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  • Self-Publishing Week in Review: 4/15/14

    Self Publishing Advisor
    selfpublishingadvisor
    15 Apr 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. Amazon’s Vision for the Future of Self-Publishing This article discusses Jon Fine’s, director of author and publishing relations at Amazon, vision of the future of…
  • How To Start Your Own Publishing Company – 10 Essential Steps

    The Future of Ink
    Shelley Hitz
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Send to Kindleby Shelley Hitz Disclaimer:  This blog post is for informational purposes only.  I am not a lawyer or accountant and am not giving legal advice.  Consult with a tax professional and lawyer before making decisions regarding your business.  As an author, have you considered starting your own publishing company?  Many self-published authors are now choosing this option.  In fact, this is what my husband CJ and I have done.  We started Body and Soul Publishing in 2012 and haven’t looked back yet. Three Reasons to Start an Independent Publishing Company 1)    It looks…
  • The Blog Tour: What, Why and How I Write

    Catherine, Caffeinated
    catherineryanhoward
    17 Mar 2014 | 4:35 am
    This morning I am contributing a stop to The Blog Tour: What, Why and How I Write, this on-going blogging and writing thingy where each blogger answers four questions about their writing, tags three victims and runs away screaming, ‘You’re it!’ Normally I avoid such things because they have a tendency to get out of hand quickly (‘I just nominated for you for this award – now all you need to do is make a list of 53 bloggers you love and get each of them to nominate 87 other bloggers…’ etc. etc.) but Jason Arnopp (a) asked me before he tagged me and (b)…
  • Suing e-book reviewers and being a public jerk: Two bad ideas in one

    TeleRead
    Chris Meadows
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:10 pm
    A friend pointed out to me a slightly older blog post that is rather interesting. In fact, it’s interesting not just for the article, but for the comments. It’s kind of a gift that keeps on giving. The blog post, by writer Greg Strandberg, quotes (and screencaps) a post by self-publishing writer Joe Nobody on […] The post Suing e-book reviewers and being a public jerk: Two bad ideas in one appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • How to Succeed in Authorship Without Really Trying

    Writer Beware
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:44 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareGot the yen to write a book, but lack that essential creative spark? Looking to ride the coattails of the Kindle self-publishing craze, but don't want to bother with all that pesky scribbling? Want an author to create a story for you, but don't know where to find one?Fret no more. The Internet's got you covered.Here, for instance, would-be but inspiration-challenged authors can "Cash In on the Kindle Fiction Publishing Craze" by purchasing a "MASSIVE SET OF PRE-WRITTEN FICTION PLOTS."That's right! A diligent ghostwriter and her crack writing team…
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    Mediashift

  • Daily Must Reads, April 18, 2014

    Courtney Lowery Cowgill
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    1. Big labels take aim at Pandora on royalties (Ben Sisario / New York Times) 2. After big payday for WhatsApp, more app makers resort to “growth hacking” (Jeff John Roberts / GigaOm) 3. Nearly 20% of YouTube users now pay less attention to TV, finds Google study (Jennifer Faull / The Drum) 4. Aereo [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Mediatwits #118: Special Report on Drones as Google Buys Titan Aerospace

    Fannie Cohen
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Recently drones have become ubiquitous in the media, and not just for executing civilians abroad. Newsrooms are using drones to go places their reporters can’t reach, and drone-deploying filmmakers are capturing what was once cost-prohibitive aerial footage.  And soon, an unmanned aerial vehicle might become your mailman when Amazon launches their drone delivery service. In Silicon Valley, Facebook and Google [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Journalism & Digital Education Roundup, April 17, 2014

    Courtney Lowery Cowgill
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:29 am
    1. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt chief content officer: We should ban “digital” learning (Mary Cullinane / EdSurge) 2. Teaching adolescents how to evaluate the quality of online information (Julie Coiro / Edutopia) 3. After discontinuing Semester Online, Northwestern alters online education goals (Cat Zakrzewski / Daily Northwestern) 4. Harry Potter fans made a MOOC for Hogwarts, [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Daily Must Reads, April 17, 2014

    Courtney Lowery Cowgill
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    1. Barry Diller: Broadcasters don’t own the airwaves but they still want to stop you from watching via devices (Barry Diller / Wall Street Journal) 2. Al Franken wants Netflix CEO’s perspective on Comcast / TWC deal (Chris Welch / The Verge) 3. They may be filled with trolls, but comments still have value — [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Columbia’s Lede Program Aims to Go Beyond the Data Hype

    Cathy O'Neil
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:25 am
    This all began at Joe’s Coffee on the Columbia University campus one morning last spring. Mark Hansen was then teaching journalism students who didn’t know much about data or computing. I was working with engineers and skilled data people, who didn’t understand how important storytelling is to problem-solving, especially because different choices, which might seem minute [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
 
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    Digital Book World

  • Innovative Publishing Out of Italy’s Rizzoli

    Jeremy Greenfield
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Italy isn’t known as a hotbed of digital publishing innovation or activity. In fact, ebooks only account for somewhere around 4% of publisher revenue in the country, according to Marcello Vena, director of digital business at RCS Libri, which owns book publisher Rizzoli, among other companies. (He’s also a DBW blogger.) Yet, despite this nascent state of the market, Vena has been quietly building an innovation powerhouse at Rizzoli. He has a digital team that is dedicated to coming out with one new innovation project a quarter, Vena told me last week at the London Book Fair. He…
  • Most Americans Now Reading Ebooks?

    Rich Bellis
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    A new poll by Harris Interactive, a Nielsen company, suggests they are. The poll, conducted last month, found a majority of Americans reading ebooks. It estimates that share at 54%, a number far exceeding the 28% a Pew study reported in January. Requests for comment on this discrepancy were not returned. Not only does the new poll indicate an unprecedented proportion of ebook readers in the U.S., it also found those who read ebooks actually read more books overall. Much more. To get all the ebook and digital publishing news you need every day in your inbox at 8:00 AM, sign up for the DBW…
  • Rich Pickings for the Small and Beautiful

    Tom Chalmers
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    It may by my father’s Communist-leaning sympathies – power to the people and all that – but I hate to see job losses and immediately imagine the stress it may cause to individuals’ families. Job losses are inevitable as companies will fail, and where they are dealt with openly it creates great disappointment. What makes me angry, however, is when they are dealt with by stealth and are often in fact avoidable. And we are seeing this at the moment in publishing, and in particular through the increasing number of mergers and acquisitions. Here in the UK, the acquisition of Constable…
  • Oyster Teams up With Spritz to Bring Faster Reading Experience

    DBW
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    [Press Email] Oyster and Spritz have teamed up to provide a reading experience unlike any other before. With a groundswell of excitement around the capabilities of Spritz, Oyster is thrilled to provide the first platform for the public to read a full-length, in-copyright book utilizing Spritz’s speed-reading technology. Available at OysterBooks.com/Spritz, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” — the renowned business title by Stephen Covey with over 20 million copies sold to-date — is available for free reading using Spritz technology.The 432 print-pages of…
  • Helping Associations and Society Publishers Optimize their Digital Assets

    Robert Kidd
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    This content was provided by Impelsys. The boom in e-books is undeniable. According to PWC, consumer and educational e-books will account for 22% of all books sold globally, increasing from 9% in 2012. Publishers and learning organizations are adapting to the growing needs of their e-book patrons. As a special group, association and society publishers are using e-books to expand services to their professional members. What trends do we see in this market? Three come to mind: 1. Integration of learning management systems with content management systems. This development is particularly…
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    A Newbie's Guide to Publishing

  • Latham Conger and Kickstarter

    10 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    I met Latham Conger in fourth grade. We were plucked out of our respective classes to attend a two year program in another school called Special Opportunities. And no, it wasn't because we were disfunctional. It was a gifted program for supposedly smart kids, and we were taught by two teachers for two years in the same classroom. No grades, just written report cards. We were encouraged to explore our minds, both academically and creatively. Sort of a Montessori set-up, within the public school system.Being with the same group of kids for two years was interesting. I made two lifelong…
  • Guest Post by Dale T. Phillips and Vlad V.

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    Giving Our Way to Success- by Dale T. Phillips and Vlad V.Giving comes back around. Tess Gerritsen sparked the giving circle with so much of her time, energy, and money to aid Alzheimer's research – so it's nice that I got to thank her in person at Bouchercon, the world mystery conference.On this site, Joe upped the ante with his guest post offer, raising even more funds – while helping writers at the same time – so we’d like to say “thank you” for this opportunity. We've been reading this blog and others like it for years, and a big part of our going Indie is…
  • A Wake Up Call for Tracy Hickman

    3 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    Via PassiveGuy, who was linking to an article from ScienceFiction.com about a convention speech by bestselling sci-fi author Tracy Hickman to a room full of writers.Quote Tracy:“I have to do more now,” he said finally. A hush went over the audience as Hickman continued to describe the conditions under which authors are laboring under today. One can write 12,000 words and sell it for 4.95, he said. At that price point, his 120,000 novel would have be $49.50, which would be impossible to market. “I’m fighting for my life as an author,” he admitted frankly, his voice solemn. He then…
  • My Last Blog Post

    1 Apr 2014 | 4:27 am
    Over three years ago, I did a blog post about successful self-published authors, and how many of them tried out self-publishing because they read my blog.I ended the blog post with this offer:You hear that, NY Publishing? You truly want to slow the growth of ebooks?Shut me up.I'm willing to be bought off. Pass around a collection envelope, like you do for employee birthdays. For a million bucks, I promise I'll never blog about ebooks, or help another writer, ever again.Since that post I've written several hundred more, encouraging authors to self-publish while explaining, in excruciating…
  • New Jack Daniels Novel Q & A with Jude Hardin

    20 Mar 2014 | 2:23 pm
    The first Jack Daniels novel in four years, LADY 52, is now available on Amazon Kindle for $3.99.What do Lt. Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels and private investigator Nicholas Colt have in common? Billiards, bourbon, bad jokes… And murder. Several, in fact. A homeless woman’s remains are found near Chicago twenty-six years after she disappeared. Her daughter—now retired in Florida—suspects foul play, and she hires Colt to fly up there and check it out. A prominent Chicago physician is slain outside a convenience store, horribly mutilated. A senseless street killing? A…
 
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    Catherine, Caffeinated

  • Attention Women Writers: Meet the #WoMentoring Project!

    catherineryanhoward
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:12 am
    Today I’m honored to help introduce something very exciting, timely and worthwhile: The WoMentoring Project!  The Wo-what now? The WoMentoring Project exists to offer free mentoring by professional literary women to up and coming female writers who would otherwise find it difficult to access similar opportunities. The mission of The WoMentoring Project is simply to introduce successful literary women to other women writers at the beginning of their careers who would benefit from some insight, knowledge and support. The hope is that we’ll see new, talented and diverse female voices…
  • Sunday Coffee Reads | Apr 6

    catherineryanhoward
    6 Apr 2014 | 4:51 am
    Welcome to Sunday Coffee Reads which, if you’re not familiar, is my occasional sharing of the most interesting thoughts and links to things I’ve come across on Twitter and marked as favourites to read later, later being Sunday morning when I’ve the first of many cups of coffee in hand… I’ve actually been out of the office (read: away from the desk in my living room) for the past week, as Andrea Summers was here and I took her on a very rainy trip around Ireland. Well, a few bits of it anyway. Highlights were breakfast with a view at the Lake Hotel in…
  • Writer/Blogger? You May Need a Contact Page Intervention

    catherineryanhoward
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:53 am
    It may be news to you but for the last year and a half or so, I’ve been doing some freelance social media work for a publishing house, helping promote other authors’ books online. As my goal is essentially to connect readers with books I believe they’ll like, a lot of my time is spent trawling through the magical interweb looking for book blogs. They’re easy enough to find. But it’s not always easy to find what I need when I get there: a way to contact the blogger in private. It’s a particularly bad day when the coffee machine is still brewing and the…
  • Sunday Coffee Reads | Mar 23

    catherineryanhoward
    23 Mar 2014 | 6:48 am
    Welcome to Sunday Coffee Reads which, if you’re not familiar, is my occasional sharing of the most interesting thoughts and links to things I’ve come across on Twitter and marked as favourites to read later, later being Sunday morning when I’ve the first of many cups of coffee in hand… So, behold! This week’s tweets: 50+ Better Questions To Ask Than How To Be More Productive http://t.co/BD6LET4c2p via @CharlieGilkey — Joanna Penn (@thecreativepenn) March 23, 2014 Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on. LOUIS…
  • The Blog Tour: What, Why and How I Write

    catherineryanhoward
    17 Mar 2014 | 4:35 am
    This morning I am contributing a stop to The Blog Tour: What, Why and How I Write, this on-going blogging and writing thingy where each blogger answers four questions about their writing, tags three victims and runs away screaming, ‘You’re it!’ Normally I avoid such things because they have a tendency to get out of hand quickly (‘I just nominated for you for this award – now all you need to do is make a list of 53 bloggers you love and get each of them to nominate 87 other bloggers…’ etc. etc.) but Jason Arnopp (a) asked me before he tagged me and (b)…
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    BookBaby Blog

  • To plan out your book or not to plan out your book…There is no question

    BookBaby
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    [This post was written by guest contributor Nina Amir, author of How to Blog a Book and The Author Training Manual.] An ongoing debate exists in the writing world about whether or not to plan out a book prior to typing that first word. The “mappers” or “planners” say, “Plan it out! It’s more effective!” The “pantsers,”on the other hand, say, “Write by the seat of your pants! It’s more creative.” I tend to be a pantser. Sometimes you can write a book “off the top of your head” or when inspiration hits and have the content make sense and the story turn out…
  • Enough is enough: how to know when you’re done revising your manuscript

    Chris Robley
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:05 am
    There’s that famous adage about the novelist never being able to finish a book, only abandon it to the public. Sometimes it’s hard to know when you’re really done writing and revising your book, story, or poem. You could easily tweak your manuscript forever, draft after draft, and still end up asking yourself every time, “is this version any better than the last?” It can be one of those things: the tighter you grip, the more it slips away. You lose perspective, and by then you’ve traveled so far from the original idea that you can’t even tell if you…
  • What will you do when your eBook sales slow down?

    Chris Robley
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:48 am
    Survey says: print books are here to stay According to a recent study called ”The Evolution of the Book Industry: Implications for U.S. Book Manufacturers and Printers,” almost 70% of book buyers say they are likely to continue purchasing printed books through 2016. Perhaps more shocking was the finding that 60% of all eBooks that are downloaded in the United States are NEVER read. Why the fierce loyalty to printed books? Oh, the usual reasons: a “sensory attachment” (as eContent calls it) to the physical item, the desire to place the book on a bookshelf, and the fact…
  • Creating and publishing a cookbook that sells

    Chris Robley
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:38 pm
    An interview with Paul McCullough and Jeremy Stanford We spend lots of time on this blog talking about how to promote and sell eBooks. But we also like to provide tips on how to sell physical books too! And who better to ask for advice on this topic than successful independent authors who have returned to BookBaby for multiple printings of their book. They’re obviously doing something right, right? So I recently asked chef Paul McCullough (of the popular boutique catering company Paul’s Kitchen) and director/producer Jeremy Stanford about their collaboration on a cookbook called…
  • BookBaby not affected by Heartbleed

    Chris Robley
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    You may have heard a lot over the past week about a newly-discovered internet security bug called Heartbleed. Our IT staff has been keeping track of the Heartbleed flaw since news first broke in security forums, and we wanted to let you know that BookBaby was not affected by this bug. Our systems remain secure and your data, including your financial and login information, is safe. That being said, this IS a serious bug. While all BookBaby sites are secure, many other sites on the Internet were impacted — and some are still working to make their sites safe. So we think it’s a good…
 
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    Self-Publishing Review

  • Review: The Brain Within Its Groove by L.N. Nino

    James Grimsby
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
    The Brain Within Its Groove is a novella by L.N. Nino inspired by the poem of the same name by Emily Dickinson.
  • Review: Searching For Paradise by Gerard Marconi

    Cate Baum
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Cate Baum, editor of SPR reviews SPR Awards Shorts winner Searching For Paradise by Gerard Marconi.
  • Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Review

    Mick Rooney
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) has established itself as the single most recognisable DIY self-publishing platform for authors wanting to publish their books in e-book. Amazon launched Kindle Direct Publishing back in 2007 in beta form and pitched it initially to ‘publishers’ via marketing emails. Amazon had also just launched the first Kindle e-reader hardware—a basic ...
  • Interview with SPR Awards Non-Fiction Winner Christine Osborne

    Cate Baum
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:25 am
    SPR talks to author Christine Osborne, SPR Awards Winner for Non-Fiction about her book, Travels With My Hat. Tell us about your winning entry to the SPR Awards. Travels with My Hat is about my adventures and misadventures as a solo woman writer and photographer working in the Arab world. How did you come to ...
  • Getting Listed in the Edelweiss Database

    Henry Baum
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am
    One of the biggest challenges for self-published authors is getting a book into bookstores, libraries, and in the hands of top reviewers. Traditional publishers certainly have the leg up in this area, and they’re using a service called Edelweiss. Here’s a good overview at Book Riot about what Edelweiss does. Basically, it sorts books out ...
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    The Book Designer

  • This Week in the Blogs, April 12 – 18, 2014

    Joel Friedlander
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    Spring has sprung, and I hope some of the natural beauty of the season is distracting you from the seemingly endless hours we spend staring at screens. Go outside, breath that fresh air, enjoy your family. And this weekend, when you’re looking for a quiet spot and some downtime, check out these articles, you’re sure to find something to help you pass the time. Kristen Lamb on Kristen Lamb’s Blog Social Media, Book Signings & Why Neither Directly Impact Overall Sales “One of my AWESOME on-line pals posted something troublesome on my Facebook page. Apparently there…
  • Why Ebook Authors Need to Embrace New Technologies

    Joel Friedlander
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    By Jason Matthews “Knowing what you know now…” I work with new writers online and at events. They ask a myriad of smart questions including this one: how would you publish differently if you did it all over again? As the saying goes, hindsight is 20-20. I’d do dozens of things differently than the blind assault to digital publishing I debuted with. But that’s true for most authors. This industry has evolved so much in just a few short years; even the “experts” have had to learn the ropes on the fly. You’ve probably heard most of the common answers that follow I wish I had:…
  • e-Book Cover Design Awards, March 2014

    Joel Friedlander
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    Welcome to the e-Book Cover Design Awards. This edition is for submissions during March, 2014. This month we received: 85 covers in the Fiction category 16 covers in the Nonfiction category Comments, Award Winners, and Gold Stars I’ve added comments (JF: ) to many of the entries, but not all. Remember that the aim of these posts is educational, and by submitting you are inviting comments, commendations, and constructive criticism. Thanks to everyone who participated. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. Please leave a comment to let me know which are your favorites or, if you disagree,…
 
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    The Future of Ink

  • How To Market Your Book To The Locals – Four Secrets

    Kristen Eckstein
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Send to Kindleby Kristen Eckstein While the internet is a huge place that allows us to connect with audiences all over the world, we shouldn’t neglect our own backyards. It’s easy to focus your marketing strategy only online, however local marketing can go a long way toward preparing you for interviews, giving you media exposure, and helping you gain practical experience you can use to properly position yourself as a successful author. Here are four secrets to market your book to your local target market in your own backyard: Secret #1: Contact local organizations Find out what local…
  • How To Start Your Own Publishing Company – 10 Essential Steps

    Shelley Hitz
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Send to Kindleby Shelley Hitz Disclaimer:  This blog post is for informational purposes only.  I am not a lawyer or accountant and am not giving legal advice.  Consult with a tax professional and lawyer before making decisions regarding your business.  As an author, have you considered starting your own publishing company?  Many self-published authors are now choosing this option.  In fact, this is what my husband CJ and I have done.  We started Body and Soul Publishing in 2012 and haven’t looked back yet. Three Reasons to Start an Independent Publishing Company 1)    It looks…
  • The 5 Qualities You Need To Successfully Self-Publish Your Book

    Nina Amir
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Send to Kindleby Nina Amir You can find lots of articles and guides on how to write and self-publish a book. Beyond the advice on promoting your book, including so-called bestseller campaigns, you’ll find less information on how to succeed as a self-published author. Here’s the truth of the matter: Achieving the status of “successful self-published author,” no matter how you publish, comes down to attitude. In fact, the majority of successful people in any industry will tell you their attitude helped them achieve their goals. You Need an Author Attitude If you want to become a…
  • 7 Tools to Create Killer Headlines

    Joan Stewart
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Send to Kindleby Joan Stewart On average, 8 of 10 people never make it past your headline or title. That’s because headlines are usually an afterthought–slapped onto an article, a press release or a blog post after you’ve  spent an hour or two painstakingly writing it, rewriting, proofreading and correcting errors. By the time you’re done with all that, you’re exhausted. So you write the first headline thing that comes to mind. In my work as a publicity expert, a writing coach a former newspaper editor, I’ve identified five major problems with headlines…
  • How to Research Keywords to Help you Create the Perfect Book

    Penny Sansevieri
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Send to Kindleby Penny Sansevieri Last month we talked about how to create bestselling book ideas and use keywords to help identify the right market, focus, and direction for your book. Now, let’s dig a bit deeper into this whole topic of keywords and focus on the strategy for identifying the exact right words for your market. Just about everything we’ll talk about in regards to social media these days comes down to using the right keywords. But the topic of keywords actually goes deeper than that. Keywords affect all areas of promotion: from creating the right copy on your website, to…
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    The Passive Voice - Latest Updates

  • The Yellow Light Reversion Clause or A Minimum Wage for Authors

    Passive Guy
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    From Hugh Howey:The economics of book publishing have shifted and will never be the same. Both the physical book, with print-on-demand, and the e-bo0k, with its infinite supply, have created a world where the written word is forever available for commercial transaction. Hundreds of years from now, anything written today will still be available for sale. At that point, of course, the works will be in the public domain. But what to do until then?The current book contract in all its lovely boilerplate no longer makes sense in light of a work’s permanence. Such contracts are an outdated…
  • What’s Barnes & Noble’s Survival Plan?

    Passive Guy
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    From The Wall Street Journal:In mid-January, Daniel Fidler worked his final day at what was Barnes & Noble Inc. ‘s store in Chestnut Hill, Mass., putting in a few extra weeks stripping out books and bookcases after the store closed at the end of the year.“I was depressed but I kept a smile on my face because I didn’t want to think about what would happen,” said the 24-year-old, who is still looking for a new job. “We had a party at a restaurant, and everybody who left came back, but it was bittersweet.”Barnes & Noble is making its last stand in…
  • In the Spring

    Passive Guy
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.Mark TwainClick to Tweet/Email/Share This Post
  • “The Periodic Table of Storytelling” Reveals the Elements of Telling a Good Story

    Passive Guy
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    From Open Culture:Dmitri Mendeleev might have designed the original periodic table – a graphic representation of all the basic building blocks of the universe – but artist James Harris has done something way cool with that template — the Periodic Table of Storytelling.That’s right. Harris has taken all the tropes, archetypes and clichés found in movies (not to mention TV, comic books, literature, video and even professional wrestling) and synthesized them into an elegantly realized chart. Instead of grouping the elements by noble gases or metals, Harris has organized them by…
  • From Moby Dick to The Great Gatsby: Classic Lit Dishes Brought to Life

    Passive Guy
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    From The Daily Beast:There is nothing like reading a description of a meal that is so vivid you can almost taste it. For one photographer, imaging the iconic delights wasn’t enough. For a design project that turned into a book, Fictitious Dishes, Dinah Fried decided to create and photograph the food described in her favorite books. After some epic cooking challenges, she landed with 50 dishes ranging from the classic to the modern.Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll, 1865The table was a large one, but the three were all croded together at one corner of it:“No…
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    The Digital Reader

  • Lawsuit Alleges Amazon is Rigging Prices to Cover Shipping Costs

    Nate Hoffelder
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:16 am
    A lawsuit has been winding its way through the courts over the past couple months,  but it hasn’t gotten much attention in the press yet. A group of consumers in Washington state are suing because sometimes the “free shipping” price Amazon offers to Prime members is more expensive than prices offered by 3rd-party sellers: The argument is pretty straight forward. Amazon customers pay $79 a year for Amazon Prime, which gives members free two-day shipping on Prime-Eligible products. Amazon is being accused of encouraging vendors, who use Amazon to ship its items (referred to…
  • Tesco is Now a Larger Tablet Maker Than RIM

    Nate Hoffelder
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    When the UK retailer Tesco announced their Hudl tablet last September, no one really knew what to expect. This tablet cost £119, which was not a bad price for a 7″ tablet which ran Android 4.2.2 on a quad-core 1.5GHz Rockchip CPU with 16GB Flash, 1GB RAM, and a decent screen resolution (1440 x 900). The Hudl was fairly popular with reviewers, and now we know that it is seeing some success with British consumers. Tesco recently announced that they have sold 500,000 tablets since September. Based on the latest estimates from Gartner, this means Tesco is a bigger tablet maker than…
  • Now that Amazon Owns Comixology , What Will Happen To Submit?

    Nate Hoffelder
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:04 pm
    It’s been a week since Amazon announced that they were acquiring Comixology , and the surprise deal has left many questions unanswered, including what Amazon plans to do with Submit. Comixology launched their self-pub platform and/or publishing imprint in March 2013, and over the following year 1,000 titles were accepted for sale. But now that Comixology is owned by Amazon, it would seem that Submit is redundant. After all, Amazon owns a comics imprint (Jet City Comics launched in July 2013) and a self-pub platform (KDP), so there is little reason to keep Submit around. Or is there? At…
  • The Sony PSP is the Sony Reader that Almost was

    Nate Hoffelder
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:06 pm
    In closing the NA branch of the Sony Reader Store this month, Sony is showing every sign of getting out of a market where they were a pioneer. Anyone who knows their ebook history can tell you that Sony was one of the companies to lead the second wave of ereaders. They released the Sony Librie in Japan in 2004 and the Sony Reader in the US in 2006, briefly putting Sony one step ahead of Amazon. But as groundbreaking as the devices were, the Sony Librie and the Sony Reader weren’t the sum of Sony’s ebook projects. There was of course the Data Discman, a line of portable reading…
  • B&N is Considering Smaller Stores

    Nate Hoffelder
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:14 am
    Following a bad holiday season and poor fiscal year, Barnes & Noble Chair Len Riggio gave an interview to the WSJ earlier this month concerning B&N’s future plans. The company is still casting about for a solution to their predicament. In January of last year they announced plans to shrink for the next decade by closing 20 stores a year, but now that Riggio has replaced Lynch as head of Barnes & Noble it would seem that they are going to try for stores with smaller footprints. WSJ: Will we see a smaller, 15,000-square foot Barnes & Noble bookstore one day? Mr. Riggio:…
 
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    The Independent Publishing Magazine

  • Former Bewrite Founder and Editor Neil Marr Has Died (1949-2014)

    Mick Rooney
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:16 am
    1949-2014It's with great sadness that TIPM reports Neil Marr has died. Neil began his writing career as a journalist, founded Bewrite Books as an editor and publisher, and was a much respected light in recent years in the self-publishing community. Many authors within the UK will be very familiar with Neil and his constant energy and enthusiasm to support and encourage writers.Read More>>>The Independent Publishing Magazine | TIPM Media
  • The Global eBook Report | Spring 2014 Edition

    Mick Rooney
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:34 am
    Getting concrete and accurate data on e-books and the digital marketplace in the book industry can be a precarious business. Bowker and Nielsen both provide regular data to the industry but their can often miss the full global picture if certain sales channels are omitted or the data is correlated solely from books published with an ISBN. For example, Amazon are notorious for not sharing book sales data unless you are an author or publisher client. Even then, it's your data, no one else. Similarly, with so many self-publishing platforms out there facilitating authors to…
  • Publishing Service Index | April 2014

    Mick Rooney
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:48 am
    This is the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for April 2014. This update reflects some review updates and author feedback over the past 4 to 5 weeks. CreateSpace and Amazon KDP swap places at the top and Bookbaby enters the index for the first time at 17th. You can see our TIPM review of Bookbaby here.IngramSpark continues to make up some ground after its launch last summer, rising to 4th place.TIPM continues to receive regular feedback on services through comments under our reviews, via our TIPM Facebook page, and directly to us. Your comments are always welcome and every comment and experience…
  • Warning About Using AuthorOffer.com For Kindle Promotion

    Mick Rooney
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:25 pm
    There are growing concerns in the author-publishing community about the operation, activities and claims made by AuthorOffer.com over the past month. The website was registered and set-up in December 2013 and offers authors and small publishers the opportunity to “offer your Kindle Books to our 635,148 hungry readers, and get up to 24,350+ free downloads or 3390+ purchases for your book.” The offer comes with a fee of $119 to $ $599, depending on which category (genre) and promotional package is selected. So how does AuthorOffer.com help authors to promote and increase sales of their…
  • International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Shortlist Announced

    Mick Rooney
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:04 am
    The ten books to make the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award were announced shortly after midnight last night. This award is one of the richest in the literary world and books are nominated by libraries in 39 different countries.Read More>>>The Independent Publishing Magazine | TIPM Media
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    The Creative Penn

  • Using Kickstarter For Graphic Novels With Ben Galley

    Joanna Penn
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:51 pm
    Kickstarter is a fantastic place for creatives to find funding, but you do need to use it for the right projects and understand how it works. In this interview, I talk to Ben Galley about his graphic novel adaptation Kickstarter campaign, as well as his tips for getting the funding right, attracting backers and more. Full transcription below the video, or you can watch it on YouTube here. Ben Galley Interview Transcription Joanna: Hi, everyone, I’m Joanna Penn from TheCreativePenn.com and today I’m here with Ben Galley. Welcome, Ben! Ben: Hi there, Jo, how are you doing? Joanna: I’m…
  • Why Indie Authors Need A Team

    Joanna Penn
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:10 pm
    People often ask me about how to be a successful indie author, or what’s the best way of marketing. I seem to be replying in the same vein every time these days – it’s all about collaboration and about personal relationships. I have a team of people I work with in my business. I have editors, a cover designer, an interior book designer, a graphic artist, a transcriber, a book-keeper, outsourced contractors for specific projects, a creative mentor, a community of twitter & blog friends and many more. Without these, I would not be able to do what I do. This is also why I…
  • Lessons Learned From A Game Changing London Book Fair 2014

    Joanna Penn
    12 Apr 2014 | 11:20 pm
    The last few days at London Book Fair have been mind-blowing for me. I feel this is a tipping point in my own author journey, and in this post I share with you what I have learned. (1) Ambitious authors can achieve 7 figure success as indies This week I experienced the Indie Bestseller group of authors, made up of Bella Andre, Hugh Howey, Jasinda Wilder, Barbara Freethy, Liliana Hart, Candice Hern and Stephanie Bond, all of whom are incredibly successful as indie authors, both in terms of hitting the big lists, satisfying readers, and making a very good living. I say ‘experienced’…
  • No More Excuses About Writing. Fire The Muse And Go To Work.

    Joanna Penn
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:07 pm
    At Harrogate Crime Festival last year, I heard Lee Child being interviewed on his incredibly successful Jack Reacher series. When asked about his writing process, Lee mentioned being like a trucker. A trucker doesn’t get up in the morning and wonder whether or not to get in the truck and do his job. He just does, and off he drives. So, Lee said, he just gets in his version of the truck and writes. It’s a job, just do it. This workman attitude also resonates through Steven Pressfield’s book ‘Turning Pro,’ which sits on my desk and which I re-read every new year.
  • Writing Fiction: 5 Lessons From Game Of Thrones

    Joanna Penn
    7 Apr 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Game of Thrones fever is at its peak as Season 4 finally hits the screens. We haven’t had a TV for years now, but in the last few months, we’ve watched the whole series, glued to the drama of Westeros and the battle for the Iron Throne. As a viewer, I have been addicted to the story, and as a writer, I bow my head to a master story creator and world builder. It must be the ambition of every creative to see their work loved as widely as Game of Thrones now is. The adaptation to screen is fantastic, creating new fans outside the realms of the fantasy genre and drawing more into the…
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    GalleyCat

  • Dominique Ansel Celebrates Cookbook With Cronut Giveaways

    Maryann Yin
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Who doesn’t love free treats? Famed pastry chef Dominique Ansel is celebrating his forthcoming book, Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes, by giving away free cronuts and cookie shots in New York City. Simon & Schuster has scheduled an official release date for the book on October 28, 2014. According to Time Out New York, the giveaways will end at 5:30 p.m. today. Ansel has been revealing the locations of these giveaways via instagram and Twitter. So far, he and his team has been sighted at Washington Square Park, Union Square, Chinatown, and the Flatiron district. New Career…
  • Samsung & Amazon Team on New eBook Club

    Dianna Dilworth
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:39 am
    Samsung has partnered with Amazon on a new Kindle app for its line of Galaxy devices. Like other Kindle apps, Kindle for Samsung, allows users to purchase and read eBooks and periodicals from Amazon. In addition, the two companies have launched a free book service called Samsung Book Deals, which is only accessible through the app. Samsung customers that download the app can choose one free eBook a month from Amazon for a year with their Samsung account. New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
  • Photo Book Recreates Classic Meals From Literature

    Dianna Dilworth
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
    Have you ever found yourself salivating while reading about meals in a book? Graphic designer Dinah Fried will take your hunger to the next level. She has created a photo book of meals featured in classic literature called Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature’s Most Memorable Meals which just came out on Harper Collins. The book includes fifty photos of meals photographs from books ranging from The Secret Garden to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Check it out: Showcasing famous meals including the madcap tea party from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the watery gruel…
  • Jot Down Writing Ideas With Six Word’s New iPhone App

    Dianna Dilworth
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:21 am
    You are walking down the street and have a great idea, but as soon as you get back to your computer it’s gone. All writers have experienced it. Larry Smith, the founder of the storytelling community SMITH Magazine, home of Six-Word Memoirs, has created  an iPhone app to help solve this challenge. Six Words is designed to help you quickly write down ideas in six words. Users can write six words on any topic and include a photo to help keep track of their ideas on-the-go. There is a social component as well, for users that want to engage their ideas with the community. Writers can…
  • Netflix Releases Trailer For ‘Orange is the New Black’ Season 2

    Maryann Yin
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    Netflix has released the trailer for the second season of Orange is the New Black. The video embedded above features scenes with Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman, Kate Mulgrew as Galina “Red” Reznikov, and Uzo Aduba as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren. Follow this link to hear the cast describe the forthcoming season in three words. According to Time, “the series premiered to critical acclaim last summer, and though Netflix does not release its audience data, it was rumored to have outpaced Netflix’s other popular originals, including House of Cards and…
 
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    Packt Publishing | Feed

  • Take advantage of the real power of CMIS with Packt's new book and eBook

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:05 am
    About the author:Martin Bergljung is a Principal ECM Architect at Ixxus, a UK Platinum Alfresco partner. He has over 25 years of experience in the IT sector, where he has worked with the Java platform since 1997. Martin began working with Alfresco in 2007, developing an e-mail management extension for Alfresco called OpsMailmanager. In 2009, he started working on Alfresco consulting projects, and has worked with customers such as Pearson, World Wildlife Fund, International Financial Data Services, the NHS, VHI Healthcare, Virgin Money, Unibet, BPN Paribas, University of Westminster, Aker…
  • Learn about advanced PrimeFaces extensions using Packt’s new book and eBook

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:51 pm
    About the author: Sudheer Jonna is working as a software engineer in Chennai, India. He has completed his Master's degree in Computer Applications from JNTU University. For the last 3 years, he has worked on providing architectural designs and built various web applications based on Struts, JSF, Spring, jQuery, and JPA technologies. He is an experienced JSF and PrimeFaces expert. He has been working with the PrimeFaces component library since 2011. Sudheer shares his knowledge through GitHub (https://github.com/sudheerj). You can follow him on Twitter (@SudheerJonna) and contact him at…
  • Introduction to Veeam® Backup & Replication for VMware

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:51 am
  • Learn to manage and operate Citrix Provisioning Services using Packt’s new eBook

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:34 am
  • Explore features of LabVIEW using Packt’s new book and eBook

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:21 am
    About the author: During his career, Yik Yang has worked on automation projects that used CompactDAQ, PXI, FPGA, and so on in LabVIEW. He has also spent a lot of time with Lean Six Sigma and statistical analysis with JMP. He is a certified Professional Engineer (PE) in North Carolina and a Certified LabVIEW Developer (CLD).
 
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    Self Publishing Advisor

  • Friday Conversations With A Self-Publishing Writer 4/18/14

    selfpublishingadvisor
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING When meeting someone new—and hoping to establish a friendship—there are two topics of conversation that most people stay clear of: Politics and Religion.  Thank goodness, writers have no such boundary!  As of this blog entry, I have not yet had the pleasure of working with an author in the genre of World and/or National Politics.  However, I am very blessed to say that my life has been enriched by working with authors from the mission field, from pastors to world evangelists and prophets to next door neighbors who write about the legacy of their faith walk. …
  • Weekly Self-Published Book Review: The Secret of Cancer & AIDS

    selfpublishingadvisor
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Book reviews are a great way for self-publishing authors to gain exposure. After all, how can someone buy your book if he or she doesn’t know it exists? Paired with other elements of your book promotion strategy, requesting reviews is a great way to get people talking about what you’ve written. When we read good reviews, we definitely like to share them. It gives the author a few (permanent) moments of fame and allows us to let the community know about a great book. Here’s this week’s book review by Midwest Book Review: The Secret of Cancer & AIDS Jason McKenna Publisher:…
  • 4 Reasons to Self-Publish This Easter

    Kelly Schuknecht
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Holidays can be an excellent source of motivation and inspiration, and many great books center around a specific holiday. Here are four reasons you should self-publish this Easter. 1. Children’s Books Holiday themed books are especially popular among children’s book authors because teachers, parents, and kids love to read books related to what children are experiencing at that time. Perhaps you could write a book Sunday school teachers could use to teach kids about Easter, or you could create a funny bunny story that plays with alliterations, metaphors, and other writing…
  • Self-Publishing Week in Review: 4/15/14

    selfpublishingadvisor
    15 Apr 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. Amazon’s Vision for the Future of Self-Publishing This article discusses Jon Fine’s, director of author and publishing relations at Amazon, vision of the future of…
  • How Self-Publishing Authors Can Celebrate Earth Day

    Jodee Thayer
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    In honor of Earth Day next week, many of you may be looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Self-publishing authors can help keep our planet clean, beautiful, and healthy by offering their readers an ebook version of their book. Here are a few reasons why self-publishing an ebook is a great idea. Obviously, ebooks equal paperless, and less paper equals more trees. More trees equal a healthier, more beautiful environment. E-readers, such as the Kindle and Nook, are becoming increasingly popular, so more and more readers are looking for ebooks. Offering an ebook increases the…
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    The Book Deal

  • 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”.
  • Staying connected: You’re not alone

    Alan Rinzler
    26 Jan 2014 | 10:23 pm
    When you’re writing in the zone, you feel confident and creative, ready for prime time, readers, agents, and publishers, right? But it doesn’t always come that easily.  When writers get stuck, those good feelings can drop away quickly. A lonely occupation Writing is a solitary business for the most part, with hours spent alone, day after day. You zip forward, then maybe you stall, so you start over, you revise, revise again… It’s not easy. It can take years to write a book you’re proud of. Feelings of isolation and self-doubt are occasionally part of the bargain for any…
  • Prequels build buzz!

    Alan Rinzler
    16 Dec 2013 | 10:41 am
    Have you heard what some savvy authors are doing to build excitement and attract readers to their upcoming books? They’re writing prequels: tantalizing teasers in short story form that preview the key characters and settings of an upcoming novel. Some prequels predate or provide backstories for the longer books to come. Others are like outtakes from the novel, standalone narratives that add to our knowledge of the characters but don’t appear in the books themselves. Prequels provide readers with the flavor and quality of the forthcoming book in a way that makes them yearn to read more.
  • Too much vertical space in your manuscript?

    Alan Rinzler
    25 Nov 2013 | 4:03 pm
    In filmmaking, vertical space is shorthand for script pages with lots of white and not a lot of words. For scriptwriters it’s the rule. A script has dialogue, brief notes for action on the screen and not much else. It makes for quick reading and ensures a kind of textual scarcity that directors consider a virtue, since in the movie business, directors, not screenwriters, are the storytellers. They’re the ones who bring the action, dialogue, sound, light, color, and music together into a coherent narrative. For a book author, however, a lot of vertical space is usually a sign of trouble.
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    BadRedhead Media

  • 10 Steps To The Best Cover For Your Book by guest @Mal_Rock

    Kate Tilton
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    The subject of book covers is a hot one, especially in the indie publishing world. All the time I hear arguments like: People should give all  books a fair chance… Just because an author can’t afford a professionally designed cover, doesn’t mean the book is bad.. The cover makes perfect sense to me and I love it, so my readers will too… The problem is, people DO judge books by their covers. They WON’T usually give a book with a poorly designed cover a chance. Your  cover is the face of your work, so if the cover isn’t good or is all wrong for your target audience, potential…
  • The 5 Biggest Risks I’ve Taken As An Author

    Kate Tilton
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Post originally published on Jessica Bell’s The Alliterative Allomorph. Reposted with permission. Written by Rachel Thompson. I’ve written a lot of blog posts. A lot. A lot, a lot. Yet, nobody has ever asked me before what the five biggest risks I’ve taken as an author are, til now. So thank you Jessica for the opportunity to write for you and for making me dig deep. Let’s deconstruct. 1)   Telling my real story.  I started blogging in 2007-ish, and mostly it was a way to connect with family and friends far and wide.
  • #MondayBlogs Giveaway

    Kate Tilton
    24 Mar 2014 | 11:46 am
    Since being created in 2012 by Rachel Thompson, #MondayBlogs has become amazing success and it is because of all of you that we can say that with a lot of pride and a big ol’ smile! As a thank you to all you wonderful #MondayBlog tweeps, we have a little announcement we’d like to make… Who’s ready for a contest? An ongoing, monthly contest? What if I told you the prize is more exposure for you and your blog? And it won’t cost you anything more than a bit of your time? Interested? Well, how would you like to be the Featured MondayBlogger? Wait, what’s that even mean, you ask? Each…
  • HopeLine Recycle Program Provides Hope For More than the Environment by Karen Ogden

    Kate Tilton
    21 Mar 2014 | 11:45 am
    Today please welcome Karen of the HopeLine program from Verizon. Rachel has teamed up with the HopeLine program which connects survivors of domestic violence to vital resources, funds organizations nationwide and protects the environment. Read below to learn more about how you can help.  After upgrading my last phone I was left wondering what to do with my old one. Since it still worked, I thought I might send it to one of those places that run TV ads saying they’ll buy your used electronics. But to be honest, it sounded like the few bucks I would get wouldn’t even be worth the…
  • How to Get Your Book Banned – Q & A with guest @moha_doha

    Kate Tilton
    13 Mar 2014 | 8:13 am
    Image courtesy of dan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Today I am honored to have MohaDoha on the blog today to talk about how her book was banned. Here is her story:    1. So your book is banned…what does that mean? Every book that’s sold in most Middle Eastern countries needs to pass the censor’s approval. Usually this means that it has no sex, atheism, or politics. If it does, then the censor can decline the book, meaning no bookshop in the country can sell it. This applies also to films which are edited for content. Wolf of Wall Street was 40 minutes shorter here and in…
 
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    Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

  • Why you need to experiment with content sponsorship

    Joe Wikert
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:02 am
    Every type of content is facing downward pricing pressure. Free online news has disrupted the newspaper industry. Free article-length content has impacted the magazine model. Free and cheap ebooks have completely upended the book publishing world. It’s time for publishers... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The best time NOT to self-publish is…..(never)

    Joe Wikert
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:52 am
    There are so many op-eds these days on when or if to self-publish but more so, features on the inferiority of self-published works just by virtue of fact they are self-published. This premise is applied even if the self-publishing author... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 important questions about content reuse

    Joe Wikert
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    For many years publishers created content, used it once and never considered its value beyond that initial use. Some publishers created remixes in the print-only era but everyone needs to explore content reuse in the digital age. At its heart,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What if digital preceded print?

    Joe Wikert
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:40 am
    As the saying goes, “when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” I believe that’s the state of the digital content industry and it’s all because print preceded digital. When you look at a digital newspaper,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Airplanes as storefronts

    Joe Wikert
    24 Mar 2014 | 6:16 am
    Have you seen the “Seat Monitors” ad by Southwest Airlines? They recognize the fact that most travelers already have a laptop or tablet with them, so why install all those expensive (and heavy) seat back video screens? United Airlines is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Slushpile

  • Conservative Book Publishing on the Wane, So Cruz Gets $1.5M

    scott
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Little more than two weeks after a widely circulated article on the fading of a genre, “Killing Conservative Books: The Shocking End of a Publishing Gold Rush that discussed “the gutting of the conservative book market” and that too many books and too many publishers “made the economics of their genre much tougher, with an ever-increasing number of books competing for an audience that hasn’t grown much since the ’90s”, came news that Texas Senator Ted Cruz agreed to a $1.5 million dollar advance from HarperCollins. [Disclaimer: Different imprints of…
  • Plan Your Trip by The Kentucky Barbecue Book

    scott
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:02 am
    The Food Network and other outlets churn out insufferable amounts of coverage devoted to barbecue in Texas, North Carolina, and Kansas City. With good reason, admittedly. Like anything, there are places where people simply do things right. And those locales should be celebrated and honored. But by falling back on these old faithful locations time and time again (I mean, do we really need another peek at the Salt Lick in Austin, no matter how great the place is?), we miss the opportunity to explore lesser-known, but equally vibrant cultures of cooking. For me, that oversight was rectified this…
  • Sometimes, Ya Just Gotta Write a Shitty Line

    scott
    12 Mar 2014 | 8:32 am
    We write poor lines because of rushed deadlines, screaming babies in the background, hangovers, and just general human fallibility. Other times, we write poor lines because we have to, because even though they may sound off or awkward, they are, technically, accurate. Such is the case with this Scientific American article republished on Salon.com. The article states several times that systems didn’t fail air traffic control and oversight in the case of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 because ” the plane’s location was known before it disappeared.” No criticism for the…
  • Noted Author McGinniss Dies

    scott
    11 Mar 2014 | 5:41 am
    The New York Times is reporting that noted reporter and author Joe McGinniss has passed away at 71. McGinniss was the author of The Selling of the President and Fatal Vision. Personally, I was originally introduced to McGinniss’ work because of the role he played in jumpstarting the career of Bret Easton Ellis. Decades later, I also immensely enjoyed The Deliveryman by McGinniss’ son Joe Jr. Sad loss. Our Slushpile thoughts go out to the family.
  • Women in Metal Book Published

    scott
    11 Mar 2014 | 1:31 am
    In my on-going quest to document all the tons of hard rock and heavy metal related books that are published these days, I thought I’d mention this new one. Beyond just an attention-grabbing title, Not Just Tits in a Corset: Celebrating Women in Metal by Jill Hughes Kirtland examines Lita Ford, Doro Pesch, Roxy Petrucci and many other female headbangers in their struggle to perform in a male-dominated genre.
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    The Thingology Blog

  • Come Learn PHP at ALA 2014

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

    KJ
    10 Mar 2014 | 7:04 am
    We are pleased to have added a new feature to our wildly popular LibraryThing for Libraries product, Book Display Widgets: Book Details. Book Display Widgets let you create virtual book displays to show off collections on your library’s website, Facebook page, LibGuides, and more. Clicking a cover image brings you directly into the catalog to that item’s record. Our new feature lets you include a bit more information about each title, before the jump into the catalog. In addition to the title and author of an item, you can now choose to include publication date, summaries, and…
  • New Book Display Widget Features: Custom Covers and UPC/ISSN Data-Sources

    KJ
    3 Dec 2013 | 6:50 am
    We are very pleased to announce two new changes to our popular Book Display Widgets product which we think will help libraries of all kinds show off more of their collections! Custom Covers Responding to several requests, we have added the ability to use your own cover source in Book Display Widgets. If you have a specialized collection or some unusual titles, now you can supplement our default cover service with your own covers. Go from this: To this: For more information on how to use Custom Covers in Book Display Widgets, you can see the instructions here or check out our quick how-to…
  • The LibraryThing Conference-Pen Olympics

    Tim
    22 Oct 2013 | 10:20 am
    The New England Library Association (NELA) has come to a close. The final event–not publicized in official documents–was the LibraryThing Conference-Pen Olympics, consisting of Tim taking (sometimes stealing) pens from all the exhibitors and taking them back to the LibraryThing office for a test drive. As regular conference-goers know everyone has pens, but not all pens are created equal. NELA was a low-pen-quality event—no Pilot Precise V5 Rolling balls, no “Wavy Clip Pens.” But some were better than others. The Competitors The Judging Judges evaluated feel, stroke…
  • NELA and a Hometown LibraryThing Party!

    Tim
    15 Oct 2013 | 10:46 am
    This weekend NELA (New England Library Association) comes to Portland, Maine, for three days of exhibits and talks. We’ll be exhibiting, of course, showing off LibraryThing for Libraries, Book Display Widgets and our other products to librarians around New England. Come visit it at booth 702. LibraryThing Hometown Party! And we’ll be partying! For Portland, Maine is also home to LibraryThing, and “Castle LibraryThing” (okay, Tim’s house and LT’s office) is just a few blocks down the street from the Conference Hotel. We’re not likely to see another…
 
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    Beyond the Book

  • Royalties For Art Resale Adds to Copyright Debate

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    In March, US Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ed Markey and Congressman Jerrold Nadler introduced legislation they call the American Royalties Too Act of 2014, or the ART Act, as it’s known, which would provide for a controversial resale royalty in the US art market. Painter Frank Stella has praised the effort, saying that today, any benefits derived from appreciation in the later sale of artists’ works never accrue to the artist, but only entirely to collectors, auction houses, and galleries. Detractors say the cost and the work related to collecting any such royalties would drive auction…
  • Riggio Portfolio Shrinks

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    He may have bookselling in his blood, but Len Riggio, founder of the Barnes & Noble bookstore chain, now has a lot less of it in his stock portfolio. “This week, we learned that Riggio had sold 3.7 million shares of B&N stock, dropping his stake in the company to about 20 percent,” reports Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer. “B&N officials say the sale of shares is part of Riggio’s long-term financial and estate planning. And Riggio put out a statement saying he loved the company very much.” As Albanese explains for CCC’s Chris Kenneally, however, the…
  • Self-Published Authors: Amateurs or Professionals?

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    For everyone from romance writers to cookbook creators, self-publishing today is easier and more affordable than ever. Certainly, the book-reading public has embraced “the selfie,” and along the way, they’ve made bestselling authors of writers who’ve boldly chosen to publish their own works. Amanda Hocking, Hugh Howey, and even E.L. James, began their rise to fame as authors of self-published books (though each eventually has moved on to “traditional” publishers). Are we witnessing the triumph of free expression, or the invasion of the book business snatchers by the dreaded…
  • Getting Over The Book

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    When was the last time you heard that print is dead? Probably it’s been a while. As it turns out, print and digital will co-habit in the book business for some time yet to come. Indeed, earlier this week, a BBC reporter told an important gathering of book publishers something potentially even more alarming: It’s time to get over the book. Reporting from the London Book Fair, Publishers Weekly senior writer Andrew Albanese tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally that, “Bill Thompson, a technology reporter with the BBC, urged publishers not only to go beyond the book, but also to go…
  • The Future Is Already Here

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Conferences on copyright and the creative industries can leave the impression that copyright has a lot of catching up to do – at least when it comes to technology. At OnCopyright2014, sponsored by Copyright Clearance Center, a panel discussion aimed at providing advance notice on what authors, publishers and other creators can expect in days to come. Film and TV producer Jeff Sharp, Google executive Patrick Sullivan, and journalist-turned-entrepreneur Tomoko Hosaka shared with CCC’s Chris Kenneally what they are doing today to respond to the challenge of digital disruption and to…
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  • Book Review: Lovecraft’s Monsters, edited by Ellen Datlow, Tachyon Publications

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am
    Ellen Datlow is a significant presence in American and international horror and dark fiction. That’s about as bathetic an understatement as they come. Any new anthology owned by her is guaranteed its share of interest. Her “Also Edited” list at the start of this collection is vast. And her new volume Lovecraft’s Monsters, from Tachyon Publications, […] The post Book Review: Lovecraft’s Monsters, edited by Ellen Datlow, Tachyon Publications appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Weekend Roundup: The business of being an author. A hype-free article on Aereo and more

    Joanna Cabot
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    Now that Amazon Owns Comixology , What Will Happen To Submit? (The Digital Reader) It’s been a week since Amazon announced that they were acquiring Comixology , and the surprise deal has left many questions unanswered, including what Amazon plans to do with Submit. *** Books, Toys Still Work for Specialty Outlets (Publishers Weekly) Since […] The post Weekend Roundup: The business of being an author. A hype-free article on Aereo and more appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Suing e-book reviewers and being a public jerk: Two bad ideas in one

    Chris Meadows
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:10 pm
    A friend pointed out to me a slightly older blog post that is rather interesting. In fact, it’s interesting not just for the article, but for the comments. It’s kind of a gift that keeps on giving. The blog post, by writer Greg Strandberg, quotes (and screencaps) a post by self-publishing writer Joe Nobody on […] The post Suing e-book reviewers and being a public jerk: Two bad ideas in one appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Maine library declines Rick Hautala archive, citing resources

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:05 pm
    You’d think that birthing American horror’s favorite son would give a U.S. state a broad institutional commitment to supporting the horror genre and honoring its local exponents. Well, apparently not. Because a library in Maine has declined the bequest of the archive of local horror writer Rick Hautala, citing lack of resources to properly support […] The post Maine library declines Rick Hautala archive, citing resources appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • R.I.P. Gabriel García Márquez: You’ll believe in magic … realism

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:04 pm
    The internet has been alive with tributes to Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014), the Colombian Nobel Prize-winning master of magic realism who has just died in Mexico aged 87. The 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature citation cited him as “a rare storyteller, richly endowed with a material from imagination and experience which seems inexhaustible … who […] The post R.I.P. Gabriel García Márquez: You’ll believe in magic … realism appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
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  • A German business model

    Jeff Jarvis
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
    You will never find a finer example of a certain German business model popular in the internet age than in an open letter to Google’s Eric Schmidt written by Mathias Döpfner, head of the conservative German publishing giant Axel Springer. (English translation courtesy of the all-seeing, all-powerful Google here.) The essence of that business model, as practiced especially by German and sometimes French legacy publishers, is to stomp their feet like pouty kindergartners missing a turn at kickball, whining “that’s not fair” and yelling that everything wrong on this…
  • What now for news? Relationships

    Jeff Jarvis
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
    Here are links to the next parts of an essay I’ve been working on about new relationships, new forms, and new business models for news. These links are the last two bits of the section on relationships: Part IV: Engagement, collaboration, and membership Part V: Organizer, advocate, educator The earlier sections: Part I: No mas mass media Part II: Content vs. service Part III: Ecosystems and networks The entire essay will try to answer the question I often hear in one form or another: “Now that your damned internet has ruined news, what now?” I don’t pretend to make…
  • Good metrics, bad metrics

    Jeff Jarvis
    10 Mar 2014 | 7:43 am
    Chartbeat CEO Tony Haile writes an important piece about bad media metrics online. He pokes holes in the value of the click as the be-all-and-end-all of media measurement. He reveals that sharing turns out to be a bad measurement of engagement and value because we often don’t read what we “like” or share (we just bother other people with it). He deflates the value of native advertising, demonstrating with hard data that readers understand the difference between real content and — let’s call it what it is — advertising and they quickly abandon it. The bottom…
  • Listen: They do exist

    Jeff Jarvis
    10 Mar 2014 | 4:56 am
    My two recent posts about philanthropy and the news touched a nerve among not-for-profit news gatherers, leading to a podcast conversation with Scott Lewis, head of Voice of San Diego (starting at about :22), and a response by Steve Waldman. Laura Walker, the CEO of New York Public Radio, also asked to respond here. Laura is a brilliant businesswoman who could run rings around any for-profit media executive. She also made a big announcement today about a $10 million grant to fund digital innovation. I don’t usually hand this space over to anyone else, but I happily give it to Laura…
  • The price of eggs

    Jeff Jarvis
    1 Mar 2014 | 6:48 am
    Glenn Greenwald has responded to Pando Daily’s story about the Omidyar Network and Ukraine with the force and speed we have come to expect. Good. Now I also wish he and his colleagues would turn around, ignore Pando, and create a statement of principles, a compact with the public. Greenwald begins that in his last paragraph of the Pando post: But what I do know is that I would never temper, limit, suppress or change my views for anyone’s benefits – as anyone I’ve worked with will be happy to tell you – and my views on such interference in other countries isn’t going to…
 
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  • 3 Reasons You Need a Facebook Marketing Plan (and How to Get One)

    Michael Hyatt
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    People often ask me how I get so much done, and it all boils down to one word: planning. I’ve just finished a new book, The Life Plan Manifesto, (forthcoming), blogged about taking control of your time by designing your ideal week, and more recently even created a course, 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever. Each of these focuses on the importance of planning. 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.  
  • The Calling Voice [Quote]

    Michael Hyatt
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The voice we should listen to most as we choose a vocation is the voice that we might think we should listen to least, and that is the voice of our own gladness. What can we do that makes us the gladdest? What can we do that leaves us with the strongest sense of sailing true north and of peace (which is much of what gladness is)? Is it making things with our hands out of wood or stone, or paint, or canvas? Or is it making something we hope like truth out of words? Or is it making people laugh or weep in a way that cleanses their spirit? I believe that if it is a thing that makes us truly…
  • #090: How to Discern Your Calling [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    What keeps you going when the going gets tough … when you want to quit and walk off the field? I recently had an experience that made me dig deep and reconnect with my calling. I share it in this episode. But I’m not alone. Tough times are inevitable for each of us. If you aren’t clear about your calling, you will cave in and quit. This is why it is so important to understand what it is. Click to Listen 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,…
  • The Beginner’s Guide to Writing With MultiMarkdown

    Michael Hyatt
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    As a writer, I have tried just about every word processor ever invented. I started with WordStar, moved on to WordPerfect, then graduated to Microsoft Word. But when I started blogging, everything changed. Screenshot of My Computer with This Post Displayed in MultiMarkdown Inside of Scrivener I ultimately learned HTML, but it is certainly not the most natural way to write. I have used a number of “blog processors,” including BlogJet and then MarsEdit. But in the last few years, I have completely converted over to MultiMarkdown. Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and…
  • 99 Resources to Make Your Personal and Business Life Hum

    Michael Hyatt
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Some say I’m a gadget-guy. (You know who you are.) I don’t know about that, but I am definitely a tool guy. The right tool can make me more efficient and save hours of my time. For example, a few years ago, I stumbled on a simple software tool to create beautiful—and elegant—3D book covers (like the one above). Previously, I tried to create these in Photoshop, but I just didn’t have the skills to pull it off. 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.  
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  • Freebie Friday: Download Multiplatform Publishing Strategy ($97 Value)

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

    Patrick Hughes
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:57 pm
    via 360PublicRelations.com How many 100-year-olds do you know who are adept at using the Internet? Forbes, a leading business publisher for nearly a century, is a shining case study in digital expansion, according to a recent report from 360 Public Relations. Forbes.com was relaunched in 2010, and the result has been a 104% increase in unique monthly visitors. The site currently hosts 24.6 million. So, how did they pull it off? “Instead of creating a site that mirrors the print version … [the] goal was to create a new publishing model that would harness the power of digital media…
  • Video Challenges for Publishers

    Patrick Hughes
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    via Digiday Mastering video in order to maximize ad revenue is what publishers must do to survive, let alone thrive, in today’s digital landscape. But it’s easier said than done for many. Digiday recently set out to identify the most pressing challenges facing publishers looking to integrate video. Here’s what they found: Personnel – To do video right, you need the right people. “It takes a specific type of talent to be able to do all of that while moving at the speed of the Web,” Vox Media’s Chad Mumm told Digiday. “We expect our directors to be able to shoot,…
  • Hearst Advertising Deal Is a First for the Company

    Patrick Hughes
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:05 pm
    via MediaPost.com Hearst has secured an agreement with MINI USA, representing the largest digital-only deal in the history of the publisher’s Men’s Group. MediaPost reports that the ads center on a video series starring Adrian Simpson of the BBC’s Top Gear.  “This campaign represents the next level of consumer-focused content and high-quality production,” MediaPost said. “Half the videos show test drives and lifestyles of real MINI owners, and some highlight the technology, performance, design and efficiencies of the car.” Ray Wert, who worked on the…
  • The Perfect Example of a Premium Content Subscription

    Ed Coburn
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Cook’s Illustrated demonstrates the attributes of a blockbuster subscription website A couple of years ago, Don outlined the attributes of a premium content subscription: not a website itself, but the thing that customers buy – the content subscription. In updating this post (as we often do with our website content – a Mequoda best practice), we decided to give you an actual example of the perfect premium content subscription, and we settled on CooksIllustrated.com, the companion website to Cook’s Illustrated magazine from America’s Test Kitchen. This subscription website is,…
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  • 2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 20

    Robert Lee Brewer
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    I’ve been playing with forms a little this month. It’s something I do when I start to feel a little stuck in my writing. Imposing rules–oddly enough–seems to free me up a bit. So far this month, I’ve written a villanelle, sestina, a couple sonnets, and even a couple haiku on the side. As you’ll see below, I went all triolet on today’s prompt. For today’s prompt, write a family poem. I’ve actually written a few poems about my family this month already, but you don’t have to restrict yourself to your own family. There are any number of…
  • 2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 19

    Robert Lee Brewer
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    At the beginning of the challenge, there’s a lot of excitement about starting; at the end of the challenge, there’s excitement (and sadness) over finishing the challenge; but in the middle, it’s kind of like the dog days of summer–at least for some. For me, each day is a new challenge. And speaking of challenges, don’t forget to check out my poetic challenge with a $500 grand prize (deadline: May 15). Click here for more details. For today’s prompt, pick a color, make the color the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. You can make your poem black,…
  • 2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 18

    Robert Lee Brewer
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    One of the cool things I was asked to do already this year is to be a guest judge at the InterBoard Poetry Community for the first three months of the year. It was fun reading through the submissions each month, and my last round of judging recently went live on the site. Click here to read the winners–and to check out the various forums/communities. For today’s prompt, write a weather poem. A weather poem can be a poem about a hurricane or tornado; it can be a poem about the weatherperson; it can be a poem about forgetting an umbrella on a rainy day; it can be big; it can be…
  • What Magazine Editors Want (& Don’t Want)

    Brian A. Klems
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:35 am
    What are editors pet peeves? What can you do to get more and more assignments tossed your way by editors? Do editors expect you to know SEO? (Do you know what SEO means?) I was honored to be interviewed by Laura Pepper Wu, editor of The Write Life magazine, where we discussed many important topics that relate to freelance writers. It’s a lot of great info packed into a relatively short conversation, so it’s worth checking out (not to mention I look incredibly dashing in my bright blue headphones). Here’s the clip. Thanks for visiting The Writer’s Dig blog. For more…
  • Successful Queries: Agent Sara Megibow and “Falls the Shadow”

    Chuck Sambuchino
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:16 am
    This series is called “Successful Queries” and I’m posting actual query letter examples that succeeded in getting writers signed with agents. In addition to posting these query letter samples, we will also get to hear thoughts from the writer’s literary agent as to why the letter worked. The 66th installment in this series is with agent Sara Megibow (Nelson Literary) for Stefanie Gaither’s young adult novel, FALLS THE SHADOW (Sept 2014, Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers). Kristi Helvig, author of BURN OUT, said of the book: “[It's] a smart, futuristic…
 
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  • MediaWeek (V8, N15): Hilary Mantel, Easy Printing, Science Fiction, NYC Bookstores + More

    PersonaNonData
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Here is the flipboard version of PND From London's Evening Standard last week a look at Hilary Mantel's writing after the stage productions of her Cromwell books:The experience of seeing her characters brought to life in the RSC’s stage adaptations of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, about to transfer to the West End, has changed Hilary Mantel’s writing for ever, she tells Alison RobertsThe third part of the Cromwell opus, called The Mirror and the Light, is even now “unspooling” before her eyes and ears, though there’s still no date for its appearance — “I won’t commit to…
  • Interview with Publisher's Weekly

    PersonaNonData
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:03 am
    I was interviewed for the PW Daily at LBF this week: What has surprised you about the digital landscape in 2014? Can you give us an example of the kinds issues you see for publishers, looking forward? Perhaps the thing that surprises me most is the we haven’t seen the erosion of foreign rights as quickly as I might have thought, given how digital distribution is no longer dependent on needing a local distribution node. I think that’s doubly odd, given the precipitous decline in physical retail options in places like Australia and New Zealand and to a similar extent in the U.K. and other…
  • MediaWeek (V8, N14): VIvian Maier, Rizzoli Bookstore, Amazon Prime, Local Bookstores, + More

    PersonaNonData
    7 Apr 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Flipboard version: http://flip.it/rmD2x Vivian Maier: The Unknown Photographer (Economist)VIVIAN MAIER'S name deserves to be immortalised in the history of photography alongside the greats of the 20th century like Robert Frank, Helen Levitt and Diane Arbus. Yet the work of this Chicago-based nanny was unknown until the very last years of her life. Indeed it might have languished in obscurity forever were it not for the auction in 2007 of the contents of a storage locker on which she had stopped paying rent.John Maloof, then a 26-year-old amateur historian, spent $380 on one box of negatives…
  • CEO: Publishing Technology

    PersonaNonData
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:29 am
    Publishing Technology names Michael Cairns as new CEOPublishing Technology plc (LSE: PTO), a leading provider of content solutions for publishers, has today announced that Michael Cairns has been appointed Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1 April 2014. Michael Cairns joined Publishing Technology plc in May 2013, when he took the position of Chief Operating Officer of the company’s online division. He has been responsible for improving the divisional strategy to focus on business development and operational efficiency and with significant steps having been made towards these goals,…
  • MediaWeek (V8, N13): Lonely Planet, Digital & Comics, Philip Roth Inteview, UCal Online Courses +More

    PersonaNonData
    30 Mar 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Here are this week's articles at my flipboard magazine: http://flip.it/rmD2xOutside magazine takes a look at Lonely Planet and wonders, Can it Survive?Less than a year later, Kelley saw an opportunity. Lonely Planet, the Melbourne, Australia, guidebook company, seller of 120 million books, was struggling. In 2007, the BBC had bought Lonely Planet from its founders, Tony and Maureen Wheeler, for $210 million. Profits had since cratered due to the global recession, appreciation of the Australian dollar, and the struggling bonok industry.Kelley offered $77 million for the company and closed the…
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  • Unraveling Magazine-Making Essentials

    31 Mar 2014 | 7:42 am
    Tips on simplifying your content for today's audience. By Jan V. White All of us professional wordsmiths...
  • Be Generous with Detail

    31 Mar 2014 | 7:42 am
    Present information that you've gathered to stimulate reader interest. By Peter P. Jacobi Successful paragraphs/passages/segments/parcels in articles...
  • The Fog Index

    31 Mar 2014 | 7:42 am
    Assessing the readability of a Wired.com excerpt. This month, we calculate the Fog score of an excerpt from...
  • Women's Magazines in the Digital World

    31 Mar 2014 | 7:42 am
    In the news: Poynter.org examines the evolution of digital women's magazines. Last week, Poynter.org ran a piece about...
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  • IL House committee OKs $100 million for Obama library

    Blake
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-house-committee-oks-100-million-for-ob... An Illinois House committee endorsed a plan today to contribute $100 million in state funds toward construction of a Barack Obama presidential library in Chicago. The proposal, pushed by House Speaker Michael Madigan, goes to the full House next.
  • EBSCO to Share (Some) Metadata

    John
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    After a long-standing feud over allowing their metadata to be accessed by subscribers via other discovery services, EBSCO has announced a metadata sharing policy wherein they "will be making available all metadata (and full text when contractually allowed)" . . . except for when they don't want to: "The only EBSCO research databases that are not yet included in the above policy are those resources that are built upon and subscribed to primarily for their subject indexing."
  • Are Your Patrons in Need of "Digital Detox"?

    birdie
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:35 pm
    News story via Lancaster Online, about State Librarian Stacey Aldrich's address to Pennsylvania librarians about modifying the focus away from technology in libraries. Last year, she spoke mostly the future — advancing technology, and the changing ways that libraries can store information and provide it in new ways to patrons. This year, Aldrich was more reflective. She talked a lot about her travels — to libraries around the state as well as other countries — and she took the group on a visual tour of State Library of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. She still had a few things to say about…
  • I Wish I Could Read Wikipedia Like This

    Blake
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:33 am
    http://blog.assaflavie.com/wikipedia/ "It often takes more than a few clicks to reach understanding. You dive down, deeper and deeper with each click, then navigate back up and continue reading. It's very easy to get lost and to lose your context. Don't get me wrong, I realize it's an encyclopedia and not a textbook, and every article can't possibly explain every sub-article it links to. Yet this level of normalization yields a terse, unfriendly tone, which can be frustrating if you're new to the subject and don't understand many of the terms used."
  • The Most Complained-About Library Book of 2013 Was…

    birdie
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    Same as last year's...Captain Underpants. Just as in 2012, the potty humor of the Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey brought the books to the top of the list. Other repeat offenders in the top ten included Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James and Looking for Alaska by John Green. The newcomers to the top ten were: The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison (second place) The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky Bless Me Ultima, by…
 
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  • 15 Ways To Improve KDP – Progress Report

    davidgaughran
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:11 am
    The London Book Fair is underway again which makes it a perfect time to review the list of suggestions I presented to KDP last year. As regular readers will know, I crowd-sourced a list of feature requests, bug fixes, and common problems via my blog and the most popular self-publisher hangout, Kboards. The KDP reps at the Fair spent a great deal of time going through your list of suggestions. They asked for clarification at various points and I was able to follow up with them by email afterwards. At the same time, a parallel effort led by Marie Force, Laura Florand, and Diana Peterfreund…
  • The Great E-book Pricing Question

    davidgaughran
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    There’s more guff written about pricing than almost anything else, resulting in an extremely confusing situation for new self-publishers. I often see them pricing too low or too high, and the decision is rarely made the right way, i.e. ascertaining their goals and pricing accordingly. Price/value confusion Before we get to the nuts-and-bolts, it’s time to slay a zombie meme. Much of the noise on this issue springs from conflating two concepts, namely price and value. Authors often say something like, “My book is worth more than a coffee.” Or publishers might say, “A movie costs $10…
  • Publishers Weekly Ignores The Real Scandal At LA Times Festival of Books

    davidgaughran
    8 Mar 2014 | 8:27 am
    Publishers Weekly whipped up a storm on Wednesday with news of a deal between Amazon and the LA Times Festival of Books, resulting in calls for the publishing community to boycott the event. But Publishers Weekly is ignoring the real scandal. Amazon isn’t listed as a sponsor or scheduled to appear. The “deal” in question pertains to the LA Times Festival of Books signing up as an Amazon affiliate so they can earn a percentage from sales made through their website. Mary Williams, of Skylight Books in Los Angeles, complained that sales will be “siphoned away” by Amazon.
  • IndieReCon – Free Online Conference Starts Next Week

    davidgaughran
    18 Feb 2014 | 3:33 am
    There’s a free, online self-publishing conference taking place next week. It’s the second year of IndieReCon, and they have an action-packed schedule filled with all sorts of great stuff – a mixture of posts, vlogs, webinars, as well as the opportunity to drill deeper into the various topics with a series of online and Twitter chats. The fun kicks off next Tuesday, Feb 25 at 10:00 (EST) and runs until Thursday, Feb 27 at 22:00 (EST). I have all the details below from one of the co-founders, SR (Shelli) Johannes, which I’m happy to share. Be sure to drop in,…
  • A Victory Against Author Solutions

    davidgaughran
    14 Feb 2014 | 4:59 am
    It should be clear to everyone now that Penguin Random House has no intention of cleaning up Author Solutions. The only development since Penguin purchased the company for $116m back in July 2012 is that Author Solutions has aggressively expanded operations (see herehereherehere and here I’ve been covering the Author Solutions story for a while now – particularly since the Penguin purchase, which was met with disbelief in the author community.  It’s a frustrating beat, especially when faced with a wall of silence from the many companies and organizations in traditional publishing…
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  • Thinker in Residence: A Q&A with Warren Berger

    Sally
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Tweet “We have an education and business culture that tends to reward quick factual answers over imaginative inquiry. Questioning isn’t encouraged—it is barely tolerated.” ~Warren Berger Q&A with Warren Berger on A More Beautiful Question In his new book, A More Beautiful Question, author and journalist Warren Berger shows that one of the most powerful forces for igniting change in business and our daily lives is a simple, under-appreciated tool—one that has been available to us since childhood. Questioning can help us identify and solve problems, come up with…
  • ChangeThis: Issue 116

    dylan
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    Tweet How Your Biases Make You Blind by Faisal Hoque & Drake Baer “If a company is homogenous in form, it leads to a lack of understanding of what value the customer wants. That misunderstanding is the seed of disruption, for the gap between the value you think your customers want and the value your customers actually want is precisely the space where a competitor can replace you.” Heed Your Call by David M. Howitt “You have been invited to heed your call, and now it is up to you to decide where you go from here. You are the result of the choices you make every single day, and what…
  • Thinker in Residence: Warren Berger

    Sally
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Tweet “We’re all hungry today for better answers. But first, we must learn to ask the right questions.” Warren Berger believes questions are more important than answers. He is the creator of the website amorebeautifulquestion.com and author of the new book A More Beautiful Question (Bloomsbury)—both focusing on the power of inquiry to spark breakthrough ideas. An expert on design thinking and innovation, Berger has interviewed and studied hundreds of the world’s leading innovators, designers, and creative thinkers to analyze how they ask change-making questions, solve…
  • The 2014 Business Book Awards: Submissions Are Open

    Jon
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    TweetWe are now accepting submissions for the 2014 Business Book Awards. Thousands of business books are published each year, each with the potential to promote change and enlighten the way people think about business. We began recognizing these efforts in 2007 with the 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards, highlighting the best works in a number of categories. Each book is judged on the originality and applicability of its ideas and the quality of its content. Any business book published in the U.S. within the year 2014 is eligible within the following categories: Leadership Management…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Soft Edge

    800-CEO-READ
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    Tweet The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success by Rich Karlgaard, Jossey-Bass, $28.00, Hardcover, April 2014, ISBN 9781118829424 When you see a book has a foreword written by Tom Peters,and an afterword penned by Clayton Christensen, you pay attention. When the author of that same book is the publisher of Forbes, you get your wallet out. And the return on the investment of time and money you put into Rich Karlgaard’s new book, The Soft Edge, will be well worth it. Karlgaard begins The Soft Edge by describing a “triangle of long-term company health.” The first two edges…
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  • The Importance of Surveys

    Bill Mickey
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:20 pm
    A well-timed survey can glean important data from your readers.
  • PIB: Ad Pages Down in Q1

    mrondon
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Ad pages are down again, but the MPA insists there's reason to be optimistic about the Q1 PIB numbers it released earlier this week. Travel (9 percent) and beauty (4 percent) were among the top performing major magazine categories, hedging a 4-percent drop overall. The fall is an improvement over the same periods in 2013 (-4.8 percent) and 2012 (-8.2 percent) however.
  • Northstar Travel Media Buys Mountain Travel Symposium

    Bill Mickey
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:53 pm
     
  • Robb Report Launches Health & Wellness Quarterly

    apatel
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Robb Report, the luxury lifestyle brand serving ultra-affluent connoisseurs with a slew of publications and digital portals, is launching a new magazine this spring focused on health and wellness.
  • People on the move 4.17.14

    pubintern
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:53 am
 
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    Ashly Lorenzana

  • Simple KD System Review – DO NOT BUY

    Ashly Lorenzana
    28 Mar 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Whatever you do, DON’T BUY Simple KD System. I’m going to give you part of it in this blog post and I don’t recommend ever buying a product made by Rob Howard again. Why? Let’s rewind a little bit to give you all some background information on the guy. He said he wanted to “partner up with me,” after I showed him something I created. It later became KD Promo App, which I also don’t recommend that you buy if you care at all about quality. First of all, Rob just welcomed his first child into the world and I wonder if his wife and his customers would…
  • 3 Email Marketing Tips for Newbies

    Ashly Lorenzana
    15 Mar 2014 | 7:10 am
    Get 30 days of GetResponse FREE!Recently, I shared 4 internet marketing tips that I’ve picked up on over the past few years I’ve spent making money online. In a similar vein, today I’d like to share with you 3 of my email marketing tips for newbies who are just starting out. Now, before we get started I just want to make it clear that in the greater scheme of things, I’m still just getting started myself. Yes, that’s right. I’m not claiming to be an expert or anything like that. I have a small list of email subscribers  that totals just over 1,000 people…
  • How to Fix Your WordPress Site

    Ashly Lorenzana
    27 Feb 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Whew! After being down for nearly a week, my site is now finally back up. Speaking of back ups, does your host offer automatic backups of your website? Let’s hope so, because you won’t know how much it sucks to lose everything until it actually happens… And sometimes at that point, it’s too late. I’m not entirely sure what the hell happened with mine, but all I know is that I recently switched hosts and when I added a new domain to my hosting account and then updated WordPress through Fantastico, this domain started redirecting to another one of my sites and the…
  • 4 Internet Marketing Tips for Newbies

    Ashly Lorenzana
    12 Jan 2014 | 9:32 pm
    I’ve learned a lot about internet marketing in the past three years, but only now are a few undeniable truths becoming clear to me. I have fallen victim to the shiny object syndrome in the past as a newbie myself and I was even naive enough to believe a lot of shit I probably shouldn’t have when I was starting out. So without further BS to prime you for this list, here are a few internet marketing tips for newbies I have to pass on to anyone who is looking to get started in this business. You may also want to read my posts on affiliate marketing and the warrior forum as well.
  • Fuck Jim Kukral and the Illiterate Assholes at KBoards

    Ashly Lorenzana
    3 Jan 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Okay, folks. This is a rant post, so I’ll come out and say that before I get started in case any of you are easily offended. It’s a good thing I am not easily offended myself, or otherwise this might have actually bothered me. As it is, I found it both humorous and vaguely amusing. Worth writing this post, but not much more than that certainly. Okay so our bright young star of today’s show is none other than the douchebag of the year, Jim Kukral. He runs Author Marketing Club, which I’ve actually recommended to other authors in the past. What a mistake, I had no idea…
 
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    How to get a book published|Write a book |Self publish

  • It’ll be all over on Sunday

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

    Flora
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Michael S. Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, is given credit for inventing the first ebook in 1971 when he typed the United States Declaration of Independence into a computer. Hart, an author, had been given unlimited computer time by the operators of the Xerox Sigma V mainframe at the University of Illinois and wanted to do something worthy of his time. While computers were being used mainly for data processing then, Hart decided to use it for information distribution. It wasn’t until 1992 when Sony created the Discman that there was a reader for the ebook. Today the ebook has grown…
  • How to Sell Your Book Inside Costco and Other Major Stores

    Flora
    16 Mar 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Sonia Marsh, on the right, greets me and another shopper at Irvine Costco 8-24-13 Go to Costco on the weekend (if you dare) and you’ll pass vendors encouraging you to sample a food or learn more about a home improvement item or other product. It’s safe to assume that letting consumers touch, taste, or experience a product increases Costco’s sales. Did you know that as an indie author, Costco will let you set up a table to talk to shoppers and do book signings? (Puts going to Costco on a weekend in a whole new light, doesn’t it?) That’s what my friend Sonia Marsh…
  • How to Sell Your Book Before It’s Published

    Flora
    3 Dec 2013 | 2:24 pm
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  • Join National Novel Writing Month’s Annual Race to 50,000 Words

    Flora
    1 Nov 2013 | 10:24 am
    “Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month.”   If you’ve been putting off writing your novel, November is an excellent time to get started because it’s National Novel Writing Month . Although it began as a national effort, it is now practiced around the world.  This year 500,000 writers are expected to 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 day. Some work alone at home, but check in online with their fellow writers. Started by Chris Baty and 20 of his friends, the first…
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    Writer Beware

  • Take the Money and Run: Kerry Jacobson, "Book Publicist"

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:39 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareStarting in the summer of last year, self-published authors whose books made it onto Amazon's Movers and Shakers list began to receive solicitations from a publicist named Kerry Jacobson (here's an example).Jacobson, who claimed more than eight years of experience boosting authors onto bestseller lists, promised a marketing push that would vault the authors' books onto the New York Times and USA Today lists, or propel them into Amazon's top ten. He also promised guidance and mentoring to help them make the most of the opportunity.Jacobson's fees…
  • Another Small Press Horror Story: Silver Publishing is Gone

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareAnother small press disaster came to an ugly conclusion last week.In mid-2012, I began getting complaints about Silver Publishing, which started up in 2009 as a self-publishing facilitator, but in 2010 transformed itself into a "traditional royalty-paying press" (I put that in quotes because, these days, it means so little).Reported problems included poor editing, delayed and missing royalty statements/payments, royalty reductions due to claimed "overpayments," arbitrary changes in royalty payment schedules, and lack of communication--or,…
  • How to Succeed in Authorship Without Really Trying

    11 Apr 2014 | 9:44 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareGot the yen to write a book, but lack that essential creative spark? Looking to ride the coattails of the Kindle self-publishing craze, but don't want to bother with all that pesky scribbling? Want an author to create a story for you, but don't know where to find one?Fret no more. The Internet's got you covered.Here, for instance, would-be but inspiration-challenged authors can "Cash In on the Kindle Fiction Publishing Craze" by purchasing a "MASSIVE SET OF PRE-WRITTEN FICTION PLOTS."That's right! A diligent ghostwriter and her crack writing team…
  • Pamela Wray and WordWorks Publishing Consultants: The Amazing Case of the Serial Plagiarizer

    31 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareEvery time I consider purging Writer Beware's files to get rid of documentation on agents and others we haven't heard anything about in years and years, I'm reminded of why I hold onto that old paper.Last Friday, I received an email from successful independent editor Jodie Renner. Apparently, client testimonials from her website had been plagiarized by an outfit called WordWorks Publishing Consultants. I hopped on over to WordWorks' website, expecting to discover something on the order of faux publicist Mike Albee, who decorated his site with fake…
  • The Short Life and Strange Death of Entranced Publishing

    28 Mar 2014 | 8:56 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareWhen Entranced Publishing (its website is now gone, but a recent archived version can be seen here) opened to submissions in 2012, it looked like a promising small press, with a number of imprints, a sizeable staff, and a commitment not to churn out books, author-mill style.However promising-seeming, though, authors always need to be wary of brand-new small presses, because there's such a high attrition rate for such ventures. Even if the staff are very experienced (which often isn't the case in the small press world), it's wise to watch and wait…
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  • Daily Deals: Southern Shifters, MM football, Australian opals

    Jane
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    The Pride of the Peacock by Victoria Holt. $ 2.99 From the Jacket Copy: “A mesmerizing story of blackmail, romance and deception.”—Associated Press on The India Fan An overseas voyage. A cursed opal. Forbidden Desire. Raised in the shadow of her family’s financial ruin, Jessica Clavering has never felt as though she fit in. When her only friend, an elderly neighbor, offers her the chance at a new life, she’s eager to take it. His only condition: she must marry her son, Joss. The newlyweds inherit a fabled opal mine in Australia. It’s only once they arrive on…
  • REVIEW: Her Best Laid Plans by Cara McKenna

    Willaful
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Dear Ms. McKenna: During a vacation around ten years ago, I observed a couple of teenagers beginning a flirtation in the hotel pool. It made me wistful for those unexpected, thrilling crushes of adolescence, those miniature relationships that sometimes happened when two strangers around the same age wound up in the same place for awhile. Although the main characters are adults — thank goodness! — Her Best Laid Plans captures the pleasure of that experience, and let me enjoy it vicariously again. Jamie is disappointed in her first night in Ireland. After putting her life plans on…
  • Word for iPad (or the app I’ve been waiting my whole iPad life for)

    Jane
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    If you remember, I had that brief and tear filled encounter with the Microsoft Surface Tablet which I had bought primarily because I needed access to Microsoft Word on a more mobile device than my laptop that lasts all of about two and a half hours. My iPad can chug along for a whole day and even if it does run out of battery, I have a couple mobile battery packs that can extend it’s life. Not so for my laptop. I should note I tried the HyperJuice battery for MacBook Airs and it stopped working after a year. I looked into buying a replacement but the cost put me off as well as the fact…
  • First Page: Teaching Donkeys to Dance – A romance with a mystery

    Jane
    20 Apr 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. Dear Martin, As from today, I would like to hand in my notice at AMS. I understand that I have a three-month notice period, and will therefore finish my employment on 04.04.00. Thank you, Katie Harmer. “It’s a bit bald, isn’t it?” Martin Blackburn looked up from the letter. “Yes, I know,” Katie replied,…
  • Daily Deals: Re-united lovers, grief partners, and a sobering look at a Southern family

    Jane
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:33 am
    For fans of the Silver Lining Playbook Matthew Quick’s book “The Good Luck of Right Now” is on sale for $1.99. I couldn’t find it at the lower price anywhere else but Amazon. Hot Pursuit by Lynn Raye Harris. $ Free | $.99 From the Jacket Copy: The last man she ever wanted to see… Evie Baker’s luck just ran out. Thanks to an ex-partner with organized crime ties, she’s lost her restaurant, her money, and nearly all her self-respect. Forced to return to her hometown and work as a shampoo girl in her mother’s salon, she doesn’t think her luck…
 
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    TNBBC's The Next Best Book Blog

  • CCLaP: Turtle and Dam

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    On Monday, CCLaP celebrated the birth of another book!Say hello to Scott Abraham's Turtle and DamTurtle and Dam is Scott's literary debut, and if you enjoy literature that elbows cultural references and differences in the ribs, you'll find a lot to love in here. It pokes fun at so much and yet it tells such a serious story about going after what you believe in. Turtle - a twenty something year old American educated Chinese man and recent college graduate - is desperately hunting for a job. He is also incredibly full of himself. Hilarity and head-biffs ensue as the reader follows him…
  • Lavinia Reviews: Shut Up / Look Pretty

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Shut Up / Look Pretty - Anthology193 PagesPublisher: Tiny Hardcore PressReleased: 2012Guest Reviewed by Lavinia LudlowIn 2012, Lauren Becker, Erin Fitzgerald, Kirsty Logan, Michelle Reale, and Amber Sparks released Shut Up/Look Pretty, a collection of short stories and micro fictions about everything from bad break ups, vampires, to classic familial dysfunction. The contrast of narrative voices brought a charming feel to the compilation, and collectively, made for a unique reading experience. Becker opens with a story called A Simple Explanation, which reads more like a low self-esteemed…
  • Where Writers Write: Anne Valente

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Welcome to another installment of TNBBC's Where Writers Write!Where Writers Write is a weekly series that will feature a different author every Wednesday as they showcase their writing spaces using short form essay, photos, and/or video. As a lover of books and all of the hard work that goes into creating them, I thought it would be fun to see where the authors roll up their sleeves and make the magic happen. This is Anne Valente. Her first short story collection, By Light We Knew Our Names, releases from Dzanc Books in October 2014. She is also the author of the…
  • The Indie Ink Runs Deep: John H. Matthews

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Every now and then I manage to talk a small press author into showing us a little skin... tattooed skin, that is. I know there are websites and books out there that have been-there-done-that already, but I hadn't seen one with a specific focus on the authors and publishers of the small press community. Whether it's the influence for their book, influenced by their book, or completely unrelated to the book, we get to hear the story behind their indie ink....Today's ink story comes from John H. Matthews. John is a Chicago-based writer who has worked as a cigar store…
  • Book Review: Die You Doughnut Bastards

    14 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Read 4/5/14 - 4/7/143 Stars - Recommended to fans of light bizarro cause light bizarro's like a box a chocolates, you never know just what kinda crazy ass stories you gunna get.196 pagesPublisher: Eraserhead PressReleased: 2012Every once in awhile, I gotta take a break from the overwhelming pile of review books and stick my nose into something else. A little breather reading. Something fun - not that what I have in my review pile isn't fun, mind you - but a pressure free read that I can escape into, like a warm bath after a mentally draining day at work.For these side-reads of mine, I like to…
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    AuthorCulture

  • Building a Platform by Kevin B Parsons

    Kevin Parsons
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    In order to sell a jillion books, you must first have a platform. What is a platform, you ask? It's a raised wooden deck.I have no idea what that has to do with book sales, but perhaps you should stand on it and yell, "Buy my book!"What you really need is a lot of followers. A LOT. A bazillion. Much more than a jillion. Kevin here will give you some clever methods to get the word out that you've written a blockbuster.First, get Facebook followers, then cross over to every social media. Next, say something controversial. Something like, "I believe we should give monkeys the right to vote."That…
  • Guest Post: Target Marketing with Joseph Young

    Lisa Lickel
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Save Your Story from ObscurityBy Joseph YoungSo, you wrote a book, got it proofread and edited, and published it to Kindle. That's awesome! Now what? Perhaps, you are sitting back and waiting for the sales to come rushing in now that you are an accomplished self-published author, right? Well, you may be sitting there for a long time.One of the biggest downfalls a product creator can make is creating a product without knowing who it is for. The same problem exists with authors too because they write books, which are products, without knowing who their audience is. I did.You may be thinking, "I…
  • Little Did She Know...

    Sophie Dawson
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
    It's often the last line in a chapter. That little sentence as a teaser to make sure the reader turns the page, or swipes the screen. It's called foreshadowing. I'm not a fan of foreshadowing. Many famous authors use it. That doesn't mean it's a good idea. (I have a theory that famous authors get paid by the word so they end up using them in excess.)I don't want to know what comes next before it happens. I want the action to play out in proper time sequence. Knowing that Jane is going to drive into a ditch before it happens spoils the read for me. I may have figured it out anyway from the…
  • Things a Little Bird Told Me

    Cherie Burbach
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    I believe Twitter is one of the coolest inventions ever, and a great resource for writers. Recently I read Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mind by Biz Stone and really enjoyed it. The book chronicles a little bit about his history (working as an illustrator for a publisher, going to Google, then working on Blogger) and then gets into the meat of how Twitter started and grew. Stone is a wonderful storyteller, and seems genuine in his desire to have people connect. I think this is truly the key behind Twitter and what makes it successful. Personally, I prefer…
  • Inspiration for the Senses

    Jody
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Google Free ImagesMy daughter recently held one of those home parties for flame-less burners and scented candle wax. I got my usual headache sniffing all the samples, but couldn't believe it when I ran across one that said "Tomato Vine". The fragrance put me right smack in the middle of a garden, among the tomato plants. Talk about inspiration! I promptly sniffed through even more samples to see what might relate and inspire me in my current WIP. I bought a few in a car fragrance card format and put them in baggies. I'll whip out my scents when I need some inspiration. This reminded me that…
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  • No more Magic Mondays… Here’s Why

    LPepWu
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:24 am
    I’ve been writing the Magic Monday newsletter *almost* every Monday for 22 months. It’s truly a great way to start each week for me and I love reading your replies and connecting each week. But… after almost 100 newsletters, I’m wary of diluting the quality of the tips, or starting to repeat them. So I’ve thought long and hard and decided that the timeRead more »
  • How to Get Started Writing for Magazines – with Freelancer Writer Linda Formichelli [Video]

    LPepWu
    21 Mar 2014 | 11:26 am
    Ever wanted to write for magazines but didn’t know where to start? We have the perfect lady to help with that! The smart and savvy Linda Formichelli is a veteran freelance writer for Redbook, WebMD, Women’s Health, Family Circle, Writer’s Digest and lots, lots more. Linda’s been a freelance writer since 1997, supporting her family with the income. In this short and sweet interview,Read more »
  • How I Sold 10,000 Ebooks in One Year (+ surpassed the income from my day job)

    LPepWu
    20 Feb 2014 | 8:46 am
    Note from Laura: Today’s guest post is from Ernest Dempsey, a high school counselor and author of thrilling fiction. Ernest was one of the first students in my Skillshare book marketing class when I launched it last April. He was a super enthusiastic and active member of the class and if I gave out gold stars, he’d have got several of them! In short:Read more »
  • StoryCartel.com: Get more Amazon (& other) reviews with this site

    LPepWu
    5 Feb 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Please note: This content originally appeared in my Magic Mondays Marketing tips newsletter. You can sign up for a book marketing tip like this every week here! Get more reviews with StoryCartel.com The WHY behind this tip: You know how important book reviews are to your discoverability and sales, but it can be tough getting the number of reviews you want. StoryCartel.com offers readersRead more »
  • I did a podcast interview on writing and publishing. Check it out here!

    LPepWu
    9 Jan 2014 | 4:09 pm
    I was approached by the lovely Viv Oyolu to be on her podcast about writing and publishing, and I’m so glad I said yes! Viv makes interviewing a piece of cake. We both agreed afterwards that connecting had been like talking with an old friend. I mean that laugh is contagious! It sends out pure joy.   In this 25 minute podcast we discussRead more »
 
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  • The Weekend Edition

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Easter greetings from all of us in Seekerville.We Have Winners Please send us an email to claim your prize. (seekers@seekerville.net) See our legal page for any questions.  Winner of last weekend's mystery box of books is Wilani Wahl.Monday, Love Inspired author Missy Tippens brought you "Backstory: Where to Draw the Line." Winner of the first five pages with backstory in mind is Sherida Stewart.What do dragons, time machines, and God have in common?  Dawn Ford was in Seekerville on Tuesday with her post, "Speculating on Speculative Fiction." Winner of a $25 Amazon gift card is…
  • Five Things I Learned About Writing from Jack Reacher

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
     We shared an interesting article by Forbes Magazine in the Weekend Edition a few weeks ago: The Strongest Brand in Publishing is.... "Lee Child's Jack Reacher series has the largest reader loyalty of any best-selling author today." When Child was interviewed for the magazine he credited the following with the strong branding: Consistency: Jack Reacher can be counted on to be the same character in each book. Authenticity:  " the art of narrative authenticity is culling details that are authentic from the larger pool of those that might be merely accurate." Uniqueness: The…
  • Keep Your Story Moving Forward by Guest Cheryl St.John

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
     Cheryl St.JohnA lot of writers have had trouble reading Dwight Swain’s book. I did for a while, too. It kept putting me to sleep. But as a new writer, I was hungry for the principles it held, hungry for the education, and so I persevered. Finally, after many tries, a light bulb went off over my head and I understood what his teaching was telling me. I got it! I saw the techniques in every book I had ever loved. And my writing changed forever. Everything that happens in your story, every piece of information learned, every obstacle faced, every conversation, should propel the…
  • How to Cozy Up A Cozy Mystery! by Guest Larissa Reinhart

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Mystery writer and Seekerville guest blogger,Larissa ReinhartDebby Giusti here! I'm excited to introduce today's guest blogger, talented author and dear friend, Larissa Reinhart. Many of you will recognize her name from frequent visits to Seekerville. Larissa sold her first book, Portrait of a Dead Guy, soon after hearing about our blog. Of course, we can't take credit for her sale, but we can celebrate her success and the release of her fourth humorous mystery, Death in Perspective, this June. Larissa's books feature Cherry Tucker, a struggling artist…
  • Speculating on Speculative Writing

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    By Dawn FordSteampunk Dawn FordWhat do dragons, time machines, and God have in common? You might be surprised to discover they fall in the category of Speculative Fiction. When people ask me what I write and I tell them Speculative Fiction, they scrunch their brows and say, “What?” So, I’m here to try and take the speculation out of Speculative Fiction. What are we really talking about when someone says Speculative Fiction? Fantastical in nature, this term encompasses genres such as Fantasy, Horror, Spiritual Warfare, and Utopian/Dystopian fiction. Simplified, Spec Fic is a sibling to…
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    Roger Packer

  • Authors at the double with repeated initials

    Roger Packer
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:21 am
    Writers love using one or more initials in their author name. It can perform a number of functions, such as disguising gender, adding a perceived sense of authority or differentiating a common name. What’s much less common, however, is the use of repeated initials. For example, starting at the sharp end of the alphabet, A A Milne. There aren’t many authors with repeated initials, which I find surprising as it’s a great way of making a name memorable. Here’s a list of the few repeaters that spring to my mind: A A Milne: not Alcoholics Anonymous but Alan Alexander from Pooh Corner. E E…
  • Free books on offer as Amazon builds Kindle store for Samsung

    Roger Packer
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    Amazon has shown again that content is its real business in the ebook sector rather than selling pesky Kindle hardware and has also revealed that around a quarter of the ebooks in the Kindle store are exclusive to Amazon. A deal with smartphone and tablet giant Samsung will see Amazon launch a custom-built ebook service just for Galaxy users. The Samsung for Kindle app is now available for the newly launched Galaxy S5 and for existing Galaxy smartphones and tablets running Android 4.0 or above. The firm is aiming to sell 35 million Galaxy S5 handsets by June, which would top the estimated…
  • Amazon gets graphic with new Kindle Sales Dashboard

    Roger Packer
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:48 am
    Amazon has added a very useful Sales Dashboard feature to the back end of the Kindle Direct Publishing set-up so authors can now see at a glance their worldwide sales and royalties in a graphic format. The new dashboard provides up to 90 days of historical orders and earned royalties, with a graph that provides daily order totals to help you see trends. The dashboard can be filtered by timeframe, title and marketplace. It’s a welcome update as the previous system could be confusing and time-consuming to check on sales in various markets. Distributors such as Draft2digital have offered a…
  • Amazon Publishing pushing pre-orders to top of best-sellers

    Roger Packer
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Amazon Publishing is using its promotion power to send its own books to the top of the Kindle charts before they’re even published. This week, two pre-orders from AP imprints take the No 1 and No 2 slots in the paid Kindle best sellers. I Am Livia by Phyllis T Smith published by Lake Union tops the table despite not being released until May 1. It’s a debut novel and is described as being the female equivalent of Robert Graves’ I, Claudius. It sounds like a fascinating book. In second spot is Home To Stay ( An Anchor Island Novel) by Terri Osburn, published by Montlake…
  • On the Dazzle – Scholastic seeks a new child star

    Roger Packer
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:08 am
    Here’s another UK newspaper launching a novel writing contest. Last week, it was The Guardian with a self-published novel of the month award and now The Independent is setting up the Montegrappa Scholastic Prize for New Children’s Writing. The major criterion for entry seems to be that you must be “dazzling”. The contest stipulates that The Indy is only looking for “dazzling new fiction writing talent”, previously unpublished, with a novel aimed at children in the 7-12 age group. Star children’s publisher Scholastic, which must be looking to follow up on its…
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    Enago Blog: Scientific Publication Help

  • Guest Authors: Think Twice before You Sign On

    admin
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    It’s fairly common for an author to invite a better known researcher to be a coauthor on a paper. Although the distinguished researcher sometimes makes a valuable contribution to the paper’s content, he often serves as a “guest author,” donating nothing more than his name recognition and prestige to give the paper a better chance for acceptance in a major journal. This seems like a win-win for both parties: the lesser author gets his paper accepted and the distinguished author adds another publication to his record. Nevertheless, guest authorship is a bad practice which can damage an…
  • Some High Impact Factor Journals and My Experience With Them

    admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:50 am
    The relative importance of most academic journals is measured by what’s called their “impact factor,” or IF. Impact factor in an academic measure is simply a measure that reflects the average number citations made in various media, online and academic journals and similar publications to recent articles published in the subject journal. Essentially, an academic journal with a high IF is one that many publications and expert cite. Academic journals possessing a high impact factor are deemed more important, and thus deserving of more attention and consideration, than journals having lower…
  • Thesis vs. Dissertation: Depends on where you are

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    A graduate degree generally requires completing either a thesis or a dissertation and there is a difference between thesis and dissertation. In Shakespeare’s day a candidate for a master’s degree would write a thesis, an original paper in which he maintained a certain proposition. He would read his thesis to his committee, after which he sat in silence while two faculty members gave point by point refutations of everything he said. The focus here was on the student’s ideas and his ability to arrange and express them clearly. If a student wished to advance further in academia he could…
  • Authorships for Sale

    admin
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:53 am
    The claim on the editing service website seemed too good to be true. “You can publish SCI papers without doing experiments!” Unfortunately, this was not a joke. In China there is a thriving business in selling authorships to scientific publications. For as little as $1600 you may buy the right to be listed as a co-first author on a paper of which you did not write a word. Publication is guaranteed. The paper has already passed the first round of reviews. Your name will be added to the final version submitted just before publication. China’s Publication Marketplace The competition for…
  • Difference Between Solicited and Unsolicited Manuscript

    admin
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:19 am
    There are two distinct creatures in the world of academic journal publishing and, really, in the world of publishing of anything, including fiction and nonfiction books, travelogues…you name it: solicited and unsolicited manuscripts. Solicited manuscripts, of course, are relatively valuable things and the authors creating them have been asked by academic journals or publishers or publishing houses or literary agents, or what have you, to create said manuscripts. Unsolicited manuscripts, by contrast, may be lonely creatures, unloved and unlamented except by those that created them and,…
 
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  • How to Get Helpful Feedback From Beta Readers

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    by Carla Douglas@CarlaJDouglasSending a finished manuscript out to beta readers has become a routine step in the self-publishing process. Beta readers can provide crucial feedback about whether your book is ready to go public, and authors know this. It’s one thing to get readers to agree to give your manuscript an assessment; it’s another thing entirely to make the most of the precious time a beta reader spends with your material. So, you’ve found one or more avid readers to take on the task of giving your book a first read. What next?Read on: below I discuss how to get information…
  • The 5 in 4 Rule of Marketing: How to Avoid Being a Pest

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Image by John Tann You wrote a book and you know you need to market it. You need to tell your audience about it. But how often should you do that? This week at Beyond Paper, author Sarah Tun shares a tip for staying in touch with your audience, without being a pest.by Sarah TunMarketing is tricky. You have a good lead and you want to seal a deal. How frequently is it prudent to contact an agent, publisher, customer, or client when in pursuit of a contract?A proven effective rule-of-thumb is five times in four weeks.* If the individual or company you are targeting is interested, that frequency…
  • 3 Things Successful Self-Pubs Do Well — Why Not Get Mentored by the Pros?

    3 Apr 2014 | 4:58 pm
    by Carla Douglas@CarlaJDouglasWelcome to the first post in a new series about how to publish a good book.One of our goals at Beyond Paper is to help you see your book through an editor’s eyes—to point you toward the things that leap off the page and either make us cry, “eek!” or say, “yes, nicely done.”What are these things that can make or break a book? They vary, depending on genre, purpose for writing, audience, and so on, but things like tone, originality, usefulness, and design would be on most lists. They may reveal themselves early on during a manuscript evaluation, or…
  • Getting Started With Jutoh: A List of Resources and a Cheat Sheet

    27 Mar 2014 | 8:23 am
    by Corina Koch MacLeod@CKmacleodwriterIn a previous post, I wrote about Jutoh, an inexpensive piece of software that allows you to convert Word docx files to mobi or epub formats. In fact, I even used Jutoh for the latest book published at Beyond Paper.I find that it takes me a while to find my way around any new piece of software I tackle, and I always appreciate it if software comes with accessible support materials. Here are some of the support materials that come with Jutoh:ManualJulian Smart, the creator of Jutoh has written a detailed manual titled, Creating Great Ebooks…
  • How to Write a Quality Book Fast

    20 Mar 2014 | 9:19 am
    by Corina Koch MacLeod@CKmacleodwriterThere has been a bit of buzz recently about authors who can write a book collaboratively in six weeks or by themselves in nine weeks. How do they do it? Getting a book from idea to ebook can happen fairly quickly, particularly if you know how to create an efficient writing and publishing workflow (I wrote the first draft of the book on the left in about 10 hours and completed the rest of the process in nine weeks).1. Have a System To get a book to publication quickly, it helps to know the essential steps in the idea-to-ebook process. As both an…
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  • This week in numbers: April 12th – 18th

    Laura Jones
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    Here’s this week’s numbers in publishing. ’63% of men rarely read’ (Bookseller) ‘Men are giving up on reading books because they prefer to watch the big screen version instead, a study commissioned by the Reading Agency has revealed. Researchers found that being too busy, not enjoying reading and preferring to spend their spare time on […]
  • Crumbs – Miha Mazzini (Review)

    Laura Jones
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Miha Mazzini’s Crumbs is an unusual one. It was published in 1987 in its original Slovenian language, a language that was spoken by less than two million people according to Mazzini’s 2004 foreword. It has been picked up by Glasgow publisher Freight and given a new audience to coincide with the current lead up to the independence […]
  • This week in numbers: March 29th – April 4th

    Laura Jones
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:57 am
    Here’s this week’s numbers in publishing. In first 12 weeks of year, Children’s, Young Adult & Education up 7.1%, fiction down 7.9% in value (Bookseller [subs only]) ‘In the first 12 weeks of the year, Nielsen BookScan’s Children’s, Young Adult & Education category was up an impressive 7.1% in value terms, against an overall print […]
  • Marketing Games: Half Bad vs We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

    Laura Jones
    28 Mar 2014 | 7:36 am
    I expected great things from Half Bad by Sally Green, dubbed the next Hunger Games and the like. Unfortunately, I was left underwhelmed after too much hype and found it not meeting expectations. Many promotional stories are riding on the feat of Green, an accountant, writing a book of such quality. Maybe it is an impressive […]
  • This week in numbers: March 22nd – 28th

    Laura Jones
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:10 am
    Here’s this week’s numbers in publishing. Verso Books to start bundling, expect £200k revenue from website (booktrade.info) ‘Launching on April 8th Verso will be selling books and ebooks directly to customers all over the world, through their website http://www.versobooks.com ­in a way that will shake up how publishers relate to their readership, and help to […]
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  • National Arts Club and Gramercy Arts High School Browning Society Reading Review by Theodore Weaver

    James B Kepple
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:14 pm
    The scene at the National Arts Club, when Gramercy Arts High School students read poetry last month for an event long anticipated by the New York Browning Society heralds the victory of the feminist’s battle for equality in the literary world.  One young man and five young women read poetry inspired by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning, who were 19th century naturalist poets.  A couple of the poems they looked to for inspiration were Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “A Child’s Thought of God” and “A Dead Rose.” The second is significant in this case because it…
  • A Review of the Whitney Biennial by Theodore Weaver 3/20/14

    James B Kepple
    20 Mar 2014 | 11:20 am
    Every two years the Whitney Museum of Art has its Biennial, an unbiased selection of the best contemporary established and emerging American artists. The works for the 2014 Biennial were chosen by Stuart Comer, Michelle Grabner and Anthony Elms. Since the staff of the Whitney writes a tag for each piece of art including the artist’s hometown and the city in which he works, the Biennial has a geographical element: pieces made in New York or Chicago and as far west as Los Angeles may slightly bring out something from the regional style. While the celebrities who show at the Whitney sell…
  • Poetry kicked me in the balls (What does freedom mean to you?)

    Jeremiah Walton
    18 Jan 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Jeremiah Walton:“Most people are not against poetry. I’m tired of hearing ‘nobody cares about poetry’. Poetry is not on a decline, it’s changing. It is changing how it is written, how it is shared, how it is viewed. This is the century for poets.” Originally posted on Gatsby's Abandoned Children: Most people are not against poetry. I’m tired of hearing “nobody cares about poetry”. Poetry is not on a decline, it’s changing. It is changing how it is written, how it is shared, how it is viewed. This is the century for poets. View original
  • Forty-Five Seconds: A Chapbook by Joschua Beres

    Jeremiah Walton
    18 Jan 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Jeremiah Walton:Dave Higgins reviews 45 Seconds by Joschua Beres Originally posted on Davetopia: While most poetry collections include a contents page, not all include a contents page that reads like a poem. It is testament to the power of Beres’ voice that the titles form a poem of their own. This collection of ten poems has been compiled from Beres’ opus with the intention something of him “…will survive past my earthy existence and the cruelty of time” and opens with an apology that they have not been polished over and over again. Beres need have no worries on either account. The…
  • The Delancy Bar, the Couplet Reading by Theodore Weaver

    James B Kepple
    16 Jan 2014 | 10:35 am
    The Delancy Bar, the Couplet Reading If Richard Nixon were to go to a poetry reading, he would probably go to the Delancy Bar’s Couplet Reading Series.  The premiere poet to read on January 4, 2014 at the New York venue was Rosebud Ben-Oni.  She said the titular poem “Solecism,” of her book Solecism, published by Virtual Artists Collective, 2013 was cut from a dictionary. Solecism 1. Nonstandard or ungrammatical usage. 2. Breach of good manners or etiquette. 3. Any error, impropriety or inconsistency. Dan O’Brien and Kathleen Ossip, author of The Cold War (Sarabande:  2011) The…
 
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    Nostrovia! Poetry

  • Bad Reviews Come Every Writer’s Way, Gatsby’s Abandoned Children

    Jeremiah Walton
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Bad reviews are inevitable.  Not everyone is going to enjoy our writing, poetry, movie, whatever creative median we threw ourselves into. Bad Reviews Come Every Writer’s Way is an article posted at Gatsby’s Abandoned Children last year, but its relevance pushes forth beyond a date. If you are putting yourself out there, in the public’s eye, in critics’ vision, be prepared. Paulo Coelho said ”Writing is a socially acceptable form of getting naked in public“, and nobody wants to have their body criticized. I’m going to take the good with the bad, and grow with my…
  • Beautiful New England street art and graffiti

    Jeremiah Walton
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    I’ve always been a fan of graffiti and street art.  Creating for Self is a huge part of the process.  The aimless doodling and experimenting with lettering to perfect your name is a fun process, the exhilaration of urban exploration, the feel of a spray can in hand. I’m not talking about gang territory markers.  I’m not talking about the dicks you see crudely drooled on signs.  Corporate street art isn’t a focus.  No, I’m talking about pieces of art that took time, risk, and effort. Here are some favorite pieces I found wandering around New England. From…
  • 21st Century Youth Poets

    Jeremiah Walton
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    With friends at the bridge (NH) Happy National Poetry Month!  To kick it off, we’re celebrating some younger poets who are making moves where most of us haven’t yet. The youth is critical.  They are the next step, our successors.  One over arching focus, with all my literary projects, is to promote to the youth, my peers. I graduated High School the spring of 2013.  I spent that time cutting class to manage Nostrovia! Poetry, W.I.S.H. Publishing, run my personal blog, submit to publishers, take advantage of the design programs I couldn’t afford at home.  Poetry was my…
  • What is a poetry slam?

    Jeremiah Walton
    26 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    Slam! Into the Mouth of the Dharma!” -Allen Ginsberg “Why do you want to hang out with us old guys? If I was young, I’d be going to the Slam!” -Gregory Corso The summer of 2013, I volunteered at the National Poetry Slam in Boston, M.A..  It was a wonderful experience.  Slam New Orleans took victory, for the second year in the row, and offered some of the most amazing poems I’ve seen performed. If you don’t know what a slam is, allow me to explain, as it is an amazing branch of the poetic tree. Jeremiah Walton at Slam Free or Die A Brief History of Slam…
  • Math is art, and art is math

    Jeremiah Walton
    22 Mar 2014 | 7:36 pm
    Magic Math: Felino A. Soriano’s “Mathematics” by Alison Ross As an academic subject, mathematics both intrigues and terrifies me. In school I was beyond awful in it, and most likely suffered from dyscalculia. I am still math illiterate, but the difference now is that I appreciate math – its multi-foliate mysteries are no longer anathema to me so much as a beautiful enigma that slips through the fingers of my feeble faculties. As I grew older, I came to understand that it’s math, not poetry, which runs the world. Or, rather, that math IS poetry. They are one in the same.
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    The Publishing Profits Podcast Show | Writing | Marketing | Books | Ebooks

  • 018: How to Become a Full-Time Author with Lindsay Buroker, Bestselling Fantasy Novelist

    Tom Corson-Knowles
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Lindsay Buroker is the bestselling author of Balanced on the Blade’s Edge and more than 20 other novels and short stories.  Right now, Lindsay is ranked as the #84 bestselling Science Fiction Author on Amazon Kindle . She is a full-time author and works from home. In today’s show, Lindsay shares some great tips on writing, building your author platform and marketing. She shares how building a highly targeted email list can dramatically help you increase your book sales. It’s not just good enough to have anyone on your email list. Instead, you want loyal readers and fans…
  • 017: YouTube Marketing Secrets with Montina Portis from SparkWisdom

    Tom Corson-Knowles
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Montina Portis is the bestselling author of YouTube Video Marketing Secrets Revealed and several other books. Her SparkWisdom YouTube Channel has over 18,000 subscribers and more than 2 Million views. In today’s show, Montina shares some powerful tips for marketing and selling books online using video. If you thought video marketing was complicated, expensive, or difficult, you’re in for a surprise! Montina will show you just how easy it can be to get started marketing yourself on YouTube using video even if you have absolutely no video or marketing experience. Learn more about…
  • 016: Becoming a Full Time Author-Entrepreneur of Fiction and Nonfiction with Joanna Penn

    Tom Corson-Knowles
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Joanna Penn is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She writes fiction and non-fiction, and is a frequent speaker and lecturer at writer’s conferences and industry events. She’s now a full-time author-entrepreneur and has been since 2011. In today’s show, Joanna shares some brilliant tips, ideas and strategies on how to build your author platform and brand using social media, blogging, and creating regular content for your audience. Joanna says consistency is a huge key to her success, and in the interview you’ll see how being consistent in your marketing…
  • 015: Press Releases, Publicity and Getting Your Book in the Media with Dan Janal

    Tom Corson-Knowles
    26 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    Dan Janal is the author of Reporters Are Looking for You! and several other books. He’s been working in publicity, public relations and online marketing since the earliest stages of the internet. In today’s show, Dan shares some brilliant insights into how press releases work, how to use them for maximum effect, and some new and exciting ways to get publicity and exposure for yourself and your book. If you’re interested in media exposure and publicity, grab your pen, start listening and take notes! To get a great press release distribution service, check out…
  • 014: How to Write a Book Using Interviews and Smart Author Marketing Strategies with Ameer Rosic

    Tom Corson-Knowles
    19 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    Ameer Rosic is a functional medicine expert and bestselling author of Diagnostic Testing And Functional Medicine. In today’s show, Ameer shares how he landed interviews with some of the top health and wellness experts in the world. He then turned those interviews into a book which went on to become a #1 bestseller on Amazon and helped grow his platform even more. Ameer also shares some inspiring and life-changing tips on maintaining a strong attitude, overcoming obstacles, and never letting failure keep you from the success you’re looking for. Learn More You can learn more about…
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    Marketing Tips For Authors

  • How to Create Audio Versions of Your Book

    Paula Krapf
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Audio for Customers My friends love to listen to books while they exercise or drive. I never do this because I like to read a book, not hear it. However, customers should be able to access books in any way they want. Here are three organizations that produce audiobooks: Audible markets a collection of approximately 100,000 audio versions of books. When you buy an audiobook on Apple’s iTunes store, it’s usually from Audible. Amazon bought Audible in 2008. Books on Tape is part of Random House. It sells readings on CDs. A book can fill three or more CDs. Prices range from $25 to $100 per…
  • How Authors Can Market Themselves as Experts

    Paula Krapf
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:37 pm
    It’s a common piece of advice to authors: “You need to be an expert!” Nonfiction authors may find it’s a natural process, but there are plenty of opportunities for fiction authors, too. Eve Bridburg of Grub Street Reads offers some great insights. The post How Authors Can Market Themselves as Experts appeared first on Marketing Tips For Authors.
  • Simple Ways to Finding the Perfect Keywords on YouTube

    Paula Krapf
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:23 pm
    Learn how you can find the right keywords for YouTube. You will make more YouTube sales when you use the right keywords. James Wedmore offers easy and innovative ideas! The post Simple Ways to Finding the Perfect Keywords on YouTube appeared first on Marketing Tips For Authors.
  • Secrets to Using Pinterest Tools for Promoting Your Book

    Paula Krapf
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Learn how to boost your images or your promotion on Pinterest. Melanie Duncan discussed Pinterest promotion at Social Media Marketing World, and she offered some great marketing ideas along with ways to grab more traffic on Pinterest! The post Secrets to Using Pinterest Tools for Promoting Your Book appeared first on Marketing Tips For Authors.
  • How to Price Your Self-Published Book: KDP Select

    Paula Krapf
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Our friends at Kindle Direct Publishing offer another kind of pricing paradigm. It’s a program we mentioned in the previous chapter called KDP Select. In exchange for a ninety-day Amazon exclusive, your book goes into the “Lending Library” and you can offer the book for free for up to five days. People who own Kindle devices (not Kindle apps running on other devices) and who are Amazon Prime members can participate in this program. Participants can borrow books from a collection of 180,000 titles to read on their Kindle devices. Authors in the Lending Library program also receive a…
 
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    Digital Publishing Magazine Software & Content Marketing

  • App Store Optimization in Digital Publishing – ASO Translation Service

    Wojtek Szywalski
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:54 am
    When it comes to increasing the number of app downloads we have to consider ASO which stands for App Store Optimization. Digital Publishers can make it big on iTunes with relatively little effort. Here is how to make your magazine app resonate through Apple Newsstand on a global scale. Most of the iOS app downloads […] The post App Store Optimization in Digital Publishing – ASO Translation Service appeared first on Digital Publishing Magazine Software & Content Marketing.
  • How YouTube Drives the Installs of Their Mobile App

    Wojtek Szywalski
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:06 am
    Successful companies win mobile users through utilizing various marketing techniques. Most thriving ones do it right on their websites. In this article you will learn how to boost downloads of your digital magazine app yourself. App Store is not a marketing machine, after all it is just a store selling apps. People have to learn […] The post How YouTube Drives the Installs of Their Mobile App appeared first on Digital Publishing Magazine Software & Content Marketing.
  • People Like to Have Their Publications Available Electronically

    Wojtek Szywalski
    31 Mar 2014 | 4:50 am
    Interview with Jim Koury of Diversity Rules Magazine. PressPad gathers publishers from all walks of life. The most crowded segments are dedicated to fashion, lifestyle and LGBT and Diversity Rules Magazine is one among them. It is a niche magazine focusing on the queer community and its allies. Jim, when have you started journey with […] The post People Like to Have Their Publications Available Electronically appeared first on Digital Publishing Magazine Software & Content Marketing.
  • How to Create a Digital Magazine Without Specialized Publishing Software

    Wojtek Szywalski
    18 Mar 2014 | 7:47 am
    A magazine app can be one way of magazine distribution, it is also an effective content marketing tool. Then how to publish your own digital magazine in App Store to widen your target range by mobile users? In this article, I’m going to describe exactly what you’ll need to launch your own flip page digital […] The post How to Create a Digital Magazine Without Specialized Publishing Software appeared first on Digital Publishing Magazine Software & Content Marketing.
  • Digital Publishing is The Most Promising Content Marketing Tactic for 2014

    Wojtek Szywalski
    14 Mar 2014 | 7:49 am
    Digital publishing on mobile devices has all it takes to dominate the tactics utilized in content marketing activities this year. It is so because digital publishing on mobile platforms combines three of the most efficient content marketing tactics. These are journalism, creating “white papers” (that is, sharing specialist knowledge), as well as activities on mobile […] The post Digital Publishing is The Most Promising Content Marketing Tactic for 2014 appeared first on Digital Publishing Magazine Software & Content Marketing.
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    The Proof Angel

  • How we learn grammar

    The Proof Angel
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    A study of how we learn grammar has concluded that the different grammatical structures found in languages of the world reflect the deep properties of human minds rather than social and cultural factors. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Grammar & usage Tagged: grammar
  • A new channel about the publishing business

    The Proof Angel
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:09 am
    This might be an interesting one to keep an eye on. A new YouTube channel about the book publishing business. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: Writers Resources
  • Irregular plurals

    The Proof Angel
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:26 am
    Sometimes forming the plural is not as easy as just adding an s. To help with those times, here is a nice infographic to guide you through the problem. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Grammar & usage Tagged: plurals
  • Call for fiction manuscripts

    The Proof Angel
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    Are you a new fiction writer of high calibre and imagination? Then in June, Vintage books want to hear from you. Find out how to submit your work here. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: Fiction
  • How to write a book review

    The Proof Angel
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:34 am
    Book reviews make very good items for newsletters and blog posts. When I was at junior school, this was the first task every Monday morning. For some reason we always had to start “The main characters in this story are…” What we learn in school isn’t always useful, is it? Here is how to write a proper book review. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors, Writing resources Tagged: book marketing, book review, book reviewing, indie publishing, self-publishing
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  • The Yellow Light Reversion Clause or A Minimum Wage for Authors

    Passive Guy
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    From Hugh Howey:The economics of book publishing have shifted and will never be the same. Both the physical book, with print-on-demand, and the e-bo0k, with its infinite supply, have created a world where the written word is forever available for commercial transaction. Hundreds of years from now, anything written today will still be available for sale. At that point, of course, the works will be in the public domain. But what to do until then?The current book contract in all its lovely boilerplate no longer makes sense in light of a work’s permanence. Such contracts are an outdated…
  • What’s Barnes & Noble’s Survival Plan?

    Passive Guy
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    From The Wall Street Journal:In mid-January, Daniel Fidler worked his final day at what was Barnes & Noble Inc. ‘s store in Chestnut Hill, Mass., putting in a few extra weeks stripping out books and bookcases after the store closed at the end of the year.“I was depressed but I kept a smile on my face because I didn’t want to think about what would happen,” said the 24-year-old, who is still looking for a new job. “We had a party at a restaurant, and everybody who left came back, but it was bittersweet.”Barnes & Noble is making its last stand in…
  • In the Spring

    Passive Guy
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.Mark TwainClick to Tweet/Email/Share This Post
  • “The Periodic Table of Storytelling” Reveals the Elements of Telling a Good Story

    Passive Guy
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    From Open Culture:Dmitri Mendeleev might have designed the original periodic table – a graphic representation of all the basic building blocks of the universe – but artist James Harris has done something way cool with that template — the Periodic Table of Storytelling.That’s right. Harris has taken all the tropes, archetypes and clichés found in movies (not to mention TV, comic books, literature, video and even professional wrestling) and synthesized them into an elegantly realized chart. Instead of grouping the elements by noble gases or metals, Harris has organized them by…
  • From Moby Dick to The Great Gatsby: Classic Lit Dishes Brought to Life

    Passive Guy
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    From The Daily Beast:There is nothing like reading a description of a meal that is so vivid you can almost taste it. For one photographer, imaging the iconic delights wasn’t enough. For a design project that turned into a book, Fictitious Dishes, Dinah Fried decided to create and photograph the food described in her favorite books. After some epic cooking challenges, she landed with 50 dishes ranging from the classic to the modern.Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll, 1865The table was a large one, but the three were all croded together at one corner of it:“No…
 
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