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  • Six Figure Success Self-Publishing Non-Fiction Books With Steve Scott

    The Creative Penn
    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…
  • Ten Ways To Publicize Your Book You May Not Have Thought Of

    Self-Publishing Review
    Cate Baum
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    You’ve tried putting your book on all the usual sites, getting reviews and talking about it on forums and still you aren’t getting the sales you imagined. What can you do to improve this situation? Here are ten lesser-known insider ways to publicize your book. 1. Engagement, engagement, engagement It’s not going to be enough ...
  • Hemingwrite Typewriter May Redefine Writing Ebooks

    Book trade news from Book2book
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:07 am
  • The Amazon Problem

    Beyond the Book (BurstMarketing)
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Linus van Pelt, the resident intellectual of the Peanuts comic strip, once articulated his philosophy of life as, “No problem is so big or so complicated that it can’t be run away from.” For many years, one could argue, such was the view of book publishers when it came to Amazon. Yet the Amazon problem grew faster than anyone could run. At long last, escape is not an option. “If there is an Amazon problem, it is much bigger than the book business,” observes Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer. “It is a problem that we as a nation need to discuss— about how our big…
  • Hot Book Trends from the Göteborg Book Fair

    Publishing Perspectives
    Guest Contributor
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Saskia Vogel documents the hot book trends from the Goteborg Book Fair, including feminist texts, literary fiction, and more. The post Hot Book Trends from the Göteborg Book Fair appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
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  • Daily Must Reads, October 24, 2014

    Julie Keck
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    1. Why the New York Times built a tool for crowdsourced time travel (Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab) 2. Hong Kong: The difficult task of verifying news amidst censorship and social media (Jihii Jolly / Columbia Journalism Review) 3. Gamergate and how Internet users think about gaming and harassment (Alyssa Rosenberg / The Washington Post) [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • A Student’s Perspective on High School Journalism in California

    Jackson Brook
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Having survived my senior year at Palo Alto High School, I think I can safely say that thus far in my education, the most useful thing I have done to develop my intellectual vitality has been joining my high school magazine, Verde. Although most high schools focus solely on a yearbook or a newspaper, Paly [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Mediatwits #135: HBO, CBS Jump into Streaming Services for Cord-Cutters

    Fannie Cohen
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Last week HBO and CBS both announced plans to offer stand-alone streaming services on the web. It’s a major turn-about for the pay cable service HBO (owned by Time Warner), which has long maintained they are “not TV.” This move will allow viewers to cut the cord to their cable TV subscriptions and purchase HBO [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Media and Journalism Fellowships: October 2014 Edition

    Sonia Paul
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here’s a list of current media and journalism fellowship programs, including deadline for applying. If we’re missing any major programs, please use our Contact Form to let us know, and we’ll add them to the list.  Featured Fellowship JoLT Fellowships @ American University American University invites applications for three JoLT (Journalism Leadership Transformation) fellowships in games and [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Media and Journalism Awards: October 2014 Edition

    Sonia Paul
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here’s a list of current media and journalism awards, including deadlines for applying. If we’re missing any major programs, please use our Contact Form to let us know, and we’ll add them to the list.  OCTOBER 2014 DEADLINES Webby Awards The Webby Awards honor the best of the web, from multimedia to digital journalism to interactive publishing [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
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    Digital Book World

  • The How and Why of Browser-Based Ebooks

    Rich Bellis
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    If the dedicated e-reader is on its way to becoming an artifact of e-reading’s past, the web browser is emerging as a key to its future. Web browsers are available on virtually every device that connects to the Internet, including smartphones, which are booming worldwide. And as publishers look to shore up and grow their distribution channels, many are beginning to recognize how web browsers can serve as flexible, direct-to-consumer e-reading platforms. But for publishers to take full advantage of web-based ebook publishing, there’s a handful of technical and related challenges they’ll…
  • Adobe Updates Digital Editions to Address Privacy Concerns

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    As promised, Adobe is rolling out a software update to Digital Editions 4 in order to address privacy concerns involving the data gathering program that came to light earlier this month. In addition to displaying the relevant sections of its privacy policy more prominently, Adobe is changing protocol to address what many saw as one of the biggest issues–the fact that considerable amounts of user data were transmitting back to Adobe in clear text, leaving it open to third parties. Digital Editions 4.0.1 aims to secure that transmission in HTTPS. Users will be automatically…
  • Browser-Based Ebook Publishing: How Come and How-To

    Derrick Schultz
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    In the past few years we’ve seen the sales figures of tablets and phones begin to eclipse those of the e-ink e-reader, and in many developing countries access to mobile phones is often a reader’s best or only access to a digital device. Many publishers and retailers have responded by creating apps for each platform, each requiring a dedicated team of developers to create and maintain. But there’s another option: the web browser. Unlike operating system-specific apps that require discovering and downloading said app, the web is available to readers on just about every digital…
  • How the Simon & Schuster–Amazon Deal Changes the Math

    Rich Bellis
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s only been a few days since Simon & Schuster confirmed reaching an agreement with Amazon, and already there’s copious speculation about the terms involved and what’s next for Hachette and others. The prevailing theory is that Simon & Schuster has committed to paying Amazon higher co-op fees in return for what the publisher characterized as a “version” of agency ebook pricing. As for how the deal shifts the playing field for other publishers negotiating with Amazon, opinion is more divided. Some argue the Hachette standoff played in Simon & Schuster’s favor, while…
  • Why Vook Is Still Betting on Short-Form Ebooks

    Rich Bellis
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    In a word, data. Vook releases the first of the short-form ebooks it acquired from Byliner after purchasing the digital publishing start-up last month. Like enhanced ebooks, short-form digital content hasn’t always fared well. Atavist Books, which published both since launching in 2012, confirmed this week it’s closing its doors, even though the independently operated digital magazine The Atavist–which also publishes ebooks–continues to thrive. Vook co-founder Matt Cavnar says “using data to make better decisions” is no longer optional for digital publishers. Vook acquired…
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    A Newbie's Guide to Publishing

  • More Advice To Authors United

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

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

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

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Updated below.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…
  • 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,…
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    Catherine, Caffeinated

  • It’s #SelfPrintedSplash Day! (and it comes with PRIZES!)

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

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

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

  • How Karma and cooperation have changed the game in independent publishing

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

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

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

  • Ten Ways To Publicize Your Book You May Not Have Thought Of

    Cate Baum
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    You’ve tried putting your book on all the usual sites, getting reviews and talking about it on forums and still you aren’t getting the sales you imagined. What can you do to improve this situation? Here are ten lesser-known insider ways to publicize your book. 1. Engagement, engagement, engagement It’s not going to be enough ...
  • Review: The Red by Aiden Riley

    James Grimsby
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    In the north of England, in the year 2020, scientific breakthroughs by companies such as ‘L Max’ lead to a new dawn of agriculture, where food would show great changes and never spoil when properly treated by their products. Whether this was the reason that the people and animals of Earth quickly turned to what ...
  • Creative Commons Licensing For Authors

    Cate Baum
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Recently there has been a lot of discussion about whether self-published authors need to use Creative Commons licenses for their work. This quick guide should explain how CC licenses work and when you should and should not use them. Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that has one goal: To utilize the possibilities for access the ...
  • Review: On The Money by Tariq Saleim

    Naka Jackson
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    On The Money by Tariq Saleim is a thoughtful story with an interesting theme: The power and balance of money. What is it that makes those from affluent backgrounds take so much for granted, while others work so hard and get nowhere in life? What happens when you have more money than you could possibly ...
  • $15 Gift Voucher For NaNoWriMo Authors Until November 30!

    Cate Baum
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:23 am
    If you are taking part in this year’s NaNoWriMo, Self-Publishing Review has a gift for you: An absolutely free $15 gift voucher to use on all editorial and review products until November 30! NaNoWriMo is a great way to get started on that novel. The goal is to write a 50,000-word draft of your novel ...
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    Publishing Perspectives

  • Consider the Ebook Format: Books in Browsers V

    Hannah Johnson
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:58 pm
    How do authors create their digital book files and what influence does that process have on the final content? Speakers at Books in Browsers 2014 address this topic. The post Consider the Ebook Format: Books in Browsers V appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • French Cartoonist Banned from Israel

    Olivia Snaije
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Maximilien Le Roy, a French cartoonist invited to the Palestine Cartoon Festival, was banned from Israel for his work on Palestine. The post French Cartoonist Banned from Israel appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Hot Book Trends from the Göteborg Book Fair

    Guest Contributor
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Saskia Vogel documents the hot book trends from the Goteborg Book Fair, including feminist texts, literary fiction, and more. The post Hot Book Trends from the Göteborg Book Fair appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Will Amazon Disrupt Sweden’s Book Market?

    Guest Contributor
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Sweden's book market is bracing for the launch of Amazon, where ebooks are hamstrung by high taxes and print books are still relatively affordable. The post Will Amazon Disrupt Sweden’s Book Market? appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Standards a Top Priority at Books in Browsers V

    Hannah Johnson
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    At this year's Books in Browsers conference, many speakers addressed the importance and relevance of standards for ebooks and web content. The post Standards a Top Priority at Books in Browsers V appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
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    The Book Designer

  • 5 Marketing Mistakes That Beginning Fiction Writers Make

    Joel Friedlander
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    By Jason Kong Just about anyone can become a self-published author. Of course, that doesn’t mean everyone will become a well-read author. A book needs to be paired with the right audience. Good marketing matters more than ever. These days, connecting the proper readers with your fiction is part of being a writer, as much as the craft of storytelling itself. The good news is there’s plenty of advice out there. The bad news? There’s plenty of bad advice masquerading as good advice. Sure, you’ll be able to figure out the difference, eventually. Most of those pitfalls…
  • 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…
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    The Future of Ink

  • How To Get Your Book Into Costco (and other specialty stores)

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

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

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

  • Literary agents look to change ‘distant’ image

    Passive Guy
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    From The Bookseller: Literary festivals can “provide help and support for new writers” and enable them to ask questions in a “relaxing, happy, supportive environment”, event organisers and literary agents have told The Bookseller. Festivals can also bring would-be authors closer to the publishing process by connecting them with agents, who want to move away from the perception that they are “very distant and difficult to meet”. Earlier this year, the Battersea Literature Festival and the Literary Kitchen Festival included dog walks led by literary agents as part of their…
  • I’ve been as bad an influence

    Passive Guy
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    I’ve been as bad an influence on American literature as anyone I can think of. Dashiell Hammett
  • Is it time to chop down Amazon?

    Passive Guy
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    From The Globe and Mail: Amazon has knocked a hole in the book publisher’s barricade, agreeing to a new contract with Simon and Schuster, a CBSowned company. A settlement of the row between Hachette and the e-retailer over book pricing cannot be far off. Yet, in political terms, the jury is still out as battle rages between Amazon’s enemies, who accuse it of predatory pricing and of killing off bookstores, and its supporters, who say Amazon’s disruptive business model supports a community of self-publishers and offers consumers cheaper books. A thousand authors (not all of them with…
  • Amazon’s Spending Leads to Biggest Quarterly Loss in 14 Years

    Passive Guy
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    From The Wall Street Journal: Inc. ’s soaring ambitions are coming at a steep cost, dragging the e-commerce giant to its largest quarterly loss in 14 years. A surge in spending on new-product development, music and video licensing, and other parts of the Seattle company’s expansion strategy led to a net loss of $437 million in the third quarter, worse than its year-earlier loss of $41 million. The wider loss came despite a 20% jump in revenue to $20.58 billion. In another stumble, Amazon took a $170 million charge on its Amazon Fire smartphone, which was released in July but is…
  • Little White Lies: Are They Good or Bad in Publishing?

    Passive Guy
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    From author Judy Mollen Walters via The Huffington Post: Little White Lies. We all use them in daily life. A friend asks us if she looks like she’s gained weight and we say no when it does look like she’s put on a few pounds. But what about little white lies in publishing? Those happen all the time, too, yet many of us argue, they’re good, for both the liar and the recipient. My experience with little white lies started as a naive but hopeful author, sending out query letters trying to find an agent. Some agents sent a generic rejection letter but others wrote a little…
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    The Digital Reader

  • Author Lawsuit Against Harlequin Certified as Class Action

    Nate Hoffelder
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    The off again on again royalties lawsuit against Harlequin has moved a step forward. Passive Guy reported yesterday that Judge William Pauley has formally certified the plaintiffs as a class. Originally filed in July 2012, Keiler et al v. Harlequin Enterprises Limited et al was brought by a group of authors who allege that Harlequin had cheated them out of their royalties. In the early ebook era (before 2005) contracted for ebook rights offered a standard contract that included an “all other rights” clause which promised authors 50% net royalties. While that sounds like a…
  • Audiobookers, Take Note: Downpour Launches Audiobook Rentals

    Nate Hoffelder
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    Amazon’s Audible might dominate the audiobook market in the US but they’re not the only retailer., an independent audiobook retailer, recently launched a new rental service which could help readers/listeners save a few bucks. Downpour customers can now rent audiobooks for 30 to 60 days at a reduced price. The audiobooks have to be read in Downpour’s app, and they will expire at the end of the rental. This breaks with Downpour’s policy on selling audiobooks DRM-free, but makes sense. According to the catalog around 8,000 titles are available for rental,…
  • Comparison Review: Kindle Voyage vs Onyx Boox T68 Lynx

    Nate Hoffelder
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    The Kindle Voyage from Amazon may be getting all the ereader buzz this week but it’s not the only premium ebook reader on the market. There’s also the Kobo Aura H2O, and the Boox T68 Lynx, an Android ereader with a 6.8″ screen. A couple days ago I pulled my T68 Lynx out of storage to test a couple apps at the request of a reader, and now that I have it in my hands again I’m remembering why I liked it so much. Before I get into the comparison review, let me first point out that I reviewed the T68 Lynx extensively back in June. Many of the details shared here are…
  • The Fire Phone Has Fizzled

    Nate Hoffelder
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    Yesterday afternoon Amazon confirmed in their quarterly investors briefing what pundits had been saying for months: the Fire Phone has fizzled. Amazon reported quarterly revenues of $20.58 billion, up about 20% from the same period last year. The retailer says that they lost $437 million last quarter, with a good third coming from a write down on the Fire Phone. Amazon Chief Financial Officer Tom Szkutak disclosed on Thursday that Amazon had taken a $170 million write down in the third quarter largely related to their unsold stockpile of Fire smartphones as well as supplier commitment…
  • The Morning Coffee – 24 October 2014

    Nate Hoffelder
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:32 pm
    The reading list may be short this morning but it’s full of stories worth reading, including an update on the Ellora’s Cave lawsuit, a reader’s manifesto, a look at how Indian publishers are running a FUD campaign against Flipkart and Amazon, and more. Are Amazon and Flipkart literature leeches? Not so fast (Tech in Asia) Ellora’s Cave vs. Dear Author Suit Removed to Federal Court (The Passive Voice) A Reader’s Manifesto (Medium) Standards a Top Priority at Books in Browsers V (Publishing Perspectives) Thrillbent Launches New State-Of-The-Art Reader App (Comic…
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    The Independent Publishing Magazine

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

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

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

  • Indie Author Power Pack. 99c For 3 Of The Biggest Books In Self-Publishing. Plus An Exclusive Interview.

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

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

    Joanna Penn
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Last week, I spoke at the Frankfurt Book Fair on the Kobo booth and talked about what it takes to be successful in self-publishing to a small group of indie authors. Thanks to Camille Mofidi from Kobo Writing Life Europe for inviting me and also getting me a star on the walk of fame – see the picture at the bottom of the post! With Camille Mofidi at the Kobo booth at Frankfurt Book Fair Here are my slides from the event and a list of notes with more links is included below. It is 95% relevant to all authors, with a little bit of German specific info throughout. How to be successful in…
  • 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…
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  • Barnes & Noble Will Not Shut Down Its Only Branch in The Bronx

    Maryann Yin
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    The Barnes & Noble at Bay Plaza will not close. This branch, opened in 1999, is the first and only bookstore within the Bronx in New York City. The Observer reports that executives at Barnes & Noble and Prestige Properties & Development (the landlord for this store) signed a two-year lease extension agreement which dictates that the price of rent will not be raised. According to David Deason, the vice president of real estate, the initial decision to shut down operations at this store was made because of concerns about a rent increase. Ruben Diaz Jr., the Bronx Borough…
  • ‘Riverdale’ TV Drama to Feature Characters From The Archie Comics Universe

    Maryann Yin
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    Fox is developing an Archie Comics TV drama called Riverdale. It will feature several characters from the Archie universe including Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Reggie Mantle, Jughead Jones, Kevin Keller, and Josie & The Pussycats. Warner Brothers Studios and Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Productions will partner together to produce this project. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa will work on the writing. He gave this statement in the press release: “This is something we’ve been working on for awhile now, figuring out the best way to bring these characters to life for…
  • Anna Todd’s ‘After’ And ‘Harry Styles’ Come to Print And Film

    Deborah Jensen
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Anna Todd, the first-time author whose online fan fiction series After became a Wattpad sensation, has had a big month. Publishing one chapter at a time, Todd racked up 1 billion reads online and gained avid fans worldwide. Last week, Paramount Pictures announced it had acquired screen rights, and this week, After was pubbed newly revised and expanded in a paperback from Gallery Books, part of a six-figure, multi-book deal with further print releases set for this November 18, December 30, and February 10, 2015. Talking with Alexandra Alter, Todd told the New York Times that she began as a…
  • Constantin Film & Dark Horse Entertainment to Partner On the ‘Polar’ Movie

    Maryann Yin
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    Constantin Film and Dark Horse Entertainment are teaming up to create a movie adaptation of Polar: Came From The Cold. Victor Santos’ graphic novel was published in November 2013. According to the press release, “the adrenaline-pumping action-thriller tells the story of Black Kaiser, a master assassin forced out of retirement when he finds himself the target of a motley crew of new generation hitmen.” Jayson Rothwell will write the screenplay. The movie studio is currently looking to hire a director to helm this project. New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in…
  • Cover Unveiled For ‘Trigger Warning’ By Neil Gaiman

    Maryann Yin
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    The cover for Neil Gaiman’s Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances has been unveiled. We’ve embedded the full image above—what do you think? This anthology contains previously published short stories, a Doctor Who story that was written to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the science-fiction TV series, and a tale that revisits the universe of American Gods called “Black Dog.” William Morrow, an imprint at HarperCollins, will release the book on February 03, 2015. (via USA Today) New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
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    Publishing News

  • Pulitzer-winning play 'Disgraced' probes identity,...

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:12 pm
    A dinner party in an elegant New York apartment goes terribly wrong in "Disgraced," the Pulitzer Prize-winning play about ambition, race, religion and identity that opened on Broadway. The five-character drama by writer Ayad Akhtar that began its run on Thursday night at the Lyceum Theatre after an earlier staging in New York in 2012 examines prejudices and relationships in post-Sept.
  • British man killed in Brazil after trying to negotiate with gunman...

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:27 am
    BREAKING NEWS: Ebola hits New York as doctor who recently returned from treating patients in Africa tests positive for the deadly virus - after feeling ill on night out bowling in Brooklyn Panic spreads through New York as it's revealed Ebola doctor rode the subway, went bowling and took an Uber taxi home before testing positive for deadly virus Could robots be the key to beating EBOLA? US summit to discuss everything from mortuary bots to drones that deliver medicine and food Girl, 2, is first confirmed Ebola case in Mali despite WHO's confidence that deadly disease would not spread to…
  • New York doctor tests positive for Ebola

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:43 pm
    A physician with Doctors Without Borders who returned to New York City from West Africa has tested positive for Ebola, the New York Times said on Thursday. The doctor was identified as Craig Spencer, who was working for the humanitarian organization in Guinea, one of three West African nations hardest hit by Ebola.
  • Bagnall: How terror affects the economy

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:50 pm
    The Ottawa Convention Centre becomes a trading pit as Canadian Tourism Commission's international tourism marketplace generates hundreds of millions of dollars in sales. Pat Moscaritolo, the head of the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau last year pointed out to CBS News that it took his city's tourism industry more than two years to recover from 9/11.
  • New Mexico wants home of noted artist recognized

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Artist Luis Jimenez is credited with helping transform the definition of public art in the U.S. with his larger-than-life, debate-provoking fiberglass sculptures. Now, state preservation officials are pushing to get the home and studios of the late artist in southern New Mexico on the National Register of Historic Places after the sites were added to the state's list of significant cultural properties earlier this week.
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    Commercial Printing News

  • Multi-Color Corporation Announces Date of Second Quarter Fiscal Year ...

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    CINCINNATI, OHIO, October 24, 2014 -- Multi-Color Corporation will announce Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2015 financial results on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. and hold its quarterly conference call on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. to discuss the news release. For access to the conference call, please call 888-713-4209 or for international access, please call 617-213-4863 by 9:45 a.m. .
  • Scenesse Approval Increases Clinuvel's Credibility

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    Yet, Clinuvel finally attained approval. And more than this approval, this has implications for Clinuvel's credibility regarding its vitiligo program.
  • RR Donnelley to Showcase Innovative Solutions for Direct Marketing...

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company today announced that it will present innovative solutions and best practices for effectively using Direct Marketing and Customer Engagement Solutions to deliver a compelling and action-driving customer communication experience at DMA 2014. These solutions include the use of impactful creative, content marketing, variable imaging and video, advanced analytics and data management.
  • MDC Partners Inc. Completes Expansion of Bank Facility to $325 Million

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:50 pm
    MDC Partners Inc. and its subsidiaries have entered into an increase and amendment of its revolving credit facility. Among other benefits, the amendment: expands the commitments under the facility by ; reduces the base borrowing interest rate by 25 basis points; and modifies certain covenants to provide the Company with increased flexibility to fund its continued growth and other general corporate purposes.
  • Exec Search Firm Grace Blue Gets Ready For Asian Growth

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Asia is undeniably rising. In August, Arthur Sadoun, CEO of Publicis Worldwide said that Asia is a "strategic priority" for the network.
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    Packt Publishing

  • Web API and Client Integration

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

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

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

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

  • Friday Conversations With A Self-Publishing Writer 10/24/14

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    CRITICAL THINKING-WRITING II Someone once told me that my true vocation was as a CSI (crime scene investigator) in the writing field because I question everything and look for better answers.  That particular person’s tone was a bit thick with sarcasm.  However I accepted it as a moment of “constructive criticism.”  Since then, I’ve developed several “rebellious” elements to my writing career that have greatly enhanced my editing techniques and (in my opinion) bring out the best in the manuscripts I’m editing or ghostwriting.  The following four points are part of those…
  • Weekly Self-Published Book Review:Before I Forget

    23 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: Before I Forget Morayo Olayombo Ruth Luwoye Publisher: Outskirts…
  • Rising Through the Ranks | A Beginner’s Guide to Search Engine Optimization (Part I)

    Kelly S
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Over the last few weeks, I’ve explored some of the benefits of tapping into social networks (read those blog posts here, here, and here) for self-published authors.Even for beginners or newcomers, there are ways to take advantage of the complex tools now at our disposal.And social media is just the beginning!  This week, I’m going to launch a series of blogs to provide a primer to––or a launching point for future discussions about––another means of augmenting your digital presence: Search Engine Optimization (or SEO).What does this somewhat obscure term mean?Simply put, SEO is a…
  • Self-Publishing Week in Review: 10/21/14

    21 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. With “Let’s Get Digital” You Can Finally Say Yes to Successful Self-Publishing This article discusses important things to consider when considering self-publishing and provides…
  • 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…
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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

  • The Amazon Problem (BurstMarketing)
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Linus van Pelt, the resident intellectual of the Peanuts comic strip, once articulated his philosophy of life as, “No problem is so big or so complicated that it can’t be run away from.” For many years, one could argue, such was the view of book publishers when it came to Amazon. Yet the Amazon problem grew faster than anyone could run. At long last, escape is not an option. “If there is an Amazon problem, it is much bigger than the book business,” observes Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer. “It is a problem that we as a nation need to discuss— about how our big…
  • Fall & Frankfurt Mean Global E-Book Report Update (BurstMarketing)
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    National e-book markets are like snowflakes.  No two are alike.  Emerging markets particularly engage in approaches of their own.  In India, domestic platforms lead the way; while in Brazil, Apple shows a surprising lead in eBook distribution over the usual suspect. First published in 2011, the Global eBook Report follows international market evolution in e-books, as well as the controversies and debates that inevitably surround the move away from print and toward digital. From the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair, Global eBook Report author Rüdiger Wischenbart joins CCC’s Chris Kenneally to…
  • 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…
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  • Book review: The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2014, edited by Paula Guran, Prime Books

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    The latest in the excellent Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror series, edited by Paula Guran, does a pretty good job of living up to exaclty what it says on the cover, and pulling together the year’s real best achievements in the genre/genres. Some of the 32 tales will be familiar from elsewhere, especially to an […] The post Book review: The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2014, edited by Paula Guran, Prime Books appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Writers and GamerGate

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    Anyone not living under the same rock that many of its adherents crawled out from under will surely know by now about GamerGate, the supposed activist movement to defend traditional computer gaming standards and values, which has mushroomed into an umbrella grouping for all kinds of self-righteous victimhood, hate speech, intimidation, trolling, and even death threats. […] The post Writers and GamerGate appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Morning Links: Netflix closes call center. Self-publishing the YouTube of literature?

    Joanna Cabot
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Responding to DVD Subscription Decline, Netflix Closes Call Centre (GigaOM) Remember those red envelopes? Fewer and fewer people use Netflix to get DVDs, which is why the company is now closing a call center in Oregon. *** Kobo Releases Massive Update to Current Generation of eReaders (GoodeReader) It includes a bevy of enhancements, such as […] The post Morning Links: Netflix closes call center. Self-publishing the YouTube of literature? appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • ALA welcomes Court of Appeals reinforcement of fair use in Georgia State University case

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    The American Library Association (ALA) has issued a positive response to the recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit handed in Cambridge University Press et al. v. Carl V. Patton et al., a case previously covered by Chris Meadows here. This is the latest round of proceedings following the suit bought […] The post ALA welcomes Court of Appeals reinforcement of fair use in Georgia State University case appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Updates from Ottawa!

    Joanna Cabot
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    I’m sure everyone has heard the news by now about yesterday’s events in my nation’s capital. We have a young relative in Ottawa who we visit there several times a year, and we have been to all those places; we were relieved to speak to him last night to find everything going well. The teachers […] The post Updates from Ottawa! appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
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  • Oh, those Germans

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

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

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

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

  • An Invitation to Join My Exclusive, Guided Mastermind Group

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

    Michael Hyatt
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to Season 2, Episode 2 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this second episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the topic of accountability in leadership. Most leaders avoid it. Real leaders embrace it. The reason is that taking responsibility for your attitudes, actions, and overall results is tremendously liberating. Attempting to avoid accountability—playing the victim—keeps you stuck. Listen to the Audio Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Play in browser | Download Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s fast,…
  • 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…
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    Mequoda Daily » Articles

  • Freebie Friday: Audience Development Strategies That Have Helped Publishers Make Millions

    Amanda MacArthur
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Unlock the secrets to organic audience development for free Happy Friday! Have you downloaded our most popular new digital publishing handbook? It’s called Organic Audience Development Strategy and it’s our largest one yet, coming in at 260 pages. This handbook takes you from the big picture of building an audience to the minute but critical details website architecture that helps you build email lists. You’ll learn how the most successful publishers optimize entire sites for Google, from picking keywords to writing optimized content. Here are just a few quotes from our recent…
  • New Digital Partnership Brings Peanuts Into Digital Publishing

    Patrick Hughes
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    via Business Wire One of the wonderful benefits of the digital environment is the opportunity to revive older forms of media and bring them to a new audience. It’s being reported on Business Wire that Cupcake Digital, Inc. has partnered with Peanuts Worldwide, LLC. This partnership includes a range of content, including digital publishing and the creation of activity apps for the Peanuts global community. According to Business Wire, “The first enhanced storybook app with activities based on the classic “Kick the Football” storyline is slated for release in November 2014 to capitalize…
  • Daily Time Spent Consuming Media

    Patrick Hughes
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    via eMarketer It’s always nice to see how much media consumption is taking place in areas where your audience exists. eMarketer is sharing its forecast on media consumption by adults in the UK. “According to the latest time spent with media forecasts from eMarketer, the average time spent consuming major media per day for the average UK adult consumer will reach 9 hours, 6 minutes in 2014, up from 8 hours, 35 minutes last year.” Digital is getting more attention than TV, radio and print. This year, digital accounts for 4:05 hours. TV is the closest medium at 3:15 hours. Digital is then…
  • Programmatic Advertising For Digital Publishers

    Patrick Hughes
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    via eMarketer Programmatic advertising is growing in the digital marketing world, and that world coincides closely with the digital publishing industry. Do you know what programmatic advertising is or how it can impact your business? The term “programmatic” advertising refers to a process of online display advertising that is handled by software interfaces and algorithms. Analysis and optimization is done by the software. This process doesn’t require any human interaction, and its typically considered efficient. eMarketer is reporting on the popularity of programmatic advertising, and…
  • Sovereign Publishing Unites Four Different Publications with Launch of Warfare History Network

    Ed Coburn
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Profitable combination of direct marketing, fulfillment, advertising and content expertise hits one out of the park Some of you might be familiar with our favorite publisher, Rose Harper. Of course Rose isn’t a real publisher – she’s someone we invented as the embodiment of a typical publisher who we use as an example in teaching our Digital Publishing & Marketing Intensive. We recently had the chance to do for a real-life publisher exactly what we’ve done for Rose: Take the quintessential legacy publisher and transition the company into full out multiplatform publishing, complete…
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  • They’re So Good, It’s Scary: 13 Quotes From Horror, Thriller and Suspense Writers

    Tiffany Luckey
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    With Halloween just one week away, we’re getting into the spirit of the season with these 13 quotes on the writing life from famous authors of horror, thriller and suspense: 1. “So where do the ideas—the salable ideas—come from? They come from my nightmares. Not the night-time variety, as a rule, but the ones that hide just beyond the doorway that separates the conscious from the unconscious.” —Stephen King, “The Horror Writer Market and the Ten Bears,” November 1973, WD 2. “The first thing you have to know about writing is that it is something you must do everyday.
  • The Art and Craft of Wasting Time in 20 Quotes

    Adrienne Crezo
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    Writers are notorious procrastinators, and the trend is not limited to hobbyists or young, aspiring authors. We talk a lot about procrastination indirectly—setting personal deadlines, how to schedule writing time around life and family, how to write a draft—and fast!, how to write an outline for anything. We also discuss wasting time rather frankly in our forum, and occasionally offer assistance to writers who don’t want to work, necessarily, but in a productive way. Sometimes we give direct examples of how to not procrastinate. Famous time-wasters tend to fall into two camps:…
  • 8 Ways to Prepare to Write Your Nonfiction Book in a Month

    Brian A. Klems
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    As a nonfiction writer, you might feel a bit left out during November. Everyone is talking about NaNoWriMo this and NaNoWriMo that. All the while, you want to write a nonfiction book in a month not a novel. Well, you can, and you should. I have news for you, though. You don’t have to do it as a NaNoRebel or as part of an event created for novelists. You can write your nonfiction book in 30 days during an event for writers just like you—nonfiction writers. During National Nonfiction Writing Month (NaNonFiWriMo) you can start and finish the draft of your nonfiction book in a month. Just…
  • The Difference Between Dreamers and Achievers

    Guest Column
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:52 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. Last week was our annual FastTrack to Copywriting Success Bootcamp and Job Fair … Over the last 17 years, it has become THE copywriting event of the year. And this year, 400+ aspiring and professional writers joined us in Delray Beach, Florida to have industry legends teach them how to build successful copywriting businesses — and to meet with over 75 marketers looking to hire AWAI-trained copywriters.
  • 10 Writing Techniques from Bram Stoker’s Dracula

    Rachel Scheller
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    October conjures up images of crackling fires, shivering leaves, the grinning teeth of a jack-o-lantern … and, if you’re a fan of classic horror, that iconic, fanged master of the night, Count Dracula. We feel there’s no better time than October—National Dracula Month—to share some writing tips and techniques that authors can learn from Dracula and apply to their own horror stories. As you read this excerpt from chapter one of Dracula, try reading Bram Stoker’s text first, and then go back and read it again, this time pausing to digest the annotations from…
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  • The Wire Cast Reunion at the Paley Center.

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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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  • Azar Nafisi views American society through its literature

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:03 pm
  • Letter: Make Park Ridge library users pay for the use of the library

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    Opinion piece in newspaper. Interesting to see the thought process of the public. Excerpt: I say vote NO on the Park Ridge Public Library referendum! I counted 28 computers at the library (some may have been for reference data) and not all were in use. To top it off, the library has already purchased iPads with games for use by children. When did the library become a teaching source? That’s what the schools are supposed to do. Full letter:
  • Woman charged for torching books at Tacoma library

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    A Tacoma woman is in jail, accused of trying to set a library on fire. It happened on a busy Saturday at the Tacoma Main Library, forcing about 250 people to evacuate. Library workers don't believe the motive was political. According to court documents, Sailly admitted she had an issue with a library worker earlier in the day and admitted to wanting to burn down the library.
  • Westerville Library Employee Accused of Stealing $20K

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:09 am
    WESTERVILLE, Ohio - The deputy fiscal officer of the Westerville Public Library is being accused of embezzling funds. Continued here:
  • Halloween book return

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Book return decorated for Halloween at a Omaha Public Library branch.
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    David Gaughran

  • What’s Next for Authors United?

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

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

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

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

  • ChangeThis: Issue 122

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

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

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

    13 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Tweet Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life by Stewart D. Friedman, Harvard Business Review Press, 256 pages, $27.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781422189412 In 2008, I chose Stewart Friedman’s Total Leadership as the top book in the Personal Development category of our annual business book awards, saying, “In Total Leadership, Stewart Friedman, founding director of the Wharton Leadership Program, presents a concrete methodology for building a more integrated life. His program is really a practice, requiring both action and reflection … ” In many ways,…
  • 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…
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  • People on the Move | 10.23.14

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Jennifer Hitzges has been named fashion director at Redbook. She was previously a celebrity stylist. Also, Petra Kobayashi has been named art director. She previously held the same role at SELF. Maura Fritz has been named editorial recruiter at Hearst Magazines. She was previously with as deputy editor.
  • What Publishers Really Think About Time Spent

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Time-based metrics are used by almost every leading publisher to measure themselves, but there's been hesitancy to transact on the basis of numbers like time spent and ad exposure time. That could change soon though as a member 
  • Face Up Online: Entertainment Weekly

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
  • 20 In Their 20s

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    Uzoamaka MadukaFounder & Editor-in-Chief | The American Reader
  • The Best Holiday Social Media Strategy? Don’t Force It.

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
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  • 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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  • How Not to Change Your Business Model: The Latest on Permuted Press

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

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

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

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

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    My daughter is about to start reading Anne of Green Gables. After she’s done, I told her we would watch the television miniseries. It is one of my favorite book to movie adaptions ever. The actress chosen to be Anne Shirley was everything I had ever imagined Anne would be from her carrot-y braids to her penchant for over dramatization. So often when you see the transformation of a book into a movie there is this let down, a certain disappointment that the movie failed to capture the spirit and magic of the characters you have built up in your mind. Books have been a ripe source of movie…
  • Friday News: Adobe supposedly fixes ADE 4, Joan Didion Kickstarter campaign, corporate commentary on Gamergate, and a former slave bests his “master”

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Adobe Updates Digital Edition, Stops Sharing User Info With the Internet – Nate Hoffelder reports that Adobe has stopped sending data on the books you’re reading back to Adobe in plain text. Adobe insists that: “Enhanced security for transmitting rights management and licensing validation information. With this latest version of Digital Editions 4.0.1, the data is sent to Adobe in a secure transmission (using HTTPS).” I don’t distrust Hoffelder on this, but I’m sure as hell not read to trust Adobe yet – on anything. Update: I’ve heard from another…
  • Your trust circle of reader recommenders

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    I think it was Kassia Krozser formerly of Booksquare who coined the phrase “circle of trust” as it relates to your book reader friends who you rely upon to give you recommendations. No reader can be without that circle. One of the reasons we have open threads like yesterday is so that readers can communicate with other readers about books they’ve been reading and what they’d recommend. For a voracious reader, the most difficult question can often be “what do I read next?” At times I feel much like the exasperated person standing in front of his or her…
  • Thursday News: Update on EC v. DA, Atavist Books shutting down, Interview with After author Anna Todd, and mummifying Barbie

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Update on Ellora’s Cave v. Dear Author – Jane wanted to update everyone on some of the latest developments in the case. First, the case was recently removed to federal court and opposition papers to EC’s request for a temporary restraining order have been filed by Jane and her attorney, Marc Randazza. There is federal court hearing scheduled for October 29th, where arguments of counsel will be made. Jane would also like everyone to know that she is doing fine and greatly appreciates all the well wishes. I’d like to add another thank you to everyone who donated to the…
  • Open Thread for Readers

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
        Today we’re opening it up for readers. What’s on your mind as it relates to books? Is there a book that has lingered long after you read it?  How about a book that you’re hotly anticipating? Did you discover a new story that you’re super excited about? I’ll start off. The very first review I did here at Dear Author was an angry one about a historical wherein the main male lead pretended, for most of the book, to be his twin brother. The male and female leads make love in the story and she still believes it to be his twin brother. I couldn’t…
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  • Review: Winterswim

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Read 9/30/14 - 10/7/144 Stars - Strongly Recommended to those who desire their indie lit dark and mysteriousPages: 138Publisher: Civil Coping MechanismsReleasing: December 2014Ryan W Bradley's arrestingly designed upcoming novel Winterswim shocks the system in much the same way that being immersed under freezing cold waves would. Gasping and sputtering, his sparse language pulls you under from the very first page:"There were a few inches of snow on the ground and more falling. The pastor walked to the edge of the lake cautiously, dragging the girl, naked but for a pair of white…
  • Drew Reviews: Horrorstor

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix4 StarsPages: 256Publisher: Quirk BooksReleased: September 2014Guest review by Drew Broussard The Short Version: Amy is an ordinary worker at Orsk in Cuyahoga, OH.  But this is no ordinary Orsk: the staff has been coming in in the mornings to find destroyed furniture and other creepy messes - and Amy, low man on the totem pole, gets tapped to stay overnight with her boss and another employee.  What ensues is a horrifying descent into near-madness.The Review: Right out of the gate, we must address the physical object.  A friend of mine,…
  • Where Writers Write: Margaret Chapman

    22 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 Margaret Patton Chapman. Her novella Bell and Bargain is forthcoming from Rose Metal Press in November, 2014 as part of the collection My Very End of the Universe: Five…
  • ML Kennedy Recommends: A Night in the Lonesome October

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    And so we continue our Writers Recommend - a new series where we'll be asking writers to, well, you know.. recommend things. Like the books that they've enjoyed. To you. Because who doesn't like being recommended new and interesting books, right?! Think of it as a PSA. Only it's more like a LSA -Literary Service Announcement. Your welcome. ML Kennedy Recommends A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger ZelaznyWhen I was thirteen years old, I wasn’t really sure what to read. I had read all the Hardy Boys Casefiles, all the Ramona Quimby, and few other examples from both…
  • 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…
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  • Book Review: How to Get a Truckload of Reviews on Amazon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    with guest Brandy Vallance. It’s a great honor to be on Seekerville today! I’m very excited to chat with all of you about one of my favorite subjects—fiction! We all want to know what makes powerful fiction, right? Well, here are some things I’ve noticed:  1.Relatable CharactersI recently did a YouTube video with Chris Vogler, author of The Writer’s Journey and Hollywood film consultant. We often hear that our characters need to be likeable, but Chris says they only need to be relatable. We should be able to see ourselves (or the human condition) in every character that we…
  • Seven Things That Will Make Your Editor Happy

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    with guest Erica Vetsch.Happy Birthday, Seekerville! I can’t believe it’s been SEVEN years already! Thank you for having me back again. It’s an honor!Last time I was here, things got real. I was in a pretty raw and lonely place, and I wrote about what happens to a published author when that next contract doesn’t come…when they’re writing in the weeds. (You can read the post by clicking HERE) I wanted to thank you all very much for your support and encouragement following that post.  Since the airing of that blog-post, I’m happy to report that there has been a nice…
  • The Joy of Rejection

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    with guest Virginia Carmichael. (aka Mary Jane Hathaway).Hello, everybody! I’m so excited to be back in Seekerville, one of my favoritest places in the cyber world! Today I thought it would be fun to talk about the joy of rejection. (Okay, that’s a bit of false advertising but I had to get your attention somehow.) Now that you’re all here and enjoying Helen’s coffee, I can tell you that nobody really feels great when they get rejected. Rejection stinks. Rejection is the armpit of the writing life. I could be perfectly happy not ever getting rejected again. But life doesn’t work…
  • 3 Sisters on Writing: 7 Simple Strategies for Making the Dream a Reality

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    with guests Shirlee McCoy, Sara K. Parker and Mary Ellen PorterThanks so much for inviting us to help celebrate Seekerville’s seventh year!In case you’re wondering—yes, we are actual, honest to goodness, raised together in the same home sisters!  Sisters who, coincidentally, all shared a common dream: to see our stories in print.And now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, you’re probably wondering – How did you do it?  Has your family discovered a magic pill for writing success? A secret recipe to getting published?If only there were magic pills or secret family…
  • One Editor's Top 7 Revision Notes by Harlequin Senior Editor Victoria Curran

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Happy seventh birthday, Seekervillians (if I may call you that)! I’m delighted to be here to help celebrate the occasion. I was pleased to see one of our Harlequin Heartwarming authors, Roz Denny Fox, here a month or two ago, and she discussed a lot of the specifics about our series. Me, I’m thinking in sevens, so I’ve decided to share my top seven recurring revision notes, which are the same whether I’m editing sweet romances, inspirational or something a little hotter.Disclaimer: I’m deeply aware that I have never written a novel and I have a huge respect for those of…
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  • How Kindle Unlimited can pay off for authors

    Roger Packer
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    You won’t get Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep on Kindle Unlimited as the Big Five shun Amazon’s library service (for now at least) A new report from best-selling author Hugh Howey’s Author Earnings’ survey suggests Amazon’s ebook subscription service Kindle Unlimited has brought a major shake-up in the market and KU authors are making an average of 13% more money per title on Kindle than non-KU authors. Amazon launched Kindle Unlimited about halfway through July. KU is a library service which charges members $9.99 a month and allows them to borrow up to a…
  • Amazon tops up KDP Select Fund to $5 million for September as Kindle Unlimited payout rate for authors holds steady at $1.51

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

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

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

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

  • Strengthen Your Unique: How to Prepare for an Academic Interview?

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

    William Stevenson
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Want to learn more about open access publishing? Now is the time. October 20–26 is Open Access Week (OAW), during which seminars will be given all over the world on the subject of open access publishing. What can you learn? I signed onto the Open Access Directory’s events list to find out. Universities Scores if not hundreds of universities offer a variety of free seminars during OAW. For example, at Ohio State University you can learn about the following: • How to disseminate your work online • Creating a website or blog to showcase your research • Options for publishing digital…
  • 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…
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  • Our Route to Self-Publishing: 3 Moments That Mattered Most

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

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

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

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

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

  • *sniff sniff**snooortttt&sniffff

    Jeremiah Walton
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    Speedballin’ on K-pins & Ritalin a ghost of a villanelle for South Western Pennsylvania by Christina M. Sparks You said: you gotta crush it between to credit cards going 75 down Route 8, cut it smooth, draw it out on your compact mirror, roll your last dollar & snort that shit in 3 lines – one for the father, son & holy spirit. You said: you gotta crush it Lick the Devil’s share off the mirror. You gotta let it roll over you, let it wash through your blood. Cut it smooth. Let the drip remind you of last summer – hush-hush wink-wink trips to the bathroom. Remind you how to…
  • “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…
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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

  • How Online Video Support Improves Your Magazine Experience

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

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

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

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

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

  • So what is a novel?

    The Proof Angel
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:17 am
    We all know that language develops over time. Mainly, that is a useful thing. Sometimes I do wonder what on earth people are trying to achieve by these changes. This is an example of the latter. Apparently, novel is increasingly used to mean any book, whether it is fiction or non fiction. That is just confusing. What is the point of that? Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Grammar & usage Tagged: language, novel, usage
  • Opportunities for writers in November and December

    The Proof Angel
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:52 am
    This month’s list has over 100 competitions, fellowships and publication opportunities for writers at all stages of their careers. Plenty to get your teeth into before Christmas. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: opportunities for writers, writing competitions
  • Formatting ebooks

    The Proof Angel
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:56 am
    Formatting your manuscript for publication used to be about getting it to look right on the page. If you liked the way it looked, the job was done. With ebooks, it is more complicated. One of the big benefits for readers is that they can use the settings on their reader to make the display suit their needs. That means not only do you have no control over the final layout, but also you need to make sure there are no hidden gremlins to cause things like blank pages. This post has some sensible points. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors…
  • The key difference between online and print publishing

    The Proof Angel
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:47 am
    The online world is increasingly important. Many of us reach for Google when we used to reach for the encyclopaedia, or the Yellow Pages. Sometimes it is hard to remember the impact of this change when we are writing. The fundamental focus has moved from what the publisher wants to say to what the consumer wants. The two may be totally different. This post expands on that point. I never thought I’d see digital content compared to a good wine. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Writing resources Tagged: on line content, writing for the web
  • 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
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    The Passive Voice - Latest Updates

  • Literary agents look to change ‘distant’ image

    Passive Guy
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    From The Bookseller: Literary festivals can “provide help and support for new writers” and enable them to ask questions in a “relaxing, happy, supportive environment”, event organisers and literary agents have told The Bookseller. Festivals can also bring would-be authors closer to the publishing process by connecting them with agents, who want to move away from the perception that they are “very distant and difficult to meet”. Earlier this year, the Battersea Literature Festival and the Literary Kitchen Festival included dog walks led by literary agents as part of their…
  • I’ve been as bad an influence

    Passive Guy
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    I’ve been as bad an influence on American literature as anyone I can think of. Dashiell Hammett
  • Is it time to chop down Amazon?

    Passive Guy
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    From The Globe and Mail: Amazon has knocked a hole in the book publisher’s barricade, agreeing to a new contract with Simon and Schuster, a CBSowned company. A settlement of the row between Hachette and the e-retailer over book pricing cannot be far off. Yet, in political terms, the jury is still out as battle rages between Amazon’s enemies, who accuse it of predatory pricing and of killing off bookstores, and its supporters, who say Amazon’s disruptive business model supports a community of self-publishers and offers consumers cheaper books. A thousand authors (not all of them with…
  • Amazon’s Spending Leads to Biggest Quarterly Loss in 14 Years

    Passive Guy
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    From The Wall Street Journal: Inc. ’s soaring ambitions are coming at a steep cost, dragging the e-commerce giant to its largest quarterly loss in 14 years. A surge in spending on new-product development, music and video licensing, and other parts of the Seattle company’s expansion strategy led to a net loss of $437 million in the third quarter, worse than its year-earlier loss of $41 million. The wider loss came despite a 20% jump in revenue to $20.58 billion. In another stumble, Amazon took a $170 million charge on its Amazon Fire smartphone, which was released in July but is…
  • Little White Lies: Are They Good or Bad in Publishing?

    Passive Guy
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    From author Judy Mollen Walters via The Huffington Post: Little White Lies. We all use them in daily life. A friend asks us if she looks like she’s gained weight and we say no when it does look like she’s put on a few pounds. But what about little white lies in publishing? Those happen all the time, too, yet many of us argue, they’re good, for both the liar and the recipient. My experience with little white lies started as a naive but hopeful author, sending out query letters trying to find an agent. Some agents sent a generic rejection letter but others wrote a little…
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    All Indie Writers » Indie Publishing

  • Quick Tip: Build Relationships With Reviewers Well Before Your Book Launch

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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: Fractured by Dani Atkins

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

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Serenity, a TV psychic is haunted by a ghost of a soldier after one of her shows. The soldier killed in Iraq, reveals he was killed by his commanding officer. The resulting furore threatens Serenity ‘s popularity so she devises a plan to find the missing son of a Senator, but can she deliver? I love books by Jodi Picoult and have very rarely been disappointed by a book from her, which is why I was happy to read this short story. As a rule short stories aren’t my thing, but Picoult develops plot, character and interest in this story feverishly well and when the story ends you…
  • Going private? My reply to a job offer from a private health company

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Going private? My reply to a job offer from a private health company.Filed under: Daily Musing and Reflections, Endometriosis, Mental health, ocd, Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Book Tour Hosting

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    After the fun I had hosting Romancing My Love by Melissa Foster, I hope to host a book tour every month on my blog. Ajoobacats Blog is booked for a November Book Tour, and I am waiting for looking to host for December 2014 and January 2015. The Tours will include a book review and giveaway, so watch this space… Filed under: Advance Book Reviews, Book Reviews, Book Tour Tagged: book reviews, book Tours Wanted, bookblogger, future book tour hosting, monthly book tour hosting
  • Reflecting On My Reading And Revising My Use Of The ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Rating System

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:49 am
    Come December 31st 2014, Ajoobacats Blog will be 2 years old. The time has flown past in a haze of book review requests, blog posts and my very first hosting of a blog tour, which I enjoyed very much. At this moment in time I am feeling burnt out and a little mentally exhausted. This could be from reading books or it may just be Seasonal Affective Disorder, I don’t know. The result is my mind just won’t function like I want it to resulting in my being in a rut or having a book hangover and rather than ploughing on with my reading and writing a review, I am writing this blog post…
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    ABNewswire - Press Release Distribution Service

  • Chui the Intelligent Doorbell, to make International Debut

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Among 50 startups selected for the International Pioneers Challenge, one of only four American companies chosen.Boulder, CO, USA (October 25, 2014) -- Chui, an Internet of Things startup that combines facial recognition with unique technologies to make one's face a universal key, will make its international debut at the Pioneers Challenge in Vienna, Austria October 29-30. The rising company, which has amassed over $80,000 in pre-order sales, is among 50 startups chosen for the international competition, and will be one of just four U.S. based teams. Partnering with industry leaders that…
  • How To Stay In Canada Even After Graduation

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:40 pm
    "Staying in Canada after graduating from Canadian Unversity"Making a career and good life in Canada is any body's dream. More so after studying Canada, one is eligible to get a good job and make a decent career. For understanding options of staying in Canada after graduation, stay connected with www.canadaupdates.com22 October 2014, Surrey BC: You need to apply for a work permit if you are desirous of staying in Canada after completing your graduation. There are different programs under which you can apply to become a permanent resident with each having different requirements. Post-Graduation…
  • Migrating to Quebec but Settling in Other Provinces

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:20 pm
    "Quebec Provincial Immigration"In Order to beat the rush and to immigrate faster to Canada, Often Immigrants opt for immigration to provinces where no immigrant wishes to land. These provinces have low population, lesser job or business opportunities and poor infrastructure Canadian Government encourages immigration to such provinces. However Immigrants after getting such Provincial Immigration often make way to other popular destinations as BC, Alberta or Toronto24 October 2014, Surrey BC: Ottawa is taking action against immigrants that promise to settle in the province but end up staying in…
  • Japan Trading Authorities Approves Mr. Yasunobu Saionji’s Appointment as the CFO of Nagoya Commodity Exchange (

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Mr. Korekiyo Saitoh, appointed as the Chairman of Audit Committee and Mr. Torajiro Nagatsuka as the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee of the Nagoya Commodity Exchange (ngcx) board recommended the appointment of Mr. Nikki Hiyama and Mr. Hogai Takemago as Trustees of the Commodity Exchange Investor (Client) Protection Fund, for Japan’s trading Authorities’ approval.Nagoya Commodity Exchange (ngcx) today received an approval from the Japan’s trading Authorities for the appointment of Mr. Yasunobu Saionji as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Nagoya Commodity Exchange. In an…
  • Bundles are Back and Better on the Web with Rabbit TV Plus

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    FreeCast's addition of Linear OTA Content to a Massive Web-Delivered Selection Should be a Hit with ConsumersWhile the cable companies have long used bundles to push unwanted channels and high prices on consumers, FreeCast's bundles promise to do the opposite, adding value for their customers. In the midst of many cord-cutters celebrating the end of the cable bundle, FreeCast's Rabbit TV Plus is looking to bring bundles back into style. With last week's announcement of free HDTV antennas for subscribers, FreeCast Inc is bundling linear over-the-air content including local sports, news, and…
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    Top South African News

  • Man Cuts Off His Penis and Threw It In Bin after Girlfriend Dumped Him Over Small Penis

    Staff Reporter
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    A Macedonian man chopped off his penis and threw it in the bin after he was dumped by his girlfriend for his lack of bedroom skills. The man told medics he felt his small-sized penis was to blame for the split. And, he said, as it was useless he decided to cut it off. Oliver Ilic, 22, had called medics after he could not stop the bleeding. And the jilted lover was taken on a stretcher in bloodstained jeans to hospital in the eastern town of Kocani. Police searched his house and discovered the severed organ in a bin after it had been cut off with a single swipe from a razor blade. The bloody…
  • Husband’s Secret Marriage On Facebook Exposed And Wife Finds Out

    Staff Reporter
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    A wife’s worst nightmare came true for Yvonne Gibney when she stumbled across pictures of her husband’s secret wedding on Facebook. According to the Daily Mail, the 55-year-old nurse put her social media detective skills to good use after she heard rumours of her husband’s infidelity while he worked away in Oman, in southwest Asia. According to the report, Gibney believed her husband Maurice would never cheat until she discovered he had led a double life with teacher Suzanne Prudhoe for 18 months. Maurice’s scheme was so elaborate that he convinced his relatives he was already…
  • First Lady Grace Mugabe Orders Vice President Mai Mujuru To Resign

    Staff Reporter
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:22 am
    Grace Mugabe, says Vice President Joice Mujuru should resign with immediate effect from her post. Addressing war veterans and collaborators at the Mazowe Children’s Home today, Grace Mugabe said shesupported Mujuru’s elevation as Vice President to stand for the cause of women and the less privileged and Zimbabwe as a whole. However, Grace says the Vice President then decided to push for the ouster of President Mugabe and engage in relationships with Zimbabwe’s detractors and the opposition. “We request her to take heed of what has been said so that it will not be difficult for the…
  • Accident Scene – Jeffrey’s Bay N2

    Staff Reporter
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:50 am
    Accident scene Jeffrey’s Bay N2, abalone scattered across road after vehicle rolled, 1 arrest SD  The post Accident Scene – Jeffrey’s Bay N2 appeared first on Top South African News.
  • Man Found Dead with Hands tied in Home – Sex Worker being Quizzed by Cops

    Staff Reporter
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    POLICE have released the name of the man at the centre of a suspected bondage-gone-wrong death on the Gold Coast. He is 57-year-old carpenter Gregory John Hudson, who only arrived on the Coast on Monday from interstate. His naked and bound body was found by a housemate in a Varsity Lakes townhouse on Thursday morning. A woman believed to be prostitute called a taxi from a nearby house in Mulgrave Cres after telling residents that ‘something bad’ had happened. The woman and taxi driver have been interviewed over what police have described as the ‘suspcious death’. The woman was walked…
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    Pop Gun Pocket Books

  • 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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    New Dhoom

  • Mavi by Shariq Textiles Next Season Selection 2014-15

    Akhlaq A
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Fresh Mavi by Shariq Textiles Next Season Selection 2014-15 released for fall christmas season collaboration with dressmaker Mavi. The gathering name is usually “Mavi Designer Embroidered Assortment 2014-15″ for girls. Mavi Custom made Embroidered collection 2014-15 in outlets from 29th August 2014. Mavi by Shariq Textiles Next Season Selection 2014-15 So scroll along and see Mavi ...
  • Bashir Ahmad Textile Linen Elegant Ladies Assortment 2014-15

    Akhlaq A
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Bashir Ahmed Textiles is a famous label in Pakistan textile sectors and very recently they may have introduced Bashir Ahmad Textile Linen Elegant Ladies Assortment 2014-15 which can be simply wonderful. Bashir Ahmad Sheet linen fall winter series released and now accessible in markets and outlet stores of all leading retailers. Bashir Ahmad Textile Linen Elegant ...
  • Riwaj Cambric by Shariq Textiles Winter Assortment 2014-15

    Akhlaq A
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Shariq Textiles have released the reasonably priced Riwaj Cambric by Shariq Textiles Winter Assortment 2014-15. Riwaj fall collection 2014-15 includes standard folk motifs in standard hues. Shariq Fabrics has created Rewaj fall collection 2015 in line with the tastes of ladies inside Pakistan. Riwaj Cambric by Shariq Textiles Winter Assortment 2014-15 The pictures for that collection ...
  • Paris Fashion Week Spring Outfits Collection 2014-15

    Akhlaq A
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Paris Fashion Week Spring Outfits Collection 2014-15. Inside Paris (France), direct exposure of dresses this spring and summer season was structured. With the aid of apparel prior to the particular spring and summer season, the types participated inside the walk slam through the ‘Fashion Full week Paris‘. The particular theme of grayscale, almost all of ...
  • Sanz – Bridal Lehenga & Sharara | Volume-4 Collection

    Akhlaq A
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:47 pm
    This is a the majority of desireable and wonderful Sanz – Bridal Lehenga & Sharara | Volume-4 Collection for ladies. Time of wedding ceremony and seasonal events are now in to the trend in time. Women loving the style for wedding lehnga as well as sharara likes to get all of the fashion surrounding them. Sanz ...
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    Memory Book Company Blog

  • Yearbook Cover Ideas That Involve Students

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

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

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

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

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