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  • To Agree or Not to Agree: Simon & Schuster Just Did

    The Independent Publishing Magazine
    Mick Rooney
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    With so much attention recently given to the Amazon and Hachette dispute over their on going contract negotiations, Tuesday's news that big five publisher Simon & Schuster had agreed a deal with Amazon came as something of a surprise to many in the industry. If we were to listen to the anti-Amazon ramblings of New York Times journalist David Streitfeld, you'd swear no one could agree a deal with Amazon. According to Business Insider, negotiations between Simon & Schuster and Amazon were agreed two months ahead the date the current contract expires. The new deal officially…
  • Mediatwits #136: Friend or Foe? Facebook’s Growing Power in Online News

    Fannie Cohen
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:05 am
    Last year, Facebook honcho Mark Zuckerberg said he wanted Facebook to provide the “best personalized newspaper in the world.” No one really knew what that meant, but now Facebook clearly wields enormous power over what news content is read at various publications. That’s because its News Feed uses algorithms — adjusted and designed by humans [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Google Play Rethinks Nonfiction Ebooks

    Digital Book World
    Rich Bellis
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    At first glance, Google’s latest upgrade of its Android app isn’t especially radical. New features include “skim mode,” which lets readers scroll horizontally through whole sections, bypassing page-turns and the usual navigation, plus a more finely tuned bookmarking system. But it’s noteworthy to find a retailer thinking afresh about the e-reading experience not just in terms of platform or device but in terms of genre categories, too. Much more. Related: Explore How Digital Technology Is Reshaping E-Reading at DBW15 To get all the ebook and digital publishing news you need every…
  • Agents Behaving Badly

    A Newbie's Guide to Publishing
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    Joe sez: Super-agent Andrew Wylie, in what seems like a conscious effort to make sure he never gets another query letter, addressed the Toronto Festival of Authors and taught them all about hyperbole.“I believe with the restored health of the publishing industry and having some sense of where this sort of ISIS-like distribution channel, Amazon, is going to be buried and in which plot of sand they will be stuck, [publishers] will be able to raise the author’s digital royalty to 40% or 50%,” he said. “Writers will begin to make enough money to live.”I have a few contacts at Amazon, so…
  • #SelfPrintedSplash: The Qs and As (and the Winners!)

    Catherine, Caffeinated
    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…
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  • Mediatwits #136: Friend or Foe? Facebook’s Growing Power in Online News

    Fannie Cohen
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:05 am
    Last year, Facebook honcho Mark Zuckerberg said he wanted Facebook to provide the “best personalized newspaper in the world.” No one really knew what that meant, but now Facebook clearly wields enormous power over what news content is read at various publications. That’s because its News Feed uses algorithms — adjusted and designed by humans [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • 7 Strategies for Teaching Student Journalists to Cover Midterm Elections

    Michael W. Wagner
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Historically, journalists generally behaved as though political scientists’ focus on the state of the economy and presidential approval had little to offer their elections coverage. And political scientists treated campaign coverage’s focus on the horse race and shifting campaign narratives as factors that were almost completely unrelated to what actually has the virtue of affecting [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Journalism & Digital Education Roundup, October 30, 2014

    Julie Keck
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    1. Before the “teaching model” of journalism education: 5 questions to ask (Katherine Reed / Nieman Lab) 2. ‘Out of touch’ parents blocking development of children’s digital skills (Roland Moore-Colyer / V3) 3. In era of shrinking mainstream media, journalism schools are filling the void (Aalia Shaheed / Fox News Latino) 4. BuzzFeed, Columbia create [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Daily Must Reads, October 30, 2014

    Julie Keck
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    1. How Harvard Business Review beats bigger rivals on social media (Lucia Moses / Digiday) 2. As journalism and documentary film converge in digital, what lessons can they share? (Liam Andrew / Nieman Lab) 3. Flipboard debuts a big redesign and the Daily Edition, a morning news section (Ellis Hamburger / The Verge) 4. MPAA [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • 5 Great Online Election Trackers for the U.S. Midterms

    Sonia Paul
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    With the 2014 U.S. midterm elections just days away, attention is on voter habits and concerns, as well as how political campaigners are leveraging different methods to target their voter base. The Pew Research Center’s recent report on how liberals and conservatives inhabit different media worlds underscores the influence media has on voter awareness. Reports [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
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    Digital Book World

  • Google Play Rethinks Nonfiction Ebooks

    Rich Bellis
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    At first glance, Google’s latest upgrade of its Android app isn’t especially radical. New features include “skim mode,” which lets readers scroll horizontally through whole sections, bypassing page-turns and the usual navigation, plus a more finely tuned bookmarking system. But it’s noteworthy to find a retailer thinking afresh about the e-reading experience not just in terms of platform or device but in terms of genre categories, too. Much more. Related: Explore How Digital Technology Is Reshaping E-Reading at DBW15 To get all the ebook and digital publishing news you need every…
  • Lights Out for Enhanced Ebooks?

    Rich Bellis
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Some say the prospects for enhanced ebooks went dark a long time ago–or never existed in the first place. Now, the news that Atavist Books is shutting its doors leads one author to revisit those claims. While interactive digital content remains costly to produce and the audience for it limited relative to standard reflowable ebooks, there’s some indication that both those barriers are diminishing. And even if they never disappear entirely, there may be ways for authors and publishers to continue innovating without putting all their eggs in the enhanced ebook basket. Here’s why doing…
  • Does the Closure of Atavist Books Signal the End of Enhanced Ebooks?

    J.J. Gadd
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    Was last week’s announcement of the closure of multi-platform book publisher Atavist Books the beginning of the final death knell for enhanced books? Hardly. This is a death rattle that’s apparently been dragging out for twenty years. At least that’s if you believe, as I do, that the enhanced ebook finds its roots in the wonderfully experimental (but famously short-lived) hypertext fiction of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Hypertext Fiction: A Brief Tangent Interactive and hypertext fiction was so short-lived for several reasons, the key one being that the technology changed…
  • Young Adult Still Driving Trade Growth

    Rich Bellis
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Young adult and children’s titles are still the biggest propellers of the modest growth U.S. trade publishers have seen this year, according to recent figures on June and July sales from the Association of American Publishers. That category has grown each month this year through July, relative to each such period in 2013. Even adult trade sales, which were down each month from March through June, reversed course in July and grew by 3.7%. Still, it comes as little surprise that young adult hits like The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent and If I Stay are continuing to drive growth, both in…
  • Self-Published Titles Rally on Ebook Best-Seller List

    Rich Bellis
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Recent weeks saw the brief ascent of higher-priced titles from traditional publishers on the Ebook Best-Seller List, a phenomenon that reversed course last week and is replaced this one by the resurgence of less expensive, self-published titles. Penelope Ward’s self-published Stepbrother Dearest remains squarely within the top ten, jumping two places into the No. 4 position this week. And Deborah Bladon, also a self-published author, lands not one but three titles on this week’s list–each of them a bargain for readers at just $0.99. Altogether, there are six…
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    A Newbie's Guide to Publishing

  • Agents Behaving Badly

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    Joe sez: Super-agent Andrew Wylie, in what seems like a conscious effort to make sure he never gets another query letter, addressed the Toronto Festival of Authors and taught them all about hyperbole.“I believe with the restored health of the publishing industry and having some sense of where this sort of ISIS-like distribution channel, Amazon, is going to be buried and in which plot of sand they will be stuck, [publishers] will be able to raise the author’s digital royalty to 40% or 50%,” he said. “Writers will begin to make enough money to live.”I have a few contacts at Amazon, so…
  • Twelve Shades of Self-Promotion

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    Joe sez: When I heard my frequent collaborator, Ann Voss Peterson, was involved in a new box set with a group of high-profile authors, I was intrigued. Both by the content (I just bought a copy and you should to) and by the way they've gone about promoting the set, which may involve the most marketing I've ever seen done by indie authors.So here's Ann and her partners in crime to discuss Twelve Shades of Midnight.Ann Voss Peterson (The School): Thanks, Joe!I’m involved in a twelve-author anthology called Twelve Shades of Midnight that was released today, October 28th. A lot goes into a…
  • More Advice To Authors United

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Two days after Simon & Schuster and Amazon announced a multi-year contract, David Gaughran wrote a great post about things Authors United can do next. He opined that while AU was ineffective in the Amazon/Hachette dispute, they did excel at getting media attention. Why not use that attention to address some real issues?He's correct. But before they get to his excellent list, they still have one big thing they can help out with.I gave my advice to Authors United a month ago. That advice is more applicable than ever before, now that S&S has proven that Amazon can be successfully…
  • Amazon Will Slash Your Royalties!

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Barry sez: There’s a meme afloat in the publishing world, most recently articulated by Kobo president Michael Tamblyn, to the effect that, "When Amazon kills all competition, it will lower royalties. So indie authors should support Hachette and legacy publishers generally."Even beyond the obvious (why so worried about a lion possibly eating you next year when there’s a bear in fact eating you right now), the argument above has things exactly backward.The underlying concern is legitimate: without meaningful competition, a publisher is free to lower royalties. We know this is true in no…
  • Eisler & Konrath & Patterson... Again

    16 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Barry sez: Well, James Patterson is at it again, issuing alarums from the sumptuous grounds of his bazillion-dollar mansion about how Amazon Must Be Stopped lest Jeff Bezos fulfill his evil plan to usher in The End of Days and yada yada yada. Joe’s been doing yeoman’s work for a long time in keeping up with these Pattersonian pontifications -- see here and here and here and here and here, so naturally I asked him to join me in tackling Patterson’s latest, a video interview with The TelegraphIn a weird way, this interview is probably Patterson’s most interesting outing to date because…
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    Catherine, Caffeinated

  • #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…
  • Inserting Page Numbers and Running Heads

    12 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing, 3rd Edition is almost here! The Kindle edition goes live this Thursday, October 16th (you can pre-order it here on and here on Other e-book formats and the paperback will – avoiding any major disasters – be available by the day of the Self-Printed Splash, Friday October 24th. If you want a little e-mail reminder that it’s out, sign up to my laughably sporadic newsletter. It’s been nearly two years since I brought out version 2.0 and a lot has changed. I’ve been addressing…
  • Self-Publishing a New Edition? Get Rid of the Old One First!

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

  • The NaNoWriMo word-count calendar: writing a novel one day at a time

    Chris Robley
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) begins this Saturday. Are you ready? Have you stretched, fired up the computer, purchased extra Moleskine notebooks, and thought of an awesome idea for a novel? Great — now it’s just a matter of writing 1,667 words a day for the entire month of November. To help you stay on schedule, Marie Thresher (of BookBaby’s design team) created this word-count calendar. It’s kinda like a novel-writing Nativity calendar, only instead of eating chocolates every day you have the satisfaction of being X pages closer to completing your 50,000…
  • Books without boundaries

    Steven Spatz
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    Why distribution beyond Amazon really matters If Bill Gates said it, I tend to believe it. The software tycoon-turned-philanthropist has been proven right on just about everything (if you forget the Zune and that CTRL-ALT-DEL thing). At the dawn of the internet, Gates published an essay that started off with this line:  “Content is where I expect much of the real money will be made on the Internet.” The name of the essay? “Content is King.” His 1996 prediction — made during the prehistoric days of dial up modems, AOL and floppy discs — came true. From silly cat videos to…
  • How Karma and cooperation have changed the game in independent publishing

    Chris Robley
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    [This article was written by guest contributor Nancy L. Baumann of Bookarma.]  You know what the problem is, don’t you? Traditional publishers have long held an exalted position. They determined who was in and who was out, who was worthy and who was not. They decided what the public could read and what messages or entertainment to issue. They were the gatekeepers of ideas. That’s over now, and we have some statistics to prove it. The July 2014 Authors Earnings Report said that self-published authors are “dominating traditionally published authors” in sci-fi/fantasy, mystery/thriller,…
  • Preparing for NaNoWriMo: how to manage your time, stay motivated, and keep the creativity flowing

    Chris Robley
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    Resources for authors that want to write a novel in less than a month National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) is a little more than a week away. On November 1st, thousands of authors will start writing with the goal of completing a 50,000-word novel by midnight on November 30th. That’s a hell of a goal, and it requires that you write an average of 1,666 words per day for an entire month. Sound inspiring? Painful? A bit of both? It’s really an amazing event fueled by the passion of a worldwide community of authors, and it might be just the thing you need to temporarily turn off…
  • What’s your state book? A literary map of the U.S.A.

    Chris Robley
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    Well, this isn’t a map of “official” state novels, but Brooklyn Magazine has compiled a list of books that are: … more than just a general reflection of a place, but rather paid attention to the specifics, even at the risk of the exclusion of the whole. No one book, after all, can completely capture the spirit of something so unwieldy as a state. Few—if any—books can even completely capture the spirit of an individual. And yet there are those stories that so beautifully evoke a time and a place and a way of life that it becomes close to impossible to separate the…
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    Self-Publishing Review

  • Looking For A New Book Reviewer At SPR!

    Cate Baum
    1 Nov 2014 | 4:50 am
    We are looking to recruit a part-time, freelance, professional book reviewer with the following qualifications: 1. Professional experience of at least 2 years at a PR 4 or above blog or magazine reviewing books with a minimum of twenty books reviewed – please send links to your profile 2. University – level qualification in English ...
  • Review: The Vagabond’s Son by L.F. Falconer

    Cate Baum
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    The Vagabond’s Son:Prelude To A Legacy by L.F. Falconer follows Adalanto, the son of vagabond Laramato, a pixie-like being from a people called the Piskitian, made with special powers and pointed ears and eyes. When Laramato sells Adalanto’s mother to an ogre, Adalanto must fend for himself and survive a merciless childhood to be strong ...
  • Review: Sated by Truth Devour

    T B Markinson
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:04 am
    Electric pulses of pleasure landscaped their bodies when they touched. Staring into each other’s eyes they quietly appreciated the flux of emotions activating every synapse. Talia had been waiting her whole life to find the one, while Bodhi always knew she was. Their connection was divined and equally fated with the twists of challenge set ...
  • Winners of The SPR Full Moon Awards Announced!

    Cate Baum
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    We are happy to announce the winners of the 2014 Full Moon Awards! In the next few weeks we will be featuring these books in our reviews  and interviews section. In the meanwhile, please take a look at the lucky authors! Horror Winner – Matt Drabble – Gated Michael and Emily move to Eden Gardens, ...
  • Review: Unrequited by Truth Devour

    T B Markinson
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    The interwoven complexities of life follow Talia Jacobs across time. In spite of the endless challenges, she leverages remarkable strength of character to pursue clear-sighted goals to achieve her dreams. Talia has been witness to more than just the mystical Seven Wonders of the World. She has swum in open oceans, hiked majestic mountains, chanted ...
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    Publishing Perspectives

  • Marvel Adds Digital Comics to Kobo Catalog

    Dennis Abrams
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Dozens of Marvel comic book series are now available on Kobo’s digital reading platform, offering another alternative to ComiXology. The post Marvel Adds Digital Comics to Kobo Catalog appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Labo de l’edition Brings Paris’ Book Digerati Together

    Olivia Snaije
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    At Labo de l'edition, a co-working, networking and training center in Paris, professionals working in ebooks and digital media collaborate on new projects. The post Labo de l’edition Brings Paris’ Book Digerati Together appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Librinova: Answering the Call for Self-publishing in France

    Olivia Snaije
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Founded by two publishing veterans, Librinova provides ebook creation and distribution services for self-published authors in France. The post Librinova: Answering the Call for Self-publishing in France appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Books in Browsers 2014 Video Playlist

    Hannah Johnson
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Watch videos from Books in Browsers 2014, where speakers presented cutting-edge ideas and projects in digital book publishing, as well as ideas on the future of ebooks, authors and reading. The post Books in Browsers 2014 Video Playlist appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • On Bringing Murakami to Germany and Beyond

    Dennis Abrams
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    The launch of a new Haruki Murakami book has become an event around the world, with many translations appearing before an English edition. The post On Bringing Murakami to Germany and Beyond appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
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    The Book Designer

  • How Romeo and Juliet Can Help You Write Your Next Book

    Joel Friedlander
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    By Helen Sedwick What do Shakespeare and Jane Austen have in common? Their works have spawned countless remakes and retellings. Characters have been transported to New York tenements and distant dystopian planets. Stately manor houses have been transformed into zombies hideouts. Star Trek’s Klingons recite Hamlet’s soliloquies. And since Shakespeare and Austen’s works are in the public domain, all of these remakes are legal. Books, settings, characters, and stories in the public domain are a rich source of material for writers, as they should be. When a classic tale is retold, writers…
  • 6 Ways to Write a Quick Free Ebook to Build Your Mailing List

    Joel Friedlander
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    By Nina Amir Nothing matches the power of a large mailing list when it comes to marketing your books, products or services. That’s why it behooves aspiring and published authors to focus time and energy on list creation. You can do this effectively using your writing skills. Simply produce a quick ebook and give it away for free as a subscriber call to action. While you can build a strong platform on Twitter, Google Plus or Facebook, you don’t have any control over these social media sites, nor can you claim to “own” the list of contacts you accumulate there. However, if you create a…
  • 7 Traps Waiting for Successful Bloggers, (Part 1)

    Joel Friedlander
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:17 am
    [First of 2 parts] When you start a new author blog, you’re hopeful and expectant. Who knows how many people you’ll reach, how much fun it will be, whether you’ll start a trend or a revolution, become rich and famous, or be offered a 6-figure book deal? Hey, all those things are possible, they make the news all the time. The sad truth is that many blogs suffer an ignominious end. They: dwindle toward some infinity of eternally diminishing readership and interest, or get dropped abruptly off the cliff, with regular posts ending in nothing, or they intermittently go on for…
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    The Future of Ink

  • How To Write A Book In A Month – #WNFIN

    Nina Amir
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Nina Amir In just two months, you will ring in the New Year. When the clock strikes midnight, will you have achieved your writing goals? In 2014, will you have written and published a book that helped you achieve expert status or boost your business? If not, no worries. There’s still time to write and publish your book so you don’t enter 2015 feeling as if you missed the mark and again did not achieve last year’s resolutions. In fact, you can write your book during November and then publish it in December. That’s right. Finish out the year with that item marked off your list. Why…
  • The Pros and Cons of Free vs. Paid Press Release Distribution Services

    Joan Stewart
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Joan Stewart You’ve written a press release about your business, or your new digital product, or an event you’re hosting, and you want the widest exposure possible. You have a big decision to make. Paid services like PRNewswire and PRWeb offer tiered pricing, depending on how widely they distribute the release. If you buy the best package, it can cost you several hundred dollars, even if you write the release yourself. But those free press release services are just too tempting. How do you know whether you should pay or use a free service? Why Press Releases Are Still Important…
  • How To Get Your Book Into Costco (and other specialty stores)

    Penny Sansevieri
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Penny Sansevieri Authors ask me all the time: How can I get my book into Costco? To tell you the truth, it’s really not that complicated. But let’s look at the different ways that Costco stocks product: Nationally In order to be considered for national in-store distribution, you need to pass several (many) checks and your book needs to go to their book buyer who is super particular about what she buys for the stores. Understandably. Product needs to move fast in Costco which is why you may see something one week but not the next. Books that are given national distribution meet a…
  • 6 Steps To Become An Authorpreneur

    Justine Schofield
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Justine Schofield Authorpreneurship is a totally made up word that makes so much sense. With the rise of independent and digital publishing and the shift of the marketplace to online, authors are now expected to not only write, but also sell books. As a result, authors now need to adapt the skillful and savvy ways of an entrepreneur because, in reality, they need to build their book as they would a business. Sounds like a lot, I know,  but here are 6 steps to becoming a skilled authorpreneur. Your books (current and future) will appreciate this! 1. Determine your brand What is your book…
  • How To Organize Your Non-fiction Book

    Nina Amir
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    by Nina Amir Organization can prove a challenging task for creative people whose desks often tend to be a jumble of papers, sticky notes and books and whose filing cabinets  contain more random acts of filing than anything else. (Their computer files are often just as disorganized.) I know I have this problem. When I settle down to write a non-fiction book, however, I have to force myself to get organized. This is especially true if I want to do it quickly, like when I have a deadline or I take on a challenge such as National Nonfiction Writing Month, also known as the Write Nonfiction in…
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    The Passive Voice - Latest Updates

  • First Bite

    Passive Guy
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
  • What do you feel most guilty about?

    Passive Guy
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    From Humans of New York: “What do you feel most guilty about?” “Not finishing my novel. I’ve already built the room where I’m going to write it at my house in Sag Harbor. The walls of the room are painted Venetian red. It has shelves filled with every book I’ve ever read. There’s a scallop striped Victorian chair. A little pine desk— two feet by three feet, with all my pens lined up, and an 18th Century sang de bouef vase lamp. And there’s a French door with a step that goes out onto the roof so I can look at the clouds. I have everything I need. Except the…
  • If human beings had genuine courage

    Passive Guy
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    If human beings had genuine courage, they’d wear their costumes every day of the year, not just on Halloween. Douglas Coupland
  • Wylie the jackal becomes Hachette’s running dog?

    Passive Guy
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    From TeleRead: Never one to bear a grudge or indulge in overly aggressive, unreflective self-promotion, Andrew Wylie can’t seem to forgive Amazon for the failure of his Odyssey JV with them – or in general, for failing to acknowledge that nothing moves until Andrew Wylie says so. And now he’s blaming Amazon for depriving writers of a decent living. “Writers will begin to make enough money to live,” he claims, according to his keynote address at Toronto’s International Festival of Authors, if only the Big Five have the cojones like Hachette to stand up to Amazon, who he doesn’t…
  • Bad Advice for Writers!

    Passive Guy
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    From The Huffington Post: We at Bad Advice for Writers have thus far only concentrated on the act of writing, ignoring important things to like how to behave like a writer and the importance of not understanding how social media works. Today, on the eve of NaNoWriMo, we will focus on bad advice for the novelist. We feel we should make this distinction insofar as some of this advice might actually not be bad advice if you are planning on a work of non-fiction. Advice #4: Correct negative reviews There are only two types of reviews: the positive kind, and the kind where the reviewer…
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    The Digital Reader

  • Breaking News: Amazon Attributes Poor Fire Phone Sales to High Price

    Nate Hoffelder
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    The hot tech news story this morning comes from Fortune, which reported that Amazon has figured out why they’ve sold so few Fire Phones. Fortune interviewed  Amazon Senior Vice President of Devices David Limp, who shared the shocking that Amazon may have made a mistake with the price of the Fire Phone: “We didn’t get the price right,” Limp admitted. “I think people come to expect a great value, and we sort of mismatched expectations. We thought we had it right. But we’re also willing to say, ‘we missed.’ And so we corrected.” After debuting with a…
  • Video: Four Fantastic Features We Don’t Have In The English Language

    Nate Hoffelder
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    The English language has a history of borrowing words, letters, and even tenses from other languages, or as James Nicoll put it “pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and riffle their pockets for new vocabulary”. This has given the English language a set of pronunciation rules that would best be described as crazy, frustrating even native English speakers, but while some of us would like to reduce the complexity, others are looking at other languages and thinking about English might steal next. Slate recently found a video by Tom Scott where he details 4…
  • Podcast: Will Amazon Lead Us to the Golden Age of Books?

    Nate Hoffelder
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
     Amazon has been the subject of much debate in the book industry for at least the past decade, and it will continue to be debated long after the stake is lit. The retailer has been the subject of numerous panels at conferences, and on Wednesday night it received special attention. Slate and New America held a special panel in New York City two nights ago to answer the question: “Will Amazon Lead Us to the Golden Age of Books?” Luckily for those of us who were unable to attend, the event was recorded and it’s now available online. The podcast can be found on Soundcloud,…
  • The Morning Coffee – 31 October 2104

    Nate Hoffelder
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Here are 8 stories to read this morning. Agents Behaving Badly(A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing) Amazon’s Impact on Publishing? It’s Complicated (PW) Ask The Chefs: How Do You Stay Informed About Scholarly Publishing? (The Scholarly Kitchen) Flipboard, Circa, And Yahoo Deliver The News (ReadWrite) Madefire Updates Motion Book Tool to Add Animation Features (TNW) OdiloConsortia to power the eBook pilot project for the State Library of NSW in Australia (No Shelf Required) The publishers that put their content directly on social platforms (Digiday) The post The Morning Coffee – 31…
  • UK Moves to Solve Orphan Works Problem

    Nate Hoffelder
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Copyright may be one of the underpinnings of the publishing industry but it has clay feet: orphan works. It’s not uncommon for a really old work, or old personal documents, to sit molding in an archive because the copyright holder either can’t be identified or can’t be reached. To solve that problem, the UK is implementing a license scheme which is expected to make up to 91 million works available for public use, including cultural artifacts which literally had no owner: Another beneficiary is The Museum of the Mind, which holds a wide range of culturally valuable works…
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    The Independent Publishing Magazine

  • TIPM Announcement | Out with the old and in with the new!

    Mick Rooney
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    In late 2007 I had an idea for a blog. I’d been self-publishing books since 1990, long before the birth of print-on-demand technology and e-books. My career had taken me into many different areas — retail, logistics, publishing, journalism, band management, and marketing and promotion. I felt I had an experience to share as an author and also an insight into the world of book publishing. If by recording my experiences through a blog could help just one or two other authors along their journey, then I would be happy with that.Some long-time readers of The Independent Publishing Magazine…
  • eBookIt - Reviewed

    Mick Rooney
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    eBookIt is a conversion and distribution platform for publishers and independent authors founded by business man and author Robert (Bo) Bennett in January, 2011. Based in Sudbury, Massachusetts, the company has more than 3500 titles listed with major retailers and is one of several web properties under Archieboy Holdings LLC(Bennett’s original company formed in 2001). The executive eBookIt team is listed hereRead More>>>The Independent Publishing Magazine | TIPM Media
  • Selling e-Books in Europe Is About to Get a Lot More Complicated

    Mick Rooney
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Selling e-books into the European market is about to get a lot more complicated for retailers and publishers from the 1st of January, 2015. And when I say publishers, I include author-publishers selling e-books directly from their websites. The new European Union (EU) law comes into affect next year across all 28-member states and addresses VAT paid on e-books and other digital services (including broadcasting and telecommunications). Up until now VAT rates on digital services and products were applied according to the VAT rate in the country where the product was sold, but next year the VAT…
  • To Agree or Not to Agree: Simon & Schuster Just Did

    Mick Rooney
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    With so much attention recently given to the Amazon and Hachette dispute over their on going contract negotiations, Tuesday's news that big five publisher Simon & Schuster had agreed a deal with Amazon came as something of a surprise to many in the industry. If we were to listen to the anti-Amazon ramblings of New York Times journalist David Streitfeld, you'd swear no one could agree a deal with Amazon. According to Business Insider, negotiations between Simon & Schuster and Amazon were agreed two months ahead the date the current contract expires. The new deal officially…
  • Self-Publising in the United States 2008-13 | Some Report Analysis

    Mick Rooney
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Bowker is the leading provider of bibliographic information and management solutions for the publishing industry in the USA. Earlier this month Bowker released a detailed six-page report on self-publishing. The data presented in the report is based on counts of ISBNs registered in Bowker's Books in Print database and published or distributed in the United States. The report, titled Self-Publishing in the United States 2008-2013, features analysis of self-publishing service providers, micro-publishers and direct output from authors publishing with their own block of registered ISBNs.
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    The Creative Penn

  • Reinvention And Lessons From The Journey. Special Podcast Episode 200

    Joanna Penn
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:10 pm
    It’s a big day! This is episode 200 of the podcast! The first show went out in March 2009, so this also marks over 4.5 years of podcasting every couple of weeks. That has to be a milestone worth celebrating! In the extended intro, I reflect on the last 100 episodes and how things have changed for me, and then I have an interview with Alexis Grant, who I met online when we both first started nearly 6 years ago. All the show notes are below. *** SUPER DEAL! Get the best in writing, self-publishing and book marketing advice with The Indie Author Power Pack*** Out now for just 99c limited…
  • How To Get A Unique Illustration For Your Book Cover

    Joanna Penn
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:13 pm
    With the explosion of creativity that is the indie publishing revolution, you may have noticed the array of book covers that use similar stock photos in their designs. Selection of the initial key designs submitted. All copyright belongs to the designers. Some authors these days have private photo shoots to ensure their cover images are unique, but what about if you have a smaller budget, or you want something uniquely special in terms of an illustration? This type of approach can also work for art that relates to your book, e.g. world building and maps, or artwork for marketing purposes…
  • Indie Author Power Pack. 99c For 3 Of The Biggest Books In Self-Publishing. Plus An Exclusive Interview.

    Joanna Penn
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Cue exciting music … dim the lights … And get ready for all the writing, self-publishing and book marketing advice that you can handle in the super-duper … Indie Author Power Pack! Including 3 of the top-selling books for indie authors PLUS/ a 1 hour exclusive conversation – never heard before – with me, David Gaughran, Sean Platt & Johnny B. Truant from the Self Publishing Podcast in audio, video and transcript format. The PowerPack is at 99c for a very short time in an exclusive deal, and even if you have all the books already, it’s worth it for the…
  • From The First Book To Running A Multi Genre Story Studio With Sean Platt

    Joanna Penn
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:06 pm
    For some authors, this creative life is about seeing their one book in the world. Others have a vision of their stories reaching the world in many forms, over many years. Today I interview Sean Platt about the beginning of his story studio, and his journey from co-author of one book to the multi-faceted creative business he runs today. In the intro, I mention the history-making deal that Barbara Freethy has made with Ingram for print distribution to bookstores – exciting times for indies as the final frontiers come tumbling down! I also recommend the new book, ‘Discoverability:…
  • How To Be Successful In Self-Publishing

    Joanna Penn
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Last week, I spoke at the Frankfurt Book Fair on the Kobo booth and talked about what it takes to be successful in self-publishing to a small group of indie authors. Thanks to Camille Mofidi from Kobo Writing Life Europe for inviting me and also getting me a star on the walk of fame – see the picture at the bottom of the post! With Camille Mofidi at the Kobo booth at Frankfurt Book Fair Here are my slides from the event and a list of notes with more links is included below. It is 95% relevant to all authors, with a little bit of German specific info throughout. How to be successful in…
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  • Publishing Jobs: Skyhorse Publishing, Chronicle Books, HarperCollins

    Nadine Cheung
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:20 pm
    This week, Skyhorse Publishing is hiring a publicist, while Chronicle Books needs a digital sales manager. HarperCollins is seeking a publicity manager, and I-5 Publishing is on the hunt for a marketing coordinator. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro. Publicist Skyhorse Publishing (New York, NY) Digital Sales Manager Chronicle Books (San Francisco, CA) Publicity Manager HarperCollins (New York, NY) Marketing Coordinator I-5 Publishing (Irvine, CA) Publicist Rowman & Littlefield (Guilford, CT) Find more great publishing jobs…
  • I.N.J. Culbard: ‘I do take the story apart and reconstruct it again…’

    Maryann Yin
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Have you ever written a scary story? In honor of the Halloween season, we are interviewing horror writers to learn about the craft of scaring readers. We sat down with comics creator I.N.J. Culbard to discuss his new graphic novel, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath. Culbard adapted the story from H.P. Lovecraft’s novel. Check out the highlights from our interview below… Q: How did you land your first book deal? A: Back in 2004 I was enrolled in The New Recruits programme set up by Dark Horse comics. I had two stories appear in an anthology there and a short while after that,…
  • ‘Sesame Street’ Team Parodies ‘Harry Potter’

    Maryann Yin
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    The Sesame Street gang stars in a Harry Potter parody called “Furry Potter and The Goblet of Cookies.” Cookie Monster plays the title role; he is guided by the wise Professor Crumblemore. We’ve embedded the funny clip above–what do you think? In the past, the team behind Sesame Street has created parodies inspired by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Les Miserables, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. (via Bustle) New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
  • What if Cats Had Starred in ‘Gone Girl’?

    Maryann Yin
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    What would have happened if director David Fincher had casted cats for the Gone Girl adaptation? The feline fans that run the Pet Collective YouTube channel posted a “cute kitty version” of Gillian Flynn’s thriller story. We’ve embedded the full short film above—what do you think? (via Vanity Fair) New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
  • Are You Dressing Up in a Literary-Themed Costume?

    Maryann Yin
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    Are you dressing up in a costume today? If you’re still figuring things out, the internet has a plethora of ideas for bibliophiles. We’ve shared several sources to spur up your imagination. Happy Halloween! BuzzFeed articles: “21 Children’s Book Characters Born To Be Halloween Costumes” and “17 Awesome Literary Halloween Costumes.” Imagination Soup articles: “60 Favorite Book Character Costumes” and “Picture Book Character Costumes for Halloween.” Pinterest boards: “Cherry Hill Public Library’s Literary Costumes for…
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    Publishing News

  • Iran delays execution of woman accused of stabbing attempted rapist to death

    1 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
    Iran has reportedly postponed the execution of a woman who was to be put to death on Tuesday for allegedly killing her attempted rapist. According to FOX News, the mother of Rayhaneh Jabbari, 26, said that the execution was postponed at the last minute and that word came after Pakravan and other supporters of Jabbari went to Rajaiy Shahr Prison to protest the pending execution, and after Jabbari's farewell.
  • New York Times narrows loss, sees progress in digital

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    The prestigious daily reported a loss of US$12.5 million in the third quarter, compared with a deficit of US$24.2 million a year earlier, while revenues edged up one percent to US$206.7 million. NEW YORK: The New York Times Co.
  • Election countdown: You only thought it was ending Tuesday

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Election countdown: You only thought it was ending Tuesday USA TODAY brings you the election buzz for Friday, with just four days to go. Check out this story on For some, Oct. 31 means Halloween.
  • Math whiz Steven Politis still teaching at 97

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:37 am
    WWII Veteran Steven Politis, 97-years-old, tutors advance math to kids at Welby Way elementary school Wednesday, October 29, 2014. Steven Politis walked into AdriaMetson's office 10 years ago with an offer the magnet coordinator at Welby Way Elementary School in West Hills couldn't refuse.
  • Few Arrests of Americans Who Fought in Syria or Iraq; Feds Focus on "Small Group" Back Inside U.S.

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:38 am
    Of the dozens of Americans who traveled to war-torn Syria or Iraq and then returned home, only a "small group" of them fought with a terrorist group and might be inclined to launch an attack back in the U.S., federal counterterrorism officials are claiming. Putting potentially dangerous returnees like that behind bars, however, has been a slow and painstaking process.
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    Packt Publishing

  • Web API and Client Integration

    Sandeep Dhumal
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:13 am
    In this article written by Geoff Webber-Cross, the author of Learning Microsoft Azure, we'll create an on-premise production management client Windows application allowing manufacturing staff to view and update order and batch data and a web service to access data in the production SQL database and send order updates to the Service Bus topic. (For more resources related to this topic, see here.) read more
  • Module, Facts, Types and Reporting tools in Puppet

    Shweta Mane
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:17 am
    (For more resources related to this topic, see here.) Module Files and Templates Transferring files with puppet is something best done within modules, when you define a file resource, you can use content => "something" or you can push a file from the puppet master using source. As an example, using our judy database, we could have judy::config with the following file definition: class judy::config { file {'/etc/judy/judy.conf': source => 'puppet:///modules/judy/judy.conf' } }read more
  • Organizing your Balsamiq files

    Dipesh Panchal
    9 Oct 2012 | 7:30 am
    There are two important things to note about organizing your files in Balsamiq: Keep all of your .bmml files together. The assets folder houses everything else, that is, artwork, logos, PDFs, PSDs, symbols, and so on, as shown in the following screenshot: Naming your files Naming your files in Balsamiq is very important. This is because Balsamiq does not automatically remember the order in which you organized your files after you closed them. Balsamiq will reopen them in the order in which they are sitting in a folder. There are, however, two ways you can gain greater control. read more
  • 2D game development with Monkey
    20 Apr 2012 | 12:59 am
    Call the Monk and start praying—the Monkey IDE We are just kidding here; there are no religious activities planned in this article. Even though sometimes you will find yourself praying that a new piece of code you have created works like it should.If you haven't installed Monkey already, then it is time to do that now.The software can be downloaded from the site Some prebuilt scripts are available as the support code files for the book Monkey Game Development Beginner's Guide. Why learn about Monk? Monk is the code editor/IDE that ships with Monkey. It is…
  • Using Plugins and Add-ons for Mahara

    Naheed Shaikh
    21 Sep 2011 | 9:00 pm
      (For more resources on Mahara, see here.)   Information about the various add-ons and plugins is available on the site. You can access some of the plugins, as well as information on how to install and use them, at   Adding a spreadsheet and chart using Google apps In this recipe, we will create a spreadsheet using Google Docs, and then, we will use the Google Apps block to add the spreadsheet to a page. Google Apps is now a standard block in Mahara, rather than a plugin. read more
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    Self Publishing Advisor

  • Friday Conversations With A Self-Publishing Writer 10/31/14

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    CRITICAL THINKING CAN BE FRIGHTENING Realizing that this blog entry will land on the day most commonly known as Halloween, it seems appropriate to demonstrate how frighteningly scary conclusions can be when using the elements of strict critical thinking.  I’ve known authors who tell me that they have built all their projects according to “effective critical thinking based on reality.”  That statement always intrigues me because it appears to leave no room for the writer’s personal thought processes and creative skills and abilities.  So it is that I ask for their definition of the…
  • Weekly Self-Published Book Review: Know God and Love Him

    30 Oct 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: Know God and Love Him Joanne M. Rypma Publisher: Outskirts Press…
  • Rising Through the Ranks | A Beginner’s Guide to Search Engine Optimization (Part II)

    Kelly S
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    Last week, I launched a series of blogs to provide a primer to––or a launching point for future discussions about––one vital way to augment your digital presence: Search Engine Optimization (or SEO).I argued that by making our digital content easier for the average internet user to find, we can boost traffic to our websites––and by extending the reach of our voices, expand our audiences. I have already examined the specific benefits to refining the way we use keywords, particularly in our website or blog titles, tags, and so on.This week, I’m going to turn to matters of…
  • Self-Publishing Week in Review: 10/28/14

    28 Oct 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. If You Self-Publish Your Book, Can You Sell It to a Big Publisher Down the Road — And Would You Even Want To? In this article, Allison Carmen, an author who has published with…
  • Self-Publishing, A Trick or Treat

    Jodee Thayer
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I’ll end the month this week with the pros and cons of self-publishing, so you can decide if self-publishing is a trick or a treat. Be sure to check out the previous posts about spooky self-publishing statistics, why authors are scared to self-publish, and how to scare away readers. Pros Freedom of expression — You have complete control over the content of your book. You don’t have to edit your manuscript to meet the opinions of a traditional publisher. You control how your book looks – Everything from the cover to the interior formatting is in your hands. With traditional…
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    The Book Deal

  • 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…
  • Have you ever written something you later regretted?

    Alan Rinzler
    11 Mar 2014 | 11:01 pm
    I sure have. It was 1964 and I was on assignment for The Nation magazine to write a review of the Beatles at Carnegie Hall, their first live appearance in the United States. No Soul in Beatlesville There I was, standing on a shaky balcony seat trying to see the stage over a mob of hysterical, screaming and sobbing 13-year-old girls. I was 25 years old and a rhythm and blues purist, a wannabee soul brother. I didn’t get the Beatles. My review?  It was vicious. I called it No Soul in Beatlesville and eviscerated the band as “derivative, a deliberate imitation…manna for dull minds”.
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    BadRedhead Media

  • 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…
  • The Publishing Plan by guest Jessica West (@West1Jess)

    Rachel Thompson
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Please welcome back author and editor Jessica West to the blog today as she shares about the publishing process and how authors should plan for it. I read a great many articles about outlining a book versus flying by the seat of your pants, and they all make some great points, no matter which side of the fence they’re flinging words from. But I’ll leave that be for now, and talk about what comes after that; publishing, specifically of the indie variety. I’ve spent the last few months, from April 2014 – August 2014, getting to know my own publishing process. I’ve…
  • Want to Make it as an Author? You’ll Need Branding and Social Media by guest Jessica West (@West1Jess)

    Rachel Thompson
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Please welcome author and editor Jessica West to the blog today as she shares about branding and social media, the must have tools for author success.  I run across a new article nearly every day where a writer complains about or derisively laughs at a friend/co-worker/family member who says, “I’d write a book if I had the time.” And if you’re one of those writers who gets this smug expression on your face because you just can’t help it in the face of such naivete, join the ranks. You have successfully made it to a point where you know that, while everyone can write,…
  • October 2014 #MondayBlogs Giveaway

    Rachel Thompson
    5 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    Since I created #MondayBlogs in late 2012, even I’m shocked at what an amazing success it has become! Thousands participate each week, generating more than 5,000 tweets! And it is because of all of you that we can say that with a lot of pride and a big ol’ smile! As a thank you to all you wonderful #MondayBlogs tweeps, we launched an ongoing, monthly giveaway contest in April and we couldn’t be happier with the response! The Featured Monday Blogger giveaway is our way to say thank you for participating in #MondayBlogs by giving you more exposure for you and your blog. Each…
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    Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

  • 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! ]]
  • The future of digital content on the road

    Joe Wikert
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    My wife and I recently returned from an anniversary trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. If you ever have the opportunity to go there, do it; we have nothing but terrific things to say about the city, people and food. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What is “adaptive content”?

    Joe Wikert
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    That’s a question a few people asked me via email after a webinar I co-presented last week. I briefly mentioned it on one of my webinar slides but I didn’t spend a lot of time digging into it. I talked... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Recorded version of Olive SmartLayers webinar

    Joe Wikert
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    If you missed yesterday's webinar, where we unveiled Olive's new SmartLayers technology, you'll want to watch the recorded version below. It was a great discussion about where digital content is today and where it's likely heading tomorrow. Check it out... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Thingology Blog

  • NEW: Annotations for Book Display Widgets

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    Our Book Display Widgets is getting adopted by more and more libraries, and we’re busy making it better and better. Last week we introduced Easy Share. This week we’re rolling out another improvement—Annotations! Book Display Widgets is the ultimate tool for libraries to create automatic or hand-picked virtual book displays for their home page, blog, Facebook or elsewhere. Annotations allows libraries to add explanations for their picks. Some Ways to Use Annotations 1. Explain Staff Picks right on your homepage. 2. Let students know if a book is reserved for a particular class.
  • Send us a programmer, win $1,000 in books.

    14 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    We just posted a new job post Job: Library Developer at LibraryThing (Telecommute). To sweeten the deal, we are offering $1,000 worth of books to the person who finds them. That’s a lot of books. Rules! You get a $1,000 gift certificate to the local, chain or online bookseller of your choice. To qualify, you need to connect us to someone. Either you introduce them to us—and they follow up by applying themselves—or they mention your name in their email (“So-and-so told me about this”). You can recommend yourself, but if you found out about it from someone else, we hope you’ll…
  • Job: Library Developer at LibraryThing (Telecommute)

    14 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    UPDATE: We are offering $1,000 of books to the person who finds us a library developer. Code! Code! Code! LibraryThing, the company behind and LibraryThing for Libraries, is looking to hire a top-notch developer/programmer. We like to think we make “products that don’t suck,” as opposed to much of what’s developed for libraries. We’ve got new ideas and not enough developers to make them. That’s where you come in. The Best Person Work for us in Maine, or telecommute in your pajamas. We want the best person available. If you’re junior,…
  • NEW: Easy Share for Book Display Widgets

    7 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    LibraryThing for Libraries is pleased to announce an update to our popular Book Display Widgets. Introducing “Easy Share.” Easy Share is a tool for putting beautiful book displays on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, email newsletters and elsewhere. It works by turning our dynamic, moving widgets into shareable images, optimized for the service you’re going to use them on. Why would I want an image of a widget? Dynamic widgets require JavaScript. This works great on sites you control, like a library’s blog or home page. But many sites, including some of the most…
  • Sneak peek: new and expanded recommendations!

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

  • Publishers In No Hurry For Amazon Antitrust (BurstMarketing)
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Over the summer, as Amazon and Hachette clashed on e-book pricing levels, calls were heard for the federal government to undertake antitrust action against the e-retailing giant. Distraught booksellers and outraged intellectuals alike have challenged the Department of Justice to take on Amazon as a monopolist, even as publishers look the other way. “The Seattle Times ran a story that had tongues wagging this week, as it basically said that making an antitrust case against Amazon will be very difficult,” reports Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer. “Well, no…
  • Innovations in Global Rights Licensing (BurstMarketing)
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    As traditional sales channels have declined in the digital era, publishers and other content providers have moved to market and distribute their work in innovative and flexible ways. Success in this new environment relies on automated licensing tools that support scalable, hassle-free licensing and permissions in new formats, territories, languages and much more. For a webinar held September 10, Copyright Clearance Center examined several ground-breaking solutions that help make it easy to exchange rights to reuse content – both full and partial text – in new channels. Guests…
  • Recycle, Remix, Resell (BurstMarketing)
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    From the title, you might think we attended an environmental conference for a session looking at waste management as a strategy to drive incremental profitability. Instead, the program was a part of CONTEC 2014, held just before the opening of the Frankfurt Book Fair. How can publishers efficiently and affordably monetize their backlist content?  What new opportunities and business models exist for publishers, agents, and authors to license, remix, and resell that content?  And how does direct to consumer publishing fit into the mix? The potential of the backlist may have never been…
  • The Amazon Problem (BurstMarketing)
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Linus van Pelt, the resident intellectual of the Peanuts comic strip, once articulated his philosophy of life as, “No problem is so big or so complicated that it can’t be run away from.” For many years, one could argue, such was the view of book publishers when it came to Amazon. Yet the Amazon problem grew faster than anyone could run. At long last, escape is not an option. “If there is an Amazon problem, it is much bigger than the book business,” observes Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer. “It is a problem that we as a nation need to discuss— about how our big…
  • Fall & Frankfurt Mean Global E-Book Report Update (BurstMarketing)
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    National e-book markets are like snowflakes.  No two are alike.  Emerging markets particularly engage in approaches of their own.  In India, domestic platforms lead the way; while in Brazil, Apple shows a surprising lead in eBook distribution over the usual suspect. First published in 2011, the Global eBook Report follows international market evolution in e-books, as well as the controversies and debates that inevitably surround the move away from print and toward digital. From the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair, Global eBook Report author Rüdiger Wischenbart joins CCC’s Chris Kenneally to…
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  • New words are better than sex?

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Scholarly research recently published in Current Biology under the title “The Role of Reward in Word Learning and Its Implications for Language Acquisition” suggests that the pleasure principle is a key factor in language learning – with the relevant areas of the brain both linked to pleasurable rewards (including sex) and using those linkages to […] The post New words are better than sex? appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Enter the MADHOUSE for a last unhinged funding round

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    Here’s an interesting Indiegogo funding project for Halloween: MADHOUSE, “a Shared World Horror Anthology,” from Dark Regions Press, publisher of – among many other fine authors – Mercedes M. Yardley and Richard Gavin. The project is targeting to raise $15,000 by November 2nd, and so far claims to be 96 percent towards that goal, with $14,610 raised […] The post Enter the MADHOUSE for a last unhinged funding round appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • French government’s cultural pretensions exploded by ministerial gaffe

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    France can be proud that one of its best veteran writers, Patrick Modiano, has lived up to its great literary and intellectual traditions by winning the 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature. It can be far less proud of its current government’s continuing antics in its own rearguard action against the supposed encroachment of Americanism, the […] The post French government’s cultural pretensions exploded by ministerial gaffe appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Wylie the jackal becomes Hachette’s running dog?

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    Never one to bear a grudge or indulge in overly aggressive, unreflective self-promotion, Andrew Wylie can’t seem to forgive Amazon for the failure of his Odyssey JV with them – or in general, for failing to acknowledge that nothing moves until Andrew Wylie says so. And now he’s blaming Amazon for depriving writers of a […] The post Wylie the jackal becomes Hachette’s running dog? appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Morning Links: New “Orphan Works” rule in the UK. Spain passes new copyright law

    Joanna Cabot
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    New ‘Orphan Works’ Rule in UK Makes Millions of Creative Works Available for Public Display (GigaOM) The UK government is trying a new approach to the orphan works problem that it says will make more than 91 million painting and books available to the public. *** Amazon’s Impact on Publishing? It’s Complicated (PW) Offering equal […] The post Morning Links: New “Orphan Works” rule in the UK. Spain passes new copyright law appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
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  • 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…
  • Inside an entrepreneur’s sausage factory

    Jeff Jarvis
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    I will be assigning all my entrepreneurial journalism students to listen to every episode of Alex Blumberg’s podcast about starting a podcast company. It is an open, honest, true portrayal of the making of an entrepreneur. Blumberg, you’ll recall, was a producer and voice on This American Life and one of the geniuses — along with NPR economic correspondent Adam Davidson — behind its Giant Pool of Money and then their podcast and blog Planet Money. He decided to pick up and start a new company to produce quality, journalistic podcasts because he wisely saw the…
  • A most cynical letter from a most cynical company

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

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

  • My Secret Weapon for Extra Energy at Work

    Michael Hyatt
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    The evidence is undeniable—we need good sleep to perform at our best. And one way we can get more rest is to make room in the middle of the day for a killer nap. I once worked for a man who napped nearly every day. He would sit upright in his chair, hold his keys in his hand, and doze. Eventually, the keys would clatter to the ground and wake him. He would snap to, refreshed and ready for the rest of the day. More and more I follow his example, and I wouldn’t trade those 10 to 20 minutes for anything. I’m more alert, energetic, and creative because of the time I take to disconnect and…
  • Season 2, Episode 03: Grow Your Social Media Following with These 10 Different Kinds of Posts [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to Season 2, Episode 3 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this second episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss ten different kinds of social media posts you can use to keep your followers engaged and attract new ones. It’s challenging to keep creating fresh, new content. Yet this is essential if we want to keep our current followers engaged. We have to add value. 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 more convenient.
  • Why Keeping Your Commitments Is Critical to Your Influence

    Michael Hyatt
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    When we think of someone with integrity, we think of someone we can count on to come through on what they promise. Unfortunately, that’s not always a safe bet today. Photo courtesy of Over the last several years I’ve noticed a change in the way we use the word integrity. The word used to mean staying true to your word—even if it’s difficult, inconvenient, or expensive. But today I hear more and more people using the word as if it means being true to themselves—even if that means leaving someone else to clean up the mess. This might look like a win if…
  • An Invitation to Join My Exclusive, Guided Mastermind Group

    Michael Hyatt
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    William Shakespeare is one of the greatest literary figures of all time. But he didn’t start out that way. He spent his early days in the theater learning from more experienced writers and actors. The truth is, whatever we’re doing, we all need feedback, advice, and mentoring. Photo courtesy of Jeremy Cowart Almost every day someone asks to “pick my brain.” There are a lot of ways to do that already, including my podcasts, books, and online courses—not to mention the blog you’re reading right now. But I’ve been thinking for a long time about how to take it to the next level.
  • Season 2, Episode 02: Why Accountability Is Vital for Leaders Who Want to Make a Big Difference [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to Season 2, Episode 2 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this second episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the topic of accountability in leadership. Most leaders avoid it. Real leaders embrace it. The reason is that taking responsibility for your attitudes, actions, and overall results is tremendously liberating. Attempting to avoid accountability—playing the victim—keeps you stuck. 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,…
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    Mequoda Daily » Articles

  • Download Our Four Best Practice Handbooks for Publishers – Free!

    Amanda MacArthur
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Have you heard the word on our newest digital publishing handbooks? Well, the feedback is in, and we’re happy to say that our 2014 digital publishing handbooks are a hit! Have you read them yet? Here are are some of our fabulous new reviews (thank you – we’re blushing!): “I feel inspired to put renewed focus and effort into these practices, and I feel more equipped to incorporate various pieces of the larger operation into play.” “I think one sentence in this resource that really sums up the truth of all the valuable information shared here is, “If you…
  • Vine For Digital Publishing

    Patrick Hughes
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    via Vine Do you think a reel of six-second videos fit your digital publishing company? It may not be for everyone, but creating and distributing content via Vine might be a good idea for some companies with a relaxed, fun, or exciting quality to content. Recently Vine received some press from on the changes it has made. Some of these changes include: A new camera feature for easier filming and editing. An “instant undo” option to quickly delete or edit. The opportunity to work on up to 10 vines at once. A “richer web experience”, making it easier to for users to…
  • Facebook’s Ad Revenue Grows

    Patrick Hughes
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    via Ad Age Facebook has consistently seen growth in mobile advertising over the past six months. And although Google is still making much more overall advertising money, Facebook’s growth is quite impressive. Ad Age reports on this story. “For the sixth straight quarter, Facebook’s revenue from advertising has grown by more than 60% over the same period the year prior. The figure climbed by 64% in the third quarter to $2.96 billion. Also for the sixth straight quarter, the company’s overall revenue increased by more than 50%; this time by 59% to hit $3.20 billion and beat…
  • Interstitial Ads For Digital Publishers

    Patrick Hughes
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    via Google As mobile advertising continues to boom, some data is popping up on the effectiveness of interstitial ads — the units you may have seen taking over your entire screen from time to time. Ad Week is reporting on the use of interstitial ads. “They have higher rates of engagement, prompt users to view them for longer and lead to notable improvements when it comes to publisher eCPM and consumer engagement. And that’s why revenue generated from selling interstitials jumped 43 percent between the first and second quarter of 2014, according to AppFlood.” Since there are a variety…
  • 8 Subscription Website Homepage Ideas for Audience Engagement

    Ed Coburn
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    These subscription website homepage ideas will help you provide a better user experience through website design Mequoda has long quantified its own best subscription website homepage ideas, which we put into action with all of our clients. Having recently launched several brand-new websites, this is an excellent opportunity to show you how we put our subscription website homepage ideas into action. All of our subscription website homepage ideas are geared toward encouraging audience engagement. Google recognizes social signals and wants to provide search results that engage its users with…
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  • 2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 1

    Robert Lee Brewer
    1 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Wow! Is it really time for another poem-a-day challenge? Feels like we just finished up April. Well, all I’ve got to say is…bring it on! Let’s poem! For today’s prompt, write a game over poem. Our family spent a couple months putting together a haunted house in our garage for Halloween, and now that the holiday passed, I’ve got a bit of that game over feeling. People who play video games know about game over. And people who play other games, whether baseball, Monopoly, or poker. There’s a moment in every game at which it is game over–except maybe…
  • How to Write and Sell Your Fantasy & Science Fiction — Nov. 10 Boot Camp (w/Critiques) Taught by Fuse Literary

    Chuck Sambuchino
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    There has never been a better time to be a Sci-Fi / Fantasy author. With television shows like Battlestar Galactica, Game of Thrones and Outlander each in turn becoming massive pop culture phenomena, and Marvel’s superhero films dominating the box office, SF/F has gone mainstream like never before. The SF/F literary marketplace has also become more open to a variety of stories and points of view. The SF/F agents of Fuse Literary (formerly Foreword Literary) will help you perfect your new Sci-Fi, Fantasy or Horror masterpiece in this online boot camp titled “How to Write and Sell…
  • You’re Not Alone: NaNoWriMo Experts Share Their Stories & Experiences

    Cris Freese
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    We are only hours away from the month of November, which means many writers will be participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Whether you’re a veteran or a rookie at NaNoWriMo, tackling the goal of writing 50,000 words in a month is just a tad bit intimidating. That’s why Writer’s Digest has brought together some NaNoWriMo experts who will be joining you in your quest this November. From a variety of different backgrounds and writing styles and genres, these folks are all attempting to write 50,000 words and will be reporting in on their progress twice per…
  • How I Got My Literary Agent: Susan Blumberg-Kason

    Chuck Sambuchino
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:05 pm
    “How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Susan Blumberg-Kason, author of the memoir GOOD CHINESE WIFE. These columns are great ways for you to learn how to find a literary agent. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of good luck and quick signings. If you have a literary agent and would be interested in writing a short guest column for this GLA blog, e-mail me at and we’ll talk specifics. GIVEAWAY: Susan is excited to give away a free copy of her novel to a…
  • Cats, Wives and Videotape: Survey Reveals What Really Distracts NaNoWriMo Participants

    Adrienne Crezo
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    BY WILL LITTLE The starting gun is set to go off for the race to 50,000 words. At an average of 1,667 words a day, NaNoWriMo participants don’t have time to waste if they’re to reach the finish line. Yet many writers do just that—waste time, and plenty of it. Distraction derails so many NaNoWriMo writers that blogging about their failure has turned into an act of mass distraction—just another activity that writers would rather do than actually write their novels. Of course, distraction has always been the curse of the writer. The fear of filling the empty space with words that…
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  • The Wire Cast Reunion at the Paley Center.

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:29 pm
    One of the benefits of traveliing as much as I have in the past 18mths is I get to catch up on a lot of TV. This show is one of the best ever and close watchers will know that the scripts benefited from the likes of George Pellecanos, Denis Lehane and Richard Price. (Cameo's for all I think).
  • Mobile Reading Trends: How solid is the Kindle's position?

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The following series of blog posts were originally published on the Publishing Technology blog during Frankfurt and speaks to research the company conducted into mobile reading habits. What we learned when we asked 3,000 people whether they read books on their phones While the publishing industry continues to debate the relative merits of print books versus eBooks a far bigger shift in the way we find and consume information is taking place under our noses. The digital revolution in publishing is often dated back to November 2007, when Amazon launched the first Kindle e-reader. Yet earlier…
  • PND Flipboard Magazine.

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

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

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Read these articles on flipboard: From the NYTimes: Amazon, a Friendly Giant as long as it's fed.“Everything Amazon has promised me, it has fulfilled — and more,” he said. “They ask: ‘Are you happy, Vince? We just want to see you writing books.’ Changes ahead for the humble learning management system (Inside Higher Ed)“I think we’re in a weird place right now in the marketplace -- partly because there’s a lot of parity between the systems,” Severance said. “You can almost throw a dart at a dartboard and pick an LMS, and it won’t be that bad.”Andrew Ladd at The…
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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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  • Roger Ebert's 4 Star Movie Guide and Serendipity

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:18 pm
    A post on found books, serendipity, and Roger Ebert.
  • Seattle Sorts Library Books Faster than New York? Fuhgeddaboudit

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    In the fourth annual “battle of the book sorters,” the giant mechanical sorter shared by the New York Public Library and the Brooklyn Public Library sorted 12,570 items in an hour, while a similar behemoth belonging to the King County Library System in Washington state sorted a mere 11,868. Full article:
  • The Architecture of American Literacy

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Article from CityLab about Washington, DC's Spy Library proposed additions to the classic Carnegie Library. The request however was denied by District preservationists. Across the nation, the libraries that Andrew Carnegie built have been transformed and reused as historical museums, city halls, art centers, and even bars and restaurants, sometimes by dramatic means. It is a testament to Carnegie's philanthropic investment in cities—the largest in U.S. history—that so many of these buildings are still in use. Yet no one can say exactly how many are standing now. "As far as I'm aware, the…
  • Two Important Publishing Facts Everyone Gets Wrong

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    Two Important Publishing Facts Everyone Gets Wrong October 27th, 2014 | Hugh C. Howey Almost everything being said about publishing today is predicated on two facts that are dead wrong. The first is that publishers are somehow being hurt by ebook sales. The second is that independent bookstores are being crushed. The opposite is true in both cases, and without understanding this, most of what everyone says about publishing is complete bollocks. Full post here: Example infographic from post:
  • Is the College Model Ripe for Disruption?

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    With the rising costs of mounting student debt, education innovators are exploring ways to change the traditional college system. What might college 2.0 look like? WSJ's Jason Bellini has #TheShortAnswer.
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    David Gaughran

  • 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…
  • Amazon and S&S Agree Terms. Who’s The Bad Guy Again?

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    Simon & Schuster has agreed a multi-year deal with Amazon covering both e-books and print books. Business Insider reported that negotiations only took three weeks and were concluded two months before the original contract expired. I’m confused, does this mean the end of literary culture or not? Someone needs to run up to Douglas Preston’s quaint writer shack to find out. (If you get lost, it’s at the back of his 400-acre estate). It also begs a question: what exactly is Hachette holding out for? As everyone knows at this point, Hachette’s contract with Amazon expired in March…
  • Building A Better Industry

    3 Oct 2014 | 4:48 am
    From Mike Shatzkin is confused. He can’t seem to understand why self-publishers spend so much time documenting the ills of the publishing industry. Or, as Shatzkin puts it in one of his typically snappy headlines, “The motivation of the publisher-bashing commentariat is what I cannot figure out.” I did a fair bit of bashing myself last week when I said that “Publishing Is Rotten To The Core.” I had intended to follow that up with a more positive counterpoint in a couple of weeks, but Shatzkin’s post demanded an immediate response. Motivations are less interesting…
  • Don’t Wait For Permission: Why Authors Should Be Entrepreneurs

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    The self-publishing blogosphere usually focuses on making money from genre fiction, and tends to advise producing as much quality work as you can as quickly as possible, and then marketing it aggressively. That’s not bad advice at all, but there are many other types of books, several different kinds of authors, and multiple ways you can approach making a living. Joanna Penn (writing as JF Penn) has hit the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists with her fiction, but also has an extremely popular blog and podcast aimed at writers, as well as several non-fiction books. I invited…
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    800 CEO Read

  • 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…
  • Friday Links

    Ryan Schleicher
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Tweet➻ There is no shortage of reporting about startups and innovation, but the vast majority of articles focus on companies in or around the 95014 zip code. Today we look at two unlikely innovators whose path to success wound through places very far removed from typical Silicon Valley incubators (though there was Valley investment involved). First up, Frederick Hutson, who used his time spent in prison to launch a company that would ultimately serve the people with whom he had shared cells. Frederick Hutson looked like he had everything going for him: he had a clean record, built some…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Innovators

    13 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Tweet The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson, Simon & Schuster, 560 pages, $35.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781476708690 In the introduction to The Innovators, Walter Isaacson briefly shares the story of the book’s completion and publication. The book has been over a decade in coming, says Isaacson, and its development was interrupted twice by focused biographies on Einstein and Steve Jobs. For the length and scope that The Innovators covers, its introduction is brief, but it shares some valuable insights into…
  • Jack Covert Selects – Leading the Life You Want

    13 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Tweet Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life by Stewart D. Friedman, Harvard Business Review Press, 256 pages, $27.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781422189412 In 2008, I chose Stewart Friedman’s Total Leadership as the top book in the Personal Development category of our annual business book awards, saying, “In Total Leadership, Stewart Friedman, founding director of the Wharton Leadership Program, presents a concrete methodology for building a more integrated life. His program is really a practice, requiring both action and reflection … ” In many ways,…
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    Ashly Lorenzana

  • The Easiest Way to Write a Book

    Ashly Lorenzana
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:23 am
    I don’t care if you are the author of several published books or just a savvy entrepreneur looking for an extra source of passive income — in either case, you have (however guiltily) wondered at some point, “what is the easiest way to write a book?” Admit it. Don’t let it make you feel dirty, no one is any better than anyone else who has shared that same thought. You might think it feels like some form of cheating. At least it tricks you into feeling shame because you assume that what you are asking for is a shortcut to writing a fantastic book that no one can…
  • Top 7 Tools to Create Quote Graphics

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

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

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

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

    27 Jun 2014 | 3:24 am
    The post The Mighty Maya, Dr. Angelou to You appeared first on How to get a book published|Write a book |Self publish.
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  • 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,…
  • How Not to Change Your Business Model: The Latest on Permuted Press

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareThis is a very long post. If you're already familiar with the issues involved, scroll down to the third section and read from there.Last week, social media lit up with news that Permuted Press, a well-regarded small publisher of horror fiction, was going digital-first, and also suspending new title releases until 2015. In an email sent to authors, Permuted Press's President, Michael L. Wilson, touted PP's success in 2014, along with a huge increase in its release schedule: from 20-25 books per year to over 100 so far in 2014. However, While we’re…
  • How Not to Register Copyright

    10 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareA few years ago, I wrote a post on the difference between copyright (literally, the right to copy or reproduce, ownership of which guarantees authors control over their intellectual property) and rights (the bundle of rights contained within copyright, which authors can grant or license to others or exploit on their own). This week, that post received a (likely spammed) anonymous comment:Copyright protects works of original authorship such as text, artwork, photographs, sound recordings, screenplays, music, lyrics, etc. You can register more than…
  • How to Request Rights Reversion From Your Publisher

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewarePartly in connection with the controversy surrounding troubled publisher Ellora's Cave, I've been getting questions about how to go about requesting rights reversion from one's publisher. There's no official format for a rights reversion request, and if you do a websearch on "rights reversion request" you can find various pieces of advice from authors and others. Here's the procedure I'd suggest. (Note that I'm not a lawyer, so this is not legal advice.)First of all, if you have a competent agent, ask your agent to handle it. Especially if you're…
  • A Hand in Your Pocket: Monetizing the Business of Writing

    26 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareThere is a natural law in writing and publishing (as elsewhere): where need and desire are greatest, moneymaking enterprises follow.Vanity publishers are an easy (and long-standing) example of this law, presenting themselves as a way around the bottleneck of traditional publishing--as long as the writer is willing to "invest" in his/her work. Ditto for literary agent "middleman" services, in which an individual or company offers to "represent" writers to agents, supposedly to increase their chances of snagging a super-busy agent's attention.More…
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  • First Page: An Inconvenient Affair (Historical)

    1 Nov 2014 | 2:00 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. Pen stretched languorously and looked down at the sleeping man next to her. She sighed. Poor Anthony was getting rather monotonous. All he wanted to do now was talk about his book, and he expected her to be impressed by this. He called her cold when she wasn’t, and said his next book would be about her. As…
  • 113. An Interview with Angela James

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Sarah was finally in the same place as Angela James, whom Jane and Sarah mention frequently in podcast episodes as “Angie,” and they both had time for an interview. We talk about what she’s reading currently, what she thinks of Scribd, the potential for menage wizard biscuits, and also about space opera. Here are the books we mention in this episode:   WONDER by RJ Palacio AMZN | BN | KOBO | ARE FREEDEOM by SA Wolff AMZN RAPHAEL: Vampires in America by DB Reynolds AMZN | BN | KOBO | ARE THE ONE THING AMZN | BN | KOBO | ARE NIGHT SHIFT by Ilona Andrews, Nalini…
  • Daily Deals: Four chilling tales that might seem all too real

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    The Serpent Sea by Martha Wells. $ 1.99 From the Jacket Copy: Moon, once a solitary wanderer, has become consort to Jade, sister queen of the Indigo Cloud court. Together, they travel with their people on a pair of flying ships in hopes of finding a new home for their colony. Moon finally feels like he’s found a tribe where he belongs. But when the travelers reach the ancestral home of Indigo Cloud, shrouded within the trunk of a mountain-sized tree, they discover a blight infecting its core. Nearby they find the remains of the invaders who may be responsible, as well as evidence of a…
  • REVIEW: Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Readers please note: A reader told me her ebook opened to the first chapter, skipping the prologue, and so she didn’t even know it was there. The prologue is important to the story, so if you get the ebook and this happens to you, I recommend backtracking to read it. Trigger warnings: In light of our recent discussion of ableist language, I feel a need to state that the hero’s nickname (mentioned far more frequently in this book than his first name) is ableist. Kidnapping and interrogation come up in the review as well. If any of these are among your triggers, you may wish to avoid…
  • #ForeverFrightNight #Halloweek

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    We’re participating in a Forever Fright Night story round robin? blog rally? I’m not sure but start here and then following to the other blogs to read the entire story. Part one: Dear Author Part two: Under the Covers Book Blog Part three: Paranormal Cravings Reviews Part four: Paranormal Book Club Part five: Shh! Mom’s Reading PART ONE by Kristen Callihan For a supernatural, there was no better day in the year than Halloween. It was the one time when their “costumes” could come off. And Zach loved it. No wearing plain blue contacts to hide his silver irises, no…
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  • Book Giveaway: A Red Woman Was Crying

    1 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Since July 2010, TNBBC has been bringing authors and readers together every month to get behind the book! This unique experience wouldn't be possible without the generous donations of the authors and publishers involved.It's the first of the month and you know what that means.It's time to bring you December's Author/Reader Discussion book!We will be reading Don Mitchell's story collectionA Red Woman Was Crying Don Mitchell has made have made a total of 10 copies available for giveaway.5 print (for US only) and 5 digital Kindle / PDF's (internationally).Here's a little…
  • Drew and Melanie's Frightful Fall Reads

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Halloween is upon us. While the trick-or-treaters beat a path to your front door for their sugar fix, what better time to curl up on the couch wrapped in that fuzzy blanket and bury your nose in seasonally frightful reads. Our review contributors Drew (of Raging Biblioholism) and Melanie (of Grab the Lapels) share their favorite reads for this time of year:Drew's faves:* Of Bees & Mist, Erick Setiawan - a lovely examination of romance and relationships, set in a vividly colored world where magic and the unexplained are commonplace.  Ghosts, fortune-tellers, witches, and more…
  • Book Review: Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Read 10/23/144 Stars - Strongly Recommended for the campy fun of itPages: 216Publisher: TouchstoneReleased: originally published in 1955The other night, I was standing in front of my bookshelves looking for a quick read to curl up with. Something seasonally appropriate that wouldn't mush my brain or try my patience too much. And that's when I saw the yellow and white spine of Invasion of the Body Snatchers staring out at me. To be honest, I'd forgotten that I even had this book. But suddenly, it was the only thing I wanted to read. So, I immediately pulled it off the shelf and started…
  • Review: Thanksgiving For Werewolves and Other Monstrous Tales

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Read 10/13/14 - 10/16/143 Stars - Recommended to fans of light monster fiction, more for the fun of it than the fur and teeth of itPages: 156Publisher: Tiny Toe PressReleasing: UnknownAs I review this, there is a part of me that thinks I should hold off and post it closer to Thanksgiving. (Much like when Giano Cromley and I decided to host the Author/Reader Discussion for his novel The Last Good Halloween in October, as close to the holiday as we could get. Makes sense, right?) But seeing as how ML Kennedy's forthcoming Thanksgiving for Werewolves deals more so with monsters or monstrous…
  • Scott Navicky Recommends In the Kettle, The Shriek

    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    And so we continue our Writers Recommend - a new series where we'll be asking writers to, well, you know.. recommend things. Like the books that they've enjoyed. To you. Because who doesn't like being recommended new and interesting books, right?! Think of it as a PSA. Only it's more like a LSA -Literary Service Announcement. Your welcome. Scott Navicky Recommends In The Kettle, The Shriek by Hannah StephensonI’m not very smart. Experience has taught me that it’s best to just be upfront about this. Yes, at first glance, I may appear to possess a good vocabulary, but…
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  • Types of Genre in Literature

    Lisa Lickel
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    How do you know what you write? Sort it out here.City University of New York describes genre:Genre is a French term derived from the Latin genus, generis, meaning "type," "sort," or "kind." It the classification of what books have in common, either in their formal structures or subject matter, or both. Why do we divide our reading material into categories? One reason is that grouping works offers us an orderly way to talk about a bewildering number of books. More importantly, if we can point to a genre we get an idea of what we might expect to read. Bookstores need to know how to group their…
  • Book Review: How to Get a Truckload of Reviews on Amazon

    Cherie Burbach
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Who wouldn’t love a truckload of reviews? The title, How to Get a Truckload of Reviews on Amazon, immediately drew me in, and that in and of itself is a lesson on how to promote yourself as an author. The book is written by Penny Sansevieri from Author Marketing Experts, Inc. I’ve always appreciated Penny’s take on getting your name out in front of people as an author, and I like that she has the experience in dealing with authors solely as someone who helps promote them. Reviews and Engagement MatterHer first point is a great one. Reviews are still important. I often overlook them…
  • Two Platform Lessons

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    I've been reflecting recently on my publishing journey, particularly the marketing aspect. Much of my research suggests that you ask for endorsements, and aim pretty high. What could it hurt? I want my message to reach as many folks as possible. So I got brave and asked some pretty big names for endorsements and reviews. I also asked some  lesser known authors and reviewers. Here's what happened.The famous, high profile authors responded to me within a few days. The answer was "Sorry, no," but I received warm congratulations and well wishes.
  • Friday Book Review: My Father's Keep, by Ed Abell

    Lisa Lickel
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Review of My Father’s Keep by Ed AbellCreate Space, Jan 2014www.wisconsincounsciousness.orgISBN: 9781494367381Ebook 4.49Pbook 10.16 Buy the book  - AmazonBarnes and NobleAn Inspiring Journey of Forgiveness and Promise-KeepingAt once a trek to the highest peak on Earth and the deepest place of the heart, My Father’s Keep captures the experience that all adult children share: the pain and suffering of growing up in the chaos of alcoholism and the dogged belief that they can—and must—somehow save their afflicted parents from their torment. As that child, Ed Abell vows that one day…
  • C. Hope Clark, "Secondary Characters Have a Primary Role"

    Linda Yezak
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    My favorite characters are the secondary ones, often considered the sidekicks. When I wrote the first chapter in my first mystery, my focus honed in on the good guy and the bad guy. Everyone else was dispensable, flexible, even optional, but wow, over the years I’ve come to my senses. Secondary characters make a book. Without them, all you have is the good guy and the bad guy, and gracious, how bland is that? Imagine the family on Christmas Day, all gathered around the tree, or maybe the dinner table. The patriarch is evident, as is the matriarch. The clown and the wallflower. The good…
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  • Books to Read Before You Die

    Natalia Allegro
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    There are millions and millions of books out there for everybody to enjoy, but there are four books that I find very intriguing and very inspiring. The four books are Tuesdays with Morrie, The Last Lecture, The Metamorphosis, and The Great Gatsby. These books seem a bit mixed but when I first read all of […] The post Books to Read Before You Die appeared first on Books Buyer.
  • Suggestions for Books to Read Online

    Eva Baggett
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Dying to try reading with technology, but are either skeptical of, or not ready to outlay the cash, for the new e-readers? Maybe you’re just too broke to buy a book right now and your fines at the local library got out of control. What is a reading addict to do? Have no fear! It’s […] The post Suggestions for Books to Read Online appeared first on Books Buyer.
  • My Top Ten Book Recommendations

    Natalia Allegro
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Narrowing the infinite wealth of wisdom and entertainment of libraries into only ten choices is a nigh-impossible task for any book lover, but I have made my attempt. I am presenting works here that, while they may not always be masterpieces of literature, are all gripping and engaging and have influenced my own life in […] The post My Top Ten Book Recommendations appeared first on Books Buyer.
  • My Selection of Books to Read This Summer

    Eva Baggett
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    When summer boredom sets in, there’s nothing better than lying out in the sun with a great book. Sometimes, books that aren’t as popular get thrown to the wayside, so it’s important to check out writer’s favorites as well as those in the best-sellers section. When picking out my own summer reads, my first priority […] The post My Selection of Books to Read This Summer appeared first on Books Buyer.
  • Award Winning Books for Children

    Eva Baggett
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    With the ultimate goal of getting young people to read and appreciate literature, many hundreds of books have been written over the centuries.  The key to a great children’s book is making it interesting for your target audience.  What would hold a four year-old in rapt attention would bore the teen reader. Likewise, as with […] The post Award Winning Books for Children appeared first on Books Buyer.
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  • November Contest Update

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
     November already. The slow time for contests, but the final push time for writers. These last 60 days of 2014 are another opportunity to reach your dreams. Don't stop now!~Tell us what your writing plans are for November for a chance to win one of these craft books (print)  and for a reader a Seeker book of choice as available on Amazon. Three winners. Don't forget to let us know which book you want!  Published Author Contests2015 RWA RITA® Contest. Opens for entries.The RITA Contest is open to 2,000 paid entries. Entry forms and fees must be received on…
  • Seven Words of Writing Wisdom

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Words of writing wisdom...they were everywhere at the September 2014 American Christian Writers Conference in Saint Louis!Wherever I turned—from the opening address, to the keynote speaker, to workshops, to chats with fellow writers, all the way to the closing remarks—I found “writerly” wisdom to gather and tuck away for later contemplation.Since this is Seekerville’s SEVENTH birthday (!), I’ve chosen seven “words" of writing wisdom gleaned from various ACFW 2014 venues to share with you today.1 - DON’T BE BORING. This “word” was heard repeatedly throughout the conference.
  • A Day in the Life of Literary Agent Natasha Kern

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
      First, I want to wish all of Seekerville a HAPPY BIRTHDAY.  What an awesome blog and group this is and what a change in those seven years in both the industry and the growing success for each of the writers. J   I said I would write this blog to celebrate your birthday quite a while ago, months ago.  I did ask that my blog come at the end of October because I know what an intense month that always is for me:  ACFW is closely followed by the Frankfurt Bookfair (meaning sales packets to all foreign agents) combined with the need to get all fall submissions…
  • 7 Things I’m Glad No One Told Me about the Writing Life (Or I Would Have Quit)

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    with guest Melanie Dickerson. How awesome to be in Seekerville to celebrate the 7th birthday of this blog, which is so helpful and informative and friendly and just plain THE BEST. But when Tina invited me to write a post, I warned her that I was on a tight deadline, I’d been doing some really tough editing, which always makes me emotional, and not in a good way, and in the mood I was in, my post could be classified as “dark humor.” But she said she was game anyway. So, here it is. Read at your own risk. (Don’t say I didn’t warn you.)7 Things I’m Glad No One Told Me about the…
  • 7 Random Writerly Things That Make Me Go Wow!

    27 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Happy Birthday, Seekerville!! Hasn't this month been amazing? So many wonderful topics, all based on the number 7. When I decided on my topic, I had just arrived back from St. Louis and had something very special with me. And with that in mind, I found my topic for today.I started my list and wrote that one thing down. Then I waited. I wanted each thing to be very special. Something that makes me smile, something that gives me the warm fuzzies, or just something that really, really makes me go WOW!It took me several weeks to complete my list, but I did it just in time for this blog post. I…
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  • 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…
  • Amazon tops up KDP Select Fund to $5 million for September as Kindle Unlimited payout rate for authors holds steady at $1.51

    Roger Packer
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Amazon have again topped up the monthly KDP Select Global Fund, with September’s total fund ending up at a new high of $5 million after $2 million was added this week to the $3 million originally set, but the payout rate for authors on Kindle Unlimited borrows still dropped to a new low of $1.51 per borrow. The September payout is only slightly down on August’s $1.54 when the total KDP Select fund amounted to $4.7 million, so it could be that the rate has reached some sort of stability and perhaps a sustainable level after falling sharply from $1.80 in July, which was only a…
  • Scouting for books: Kindle Scout is now open for submissions

    Roger Packer
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    Amazon have sounded the bugle call for their new ‘reader-powered’ publishing program which is now officially open for submissions and will be called Kindle Scout. The program is looking for new, never-before-published books of at least 50,000 words in the genres of Romance, Mystery & Thriller, or Science Fiction & fantasy. Readers will help to decide if a book get a publishing contract, so sharpen up your social media skills and get your friends organised. Selected books will be published by Kindle Press, which seems to be a new imprint, and authors will be offered…
  • Amazon gets in an Empire State of mind with its first store in Midtown New York

    Roger Packer
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Amazon is set to open up its first store on West 34th Street in Midtown New York. The store will be sited across from the Empire State Building and won’t be a traditional shop but instead will act as warehouse holding stock for local delivery, product returns and exchanges, and collection of online orders. A report in the Wall Street Journal also says the store may be a showroom to showcase for Amazon products such as Kindle e-readers, the Fire phone or Fire TV set-top box. Traditional retailers have long complained that Amazon has escaped the costs of retailing, such as expensive…
  • The roar of the crowd – Amazon reveals details of new genre publishing program

    Roger Packer
    4 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    Amazon have released details about their new publishing program for writers which aims to publish new books which get the most votes online. The Authors-Got-Talent-type set-up is looking for books of at least 50,000 words in any of the genres of Romance, Mystery & Thriller, and Science Fiction & Fantasy. Authors will need to submit a complete, never-before-published book and cover, and the first pages of each book will be published on a website for readers to preview and nominate their favorites. The books with the most nominations will be reviewed by the Amazon team for potential…
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  • Turning Procrastination into Productivity

    William Stevenson
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    Procrastination is a little vice that can cause big trouble. Missing a submission deadline can cost a researcher thousands of dollars in grant money. Delaying academic writing might mean a research paper never gets written, or that someone else publishes first and scoops you. Everyone agrees that you should never put off till tomorrow what you can do today, but many people don’t follow this advice. The Roots of Procrastination People usually engage in procrastination because of a psychological cost benefits calculation. We naturally avoid pain and discomfort.… Continue ReadingRelated…
  • Academia and Storytelling: How to Reduce its Risks in Research Narrative?

    William Stevenson
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:17 am
    Rigorous academia narrative and high-impact storytelling are poles apart. Translating complex data into attention-grabbing and accessible stories is not something that many can do intuitively—writing skills, tools, and practice are needed. Therefore, researchers often see the possibility of sharing their researches with the general public as an obstacle difficult to overcome, which can affect their careers. But the truth is that mitigating storytelling risks is not that difficult: researchers need to find a balance between what they want to say and what the audience want to hear.……
  • Where Else Can a Researcher Find Support, if the Advisor is Not Helping Enough?

    William Stevenson
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:05 am
    Isolation, anxiousness, search for perfectionism, researching failures, and stress. These are only some of the many problems PhD students usually cope with at some point of their careers. Their goal is so ambitious and the process to achieve it so long that many of them deal with several problems, both emotional and academic. Some count on the help of their advisors, but not all find it. Where else can they look for it? Academic support Although many advisors provide an effective writing guidance, some do not help researchers find optimized working systems.… Continue ReadingRelated…
  • Strengthen Your Unique: How to Prepare for an Academic Interview?

    William Stevenson
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    “It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles.” Quoting the Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu while talking about academic interviews may sound a bit exaggerated, but his words can actually help you understand how to prepare for an academic interview and make the most of it. Interviews’ main goal is usually simple: to find the best candidate for a position. If you believe you are the one, then go ahead. Here are some tips to help you prove that you are the professional they are looking for.… Continue ReadingRelated…
  • Open Access Week: What a Researcher Can Learn?

    William Stevenson
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Want to learn more about open access publishing? Now is the time. October 20–26 is Open Access Week (OAW), during which seminars will be given all over the world on the subject of open access publishing. What can you learn? I signed onto the Open Access Directory’s events list to find out. Universities Scores if not hundreds of universities offer a variety of free seminars during OAW. For example, at Ohio State University you can learn about the following: • How to disseminate your work online • Creating a website or blog to showcase your research • Options for publishing digital…
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  • 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 →
  • Print to Digital: Cleaning Up Your Word File

    Carla Douglas
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:46 pm
    by Carla Douglas @CarlaJDouglas If you have a print document that you’d like to self-publish, you can turn it into a digital file and convert it to an ebook. The first step is to get it into MS Word, and this post shows you one way to do that, using OCR software. If you’ve been … 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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    Nostrovia! Poetry

  • Raccoons with grabby hands rob some form of Human Spirit, somewhere, somehow

    Jeremiah Walton
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Jeremiah Walton:[anti]MANIFESTO FOR ALL BABIES ARE ANARCHISTS Get a baby raccoon. My Fistful of Moonbeams Turn Love inside out 1000x (Hope & Fear are holding sweaty hands there) Create more, consume less Vandalize freight trains with spray cans I love you like a serpent eating its own tail I OFFER NOTHING BUT CONFUSION & that’s okay. All Babies Are Anarchists by Jeremiah Walton is free and available to the public through the efforts of the #RuntRaccoonRevolution and Nostrovia! Poetry. These are my personal songs but any may sing them” Cheers! Originally posted on…
  • A Fistful Of Razors (10 Poets)

    Jeremiah Walton
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Jeremiah Walton:W.I.S.H. Publishing, my child, has birthed his first issue, A Fistful of Razors. W.I.S.H. currently is seeking submissions on a rolling basis for the zine, and seeks your creative honesty and cut throat imagery. My child has a reputation for cooperating with artists to push boundaries and grow a tightly knit artistic community armed with open hands and Love. Originally posted on Walking Is Still Honest: Photo: John Thomas Menesini HEEL-TOE MANIFESTO I’ve always walked As a boy I walked — now a 39-year-old man-boy I continue walking Never owned a driver’s license and…
  • Holy McDonalds

    Jeremiah Walton
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    the Eucharist by Katie Hogan a priest with greasy fingers shoving french fries through his chapped lips, smiling through his rotting teeth. this is the body of christ. and he laughs with his mouth full, remnants of swept up potatoes glued to his cheeks, as his white collar grows tighter. let us rejoice and give thanks. he grabs his soda, lips eagerly kissing the rim, chugging down the ounces of aspartame in an attempt to wash the pesticides. this is the blood of christ. he shoves a dripping patty into his mouth, molars grinding the cow’s corpse in a rhythm that resembles an offbeat chant.
  • I heard the tale of a train that could fly

    Jeremiah Walton
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    Jeremiah Walton:Traveling bookstore downsizes from a vehicle to frame packs as two youth artists prepare to hitchhike the South Coast to promote Creative Thinking, Freedom, and Passionate Living, offering what seems to be a mesh of Love and Lively Confusion. Well, the Smell of St. Joan’s Flesh Burning wafts down the Mississippi for all to Cradle, and St. Anthony prays to find himself among the stench. With Love and Respect to Creatives Everywhere. Originally posted on Books & Shovels: Around a roaring campfire, I heard the story of a train that could fly. Sam Lennon and I are…
  • *sniff sniff**snooortttt&sniffff

    Jeremiah Walton
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:34 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

  • How to Create the Perfect Website: Where to Put Your Buy Button

    Paula Krapf
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    Once you build your site and everything is working, do not make your visitor search all over your site in order to buy from you! Put your BUY NOW button in an obvious, easy-to-find space. You may be laughing now, but we’ve worked with many businesses who buried the BUY NOW button so deep in the site, it was impossible to find! Capture Them One of the best things you can do for your site is add a means to capture a name and email address so you can market to your visitors again and again and again. At AME we have a newsletter that goes out bi-weekly. It’s packed full of marketing ideas,…
  • How to Make an SEO Friendly Video That Will Get You Noticed

    Paula Krapf
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:50 pm
    These days, publishers are turning to YouTube to look for authors. That’s how important the site has become. And, when you create a YouTube video the site automatically transcribes your video. Be sure to include your keywords in your video as well as in your title and description – it will really increase your exposure! Read more: Share How to Make an SEO Friendly Video #amwritingClick To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule Share Why Authors Should be on YouTube #amwritingClick To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule The post How…
  • Social Media Rules for Authors

    Paula Krapf
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    Many authors find social media overwhelming: there are so many sites, so many choices. However, just follow these guidelines and you’ll find social media manageable and even enjoyable! 1. Consistency counts: If you’re going to have an account on a social media site, use it. Create a regular posting schedule and stick to it. 2. Keep self-promotion to a minimum: Be sure to share good content from other sources; the majority of your posts should be non-promotional. It’s how you build trust and credibility. Read…
  • How to Create Pitches the Media Will Love

    Paula Krapf
    12 Oct 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Many authors don’t understand how the media work and as a result their pitches fall on deaf ears. “Before pitching, read it, visualize it and think of yourself standing in front of that table and reading that pitch,” says former CBS News executive Batt Humphreys. Ultimately, a good pitch will make a reporter look good. Learn more: Secrets to Successful Media Pitches #amwritingClick To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule Share How to Create Pitches the Media Will Love #amwritingClick To Tweet -…
  • Forget Boring Book Events – Be Creative!

    Paula Krapf
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    There’s probably nothing worse than seeing an author sitting alone in a bookstore with a stack of books as customers walk blindly by. It doesn’t have to be that way. Book events don’t have to include bookstores. Try a party, for instance. Everyone loves a good party! And, think beyond the bookstore. Perhaps the setting of your book can inspire an event idea. A romance book event could be held in a spa or tea shop. Get more ideas: Share How authors can have…
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    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.
  • The Most Popular Digital Publishing And Mobile Marketing Articles Publishers Search For

    Wojtek Szywalski
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    Every week there is an analytics day for me in PressPad. I take time to understand Internet traffic generated by our content. To do this, various tools like Mixpanel and Google Analytics are used. In this article I will provide a list of the ten most popular articles published on our blog — based on […] The post The Most Popular Digital Publishing And Mobile Marketing Articles Publishers Search For appeared first on Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog.
  • PressPad Web Store Increases Revenues for Digital Publishers

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

  • Why is today the first, not the oneth?

    The Proof Angel
    1 Nov 2014 | 2:24 am
    Have you ever changed the date in a document and ended up with something like the 1th of November? It is very easy to do, and annoyingly difficult to spot, as people tend not to look properly at the date when they are checking their work. Find out about the root of the problem here. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Grammar & usage Tagged: dates, usage
  • Rules for detective stories

    The Proof Angel
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:50 am
    Are you a fan of rules for writers? If so, you may like these 20 rules for writing detective stories. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: detective stories, Fiction
  • The future of books

    The Proof Angel
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:59 am
    Do books have a future? This post asserts that they do. I can’t help thinking that the logic gets a bit muddy. Aren’t we muddling the idea of a book with the format? Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Bits & bobs Tagged: Books
  • The benefits of book promotion

    The Proof Angel
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:20 am
    Are you one of the many writers with an allergy to promotion activities? If so, it might do you good to read this post about the benefits of promotional activities. The title, why write a book if you won’t promote it seems a little provocative. My bet is that somewhere there is a post explaining why you would do just that. But seriously, folks, the list can be used as a reminder to keep a positive mental attitude. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: book marketing, book promotion
  • Approaching an agent

    The Proof Angel
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:35 am
    Here are some sensible thoughts for writers who want to approach agents. The experience behind them proves once again that common sense isn’t very common. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: agents, literary agent
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    The Passive Voice - Latest Updates

  • First Bite

    Passive Guy
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
  • What do you feel most guilty about?

    Passive Guy
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    From Humans of New York: “What do you feel most guilty about?” “Not finishing my novel. I’ve already built the room where I’m going to write it at my house in Sag Harbor. The walls of the room are painted Venetian red. It has shelves filled with every book I’ve ever read. There’s a scallop striped Victorian chair. A little pine desk— two feet by three feet, with all my pens lined up, and an 18th Century sang de bouef vase lamp. And there’s a French door with a step that goes out onto the roof so I can look at the clouds. I have everything I need. Except the…
  • If human beings had genuine courage

    Passive Guy
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    If human beings had genuine courage, they’d wear their costumes every day of the year, not just on Halloween. Douglas Coupland
  • Wylie the jackal becomes Hachette’s running dog?

    Passive Guy
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    From TeleRead: Never one to bear a grudge or indulge in overly aggressive, unreflective self-promotion, Andrew Wylie can’t seem to forgive Amazon for the failure of his Odyssey JV with them – or in general, for failing to acknowledge that nothing moves until Andrew Wylie says so. And now he’s blaming Amazon for depriving writers of a decent living. “Writers will begin to make enough money to live,” he claims, according to his keynote address at Toronto’s International Festival of Authors, if only the Big Five have the cojones like Hachette to stand up to Amazon, who he doesn’t…
  • Bad Advice for Writers!

    Passive Guy
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    From The Huffington Post: We at Bad Advice for Writers have thus far only concentrated on the act of writing, ignoring important things to like how to behave like a writer and the importance of not understanding how social media works. Today, on the eve of NaNoWriMo, we will focus on bad advice for the novelist. We feel we should make this distinction insofar as some of this advice might actually not be bad advice if you are planning on a work of non-fiction. Advice #4: Correct negative reviews There are only two types of reviews: the positive kind, and the kind where the reviewer…
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    All Indie Writers » Indie Publishing

  • 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…
  • Book Marketing Plans: Keep Market Research Simple

    Jennifer Mattern
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Market research is an essential step in creating a book marketing plan. But it doesn't have to be as scary, dull, or time-consuming as you might think. You can't afford to ignore it. So why not keep it simple? In this post, my goal is to help you do just that -- simplify market research for your book marketing plan by helping you focus on three key areas. Let's explore some of the questions your market research should answer and some of the ways you can conduct simple market research on your own. 3 Key Questions Your Market Research Should Answer Market research doesn't have to be…
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    Helen Sedwick

  • 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…
  • How to Use Real People in Your Writing Without Ending Up in Court

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

  • Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Owners Lending Library

    1 Nov 2014 | 2:29 am
    I am now subscribed to both Kindle Unlimited and the Kindle Owners Lending Library, so authors seeking reviews who do not have a mobi file of their book but have made the book available through either of these routes to Amazon customers, can just email me for a review at with a brief synopsis and link to their book. Both these schemes make economic and logistical sense to me as a prolific reader and reviewer as I don’t read a book more than once and don’t mind not having it in my Kindle library and the subscription charge for Kindle Unlimited, £7.99, is…
  • Book Review: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Don Tillman, Associate Professor of Genetics decides he would like to have a partner and using his rather amplified sense of logic embarks on The Wife Project, which consists of plying a very pertinent questionnaire widely in as many social and non-social settings as possible. However, when Don meets Rosie, she seems to defy all sense of logic but Rosie herself has issues she needs to resolve, resulting in Don, inexplicably, taking on The Father Project to identify her biological father. This hilarious but totally relatable character of Don is up there with Data from Star Trek: The Next…
  • Reassurance For My Blog Readers and Authors

    26 Oct 2014 | 8:17 pm
    After much hullabaloo over That Guardian article and resulting blog posts I read I was left feeling bewildered that anyone would take the time to assume an identity to spew such negativity. Is there really any pleasure to be had trashing anything with such vigor? I really do hope I am not perceived as a “number one critic” by any author, whose book I have reviewed. I can honestly say other than using my real name or blog name, Ajoobacats as a username, I have no other identities I post under in social media and have never felt the need to assume another identity. I see no purpose…
  • Book Review: Noise by Brett Garcia Rose

    26 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    “THE WORLD IS AN UGLY PLACE, and I can tell you now, I fit in just fine. You will read what I have written, you will see what I have done, you will judge me and, in the end, you will hate me. But I write of love. My name is Leon. This is my story.” Leon receives a cryptic message about the whereabouts of his long lost sister Lily. He travels to New York to find her and even goes to the police for help, but when no answers are forthcoming he does his own investigating to find the men responsible for Lily’s disappearance. Fast-paced, well-written and beautifully phrased, this…
  • Book Review: Fractured by Dani Atkins

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Rachel has been left scarred, guilty and unfulfilled since that fateful night five years ago when an accident changed everything. She lost her childhood friend and her aspirations to end up living in isolation from her family and friends. When she goes back home for her best friend’s hen dinner and Wedding she becomes unwell and collapses, only to wake up to a completely different reality to the one she has been living for the past five years. This mystery romance reminded me a little of the ’90s film, Sliding Doors, without the sliding part and darker more tragic consequences in…
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    ABNewswire - Press Release Distribution Service

  • Memory Healer Program Review - Does it Help in Reversing Alzheimer's, Dementia, And Other Memory-Loss Disorders?

    1 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Ron Goldman and Alexander Lynch’s Memory Healer eBook claims to treat Alzheimer’s, dementia and other memory related disorders. Find out whats inside Memory Healer guide.Memory Healer by Alexander Lynch is by far and away the best treatment approach to reverse and halt Alzheimer’s progression! This program is used to help slacken the rate at which symptoms become worse. With results as fast as couple of weeks for some, people can completely change their own life or their loved ones who are battling from Alzheimer’s and dementia. Naturally Decree Alzheimer’s And Other Memory…
  • Self Knowledge Key to Transformative Wisdom

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:20 pm
    When Christina Vondell faced negative experiences that might have devastated some, she chose instead to Rewrite Love and face the world with a positive approach. The end result was a journey of love, healing and inspiration.Rewrite Love is an insightful and humorous book that takes you on a journey through life's high and lows. Christina Vondell writes with an open heart about her relationships, divorces, children, and experiences with many topics such as Reiki, energy cleaning, Filipino healers, past lives regression therapy, Resonance Repatterning, dream therapy as well as circle thinking,…
  • Domestic Violence and Child Molestation No Longer a Source of Shame

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:20 pm
    When Gwendolyn Plano made the hardest decision of her life, she realized there was much she needed to learn. Sometimes she could not see the choices before her; she felt more a victim than a master of her fate. And so she became a pilgrim of sorts--searching for healing and purpose. Gwen traveled across the oceans and throughout much of the United States in search of a secret elixir. Along the way, she discovered that she did not travel alone. There were others, many others, who accompanied her.What was she running from? Domestic violence. Child abuse. Yes, those were the issues that drove…
  • Pangu-GBT365 iPhone 6 5s 4s Jailbreak or Unlock With Cydia Updates of iOS 8.0.2 to 8.1 Untethered Jailbreak Method

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:17 pm
    All of iOS devices now ready to complete the latest jailbreak (iOS 8.0.2, 8.1 jailbreak) by Pungu team. iPhone 6 6 Plus 5s 5 4s jailbreak system newly updated by developers who are the best and creative hackers all over the world. They suggest the Cydia unlock process for every iPhone users (iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5s, 4s). So everybody can unlock and jailbreak iPhone by Cydia and Pungue-GBT365 team as they suggested. Pangu developer's achievement are very quick, iPhone 6 Plus , iPad jailbreak or unlock developers have released software that allows users to jailbreak their iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 4s, 5s,…
  • FreeCast Inc's Rabbit TV Plus Trumps Sector, Offering 100% Free Bandwidth to Customers

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:16 pm
    "The cable companies have always bundled TV and internet service, because it makes a lot of sense, and we see that too. That’s why we've partnered with FreedomPop to bring low-cost Internet access to our customers."Partnership with FreedomPop creates a new 3 piece holiday bundle to rival the cable triple play.FreeCast Inc has already shaken up the television industry by saving over 3 million Rabbit TV Plus subscribers hundreds of dollars each month on their cable bills. Now they're lowering those bills even further by offering free bandwidth through a partnership with FreedomPop. Free…
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    Top South African News

  • Fans Flock In For Senzo Meyiwa’s Funeral

    Staff Reporter
    1 Nov 2014 | 5:21 am
    Durban – Scores of soccer supporters arrived at the Moses Mabhida Stadium here on Saturday to attend the funeral of Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa. Wearing sport regalia, and mostly in Orlando Pirates colours, they sang and danced as they waited for the gates to the stadium to open. Meyiwa also captained Orlando Pirates. Vuvuzelas and drums accompanied the singing. Orlando Pirates flags and banners written ‘Rest in peace Senzo Meyiwa’ were held up high. The gloomy weather did not deter the highly spirited supporters who were determined to bid farewell to their captain.
  • Multi-Billionaire Microsoft Founder Bill Gates Offers Young Thug $9 Million Cash To Stop Making Music

    Staff Reporter
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    Atlanta – It has been reported that the Multi-Billionaire Microsoft Founder Bill Gates offered Rapper Young Thug of Atlanta $9 million cash to exit the music industry and stopmaking music for good. Young Thug, whose real name is Jeffrey Williams, is known for his eccentric style of rap and making random noises in his music. Bill Gates has told reporters “I may not be an avid rap listener but i sure heard Young Thug’s music and instantly went into depression. I even began to question my existence and why this man was even let 100 feet near a recording studio, he has to go, If he denies…
  • Senzo Meyiwa’s Father Set to Return to Umlazi, Kwa-Zulu Natal Empty Handed as Kelly Khumalo and Her Family Refuse With Senzo Meyiwa’s Belongings.

    Staff Reporter
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:06 am
    Senzo Meyiwa’s father, Sam Meyiwa is set to return to Umlazi, Kwa-Zulu Natal empty handed as Kelly Khumalo and her family dismiss his efforts to retrieve his son’s belongings. Sam Meyiwa arrived in Johannesburg on Wednesday, accompanied by Senzo Meyiwa’s sister and other relatives. According to The Star, Sam Meyiwa arrived at the Afro Pop singer’s home yesterday. The Meyiwa family were accompanied by a police escort and sought to collect Senzo’s silver BMW X6 and red VW Golf 5. Kelly Khumalo has been spotted driving the BMW and was previously given the Golf to…
  • A GIANT Penis and its Punani Leaves Pedestrians on one of Pretoria’s Busiest Streets with their Mouths Hanging Open. in Pretoria CBD

    Staff Reporter
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    A GIANT 4-5 has left pedestrians on one of Pretoria’s busiest streets with their mouths hanging open. It is on display in the ground floor window of an office block in Nelson Mandela Street in the CBD. The 4-5, which points straight at a wide open punani, has become the talk of the town. The massive art installation – titled Two F***ing Typewriters” – also features two old typewriters on wooden tables below the private parts. Passersby stop, stare and talk among themselves. Others take pictures with their phones, glance shyly, or try not to look at all. But that is exactly what artist…
  • Sfiso Ncwane Performs His HIT Song Kulungile Baba At The Joint Memorial Service Of Fallen South African Sports Stars

    Staff Reporter
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    Sfiso Ncwane Performed his HIT Song Kulungile Baba LIVE At The Joint Memorial Service Of Fallen South African Sports Star, on Thrursday 30 October 2014. Sfiso Ncwane has grown to become one of the best and most recognized South African Gospel Artists, a Prophesy that he received from Reverend Francis .O. Anosike, the Reverend and Senior Pastor of Rock Of Victory Ministries International during a Church Service at Rock Of Victory Ministries International, in Newtown, Johannesburg. Sfiso are you ready? God said I should ask you if you’re ready. Because I see God taking you from Glory to…
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    Pop Gun Pocket Books

  • iBooks Latest News and Updates from Apple

    Steve Sagovac
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:24 am
    In an email to all iBooks Developers, Apple have made a few announcements. iBooks Author 2.2 has a few great new features, and the review times for iBooks are fantastic. To improve your experience with iBooks, we’ve introduced the following features and updates: • Book Review Time • Promo Codes Limits Increased • iBooks Author [...]
  • iBooks Author 2.2 Update adds Auto-Play to Widgets

    Steve Sagovac
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Today Apple has released an update to the iBooks Author software. There are a few great features that have been added that will improve the functionality of your iBooks and also make the process a whole lot easier. But the feature that I am most excited about is the Auto-Play for Media and HTML Widgets. [...]
  • How to Add Flash Animation to iBooks Author

    Steve Sagovac
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    One of the most memorable moments in my life is still the day I was taken through the Disney Studio in Sydney, Australia, by a friend of mine. I got to meet real animators, layout artists, inbetweeners and the whole crew that put together an animated movie. That friend, Steve Trenbirth ( after he finished [...]
  • 12 Reasons to try iBooks Author

    Steve Sagovac
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:20 am
    Use iBooks Author to Create and Self Publish your next Art Book or Picture Book When it comes to creating and self-publishing a fixed layout art, or picture book, there is absolutely no better choice than using iBooks Author. Here are my 12 Reasons why you should try iBooks Author 1. iBooks Author has a [...]
  • How to Publish an eBook with Kindle Kids Book Creator – Tutorial

    Steve Sagovac
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:59 am
    Create an Amazon Kindle Picture Book with Kindle Kids Book Creator from an iBooks Author PDF Amazon announced today their new product for easily creating Children’s Picture Books and publishing them on the Amazon Kindle Store – the Kindle Kids Book Creator UPDATE: The book was approved and released in around 4hrs. You can see [...]
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    New Dhoom

  • Lala Textile – Pretty Rainy Season Choice 2014-2015

    Akhlaq A
    1 Nov 2014 | 2:44 am
    Lala Textile – Pretty Rainy Season Choice 2014-2015. Lala Textile is among the Pakistan’s primary and well-known fashion brand names within Pakistan. Lala Fabric is a fashion brand that has been working because few years back again. Lala Textile has released so many periodic collection and added a great response. Lala Textile – Pretty Rainy ...
  • Dany Mizrachi – Pretty Engagement Gowns Collection

    Akhlaq A
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:06 am
    Dany Mizrachi – Pretty Engagement Gowns Collection is made for brides who like the ideal dresses for wedding. Talented clothier produced dresses for women and also young girls. Dany Mizrachi – Pretty Engagement Gowns Collection So lovely this particular gallery that is below.
  • Brides Outfits Variety 2015 By Nicolas Jerban

    Akhlaq A
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:48 am
    Brides Outfits Variety 2015 By Nicolas Jerban is here. This specific collection is full of many methods and also techniques and amazing Bridal collection is good for teen women for their upcoming apparel. Bridesmaid Outfits Variety 2015 By Nicolas Jerban We will show some photographs from the previous variety of Nicolas Jerban…
  • Rami Salamoun – Engagement Outfits Collection 2014-15 For Brides

    Akhlaq A
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:23 am
    Rami Salamoun – Engagement Outfits Collection 2014-15 For Brides is here. Each one of his types are hand-crafted, constructed from good quality cloth, adornment and in addition beading. Although magnificent and stylish, all the models are usually flirty and also passionate! Rami Salamoun – Engagement Outfits Collection 2014-15 For Brides Rami Salamoun – Engagement Outfits ...
  • Levi’s Strauss | Attractive Jeans Styles Assortment 2014 For Males

    Akhlaq A
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:44 am
    Levi’s Strauss Attractive Jeans Styles Assortment 2014 For Males is here. As well as fashion and trend is actually “Jeans” but you have to show denim jeans Levi Strauss & Company., that are almost all smart, surprising and remarkable world for its design and model in fact. Have a look below … Levi’s Strauss Attractive ...
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    Memory Book Company Blog

  • 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…
  • Time To Get It All Together, Yearbookers

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:33 pm
    School is in Session-Now What? Well, if you are the new yearbook advisor there is a lot to think about. Maybe you have a yearbook class or maybe you are just volunteering to run this year's yearbook project. Either way, I want to help you get started with a checklist of things you will need to make sure your yearbook is a great success.
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