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  • The 3 things you need in order to build your author platform on a firm foundation

    BookBaby Blog
    Chris Robley
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am
    You’ve probably heard a lot about the importance of building an author platform. According to publishing expert Jane Friedman, when editors and agents say they’re looking to work with authors who have an existing platform, what they really mean is they’re searching for a writer “with visibility and authority who has proven reach to a target audience.” But before you get all excited and try to build a taller, wider, shinier platform than the next writer in your genre, consider this: all your platform-building efforts will be a waste of time if you’re not starting off on solid…
  • How to Become a Publisher, Step 1: Build a Website

    Beyond Paper Editing
    Corina Koch MacLeod
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    By Corina Koch MacLeod @Ckmacleodwriter   What’s the first step you need to take when you’re setting up a digital publishing company? Writing a business plan? Maybe not. I’d like to suggest building a website should be your first step. Start With a Website I have nothing against writing business plans, but the act of … Read More →
  • 71 Tools and Tactics for Your Book Marketing Plan

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

    Intentional Leadership
    Michael Hyatt
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    People often ask me how I’ve been able to build a successful business that’s doubled every year for the last three years. I had similar wins in the corporate world. I was able to set some audacious goals and beat them again and again. This has been a pattern for me professionally, but I have a secret: I’ve never assumed I could do it on my own. So how have I done it? Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s fast, free, and more convenient.  
  • Women mystery writers break out of the shadows

    The Book Deal
    Alan Rinzler
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:44 pm
    The tired old stereotype of a mystery writer as some hard-boiled noir guy with a cigarette in one hand and a tumbler full of whiskey in the other is obsolete. Over. Done. Make way for Sisters in Crime, a nationwide organization of women mystery writers who are achieving commercial and literary success. Ever since Sara Paretsky’s debut novel Indemnity Only in 1982, a steady flow of increasingly popular women mystery writers has emerged, including Patricia Cornwall with her Scarpetta series, Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhane Alphabet series, and many others. For the love of mysteries I’ve…
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  • Daily Must Reads, November 21, 2014

    Julie Keck
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:57 am
    1. The group that rules the Web (Paul Ford / The New Yorker) 2. Aereo files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy (Jordan Crook / TechCrunch) 3. Laura Poitras and Amy Goodman to receive I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence (Nieman Foundation) 4. Lessons on censorship from Syria’s internet filter machines (Emiliano De Cristofaro / The Conversation) […] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Mediatwits #138: Streaming Music Rising: Spotify, YouTube, Beats, Pandora

    Jefferson Yen
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:05 am
    When Taylor Swift removed her music from Spotify this month many people were surprised. After all, the streaming music service is one of the largest with 37.5 million free users a month and more than 12 million paid users. In an interview with Yahoo!, Swift said she wasn’t willing to contribute to streaming services like […] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Upcoming Events in Digital Media: Nov. 21 Edition

    Sonia Paul
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:04 am
    Each week, MediaShift posts an ongoing list of upcoming events in the digital media and journalism world. These will be a mix of MediaShift-produced events and other events. If we’re missing any major events, please use our Contact Form to let us know, and we’ll add them to the list. If you’d like to pay to promote […] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Journalism & Digital Education Roundup, November 20, 2014

    Julie Keck
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:08 am
    1. Open education’s publicity problem (Steve Kolowich / Chronicle of Higher Education) 2. On transfer students, data, and adjusted priorities (Alexandra W. Logue / Inside Higher Education) 3. U Oklahoma’s Janux flips the MOOC (Dian Schaffhauser / Campus Technology) 4. Virginia newsman pledges $1M to University of Missouri j-school (Jeff Clabaugh / Washington Business Journal […] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Daily Must Reads, November 20, 2014

    Julie Keck
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:43 am
    1. Jennifer Preston on leaving the New York Times, joining the Knight Foundation, and spurring innovation in newsrooms (Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab) 2. Jack Shafer on losing his job, and the state of things (Peter Sterne / Capital New York) 3. Sorry, Netflix: Serial proves that the best shows shouldn’t be binged on (Jason […] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
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    Digital Book World

  • Oyster Turns Web Publisher

    Rich Bellis
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    The ebook subscription service Oyster launches an online literary magazine called The Oyster Review in a move designed to boost discovery of the titles in its catalog. Earlier this week Simon & Schuster also debuted a site for publishing original content, called Scribner Magazine. Both new ventures reflect the hope that free, editorially curated web content can help ebook readers find–and ultimately purchase–new titles. The Oyster Review also represents an expansion of Oyster’s business beyond just an ebook retail and e-reading platform. Scribd’s recent plunge into the…
  • Simon & Schuster Strips “Buy It Now” Requirement from Library Ebook Program

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:21 am
    When Simon & Schuster launched its library ebook program in June, it stipulated that participating libraries must offer a “Buy It Now” button allowing patrons to purchase the ebooks they borrow. Today the publisher makes that requirement optional in an effort to expand the program to libraries that hesitated to jump on board as a result. The American Library Association applauds the change. ALA President Courtney Young said in a statement today that the revision “speaks to the importance of sustaining conversations among librarians, publishers, distributors and authors…
  • BitLit Bundles Elsevier Ebooks

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Four months after HarperCollins launched a pilot program with the ebook bundling start-up BitLit, Elsevier follows suit. BitLit offers customers discounted ebook versions of titles they already own in print. More than two hundred publishers already offer their titles through BitLit’s bundling service, which currently consists of about 40,000 ebooks. Elsevier kicks off its own BitLit partnership with a pilot of 5,000 titles at three different price points. Learn more: Hear directly from BitLit founder and CEO Peter Hudson at Digital Book World 2015. [Press Release] BITLIT TO OFFER…
  • Five Digital Publishing Leaders Weigh in on Industry’s Future

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:39 am
    Here’s one short thought each from five industry leaders on where digital publishing is headed: “For the foreseeable future, we will operate in a hybrid print and digital world.” –Jonathan Nowell, President, Nielsen Book “Ebooks and digital media enable execution of a variety of new business models globally, opening new channels by delivering content in innovative formats.” –Steve Potash, CEO, OverDrive “Great subscription products will drive more people to read more books in the years ahead.” –Matt Shatz, Chief Revenue Officer, Oyster…
  • Oyster Invites Authors’ Input on Business Model, Launches Literary Journal

    Rich Bellis
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Ebook subscription service Oyster launches two new programs today–one to improve what happens behind the scenes, the other geared specifically to readers. Oyster’s new Author Advisory Board invites top authors to weigh in on how Oyster does business. According to an Oyster spokesperson, board members “will provide input and feedback on product and content decisions at Oyster to help ensure that streaming services for books are mutually beneficial to writers, readers, and publishers for a long time to come.” Related: Hear Directly from Subscription Ebook Leaders on…
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    A Newbie's Guide to Publishing

  • Preston Amok, The Bookseller Sucks, Antitrust Redux*

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
    *To revel in the full majesty of this blog's title, please mispronounce redux as re-ducks.Now go grab a pot of coffee and a bowl of popcorn. This is gonna be a long one.Back in 1978, when I was but a wee lad of 8 (the smarter among you can probably guess my birth year if you're good at math) a book came out by a guy named George Fox. It was called Amok.Even at that tender young age, I'd recently read Jaws (and you wonder why I'm a thriller writer?) and I picked up Amok at my local library in their paperback exchange rack. I selected it because of the cover; two muscular arms swinging a bloody…
  • Guest Post by Jennifer Selzer & Daniel Huber

    18 Nov 2014 | 8:02 am
    Writing books is notoriously a solitary craft, whether that brings to mind an image of the infamous recluse JD Salinger, or the more modern, anonymous soul sitting alone at the neighborhood Starbucks, head buried in his laptop. My experience with writing has mostly been the opposite of this, as Ive been in a collaborative partnership for over fifteen years now. Daniel Huber and I began writing together back in 1999, after I had mentioned to him that I had an idea for a story, for a world in fact. It was sort of this strange blend of science fiction and fantasy, because I wanted to write in a…
  • The Authors Guild: Do More Than Hope

    15 Nov 2014 | 8:43 am
    From Authors Guild Prez Roxana Robinson:“In the meantime, it’s our hope that Hachette—in light of the loyalty its authors have shown throughout this debacle—takes this opportunity to revisit its standard e-book royalty rate of 25% of the publisher’s net profits.”The Authors Guild has, many times in the past, voiced that ebook royalties should be raised.So do something about it.The AG, and Authors United, have been able to get beaucoup media attention during the Hachette/Amazon spat. They were squarely on the side of Hachette (even while proclaiming they weren't taking sides) and…
  • Amazon/Hachette Negotiations Finally End

    13 Nov 2014 | 9:58 am
    Via Hachette:Dear Authors and Agents,I’m very happy to bring you the good news that Hachette Book Group has reached a new agreement with Amazon for ebook and print sales. While the new ebook terms will take effect early in 2015, Hachette titles will be restored as soon as possible to normal availability on Amazon, will be available for pre-order, and will be included in promotions on the site, a very positive development as we head into the holiday shopping season.The new agreement delivers considerable benefits. It gives us full responsibility for the consumer prices of our ebooks.
  • Embrace Change – Guest Post by David Gaughran

    5 Nov 2014 | 7:14 am
    Writers have it better than any other creative profession right now but it feels like we don’t appreciate our good fortune and haven’t adopted the mindset where we fully embrace change. The transition to digital is hugely disruptive – and not always in positive ways – but it’s solving a number of long-standing problems, particularly the issue of author earnings.It’s easy to forget how bad things were before the digital revolution made self-publishing viable and gave us all more options. I was at the International Women’s Fiction Festival in Matera, Italy at the end of September.
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    Catherine, Caffeinated

  • A Discount on Self-Printed 3.0 Just for YOU!

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

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

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

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

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:14 am
    Happy #SelfPrintedSplash Day! The Self-Printed Splash, if you’re not familiar, is a stupid idea I had [I'm typing these words at 2.36am on the morning of said splash, when I have something like 20 responses left to go and Gmail has decided to stop letting me in and there's only so much coffee a person can drink - hence the stupid bit] to launch the third edition of Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing. I invited people to ask me their burning self-publishing question and I answered it under the condition that they’d post it to their blog, Twitter feed or…
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    BookBaby Blog

  • Ursula K. Le Guin on what the world really needs from its imaginative writers of today and tomorrow

    Chris Robley
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    On November 19th, 2014, the brilliant Ursula K. Le Guin accepted the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards. She thanks her family, her agent, her editors, and then… Well, check out the video above. It’s moving, frightening, and best of all, inspiring. The post Ursula K. Le Guin on what the world really needs from its imaginative writers of today and tomorrow appeared first on BookBaby Blog.
  • The 3 things you need in order to build your author platform on a firm foundation

    Chris Robley
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am
    You’ve probably heard a lot about the importance of building an author platform. According to publishing expert Jane Friedman, when editors and agents say they’re looking to work with authors who have an existing platform, what they really mean is they’re searching for a writer “with visibility and authority who has proven reach to a target audience.” But before you get all excited and try to build a taller, wider, shinier platform than the next writer in your genre, consider this: all your platform-building efforts will be a waste of time if you’re not starting off on solid…
  • Have your say – the DBW Writer’s Survey

    Steven Spatz
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    Want to know how authors are coping in today’s changing publishing landscape? Yeah, so do we! So that’s why we’re inviting BookBaby authors to have their say in the annual Author Survey. Conducted each year by our friends at Digital Book World, the survey has helped discover and explore some of the new emerging trends and patterns in both traditional and self publishing.       You can click HERE to start the survey. It’s about 65 questions long and takes 15 minutes or so to complete. (Psst — Be sure to list the BookBaby Blog as how you found out about it!) The full results…
  • Navigating the authors services industry

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    [This article was written by guest contributor Nancy L. Baumann, CEO of Bookarma.] Now that the Independent Publishing market is strong and vibrant, a whole slew of Author Service Providers have emerged, and authors can feel confused about where to turn to for help. You need help. You need to turn your manuscript into a professional product and get it in the hands of readers. In the traditional publishing model, it was all about the publisher. They not only controlled the process, but they controlled all aspects of the product. They chose the book title, the cover, controlled the editing,…
  • Leaving BookBaby was the best decision she could ever make.

    Steven Spatz
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    Shannon McLay was a BookBaby author. Not anymore. She’s gone, outta here, an ex-customer. Adios, au revoir, see you later. And get this: leaving BookBaby has made all the difference for Shannon’s writing career. Personally I’m glad to see her go. Not exactly what you expected to read on the BookBaby blog, eh? Well, get used to it – I hope! If I had my druthers, I’d be blogging about people like Shannon all day long. In fact, dear reader, I hope you’re next. Thoroughly confused now? OK, I’ve got some explaining to do. Shannon did indeed launch her…
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    Self-Publishing Review

  • Review: The Supplement Guide: An Unbiased Review of the Best and Worst Sports Supplements by Tim Mielke

    James Grimsby
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    The Supplement Guide: An Unbiased Review of the Best and Worst Sports Supplements by Tim Mielke is a revised edition of a previous publication, The Book of Supplement Secrets: A Beginner’s Guide to Nutritional Supplements, an insider guide to the pros and cons of the supplement industry, and the common lies bought into by consumers. ...
  • Review: The Funny Adventures of Little Nani by Cinta García de la Rosa

    James Grimsby
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:26 am
    The Funny Adventures of Little Nani by Cinta García de la Rosa is a collection of short stories for children featuring the titular Little Nani, an eight-year-old girl who wants to become a great witch. Using her magic spells she tries to help everyone she comes across, making the most unlikely of friends along the ...
  • Decay by Mark Lingane

    Henry Baum
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:18 am
    Decay by Mark Lingane is the second book in his YA steampunk/science fiction series, “The Tesla Evolution.” Set in a war-ravaged dystopian future, Decay follows Sebastian, his friend Melanie, and others fighting off a cyborg threat to kill off humanity once and for all. Sebastian, along with some other survivors, find that they have enhanced ...
  • Lost Library by Kate Baray

    Henry Baum
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:11 am
    Lost Library by Kate Baray is the first novel in the “Lost Library” urban fantasy romance series, which so far comprises three novels and three short stories. That investment in world-building is very evident in these pages: the book is both carefully detailed and fast-paced, which will appeal to more readers than those interested in ...
  • Review: Choices by Staffan R.B. Nordqvist

    Cate Baum
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    There is a trend in self-publishing for the “selfie” book, a written version of the frequently-seen Instagram snap that appears online so often. Choices: A Physician’s Journey On Two Continents by Staffan R.B. Nordqvist is such a book:  a memoir of a Swedish doctor who emigrates to the USA. Sometimes humorous, sometimes hard, Nordqvist makes ...
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    Publishing Perspectives

  • 5 Tips for Editing Literary Works in Translation

    Guest Contributor
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Three top US book editors and one translator share their top tips for working with and editing literary translations. The post 5 Tips for Editing Literary Works in Translation appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Hollywood L.I.T.: Taking Your Story to the Silver Screen

    Guest Contributor
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    At the Hollywood L.I.T. Retreat producers, filmmakers and more shared inspiration for building a career and getting your story to the silver screen. The post Hollywood L.I.T.: Taking Your Story to the Silver Screen appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • November 2014 Top Self-published Book Reviews from BlueInk Review

    Guest Contributor
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:48 am
    The November 2014 selection of self-published book reviews from BlueInk Review includes paranormal fiction, young adult fiction, self-help and health. The post November 2014 Top Self-published Book Reviews from BlueInk Review appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Virtual Sci-Fi Book Festival Makes Backlist Sexy Again

    Guest Contributor
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Sam Missingham explains how HarperCollins UK's recent Virtual Sci-fi Festival leveraged new platforms to connect backlist authors with new readers. The post Virtual Sci-Fi Book Festival Makes Backlist Sexy Again appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Where Fashion Meets Books

    Rachel Aydt
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Fashion brand Club Monaco has enlisted The Strand bookstore to decorate its flagship store with books, creating a store-within-a-store. The post Where Fashion Meets Books appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
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    The Book Designer

  • Editors’ Post-NaNo Tips for Revising Your Novel

    Joel Friedlander
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    By Corina Koch MacLeod and Carla Douglas It’s National Novel Writing Month, and if you’re participating in the festivities, you’re chained to your computer in an effort to blast out a 50,000-word first draft. Thanks for coming up for air to read this post! When your draft is completed, you’ll need to revise it. And how you revise your writing will depend on your prewriting and planning style the kind of book you’re writing But first, an explanation of what we mean by revise. What is Revising? The prefix “re” means again. To revise is to re-vision—to look at your writing…
  • e-Book Cover Design Awards, October 2014

    Joel Friedlander
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    Welcome to the e-Book Cover Design Awards. This edition is for submissions during October, 2014. This month we received: 106 covers in the Fiction category 23 covers in the Nonfiction categoryu Comments, Award Winners, and Gold Stars I’ve added comments (JF: ) to many of the entries, but not all. Remember that the aim of these posts is educational, and by submitting you are inviting comments, commendations, and constructive criticism. Thanks to everyone who participated. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. Please leave a comment to let me know which are your favorites or, if you…
  • This Week in the Blogs, November 8 – 14, 2014

    Joel Friedlander
    16 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    Mother Nature’s been playing tricks on many of us this past week with an early return to winter across much of the country leaving quite a few of us wondering what happened! While we can’t control the weather, we can control many of the factors to do with the success of our self-publishing efforts. Here’s some of the latest articles to help with that. Jason Matthews on How to Make, Market and Sell Ebooks My Babelcube Experience (part 2) Getting Interesting “My optimism for self-pub opportunities spiked when I heard about Babelcube and their book translation services. I…
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    The Future of Ink

  • Why You Should Welcome Anything Less Than 5 Star Reviews

    Joan Stewart
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    by Joan Stewart When I’m looking at book or product reviews on Amazon, nothing sets off my B.S. detector faster than dozens of reviews that are all five stars, and none less than that. It’s the same at other sites. When I was shopping online for living room curtains recently at a consumer site, I fell in love with a pair of white sheers with delicate embroidery for only $25 a pair. “How can they be any good if that’s all they cost”? I asked myself. I jumped to the 47 reviews, almost all 5 star reviews. Customers gushed about how beautiful and feminine they…
  • How to Sell More Books to the Right Target Audience

    Kristen Eckstein
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:06 am
    by Kristen Eckstein I know, I know, you’ve probably heard it before: You need to know who you’re marketing to. A section about finding and knowing your target audience can be found in almost every book written about publishing, and every publishing and book marketing blog on the net. While you may already have this concept nailed down for your book, you’d be surprised how many established authors still try and reach too broad an audience, which directly impacts the potential number of books they sell. The secret to selling more books isn’t writing about the hottest trending topic (a…
  • 7 Types Of Book Launch Events You Can Use To Gain Best Seller Status For Your Book

    Shelley Hitz
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Shelley Hitz If you have a book that’s being published soon, you’ll want to take advantage of all that a book launch can offer! In this video, I describe seven types of book launch events with resources for you to consider: The 7 Types of Book Launch Events Discussed in the Video 1. Discounted price 2. Bestseller Launch 3. Virtual Book Tours 4. Giveaways and Contests 5. Group Promotions 6. Online Conferences 7. Combine One Or More Of The Above Things to Consider Event Timing Event Length Type of Event Book Launch Event #1: Discounted price Depending on the price of your book,…
  • A Closer Look at Content Rules and The Science of Marketing – Book Reviews

    Frances Caballo
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Frances Caballo I read about 70 blog posts a week and for quite some time, I was ordering every book I could find to deepen my understanding of content creation and social media marketing. People often ask me what books I read so I thought I would review the two marketing books I rely on the most and suggest a few other books that I also love. The Rule Book on Great Content When Ann Handley and C.C. Chapman published Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, eBooks, Webinars (and More) that Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business, I purchased a hardcover copy. I think…
  • How To Co-Write Your Next Kindle Book – 6 Tips For Success

    Rebecca Livermore
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Rebecca Livermore Even though Kindle books are often shorter than traditionally published books, they are still a lot of work. Co-writing is one way to not only cut the work in half, but if done right, to make the process more profitable and enjoyable as well. Here are six tips to keep in mind to make the process of co-writing your next Kindle book a smooth one: One – Choose Your Partner with Care Writing a book is a lot of work, and even if you never meet your coauthor in person, you’re going to spend a lot of time connecting, and will be “tied” to him or her for a…
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    The Passive Voice - Latest Updates

  • The Storyteller

    Passive Guy
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    From an old issue of The New Yorker: My copy was blue. The book was a small Scholastic paperback, and on the cover was a trio of pale-green concentric circles. They looked like radio waves, or the kind of design you could get by fiddling around with a Spirograph set. In one of the circles was the silhouette of a girl, and, in another, a matching image of a little boy. The book was “A Wrinkle in Time,” by Madeleine L’Engle. Published in 1962, it is—depending on how you look at it—science fiction, a warm tale of family life, a response to the Cold War, a book about a search for a…
  • It makes you wonder

    Passive Guy
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    It makes you wonder. All the brilliant things we might have done with our lives if only we suspected we knew how. Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
  • Want To Be More Creative? Don’t Sleep

    Passive Guy
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:07 am
    From LinkedIn: Wednesday, famed sportswriter Bill Simmons released a podcast where he interviewed Lorne Michaels, the man who created and still runs Saturday Night Live. In the interview, Michaels said something particularly interesting about the creative process. Simmons asked him about the grueling nature of SNL, where Michaels and his staff have been putting on a live hour of television each week for the past 40 years. Specifically, Simmons asked if that sort of schedule was too difficult, if there would be a benefit to cutting back. Michaels’ answer: no. “There’s a mantra that I…
  • Apple $450 million e-book settlement gets final court approval

    Passive Guy
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    From Reuters: A U.S. judge on Friday gave final approval to Apple Inc’s agreement to pay $450 million to resolve claims it harmed consumers by conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices. During a hearing in Manhattan, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote approved what she called a “highly unusual” accord. It calls for Apple to pay $400 million to as many as 23 million consumers if the company is unsuccessful in appealing a ruling that found it liable for antitrust violations. The $400 million comes on top of earlier settlements with five publishers in the case, which…
  • ‘Bieber’s Finger’ and other quirky fiction

    Passive Guy
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    From The Ogden Standard-Examiner: The old “sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll” stereotype has nothing on the new science fiction novel by Kaysville author/musician/businessman Craig Nybo. In “Bieber’s Finger,” Nybo has crafted a story about a super fan who just happens to catch the finger of her pop-singing idol when he’s killed in a car bombing — all of which happens in the first few pages. The rest of the book chronicles this 15-year-old groupie’s attempts to illegally clone the object of her affection and proceed to teach him to sing and dance so that he can perform at the…
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    The Digital Reader

  • NJ Gov. Christie Vetoes Reader Privacy Act, Asks for Stronger, Narrower Law

    Eric Hellman
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:56 pm
     According to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s conditional veto statement, “Citizens of this State should be permitted to read what they choose without unnecessary government intrusion.” It’s hard to argue with that! Personally, I think we should also be permitted to read what we choose without corporate surveillance. As previously reported in The Digital Reader, the bill passed in September by wide margins in both houses of the New Jersey State Legislature and would have codified the right to read ebooks without letting the government and everybody else…
  • Interesting WordPress Bug – Help Needed

    Nate Hoffelder
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:36 am
    I’ve encountered a small WP bug in a critical feature on the blog this morning, and since it has me baffled I thought I would post it and ask for help. Whenever I write a review or long post, I like to add an auto-generated TOC (this one). It’s a quick and easy way to add a useful feature without having to code the TOC by hand. The TOC is added by way of a shortcode which looks something like this: [- – – ATOC – – -] (spaces added so you can see the hyphens) [- – – TAG:h2 – – -] Unfortunately, some time in the past week…
  • Penguin Random House Launches New Vanity Press in Spain

    Nate Hoffelder
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:39 pm
    News is breaking today that  PRH subsidiary and vanity press Author Solutions has launched a new front company in Spain earlier this week, and it is almost as bad as you would expect. David Gaughran broke the news when he reported earlier today: Penguin Random House is speeding up the international expansion of its vanity press operations, while also seeking to integrate them more closely with the traditional side of the business – hoping to counteract flat growth for Author Solutions at a time when self-publishing is booming. Author Solutions launches a new…
  • Shutting Down a Comment Section is a Bad Idea

    Nate Hoffelder
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
    Over the past year a number of high profile news sites ranging from Popular Science to The Chicago Sun-Times have closed their comment section (or, in the case of Vox, launched without one), and now Re/code is joining that club. The news site announced yesterday that they are disabling their comment section: The biggest change for some of you, however, will be that we have decided to remove the commenting function from the site. We thought about this decision long and hard, since we do value reader opinion. But we concluded that, as social media has continued its robust growth, the bulk…
  • Onyx Launches the Boox Classic, a 69 Euro Kindle Competitor

    Nate Hoffelder
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:44 am
    With the $69/€59 basic Kindle, the $79 Kobo Touch, and the $99 Nook Glowlight, it’s pretty clear that it’s not easy to offer a cheap and good ereader without losing money or selling old hardware, but Onyx is going to give it a shot. Arta Tech, an Onyx retail partner in Europe, has just unveiled the Boox Classic, a stripped down 69 euro ereader which lacks many of the features common on the latest ereaders. The Boox Classic runs a closed version of Android 2.3 on a 1GHz CPU with 512MB RAM and 4GB internal storage. It also has Wifi and a microSD card slot,…
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    The Creative Penn

  • Beating Self-Censorship And How Embracing The Shadow Helps My Fiction

    Joanna Penn
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:11 pm
    I recently did an all-encompassing interview with the lovely Deb Ozarko about changing the status quo. We talked a lot about going indie, self-publishing and creative entrepreneurship, but we also got into some deep and meaningful topics. I must admit to being fueled by pinot noir for the interview, so I opened up a lot about some of the things that really matter to me If you’d like to listen to the whole interview, I suggest joining me for a glass! You can listen to the whole interview here [1 hr 44], or you can watch or listen to the 5 minute clip below or here on YouTube. In this…
  • Why The Writing Journey Is Just Like Skiing

    Joanna Penn
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Everybody wants to know the best way to write, to publish, to market. But although there are tracks to follow and experts to emulate, there really is no single right way to do anything in the author life. We will all have a different journey. Imagine that you want to ski down a hill. Even if you don’t ski, hopefully you’ve seen enough Bond movies to know how it works! It’s similar to our journey through life and also applies to writing, marketing and any kind of business or career. Here’s why. (1) Your path is not a straight line. You have to zigzag. Even though you…
  • The Christian Publishing Market With Jeremy Bouma

    Joanna Penn
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:10 pm
    I have a degree in Theology and my interest in religion is enmeshed in my fiction. I write books that can be described as religious thrillers, and yet I’m not a Christian, although I do describe myself as spiritual. In today’s show, I interview Jeremy Bouma about the complexities of the Christian publishing market, and you’ll learn a lot about the sub-niche as well as customer targeting and much more, even if you’re not a Christian author. In the introduction I mention my personal writing updates, as well as the Goodreads event on Nov 15th when you can join me and…
  • Adapting A Novel And Other Lessons Learned From London Screenwriter’s Festival

    Joanna Penn
    8 Nov 2014 | 10:10 pm
    A few weeks ago, I attended the London Screenwriter’s Festival which was a cornucopia of fascinating information and networking packed into a couple of intense days. Authors can learn a lot from screenwriters, especially in an age where there’s some amazing television. After getting rid of the physical TV six years ago, we’ve been downloading and devouring shows like House of Cards, Game of Thrones and True Detective, and I am always a sucker for action movies! Let’s face it – more people watch TV and films than read books. More people devour stories through the…
  • Pitching Literary Festivals, Genre Boundaries And Crime Fiction. With Clare Mackintosh

    Joanna Penn
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:46 pm
    I attend quite a few literary festivals and I always come away having learned something. I definitely think they are worth going to for the new perspectives as well as the networking opportunities. Today on the blog, I interview crime author Clare Mackintosh, who also runs a literary festival in Chipping Norton in the UK. She answers some of my burning questions about literary fiction and genre boundaries, running literary festivals and how authors can maximize their chances of being involved. You can leave Clare any questions about these topics in the comments at the bottom of the post.
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    Backspace: The Writers Place

  • Do writers have to “write what they know?” by Suzanne Chazin

    Karen Dionne
    4 Nov 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Writers are often advised to “write what you know.” The thinking goes that only by experiencing something yourself can you portray it authentically. Here’s what I know: 1. A child’s need for a bathroom is inversely proportional to the distance from one. 2. If you want to discuss something really important with a man, hide the remote. 3. Never enter a swimming pool after a bunch of preschoolers have used it. The same goes for teenagers and your car. If I had to write solely from personal experience, my novels would have all the excitement of a C-span budget hearing. I’m no Hemingway.
  • What Do Your Dreams Really Mean? by Mary Kennedy

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

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

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

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

    Deborah Jensen
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Smashwords Attention, indie ebook authors. Mark Coker at Smashwords wants you to know that there’s never been a better time to be you. He writes, “Thanks to an ever-growing global market for your ebooks, your books are a couple clicks away from over one billion potential readers on smart phones, tablets and e-readers. In the world of ebooks, the playing field is tilted to the indie author’s advantage.” Then, the wake-up call. Coker goes on to report that “the gravy train of exponential sales growth is over,” with indie (self-published) authors seeing “significant” sales…
  • Daniel Handler Contributes $10K to the We Need Diverse Books Crowdfunding Campaign

    Maryann Yin
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Daniel Handler incited fury within the literary community for the offensive jokes he made at the recent National Book Awards ceremony. Handler, who served as the master of ceremonies, has publicly expressed remorse for those remarks and found a way to make amends. Handler (pictured, via) revealed on Twitter that he plans to contribute $10,000 to the We Need Diverse Books Indiegogo campaign. For the next 24 hours, he will match whatever donations come in up to $100,000. Below, we’ve collected all the tweets that make up Handler’s apology and announcement in a Storify post embedded…
  • New James Patterson Children’s Book Inspires Animated Web Series

    Maryann Yin
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Collective Digital Studio will develop a five-part animated web series inspired by James Patterson’s forthcoming book, House of Robots. The story follows a fifth grader named Sammy and his robot named E (which stands for “Error”). Here’s more from the press release: “It was never easy for Sammy Hayes-Rodriguez to fit in, so he is less than thrilled when his genius mom insists he brings her newest invention to school: a walking, talking robot he calls E—for ‘Error.’  The web series brings to life several scenes from the book as Sammy discovers the…
  • Oxford Dictionaries Team Creates a ‘Word of the Year’ Infographic

    Maryann Yin
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:25 am
    Earlier this week, the executives behind the Oxford Dictionaries announced that “vape” was chosen as the 2014 Word of the Year. With the popularity of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) on the rise, usage of this word has increased. Over at the OxfordWords blog, the team posted an infographic to share “the history of vape and why we’ve chosen it for Word of the Year – as well as looking at previous winners of Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year over the past decade.” We’ve embedded the entire graphic after the jump for you to explore further.
  • NaNoWriMo Tip #15: Consult Cheat Sheets

    Maryann Yin
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    NaNoWriMo participants can use all the help they can get! That’s why we encourage consulting with cheat sheets—check out these three links: (1) Author’s Craft cheat sheet from the Hello Literacy blog (via Shannon Ford’s pinterest board) (2) The Hero’s Journey map from Storyboard That (3) Ingrid Sundberg’s Color Thesaurus This is our fifteenth NaNoWriMo Tip of the Day. To help GalleyCat readers take on the challenge of writing a draft for a 50,000-word novel in 30 days, we will be offering advice throughout the entire month. New Career Opportunities Daily: The…
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    Publishing News

  • Recognizing Digital Excellence in the Canadian publishing industry. The COPA 2014 Winners

    22 Nov 2014 | 6:38 am
    The COPAs bring together all the media brands and companies that are producing content online in The big winner this year was St. Joseph Media who hauled in 11 medals . In second was IT World Canada with 7 medals and a tie for third with 5 was Rogers Media and TC Media .
  • NY police: Man killed by police in housing complex

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:09 pm
    New York City police say an officer patrolling a public housing complex shot and killed a man he encountered in a stairwell. The NYPD is investigating the circumstances that led to the shooting around 11:15 p.m. Thursday in Brooklyn.
  • US stocks jump after surprise rate cut from China

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:08 am
    U.S. stocks rose in midday trading Friday, on pace to extend their record highs from a day earlier. News of an interest rate cut in China and the possibility that Europe's central bank will do more to stimulate economic growth drove the rally.
  • #Snovember storm death toll hits 12; flood threat looms

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:58 am
    Annabella Hopkins peeks over a snowbank piled high at this intersection in Cheektowaga, N.Y., Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. The corner of Borden Rd. and Woodside has been a staging ground for National News media outlets filing reports on storms that have dumped more than 5 feet of snow on western New York.
  • CBS news chairman stepping down

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:53 am
    In this July 29, 2012 photo, Chairman of CBS News and executive producer of "60 Minutes" Jeff Fager, left, and President of CBS News David Rhodes participate in the CBS News and "CBS This Morning" TCA panel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Fager says he is leaving his role as chairman after four years to go back to his former full-time job as top producer at "60 Minutes."
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    Commercial Printing News

  • Credit Du Maroc in Financial Cards and Payments (Morocco) - New Report Available

    22 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    Thus, the bank's ambition is to become one of the top three banks in Morocco in terms of quality, dynamism and engaging responsibility. Credit Du Maroc is also planning to enter the agriculture and agroalimentary market, profiting from the long-established experience of the French parent company Credit Agricole France.
  • Recent Study: Mentor Graphics Corporation (MENT) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

    22 Nov 2014 | 3:38 am
    The profile has been compiled by GlobalData to bring to you a clear and an unbiased view of the company's key strengths and weaknesses and the potential opportunities and threats. The profile helps you formulate strategies that augment your business by enabling you to understand your partners, customers and competitors better.
  • Investing for the Future: Printing & Paper 2014

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:33 pm
    Book manufacturing in the U.S. is still a profitable business - for those making changes. New printing technology, shifting consumer demand, and publishers' attention to the cost of owning inventories are having a profound effect on the way printers and paper manufacturers operate.
  • Warsaw company faces pregnancy discrimination charges

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:18 pm
    The Indiana Civil Rights Commission announced on Friday that there is probable cause to believe two women who worked for R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company of Warsaw, Ind. and Pizza King of Muncie, Ind.
  • MDC Partners: New Infiniti Award And Margins Will Reward

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:13 am
    Margins are set to expand as the firm monetizes the investments they have been making over the last several years. We think the Street estimates are far too low due to the weak second quarter results and new Infiniti contract that should boost profitability.
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    Packt Publishing

  • Function passing

    Smita Lad
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:38 pm
    In this article by Simon Timms, the author of the book, Mastering JavaScript Design Patterns, we will cover function passing. In functional programming languages, functions are first-class citizens. Functions can be assigned to variables and passed around just like you would with any other variable. This is not entirely a foreign concept. Even languages such as C had function pointers that could be treated just like other variables. C# has delegates and, in more recent versions, lambdas. The latest release of Java has also added support for lambdas, as they have proven to be so useful. read…
  • Searching and Resolving Conflicts

    Sandeep Dhumal
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:04 am
    This article, by Eric Pidoux, author of Git Best Practices Guide, covers a part of Git that you will definitely meet: conflicts. How can we resolve them? (For more resources related to this topic, see here.) While working together as a team on a project, you will work on the same files. The pull command won't work because there are conflicts, and you might have tried some Git commands and things got bad. In this chapter, we will find solutions to these conflicts and see how we can fix them. We will cover the following topics: read more
  • Deployment and Post Deployment

    Sandeep Dhumal
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:17 am
    In this article by Shalabh Aggarwal, the author of Flask Framework Cookbook, we will talk about various application-deployment techniques, followed by some monitoring tools that are used post-deployment. (For more resources related to this topic, see here.) read more
  • OpenVZ Container Administration

    Smita Lad
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:05 am
    In this article by Mark Furman, the author of OpenVZ Essentials, we will go over the various aspects of OpenVZ administration. Some of the things we are going to go over in this article are as follows: Listing the containers that are running on the server Starting, stopping, suspending, and resuming containers Destroying, mounting, and unmounting containers Setting quota on and off Creating snapshots of the containers in order to back up and restore the container to another server (For more resources related to this topic, see here.) read more
  • Postmodel Workflow

    Smita Lad
    4 Nov 2014 | 1:58 am
     This article written by Trent Hauck, the author of scikit-learn Cookbook, Packt Publishing, will cover the following recipes: K-fold cross validation Automatic cross validation Cross validation with ShuffleSplit Stratified k-fold Poor man's grid search Brute force grid search Using dummy estimators to compare results (For more resources related to this topic, see here.) Introduction Even though by design the articles are unordered, you could argue by virtue of the art of data science, we've saved the best for last. read more
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    Self Publishing Advisor

  • Friday Conversations With A Self-Publishing Writer 11/21/14

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:03 am
    CHARACTERS II Many years ago my writing friend, Sara Huff, gave me a paperback book titled: Fiction is Folks by Robert Newton Peck.  The subtitle on the cover reads: “Characters are what readers remember, what editors look for, and what turn aspiring writers into published authors.”  SO TRUE!  Mr. Peck has been writing for a while, listing upwards of fifty-five novels, six books of nonfiction, thirty-five songs, three television specials and over 100 poems to his resume.  Much of his success he credits to his teacher—Miss Kelly.  “She taught first, second, third, fourth, fifth,…
  • Weekly Self-Published Book Review: Rebellion of Silence

    20 Nov 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: Rebellion of Silence Brittney Martin Publisher: Outskirts Press…
  • Rising Through the Ranks | A Beginner’s Guide to Search Engine Optimization (Part V)

    Kelly S
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:10 am
    And so it begins––my fifth and final post in this series detailing some of the main tips and tricks of the trade when it comes to Search Engine Optimization, or SEO.In a moment I’m going to dive into a final grab-bag of tidbits that will help boost your SEO ranking, but first, I wanted to take a moment to think back to the five steps I’ve already described: Step 1: Optimize your keywords. Step 2: Optimize your content. Step 3: Optimize your title. Step 4: Optimize your tags. Step 5: Optimize your use of Google Analytics. As you can see, many if not most of these points are geared…
  • Self-Publishing Week in Review: 11/18/14

    18 Nov 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. Traditional Publishing vs. Self-Publishing: What’s The Best Route For Entrepreneurs This article discusses the best publishing route for entrepreneurs. Writing a book…
  • 6 Self-Publishing Don’ts

    17 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Unfortunately, some people have a negative perception of self publishing. This is because some self-publishing authors make detrimental mistakes that prevent their books from being taken seriously. If you want to be seen as a professional author with a successful book, be sure to avoid these six self-publishing don’ts: 1. Don’t attempt to create print-ready files if you don’t already possess that particular skill set. You’re a writer; not a book designer.  Leave this task to the professionals and focus your time on writing and promoting your book. 2. Don’t skip the…
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    The Book Deal

  • Women mystery writers break out of the shadows

    Alan Rinzler
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:44 pm
    The tired old stereotype of a mystery writer as some hard-boiled noir guy with a cigarette in one hand and a tumbler full of whiskey in the other is obsolete. Over. Done. Make way for Sisters in Crime, a nationwide organization of women mystery writers who are achieving commercial and literary success. Ever since Sara Paretsky’s debut novel Indemnity Only in 1982, a steady flow of increasingly popular women mystery writers has emerged, including Patricia Cornwall with her Scarpetta series, Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhane Alphabet series, and many others. For the love of mysteries I’ve…
  • Eavesdropping for story ideas and other tips from a veteran novelist

    Alan Rinzler
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    Today we have some sage advice for writers from a proven practitioner of the art and craft of literary commerce who’s had a successful career as a writer for more than 50 years. Warren Adler has published more than 32 novels and short story collections, including The War of the Roses, which was made into the devastatingly funny movie starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. That story grew out of an overheard conversation, incidentally. More on that below. Adler studied writing at the New School with fellow students Mario Puzzo and William Styron. Here’s Warren: I’ve spent my whole…
  • How authors support their writing dreams

    Alan Rinzler
    11 Jun 2014 | 10:53 pm
    A few aspiring authors get to stay home and write all day. Think of them as the 1%. The rest need to worry about putting food on the table before they can focus on their literary dreams. Even the most successful writers I’ve edited, past and present, took whatever work they could find along the way. Claude Brown was a mailman in 1964 when I discovered his monumental manuscript for Manchild in the Promised Land overflowing a sagging cardboard box under my desk at Macmillan where I had just landed a job as a junior editor. Claude introduced me to his friend Toni Morrison, a young textbook…
  • Ever wonder what a developmental editor could do for your book?

    Alan Rinzler
    20 May 2014 | 10:35 pm
    More and more writers are hiring their own developmental editors, whether they plan to self-publish their book or hope to land a literary agent and go for a book deal with a traditional publisher. To give you an idea what a professional developmental editor could do for your book, here’s a checklist of some of the essential services we deliver: • Help to get you started Provide early feedback and creative suggestions when you’re still figuring out what the book is about. Help with focusing the plot, structure, literary style, and deciding which issues or aspects of the story to include…
  • Ask the editor: Breaking the “write what you know” rule

    Alan Rinzler
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Q: I have a terrific story to tell, but it didn’t actually happen to me. Is it possible to write with authenticity about something you haven’t experienced firsthand? A: Many great books are written by authors who seem to have nothing in common with their character’s experiences. Different gender, culture, time in history, geographic location. Stephen Crane wrote The Red Badge of Courage, an amazing description of a bloody hand-to-hand combat and death during the infamous Civil War battle of Chancellorsville without ever having any experience in the military or violent conflict of any…
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    BadRedhead Media

  • How to Connect with Readers on Goodreads

    Naomi Blackburn
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Author John Hancock asked “How do I connect with readers who would be interested in my books? I can locate authors who are, but every time I find a fan group site or whatever, they have rules about promoting your own work. It feels a bit like a catch 22.” This is one of the most frequently asked questions that I get on The Author CEO. Marketing your books can be really intimidating. However, to connect with those who are most likely to purchase your product, marketing is a critical element of any book’s business development plan. There are numerous social media sites that an author…
  • Build Relationships With Readers, Don’t Stalk Them #HaleNo

    Rachel Thompson
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    I’m not here to talk about whether what author Kathryn Hale (who sought out a book blogger, to the point of showing up on her doorstep!) did is right, wrong, weird, or stalkerish and potentially illegal (okay, I personally would never ever ever do what she did, but that’s just me). I’m here to talk about being a professional author in general, especially with regard to reviews, building relationships with readers, book bloggers, and book reviewers, pre-release marketing, and spending our time writing. Hale and her article (‘Am I Being Catfished?’…
  • November 2014 #MondayBlogs Giveaway

    Rachel Thompson
    3 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Since I created #MondayBlogs in late 2012, even I’m shocked at what an amazing success it has become! Thousands participate each week, generating more than 5,000 tweets! And it is because of all of you that we can say that with a lot of pride and a big ol’ smile! As a thank you to all you wonderful #MondayBlogs tweeps, we launched an ongoing, monthly giveaway contest in April and we couldn’t be happier with the response! The Featured Monday Blogger giveaway is our way to say thank you for participating in #MondayBlogs by giving you more exposure for you and your blog. Each…
  • How to Engage Readers on Pinterest by @K8Tilton

    Kate Tilton
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Today I am pleased to answer writer Camela Cami Thompson‘s question “How the heck do I use Pinterest in an engaging and relevant way?” After Twitter, Pinterest is my favorite social media platform. For those of you who don’t know, Pinterest is a visual social media platform. This means all the content you share on Pinterest will be image heavy. So how can authors use Pinterest to connect with readers? Determine who your audience is. If you write young adult fantasy, your audience will be very different from someone who writes cookbooks. So who is your audience? What…
  • How Can I Get Comments on My Blog?

    Naomi Blackburn
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    In my continuing series where I answer questions asked by YOU (in this case, this question comes from writer MJ Kelley), staff writer Naomi Blackburn takes on ‘How can blog posts incite reader comments?’ Thanks MJ for a fab question! Here you go…. When I first started writing guest posts, I was often disappointed if I didn’t get any comments on what I wrote. Though I was told by my hosts that they were, in fact, being read, I considered giving up altogether because no one seemed to be involved enough to comment—but I’m so glad I didn’t. Instead, I reached out to other…
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    Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

  • Ebook subscription services as publisher affiliates

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

    Joe Wikert
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:56 am
    If you’re overly concerned about data privacy you’ll want to stop reading right now because I’m about to give you a glimpse of the future that will make you bristle. For the rest of you, I’d like to describe a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to convert indirect customers into direct customers

    Joe Wikert
    3 Nov 2014 | 7:23 am
    Every digital newspaper, magazine and book I’ve ever purchased from an e-retailer share something in common: None of them included a pitch from the publisher to lure me away from the e-retailer and go direct. Not a single one. This,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Content reuse: Five key questions to consider

    Joe Wikert
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    In the print-only days, once content was published it was rarely considered for reuse. Sure, there were the occasional “greatest hits” or “all-in-one” products, but for the most part the original content was published and forgotten about. In the digital... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The marketing tool every publisher undervalues

    Joe Wikert
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Why are publishers so scared of free and sample content? Sure, most publishers offer at least one way to test drive their content but they could be doing so much more. I think free/sample content is the single most under-utilized... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Beyond the Book

  • LeGuin Shakes Up Book Awards (BurstMarketing)
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Presented with a plaque for “lifetime achievement” in writing at the National Book Awards on Wednesday, Ursula LeGuin replied with a jeremiad on the state of publishing. The audience applauded – “bravely,” she noted. Clearly, the 85-year-old novelist of science fiction and fantasy relished the chance to see that more than cocktails were shaken at the annual gala. LeGuin’s address invoked an alternative world – in which books are written for their own reward, and are penned by writers who treasure art and push for change. “Her brief speech really hit home,” says Andrew…
  • Open Access And Societies – Case Studies For Success (BurstMarketing)
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:09 am
    While Open Access is helping mission-driven publishing societies to disseminate knowledge, it is also causing them to re-evaluate their financial business models. On Tuesday, October 21, Deni Auclair, Vice President & Lead Analyst, Outsell Inc.; Esmeralda Galán Buchanan, Journals Director, American Cancer Society; Rachel Burley, Vice President & Director of Open Access, John Wiley & Sons; Philip Wright, Chief Executive, The Physiological Society offered an audience of society publishers and editorial staff their “real world” case studies for launching successful Open Access…
  • Congrats, You’ve Got a New Media Hit! (BurstMarketing)
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    “Measurement is the first step that leads to control and eventually to improvement. If you can’t measure something, you can’t understand it. If you can’t understand it, you can’t control it. If you can’t control it, you can’t improve it,” declared H. James Harrington, a performance improvement guru. In 2014, new media is a viable revenue generator. Whether you’ve got a new media hit or are hoping to have one, the question is where’s the up side? Was your film a hit on VOD, on YouTube? How would you know? How much should you be paid? The answers to these and other…
  • Terms Reached For Hachette, Amazon (BurstMarketing)
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    On the same week that the New York Times reported he gave up a lavish private office for a 6-foot X 7-foot cube in an open-plan office, Hachette CEO Michael Pietsch announced conclusion of an e-book sales deal with Amazon. He says the deal is “great news for writers,” but he also says he doesn’t miss his office. Yesterday, November 13, Amazon and Hachette both offered glowing assessments of their new working arrangement, though they didn’t offer specifics. Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer, shared the the latest, hottest details with CCC’s Chris Kenneally.
  • Transformation Of Translation (BurstMarketing)
    9 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    More than four times as many people worldwide speak English than French, yet French culture certainly punches above its weight. This year’s Nobel laureate in literature is the French author Patrick Modiano, and more French writers have won the Nobel than writers of any other country. When Modiano’s award was announced last month, however, American readers scrambled for his books in English translation. Only three titles were available, all from the literary-minded house of David R. Godine in Boston. Unfortunately, many French writers suffer the same fate of being lost in translation.
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  • Neil Gaiman, Daniel Handler, give the gift of reading for the 2014 National Book Awards

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:34 am
    What makes a great writer? How about the forbearance and humility to stand in Washington Square on a freezing morning and give away free books to a random crowd of the reading public? Because that’s what Neil Gaiman and Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket) did for the National Book Foundation’s Great Book Giveaway, organized with […] The post Neil Gaiman, Daniel Handler, give the gift of reading for the 2014 National Book Awards appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Android latest: Lollipop does not suck

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:32 am
    My first-generation Nexus 7 tablet recently updated itself to the latest version of the Android OS, Android 5.0 Lollipop, thanks to Google’s commitment to keep the entire Nexus system abreast of the latest developments in its platform. And so far at least, despite some other reports to the contrary, the experience has been almost entirely […] The post Android latest: Lollipop does not suck appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Saltire Society’s Most Outstanding Woman of Scotland ballot includes great Scottish women writers

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Scottish cultural and intellectual advocacy body the Saltire Society is approaching the culmination of a near year-long campaign to find the Most Outstanding Woman of Scotland, still open for formal nominations until St. Andrews Day, Sunday 30th November. The list has already attracted a slate of some of Scotland’s – and the UK’s – most […] The post Saltire Society’s Most Outstanding Woman of Scotland ballot includes great Scottish women writers appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Library A to Z shows how to crowdfund library advocacy

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:25 am
    One of the more heartening initiatives by advocates of the UK’s library system in the face of devastating – and ideologically dictated – “austerity” cuts, is the Library A to Z, which “has created a visual A to Z celebrating the wide range of services, resources and facilities that make libraries so fantastic.” The site […] The post Library A to Z shows how to crowdfund library advocacy appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • More on the Kindle Paperwhite Update

    Joanna Cabot
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    I received the new Kindle Paperwhite update at some point yesterday. When I went to use it last night, there was an alert from Amazon—complete with explanatory e-guide—highlighting features of the new OS. Some of it didn’t interest me. We can’t use FreeTime in Canada. and the family sharing was a moot point since the […] The post More on the Kindle Paperwhite Update appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
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  • Journalism & technology: to duel or dance?

    Jeff Jarvis
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:16 am
    I have a yes-but relationship with Emily Bell. I say yes to most every brilliant thing she says but sometimes am foolish enough to add a but. Go read Emily’s important speech on journalism’s relationship to technology and its masters in Silicon Valley. I will say yes to her argument that algorithms that determine distribution spring from editorial decisions. I will say yes to her concerns about the implications of those formulae for journalism and an informed society. I couldn’t agree more with her endorsement of Zeynep Tufecki’s brilliant exploration of the issues…
  • Innovation day at CUNY with Shane Smith and Bill Gross

    Jeff Jarvis
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:11 am
    We have a few seats available for a great event on innovation and news at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism on Monday Dec. 1, starting at 230p and running through a reception ending at 730p: * We will give Vice founder Shane Smith the Knight Innovation Award. * Bill Gross, founder of Idealab and more than 125 companies, will deliver a keynote about how he innovates and invents, with lessons for us in media. * A panel including former gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout; Betaworks data genius Gilad Lotan; Milena Berry of PowerToFly; and angel investor Alicia Syrett– all from…
  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News

    Jeff Jarvis
    6 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    I have a new book about the future of news — or rather, about imagining many possible futures for news. It is my answer to the question I often hear: “So now that your damned, beloved internet has ruined news, what now?” I can’t and won’t predict. But I will explore opportunities the digital age presents for new relationships, new forms, and new business models for news. I meant to write a white paper — my response to the fine papers out of Columbia. It metastasized into a book. In it, I explore many ideas I’ve discussed on my blog and with news…
  • Building trust in news

    Jeff Jarvis
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    In their Trust Project, Richard Gingras, head of Google News, and Sally Lehrman, a fellow at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, argue the need to rebuild trust in news and they propose a set of practical tactics. I want to suggest further steps to support their campaign. The reforms Gingras and Lehrman propose: * News organizations and journalists should craft and publish statements of mission and ethics. * Journalists should disclose their background to reveal both levels of expertise and areas of personal interest and conflict. * For disclosure and accountability (and credit, I’d…
  • Oh, those Germans

    Jeff Jarvis
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    German publishers warring with Google — and the link and the internet — have now completed their humiliation at their own hands, capitulating to Google and allowing it to continue quoting and linking to them. How big of them. The pathetic sequence of their fight: 1. German publishers under the banner of a so-called trade group called VG Media and led by conservative publisher Axel Springer called in who knows what political chits to get legislators to create a new, ancillary copyright law — the Leistungsschutzrecht — to forbid Google et al from quoting even snippets to…
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    Intentional Leadership

  • What the Success of Slack Can Teach Us about Creating Winning Products

    Michael Hyatt
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    I love watching people succeed, especially if I can learn something I can apply in my own life and share with you. That’s why I’m excited about what I learned from watching Slack’s success this year. Slack is a communications tool that enables natural and effective team collaboration. The company, started by Stewart Butterfield, the cofounder of Flickr, has been making news since going public earlier this year and is already worth more than a billion dollars. Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s fast, free, and…
  • The One Thing That Separates the Successful from the Unsuccessful

    Michael Hyatt
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    People often ask me how I’ve been able to build a successful business that’s doubled every year for the last three years. I had similar wins in the corporate world. I was able to set some audacious goals and beat them again and again. This has been a pattern for me professionally, but I have a secret: I’ve never assumed I could do it on my own. So how have I done it? Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s fast, free, and more convenient.  
  • Season 2, Episode 06: What to Do When You Are Forced to Wait [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to Season 2, Episode 6 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this second episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the difficulty of waiting. I am good at a few things, but waiting is not one of them. Whether it is being put on hold when I call a business, sitting in the waiting room of my dentist’s office, or standing in the security line at the airport, I am impatient. How about you? 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 to your inbox. It’s fast, free, and…
  • How Leaders Make It Right When They Blow It

    Michael Hyatt
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you’re in a position of leadership, chances are better than good you’re going to blow it with your people sooner or later. It’s like messing things up in your marriage. Don’t ask me how I know this, but it’s inevitable from time to time. Courtesy of There are pluses and minuses to that comparison, but one benefit is that making things right with our spouses can teach us how to make things right with just about anyone. How? I’m not a counselor, but after decades of professional and personal experience, I’ve found mending relationships involves the…
  • Get the Product Launch Blueprint for Free

    Michael Hyatt
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:08 am
    I was talking with a friend yesterday who just finished his first online sales campaign using Jeff Walker’s Product Launch Formula. He generated almost a million dollars in sales on the last day. This is just a portion of the free Product Launch Formula Blueprint Mindmap Needless to say, my friend was over the moon. He said, “I can’t thank you enough for introducing me to Jeff. I was skeptical. But, I now I’m a believer. Thank you!” In case you are not familiar with Jeff, Forbes magazine called him the “$400 million man” because his Product Launch Formula students…
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  • Freebie Friday: Discover 60 Digital Publishing Secrets for Making Millions Online

    Amanda MacArthur
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s Friday again and we’re here with a freebie that we really want you to take advantage of. Multiplatform Publishing Strategy: 60 Digital Publishing Secrets for Making Millions Onlinedocuments a seismic shift of historic proportions in our industry. You may be contemplating your own path into digital publishing and feeling a bit like Dorothy stepping over the threshold into Oz! In our in-depth case studies, this report reveals the key concepts used successfully by digital publishing companies as diverse as … The New Yorker From digital archives to audio magazines to a cartoon…
  • Meredith Publication Adding Product Line

    Patrick Hughes
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    via Allrecipes Multiplatform expansion is a wonderful opportunity for publishers who are able to build a comprehensive audience. We’ve seen the process start as digital publications and move to print magazines, or for completely digital entities to start offering physical products. The latter is now being practiced by Allrecipes, a publication from Meredith. License! Global is reporting on the story, saying that Meredith has “signed a licensing agreement with Clipper to manufacture a line of cookware, bakeware and kitchen gadgets under the Allrecipes brand.” The deal between Meredith…
  • Forbes Moves To Data Analytics

    Patrick Hughes
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    via Forbes Major publishers have an opportunity to supply other businesses with services. This is a great way to develop a new revenue stream and Forbes is the latest publisher to offer a new service to business clients. The new service is called Forbes Executive Insight Data, and according to an article from Direct Marketing News, the service is “a subscription-based platform that aggregates insights from hundreds of sources and presents it in digestible form for senior executives. Forbes Executive Insight Data has been developed with the help of partner Prosper Insight & Analytics,…
  • ‘InStyle’ Gets A New Publisher

    Patrick Hughes
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    via InStyle Another major magazine is shaking up its staff, and it seems that the move may be to get more closely aligned with the evolving digital aspect of the publication. InStyle is the magazine, and it has hired Nina Lawrence, most formally of The Wall Street Journal. While at WSJ Lawrence was in charge of the in-house native advertising agency WSJ Custom Studios. Women’s Wear Daily covers the story of Lawrence’s hiring. “Her appointment signals a new direction for InStyle, which is in the process of becoming more digitally nimble and e-commerce-friendly.” According to Joe Ripp,…
  • Usability Testing: 5 Heat Map Tracking Tools to Watch What Your Visitors Do

    Ed Coburn
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Supplement your analytics with some cool website design visuals from online heatmap tracking tools If you want to know why your website is, or is not performing, start conducting usability studies. A/B tests are great for content, but when it comes to seeing how users engage with your website, online heatmap tracking tools can make all the difference. Google Analytics is of course a resource for testing your content, but the difference between Google Analytics and  heat map software is that heatmap and click tracking software is based on coordinates. Google Analytics tracks clicks on a…
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  • 2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 22

    Robert Lee Brewer
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    For today’s prompt, write a release poem. Maybe somebody’s being released from prison or a contract. Maybe a person is signing a release form. There’s emotional and physical release. Animals capturing and releasing other animals. Trees releasing leaves in autumn. And so on. 2015 Poet’s Market Get your poetry published! Learn how to get your poetry published with the premiere book on publishing your poetry: the 2015 Poet’s Market, edited by Robert Lee Brewer. This essential resource includes hundreds of listings for book publishers, magazines, journals, contests,…
  • WD Poetic Form Challenge: Erasure Poem

    Robert Lee Brewer
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    It is time for another poetic form challenge. This time, we’ll be doing erasures. Click here to discover what an erasure is. Since it’s a form that uses another piece of text as source material, I’m going to ask that all entries credit their source. Also, this is the one form in which I’ll let folks submit directly to me but only if you use the subject line: WD Poetic Form Erasure. Any variations may be deleted without being read. So start writing them and sharing here on the blog (this specific post) or via e-mail for a chance to be published in Writer’s Digest…
  • 2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 21

    Robert Lee Brewer
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    For today’s prompt, pick a direction on the compass, make it the title of your poem, and write that poem. North, South, West, and East are easy directions. Then, there’s Southwest, Northeast, and so on. Then, there are the directions that are completely invented. Today Is Seriously Your Last Chance to Enter! Writer’s Digest has extended the deadline to their Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards competition to November 21. And the winner will receive $1,000 cash! The winning poem will also be published in a future issue of Writer’s Digest magazine. And the winning poet will receive…
  • Erasure and Blackout Poems: Poetic Forms

    Robert Lee Brewer
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:08 pm
    One form I’ve been meaning to get to for a while is the blackout poem and also the erasure poem. Both are sort of similar with the major difference being in presentation, I suppose. Or it’s kind of like rectangles and squares. You see, all squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares. The same could be said of erasure and blackout poems. After all, all blackout poems are erasure poems, but not all erasure poems are blackout poems. What is a blackout poem? A blackout poem is when a poet takes a marker (usually black marker) to already established text–like in a…
  • The NaNoWriMo Progress Report: How Are You Feeling?

    Cris Freese
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:09 am
    Just about three weeks of participating in National Novel Writing Month can leave even the best, consistently faithful writer sleep-deprived, ornery, and a little nonsensical. But if you’ve made it this far, that’s something worth celebrating. The question becomes, are you writing now just to hit your goal of 50,000 words? Are you simply trying to meet a word count to say you did it? Or are you trying to construct something meaningful and worthwhile, even if it’s something that you won’t let see the light of day for quite some time? In short, how do you feel about…
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    Editors Only

  • Demystifying the Writing Process

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    Finding the process that works for you. By Peter P. Jacobi As the esteemed E.L. Doctorow once...
  • The Easy, Simple Loaded Arrow

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    Using arrows to convey your message. By Jan White Don't be upset if it is difficult for you...
  • The Fog Index

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    Assessing the readability of a article. This month, we're calculating the Fog Index of an October 26,...
  • Magazine Content Consumption Rising

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    In the news: The Association of Magazine Media's latest study shows that magazines are still a hot consumer commodity....
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  • Ursula K. Le Guin --- "We will need writers who can remember freedom"

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Ursula K. Le Guin accepts the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards on November 19, 2014.
  • Library Books Save FSU Student by Standing Up to Bullet

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:13 pm
    One lucky Florida State University student escaped unscathed from a Thursday morning shooting rampage in the school's library thanks to his good study habits. Jason Derfuss didn't even notice that he'd been hit until he came home and unloaded his backpack, only to find that a bullet had pierced the sack and several books he had just checked out from the library before finally getting caught in one. Something tells us a Kindle wouldn't have been quite as sturdy.
  • Librarians: Sexy and They Know It

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:19 am
    Though there is still tension about what the library and librarians of today should be, the connection between librarians and sex is surprisingly persistent. One of the frustrations of being a librarian is the occupational stereotyping. Librarians tend to be depicted in books and movies as elderly spinsters, rigid and frigid. More recently, in a predictable attempt to subvert convention, the slutty librarian trope has emerged: young, hot-blooded, yet not exempt from the cats-eye glasses. From The Millions, librarian Elisabeth Cohen reviews a few books on the sexy librarian phenomena that you…
  • At that time, I realized the smartest people worked at the library.

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:39 am
    Article about librarian Will Johnson. Will Johnson worked at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore for 17 years before coming to Cecil County eight months ago. He’s now manager of the Elkton Central Library. Johnson said he loves the area, especially how the pace of Cecil County compares to Baltimore. How did you get your start? In 1996, I was working for Foot Locker in high school and went to Atlanta to work the Olympics. That experience changed my life. I met people with different nationalities and it opened my eyes. I came back and took a job as a security officer for the library. At that…
  • Why a town librarian has spent 102 days standing in front of Ferguson’s police department

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:33 am
    Librarian Angelique Kidd has stood vigil for the past 102 days opposite the Ferguson Police Department, demanding change.
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    David Gaughran

  • Author Solutions Steps Up Global Expansion, Penguin Random House Integration

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

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

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

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

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:43 am
    Authors United has been spectacularly unsuccessful in its supposed mission to get Amazon and Hachette to agree a deal. By contrast, Simon & Schuster was able to agree a deal in just three weeks – without the intervention of Douglas Preston’s group. To be fair, Authors United has been very good at one thing: getting media attention. Perhaps it’s time for Douglas Preston to widen the aims of the group and start campaigning on issues which actually matter. It would be great if Authors United could get the media to focus on any of these problems. Alternatively, Authors United could…
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    800 CEO Read

  • Thinker in Residence: Nicholas Carr

    10 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    Tweet “All too often, automation frees us from that which makes us feel free.” ~Nicholas Carr About Nicholas Carr I wrote in my recent Jack Covert Selects review of The Glass Cage that “Nicholas Carr writes beautiful, big-picture books on the history and future of technologies that have evolved alongside humanity.” That’s true, but in the original draft of that review, I wrote it a bit differently: “Nicholas Carr writes beautiful, enlightening, and sometimes scary books about the history of technology and its relationship to the human civilization that…
  • An Excerpt from Chinese Rules

    4 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    TweetTim Clissold’s Mr. China, released almost a decade ago, is one of the great books on China’s rise as an economic power. An in-the-trenches account of the business boom that he was in the belly of during his more than twenty years there, Mr. China was an international bestseller translated into twelve languages and was one of the Economist‘s books of the year in 2004. The growth of China hasn’t slowed much since then, and Clissold is now back with a new book, Chinese Rules: Mao’s Dog, Deng’s Cat, and Five Timeless Lessons from the Front Lines in China…
  • The Best Books of 2014, strategy+business Edition

    Ryan Schleicher
    3 Nov 2014 | 1:39 pm
    TweetIf you’re a regular 800-CEO-READ reader or follower, you know that we always look forward to strategy+business revealing their picks for best business books of the year, in part because the s+b list is decidedly different than most other lists. Their categories often change to reflect the most important business topics of the year, and instead of relying solely on an internal editorial team to choose the winners, they reach out to experts in each category’s field. But what we most appreciate in the s-b list is that each book is accompanied by an essay explaining the the…
  • Authors on the Road – The New Generation of Philanthropy

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:12 pm
    TweetWe do business in a world where it’s not uncommon for the authors we promote and whose books we sell to share their expertise with groups for a speaking fee in the range of what most middle class families make in an entire year. Sometimes it’s hard not to scratch one’s head in disbelief that an hour keynote can demand such a high price tag and to ponder what value attendees take away from that experience. A similar head-scratcher is the fact that for fifteen straight years, Warren Buffett has auctioned off private lunches with individuals, bids starting at $25,000 — and in…
  • ChangeThis: Issue 122

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Tweet The Entrepreneur’s Journey by Kevin Kruse “This manifesto both celebrates and encourages entrepreneurship because we need entrepreneurs to fight the dragons that roam the globe: civil wars, extreme poverty, disease, water scarcity, domestic violence, illiteracy, and so many others. We need modern-day heroes who courageously take personal risks as they build new companies.” The Growth Hacker Wake Up Call: How Growth Hacking Rewrote Marketing’s Best Practices by Ryan Holiday “It was only a matter of time before someone smart said, ‘It doesn’t have to be this way. The…
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    How to get a book published|Write a book |Self publish

  • If Your Book Isn’t Selling, Do the Hokey Pokey

    9 Nov 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Image from   I popped into one of my favorite blogs recently and read a short post reminding authors we must constantly build an audience in order to succeed. It was only 126 words long, but it touched a nerve in one of the commenters who whined that she didn’t need reminding, she needed to know “how”. This imagined omission hurled at the blog owner was particularly unfair since the entire blog is devoted to telling authors how to build an audience and create effective marketing plans. The commenter clearly hadn’t read the years of posts giving…
  • Join the Race to 50,000 Words: National Novel Writing Month

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:21 pm
    “Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month.”   If you’ve been putting off writing your novel (or other genre), November is an excellent time to get started because it’s National Novel Writing Month . Although it began as a national effort for novelists, it is now practiced around the world by fiction and nonfiction writers. This year 400,000 writers in 616 affiliated chapters across six continents are expected to participate. They will gather in coffee shops, libraries, and many other places to encourage each other and reach for the 50,000 word goal, or 1,667 words a…
  • 10 Benefits of Guest Blogging You Can’t Get on Your Own Blog

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:24 pm miles   When my editor Barbara Ardinger asked if I’d share an excerpt from the upcoming 2nd edition of my book, Color Your Life Happy, on her blog I immediately agreed. You see, I’ve learned that guest blogging has benefits I can’t get from my own blog. When you began blogging you probably were told if you work hard writing compelling content, you’d eventually build a big following of readers and subscribers. That sounds reasonable, except it’s not exactly true. Without reaching out beyond your own blog, you’re on a steep…
  • Would you write if it meant you risked getting your fingers chopped off?

    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

    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…
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    Writer Beware

  • MeGustaEscribir: Author Solutions Inc. Expands Into Spain

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

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

    12 Nov 2014 | 9:33 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareAre you thinking of creating your own cookbook--or have you already created one? Good news: an apparently new venture called Cookbook Marketing Agency is here to help.Cookbook Marketing Agency (CMA) is a global book marketing agency, publisher and branding consultancy. Along with our partners, we have helped thousands of authors, as well as other publishers increase their book sales potential.Sounds pretty impressive--if not very specific. That's OK, though, because CMA is ready to offer you a whole menu of assistance, including a promotional…
  • Solicitation Alert: LitFire Publishing

    7 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareEDITED 11/11/14 TO ADD: Either as a result of this post or of the accompanying discussion at Absolute Write (which includes a lot more speculation and information about possible LitFire staff names and aliases), changes have begun to appear on the LitFire website. I've therefore appended a bunch of screenshots at the bottom of this post. A few weeks ago, I began hearing from writers who'd been solicited, out of the blue, by a company called LitFire Publishing. In some cases by phone, in others by email, a LitFire "consultant" claimed to have…
  • Kindle Scout: The Pros and Cons of Amazon's New Crowdsourced Publishing Program

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareYesterday, Amazon's brand-new crowdsourced publishing program, Kindle Scout, opened for voting by the public.The concept is pretty simple:Kindle Scout is reader-powered publishing for new, never-before-published books. It’s a place where readers help decide if a book gets published. Selected books will be published by Kindle Press and receive 5-year renewable terms, a $1,500 advance, 50% eBook royalty rate, easy rights reversions and featured Amazon marketing. Authors can submit their full manuscripts of 50,000 words or more (including cover art,…
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  • Really good people deserve love too

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    A Family for Christmas by Noelle Adams. $ 0.99 From the Jacket Copy: For years, Lydia has dreamed of overseas mission work, the way some women dream of getting married. How ironic that she needs a husband to finally make it happen. She’s always been practical, however—even if it means a marriage-of-convenience so she can finally do the work she’s called to do. Gabe needs a wife at exactly the right time. Plus, he’s kind of hot. After a spectacularly failed marriage, Gabe isn’t looking for a wife. He and his nine-year-old daughter are doing just fine on their own. But…
  • REVIEW: Indecent Proposal by Molly O’Keefe

    22 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Ms. O’Keefe: I passed over this book when it first came out because the hero was getting into politics. I don’t like books   where politics are driving part of the conflict.  but then I’d like several books where politics are an important part of the story so I might have to re-examine my prejudice. Our wonderful heroine in this story is Ryan Kaminski, a beautiful girl from Philadelphia  once dreamed of being an international top model but is currently staring 30 in the face while  working as a bartender at a hotel bar in New York City. Needless to say her dreams…
  • First Page: Fluency Skills – Contemporary Romance

    22 Nov 2014 | 5:45 am
    Welcome to First Page Saturday. Individual authors anonymously send a first page read and critiqued by the Dear Author community of authors, readers and industry others. Anyone is welcome to comment. You may comment anonymously. You can submit your own First Page using this form. When my best friend invites me to one of her parties, I go. It doesn’t matter that I don’t want to go, that I’d rather stay home and read, or bake a pie, or file my calluses. When Celeste asks me if I’m free Saturday night for “a little thing for Jay”, I tell her that I’ll be there, thanks for asking.
  • Daily Deals: Scandalous brides, dangerous highwaymen, dark manors

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Midnight Vengeance by Lisa Marie Rice. $ .99 From the Jacket Copy: Morton “Jacko” Jackman isn’t afraid of anything. He’s a former Navy SEAL sniper, and he’s been in more firefights than most people have had hot meals. Lauren Dare scares the crap out of him. Gorgeous, talented and refined, she’s the type of woman who could never be interested in a roughneck like him. So he’s loved her fiercely in secret, taken her art classes, and kept a watchful but comfortable distance. Until now. Lauren had finally found a home in Portland, far from her real…
  • Reading List by Jennie for September and October

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Also read and reviewed: Waiting on You, Inamorata and Year of the Chick. All Souls: A Family Story From Southie by Michael Patrick Macdonald This was an engrossing and well-written autobiographical account of growing up in South Boston during the turbulent 1970s, enduring race riots, school busing and family tragedy. The author was raised by a single mother and ended up losing four brothers, one as an infant to pneumonia and the other three to suicide and murder. The writing had a detached tone at times; I would’ve liked to have had a better feel for the author as a person, but perhaps…
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  • Melanie Reviews: MFA vs. NYC

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    MFA vs. NYC: The Two Cultures of American FictionPages: 320Publisher: n+1Released: February 2014Guest review by Melanie PageIn issue 10of n+1 magazine, Chad Harbach proposed that there are two cultures of American fiction: what is born of MFA programs and the writing that comes out of New York City (and those who specifically live in the city). A number of folks responded to Harbach and his idea’ thus, the book was born. Slatecalls the debate between two groups “phony” while The New York Times calls the collection “serious, helpful and wily book” despite some flaws.MFA vs NYC is a…
  • Book Review: Bird Box

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Read 11/6/14 - 11/9/145 Stars - The Next Best "it's the unseen, the unknown, that makes this a downright scary read" BookPages: 262Publisher: EccoReleased: January 2014The world was slowing going mad. The news was reporting it one story at a time at first. These people, in countries far from here, they just lost it, murdered their families then killed themselves. And then, within just a few hours, another country, this one closer to home, where another nutter buries their children alive and then takes their own life. Pretty soon, the brutal  murder/suicides are happening everywhere. Now…
  • Where Writers Write: Wintfred Huskey

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Welcome to another installment of TNBBC's Where Writers Write!Where Writers Write is a series that features authors as they showcase their writing spaces using short form essay, photos, and/or video. As a lover of books and all of the hard work that goes into creating them, I thought it would be fun to see where the authors roll up their sleeves and make the magic happen. This is Wintfred Huskey. Wintfred lives and writes in Philadelphia, PA. He is the author of the novel Blowin' It. Hemodels his writing game after ex-pitcher Jamie Moyer, relying on cantankerousness and…
  • MB Caschetta's Guide to Books & Booze

    18 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Time to grab a book and get tipsy!Back by popular demand, Books & Booze, originally a mini-series of sorts here on TNBBC challenges participating authors to make up their own drinks, name and all, or create a drink list for their characters and/or readers using drinks that already exist. Today, MB Cashetta shares a deleted scene from her novel Miracle Girls, which released November 11th. Too funny that it's also the booziest scene!An extra-dry gin martini on the rocks is the drink. Barely even a drop of Vermouth. This is what 10-year-old Cee-Cee Biancos father drinks.
  • Audio Series: Roderick Vincent

    17 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Our audio series "The Authors Read. We Listen."  was hatched in a NYC club during BEA back in 2012. This feature requires more time and patience of the author than any of the ones that have come before. And that makes it all the more sweeter when you see, or rather, hear them read excerpts from their own novels, in their own voices, the way their stories were meant to be heard.Today, Roderick Vincent  reads an excerpt from The Cause, the first novel in the Minutemen series about a dystopian America. It will be published by Roundfire Books on November 28th…
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  • General Word Counts in Literature

    Lisa Lickel
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:30 pm
    There are always exceptions to every rule.Got that out of the Way. In general, plan on the follow Rule of Thumb for your work.Word Counts - really? Do they still matter in today's Electronic Age?Well, sure. How many of your have found yourselves thumbing across the screen faster and faster, waiting to light on a key word that meant the action picked up again? Just because we don't care about wasting paper anymore doesn't mean we can waste reader's time. And for a debut novelist who is trying to catch the eye of an agent or editor for the first time? Err on the side of caution with your…
  • Review: Chapel Springs Revival

    Linda Yezak
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Get your giggle-box oiled up and ready to rumble, 'cause Chapel Springs Revival is going to put it to good use. Patsy Kowalski and Claire Bennett are well on their way into the "unforgettable character" category for folks who love humorous women's fiction.Take two artsy women, give them two neglectful spouses, and watch the antics unfold. Add to the mix a cleavage-showin' hussy who's unhappy with her husband and looking for a new one--anyone's husband will do--and you have a story that's uproariously funny.Beneath the humor is a story all women of a certain age can appreciate, one that shares…
  • The Unlikeable Author

    Cherie Burbach
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Let’s talk about something ugly for a minute, here… the unlikeable author. Have you ever met one or read their works? How does being unlikeable affect your book sales? And can you lose fans just because they don’t seem to like you personally?#148343626 / gettyimages.comGrumpy vs UnlikeableThere are plenty of authors who are known for being a bit curmudgeonly, and this can work for or against them. Some authors are known for not talking to the media, not giving interviews, not interacting with fans, and they develop a loyal fan following almost in spite of this.But that’s rare. In my…
  • Why this Former Pantser is Now a Plotter

    Jimmie Kepler
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    When I wrote my first novel, I sat down at my computer and waited to be surprised by the story that unfolded. I had no idea how the story would unveil. I was writing by the seat of my pants (the definition of Panster). I never knew where I was going before I got there except for knowing the final destination. I loved the surprise of traveling where my characters led me. I loved the joy of the journey.The joy disappeared as I started pitching the book. I learned the agent wanted a one to three-page synopsis of my story in addition to sample chapters. Some required an outline and chapter…
  • Your Facebook Fan Page

    Linda Yezak
    3 Nov 2014 | 3:33 am
    Recently, I read a comment from an author who didn't understand the perks of having an author page apart from his regular Facebook page. I had to think about that a minute, because I wasn't sure of the answer. I have an answer now, and I think I've discovered a strategy to utilize my own author page better.I use Facebook for keeping up with family, with both personal and close cyberfriends, and with my writer friends and aquaintances. Most of the folks who have "friended" me are writers. Had I possessed a functioning brain at the time I started this, I would've…
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  • The Weekend Edition

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Did you claim your giveaway from LAST WEEK?  Giveaway rules can be found here. Please drop us a line to claim your giveaway at All prizes not claimed in 8 weeks go back into the prize vault. We wish we could contact all our winners individually, but we'd rather write books!Monday Janet Dean hosted Emilie Hendryx, photographer and writer, who shares her informative post “Writing Like a Photographer: The Key to Descriptive Writing.” Elizabeth Kitchens is the winner of a set of 25 flat cards (with envelopes) customized with the winner's favorite verse and the…
  • Different Books, Same Title Join Winnie & Ruthy for some Her Holiday Family Fun!

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ruthy here, having fun with fellow Love Inspired author Winnie Griggs! Winnie and I realized that our Christmas stories had The Same Title this past summer, so we figured... HEY! LET'S HAVE SOME FUN!!!! And that fun begins today! Winnie's delightful historical "Her Holiday Family" was released a couple of weeks back and my fun contemporary "Her Holiday Family" is hitting shelves this week! So come on in, have some fun with us, and we'll tell youse a little about "Her Holiday Family"... both editions!Of all the gin joints, in all the world….That’s the line that went through my mind when I…
  • Visualizing Success: My “Door of Victory”

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    with guest Jennifer Delamere.Hi, everyone! First, I would like to extend my thanks to the Seekers for having me on the blog today! It’s a pleasure to be here. I’ve brought along some steaming cappuccino from my favorite locally owned coffee shop, so let’s get started! Oh, and in honor of the upcoming release of A Bride for the Season, I’ve also brought along this real chicken pie. In the book Gone with the Wind, Scarlett and Rhett feasted on chicken pie and champagne on their wedding night.Today I want to share how my home office door has been a tremendous help in my writing…
  • The 12 Stages of the Writing Contest Journey

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The Winding Road in front of Pam's Houseby Pam HillmanDo you enter a lot of writing contests? Have you ever wondered about some of your weird reactions to contest scores but have been too embarrassed to share them with friends and family because…well, you know, it’s just weird! lolHaving entered hundreds of contests before receiving my first contract, I put together the 12 stages of the Writing Contest Journey. See if you relate to some of these.Stage 1: You enter your first contest. You’re absolutely terrified, hoping for a kernel of encouragement that you MIGHT have a tiny bit of…
  • Wedding Rings, Christmas Trees, and Other Symbols

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
     Susan Page DavisBy Susan Page Davis Symbolism in literature has been around almost as long as literature has. Simply put, a symbol is an object that stands for something else, usually something intangible. For instance, newly blooming flowers might symbolize hope. Large birds circling overhead hint at death or evil.Some symbols are obvious, some are more subtle. The Bible is full of symbols. The crown symbolizes the king’s power. The Old Testament sacrifices symbolized future redemption through Christ. We can use symbols effectively in our stories too. First let me say, you don’t…
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  • Ingram Spark offers free distribution deal until the end of the year

    Roger Packer
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Publishing platform Ingram Spark is offering a free deal to authors and publishers who upload books before the end of the year. The firm is waiving its so-called market access fee of $12 (£7) per book until December 31. This is the charge made for distributing titles to Ingram’s channels, which the company claims to amount to over 39,000 retailers and libraries worldwide. It’s worth noting that this is an annual charge and it is levied on a per-title basis, so you would face paying a fee when your free year runs out. Refund of set-up fees Ingram Spark is also offering a full…
  • Penguin boss rejects ebook subscription services

    Roger Packer
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:21 am
    Penguin was a direct seller in the 1930s when its founder Allen Lane devised the Penguincubator book vending machine. The CEO of the world’s biggest book publisher Penguin Random House, Tom Weldon, says the company won’t be taking part in ebook subscription services, which also rules out Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited library. Subscription services Scribd and Oyster Books have done deals with other major traditional publishers, including HarperCollins, and publishers have found that their backlist business can particularly benefit from subscription services. None of the Big Five trad book…
  • Kindle Unlimited authors’ payout slumps to $1.33 for October

    Roger Packer
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    The payout for authors from Kindle Unlimited slumped to $1.33 per borrow in October from $1.51 in September, despite Amazon adding $2.5 million to the KDP Select Fund which had been set at $3 million for the month. The $5.5 million total KDP Select fund was a new high but the payout still fell by 12% from September. Since Kindle Unlimited launched in July this year, the payout for borrows has fallen by over a quarter (26%) from the July payout at $1.80, although that was only a partial month for KU as it started midway through the month. The payout for August, which was the first full month…
  • Life at the sharp end with the Kindle Voyage

    Roger Packer
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Unboxing the Kindle Voyage — a light and tough magnesium body with a micro-etched, non-reflective, toughened glass display that doesn’t show fingerprint marks It’s been a long time since I used an e-reader. I was a relatively early adopter around 2007 with the Sony PRS e-reader, which I didn’t like with its awkward metal buttons and flashing page turns. In 2008, I moved on to a Kindle e-reader, which was better, but not by much. I was relieved when the iPad emerged into the world in 2010. I loaded the Kindle app and enjoyed flash-free, smooth page turns with just a…
  • How Kindle Unlimited can pay off for authors

    Roger Packer
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    You won’t get Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep on Kindle Unlimited as the Big Five shun Amazon’s library service (for now at least) A new report from best-selling author Hugh Howey’s Author Earnings’ survey suggests Amazon’s ebook subscription service Kindle Unlimited has brought a major shake-up in the market and KU authors are making an average of 13% more money per title on Kindle than non-KU authors. Amazon launched Kindle Unlimited about halfway through July. KU is a library service which charges members $9.99 a month and allows them to borrow up to a…
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  • Impact of Performance-Based Research Funds on Researchers

    William Stevenson
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Money for quality. Encouraging research excellence by allocating funds to reward high performance sounds like a good idea. The goal is clear: increase the quality of research and ensure that good work is rewarded. However, performance-based research fund (PBRF) systems have their detractors. Are they an opportunity to make the system more fair or an open door to make money the final expectation? PBRF systems’ principles are based on the belief that rewarding high-performance attracts and motivates workers, but many consider that offering these kinds of rewards does not help the researchers…
  • How Can A Researcher Get The Right Kind Of Feedback From A Supervisor?

    William Stevenson
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:13 am
    Asking for constructive feedback requires being conscious of what you are doing and what your goals are and being aware that you should ask for the feedback you need, not the feedback you would like to receive. What are you struggling with? Where are you finding problems? Giving your supervisor polite and clear requests for particular kinds of feedback would help you to receive constructive suggestions and move forward with your research. But, how can a researcher ask for the right kind of feedback when he is just waiting for a positive and friendly answer?… Continue ReadingRelated…
  • The Importance of Public Engagement for Researchers

    William Stevenson
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:44 am
    Disclosing academic efforts to the general public can hugely enrich researchers’ work and increase its visibility. Therefore, establishing a public presence is an important goal for many universities and research centers nowadays. But, how important is it to researchers on a daily basis? Sharing ideas and collaboration with agents outside academia positively affects their job in several ways. Researchers’ responsibility is to society, and feeling apart from it doesn’t help them to keep up motivation or regard themselves as satisfied.… Continue ReadingRelated Posts:Impact of…
  • Pursuing a Self-Funded PhD and Its Impact on Researchers

    William Stevenson
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    After having their applications for funds rejected, some researchers decide not to give up against the adversities and pursue a PhD anyway. Many struggle with time and financial difficulties, combining their research with scholarships, part-time jobs, or career development loans. But for many others, part-time research proves to be a good way to obtain a better and more complete academic experience. Self-funded PhD researchers are rarely able to focus on full-time research. Apart from those who can depend on their families to finance their research and livelihood, researchers need to find…
  • How Can We Reduce the Amount of Dishonest Research?

    William Stevenson
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:04 am
    There is no doubt that there is too much dishonest research being published in academic journals. Do a Google search and you’ll find plenty of examples of once renowned scientific papers that were later shown to contain fabricated data. While we can never completely eliminate such papers, we can reduce their numbers. Retracting bad papers and punishing perpetrators is an inefficient way to reduce publishing fraud. Prevention is the best way. A multi-pronged approach is required at both the research and the publishing level. Nip it in the Bud A typical research effort has one or more junior…
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  • Where Are the Self-Pubs in Educational Publishing?

    Carla Douglas
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:58 am
    by Carla Douglas @CarlaJDouglas It’s no secret that change comes slowly to education—it’s a big ship, and for so many reasons, it can’t change course as quickly as most of us think it should. But education, at least in the K–12 stream, is embracing digital—from e-textbooks to tablets to blended and online learning, digital is … Read More →
  • Our Route to Self-Publishing: 3 Moments That Mattered Most

    Carla Douglas
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
    by Carla Douglas (@CarlaJDouglas) Isn’t hindsight wonderful? If you’re willing to look back, you’ll find a map of not just where you’ve been, but also your wrong turns along the way. Better still, hindsight reveals those gilded moments when you made all the right moves, launching yourself in a new direction. Over the past 12 … Read More →
  • Why We’re Choosing Self-Publishing Now

    Carla Douglas
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    by Carla Douglas (@CarlaJDouglas) For 12 years, we’ve been successfully writing educational resources and publishing them with an independent press. We’ve had a good run, producing eight titles, and our relationship with our publisher for the most part has been positive and warm. This fall, however, we’ve made a sharp turn. We’ve taken the publication … Read More →
  • How to Become a Publisher, Step 1: Build a Website

    Corina Koch MacLeod
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    By Corina Koch MacLeod @Ckmacleodwriter   What’s the first step you need to take when you’re setting up a digital publishing company? Writing a business plan? Maybe not. I’d like to suggest building a website should be your first step. Start With a Website I have nothing against writing business plans, but the act of … Read More →
  • Why You Should Become Your Own Publisher

    Corina Koch MacLeod
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    By Corina Koch MacLeod @CKmacleodwriter Are you a traditionally published author who wants to self-publish? Carla and I have been working with a small independent publisher for 12 years, and recently we’ve made the decision to self-publish our educational resources. To do so, we need to become publishers. New Series This post is the first … Read More →
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  • Guest post: Stevie Marsden on the Man Booker Prize

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

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

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

    Laura Jones
    6 Sep 2014 | 12:45 pm
    FINALLY. About time I read a Louise Welsh book. If you’re in or around the Scottish literary scene, you’re bound to know her name regardless of whether or not you’ve read any of her work. I was shamefully in the latter camp. I can only blame dissertation, work, general life for so long before I […]
  • This week in numbers: August 9th – 15th

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

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

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

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

    Jeremiah Walton
    10 Jun 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Jeremiah Walton:We’re going to be doing some pretension stabbings at the 2014 NYC Poetry Festival. Cheers to lawlessness! Originally posted on Nostrovia! Poetry: We’ll be causing a ruckus at the 2014 NYC Poetry Festival with UndergroundBooks this year.  Jeremiah Walton, Captain Thornton, Zarina Zabrisky, Simon Rogghe, Ezra Letra, and Sam Lennon will be representing Nostrovia! Poetry, and helping both publishers launch Books & Shovels, a cross country traveling bookstore that debuts its journey at the festival. 2014 NYC Poetry Festival Saturday & Sunday, July 26th & 27th,…
  • The 25 Best Websites for Literature Lovers

    Jeremiah Walton
    9 Jun 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Jeremiah Walton:Content for kings Originally posted on Flavorwire: It’s an interesting relationship that book lovers have with the Internet: most would rather read a physical book than something on an iPad or Kindle, and even though an Amazon purchase is just two or three clicks away, dedicated readers would rather take a trip to their local indie bookstore. Yet the literary world occupies a decent-sized space on the web. Readers, writers, publishers, editors, and everybody in between are tweeting, Tumbling, blogging, and probably even Vine-ing about their favorite books. In case the demise…
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    Nostrovia! Poetry

  • Hah! A disgusting term!

    Jeremiah Walton
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:17 am
    Making Love by Jeremiah Walton like chewing roses like love I’m hallucinating that mad man again he’s in the bedroom with his beard waking me from dreams I don’t remember then he’s really there I swing a knife I don’t know how to use accidentally gut him going to jail for murder (good lawyers are out of my wallet’s width) or knick him he’ll chuckle reaching out with working man hands & strangle me. I won’t do anything at all, just be strangled. I’ll chew some roses over the experience in the never waking up previously published in Fuck…
  • On the road (again.)

    Jeremiah Walton
    15 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    Big Boys by Alfonso Colasuonno My friend was into graff She bombed our weed spot with the words “big boy” She tagged up an 80 next to it – 8.0 inches Every decimal counts, right? I thought she was being clever Just a discreet way to show off her boy’s cock Eight inches she claimed And she always complained about being sore How he’d stretch her out, and the pain It turns out She was into Oxys I guess I’m not as clever As I thought I was. previously published in Fuck Art, Let’s Dance
  • “Hmmmm… is my artist hat on right?”

    Jeremiah Walton
    15 Nov 2014 | 9:07 am
    Reflecting on Everything That I Loved About Your Art Exhibition by Gwil James Thomas Free booze. previously published in Fuck Art, Let’s Dance
  • Anarchism in America

    Jeremiah Walton
    9 Nov 2014 | 9:08 am
    My little brother tells me that anarchy is violence, that humans can not function without government.  He explained to me that if someone punched him in the face, he’d murder them.  He then reworded himself, saying murder was excessive, and that he would only beat the shit out of him.  Among my peers, the youth, I consistently here similar takes on anarchism. This documentary outlines Anarchism’s history in America, the movement’s direction, the development of its stereotypes, why anarchism is feared, and its push for both individual and collective freedom.  Interviews…
  • Ghosts of Pennsylvania Nostrils

    Jeremiah Walton
    8 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    Speedballin’ on K-pins & Ritalin A ghost of a villanelle for South Western Pennsylvania by Christina M. Sparks You said: you gotta crush it between to credit cards going 75 down Route 8, cut it smooth, draw it out on your compact mirror, roll your last dollar & snort that shit in 3 lines – one for the father, son & holy spirit. You said: you gotta crush it Lick the Devil’s share off the mirror. You gotta let it roll over you, let it wash through your blood. Cut it smooth. Let the drip remind you of last summer – hush-hush wink-wink trips to the bathroom. Remind you how to…
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    The Publishing Profits Podcast Show | Writing | Marketing | Books | Ebooks

  • 036: How to Write Faster, Better and Love What You Do With Rachel Aaron (Tom Corson-Knowles, Founder of TCK Publishing)
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:11 am
    Rachel Aaron is the a bestselling traditionally published novelist and author of several books including the Eli Monpress series and one of my absolute favorite books on writing, 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love. In today’s show, Rachel shares her secrets to writing faster, higher quality books while enjoying the process. After applying Rachel’s lessons in 2k to 10k, I noticed a huge increase in my personal writing speed, and I was able to overcome writer’s block almost completely. She’s the real deal! Grab your pen and…
  • 035: How Buck Books Can Skyrocket Your Ebook Sales For Free (Tom Corson-Knowles, Founder of TCK Publishing)
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Matt Stone is a bestselling author, professional blogger, and owner of Archangel Ink, a publishing company that helps new and independent authors succeed. He’s also the owner of Buck Books, one of the top ebook promotion sites. (You can read more about Buck Books and their submission guidelines here). In today’s show, Matt shares his story of going from an unknown writer in his field to being one of the top health bloggers, and his journey of self-publishing. He’ll also share how he earned over $16,000 in royalties in his first month self publishing on Amazon. Building an…
  • 034: Transmedia, Story Engineering, and Other Lessons from the 2014 Willamette Writer’s Conference (Tom Corson-Knowles, Founder of TCK Publishing)
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Transmedia and story engineering were hot topics at this year’s Willamette Writer’s Conference in Portland, Oregon. Tom shares his key takeaways, insights and lessons learned from speaking at and attending the conference. In the show, we discuss transmedia and the future of media. Content is the greatest marketing tool you will ever have, and transmedia is how you maximize the impact of your content across various media platforms including books, film, TV, digital video and online digital content, social media, video games, merchandise and more. Tom also shares about some key…
  • 033: The Ebook Revolution and the Future of Publishing (Tom Corson-Knowles, Founder of TCK Publishing)
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    In today’s show, Tom Corson-Knowles share data, facts and insights into global ebook and print sales and the future of publishing. If you don’t understand the numbers, it’s hard to make good decisions as a publisher! This show will give you some key insights into what’s going on right now in the industry, why ebook sales are still growing, and why print sales are declining globally. See the slides for this show: The Ebook Revolution and the Future of Publishing from Tom Corson-Knowles Watch the video instead: Get even more data and key market insights for authors and…
  • 032: Your Ebook Publishing Questions Answered (Tom Corson-Knowles, Founder of TCK Publishing)
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:17 pm
    In today’s show, Tom Corson-Knowles answers your questions about ebook publishing. We cover questions about formatting, publishing, marketing, pen names, free vs. paid books, creating audiobooks, and much more. Grab your pen and paper and get ready to take notes because you’re about to learn how to earn some serious publishing profits. If you want your questions answered on the show, send us an email at
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    Marketing Tips For Authors

  • 5 Ways to Make Kindle Unlimited Work for You

    Paula Krapf
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:10 am
    Kindle Unlimited is Amazon’s new subscription service. Members can read books that are enrolled in the program for a monthly fee, although they are limited to 10 books at a time. What does this mean for authors? The jury is still out for non-fiction at this point, but KU does seem to have great potential for genre fiction. Let’s take a look at results so far… Read more: [Tweet “Share 5 Ways to Make Kindle Unlimited Work for You #amwriting”] [Tweet “Share Is Amazon’s Kindle…
  • How to Create the Perfect Website: Links to Other Sites

    Paula Krapf
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:12 am
    If you’re going to go through all the trouble of putting yourself “out there” on the Internet, you should make sure the footprint you leave is lasting. You can do this by developing a list of sites your consumer will find valuable, as well as sites that have a long-standing and solid reputation in the Internet community. My father used to say, “If you lie down with dogs, you’ll get fleas.” The same can be said for the sites you partner with. Don’t just accept links to your sites willy-nilly, partner with sites that are a reflection of your own message. Once you have this list,…
  • 50 Tips to Keep You Tweeting

    Paula Krapf
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:09 pm
    The Twitter stream fills up quickly, and it can be overwhelming sometimes. But there are many ways you can find good content to share; in fact, here are 50 ideas: 1. Retweet content from experts in your niche. 2. Jokes or humorous quotes can spread cheer. 3. Check Twitter’s trending topics and join in the conversation! 4. Inspirational quotes are extremely popular – and will probably get you a lot of retweets. 5. Share a picture of yourself at work. Get more tips: [Tweet “Share 50 Tips to Keep You Tweeting…
  • The Importance of an Author Marketing Plan

    Paula Krapf
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    It’s a common refrain among new authors: I’ve written a book. What should I do now? These authors didn’t do any work pre-publication to identify their target readers and how to find and reach them. Now that their book is out, they’re stuck. That’s where a marketing plan comes in. Ideally, authors would start this process before they write and publish a book, but you can create (or update) a plan any time. Read more about why authors need marketing plans: You can view a sample marketing plan…
  • Have You Used Street Teams to Promote Your Book?

    Paula Krapf
    9 Nov 2014 | 7:54 pm
    How competitive is publishing? According to Bowker, there were more than 1.4 million books published in 2013. That translates into 3,871 new books published daily. So setting yourself apart from the crowd is vital to success. That’s where a street team comes in. These people can help spread the word about your book. If you want to know how, take a look at how one author used street teams to turn her book into a bestseller. Read more: [Tweet “Share How to Use Street Teams to…
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    Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog

  • How To Design Your Magazine with PowerPoint

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

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

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

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

    Wojtek Szywalski
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:19 am
    Over a year ago, PressPad introduced a risk-free offer for publishers who wanted to have their magazines published on the App Store and Google Play for free. To this day, this offer has the best and most affordable terms to help small, and medium-sized publishers launch a magazine app and make money on mobile devices. […] The post Introducing PressPad Pro for Professional Publishers appeared first on Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog.
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    The Proof Angel

  • Read this before you design your own book cover

    The Proof Angel
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:06 am
    Authors often make terrible book cover designers. Sometimes that is because they are too close to the project, and forget that the cover needs to sell the book to strangers. If you are thinking of designing your own cover, you might find it helpful to read this author’s experience. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.  Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: book cover, book design
  • Comic Sans: What’s all the fuss about?

    The Proof Angel
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:13 am
    Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Bits & bobs Tagged: comic sans, Typography
  • Graphic Design Tutorial: Typography and Design

    The Proof Angel
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    People with no experience of design & typography often pick a font because they like the shape of the letters. Unfortunately, there is a lot more to the design process than that, as this video explains. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Writing resources Tagged: design, Typography
  • Are you an author looking for PR services?

    The Proof Angel
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:04 am
    Are you thinking you need to hire a PR service to promote your books? According to this post, you would be better off using your money elsewhere. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: indie publishing, PR, self-publishing
  • Common Latin abbreviatons

    The Proof Angel
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:04 am
    Do you know when to use e.g or i.e? Many people get confused about these two. If you can remember the translation, it helps. Find out more here. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Grammar & usage Tagged: abbreviations, eg, etc, ie
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    The Passive Voice - Latest Updates

  • The Storyteller

    Passive Guy
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    From an old issue of The New Yorker: My copy was blue. The book was a small Scholastic paperback, and on the cover was a trio of pale-green concentric circles. They looked like radio waves, or the kind of design you could get by fiddling around with a Spirograph set. In one of the circles was the silhouette of a girl, and, in another, a matching image of a little boy. The book was “A Wrinkle in Time,” by Madeleine L’Engle. Published in 1962, it is—depending on how you look at it—science fiction, a warm tale of family life, a response to the Cold War, a book about a search for a…
  • It makes you wonder

    Passive Guy
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    It makes you wonder. All the brilliant things we might have done with our lives if only we suspected we knew how. Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
  • Want To Be More Creative? Don’t Sleep

    Passive Guy
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:07 am
    From LinkedIn: Wednesday, famed sportswriter Bill Simmons released a podcast where he interviewed Lorne Michaels, the man who created and still runs Saturday Night Live. In the interview, Michaels said something particularly interesting about the creative process. Simmons asked him about the grueling nature of SNL, where Michaels and his staff have been putting on a live hour of television each week for the past 40 years. Specifically, Simmons asked if that sort of schedule was too difficult, if there would be a benefit to cutting back. Michaels’ answer: no. “There’s a mantra that I…
  • Apple $450 million e-book settlement gets final court approval

    Passive Guy
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    From Reuters: A U.S. judge on Friday gave final approval to Apple Inc’s agreement to pay $450 million to resolve claims it harmed consumers by conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices. During a hearing in Manhattan, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote approved what she called a “highly unusual” accord. It calls for Apple to pay $400 million to as many as 23 million consumers if the company is unsuccessful in appealing a ruling that found it liable for antitrust violations. The $400 million comes on top of earlier settlements with five publishers in the case, which…
  • ‘Bieber’s Finger’ and other quirky fiction

    Passive Guy
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    From The Ogden Standard-Examiner: The old “sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll” stereotype has nothing on the new science fiction novel by Kaysville author/musician/businessman Craig Nybo. In “Bieber’s Finger,” Nybo has crafted a story about a super fan who just happens to catch the finger of her pop-singing idol when he’s killed in a car bombing — all of which happens in the first few pages. The rest of the book chronicles this 15-year-old groupie’s attempts to illegally clone the object of her affection and proceed to teach him to sing and dance so that he can perform at the…
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    All Indie Writers » Indie Publishing

  • 4 Free Tools for NaNoWriMo Authors

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

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

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

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

    Jennifer Mattern
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    Continuing with this week's series on book marketing plans, it's time for a freebie. This is a book marketing plan outline that you can use This book marketing plan outline is a short form "real" marketing plan for indie authors (meaning it goes beyond a simple, and often untargeted, list of tactics). While a simple list might be fine when pitching publishers, a list of marketing tactics is not a marketing plan. As an indie author you're a business owner. And as a business owner you owe it to yourself to have a comprehensive and thought-out plan in place. This outline is meant to serve as a…
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    Helen Sedwick

  • Using Fiction Techniques For Writing Nonfiction

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

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

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

    Helen Sedwick
    5 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Where do cows go on Saturday nights? To the moo-vies. My father loved to tell puns and stories, especially stories about his boyhood on the western prairie during the 1930s, the Dust Bowl. I will be forever thankful he wrote a short memoir about those years before he passed away. Not ready to say goodbye to my Dad, I reread his memoir several times. I found wonderful tidbits about making ice cream from summer hail and the frightening silence before a dust storm. But I was struck most by something missing from today’s childhood. Freedom. While there was plenty of dust in his stories, my…
  • How to Get Permission to Use Images Without Paying a Fortune or a Lawyer

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

  • Book Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Cadence Sinclair Eastman is nearly 18, she endured an accident 2 years ago, which caused her to have selective amnesia. She returns to the family island where the accident happened for the summer and has to piece together her memories and the incidents that led up to that fateful night when everything changed. A short read but chilling nonetheless, I didn’t see the twist coming so it had the full effect of winding me. The story is told from Cadences’ point of view, I enjoyed the King Leah references and the complexity of the family politics. The book was very enjoyable to read:…
  • Book Review: The Last Town (The Waywood Pines Book 3) by Blake Crouch

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The stunning conclusion to the Waywood Pines trilogy hits the ground running as we return to see David Pilcher act on his threat when he gave Ethan Burke an ultimatum at the end of the second book. Now that the truth is out there, so are the abbies, but more heartache is to come Ethan’s way as against all odds Adam Hassler returns and Theresa has to choose between him and Ethan. But the abbies aren’t the only threat to what remains of humanity. This did read very much like an episode of The Walking Dead, but not in a bad way and knowing that this was the final part in the trilogy…
  • Fire and Ice Book Tour and Giveaway: A Cat Taught Me That – Life’s Lessons From Felines by Charlotte Gerber

    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A short, humorous and endearing read written from the point of view of Louie, a gorgeous ginger tabby, reflecting on his life and experiences, with appearances from a few of his feline friends. “Catnap often. Don’t be a stalker unless food is involved. Despite the rumor, it is okay to be curious! A Cat Taught Me That is filled with humorous advice and the wisdom of elder cats that includes information on how to get more out of life, and how to avoid common pitfalls along the way. Cat lovers will enjoy the adorable photographs and cute illustrations throughout. Celebrity cat ‘Awesome…
  • Book Review: Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

    19 Nov 2014 | 11:37 am
    Atlanta in the ’70s is a cop town but with diversity being a concept not accepted by the majority of the police force the unwritten rules of policing are different to what we know today. Kate Murphy who has been widowed for 2 years joins up as a new recruit and undergoes a baptism of fire as the hunt is on to find a cop killer who has struck yet again as she begins her first damon the force. I have been a Karin Slaughter fan for more years than I care to mention and I enjoy her stand alone novels AS much has I enjoy the ones in a series, this one was great to read as it was in keeping…
  • Book Review: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    17 Nov 2014 | 4:01 pm
    An enigmatic tale about two Nigerian teenagers, Obinze and Ifemelu, separated whilst at University when Ifemelu goes to college in America, where she experiences life as a Non-American black woman and the hardships of being a student from the third world. Meanwhile Obinze spends some time in the UK but is deported back to Nigeria, where he makes a life for himself. When the two meet years later, can they reconcile their differences? By reading this book you immerse yourself in the lives of Ifemelu and Obinze, Adichie is an adept storyteller who sets the scene in your mind and puts you right…
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    ABNewswire - Press Release Distribution Service

  • Jailbreak and Unlock iPhone 6, 6+ ( PLUS), 5S, 5C, 5 Any iOS Remove iCloud Activation

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am, the world’s premier mobile phone unlocker and jailbreaking innovator, is pleased to exclusively announce the immediate launch of the iCloud Bypass and Unlock Service for iPhone 6,6(+ Plus )5S,5c, 5, 4s and 4Yesterday we told you about, a website that offers ByPass/Remove Icloud Activation and Jailbreak/Unlock for iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4 and the NEW 6/6+ on any iOS. A lot of people have been speculating on how this service actually works. The most discussed potential way works were that somehow they have access to apple databases. iCloud iPhone…
  • New Wolflink Smart WiFi Router Launches Indiegogo Campaign To Improve Home Network Coverage and Security

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Hongkong, China - On November 9th, Wolflink launched an Indiegogo campaign for their new Smart WiFi Router, the “Wolflink,” which extends WiFi coverage in the home and ensures network security. The product is the first release for the Wolflink brand.  “Wolflink is designed to extend coverage and enhance your wireless network, helping you keep your mobile and computer connected to Wi-Fi in a reliable manner,” says Binsen Tang, the Founder of Wolflink. “Wolflink prides itself on being made with highest quality materials, boasting a top spec aluminum alloy case that sets it apart from…
  • Drinkable Air and Union Dental (OTC PK: UDHI) to Appear on Worldwide Business with kathy ireland®

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:55 pm
    November 21, 2014 Boca Raton FL -- Worldwide Business announced recently that it would spotlight the innovative Atmospheric Water Generation technology developed by Drinkable Air, Inc.  “After reviewing potential companies to feature on our show; we believed the advancements in Atmospheric Water Systems by Drinkable Air would be an excellent addition to our series,” says JL Haber, Vice President of Programming for Worldwide Business. Third party users of their systems will be interviewed about the product.   Interviews and visual footage will be captured at Union Dental in Coral…
  • Teddy Stratford Hacks the Button Down Shirt with Patent-Pending Fit and Collar -- Launches Kickstarter Campaign and Raises Goal in Less Than 36 Hours

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:54 pm
    With a tailoring innovation discovered in Bangkok and a patent pending collar, the Zip Fit™ Shirt aims to upgrade the button down and deliver the best fitted shirt on the planet.New York – On a trip to Bangkok, Teddy Stratford founder Bryan Davis was driving through city when a police officer stepped into the road and motioned for him to pull over.  Oddly enough, this incident led to a revelation that inspired Davis to develop what he calls The Best Fitted Shirt on the Planet. Anyone can become part of the Zip Fit™ revolution by continuing to back the Kickstarter campaign that will…
  • A Game Changing, Green Jewelry brand Send a Positive Message on Kickstarter

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:53 pm
    San Francisco CA, US - Yin Yin Wu, founder and lead designer at LoveGem Studio LLC wants to share her story and tell how with perseverance and focus anyone can achieve their dreams. This is a message no one can help but to receive. Wu has released on the crowdfunding platform,  LoveGem Studio’s “Dreams in a Charm” are sweet and authentic in design; these handcrafted objects of art are respected and coveted by jewelry fanatics and enthusiasts alike. In a world where we are deluged by modernization, it is gratifying to share the personal admiration for the skills and…
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    Top South African News

  • Breaking News: Montecasino Hot Air Balloon Crashes From The Sky

    Staff Reporter
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    MAGALIESIG – Fourways residents may have thought they were dreaming when they saw the Hyundai hot-air balloon at Montecasino seemingly pop up and fly away. A representative from aerial displays, the company which owns the balloon, was called for comment by theFourways Review,however she was rushing to the site at the time to determine the exact cause of the balloon’s malfunction. However, she confirmed that the balloon definitely did malfunction. There were people in the balloon at the time and Emer-G-Med, who responded to the scene said one person was injured. According to…
  • Vijayawada Man Secretly Drugs His Daughter Using Sleeping Tablets Before Raping Her Every Night After Dinner For Over A Year

    Staff Reporter
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:27 am
    Police arrested a man for allegedly raping his daughter for over a year as the girl was in love with a local boy on Saturday.  The accused, auto driver B Subba Rao, used to administer sleeping pills to his wife and daughter before resorting to the ghastly act. The girl and her mother approached the police on Saturday. Enraged over his daughter for developing friendship with a boy in the colony, Rao forced her to stop studies after SSC two years ago. Suspecting that his daughter is in contact with the boy, Rao turned violent and resolved to rape her for not heeding his advice. On the pretext…
  • Kasi Sangoma Busts Tokoloshes

    Staff Reporter
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:59 am
    SANGOMA Felleng has no fear of tokoloshes. In the kasi, she is known as the tokoloshe buster. “People come to me for help because they know I can defeat tokoloshes,” she said. Speaking from her home in Kingsway, Benoni, Gauteng Felleng Mofokeng explained what she does to help people get rid of tokoloshes. She said she takes her clients to the bush where they dig a hole. “Then I strangle a black chicken and throw it into the hole.” She explained that the chicken had to be strangled. “Then I will give the client 5 litres of special muthi to drink which he must drink while sitting over…
  • 30-Year-Old Magosha (Prostitute) Uses Woza Woza Muthi And Her Magic Panty To Attract Men

    Staff Reporter
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:07 am
    THIS 30-year-old magosha says she upstages young rivals because no man can resist the power of her magic panty! The Mangaung woman who didn’t want to be named said business used to be hard, with men chasing after sexy young magoshas. “I even posed naked showing off my punani on the R702 Highway,” she said. “But most days I went home with no money or only R100. I was frustrated and had to offer men cheap sex,” she said. But then she found the answer to her problem. “I asked a sangoma for muthi to attract men, and I was told to do a ritual with my panties,” she said. “I have…
  • Latest On Zimbabwe Special Dispensation Permits (ZSP) – Zimbabweans who have applied for the new special dispensation permit can go home and return to South Africa over the festive season

    Staff Reporter
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
    Cape Town – Zimbabweans who have applied for the new special dispensation permit can go home and return to South Africa over the festive season, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said in Cape Town on Thursday. He said those with the Dispensation for Zimbabwe Project permit would be permitted in and out of the country while they waited for their Special Dispensation Permit (SDP) applications to be approved. Around 64 percent of the 249 000 Zimbabweans working in the country on a dispensation permit had already applied for the new permit since October 1. Applications close on December…
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    New Dhoom

  • Origins Ready to Wear Cold Seasonal Dresses 2015 For Girls

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    22 Nov 2014 | 4:20 am
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  • Team Talks: Creating Yearbooks With Dmitriy Chernioglo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Kristin L. Mitchell sought Daddy’s love in all the wrong places and people. Today, she is still seeking Daddy’s love. Her story will travel you down the road to her restoration through pain, anger, therapy sessions that felt like episodes of Dr. Phil, promiscuity, attempts of suicide and stints in mental wards. He Wasn’t My Daddy is not only a memoir that is a page-turner, but inspires and enlightens. Kristin L. Mitchell’s recapitulation of a life that was filled with experiences about a young girl who grew up without her father, is extremely telling and heartfelt. Kristin has lived…
  • Getting To Know Authors Farrah Rochon and Jennifer Lohmann

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    2 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
     native of south Louisiana, Farrah Rochon officially began her writing career while waiting in between classes in the student lounge at Xavier University of Louisiana. After earning her Bachelors of Science degree and a Masters of Arts from Southeastern Louisiana University, Farrah decided to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a published novelist. She was named Shades of Romance Magazine's Best New Author of 2007. Her debut novel garnered rave reviews, earning Farrah several SORMAG Readers' Choice Awards. When she is not writing in her favorite coffee shop, Farrah spends most of her time…
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