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  • Ten Tips For Entering Writing Contests Online (With Links)

    Self-Publishing Review
    Cate Baum
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:15 am
      Have a look at our tips for entering writing contests online from SPR editor Cate Baum, with links to some of the best websites offering information on competitions.       Make sure you follow the rules carefully. When we run competitions, there is a 5% hit rate of entrants who are disqualified because ...
  • Kentucky Public Libraries Launch New Web Portal for Self-Published Authors

    The Digital Reader
    Nate Hoffelder
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:31 pm
    The Henderson County and Daviess County Public Libraries recently launched a new portal at www.ePublishOrBust.com with the goal of helping potential writers make the leap to self-published authors. These two public libraries in western Kentucky certainly aren’t the first public library to extend a helping hand to authors, or more specifically self-published authors, but they could be the first to combine forces and expand their efforts beyond their own websites. “We don’t publish the books for them,” Henderson library Director Essy Day told The Gleaner. “We…
  • One Size Does Not Fit All for Self-Publishing

    Self-Publishing Review
    Henry Baum
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:29 am
    John Steinbeck famously said “In America…the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” I would substitute “The poor” with “Self-Publishers.” As if every author self-publishing is automatically a Hugh Howey in the making. Self-publishing isn’t a get rich quick scheme. For some it is, for most it isn’t. Which ...
  • How To Write A Novel With The Snowflake Method With Randy Ingermanson

    The Creative Penn
    Joanna Penn
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:36 pm
    If you write fiction, or you want to, sorting out your writing process for a book is a core task. Are you a pantser? Are you a plotter? Or perhaps, you might be a Snowflaker … Today I talk to Randy Ingermanson about his book, How to write a novel using the snowflake method, and how it can help those people who fall through the gaps. Plus, how to write 500 words a day as a habit, dealing with panic disorder and how our flaws contribute to our writing. You can watch the video below on here on YouTube. You can also listen to the audio below or here on SoundCloud. Randy Ingermanson is a…
  • 034: Transmedia, Story Engineering, and Other Lessons from the 2014 Willamette Writer’s Conference

    The Publishing Profits Podcast Show | Writing | Marketing | Books | Ebooks
    tom@tckpublishing.com (Tom Corson-Knowles, Founder of TCK Publishing)
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Transmedia and story engineering were hot topics at this year’s Willamette Writer’s Conference in Portland, Oregon. Tom shares his key takeaways, insights and lessons learned from speaking at and attending the conference. In the show, we discuss transmedia and the future of media. Content is the greatest marketing tool you will ever have, and transmedia is how you maximize the impact of your content across various media platforms including books, film, TV, digital video and online digital content, social media, video games, merchandise and more. Tom also shares about some key…
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    Mediashift

  • Daily Must Reads, September 2, 2014

    Julie Keck
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    1. Learning from 800k public comments on the FCC’s net neutrality plan (Bob Lannon & Andrew Pendleton / The Sunlight Foundation) 2. FBI and Apple investigate nude celebrity photo hack (David Meyer / GigaOm) 3. Mental Floss is buoyed by online video (Christine Haughney / The New York Times) 4. Pioneer David Cohn on Circa, [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • E-Books & Self-Publishing Roundup, September 2, 2014

    Julie Keck
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    1. Should e-books only cost a penny? (Mike Koslowski / Good e-Reader) 2. Goodreads adds Kindle e-book previews (Nate Hoffelder / The Digital Reader) 3. B&N testing Espresso Book Machines (Publishers Weekly) 4. Making e-book quality count (Rich Bellis / Digital Book World) 5. Waterproof e-reader launched for bathtime bookworms (Alison Flood / The Guardian) [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Sports Journalism Programs Rise, But Can They Take the High Road?

    Molly Yanity
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    As we embark upon the 2014-15 academic year, it seems every time we turn around, another announcement is made that a school is launching a sports communication program of some sort. Big schools like Arizona State and Georgia are doing it. Small schools are doing it, too. In 2007, Dr. Marie Hardin – now dean [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Daily Must Reads, August 29, 2014

    Julie Keck
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:46 am
    1. Self-segregation on social networks and the implications for the Ferguson, MO story (Ethan Zuckerman) 2. Chasing clicks: Journalists say one thing but feel pressure to do another (Angèle Christin / Nieman Lab) 3. Want to see Aziz Ansari’s next stand-up show? Check Twitter, then give him your phone number (Peter Kafka / Re/code) 4. [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Mediatwits #128: How Blended Learning Fits into the Future of Education

    Fannie Cohen
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:05 am
    Blended learning is a hybrid mix of online and in-class teaching intended to boost student engagement and bring learning into the 21st century. This method encourages collaboration, discussion and in-person learning in lieu of the traditional lecture format. Teachers integrate technology into the course with online management systems such as Blackboard or Moodle, which provide [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
 
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    Digital Book World

  • Kobo Adds Exclusive Kids Content From Reading Eggs

    DBW
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    Related: Kobo Launches Waterproof Aura H2O E-Reader [Press Release] Kobo Announces Exclusive Partnership With Reading Eggs To Help Young Readers Come Out Of Their Shell This School Year Great educational titles for young “eggsplorers” of all levels now available at the Kobo eBookstore Kobo, a global leader in eReading, today announced it has signed an agreement with Blake eLearning to make more than 120 of their award-winning Reading Eggs eBooks available to millions of Kobo Readers worldwide. For the first time, the popular Reading Eggs eBooks will be available in the digital format…
  • Nearly a Year Under Its Belt, Scribd Confronts Changing Subscription Landscape (Infographic)

    DBW
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Scribd’s ebook subscription service celebrates its first birthday in a month. How the company navigates the rapidly evolving subscription landscape will have at least as much bearing on its future as its accomplishments during the past year (see infographic below). Related: Subscription Ebooks Enter Act Two Correction: Scribd launched in October 2013, nearly a year ago. The post has been changed accordingly.  The past few months alone have seen remarkable change and growth in the subscription ebook market. Amazon entered the fray in July with the launch of its Kindle Unlimited…
  • Txtr Launches Web-Based Reading

    DBW
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    [Press Release] txtr launches Web reading powered by Readium Berlin – 02.09.2014, following the recent launch of its new Readium-based iOS 7 ebook app with EPUB 3 support in May 2014, txtr just released a new Web reading functionality also based on the Readium SDK. Users of the txtr e-reading platform now can read DRM-free or watermarked ebooks in EPUB 2 or EPUB 3 format directly in their Web browsers. Web reading is supported for ebooks purchased in the txtr stores as well as for documents uploaded by users in their unlimited free txtr cloud library. txtr’s Web reading functionality…
  • Samsung Doubles Down on Publishing, Sponsors Frankfurt Book Fair

    DBW
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Just weeks after announcing its new reading-focused tablet in partnership with Barnes & Noble, electronics giant Samsung is back in book new again, announcing a wide-ranging partnership with the Frankfurt Book Fair (details below). Related: Will the New Nook Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Turn the Tide for Barnes & Noble? [Press Release] Samsung Announced as Innovation Partner at Frankfurt Book Fair Connecting one of the world’s leading mobile technology innovator with the international publishing industry An exciting collaboration between the Frankfurt Book Fair (8-12 October 2014) and…
  • Self-Publishing Service Start-up Reedsy Launches

    DBW
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    [Press Release] Self-publishing startup Reedsy officially launches today! Reedsy is excited to release to the public the first version of its website, progressively inviting editors and designers to join their marketplace over the course of the next 48 hours. Increasingly, authors are realising that publishing professionals don’t just work at the big publishing houses. This is what is making quality self-publishing possible. But where can authors find them? How do they know who they’re working with? That’s where Reedsy comes in. It helps authors collaborate with expert editors, book…
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    A Newbie's Guide to Publishing

  • 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…
  • Publishing Advice I'd Give My Younger Self

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
    Never sign any deal for more than a ten year term.Have zero expectations.Experiment with different prices and platforms.Diversify.Put more money away for taxes.Write more.Don't throw good money or more time at something that isn't working. Change direction and move on.Never Google yourself.Don't read your reviews.Celebrate milestones and victories, no matter how small.Study failures.Tweet less.Try not to spread yourself so thin.Turn off the Internet when you're working.Accept that you can't help everybody.Ignore haters.Don't hate anyone, even those who attack you. Haters are pitiable.Talk…
  • Amazon vs. Hachette

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:29 am
    I had a thought.Right now, publishers want Amazon to discount paper books, but they don't want Amazon to discount ebooks.There is a very easy fix that will force publishers to lower their prices.All Amazon needs to do is stop discounting paper books.By discounting paper, Amazon has essentially been subsidizing publishers. Publishers have become so accustomed to this, they've taken it for granted. They maintain their margins while Amazon's profits are slim, or Amazon takes a loss.What's actually happened is publishers have handed Amazon ammunition which can be used against them.Publishers want…
  • Konrath's Advice to Publishers

    17 Aug 2014 | 9:09 am
    Over four years ago I wrote a blog post about ebooks:Joe sez in May 2010: I'd always assumed that print publishers would begin to lose market dominance once ebooks took off in a big way, and they'd have to either restructure or die.But now I'm predicting another death for them.What is going to happen when authors stop sending their books to publishers?If I know I can make $100,000 on a self-published ebook in five years of sales, and I have the numbers to back up this claim, why would any informed writer--either pro or newbie--ever settle for less?The dominance of ebooks is coming. I have no…
  • William Ockham Fisking Michael Pietsch

    11 Aug 2014 | 10:18 am
    William: In case you haven't heard, Hachette (US) CEO Michael Pietsch is sending out a response to the emails he's getting. DBW has it: http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2014/hachette-ceos-response-to-amazon-advocate-emails-why-we-price-books-the-way-we-do/As you might imagine, I have a few comments:Thank you for writing to me in response to Amazon’s email. I appreciate that you care enough about books to take the time to write. We usually don’t comment publicly while negotiating, but I’ve received a lot of requests for Hachette’s response to the issues raised by Amazon, and want to…
 
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    Catherine, Caffeinated

  • 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)…
  • B is for…

    catherineryanhoward
    31 May 2014 | 3:33 am
    While I (a) struggle to believe that today is the last day of May, (b) try to drum up the motivation to clean my apartment and (c) prepare for binge-watching 24 with my brother tonight (I’m STILL waiting for someone to say, ‘Send it to my screen!’), I have a few things to tell you… B is for #BookADay Starting tomorrow, June 1st, Harper Collins are inviting book-lovers everywhere to participate in #bookaday. The idea is that every day for the month of June, you share a book a day on Twitter. We can’t wait for #bookaday to get started this Sunday 1st June. What are…
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    BookBaby Blog

  • 10 email subject line ideas for your next newsletter (and other web tips for authors)

    Chris Robley
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:02 am
    Online marketing tips for writers Summer is almost over and I’ve let the whole season slip by without posting one of my usual monthly HostBaby Blog recaps! To make up for it, here are a number of articles from June, July, and August, all about boosting your web traffic, building your readership, and selling more books — starting with some tips that will help you increase the open rates of your email newsletters. [Keep in mind that some of these articles are written with a general artist focus, rather than being author-specific. Other articles are written with musicians in mind; but…
  • A writer’s residency where you can stay forever

    Chris Robley
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
    How would you like to own a newly-renovated home and writer’s space — for free? Write a House, a non-profit based in Detroit, has found a novel way to support literary arts, vocational education, and neighborhood stabilization in their city. With the help of donors, volunteers, and trainees in a local construction program, Write a House is rehabing vacant buildings and then giving them away to low and middle-income writers around the country. You pay the taxes and the insurance, but so long as you maintain the property and live in at least 75% of the year, Write a House will grant…
  • What trait does every successful writer possess?

    Chris Robley
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    The blog Writing in a Dead World posted this funny list last week, and it got me wondering, what DOES every serious writer need? Is there one trait that is shared by all successful writers? The list probably comes close when it says that every writer needs a passion for words — though I’ll bet some writers have a stronger passion for ideas, emotional openness, or instruction than they do for those pesky little delivery systems known as diction and syntax. Maybe the common thread for writers who’ve been able to sustain successful careers is some mixture of persistence,…
  • How to sell more eBooks with BookShop

    Chris Robley
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:47 am
    BookShop — the free direct-to-reader sales-tool created by BookBaby to help independent authors sell more eBooks In a nutshell, BookShop is your eBook’s online home; it provides you with a webpage for your book AND a robust ecommerce solution all in one place. All your book’s vital info is showcased within BookShop’s elegant design; BookShop takes just minutes to set up; and you can make updates whenever you want. That being said, it’s not like you’re going to just turn the switch and start selling millions of eBooks through BookShop overnight (unless you…
  • Flavorwire’s 10 Stunning Writing Studios

    Chris Robley
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Once again, Flavorwire has compiled a list for writers that will probably stir up some inspiration AND envy. We’ve already gotten a glimpse of the world’s best bookstores and the world’s most beautiful libraries. Now we get to see 10 stunning writing spaces — woodland cabins, backyard sheds, renovated barns, suspended studios, wetland retreats, and more.  Check out these little sanctuaries of words at Flavorwire. Where do YOU go to get your best writing done? Do you prefer to “get away from it all,” or do you thrive in public settings (a coffee shop, a train…
 
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    Self-Publishing Review

  • Review: When All Balls Drop: The Upside of Losing Everything by Heidi Siefkas

    Lysa Grant
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    How can a devastating accident end up leaving you in a better place in life? This is the key question author Heidi Siefkas tries to answer from her personal perspective through her inspirational memoir When All Balls Drop: The Upside of Losing Everything. A candid recollection of events arranged from memories and diaries, Siefkas writes ...
  • Review: Here, There, Everywhere by Peter Dunkley

    Cate Baum
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    Peter Dunkley was going to become a lawyer when he fell in love and gave it all up – and then gave all that up – for a life of travel and adventure, starting in Bombay in the 1950s. Now retired, Peter’s book Here, There, Everywhere is a charming memoir on a road less traveled ...
  • One Size Does Not Fit All for Self-Publishing

    Henry Baum
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:29 am
    John Steinbeck famously said “In America…the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” I would substitute “The poor” with “Self-Publishers.” As if every author self-publishing is automatically a Hugh Howey in the making. Self-publishing isn’t a get rich quick scheme. For some it is, for most it isn’t. Which ...
  • Ten Tips For Entering Writing Contests Online (With Links)

    Cate Baum
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:15 am
      Have a look at our tips for entering writing contests online from SPR editor Cate Baum, with links to some of the best websites offering information on competitions.       Make sure you follow the rules carefully. When we run competitions, there is a 5% hit rate of entrants who are disqualified because ...
  • 10% Off Lead Story Packages All Labor Day Weekend!

    Cate Baum
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Our Lead Story Package will help promote your book and get it seen by thousands of readers and publishing professionals. This weekend, get to work and take advantage of our checkout code with 10% off $249, making your final price only $224! The Lead Story Package – Buy Here! What you get: A Comprehensive, In-Depth ...
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    The Book Designer

  • Self-Publishing: Carnival of the Indies Issue #47

    Joel Friedlander
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    Everyone here at The Book Designer will be taking the day off tomorrow to enjoy Labor Day with our families. See you again on Wednesday when we’ll be featuring another great post, “Book Apps by Authorly” by our Contributing Writer, Jason Matthews. You won’t want to miss it. Welcome to this issue of the Carnival of the Indies blog carnival. This issue is for August, 2014. We welcome your submissions on topics related to writing, self-publishing, book design or marketing books. A collection of outstanding articles recently posted to blogs, your reading here will be…
  • 21 Tips for Creating a Successful Writing Collaboration

    Joel Friedlander
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:05 am
    By Helen Sedwick When a writing collaboration works, partners inspire and complement one other. The creative process is less lonely. But when collaborations fail, the drama may be as ugly as a Hollywood divorce. For every successful writing partnership, there are dozens of failed ones despite the best of intentions. Not everyone is a team player, and not every team is a winner. To improve the odds of a successful writing partnership take the time to put the collaboration agreement in writing. Most people resist this idea. Like a prenuptial agreement, it kills the romance. They don’t realize…
  • 4 Ways Authors Can Rock on Twitter

    Joel Friedlander
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:05 am
    By Frances Caballo It took a while for me to understand Twitter. When I signed up, I made my first mistake in deciding my handle, @CaballoFrances. A Spanish soccer player had already taken @FrancesCaballo so I reversed the order of my first and last names. Now I regret using my entire name because my handle has 14 characters – too many for this microblogging platform – when it should have no more than 12. Even fewer characters would have been better. The next mistake I made was using a company name as my profile name instead of simply using Frances Caballo. People don’t interact with…
 
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    The Future of Ink

  • How to Use Visual Marketing to Sell Books

    Peg Fitzpatrick
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    By Peg Fitzpatrick Visual marketing may seem foreign to an author, after all we specialize in words, right? Changes in social media have shifted slightly to a more visual world with Pinterest, Instagram, and the wild popularity of YouTube. Not to worry, using your creativity and some handy free web tools, you can create a solid visual marketing campaign for your book. Start with your book cover and build out Creating a visual style starts with your cover since this is your calling card. I’m going to create a faux book and use it to create some visual assets so you can see the process and…
  • How To Implement Your Own Productivity Hour Of Power

    Kathleen Gage
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Kathleen Gage Opportunity for content creators has never been as great as it is today. Profit margins on information products are incredibly high, market reach beyond anything we’ve ever seen and new markets are emerging every day. That’s the great news. The bad news is this; with so many choices of what to do, many people are far less productive than in the past. Although days are full of activity, with much of it online, the quality of the activity for many people is sorely lacking. With dreams of making it big in the digital-products space, countless would-be product creators are…
  • Special Reports: Snack-size Products That Offer A Tasty Sample

    Joan Stewart
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Joan Stewart If you’re new to digital publishing and the thought of creating a product intimidates you, start with something fast and easy: a five-page special report that goes in-depth on a very narrow topic. That’s what I did when I started my business. And I learned quickly that low-price, snack-size special reports–on topics an inch wide and filled with content that goes a mile deep, have many advantages: You can create one in just a few hours. You don’t need fancy graphics–or any graphics. Because they’re inexpensive, these reports are a great way…
  • How to Speak Your Book

    Nina Amir
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Nina Amir Many entrepreneurs don’t believe they are writers. However, they want to become authors because they know a book gives them expert status. Becoming an authority or thought leader in their industry will help them grow their businesses. This leaves them in a quandary. They want and need a book but don’t feel they can write it. If you are one of these business owners, stop stressing! If you can speak, you can write. And if you can speak about your business, you can write a book that helps generate increased income. Better yet, if you can speak about the issues your customers and…
  • How To Turn Your Written Content Into Video Content

    Lou Bortone
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Lou Bortone When it comes to marketing, content is still king. Content drives sales of your products and services, and keeps your customers engaged in your business. However, content is also a hungry beast that must be fed – constantly. In order to stay visible and relevant, you have to continue to “feed the beast” and consistently crank out new content and material. That’s why it’s such a great idea to repurpose your existing content and give your old material new life. It’s relatively easy to breathe new life into old content using online video. Here are five easy ways to…
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    The Passive Voice - Latest Updates

  • Standing Against Plagiarism – Part 2

    Passive Guy
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:59 pm
    PG previously had a post about author Rachel Nunes and her claims that another author had plagiarized one of her books. Rachel has now filed suit against the alleged plagiarist. A copy of her complaint follows:   Nunes (PDF) Nunes (Text) Thanks to Marc for the tip. Here’s a link to Rachel Nunes’ books
  • How Nicole Perlman Became the First Woman to Write a Marvel Movie

    Passive Guy
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    From Time: Nicole Perlman’s interest in space started early — and with the help of real-life rocket scientists. When she was growing up in Boulder, Colo., in what she calls “a very nerdy family,” her father would host a science-fiction book club that counted among its members many employees of the aeronautics companies based in the area. The rocket scientists would come to her house and discuss their favorite books; noticing her interest, her father bought the 15-year-old Perlman copies of physicist Richard Feynman’s two autobiographies. That fateful gift started Perlman, now 33, on…
  • Dead men

    Passive Guy
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Dead men are heavier than broken hearts Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep
  • Amazon Studios

    Passive Guy
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    From Amazon Studios: We’re looking for movie and series ideas to turn into great entertainment. Creators of projects added to our Development Slate get $10,000 to start. Submit your finished script, mini-bible, or concept video. Link to the rest at Amazon Studios and thanks to DC for the tip.
  • How to Read E-books on a $20 Cellphone: Tips for the Cash-Strapped and Plain Adventurous

    Passive Guy
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    From LibraryCity: When I ran across $20 cell phones on Amazon, I couldn’t resist buying one to see if I could read e-books on it. Yes, I could—hour after hour. I’ll never confuse this econo-phone with an iPad Air or upscale Kindle Fire. But e-books and affordable smartphones like the $20 model could help narrow both the digital and book divides in many countries. The U.S. teems with “book deserts,” including major parts of urban areas; let’s fix that. Even affluent suburbs have “dried up” somewhat. When I was in high school, I could buy cheap paperbacks of Norman Mailer and…
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    The Digital Reader

  • Pocket for Android Updated to 5.6 with Better Evernote Integration, Storage Limits, and More

    Nate Hoffelder
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Ever since it launched as ReadItLater, Pocket has been one of the more popular ways to save web content to read later in an uncluttered and distraction-free mode. The Android app has been consistently popular, and it got an update today which focuses on how you manage your saved content. Pocket for Android 5.6 boasts a new undelete button and a new storage management option as well as better Evernote support. Readers can now set a limit on the amount of space which the Pocket app consume in its quest to download your entire archive. Pocket also reports that they’ve done away with the…
  • B&N Tests Espresso Book Machines in Stores as the Kodak-OnDemandBooks Partnership Falls Through

    Nate Hoffelder
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Once hailed as the future of the book industry, print on demand has a solid niche in said industry but lately it seems to be treading water. Whenever we read of potential steps forward like Books-a-Million or B&N installing  Espresso Book Machines in their stores, the great news is cancelled out by similar pilots falling through. I am happy to report today that Barnes & Noble is starting a pilot program in three of its stores, but the good news is tempered by by the news that Kodak’s partnership with OnDemandBooks has stalled. PW reported today that B&N has…
  • Txtr Launches Web App Powered by Readium

    Nate Hoffelder
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Most major ebook platforms offer a web-based reading option, including Google, Amazon, and even B&N, and now we can add txtr to that list. The Berlin-based ebook company txtr just unveiled their new web reader. Based on the open source Epub3 project Readium, txtr’s new app enables users to read DRM-free or watermarked Epub or Epub3 format ebooks directly in their Web browsers.  Ulf Stahrenberg, COO of txtr, said “As a key contributing member to the Readium Foundation, we are committed to bringing an open and qualitative e-reading experience to users across all platforms.
  • Kentucky Public Libraries Launch New Web Portal for Self-Published Authors

    Nate Hoffelder
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:31 pm
    The Henderson County and Daviess County Public Libraries recently launched a new portal at www.ePublishOrBust.com with the goal of helping potential writers make the leap to self-published authors. These two public libraries in western Kentucky certainly aren’t the first public library to extend a helping hand to authors, or more specifically self-published authors, but they could be the first to combine forces and expand their efforts beyond their own websites. “We don’t publish the books for them,” Henderson library Director Essy Day told The Gleaner. “We…
  • Scribd Celebrates the 11 Month Anniversary of its eBook Subscription Service with an Infographic

    Nate Hoffelder
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    The first of October will mark  one year since the launch of Scribd’s ebook subscription service, but rather than celebrate its first  anniversary (which coincidentally comes a few weeks after the launch of the competing service Oyster) Scribd has chosen to celebrate the 11 month anniversary. Today Scribd has released an infographic detailing what they’ve seen over the past year (ish). They haven’t included any really interesting details like revenues, the growth or number of subscribers, etc, but the infographic does tell us that a billion pages have been read, and…
 
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    The Independent Publishing Magazine

  • Reedsy: Ghostbusting and Connecting Publishing Professionals with Writers - Richard Fayet | Guest Post

    Mick Rooney
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    via Reedsy.comIn our earlier post today, we featured the press release for the launch of a new self-publishing e-book platform start-up, Reedsy. But Reedsy isn't just another self-publishing platform. One of its primary strengths will be a marketplace for freelance publishing professionals. Reedsy hope the marketplace will make it easier for authors to locate vetted editors and book designers, while also encouraging authors to produce books to a high standard inside and out. Today, our guest post is by Richard Fayet, co-founder of Reedsy, to explain the idea behind the self-publishing…
  • Reedsy Launch Marketplace and Publishing Platform for Self-Published Authors

    Mick Rooney
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Reedsy is a new start-up, digital self-publishing platform for authors. It is launching with an invitation to publishing professionals to join its marketplace. The company—financially backed by Seedcamp and Scottish publisher DC Thomsonwill begin its second stage of launch in a few weeks when it allows authors to sign up and link with Reedsy's marketplace of book professionals. The first titles will then be loaded and pushed out to distribution channels.Read More>>>The Independent Publishing Magazine | TIPM Media
  • MH 370: When to Publish? | A Simple Case Study

    Mick Rooney
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:24 pm
    There are some important benefits to self-publishing for authors who choose this path, not least the ability to be in complete control of a project from the process of writing the book right through to the execution of a marketing plan. This freedom of control brings with it many important decisions, but I believe the two most fundamental decisions begin with when...Read More>>>The Independent Publishing Magazine | TIPM Media
  • Writing Postcards in Blood: The Economics of Community

    Mick Rooney
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Irish award-winning writer Julian Gough has decided to use crowdfunding for his forthcoming book in an unusual way. We are becoming used to some writers turning to crowdfunding sites like Pubslush, Authr, Unbound (crowdfunder and publisher), and of course one of the most familiar sites, Kickstarter—though Kickstarter is not specifically aimed at writers. However, Gough created his Kickstarter project to fund the writing and completion of his next novel, Infinite Ammo, 'outside of the existing publishing & financial system...'Read More>>>The Independent Publishing…
  • Blurb Puts Its Big-Boy Pants On!

    Mick Rooney
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:29 am
    If DIY self-publishing platform Blurb was celebrating a birthday today—it would be 21! The company was actually founded in 2005, but today, Blurb finally got the keys to the house and put its big-boy pants on. In 2008 I described the company as something of a sleeping giant of the self-publishing services world.Read More>>>The Independent Publishing Magazine | TIPM Media
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    The Creative Penn

  • How To Write A Novel With The Snowflake Method With Randy Ingermanson

    Joanna Penn
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:36 pm
    If you write fiction, or you want to, sorting out your writing process for a book is a core task. Are you a pantser? Are you a plotter? Or perhaps, you might be a Snowflaker … Today I talk to Randy Ingermanson about his book, How to write a novel using the snowflake method, and how it can help those people who fall through the gaps. Plus, how to write 500 words a day as a habit, dealing with panic disorder and how our flaws contribute to our writing. You can watch the video below on here on YouTube. You can also listen to the audio below or here on SoundCloud. Randy Ingermanson is a…
  • The Pros And Cons Of Exclusivity

    Joanna Penn
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Should you self-publish exclusively on Amazon? That is the question many authors consider whenever they put a book out. Which side of the fence are you on? Which side of the fence are you on? The benefits of exclusivity Here are my thoughts as to why you should consider exclusivity with Amazon, which basically means that you cannot publish a particular work anywhere else BUT Amazon for a 90 day period when you opt in with the checkbox on the KDP publishing page. KDP Select and Kindle Unlimited The KDP Select help page describes the benefits to opting in as: Earn your share of the KDP Select…
  • Self-Publishing In Italian, Tips For Translation And The Launch Of Profanazione

    Joanna Penn
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Continuing with my adventures in self-publishing translation series, today it’s the turn of Profanazione, my first novel in Italian. I wasn’t intending to self-publish in Italy, mainly because the market is very small, but when experienced author and translator, Virginio B. Sala emailed me, I jumped at the opportunity. Here’s an interview with Virginio, and if you read Italian, or know people who do, Profanazione is free on Kindle between 26 – 30 August, 2014. You can read the description and watch the trailer at the bottom of the post. You can also read the interview…
  • Self-Publishing And The Bookstrapper’s Guide To Book Marketing With Tucker Max. Podcast Episode 193

    Joanna Penn
    23 Aug 2014 | 11:58 pm
    When an author and entrepreneur who has sold over 3 million books puts out a book on marketing, you know you have to learn more! Tucker Max on the show today. In the intro, I talk about the introduction of pre-orders for indie authors on Amazon KDP, already available on iBooks and Kobo. I’ve used it immediately, so you can now pre-order my next book, ‘Business for Authors: How to be an Author-Entrepreneur,’ all the links here. I also thank my new backers of the show through Patreon and explain a bit more on how that works.. This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life,…
  • Book Marketing With Visual Content. 7 Ways To Stand Out With Images.

    Joanna Penn
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Think about how you surf the internet these days. Think about how you decide what to click on Twitter, Facebook and other social media. Now multiply that by all those people who are overwhelmed by the amount of information and entertainment options online. Let’s face it – in a sea of content, how do you stand out? Visual images can be a way for people to make an instant decision over whether to stay and read any further. Posts with visuals also get more engagement on social media. It’s the same concept as book covers – and we all know that people DO judge a book by its cover.
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    GalleyCat

  • ‘Private Down Under’ Joins iBooks Bestsellers List

    Dianna Dilworth
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Private Down Under by James Patterson & Michael White has joined Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 4. Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 9/1/14. If I Stay by Gayle Forman continues to lead the list, followed by Mean Streak by Sandra Brown. We’ve included Apple’s entire list after the jump. (more…) New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
  • Seven Year-Old Aims to Publish Anti-Gun Book

    Dianna Dilworth
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Indiana seven-year-old Terry Miles is writing a book about gun violence and with help from his teacher Ball State University student Brittany Cain. The work will be self-published published as an eBook. The Shot Heard Around the Town: A Story About How One Boy Can Change the World stems from a letter that Miles wrote to the mayor of Muncie telling about gun violence in his neighborhood. He wrote: “Dear Mayor, I have a problem. I have been hearing gunshots in my neighborhood. Can you make them stop?” which ran in The Star Press. You can watch a news report about Miles here. As…
  • Art Students Rewrite American Psycho Using Google Ads

    Dianna Dilworth
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Art students Mimi Cabell and Jason Huff, wanted to explore how Google’s ad scanning technology would react to a series of email exchanges depicting violence and racism. So they emailed each other the original text of Brett Easton Ellis’ novel American Psycho, page by page, to see what kinds of products would be marketed to them. They have turned the project into a book that includes Ellis’ original chapter titles along with the ads that ran next to each email and their own footnotes. The text essentially retells American Psycho via relational Google Ads. What kinds of ads…
  • The Guardian Publishes Unreleased Chapter of Charlie & The Chocolate Factory

    Dianna Dilworth
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    Roald Dahl‘s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and the occasion has brought about a controversial new book cover, a golden ticket sweepstakes and now the unearthing of a previously unreleased chapter of the book. “The Vanilla Fudge Room” is a chapter that was edited out of the book from an early draft. The Guardian has published the chapter. Check it out: They went into another cavernous room, and here again a really splendid sight met their eyes. In the centre of the room there was an actual mountain, a colossal jagged mountain…
  • Nick Cannon is Writing Book of Children’s Poems

    Dianna Dilworth
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    Actor/rapper Nick Cannon is working on a book of children’s poems which is due out from Scholastic in March 2015. The illustrated poetry book is called Neon Aliens Ate My Homework and Other Poems. The title was written for kids age 7 with poems about silly, disgusting and even serious matters. It will feature black-and-white illustrations by a number of street artists including: Art Mobb, Califawnia, Captain Kris, Morf,Queen Andrea, MAST and Mike P. “Writing is at the center of everything I do as an artist. Doing creative writing—especially writing poetry—is when I…
 
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    Thad McIlroy - Future Of Publishing

  • 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…
  • The March of the Toy Soldiers

    Thad McIlroy
    1 Jun 2014 | 6:06 am
    Indigo Books and Music reported its 4th quarter and annual sales last week. A few of the news stories reached for an alarmist tone. Canada’s Financial Post headlined its account with “Indigo annual revenue falls for third consecutive year.” Publishers Weekly went for the more startling “Indigo Has Big Fiscal 2014 Loss.” The “big loss” was $31 million (all figures Canadian dollars) on sales of $868 million, i.e. a loss of 3.6% measured against total revenue. Indigo clearly explained that it incurred costs in “reinventing its…
  • Google to Acquire Twitch for $1 Billion

    Thad McIlroy
    19 May 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Here’s BBC’s version of tonight’s news story about Google’s proposed $1 billion acquisition of Twitch; you can find many more stories of equally pricey deals during the last few years. There’s no point in pontificating about a new Internet bubble. The maneuvering of high tech firms is so unusual this time around that “bubble” doesn’t begin to describe the shape. Of course any of the recent acquisitions by Facebook, Twitter et al. led to similar bouts of eyebrow raising. We’re expected to somehow understand not only what the acquisitions…
  • Pomegranate Juice and Publishing Standards

    Thad McIlroy
    26 Apr 2014 | 5:39 pm
    My favorite news story last week concerns a lawsuit that has somehow reached the U.S. Supreme Court on the issue of how much pomegranate juice needs to be in a bottle before you can call it “pomegranate juice.” Remarkably, Coca-Cola, through its Minute Maid brand, sells a juice called “Pomegranate Blueberry” which contains just 0.3 percent pomegranate juice and 0.2 percent blueberry juice. The rest is apple and grape juice and dark purple dye. Pom Wonderful, which in 2002 launched the current craze for pomegranate juice, and sells a product that’s 100% pomegranate…
 
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    Self Publishing Advisor

  • Self-Publishing Week in Review: 9/02/14

    selfpublishingadvisor
    2 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. Why This Bestselling Author Decided To Start Self-Publishing Author Karen Traviss has published a slew of successful books, from her own Wess’har Wars series to a number of Star…
  • How Much Does It Cost to Self-Publish a Book?

    Jodee Thayer
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Many authors ask, “How much does it cost to self-publish a book?” The question should be “How much should an author invest in their project based on their marketing goals?” Most authors self-publish in hopes of selling their book, but not every author has the same goals. It is important to consider your definition of success. If earning money from your book is a priority, a solid marketing plan, in addition to an appealing book and quality content, is essential to selling to your book. I always recommend professional copyediting and a custom cover to all authors…
  • Friday Conversations With A Self-Publishing Writer 8/29/14

    selfpublishingadvisor
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    INSPIRED… One of my favorite genres to work with (as editor or consultant or ghostwriter) is Religion/Faith.  The authors inspire me, personally, every time I help them prepare their manuscripts for publication.  Reading this genre is also high on my list—whether fiction or non-fiction.  So it is that, when reading one of my favorite faith magazines, I came across one sentence (yes, one sentence) that so inspired me I cannot stop thinking about it:  “Faith turns the tables on logic while turning life’s waves into a foundation.” The author of that one-liner is Marcus Yoars,…
  • Weekly Self-Published Book Review: Lazarus in the Labyrinth

    selfpublishingadvisor
    28 Aug 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: Lazarus in the Labyrinth TR Hanes Publisher: Outskirts Press…
  • Self-Publishing Week in Review: 8/26/14

    selfpublishingadvisor
    26 Aug 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. 10 Truths About Self-Publishing for Entrepreneurs With a Book Idea Books are a great way for entrepreneurs to establish their authority in their industry and to add to their income. This…
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    BadRedhead Media

  • The Dos and Don’ts of Goodreads by Guest @nblackburn01

    Rachel Thompson
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:20 pm
    There is no shortage of Social Media where authors can build awareness of their books. Facebook is a great place to meet friends, see grandbabies, and keep tabs on where your friends are vacationing. But it you want to talk books, there is nowhere that tops Goodreads. It’s the social media site for book lovers. And when the folks at Goodreads discover a good book, they tell their friends about it. In fact, they have been known to shout it from the rooftops. Let’s start with the assumption that you have done your job in that your book is well written, professionally edited, has an…
  • How Do You Build An Audience Before You Have A Product? A Guide

    Rachel Thompson
    17 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
    Freedigitalphotos.net I asked my Facebook friends last week what confused them the most about author marketing and social media. So for the next several weeks, myself and several esteemed guests will be answering those questions for you! Thank you to all who answered. Here’s the first question: How do you build an audience before you have a product? MJ Kelley Many aspiring authors or bloggers ask this question a lot, and really I see this as a question of confidence more than anything — what do I have to talk about? Why should people tune into my blog or social media channels if I…
  • August 2014 #MondayBlogs Giveaway

    Rachel Thompson
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    Since I created #MondayBlogs in late 2012, even I’m shocked at what an amazing success it has become! Thousands participate each week, generating more than 5,000 tweets! And it is because of all of you that we can say that with a lot of pride and a big ol’ smile! As a thank you to all you wonderful #MondayBlogs tweeps, we launched an ongoing, monthly 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…
  • Finding Twitter Chats For Writers by guest @K8Tilton

    Kate Tilton
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    Last time I was on BadRedhead Media, I gave four easy tips to grow your Twitter following. Tip #3 was “join Twitter chats,” but how do you find the right chats to join? And how do you keep up with all the tweets when you get there? As Rachel says, let’s deconstruct! Finding the right chat(s) for you: There are many places you can go to look for Twitter chats: Twitter Chat Schedule on Google Docs: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AhisaMy5TGiwcnVhejNHWnZlT3NvWFVPT3Q4NkIzQVE&hl=en#gid=52 Gnosis Arts list by day of the week:…
  • Tough Love For Authors — Stop Whining And Do The Work!

    Rachel Thompson
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Taken from my rant today on Facebook because I just couldn’t listen to the whining anymore (warning: a few choice curse words ahead).  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: ONE thing will not sell your books. It’s a combo of: – a spectacular book (professionally edited, formatted, designed, proofed) – reviews (minimum 25) within the first few weeks – beta or ARC readers before you release – an optimized website (professional graphics, social media icons, keywording, HTML, CSS for faster loading, etc…all to increase your SEO). Look it…
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  • Reflections on the Thirty Day Writing Challenge

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Rembrandt’s Philosopher in Meditation, 1632 I think. I think and I think, think and think some more, think about it a little more, then a little less, then a little more to make up for thinking about it a little less. I over think and under do. I don’t get my hands dirty, I just imagine what it’d be like to scrub them with soap after the work is done. It’s boring and tiring and it sucks. Not doing sucks. Not making sucks. Not working hard sucks. Not getting onto my grind in the morning, not feeling the pain in the back of my neck from tired muscles, not trying to stay…
  • Day 30 – Learn To Enjoy Discomfort and Watch Your Talents Grow

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:26 pm
    It was becoming a lot of work. Sorry, I should say that he was becoming a lot of work. It felt like the amount of work that was needing to go into raising my son was just growing at an alarming rate. Felt like? Hmm, pardon my cuteness. It was absolutely, without a doubt, growing at an alarming rate. A dozen nappy changes, food and water and more nappy changes. Constantly washing, constantly folding that washing, constantly cleaning every space he was going into. Every. Single. Day. Don’t get me wrong – I love the little guy with all my heart, I have since the moment he was born.
  • Day 29 – Keep Your Hands Moving

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    10 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    I’ve fallen into this trap so many times and for so many years that it’s simply embarrassing. I call it the theory trap. When reading anything relating to your craft, it’s easy to assume that your skills are developing. You know how to balance two elements or how to highlight an item, so you must be getting better, right? When you first start reading up on these things, you apply them pretty quickly, and see quick results. You’re new to the game, so the leaps you make seem legendary. So you read more theory. Or at least that’s what I did. I saw improvements from…
  • Day 28 – Design What You Know

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    9 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    “Write what you know.” Budding writers are regularly thrown this bone. It’s a suggestion borne of fear. “Write what you know” is a succinct way of saying that writing isn’t too hard; just take what’s already in your head and put it onto paper. What’s so hard about that? Everything you need is already rolling around in your noggin. You’re already a genius! Just prove it to the world! At least this is how most people read this advice, rendering it awful. A few think it through and derive great rewards for it – write what you know. So…
  • Day 27 – What’s In It For Them?

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:49 pm
    What’s in it for them? That’s the audience, that’s who ‘them’ is. What’s in it for the audience? What’s in it for the one person who you will be stopping? What’s in it for the person whose day you are interrupting? They might be looking for information, but we’re not part of the search. That’s not our process. Our process is to stop them from searching. To say to them ‘you have reached your end’. To interrupt their search. That’s the best case scenario. We might be doing something worse. We might be shoving an idea…
 
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    Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

  • 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! ]]
  • A business model I’m sorry we’ll never see

    Joe Wikert
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    We’re all intimately familiar with the cell phone business model. Buy the phone today at a reduced price that’s subsidized by what’s typically a two-year commitment with that carrier. Other options have emerged in the cell phone arena but this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Giving readers what they truly crave

    Joe Wikert
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    Publishers need to take a page out of the retailer playbook. You’ve undoubtedly noticed how good certain online retailers are at suggesting additional products related to the one you’re about to purchase. Amazon is arguably the king here with their... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How print is slowly killing publishers

    Joe Wikert
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    It’s a textbook example of The Innovator’s Dilemma. The crazy part is we all know it’s a big problem and yet very few publishers are taking evasive action. I’m talking about the reliance on print, even at the expense of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Unlimited subscriptions: Five things you need to know

    Joe Wikert
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:28 am
    One of the worst kept secrets in recent history was finally unveiled last Friday when Amazon announced their Kindle Unlimited program. It has the potential to become yet another terrific service for consumers but many publishers and authors are less... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Beyond the Book

  • Best of BTB: Ending World War Copyright

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The creative industries – and the technology companies that carry their content – may share a common customer, but little else. Where it comes to copyright law, their differences have often flared into open war. Technology companies dream of rewriting copyright law to free up content; and content creators search for ways to employ technology in their own favor to prevent piracy. As Non-Executive Chairman of The Copyright Hub Ltd., Richard Hooper is calling for a truce in the copyright wars and has suggestions for forging a lasting peace. At CCC’s US headquarters in Danvers,…
  • GlobalPost Covers World With Freelancers

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The American journalist, James Foley, reported for the Boston-based GlobalPost, an online network of freelance journalists, before he was kidnapped in 2012 and ultimately murdered by terrorists earlier this month. Last summer (2013), CCC’s Chris Kenneally interviewed Phil Balboni, president, CEO, and founder of GlobalPost, about the start-up’s efforts to prove that professional journalism does indeed have a place in a digital, mobile world. “We created our entire operation to be highly efficient, to produce high-quality content at the lowest possible cost,” Balboni said.“While we…
  • Looking on Bright Side of Book Business

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    If winter is for pessimists – all grey and cold and bleak – then summer certainly is season for sunny dispositions. In August, though, the publishing business has seemed frozen as if in mid-January. The source of the polar vortex, of course, is the ongoing slugfest between Amazon and Hachette. Yet while the book world can hardly expect a sudden heat wave any time soon, it ought to perk up from several items of heartwarming news this week. At a press conference where Barnes & Nobleannounced a partnership with Samsung to sell the Galaxy Tab 4, B&N CEO Michael Huseby discussed…
  • Up Against Amazon

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    In the book world, telling horror stories about Amazon is a common enough way to pass the time at conferences and receptions. The details may vary, but the plot is the same –Amazon eats publishers for breakfast. What dramatically changed this summer, however, is not the Amazon horror stories, but their arrival in the headlines and on the front pages. The focus currently is the war over pricing between Hachette and Amazon, though the antagonism goes well beyond the trade world. Indeed, academic publishers are increasingly beholden to the e-retailing giant – and growing resentful. “My…
  • The Book Fight of the Century

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    In one corner: the scrappy contender whose strongest punch is a blow to his opponent’s appetite for power and profit. And in the other corner: the towering heavyweight champion who wants to pound the contender’s prices to the mat. “I think these fighters are dancing around the ring right now,” says Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer, referring to Amazon and Hachette Book Group, now locked in a slugfest over e-book pricing. “That strategy actually benefits Amazon because – to torture the metaphor further – Amazon is the undisputed heavyweight champion. Hachette…
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    TeleRead

  • Scribd rings in one-year anniversary with a bang!

    Joanna Cabot
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    The folks at Scribd sent us this fine-looking infographic, in honour of their one-year anniversary. I am not a subscriber to their service myself, but I have to admit, I find their numbers impressive and interesting. One billion pages read in a year? Readers open lots of business books but only finish fiction? That says […] The post Scribd rings in one-year anniversary with a bang! appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Morning Roundup: Kindle Paperwhite vs. Kobo Aura H2O. Concerns about eBook quality?

    Joanna Cabot
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2 vs Kobo Aura H2O (GoodeReader) In this video comparison we look at the flagship Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2 and the Kobo Aura H20. This two e-readers have fairly similar technology, as they are both rocking  e Ink Carta, which result in faster page turns. *** Liberio Review: Turn Your Google Docs […] The post Morning Roundup: Kindle Paperwhite vs. Kobo Aura H2O. Concerns about eBook quality? appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Grant Snider’s guide to the perfect writer’s paradise

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Grant Snider is a comic genius with an insight into the writerly life and the writer’s process that would put many practising writers to shame. And this is his all-in-one guide to the … um … architecture of how it should be done. I have no idea how inspiring Inspiration Overlook may be, or how […] The post Grant Snider’s guide to the perfect writer’s paradise appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • HarperCollins UK goes direct-to-consumer: Is Amazon worried yet?

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    News that might just have Jeff Bezos quaking in his boots – though don’t bank on it – is that HarperCollins in the UK has introduced across-the-board direct sales for its books, including hard copy as well as ebooks. The ebooks have to be downloaded and read on HarperCollins’s dedicated HC Reader app (also available […] The post HarperCollins UK goes direct-to-consumer: Is Amazon worried yet? appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • No fault in Penguin Random House stars as Bertelsmann books a big win

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    Penguin Random House demonstrated once again what a cozy, fusty, highbrow, unworldly world modern publishing is by bringing home the fat juicy bacon for parent Bertelsmann. And it was all in our stars. As The Hollywood Reporter … um … reported, “John Green’s unstoppable young adult melodrama The Fault in Our Stars lifted the fortunes […] The post No fault in Penguin Random House stars as Bertelsmann books a big win appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
 
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    BuzzMachine

  • 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…
  • Unoriginal sin

    Jeff Jarvis
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    The amazing Ethan Zuckerman argues at eloquent length in The Atlantic that advertising was the web’s original sin, which really is just a corollary to the contention that giving away content for free on the web (and supporting it with advertising) was newspapers’ and magazines’ original sin. I’m going to disagree. What bothers Ethan, I think, is not advertising but mass media economics — which, I will agree, do not fit on the net. And the solution that preachers against this sin bless — consumer payment — brings with it a host of unintended and…
  • Absolution? Hell, no

    Jeff Jarvis
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:05 am
    The good Reverend David Carr grants us absolution. “So whose fault is it?” he asks after chronicling the excommunication of newspapers and magazines from media companies casting off their old, print ancestors to starve and die. “No one’s,” Carr decrees. Not so fast, preacher. It is our fault. Who else could be at fault? We journalists, publishers, and journalism schools have turned out to be irresponsible stewards of journalism. We squandered our trust and our cash flow. This was was our institution to nurture and protect and Carr says it’s all but dead.
  • Come reinvent TV news

    Jeff Jarvis
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:06 pm
    UPDATE: Registration is now open here. Our keynoter is VICE News Editor-in-Chief Jason Mojica and we’ll hear new ideas for TV News from Twitter’s Fred Graver, NowThisNews’s Sean Mills, and Occupy Wall Street chronicler Tim Pool. We’re going to reinvent TV news at CUNY on Sept. 19. Or rather, you will. Do you have a wild vision for what TV news could or should be? Send it our way and you would win $1,000 and present your idea to an audience of TV people and TV disruptors at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism on Sept. 19. You’ll be joining some innovators…
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    Intentional Leadership

  • SCORRE Conference [Event]

    Michael Hyatt
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    If you’ve been thinking of registering for the SCORRE Conference, today is the last day to get the early bird discount. Register by midnight tonight and save a total of $300 off the regular price when you use the coupon code HYATT. This is the single best conference I have ever attended. I use what I learned every single day. Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s fast, free, and more convenient. Date: October 13, 2014—October 16, 2014 Event: SCORRE Conference Topic: Prepare with Focus, Deliver with…
  • The 3 Biggest Mental Battles Every Blogger Faces

    Michael Hyatt
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:54 am
    There’s usually a narrow gap separating winners from people who give up and go home early. If I had to label that gap, I’d call it mindset, and it’s critical when we’re talking about building your platform. Photo courtesy of Istockphoto.com/KateLeigh When I was in ninth grade I broke my right elbow. Living with the cast would have been frustrating under any circumstance, but I had just started taking guitar lessons. It’s hard enough memorizing chords and running scales, but I had to do it with a big piece of plaster on my arm. As tough as the physical challenge was, the mental…
  • The Top-10 Characteristics of Lousy Leaders

    Michael Hyatt
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:38 am
    If you look at the major news stories in business, politics, diplomacy, whatever, it’s pretty hard to miss that most of the crises we face are crises of leadership. Photo courtesy of Istockphoto.com/kupicoo I once worked for a man who couldn’t pull the trigger on a project, ever. I would bring him a request with all the supporting documentation. He would ask me to rerun it. When I came back, he would want it rerun again, and again. It was like an endless doom loop of frustration. I could never get him off the dime. By the time he approved it, the opportunity was lost, and he would blame…
  • Are You Letting Hurtful Words Sabotage Your Success?

    Michael Hyatt
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:55 am
    We all know our words are powerful. We can slice someone to pieces with just a few syllables. That’s bad enough, but what happens when we turn that power on ourselves? Photo courtesy of Istockphoto.com/eelnosiva As a young man, the writer Peter Leonard showed a short story to his famous father, novelist Elmore Leonard. Instead of encouraging his son, Elmore Leonard wrote a lengthy critique saying his characters were flat and lifeless. “I didn’t write another word of fiction for 27 years,” Peter recalled. But as sad as that story is, we do the same thing to ourselves, don’t we? Click…
  • Episode 8: Twenty Questions to Ask Other Leaders [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this eighth episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about a set of questions I use whenever I meet with leaders. If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. To grow as a leader, you need to be mentored, either formally or informally. One of the best ways to take advantage of the opportunities you get to meet with other leaders is to come prepared with a set of questions. Listen to the Audio Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Play in browser | Download Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via…
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  • Ad Agencies Turn to Publishing

    Patrick Hughes
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    via MediaCom The publishing business is being adopted by brands and advertising agencies alike. Now, with the help of a solid website strategy and good content, the opportunities to build communities are present. Digiday reports that ad agencies are getting into the publishing business for marketing purposes. Others are using the content internally to inform employees. “While their publication schedules vary, most agency publications consider themselves to be platforms for stimulating conversation and for “thought leaders” to engage and share their insights with the industry. Some…
  • Digital Publishers Using Facebook’s Algorithm to Their Advantage

    Patrick Hughes
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    via Digiday Facebook can be a major source of referral traffic, as long as the content is high quality and clearly not spam. Publishers like POLITICO and Salon recognize that interaction with their content is key, reports Digiday. “I pull a weekly report on the Facebook numbers, and it does seem like the stories with the most likes and shares do get the highest reach,” says Liam O’Donoghue, communications director at Salon. “…It seems like there’s a pretty strong correlation between engagement and reach.” So how can digital publishers attempt to gain more interaction through…
  • Powerful Data on Push Notifications

    Patrick Hughes
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    via eMarketer Digital publishers sending content through apps may be greatly impacted by the use of push notifications. According to eMarketer, “app engagement—measured by launches—was 88% higher on average among mobile app users worldwide who had enabled push messages.” The categories that saw the most success with push notifications includes e-commerce (278% increase), music (177% increase), travel and food and drive both saw increases of 109%. App retention, which considers how often users launched the app after four months post-download, was also positively effected by push…
  • Decoy Pricing: The Biggest Little Secret in the Publishing World

    Ed Coburn
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Contrast, context and camouflage help publishers make more money with the same products It can be done, and it’s not magic. All you need are a paid subscription website, a couple of other great products to sell and one secret: Decoy pricing. More and more publishers are discovering this secret. And it’s not a new concept. You might know of it as the “contrast effect.” A simple description of it from Ask.com: Contrast effect is the change in perception when different stimuli are put side to side to interact with one another. For example, a weight is perceived as lighter than normal…
  • Bauer Media U.S. Focuses on Digital Publishing

    Patrick Hughes
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    via MediaPost Bauer Media U.S. has created a new division that focuses intently on digital publishing assets, reports MediaPost. The new division, being called Bauer Xcel Media, is headed by present Christian Baesler. He has a staff of 24 employees with a variety of skill sets, “editorial, technology, design, marketing and product management.” Bauer Media U.S.’s major launches include multiple web properties for the teen audience and lifestyle titles. According to Bauer, traffic is up significantly, as the total traffic to the teen sites tripled to 4.5 million monthly uniques.
 
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    WritersDigest.com

  • Rosemary Rhodes Royston: Poet Interview

    Robert Lee Brewer
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Please join me in welcoming Rosemary Rhodes Royston to Poetic Asides. I first met Rosemary at a writing workshop in North Carolina, so I’ll take all credit for her debut chapbook, Splitting the Soil from Finishing Line Press. Just kidding. Rosemary Rhodes Royston Rosemary was actually already rocking her way through the poetic universe, so I probably learned more from her than the other way around. As mentioned, she is the author of Splitting the Soil. As not mentioned, she resides in northeast Georgia. Rosemary’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in journals such as…
  • New Literary Agent Alert: Valerie Noble of Donaghy Literary Group

    Chuck Sambuchino
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Valerie Noble of Donaghy Literary Group) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.     About Valerie: Valerie Noble is an Associate Agent at Donaghy Literary Group. While studying chemistry at California State University, Long Beach, Valerie mastered the art of doing proper research, particularly for technical writing. Her love of science and reading merged when she began penning her first novel in the midst of her studies. In true…
  • I Think I’m a Clone Now

    Brian A. Klems
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Ah, back home and time to relax. Long weeks are brutal. Is that the television you hear? Well you haven’t been home all day so you decide to check it out, thinking you left it on. As you enter the room you see the television is indeed on. And you’re already sitting there watching it. What’s going on here? Want more creative writing prompts? Pick up a copy of A Year of Writing Prompts: 365 Story Ideas for Honing Your Craft and Eliminating Writer’s Block. There’s a prompt for every day of the year and you can start on any day. Order now from our shop.      …
  • How to Break the Rules of Writing (& More) According to Bestselling YA author Ransom Riggs

    Adrienne Crezo
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Like most first conversations and bad first drafts, my (WD’s Managing Editor Adrienne Crezo) interview with Ransom Riggs begins with a discussion about the weather. And not just any weather, either, but peculiar versions of standard precipitation: dust storms, cloudbursts, thundersnow and tornadoes. Of course, Riggs is experiencing none of those phenomena as he sits in the warmth of the never-ending summer of Los Angeles. “I hate to tell you what it’s like here right now,” he says. “No, I don’t. It’s gorgeous. Just perfect.” That kind of easygoing humor is familiar to…
  • How I Got My Literary Agent: Sarah Creech

    Chuck Sambuchino
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:05 pm
    “How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Sarah Creech, author of SEASON OF THE DRAGONFLIES. These columns are great ways for you to learn how to find a literary agent. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of good luck and quick signings. If you have a literary agent and would be interested in writing a short guest column for this GLA blog, e-mail me at literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics. GIVEAWAY: Sarah is excited to give away a free copy of her novel to a random…
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    Personanondata

  • 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
  • MediaWeek (V8, N26) Dangerous Literature, Newspapers, Ranking Publishers, MOOC Feedback + More

    PersonaNonData
    29 Jun 2014 | 3:47 pm
    More here: Personanondata - The Magazine  via @flipboardFrom The Chronicle of Higher Ed, a discussion on when books were dangerous:The American Library Association, which designates the final week of September as Banned Books Week, has no problem finding titles to fill its annual lists of books under siege. However, these are generally books that have been removed from particular libraries or schools, not the kind of total proscription imposed on Ulysses, as well as Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Tropic of Cancer, Naked Lunch, Lolita, and other works that have since become staples of…
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    Editors Only

  • 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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    LISNews:

  • A Renegade Broadcast

    StephenK
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:56 pm
    There are no show notes yet somehow this became produced for release. While an MP3 version can be downloaded directly, versions encoded in Free Lossless Audio Codec, Ogg Vorbis, and Speex are also available. A Renegade Broadcast by The Air Staff of Erie Looking Productions is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
  • Librarianship: A Philosophical Investigation

    Blake
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:46 am
    Librarianship: A Philosophical Investigation "One of the first things you learn as a professional librarian is that very few people have any idea what you do. In fact, enough people who actually want to become librarians are sufficiently in the dark about the nature of the profession that many Information and Library Science graduate programs explicitly require their prospective applicants to state in their applications what interests them about the field other than loving books." http://www.ethosreview.org/intellectual-spaces/librarianship-philosophical-investigation/
  • Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public Schools Can't Afford

    Bibliofuture
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    Headline of a piece on NPR - Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public Schools Can't Afford Excerpt: Two years ago, the Chicago Public Schools budgeted for 454 librarians. Last year, the budget called for 313 librarians, and now that number is down to 254. With educators facing tough financial choices, having a full-time librarian is becoming something of a luxury in Chicago's more than 600 public schools. It's not that there's a shortage of librarians in Chicago, and it's not mass layoffs — it's that the librarians are being reassigned. "The people are there, they're just not staffing the…
  • Ebook humor

    Bibliofuture
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:27 pm
  • How a book designer plucks a vision from an author’s pages

    Bibliofuture
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:16 pm
    If you judge a book by its cover, you might want to know what goes into its design. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Peter Mendelsund, author of “What We See When We Read” and “Cover,” about the process of communicating an author’s work to readers, as well as the importance of cover design in the age of e-readers.
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    David Gaughran

  • 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…
  • Self-Publishers Aren’t Killing The Industry, They’re Saving It

    davidgaughran
    9 Aug 2014 | 6:38 am
    In light of current events, I thought it would be good to re-run Ed Robertson’s excellent guest post from November 2012 where he highlighted interesting parallels between historical paperback pricing (pre-industry consolidation) and self-published e-books. It’s unlikely I’ll have time this weekend to respond to emails, or tweets, or jump in the comments, as I’ll be busy editing, but this should give you something to chew on. I’m sending the 2nd edition of Let’s Get Digital to the editor tomorrow, and I’ll be blogging about that Monday or Tuesday. Oh,…
  • Building a Killer Email List

    davidgaughran
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:16 pm
    There is a lot of upheaval in publishing today and I think that’s likely to increase rather than decrease. The best insurance policy any writer can have against the future is a targeted mailing list. I’ve written before about how the author with the biggest mailing list wins, and I’ve invited Nick Stephenson along today because he’s got some great ideas on how to boost your list. The cool thing about his approach is that it’s something anyone can do. And, as you will see, it really, really works. Here’s Nick with more: Building a Killer Email List As an…
  • Kindle Unlimited: The Key Questions

    davidgaughran
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:31 am
    Amazon launched Kindle Unlimited on Friday, giving self-publishers a big decision to make. The long-rumored subscription service will allow users to download unlimited books for $9.99 a month, and reader reaction has been, from what I can see, overwhelmingly positive – especially because they will be able to test the service with a month’s free trial. Writers have been a little more cautious, for all sorts of reasons I’ll try and tease out below. The main stumbling block for self-publishers is that participation in Kindle Unlimited is restricted to titles enrolled in KDP Select –…
  • Gatecrashing the Cosy Consensus on Amazon

    davidgaughran
    6 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    A group of bestselling traditionally published authors – including James Patterson, Scott Turow, and Douglas Preston – engaged in an act of breathtaking hypocrisy on Thursday with an open letter calling on Amazon to end its dispute with Hachette. The letter is incredibly disingenuous. It claims not to take sides, but only calls on Amazon to take action to end the dispute. It also makes a series of ridiculous claims, notably that Amazon has been “boycotting Hachette authors.” Where do I start? The Phantom Boycott First of all, refusing to take pre-orders on Hachette titles is not a…
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    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.
  • Hope for Film

    Soft Skull
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:40 am
    An inspiring, tell-all look at the indie film business from one of the industry’s most passionate producers, Hope for Film captures the rebellious punk spirit of the indie film boom in 1990s New York City, its collapse two decades later and its current moment of technology-fueled regeneration. The post Hope for Film appeared first on Soft Skull Press.
  • Four Corners

    Soft Skull
    1 Jun 2014 | 12:42 am
    Four Corners is a bare-knuckled debut novel in the style of Daniel Woodrell, Barry Hannah, and Charles Bowden. Both a savage, mean-streets thriller and a heartbreaking story of unfortunate love, Four Corners is carved from the rich, distinct voices and landscapes of the American Southwest. The post Four Corners appeared first on Soft Skull Press.
  • The Ministry of Thin

    Soft Skull
    1 Jun 2014 | 12:34 am
    The Ministry of Thin takes a controversial, unflinching look at how the modern, international obsession with weight loss, youth, beauty, and perfection has spun out of control. Emma Woolf explores how we might all be able to stop hating and start liking our own bodies again. The post The Ministry of Thin appeared first on Soft Skull Press.
  • Pregnant Butch

    Soft Skull
    7 Jan 2014 | 11:25 am
    First pregnancy can be a fraught, uncomfortable experience for any woman, but for resolutely butch lesbian Teek Thomasson, it is exceptionally challenging: Teek identifies as a masculine woman in a world bent on associating pregnancy with a cult of über-femininity. Teek wonders, “Can butches even get pregnant?” The post Pregnant Butch appeared first on Soft Skull Press.
 
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    800 CEO Read

  • Thinker in Residence: Jacob Morgan

    dylan
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Tweet “[M]ost organizations and managers today focus on the amount of time that employees appear to spend doing something and not on what they actually produce. This has to change. Just because employees are “putting in hours” doesn’t mean anything.” ~Jacob Morgan Jacob Morgan is an author, keynote speaker, and the principal and co-founder of Chess Media Group, a firm focused on the future of work and collaboration. Jacob frequently speaks at conferences around the world and is featured in media outlets such as Forbes, Inc. Magazine, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal,…
  • ChangeThis: Issue 120

    dylan
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Tweet Creating a Coaching Culture: A Playbook to Build Winning Business Teams by Nathan Jamail “In business, most of our employees are not as good as they could be—not because of our love for them or our desire to make their lives better than ours, but … because most of the time we think they are not worth the effort to really coach them.” Beyond Keeping Afloat: How Established Business Can Get Breakthroughs by Tony Davila & Marc J. Epstein “What can be done to avoid the seemingly inevitable drought of innovation that comes along with building and cementing the apparatus of…
  • Authors On the Road, Changing the World – John Hope Bryant

    Aaron
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:31 pm
    TweetIn the rapidly changing world of technology and the way we utilize that technology, we often forget many of our institutions were built over the phone, forming relationships with the people with whom we wanted to do business. In a group meeting here this week, our retired founder and president Jack Covert made the argument that if we want to maintain our current relationships better than our competitors and add something to their lives that others don’t, we need to pick up the phone and have a real conversation with these people we value. We are fortunate that our business is still…
  • Jack Covert Selects – Powers of Two

    Michael
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    Tweet Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs by Joshua Wolf Shenk, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 339 pages, $28.00, Hardcover, August 2014, 9780544031593 There is something thrilling about reading accounts of great creativity. We love when a writer can bring together a collection of anecdotes that might reveal something profound about how to ignite the creative spark and nurse it into a blaze of genius. The purpose, of course, is not mere vicarious experience; we hope we can truly take something away—a recipe for innovation—that will help us spark innovation in…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Power of Noticing

    Sally
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    Tweet The Power of Noticing: What the Best Leaders See by Max H. Bazerman, Simon and Schuster, Hardcover, 215 pages, 9781476700298 Sandusky. Madoff. Enron. Hurricane Katrina. These are well-publicized examples of our failure to notice impending disaster. In his new book, The Power of Noticing, Max Bazerman expounds on these tales to reveal how we might learn from them in order to prevent similar calamities. As he says, “Understanding what is at work when we fail to notice is crucial to understand how we can learn to pay attention to what we’re missing.” In fact, in the worst cases, we…
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    A Newbie's Journey into the Publishing (and now Film) World

  • From Book to Film in 1001 easy steps……I wish!

    Marie Campbell (Olga's Daughter)
    9 Aug 2014 | 5:47 am
    It’s been a while since I posted a blog because I’ve been busy this year writing the screenplay of my book Olga – A Daughter’s Tale which is based on a true story and about one woman’s faith, moral courage, dignity, resilience and love. The story is about Olga a kind, naive and gentle Jamaican girl who came to London in 1939 intending only to awhile but world events, personal tragedy and malicious intent all combined to prevent her from returning to her beloved family in Kingston until decades later when her past finally caught up with her. I wrote the book as a…
  • USEFUL LINKS FOR INDEPENDENT AUTHORS

    Marie Campbell (Olga's Daughter)
    9 Feb 2013 | 5:45 pm
     with HUGE thanks to Christiana Miller for compiling this list http://ow.ly/hzSQ6 Wish I’d come across it sooner – would have saved me a lot of time and effort. Thanks Christiana. To Publish: https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/signin (E-Book) http://pubit.barnesandnoble.com/ (E-Book) http://www.smashwords.com/ (E-Book) https://www.createspace.com/ (Paperback Books) http://www.lulu.com/ (Paperback and Hardcover Books) http://www.overdrive.com/#2 http://www1.lightningsource.com/ Important Links if You Want to Publish Audiobooks: https://www.acx.com/ http://www.podiobooks.com/…
  • Extract from Olga – A Daughter’s Tale

    Marie Campbell (Olga's Daughter)
    8 Feb 2013 | 5:26 pm
    OLGA – A DAUGHTER’S TALE  PUBLISHED BY: Marie-Thérèse Browne (Marie Campbell)  Olga – A Daughter’s Tale Copyright © 2007 by Marie-Thérèse Browne  Without limiting the rights under copyright reserved above, no part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in or introduced into a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form, or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise) without the prior written permission of both the copyright owner and the above publisher of this book. Note from the Author In 1994, my mother Carmen Browne, was admitted…
  • May 8 : World Red Cross Red Cresent Day

    Marie Campbell (Olga's Daughter)
    7 May 2012 | 4:55 am
    On 8 May Red Cross, the organisation I’m hugely proud to be associated with, celebrates World Red Cross Red Crescent Day. It’s an international celebration to commemorate the birthday of the organisation’s founder Henri Dunant and recognises the fantastic contribution made by Red Cross people around the world. Henri Dunant was a Swiss businessman and social activist, who founded the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in 1863 after witnessing the aftermath of the Battle of Solferino. Dunant outlined a plan for the nations of the world to form relief societies to…
  • The Good and Not So Good Marketing Strategies I’ve Used to Promote My Book

    Marie Campbell (Olga's Daughter)
    20 Mar 2012 | 6:38 pm
    As a self-published author I’ve been reflecting on my journey promoting my book Olga – A Daughter’s Tale and I thought, dear reader, it might be useful to share some of the promotional strategies I’ve used to sell my book.  Some have worked and some haven’t ….unfortunately!!  So here goes. Bookmarks:  (Paid)  This was the first promo I did and was about two years ago.  I delivered 500 bookmarks through letterboxes. I was full of hope and absolutely convinced people would rush to buy it!! Wrong!  Bookmarks are a great promotional tool but they need to be used effectively. …
 
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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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  • 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…
  • Blue Ash Publishing: New Self-Publishing Service from Writer's Digest

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:59 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareAs many of you may know, earlier this year Writer's Digest terminated its involvement with Abbott Press, the white-label self-publishing imprint created and powered for it by Author Solutions, Inc. Although Abbott Press remains online, all reference to Writer's Digest and its parent, F&W Media, has been removed. (Interestingly, there's no reference to Author Solutions, either, unless you dig pretty deep into the Abbott Press website--deeper, probably, than many authors will go--and Abbott Press does not appear anywhere on AS's list of…
  • How Not to Seek a Literary Agent: The Perils of "Middleman" Services

    12 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareI know I've written about this before. But I'm seeing an increasing number of these kinds of "services," and they are all worthless. What am I talking about? Agent middleman services--services that, for a fee, purport to contact agents on your behalf with the aim of snagging representation and, hopefully, a publishing contract.A particularly egregious example: Bookmarq.net's Finding a Publisher service. (All errors courtesy of the original.)Agents in New York or London receive thousands of query letters a year in the first stage of the…
  • Writer Beware's Self-Publishing Page Renovated and Updated

    6 Aug 2014 | 10:06 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware I've completely re-worked the Self-Publishing page of Writer Beware, to better reflect the rapid changes in the self-publishing marketplace. New features include an introduction that provides an overview of how technology has transformed self-publishing, pointers on making the decision to self-publish (or not), an expanded list of cautions for self-publishers (including common scams), and many new links to articles, experts, and statistics.Comments and suggestions are welcome. Please post them here, or email me.
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    Dear Author

  • Daily Deals: Weddings, romances, and gamblers

    Jane
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Free offer from Audible: To celebrate the audio release of Sherryl Woods’ “Safe Harbor”, our friends at Brilliance Audio are offering Woods’ novel “The Summer Garden” for free until September 3rd! THE SUMMER GARDEN BOOK DESCRIPTION: “Falling for ‘Maddening Moira’ O’Malley was the unexpected highlight of Luke O’Brien’s Dublin holiday. So when she pays a surprise visit to Chesapeake Shores, Luke is thrilled…at first. A fling with this wild Irish rose is one thing, but forever? Maybe someday, but not when he’s totally focused on establishing a…
  • REVIEW: Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch

    Janine
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Dear Mr. Aaronovich, I enjoyed all your earlier books in the Peter Grant urban fantasy series, from Midnight Riot (aka Rivers of London) to Moon Over Soho to Whispers Under Ground, although I put off reading book four, Broken Homes, because I had mixed feelings about your comments in the discussion thread following this post. Then my husband and a good friend urged me to read the book, saying they enjoyed it a great deal. I decided to read Broken Homes to see what I was missing, but while I enjoyed some of it, it wasn’t to the same degree that I enjoyed your earlier books. The book begins…
  • The Appeal of the Beta Male by Elizabeth Vail

    Jane
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Elizabeth Vail is a critic, essayist, and romance author who reviews romance, fantasy, and YA literature for her long-running book blog, Gossamer Obsessions. Whenever she’s not being administratively supportive for money, she writes freelance, reviews movies, sings, and argues over the internet. Her debut novel, The Duke of Snow and Apples, came out in August.   I was inspired to write this post after reading Michelle Sagara’s examination of the Alpha Male and his enduring popularity in the romance canon. I’ve enjoyed Alphas before. It would be hard to be a romance fan, otherwise,…
  • Tuesday News: Bitcoin, Amazon in Japan, the Light Novel, and the Teachability of Writing

    Janet
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Bitcoin slowly goes global as businesses like Overstock expand to international customers – I haven’t posted a lot about Bitcoin, but I’ve been watching its interesting and sometimes odd movement in the news. Now, though, that Overstock is going to be using Bitcoin, it definitely seems to be gaining traction. Part of the draw of opening up bitcoin payments internationally is the cost savings. Instead of dealing with the hassle of foreign currencies and high processing fees, bitcoin coming from Albania costs the same to process as a bitcoin from Alabama. It also helps…
  • Daily Deals: Secret photographer desires, Vampires, and Amnesiacs

    Jane
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Indecent Exposure by Jane O’Reilly. $ 98c From the Jacket Copy: Setting up the money shot… Quiet, sensible Ellie Smithson is a highly respectable photographer by day – but there are only so many wedding photo-shoots you can take without your mind wandering to what happens when the blissfully happy bride is swept off her feet and straight to the honeymoon suite’s sumptuous four-poster bed… So after dark, Ellie takes pictures of a more…intimate nature – a dirty little secret she’s kept from her accountant Tom. Until now. It seems Tom is the subject of her next racy shoot! It…
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    TNBBC's The Next Best Book Blog

  • Book Review: The Poor Man's Guide to an Affordable, Painless Suicide

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Read 8/22/14 - 8/24/144 Stars - Strongly Recommended for fans of short stories that read like novels and beg for you to hold them and hug them and tell them everything will be okPages: 135Publisher: Alternating Current PressReleased: July 2014(Goodreads states that it took me two days to read this book. But you should know that I read the better part of its 135 pages in one sitting. Because once I got started, it was just so hard to put down.)Damn. I should have started writing the review for this book the moment I finished reading it. I feel as though, flipping through it now, nothing I…
  • Book Giveaway: The Last Good Halloween

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Since July 2010, TNBBC has been bringing authors and readers together every month to get behind the book! This unique experience wouldn't be possible without the generous donations of the authors and publishers involved.It's the first of the month and you know what that means.It's time to bring you October's Author/Reader Discussion book!We will be reading and discussing The Last Good Halloweenwith author Giano CromleyGiano and his publisher have made a total of 20 copies available for us in a variety of formats!10 print copies (for US residents only)and10 digital copies (in…
  • Indie Spotlight: Chris Dietzel

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Chris Dietzel has a new book coming out.And as is our habit here at TNBBC, we love to help our previous posters celebrate!Be sure to check out The Hauntings of Playing God! But first, check out this guest essay, where Chris shares some poignant "lessons" he's learned along the way.Lessons LearnedThe first guest blog I ever wrote was a piece for this very website about how publishing novels is more difficult than fighting mixed martial arts (MMA) in a cage. Almost two years have passed since that blog post and I’ve learned a heck of a lot about the world of indie publishing.- When writers…
  • Janina Matthewson's Guide to Books & Booze

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    We here at TNBBC love participating in blog tours. We especially dig being the ones to kick them off! And so, we introduce you to Janina Mathewson and her novel OF THINGS GONE ASTRAY. Releasing in hardback and EB today, Of Things Gone Astray sees Mrs Featherby waking up to discover the entire front wall of her house is missing; Delia goes to the park to sit under her favourite oak tree, to find that it is no longer there; Robert goes to work one morning to find that his building and all traces of his colleagues have vanished whilst Marcus, a pianist, opens his piano to find all of…
  • Where Writers Write: Ed Falco

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Welcome to another installment of TNBBC's Where Writers Write!Where Writers Write is a series that features authors as they showcase their writing spaces using short form essay, photos, and/or video. As a lover of books and all of the hard work that goes into creating them, I thought it would be fun to see where the authors roll up their sleeves and make the magic happen. This is Ed Falco Ed is the author of the New York Times best-selling novel The Family Corleonealong with several other novels and story collections, including St. John of the Five Boroughs, Wolf Point,…
 
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    AuthorCulture

  • Friday Book Review: In the Comfort of Shadows, by Laurel Bragstad

    Lisa Lickel
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    In the Comfort of ShadowsLaurel BragstadE-book: $3.99Print: $12.99Orange Hat PublishingISBN-13: 978-1937165635386 ppBuy on AmazonAbout the Book: In the Comfort of Shadows is a story of family secrets and the love and romance often found hidden deep within sins of the past. The novel follows Ann Olson, a big city professor, who longs to fill in the empty pages of her childhood. Unfortunately the only man alive who knows the whole story is Emmett Pederson, her adoptive dad’s crazy, poor, hermit cousin who never married and still lives on his run-down farm in rural Wisconsin. Disregarding…
  • Navigate the Choppy Waters of the E-book Industry

    Linda Yezak
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    For a long while now the publishing industry news has been burning up with the Amazon/Hachette dispute. Both sides have dug in their heels and refuse to budge. Both feel they’re equally justified in what they demand. And this feud is over something as simple as the pricing of e-books.Guest post by Winter AustinA lot of authors have come out of their writing caves to voice their opinions on this controversy; everyone from the new indie author to many successful New York Times bestsellers. I’m not going to sway you one way or the other. Frankly, my opinion on the matter means…
  • Ways to Make Your Blog Posts Stand Out

    Cherie Burbach
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    We’re inundated with book marketing today. Everyone is shouting about books on Twitter and Facebook, so it can be hard to get a potential reader’s attention. One way to do that is through blogging, but even then, you have to make your blog posts stand out. Special GraphicsEveryone uses the same boring graphics these days, don’t they? There are several free places to get illustrations and pictures (and it’s great to have these resources!) but a better option is to create your own graphics.I like to use pictures from Morguefile or my own personal artwork and then use a pull quote from…
  • Book Review: What Kind of Loser Indie Publishes, and How Can I Be One, Too? by Pamela Fagan Hutchins

    Jimmie Kepler
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    If you are an established writer with several products published as an “Indie Author” or are a “Want–to-be Indie Author," you need this book.Houston Writer’s Guild President Pamela Fagan Hutchins tackles what is for many people a very overwhelming subject. She makes sure you understand the process by breaking it down step-by-step and then sharing tried and true how-tos. She does this with a tongue-in-cheek writing style that reminded me of Erma Bombeck. An example is she refers to the book as "Loser."Reading the book was like sitting at a table at my local Starbuck’s with a friend…
  • Author Intrusion

    Lisa Lickel
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Yoo-hoo! Over here! Right, yes, that’s me, Lisa Lickel, waving! I’m interrupting your reading experience so I can tell you something…How many of you readers have experienced this very powerful jerk right out of the story? It’s like pulling off a fresh scab, like ripping duct tape from your lips. Or it can be a comfort, like macaroni and cheese, if you’re a fan of early nineteenth-century literature.According to http://literary-devices.com/content/authorial-intrusion, here’s a fair definition: Authorial Intrusion is an interesting literary device wherein the author…
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    Seekerville

  • The Medium is the Message - Are your books running hot or cold?

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Tried and True-In Bookstores Now! Or Click to buy onlineWelcome to a very special POST LABOR DAY edition of SEEKERVILLE.Read all the way to the bottom for a chance to win two DIFFERENT BOOKS by two DIFFERENT WINNERS.and find out how to sign up to get your name in a contest with a prize, a Kindle HDX.Now, welcome to Part 2 of my series on emotion.Find Part 1 here: Putting Emotion on the PageI’m going to talk about a book I studied in college. (No the books were NOT printed on papyrus scrolls, shut up)I studied a book by Marshall McLuhan and, well, this was long ago, so I’m not…
  • SEEKERVILLE IS CLOSED TODAY

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Seekerville is closed today to celebrate the American "Labor Day" holiday. With summer winding down, we'll be relaxing with friends and family (and probably sneaking in a little writing time, too!).Please stop by again tomorrow!
  • The Weekend Edition

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Happy Labor Day Weekend, Seekerville   Seeker friends have an open invitation to join us for the last blow out beach party of the summer on Unpublished Island. We Have Winners Be sure to contact us if you are a winner (send an email to seekers@seekerville.net with your snail mail address unless email is specified). We don't have time to track you down. Do let us know if you don't receive your prize in 6-8 weeks. Rules are located here, on our legal page.On TuesdayMontlake Romance and Indie author Sandra Leesmith talked about how a rejection letter can be a great thing. …
  • Writer Rehab Series : Salvation for the Plotless Wonder

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I'm continuing the Writer Rehab series today-(Overcoming Goldilocks Syndrome & Writers Who Don't Write 'The End.' ). I've spent my share of time in writer rehab, so always know that I speak from having been there and yes, I have the t-shirt.I've written and been stuck in the middle or sometimes the end of many a plotless wonder. No mandatory testing in this rehab, but if you can count any number of manuscripts you have started and abandoned or you have manuscripts that have been rejected due to lack of a viable plot, you need to be here. Get comfortable as we dissect this…
  • More Than a Setting with Guest Blogger Mindy Obenhaus

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Despite what some people may think, stories don’t just happen. They’re comprised of many different components, such as plot, characters and setting. Yet every writer writes differently. Some start with plot. Others start with characters and then create a plot that will generate the most conflict possible. Then there are those of us who start with a setting.  When my mother-in-law first introduced me to Ouray, Colorado, I knew I had to write a story set there. The town was so beautiful and so unlike any place I’d ever been. I wanted to tell people about Ouray. Better yet, I wanted…
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    Roger Packer

  • Do you want to get paid $200 a word? $20,000 prize in flash fiction contest

    Roger Packer
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:23 am
    ‘It wasn’t an accident the Gettysburg Address was so short,’ said Ernest Hemingway, who would surely be a contender for the $20k flash fiction prize. In fact, the Gettysburg Address was 272 words long, so you’d have to cut it to fit the 100-word limit. This must be the most generous prize in the world for writing contests – $20,000 for a story of no more than 100 words. If you use up the maximum number of words allowed, that works out at $200 a word but there’s no reason why, if you’re suitably Hemingwayesque, you couldn’t win with a story of 50…
  • Now it really is safe to go back in the water and read ebooks

    Roger Packer
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    Despite tablets taking an increasing share of the market, ebook retailers are still churning out their own e-readers, with Kobo the latest to come up with a novel device for reading ebooks in the bath. The Kobo Aura H2O is claimed to be the world’s first premium waterproof E Ink e-reader and the company says the device allows readers to immerse themselves in ebooks anywhere they want to read, including what it refers to as “previously risky places like the bath or at the beach”. The Aura H2O comes in black only and should be selling for $179.99 online and in-store in the US and…
  • Nook is back as a guardian of the Galaxy

    Roger Packer
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:52 am
    After quitting the hardware business (except for the Glowlight e-reader), Nook is back in the tablet market with the co-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. The opening price for the tablet is a decent $179 (which is a $20-off offer) and buyers also get $200 worth of free books, videos and magazines, although this is not such a good deal as it sounds as you get a set package, including Veep and Freakonomics. It’s a 7-inch tablet with a 1.2GHz quad core processor, 8Gb memory (expandable with up to 32Gb microSD card), built-in wi-fi (free wi-fi in Barnes & Noble stores), dual speakers,…
  • Genius way to get a single web link for your book to redirect globally

    Roger Packer
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    A single global web link for your ebook can redirect buyers around the world to the local store in their home country where they can buy your book. If you have ever provided a link to your book on Amazon from your website or tweet or facebook or wherever, you may have faced the problem of which Amazon site to link to. It’s easy to make a link, you just use the URL: www.amazon.com/dp/ASIN where the ASIN part is the Amazon Standard Identification Number of your book. But this link will take a reader to the amazon.com website only. If it’s clicked by someone in the UK, for example, they…
  • The Equaliser – self-published authors can now offer pre-orders on Kindle

    Roger Packer
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:19 am
    Self-publishers have got a big boost with Amazon now allowing them to make their books available for pre-order in Kindle Stores worldwide. You can create a pre-order page up to 90 days in advance of your book’s release date. The pre-order product page will be created within 24 hours and customers can order the book any time leading up to the release date you set when Amazon will deliver the book to them. Other retailers have been offering pre-order facilities for self-publishers and Smashwords founder Mark Coker said recently that ‘Pre-orders are the new free’ in terms of…
 
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    Enago Blog: Scientific Publication Help

  • Why PhD Students Should Not Select a Broad Research Topic?

    William Stevenson
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:56 am
    For a PhD candidate entering graduate school, the first several weeks are exciting. Besides starting classes, the student must decide which professor’s group to join and which research project to work on. One word of advice here. Make sure the topic starts out focused on a specific research topic. Seeing the Trees in the Forest A vague, open ended research topic can be a lot of fun at first but can meander without producing much material for a research paper much less a thesis. My own experience is a good example. My professor departed for a sabbatical soon after I joined his group.……
  • How Academic Conferences Enhance a Researcher’s Career

    William Stevenson
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:24 am
    Attending academic conferences can enhance a researcher’s career in several ways. A conference is a venue to obtain information, make contacts, and increase your visibility. Getting Information The stated purpose of an academic conference is to learn recent results in a field of study. This is certainly one reason to attend a conference. Knowing the latest advances is always valuable for a researcher interested in keeping up with developments in a field and spotting future trends. During a presentation you can ask questions that are of particular interest to yourself and get immediate…
  • Citing Interviews in Research Papers

    William Stevenson
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    Preparing citations is one of the more mundane but important tasks of writing a research paper. Statements made in the body of the paper must be referenced with a citation that allows the reader to go to the original citation for more details or to verify the accuracy of the statement. While most citations follow a set format, citing interviews can be tricky. The advent of the internet has changed the game somewhat and authors need to be up to date. Citing Interviews the Old Way Before the age of the internet, interviews were cited in one of two ways. If the interview had been published in a…
  • How to Read a Scientific Paper: a 10-Step Guide for Non-Scientists

    William Stevenson
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    Reading an academic paper is something hard to crack for non-scientists. Vocabulary is very specific, ideas are too complex and paces and styles don’t invite too much to start reading with greediness. The truth is that a scientific paper should not be read as a novel; its style, format, and structure sometimes create more reading difficulties than the content itself. Therefore, understanding how to read scientific papers will help you face them without perishing in the attempt. Here you have a brief 10-step guide to help you in reading your first scientific paper: Before You Start: Set Your…
  • Academic Authorship — Order & Rules

    William Stevenson
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Assigning appropriate authorship is fundamental to guarantee professional conducts and ethical practices when publishing academic and research papers. Until the beginning of the 20th century, individual authorship for research papers was the norm. However, shared authorship became more and more common since approximately 1920. Nowadays it is easy to find academic researches signed by plenty of people, even hundreds, specially when it comes to large researches and trials. The reason is simple and well-known: academic publications are gold for researchers and their careers.… Continue…
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    Beyond Paper Editing

  • 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…
  • How to Turn Your Print Book into a Digital File

    14 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    by Carla Douglas@CarlaJDouglasMy grandmother's typewriter: an Underwood Noiseless PortableOCR—not your grandmother’s typewriter!A few weeks ago I suggested that you could turn your essays, stories and other documents—stuff you might have lying around in a drawer—into ebooks. You also may have unpublished or previously published books, now out of print, that you want to self-publish as ebooks (be certain you own the rights).You can do this yourself, but first you need to get this material into a digital format. One way is to re-key the text manually (not really an option if you…
  • 3 Ways to Pare Down Your Prose

    7 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
     by Corina Koch MacLeod@CKmacleodwriterEbooks are wonderful because you don't have to write them to a prescribed length—you can stop writing when your story is done. This isn't true for every kind of writing, though. If you're writing a magazine or journal article, you may find that your writing needs to fit within certain space restrictions.Recently, a PhD student came to us at Beyond Paper with this very challenge. She needed to pare down her prose. If you're writing nonfiction—particularly academic nonfiction—here are three editor's tricks for reducing your word count:1. Omit…
  • How to Improve Your Writing with Macros—Tips for Beginners

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:11 am
    by Carla Douglas@CarlaJDouglasParing down your prose is immensely satisfying—it makes images and turns of phrase come alive, and it helps clarify your meaning, too.Finding ways to trim what you’ve written is drudgery, but macros can help you by automating part of this process. In her post a couple of weeks ago, Corina mentioned three macros that are especially helpful to writers: NeedlessWords, TellingWords, and -ly Words.Get a snapshot of your writing habitsThese macros locate and highlight potential offenders—words that clutter your writing and cloud your meaning. They’re easy to…
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  • 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 […]
  • Weegie Words 101 – Glasgow2014 special

    Laura Jones
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:16 am
    Originally posted on Saraband's Blog:Weegie* Words is a pop-up festival to celebrate Glasgow’s finest literary talent in the spirit of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Authors will go head-to-head in specialist rounds to determine the winners of stereotypical Glasgow tropes; sport vs the weather and famous sex scenes vs gritty crime. Aka: STILL GAME vs…
  • This week in numbers: July 5th – 11th

    Laura Jones
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:43 am
    Here’s this week’s numbers in publishing. Physical market declines 2.4% in first half of 2014 (Bookseller [subs only]) ‘It has been a pretty decent year on the shop floor and in publishing boardrooms thus far in 2014. As we reveal in greater detail in our Review of the Half Year, the physical market for the […]
  • This week in numbers: June 28th – July 4th

    Laura Jones
    4 Jul 2014 | 3:28 am
    Here’s this week’s numbers in publishing. France book sales decline 3% year-on-year (Bookseller [subs only]) France’s book sales fell for the third consecutive year in 2013, declining by 3% (or an inflation-adjusted 3.3%) to €2.7bn. The decline was largely because of a 13.1% slump in textbooks, according to the French Publishers Association (Syndicat National de […]
 
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    Nostrovia! Poetry

  • High Society

    Jeremiah Walton
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    High Societyby J.J. Campbell  one of those placeswhere you had to takeoff your shoes as soonas you entered the door a little voice inside ofyou said it would bebest if you just turnedaround and left the same voice you haveignored for years now you notice as you startto walk the hole in yourleft sock, a bit of hairand a dirty nail the little voice coughsand reminds you not todrown your embarrassmentin alcohol a few too many glassesof scotch later and youhave ruined an expensivetoilet and it’s right when youare contemplating wipingyour ass with a hand towel you awake laughing they…
  • How eye won the write to think

    Jeremiah Walton
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    I wanna suck out all your Junk and kiss itback into the parts of your heart that you keep locked up.When you awaken, I hope I’m the first person you call,I’ll listen like a pistol, it’ll be worse than talking to a wall.” Poetic lyrics accompanied by a desire to fight the course of thought and earn the right to think.  Creativity and odd flows twist and turn with the course of the river we are living in.  No matter how hard he hits the ground, Eyedea smiles with nooses hanging the corners of lips into a delighted grasp of living.  Eyedea is one of the greatest free…
  • Breathing in snowflakes

    Jeremiah Walton
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Breathing in snowflakesby Dreamer I want gay married couples to be able to protect their pot plants with guns. I have more faith in smoking crac to cure gaunt body than a government that’ll work When it comes to loveeven money can evolve worthwhile. (If you’re in love with moneyyou’re in a bath tub wired with madness even the insane refuse) Wearing a to shirt with my name and address on it to bait a burgler to kill justified I like looking at star gazers more than stars. Out of the goodness of my bumper, I will take population control into the hands of my gas peddle Even…
  • #ThisIsPoetry

    Jeremiah Walton
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    I like too many things and get all confused and hung-up running from one falling star to another till I drop. This is the night, what it does to you. I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.” -Jack Kerouac #ThisIsPoetry Results This Is Poetry was the drunk on the weird side of poetry. Hosted by The Literary Underground, poets brought their protest and obscene natures to Springfield, I.L., to tackle the issues of who is fucking art, and who is dancing. We gathered and performed a little of both. Sponsored by Citizens for Decent Literature Press, Punk Hostage Press, Red…
  • Douglas Adams on Democracy

    Jeremiah Walton
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:01 am
    “It comes from a very ancient democracy, you see….”“You mean, it comes from a world of lizards?”“No,” said Ford, who by this time was a little more rational and coherent than he had been, having finally had the coffee forced down him, “nothing so simple. Nothing anything like so straightforward. On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people.”“Odd,” said Arthur, “I thought you said it was a democracy.”“I did,” said Ford. “It…
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    The Publishing Profits Podcast Show | Writing | Marketing | Books | Ebooks

  • 034: Transmedia, Story Engineering, and Other Lessons from the 2014 Willamette Writer’s Conference

    tom@tckpublishing.com (Tom Corson-Knowles, Founder of TCK Publishing)
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Transmedia and story engineering were hot topics at this year’s Willamette Writer’s Conference in Portland, Oregon. Tom shares his key takeaways, insights and lessons learned from speaking at and attending the conference. In the show, we discuss transmedia and the future of media. Content is the greatest marketing tool you will ever have, and transmedia is how you maximize the impact of your content across various media platforms including books, film, TV, digital video and online digital content, social media, video games, merchandise and more. Tom also shares about some key…
  • 033: The Ebook Revolution and the Future of Publishing

    tom@tckpublishing.com (Tom Corson-Knowles, Founder of TCK Publishing)
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    In today’s show, Tom Corson-Knowles share data, facts and insights into global ebook and print sales and the future of publishing. If you don’t understand the numbers, it’s hard to make good decisions as a publisher! This show will give you some key insights into what’s going on right now in the industry, why ebook sales are still growing, and why print sales are declining globally. See the slides for this show: The Ebook Revolution and the Future of Publishing from Tom Corson-Knowles Watch the video instead: Get even more data and key market insights for authors and…
  • 032: Your Ebook Publishing Questions Answered

    tom@tckpublishing.com (Tom Corson-Knowles, Founder of TCK Publishing)
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:17 pm
    In today’s show, Tom Corson-Knowles answers your questions about ebook publishing. We cover questions about formatting, publishing, marketing, pen names, free vs. paid books, creating audiobooks, and much more. Grab your pen and paper and get ready to take notes because you’re about to learn how to earn some serious publishing profits. If you want your questions answered on the show, send us an email at http://www.tckpublishing.com/contact
  • 031: The 15 Habits of Highly Successful Authors and Writers

    tom@tckpublishing.com (Tom Corson-Knowles, Founder of TCK Publishing)
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Successful authors do things a little differently… In today’s show, Tom Corson-Knowles shares the 15 habits of highly successful authors and shows you how you can apply them right now to your own life to speed up your path to success. This podcast episode is based on the article Tom wrote called 15 Success Habits of Professional Writers and Authors. If you’re looking for a little motivation, inspiration and education, this episode is for you! So grab your pen and paper and get ready to take notes because you’re about to learn how to earn some serious publishing…
  • 030: Hollis Carter Shares His Online Marketing System for Success

    tom@tckpublishing.com (Tom Corson-Knowles, Founder of TCK Publishing)
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Hollis Carter is an online marketing legend. He has worked on multi-million dollar online information product launches. For the past few years, Hollis has taken his experience in marketing and applied it to the publishing industry as a coach, consultant, trainer and publisher. Hollis has planned some incredible book launches, and helped many thought leaders, experts and novelists take their exposure and marketing to a whole new level. In today’s show, Hollis shares his marketing system for success that any author can (and should) apply right now to their business to sell more books,…
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    Marketing Tips For Authors

  • How to Create the Perfect Website: Building Billboards

    Paula Krapf
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Think of Your Site as a Billboard If you think of your website as a billboard instead of a website, you’ll be much further along than most people. Why? Because at the rate people surf these days, you might as well be speeding to Vegas. Studies have shown that the average surfer used to spend seven seconds on a website before deciding whether or not to click off. Now it’s one-fiftieth of a second. That means that you have only a snippet of time to set the hook and prove to your visitors that your site is worthy of their visit. As surfers we don’t read, we scan, and the further we get…
  • Building Your Website: Domain Name 

    Paula Krapf
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:48 pm
    “Your domain name is not only your address on the Internet, but also your best asset,” says Susan Gilbert, CEO of Online Promotion Success. As with the website itself, it’s important to understand how your domain name can bolster the success of your branding and marketing strategies.Susan Gilbert has successfully developed hundreds of websites for herself and her clients, including amarketingexpert.com. Gilbert says that when people launch a website, they often forget the importance of branding with their domain name.In the physical world, you can distinguish a business because of its…
  • 14 Ways Writers Can Benefit From Using Wattpad

    Paula Krapf
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:45 pm
    If you haven’t checked out Wattpad, you should. More than 30 million people use the site, and approximately 10% are writers. This means yo can introduce yourself to a large audience of readers who want to discover new authors and books. Learn what you can do to maximize your exposure on Wattpad. Read more: http://www.aerogrammestudio.com/2014/08/07/wattpad-for-authors/ Learn why authors should use Wattpad #amwritingClick To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule 14 ways writers can get exposure on Wattpad #amwritingClick To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule The post 14 Ways Writers Can Benefit…
  • 80 Sites to Advertise Your Ebook

    Paula Krapf
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:16 pm
    If you’ve got an ebook, you need to promote it – and we’ve got a great time-saving resource for you. Author James Calbraith pulled together a list of ebook promotion sites.  Now you’ve got a handy guide to help you develop your own list. Most of the sites advertise ebooks when they’re free, as part of KDP Select or Smashword promos. To promote a paid ebook, you usually pay – but be sure to check the guidelines carefully! Here’s the list: http://jamescalbraith.com/2013/01/09/80-sites-to-advertise-your-book/ Share this handy list of ebook promotion…
  • Building Your Website: How Much Will All of This Cost Me?

    Paula Krapf
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:11 pm
    The fees for building a website can be all over the map, with hourly rates ranging from $50 to $150. Says Jeniffer Thompson: “There are varying levels of designer fees out there, and while you could pay upwards of $10,000 to build a site, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you will get the very best. A typical site should cost between $2,000 and $6,000—all of this is dependent on how large your site will be and what type of programming you will need. Flash programming costs more than basic html programming although you probably don’t want Flash [more on that in a moment].”Think of…
 
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    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.
  • The Best TED Talks On Publishing You Should See For Inspiration

    Wojtek Szywalski
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:57 pm
    TED is an inspiring conference bringing together all the brilliant minds from all over the world. TED stands for Technology, Education and Design. Fortunately, the overall spectrum of topics is much broader, also covering the publishing industry. Now, I am going to share with you 5 videos that provide knowledge and inspiration. From design, through case studies, to marketing riffs. The post The Best TED Talks On Publishing You Should See For Inspiration appeared first on Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog.
  • How a Magazine App Becomes Your Competitive Advantage in the Mobile World

    Wojtek Szywalski
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    When it comes to digital publishing we often see that publishers offer mere PDF issues of their digital magazine on their mobile websites. Unfortunately, selling a PDF file on the website is not enough to take the best advantage of the mobile space, even if the website is optimized for mobile devices. In this article I am going to show you how to fix this effortlessly. The post How a Magazine App Becomes Your Competitive Advantage in the Mobile World appeared first on Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog.
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    The Proof Angel

  • Where do these odd spellings come from?

    The Proof Angel
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:26 am
    English spelling has some interesting quirks, reflecting the many influences on the development of the language. This post explains the background of 11 oddly spelled words. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Spelling Tagged: spelling
  • Reminder about Writers’ Village cash bursary

    The Proof Angel
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:11 am
    The deadline is approaching for submission of unpublished, début novels to Writers’ Village? If you have a Word document ready to go, you might win a £500 bursary and a chance to be assessed by a literary agent. If you aren’t going to be ready for the deadline of 30th September, why not aim for the next round in December? Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: Writers Resources, writing competition
  • Why it is so hard to spot your own typos

    The Proof Angel
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:26 am
    It isn’t carelessness, or lack of skill. It is just how our brains work. Read more here. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Bits & bobs Tagged: Reading, typos
  • How to create a digital file

    The Proof Angel
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:55 am
    Do you have a pile of printed matter, which would be more useful in an electronic version? Want to avoid retyping the whole thing? This post explains how to create a digital file from a paper one. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Writing resources Tagged: digital file
  • Are you losing your way with your writing?

    The Proof Angel
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:26 am
    Are you discouraged about your writing? You aren’t the first, and you won’t be the last, either. Here are some tips to set you on the right path. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Writing resources Tagged: inspiration
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    The Passive Voice

  • Standing Against Plagiarism – Part 2

    Passive Guy
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:59 pm
    PG previously had a post about author Rachel Nunes and her claims that another author had plagiarized one of her books. Rachel has now filed suit against the alleged plagiarist. A copy of her complaint follows:   Nunes (PDF) Nunes (Text) Thanks to Marc for the tip. Here’s a link to Rachel Nunes’ books
  • How Nicole Perlman Became the First Woman to Write a Marvel Movie

    Passive Guy
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    From Time: Nicole Perlman’s interest in space started early — and with the help of real-life rocket scientists. When she was growing up in Boulder, Colo., in what she calls “a very nerdy family,” her father would host a science-fiction book club that counted among its members many employees of the aeronautics companies based in the area. The rocket scientists would come to her house and discuss their favorite books; noticing her interest, her father bought the 15-year-old Perlman copies of physicist Richard Feynman’s two autobiographies. That fateful gift started Perlman, now 33, on…
  • Dead men

    Passive Guy
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Dead men are heavier than broken hearts Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep
  • Amazon Studios

    Passive Guy
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    From Amazon Studios: We’re looking for movie and series ideas to turn into great entertainment. Creators of projects added to our Development Slate get $10,000 to start. Submit your finished script, mini-bible, or concept video. Link to the rest at Amazon Studios and thanks to DC for the tip.
  • How to Read E-books on a $20 Cellphone: Tips for the Cash-Strapped and Plain Adventurous

    Passive Guy
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    From LibraryCity: When I ran across $20 cell phones on Amazon, I couldn’t resist buying one to see if I could read e-books on it. Yes, I could—hour after hour. I’ll never confuse this econo-phone with an iPad Air or upscale Kindle Fire. But e-books and affordable smartphones like the $20 model could help narrow both the digital and book divides in many countries. The U.S. teems with “book deserts,” including major parts of urban areas; let’s fix that. Even affluent suburbs have “dried up” somewhat. When I was in high school, I could buy cheap paperbacks of Norman Mailer and…
 
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    All Indie Writers » Indie Publishing

  • Quick Tip: Conduct an Author Website Audit

    Jennifer Mattern
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    It's not enough to simply have an author website. You need to make sure the website you have actually works for you. It has to reach whatever goals you set for it. And if it's not currently doing that, you should consider making some changes. Not sure if your author website needs work? Conduct a simple website audit to find out. What is a Website Audit? A website audit is an evaluation of your current site. Here are some of the most basic things your audit should focus on: Usability / navigation Design Search engine optimization (SEO) Speed / load times Content quality In other words, you…
  • Same-Day Delivery, Book Buying Habits, and Indie Authors

    Jennifer Mattern
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:46 am
    The other day I was reading an article about Google working with Barnes and Noble to offer same-day delivery of books in a few locations. It's no secret that Amazon is also keen on making same-day delivery a reality for more shoppers. And it got me wondering. How might the rise of same-day deliveries affect book buying habits, and how might it affect the business decisions of indie authors? While I'm sure it will be quite some time before the majority of shoppers can order books online and receive them the same day, there's no doubt we're moving in that direction. It's only a matter of time.
  • Amazon Tries to Manipulate Indie Authors in Hachette Dispute

    Jennifer Mattern
    9 Aug 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Warning: If you have a problem with profanity, this post isn't for you. For any of my readers who are sick and tired of hearing about the Amazon-Hachette e-book pricing bullshit, let me start with an apology. I'm sorry for bringing that topic here. I'm sick of it too. I've tried to stay out of the issue thus far because most is little more than fodder for linkbait blog posts and hate-baiting between author groups. It's repulsive. More important was the fact that you, indie authors, didn't really have a horse in this race. It's a dispute between a distributor and a traditional publisher.
  • Paid Book Reviews and Potential Google Penalties

    Jennifer Mattern
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:37 am
    While checking my feed reader this morning, I came across this post by Cate Baum at SelfPublishingReview.com: Why Pay for a Book Review? Now I've made my feelings about paid book reviews clear here before in: Should Indie Authors Pay for Book Reviews? [Hint: No.] And I went so far as to put my decade-long history in financially-successful Web publishing to work, offering tips for book reviewers to help them monetize their review sites without resorting to paid reviews: Reviewers: You Don't Have to Charge for Book Reviews to Make Money Now, back to the SPR article. I want to make it clear that…
  • The Horror Writers Association Opens Its Doors to Indie Authors

    Jennifer Mattern
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    As of today, indie authors can qualify for either active or affiliate member status with the Horror Writers Association (HWA) based on earnings from their self published books. Previously, the only way to earn these member statuses from your books was to work through a traditional publisher. I'm particularly happy about this change for a few reasons: I'm an indie author myself and have been for the better part of a decade. It's nice to see professional organizations, and other authors, become more accepting of different business models. I've been a long-time supporter of indie authors in…
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    Frostfable

  • 10 famous drunks of old days who are alive in history

    Shahzad Kamboh
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:12 am
    Apparently, you don’t need to be drunk to become famous. Actually, you don’t even need to ponder on this factor. History give place to those, who give it some precious reasons to remember. Where it matters nothing that you are a famous because you are a drunk or you are famous and drunk. This list […]
  • 10 crappy feelings you will have when out of the money

    Shahzad Kamboh
    18 Jun 2014 | 9:39 pm
    How do you feel when getting out of the money? Ohh! I’am sorry did you ever fell out of the money in your lifespan? If yes, then I repeat the first sentence. Making money is an art. Those who have learnt this art are making million of dollars every day and those who aren’t, suffer […]
  • How to sell the words if you have nothing to make money

    Shahzad Kamboh
    14 Jun 2014 | 1:10 am
    Suppose if I give you the choice to find a thing or more that are not for sale. Could you? Point out a few of them if your answer is yes. Unfortunately, materialism has made almost everything saleable. Where Moon can sell, everything can be sold there. The things you need for this are the […]
  • 15 recreational drugs you must need to avoid

    Shahzad Kamboh
    13 Jun 2014 | 3:06 am
    Recreational drugs fashion is turning into a need now. At present, people around the world are using these drugs to boost their productivity. What is wrong, what is right, It is appropriate to the certain level. When the point comes where the priorities are more important, and purposes are more holy then who cares the rules? Here is the […]
  • Living on the edge of fantasies

    Shahzad Kamboh
    11 Jun 2014 | 5:36 pm
    We belong to it but we do not want to live with it. Its reality – And we want to live with the fantasies. If choices are given, we will definitely going to prefer it. Because fantasies are more amazing, more charming and more glamorous than the offbeat realities. Who are not always amazing. The […]
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    Helen Sedwick

  • 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…
  • Kindle Countdown Deal Going on Now

    Helen Sedwick
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    The Kindle version of Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook is now available for 99 cents on Amazon. On Sunday morning, the price will increase to $1.99. Regular price resumes on Wednesday, July 29, 2014. Please help me spread the word.  Thank you. UPDATE: Under Amazon’s current rules, this Countdown Deal is only available to U.S. (and perhaps U.K.) buyers. My apologies to readers outside the U.S. If I ran the world (or at least Amazon), I would make these offers available worldwide. Related posts: Kindle Unlimited — One Writer/Lawyer’s Perspective How Many ISBNs Does One…
  • Kindle Unlimited — One Writer/Lawyer’s Perspective

    Helen Sedwick
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:47 pm
    You have to be impressed by Amazon’s ability to generate news. Not about books or business or world peace, but about AMAZON. A week doesn’t go by when Jeff Bezos isn’t portrayed in the headlines as a pariah, a genius, or both. On Friday July 18, 2014, the news was Kindle Unlimited (KU), a subscription plan that allows readers to pay $9.99 per month for unlimited access to over 600,000 ebooks. Interestingly, big publishers have not signed on. While there are some marquee titles (Harry Potter, The Hobbit, Hunger Games…), the bulk of the ebooks are backlisted titles and self-published…
 
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    Ajoobacats Blog

  • Book Review: Delusional by Scott Spotson and Sue Publicover

    Babus Ahmed
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:07 am
    Patricia Fowler, keeps herself to herself, is diligent at work and at taking care if herself until she falls for Paul Blast, not her direct boss but her superior at the same company. Paul is in what appears to be an unhappy marriage with Wendy who is a very odd ball indeed. Once Wendy is aware of Patricia, a threat to her marriage, strange things happen to Patricia which leads her to hire a private detective to find out who is stalking her. This romance thriller with a paranormal twist started off pretty well and I must say I enjoyed reading it up until it lost direction and pace. The added…
  • In Defense of the 5-Star Review

    Babus Ahmed
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Originally posted on Tammie Painter: Aside from landing a huge publishing contract that includes a ginormous advance and an all-star-cast movie deal, nothing makes a writer’s heart happier than to receive a five-star review. That’s not to say writers would complain about a three- or four-star review – after all, we’re just thrilled to have people reading our ramblings – but the five-star review is such a brag-worthy ego boost. So why is there this sudden disdain for the five-star review? Several forums I’ve visited recently have touted claims about five-star reviews that…
  • Book Review: Dead Behind The Eyes by Brock Car

    Babus Ahmed
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:59 am
    This is the first book I have read from this author and it hits the ground running as we learn about Max Riley, future CEO of Great Western who is having an affair and is subsequently found dead on his company’s jet on its arrival back in Omaha. Initially we have no shortage of possible suspects but once we pare down motive and opportunity it seems that there is only one suspect that can be considered but is that suspect the killer? A very worthy and exciting mystery read which weaves together the central theme with a host of other topics which kept the book interesting. The book was…
  • Book Review: On Guard (The first Michael Vargas Mystery) by Karl Vadaszffy

    Babus Ahmed
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    Michael Vargas is the son of a very successful fencer, a maître d’armes, he is also a detective. When a woman is murdered who fences at his fathers club followed by someone he is close to, Michael needs answers from his father that he has never asked before. These answers arise back in Hungary where Michael must go to stop this relentless killer before he kills anyone else. Exploring old family rifts and enemies made by his father the champion fencer, Michael delves into this case and his heritage with great urgency and passion. I truly enjoyed the mystery in this novel and was kept…
  • Book Review: Private Eye by Jason Deas

    Babus Ahmed
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:06 am
    Cameron Caldwell left his job in the police force of a small town in disgrace allegedly, because of his drinking and assault of a police officer, but the real reason behind his departure is his secret sight and corruption. Newly arrived in Miner’s Bluff, he sets up his own private detective agency and meets the locals. However, the murder of Mayor and self-proclaimed richest man in town, Billy Prescott, draws Cam into an investigation where his new friends are the prime suspects. Can he find the killer and save himself from his old boss who is gunning for him? This was a short, easy to…
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    ABNewswire - Press Release Distribution Service

  • Enjoy Complete Body Balance with Liquid Nutrition Made From Sea Vegetables and Aloe

    admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:24 pm
    MyLiquidSupplements.com now offers Body Balance, a liquid food supplement for the sake of bringing the body in a desired balanced form that makes the user’s body fit and apparently healthy from the inside. This is a 100% whole food liquid supplement. The question that comes in the mind of most people before they buy a health and fitness related product is that what are the constituents of the product? Well, they are in luck if they ask the same question about Body Balance from MyLiquidSupplements.com. This effective liquid whole food supplement has been made using Aloe Vera and nine other…
  • Buy Instgram Followers - The real Truth

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    2 Sep 2014 | 4:13 pm
    September 02, 2014-Since the inception of Instagram , it has exploded and every user loves it of its beautiful interface.  People are always in dilemma to buy instagram followers or not. Well, there are most of the websites offer fake followers while only very few offer real followers on Instagram. It has been conducted in a survey in order to succeed in instagram and attracting a lot of followers you have to post relevant content. It should not be boring and people must be able to connect themselves with your photographs.  We have made a list of major mistakes that most of the instagram…
  • Weight loss tips and experiences

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    2 Sep 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Now, more and more people choose weight loss pills to lose weight, like zi xiu tang and so on. Today, I would like to share my experience in slimming. Breakfast Staple food: eggs one (essential); Hanamaki bread or half (do not eat that day); Rice bowl (small rice stomach, you can add some oats better). Dishes: salad (usually cucumber, seaweed, broccoli and the like); Fruit (apple one, or a bowl of cherries, or a banana, or a bowl of cherry tomatoes); Nuts (pistachios 30) Usually, if you take zi xiu tang bee pollen, you do not have to take dishes as the pills curb your appetite well. Lunch…
  • Meyer Boarding Co. Helping Kids Make Own Boards and Dreams

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    2 Sep 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Sept. 2, 2014.  Florida – USA.  The Meyer Boarding Co. is igniting artistic passion and engaging kids through Paint A Board Workshops that teach kids how to build their own skim board or skate board. With some help from Kickstarter and crowdsourced funding, they now plan to fix up their factory while bringing this unique hands-on workshop to as many kids as possible. “Our goal is to have a factory/warehouse where we can do EVERYTHING. … we mean build boards, have workshops with kids to show them how to build their own boards, paint their own boards, assemble them, have an in-house…
  • Dustin Briley Reaches Three Best Seller Lists with ‘The Authority Mindset’

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    2 Sep 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Yoobly.com and Tattoos.org founder Dustin Briley is featured in the new book, “The Authority Mindset.” The book recently reached three Amazon Top Ten Best Seller lists and is currently available in the Amazon Kindle bookstore. This triple best-selling book reached the #1 spot in the ‘Professional Development’ category, the #2 slot in the ‘E-Commerce’ category, and the #4 slot in the ‘Web Marketing’ category on Wednesday August 13, 2014. The book was compiled from conversations, mastermind sessions and the experience of top marketing consultants around the world on the specific…
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