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  • Venn Zen: Authors, be one with your audience

    BookBaby Blog
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    [This guest post was written by Suzanne Paschall, CEO of Indie Ink.] I was mightily inspired recently by one of our authorpreneur clients who tested us on our theory of building an Audience Avatar. (I love it when they do that! It’s what keeps us on our toes.) I’ll get to that test in a moment, but first I want to share with you the two-phase process we go through. Step one was to have her coach (me, in this case) interview her as if she was one person at the centre of the most likely audience for her content. I asked her to envision this person, give her a name, and describe her…
  • 71 Tools and Tactics for Your Book Marketing Plan

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

    The Digital Reader
    Nate Hoffelder
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    Amazon’s latest and greatest ereader officially broke embargo today, a day ahead of the official shipdate, and the early reviews have already been posted. I just got my unit on Friday, and am still working on the review, but other bloggers got their units earlier. So far I have 8 reviews to share, and they should offer plenty of detail for the discerning reader. Actually, I have 7 reviews; I am not excerpting the review posted by Re/Code because I’m not sure it’s worth reading. Update: I now have 10 reviews, not counting the review in the NYTimes, which I again…
  • Paul Krugman Speaks Out Against Amazon

    Maryann Yin
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman has written a New York Times op-ed criticizing Amazon. For book selling, he goes so far as to say that it has a “robber-baron-type market power.” In his piece, Krugman (pictured, via) compares Amazon with Standard Oil and talks about the consequences that may ensue should the online retail giant continue its current standard of operations. He feels that Amazon has abused its powers to retaliate against Hachette throughout the dispute between the two companies. Here’s an excerpt from the article: “So far Amazon has not tried…
  • 19 Magical Bookshops Every Book Lover Must Visit

    The Proof Angel
    The Proof Angel
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:57 am
    Are you planning a trip? Need a destination? This selection of book shops might inspire you. There are just a few I still need to visit.  I rather fancy the barge idea. We just need a few more bookshelves first. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Bits & bobs Tagged: book shops
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  • Daily Must Reads, October 20, 2014

    Julie Keck
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    1. On the ethics of data-driven journalism (Alex Howard / Tow Center for Digital Journalism) 2. Never say never: why TV networks are suddenly ready to unbundle (Janko Roettgers / GigaOm) 3. FCC Chief says he agrees with Obama on net neutrality, advocates don’t buy it (Brendan Sasso / National Journal) 4. How Facebook and [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Love It or Hate It, Common Core Should Include Journalism Education

    Erica Salkin
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:05 am
    Common Core. There are few phrases quite as controversial in K-12 education today as the name of this nationwide initiative. Launched in 2009, Common Core is a set of national standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy intended to enhance college and career preparedness as well as bring all states in line with international benchmarks. [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • #EdShift Chat: Green Shoots in Journalism Education

    Meagan Doll
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    On Friday, October 24, our #EdShift chat will focus on green shoots in journalism education. Join us at 1 p.m. Eastern Time/12 p.m. Central Time/10 a.m. Pacific Time as we discuss teaching innovations that others can model and remix into their own curricula. The chat will be moderated as usual by MediaShift’s Education Curator Katy Culver, with [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Special Series: Common Core and Journalism Education

    Kathleen Bartzen Culver
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    When I first asked an educator friend to explain the Common Core standards to me, she said, “It boils down to agreements on what kids should learn and when.” Sounded simple to me. The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-based set of educational standards covering what children should learn in math and English [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Upcoming Events in Digital Media: Oct. 17 Edition

    Sonia Paul
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    Each week, MediaShift posts an ongoing list of upcoming events in the digital media and journalism world. These will be a mix of MediaShift-produced events and other events. If we’re missing any major events, please use our Contact Form to let us know, and we’ll add them to the list. If you’d like to pay to promote [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
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    Digital Book World

  • Will Amazon Pressure Indie Authors?

    Rich Bellis
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Maybe not today, and maybe not tomorrow, but according to Kobo’s Chief Content Officer Michael Tamblyn, there’s no reason to believe Amazon won’t put the squeeze on indie authors eventually. In a series of tweets on Friday, Tamblyn argued Amazon is patiently working its way down the food chain, starting with Hachette, with which it’s been locked in a standoff since May. Big Five publishers, small and mid-size presses, even loyal KDP authors: all alike are suppliers in Amazon’s eyes and can expect to be “improved” when it comes to profitability. Here are all thirty-two of…
  • Kobo President Michael Tamblyn to Indie Authors: You’re on Amazon’s Hit List

    17 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    Kobo President and Chief Content Officer Michael Tamblyn (@mtamblyn) took to Twitter today to explain why, in his view, indie authors won’t be exempt from the tactics Amazon is using against Hachette in order to squeeze more profit from the publisher’s titles. Here’s what Tamblyn calls his “32 Notes on Amazon-Hachette-IndyAuthors.” Learn more: To hear more than 4,480 (140 x 32) characters’ worth of Tamblyn‘s thoughts on these and other issues, join him at Digital Book World 2015. 1/ Indie authors take note: Amazon is, among other things, a machine…
  • Ebook Subscription Service Entitle Improves Recommendation Engine

    17 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    Entitle announces an upgrade to its recommendation engine in an effort to improve discovery through its subscription-based ebook platform. Related: Tactics for Boosting Ebook Discovery at Digital Book World 2015 Entitle CEO Bryan Batten explains how the upgraded recommendation system works: We currently employ a content analysis recommender system which reads, analyzes and understands the actual contextual elements of each title. After reading each title in its entirety, not just the metadata or synopsis, the system then compares it against the rest of our library to surface other titles…
  • Wattpad Novel Scores Movie Deal

    Rich Bellis
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s been a busy week for what Amazon refers to as “reader-powered” publishing. Amazon rolled out the Kindle Scout program on Tuesday, widening its foray into crowdsourcing book content–a trend that appears to be picking up steam lately. Now, a title that originated on the social storytelling platform Wattpad lands a deal with Paramount for a film adaptation. The novel, called After, by Anna Todd, racked up over a billion reads on Wattpad, catching the attention both of Paramount and Simon & Schuster, which will publish it later this month. More. Related: Hear Wattpad’s…
  • Growth Projected for Digital Educational Content

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    A new survey suggests the market for supplemental educational products is expanding, driven by an uptick in institutions’ investment in digital content as well as by the impact of the Common Core standards. Learn more: Digital Book World 2015 Explores the Digital Transition in Higher Education and What the Common Core Means for Publishers [Press Release] STAMFORD, Conn., Oct. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — SIMBA/EMR just released a new survey report on the supplemental educational products market called Supplemental Products: 2014 Size, Growth & Change. The report can be found at:…
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    A Newbie's Guide to Publishing

  • Amazon Will Slash Your Royalties!

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

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

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Just when I think media coverage of Amazon/Hachette can't get any worse, Rob Spillman gets everything wrong in today's Salon.Seriously. Everything. Doesn't anyone fact-check at Salon? Are there editors? Rob in bold italic idiot font, my responses in plain reasonable text.If you are an author, how can you possibly defend Amazon? Because Amazon is responsible for tens of thousands of authors making money, many for the very first time?Is that a decent reason?Here's another: I published with Hachette, and they suck. Poor royalties, shitty one-sided contract clauses, mediocre distribution,…
  • Guest Blog by Leslie Wells

    8 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    One Way Or Another by Leslie WellsFirst of all, a disclaimer: Joe and I go way back. I acquired his first six novels at the New York publishing house where I was an editor. It was a wonderful experience to work with Joe on Whiskey Sour, Bloody Mary, Rusty Nail, Dirty Martini, Fuzzy Navel, and Cherry Bomb. To me, what made the books really sing were his break-the-mold protagonist, Jack (Jacqueline) Daniels, and the many snort-beer-out-your-nose-hilarious scenes. Not to mention that Joe was willing to go on a huge cross-country tour that he set up himself; sleeping on friends’ couches,…
  • Is the NYT Coverage of Amazon vs. Hachette Really Propaganda?

    6 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    By now you've seen the NYT Public Editor's piece criticizing her own newspaper's coverage of the Amazon/Hachette situation.Note to David Streitfeld: see what Margaret Sullivan did? Being a competent reporter, she researched the situation and presented both sides of the story. That means quotes from authors representing both sides, and quotes from the very source (you) she was critical of.She's an excellent, smart, fair journalist, Mr. Streitfeld. Put your hat in your hand and go thank her. After you have, ask her for some pointers.As well done as the piece was, Ms. Sullivan did write…
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    Catherine, Caffeinated

  • Inserting Page Numbers and Running Heads

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

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

    25 Aug 2014 | 1:29 am
    Self-Printed 3.0 is almost here EXCLAMATION MARK. Well, it’ll be here soon. It’s hard to estimate exactly when all editions will be up and running, but I think it’s safe to say we’ll be good to go by October 16th. Some editions may be available long before that but usually I watch all self-imposed deadlines pass on by, so I’m way overestimating here just to be safe. I’ll also be availing of Amazon KDP’s new pre-ordering function, so stay tuned for that. Since it’s been 2 years since the last one and this new edition is almost entirely revamped,…
  • Goodreads Giveaways: Don’t Do What You’re Told

    18 Aug 2014 | 5:07 am
    This summer I’m working on revising and updating my self-publishing ‘how to': Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing. Edition #3 is scheduled for release in a few weeks’ time. (I will definitely be taking advantage of KDP’s new pre-ordering function, so stayed tuned for that.) When I did the second edition back in 2012, only one year had passed since the first but still, so much had changed. This time around, the entire landscape has changed, and there’s so many new and exciting opportunities for self-publishers to take advantage of. I’ve completely…
  • Closing the Facebook

    5 Jul 2014 | 2:31 am
    This summer I’m working on revising and updating my self-publishing ‘how to': Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing. Edition #3 is scheduled for release September 5th. When I did the second edition back in 2012, only one year had passed since the first but still, so much had changed. This time around, the entire landscape has changed, and there’s so many new and exciting opportunities for self-publishers to take advantage of. I’ve completely changed my mind about some of my advice, and believe more than ever in the rest of it. One thing…
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    BookBaby Blog

  • What’s your state book? A literary map of the U.S.A.

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

    Steven Spatz
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    What’s the very best thing about my new job as President of BookBaby? That’s easy – it’s getting the chance to interact with the BookBaby community of authors, publishers, editors and many others. It’s hearing from people like Caleb Mason who wrote me last week: I just wanted to let you know I have used (BookBaby) for all the books I publish under my imprint Publerati and have been very impressed with the helpfulness of your staff there. I recommend you every opportunity I get. I had a notion of what I wanted to do when starting out. But without BookBaby none of what I am doing…
  • Why a traditionally published poet decided to self-publish her newest book, give it away for free, and ask readers to help her write the sequel

    Chris Robley
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Arisa White, the widely-published Bay Area poet, Cave Canem fellow, and board member of Flying Object, has decided to self-publish her most recent collection dear Gerald in both print and eBook editions, give away a bunch of copies for free, AND solicit responses from readers that she’ll use as source material for another book project. Why? Well, I asked her. An interview with Arisa White about the process of self-publishing her latest poetry collection I  know it’s unfair to ask you to summarize a book, but if you could, what’s the soundbite about dear Gerald? dear…
  • Printed Books 101: the components of a book (and where they go)

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    A cheat sheet for self-published authors making print books [This is an excerpt from 'Printed Book Design 101,' written by Joel Friedlander of The Book Designer. Download the complete guide HERE for free.] For quick reference, here’s a cheat sheet of common components used in book design. Remember, most books don’t have all of these, so use this glossary to get the parts you DO have in the right place. Half title — This page contains only the title of the book and is typically the first page you see when opening the cover. Frontispiece — An illustration on the page facing the title…
  • Venn Zen: Authors, be one with your audience

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    [This guest post was written by Suzanne Paschall, CEO of Indie Ink.] I was mightily inspired recently by one of our authorpreneur clients who tested us on our theory of building an Audience Avatar. (I love it when they do that! It’s what keeps us on our toes.) I’ll get to that test in a moment, but first I want to share with you the two-phase process we go through. Step one was to have her coach (me, in this case) interview her as if she was one person at the centre of the most likely audience for her content. I asked her to envision this person, give her a name, and describe her…
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    Self-Publishing Review

  • Self-Publishing Success Story: Lisa Genova

    James Grimsby
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:54 am
    Lisa Genova is a trained neuroscientist whose debut novel, Still Alice, is about a woman with an early onset form of Alzheimer’s, who has to learn to cope with the way her life is changing. Genova self-published her book in 2007 with iUniverse, and it was picked up by Simon & Schuster in 2009, and ...
  • Review: Blood Line by John J. Davis

    James Grimsby
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Blood Line is the debut novel of the Granger Spy thriller series by John J. Davis, following the enigmatic Ron Granger and his unusually talented family – thoughtful and unstoppable wife, Valerie, curious and intuitive daughter, Leecy – after what seems to be a simple home invasion turns out to be something far more serious than ...
  • Ten Ways To Use A Professional Book Review

    Cate Baum
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    Often at Self-Publishing Review we are asked, “What can I do with my book review once I purchase it?” So here is a list of ten uses for your review to garner sales and exposure. 1. Editorial Review section on Amazon The Editorial Reviews Section on your Amazon Author Central profile is an all-important showcase ...
  • Review: The Ituni Experience by Forbes Skinner

    T B Markinson
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    Have you ever met someone who has almost accidentally cut off his leg with a chainsaw, set himself on fire trying to light a cigarette, who was thrown from a tractor, and lived to tell about it? Meet Forbes Skinner, author of The Ituni Experience: The Trials of a Chainsaw Logger. In his memoir, Skinner ...
  • Review: Legacy of Leadership – Zenon C.R. Hansen by Steve Myers

    Cate Baum
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    Zenon Hansen was an all-American enterpreneur with motivational skills who became the president of Mack Trucks, one of the biggest trucking companies in America. Starting off as an Eagle Scout, he won a badge that led him to give his life to the Boy Scout movement. Pitched by writer Steve Myers as an inspirational read ...
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    Publishing Perspectives

  • Is Translation Stronger in France, Germany or the UK?

    Olivia Snaije
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    A panel at the Frankfurt Book Fair compared international literature and translation in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. The post Is Translation Stronger in France, Germany or the UK? appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Playing to the Crowd: The Publishing Journey of a Rollergirl

    Guest Contributor
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Margot Atwell, ex-publisher of Beaufort Books, discusses the appeal of Rollerderby and her efforts to publish a book about the sport via Kickstarter. The post Playing to the Crowd: The Publishing Journey of a Rollergirl appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Lemony Snicket Rallies Support for Indie Bookstores

    Dennis Abrams
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    Daniel Handler suggests that authors should pick an independent bookstore close to where they live and sign books for them to sell. The post Lemony Snicket Rallies Support for Indie Bookstores appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Are There Too Many Books?

    Guest Contributor
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    The total number of books in print hit 28 million worldwide in 2013, but are there enough readers to justify so much publishing? The post Are There Too Many Books? appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Cairo Book Fair to Launch Professional Program

    Guest Contributor
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    In 2015 the Cairo International Book Fair will launch its first-ever professional program, which will run from January 29 through 31. The post Cairo Book Fair to Launch Professional Program appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
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    The Book Designer

  • Top 5 Ways Authors Sabotage Their Own Book

    Joel Friedlander
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:03 am
    by Shayla Eaton (@CuriouserEdit) Over the years The Book Designer has featured guest articles by authors, designers, marketing pros, and many others in the field of self-publishing. But more than any other people involved in publishing, we’ve featured editors. The reason for this is that editing is crucial to self-publishers, and should be the number 1 priority on an author’s list when they start thinking about getting a book ready for publication. Nothing will prejudice readers against your book—except for a boring book, that is—than a sloppy presentation or worse, a…
  • This Week in the Blogs, October 14 – 20, 2014

    Joel Friedlander
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    If you’re too scared to venture outside because of all the Halloween ghosts and goblins, why not stay indoors and check out this week’s selection of great articles? Frances Caballo on Social Media Just for Writers How to Target Your Readership “As of January of this year, Pew Research determined that 75% of adults who engage in online activities use social media.” Carla King on How to Blog a Book 10 Quick and Easy Ways to Test, Publish and Sell Your Book “You’ve got your manuscript, so now what? Before committing to big distribution, try these quick and easy…
  • Is Crowdsourced Editing Right for Your Book?

    Joel Friedlander
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    By Corina Koch MacLeod and Carla Douglas Crowdsourced editing is a new term, but the concept has been around for a while. Writers have always shared their works-in-progress with other writers in exchange for criticism, in much the same way many writers now use beta readers for feedback. And there’s the practice—which we have only heard about and which is frowned upon by editors, obviously—in which a writer sends a different segment of a manuscript to a variety of editors with a request for a sample edit. With luck, the writer gets a full manuscript edited by the crowd. Recently though,…
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    The Future of Ink

  • How To Organize Your Non-fiction Book

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

    Frances Caballo
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    by Frances Caballo Whenever I publish a new book, my husband and friends are always impressed. My colleagues? Not so much. While friends may wonder how I chose a topic and researched it, organized my time, and acquired the skills to write it, my colleagues know the Big Secret. What’s the Big Secret? Here’s your answer: Writing and publishing a book is a lot of work. Period. You spend hours in isolation pounding the keyboard. In addition, you must fight temptations to sneak onto the Internet, pour yourself a glass of wine, or take the dog for a walk. I know because every time I sit down to…
  • How To Set Up Your Goodreads Author Profile (And Why You Should!)

    Shelley Hitz
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Shelley Hitz Goodreads is a popular platform authors can use to market their books. However, I know many authors who have not even set up the basics on Goodreads to increase their exposure on this popular site for readers. In this post, you’ll learn about the power of Goodreads as well as how to set up your Goodreads author platform and get started.  Why Goodreads? Goodreads launched in 2007, has over 30 million members, and typically has more than one million unique visitors per day. Since March 2013, Goodreads has been owned by Amazon. If those statistics do not convince you of…
  • 5 Tips to Make Your Author Website Convert Prospects to Profits

    Kristen Eckstein
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Kristen Eckstein One of the most valuable pieces of marketing you can invest in is your “digital business card”—your website. If you feel having a social media presence and a Facebook page alone are enough, keep in mind that you don’t control those websites. You need a hub—a central location for your entire book marketing plan—so readers can connect with you, learn more about your book, and buy it for themselves and all their friends. This profit portal must be controlled directly by you, or you could literally lose your online presence overnight. Marketing your book online can…
  • Your Online Journey Must Be Planned To Be Profitable

    Kathleen Gage
    3 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Kathleen Gage Many people dream of making six and seven figures a year online. They’ve heard about outlandish results experts in any number of industries have gotten and hope to achieve the same. Is it really possible to build a successful and profitable online business? Absolutely. But before you embark on your online journey to generate fabulous revenues from the comfort of your home, or virtually anywhere in the world, you have to build a solid foundation to support this growth. For years, I’ve been teaching men and women around the globe how to set up multiple streams of revenue by…
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    The Passive Voice - Latest Updates

  • October 2014 Author Earnings Report

    Passive Guy
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    From Hugh Howey: The latest Author Earnings report is up. This is our first look at the effects of Kindle Unlimited — we’ll be diving in further in coming months. I wish our conclusions could be more . . . conclusive. To me, weighing all the benefits of KDP Select against the minus of exclusivity, my thinking is that KDP Select is great for those starting out and those selling at the very highest levels. For those in the middle, who might be getting traction on other outlets, the increase in sales does not seem to outweigh the percentage of the market given up. I’ve been able to…
  • I hope they don’t hang you

    Passive Guy
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    “I hope they don’t hang you, precious, by that sweet neck.” “You’re not . . .” “Yes, angel, I’m gonna send you over. The chances are you’ll get off with life. That means if you’re a good girl, you’ll be out in 20 years. I’ll be waiting for you. If they hang you, I’ll always remember you.” Dashiell Hammett
  • Real books can defeat Amazon and e-books

    Passive Guy
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    From USA Today: The book business believes that Amazon is unfair in the way it sells books. It believes, in fact, that Amazon in its sales practices — pressuring the book publishers to lower their prices and profits — is the enemy. Amazon’s ultimate design, publishers believe, is to ruin them or to wholly shift the center of gravity in the business from the creators of books to Amazon, the dominant seller. And this seems to be truer than not. The book business response has been to protest hotly and try to wage a moral war against what it sees as an immoral competitor — having, for…
  • Apple updates iBooks Author, adds in support for importing ePub and InDesign files

    Passive Guy
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    From Talking New Media: he eBook publishing platform from Apple, iBooks Author, received an update. The update, which brings the program up to version 2.2, fails to introduce iPhone support, the one thing publishers have been asking for from the beginning. But there are a number of interesting new features. The update for iBA now allows designers to import ePub files. It also allows for the importation of Adobe InDesign IDML files, which may prove a big help for seasoned designers expert at Adobe’s publishing design program. Maybe the biggest improvement, and one often requested from…
  • Are There Too Many Books?

    Passive Guy
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    From Publishing Perspectives: At the 66th Frankfurt Book Fair last week, self-publishing and the self-published authors were in the eye of the storm, at the crest of the tsunami wave of the published books worldwide. The total number of books in print hit 28 million worldwide in 2013 , as calculated by all the titles that acquired ISBNs. In the United States, some 390,000 ISBNs were taken by the self-published authors, while approximately 300,000 were solicited by the traditional trade publishers. A panel featured as part of the International Self-publishing Program, asked the…
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    The Digital Reader

  • Goodreader PDF App Updated

    Nate Hoffelder
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    The best PDF app for iPad and iPhone was updated today with a bunch of bug fixes and new features. In addition to direct support for loading files from iCloud, Goodreader also gained a couple new features which iPhone 6 owners will appreciate.  The iPhone version of Goodreader now supports a double-page view for PDF files, and there is an option for page rotation (landscape to portrait and back). What’s more, Goodreader also supports more  external drives, specifically models made by Toshiba. And last but not least, users can now lock and unlock either the app or specific files…
  • Round Up: Kindle Voyage Reviews

    Nate Hoffelder
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    Amazon’s latest and greatest ereader officially broke embargo today, a day ahead of the official shipdate, and the early reviews have already been posted. I just got my unit on Friday, and am still working on the review, but other bloggers got their units earlier. So far I have 8 reviews to share, and they should offer plenty of detail for the discerning reader. Actually, I have 7 reviews; I am not excerpting the review posted by Re/Code because I’m not sure it’s worth reading. Update: I now have 10 reviews, not counting the review in the NYTimes, which I again…
  • Indie Authors and Publishers Respond to Tamblyn’s Manifesto

    Nate Hoffelder
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    Kobo President Tamblyn sparked a minor uproar on Friday when he shared a 31 tweet manifesto which called for indies to support Hachette because they were further down the same list. Many do not seem to agree with that premise. When I covered the story, I pointed out that his argument was similar to one which I had raised in June 2014 and had been quickly debunked, and left it at that. Other pundits, including indie authors and publishers, put more thought into it and came up with some rather interesting observations. Focusing on the point that Kobo was one of Amazon’s competitors, many…
  • The Morning Coffee – 20 October 2014

    Nate Hoffelder
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:25 pm
    The short reading list this morning includes a tourist who achieves my lifelong dream, the value of book reviewing to writing a book, a look at the possible legal issues with Keurig’s DRMed coffee pods, and more. Antitrust, DRM & Coffee: Is It Illegal For Keurig To Lock Down Its Brewers? (Techdirt) Let’s Get Critical! How Book Reviewing Can Make You A Better Storyteller (LitReactor) On the importance of pseudonymous activity (Dear Author) The rising costs of membership in the booktalk community (VacuousMinx) U.S. Tourist Tweets Himself to Freedom After Getting Locked In London…
  • The Hemingwrite Wants to be Your Retro Word Processor on the Go

    Nate Hoffelder
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Up until my younger brother disassembled it, one of my cherished possessions was an Alphasmart Neo. Powered by AA batteries, this keyboard-sized word processor was a handy way to take notes in meetings where I wouldn’t be allowed to open a laptop (or lacked a table to put the laptop on.) The Neo came to mind again today when news of the Hemingwrite crossed my desk. This gadget wants to pick up where the Neo left off and be a portable word processor with weeks of battery life. Sporting a 6″ E-ink screen, the Hemingwrite has Bluetooth, Wifi, a 78-key keyboard, storage for a…
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    The Independent Publishing Magazine

  • Bestselling Self-Published Author Freethy Partners with Ingram Publishing Services

    Mick Rooney
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:12 am
    Bestselling self-published author Barbara Freethy has entered a partnership deal with Ingram Publishing Services (IPS) which will see her novels sold and distributed in print format worldwide to brick and mortar bookstores. Freethy is the author of 40+ contemporary romance novels with sales in excess of 4.8 million. She will self-publish the print titles under Hyde Street Press, her own dedicated imprint for this new venture. The deal is the first of its kind directly with a self-published author by Ingram Publishing Services (IPS).Read More>>>The Independent Publishing Magazine…
  • Writing and reading for pleasure – Part Five: Who for, Where and When to write | Douglas Burcham

    Mick Rooney
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    [Douglas Burcham continues his series of articles on writing and reading for pleasure starting with a fantasy short story about yet another life of Henry Cross the main character in his fiction writing.]Henry watched the red sun slip down below the calm sea horizon from the balcony of his home on his island estate in the Caribbean. Here all much warmer than outside in the gardens of his expensive homes in London, Paris and New York.Read More>>>The Independent Publishing Magazine | TIPM Media
  • Raider Publishing's UK Operation Falls on Sword of ASA

    Mick Rooney
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld a complaint it received about Green Shore Publishing, a paid-publishing service imprint of Raider Publishing International (RPI), and published the findings of its adjudicating council last week. RPI and it's CEO and founder Adam Salviani were also the subject of a recent investigation by BBC Radio 4's consumer rights programme, You & Yours. TIPM covered the full details of this programme here, including news that Salviani happily gave a BBC interview (to answer a series of author complaints against RPI) without…
  • The Future of Publishing 2020: Connect (or Be Damned) - Laura Fredericks | Guest Post

    Mick Rooney
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    Not too many years ago, we all relied on bookstores and libraries for our books. Publishing, or what is now solely referred to as traditional publishing, was curated and prestigious. Gatekeepers made sure that every step of the way, from a writer's manuscript to the printed book to the store shelves, only the best of the best could get through.These days, the barriers between an author and publishing, or an author and her readers, have all but disappeared. Obstructions to publishing have vanished with the advent of viable print-on-demand solutions, digital publishing, e-readers, and…
  • Publishing Service Index | October 2014

    Mick Rooney
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:26 pm
    This is the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for October 2014. This update reflects some review updates and author feedback over the past four weeks. There is no great change in the top positions, but Lulu strengthens its position in the top ten with a move to eight.Bowker in the USA has just released a report on allocated ISBNs between 2008 and 2013 which includes e and print books. In the coming days TIPM will be crunching that data and presenting a post about the data.Read More>>>The Independent Publishing Magazine | TIPM Media
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    The Creative Penn

  • How To Be Successful In Self-Publishing

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

    Joanna Penn
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:58 pm
    If you want a six figure income from your books, it’s a good idea to model people who are already making this kind of money. Steve Scott seemed to burst onto the indie non-fiction scene in early 2014, but in fact, he has 42 books and has had an internet business since 2006. I interview him about his (not so secret) strategies for success. In the intro, I talk about my impressions of Frankfurt Book Fair and some of what I learned there, as well as an update on my writing. This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps authors self-publish and reach readers in global markets…
  • How To Read Your Own AudioBook And Sell Direct To Customers

    Joanna Penn
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:12 pm
    I love and I am all in with my fiction there, but I’m also a podcaster and after years of doing my own interviews and audio, I decided to read my own non-fiction audiobook, and sell it direct! Here’s how. Recording the book I live in a basement flat with pretty good acoustics for audio i.e. no high ceilings or wooden floors, so I knew it would be OK to record here. If you want to record yourself and distribute professionally, you are likely to need a studio, but I went ahead at home and just stopped if it got too noisy. I am not hugely technical and I didn’t want to…
  • Copyright, Publishing Contract Clauses, Image Use And Avoiding Getting Sued With Helen Sedwick

    Joanna Penn
    5 Oct 2014 | 11:05 pm
    There are questions that come up over and over again in the self-publishing world: What does copyright even mean? How do I write about real people and not get sued? How can I protect against piracy? Today, I interview lawyer Helen Sedwick about these and many other legal issues. In the intro, I talk about the new Kindle Voyage, heading to Frankfurt Book Fair and what I’m learning from Dean Wesley Smith’s productivity course that has resulted in 20,000 words done for Gates of Hell, my next novel in the last 9 days. This podcast episode is sponsored by 99 Designs, where you can get…
  • Q&A Time: My Journey, Writing Routine, Author Platform Tips, Global Publishing And Mistakes

    Joanna Penn
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:08 pm
    I recorded this video for the Gulf Coast Writer’s Conference recently and I thought you might find it interesting as well. It’s 26 mins long and contains slides and images as well as my talking head Thanks to thriller author Michael Lister for the invitation! I also recently interviewed Michael about his religious thrillers, if you like similar fiction to me. I answer the following questions: To me you are the epitome of an indie author and entrepreneur. Can you share with us the journey that has gotten you here? What percentage of your time is spent being an author and what…
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  • Coloring Books Could Help Adults De-Stress

    Maryann Yin
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    Feeling a bit tense and anxious? Perhaps picking up a coloring book may be the solution. Many psychologists recommend that adults cast aside the notion that only children should color.  These experts theorize that “when we focus on a particular activity, we focus on it and not on our worries.” According to The Huffington Post, “the practice generates wellness, quietness and also stimulates brain areas related to motor skills, the senses and creativity.” A number of publishers throughout Europe and North America have released these types of books for adult readers.
  • Paul Krugman Speaks Out Against Amazon

    Maryann Yin
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman has written a New York Times op-ed criticizing Amazon. For book selling, he goes so far as to say that it has a “robber-baron-type market power.” In his piece, Krugman (pictured, via) compares Amazon with Standard Oil and talks about the consequences that may ensue should the online retail giant continue its current standard of operations. He feels that Amazon has abused its powers to retaliate against Hachette throughout the dispute between the two companies. Here’s an excerpt from the article: “So far Amazon has not tried…
  • The British Library Hosts Exhibition on Gothic Storytelling

    Maryann Yin
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    The British Library is hosting a display focused on gothic storytelling called “Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination.” It will run until January 20, 2015. The United Kingdom’s “biggest ever Gothic exhibition” features 200 rare objects; some of these pieces shine the spotlight on works by writers Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, and Clive Barker. Visitors will see ”posters, books, film and even a vampire-slaying kit.” We’ve embedded a video about this exhibit—what do you think? Click here to learn more about it. Follow this link to read an…
  • ‘Batman vs. Superman’ Movie May Feature a Female Robin

    Maryann Yin
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    Batman’s famous sidekick, Robin, may be played by a female in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Rumors have been swirling in Hollywood that Catching Fire actress Jena Malone will be taking on that role. According to Variety, the movie studio has not confirmed this to be true. The theatrical release date has been scheduled for March 25, 2016. Here’s more from Time: “Making Robin a woman, though, isn’t all that drastic. Zack Snyder’s Batman v. Superman movie is reportedly based largely on Frank Miller’s comic The Dark Knight Returns, in which Batman’s…
  • Emily St. John Mandel & George R.R. Martin Get Booked

    Maryann Yin
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Here are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week. To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date. Emily St. John Mandel will read from her new book, Station Eleven, and sit for an interview with Lev Grossman. Hear her on Thursday, October 23rd at Macaulay Honors College starting 7 p.m. (New York, NY) (more…) New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
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    Publishing News

  • Restaurants and the story of "Northern Italian" cuisine

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:50 pm
    With the soon-to-be-opened and much-anticipated Amalfi to be serving true southern Italian cooking - from the Amalfi area, of course - in a fine dining atmosphere, and vast majority of the best Italian-themed restaurants advertising that they have "northern Italian" food, I thought that it might be helpful to provide an overview of the distinction between the two. There was, and even still remains, a lot of confusion among the food writers and dining public as to what "Northern Italian" means.
  • Larry Flynt's daughter hurt in Ohio car accident

    19 Oct 2014 | 7:18 pm
    The daughter of Hustler publisher Larry Flynt has been seriously injured in an Ohio car accident and is hospitalized in critical condition. The Dayton Daily News reports 47-year-old Lisa Flynt was ejected from her car Saturday afternoon after it turned in front of a tractor-trailer.
  • Without full story, who can decide about Ferguson shooting?

    19 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Saturday morning's on-line Seattle Times carried a report gleaned from the New York Times that offers some details about Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson's account of the Aug. 9 shooting in which he fatally shot Michael Brown, touching off days of racial unrest and protests that continue now. Some details, but not all, if one compares the edited Seattle version to what the "Gray Lady" detailed in its far lengthier account; details that make a considerable difference in determining whether the teen was shot dead in cold blood, or whether there was a life-or-death struggle that…
  • 3-year-old girl beaten to death in NYC, police say

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Police say a 3-year-old girl has been beaten to death and her 5-year-old brother assaulted at an apartment in New York City. A Fire Department of New York spokesman says Jeida was rushed to a hospital in cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead there.
  • The exterior of Bedford Hills Correctional Facility,

    18 Oct 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Nurse got $630,000 in OT at N.Y. prison The 62-year-old nurse worked 192 days straight, according to her time cards. Check out this story on BEDFORD, N.Y. - A nurse at a New York prison raked in more than $630,000 in overtime in less than five years , putting on her time cards that she worked 192 days straight - or every day for more than six months - mostly in 16.5-hour overnight shifts, according to records obtained by The Journal News .
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    Commercial Printing News

  • MDC Partners Sets New 52-Week Low at $17.99

    17 Oct 2014 | 9:36 pm
    MDC Partners shares hit a new 52-week low during mid-day trading on Friday , Analyst Ratings.Net reports. The stock traded as low as $17.99 and last traded at $19.31, with a volume of 179,249 shares.
  • Press release distribution, EDGAR filing, XBRL, regulatory filings

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:28 pm
    He will provide guidance & perspective in helping individua... )--U.S. Risk Insurance Group, Inc. and J.B. Lloyd & Associates, LLC have entered an agreement involving the acquisition by U.S. Risk of an undisclosed ow... )--Global data center provider CyrusOne announced today that its newest 120,000-square-foot Phoenix II data center data center facility is now operational, incl... )--AnthroTronix , a research and development company that designs health technology, announced today it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administrati... )--Today, Citizens Against Government Waste released…
  • INX International Joins PantoneLIVE Accredited Partner Program

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, today announced that INX International, the third largest producer of inks in North America, has joined the PantoneLIVE Accredited Partner Program. INX International is enhancing and further automating its ink formulation process and on-site customer services to incorporate access to PantoneLIVE, an ecosystem that makes it easy for brand owners, ink suppliers and converters to define, develop and share precise spectral definitions for brand color palettes based on specific substrates, print processes, inks and application…
  • MDC Partners Rating Increased to Outperform at Zacks

    15 Oct 2014 | 6:55 pm
    The firm currently has a $23.90 price target on the stock. Zacks 's price target points to a potential upside of 24.41% from the stock's previous close.
  • Research and Markets: State of 3D Printing in the Commercial Printing Industry

    15 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    For small to mid-sized business, however, it is relatively unknown. For commercial printers, print distributors, and print manufacturers eyeing the technology, its application to the industry is unclear.
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    Thad McIlroy - Future Of Publishing

  • Another Online Publishing Breakthrough from the New York Times

    Thad McIlroy
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:09 am
    At the end of 2012 I published a post called “Read & Watch the Future of Publishing at the New York Times.” That post considered John Branch’s award-winning “Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek.” The New York Times continues to innovate, this time in the travel section. The short title is “Norway the Slow Way.” I prefer the subtitle, streaming along the screen as you begin to immerse yourself in the piece: “A journey in which I travel north, on the world’s most beautiful voyage, searching for the specter of my grandfather and a glimpse…
  • Where the Music Industry Meets the Book Industry

    Thad McIlroy
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:54 pm
    I last covered the topic “What Can the Music Business Teach the Book Business?” in a November, 2011 blog post. Today, in response to a fascinating blog entry on Brian O’Leary’s site I found myself revisiting the issue, leading to a comment I posted there. Thoughts are frequently shared comparing the music and publishing businesses but there are few facts to establish the alleged close connection. Much more work could be done. The always-astute James McQuivey notes in the comments on O’Leary’s blog that “the (book publishing) business is doing quite well in the…
  • Newspapers and the Decline in the Use of Traveller’s Cheques

    Thad McIlroy
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:09 am
    I’m thinking about two very different products each apparently well on the road to oblivion. Here’s a graph (roughly) illustrating the decline in the use of traveller’s cheques (aka “travelers checks” and several other spellings). There was tremendous growth through the mid-1990s. The drop-off is severe. Wikipedia details that “travelers cheques are no longer widely accepted and cannot easily be cashed, even at the banks that issue the cheques.” OK, use of traveller’s cheques declined by two-thirds in two decades. Were many jobs were lost as a…
  • Bundling, Unbundling and Ebook Subscription Services

    Thad McIlroy
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:07 pm
    How to Succeed in Business by Bundling – and Unbundling is a thought-provoking interview with Marc Andreessen and Jim Barksdale online at the Harvard Business Review. Marc Andreessen was the co-founder of Netscape. Jim Barksdale is a veteran of IBM, FedEx and AT&T Wireless “brought on a few months after Netscape’s founding to provide adult supervision as its CEO.” Both are now tech company VC investors. Barksdale, in his early 70s, is one of those rare executives whose advice reflects a depth of experience, much longed for in this age of the “serial…
  • Amazon’s Fire Phone is Mainly for Amazon’s Customers

    Thad McIlroy
    19 Jun 2014 | 12:16 am
    Several journalists took a small segue today in their coverage of the launch of the Amazon Fire Phone to note that Amazon’s Kindle Fire has been extinguished. Or nearly so. Based on IDC’s May report, the Kindle Fire has only 1.9% of worldwide tablet shipments, down 47% year-to-year. However Amazon doesn’t make mobile devices to capture hardware marketshare. It wants to form a tighter bond with its customers, one that bonds them to shopping Amazon. “The most important thing that we’ve done over the last 20 years is earn trust with customers,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos…
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    Self Publishing Advisor

  • How to Scare Away Readers

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Happy October, everyone! In honor of this month, I’ll be sharing Halloween-themed posts each week. Be sure to check out the previous posts about spooky self-publishing statistics and why authors are scared to self-publish. This week, I’ll talk about things that will scare away readers and how to avoid these mistakes. 1) Typos and poor grammar While even books published by big name traditional publishers occasionally have mistakes, readers expect books to be near flawless. If your manuscript is full of typos and grammar mistakes, readers will not take you or your book…
  • Friday Conversations With A Self-Publishing Writer 10/17/14

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    CRITICAL THINKING-WRITING Writing with critical thinking methods is often a challenge for me, especially when experiencing multiple emotional events.  However, clients call and projects must be completed.  Thankfully, I’ve developed a few steps that quickly get me back on track (usually).  My top three are: DO whatever it takes to get to the office! Sitting myself down in front of the computer and resting my hands on the keyboard brings my focus to the table (as some folks say), and sets my thoughts in motion.  I like my office environment.  It has a big window overlooking a greenbelt…
  • Weekly Self-Published Book Review:Operation Seeding

    16 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Book reviews are a great way for self-publishing authors to gain exposure. After all, how can someone buy your book if he or she doesn’t know it exists? Paired with other elements of your book promotion strategy, requesting reviews is a great way to get people talking about what you’ve written. When we read good reviews, we definitely like to share them. It gives the author a few (permanent) moments of fame and allows us to let the community know about a great book. Here’s this week’s book review by Midwest Book Review: Operation Seeding Michael Andrisano Publisher: Outskirts Press…
  • Navigating the Network | The Art of Self Promotion (part III)

    Kelly S
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Three weeks ago, I sketched out a few of the challenges facing self published authors looking to build their brands in the digital marketplace, and I made specific note of how great social networks can be as tools of self promotion.Last time I blogged, I looked at the second and third of my top five points to keep in mind regarding self promotion, and recommended cultivating your physical network as well as developing physical promotional materials.  This week, I’m going to wrap up my top five points with a few words that count both as caution and encouragement––simultaneously! To get…
  • Self-Publishing Week in Review: 10/14/14

    14 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    As a self-publishing author, you may find it helpful to stay up-to-date on the trends and news related to the self-publishing industry. This will help you make informed decisions before, during and after the self-publishing process, which will lead to a greater self-publishing experience. To help you stay current on self-publishing topics, simply visit our blog every Tuesday to find out the hottest news.  How a Bestselling Author Revived Her Career by Self-Publishing  New York Times bestselling author Eileen Goudge has written 32 novels, sold over a million copies, and been translated…
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    The Book Deal

  • Eavesdropping for story ideas and other tips from a veteran novelist

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

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

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

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

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

  • How Can I Get Comments on My Blog?

    Naomi Blackburn
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    In my continuing series where I answer questions asked by YOU (in this case, this question comes from writer MJ Kelley), staff writer Naomi Blackburn takes on ‘How can blog posts incite reader comments?’ Thanks MJ for a fab question! Here you go…. When I first started writing guest posts, I was often disappointed if I didn’t get any comments on what I wrote. Though I was told by my hosts that they were, in fact, being read, I considered giving up altogether because no one seemed to be involved enough to comment—but I’m so glad I didn’t. Instead, I reached out to other…
  • The Publishing Plan by guest Jessica West (@West1Jess)

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

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

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

    Kate Tilton
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Ever feel like there is no way you can manage all your social media accounts, let alone post regularly to each? Ever wonder how some authors seem to be on social media ALL the time? Introducing social media scheduling tools, your key to managing your accounts and building your following. Formed in 2010, Buffer is the scheduling tool of my choice. Ever since I found Buffer (after first mindlessly tweeting random things when I could, and then using Hootsuite) I have been a loud Buffer fan. Seriously, their logo sticker is on my computer as I’m typing this now! So why am I such a Buffer fan?
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    Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

  • The marketing tool every publisher undervalues

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

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

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

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

    Joe Wikert
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:02 am
    Savas Beatie is an innovative publisher of military history books. In fact, they have the distinction of being the first publisher to release an ebook featuring the SmartLayers technology we've developed here at Olive Software. If you'd like to get... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Thingology Blog

  • NEW: Annotations for Book Display Widgets

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

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

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

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

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

  • Fall & Frankfurt Mean Global E-Book Report Update (BurstMarketing)
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    National e-book markets are like snowflakes.  No two are alike.  Emerging markets particularly engage in approaches of their own.  In India, domestic platforms lead the way; while in Brazil, Apple shows a surprising lead in eBook distribution over the usual suspect. First published in 2011, the Global eBook Report follows international market evolution in e-books, as well as the controversies and debates that inevitably surround the move away from print and toward digital. From the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair, Global eBook Report author Rüdiger Wischenbart joins CCC’s Chris Kenneally to…
  • Library Free For All? (BurstMarketing)
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    “Built by the People and Dedicated to the Advancement of Learning.” So reads an inscription on the Boston Public Library façade that summarizes the aspirations of the American public library. The 19th-century BPL is as nearly a palatial edifice as any in Boston, yet above the central entrance, three words also remind all comers that the treasures lying within are “Free to All.” This week, the library of the 21st century finds technology may render those ambitions obsolete. As The Digital Reader reported, the latest version of Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) for library collections is…
  • Open Access: Who Holds the Power? (BurstMarketing)
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Frankfurt is the birthplace of book fairs, and of sturm und drang –  or at least, it is the birthplace of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, born in Frankfurt in 1749. Goethe embodied German Romanticism, which enobled sturm und drang – storm and stress – as the iron-hard forge of human character. In 2014, sturm und drang continues to build character in the men and women of scholarly and scientific publishing around the globe. We live in an age of changing business models and realigning roles. As governments and funders mandate open access to published research, we can feel the ground shift…
  • Frankfurt Book Fair Same But Different (BurstMarketing)
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Reliably as ever, the Frankfurt Book Fair for 2014 is overstuffed with new titles from promising and established authors alike. Yet the hopeful, even sometimes buoyant mood belies a fear of the figure lurking around every corner of the business, no matter where you travel. You know who. From the media center of the Frankfurt Book Fair, Publishers Weekly senior writer Andrew Albanese and CCC’s Chris Kenneally share assessments of the crowd and conversation. Every Friday, CCC’s “Beyond the Book” speaks with the editors and reporters of “Publishers Weekly” for an early look at…
  • Authors As Team Players (BurstMarketing)
    5 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    There may be no “I” in team, and usually, there isn’t an author either. Authors have long prized their authority, enjoying total control not only over their writings, but also control over the reader’s experience. Novelists and others who have made the trip to Hollywood know too well the challenge – they must accommodate their imaginations to the exciting yet confining realities of a studio back lot. In 2014, writers have app developers and not movie moguls to wrestle with, yet the problem is the same: How is an author to remain true to her tale? From Melbourne, Australia, fantasy…
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  • Cardiff gets horrifically horrible with Scardiff

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    The Welsh capital received an horrific visitation last weekend in the shape of Scardiff, ” the first Cardiff horror expo,” and a celebration of “all things horror: books, comics, movies, cosplay, the works.” And according to attendees, Cardiff Masonic Hall was overrun by a zombie-like horde of attendees, foaming with rabid enthusiasm for the events […] The post Cardiff gets horrifically horrible with Scardiff appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • On fandom and fanfiction

    Juli Monroe
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    This article started out as a response to a comment on this post, but it quickly grew beyond a comment. The comment was a question about the recent quotes by Benedict Cumberbatch regarding fan fiction. His comments about Johnlock fiction upset a number of people in the Sherlock fandom and spawned, among other things, this […] The post On fandom and fanfiction appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Quote of the day: “What happens when The Guardian lets an author gloat about stalking a blogger”

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    Plagiarism or not, second-hand reporting or not, I can’t do better than to simply repeat and link to the above headline. Here’s The Guardian, defender of free speech and woolly thinking, running in full the ruminations of author Kathleen Hale on how she tracked down the perpetrator of a one-star review of her book - to her […] The post Quote of the day: “What happens when The Guardian lets an author gloat about stalking a blogger” appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Morning Links: Why TV networks are ready to unbundle. Polish eBooks on the rise

    Joanna Cabot
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Love it or Hate it, Common Core Should Include Journalism Education (Media Shift) Launched in 2009, Common Core is a set of national standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy intended to enhance college and career preparedness as well as bring all states in line with international benchmarks. *** Never Say Never: Why TV Networks […] The post Morning Links: Why TV networks are ready to unbundle. Polish eBooks on the rise appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Q&A with Michael Kelly on crowdfunding the Year’s Best Weird Fiction

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    After reading Michael Kelly‘s posts about the organizational work needed to reward the contributors to the crowdfunding campaign behind the critically acclaimed anthology Year’s Best Weird Fiction Vol. 1, I contacted him for his comments on his work as series editor and on the complications of crowdfunding an anthology in the ebook era. Here are his […] The post Q&A with Michael Kelly on crowdfunding the Year’s Best Weird Fiction appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
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  • Inside an entrepreneur’s sausage factory

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

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

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

    Jeff Jarvis
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    A very good take on why all news organizations think they “need a take on that” becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, being followed by another take and then another take on the Awl’s take on takes. Shoot us all now. No, shoot the business model and the presumptions of mass media economics. That is what is causing this ridiculous treadmill of making content for content’s sake to get audience for audience’s sake with any original reporting or original thinking being copied and copied again and again until it looks like a the fuzzy, unreadable, 87th Xerox copy of a…
  • What could social journalism do for Ferguson?

    Jeff Jarvis
    16 Aug 2014 | 9:37 am
    It took too long, but finally the attention of American journalism turned to Ferguson. Is the crush and focus of network cameras and big-paper reporters helping Ferguson or exploiting its struggle? The answer to that is obvious; see, for example, Newtown. The better, more constructive question is: How could journalism help the residents of Ferguson? The rationale behind our new, proposed M.A. in Social Journalism at CUNY — the thinking behind my argument that journalism must see itself as a service — is that journalism should start by listening, not speaking. It should start with…
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    Intentional Leadership

  • How to Stay Focused for a Major Project

    Michael Hyatt
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Every business has projects from time to time that demand our total focus and attention. The good news is that there are certain tactics we can use to keep our edge even when we’re under the gun. The most important thing is to recognize up front that we have to prepare. If you were going to pitch in the World Series tomorrow, you wouldn’t just show up on game night as if it were any other Tuesday. You can’t just wing something like that. You would make sure your head was in the game, that you were physically and emotionally ready, that you were focused on the win. It’s that way with…
  • 3 Ways to Turn Your Consulting into a Product

    Brian Casel
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Brian Casel was a freelancer who turned productized business owner. Today he writes his newsletter and blog to help you do the same. Get Brian’s free email crash course on Productizing Your Service. I remember clearly how excited I was to leave my full-time job to go freelance. It wasn’t that I hated my boss or the job or the commute—well, okay, the commute got a little old. But after three years I felt something inside me pull me towards freelancing. I didn’t know what to expect and that’s what excited me most about it. At first, freelancing was exactly the adventure I had been…
  • 5 Proven Ways to Keep Your Platform from Outstripping Your Character

    Michael Hyatt
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    There are several different ingredients to success. Talent, persistence, and timing all contribute. But there’s one factor we might sometimes overlook—character. Character reminds me of a tree’s root system. It doesn’t matter how beautiful or majestic a tree might look above ground; it’s only as strong and durable as the roots below. Since we can’t see the roots, we might miss what it takes to keep that tree fed and standing strong. But the roots are essential to the success of the tree. Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to…
  • Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club [Event]

    Trivinia Barber
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I’m thrilled to speak to the members of the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club this Winter. Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s fast, free, and more convenient. Date: January 23, 2015 Time: 08:30 a.m. Event: Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club Venue: Memphis Botanic Gardens Location: Memphis, TN Public: Private
  • Season 2, Episode 01: What If You Could Take a One-Month Sabbatical? [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to Season 2, Episode 1 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this first episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss my recent sabbatical. We explore how you can plan to take your own sabbatical—even if it seems impossible right now. For each of the past three years, my wife, Gail, and I have taken a thirty-day sabbatical. This year, we went to Europe. We toured Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. Listen to the Audio Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Play in browser | Download Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s fast,…
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    Mequoda Daily » Articles

  • ‘National Geographic’ Puts Focus On Food

    Patrick Hughes
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    via NatGeo It’s being reported by Folio that National Geographic is utilizing a microsite for a line of products and partnerships that act as a magazine series on the future of food. According to the article, “The series, which saw its first piece run in the May issue, is being packaged as a microsite and iPad app along with original Web video and TV content, and interactive features. And it’s going experiential with exhibitions and other face-to-face events across the country.” These additional issue-focused products that NatGeo brings to its brand portfolio will continue in the…
  • Audio Is Valuable To Digital Publishers

    Patrick Hughes
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    via The Economist Once newspapers and magazines became digital entities, more opportunities were afforded to digital publishers. Content can be created and distributed for different mediums and platforms, including audio content. The Economist is one publisher that has taken advantage of audio content, and has the story on what they’re doing. According to an article from, Robin Raven, the vice president of product management sees audio as a “huge opportunity”. The Economist is specifically offering audio in mobile and tablet apps, and this content is…
  • 10 Best Free Event Listing Websites

    Don Nicholas
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    10 event websites that can get you listed in Google and extend your reach to the conference-going community In-person, live events are a preferred platform in a multiplatform publishing company. When passionate users are committed to a topic, they want to go to the source; the author, the guru, the expert who really knows the content. They want an interactive presentation. They want to be able to ask questions, see facial expressions and body language. They want to connect with the expert about what they know. Publishers have grown into this niche rapidly, providing all of the above for their…
  • Freebie Friday: Discover 60 Digital Publishing Secrets for Making Millions Online

    Amanda MacArthur
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    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…
  • Publishers Clearing House Focuses On Digital Strategy

    Patrick Hughes
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    via Publishers Clearing House Who doesn’t remember the big fake checks being handed out in Publishers Clearing House commercials? It seems, however, that after years of speculations that Publishers Clearing House was operating a scam, the company would change its brand a bit to cast a different image. Digiday reports that Publishers Clearing House is now focusing on its digital strategy more heavily. “Publishers Clearing House is trying to recast itself as a digital entertainment company focused on apps and games for the millennial generation.” According to the article, PCH Digital get…
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  • Gogyohka: Poetic Form

    Robert Lee Brewer
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    If only a poetic form existed that could be both concise and free. Oh wait a second, there’s gogyohka! Gogyohka was a form developed by Enta Kusakabe in Japan and translates literally to “five-line poem.” An off-shoot of the tanka form, the gogyohka has very simple rules: The poem is comprised of five lines with one phrase per line. That’s it. Write a poem for a chance at $1,000! Writer’s Digest is offering a contest strictly for poets with a top prize of $1,000, publication in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a copy of the 2015 Poet’s Market. There are cash prizes…
  • New Literary Agent Alert: Alec Shane of Writers House

    Chuck Sambuchino
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Alec Shane of Writers House) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.     About Alec: Alec majored in English at Brown University, a degree he put to immediate use by moving to Los Angeles after graduation to become a professional stunt man. Realizing that he prefers books to breakaway glass, he moved to New York City in 2008 to pursue a career in publishing. Alec quickly found a home at Writers House Literary Agency, where he worked under…
  • Writer’s Digest Retreat on the Water: Nov. 13-16, 2014 in Florida

    Chuck Sambuchino
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Escape with your writing for the weekend! The Writer’s Digest Retreat on the Water (Nov. 13-16, 2014, in Celebration, FL) is your chance to escape the demands of everyday life and immerse yourself in your craft for a few purposeful and peaceful days. Enrollment at this Retreat is limited—you’ll enjoy the close mentorship of the instructors and the attention to your individual manuscript that only an event this small and exclusive can provide. At the retreat, your work will be read, discussed, revised and reexamined with the goal of prepping it for review (and consideration) by industry…
  • How I Got My Literary Agent: Rebecca Brooks

    Chuck Sambuchino
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    “How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Rebecca Brooks, author of the erotic romance, ABOVE ALL. These columns are great ways for you to learn how to find a literary agent. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of good luck and quick signings. If you have a literary agent and would be interested in writing a short guest column for this GLA blog, e-mail me at and we’ll talk specifics. GIVEAWAY: Rebecca is excited to give away a free copy of her novel to a random…
  • The Short Leap from Fiction to Copywriting

    Guest Column
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    Editor’s Note: The following content is provided to Writer’s Digest by a writing community partner. This content is sponsored by American Writers & Artists Inc. Curious how you go from writing fiction to writing copy? Meet Pat McCord … A successful published fiction writer who successfully made the leap to well-paid freelance copywriter – and back again! Rebecca Pat Mccord I knew I wanted to write fiction by the time I was twelve. I’d sit out back with my older sister and craft “novels” divided into real chapters, reading each page to her as it came off…
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  • Mobile Reading Trends: How solid is the Kindle's position?

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

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

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

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

    3 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    Biggish reunion this weekend.  At one point there were five Michaels in this class.
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    Editors Only

  • New Words, Irregardless of Taste

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Today's fast-paced personal communication is quickening the process of language evolution. By William Dunkerley As editors, we...
  • Writers Are Writers

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Valuable advice from books with a different audience in mind. By Peter P. Jacobi In my persistent...
  • The Fog Index

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:44 pm
    Assessing the readability of a article. This month, we're calculating the Fog Index of a September 26,...
  • Indie Magazine Boom?

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:43 pm
    In the news: Are we in a golden age of indie magazines? Last week, Vogue surveyed indie magazine...
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  • The Medium is the Message

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    Fifty years ago, Marshall McLuhan published Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man.
  • Mayor's Office proposes letting police check out library patron information

    18 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    The Omaha Mayor’s Office would like law enforcement officials to be able to access personal information from Omahans’ library cards in emergencies, setting off a debate over patrons’ privacy. Mayor Jean Stothert’s chief of staff, Marty Bilek, appeared before the Omaha Public Library’s board Thursday to ask for a change in the library’s policy. The request stemmed from an incident in which Metropolitan Community College police spent hours trying to identify a belli­gerent, drunk man at the South Omaha Library. He refused to give his name, and the only form of identification he had…
  • Searching for the ripple effects of history-making tech

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:02 pm
      In the new book and PBS series “How We Got to Now,” Steven Johnson presents six game-changing innovations and how they shaped the modern world. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Johnson about surprising connections between invention and American society.
  • 5 reasons you should have a library card

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    In his Search/Research blog, Google's research scientist Daniel Russell has this to say about using all the research tools at your disposal, the most important of which just may be the humble library card. "One of the more powerful research tools you can have is a library card. I’ve written about why libraries are great before, but this is worth repeating: A library card is instant access to a world of resources. Both offline AND online. That might surprise you, but here are 5 reasons why you want a library card to be a great researcher."
  • The Jacket Designer's Challenge: To Capture A Book By Its Cover

    16 Oct 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Peter Mendelsund estimates he's designed "somewhere between 600 and 1,000 book covers," ranging from Crime and Punishment to Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. But the self-taught, sought-after designer says he spends a lot of time reading, too. "It's always surprising to people when they come to my office or they walk by my door and they see me with my feet kicked up with a manuscript," he tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies. "But I read constantly from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to sleep." Now Mendelsund has designed the covers for two new books of his own. Cover is a collection of…
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    David Gaughran

  • Building A Better Industry

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

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

    22 Sep 2014 | 4:28 am
    “Rotten apple” by Kulmalukko. CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons There is something seriously askew with the supposed values of the publishing business. The most egregious behavior continually gets overlooked, ignored, and swept under the carpet, in favor of pursuing pet targets. As always, I’m conscious of whose agenda this serves and why writers allow themselves to be used as pawns in this game. Exhibit A: Harlequin Amazon is regularly slated for the way it manages its tax affairs. I have written extensively about this before, but, in short, Amazon is using extremely common…
  • Let’s Get Digital 2 Problems Fixed, New Kindles Launched & More

    18 Sep 2014 | 2:25 am
    I’ve info below on six new Kindle devices which launched today below, but first some welcome news: Amazon seems to have fixed things at its end. Those who purchased the old version of Let’s Get Digital should be able to now download the new version with a few clicks via Manage My Content & Devices (formerly Manage My Kindle) in their Amazon account. Note: none of these problems affected new purchasers. More detailed instructions below, but for those who don’t know what I’m talking about, I decided to upload the new expanded and updated second edition…
  • Let’s Get Digital 2 Is Out!

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:03 am
    I’m very excited to announce the release of the new updated and expanded 2nd edition of Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should. If you purchased the old 1st edition of Digital, you can grab the 2nd edition for free (instructions below). You won’t actually be able to purchase the new edition from Amazon if you bought the old one, so please follow those instructions to get your free copy. For everyone else, you can check it out at Amazon US, Amazon UK, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Smashwords (and all the other Amazons too). I’ve news below on a sale I’m…
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    800 CEO Read

  • Friday Links

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

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

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

    Ryan Schleicher
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    Tweet Uncontainable: How Passion, Commitment, and Conscious Capitalism Built a Business Where Everyone Thrives by Kip Tindell, Grand Central Publishing, 272 pages, $28.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781455526857 At a time when the largest online retailer in the world—the one that strives to be The Everything Store—is perpetually in the news for strong-arming suppliers and is facing a supreme court case resulting from, as Salon’s Elias Isquith recently put it, “the company’s longstanding habit of finding creative new ways to exploit and insult its workers,” it is refreshing to…
  • Jack Covert Selects – How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life

    13 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Tweet How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness by Russ Roberts, Portfolio, 272 pages, $27.95, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781591846840 Many of my favorite books are about other books, whether it’s books on book collecting by Nicholas Basbanes and Milwaukee bookseller (and founder of the bookshop our company was born in) Harry W. Schwartz, Boswell’s Presumptuous Task on the writing of The Life of Samuel Johnson by Adam Sisman, The Man Who Made Lists about the creation of Roget’s Thesaurus by Joshua Kendall, or The Buried Book about the…
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    Ashly Lorenzana

  • The Easiest Way to Write a Book

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

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

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

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

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

  • How Not to Register Copyright

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

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

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

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    We don't often do self-promotion here at Writer Beware--but I have a new book out!Today is publication day for my young adult historical novel, Color Song. A tale of art, intrigue, and romance set in glorious 15th century Venice, it's a followup to my previous YA historical, Passion Blue, but can be read as a standalone.I'm incredibly excited to have Color Song out in the world at last, and for the wonderful reviews it has been receiving on Goodreads and elsewhere. It's published for the older teen market, but there's plenty of crossover appeal for adults.I've got a virtual book tour…
  • Alert: Trouble at Ellora's Cave

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareOne of the original digital pioneers, erotic romance publisher Ellora's Cave has reportedly had financial and other problems for some years. But in 2014, things seem to be coming to a head. In May, news surfaced of late royalty payments (though this was not news to EC authors), which EC's CEO blamed on faulty software. Then, in August, EC announced that it was laying off the majority of its staff, attributing this to a precipitous decline in ebook sales via Amazon.Since then, rumors have been swirling, and authors have started to go public with…
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    Dear Author

  • Daily Deals: A mystery, a celebrated holocaust novel, and two romances

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A Matter of Trust by Lis Wiehl. $ 2.99 at AMZN | Apple From the Jacket Copy: When life is murder, who can you trust? One minute Mia Quinn is in her basement, chatting on the phone with a colleague at the prosecutor’s office. The next minute she hears a gunshot over the line, and Mia listens in horror as her colleague and friend Colleen bleeds to death. Mia’s a natural for heading up the murder investigation, but these days it’s all she can do to hold her life together. As a new widow with a pile of debts, a troubled teenaged son, and a four-year-old who wakes up screaming at night, she…
  • REVIEW: Perfect Pitch by Mindy Klasky

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Reigning beauty queen Samantha Winger is launching her pet project, a music program for kids. All she has to do is follow the pageant’s rules—no smoking, drinking, or “cavorting” in public. That’s fine, until D.J. Thomas—God’s gift to baseball—throws her a wild pitch. He slams her in an interview, and the video goes viral. Sam’s no shrinking violet. She parlays D.J.’s apology into a national T.V. appearance—and a very unexpected, very public kiss. Soon, paparazzi catch the couple in a steamy make-out session, and Sam’s music program is on the block. The blazing hot…
  • JOINT REVIEW: Unjustified Claims (Hidden Wolves, Book 3) by Kaje Harper

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
     Brandt Davis loved being part of his werewolf pack, until they found his stash of gay porn. He escaped their anger, running in wolf-form into the wilderness, but he can’t live that way forever. And he can’t hide in fur like a coward when an injured man needs his help. Ethan Sjulstad knows life is making him crazy when a solo hike into the Boundary Waters seems reasonable. Then a bad fall leaves him injured and facing death. Delirious, he hallucinates being rescued by a big grey wolf and a naked woodland godling. For a man who has always loved fantasy, it’s worth surviving just to…
  • Monday News: National Book Award Finalists, Jim Hines on Kathleen Hale, Margo Howard v. Vine, and Laurie Penny on the “ramification of misogyny”

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Get To Know The Finalists For The 2014 National Book Award – From Anthony Doerr’s All The Light We Cannot See (another WWII-set novel) to Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven to Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming, NPR features all of the 2014 National Book Award finalists. There are some interesting books nominated this year – has anyone read any of them? –NPR Victim or Perpetrator? – A succinct essay from Jim Hines explaining 1) how bad reviews are not tantamount to bullying (and what a terrible injustice we’ve done to kids who truly…
  • Daily Deals: Ancient queens, virgin mothers, and the search for truth

    19 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Exley by Brock Clarke. $ 1.99 From the Jacket Copy: For young Miller Le Ray, life has become a search. A search for his dad, who may or may not have joined the army and gone to Iraq. A search for a notorious (and, unfortunately, deceased) writer, Frederick Exley, author of the “fictional memoir” A Fan’s Notes, who may hold the key to bringing Miller’s father back. But most of all, his is a search for truth. As Miller says, “Sometimes you have to tell the truth about some of the stuff you’ve done so that people will believe you when you tell them the truth about other stuff you…
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    TNBBC's The Next Best Book Blog

  • Audio Series: Meg Pokrass

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Our audio series "The Authors Read. We Listen."  was hatched in a NYC club during BEA back in 2012. This feature requires more time and patience of the author than any of the ones that have come before. And that makes it all the more sweeter when you see, or rather, hear them read excerpts from their own novels, in their own voices, the way their stories were meant to be heard.Today, Meg Pokrass reads two chapters from her story "Here, Where We Live", which appears in upcoming collection "My Very End of the Universe, Five Novellas-in-Flash and a Study of the…
  • Matthew Roberson's List Blog Tour

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Always flattered to be a part of the Grab the Lapels blog tours because Melanie Page is doing such wonderful things to get writers the exposure and attention they deserve. In today's blog tour post,to celebrate Matthew Roberson's new book, Melanie writes an essay on Generation X and their struggles with growing up....Synopsis—Vignettes of a middle-class American family told through lists, each reflecting their obsessions, their complaints, their desires, and their humanity.A suburban family of four—a man, woman, boy, and girl—struggle through claustrophobic days crowded with…
  • Audiobook Review: Goodhouse

    16 Oct 2014 | 4:08 am
    Listened 10/1/14 - 10/13/144 Stars: Strongly recommended to readers who enjoy being warned away from an inevitable and unwelcome futureAudio: 10.8 hrs, narrated by Will DamronPublisher: FSGReleased: September 2014Science will be man's downfall. We are getting too smart for our own good and it will be the end of us. In Peyton Marshall's near-future dystopian novel Goodhouse, we have discovered the genes that predict criminality. Believed to be passed down from parent to child, all male children born to convicted parents are tested at a young age for these genetic markers. If they test…
  • Where Writers Write: Kate Tough

    15 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Welcome to another installment of TNBBC's Where Writers Write!Where Writers Write is a series that features authors as they showcase their writing spaces using short form essay, photos, and/or video. As a lover of books and all of the hard work that goes into creating them, I thought it would be fun to see where the authors roll up their sleeves and make the magic happen. This is Kate Tough. Kate worked for the Scottish Parliament for six years before returning to her home city and gaining a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow in 2008. She writes poetry…
  • Giano Cromley Recommends: Mystery in the Night Woods

    14 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    And so we continue our Writers Recommend - a new series where we'll be asking writers to, well, you know.. recommend things. Like the books that they've enjoyed. To you. Because who doesn't like being recommended new and interesting books, right?! Think of it as a PSA. Only it's more like a LSA -Literary Service Announcement. Your welcome. Giano Cromley Recommends Mystery in the Night Woods by John PetersonWhen Lori mentioned her “most influential book” blog series, one book leapt to mind – a memory-flash that brought me back to my most formative reading experience.
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  • Friday Book Review: My Father's Keep, by Ed Abell

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

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

    Cherie Burbach
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Isn’t it wild how some celebs or reality stars get book deals? It drives some authors crazy, but from a publishing perspective it seems like a smart move because of the platform these celebs have. But fear not, authors! You can get yo’self a platform like that, too, or at the very least, build yours to a respectable level based on some of the things they do. #106188775 / gettyimages.comYou Don’t Have a Reality Show, and That’s a Good ThingSome of you might be saying, “But I don’t have a reality show! I won’t get the audience those people have!”Be glad you don’t have a…
  • Book Review: March With Me by Rosalie Turner

    Jimmie Kepler
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    “March With Me” transported me back in time where I felt I was in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963.Author Rosalie Turner crafted two brilliant characters. Telling the story through the eyes of Martha Ann (a white girl) and Letitia (a black girl) makes the story so real you feel as if you are personally experiencing the Civil Rights movement. The two girls meet briefly at Martha Ann's sweet sixteen party where Letitia grudgingly helps her mom who is employed by Martha Ann's mother.The telling of the electricity reverberating throughout the black community when Dr. Martin Luther King and…
  • One Great Way To Write A Book Review

    Jimmie Kepler
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Nearly twenty-five years ago I read Louis L’Amour’s book, “Education of a Wandering Man”. L’Amour kept a journal recording the books he read year by year. About the same time, I attended a writer’s conference in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Christian author Calvin Miller was the featured speaker. He also mentioned keeping track of what you read. He suggested writing a one-page summary and your thoughts about the book. I thought L’Amour and Miller’s ideas were good. I added a twist of my own. Instead of just a summary, I wrote a brief book review. In the…
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    Books Buyer

  • Books to Read Before You Die

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

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

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

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

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

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Janet  here. Since Seekerville's inception seven years ago, one by one all the Seekers set sail from Unpubbed Island to the Mainland of Published Fiction. Our goal for Seekerville was to help others do the same by emphasizing the value of contests and sharing craft and inspiring posts. In those early days, 30 comments delighted us, and most of those were ours. LOL Now the blog has over 11,000 followers and almost a million and a half page reviews. God has grown Seekerville and all of us as we share the ups and downs of the writers’ journey.    To celebrate…
  • The Weekend Edition-Birthday Week 3

    18 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Welcome to the start of week FOUR of our 7th Birthday Celebration. During the month of October we blog every single day. We will be giving away a $50 gift card from various online retailers each Sunday in October. We will also be collecting names (not numbers of comments) for the drawing for our grand prize-an iPad mini. Winner announced on Saturday, November 1st. This week's $50 gift card will come from Amazon.comWe Have Winners   Be sure to contact us if you are a winner (send an email to with your snail mail address unless email is specified). We don't…
  • Persistence and Those Little ‘God Nudges’ — The Key to Success!

    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    with guest Susan Anne Mason.Hi everyone! So happy to be here as part of Seekerville’s birthday month celebration! I am honored that Tina asked me to share a little about my writing journey with you. So hang on to your hats, and let’s go for a ride!Although I had dabbled in writing as a child, I stopped for many years when life got in the way—university, a full-time job, marriage, and then babies took up most of my time, and it wasn’t until sometime after my 40th birthday that I got the urge to write again. I started scribbling on note pads whenever I had a few minutes. My first book…
  • Submit These Seven Themes To The Love Inspired Lines

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    SUBMIT THESE SEVEN THEMES TO THE LOVE INSPIRED LINESby Emily Krupin, Assistant Editor for Love Inspired Suspense and HistoricalHappy 7thBirthday, Seekerville! Thanks so much for inviting me to guest blog during the big celebration. To keep with the trend, I want to give you the inside scoop on “seven” themes I’d like to continue seeing in Love Inspired Suspense and Historical.Editors are often asked what type of stories we’d like to see in our inboxes. When diving into a submission, I tend to focus on the connection I feel with main characters and the dramatic conflict between the…
  • Four Tips for Marketing Like a Storyteller

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Amy Green - Fiction Publicist at Bethany House PublishingBy Amy Green - Bethany House Fiction PublicistIf you’re like a lot of writers, the idea of self-marketing is either A. boring, B. uncomfortable, C. terrifying, or D. all of the above. But here’s a secret—as a writer, you already have all the tools you need to be a good marketer.A bunch of successful, completely-unrelated-to-fiction corporations are throwing around the buzzword “narrative marketing.”  Fancy marketing gurus are realizing you can’t just shout, “Buy this! Click here! Give us your money!” But when people…
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    Firebrand Publishing

  • The Real Costs of Self Publishing Your Book

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
    Self-publishing is definitely becoming a more popular route for modern authors. Well, think about it, just about everything else has gone digital in an affordable way that allows people to earn substantial incomes with low overhead, so why not self-publishing? As a writer, you have an even better advantage because of this. The entire process – which used to all be outlandishly expensive – has significantly dropped in price to compete with one another for self-publishing services. The prices are still considered steep by some, but the fact remains that it’s not as it used to be. Keep…
  • Introducing Firebrand Publishing New Affiliate Program for Bloggers, publishing professionals and authors

    27 May 2014 | 10:49 am
     Firebrand Publishing, a boutique book publisher, has one of the easiest, fun affiliate programs available today. If you are an author, blogger, information marketer, entrepreneur or publishing professional, this program is for you. Firebrand Publishing has made their affiliates’ job easy by creating popular publishing packages for authors that ensure high quality author services such as: *Complete ebook Publishing Package *Book Blurb writing *Book Interior Formatting & Conversion *Copy editing *Proofreading *Copyright *ISBN *Distribution *Professional Cover Design *…and Authors…
  • Cover Reveal: Spark by Bambi Bellamy Available April 8th 2014

    31 Mar 2014 | 10:50 am
        Title: Spark Author: Bambi Bellamy Publisher: Firebrand Publishing Release Date: April 8th 2014 Available: everywhere books are sold Format: ebook Click here to request a review copy Click here to sign up to host a book blitz   Blurb: WARNING: Spark contains sexy neighbors who love getting it on… with each other. Graphic language and sex scenes abound. Be advised, this is no sweet romance. Contains hard pumping and ridiculous sexual situations and scenes to make your toes curl. If you can finish Spark without getting hot and bothered, I would check for a pulse. 18+ only!
  • FREE Review Copy of Larry the Lamp by Andy Fox

    17 Mar 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Larry the Lamp by Andy Fox Larry the Lamp is a vividly illustrated picture book for toddlers. What is a lamp? What is it used for? What does a lamp do for me? These questions are answered in a simple and nicely illustrated picture book for toddlers. The outstanding and vivid colors of the illustrations capture the attention and imagination of toddlers over and over again. Larry the Lamp is also a caring story that shows examples of appreciation and manners to others. A basic foundation toddlers will build on as they get older. Would you like a FREE Review Copy Would you…
  • Enter to WIN a complete Book Publishing Package with a full author website

    18 Feb 2014 | 10:06 pm
      Get notified of upcoming contests here and never miss another great opportunity from Firebrand Publishing Enter to win a full publishing package from Firebrand Publishing.Do you have a book you want to publish? Are you confused about how to publish your book?You have come to the right place. If you win this book publishing sweepstakes, you can become a published author and see your book available for sale all over the world, without spending a dime or giving up 90% of profits by going with a traditional publisher. This premium prize package includes everything you need to publish a…
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    Roger Packer

  • Amazon tops up KDP Select Fund to $5 million for September as Kindle Unlimited payout rate for authors holds steady at $1.51

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

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

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

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

    Roger Packer
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:49 am
    If you’re an author/publisher with books published on Kindle, some of you might have seen the new Kindle Direct Publishing Terms and Conditions popping up when you try to log in to your account. You have to tick the box to agree to the new T&Cs to continue with your KDP account, but have you ever bothered to read the T&Cs before agreeing? For many people, the small print and legalese of terms and conditions is too tedious to wade through, so they tick the box and forget about them. But what are you letting yourself in for? The good news is there isn’t much in the way of…
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    Enago Blog: Scientific Publication Help

  • Can DIY Labs be a Good Alternative to University-based Research?

    William Stevenson
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:40 am
    Independent research organizations and DIY labs are revolutionizing research communities and innovation. For many scientists, avoiding strict university models and research procedures is becoming increasingly attractive; which is why the number of DIY labs are increasing all around the world. This fact is not unnoticed by corporations, patrons, and formal research centers. After all, it is no longer a surprise that community access to scientific training and lab kits can have great consequences. The strong background philosophy Two main philosophies are behind these open-source research labs:…
  • How to Optimize Your Sentence Length in Academic Writing?

    William Stevenson
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    Academic writing conveys clear and accurate information, and to this end, places a high premium on well-constructed, carefully thought-out content. Alas! Many a time, these hallowed features lead academic sentences to becoming lengthy and convoluted, making the text hard to read. In this article, let’s look at some tips that will help you maintain an appropriate length of your sentence so that you can communicate your message or idea more effectively to the reader, which otherwise is hard to achieve, in a lengthy sentence in which the readers have to go through chains of words and ideas…
  • Experts’ Take on ORCID

    William Stevenson
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:23 am
    Turning Author Names to Numbers—Impact of ORCID What’s in a name? Nothing, according to Shakespeare, but a researcher thinks otherwise. We want credit for our work and don’t want to give credit to anyone else, or take credit for any work but our own. This is a real problem in today’s publishing environment. If you have a common name such as William Stevenson, it is likely that there is someone else out there publishing under the same name or one close enough to it to cause confusion. I’ve never lived in a city in which there were not several other William Stevensons, and if I ever…
  • When To Use Graphs, Diagrams, and Images in Your Research Paper?

    William Stevenson
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    According to the American psychologist Howard Gardner, human intelligence can be divided into seven categories: visual-spatial, bodily kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, linguistic, and logical-mathematical. This implies our intelligence strengths can be different in each (so-called) intelligence profile and that everybody can be intelligent in many different ways. Gardner says these differences “challenge an educational system that assumes that everyone can learn the same materials in the same way and that a uniform, universal measure suffices to test student learning.”…
  • Why You Should Subject Your Manuscript to Statistics Review?

    William Stevenson
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    Proofreading appears again in scene as an indispensable procedure to achieve quality. Since statistical errors and data analysis mistakes make it impossible to reproduce a considerable number of researches each year, some journals have decided to focus more on statistical analysis proofreading. This more exhaustive scrutiny is no more than a way of giving statistical analysis the importance it deserves in the academic and scientific publishing field. Focus on quality Despite the fact that professional scientists and researchers are supposed to know how to analyze data, it is important to…
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    Beyond Paper Editing

  • Our Route to Self-Publishing: 3 Moments That Mattered Most

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

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

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

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

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

  • “My God could kill yours.”

    Jeremiah Walton
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    the Eucharist  by Katie Hogan a priest with greasy fingers shoving french fries through his chapped lips, smiling through his rotting teeth. this is the body of christ. and he laughs with his mouth full, remnants of swept up potatoes glued to his cheeks, as his white collar grows tighter. let us rejoice and give thanks. he grabs his soda, lips eagerly kissing the rim, chugging down the ounces of aspartame in an attempt to wash the pesticides. this is the blood of christ. he shoves a dripping patty into his mouth, molars grinding the cow’s corpse in a rhythm that resembles an offbeat chant.
  • The Agony of the Artist (with a Capital A)

    Jeremiah Walton
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    from e.e. cummings, The Agony of the Artist (with a Capital A). Vanity Fair. 2 (April 1927): 68 & 98. It is Art because it is alive. It proves that, if you and I are to create at all, we must create with today and let all the Art schools and Medicis in the universe go hang themselves with yesterday’s rope. It teaches us that we have made a profound error in trying to learn Art, since whatever Art stands for is whatever cannot be learned. Indeed, the Artist is no other than he who unlearns what he has learned, in order to know himself; and the agony of the Artist, far from being the…
  • A fist full of moon rocks

    Jeremiah Walton
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    Sleeping with the Moon in my arms by Dreamer I want to fall asleep holding you I want to adventure with you in my dreams I want to wake up next to you I want to adventure with you awake. Fold me safe inside of you Fold you safe inside me Feel each soft before the funeral in my brain does role call. previously published in Fuck Art, Let’s Dance
  • It doesn’t matter what you look like on the outside. It’s what’s on the internet that counts.

    Jeremiah Walton
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    I first heard of Beach Sloth through a review he did for a collection of Dianna Dragonetti’s poetry I published through Walking Is Still Honest Press.  I was intrigued by it’s odd ball style.  Beach Sloth then did a write up on my first poetry video, Poetry Kicked Me In The Balls.  The Beach Sloth is a “support each other” human and artist, notorious for a blog with serrated creativity consistently reflective of his individual style. The Beach Sloth is a wonderful writer, a Nostrovia!n Poet, and a genuine person.  He has conducted many interviews for us with…
  • Uncle Sol

    Jeremiah Walton
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    nobody loses all the time by e.e. cummings nobody loses all the time i had an uncle named Sol who was a born failure and nearly everybody said he should have gone into vaudeville perhaps because my Uncle Sol could sing McCann He Was A Diver on Xmas Eve like Hell Itself which may or may not account for the fact that my Uncle Sol indulged in that possibly most inexcusable of all to use a highfalootin phrase luxuries that is or to wit farming and be it needlessly added my Uncle Sol’s farm failed because the chickens ate the vegetables so my Uncle Sol had a chicken farm till the skunks ate…
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    The Publishing Profits Podcast Show | Writing | Marketing | Books | Ebooks

  • 035: How Buck Books Can Skyrocket Your Ebook Sales For Free (Tom Corson-Knowles, Founder of TCK Publishing)
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Matt Stone is a bestselling author, professional blogger, and owner of Archangel Ink, a publishing company that helps new and independent authors succeed. He’s also the owner of Buck Books, one of the top ebook promotion sites. (You can read more about Buck Books and their submission guidelines here). In today’s show, Matt shares his story of going from an unknown writer in his field to being one of the top health bloggers, and his journey of self-publishing. He’ll also share how he earned over $16,000 in royalties in his first month self publishing on Amazon. Building an…
  • 034: Transmedia, Story Engineering, and Other Lessons from the 2014 Willamette Writer’s Conference (Tom Corson-Knowles, Founder of TCK Publishing)
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Transmedia and story engineering were hot topics at this year’s Willamette Writer’s Conference in Portland, Oregon. Tom shares his key takeaways, insights and lessons learned from speaking at and attending the conference. In the show, we discuss transmedia and the future of media. Content is the greatest marketing tool you will ever have, and transmedia is how you maximize the impact of your content across various media platforms including books, film, TV, digital video and online digital content, social media, video games, merchandise and more. Tom also shares about some key…
  • 033: The Ebook Revolution and the Future of Publishing (Tom Corson-Knowles, Founder of TCK Publishing)
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    In today’s show, Tom Corson-Knowles share data, facts and insights into global ebook and print sales and the future of publishing. If you don’t understand the numbers, it’s hard to make good decisions as a publisher! This show will give you some key insights into what’s going on right now in the industry, why ebook sales are still growing, and why print sales are declining globally. See the slides for this show: The Ebook Revolution and the Future of Publishing from Tom Corson-Knowles Watch the video instead: Get even more data and key market insights for authors and…
  • 032: Your Ebook Publishing Questions Answered (Tom Corson-Knowles, Founder of TCK Publishing)
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:17 pm
    In today’s show, Tom Corson-Knowles answers your questions about ebook publishing. We cover questions about formatting, publishing, marketing, pen names, free vs. paid books, creating audiobooks, and much more. Grab your pen and paper and get ready to take notes because you’re about to learn how to earn some serious publishing profits. If you want your questions answered on the show, send us an email at
  • 031: The 15 Habits of Highly Successful Authors and Writers (Tom Corson-Knowles, Founder of TCK Publishing)
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Successful authors do things a little differently… In today’s show, Tom Corson-Knowles shares the 15 habits of highly successful authors and shows you how you can apply them right now to your own life to speed up your path to success. This podcast episode is based on the article Tom wrote called 15 Success Habits of Professional Writers and Authors. If you’re looking for a little motivation, inspiration and education, this episode is for you! So grab your pen and paper and get ready to take notes because you’re about to learn how to earn some serious publishing…
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    Marketing Tips For Authors

  • How to Make an SEO Friendly Video That Will Get You Noticed

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

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

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

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

    Paula Krapf
    5 Oct 2014 | 8:22 pm
    When you select your book’s category on Amazon it’s important to understand that Amazon has a separate setup for print books and ebooks. You’re allowed two categories per book, and many authors pick the broadest category possible, thinking it will provide the best exposure. However, you want to find the smallest niche you can for your book. If your book can become number one in a category, the Amazon algorithm will be triggered and give your book more exposure. Read more: Share What Authors Should Know About…
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    Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog

  • Digital Distribution Channels How To

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

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

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

    Wojtek Szywalski
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    There are many ways publishers can increase their revenues and selling through their website may just be one of the top ones. PressPad is happy to announce today the release of a new feature helping publishers do just that. Our mission at PressPad is to help publishers make more money on their content. We believe […] The post PressPad Web Store Increases Revenues for Digital Publishers appeared first on Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog.
  • IPhone 6 and New Apple IOS8 – Should Digital Publishers Bother?

    Wojtek Szywalski
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    PressPad’s lead iOS developer Simon Fortuna gives a glimpse at what to expect from introduction of iOS 8 and what does it mean for the publishers. For years Apple was not afraid to make their own path. Do you remember the wave of complaints when iOS7 has been introduced together with its slick, flat designed […] The post IPhone 6 and New Apple IOS8 – Should Digital Publishers Bother? appeared first on Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog.
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    The Proof Angel

  • Stigmatized and still alive: English in the time of “ain’t”

    The Proof Angel
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:36 am
    Do you believe that standards of English are declining, and as a result the end of the world is nigh? If you do, or if you are a disciple of Gwynne’s Grammar, you might find this post enlightening. As the writer says, English is more flexible & robust than some people think.  It can be used for many different purposes without impact on other areas. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Grammar & usage Tagged: grammar, language, usage
  • 19 Magical Bookshops Every Book Lover Must Visit

    The Proof Angel
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:57 am
    Are you planning a trip? Need a destination? This selection of book shops might inspire you. There are just a few I still need to visit.  I rather fancy the barge idea. We just need a few more bookshelves first. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Bits & bobs Tagged: book shops
  • The daily rituals of famous writers

    The Proof Angel
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:25 am
    They say one of the best ways to make progress on any project is to work on it on a regular basis. Getting it into your routine makes sure you do that. If you are struggling to make room for your writing, you might find this post on the daily rituals of great writers interesting. I must say, I’m glad I don’t live with Jane Austen. I know pianos were quieter in those days, but even so I’m not convinced it is very sociable to play before everyone else is up. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: daily rituals, famous…
  • Why not take part in an accent survey?

    The Proof Angel
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:12 am
    David Crystal is collecting accents. He needs you to record yourself saying “potato”. Read more here. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Bits & bobs Tagged: accents, language, survey
  • A cheat sheet if you are writing for young adults

    The Proof Angel
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:42 am
    Are you writing something for young adults? Are you confused about the process? This cheat sheet, as with all these things, oversimplifies the position, but it might help to guide you through the process. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: Fiction, writing resources, YA, young adults
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    The Passive Voice - Latest Updates

  • October 2014 Author Earnings Report

    Passive Guy
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    From Hugh Howey: The latest Author Earnings report is up. This is our first look at the effects of Kindle Unlimited — we’ll be diving in further in coming months. I wish our conclusions could be more . . . conclusive. To me, weighing all the benefits of KDP Select against the minus of exclusivity, my thinking is that KDP Select is great for those starting out and those selling at the very highest levels. For those in the middle, who might be getting traction on other outlets, the increase in sales does not seem to outweigh the percentage of the market given up. I’ve been able to…
  • I hope they don’t hang you

    Passive Guy
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    “I hope they don’t hang you, precious, by that sweet neck.” “You’re not . . .” “Yes, angel, I’m gonna send you over. The chances are you’ll get off with life. That means if you’re a good girl, you’ll be out in 20 years. I’ll be waiting for you. If they hang you, I’ll always remember you.” Dashiell Hammett
  • Real books can defeat Amazon and e-books

    Passive Guy
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    From USA Today: The book business believes that Amazon is unfair in the way it sells books. It believes, in fact, that Amazon in its sales practices — pressuring the book publishers to lower their prices and profits — is the enemy. Amazon’s ultimate design, publishers believe, is to ruin them or to wholly shift the center of gravity in the business from the creators of books to Amazon, the dominant seller. And this seems to be truer than not. The book business response has been to protest hotly and try to wage a moral war against what it sees as an immoral competitor — having, for…
  • Apple updates iBooks Author, adds in support for importing ePub and InDesign files

    Passive Guy
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    From Talking New Media: he eBook publishing platform from Apple, iBooks Author, received an update. The update, which brings the program up to version 2.2, fails to introduce iPhone support, the one thing publishers have been asking for from the beginning. But there are a number of interesting new features. The update for iBA now allows designers to import ePub files. It also allows for the importation of Adobe InDesign IDML files, which may prove a big help for seasoned designers expert at Adobe’s publishing design program. Maybe the biggest improvement, and one often requested from…
  • Are There Too Many Books?

    Passive Guy
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    From Publishing Perspectives: At the 66th Frankfurt Book Fair last week, self-publishing and the self-published authors were in the eye of the storm, at the crest of the tsunami wave of the published books worldwide. The total number of books in print hit 28 million worldwide in 2013 , as calculated by all the titles that acquired ISBNs. In the United States, some 390,000 ISBNs were taken by the self-published authors, while approximately 300,000 were solicited by the traditional trade publishers. A panel featured as part of the International Self-publishing Program, asked the…
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    All Indie Writers » Indie Publishing

  • 71 Tools and Tactics for Your Book Marketing Plan

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

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

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

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

    Jennifer Mattern
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    Today marks the first day in a week-long blog series on book marketing plans. In addition to sharing some background on what book marketing plans are all about, I'll also release a few fun tools and resources to help you create your own. Let's kick things off with a quick introduction to book marketing plans. Who needs them? What can they do for you and your books? And when should you worry about writing one? Who Needs a Book Marketing Plan? Are you an author? Do you hope to sell your books as opposed to writing solely for yourself, family, and friends? If you answered "yes" to both of those…
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    Helen Sedwick

  • Negotiating With a Book Publisher: 7 Deal Points to Confirm Before You Sign On The Dotted Line.

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

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

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

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

    Helen Sedwick
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:06 am
    Looking for a photograph of a bull elk? Or a 1890s baseball card? Or a space shot from the Apollo moon launch? Perhaps you have searched Creative Commons images and haven’t found exactly what you want. And you don’t want to pay a fortune or an attorney. I’ve compiled a list of some little known resources of public domain images. As you will see, I had a lot of fun putting together this list.   Most of these images may be downloaded for free, but some of the sites charge a small “reproduction fee” or limit uses to non-commercial purposes. (Frankly, this restriction is legally…
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    Ajoobacats Blog

  • Book Review: A Place For Us Part Three by Harriet Evans

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:42 pm
    To read my review of A Place For Us Part One please click here To read my review of A Place For Us Part Two please click here This book sees Martha, Bill, Florence, Cat and Lucy deal with David’s loss and the truth about Daisy. Karen makes tough decisions about where her future lies and Martha is left devastated and wonders if the life they made at Winterfold was just an illusion? Legal issues ensue regarding Daisy’s internment and Florence also takes legal action over the book she wrote but after finding her birth certificate comes to know she is adopted. Unable to speak to…
  • Book Review: Ring by Koji Suzuki

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    The death of four teenagers from “sudden heart failure”, piques the interest of investigative journalist Asakawa, who traces their movements in the last week of their lives to Villa Log Cabins, where he finds a videotape which terrifies him as he is given a week to live after he has watched it. As much as I enjoyed The Ring starring Naomi Watts a decade ago, I must say in the original book has hidden depths and detail that was somewhat dumbed down to give the film mass market allure. In this English translated Japanese version I found a much more compelling premise in this first…
  • Brook Cottage Books Book Tour and Giveaway: Romancing My Love by Melissa Foster

    14 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This is Ajoobacats Blog’s first hosting of a book tour and I am delighted to review Romancing My Love by Melissa Foster, which is the ninth book in the Love In Bloom Series and the seventeenth book in The Braden Family Series, on behalf of Brook Cottage Books. I have not read any of the previous books in the series but was pleasantly surprised and did not find this in anyway a handicap to enjoying this romantic read. Rebecca Rivera lost her mother to cancer 6 weeks ago, is living in her car and has just been fired from her job as a bartender by her jerk of a boss, so when Pierce Braden…
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Awareness Week 13th October- 19th October 2014

    13 Oct 2014 | 1:36 pm
    ajoobacats:MP Charles Walker: obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is ‘like a hundred little blackmails a day’ Originally posted on Healthy Campus Initiatives: Relationships, friendships, family-life, school, occupations—all are affected by OCD. It is ten times more difficult to handle any type of pressure or commitment while dealing with this disorder. DefinitionOCD, or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, is a brain and behavioral disorder that causes severe anxiety on a daily basis, interfering with everyday life. It is categorized as an anxiety disorder. CausesAccording to the…
  • Book Review: Mad Dog Justice by Mark Rubinstein

    12 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Danny is shot in his office while he’s on the phone to his wife, a few days later a doctor working at the hospital his best friend works at is shot too, the bullets in both shootings match but why would anyone try to kill Danny and his best-friend and blood brother Roddy? To cap it off Detective Morgan suspects that Danny and Roddy are up to their necks in something illegal and, like a dog with a bone, he won’t let it go. I really enjoyed this mystery/suspense thriller, I enjoyed the characterisations and the friendship between Danny and Roddy. Roddy, a general surgeon, undergoes…
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  • Germany’s Preeminent Technical University Chooses ownCloud for Secure File Sync and Share for Researchers, Students and Administrators

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Commits up to 200 terabytes of storage for more than 30,000 users Students, researchers, teachers and administrators at the Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin), Germany’s preeminent technical university, depend on the secure exchange of files. Now, with the help of ownCloud, Inc., the company behind the world's most popular open source file sync and share software, they can retain full control over their own data, in accordance with Germany’s strict data protection regulations. ownCloud Enterprise Edition protects sensitive files, all while giving end users flexible and easy access…
  • Fountain of Youth Medical Spa Hosts Annual Halloween Open House

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Dr. Le and her staff members will treat clients to frighteningly fun treats, including skin cleanings and boo-tiful makeovers.Victoria, TX – October 20, 2014 – The Fountain of Youth Medical Spa is pleased to announce the date of their annual Halloween Open House, which will be held on Thursday, October 30th, 2014.  From 11am to 6pm at the spa, guests can enjoy “boo”-tiful treatments, including a Neostrata Skin Analysis, Skin Cleaning with Clarisonic Smart Brush, and Jane Iredale Makeover.  As a special treat (no tricks!), Dr. Nhi Le, founder and owner of the Fountain of Youth…
  • Language of Desire Review - WHY WOMEN ARE DESPERATE TO BUY THIS?

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Why are women going crazy after Language of Desire by Felicity Keith? What secret do Michael Fiore and Felicity Keith reveal? Read Language of Desire Review.Felicity Keith’s Language of Desire has become the MOST WANTED product by women. What DIRTY SECRETS does this guide reveal? Felicity Keith’s Language of Desire is ideally suitable for those women who are shy but deep down want to learn how to improve the sexual intimacy with the man of their dreams! Here women will enquire into how desire and sex work with their primitive brain, learn the dominance of sexual singularity and how to…
  • Erectile Dysfunction Protocol Review - DOES ED PROTOCOL WORK?

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    What is Erectile Dysfunction Protocol (ED Protocol) by Jason Long? Can you really get rid of Erectile Dysfunction problem? Read ED Protocol reviews.One of the most prominently embarrassing problems that men face in the present times is erectile dysfunction. Not only is it difficult to talk about, but it also brings a whole lot of complex challenges in a man’s life which may make them consider a lot of treatment methods that are available these days. Due to this sexual health issue, men tend to lose self-confidence – which is precisely what becomes the downfall of their love lives in the…
  • Small Cap Millionaire: Review Examining Tim Sykes’ Program Released

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Small Cap Millionaire reviews have been popping up all over the Internet and reveals the truth about this program that was created by a man who knows what he is talking about when it comes to trading penny stocks and has the visible evidence to back that up. Small Cap Millionaire claims to be definitely something people should check out first if they are interested in penny stocks. It promises to help people avoid the trial and error that comes from self-learning by using the information that Tim is giving them to learn from the program. This has caught the attention of…
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  • Woman With No Face Lives A Normal Life

    Staff Reporter
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    Chrissy Steltz of Milwaukie Who Got Injured By Shotgun Blast Gets A New Face And Living a Normal Life During the past 11 years, Steltz has grown more comfortable about appearing in public with her black sleep shade. Part of her motivation for getting a prosthetic face, she says, is to keep others from feeling embarrassed. In keeping with that idea, Steltz in February visited a fifth-grade class at Seth Lewelling Elementary School in Milwaukie. The visit was instigated by Shyanne, born four months after Steltz was shot. Despite an age difference of 16 years, the two sisters are close —…
  • South Africans Receive A Wake-Up Call From President Jacob Zuma

    Staff Reporter
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:31 am
    South Africa, unlike other African countries, has focused intensely on improving the life of its citizens, President Jacob Zuma has said. “What is it that causes protests and demonstrations in South Africa when the rest of Africa is not doing it? Once the countries were free, it was each one for themselves. There were no programs to deal with poor people,” said Zuma in Pretoria. “If I am wrong, come and tell me which country did as we did. Once we were free we said our major focus is to address the plight of the poor. In no country in the world have you seen government giving people…
  • Latest News on the Oscar Pistorius Trial

    Staff Reporter
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    Oscar Pistorius Trial: Prosecution presses for at least ten years in jail while Defence lawyers fight for Oscar Pistorius’s freedom. Below is a YouTube Video analysis of the Oscar Pistorius Trial Latest Update:   The post Latest News on the Oscar Pistorius Trial appeared first on Top South African News.
  • Zimbabwe Special Permit (ZSP) Appointment Scheduling

    Staff Reporter
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL ZIMBABWEANS WHO ARE IN THE PROCESS OF RENEWING THEIR DZP PERMITS Now that you have successfully completed your Zimbabwe Special Permit (ZSP) Online Application, downloaded the application form and printed it out. The next step is to setup an appointment with VFS Global, so you can finalize your application. There are a few things you need to make sure of before proceeding with your appointment setting. IMPORTANT: Ensure that you have included an Email Address on your online application form. This will ensure that you receive your appointment letter, which you…
  • Subway Passenger Pulls Out Pythons from Bag in Train

    Staff Reporter
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:13 am
    Startled passengers on a New York train were left staring in disbelief at the sight of a man holding two enormous snakes during their evening commute.  The unidentified man was seen casually handling the reptiles on the C train, according to a rattled eyewitness who took a couple of pictures on his phone. Eric Hertzog, a 26-year-old radio producer got on the uptown subway at Canal Street and saw the man ‘playing’ with the snakes. The post Subway Passenger Pulls Out Pythons from Bag in Train appeared first on Top South African News.
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  • iBooks Author 2.2 Update adds Auto-Play to Widgets

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

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

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

    Steve Sagovac
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:59 am
    Create an Amazon Kindle Picture Book with Kindle Kids Book Creator from an iBooks Author PDF Amazon announced today their new product for easily creating Children’s Picture Books and publishing them on the Amazon Kindle Store – the Kindle Kids Book Creator UPDATE: The book was approved and released in around 4hrs. You can see [...]
  • Why do my Stories all come out in Rhyme – it’s very frustrating!

    Steve Sagovac
    4 Sep 2014 | 2:44 am
    Below is a post I wrote a while back on my personal site I still haven’t finished this story, but I did get my notes out to see if I could. Rhyming Trouble This post could also be called: “The trouble with having more than one notebook”, or “writing a story in bits and [...]
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  • Metro | Jewelery Bangle New Collection 2014

    Akhlaq A
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:19 am
    Metro | Jewellery Bangle New Collection 2014. Do you like bangles? Do you like wearing colorful bangles on your hands? If yes, then here we are with some of the latest and up to date bangles collection that has been launched and revealed by Metro Jewellery. It is one the magical collection by Metro Jewellery ...
  • Metro Footwear Modern Selection 2014

    Akhlaq A
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:57 am
    Metro Shoes has now revealed its Footwear Modern Selection 2014 and in this post, we will be telling you all the important details of this collection line. This kind of collection has high heel shoes, sandals along with slippers identified been ornamented with flashy form of embellishments. Many of the shoes will also be embedded using ...
  • Young Women Part Winter Modern Choice 2014 on Nishat Retailer

    Akhlaq A
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:21 am
    Young women Part Winter Modern Choice 2014 on Nishat Retailer is here. Islamic girls wearing long t-shirts and shalwar kameez gorgeous design of NL best fit for you personally time in the vacation picnic. Hello men! Pret Selection for Winter season 2014 (Nishat Linen) Nisha Materials and Home Style Nisha would be the designer’s option. Winter ...
  • Servis – Fall Winter Girls Boots Variety 2014-15 with Price Tag

    Akhlaq A
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Recently, Servis has launched its latest and special Fall Winter Girls Boots Variety 2014-15 with Price Tag. This boots collection 2015 have been specially launched regarding winter season. This wintertime collection 2014 contains wide variety of sneakers. Servis footwear series 2014 includes shoes or boots, low cutter, sneakers for females. Servis – Fall Winter Girls ...
  • Alkaram – Lovely Winter Dresses 2014/15 For Women

    Akhlaq A
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    Alkaram – Lovely Winter Dresses 2014/15 For Women. Alkaram trend brand now in this particular winter season offer you us new fashion newest fall winter dresses series 2014-15 for females. Alkaram – Lovely Winter Dresses 2014/15 For Women See Below the images Collection and Enjoy!  
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