to be as well. Having other people in your corner, so to speak, will allow you to publish a better book and broaden the reach of your initial marketing efforts to gain…
  • 12 Digital Publishing Tools The Experts Recommend

    Denise Wakeman
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    To celebrate the 2 year anniversary of The Future of Ink, we asked our expert writers to tell us about their favorite digital publishing tools they’ve discovered in the last six months or so. If you are looking for tools to help you publish, curate and create digital content, you’ll find 12 terrific tools to check out in this article. 1) Scrivener Kristen Eckstein My latest favorite tool for authors is Scrivener. I’m in love with the program! It comes with several templates for books already created, like fiction (novels), short stories, script writing, poetry and lyrics,…
  • The Secret Formula to Creating a Bestselling Book

    Penny Sansevieri
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Penny Sansevieri Writing a book is one thing, promoting it is a whole different animal. But what if you could, right out of the gate, know exactly what to do to create an outstanding, well-received book that was promoted in such a way that it sold better than you expected? Sound like a dream? Well, certainly nothing is without risk but in working and speaking with thousands of authors, I have found that there are certain things that work every time – and others that don’t. There is a formula for success, and though varying degrees of it may be modified to better serve your audience…
  • How To Use Gmail Canned Responses In Book Marketing

    Shelley Hitz
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:13 am
    by Shelley Hitz Gmail has a simple, yet effective, feature authors can use when marketing their books. It is called “canned responses.” Canned responses allows you to save pre-written messages you can easily insert into your e-mails later. This can save you hours of time and make you more productive. How can authors use canned responses? There are several ways I personally use canned responses in my book marketing efforts: FAQ – I save frequently asked questions readers send me via e-mail in canned responses. This way I can quickly insert my response and customize it as I would like.
  • Two Questions Every New Author Asks

    Frances Caballo
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Frances Caballo Every author I’ve met has asked me the same set of questions: How did you know how to price your book? What do I need to do to encourage/boost sales? Do they sound familiar? We’ve all asked these questions – I know I did – when approaching publishing for the first time. So let’s address them one-by-one. How to Price Your eBook Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords, has probably conducted the most exhaustive studies on how to price eBooks. He discovered that the price that sells the most books is $0. Free is hot when it comes to  generating eBook sales and building…
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    The Passive Voice - Latest Updates

  • I am utterly embarrassed to be a member of the Authors Guild

    Passive Guy
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    From author Joe Cottonwood: I am utterly embarrassed to be a member of the Authors Guild. I joined the Guild about 30 years ago when I was first published by a mainstream publishing house. The Authors Guild back then seemed to be fighting for my rights as an author against the big bad publishing industry. The Authors Guild fought for me while I published six books with the big guys. Times change. Now, like so many not-exactly-bestselling writers, I’m indie. As an indie writer, it’s painfully clear that the Authors Guild is fighting FOR the big bad publishing industry. Link to the…
  • The South

    Passive Guy
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    The south produced statesmen and soldiers, planters and doctors and lawyers and poets, but certainly no engineers and mechanics. Let Yankees adopt such low callings. Margaret Mitchell
  • David Mitchell lambasts ‘rapacious’ Amazon

    Passive Guy
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    From The Bookseller: Comedian David Mitchell has slammed Amazon as “benefit scroungers” in a barnstorming speech given at the Booksellers Association conference today. Speaking about the effect of the internet on modern life and business, he said: “Amazon is a company that has profited massively from this natural disaster of technological change that has befallen us in the last decade and a half, but they make it much worse than it needs to be because of the monopolistic, cynical and frankly life-crushing way that they operate. I think we tell ourselves, British people, that…
  • Taking on Amazon

    Passive Guy
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    From Publishers Weekly: Billed as a conversation about “Internet and Technology: The Good and the Bad,” the keynote at the New Atlantic Independent Discovery Conference (Sept. 19-21) at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va., focused instead on one particular Internet behemoth, Amazon. That Amazon was the subject of the keynote was inevitable, given the strong stance that NAIBA booksellers have taken in the Amazon-Hachette dispute. “This is a bookseller convention, and the big topic is always going to be Amazon.” For Keen, Amazon isn’t all bad. “They’re not a complete…
  • The Content Flood and Authors Whining

    Passive Guy
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    From from author Bob Mayer on Digital Book World: Sales are down for most authors. You don’t see blog posts about it or tweets, but it’s a reality. And the reason is simple: there’s more content out there than ever before. Jon Fine of Amazon calls it a tsunami but at least a tsunami recedes. This is a flood that is going to get deeper and deeper. Authors United (a misnomer as it represents less than 1% of authors) wraps itself in a cloak of noble intentions. But while some of them certainly do have those, for many it’s an economic quandary. They look at their royalty statements and…
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    The Digital Reader

  • Agency eBook Pricing Will be Alive and Well in Canada Until at Least May 2015

    Nate Hoffelder
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:24 pm
    The major US trade publishers may have relinquished control of their ebook prices here in the US and in Europe but Canada, well, that is a different story. A comment left on my earlier post (thanks, Anne!) about the Canadian ebook market has revealed that, thanks to an appeal filed by Kobo, said market could be stuck in a pricing limbo well into next year. As you might recall, earlier this year 4 Canadian publishers ( Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, and Simon & Schuster) announced that they had worked out a settlement with the Canadian Competition Bureau to settle an investigation…
  • BendGate: iPhone 6 Plus Owners Report Bending the Phone Simply by Pocketing it

    Nate Hoffelder
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:41 am
    Apple’s new 5.3″ i{hone 6 Plus may not be all that large compared to many Android smartphones but it looks like the phablet may have been too much of an engineering challenge for Apple. There are several early user reports that the 5 day old smartphone both is and is not as sturdy as one would like. The owners report that iPhone 6 plus can be damaged by nothing more than sticking it in a pocket. And not a back pocket; the reports claim that the phablet was in a front pocket when they were damaged. The good news is they didn’t break the screen; the bad news is they still…
  • Is the Canadian eBook Market Leveling Off?

    Nate Hoffelder
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:51 am
    Recent data shows that the ebook markets are growing in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany , and elsewhere, but not, curiously enough, in Canada. PW reported last Friday that BookNet, Canada’s leading book industry market research firm, had stopped surveying consumers on their ebook purchases: BookNet’s Noah Genner says that BookNet has “paused” its consumer panel survey research on e-reading because the growth in digital books seems to have paused. “The numbers we’re hearing for e-book unit sales is still around 17%, 18%, 20%, that kind of range,” he says, noting that the…
  • New Jersey Passes New Reader Privacy Act, Expanding Laws to Cover eBooks

    Nate Hoffelder
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    Earlier this week the New Jersey state legislature passed a new bill which expanded NJ state privacy laws to include ebooks. Working from the precedent that readers have a right to keep their library records private, the new Reader Privacy Act ( S-967) expands that right to include ebooks as well as paper books. The law, which you can read here, prohibits service providers (both bookstores and ebook retailers) from sharing a readers info absent a court order, explicit permission from the user, or in certain circumstances such as evidence of a crime against the service provider or user.
  • Boyue T62 6″ Android eReader Now Available at Amazon

    Nate Hoffelder
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    Remember that 6″ Android ereader I reviewed a few weeks back (the one with Android 4.2 and a bad frontlight but otherwise appealing design)? My competitor noticed yesterday that the new and improved model, the T62, is now available on Amazon.com. The Boyue T62 features much the same hardware as the T61, but it comes with audio support and twice the storage – plus a hefty markup which puts it well into the range of premium ebook readers like the Kobo Aura HD, Aura H2O, and within shouting distance of the Kindle Voyage. This device runs Android 4.2 on a dual-core 1GHz CPU with…
 
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    The Independent Publishing Magazine

  • Xulon Press Launch Conservative Imprint Liberty Hill Publishing

    Mick Rooney
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Christian self-publishing service provider Xulon Press and Salem Communications has launched a new 'politically conservative' imprint called Liberty Hill Publishing.Conservative... Liberty... I know, I'm not sure I get the name either. Maybe I'm missing something.Xulon Press is owned by Salem Communications, an American radio broadcaster, content provider, magazine publisher and owner of traditional publisher Regnery. It operates nearly one hundred conservative radio stations targeting audiences interested in Christian, family-themed content and conservative values.Read…
  • How to Avoid Self-Publishing Heartache - Kim Bookless | Guest Post

    Mick Rooney
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Authors come to me for help and guidance in self-publishing their manuscripts. I’m delighted to talk with them but, unfortunately, many of our conversations begin like this:  Author: “I wrote a book and I’m ready to self-publish it.”Me: “Great! Before we talk about the publishing process, let’s talk about your manuscript. What kind of editing has it had?”[Silence]Me: “Has it had any editing?”Author: “No.”  Me: “Have you asked for feedback from beta readers?”Author: “No, but my cousin, who is a teacher, looked at it and loved it.”Me: “If you and your cousin…
  • I'm Not a Special Snowflake! | Roxana Robinson - Authors Guild

    Mick Rooney
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Broadcast on September 16th on Bloomberg TV, Roxana Robinson, president of the Authors Guild, and Bloomberg's Contributing Editor Paul Kedrosky, talk about the dispute between Hachette Book Group and Amazon over e-book pricing and distribution.Read More>>>The Independent Publishing Magazine | TIPM Media
  • The Bookseller UK Partner With Nook Press For Self-Published Title Showcase

    Mick Rooney
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:52 am
    The Bookseller magazine in the UK has partnered with Barnes & Noble's self-publishing platform Nook Press to preview self-published titles in a sponsored review section called Independent Author Preview from October. This will be an exclusive program for Nook Press titles and is scheduled to run through to April 2015. The new feature is designed to preview books from indie-authors and provide them with a chance to 'showcase their work and recognises the role of non-traditional channels to publication.'Read More>>>The Independent Publishing Magazine | TIPM…
  • When Douglas Preston Put His Vest On | End The Sanctions

    Mick Rooney
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Over the weekend, Authors United published its latest letter in the media sideshow that seems to be accompanying the on-going and protracted negotiations between Amazon and big-five publisher Hachette. While Preston's letter(s)—on behalf of more than a thousand Hachette and non-Hachette authors— become increasingly emotive, surreal and downright laughable and embarrassing, New York Times and Authors United cheerleader David Streitfeld seems destined to take mainstream media bias just as far as any journalist can take it. Indeed, hybrid author Hugh Howey has described…
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    The Creative Penn

  • The Self-Publishing Revolution Is Only Just Beginning. Reflections On My Stockholm Trip

    Joanna Penn
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:45 am
    I spent a couple of days in Stockholm last week, and did three events in just over 24 hours for Lava Forlag, meeting authors at all stages of the journey. Here are my reflections on my time there. Flying into Stockholm The indie revolution is expanding… and it is incredibly exciting to see the light dawning in people’s eyes. The Swedish publishing industry is still in the old traditional, print dominated way of doing things right now. Ebooks haven’t taken off yet, Amazon hasn’t opened its .se store and authors are still focused on the route of agents and publishers to reach readers. I…
  • How Has Self-Publishing Changed In The Last 2 Years? Interview With David Gaughran.

    Joanna Penn
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:44 pm
    Today I interview David Gaughran, author and outspoken commentator on all things indie. David has just released the second edition of his fantastic book, Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should from Amazon, Amazon UK, Apple, Barnes & Noble and Kobo for $4.99/£2.99. This book is one of the reasons I decided NOT to write my own book about how to self-publish. When it is done so well by a fantastic author, why reinvent the wheel! I highly recommend grabbing a copy and even if you know what you’re doing as an indie, you’ll certainly learn something from the…
  • Creating Money, Creating Meaning. Getting Into Financial Flow With Orna Ross

    Joanna Penn
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:43 am
    Our attitudes to money shape so much of our lives, and today I explore how we can integrate our creativity with our money in discussion with Orna Ross. If you’re struggling with your financial journey, then you’ll find this interview fascinating. In the intro, I talk about my lessons learned after 3 years as a full time author-entrepreneur and what’s changing for me right now. 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…
  • Lessons Learned From 3 Years As An Author-Entrepreneur

    Joanna Penn
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Three years ago, I gave up a career as an IT business consultant for large corporates, earning a six-figure income, to become a full-time author-entrepreneur. Over the last few years, I have shared my income split, business model and my lessons learned from year 1, as well as lessons learned from year 2. Here’s the latest installment at the end of year 3. How do I currently make a living as an author-entrepreneur? I didn’t double my income from last year as planned, but my overall income increased by 24% which isn’t bad. I’m not doing a full income disclosure like some…
  • Risk-Taking, Author Collaboration And Marketing Ideas With J Thorn

    Joanna Penn
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    It’s great to learn from successful indies who can share their insights into lessons learned on the journey. Today I have a laughter-filled chat with horror writer, J Thorn. J Thorn is a bestselling horror writer,  consistently one of the Top 100 Most Popular Authors in Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy, with his bestselling books selling over 100,000 copies. J is also a podcaster, entrepreneur and speaker. His latest book is the Black Fang Betrayal. You can watch the video below or here on YouTube. You can listen below or on Soundcloud. Or there are show notes below the multimedia.
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    Backspace: The Writers Place

  • What Do Your Dreams Really Mean? by Mary Kennedy

    Karen Dionne
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    Dreams are amazing, ephemeral and fun. As a psychologist, I enjoy listening to my clients’ dreams and I’m grateful to have a window into their world. Their dreams teach me so much about their unconscious fears and desires, their most hidden emotions. When I read about the popularity of dream clubs in the northeast, I thought it would be a great idea for a mystery series and I wrote Nightmares Can be Murder, the first in the Dream Club Mysteries (Penguin, Sept 2,2014). A dream club is like a book club except the topic is dreams.  In Nightmares Can Be Murder, business consultant Taylor…
  • Breaking In: Voice by Karen Dionne

    Karen Dionne
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    All agents and editors look for different things in a manuscript. For authors hoping to sell their novel to a major publisher, this variety of tastes and opinions works in their favor: one man’s trash is another woman’s treasure. But one item comes up over and over again: Voice. The reason is simple. Readers are going to have to live with that narrative voice for two or three hundred pages, so the author’s voice needs to be as captivating and compelling as possible. Voice is difficult to define in the abstract, but agents, editors, readers, and writers know voice when they…
  • Creating The Perfect Predator: Tricks of the Trade from a Forensic Psychologist by Mary Kennedy

    Karen Dionne
    6 Mar 2014 | 11:20 am
    The Thursday afternoon group therapy session was held in a small, cramped room on the ninth floor of the forensic unit.  It was a hot August day, and since the shatter-proof windows were nailed shut, the room was hot, humid, and eerily still. The group  members–all  men, all convicted of violent crimes, including rape, battery, incest and  murder–watched warily as I slipped into an empty folding chair near the door.  It was my first week as staff psychologist on the busy unit, and I was still new to the game. But not so new that I would forget to give myself a clear escape route. The…
  • Authors – Looking for a Mentor? Here’s How to Find One by Karen Dionne

    Karen Dionne
    27 Jan 2014 | 7:38 am
    Early in my writing career, there were two people who I consider mentors. Both were New York Times bestselling authors. One worked with me for over a year, the other, only once. Both were instrumental in helping me take my writing from promising to publishable. I met Gayle Lynds in 2005 at a mystery writers conference in Chicago. Later, after she kindly agreed to read the first 50 pages of my agented-but-not-yet-published novel, to my surprise, she called me on the phone to discuss. We talked about villains and endings and I learned more in those few minutes of discussion specific to my story…
  • First Draft Terror by Suzanne Chazin

    Karen Dionne
    16 Oct 2013 | 3:01 am
    I recently started the first draft of a new novel. This instills in me all the self-confidence of two virgins in a MINI Cooper. I’m sweaty and awkward. I don’t have a clue where anything goes. And I’m already questioning my choice of vehicle. First drafts are scary. There’s so much expectation—and so much disappointment. Scenes lumber off in the wrong direction. The writing feels clumsy and artless. The story confuses. Or worse, it bores. I compare the well-dressed prose of authors I admire and cringe at my own naked and brutish words. And I want to hit “delete.” It’s easy to…
 
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    GalleyCat

  • When the Publishing Industry Looks at Itself in the Mirror, Does It Like What It Sees?

    Claire Daniel
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Late last week, Publishers Weekly released its 2014 Salary Survey. While many of the findings were what you would expect—i.e., overwhelmingly white, female employees working longer hours than the year before and with a little more pay—they still manage to leave you feeling, well… a bit disappointed. Cue Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” and read on. Let’s start with the (kind of) good news: 85% of respondents are at least somewhat satisfied with their jobs. We’ve also seem to have (modestly) overcome a fear of total sector collapse, with 54% of us reporting we are very…
  • Wattpad Contest Invites Fans to Collaborate On a R.L. Stine Short Story

    Maryann Yin
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:10 am
    Wattpad is running “The R.L. Stine Fill In The Fear Contest.” This allows fans to collaborate on a short story called “Let’s Make a Trade” with R.L. Stine. Stine wrote the beginning and now it’s up to the participants to fill in the middle; Stine will be responsible for the ending. Writers have until October 9th to turn in a submission. Both the winner and the finished piece will be unveiled on October 31st; readers will be able to access the entire story on Stine’s Wattpad profile. Follow this link to learn all the rules for this contest. New…
  • John Green Partners With Bill Gates For a Clean Water Fundraising Campaign

    Maryann Yin
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    Author John Green has partnered with other writers in the past. His newest collaborator isn’t a writer; it’s Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates. According to Time, Green has launched a campaign on water.org with a fundraising goal set at $100,000. This will help thousands of people in Ethiopia gain access to clean water. Should Green and the “nerdfighter” community prove successful, Gates has pledged to match the amount. Gates announced on Twitter that he was “happy to help reduce world suck!” (more…) New Career Opportunities…
  • Dav Pilkey Stars in a Banned Books Week Video

    Maryann Yin
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    What is Dav Pilkey’s advice for expressing concern about a book? In the video embedded above, the creator of the Captain Underpants series live draws and explains that people should not impede others from accessing books regardless of whatever personal feelings they may have. Pilkey hopes people will realize that widespread censorship is not the answer; the appropriate response is to remember this statement: “I don’t want my children to read this book.” What are your thoughts? New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
  • Ken Follett, Naomi Klein, & Hervé Tullet Debut On the Indie Bestseller List

    Maryann Yin
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending September 21, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month. (Debuted at #1 in Hardcover Fiction) Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett: “Edge of Eternity, the finale, covers one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the 1960s through the 1980s, encompassing civil rights, assassinations, Vietnam, the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution—and rock and roll.” (September 2014) (more…) New Career Opportunities Daily:…
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    Publishing News

  • GM's Cadillac Brand To Open Headquarters In New York

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:49 am
    Cadillac spokesman David Caldwell said the brand expects the office, including display and event space, in the trendy Soho neighborhood of Manhattan to open around the second quarter of 2015. "With the relentless upward repositioning of successive new-generation Cadillac products, the next logical step is to provide Cadillac more freedom to cultivate the brand in pursuit of further global growth," GM President Dan Ammann said in a statement.
  • Wife of Man Charged in Son's 'Hot Car' Death Passed Polygraph:Sources

    22 Sep 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Justin Ross Harris is accused of leaving his 22-month-old son, Cooper, in his vehicle on June 18 "with malice aforethought" and causing the boy "cruel and excessive physical pain," according to an indictment earlier this month. Cooper's mother, Leanna Harris, has not been charged in her son's death, and in an interview that aired on ABC News' Good Morning America Monday, her friend, Angie Bond, came to her defense, saying she had nothing to hide.
  • Miss America Kira Kazantsev was tossed from sorority for hazing, new reports say

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:36 pm
    Newly crowned Miss America Kira Kazantsev was tossed from her Hofstra University sorority in 2013 for abusively hazing pledges, according to Jezebel. A former pledge told that Jezebel website that Kazantsev -- who graduated from Walnut Creek's Las Lomas High School -- was a mean girl who made recruits' lives "a living hell."
  • Venezuela's 'Busman' President to Make UN Debut

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:36 pm
    Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro said he will travel to New York this week for his debut appearance as president at the United Nations General Assembly despite "racist" editorials against him in major U.S.newspapers. The socialist-run country is poised to gain a temporary seat on the U.N. Security Council in 2015-16 thanks to unanimous backing around Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Leaking lime juice sends responders to cargo jet

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    A mysterious liquid leaking on a cargo jet sent emergency responders to the island that is home to the Ketchikan, Alaska, airport. The Ketchikan Daily News reports the leak Tuesday on the Alaska Airlines 737-700 was traced to a container of lime juice that broke open during a flight from Seattle.
 
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    Thad McIlroy - Future Of Publishing

  • 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…
  • Amazon’s Fire Phone is Mainly for Amazon’s Customers

    Thad McIlroy
    19 Jun 2014 | 12:16 am
    Several journalists took a small segue today in their coverage of the launch of the Amazon Fire Phone to note that Amazon’s Kindle Fire has been extinguished. Or nearly so. Based on IDC’s May report, the Kindle Fire has only 1.9% of worldwide tablet shipments, down 47% year-to-year. However Amazon doesn’t make mobile devices to capture hardware marketshare. It wants to form a tighter bond with its customers, one that bonds them to shopping Amazon. “The most important thing that we’ve done over the last 20 years is earn trust with customers,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos…
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    Self Publishing Advisor

  • Self-Publishing Week in Review: 9/23/14

    selfpublishingadvisor
    23 Sep 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. The marketing tools you need for any self-published book This great article offers marketing advice to help you sell your book. This is a must read for all self-publishing authors. 5…
  • Copyright Basics, Part III: How does one secure a copyright and is it required for publication?

    selfpublishingadvisor
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    One of the most confusing parts of publishing for many authors is copyright laws. To address the common copyright questions I am often asked, I will be writing a copyright basics series every week for the month of September. See the end of the post for links past posts you may missed, and be sure to check back each week for answers to more of your copyright questions. How to Secure A Copyright Copyright is automatically secured when a work is created and in a tangible form. No publication, registration, or other action in the Copyright Office is required to secure copyright. There are,…
  • Friday Conversations With A Self-Publishing Writer 9/19/14

    selfpublishingadvisor
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    INSPIRED…BY WOUNDED WARRIORS This phrase has become synonymous with our military personnel who have returned from “wars or rumors of wars” since 9/11. Many have suffered extreme physical injuries; others carry invisible scars of nightmare events that no one should have to experience.  And yet, when they come home again they inspire us!  They’d deny that, of course, but it’s true.  It’s the average, ordinary, writer who hears their story and begins tapping the keyboard, stringing words together and getting it published that shows them the truth of it. Just this afternoon, my…
  • Weekly Self-Published Book Review: The Ultimate Job Directory

    selfpublishingadvisor
    18 Sep 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 Ultimate Job Directory Amber Scanlon Publisher: Outskirts…
  • Self-Publishing Week in Review: 9/16/14

    selfpublishingadvisor
    16 Sep 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. A dream deferred no more: Teen secretly publishes his mother’s book Mary Petrie put her publishing dreams on hold to raise a family. This year, her college-bound son gave her a…
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    BadRedhead Media

  • The Why and How of Developing a Blog Strategy

    Naomi Blackburn
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    In my continuing series where I answer questions asked by YOU (in this case, this question comes from writer Camela Cami Thompson), staff writer Naomi Blackburn takes on ‘What is a blog strategy and is it important for authors to have one?’ Thanks Camela for a fab question! Here you go….   I am always shocked when authors ask me if they have to blog. My resounding YES always leads to, “But I don’t know what to write about!” Why Blog? Blogs are wonderful because they give authors an opportunity to be an opportunity to take an active role in marketing their works to…
  • The Twitter Secret by guest @DanaLeipold

    Rachel Thompson
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Image courtesy of stockimages at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Today please help me welcome author and writing coach Dana Leipold to the blog as she shares her secret to Twitter success.  My real life friends often ask me, “Why do you do that Twitter thing? I don’t get it.” At first, I didn’t get it either but now I see the power Twitter has to help writers and author build the ever-important platform. There are a bunch of things you can do to build your following and find readers, which I’ll outline coming up but first here’s something people don’t often understand about…
  • To Build or Not to Build by guest Daryl Rothman (@drothmanwrites)

    Rachel Thompson
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Please welcome my fellow Booktrope author and speaker Daryl Rothman to the blog as he shares about why authors should build their writer platform.  I hear it less frequently, but I still hear it: I don’t need to mess with any of that stuff—that’s an agent’s job. Let me just write. The “stuff” in question typically refers to various components of author-platform-building: social media presence, networking, marketing, branding…you know, all the stuff you do when you’ve written something you actually want other people to read. But some of the old stubbornness we scribes tend to…
  • BREAKING NEWS Amazon and Booktrope Announce A New Business Relationship

    Rachel Thompson
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:57 pm
    BREAKING NEWS: Booktrope announces a new business relationship beginning with a mutual licensing deal that deepens ties with Amazon.com to a much more significant degree. Booktrope is a Seattle startup that says it’s reinventing publishing by providing efficient, online services to creative teams – authors, editors, designers and others involved in producing books — in order to produce high quality titles for readers at reasonable prices. By all outward appearances, Amazon and Booktrope share a strong commitment to keeping ebook prices substantially lower than print,…
  • September 2014 #MondayBlogs Giveaway

    Rachel Thompson
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:58 pm
    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 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 Monday for…
 
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    Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

  • Dumb content on smart devices

    Joe Wikert
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    The original Amazon Kindle is almost seven years old and the first iPad was released more than four years ago. Plenty of other e-readers and tablets have followed and the digital content marketplace is vibrant. So why do we spend... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • In the future, all content will be layered

    Joe Wikert
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:38 am
    Once upon a time the broadcast model was the only viable option for content distribution. The newspapers, magazines and books we read were the same regardless of our personal interests or where we lived. The web and other digital models... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How book publishers can build a compelling direct channel

    Joe Wikert
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Disruption has radically altered the book publishing industry and the rate of change shows no signs of slowing down. Publishers have developed a love/hate relationship with Amazon, particularly as they struggle with the mega-retailer’s annual demands for more favorable terms.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Three lessons from comScore’s latest mobile apps report

    Joe Wikert
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    comScore recently published a 15-page report on the state of mobile apps. It’s well worth reading in its entirety, but if you don’t have the time, here are the three big takeaways for content publishers: Mobile apps are the new... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The next big thing in content subscriptions

    Joe Wikert
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:40 am
    Today’s sports fan has a seemingly infinite number of resources for news, commentary and long-form reading. I often use the Bleacher Report for scores, ESPN for short-form articles and Oyster for books. It’s nice having all those options but it... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Beyond the Book

  • Knowledge Governance Calls For Information Balance

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Across the globe, politicians and pundits trumpet the knowledge economy, but few have ever bothered to examine with any rigor the success-to-failure ratio of national and international intellectual property law and regulations. Arguing that private and public interests are critically out of balance, Leonardo Burlamaqui advocates for a shakeout in the knowledge industries and creation of a new knowledge IP framework that he calls knowledge governance. “What we see more and more is a redesigning of the frontier or the boundaries in between public interests – public domain – and private…
  • Publishing Jobs Survey for 2014

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    If you’ve got a job in publishing in 2014, you’re working longer hours than last year, and your paycheck isn’t growing very fast. But according to a recent industry survey, you’re probably smiling, all the same. “The average number of hours worked per week rose last year to 47, up from 45 in 2012. Some of that extra work may be due to industry cutbacks: 23% said that their companies retrenched in 2013,” reports Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer. “But here’s a nice stat: low pay, long hours, little job security—it equals happiness. 85% of respondents…
  • Copyright Answers In Your Pocket

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you’re confused about copyright, then you’re beginning to understand the problem. Yet when facing a thorny question on ownership, rights, licenses and enforcement, the answers now fit in a back pocket. From the basics of copyright protection to the challenges of the digital environment, the Pocket Copyright Guide for Publishers has 122 concise and comprehensive pages of responses to copyright’s persistent questions. Authors and publishers can rely on every reply because Laura N. Gasaway respects balance as the first principle of copyright. “I have always believed that balance is…
  • Throwing Elbows in Book World

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Over the last several years, the book world has seen its real estate contract, as much a result of the loss of bookstore chains and the rise of e-retailers as consolidation moves among publishers. In such a world grown small, any move by one player impacts many others. A war for online book sales, for example, may push print sales higher elsewhere. “Following release of quarterly financials from Barnes & Noble, executives suggested that the e-book pricing dispute between Amazon and Hachette had helped to lift sales, although that was not quantified,” reports Andrew Albanese,…
  • E-Readers Dead Or Alive?

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    7 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    An auspicious setting and the unveiling of a possibly revolutionary device – it could be a make or break moment in the company’s history. No, we’re not speaking of tomorrow’s much anticipated announcement by Apple from the very same venue in Cupertino where Steve Jobs dramatically unwrapped the Macintosh exactly 30 years ago. Instead this was New York City, at the flagship store of Barnes & Noble. In August, the nation’s last standing bookstore chain presented for the first time the latest edition of the Nook e-reader, its first new tablet in over a year. B&N has…
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  • David Gaughran catches the stench wafting from the publishing industry

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    No one could accuse David Gaughran of being afraid to take a stand, or of supine impartiality in his readiness to listen to every side. And the author of Let’s Get Digital and Let’s Get Visible doesn’t leave much room for ambiguity in his latest title: “Publishing Is Rotten To The Core.” Admittedly, this is a […] The post David Gaughran catches the stench wafting from the publishing industry appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Kindle Voyage sells out!

    Joanna Cabot
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    Nate at The Digital Reader has this brief piece in which he reports that the Kindle Voyage has sold out in its first four days, and is now back-ordered. From the story: “A quick check of the Kindle Voyage page on Amazon this morning has revealed that several of the Kindle Voyage models have been […] The post Kindle Voyage sells out! appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Morning Roundup: Publishing is rotten. Are Amazon exclusives the next big challenge?

    Joanna Cabot
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Publishing is Rotten to the Core (David Gaughran) The most egregious behavior continually gets overlooked, ignored, and swept under the carpet, in favor of pursuing pet targets. *** Are Amazon Exclusives the Next Big Challenge for Everybody Else in Publishing? (The Shatzkin Files) Somebody smarter (or more patient about wading through data) than I am […] The post Morning Roundup: Publishing is rotten. Are Amazon exclusives the next big challenge? appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Want to try Scribd free for 3 months?

    Juli Monroe
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    I’ve been a fan of Scribd since they started with ebook subscriptions last year. Even though I’ve also been impressed with Kindle Unlimited, Scribd remains my subscription service of choice for now. They recently updated both their Android and iOS apps with two-columns in landscape (long overdue!), and the apps now mimic the website redesign […] The post Want to try Scribd free for 3 months? appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Why library e-book posters should go on the walls of check cashing stores

    David Rothman
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:26 am
    What if the walls of check cashing stores and other establishments serving poor people did not just carry the usual commercial ballyhoo? Suppose colorful posters also promoted cell phones as a way for the poor to find books to read themselves---or read to their children. The post Why library e-book posters should go on the walls of check cashing stores appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
 
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  • A most cynical letter from a most cynical company

    Jeff Jarvis
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Robert Thomson, CEO of News Corp., just sent a monumentally cynical letter to the EU attacking Google, matching the letter from a posse of European publishers led by Germany’s Axel Springer and another public letter from that company’s head, Mathia Döpfner. These supposed bastions of conservative thinking are running to the government they all disdain to try to get unfair advantage on Google because — simply put — they have failed in the marketplace on their own. The internet and defeated them. They are crying uncle. On Newsgenius, I annotated Thomson’s…
  • Technoeuropanic

    Jeff Jarvis
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Europe is at it again. Or still. I’m told that a consortium of European publishers will run an ad in European papers this weekend attacking Google and the EU’s antitrust deal with the company. It’s the same old stuff: publishers whining and stomping their feet that it’s just not fair that Google is doing better than they are and government should step in to do something about this, this damned, uh … competitor. In the ad, the publishers’ argument is that Google’s search is not “impartial.” First, who said it has to be? Second, Google does…
  • The problem with “takes” is the business model of mass media

    Jeff Jarvis
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    A very good take on why all news organizations think they “need a take on that” becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, being followed by another take and then another take on the Awl’s take on takes. Shoot us all now. No, shoot the business model and the presumptions of mass media economics. That is what is causing this ridiculous treadmill of making content for content’s sake to get audience for audience’s sake with any original reporting or original thinking being copied and copied again and again until it looks like a the fuzzy, unreadable, 87th Xerox copy of a…
  • What could social journalism do for Ferguson?

    Jeff Jarvis
    16 Aug 2014 | 9:37 am
    It took too long, but finally the attention of American journalism turned to Ferguson. Is the crush and focus of network cameras and big-paper reporters helping Ferguson or exploiting its struggle? The answer to that is obvious; see, for example, Newtown. The better, more constructive question is: How could journalism help the residents of Ferguson? The rationale behind our new, proposed M.A. in Social Journalism at CUNY — the thinking behind my argument that journalism must see itself as a service — is that journalism should start by listening, not speaking. It should start with…
  • What society are we building here?

    Jeff Jarvis
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:35 pm
    There is no single solution to the plague of trolls, abusers, harassers, lunatics, imposters, and assholes online any more than there is on earth: no one algorithm, no one company rule, no one regulation will do it all, though they can help. The most powerful weapon in any case is our own norms as a society. What exactly are our norms online? And what are we — you, yes you, and I — doing to establish and enforce our standards as an online society? Anything? Twitter, Facebook, and other platforms bear responsibility. But so do we all. I cannot imagine any civilized being who is not…
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    Intentional Leadership

  • Why You Need More Art in Your Life (and 5 Ways to Get It)

    Michael Hyatt
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you want to find more creativity, satisfaction, and happiness, the single best solution I know is adding more art to your life. Photo courtesy of Eleri Ever, eleriever.com, and the Estonian Ministry of Culture Music has been a big part of my life since I was a young boy, though my tastes have broadened a lot since I was first learning chords on my guitar. I love choral music, for instance. Morten Lauridsen’s “Agnus Dei” can bring me to tears. Several months ago I was invited to attend a concert at Carnegie Hall, featuring not just the music of the composer Arvo Pärt, but Arvo Pärt…
  • The One Thing You Need to Know to Be Happy

    Michael Hyatt
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    There aren’t many phrases in English more recognizable than “the pursuit of happiness.” But what could happen if we turned it around? That’s exactly what Chris Guillebeau does in his new book, The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life. Photo courtesy of Istockphoto.com/DNY59 At just 36, Chris has already led an amazing life. A self-starting entrepreneur since age 19, he felt depressed after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and decided to dedicate himself to something truly significant. He began working on a medical ship off the coast of West Africa.
  • 3 Types of People Who’ve Been Tuning Out My Message about Platform University—but Who Should Be Listening

    Michael Hyatt
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I know. I’ve been posting a lot this week about Platform University. One big reason: Enrollment only happens twice a year—and today’s the cutoff for the fall semester. Tonight, after 11:59 p.m. Pacific, the doors close for another six months. Photo courtesy of Istockphoto.com/Kuzma But there’s an even bigger reason: I am seriously passionate about the content and community at Platform University. Based on what I’ve seen so far, every new member added means the potential to transform more lives because of the insight and experience each new person brings to the party. I’ve also…
  • No Podcast This Week [Announcement]

    Michael Hyatt
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:45 am
    No Podcast This Week Because Fall Enrollment for Platform University closes tonight at midnight, Pacific, I have decided to bump Season 1, Episode 11 of my podcast to next Wednesday, September 24. If you feel like you can’t wait until then, you can find all the episodes for Season 1 here. Thanks for your patience. 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.
  • [Free Webinar] Pros Know What It Takes to Stand Out—Now It’s Your Turn

    Michael Hyatt
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    What do the pros know about standing out in a crowded marketplace? This Wednesday I’m delivering a live webinar for bloggers, speakers, podcasters—anyone with something to say or sell—that reveals the secret. In this webinar, I am sharing “The Standout Formula: 8 Small Tweaks for Big Growth, Impact, and Profitability Online.” If you want to build your platform and positively impact the lives of others but feel like you’re not getting the kind of traction you want, this webinar could be just the catalyst you need. I’m offering both a daytime and an evening session: Wednesday,…
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    Mequoda Daily » Articles

  • New Digital Publishing Strategy for ‘The New Republic’?

    Patrick Hughes
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    via Folio.com Some major publishers recognize the opportunities for expansion that are found in digital publishing and have taken to hiring new staff members with a digital edge. This is the case at The New Republic, as Folio reports on the hiring of its new CEO, Guy Vidra. Prior to joining The New Republic, Vidra was general manager of Yahoo! News, which received 60 million monthly visitors. “Vidra has a deep background in managing digital media. Before Yahoo!, he headed up business development at Perfect Market, a search optimization and monetization service provider for publishers. He…
  • HBR Recycles Content For Success

    Patrick Hughes
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    via Folio.com Recycling and repurposing content is a successful strategy used by digital publishers, and one we recommend to all of our clients. Why constantly create new content when you have archives of content ready to be utilized online? Folio interviewed Sarah McConville, VP of Marketing for Harvard Business Review (HBR), in a recent article. HBR has appealed to its digital audience members by releasing its archives in an “All Access” subscription, which includes over 4,000 articles from over a quarter century. HBR’s archives have also been sold as physical books and e-books,…
  • Email Marketing Stats For B2Bs

    Patrick Hughes
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    via MarketingProfs It appears that email marketing is popular enough that 31 percent of B2Bs between March 2013 and March 2014 only spent money to advertise in email, reports MarketingProfs. The remaining 69 percent advertised in email in addition to online or print. As for ad placement in the emails, most industries focused their ads above the fold (Healthcare, Construction, Manufacturing, Industrial), although a few did place their ads below the fold (Agriculture, Auto). As for the amount of ad placements used in B2B email newsletters, one ad was used by 30 percent of companies. Two and…
  • Digital Newsstands: Why Paying Apple 30% is One of the Greatest Bargains of All Time

    Ed Coburn
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Even the lowest digital newsstand remit is better than the old days Just a few short years ago, magazine publishers were thrilled down to their toes to keep 18-40% of sales from news agencies. When Don ran an online newsstand, 18% was the average new remit order for the 1,400 titles there. And some publishers earned absolutely nothing from sales from the agencies they dealt with. In 2014, the same publishers complain bitterly about earning … 70% of sales from Apple. Some people just don’t know when they’ve got it good. Three reasons why the Apple newsstand is the best offer you’ll…
  • New Facebook Study Shows Digital Marketers Average Time Spent

    Patrick Hughes
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    via eMarketer New data from eMarketer shows that the average time spent on Facebook by the average adult is 21 minutes per day. This may seem a bit low to some, so it’s important to realize that this average is for taken from across the entire adult population in the US. And as eMarketer points out, “only 52.8% of US adults—or 129.5 million people—will log in to or access Facebook at least once per month in 2014.” The average time spent for adult Facebook users is a bit higher, at 39 minutes. This number accounts for 38.1% of the time spent daily on social networks. This report also…
 
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    WritersDigest.com

  • College Introduction

    Brian A. Klems
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s your first day of college and, in your first class, your professor does something unusual—she has you all sit on the floor in a big circle and introduce yourself, as if you were in kindergarten. When it gets to be your turn, you say, “My name is _____. Every day I like to _____ in purple and yellow______.” Amused, the professor asks you to explain. So you do. 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…
  • Pamela Schott’s The Passion of Minerva Mullen

    Cris Freese
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:49 am
    The Passion of Minerva Mullen, a screenplay by Pamela Schott, is the Grand Prize winner of the 83rd Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. You can read an extended interview with Pamela here, and view a full list of winners here. For complete coverage of the 83rd Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, please check out the November/December 2014 issue of Writer’s Digest. THE PASSION OF MINERVA MULLEN Whatever you do, please don’t tell my mom about this screenplay. Because if she knew… If she knew that I was laying bare the story of a young girl, circa 1979,…
  • 83rd Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition Winners

    Cris Freese
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:24 am
    Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the 101 winners of the 83rd Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition! For full coverage of the awards, please check out the November/December 2014 issue of Writer’s Digest. Grand Prize Pamela Schott, “The Passion of Minerva Mullen” (Television/Movie Script) Read Pamela’s winning entry here. An extended Q&A with our winner is also available. Children’s/Young Adult Fiction Jayne Jenner, “Berty and CL” Holly L. Niner, “Chicken Little’s Grade A Idea” Peter Gibb, “Big Tom, Little Dog” Mary E. Furlong, “The Far…
  • Extended Q&A With Annual Winner Pamela Schott

    Cris Freese
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:21 am
    The Passion of Minerva Mullen, by Pamela Schott, is the grand-prize winning manuscript (available here) in the 83rd Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, besting more than 6,300 entries across the 10 categories. For complete coverage of this year’s awards, check out the November/December 2014 issue of Writer’s Digest. Click here for a complete list of winners from the competition. Pamela Schott is an award-winning screenwriter and a contributing author to the Amazon.com #1 Bestseller, Speaking Your Truth. A creative executive who got her start in marketing and advertising as a…
  • 5 Tips for Writing Suspense

    Chuck Sambuchino
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    I am a traditionally published thriller author. My latest book No Time to Die just hit shelves this week. When I first started writing suspense fiction, though, I had very little idea what I was doing. It took a humble amount of trial and error to get in a groove and overcome basic rookie errors. Now, seven years later, I like to think I’ve figured out some tricks of the trade. I’ve also been extremely lucky to receive the support and mentorship of some of the top names in the biz, like Jack Reacher’s creator Lee Child and the late Michael Palmer. So without further ado, here are some…
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  • PND Flipboard Magazine.

    PersonaNonData
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
    View my Flipboard Magazine.
  • MediaWeek (V7, N31): Bezo's WaPo, Publishing a Book, BitLit, James Garner + More

    PersonaNonData
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:26 am
    These articles and a lot more are all in my 'magazine' on Flipboard.The Columbia Journalism Review takes a look at Bezo's WaPo:At the time of the sale to Bezos, Donald Graham, Weymouth’s uncle and the chairman of The Washington Post Company, explained that he and his niece felt unsure of the direction in which to take the paper, or how to reverse years of declining revenues. He had approached Bezos as a buyer, he said, because the billionaire could offer deep pockets, a digital brain, and, between the two, a way forward.From The Chronicle of Higher Ed: Things you should know before…
  • MediaWeek (Vol8, N 29): Amazon, The LMS, Director's Cut, Open Access + More

    PersonaNonData
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Read these articles on flipboard: From the NYTimes: Amazon, a Friendly Giant as long as it's fed.“Everything Amazon has promised me, it has fulfilled — and more,” he said. “They ask: ‘Are you happy, Vince? We just want to see you writing books.’ Changes ahead for the humble learning management system (Inside Higher Ed)“I think we’re in a weird place right now in the marketplace -- partly because there’s a lot of parity between the systems,” Severance said. “You can almost throw a dart at a dartboard and pick an LMS, and it won’t be that bad.”Andrew Ladd at The…
  • Photo: High school throw back.

    PersonaNonData
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    Biggish reunion this weekend.  At one point there were five Michaels in this class.
  • Mary Meeker's 2014 Internet Trends Report

    PersonaNonData
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    KPCB Internet trends 2014 from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
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  • Hook, Line, and Thesis

    31 Aug 2014 | 11:07 am
    Once you've hooked your reader with a compelling lead, make sure your story delivers a sound thesis. By Peter P....
  • Not Pleasing the Eye

    31 Aug 2014 | 11:06 am
    Returning to design basics and allowing the message to be the message. By Jan V. White We live in a world...
  • The Fog Index

    31 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    Assessing the readability of a Forbes.com excerpt. This month, we calculate the Fog Index of an excerpt from...
  • Who Owns Branded Content?

    31 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    In the news: The proliferation of sponsored content is raising new questions about content rights. This week, Ricardo...
 
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  • It's Banned Books Week!

    birdie
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Tell us what your library is doing to celebrate.
  • New York City Librarian Gets Covered in Pasta.

    birdie
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:59 am
    Talk about dedication to her line of work! Click here to find out why.
  • Mac Barnett: Why a good book is a secret door

    Bibliofuture
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:42 pm
  • How to Make Libraries More Exciting

    birdie
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    THE central branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia is an impressive building—its neoclassical facade looming over most of a block. But inside, though chandeliers still hang from the ceilings and the floors are of polished marble, there is a feeling of neglect. A musty taste hangs in the air; many of the books are rather battered. “The building opened in 1927 and we’ve really not touched it since then,” says Siobhan Reardon, the library’s president and director. “And you can tell.” That, happily, is now changing. On September 11th Philadelphia announced it had secured a $25m…
  • New Kindle Voyage

    Bibliofuture
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    Amazon’s new flagship e-reader has a flush glass screen that's sharp, new ways to turn pages, and a lighter, thinner design. See the Kindle Voyage here.
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    David Gaughran

  • Publishing Is Rotten To The Core

    davidgaughran
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:28 am
    “Rotten apple” by Kulmalukko. CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons There is something seriously askew with the supposed values of the publishing business. The most egregious behavior continually gets overlooked, ignored, and swept under the carpet, in favor of pursuing pet targets. As always, I’m conscious of whose agenda this serves and why writers allow themselves to be used as pawns in this game. Exhibit A: Harlequin Amazon is regularly slated for the way it manages its tax affairs. I have written extensively about this before, but, in short, Amazon is using extremely common…
  • Let’s Get Digital 2 Problems Fixed, New Kindles Launched & More

    davidgaughran
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:25 am
    I’ve info below on six new Kindle devices which launched today below, but first some welcome news: Amazon seems to have fixed things at its end. Those who purchased the old version of Let’s Get Digital should be able to now download the new version with a few clicks via Manage My Content & Devices (formerly Manage My Kindle) in their Amazon account. Note: none of these problems affected new purchasers. More detailed instructions below, but for those who don’t know what I’m talking about, I decided to upload the new expanded and updated second edition…
  • Let’s Get Digital 2 Is Out!

    davidgaughran
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:03 am
    I’m very excited to announce the release of the new updated and expanded 2nd edition of Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should. If you purchased the old 1st edition of Digital, you can grab the 2nd edition for free (instructions below). You won’t actually be able to purchase the new edition from Amazon if you bought the old one, so please follow those instructions to get your free copy. For everyone else, you can check it out at Amazon US, Amazon UK, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Smashwords (and all the other Amazons too). I’ve news below on a sale I’m…
  • This Might Be A Terrible Idea

    davidgaughran
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:13 am
    I’m launching the 2nd edition of Let’s Get Digital next week and today I’m going to try and answer all your questions. Most have surrounded something I’ve hinted at over the last few months. I’m doing something pretty cool and different with this launch. Or maybe crazy is a better word. In short: I’m giving it away free to all purchasers of the old edition. More on that below… When is the 2nd edition out? It’s officially launching next Wednesday, September 17, and I’ll be posting again then. As always, subscribers to my New Release Mailing List will get an exclusive…
  • Starting From Zero

    davidgaughran
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    Success can seem unattainable to those starting out. It’s easy to forget that even the biggest sellers started from zero. Amanda Hocking didn’t arrive on the scene as a fully formed sales machine. She didn’t have a platform which she had been diligently building up for years, nor did she come from trade publishing. She was unable to convince an agent to take her on and decided to self-publish instead, and then sold a million e-books in nine months! Detractors tried to paint Hocking as an anomaly — and she was, in the sense that anyone who is phenomenally successful at anything is an…
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    Soft Skull Press

  • Letter to Jimmy

    Soft Skull
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:29 pm
    What place is there then for a black American in the “Tower of Babel”? Your quest proves to be greater than you anticipate, Jimmy, extending beyond your particular case as an American citizen of color. The post Letter to Jimmy appeared first on Soft Skull Press.
  • No Stopping Train

    Soft Skull
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:13 pm
    No Stopping Train is the magnum opus and final novel of the late writer Les Plesko, a powerful, swirling novel of memory and violence set during the Hungarian Revolution. The post No Stopping Train appeared first on Soft Skull Press.
  • Vampira

    Soft Skull
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Vampira: Dark Goddess of Horror by W. Scott Poole Pub d […] The post Vampira appeared first on Soft Skull Press.
  • The Palace of Illusions

    Soft Skull
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:35 pm
    In her new collection, gifted poet and novelist Kim Addonizio uses her literary powers to bring to life a variety of settings, all connected through the suggestion that things in the known world are not what they seem. The post The Palace of Illusions appeared first on Soft Skull Press.
  • Octopus Summer

    Soft Skull
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:34 pm
    Callum Littlefield walks a fine line between arrogant overconfidence and self-deprecating insecurity. After being ostracized by his peers and getting thrown out of his New England boarding school, Callum’s parents exile him to his aging grandmother’s estate on Long Island. He is promptly put to work with her smattering of servants, and is forced to interact with his old Macumba-practicing Brazilian nanny. The post Octopus Summer appeared first on Soft Skull Press.
 
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    800 CEO Read

  • Good Enough for the #Girlboss

    Sally
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
    TweetIronically, the reason I haven’t had a chance to write a recommendation of #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, which released in May is because I’ve been busy being a #girlboss. It happens to be the first book I read upon receiving my promotion to General Manager of 800-CEO-READ, and Amoruso’s fueled me during those first few uncertain days. Actually, I’m not the only #girlboss in the company either; 800-CEO-READ is a woman-owned company, and those owners are also our CEO and Board Chair. Since the retirement of our President and Founder, Jack Covert, the leaders at…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Glass Cage

    dylan
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    Tweet The Glass Cage: Automation and Us by Nicholas Carr, W.W. Norton & Company, 288 pages, $26.95, Hardcover, September 2014, ISBN 9780393240764 Nicholas Carr writes beautiful, big-picture books on the history and future of technologies that have evolved alongside humanity. In The Glass Cage, his focus is on automation. The fundamental question, on which popular opinion seems to change with the economic winds, is whether the automated machines we design are labor-saving wonders that will lead us to a technical utopia of increasing leisure and prosperity, or whether they’re stealing…
  • Jack Covert Selects – How We Got to Now

    Ryan Schleicher
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    Tweet How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson, Riverhead Books, 304 pages, $30.00 Hardcover, September 2014, ISBN 9781594632969 Not many writers can craft an engaging 250 page book around seemingly mundane subjects such as glass and freezing, but Steven Johnson (Where Good Ideas Come From) has a talent for literary, scientific explanation that connects these subjects to historically important, transformative ideas and innovations. His new release, How We Got to Now, continues Johnson’s exploration of the “hummingbird effect”—when “an…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Happiness of Pursuit

    Sally
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    Tweet The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life by Chris Guillebeau, Harmony Books, 292 pages, $25.00, Hardcover, September 2014, ISBN 9780385348843 Chris Guillebeau didn’t know he had set out on a quest to travel to every country in the world until he had traveled to the first 50. At that point, he realized he could achieve the kind of goal that at one time might have seemed indomitable. But, Guillebeau writes: Experience produces confidence, and confidence produces success. To have traveled the world over, literally, brings to mind a super hero or…
  • Thinker in Residence: Jacob Morgan on Business and Books

    dylan
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Tweet “Will we have employees in the future? Will employees work with robots?” ~Jacob Morgan If you’ve like what you’ve been hearing on The Future of Work from Jacob Morgan over the last two days, and you want to be a part of building that future and making it work for you, you may want to request an invitation to The FOW Community to further the conversation and start taking action. Before we let him go, we asked Jacob a few quick questions about the questions he has, and where he looks for answers… 1. What is the one unanswered question about business you are…
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    Ashly Lorenzana

  • Top 7 Tools to Create Quote Graphics

    Ashly Lorenzana
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:49 pm
    I’ve been doing some research in preparation for the Social Media Success Summit in October. This is the first year I’m attending the online event and I’m pretty pumped up about it. I noticed that a lot of the topics being covered this year revolve around visual content marketing on sites like Pinterest, Instagram and even Slideshare. These are platforms I have mostly neglected, so reading up on the stats behind some of them was truly a bit of a shock. I had no idea that this trend was quite as huge as it apparently is. I recently held a webinar for my subscribers where I…
  • How to Hijack Readers From eBook Lending Sites

    Ashly Lorenzana
    10 Aug 2014 | 12:26 am
    A while back I published a post about how you can get more book reviews by loaning your Kindle book to readers who are interested in free review copies. Today, I’d like to take a closer look at one ebook lending site in particular: BookLending.com. I signed up for the site a long time ago and my guess is that they are amassing more users at this point in time, as I’ve recently seen a considerable number of email notifications from them in my inbox informing me that someone has requested to borrow one of the titles I have listed there. I naturally added all of my own books upon…
  • 12 Books Waiting to be Written (By You!)

    Ashly Lorenzana
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:15 am
    So you want to get in on self-publishing but think you don’t have any book ideas worth writing or having written for you? Think again. For the sake of keeping this post a semi-reasonable length, I’m going to cut right to the chase and get started. Here are 12 books waiting for you to write them. You can thank me later. P.S. I’ve actually written several of these types of books myself, so much of this advice is from my own personal experience as a writer and author. Keep a Journal You don’t have to write in it everyday, just do it when the mood strikes you and when you…
  • 4 Ways to Kick Ass for Kindle Authors

    Ashly Lorenzana
    21 Jun 2014 | 11:27 am
    Image credit: Flickr I’ve certainly posted my fair share of lists on how to promote your Kindle books. I’ve also blogged about a long list of different book ideas with the intention of inspiring you to write your next Kindle book. Today I’m going to share some more advanced tips for those publishing books for Kindle and the idea behind these suggestions is to set you apart from the amateurs and free you of the self-published stigma. If you’re new to Kindle publishing, don’t worry. This list can help you too. If you’re not doing some of these things,…
  • My Favorite Kickstarter Campaign Ever

    Ashly Lorenzana
    7 Jun 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Image credit: http://nvate.com Okay, so there’s a good chance that you have already heard about the recent Kickstarter campaign I’m referring to. There has been an absurd amount of buzz online about it and rightfully so. I’m talking about LaVar Burton’s Reading Rainbow campaign, of course. This is one of the most inspirational examples of crowd funding I’ve ever encountered. I Grew Up With Reading Rainbow I grew up watching Reading Rainbow in classrooms throughout elementary school. To be totally honest, it was so long ago that I don’t really remember much…
 
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  • COLOR SONG Release Day!

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    We don't often do self-promotion here at Writer Beware--but I have a new book out!Today is publication day for my young adult historical novel, Color Song. A tale of art, intrigue, and romance set in glorious 15th century Venice, it's a followup to my previous YA historical, Passion Blue, but can be read as a standalone.I'm incredibly excited to have Color Song out in the world at last, and for the wonderful reviews it has been receiving on Goodreads and elsewhere. It's published for the older teen market, but there's plenty of crossover appeal for adults.I've got a virtual book tour…
  • Alert: Trouble at Ellora's Cave

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareOne of the original digital pioneers, erotic romance publisher Ellora's Cave has reportedly had financial and other problems for some years. But in 2014, things seem to be coming to a head. In May, news surfaced of late royalty payments (though this was not news to EC authors), which EC's CEO blamed on faulty software. Then, in August, EC announced that it was laying off the majority of its staff, attributing this to a precipitous decline in ebook sales via Amazon.Since then, rumors have been swirling, and authors have started to go public with…
  • Guest Blog Post: Author-Editor Compatibility: The Crucial Element for a Successful Editing Experience

    5 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareIndependent editors. What do they do? When do you need them? How do you find them--and, most crucial, how do you determine whether they're qualified to be doing what they're doing? These very important questions are addressed on the Editors page of the Writer Beware website.Just as important, however, is a question that arises after you've determined your editing needs (and budget) and done your due diligence: are you and your chosen editor compatible? To get the most out of the editing experience, you must feel comfortable with your editor and be…
  • Haters Gonna Hate: The Smear Campaign Against Absolute Write

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:49 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware NOTE: Before writing this post, I thought a lot about linkage. I didn't want to increase traffic to propaganda blogs and websites by linking to them--but I did want readers to be able to see the kind of nastiness involved. So most of the links in this post are to cached versions.FULL DISCLOSURE: I've been a member of Absolute Write since the early 2000's, and was a moderator there for several years. Last week, I received an email from the owner of a website that, among other things, posts lists of resources for writers.One of the website's users…
  • Computer Down

    25 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareToday I thought I'd be writing a blog post and catching up on Writer Beware correspondence. However, that is not to be.On Friday, my desktop computer (on which I keep most of my Writer Beware files) was working fine. Turned it on this morning...and it won't start. So it's off to the computer repair shop. I do have Internet access via my laptop, so if you've written to me in the past week and I haven't responded (I am, as always, several days behind on correspondence), please contact me again, either via my website (if you want to reach me at my…
 
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  • Daily Deals: Escape from polygamy, SEAL cowboys, and a classic PNR

    Jane
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Escape by Carolyn Jessop. $ 1.99 From the Jacket Copy: The dramatic first-person account of life inside an ultra-fundamentalist American religious sect, and one woman’s courageous flight to freedom with her eight children. When she was eighteen years old, Carolyn Jessop was coerced into an arranged marriage with a total stranger: a man thirty-two years her senior. Merril Jessop already had three wives. But arranged plural marriages were an integral part of Carolyn’s heritage: She was born into and raised in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), the radical…
  • REVIEW: In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis

    Jia
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Dear Ms. McGinnis, Despite my weariness with the dystopian and post-apocalyptic genre, I liked your previous novel, Not a Drop to Drink. Even more refreshing was the fact that it appeared to be a standalone. It turns out I was wrong — In a Handful of Dust is the companion novel but I think both novels stand alone well on their own. While Not a Drop to Drink focused on tough-as-nails Lynn, In a Handful of Dust tells the story of her sweeter, more hopeful charge, Lucy. Things have gone as well as can be expected considering the post-apocalyptic premise, and a little town has formed. The…
  • Romance and the ‘Meaning of Life’

    Janet
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    In response to last week’s guest post by Zoe Brouthers on feminine sacrifice in Romance, author Moriah Jovan wrote a very thoughtful comment on the role that faith plays in so many people’s lives, despite its marginalization in mainstream Romance not tagged as inspirational. What especially caught my attention was this part of her comment: I find it really rather odd that romance protagonists mostly don’t have any driving philosophy or faith. They don’t talk about their deities or their engagement with their philosophies. And I find the lack of mention of a church as part of their…
  • Tuesday News: BISG focuses on collaboration, Alibaba’s massive IPO, the New York Times flubs race again, and the years top banned books

    Janet
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    BISG Annual Meeting Looks Beyond the Book – The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) is meeting at NYY for its annual meeting this week, and among the topics under discussion are “the growing benefits of data capture and feedback; the rebound of indie bookstores; subscription and new business models; as well as the growing demand for video and other content beyond traditional book formats.” But mostly there seems to be a theme of collaboration and new strategies for growing readership. The Group itself is very diverse, including academic publishers, self-publishing services, and…
  • Daily Deals: Genghis Khan, a Regency box set,and a 99c single author collection

    Jane
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford. $ 1.99 From the Jacket Copy: The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in twenty-five years than the Romans did in four hundred. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization. Vastly more progressive than his European or Asian counterparts, Genghis Khan abolished torture, granted universal religious freedom, and smashed feudal systems of aristocratic privilege. From the story of his rise…
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  • Writers Recommend: Caleb J Ross and The Collected Stories by Amy Hempel

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Time to bring in a new series, freshen this blog up a bit, don't you think? Our latest is called Writers Recommend. And we'll be asking 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 a LSA -Literary Service Announcement. Your welcome. Caleb J Ross Recommends The Collected Stories by Amy HempelMy first thought when tasked for recommendations was to wonder, does it have to be a book? Given those literally limitless limitations…
  • Book Review: The Mimic's Own Voice

    22 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Read 9/11/14 - 9/12/143 Stars - Recommended to folks who like faux-documentaries about fictional celebritiesPages: 97Publisher: Main Street RagReleased: 2011I landed myself a signed copy of The Mimic's Own Voice during the Cobalt Press Four Fathers Kickstarter campaign back in 2013, when I had partnered with Cobalt and organized a pretty cool four-way interview session with the contributors of the collection - Ben Tanzer, BL Pawelek, Dave Housely, and Tom Williams himself. A meaty ninety-seven paged novella, The Mimic's Own Voice tells the story of  Douglas Myles, a fictional…
  • Melanie Review: Crocodile Smiles

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Crocodile Smiles: shortshrift fictions - Yuriy TarnawskyPages: 114 Publisher: Black Scat BooksReleased: 2014Guest review by Melanie Page“Are crocodiles capable of smiling,” we are asked, “if they can’t cry?” Yuriy Tarnawsky’s newest collection contains six short, absurdist stories--confessional in nature, of course--that that suggest the author borrowed from playwriting and well-known tales.Each story is process-oriented. First a character does something, and then the next step, and then the next. Skipping one part of the process is unthinkable, which gives some of the…
  • The Audio Series: Erika Wurth

    18 Sep 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, Erika T. Wurth reads an excerpy from her brand spankin' new novel, Crazyhorse’s Girlfriend,which has just been released by Curbside Splendor. Her collection of poetry, Indian Trains,…
  • Tony McMillen Takes it to the Toilet

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Oh yes! We are absolutely running a series on bathroom reading! So long as it's taking place behind the closed  (or open, if that's the way you swing) bathroom door, we want to know what it is. It can be a book, the back of the shampoo bottle, the newspaper, or Twitter on your cell phone - whatever helps you pass the time...Today, author Tony McMillen takes it to the toilet. Tony's debut novel Nefarious Twit was published by Branch Hands Press December of last year. He lives near Boston but grew up mostly in Tucson, Arizona. Besides fiction he also writes the humor column…
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  • Why Do We Care?

    Jody
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
     Why do we turn the page? Because we care about what happens to the character. Somehow, an author has fleshed out a character so well that we want to know how they deal with the conflict that has come against them. As authors, how do we make our readers care?I came across a book recently with some really good information on this. Creating Character: Bringing Your Story to Life by William Bernhardt is an excellent resource. I'm just going to highlight Chapter Eight today: Making Readers Care.Bernhardt likens this subject to meeting new people at a party. Some people you want to spend the…
  • One Great Way to Write a Short Story

    Jimmie Kepler
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    "Exhibit A"I am a "second-rate" short story writer. Why would I say that? "Exhibit A" shows the answer. It is a certificate documenting my second-place finish in the short story writing contest of the East Texas Christian Writer's Conference. I have never won a short story competition but have finished in second place. I have written and even sold short stories. Over the years, I have entered short story contests. I am still seeking that elusive "first place" in a short story contest. In my quest to win a contest, I have become a student of the short story form. Here is what I…
  • ACFW's Biggest Cheerleader has a Book of Her Own!

    Linda Yezak
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    President of the award-winning literary site, Novel Rocket, and three-time Genesis finalist, Ane Mulligan is in everyone's corner. New to the biz? You'll find her rooting for you. Been there a while? Still rooting. Need prayer, advice, a positive word? Go to Ane. She's there for you, ready with a smile and words of encouragement.She lives in Suwanee, GA, with her artist husband, her chef son, and two Mastiffs--huge by Biblical proportions. She's one of my critique partners, a special friend, and a fellow redhead, and I'm honored to get to present her to our readers here on…
  • Writer's Resource List

    Lisa Lickel
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Ever wonder where to quickly find some bit of information on the web? You're in the middle of a great sentence, and--Bam! you realize you need to know when the moon was full? Or which branch of government runs the Witness Protection Agency? Here you go. My latest updated resource list. Feel free to share some of your own, too. This list of one of a number of things I offer on my website in the Tips and Resources page. http://www.lisalickel.com.OnLine Resourceshttp://dictionary.reference.com/http://thesaurus.reference.com/AlphaDictionary -http://www.alphadictionary.com/index.shtml…
  • The Glass Kitchen: A Novel of Sisters

    Cherie Burbach
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    This book was one that impressed me, and then disappointed me. First, the good. It started off so unique and original I would recommend reading it just to grasp the concept of the book. It’s about a person who has a sixth sense that comes out by cooking. She gets an urge to cook a particular meal and doesn’t know why. So she does, and then invites people over and they have the conversations they’re meant to have when they attend this dinner.This concept was cool and could have made a very good start. But then at some point this storyline was dropped in favor of a run of the mill love…
 
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  • My Favorite Movies Based On Books

    Layla Livingston
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Many novels are made into movies these days which makes it hard to really call one of them your absolute favorite! I think the two that most people will think of right off the bat are the Harry Potter series and the Twilight saga. Both series are amazing in their own right but completely different […] The post My Favorite Movies Based On Books appeared first on Books Buyer.
  • What are the Advantages of Audio Books?

    Rachel O'Donnell
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The advantages of audio books are countless. Don’t get me wrong, I love the print edition, the smell of the book when you’re about to read it, the indescribable feeling of excitement when you have a new hardbound book waiting to be read. But of course, not all of us have the time to sit […] The post What are the Advantages of Audio Books? appeared first on Books Buyer.
  • Books that Made Me Cry

    Natalia Allegro
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Being an avid reader as well as an English major, I have had my fair share of books that made me cry. I have had my own broken hearted moments and moments of extreme emotion during reading. I’ll get the most well known books out of the way first by telling you all that yes, […] The post Books that Made Me Cry appeared first on Books Buyer.
  • Can Book Characters Matter as Much as Those Around You?

    Eva Baggett
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Reading is important in so many ways. It can play a major role in several developmental stages in a child’s life. This development continues throughout life. There are many stages and milestones connected with childhood, but the opportunity for further maturity is available. Reading is one of the many tools with which a person can […] The post Can Book Characters Matter as Much as Those Around You? appeared first on Books Buyer.
  • Discussion of The Books that Make Me Laugh

    Natalia Allegro
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy ‘Trilogy’ – Douglas Adams Almost everything written by Douglas Adams is worthy of a recommendation as his sardonic wit saturates every word of every page and often the punctuation. There are few authors that exemplify dry intelligent wit and the appeal of British humor quite like Douglas Adams. His […] The post Discussion of The Books that Make Me Laugh appeared first on Books Buyer.
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    Seekerville

  • Marketing Among Friends: Tips for Helping Readers Fall in Love with Your Brand

    22 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Sandra here with a special surprise for us today. Amber Stokes, my former editor and publicist is going to join us. Sadly (for me), Amber is no longer my editor, because happily for her and Harvest House Publishers, she has an exciting new job. And truly, I am delighted for Amber because she is talented and hard working and will be an asset to Harvest House. Amber and Sandra in front of Hola's Restaurant, SunriverThis summer I had the opportunity to meet Amber face-to-face and hear all about her wonderful job. I twisted her arm (no not really) but she generously offered to share some…
  • Playing While The Cat's Away!!!!! Join Me, Stay at Home Mice!!!!!

    21 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    PEEPS!!!!!! A RARE RUTHY MONDAY-SIGHTING!!!! PAM HILLMAN NEEDED TO SWITCH THINGS UP FOR CONFERENCE WORK, AND WE KNOW I'M STAYIN' HOME, TENDIN' THE KIDS AND CHICKENS AND WRITIN' SUHWEEEET BOOKS, SO HERE I AM! HERE WE ARE!!! PARTY!!!!!They're gone for most of the week! Oh, yeah, they're lingerin' today for the most part, but this week:Oh mylanta, oh my stars, oh sweet saints be praised, it's PARTY TIME in SEEKERVILLE!!!!(Runs, grabs hats, streamers, party favors, noisemakers, all the fun stuff needed to party like the monsters in "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak, one of the…
  • The Weekend Edition

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    It's the weekend before the ACFW Conference in St. Louis! #R-U-JAZZED?Tina Radcliffe will be tweeting live from the Saturday night gala at https://twitter.com/TMRadcliffe  Keep an eye on the ACFW Conference web page for the live blog link to the gala. Last year's is here. Join the Seekers Thursday and Friday night in the bar area for a late night chat.  If you are a Villager attending conference look for a Seeker and we'll give you a smiley face sticker for your badge to identify you as a Villager.If you aren't attending and are an ACFW member you can join the ACFW At Home…
  • Setting defines the place, the plot and the character's journey

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
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  • Why You Should Submit to the Golden Heart® This Year

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    With Guest Piper G Huguley.Thank you for having me to this wonderful blog. Seekerville has been such a friend to me and I’m glad to be able to be able to have something to contribute to this storehouse of knowledge. Folks may be in the midst of making a decision about whether or not to participate in the biggest, most prestigious contest of the year and I want to give a few more nudges in anyone’s direction if he/she are unsure if they are going to enter the Golden Heart®. If you meet the qualifications and are not published, you should enter and here’s why: 1.    You…
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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…
  • Enter to WIN a complete Book Publishing Package with a full author website

    Amy
    18 Feb 2014 | 10:06 pm
      Get notified of upcoming contests here and never miss another great opportunity from Firebrand Publishing [newsletter_signup_form id=2] Enter to win a full publishing package from Firebrand Publishing.Do you have a book you want to publish? Are you confused about how to publish your book?You have come to the right place. If you win this book publishing sweepstakes, you can become a published author and see your book available for sale all over the world, without spending a dime or giving up 90% of profits by going with a traditional publisher. This premium prize package includes…
 
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  • Authors Got Talent – new crowdsource show coming soon for Amazon

    Roger Packer
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
    Not content with offering authors a platform to self-publish and setting up several publishing imprints to publish a wide range of genres themselves, Amazon is now looking to the wisdom of the crowd to launch what looks like Amazon’s Got Talent, but without the TV show. Reports indicate that Amazon is setting up a new program which is basically an open call for manuscripts from authors. Amazon will put extracts of the books on a website and call for the audience to vote for their favorites, with the most popular going on to be considered by an Amazon panel for publication, so it’s…
  • Bon Voyage! Huge demand for Kindle Voyage $200 e-readers as first edition sells out in days

    Roger Packer
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:03 am
    The death of the e-reader amid an avalanche of tablets has been predicted for some time now but the new generation of e-readers seems to be doing just fine, with the first production run of the Amazon Voyage not only selling out within a few days in the US but also looking set to be a rare hardware moneyspinner for Amazon. The first Voyages will be sent out on October 21 but Amazon says the ‘popular demand’  means orders placed now on Amazon.com for the device will ship a month later during the week of November 23. This date is for the device ordered with Amazon’s…
  • iBooks bundles up a ton of box sets at 99c apiece

    Roger Packer
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    Apple’s iBooks is running a worldwide merchandising feature offering 100 box sets with most priced at 99c each, although some are just 49c. Forty of the bundles are through self-publishing distributor Smashwords and the firm’s box sets include over 200 authors, with most of the bundles being created for the Apple marketing move. The merchandising feature includes Contemporary Romance, Crime & Thrillers, Historical Romance, Paranormal, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, and Teen & Young Adult. Smashwords says Apple plans to promote the feature in the US, Australia, UK, Canada, Ireland and…
  • Nook Press boosts self-published authors in the UK with preview deal with The Bookseller magazine

    Roger Packer
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:56 am
    Barnes & Noble’s Nook Press is targeting the UK for a much needed boost to its ebook business by linking up with UK trade publishing magazine The Bookseller for a New Preview Section for self-published authors in the UK. It will sponsor an Independent Author Preview section in The Bookseller and exclusively provide self-published titles for previews starting in October until April next year. Each month, The Bookseller will pick about 10 Nook Press titles to feature on the new section. To get the opportunity to be featured, authors just have to be published on Nook Press or sign up and…
  • Amazon sets off on a Voyage with new Kindles

    Roger Packer
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:59 am
    Are we really at the 7th generation of Kindles already? That seems to be the case, with Amazon introducing two new Kindles and a new operating system that ties users firmly into the Amazon empire. The Kindle Voyage is claimed to be Amazon’s most advanced e-reader ever and is the thinnest Kindle at 7.6mm thin and weighing in at under 6.4 ounces, while the new $79 Kindle e-reader has a 20% faster processor, twice the storage, and a touch interface. The Voyage features a six-inch display and has 4Gb of storage. It will be available from October 21 from $199 for wi-fi only with…
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    Enago Blog: Scientific Publication Help

  • Seven Challenges Faced By a Research Student and How to Cope With Them

    William Stevenson
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:04 am
    Graduate school is an exciting time but can also be a stressful time, with the student facing many new challenges. Here are some of the typical challenges with pointers on how to cope with them. (1) Time management Courses, teaching, research, literature surveys, preparing seminars—there is a lot to do and it can all seem overwhelming. A daily “things to do list” is helpful, or even better, an appointment planning guide. I like one that shows an entire week when spread open. (2) Getting started in research There tends to be a high “activation energy” to start any new endeavor such…
  • How Open-Access Journals Pose A Threat To Aging Academic Publications

    William Stevenson
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    The Internet is making it easier for open-access journals to mount an assault on the big publishing companies. While these multibillion-dollar industries insist in keeping their profitable model, in which they charge high prices to academic libraries for accessing the content, some open-access promoters have bet on the free knowledge dissemination and thus revolutionized the academic publishing scene. Academic publishing became a private business around the 1960s, when research costs could no longer remain sustainable by public investment and patronage.… Continue ReadingRelated…
  • How To Deal With Your Supervisor Claiming The Authorship Of Your Research Paper?

    William Stevenson
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:24 am
    Among the unethical practices that exist in the academic publishing field there is a practice that really bothers researchers: gift authorship. Sometimes, senior supervisors or journal editors try to claim the authorship of some research papers, even when researchers believe that they do not meet the authorship criteria. Even though their decisions can be questioned, senior supervisors or editors can claim authorship if they want to. In case of conflict, you have two main options: refer the case to the head of the your institution or try to use your tools to come to an agreement with your…
  • Publishing Houses are Offering Free Publication: Offer or Scam?

    William Stevenson
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:27 am
    It sounds too good to be true. A publishing house eager to publish your book for free, with no cost to yourself. Send them a manuscript based on your research and they will publish it as a book to be offered for sale, with the author getting an attribution and royalties. What a nice way to fatten your resume and make a little extra pocket change. But is this offer for real? Or is it a scam? Vanity Presses: Not Free There are plenty of publishers that will print any manuscript for a price. You pay them a certain amount per copy and they will print as many copies as your bank account…
  • How To Publish Your Research Paper As A Book?

    William Stevenson
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    Publishing a research paper as a book is a common goal among academic and scientific researchers. While many don’t know how to start planning the publication, a few others perish in the attempt overwhelmed by the publishing house’s requirements. But the truth is researchers who have written an academic paper have already done much of the work needed to publish a book. On the right path Researchers who have written an academic or scientific research already have a proposal, a manuscript, and a message. Furthermore, these manuscripts have already been proofread (probably by peers and…
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    Beyond Paper Editing

  • How to Become a Publisher, Step 1: Build a Website

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    By Corina Koch MacLeod@CkmacleodwriterWhat’s the first step you need to take when you’re setting up a digital publishing company? Writing a business plan? Maybe not. I’d like to suggest building a website should be your first step.Start With a Website I have nothing against writing business plans, but the act of building a website is, to me, a more authentic exercise to help you consider what you want your publishing company to be about. You'll need to know what you're about in order to communicate it to your potential customers. Why not begin with that end in mind? …
  • Why You Should Become Your Own Publisher

    11 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    By Corina Koch MacLeod@CKmacleodwriterAre you a traditionally published author who wants to self-publish?Carla and I have been working with a small independent publisher for 12 years, and recently we've made the decision to self-publish our educational resources. To do so, we need to become publishers.New SeriesThis post is the first in a series about the steps we're taking to set up our publishing company, Don't Panic Books. These won't be "we've got it all figured out" posts, but rather, "this is what we're trying" posts. So, if you're on the fence about self-publishing, do stick around and…
  • Print to Digital: Cleaning Up Your Word File

    4 Sep 2014 | 7:46 pm
    by Carla Douglas@CarlaJDouglasIf you have a print document that you’d like to self-publish, you can turn it into a digital file and convert it to an ebook.The first step is to get it into MS Word, and this post shows you one way to do that, using OCR software.If you’ve been following along, you’ll have scanned your print document and saved it as a pdf, and then run it through an optical character recognition (OCR) program and saved it as a Word doc (.doc). Note that MS Word is your best friend right now. Editors use Word for a few reasons, and efficient cleanup and editing are high on…
  • How to Use Reader Feedback to Improve Your Writing

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:38 pm
    by Carla Douglas and Corina Koch MacLeod@CarlaJDouglas  @CKmacleodwriterThis post originally appeared on May 28, 2014 at The Book Designer.Self-pubs: Your readers are trying to tell you something. Here’s how to get the most from what they’re saying.I know I need to edit my book, but I don’t know where to begin. — Indie AuthorStep 1: Start with the ReaderWe hear this comment frequently from self-publishing authors. Completing a book-length work is exhausting, and the last thing you want to hear when you finish your first draft is that you need to start again, this time with…
  • 8 Proofreading Tools for Beta Readers

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:48 am
    By C.K. MacLeod@CKmacleodwriterThis post originally appeared on August 14, 2014, at Tech Tools for Writers.Many self-publishing authors use beta readers to get feedback on a book before publication. You don't have to work on paper; you can use a computer or a tablet to "mark up" or make notes on an author's manuscript. Below is a list of tools for beta readers. An author may send you a manuscript in a variety of formats, so I've included options for several file formats.File FormatsSometimes it will make sense to convert the author's file to another format. Many of the proofreading tools…
 
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  • 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 […]
  • This week in numbers: August 9th – 15th

    Laura Jones
    16 Aug 2014 | 3:44 am
    Here’s this week’s numbers in publishing. 40% of sales in Scottish bookshops are on Scottish referendum (Bookseller) ‘Scotland’s booksellers are seeing a “huge” boost in sales relating to the impending referendum. If anyone was in doubt as to the economic impact of the vote itself, Scottish booksellers can confirm it has been beneficial for business, […]
  • This week in numbers: August 2nd – 8th

    Laura Jones
    8 Aug 2014 | 3:29 am
    Here’s this week’s numbers in publishing. HarperCollins 5% revenue growth worldwide (Bookseller) ‘HarperCollins has seen worldwide revenue and profits rise across the past year, driven by sales of Veronica Roth’s YA title Divergent. For the 12 months ended 30th June 2014, HarperCollins recorded revenues of $1.43bn (£850m), a growth of 5% on 2013’s figure, $1.37bn […]
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  • The patron saint of your heart is a wet paint sign

    Jeremiah Walton
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    “The heroes that you have taped to your bedroom wall all died before the world could beat them into being boring.” “How can you break what you can’t hold?” Carlos Williams is a part of The Gringo Choir, a collective of poetry having fun and writing.
  • A lazy nation infatuated with fame

    Jeremiah Walton
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Anonymity should not undermine credibility. A Cult arises around names.  The Beach Sloth Cult is an example of this.  The Steve Roggenbuck Cult is an example of this.  The Allen Ginsberg & Beat Generation Cult is an example of this.  The Tao Lin Alt (c)Lit Cult is an example of this. Cults are not bad.  Being a Cult is good for PR. Anarchist publications are often written anonymously to kindle decentralization of the Ego.  There is a thin noose wrapped around the word success.  Living like a New York City street can be terrifying and provide altercations with knives and your…
  • Stalking silk webs

    Jeremiah Walton
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    A Noiseless Patient Spider by Walt Whitman A noiseless, patient spider, I mark’d, where, on a little promontory, it stood, isolated; Mark’d how, to explore the vacant, vast surrounding, It launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself; Ever unreeling them–ever tirelessly speeding them. And you, O my Soul, where you stand, Surrounded, surrounded, in measureless oceans of space, Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing,–seeking the spheres, to connect them; Till the bridge you will need, be form’d–till the ductile anchor hold; Till the…
  • Stronger than Human

    Jeremiah Walton
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:41 am
    A Little Road Not Made Of Man by Emily Elizabeth Dickinson A little road not made of man, Enabled of the eye, Accessible to thill of bee, Or cart of butterfly. If town it have, beyond itself, ‘T is that I cannot say; I only sigh, — no vehicle Bears me along that way.
  • Spirituality & writing

    Jeremiah Walton
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    Writing as if I was the first Man to evolve on Earth.  There is a spirit to kidnap and harbor in your rib cage.  Spiritual brothers and sisters are all around you. You do not to be a spiritual person to write spirituality.  I do not want to be a regional writer.  I want to represent the love of broken figures and desperation that contemplate jazz musicians they do not know the names of, ash in their coffees, and dance painfully shy till so much sweat bores through their skin that the ocean looks like a weak day forgotten in your memories. Memories: the composition of your spirituality…
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  • Oh No – I Got a Negative Review!

    Paula Krapf
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:24 am
    It’s inevitable – if your book is out there available to the public, you’re going to get a negative review.  As much as the review upsets you, it’s important to step back and consider a few factors such as: Did you target the right readers? Is your book blurb an accurate representation of your book? So, do what you need to do to handle the bad review. Do not engage with the reviewer, but settle down, and review your marketing to make sure you’re on target. Read…
  • 15 Ways to Ramp up Your Ebook Sales

    Paula Krapf
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:48 pm
    At some point, it’s inevitable: your ebook sales will trend downward. It’s simply part of the cycle. That doesn’t mean you throw up your hands and give up. Your book, no matter when it was published, will have ups and downs. Best of all, you do have options when ebook sales fall off. Author J.A. Konrath offers 15 great tips in this blog post. Konrath is a great resource on this issue because he’s written (and co-written) a lot of books, and during that time he’s seen the ups and downs. But when he sees a decline in sales, he takes action. Get the…
  • Building A Website: Paralysis by Analysis

    Paula Krapf
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Does your site resemble Starbucks? A million buttons and links with endless choices for the user? Is it intricate and complicated? Ok, I confess. I’m one of those Starbucks patrons who orders a complicated drink. I don’t know how my “black coffee” turned into something that takes three minutes to order, but it does. Most of us are used to Starbucks by now, their complex options and effectively unlimited choices of coffee and non-coffee beverages. Starbucks is trendy and fun, but what if you weren’t used to that? What if you were from the moon and you happened into a Starbucks for…
  • Make Your Amazon Book Description Stand Out With HTML

    Paula Krapf
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:53 pm
    Are you looking for ways to help your book sell better on Amazon? Well, appearance matters – and we’re not talking about book covers and book blurbs. Those are important, and hopefully you’ve taken care of those issues. But you can also use basic HTML to enhance your book’s description on the site. You don’t need high level coding skills to create bold or italicized text, underline copy or create lists. Learn more: http://www.myebook.co.za/amazon-now-allows-html-in-book-description Enhance your Amazon book listing with HTML #amwritingClick To Tweet - Powered By…
  • How Authors Can be Rock Stars on Twitter

    Paula Krapf
    7 Sep 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Getting off on the right foot can determine whether or not you will succeed on social media. It’s important to choose the right name – unless you’re a giant corporation stick with your own name. If you have a long name, you’ll want to find a way to work around it because you need your Twitter name to be concise. With this in mind, one author reviews her past mistakes and what she’s learned from them. Read more:  http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2014/08/4-ways-authors-can-rock-on-twitter/ Share these top Twitter tips for authors #amwritingClick To Tweet - Powered…
 
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  • PressPad Web Store Increases Revenues for Digital Publishers

    Wojtek Szywalski
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    There are many ways publishers can increase their revenues and selling through their website may just be one of the top ones. PressPad is happy to announce today the release of a new feature helping publishers do just that. Our mission at PressPad is to help publishers make more money on their content. We believe […] The post PressPad Web Store Increases Revenues for Digital Publishers appeared first on Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog.
  • IPhone 6 and New Apple IOS8 – Should Digital Publishers Bother?

    Wojtek Szywalski
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    PressPad’s lead iOS developer Simon Fortuna gives a glimpse at what to expect from introduction of iOS 8 and what does it mean for the publishers. For years Apple was not afraid to make their own path. Do you remember the wave of complaints when iOS7 has been introduced together with its slick, flat designed […] The post IPhone 6 and New Apple IOS8 – Should Digital Publishers Bother? appeared first on Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog.
  • How Data Analytics Drives Valuable Mobile Marketing

    Clark Buckner
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:52 am
    In this interview Clark Buckner from TechnologyAdvice.com spoke with Fiksu’s vice president of new market and media solutions about strategic actions that generate loyal users, and overcome mobile marketing industry challenges. Clark Buckner: Now we’re looking at where the digital industry is today. Where do you think the biggest challenge is? Or maybe where some […] The post How Data Analytics Drives Valuable Mobile Marketing appeared first on Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog.
  • How To Promote Your Business Through a Digital Magazine

    Wojtek Szywalski
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
    Companies may use various techniques to keep filled the top of their sales funnel. Continuous stream of customers dropping into the sales process, is probably, one of the key factor successful businesses do. And in the era of blooming permission marketing this process starts much earlier than it used to be. Blogs, webinars, websites, digital […] The post How To Promote Your Business Through a Digital Magazine appeared first on Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog.
  • How a Digital Magazine Can Overcome the Seeming Obstacles of a PDF Format

    Wojtek Szywalski
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    People read digital magazines. They like to have their favorite content available on mobile devices they have with them—wherever they go, and regardless of what they like. Welcome to the digital era of mobile devices. In this article I am going to present an easy method to achieve the finest reading experience right for your […] The post How a Digital Magazine Can Overcome the Seeming Obstacles of a PDF Format appeared first on Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog.
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  • Tales of manuscript destruction

    The Proof Angel
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:21 am
    We all have times when we need a darn good clear out. We’ve recently moved house, & have had a bit of a frenzy of car boot sales, auctions, ebaying & trips to the charity shop & the tip. I suspect that at some stages in that process we have both been a little too ruthless. One day I got rid of the spare coat hangers, as there is no point in hoarding them. Then I remembered the wardrobe in the spare room, which we have yet to organise. Oh well. I hope we haven’t gone as far astray as some of the examples in this post about document destruction. There is such a thing as…
  • The partnership between an author and an editor

    The Proof Angel
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:13 am
    This discussion of the relationship between authors & editors is more sensible than its title suggests. Starting with how to train your author, and using words like adversary doesn’t fit with my experience of the process. I think the fundamental message is that by working as a team, everyone achieves more than they can on their own. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: editing
  • All about Times New Roman

    The Proof Angel
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:27 am
    This short video tells you most of what you need to know about one of the classic fonts, Times New Roman. Find out where it comes from, & why you should use it. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Bits & bobs Tagged: font, Times New Roman
  • Working with a designer on your cover

    The Proof Angel
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:03 am
    A cover is an important marketing tool for any publication. To make a good job of it, you need to talk to someone who knows what they are doing. But if design isn’t your field, how do you start? Find out here. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: book cover
  • Why do we need grammar?

    The Proof Angel
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:58 am
    Grammar has had a rough ride over the years. Like many other things, it has gone in & out of fashion. This post tracks the fall and rise of grammar. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Grammar & usage Tagged: grammar
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  • I am utterly embarrassed to be a member of the Authors Guild

    Passive Guy
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    From author Joe Cottonwood: I am utterly embarrassed to be a member of the Authors Guild. I joined the Guild about 30 years ago when I was first published by a mainstream publishing house. The Authors Guild back then seemed to be fighting for my rights as an author against the big bad publishing industry. The Authors Guild fought for me while I published six books with the big guys. Times change. Now, like so many not-exactly-bestselling writers, I’m indie. As an indie writer, it’s painfully clear that the Authors Guild is fighting FOR the big bad publishing industry. Link to the…
  • The South

    Passive Guy
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    The south produced statesmen and soldiers, planters and doctors and lawyers and poets, but certainly no engineers and mechanics. Let Yankees adopt such low callings. Margaret Mitchell
  • David Mitchell lambasts ‘rapacious’ Amazon

    Passive Guy
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    From The Bookseller: Comedian David Mitchell has slammed Amazon as “benefit scroungers” in a barnstorming speech given at the Booksellers Association conference today. Speaking about the effect of the internet on modern life and business, he said: “Amazon is a company that has profited massively from this natural disaster of technological change that has befallen us in the last decade and a half, but they make it much worse than it needs to be because of the monopolistic, cynical and frankly life-crushing way that they operate. I think we tell ourselves, British people, that…
  • Taking on Amazon

    Passive Guy
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    From Publishers Weekly: Billed as a conversation about “Internet and Technology: The Good and the Bad,” the keynote at the New Atlantic Independent Discovery Conference (Sept. 19-21) at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va., focused instead on one particular Internet behemoth, Amazon. That Amazon was the subject of the keynote was inevitable, given the strong stance that NAIBA booksellers have taken in the Amazon-Hachette dispute. “This is a bookseller convention, and the big topic is always going to be Amazon.” For Keen, Amazon isn’t all bad. “They’re not a complete…
  • The Content Flood and Authors Whining

    Passive Guy
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    From from author Bob Mayer on Digital Book World: Sales are down for most authors. You don’t see blog posts about it or tweets, but it’s a reality. And the reason is simple: there’s more content out there than ever before. Jon Fine of Amazon calls it a tsunami but at least a tsunami recedes. This is a flood that is going to get deeper and deeper. Authors United (a misnomer as it represents less than 1% of authors) wraps itself in a cloak of noble intentions. But while some of them certainly do have those, for many it’s an economic quandary. They look at their royalty statements and…
 
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    Helen Sedwick

  • How to Get Permission to Use Images Without Paying a Fortune or a Lawyer

    Helen Sedwick
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:23 pm
    You have probably heard the old joke, What do you call 1000 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean? A good start. Okay, that’s unfair (unless, of course, I get to choose which lawyers), but I do think there are many matters that writers can handle on their own without paying an attorney. All they need are tools and information. That’s why I wrote Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook and this blog. With that same goal in mind, Jessie Brown and I wrote a new e-book How to Use Eye-Catching Images Without Paying a Fortune or a Lawyer to be released on Amazon on September 19, 2014 and…
  • How to Use Real People in Your Writing Without Ending Up in Court

    Helen Sedwick
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    Scarlett Johansson won a defamation suit against a French writer for creating a promiscuous character who happened to look like the movie star. A Georgia jury awarded $100,000 to a woman who claimed a character in The Red Hat Club falsely portrayed her as an “alcoholic s**t.” Writers face three big risks when using real people in their writing: defamation, invasion of privacy, and misappropriation of the right of publicity. Yet every fiction writer bases characters on real people. Memoirists and nonfiction writers identify people by name. How can writers use real people in their…
  • From Alligators to Van Goghs: Little Known Sources for Public Domain Images

    Helen Sedwick
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:06 am
    Looking for a photograph of a bull elk? Or a 1890s baseball card? Or a space shot from the Apollo moon launch? Perhaps you have searched Creative Commons images and haven’t found exactly what you want. And you don’t want to pay a fortune or an attorney. I’ve compiled a list of some little known resources of public domain images. As you will see, I had a lot of fun putting together this list.   Most of these images may be downloaded for free, but some of the sites charge a small “reproduction fee” or limit uses to non-commercial purposes. (Frankly, this restriction is legally…
  • The Surprising Controversy about DRM

    Helen Sedwick
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    On bridges spanning the Seine in Paris and the canals of Venice, lovers place padlocks engraved with their names and throw away the keys. These colorful love locks create a touching testament to the promise of an unbreakable bond. Don’t you wish you had such a lock on your writing? Authors worry about piracy, particularly of their ebooks. I know I do. Every time I search my novel’s title COYOTE WINDS, I find sites offering a free or one cent downloads. I could waste a lot of time sending DMCA take-down notices. It’s easy on a technical level for pirates to resell your ebook, especially…
  • Questions About Copyright, Pen Names, and 1099s

    Helen Sedwick
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:01 am
    Today, I am going to answer questions posted by readers through emails, my website, and even Amazon reviews. I appreciated when readers take the time to ask questions. It helps me know what’s on your minds. QUESTION: Oh no. I published my book last year and never registered it with the U.S. Copyright Office. Is it too late? ANSWER:  No, it’s not too late. You may register a copyright anytime within its lifetime (currently, life of the author plus 70 years). In fact, you must register your copyright before you can sue someone for infringement. And there are some extra benefits of…
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  • Book Review: Drowned Murmurs by Honor A Dawson

    Babus Ahmed
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:10 am
    Reviewed as part of Rosie’s Book Review Team. Drowned Murmurs tells us about the eerie occurrences in the lives of two women 100 years apart: In present day, Michaela has just inherited Primrose Cottage from her Uncle Jim and along with boyfriend, Sam is renovating this much neglected property against the wishes of her mother, Judith and the written recommendation from her Uncle Jim. The cottage also comes with a history of rumours about a curse and myths about a ghostly Catherine. Catherine Cooper lived in Primrose Cottage 100 years prior to Michaela. She moved in after marrying…
  • Book Review: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

    Babus Ahmed
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:44 pm
    To read my review of Doctor Sleep for The Review Group, please click here. Filed under: Book Reviews Tagged: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, Horror thriller review, The Review Group
  • Book Review: The Dukes Shadow by Louise Charles

    Babus Ahmed
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:04 am
    “He focused on the view from the window; he loved this time of year when the leaves were beginning to turn from green, to the pleasing red and oranges. Such a fantastic splash of colour to mark the end of a season yet promises of new beginnings. Although the familiar view did little to soothe the discomfort in the pit of his stomach as he struggled with the different lives of Reuben and William.” Louise Charles’ The Dukes Shadow tell the tale of William, the second some of the Duke of Romsey, who has to sacrifice his dreams in the name of duty to his family when his older…
  • Book Review: Braineater Jones by Stephen Kozeniewski

    Babus Ahmed
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:19 am
    What do you do when you wake up in a swimming pool with a gunshot wound to the chest and no memory of who you are? Well, you go on an investigative rampage to find out who you are and what you are. Becoming a member of the deadhead community in 1931 is fraught with draw backs when you’re a newbie who knows nothing. The rules of the undead, deadheads, jumbee etc are to be liquored up at all times and to protect the brain. With those basics in mind Braineater Jones P. I goes forth to solves a few cases to pay for his booze and to fill in the total blank that was his previous life. He…
  • Book Review: I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

    Babus Ahmed
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    An epic thriller, which draws you in and breathlessly takes you through it’s paces. Scott Murdoch doesn’t exist. He works for an agency that doesn’t exist who are “beyond the CIA,” after 9/11 he decides to leave and reach for normality. He writes a book about investigations and is tracked down. Dragged out of retirement Scott finds himself hunting for a terrorist who is hellbent on unleashing a deadly virus on the USA, can he stop it in time? What makes this book good is that Scott, our Bondesque protagonist is likeable and has flaws. The characterisations in…
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  • SPORTSTALK1240: New York Sports Talk on AM1240-WGBB

    admin
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:58 pm
    SPORTSTALK1240 radio show on AM1240-WGBB announces that the show will now be aired for 2 hours every Sunday from 8-10pm on Long Island's AM1240-WGBB, recently the show also launched a new website that will allow their listeners to learn more about the radio show and sports in New York. SPORTSTALK1240 will feature rotating hosts who will be bringing to the listeners the very latest in New York sports. The complementary brand new website was launched on August 10th. The new SPORTSTALK1240 website states about the show:  “The network of shows that was Sports Radio NY has consolidated into one…
  • $100 Off Flooring in Appleton, WI, from D & M Interiors!

    admin
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:57 pm
    D & M Interiors, a reputable local flooring store in Appleton, WI, is now offering an online coupon for $100 off any purchase. The store also provides free estimates, free pre-measuring, and special financing. D & M Interiors has a solid reputation throughout the area for providing high-quality flooring at affordable prices. With thousands of styles to select choices to choose from, expert sales associates assist flooring shoppers throughout the entire flooring upgrade process. Many styles, colors, materials and patterns are available in the following types of flooring: Carpet Karastan Carpet…
  • Evasion-Pangu iOS 8/7.1.2 Jailbreak/Unlock iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S with Untethered Technique

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    23 Sep 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Maxim of iOS 7.1.2/81 Jailbreak/Unlock iPhone 5, 5S, 4S with Untethered Technique. Need for Untethered Jailbreak iOS 7.1.2/8 via (Redsnow and Evasion) for Elegant iPhone 5S,5C or Jailbreaking iPhone 5, 4S, 3GS Running on iOS 8 Or 7.0.4/7.0.6 "L attest" Grab Factory Unlock/Jailbreak iPhone 5, 5C, iPod Touch, iPad, iPad Mini iOS 6.0.4/7 or 7.x.x Jailbreak.Need for Untethered Jailbreak iOS 8/7.1.2 via (Redsnow and Evasion) for Newest iPhone 5S,5C or Jailbreaking iPhone 5, 4S, 3GS Running on iOS 8 Or 7.1.2 "L attest" Grab Factory Unlock/Jailbreak iPhone 5, 5C iOS 7 or 7.0.4 . Easy Get out of iOS…
  • Winter’s The Millionaire's Brain Program Review - Is it Real or Scam?

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    23 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Does Winter's The Millionaire's Brain Program really work? Is this program really for you? Find all the answers in this The Millionaire's Brain Review!Mind Secrets Exposed is the one that provides you the opportunity to achieve whatever goal you want to realize from it. The mind is the primary center where just what concerns anything you would like to achieve is hatched and the steps you could decide to use actually achieve anything you like being also imagined by the mind. You’ll find a couple of things which can be done to help improve the ability of a good effort into act in the right…
  • Amazing Best Handheld Portable GPS Signal Jammer to Help You Avoid Tracking

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    23 Sep 2014 | 3:26 pm
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  • India’s Spacecraft Inches Closer to Mars

    Staff Reporter
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:19 pm
    (CNN) – Just days after NASA’s Mars orbiter reached the Red Planet, India’s first mission could follow suit and make history Wednesday. India’s Mars Orbiter Mission has been groundbreaking for the country, with a price tag of $74 million, a fraction of the $671 million NASA spent on its MAVEN spacecraft. If Mars Orbiter Mission, also known as Mangalyaan, successfully enters Mars’ orbit, India would become the first Asian nation to do so. To date, only the U.S., Europe and the Soviets have successfully sent spacecraft to Mars. But India is also aiming for another…
  • Five in Court for Burning, Killing Man

    Staff Reporter
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Durban – Five men accused of killing a man by assaulting and burning him appeared in the Mtubatuba Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, the National Prosecuting Authority said. KwaZulu-Natal spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson-Kara said the matter was postponed until 29 September for bail application. The five men were Komukom Gumede, Justice Stembe, Themba Mdluli, Mziweskosi Ncube, and July Ndlazi. They are aged between 26 and 47. Earlier this month the five were arrested after a 20-year-old man was killed at Nkanini. The five allegedly chased the man at Ezwenelisha and his burnt remains…
  • Shack Fire Kills 2 Children in the Cape

    Staff Reporter
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:04 pm
    A family from Philippi on the Cape Flats is grappling with the death of two small children in a shack fire early on Tuesday.Their 41 year old mother has been admitted to hospital in a serious condition. At the time she was unaware of their fate.Before sunrise, the tragedy struck when the family’s shack caught fire. Neighbours tried in vain to help. An aunt of the two young victims arrived on the scene at 5am. When she got there nothing was left, Nombini Nkolothi’s six year old niece and two year old nephew had already succumbed to the flames.She says the family does not have money to…
  • Four Dead in Durban Bus Accident

    Staff Reporter
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:52 pm
    KWAMASHU, Durban – Four people have died and 31 are critically injured after the bus they were travelling in veered off the road and rolled down a hill in Kwamashu, north of Durban. The bus is alleged to have used a different road because his usual route was barricaded by protesters demanding an end to speeding. The local councillor said it’s unfortunate the normal route had been blocked off. “The community was very upset and they closed the road because they believe there should be speed humps,” said local councillor Professor Sibiya. Sibiya said previous efforts to…
  • Mpumalanga Man Gets 18 Years For Murder

    Staff Reporter
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Tonga – A Mpumalanga man, who stabbed a neighbour to death during an argument over money, was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment by the Tonga Regional Court on Tuesday. Thulani Titus Mathebula, 25, of Schoemansdal near Malalane, pleaded guilty to murder when he appeared on Tuesday, a Sapa correspondent reported. He was arrested on 10 November last year after killing Thabisile Bhembe that day. Magistrate Edgar Moletsane said although Mathebula pleaded guilty and had no previous convictions, his remorse would not bring Bhembe back. “The information I have here shows that you killed…
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