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  • World's Coolest Bookstores

    Book trade news from Book2book
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:54 pm
  • Building a Killer Email List

    David Gaughran
    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…
  • The 10 Biggest Mistakes New Authors Make

    Book trade news from Book2book
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:52 pm
  • The Ultimate Guide to Twitter for Writers

    The Book Designer
    Joel Friedlander
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    By Frances Caballo Have you been ignoring Twitter? Do you think you don’t have time for it? Well, I’m here to try to convince you that Twitter is worth your energy. We already know that social media in general helps us to build our brand and connect with new readers. Twitter, like no other social media network, is especially helpful in helping authors connect with readers around the globe. You’ll also meet other Indie authors you can connect with as well as publishing experts, agents, publishers and expert bloggers. Through Twitter I met Tony Riches, a writer and blogger from Wales. As…
  • John Ingram Invests in Media Content Site Mediander

    Digital Book World
    DBW
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    [Press Release] MEDIANDER™ SECURES STRATEGIC INVESTMENT FROM JRI VENTURES TO ACCELERATE EXPANSION JRI Ventures managing member John Ingram invests in first-of-its-kind content site featuring a knowledge engine that powers discovery and exploration of millions of topics. Mediander.com (Mediander), an expansive content site featuring a first-of-its-kind knowledge engine that powers the discovery and exploration of millions of topics, today announced that it has secured an early-stage investment from JRI Ventures LLC by its managing member, John Ingram. The investment will be used to fund…
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    Mediashift

  • Daily Must Reads, July 24, 2014

    Julie Keck
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    1. Survey: Book buyers leaving Amazon because of Hachette dispute (Jeremy Greenfield / Forbes) 2. Twitter’s new user pitch means a new advertising pitch, too (Peter Kafka / Re/code) 3. Reddit Live lets anyone create their own breaking news live blog (Nick Summers / The Next Web) 4. American users spend an average of 40 [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Journalism & Digital Education Roundup, July 24, 2014

    Julie Keck
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    1. MOOCs: My course, your content (Carl Straumsheim / Inside Higher Ed) 2. How one rural district is making the edtech transition (Ned Kirsch / EdSurge) 3. Journalism class and the value of project-based learning (Jim Streisel / Education Week – Teacher) (subscription) 4. “Here’s why I never have to teach anything boring again” (Brian [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Digital Book World E-book Bestsellers; Week Ending 7-19-14

    Jeremy Greenfield
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    The launch of Kindle Unlimited last week put renewed focus on the Amazon Kindle bestseller list and, therefore, on the Digital Book World E-book Bestseller list. According to Publishers Lunch: But now it seems quite clear observationally that KU “reads” or “checkouts” are counted by Amazon towards the “paid” bestseller list, as if they were real [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • More Than Yearbooks or Newspapers: High School Journalism Is About the Process

    Adam Maksl
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Co-authored with Megan Fromm Last week, after spending 30 hours observing a high school journalism classroom, freelance writer and editor  (and PBS MediaShift editorial assistant) Angela Washeck gave a first-person analysis of how today’s students are producing media. Her observations, detailed in “The Journey to Teaching High School Journalism in Texas,” mischaracterize the purpose of [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Daily Must Reads, July 23, 2014

    Julie Keck
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:28 am
    1. Spending to reach people on mobile devices this year will eclipse radio, print (Steven Perlberg / Wall Street Journal) 2. ‘Right to be forgotten’: Publishers rebel against Google’s hidden results (Paul McNally / Journalism.co.uk) 3. Minus proper archives, news outlets risk losing years of backstories forever (Lene Sillesen / Columbia Journalism Review) 4. Uncovering [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
 
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    Digital Book World

  • American Library Association: 90% of Libraries in U.S. Now Lend Ebooks

    DBW
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:13 pm
    See bolded area in the release below. [Press Release] Libraries Support Digital Readiness with Tech Training, STEM Programs, More Robust Online Collections Leading Role Recognized in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Nearly 100 percent of America’s public libraries offer workforce development training programs, online job resources, and technology skills training, according to a new study from the American Library Association (ALA). Combined with maker spaces, coding classes, and programs dedicated to entrepreneurship and small business development, libraries are equipping U.S.
  • Amazon Sales up 23% to $19.34 Billion in Second Quarter

    DBW
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Amazon continues to grow at a fast clip. Revenues at the nation’s largest bookseller increased 23% in its second quarter to $19.34 billion. At the same time, losses increased to $126 million; the company lost $7 million in the second quarter last year. Huge revenues with slim profits or even losses has been the pattern at Amazon in virtually all of its earnings reports in its 20-year history. Media sales, which includes ebooks, were up 13% in North America to $2.46 billion for the quarter; internationally, media sales were up 7% to $2.38 billion. [Press Release] Amazon.com Announces…
  • John Ingram Invests in Media Content Site Mediander

    DBW
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    [Press Release] MEDIANDER™ SECURES STRATEGIC INVESTMENT FROM JRI VENTURES TO ACCELERATE EXPANSION JRI Ventures managing member John Ingram invests in first-of-its-kind content site featuring a knowledge engine that powers discovery and exploration of millions of topics. Mediander.com (Mediander), an expansive content site featuring a first-of-its-kind knowledge engine that powers the discovery and exploration of millions of topics, today announced that it has secured an early-stage investment from JRI Ventures LLC by its managing member, John Ingram. The investment will be used to fund…
  • Scholastic Revenues and Profits Increase in 2014

    DBW
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:52 am
    Scholastic revenues and profits both increased in 2014 and the company expects the same in 2015. In 2014, the company booked $1.82 billion in revenue, a modest increase of 2% over the previous year’s $1.79 billion result. Profits were up considerably, however: to $107 million, and increase of 31% over last year’s $81.5 million. In 2015, the company expects revenues to increase to $1.9 billion due to the continued success of its hits, with new titles to come: Minecraft books, Captain Underpants, and Star Wars titles. Scholastic also expects sales of its digital education products…
  • Baker & Taylor Adds Filtering Functionality to Axis 360 Library Platform

    DBW
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    [Press Release] Baker & Taylor Adds Site Scoping Functionality to Axis 360 Digital Service - Enhancement allows libraries to control availability of shared content - Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announced today that it has developed a new function for its Axis 360 digital media service giving libraries using a shared collection the power to filter out content they wish to exclude from their Axis 360 platform. Baker & Taylor worked closely with the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) consortium…
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    A Newbie's Guide to Publishing

  • Must. Stop. The Stupid.

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Joe sez: So I'm trying to get some writing done, and I swore to myself I'd stay off the Internet. I even went so far as to ask my enabling comrade Barry Eisler not to tell me if Douglas Preston or the Authors Guild do anything particularly stupid.Barry sez: I prefer to think of myself as your sponsor. “Barry, I’m passing a bar serving straight-up legacy stupid and I want to go in for a fisk... talk me down!”Joe sez: Barry had the fortitude to keep his word. But ten other writers got in touch, wondering when I was going to say something about the recent stupid things said by Douglas…
  • More Preston Nonsense

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    From The Bookseller, in bold italics.Authors United, the group of writers who signed a letter calling on Amazon to resolve its dispute with Hachette, has said it is “developing a long-term strategy”.The authors include well-known names such as Paul Auster, David Baldacci, Tracy Chevalier, Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, Mark Haddon, Sophie Hannah, Stephen King, Barbara Kingsolver, James Patterson, Philip Pullman and Donna Tartt.Hachette Book Group (HBG) in the US and Amazon.com have been negotiating terms for a number of months now. During the dispute HBG authors have found their books subject…
  • Barry & Joe Discussing The Guardian Discussing AuthorEarnings

    19 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    Joe sez: Yesterday, the Guardian reviewed aspects of the latest AuthorEarnings report in an article called, Self-publishing Surging to 31% of Ebook Market, Claims ReportBarry sez: I’m a big Guardian fan and think it’s great that they’re covering the data AuthorEarnings has been crunching -- data that contradicts a lot of misinformation and legacy industry propaganda. I also think it was entirely sensible for them to reach out to Philip Jones of The Bookseller and Nicola Solomon of the Society of Authors for a contrary view. Joe sez: Maybe they also could have reached out to you for a…
  • Guest Post by Tracy Sharp & Iain Rob Wright

    17 Jul 2014 | 11:10 am
    Tracy: Iain, let me first say that I'm a huge fan of your writing. You show and incredible depth of character, atmospheric settings and gripping, haunting plots. You've recently released HOLES IN THE GROUND with Joe, which is doing very well. Congrats! But your next novel is a departure from the horror genre. Iain: Thank you, Tracy. The last few years have been great fun and I just wish I could write fast enough to get out all of my ideas. I’ve chosen to write a thriller for my next novel as I want to challenge myself to write outside of my comfort zone.Tracy: Can you tell us about SOFT…
  • Collective Narcissism

    15 Jul 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Like many writers, I waver between having the world's biggest ego, and no ego at all. You have to be somewhat narcissistic to believe that what you write will be so desired by readers that they'll pay you for it. At the same time, the unique structure of the creative mind, coupled with the loneliness and isolation of this profession, the reaction (or lack thereof) of readers, and the constant rejection by agents and publishers, makes writers a perfect candidate for depression.Laura Hazard Owen recently did an article on GigaOm called "Elites or freedom fighters: How the Amazon-Hachette battle…
 
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    Catherine, Caffeinated

  • 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…
  • The Infinite Sadness of Unfinished Work

    catherineryanhoward
    19 May 2014 | 3:26 am
    Recently I came across the Nicholl Fellowship, an initiative run by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (that’s the nice people who give out the Oscars, FYI), which invites amateur screenwriters from anywhere in the world to submit a feature-length screenplay to compete for one of several $35,000 bursaries, the idea being that in their fellowship year they have some financial wiggle room to take a step back from the 9 to 5 and produce a new script. (You also get invited to a very swanky luncheon in L.A…) There is a small fee to enter which pays for the time of the…
  • 11 Inspiring Quotes from the World’s Best Writers

    catherineryanhoward
    5 May 2014 | 5:28 am
    The last time we had a guest post from Laura Pepper Wu (11 Signs You’re Meant To Be A Writer), things went a bit nuts, with her post getting nearly 100 comments and being shared nearly 200 and over 400 times on Twitter and Facebook respectively. Today she’s back to share news of her new app, Write On! Daily Kick-Ass Writing Inspiration: 365 Tips & Quotes from the World’s Best Writers, and 11 of her favorite such quotes for those self-doubt-filled, motivation-lacking, no-amount-of-coffee-can-get-this-going bad writing days. Welcome back, Laura! ‘Having a bad writing…
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    BookBaby Blog

  • BookBaby distributing the first Salinger eBook

    Chris Robley
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:31 am
    The Devault-Graves Agency has acquired the rights to three of J.D. Salinger’s early stories published in 1940s, years before he’d written Catcher in the Rye.  The stories have been collected into a book which is, according to Publishers Weekly, “the first (legally sound) book by Salinger to be published in 50 years, and the first Salinger writing legitimately available as an e-book and audiobook.” BookBaby is happy to be handling the digital distribution for J.D. Salinger’s Three Early Stories.  To read about the “exhaustive” intellectual property…
  • Bad advice for writers: how to suck at social media

    Chris Robley
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    [Sarcasm warning!!!!] When it comes to building your author platform, Social Media is a zero-sum game. Your readers should only like one writer: YOU! There’s simply not enough social media to go around. As an author, you must either conquer social media outright or leave nothing behind but scorched earth. Luckily for you, I caught a panel discussion at this year’s BEA called “The Worst Social Media Advice Ever” — and I’ve summarized some of their intentionally terrible advice, added a few of my own tips, and offer it all here for your edification. Some…
  • Famous writers’ advice to college graduates

    Chris Robley
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    I can’t even remember who gave the commencement address at my college graduation. Must’ve made quite the impression, huh? If it’d been an author or poet up there — one whose work I really loved — I’d have been all ears, of course. Now, thanks to this Flavorwire article, I can imagine I’m back there, sitting on an uncomfortable folding chair, baking in the May sun, dressed in cap and gown, and listening to a cavalcade of respected writers dispense their best nuggets of wisdom. Here’s just a few inspiring excerpts: “Lots of people, when they first start…
  • What is a writing residency and how can I get one?

    Chris Robley
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:24 am
    Imagine a place where you can write day and night, far from the responsibilities of your work and domestic life. A quiet place. Maybe in a cabin near a river. Maybe on the porch of some historic seaside inn. Maybe a small room in some new, exciting city. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Sure it does. If you’re feeling like you need to “get away” in order to take your book or poetry project to the next level, a writing residency might be just the thing. According to THIS ARTICLE from The Review Review, a writing residency is “a retreat experience designed to help…
  • Weird Al now gives grammar lessons

    Chris Robley
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    Legendary musical parodist “Weird Al” Yankovic takes us to school in his newest single “Word Crimes,” a sendup of  last summer’s hit “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke. Need a quick grammar lesson? Check out the video above and listen while Yankovic attacks dangling participles, misused contractions, and more. The post Weird Al now gives grammar lessons appeared first on BookBaby Blog.
 
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    Self-Publishing Review

  • How Do You Develop and Use a List of Your Readers?

    James Moushon
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    One of the pieces of information authors are finding invaluable is a list of their readers. If you want to announce a new release, a promotion or a giveaway, the instant access to a list of your readers is priceless. It could mean an instant jump in rankings and an increase in reviews both critical ...
  • Why I’m leaving Amazon’s KDP Select program

    Todd Keisling
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:28 pm
    On Friday, Amazon launched a new service called “Kindle Unlimited.” It’s a subscription service where, for $9.99 a month, a consumer can have access to over 600k Kindle titles, as well as their audio equivalents. You can get up to 10 books at a time. Authors who have titles enrolled in Amazon’s KDP Select program ...
  • Amazon Releases Kindle Unlimited with One Major Problem

    Henry Baum
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    There’s been a lot of fanfare about Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited program – a service where you can read any book for $9.99 a month. Well, not any book. Indie authors hoping to be a part of this program face one obstacle: you need to be in the Kindle Select program, meaning it requires exclusivity ...
  • Places To Share Your e-Book

    Lesley Vos
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:52 am
    Your e-book is ready, and it is time to share it with your readers. Here’s some specific online platforms for promotion of your e-book: Addicted To Ebooks For those authors who have their free books on Amazon already. Use Addicted To Ebooks to promote your e-book: write a description, add a comment, and share the ...
  • An Interview With Author Thomas Drago

    Cate Baum
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Thomas Drago is the author of Crow Creek, a strange and wonderful tale about a sinkhole and the town around it. Tell us something about your book. The basics: what’s it about? Crow Creek takes place in a fictional Southern town.  The local Sheriff is investigating a recent suicide and finds himself in conflict with ...
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    The Book Designer

  • The Ultimate Guide to Twitter for Writers

    Joel Friedlander
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    By Frances Caballo Have you been ignoring Twitter? Do you think you don’t have time for it? Well, I’m here to try to convince you that Twitter is worth your energy. We already know that social media in general helps us to build our brand and connect with new readers. Twitter, like no other social media network, is especially helpful in helping authors connect with readers around the globe. You’ll also meet other Indie authors you can connect with as well as publishing experts, agents, publishers and expert bloggers. Through Twitter I met Tony Riches, a writer and blogger from Wales. As…
  • The Cover That Wasn’t and the Cover That Was: Homeowner With a Gun

    Joel Friedlander
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    By Samuel Hawley We’d like to welcome back author Samuel Hawley. His previous post for The Book Designer detailed the steps involved in creating a book cover. Today, Samuel explains the various steps he went through in the creative process for another book cover. I hope you’ll find it interesting.   My latest book Homeowner With a Gun is a thriller about a family man who shoots and kills two intruders, thereby setting off a chain of events that threaten to destroy him. Initial Efforts For the cover, my initial idea was to use the image of a door or a house with a big, looming…
  • This Week in the Blogs, July 12 – 18, 2014

    Joel Friedlander
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    The articles I’m including this week have generated a lot of discussion. Pour yourself a cool drink, put your feet up and why not have a read? Jump in on the conversations too if you have anything to offer or tell us your thoughts in the comments here. Anne R. Allen on Anne R. Allen’s Blog …WITH RUTH HARRIS What Defines “Traditional” Publishing? What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You. “The blogosphere has been full of debate about “traditional” vs. “indie” publishing since the dawn of the E-Age.” Molly Greene on Molly Greene:…
 
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    The Future of Ink

  • 5 Reasons You Procrastinate on Getting Your Book Done: The Solutions – Part 2

    Kristen Eckstein
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Kristen Eckstein In Part 1 of this article, I discussed what procrastination on your book project might be costing you. If you haven’t read it yet, pop over to 5 Reasons You Procrastinate on Getting Your Book Done: What is it Costing You? and read that article before continuing on with this one… Here are five reasons why you procrastinate on getting your book done… and their solutions: Reason #1: Lack of Time This reason to procrastinate is the most common. Everybody wishes for more hours in the day. Many of our to-do lists are filled with about 50–75% more tasks than a normal…
  • 4 Reasons YOU Should Start Podcasting Now [video]

    Denise Wakeman
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
    If you watched the live Hangout with Ellen Britt, MaAnna Stephenson and me, you heard some outstanding news about the opportunity for podcasters in the coming months… …The iTunes app is going to be pre-installed on all new i-devices AND integrated as part of CarPlay available on select new cars in 2014! …Google recently unveiled Android Auto with voice enabled software. One of their partners is Stitcher, an app for getting podcasts, news and radio on demand. The audience for your business podcast is exploding and it’s getting easier and easier to reach them everywhere…
  • How To Recommend eBooks To Your Library – 5 Simple Steps

    Shelley Hitz
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Shelley Hitz Overdrive provides an eBook lending service to libraries. I recently started using this service through my local library to read eBooks. There were several eBooks I wanted to read that they did not yet have in their collection. So, I recommended my library purchase these books. Very quickly, I was notified they purchased two of the books I requested. This is not only a great service for me as a reader, but every time a library purchases a copy of an author’s book, that author receives royalties as well. Smashwords recently started distributing their eBooks to Overdrive. I…
  • 5 Reasons You Procrastinate On Getting Your Book Done: What is it Costing You?

    Kristen Eckstein
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    by Kristen Eckstein We’ve all suffered from the disease of procrastination at one time or another in our lives. Procrastination can be rooted in fear, busyness, fatigue and illness, and pretty much anything else that causes you to be too tired or preoccupied and want to put off a task. But at what cost do we procrastinate? What benefits does procrastination reap? Now I’m not saying there aren’t valid reasons to put off your book project, like a family tragedy or a sudden new business opportunity. I myself believe in perfect timing for everything. However, I also know that when I…
  • Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose: 20 Ways To Maximize Existing Content And Cut Your Blogging Time in Half

    Penny Sansevieri
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Penny Sansevieri By now we’ve all heard the endless chatter about Google’s issues with duplicate content. In the past, we could easily re-run pieces in a variety of places. Some experts I know reused articles as many as twenty times, but if you do that now you may find your site in a lot of trouble and severely penalized by the Google-Gods. So what’s a marketer to do? I was considering this the other day when I was trying to figure out what to blog about because the other issue is that Google does not want “thin” content, which is content that isn’t compelling, thin in data or…
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    The Passive Voice - Latest Updates

  • Why I’ve switched to self-publishing

    Passive Guy
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    From author Diana Kimpton via An Awfully Big Blog Adventure: It wasn’t an easy decision to make. I knew I already had two publishers eager to see my first novel for older readers. I knew that if I went with one of them, I’d be likely to get a good advance and good sales. But I also knew that the world of publishing was changing fast. Self publishing was now a viable option – I’d already tried it with two backlist titles so I knew what was involved. And I also knew that There Must Be Horses was the best book I had ever written. Did I want to hand it over to someone else or did I…
  • Amazon Firefly

    Passive Guy
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Thanks to Patricia for the tip. PG doesn’t have an Amazon phone, but he does have an Amazon app, including bar code scanner, on his phone. Even if PG plans to purchase something in a store, if he’s unfamiliar with the product or product category, he sometimes pulls the item up on Amazon to read reviews and gain much more information about the item (and competing items) than he can obtain from the product packaging. Of course, he sometimes discovers more highly-rated competing products on Amazon that aren’t available in the store, so it’s a product selection tool,…
  • A leaf fluttered

    Passive Guy
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked. Anais Nin
  • How Kindle Unlimited Is Changing the Amazon Kindle Best-Seller List

    Passive Guy
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:24 am
    From Digital Book World: Kindle Unlimited is minting best-sellers. According to Publishers Lunch, the number of ebooks on the Kindle best-seller list that are Kindle Unlimited titles has just about tripled since the launch of the all-you-can-read service from Amazon last week. Amazon is counting Kindle Unlimited reads as well as Kindle store sales in its best-seller rankings. Last week at this time, there were 15 ebooks that would have been part of Kindle Unlimited that were top 100 best-sellers on Kindle; this week, that number has ballooned to 45. As the chart shows, Amazon Publishing…
  • Amazon-Hachette Debate Yields Diverse Opinions Among Authors

    Passive Guy
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    From The Authors Guild: The Authors Guild is committed to an inclusive, big-tent approach to its mission as the published writer’s advocate. The recent clash between Amazon and Hachette Book Group has called attention to the contrasting viewpoints of traditionally-published and self-published authors. During this dispute the Guild has spoken out against Amazon’s tactics—which needlessly imperil the livelihoods of authors who are not involved in the negotiations—while also challenging the major publishing houses to revisit the parsimonious stance they’ve taken on authors’ e-book…
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    The Digital Reader

  • Comixology to Offer DRM-free Comics

    Nate Hoffelder
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Comixology has just confirmed the rumor I reported yesterday; they are adding an option for DRM-free comics. At the “Ask Me Anything” panel Thursday afternoon, co-founder and CEO David Steinberger confirmed the rumor, saying “We’re excited to... { This is an excerpt. Visit my site to read the rest. }
  • Digital Comics Distributor Madefire Launches on Android

    Nate Hoffelder
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    The digital comic pioneers at Madefire took some time from enjoying Comicon this week to release a new Android app. This 3-year-old startup has made a name for itself by developing an eye-catching new type of comics called Motion Books, which it had... { This is an excerpt. Visit my site to read the rest. }
  • Hip Video Explains All-Digital Library in Bexar County, Texas

    David Rothman
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    –Read an e-book at home or in the library, or a digital comic or graphic novel. –Maybe even read E to your visiting  child if you’re a jailed mother. –Use two-way Google Hangouts video to enjoy a virtual book club without leaving your house. Or go... { This is an excerpt. Visit my site to read the rest. }
  • Obuntu Turns the Onyx Boox M92 9.7″ eReader into a Linux Tablet (video)

    Nate Hoffelder
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
    A hacker hanging out over at MobileRead Forums has come up with a way to expand the abilities of the two-year-old Onyx Boox M92 ebook reader. He’s modified a version of the open-source Linux distro Ubuntu so it can run on the M92′s... { This is an excerpt. Visit my site to read the rest. }
  • Amazon Adds Pricing Suggestions to KDP

    Nate Hoffelder
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    Earlier this month Amazon added a new beta program to their ebook publishing platform. KDP Pricing Support takes the guess work out of pricing a new ebook by offering authors and publishers predictions on how many copies would be sold at a given... { This is an excerpt. Visit my site to read the rest. }
 
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    The Independent Publishing Magazine

  • RPI Now Trying To Directly Lure UK Authors With Green Shore Imprint

    Mick Rooney
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Ever since TIPM first reviewed Raider Publishing International (RPI) back in 2008 (since updated), we've been covering the fortunes of this full service publishing provider. Much of the coverage of RPI has been far from positive, and though the company has attempted to address and refute claims by some authors of poor service, little appears to have changed. Indeed, the complaints and grievances continue to TIPM and several online consumer complaint bodies like Ripoff Report and Scam Informer.Read More>>>The Independent Publishing Magazine | TIPM Media
  • Pulley Wins 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

    Mick Rooney
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    D. M. Pulley's The Dead Key has won the grand prize in this year's Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. The Amazon award is in its seventh year and there are five prizes awarded: four first-prize publishing contracts, each with a $15,000 advance against future royalties, and one Grand Prize Winner with a $50,000 advance against future royalties. Pulley's mystery novel was voted on by Amazon customers and is expected to be published in 2015 in print and Kindle editions through the Amazon imprint, Thomas & Mercer.Read More>>>The Independent Publishing Magazine | TIPM Media
  • Publish Green - Reviewed

    Mick Rooney
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Publish Green is the e-book publishing division of Hillcrest Media Group, based in Minneapolis, USA. Launched in 2011, it provides a full range of e-book services, from file conversion, formatting, editing, distribution, marketing and custom web design to authors (both self and traditionally published) and small presses.Read More>>>The Independent Publishing Magazine | TIPM Media
  • The Dangers of Paying and Playing the Piper | Amazon-Hachette

    Mick Rooney
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:28 am
    I think we can safely describe Douglas Preston as a loyal author and servant of Hachette. I also think there is a danger that Preston is allowing himself (by fault or design) to be portrayed as a crusader for all authors when in fact he represents the commercial interests of a select group of authors, or maybe Douglas Preston just wants his toast buttered on both sides. If Preston is so aggrieved about the behaviour and power of Amazon in the bookselling universe, then maybe he should request Hachette—his publisher—to withdraw his books from sale on Amazon. This is also the very same…
  • ALCS Survey: What are words worth and just how good is it in the self-publishing hood?

    Mick Rooney
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    Hybrid author Hugh Howey has been researching and writing extensively recently about author earnings and producing some intriguing reports. It's certainly captured the attention of both writers and publishers and created a great deal of debate in the industry.Today, The Authors' Licensing and Collection Society (ALCS)released summary details of a survey conducted into author earnings in the UK. The survey—officially titled, What are words worth now?—is based on the 2012/13 fiscal year and invited various participant writers (professional, part-time, occasional and self-published)…
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    The Creative Penn

  • Make Art. Make Money. Lessons From Jim Henson With Elizabeth Hyde Stevens. Podcast Episode 189

    Joanna Penn
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:44 pm
    In keeping with the author entrepreneur focus of the blog recently, today I’m discussing making art and making money with Elizabeth Hyde Stevens, who wrote a book about Jim Henson’s career, which was both creatively and financially rewarding. In the intro, I talk about my awesome Thrillerfest experience, Kindle Unlimited, the new Kindle pricing tool and my German book launch and first experience with a traditional publisher. This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps authors self-publish and reach readers in global markets through the Kobo eco-system. You can…
  • Writing Thrillers. 50 Lessons Learned From Thrillerfest 2014

    Joanna Penn
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:46 am
    My head is still exploding with everything I learned and everyone I met at Thrillerfest this year! Below is a mega-post full of lessons learned about writing, marketing, mindset, self-publishing and the FBI, but I wanted to start with an intro to ITW. Why I love ITW and Thrillerfest I have now been to Thrillerfest twice (you can read my notes from 2012 here), and I can definitely say that it is the only conference where I really feel at home – and ITW is truly the tribe I belong to. I can sit in the bar talking about ways to murder people and weapons of choice and not feel weird. I can…
  • How To Find The Right Editor For Your Book And More Editing Questions Answered

    Joanna Penn
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:08 pm
    These days I’m objecting to the term ‘self-publishing,’ because we all need a team to put a great book out into the world. This is not something you do by yourself. I currently work with a number of people to publish my work, but the one person who I have to trust the most is my editor. Finding an editor is a bit like dating – you have to try a number before you find someone who is the best match. I’ve been through a number of editors in the last few years, and I’m thrilled to now be working with Jen Blood, who is a brilliant editor but also writes the same…
  • Digital Only Deals, Translating Into German And The Launch Of Desecration-Verletzung.

    Joanna Penn
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:49 pm
    The adventures in translation continue apace … and this one is a little different! Today, I’m excited to announce the launch of Desecration-Verletzung in German, which is part of a debut set of crime/thrillers from a new German digital-only imprint, Midnight by Ullstein. This article includes my thoughts on working with a publisher as well as an interview with my translator. Digital Only Deal for Desecration with Ullstein Midnight As part of my 50:50 royalty split deal with my translator, Hans Maerker, we discussed the possibility of pursuing a traditional deal as well as…
  • The Arc Of The Indie Author Journey. From First Book To CEO Of Your Global Media Empire

    Joanna Penn
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:05 pm
    When you first have a yearning to write a book, you’re not usually thinking of running a global media empire! So don’t worry if you’re not ready to assume the mantle of CEO of your own business just yet. You don’t have to know everything now. You can learn on the job. We all have to. None of us are born with the knowledge of how to do these things – we just find out along the way. This is the story arc of the author’s writing and business life as I have experienced it (so far) and the main challenges at each stage, as well as how to overcome them. I’m…
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    GalleyCat

  • Stephen Colbert Interviews Hachette Author Edan Lepucki

    Dianna Dilworth
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    As part of his battle with Amazon, Stephen Colbert has been promoting the book California by first time novelistEdan Lepucki. His goal was to help Lepucki land on The New York Times bestsellers list – a rare occurrence for a first time novel – even though the book was not available for sale on Amazon due to fierce negotiations with her publisher Hachette. The push worked and the title has landed the third spot on the list, despite not being available through the nation’s largest online book site. To celebrate the success, Lepucki was on The Colbert Show last night to…
  • Jack White is Getting Into the Book Business

    Dianna Dilworth
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    White Stripes frontman Jack White has launched a book publishing company called Third Man Books. The imprint launches with a poetry collection entitled Language Lessons, co-edited by Chet Weise and Ben Swank of Third Man Records, White’s record label. Poets that contributed work to the collection include: Dale Ray Phillips, C.D. Wright and Adrian Matejka. The title consists of a book, 5 broadsides of poems intended for framing, along with two vinyl records. The records feature musical recordings by artists including: William Tyler, Destruction Unit, Ken Vandermark and Sampson…
  • Scholastic’s Revenue Grew 2% in 2014, 8% in Q4

    Dianna Dilworth
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    Scholastic’s total revenues for fiscal 2014 reached $1.82 billion, representing a 2 percent increase from $1.79 billion in 2013. The company also revealed that its fourth quarter revenues for the year were $549.3 million, up 8 percent from the $506.9 million in revenue that the company brought in during the fourth quarter of 2013. The company also revealed that its Book Clubs revenue rose 12 percent during 2014 and that its  education technology sales grew by 9 percent during the year. The publisher expects their momentum to continue into 2015. Here is more from the press release: In…
  • Oyster Now Available on Web & Mobile Browsers

    Dianna Dilworth
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    eBook subscription service Oyster has expanded beyond apps and is now also available on the web and mobile browsers. The news comes a week after Amazon revealed that it was getting into the eBook subscription business, steep competition for Oyster who so far has been leading the way in the Netflix-for-books business. According to Oyster, June was the company’s biggest month during which its total subscriber base grew by 35 percent. The company also revealed that there are more than 3 million pages read on Oyster a day. The new platform will help make it more accessible to readers that…
  • International Best-Selling Author Paul McKenna on His Writing Process

    Aneya Fernando
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    Paul McKenna, the hypnotist and self-help guru from the UK, has a gift for writing best-selling nonfiction books. After an early career in radio, McKenna transitioned to TV and then to publishing. He’s written 16 nonfiction books, with provocative titles like I Can Make You Thin, which happens to be the best-selling self-help book in UK history. In our latest So What Do You Do column, McKenna talks about the way he revolutionized nonfiction books (by putting a CD in the back, with a hypnotic trance on it) and why he’s not interested in writing an intellectual tome: When I’m…
 
 
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    Self Publishing Advisor

  • Weekly Self-Published Book Review: Later Gator, In a While Crocodile

    selfpublishingadvisor
    24 Jul 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: Later Gator, In a While Crocodile Mike Fortunato Publisher:…
  • Don’t Miss These Opportunities to Promote Your Book

    Kelly Schuknecht
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Book fairs are an excellent way to promote your self-published book, learn about the publishing industry, and network with other professionals. Even though the year is more than half way over, it’s not too late to promote your book at some of this year’s book fairs. Here are a few you might want to add to your calendar. 2014 Beijing International Book Fair Show Date: Aug 27, 2014 – Aug 31, 2014 Location: Beijing, China Deadline: Aug 05, 2014 2014 LIBER (Spain) Show Date: Oct 01, 2014 – Oct 03, 2014 Location: Barcelona Deadline: Sep 10, 2014 2014 Frankfurt International…
  • Self-Publishing Week in Review: 7/22/14

    selfpublishingadvisor
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    As a self-publishing author, you may find it helpful to stay up-to-date on the trends and news related to the self-publishing industry. This will help you make informed decisions before, during and after the self-publishing process, which will lead to a greater self-publishing experience. To help you stay current on self-publishing topics, simply visit our blog every Tuesday to find out the hottest news.  A Publisher of One’s Own This interesting article from Inside Higher Ed looks at self-publishing statistics and the role self-publishing currently plays in academic publishing.
  • Self-Publishing Takes Patience

    Jodee Thayer
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    One of the many benefits of self-publishing is the turnaround time. Self-published books can often be printed much quicker than traditionally published books. That said, successful self-published authors understand that publishing a quality book takes patience. Here is why. 1. Your manuscript should be near flawless. Before self-publishing your book, you want to make sure you spend plenty of time revising and editing. For some authors, a developmental editor could be extremely beneficial, and for all writers, hiring a professional copyeditor is a must. While no book is completely flawless,…
  • Friday Conversations With A Self-Publishing Writer 7/18/14

    selfpublishingadvisor
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    IT’S IN THE STARS WHERE oh where are today’s true Science Fiction writers  In my youthful days, I cut my reading-teeth on such marvelous other-world adventures as 20 Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (by Jules Verne), War of the Worlds (by H.G. Wells) and John Carter the mysterious traveler to Mars/Barsoom.  With each impossible John Carter action and invention created by author Edgar Rice Burroughs, my wonderment increased.  Yet, the present-day genre of “science fiction” now includes other facets that (in my opinion) detract from the legacy left to us by these great authors. The…
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    Self Publishing Team

  • How Authors Can Build Their Audience on Instagram [Guest Post]

    Guest Poster
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    We gladly welcome back our friend Adrienne from Design Roast (who previously showed us how to promote our work on Tumblr) back to the blog! One of the fundamental rules writers strive to follow is “show, don’t tell.” While this is meant to prevent clunky exposition (or the dreaded exposition monologue), it’s also a great piece of advice for the modern writer on social media. Although it might seem more natural for authors to flock to word-based sites like Twitter to promote their work or build their fan base, an image-based site like Instagram can also serve as a great promotional…
  • The Author Monthly Planner: A Freebie to Organize Your Writing and Marketing Life

    Toni (the Geek)
    6 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    My house is a mess. We’re stuck in this cycle where, for at least one week every month, one member of our family is sick (I blame Olivia for bringing home the germies from daycare, BTW). While being sick doesn’t rate highly on the ol’ fun-o-meter, it did give me an awfully convenient excuse to skip out on my regular cleaning routine. After catching Olivia practically wading through a pile of books in her bedroom, however, I decided that enough was enough. It was time to get back on my game. So, I made a to-do list. A looong to-do list. Pretty reasonable, right? The result?
  • Tumblr 101 for Authors [Guest Post]

    Guest Poster
    6 Feb 2014 | 5:00 am
    The following is a guest post by Adrienne from Design Roast. Tumblr is a must for any author looking to build a following of readers. It is a platform to promote your writing within a tight-knit community, as well as a place to dynamically tell the world about you and your books through videos, quotes, photos, reblogging, links and just some straightforward text too. The most popular way to share on this site, however, is through the creative use of animated gifs. What do all of these forms have in common? They’re short, easily digestible content. Today, a variety of literary figures can…
  • 3 Book Marketing Projects to Tackle in 2014

    Toni (the Geek)
    8 Jan 2014 | 7:19 am
    This is my year. No more excuses. 2014, I will OWN you! Sound familiar? The ringing in of a new year forces us to think about what we’ve achieved in the past twelve months — and how we can do things a bit better this time around. After the fireworks die down and the champagne stops bubbling, we sit down and make those dreaded…you guessed it: New Year’s Resolutions. The funny thing about resolutions, though? Their success could be determined by a simple coin flip! That’s right, less than half of us will actually stick to our resolutions — and that means…
  • The Vin Diesel School of Facebook

    Shannon (the Author)
    11 Nov 2013 | 5:00 am
    Vin Diesel — the less attractive dude in the Fast & Furious movies — has 46 million Facebook likes. Forty. Six. Million. The actor joined Facebook in April 2009, a time when only one person had over a million likes (President Barack Obama). Vin was the second. His page quickly skyrocketed to #1 — passing major corporations like Coca-Cola who were undoubtedly spending truckloads of cash on social media. Facebook was so confounded by this (Vin Diesel? Seriously?) they called him up to their offices demanding to know what in the [bleep] he was doing. So what’s his…
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    BadRedhead Media

  • Tough Love For Authors — Stop Whining And Do The Work!

    Rachel Thompson
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Taken from rant my 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…
  • 5 How-to Tips: Handling the Dreaded eBook Pirates by guest @macpetreshock

    Rachel Thompson
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    As you can see from the photo on this blog post, my book FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS has been pirated. No. The photo has not been Photoshopped. Yes. That really is over twenty-five THOUSAND downloads shown. TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND. For reasons of contractual nondisclosure, I can’t tell you how much money that lost me, not to mention my publisher, but you can imagine I could have bought SOMETHING with what I would have earned from those possible sales as opposed to the NOTHING from the illegally downloaded copies people stole. Stole. That’s what downloading pirated copies of eBooks is:…
  • July 2014 #MondayBlogs Giveaway

    Rachel Thompson
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:20 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…
  • New HuffPo Article: Writing What Scares You

    Rachel Thompson
    12 Jun 2014 | 8:30 am
    Over on The Huffington Post I share about getting past the excuses and just writing. Check out this except below and view the entire article here.   I shared the statement below across my social media accounts: “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” – Sheryl Sandberg There’s nobody standing over our shoulder saying, “Oh my god! You can’t write THAT!” So get over yourself. Write anything you want. I was shocked, perhaps in a naïve kind of way, at how many people responded, saying things like: “Well, you’ve never met my…
  • June 2014 #MondayBlogs Giveaway

    Rachel Thompson
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:07 am
    Since being created in 2012 by Rachel Thompson, #MondayBlogs has become amazing success 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 #MondayBlog 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 one month, you could have a different tweet sent out by @MondayBlogs to all our followers…
 
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    retinart

  • Day 12 – Learn the Audience

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    “If you are a writer, or want to be a writer, this is how you spend your days—listening, observing, storing things away… You take home all you’ve taken in, all that you’re overheard, and you turn it into gold. (Or at least you try.)” – Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird. Sitting in a museum, the designers put their mockups for signage up and then sat and watched for hours. They would watch people as they walked up to the sign, how or if they read it, and what direction they would go in. There were a number of signs used over a small period of time, so they got an idea…
  • Day 11 – Ease the User’s Stress by Telling A Story

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:33 pm
    I think about Legally Blonde pretty often. Remember that one? It’s the Reese Witherspoon movie in which she plays a fashion-loving, cutesy but serious but not too serious, budding, but of course kind of brilliant because it’s Hollywood, pink in a world of grey, girlie-girl lawyer. At least I think that’s what it’s about. I don’t remember the movie very well at all, to be honest. What I remember is hearing the director or the producer or someone important talking about the poster and changes he had to give the designers. I remember the hair on the back of my neck…
  • Day 10 – Good Design Moves People

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:42 pm
    It feels like I need to swallow. It’s not quite a pain, but it’s a discomfort of sorts. Right in the bottom of my throat. Maybe closer to the top of my chest. It moves whenever I go to look for it. My eyes warm around the edges. My brow softens. I sigh. Not one of sadness, though not quite happiness. Contentment. That’s what it is, I think. I’m content with the fact that a simple piece of design has been able to evoke in me an instinctual reaction. That marks made by a hand, that an idea given shape, has been able to pull from me an emotional reaction, has been able to…
  • Day 09 – Never Cheat the Content

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:47 pm
    The lecturers made a mistake. They asked us to take a word and illustrate it so in had a relationship to the meaning of that word. If you have the world “cold” you had to add snow or make it look like ice. “Fire” was, well, on fire. Most students make the obvious joke – “Boring” would look like a group of design students making silly visual puns. It’s often forgotten about within a couple of lessons and never mentioned again. That’s the mistake. The good lecturers, I’m sure, get the point, they have to, it’s kind of obvious…
  • Day 08 – What We Earn

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:42 pm
    This is a lesson I’ve had to force myself to take too many times to count. I’m the reason I’m in the situation I’m in. I’m the reason my folio finds its body in the kind of shape that it is. I’m the reason … This isn’t about playing the victim, which is what a lot of people are want to do. So many prefer to look for mistakes they’ve made rather than see them as opportunities lost. And if they do see such a thing, then they consider themselves stupid for having lost them. That’s a waste of time and often only gives one the excuse to…
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    Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

  • 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! ]]
  • Thriving as econtent prices fall

    Joe Wikert
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:06 am
    Last week I wrote about why I believe econtent prices will continue to drop in the future. The feedback I got in a couple of LinkedIn groups and via email was mixed. Some readers agreed and others seemed to think... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why econtent prices will erode even further

    Joe Wikert
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    If you think econtent prices are too low today, well, in the immortal words of Bachman Turner Overdrive, you ain’t seen nothing yet. In fact, “nothing” is precisely where more and more econtent prices are heading. Here are a few... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Is your content strategy optimized for Millennials?

    Joe Wikert
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:40 am
    Unless your organization is a startup it’s highly likely you’re using a strategy and business model that’s worked for many years. That same strategy and business model might span multiple generations. Even though you’ve embraced the latest technologies and devices,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why Amazon Firefly is important

    Joe Wikert
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:08 am
    At any given point in time it’s easy to assume that search engines have evolved as much as they’re ever going to. Sometimes it’s hard to avoid falling into the logic that was allegedly uttered long ago by Charles Duell:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Thingology Blog

  • Sneak peek: new and expanded recommendations!

    Abby
    27 Jun 2014 | 1:47 pm
    New and expanded recommendations will be coming soon to LibraryThing for Libraries! We’re demoing this now at ALA (Tim and KJ are set up at booth 1247, stop by), but here’s a sneak peek, showing how similar books can be expanded and broken down to see different types of recommendations, like more by the same author, recommendations by readers, books in a similar genre, recommendations by tag, similar authors, and more. This is an improvement to our existing similar items recommendations, and will be available for no additional cost to all libraries using similar items (part of the…
  • LibraryThing in Vegas for ALA

    Abby
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:06 am
    Going to the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas this weekend? So are we! LibraryThing for Libraries will have a booth in the Technology Pavilion (that’s row 1200, booth #1247). Stop by and say hi to Tim and KJ, and get a demo of our LTFL products, including some exciting new improvements to our recommendations feature. (Stay tuned for an official announcement.) Are you in the area and want a free pass just to the exhibit hall? We can help! Click here to get an exhibits-only pass.
  • New Feature: Screenshots in Book Display Widgets

    KJ
    29 May 2014 | 10:01 am
    We’re continually improving our fast-growing product Book Display Widgets. The newest feature we added is Screenshots. Screenshots will allow you to take a picture of your widget and use that image to share on your webpage, Facebook, Twitter, or blog. Help your patrons find your carefully curated displays by showing off your Book Display Widgets in places where sometimes embedding Javascript isn’t a possibility. Our screenshots feature allows for much flexibility. You can: refresh your widget until you have the books you want to show; choose your image size by percentage or exact…
  • Book Display Widget Improvements

    KJ
    29 Apr 2014 | 7:37 am
    You have asked, and we have answered! We recently added a few improvements to our popular LibraryThing for Libraries product, Book Display Widgets: easier sizing options, a new drop-down menu for multi-widgets, and showing Book Details when you hover on an item. Easier Sizing Options White-space got your webpage looking a little empty? Before, re-sizing a widget on your page involved some fancy CSS footwork. But, at the request of several libraries, we have made it easy for you to change the height and width of your widget. You can see instructions here. Drop-Down Switcher for Multi-Widgets…
  • Come Learn PHP at ALA 2014

    Tim
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    Summary: Tim, LibraryThing’s founder, is going to be giving a one-day, almost-free introduction to PHP programming on Friday, June 27, alongside the preconference day of ALA 2014 in Las Vegas, NV. “Enough PHP to Be Dangerous” will cover the basics of PHP, the most common web programming language. It’s designed for people with little programming experience.(1) Instruction will be project-based–a series of brief explanations followed by hands-on problem solving. You won’t emerge a PHP master, but you’ll know enough to be dangerous!(2) We’ll…
 
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    Beyond the Book

  • The Wheels of the Amazon Bus Go Round

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    If the book business were a big yellow school bus, the driver would be a bald fellow wearing a wide grin. More even than before, Jeff Bezos and Amazon have the wheel, while publishers and authors hang on for a rough ride. In particular, speculation about the end game in Amazon’s e-book sales battle with Hachette centers on the impact for authors – a group that Amazon has said the publisher is using as “human shields” in this price war.  Following announcement of its Kindle Unlimited e-book subscription service, in fact, the Amazon-related headaches and car sickness have only…
  • Ending World War Copyright

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    20 Jul 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,…
  • Amazon A Busy Negotiator

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    When Les Moonves, President and CEO of CBS Corporation, the owners of Simon & Schuster, let slip that the Big 5 house was in pricing talks with Amazon, the media world did its best to react with shock. Any expression of surprise, however, could only have been for appearance’s sake. As close observers of the book world already had guessed, the giant e-tailer is likely negotiating quietly with both S&S and HarperCollins, even as its public brawl with Hachette continues. “After all, these are the three publishers that settled with the U.S. Department of Justice right out of the gate…
  • Copyright and the Aereo Decision

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    13 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    In one corner stood the leading US television broadcast companies together; and in the other opposite corner facing them alone was Aereo, a well-funded startup company that was offering paid subscribers the ability to watch broadcast television in almost-real time over their internet-connected devices. Because Aereo did not get permission from – or pay royalties to – the broadcast networks, the broadcasters sued it for copyright infringement. On appeal from the US Court of Appeals in the Second Circuit, which had held in favor of Aereo and against the broadcast networks, the US Supreme…
  • Amazon To Authors – Take The Whole Enchilada

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The offer sounded almost too good to be true, but the reports on Tuesday were from reliable sources. Caught in a publicity fire-fight with Hachette Book Group authors and publishers, Amazon appealed to one of the parties for peace. The online shopping giant had proposed – perhaps more accurately, it had dared –to give Hachette authors 100% of all their e-book revenues for the duration of Amazon’s pricing dispute with the publisher. So what does the bid for authors’ sympathies say about the Amazon perspective on the future of book publishing? “It’s about price control,” Andrew…
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    TeleRead

  • If you want to compete, compete!

    Joanna Cabot
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:06 pm
    I have spent the last week being simply exhausted by the Amazon stuff showing up in my news feed. Every blog, every writer, every author’s group or reader’s group or publisher’s group has an opinion on the latest Amazonpocalypse, and it’s cluttering up my news feed like you would’t believe. I’ve written already about my […] The post If you want to compete, compete! appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Can we trust anything the new Harper Lee biography says?

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    The publication of the controversial – and apparently unofficial, no matter what the author and publishers originally claimed – Harper Lee memoir has led to coverage in certain journals of all the nuggets on the celebrated author’s life that Marja Mills supposedly reveals. For example, Bookriot’s Dwight Garner shares the revelations that Ms. Lee has […] The post Can we trust anything the new Harper Lee biography says? appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • The Bookseller takes time to rubbish, undermine AuthorEarnings report

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    In the immediate aftermath of the latest Hugh Howey-helmed AuthorEarnings report, which came hard on the heels of the UK Society of Authors’ lamentation over the state of … well, author earnings … , The Guardian sought out SoA general secretary Nicola Solomon and Philip Jones, Editor of The Bookseller, for their reaction to the […] The post The Bookseller takes time to rubbish, undermine AuthorEarnings report appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Morning Roundup: Amazon Fire Phone Roundup. Love and hate reading for pleasure?

    Joanna Cabot
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    We Love and We Hate Reading for Pleasure (Book Riot) Reading is great, and we can talk about it in a million different contexts, but we must always pause for a moment to offer a people now don’t read like people used to read, like there’s some sort of crusty Reading God to whom we […] The post Morning Roundup: Amazon Fire Phone Roundup. Love and hate reading for pleasure? appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Interview with Harry Bingham on being a hybrid and the Amazon/Hachette thing

    Juli Monroe
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    Harry Bingham reached out to me last week with a link to an article he published on his blog about the Amazon/Hachette situation. I was intrigued by his point of view and his intentions to become a hybrid author. He kindly agreed to an interview to expand on his views. His candor and openness impressed […] The post Interview with Harry Bingham on being a hybrid and the Amazon/Hachette thing appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
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    BuzzMachine

  • No silver bullets

    Jeff Jarvis
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:33 am
    Lewis DVorkin performed a miracle with Forbes … almost. He almost rescued a dying brand, almost helped get it sold to a new owner, and almost rescued the Forbes family and its no-doubt-regretful investor Elevation Partners. I respect Lewis’ inventiveness and innovation. He has done the best he could with the brand he had. But there’s only so much that can be done urgently with old media on the descent. As Steve Forbes himself said announcing the sale of a majority stake in his company to a group of Asian private-equity investors and cataloguing how his business used to be…
  • Send your comment to the FCC on net neutrality. Here’s mine.

    Jeff Jarvis
    12 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    We’ve received about 647k #netneutrality comments so far. Keep your input coming — 1st round of comments wraps up July 15. — Tom Wheeler (@TomWheelerFCC) July 11, 2014 I just filed my comments on net neutrality with the FCC, adding to the 647,000 already there. You should, too. It’s quick. It’s easy. It’s important. It’s democracy. Do it here. And do it by July 15, the deadline. [Note: The deadline was extended to July 18.] Here’s mine: I am Jeff Jarvis, professor and director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City…
  • Friendly skies

    Jeff Jarvis
    22 Jun 2014 | 3:09 pm
    I was five hours late returning from San Francisco to home yesterday but I was remarkably calm and sanguine about the delay. Why? Because I was well-informed and well-cared-for. And that was the case because this year I joined the secret society of most-frequent travelers and ticket buyers on United: Global Services. We were taxiing out to the runway at SFO for our agonizingly early 6:45 a.m. flight when the pilot said a gauge wasn’t acting properly. Back to the gate we went (and I was amused that my United app showed us arriving before we’d taken off). Much testing and…
  • The German war against the link

    Jeff Jarvis
    20 Jun 2014 | 7:29 am
    German publishers are not just fighting Google. They are fighting the link and thus the essence of the internet. Half the major publishers in Germany have started a process of arbitration — which, no doubt, will lead to suits — to demand that Google pay them for quoting from and thus linking to their content. And now we know how much they think they deserve: 11% of Google’s revenue related to their snippets. From their government filing, they want a cut of “gross sales, including foreign sales” that come “directly and indirectly from making excerpts from…
  • If you teach entrepreneurial journalism….

    Jeff Jarvis
    14 Jun 2014 | 9:35 am
    Here’s the schedule for our July 10 summit of entrepreneurial journalism educators at CUNY’s Tow-Knight Center for same. Good news: We have a *limited* budget to help with travel for those who need it thanks to the Scripps Howard Foundation. If you teach (or plan to teach) entrepreneurial journalism, sign up now.
 
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  • Episode 3: Three Questions Every Leader Must Answer to Avoid the Drift [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this third episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about the power of ‟The Drift” and how leaders can avoid it. If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. Most of my readers and podcast listeners are doing what they are doing because they want to have an impact on the world around them. But often times, they they wakeup to discover that they are far from where they intended to be. Listen to the Audio Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Play in browser | Download Click here for more. Or, better yet,…
  • How to Make a Big Change Without Blowing Up Your Business

    Michael Hyatt
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Whenever an organization rolls out a major change, clarity and alignment are essential. Without those two things all the best intentions amount to little more than heartburn and headaches. Photo courtesy of Istockphoto.com/GlobalStock As a leader responsible for a large company, I have experienced the difficulty of getting clarity and creating alignment with my team. In one instance, we shuttered more than a dozen division of our publishing operation and restructured the entire business. But I’ve also found myself on the other side of things—outside of the leadership seat and in the role…
  • Perceived Scarcity in a World of Outrageous Abundance

    Michael Hyatt
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    When we see what others have, is our basic reaction to notice what we’re missing or express gratitude for what we have? Photo courtesy of Istockphoto.com/SKapl I’ve thought a lot about about this question over the years but came back to it recently when I found myself feeling a little jealous over all the vacation posts popping up on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. At some point the serene beaches, beautiful lakes, and mountaintop views started getting to me. I felt like I was missing out. Maybe you’ve felt this way too. Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get…
  • Episode 2: The 6 Rules for More Effective Slide Presentations [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this second episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about how to make your slide presentations more effective. If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. As leaders, communication is essential to success. In this episode, Michele and I discuss how to use slides to enhance your presentations and make a greater impact on your audience. Listen to the Audio Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Play in browser | Download Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered…
  • NSA Drops the Platform Name: My Response

    Michael Hyatt
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:29 am
    As you may know, a few weeks ago the National Speakers Association (NSA) announced it was changing its name to ‟Platform.” Many of you were, understandably, upset. Many of you were also vocal in your opposition. Your support meant more than you know to me. If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. However, I am pleased to report the matter has been resolved. Shep Hyken, the NSA board president, called me last night. He told me the NSA board had held an emergency meeting and voted to drop the name and go back to the drawing board. He also apologized to…
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  • Storytelling in Advertising Important for Online Readers

    Patrick Hughes
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    via The New York Post Keith J. Kelly reports in a recent New York Post Media Ink column that two-thirds of online readers are looking for advertising that tells a story rather than pushing a product, according to an Interactive Advertising Bureau and Edelman Berland study. The results were based on data from 5,000 respondents. “The study also found that consumers were more likely to welcome native ads … on business and entertainment sites than they are to trust them on general news sites or publications,” Kelly writes. “In other findings, native advertising has more…
  • Golf World Mag Goes All Digital

    Patrick Hughes
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    via Ad Age Starting next week, Condé Nast’s Golf World will go digital-only and be absorbed into the Golf Digest website, Ad Age reports. The magazine was acquired from The New York Times Company in 2001 and has printed 31 issues annually since. It will now see distribution as a newsletter 50 times a year on Monday mornings, Michael Sebastian writes. Editor-in-Chief Jaime Diaz will keep his title and head up the combined news team, reporting to Golf Digest Editor-in-Chief Jerry Tarde. Dan Robertson is publisher of both Golf Digest and Golf World. “We recognize this is a big…
  • Atlantic Digital Magazine Defense One Riding High

    Patrick Hughes
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    via Folio: After just a year in existence, Atlantic Media’s Defense One will expand on both the business and editorial sides in response to its more than 600,000 unique visitors per month, 63,000 subscribers, and 22 ad clients. Folio: reports that the b2b publication, part of Atlantic’s National Journal Group, will add 11 more staffers. The move comes on the heels of another Atlantic property – Quartz – making 20 new hires. Life is good at Atlantic, Michael Rondon writes, as revenues from ads, newsstand sales, and events were up at least 25% during the first half of 2014.
  • 5 Signs of Bad Website Design & How to Fix

    Ed Coburn
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Form over function does not apply on the web as it often does in print. Websites are not magazines (most of the time). However, magazine content can be the basis of a successful periodical website that follows the basic rules of periodical website design and content management. The troublesome publishers have when designing their site is figuring out where the magazine stops and the website begins. A magazine gets published once a month or less, while a website gets published daily, sometimes hourly. Considering this very different publishing schedule, there are a few popular bad website…
  • The Forbes Digital Future Following Its Sale to IWM

    Patrick Hughes
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Forbes Media Chief Product Officer Lewis DVorkin quickly took to the website recently to address the magazine’s digital future after its sale to Hong Kong-based Integrated Whale Media. DVorkin assures his audience that the Forbes digital future is bright. Plans include ForbesLife, the luxury vertical that will launch on September 2, which will include the hiring of 150 new contributors. BrandVoice, a “home page for marketers,” will come in October. In addition, Forbes digital will redouble its efforts on mobile, newsletters, eBooks, and events. “Release early, release…
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  • Call for Submissions: Reject a Hit

    Adrienne Crezo
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    In each issue of Writer’s Digest magazine, we ask one reader to step into the role of the unconvinced, perhaps even curmudgeonly or fool-hearted editor. What harsh rejection letters might the authors of some of our favorite hit books have had to endure? We need more of those short-sighted rejection letters! If you’d like to be the one doing the rebuffing, channel the most clueless of editors by humorously rejecting a hit in 300 words or fewer. Then submit your letter via email (no attachments, please!) to wdsubmissions@fwmedia.com with Reject a Hit: [Book Title]” in the…
  • War Never Changes

    Brian A. Klems
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    During your trip to Turkey, you check into an old hotel. After settling yourself you notice a weathered chest in the corner. Upon opening it, war relics from the First World War and the Ottoman Empire lay before you. What stories do you find? Post your response (500 words or fewer) in the comments below. 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.
  • 11 Steps to Finding the Agent Who’ll Love Your Book

    Chuck Sambuchino
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    I was ready. I had an edited manuscript. I had a tiered list of agents. I had a spreadsheet. I’d read every scrap of information about getting an agent, and I was prepared, at last, to submit my novel. The process could take months, maybe years, I’d heard. I was in for the long haul, baby. The good news is it didn’t take years to get an offer of representation. The even better news: That offer came in the form of four magic words, words I’d been told to wait for by all the experts: I love your book. Not just a Facebook-worthy thumbs up, not a “I think I can sell this.” Love. The…
  • Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 272

    Robert Lee Brewer
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    I’m a little under the weather today, but that won’t stop me from poeming. In fact, I’ll use it as inspiration for this week’s prompt. For this week’s prompt, write a tough spot poem. The poem can be about your own situation (past, present, or future), someone else’s, or whatever you can conjure up. Think late bills, shootouts, and tough choices. Break into copywriting! Learn how to make a living with your writing by breaking into the copywriting business. In this course, writers will learn the skills and techniques required to break into this field of…
  • 4 Things You Should Know About Writing a Cozy Mystery Novel

    Guest Column
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    When you think of mystery novels today, you might think of stories filled with in-depth police procedure and cringe-inducing violence. But you might be surprised to learn that the bestselling mystery novelist of all time is still Agatha Christie—and her timeless mysteries are quaint stories that leave all those gory details to the imagination. True, crime fiction as a whole may have grown grittier by the year since Christie’s Miss Marple character gained popularity in the 1940s, but a subset of modern mystery novelists are finding success by bucking that trend and spinning tales that…
 
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    Personanondata

  • 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…
  • Image: Dutch Haven 1970 Pennsylvania

    PersonaNonData
    14 Jun 2014 | 2:03 pm
    I don't know what a shoo-fly pie is but it must have something to do with wind mills.  I believe this place is still there.
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  • Very Cool Book Posters by Gunter Rambow

    Blake
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:40 am
    remarkable book posters by German designer Gunter Rambow for S. Fischer Verlag from the 1970s while compiling images for the post, and I thought I would share them now while you wait. http://www.casualoptimist.com/blog/2014/07/15/book-posters-by-gunter-rambow/
  • Biggest Ever Library Book Donation to Sacramento Area Friends Group

    birdie
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    A Sacramento man has donated 13,000 books to the Friends of the Arden-Dimick Library, the largest donation the organization has ever received and one that includes works spanning topics from the Civil War to women’s studies. Frank Rose, 85, spent decades amassing the collection, which he stored in two apartments in the building he manages. Library volunteers this week began packing the books – 500 boxes worth – to move to a storage space provided by Hines, a real estate firm, in preparation for sale. Rose also threw in steel bookcases. “We take daily donations, but nothing on the…
  • Unwitting AddThis Experiment With Tracking Technology That Is Difficult To Block

    Blake
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:13 pm
    https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140721/14523127960/tons-sites-including-whitehousegov-ex... ProPublica has a new story about the rise of "canvas fingerprinting," a new method of tracking users without using cookies. It's a method that is apparently quite difficult to block if you're using anything other than Tor Browser. In short, canvas fingerprinting works by sending some instructions to your browser to draw a hidden image -- but does so in a manner making use of some of the unique features of your computer, such that each resulting image is likely to be unique (or nearly unique). The…
  • A Philandering President's Love Letters To Go on Display

    birdie
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:57 pm
    From the New York Times a preview of the collection of love letters between President Warren G. Harding and his mistress, Carrie Fulton Phillips. The letters are going on display next week at the Library of Congress.
  • A Love Letter to Public Libraries

    birdie
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    From Huffington Post Books.
 
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    David Gaughran

  • 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…
  • Media Bias and Amazon

    davidgaughran
    28 Jun 2014 | 4:50 am
    There is so much crap being spouted in this anti-Amazon media push that you need a nose-peg and waders to get through it all. Let’s take a look at what happened this week. Hook, Line & Sinker Statements from either side in the Amazon-Hachette dispute have been thin on the ground. Both companies are said to have signed NDAs – restricting formal comments while negotiations are ongoing – but Hachette has been leaking to reporters, and marshaling authors and industry figures in its defense, leading to an extremely one-sided depiction of events in the media. Which is fine, it’s a…
  • Fake Bestsellers, Concern Trolls and Hidden Agendas

    davidgaughran
    24 Jun 2014 | 9:45 am
    Last Friday we were treated to a story from the Op-Ed pages of the New York Times, where Tony Horwitz claimed “I Was A Digital Bestseller” then complained about how little money this made him, and how he would now stick with traditional, print publishers as a result. Then this Op-Ed was held up – in outlets like Gawker – as another example of how writers have it so tough in this scary new digital world which is going to lead us all into penury. Just like the story I wrote in January – Fake Controversy Alert: Hitler’s Mein Kampf Was Not A Digital Bestseller – the key “fact”…
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    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.
  • Octopus Summer

    Soft Skull
    1 May 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.
  • 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

  • ChangeThis: Issue 119

    dylan
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Tweet The Most Important Company In the World: Intel, Moore’s Law, and the Heartbeat of Civilization by Michael S. Malone “We now live differently, learn differently, communicate differently, an ultimately, think differently. … We have internalized Moore’s Law. Its beat is now our heartbeat; its pace of change is now the heartbeat of civilization.” The Road (to Reinvention) Is Calling by Josh Linkner “Companies, communities, and individuals fall for many reasons, but one of the most common—and easily avoidable—is the failure to reinvent. Those who feel the most secure in the…
  • How Not To Be Wrong

    Michael
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    TweetI must preface this review by letting you know that I am not the kind of person inclined to read a book about mathematics. I have very little background in math—if I remember correctly, my undergraduate education required two courses. Despite my typically non-mathematical disposition, How Not To Be Wrong called to me from the shelf. “When am I going to use this?” This is the quintessential complaint-cum-question from elementary school students the world over. It is also the introduction to Jordan Ellenberg’s new book dedicated to explaining exactly when and how we can and do use…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Intel Trinity

    dylan
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    Tweet The Intel Trinity: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove Built the World’s Most Important Company by Michael S. Malone, Harper Business, 560 page, $34.99, Hardcover, July 2014, ISBN 9780062226761 The Mark Zuckerbergs and Steve Jobs of the world have received an enormous share of the past decade’s business and cultural limelight, and with good reason: they, along with a growing number of Silicon Valley tech innovators, have altered how we as individuals exist within a larger cultural context, how we gather and digest information, and how we interact with one another. Often…
  • Jack Covert Selects – How the World Sees You

    dylan
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    Tweet How the World Sees You: Discover Your Highest Value Through the Science of Fascination by Sally Hogshead, HarperBusiness, 428 pages, $29.99, Hardcover, ISBN 9780062230690, July 2014 The massive amount of research that went into Sally Hogshead’s new book, How the World Sees You, is staggering. For the past decade, she’s been scouring books and source materials, conducting polls and surveys with hundreds of thousands of people, and working with teams in the real world social labs of companies like AT&T, General Electric, and Cisco to discover how fascination works in both the…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Alliance

    dylan
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:50 am
    Tweet The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age by Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, Chris Yeh, Harvard Business Review Press, 193 pages, $25.00, Hardcover, July 2014, ISBN 9781625275776 As I read The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age, I wondered if I was really the right person to be reviewing this book. In the first few pages, I learn that referring to your company as a “family” isn’t appropriate; and that the assumed employee/employer fidelity founded on a sort of professional monogamy is archaic. (“It’s just business” has become the ruling philosophy. The…
 
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    Folio RSS

  • The September Issues In 3 Charts

    mrondon
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Women's fashion titles saw ad pages come back from the dead last year, but they kept the forward momentum going (for the most part) in 2014. The top of the market consistently outperformed 2013, while overall averages also inched upward, according to min boxscore data.
  • People on the Move | 7.24.14

    Samantha Wood
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
      Andy Wright is now publisher at The New York Times Magazine. He was previously senior vice president of advertising at The New York Times.
  • GIFT SHOP Magazine Sold

    Samantha Wood
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
      Pinnacle Publishing Group sold GIFT SHOP Magazine to Great American Media Services. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
  • Golf World Shutters Print Edition

    pubintern
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
  • Executive Shakeup at Condé Nast

    mrondon
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
      Condé Nast's COO and CFO, John Bellando, and editorial director, Thomas Wallace, are leaving the company, according to an internal memo from CEO Chuck Townsend released this morning.
 
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    How to get a book published|Write a book |Self publish

  • Would you write if it meant you risked getting your fingers chopped off?

    Flora
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Mammy Prater, 115-year old ex-slave. Image originally from Library of Congress is no longer available from Amazon Imagine you want to write a letter to your husband. There is no Facebook, Twitter, email. As a matter of fact, there is no internet. It’s 1830, you are an African American slave and every aspect of your life is controlled by your master. Even if you happen to know which plantation your husband has been taken to, you have several problems. 1. Not only is it against the law for slaves to read or write, but it’s against the law for anyone to be caught teaching you to read…
  • 9 Steps to Writing and Publishing a Book

    Flora
    29 Jun 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Aspiring authors have many fears, uncertainties, false notions, and misconceptions. Who can blame them?  Until recent years, the inner workings of the publishing industry were mysterious to us commoners. Whenever I speak at seminars or work with coaching clients, I am pressed with questions like How do I get a book published? Do you think I can write a book? Do I need an agent? Are there any secrets to getting published? The beginning writer is haunted and paralyzed by fears and uncertainties. Although successful writers are portrayed as loners clicking away on a keyboard or scrawling on a…
  • The Mighty Maya, Dr. Angelou to You

    Flora
    27 Jun 2014 | 3:24 am
    The post The Mighty Maya, Dr. Angelou to You appeared first on How to get a book published|Write a book |Self publish.
  • How to Use LinkedIn Publishing Platform

    Flora
    21 May 2014 | 6:46 pm
    LinkedIn is now giving you another way to increase your visibility with its new LinkedIn publishing platform. It’s being rolled out to all LinkedIn users, but if you haven’t gotten access yet you can apply for it at http://specialedition.linkedin.com/publishing/ Some articles have gotten 10,000+ hits within a few days of being posting. Watch the video above to see how I’ve used this new feature. The post How to Use LinkedIn Publishing Platform appeared first on How to get a book published|Write a book |Self publish.
  • It’ll be all over on Sunday

    Flora
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:52 am
    I can’t believe it’s real. A friend urged me for years to share my love of cooking and trying new recipes. I finally did it. I gathered 50 yummy Easter recipes and created Quick and Easy Easter Recipes as an Amazon Kindle download. There are ten recipes in each of five categories: Appetizers, Breakfast, Main Dishes, Side Dishes and Desserts.  Some are standards, and some are standards with a twist. (Yes, before you ask, I included the Sock It to Me Cake.) Use the Look Inside feature to see the full list of all 50 recipes. As a bonus, I’ve included three meal plans and five…
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  • Warning: Green Shore Publishing

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareIf you've encountered Green Shore Publishing, you might be intrigued by an enterprise that describes itself as "The UK and Ireland's New Standard in Book Publishing," and touts both its success and (in the little video on its home page) its extreme selectivity.But wait: Green Shore Publishing isn't exactly what it seems.First clue: the Packages page, where you learn that you must pay between £300 and £1,500 for the privilege of publication. OK, so not really a publisher, then.Misgivings growing, you move on to the Testimonials page, where three…
  • On Trolls and Fake Bad Reviews

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareWe've all read about the abuse of reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.I'm not talking about soliciting your friends to write glowing testimonials for your books, or buying five-star reviews in batches from paid review services. I'm talking about people who post bad reviews for revenge, punishment, or intimidation. And there's a lot of that kind of thing out there, from angry readers one-starring ebooks whose prices they deem too high, to academic authors employing fake names to slag their rivals, to (alleged) packs of bully reviewers on Goodreads…
  • Agenty Advice to a Hopeful Writer, From a Non-Agent

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
     Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareDear Hopeful Writer,Today I received your snail mail query, beginning:Dear agent, I am seeking your representation on my [title redacted] novel. It has 600,000 word count, with the theme: betrayal, revenge, suspense, la femme Nikita, romance, mystery, women fiction, detective and blackmail.Please consider this well-meant advice.- Oh dear. You formatted your query (and the chapters included with it) in Lucida Italic. Perhaps you thought this would make you stand out. Well, it does--but not in a good way. Agents expect standard formatting--which…
  • Time to Bury the Hachette

    10 Jul 2014 | 11:02 am
     Posted by Michael Capobianco for Writer BewareIt’s a tough time to be an author advocacy organization. As you may or may not know, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has been catching a lot of flak about signing on to Douglas Preston’s letter asking Amazon to stop treating Hachette’s books differently from those of the other big publishers by refusing to accept pre-orders, refusing to discount prices, and slowing the delivery of Hachette books to Amazon customers. SFWA wasn’t alone in signing the letter. Various prestigious authors, including Stephen King,…
  • Writer Beware Has a New Logo and a New Look

    8 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareIntroducing Writer Beware's brand-new logo! It was designed by awesome artist James F. Beveridge, and hopefully will help us to build more of a brand identity. After sixteen years, it's about time, right?Over the next few weeks, I'll be updating Writer Beware's various online presences to include it.I've already re-designed this blog, within the limits of available Blogger templates (while I would love to switch to Wordpress, I can't figure a way to do so without losing all our wonderful followers). I hope you find it more attractive and…
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  • Interview & Giveaway: RWA Rita Best First Book Finalists

    Alison Atlee
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Welcome to this year’s interview with the finalists in the Best First Book category of the RWA Rita Awards. Changes in the contest scoring this year mean that (among other things) all five novels are double finalists: Elizabeth Byler Younts’ Promise to Return and Carla Laureano’s Five Days in Skye in the Inspirational category; Laura Drake’s The Sweet Spot and Beck Anderson’s Fix You in Contemporary; and Samantha Beck’s Private Practice in Erotic (a new category this year). Winners will be announced at the RWA awards ceremony at the annual conference in…
  • Daily Deals: The true life story of Laura Bridgman, a memoir of Roger Ebert, and a symphony set romance

    Jane
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    What Is Visible: A Novel by Kimberly Elkins. $ 2.99 From the Jacket Copy: A vividly original literary novel based on the astounding true-life story of Laura Bridgman, the first deaf and blind person who learned language and blazed a trail for Helen Keller. At age two, Laura Bridgman lost four of her five senses to scarlet fever. At age seven, she was taken to Perkins Institute in Boston to determine if a child so terribly afflicted could be taught. At age twelve, Charles Dickens declared her his prime interest for visiting America. And by age twenty, she was considered the nineteenth…
  • REVIEW: Into the Shadows by Carolyn Crane

    Jane
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    Dear Carolyn Crane: When I first learned of you as an author, you were writing a speculative romantic fiction which won rave reviews from people I trust. However when I tried it, I was confused and I turned away likely not giving it the chance it deserved. I’m not certain who recommended the second book in the associate series to me but I read it and found it was a memorable and unique romantic suspense. The third Associates book came upon me so quickly I did not have time to read the first book as I intended however because of the way in which the series is written, it appears that you…
  • REVIEW: Altered heart by Kate Steele

    Sirius
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Genre: LGBT Were/Shape-shifter Paranormal As a werewolf and an enforcer for the Committee for Supernatural Behavioral Enforcement, Mick Matranga has seen his share of lowlifes but Kevin Sutter, pack alpha, is one of the lowest. He has forcibly turned and taken prisoner a young human. Mick has been assigned to affect a rescue and bring Sutter to justice. Dispatching the bad guy turns out to be the easy part of his assignment. Sutter’s prisoner, Rio Hardin, turns out to be a smart-mouthed, sassy brat with the face of an angel who takes Mick’s heart by storm. He’s also a…
  • Thursday News: Popular French blogger sued, authors hope to solve the Amazon-Hachette dispute, a bookmark that “reminds” readers to finish a book, and a case of real life amnesia

    Janet
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    French blogger fined over review’s Google search placing – This is super-crazy and super-scary. A French blogger who wrote a negative restaurant review was ruled against because she had a significant blog following and because the review placed too high in the Google rankings. The French judge who made this ruling focused on the article’s title, insisting that it be changed so that the phrase “the place to avoid” did not so readily appear in searches. The restaurant, located in Southwestern France, sued, with the owner claiming that “People can criticise,…
 
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  • Oliver Serang Kidnapped My Blog: Interview with Mattias Frånberg

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    (Oliver Serang is an American lecturer at Universität Bremen and a research scientist at Thermo Fisher in Germany, where he swims in the river during snowstorms. He has published papers on computational biology algorithms and is the author of the novel Stay Close, Little Ghost. He can be found at colorfulengineering.org.He has kidnapped this blog.Regular content will return next week!)In this discussion, I talk with Mattias Frånberg about several aspects of my novel Stay Close, Little Ghost, including the following:-Magical realism in modern urban life: the anonymity and mystery of getting…
  • Oliver Serang Kidnapped My Blog: Audio Excerpts

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    (Oliver Serang is an American lecturer at Universität Bremen and a research scientist at Thermo Fisher in Germany, where he swims in the river during snowstorms. He has published papers on computational biology algorithms and is the author of the novel Stay Close, Little Ghost. He can be found at colorfulengineering.org.He has kidnapped this blog. Regular content will return next week!)Here are a few short stories and excerpts from authors whose work I really love, and which resonates with my worldview (Ardour by Jonathan Keats, One Last Story And That’s It by Etgar Keret, Noah and…
  • Oliver Serang Kidnapped My Blog: How Stay Close, Little Ghost Came To Be

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    (Oliver Serang is an American lecturer at Universität Bremen and a research scientist at Thermo Fisher in Germany, where he swims in the river during snowstorms. He has published papers on computational biology algorithms and is the author of the novel Stay Close, Little Ghost. He can be found at colorfulengineering.org.He has kidnapped this blog.Regular content will return next week!)How Stay Close, Little Ghost Came To BeThe idea to write a novel came from a former colleague back when I was studying for my PhD. We were playing pool after midnight at a grimy bar when he said he'd found some…
  • Oliver Serang Kidnapped My Blog: Book and TShirt Giveaway

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    (Oliver Serang is an American lecturer at Universität Bremen and a research scientist at Thermo Fisher in Germany, where he swims in the river during snowstorms. He has published papers on computational biology algorithms and is the author of the novel Stay Close, Little Ghost. He can be found at colorfulengineering.org.He has kidnapped this blog. Regular content will return next week!)As the first step in my five day guest appearance on The Next Best Book Blog, I’d like to thank Lori Hettler for her support of independent authors and publishing.And second, I’m happy to announce a…
  • Book Review: Love Water Memory

    18 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Read 7/15/14 - 7/17/143 Stars - Recommended to fans of "memory loss and love" stories, because lord knows this stuff's been done beforePages: 326Publisher: Gallery BooksReleased: (in paperback) January 2014I'm going to come clean and state that Love Water Memory is not my usual fare. But you know this already. You're scratching your head as you look at this and you're probably wondering what prompted me to pick this up. I know. I know. And you're right. You are absolutely right. It's much too mainstream and the plot is just way too common to have caught my attention on its own.So a…
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  • Content Marketing with Karen Cioffi

    Lisa Lickel
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:30 pm
    This article originally appeared Karen Cioffi Writing and Marketing on Monday, May 19, 2014. All rights reserved. Used with permission. Become a Niche Powerhouse - Build Relationships with Your Audience and Subscribers with Content Marketing Part 1 of this three-part series discussed finding a niche and working it. Part 2 discussed finding your audience and building your list. Now, it’s on to establishing relationships with your audience and subscribers. This element of niche building actually goes hand-in-hand with finding your audience.To find your audience you need to search them out and…
  • Book Review: How to Succeed In Business Without Really Crying

    Cherie Burbach
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I love books that offer lessons about getting ahead, writing, and managing a business, and yet aren’t about those things specifically. What I mean is, I enjoy reading about how people are succeeding in the writing life in a totally unique way. That’s one reason I picked up How to Succeed In Business Without Really Crying by Carol Leifer.Emmy-Nominated Writer and ProducerLeifer has been nominated for four Emmy’s for her writing work on shows like Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live, and the Academy Awards. She’s been on Late Night With David Lettermen over two dozen times, as well as a host…
  • Details, Details, Details!

    Jody
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Google Free Images     ( Can you find the 16 differences between these images?)My husband and I sometimes like to watch movies that include story note pop-ups. We enjoy that there are some interesting and little known facts to be learned that enrich our watching experience. Last night during an action adventure movie, a subtitle appeared that announced the current location of the characters. They'd traveled to a new city in a few hours.The story note pop-up shared that the characters would have had to drive for 16 hours straight at 120 miles an hour to arrive there…
  • Book Review: Runaway Hearts by Karen Cogan

    Lisa Lickel
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Review of Runaway Hearts by Karen Cogan c. Oct 2013 Prism Book GroupISBN: 9781940099194e-book $0.99p-book $10.99Buy on AmazonFrom the Publisher: Lynn thought putting distance between herself and her mother was healthy. Then she met Greg. He not only understands the meaning of running away from his problems, he's about to give her a painful lesson on the subject.My Review:Two lost souls find more than love when they meet as teachers at a small school on the Navajo reservation in New Mexico.Lynn Martin arrives at the beginning of a school year as a long-term sub for the fifth grade teacher. She…
  • The Lofty Semicolon

    Linda Yezak
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:50 am
    As in all professions--all of life, actually--there are people behind the scenes known only as "the powers that be," the nebulous and unidentified "they." The same is true for authors. Whoever "they" are, those powers that be, they have deemed the semicolon to be too formal for fiction writing. I'm not certain I agree; all writing tools should be available for all authors, and that includes tools of punctuation.These powers also say that the semicolon has no place in dialogue: "No one speaks in semicolons," someone once explained to me. That hit me as rather bizarre at the time. If we were to…
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  • Live From the 2014 RWA National Conference in San Antonio, Texas

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This post is coming to you, LIVE FROM RWA SAN ANTONIO! It's a photo gallery of the fun and events so far this week! So grab your popcorn and sit back and enjoy the fun! Remember you can follow the events on Twitter at #RWA14 and on Facebook here.First just to give you a peek at the noise level when 1000+ authors, editors and agents take over a hotel.  (Mary Curry and Mary Connealy)Mary Curry & Editor Emily  Rodmell (Literacy Event)Mary Curry & Holly Jacobs (Starbucks line!)Missy Tippens & Dtr at Literacy EventChatting with Seeker friend, Tanya Agler Tina Radcliffe and…
  • Inside Cover Design with Love Inspired Art Director Tania Pery!

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    What does an average day look like for an Art Director at Harlequin, and more specifically a Love Inspired Art Director? Well, the great thing is, there isn’t an average day-and that’s what I love about it! I do, however, have a few core elements woven into my day-to-day responsibilities. These are meetings, research, creative, approvals, managing suppliers such as photographers, illustrators and retouchers, and deadlines.Hey wait! Maybe you want to hear more about my background; how I got into design, where I studied, how long I’ve been working in the industry…. Nah, on second…
  • A Visit With Margaret Daley

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Today we have a lovely guest from Love Inspired Suspense.  I have known Margaret Daley for years and she has been a wonderful role model and mentor. She has visited us here on Seekerville before, but today I wanted to honor her achievement as a multi-published author.Hi Margaret,  It is wonderful to have you visit with us in Seekerville today.  I read on the Harlequin Website that you have written over 60 books for them that have been published. I also understand you have written several books with other publishers. She told me a secret also—she has several books written that…
  • Who Controls The Media Delivery System

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Sandra here with steaming mugs of hot chocolate all frothy with whipped cream for the late night owls. For the early morning birds, I have a large pot of Chocolate Velvet coffee. And for those of you who drop in this afternoon, I have iced coffee, iced tea and some mint flavored sparkling water on ice.Because its summer, I have my grandma’s large crystal platter (the one that goes under the punch bowl) piled high with fresh fruit.  There are apricots, figs, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. I’ve sliced pineapple, melons and apples. My favorites are the cherries. I have the…
  • FROM SWEET TO SWOON, PART 2 ... Ramping Up the Sigh Factor in our Heroes!

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Question: What’s one of the most, if not the most, important component in a romance? Answer: The Hero. Let’s face it, when it comes to romantic fiction, the only one who can make a woman swoon is the hero. So, what exactly does it mean to “swoon”? Well, Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as follows: To become very excited about someone or something; to become enraptured; to suddenly become unconscious.Now, for the sake of today’s blog, let’s go with the first two definitions, although I have to admit that in my tenure as a die-hard romance reader, there have been one or…
 
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  • Amazon imprints pushing pre-orders into best-sellers but Batman swoops to take top perch

    Roger Packer
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Amazon Publishing imprints are continuing to take best-seller top spots in the Kindle store with pre-order promotions. Last week, Amazon imprints took a clean sweep of the top three places with a trio of ebooks that won’t be published until the end of July at the earliest and well into August at the latest. This week, the three have slipped down the table as surely the shortest Kindle table-topper ever has shot to No 1, with the first issue of the 22-page comic Batman Eternal from DC Comics ($1.99) zooming in to top spot. It’s a bit baffling as issue one was released in April and there…
  • Amazon boosts KDP Select fund to $2m as it adds Kindle Unlimited subscriptions

    Roger Packer
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    Amazon has moved into the ebook subscription business with Kindle Unlimited and has boosted its KDP Select Fund to pay authors to $2million for July. Books have to be enrolled in KDP Select to qualify for Kindle Unlimited and all books in KDP Select will be automatically added to Unlimited unless the author/publisher opts out. The Kindle Unlimited service costs $9.99 a month for readers and there is a free 30-day trial available. The service is initially available only in the US, featuring 600,000 ebooks and around 2,000 audiobooks from Audible. Unlimited royalties Kindle Unlimited royalties…
  • Self-publishers No 1 on Amazon and breaking out of genre

    Roger Packer
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    Indie ebooks as a whole now take the biggest market share on Amazon.com and indies are also making inroads into genres that have not been considered to be suitable for self-publishing. The latest report from Hugh Howey’s Author Earnings survey looks at four measures – Number of ranked titles Number of unit sales Gross earnings Authors’ earnings The number of ranked titles has grown with each survey because Amazon keeps adding new categories, sub-categories, and sub-sub-categories. It’s like a bookstore adding more shelves and giving more titles visibility. Shelf space for books…
  • Tablo offers easy ebook production and distribution with 100% royalties

    Roger Packer
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:04 am
    Tablo.io is a new premium publishing platform that offers a good way of producing and distributing ebooks quickly and professionally, with authors keeping 100% of their royalties. There is, however, a price to be paid for the service, with plans starting at $7.95 a month to publish one book, $15.95 a month to publish three books and $29.95 a month for 10 books. The site has a fairly narrow range of distribution at present, covering just Amazon and Apple’s iBooks. You can, of course, go direct to both of these retailers fairly easily at no cost, although iBooks can be a bit awkward. You…
  • The power of a backlist

    Roger Packer
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:50 am
    GalleyCat has an interesting interview with Elizabeth Lowell, a traditionally published author who has made a successful move to self-publishing. She has an extensive backlist in the genre of romantic thrillers and says the market for romantic suspense has exploded in the last decade which shows there was a pent-up demand that was not being met. She thinks it’s a great time to be a genre fiction writer in general. Lowell says readers are seeking contact with authors and want to feel a connection that goes beyond the books and often includes a community of other fans. She has a big backlist…
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  • Eigenfactor vs. Impact Factor: How are They Different?

    admin
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:49 am
    Eigenfactor and impact factor are two widely used measures of a journal’s value. However, they measure quite different factors and cannot be used interchangeably. Eigenfactor: How Many People Read this Journal? Although the calculation is complicated a journal eigenfactor is basically a measure of how many people read a journal and think its contents are important. Since this cannot be directly calculated, it is measured indirectly by counting the total number of citations a journal receive over a five year period. Note that eigenfactor measures the total number of citations.……
  • How Eigenfactor helps Evaluate Journal Ranking

    admin
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    We all want to publish in highly regarded scientific journals, those whose names bring instant respect and credibility. One measure of a journal’s importance is its “eigenfactor,” a rating devised by Jevin West and Carl Bergstrom at the University of Washington. The calculation is based largely on the total citations a journal receives over a five year period. Therefore a big fat journal that cranks out articles by the thousand will receive an eigenfactor twice as high as a thinner journal publishing half as many articles, so long as the articles have the same average citation…
  • What You Should Know about Scientific Authorship

    admin
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:49 am
    In scientific research, there are often numerous contributors on papers and studies, especially in the university setting where undergraduate and graduate students provide assistance. Some projects involve multiple institutions, increasing the number of collaborators even further. With so many people assisting a project, it can be difficult to know how to assign the authorship. That is why there are certain rules and guidelines to authorship that every scientist should know. Guidelines for Scientific Authorship Although there are conventions of scientific authorship, and at times specific…
  • Why Health Care Organizations Launch Their Own Medical Journals?

    admin
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:39 am
    Publishing in scholarly journals is an important aspect of medical research. There are numerous peer reviewed, highly reputable journals in which to publish research. However, many health care organizations are choosing to launch their own publications, adding to the number of possible places to find research from the field. Although it may not seem that the scientific community needs yet another journal, there are several important reasons why these organizations choose to launch their own. The Benefits of Medical Journals Medical journals provide a place to share important research with the…
  • The Difference Between Honorary and Ghost Authorship

    admin
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:25 am
    Scientific authorship is an important element of any paper. It provides credit to those who worked on the paper, as well as accountability if anything is found to be incorrect. Researchers want their name on papers to help them in their career, and often strive for the lead author credit. Although most projects simply list all contributors as authors, some choose to include an honorary or ghost author, two potentially problematic authorships. What is Honorary Authorship? Honorary authorship, also known as guest authorship, occurs when a person is listed as an author who has not provided any…
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    Beyond Paper Editing

  • 4 Levels of Editing Explained: Which Service Does Your Book Need?

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:43 pm
    by Carla Douglas and Corina Koch MacLeod@CarlaJDouglas @ckmacleodwriterThis post originally appeared on April 23, 2014 at The Book Designer.In a previous post, we discussed how you can work with beta readers to enhance the self-editing process. Self-editing, or revision, as we call it, is the furthest you can take your manuscript on your own, with feedback from others, but without professional editing help. This is a great first step towards polishing your manuscript.Let’s suppose that you’ve gotten feedback from your beta readers and made any necessary…
  • 5 Things You Should Know about Working with Beta Readers

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:49 am
    This post originally appeared on March 19, 2014 at The Book Designer.by Corina Koch MacLeod and Carla Douglas@CKMacleodwriter @CarlaJDouglasImage by aussiegallIf you’re a self-publishing author, you’ve likely either read or been told that you need to hire an editor. But a professional edit costs money, and while self-publishing gurus will recommend that it’s money well spent, not every author has the wherewithall for such an investment.Strange words coming from two editors, right?If a professional edit isn’t currently in your budget, what do you do? Answer: find a beta reader!
  • 25 Word Lists for Writers

    10 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    by Corina Koch MacLeod@CKmacleodwriterI like lists—especially word lists. They help me to make sense of the world. Below is a round-up of useful word lists for writers. Use them to check for and address potential problems in your writing.Needless WordsWe all do it—use words that clutter up our writing. If you know what those words are, you can hunt them down and obliterate them.10 Words to Cut From Your Writing at EntrepreneurNeedless Words at Tech Tools for Writers. This word list is nicely packaged in a macro that you run in Microsoft Word.* Talk about a timesaver.*See this 30-second…
  • How and Why to Bundle Your Ebooks and Pbooks

    3 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    by Carla Douglas@CarlaJDouglas BitLitEbooks or pbooks? What if you could have both? That’s right—your library, in both pbook and ebook formats. We often think in terms of one or the other, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There’s an app for thatEbook and print bundling has been available at the point of sale for some time via Amazon’s Kindle MatchBook, but a recently launched app from BitLit now makes it possible to get a free or low-priced ebook copy of the print books you already own.BitLit’s target users are hybrid readers—its tagline is “the feel of a book and…
  • 5 Things Editors Know About Readers

    26 Jun 2014 | 7:41 am
    by Carla Douglas and Corina Koch MacLeod@CarlaJDouglas @ckmacleodwriterThis article first appeared February 4, 2014 on Pubslush.If you’re planning to self-publish or if you’re thinking about it, you’re likely aware that you — and your book — will benefit if you work with an editor.How do you know this? Well for one thing, it’s impossible to get near the subject of self-publishing in the blogosphere without someone telling you to hire an editor. This advice is hard to miss — like a flashing yellow light at a dangerous intersection. And self-pubs are getting the message and…
 
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  • 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 […]
  • Long live the indies: Independent Booksellers Week 2014

    Laura Jones
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:24 am
    Rejoice! The indie bookseller! We bloody love our indies, don’t we? Rightly so, independent booksellers take a high proportion of hours out of their lives to recommend life-enriching books, to make readers happy readers. They create a humanly homely environment for readers old and new and the best bit, every single one is different. No […]
  • This week in numbers: June 21st – 27th

    Laura Jones
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:36 am
    Here’s this week’s numbers in publishing. Pearson tops global publishing rankings with almost €7m revenue (Bookseller [subs only]) ‘The top six places in 2013 remain the same as the previous year with Penguin Random House (PRH) nestled in fifth place (just as Random House was in 2012), almost €1bn behind fourth-placed Wolters Kluwer—even though these […]
  • My year without Amazon

    Laura Jones
    21 Jun 2014 | 4:09 am
    This April past marked a year of my Amazon boycott. I was surprised to realise it’s been that long and surprised how little I’ve missed Amazon. I wrote a blog back in April 2013 about Amazon’s Goodreads acquisition which marked the turning point for me personally. I rather enjoyed using Goodreads despite its infuriatingly unintuitive UI. […]
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    Nostrovia! Poetry

  • Self-aware Poems & Poems About Poetry

    Jeremiah Walton
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    “THERE’S A POEM IN THE MIRROR! I SEE IT!” Poems that know that they’re poems, or critique poetry, seem to have harnessed a bad reputation, a ball-gag that tastes like filth. I dig them though.  Poems that are passionate and provoke emotion are good poems, at least in my little corner of subjectivity.  I dig writing that employs strong images, and leaves a taste of itself (whether sour, sweet, mouthwash, or sex) in the reader’s mouth. I’m passionate about poetry, and find myself regularly writing poems that are self-aware, poems that know they are poems.
  • Bombs for digging

    Jeremiah Walton
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Jeremiah Walton:Meet Meco, the baby raccoon we rescued from starvation along the side of the road, On The Road. We lived with Meco for a couple days prior to finding him a new home suitable for him to grow up and succeed without dependency on human beings long term. Originally posted on Books & Shovels: Meet Meko We’ve rescued a baby raccoon, wandered the streets of Albany, N.Y., prevented drunken buffoons from wandering into the highway, spent all nighters screaming at the Internet and smashing our skulls against social media, writing and re-writing, interviewing, throwing ourselves…
  • Innards of my car scream with smoke and fire

    Jeremiah Walton
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    Jeremiah Walton:Books & Shovels needs your strength Originally posted on Books & Shovels: To ensure Books & Shovels has a successful journey, we have sunk 1000s of dollars into the vehicle, which potentially just fried its motor pulling into the shop.  This may have rendered the vehicle useless, and we are waiting on word from the mechanic. This is a time when we need your assistance more than ever to push our IndieGoGo campaign forward, and with encouraging others to pledge to secure the project’s future. We’re launching no matter what, even if we are hitchhiking and…
  • 8 free tools for authors

    Jeremiah Walton
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    This stuff is almost as good as free soap. Google Docs This tool has been infinitely useful during my travels.  You can access your writing online, from any computer or mobile device, and store files, photos, and notes in organized folders. The text editor is basic, but you can download a file as a txt, docx, PDF, odt, or html file.  That’s invaluable when organizing submissions to presses that only accept docx files, but you don’t have Microsoft Word. OpenOffice OpenOffice is a free Microsoft Word alternative available for Windows, MacOS and Linux. Gimp Gimp is an image…
  • Poets, come out of your closets

    Jeremiah Walton
    12 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Jeremiah Walton:Poets, come out of your closets, Open your windows, open your doors, You have been holed-up too long in your closed worlds.” -Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Populist Manifesto Originally posted on Books & Shovels: “Books & Shovels was not initially a station wagon. It was a frame pack on the back of founder Jeremiah Walton, a 19 year old poet from New Hampshire, U.S.A.. Hitchhiking at the time, Jeremiah operated a small distribution operation, street performing and hitting shows to spread the publications he released through his indie press, Nostrovia! Poetry, and for…
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    The Publishing Profits Podcast Show | Writing | Marketing | Books | Ebooks

  • 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,…
  • 029: Shoshanna Evers on Writing, Marketing and Self Publishing Romance

    tom@tckpublishing.com (Tom Corson-Knowles, Founder of TCK Publishing)
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Shoshanna Evers is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. She’s written several novels, novellas and short stories including The Man Who Holds the Whip. She has written in contemporary romance, romance and erotica. In today’s show, Shoshanna shares a glimpse into her creative process and some of her top tips for creativity, writing, rewriting and editing, and marketing. You can learn more about Shoshanna online at http://ShoshannaEvers.com Show notes: Sign up for Shoshanna’s newsletter http://ShoshannaEvers.com/newsletter http://ShoshannaEvers.com/contests The…
  • 028: Steve Berry On Writing, Self-Editing and the Creative Process

    tom@tckpublishing.com (Tom Corson-Knowles, Founder of TCK Publishing)
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of The Lincoln Myth and several other books. Steve has sold more than 17 Million books so far, and is approaching the 18 million mark. In today’s show, Steve shares the story of his journey from an unknown, unpublished writer to becoming one of the world’s top novelists. He’ll also share his magic number for how many times he edits his novels, and how you should think about the editing process before you seek to get your book published. Grab your pen and get ready to take notes, because you’re…
  • 027: Grant Cardone Shares How to Sell, Use Social Media, and Get Your Message Out to Millions

    tom@tckpublishing.com (Tom Corson-Knowles, Founder of TCK Publishing)
    18 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Grant Cardone is the  New York Times, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of If You’re Not First, You’re Last and three other books. Grant is a foremost sales expert and businessman, often appearing as a contributor on Fox, CNN and all the other big TV and radio media outlets. He’s also a superstar social media marketer on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more with over half a million followers on both Facebook and Twitter alone. In today’s show, Grant shares the secrets to his success. If this show doesn’t wake you up and get you fired up, you’re…
 
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    Marketing Tips For Authors

  • What Authors Should Know About Kindle Unlimited

    Paula Krapf
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Amazon has launched a subscription service called Kindle Unlimited. Learn if your book is listed, or what requirements your book must meet in order to be added.  Authors will be paid if their books are on Kindle Unlimited, based on Amazon’s formula. Get the full story: http://www.amarketingexpert.com/kindle-unlimited/ The program has raised many questions, and you can find additional insights here: http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/2014/07/20/kindle-unlimited-the-key-questions/ http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2014/kindle-unlimited-a-bad-deal-for-some-authors/ What authors should know…
  • Building Your Website: Researching Your Marketplace

    Paula Krapf
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Whether you’re trying to determine if you need a site or if you just want to get a sense of what your competition is doing, the research is fairly simple. You’ll want to head on over to your favorite search engine and plug in the keywords or phrases that describe your product, service, book or brand.Keep in mind that different search engines will produce different results, though that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to use several search engines during this stage of the process. Right now we’re not looking for ranking, we’re just gathering data. Searches across the ’Net will…
  • Don’t Let Your Posts Disappear on Facebook!

    Paula Krapf
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Facebook Pages have been declining in reach – and it’s about to go down again. Under the new changes, some experts predict that 1% or fewer of your fans will now see your newsfeed updates. But you don’t have to give up on Facebook. However, you do have to get your fans involved so they understand what’s going on and how they can keep up with your news. You do this by using Facebook’s notifications settings. Watch this video about using Facebook notifications and then share it with your followers so everyone is prepared! Learn how to use Facebook notifications…
  • Building Your Website: Why You Need a Site

    Paula Krapf
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    When it comes to websites, some people still wonder if they even need one. I mean, you have a Facebook account, right? Who needs a website? It’s just another thing to manage.I like to compare having a website to having a fax machine. These days most of us don’t give a fax machine (or a document scanner) a second thought. Years ago, everyone in business had a fax machine and some people just owned them for personal use. But when fax machines first came out, I remember wondering, “Who in the world would use a fax machine?” Well, as it turns out, everybody. Fax machines became a sign of…
  • Top 12 Useful and Informative Blogs for Authors

    Paula Krapf
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:06 pm
    One of the great things about being an author these days is there is so much available online to help you along the way. Training Authors Blog shares 12 of their favorite blogs for authors. Take a look at the list and feel free to add your favorite blogs in the comments. Read more: http://bit.ly/1oz5Tys Top 12 blogs for authors #amwritingClick To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule Share 12 Must-Follow Blogs for Authors #amwritingClick To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule The post Top 12 Useful and Informative Blogs for Authors appeared first on Marketing Tips For Authors.
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    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.
  • The Ultimate Guide for Integrating SlideShare into Your Content Marketing Strategy

    Kalie Moore
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Content marketing remains at the forefront of every B2B marketer’s mind. Econsultancy partnered with Adobe and recently published their Quarterly Digital Intelligence Briefing: 2014 Digital Trends which proved that B2B marketers are significantly more likely to call out content marketing as one of their top-three priorities for the year ahead (44% for B2B compared to 28% for B2C). The post The Ultimate Guide for Integrating SlideShare into Your Content Marketing Strategy appeared first on Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog.
  • How To Improve the SEO of Your Digital Magazine with Pinterest, Slideshare and More

    Wojtek Szywalski
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:43 am
    Whether you publish a digital magazine or run an e-commerce website, getting attention for your business can be challenging. There’s so much noise out there that can drown out your content marketing efforts. This article provides you with a simple guide to landing more, better-targeted users through these simple Search Engine Optimization tactics. Search Engine […] The post How To Improve the SEO of Your Digital Magazine with Pinterest, Slideshare and More appeared first on Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog.
  • PressPad Digital Publishing Platform Expands Its Operations to Japan

    Wojtek Szywalski
    10 Jun 2014 | 9:09 am
    We started building PressPad to reshape the digital publishing industry, making it easy to use and affordable for publishers of all sizes. Mobile is here to stay, and publishing is one among many industries affected by the mobile revolution. With PressPad’s active support, magazine publishers and authors are able to monetize their existing content on […] The post PressPad Digital Publishing Platform Expands Its Operations to Japan appeared first on Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog.
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    The Proof Angel

  • Disappearing languages

    The Proof Angel
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:35 am
    A quarter of our 7,000 spoken languages are at risk of falling silent. Here is an article about the parallels between biodiversity & cultural diversity. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Bits & bobs Tagged: cultural diversity, Languages
  • The distribution of letters

    The Proof Angel
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    Ever wondered how the letters are distributed within words? Have a look at these graphs, which show letter frequency at the beginning, middle & end of words. In this analysis, letters in more frequently used words have more weight. The colour indicates the frequency of the letter. Fascinating stuff, but I’m not sure where it gets us. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Bits & bobs Tagged: alphabet, letters
  • How to use the ellipsis

    The Proof Angel
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:53 am
    It took a long time for me to notice that the ellipsis consists of 3 dots. I picked up that a row of dots means something has been missed out, but it never occurred to me that there was a name for the mark, or conventions for its use. I would just use a random number of dots. In case you are as misguided as I used to be, this post explains the use of the ellipsis. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Grammar & usage Tagged: ellipsis, punctuation
  • Keeping it simple

    The Proof Angel
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:51 am
    We often hear that we should keep our content simple. It is easy to lose sight of the reasoning behind that plan. Remind yourself with this post. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Writing resources Tagged: Plain English
  • Book benches

    The Proof Angel
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:18 am
    I like this idea. We need more interesting street furniture to brighten up our urban areas. These seats based on classic books will certainly do that. This link has the maps you need to visit the benches. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Bits & bobs Tagged: street art
 
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    The Passive Voice

  • Why I’ve switched to self-publishing

    Passive Guy
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    From author Diana Kimpton via An Awfully Big Blog Adventure: It wasn’t an easy decision to make. I knew I already had two publishers eager to see my first novel for older readers. I knew that if I went with one of them, I’d be likely to get a good advance and good sales. But I also knew that the world of publishing was changing fast. Self publishing was now a viable option – I’d already tried it with two backlist titles so I knew what was involved. And I also knew that There Must Be Horses was the best book I had ever written. Did I want to hand it over to someone else or did I…
  • Amazon Firefly

    Passive Guy
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Thanks to Patricia for the tip. PG doesn’t have an Amazon phone, but he does have an Amazon app, including bar code scanner, on his phone. Even if PG plans to purchase something in a store, if he’s unfamiliar with the product or product category, he sometimes pulls the item up on Amazon to read reviews and gain much more information about the item (and competing items) than he can obtain from the product packaging. Of course, he sometimes discovers more highly-rated competing products on Amazon that aren’t available in the store, so it’s a product selection tool,…
  • A leaf fluttered

    Passive Guy
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked. Anais Nin
  • How Kindle Unlimited Is Changing the Amazon Kindle Best-Seller List

    Passive Guy
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:24 am
    From Digital Book World: Kindle Unlimited is minting best-sellers. According to Publishers Lunch, the number of ebooks on the Kindle best-seller list that are Kindle Unlimited titles has just about tripled since the launch of the all-you-can-read service from Amazon last week. Amazon is counting Kindle Unlimited reads as well as Kindle store sales in its best-seller rankings. Last week at this time, there were 15 ebooks that would have been part of Kindle Unlimited that were top 100 best-sellers on Kindle; this week, that number has ballooned to 45. As the chart shows, Amazon Publishing…
  • Amazon-Hachette Debate Yields Diverse Opinions Among Authors

    Passive Guy
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    From The Authors Guild: The Authors Guild is committed to an inclusive, big-tent approach to its mission as the published writer’s advocate. The recent clash between Amazon and Hachette Book Group has called attention to the contrasting viewpoints of traditionally-published and self-published authors. During this dispute the Guild has spoken out against Amazon’s tactics—which needlessly imperil the livelihoods of authors who are not involved in the negotiations—while also challenging the major publishing houses to revisit the parsimonious stance they’ve taken on authors’ e-book…
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    All Indie Writers » Indie Publishing

  • 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…
  • Ten Reasons to Launch an Author Blog

    Jennifer Mattern
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    If you’re an author, you've probably heard that you should consider having a blog. Some authors swear by them. Others swear them off as a distraction and waste of time. But the marketing value of blogs is undeniable, and they can be effective promotional tools for both nonfiction and fiction authors. In a future post we'll take a look at some of the ways you can simplify the author blogging process to reap the benefits without letting it take over your writing schedule. But for now, let's look at what some of those benefits actually are. 10 Reasons to Launch an Author Blog Not convinced…
  • Get APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur FREE From BookBaby

    Jennifer Mattern
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    Each week I try to release a new freebie developed just for All Indie Writers readers. But this week I want to do something a bit different. I want to pass along an awesome deal that came through to my inbox this morning. If you're thinking about becoming an indie author, no doubt you've heard about APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch.   If you don't have a copy yet, I highly recommend it. And there couldn't be a better time. Right now, you can get a copy of APE (mobi, epub, and/or pdf -- your choice) for free from BookBaby.com. The only catch? You…
  • Quick Tip: Promote Your Writing With a Monthly Marketing Calendar

    Jennifer Mattern
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Here's a quick tip about how you can more effectively promote your writing every month, whether that means marketing your freelance writing services, your books, or your blogs. Use a monthly marketing calendar. What's the Point of a Monthly Marketing Calendar? A monthly marketing calendar gives you an easy way to keep all of your marketing information on one handy sheet of paper. I have an example that you can download below. On it, you can track: Your marketing goals for the month Your key marketing tactics that will help you reach your goals "Other opportunities" to keep in mind, such as…
  • 15-Minute Book Marketing Tactics for Busy Authors

    Jennifer Mattern
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    Raise your hand if you're an author who has ever complained that you don't have enough time to market your books. After all, you're too busy writing, right? While making time for larger book marketing efforts is a requirement and reality of self publishing today (or any publishing for that matter), there are still plenty of things you can do to promote your book when you're short on time. This week's free resource for writers is designed to help you stick with your book marketing even on your busiest days. I've put together a simple list of 15 book marketing tactics that you can do in just 15…
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    Helen Sedwick

  • 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…
  • Hiring Freelancers; Contract Basics

    Helen Sedwick
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    You have chosen an editor, book-cover designer, interior designer, photographer, illustrator, audio book narrator, or other freelance contractor. Now what? How do you spell out your mutual expectations or, to put it in legal language, the terms of engagement? Most likely, your freelancer has a form agreement, which may be a description on a website or an email only. These form binding agreements even if they are electronic. However, make sure the agreement covers the following: Describe what services are expected: Spell out what you expect the contractor to provide. For example, line-by-line…
  • Joining THE BOOK DESIGNER as a Contributing Writer

    Helen Sedwick
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Like many writers considering the plunge into self-publishing, I started my research on the internet. Without exaggeration, the best resource I found was, and still is, Joel Friedlandler’s THE BOOK DESIGNER. THE BOOK DESIGNER website covers everything from structuring your novel to choosing fonts for your book cover. The advice is practical and professional, and writers can download free and inexpensive handouts, videos and templates to study and use. Joel’s monthly E-Book Cover Awards  will teach you the nuts and bolts of designing a killer book cover. And he scans the internet…
  • Beware of Contests Offering Publishing Contracts

    Helen Sedwick
    6 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Even though words are our stock-and-trade, many writers are intimidated by contract wording. The pages look fuzzy and convoluted, like  some math-test nightmare from high school. Writers assume they won’t understand the contracts, so they close their eyes and click SUBMIT. Nonsense. If you can write a book, then you can read a contract well enough to spot a bad deal. The trick is knowing where to look. This post is the first of the Highlighter Series in which I will take actual contacts, highlight key provisions, and explain meanings and consequences. I won’t tell you NOT to sign…
 
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