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    30 May 2015 | 12:06 am
  • Daily Must Reads, May 29, 2015

    Julie Keck
    29 May 2015 | 10:07 am
    1. The next political battleground: Your phone (Tanzina Vega / CNN Politics) 2. NYT calls for letting PATRIOT Act expire (Adam B. Lerner / Politico) 3. Legal risks to creative innovation and research at college (J. Nathan Matias / MIT Center for Civic Media) 4. Vox works with McClatchy to bring explainers to local readers (Benjamin Mullin / Poynter) 5. Periscope piles up 380 years’ worth of broadcasts in just 8 weeks (Jon Erlichman / The Wrap) 6. Pinterest experiments with real-time related pin recommendations (Chris Crum / WebProNews) 7. Buzzfeed’s news numbers (Mary Hamilton /…
  • HarperCollins Tries Mobile Marketing with Shazam

    Digital Book World
    Rich Bellis
    29 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    “We need to be more ambitious about who our audience is,” digital strategist Molly Barton exhorted publishers at the Digital Book 2015 Conference at BookExpo America earlier this week, urging them to look for readers in unlikely places. Now HarperCollins announces a mobile marketing partnership with Shazam, which first came to prominence an app for identifying music, that seems bent on doing just that. The program lets mobile users wave their devices over select HarperCollins titles emblazoned with the Shazam logo in order to access a platform of interactive multimedia content. Powered by…
  • How Do I Get Local Bookstores to Carry My Books? by @nblackburn01

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    Naomi Blackburn
    24 May 2015 | 1:03 am
    Camela Cami Thompson asked, “How do I get a bookstore to carry my books?” Excellent question, Camela! Unfortunately, there is no easy answer. I frequently hear authors complain that independent bookstores won’t carry their books for personal reasons, or because there is a dislike or disdain for independently published books. While this could be true in a very, very few cases, this isn’t the norm and a rejection should not be taken as a sign of a bias against the industry. We all know that indie published books have carried a stigma, but those times are a changin’. Even indie…
  • Authors Guild Pushes for Book Contract Reform

    Digital Book World
    Rich Bellis
    29 May 2015 | 7:11 am
    The Authors Guild launched a “Fair Contract Initiative” yesterday designed to rethink what the organization sees as inequitable agreements between authors and publishers in the digital age. Through a series of “commentaries” it will publish on its website, the Authors Guild wants to arm authors with information about key terms over which to haggle with publishers. According Mary Rasenberger, Executive Director of the Authors Guild, the program is designed to “open up a conversation” about a “publishing agreement [that] dates back a hundred years.” She…
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  • Daily Must Reads, May 29, 2015

    Julie Keck
    29 May 2015 | 10:07 am
    1. The next political battleground: Your phone (Tanzina Vega / CNN Politics) 2. NYT calls for letting PATRIOT Act expire (Adam B. Lerner / Politico) 3. Legal risks to creative innovation and research at college (J. Nathan Matias / MIT Center for Civic Media) 4. Vox works with McClatchy to bring explainers to local readers (Benjamin Mullin / Poynter) 5. Periscope piles up 380 years’ worth of broadcasts in just 8 weeks (Jon Erlichman / The Wrap) 6. Pinterest experiments with real-time related pin recommendations (Chris Crum / WebProNews) 7. Buzzfeed’s news numbers (Mary Hamilton /…
  • Relive the Journalism Innovation Summit with Coverage, Photos, Storify and More

    Sonia Paul
    29 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    MediaShift produced its first-ever Journalism Innovation Summit, a one-day conference to tackle some of the trickiest topics posing the media industry, on May 15, 2015, at the City University London. The Summit took on various hot-button topics — where to distribute innovative content, how to increase audience engagement, and what are the most promising business models. The day was split into a morning keynote, panel and breakout sessions devoted to content, and an afternoon keynote, panel, and breakout sessions devoted to business models. There was an opening reception at Wayra…
  • Mediatwits #162: Hot Job Prospects in Digital Media

    Jefferson Yen
    29 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    It’s graduation time across the country, and journalism and communications grads are getting ready to start their careers. Or are they? We all know that job prospects for traditional print jobs isn’t great. You don’t need us to remind you how poorly print has been doing in the past couple of years. But there are still opportunities when you flip the script to digital media. Last year, Pew Research found that 468 large and small digital news outfits were hiring 5,000 editorial people. Over the last year, we’ve seen the ascendancy of Vice, BuzzFeed, and Vox. And all those sites need…
  • Daily Must Reads, May 28, 2015

    Julie Keck
    28 May 2015 | 8:47 am
    1. Internet whisperer Mary Meeker on the trends driving our virtual existence (Dan Terdiman / Fast Company) 2. BuzzFeed founder launches new lab for open-source invention (Jessi Hempel / Wired) 3. Re/code’s sale and life after advertising (Katie Benner / Bloomberg View) 4. Oxygen launches content hub, weekly Periscope stream (Karen Fratti / Lost Remote) 5. What happens if parts of the Patriot Act really expire? (Kevin Collier / Daily Dot) 6. Knight Foundation’s Eric Newton headed for ASU (Kristen Hare / Poynter)   Get our newsletters delivered straight to your inbox.
  • Journalism & Digital Education Roundup, May 28, 2015

    Julie Keck
    28 May 2015 | 8:47 am
    1. Knight Foundation’s Eric Newton headed for ASU (Kristen Hare / Poynter) 2. News as a design challenge: New ideas for news’ future from MIT (Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab) 3. Bureaucracy: Why won’t scholars break their paper chains? (Eliane Glaser / Times Higher Education) 4. Opinion: Why technology will never fix education (Kentaro Toyama / Chronicle of Higher Education) 5. Can technology get kids to play outside? (Benjamin Herold / Education Week)   Get our newsletters delivered straight to your inbox.
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    Digital Book World

  • Do Publishers Innovate Too Slowly? Can Start-ups Help?

    29 May 2015 | 10:32 am
    “Books gestate very slowly,” veteran publishing entrepreneur Richard Nash observed at IDPF’s Digital Book 2015 conference at BookExpo America in New York City yesterday. “But the life-cycles of start-ups are much shorter.” When it comes to driving innovation, Nash asked, is that mismatch a problem, an advantage or something else altogether? Start-up leaders who joined Nash on yesterday’s panel couldn’t answered that question definitively, but they agreed that the disparity shapes how and where innovation occurs in the publishing world. Jason…
  • Authors Guild Pushes for Book Contract Reform

    Rich Bellis
    29 May 2015 | 7:11 am
    The Authors Guild launched a “Fair Contract Initiative” yesterday designed to rethink what the organization sees as inequitable agreements between authors and publishers in the digital age. Through a series of “commentaries” it will publish on its website, the Authors Guild wants to arm authors with information about key terms over which to haggle with publishers. According Mary Rasenberger, Executive Director of the Authors Guild, the program is designed to “open up a conversation” about a “publishing agreement [that] dates back a hundred years.” She…
  • HarperCollins Tries Mobile Marketing with Shazam

    Rich Bellis
    29 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    “We need to be more ambitious about who our audience is,” digital strategist Molly Barton exhorted publishers at the Digital Book 2015 Conference at BookExpo America earlier this week, urging them to look for readers in unlikely places. Now HarperCollins announces a mobile marketing partnership with Shazam, which first came to prominence an app for identifying music, that seems bent on doing just that. The program lets mobile users wave their devices over select HarperCollins titles emblazoned with the Shazam logo in order to access a platform of interactive multimedia content. Powered by…
  • HarperCollins Expands LibreDigital Contract for Global Ebooks

    28 May 2015 | 9:12 am
    HarperCollins extends its partnership with the R. R. Donnelley–owned Libre Digital for global ebook services and metadata management. The multi-year agreement allows HarperCollins to leverage LibreDigital’s Harvest platform, which the company describes in an announcement today as offer tools that help “publishers to scale their digital businesses globally while maintaining visibility and control of their digital assets.” [Press Release] RR Donnelley’s LibreDigital Selected to Provide Global Ebook Solutions to HarperCollins Publishers CHICAGO, May 28, 2015 (GLOBE…
  • HarperCollins Partners with Shazam on Interactive Mobile Marketing

    28 May 2015 | 6:22 am
    HarperCollins and Shazam team up to offer mobile users access to interactive multimedia content, including “author interviews, special offers, videos, playlists and more,” according to an announcement the publisher released today. The Shazam logo will now appear on certain HarperCollins print and digital titles, and readers who scan their devices across it will automatically launch a mobile app featuring the exclusive content. The program utilizes Shazam’s new visual recognition technology. Originally an audio recognition app for identifying music, Shazam says its…
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    A Newbie's Guide to Publishing

  • On Book Designing

    13 May 2015 | 8:36 am
    So let's set the Wayback Machine back eight years. I was a newish writer with a legacy publishing contract and a blog, doing what I could to get my name out there. I was approached by a fan, Rob Siders, who noticed that I didn't have a Wikipedia page and offered to set one up for me, free. He was into coding, liked to read and write, and was one of those forward-looking types who understood that tech forged the future whether Luddites wanted it or not.I thanked him, and asked if I could return the favor someday. He asked me to keep him in mind if I ever needed to do any sort of computer…
  • More On Kindle Worlds

    12 May 2015 | 10:06 am
    Ann Voss Peterson says:  Almost exactly two months ago, Joe and Amazon launched the Jack Daniels and Associates Kindle World. There are currently 43 stories, and it's been fun to watch that list grow and see all the great reviews piling up.Watching Joe's project unfold has been especially exciting for me, since Joe and I have also been working with Amazon on a second Kindle World. And now Joe has been nice enough to let me announce that this week is the official launch for the new Codename: Chandler Kindle World!When Joe first approached me about…
  • Grandma? Part 2

    19 Apr 2015 | 6:09 am
    Joe sez: Congrats on finally publishing Grandma? Part 2, son.Talon: Thanks! You, too.Joe: This one took a lot longer to write than the first one.Talon: If it wasn't for all the kittens I had to save, or the many babies I delivered, this would've been done a lot quicker. Hopefully, Part 3 won’t be as troublesome.Joe: We followed the same writing formula as Grandma? Part 1:1. We talk about what's going to happen.2. You write it.3. I change everything in the rewrite.Talon: Tough, but fair.Joe: The difference between now and two years ago, when we began this project, is that we did some scenes…
  • The Path to Success

    12 Apr 2015 | 12:06 pm
    On the surface, the path to becoming a successful writer has three key components.1. Write a great book.2. Do whatever you can to make that book a success.3. Repeat steps 1 and 2. Like all paths, just because the path exists doesn't mean you'll be able to follow it. There are known routes up Mount Everest, but there are no guarantees you'd make the summit no matter how good you are or how hard you try. Even the best mountain climbers must deal with the unpredictability of weather, among many other bad things that can happen.Luck is always a factor.Even if you're an Olympic gold medalist…
  • Guest Post by Tracy Sharp

    6 Apr 2015 | 9:18 am
    Wow. Kindle Worlds. What a brilliant and fun idea! This is a game where everyone wins. Writers who want to play in another writer’s sandbox are able to create their own castles and add them to the structures that are already there. The original writer has the joy of watching their characters take off in new and exciting directions while earning a percentage from new stories, fans of the series can continue reading about their favorite characters, and authors can earn a royalty while writing in a popular series and expanding their readership. Kindle Worlds is also a fun way for established…
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  • I’ve Been *BURSTING* To Tell You: I Got a Book Deal!

    27 May 2015 | 1:07 am
    I know things have been a bit quiet around here lately but that’s because I was (a) cramming for and then taking end-of-year exams and (b) keeping an enormous secret that I feared I might subliminally spill. This morning though, I’m finally able to tell you: [And… BREATHE.] If you’ve been hanging around these parts a while you’ll know that last summer I finally finished a respectable draft of a serial killer thriller I’d been mostly not writing for the best part of two years. In October I signed with Jane Gregory, an agent I almost hadn’t submitted to…
  • HOW To Finish Your Damn Book

    15 Apr 2015 | 7:21 am
    At the beginning of this year I wrote a post for that treasure trove of writing and publishing information,, about why you should finish your damn book. You can read that post here. It proved really popular. So popular that it seems to me like a lot of you are in the same place I was until last summer: wanting nothing more than to have finished your book, but finding yourself doing everything but writing it. It’s all well and good for me to tell you why you should finish your book (nutshell: a finished book is the one thing everyone who ever got published/successfully…
  • 5 Ways To Get a Book Deal: Guest Post by Sheena Lambert

    19 Mar 2015 | 2:05 am
    This morning we have a guest post from Sheena Lambert, whose novel The Lake comes out today. (Woo-hoo!) Sheena self-published her first novel, A Gathering Storm (previously published as Alberta Clipper) and now this, her second, is one of the first six to be released by KillerReads, an imprint of Harper Collins. Before she started on the champagne for breakfast, Sheena shared her tips on how to get a book deal…  “So you want a book deal? No problem! The following is a vaguely scientific way of achieving your goal. For the purposes of this post, I am going to assume that you have…
  • Scenes from The Rewrite

    15 Feb 2015 | 4:06 am
    As you may know, I’ve been rewriting my novel. I started on the 11th January and I finished the main* part of the book at 1:17am this morning, after a thirteen hour writing stint that surely put me at risk for curvature of the spine, RSI and deep vein thrombosis. This isn’t because my agent is some kind of task-master, but because this gap – from the first day I returned to university after Christmas and had handed in my Michaelmas term essays, to this coming Friday when my next two essays are assigned – was the only time I had. If the rewrite ran over, it would clash…
  • Happy New Year!

    31 Dec 2014 | 5:10 am
    Happy New Year! I wish you everything you wish for in 2015. Today have posted a blog of mine, Finish Your Damn Book. It’s whatI needed to read this time last year, so I’m sharing it with you now. “Are you writing a book? Been meaning to start? Been “finishing” a novel, whatever that means, for longer that you’re comfortable admitting? Maybe you’re like Badger in Breaking Bad, well able to lead anyone who cares to listen through every plot point of your tale – a Star Trek spec script, in his case – only to end with “I gotta write it down, is all…”…
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    BookBaby Blog

  • The PESO model for authors and book promotion

    Mickie E. Kennedy
    27 May 2015 | 6:44 am
    The PESO model has been used in PR campaigns for years, and it’s a model that can work for your book promotion and marketing efforts. Trying to promote yourself and your writing can seem like a huge, overwhelming task. Wouldn’t it be nice to strategize your plan of attack rather than guest-blogging for every website that will have you or signing up for every social media site willy nilly? Enter the PESO model. The PESO model (Paid, Earned, Shared, and Owned) combines all the best features of PR and marketing to help you create a strategy to promote yourself and your book (or upcoming…
  • 10 ways to promote your self-published book [Infographic]

    26 May 2015 | 10:42 am
    From building a website to embracing social media, from holding a contest to starting a blog, here are 10 ways you can build momentum, publicity, and attention as you promote your self-published book.     The post 10 ways to promote your self-published book [Infographic] appeared first on BookBaby Blog.
  • How a self-published author got extraordinary book cover design

    Steven Spatz
    20 May 2015 | 6:24 pm
    Clear vision and a true collaboration with the BookBaby Design Studio makes self-published author Lauren Lynnes’s Secret Watchers series look extraordinary. Lauren Lynne (formerly known as Lauren Klever) knew exactly what she wanted for the book cover design of her Secret Watchers action-adventure book series. “I did my homework. I spent a huge amount of time looking at other book covers,“ says the Oregon-based author of four Young Adult books depicting the ordinary-turned-extraordinary life of 8th grader Owen Ryer. Today’s savvy self-published authors know that having an…
  • Why Seth Godin self published

    Loren Kleinman
    19 May 2015 | 8:55 am
    In an interview posted on, marketing maverick Seth Godin declares that “Self-publishing is the responsibility of choosing oneself.” Seth Godin is the author of 18 books (including Linchpin, Tribes, The Dip, and Purple Cow) that have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 35 languages. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership, and most of all, changing everything. His blog is one of the most popular in the world, and in 2013, he was inducted into the Direct Marketing Hall…
  • #BBchat recap: Marketing Your Business Book

    Lucy Briggs
    18 May 2015 | 7:57 am
    Ginny Carter joined our May Twitter chat to talk book marketing, time management, and finding inspiration for your business book. In the May edition of our #BBchat Twitter chat, we asked a few of our literary friends from around the world, including Ginny Carter (ghostwriter and business book coach), for their thoughts on business book marketing and planning strategies. We prefaced this month’s chat with pointers to get the conversation started, as well as a brief biography of Ginny. While the objectives of business books and novels usually differ, some of the strategies typically employed…
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    Self-Publishing Review

  • The Street Called Straight by Elizabeth Polk

    Henry Baum
    29 May 2015 | 7:47 am
    The Street Called Straight by Elizabeth Polk follows the lives of four snipers caught behind enemy lines by Al Qaeda sympathizers. This is an action packed, character driven piece that is impressively nuanced, given its subject. Given there are four different characters, Polk is able to really spread her wings and explore the Iraq invasion ...
  • Review: Black & White & Dead All Over by Anna Castle ★★★★★

    T B Markinson
    29 May 2015 | 4:56 am
    What happens when the Internet service provider in a small town spies on his clients’ cyber-lives and blackmails them for gifts and services? Murder and mayhem abound in Anna Castle’s cozy mystery novel Black & White & Dead All Over. Penelope Trigg is new to Lost Hat, Texas. She’s opened a photography studio and has ...
  • Review: A Crash Course In American Law by J. Ryan Jones ★★★★★

    Cate Baum
    27 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    I was laughing—I mean snorting tea out through my nose and onto my Kindle screen laughing—before I even got to the first page. Please don’t let the title turn you off this book. Listen to the subtitle instead. This is not a dry law textbook; it’s not even a juicy law textbook. But still you ...
  • Review: Mythborn II: Bane of the Warforged by V. Lakshman ★★★★★

    Dakota Kemp
    27 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    Mythborn II: Bane of the Warforged is an epic, dark fantasy and the second installment in V. Lakshman’s Mythborn Trilogy, following the events occurring in Mythborn: Rise of the Adepts. In Mythborn’s world, the realms of Edyn and Arcadia are two sides of a cosmic coin.  Edyn is a land of physical rules and the ...
  • Murphy’s Luck by Benjamin Laskin

    Lysa Grant
    26 May 2015 | 9:46 am
    Murphy Drummer is bad luck personified. As Murphy’s Law states: anything bad that can happen will happen. This is Murphy’s lifelong mantra. After a lifetime of causing havoc wherever he goes, he becomes the ultimate agoraphobe and locks himself inside so he can’t cause any more damage. Keeping himself busy with a multitude of hobbies, ...
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  • China and Publishing: The Best of Times, or The Worst of Times?

    Rachel Aydt
    29 May 2015 | 5:18 am
    Wu Shangzhi vice minister of GAPP speaking at BookExpo America The Chinese publishing market remains intimidating to the West, but the opportunities for publishers are undeniable, even as Chinese publishers struggle. By Rachel Aydt Walk through the sprawling Javits Center for BEA 2015 and you’ll be blinded by the huge floor space marked by the huge country that has taken the front-and-center stage as Market Focus of BEA 2015 — China. For the intimidation that it can throw off — expanses of Chinese titles, a formal tea ceremony, no bowls filled with Snickers or bookmarks — the chill…
  • BookExpo America 2015 Elicits Mixed Emotions

    Edward Nawotka
    29 May 2015 | 5:13 am
    Chronicle Books promises its new “Cities” coloring book is “going to be huge.” BookExpo America 2015 felt like even more of a marketing event with literature firmly pushed aside in favor of pure commerce. Editorial by Edward Nawotka, Editor-in-Chief “Writer is pretty much the least impressive job to a child of seven,” joked Go the F*ck to Sleep author Adam Mansbach, during a panel discussion with fellow author/comedians Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel. “My seven-year-old looked at me and said, ‘so what, you’re a writer, so am I. I wrote three…
  • Jonathan Franzen Draws Big Crowd at BookExpo America

    Edward Nawotka
    28 May 2015 | 11:29 am
    Jonathan Franzen at BEA 2015 (Photo: Mary Altaffer/AP) In a year that has had failed to produce a new superstar literary author, old standby Jonathan Franzen took the stage at BEA 2015 to fill the role. By Rachel Aydt In a year that has had failed to produce any new superstar literary authors, old stalwarts like Jonathan Franzen still draw big crowds and big interest. So, on Wednesday, May 27, BEA 2015 kicked off with a cerebral discussion between Salon co-founder and book critic Laura Miller and Franzen, whose new novel Purity is slated for publication by Farrar, Straus and Giroux this…
  • PEN America Reports on Censorship in China

    Dennis Abrams
    28 May 2015 | 4:32 am
    PEN America has issued a report on China’s book market entitled “Censorship and Conscience: Foreign Authors and the Challenge of Chinese Censorship.” By Dennis Abrams For China’s turn as Market Focus at this year’s BookExpo America, PEN America has issued a report focusing on China’s fast-growing book market. Entitled Censorship and Conscience: Foreign Authors and the Challenge of Chinese Censorship, it explores an under-explored dimension of China’s massive censorship machine: the censorship of some of the thousands of international titles published annually in…
  • Where’s Waldo the Reader? Book Discovery Tactics from IDPF

    Erin L. Cox
    28 May 2015 | 4:26 am
    IDPF Conference at BookExpo America Executives from Goodreads, HarperCollins, and Penguin Random House shared book discovery tactics in the age of overload at BEA’s IDPF conference on Tuesday. By Erin L. Cox and Edward Nawotka When we talk about discoverability in sales meetings and publishing conferences, we speculate about how readers “discover” books, but, in actuality, readers are discovering, discovering, discovering all day. A message that has been repeated throughout today’s IDPF conference is that readers are overwhelmed with content and media that they…
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    The Book Designer

  • How to Grow Your Audience & Sell More Books with an Email Newsletter: Free Webinar with Dan Blank

    Joel Friedlander
    29 May 2015 | 12:03 am
    Lots of people are talking these days about using email marketing, and I know exactly why, as I explained earlier this week. Email is the best way I know of for authors to engage with their fans and truly get the most from their published books. And for many nonfiction authors, it represents the possibility to build a stable business or writing career independent of gatekeepers, bosses, and 9-to-5 jobs. Email Newsletters Probably the best vehicle for most authors to use for their email marketing is the email newsletter. Email newsletters are very flexible and can work for all kinds of…
  • 5 Ways to Get Early Feedback on Your Book Idea or Manuscript

    Joel Friedlander
    27 May 2015 | 12:05 am
    By Nina Amir Gathering reader feedback on your manuscript before you to print might be the most valuable step you can take toward producing a successful book. You can obtain this information in a variety of ways depending upon how you choose to write your manuscript. In fact, you can even get early feedback before you write your book. This type of test marketing can save you a lot of time and energy spent producing a manuscript that might never sell. The goal of getting early reader feedback on your book idea or manuscript is simple: Incorporate the valid suggestions you receive to help you…
  • The Biggest Business Mistake I Ever Made

    Joel Friedlander
    25 May 2015 | 12:03 am
    I didn’t know it when it happened, but it was the teleconference call that changed my life—my business life. It was a monthly call with a mastermind group. We talked about marketing and tried to help each other get better at it. Although my blog was becoming popular, I was struggling trying to find ways to make it profitable. I was describing my frustration about this when one of the group members asked how my email list was doing. “Pretty poorly, to be honest,” I replied. “I started a newsletter a few years ago, but haven’t kept it up, and there aren’t a…
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    The Passive Voice - Latest Updates

  • #WeNeedDiverseBooks Has Left Its Mark

    30 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    From National Public Radio: Publishing’s big week is almost over. The industry’s annual convention, BookExpo America, ends Friday in New York, and on Saturday the publishing world opens its doors to the public with BookCon, where avid readers will get the chance to mix and mingle with their favorite authors. Last year, the lack of diversity on author panels at BookCon spawned the We Need Diverse Books campaign, which in turn sparked renewed conversation about the lack of diversity in publishing. Ellen Oh, one of We Need Diverse Books’ co-founders, says anger about the lack…
  • Free Same-Day Delivery Is Amazon’s Gambit to Own All Retail

    29 May 2015 | 2:04 pm
    From Wired: The battle to win same-day delivery has raged for years, but Amazon has remained a relatively quiet player—until now. Today, the company unveiled free same-day delivery for members of its wildly popular Prime service in 14 US metro areas. The new service is a more limited version of Prime’s trademark free two-day shipping. A mere 1 million items are available for same-day delivery, as opposed to the 20 million eligible for standard-issue Prime. To qualify for the perks, orders must be placed before noon and total at least $35. While Amazon has offered experimental versions…
  • B&N Partners With Bublish for a Free Two Month Trial Through Nook Press

    29 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    From Ink, Bits & Pixels: Here’s a freebie for those authors who still have an active Nook Press account. I just came away from the Bublish table in the innovation zone here at BEA 2015. It hasn’t been widely announced, but Bublish was pleased to share the news that they had signed a promotional deal with Barnes & Noble. Authors who distribute books through Nook Press can now sign up for a two month free trial of Bubish’s platform (everyone else can get a one month free trial). Bublish offers an author-centric marketing platform, with a free tier and a paid tier…
  • A non-writing writer

    29 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity. Franz Kafka
  • Report Surveys Opportunities for English-Language Writers in China

    29 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    From Publishing Perspectives: A new report produced by Nesta in the UK, in collaboration with Literary Platform and Douban Read, looking at the potential for the Chinese book market for English-language writers has been released. China has nearly 1 billion mobile users and 100 million of these consumers use their devices for Alipay — the online payment service for China’s largest e-commerce site Taobao. Alipay already generates double the transaction volume of PayPal globally. By December 2014, the number of internet users in China had reached 649 million, of which the number of…
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    Ink, Bits, & Pixels

  • The Authors Guild Breaks Up With Vanity Press Author Solutions

    Nate Hoffelder
    29 May 2015 | 10:23 am
    The Authors Guild is turning over a new leaf this week. Along with a new initiative to educate authors on publishing contracts, The Authors Guild also announced a new deal with Open Road Media yesterday to help TAG members get their out-of-print backlist titles into the market. Today, the Authors Guild and Open Road Integrated Media announced a new partnership for the Authors Guild’s Back in Print program, one of the Guild’s most popular services. Through Open Road, Authors Guild members will be able to distribute print-on-demand, e-book, and audiobook editions of their out-of-print…
  • Amazon Now Blocking Publishers (but Not Retailers) From Emailing eBooks to Your Kindle?

    Nate Hoffelder
    29 May 2015 | 9:24 am
    When I reported yesterday that Baen Books was going to drop the email delivery option from its ebookstore, I downplayed the story by pointing out the context that other retailers and publishers still offered this feature. I think I may have erred. While I can't report that Amazon is now forbidding _all_ other companies from sending your ebooks to your Kindle, I can tell you that the ban is affecting more than just Baen Books. A reader tipped me to the news that The Pragmatic Bookshelf has made an announcement similar to Baen Books. Pragmatic will also be withdrawing this delivery option from…
  • Glose Launches an Android App, Adds Excerpt to Its eBookstore

    Nate Hoffelder
    29 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    The second coming of Readmill has been quite popular since it launched last November, but it was missing something: support for Android. That changed today. Glose has launched a new Android app which brings its social reading platform to Android. The app features all the same great shared reading experience which iPad and iPhone users have enjoyed for the past 7 months, and it also has access to Glose's 600,000 title strong ebookstore. You can find the app in Google Play. In related news, Glose has also added excerpts to its ebookstore, which brings me to the bigger story today. Glose might…
  • Morning Coffee – 29 May 2015

    Nate Hoffelder
    28 May 2015 | 9:22 pm
    Here are seven stories to read this morning. Advertising on Amazon with AMS via KDP: Research, Experience, & Tips (chrismcmullen) Authors protest China, book fair outside NY Public Library (NY Daily News) Book Publishers Whine To USTR That It's Just Not Fair That Canada Recognizes Fair Dealing For Ed Purposes (Techdirt) the failure to understand digital rhetoric (digital digs) GigaOm to return, possibly as content farm (TeleRead) The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and the Secret Ghostwriters of Children's Fiction (The Atlantic) Is this the most intrusive ad on the Internet? (Digiday) image by…
  • The Authors Guild to Take on Boilerplate Publishing Contracts With Fair Contract Initiative

    Nate Hoffelder
    28 May 2015 | 5:35 pm
    The Authors Guild frequently gets called a puppet of the major publishers, and now they have a chance to prove just how wrong that label is. They've just announced a new educational initiative which will focus on dissecting the boilerplate terms common to standard book publishing contracts and (I hope) detail which terms are appropriate, exploitative, or negotiable. To coincide with this year’s conference, we’re announcing the rollout of the Authors Guild Fair Contract Initiative, a series of commentaries we will publish in the coming months to take a fresh look at the standard book…
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    The Creative Penn

  • Writing Horror And Making A Living With Your Writing With Michaelbrent Collings

    Joanna Penn
    24 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Some of the loveliest authors I know write horror and Michaelbrent Collings is one of them! Today we discuss the boundaries of the horror genre, writing to heal, screenwriting and multiple streams of income. Super fun In the introduction, I talk about the change to the podcast – it will now go out every Monday so you can expect a regular show! After 6 years of sporadic audio, hopefully this will be a welcome change I also talk about the empowerment of the author and the pros and cons of indie, I give an update on my own books and audiobooks and also give a shout out to those who tweeted…
  • Pros And Cons Of Being An Indie Author

    Joanna Penn
    21 May 2015 | 11:03 pm
    I spent last weekend at CrimeFest in Bristol alongside lots of amazing crime authors, both traditionally published and indie authors. It was a fantastic time and I met some super people … I found myself in a number of conversations with authors who wanted to know what their publishing options were in a fast-changing market. The Indie Author panel at CrimeFest 2015: Celina Grace, Nick Stephenson, JJ Marsh, J.F.Penn, Chris Longmuir We also had an indie author panel on the Sunday morning, which was packed full despite the morning-after-the-gala-dinner-graveyard slot. In my intro, I pointed…
  • All Your Editing Questions Answered With Jen Blood

    Joanna Penn
    17 May 2015 | 11:05 pm
    It’s a crowded marketplace these days and you need a quality book to even have a chance of standing out. In my opinion, one of the best investments to help your book become the best it can be is professional editing. In today’s show, we go through all kinds of questions that authors ask about editing. In the introduction, I talk about the latest Author Earnings report which shows the impact of agency pricing; I mention Peter Diamandis’ post on the world in 2025 and why I’m so excited about global sales. Plus/ you can join a free webinar on using Scrivener to write,…
  • Author Websites Q & A: How To Create An Effective, Mobile-Friendly Website

    Joanna Penn
    13 May 2015 | 11:10 pm
    How does your site look on a smartphone? Nearly half of all website visitors are using†mobile devices. On a recent post about author websites, I mentioned the importance of a mobile responsive theme. It’s now even more critical to get this sorted for your author website as Google have made changes to their algorithms to favor mobile-friendly sites. I’ve also written in the last few weeks about the rebranding and retitling of my first 3 novels. As part of that change, I’ve rebuilt my fiction site, with a new theme. So essentially, I’ve been immersed in…
  • Crowdfunding, A Passion For Print And WB Yeats With Orna Ross

    Joanna Penn
    9 May 2015 | 11:07 pm
    Crowdfunding is becoming ever more popular with creatives to raise fund for various projects. But when is it a good idea for an author? In this interview with author, poet and creative coach, Orna Ross, we go into her love of WB Yeats and how this passion has turned into her own print project, as well as tips for other authors considering crowdfunding. Orna is also the founder of the Alliance of Independent Authors, so she is very knowledgeable about the current state of publishing. Watch the video below or Orna Ross Yeats on YouTube. You can also read the full transcript of the interview…
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    GalleyCat Feed

  • Social Book Platform Glose Now on Android

    Dianna Dilworth
    29 May 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Glose, a social tool for e-book readers, has launched a new app for Android devices. Prior to the release, the tool was available on iOS devices and via web apps. The app allows readers to sample, purchase and read eBooks and recommend them to friends. The service has more than 300,000 books in its library with titles from more than 600 publishers. The site also includes curated recommendations from its staff editors, as well as from authors. Readers can highlight passages and make notes in eBooks and then share these in their social reading stream.
  • James Patterson Launches Children’s Book Imprint

    Dianna Dilworth
    29 May 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Bestselling author James Patterson is launching a children’s book imprint at Little, Brown & Company called jimmy patters. The imprint will publish books by Patterson, as well as by other authors. Profits from the imprint will used for scholarships for teachers as well as to support school libraries and local book stores. The goal of the imprint is to foster a lifetime love of reading among kids. Here is more from the press release: The defining mission of jimmy patterson will reflect Patterson’s most heartfelt goals: to inspire kids to become willing, self-propelled readers; to…
  • Amazon Launches Kindle for Kids Bundle

    Dianna Dilworth
    29 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Amazon is looking to get kids into eBooks with a new offer called the Kindle for Kids Bundle. The bundle includes an ad-free Kindle device with a two-year extended warranty from SquareTrade to cover replacements against accidental spills and drops. The device is outfitted with Kindle Free Time, a tool to help kids, parents and teachers track reading progress and earn badges for meeting reading goals. The device allows kids to check out books from the library. A parental password is required to purchase eBooks from the store. The bundle costs $99.
  • Anand Giridharadas Wins 2015 Helen Bernstein Book Award

    Dianna Dilworth
    29 May 2015 | 11:31 am
    Journalist Anand Giridharadas has won The New York Public Library’s 2015 Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. Giridharadasreceived the honor for his work, \"The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas,” published by W.W. Norton and Company. The book chronicles the stories of two men: a white supremacist who went on a killing spree in Texas after 9/11 and a Muslim immigrant that survived the experience, and went on to help the killer survive death row. The The New York Times columnist was given the award on May 26 at a ceremony at the library. A Bernstein…
  • Wattpad Has More Than 40M Monthly Users

    Dianna Dilworth
    29 May 2015 | 11:05 am
    The social reading platform Wattpad has more than 40 million people using the site each month, according to venture capitalist Mary Meeker’s annual report on Internet trends. According to the report, a new user joins Wattpad every second of the day. The research also revealed that more than 100 million uploads have been shared on Wattpad with at least 250,000 shared on the site every day. It’s impossible to read everything on the site. Meeker found that more than 24 hours of reading material is posted to Wattpad every minute. Still someone is reading. According to Meeker,…
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    Publishing News

  • Westchester practice joins Boston Children's network

    29 May 2015 | 4:36 pm
    The surge in regional health care networks and partnerships has washed across state borders with a deal that will make a group medical practice in Westchester a corporate affiliate and part of the community-care network of Boston Children 's Hospital. The affiliation with the 276-doctor Children's & Women's Physicians of Westchester is the first formed by Boston Children's Hospital outside Massachusetts, said a spokesman for the 395-bed academic medical center.
  • Intel reportedly close to purchasing Altera for $15 billion

    29 May 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Intel and Altera are apparently once again on speaking terms and said to be nearing a deal in which Intel would buy the smaller chip maker for US$15 billion. News of a possible deal first surfaced in media reports in late March, but those negotiations broke down after Altera supposedly rejected a bid of $54 per share from Intel in early April.
  • FIFA scandal: Sepp Blatter the Bond villain of American imagining

    29 May 2015 | 8:26 am
    Washington: During last year's World Cup the normally desultory interest football inspires in the United States spiked sufficiently to draw out the conservative agitator Ann Coulter, who wrote a column denouncing soccer as immoral. She dismissed the game as marked by collective rather than individual achievement, as effeminate, elitist and, worst of all, as foreign.
  • The Worst Kind Of Groundhog Day: Let's Talk (Again) About Diversity In Publishing

    29 May 2015 | 4:07 am
    Another day, another all-white list of recommended reading. This year's New York Times summer reading list , compiled annually by Times literary critic Janet Maslin, offered up zero books by non-white authors.
  • Daybreaker DTLA wakes up Angelenos during morning dance party

    28 May 2015 | 11:51 pm
    People move to the beat during a Daybreaker dance party at The Springs in downtown Los Angeles May 28, 2015. The event, which costs $20 runs from 6:30 - 8:30 AM.
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    Commercial Printing News

  • RRD's LibreDigital, HarperCollins Enter Agreement

    28 May 2015 | 3:31 pm
    May 28, 2015 - RR Donnelley & Sons announced today that LibreDigital of the RR Donnelley Digital Solutions group has been awarded a multi-year agreement to provide e-book services and metadata distribution solutions to HarperCollins Publishers across all global divisions including HarperCollins, Harlequin, and HarperCollins Christian Publishing. As part of the agreement, all HarperCollins divisions will leverage LibreDigital's Harvest platform to seamlessly manage and track a dynamic matrix of digital asset and metadata distribution needs.
  • Cineplex (CGX) - Analysts' Recent Ratings Changes

    28 May 2015 | 6:27 am
    Several brokerages have updated their recommendations and price targets on shares of Cineplex in the last few weeks: 5/12/2015 - Cineplex had its price target raised by analysts at CSFB from C$48.00 to C$49.00. They now have a "neutral" rating on the stock.
  • Mentor Graphics Veloce Power Application Redefines Power Analysis Flow

    28 May 2015 | 2:10 am
    Mentor Graphics Corporation today released the Veloce® Power Application software that enables accurate, timely and efficient power analysis at the system, RTL and gate level for complex SoC designs. Power continues to be a primary concern for handheld and smart devices with high resolutions screens that require long battery life, and even wall-plugged equipment in a datacenter or in a network configuration needs to reduce operation costs.
  • Estimate Power Better/Faster

    27 May 2015 | 8:53 pm
    Traditional power benchmarks don't cut it when it comes to battery powered devices like smartphones being used to play games and stream video, but Mentor Graphics claims to have the answer. Overview: Battle-hardened veterans of the electronics industry have heard of the 'connected car' so often that they assume it's a done deal.
  • Multi-Color Corporation Announces Date of Fiscal Year 2015 Financial...

    27 May 2015 | 8:32 am
    CINCINNATI, OHIO, May 27, 2015 -- Multi-Color Corporation will announce Fiscal Year 2015 financial results on Friday, June 5, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. and hold its quarterly conference call on Friday, June 5, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. to discuss the news release. For access to the conference call, please call 888-713-4205 or for international access, please call 617-213-4862 by 8:45 a.m. .
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    Packt Publishing

  • Introducing Web Components

    Paurnima Shilimkar
    19 May 2015 | 4:37 am
    In this article by Sandeep Kumar Patel, author of the book Learning Web Component Development, we will learn about the web component specification in detail. Web component is changing the web application development process. It comes with standard and technical features, such as templates, custom elements, Shadow DOM, and HTML Imports. The main topics that we will cover in this article about web component specification are as follows: read more
  • Building a Basic Express Site

    Shweta Mane
    12 May 2015 | 3:52 am
    In this article by Ben Augarten, Marc Kuo, Eric Lin, Aidha Shaikh, Fabiano Pereira Soriani, Geoffrey Tisserand, Chiqing Zhang, Kan Zhang, authors of the book Express.js Blueprints, we will see how it uses Google Chrome's JavaScript engine, V8, to execute code. Node.js is single-threaded and event-driven. It uses non-blocking I/O to squeeze every ounce of processing power out of the CPU. Express builds on top of Node.js, providing all of the tools necessary to develop robust web applications with node. read more
  • Mastering Lumion 3D

    Paurnima Shilimkar
    8 May 2015 | 3:40 am
    Welcome to this treasure house of Lumion 3D! This article will guide you through the intricacies of using Lumion—the next generation graphical tool. It will also present crisp notes from the book, Mastering Lumion 3D. Why Lumion 3D? ''To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I confess, absurd in the highest degree..." - Charles Darwin read more
  • AngularJS Web Application Development Cookbook

    Shweta Mane
    8 May 2015 | 3:23 am
    Architect performant applications and implement best practices in AngularJS. Packed with easy-to-follow recipes, this practical guide will show you how to unleash the full might of the AngularJS framework. Skip straight to practical solutions and quick, functional answers to your problems without hand-holding or slogging through the basics. (For more resources related to this topic, see here.) Some highlights include: read more
  • VMware vRealize Operations Performance and Capacity Management

    Paurnima Shilimkar
    8 May 2015 | 3:20 am
    Virtualization is what allows companies like Dropbox and Spotify to operate internationally with ever-growing customer bases. From virtualizing desktops, applications, and operating systems to creating highly-available platforms that enable developers to quickly host operating systems and entire content delivery networks, this book centers on the tools, techniques, and platforms that administrators and developers use to decouple and utilize hardware and infrastructure resources to power applications and web services. read more
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    Self Publishing Advisor

  • Conversations With A Self-Publishing Writer: 05/29/2015

    29 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    THE PERSPECTIVE OF TREES Not long ago a dear friend and neighbor showed me several photographs she’d taken of “her tree”—one that has been standing not far from her living-room window since before she moved into her home. “Every year I tell the trimmer to be careful with that tree,” she tells me. “It must survive at least as long as I do.” She will soon celebrate her 95th birthday. This month I’ve used illustrations of a tree’s innards to demonstrate a different method of plot development.  Today I am adding one more element—a different perspective—the inspiration…
  • Weekly Self-Published Book Review:16 Seasons in Hell

    28 May 2015 | 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: 16 Seasons in Hell Daniel Bennett Publisher: Outskirts Press…
  • Self-Publishing & Merchandising : Working with

    Kelly S
    27 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Much of the merchandising that we’ve examined over previous weeks has to do with the book as its own complete product, the sum of its parts (see: book covers and jacket design, interior design, special additions, and the blurb), feathered out around the edges with paraliterary addendums (see my posts on the book review, as well as how to get and give blog reviews).  But what about retailers?  Is there any work to be done there, when it comes to merchandising your self-published book? Yes, absolutely!  Each retailer–including Amazon and Barnes & Noble–has its own…
  • Self-Publishing Week in Review: 05/24/2015

    26 May 2015 | 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. Self-published photo books go from last resorts to treasures at MOMA According to this article,  photo books, particularly self-published photo books, are flourishing. Books sell out in…
  • Happy Memorial Day!

    25 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Today is Memorial Day — a day for remembering those who have died while serving in the US Armed Forces. I didn’t grow up in a military family, although my father was in Civil Service for 40 years.  When I was 22 I moved to a military base in Germany, where I acquired gainful employment and enrolled in college.  I remained tightly associated with the military for the next 21 years.  Wow, did this change my perspective about those who serve!  I am in awe and so very, very thankful for those who answer the calling to serve our country. I lost friends to battles, and I make a point…
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    BadRedhead Media

  • How Do I Get Local Bookstores to Carry My Books? by @nblackburn01

    Naomi Blackburn
    24 May 2015 | 1:03 am
    Camela Cami Thompson asked, “How do I get a bookstore to carry my books?” Excellent question, Camela! Unfortunately, there is no easy answer. I frequently hear authors complain that independent bookstores won’t carry their books for personal reasons, or because there is a dislike or disdain for independently published books. While this could be true in a very, very few cases, this isn’t the norm and a rejection should not be taken as a sign of a bias against the industry. We all know that indie published books have carried a stigma, but those times are a changin’. Even indie…
  • The Reason Authors Must Be Genuine on Social Media by @K8Tilton

    Kate Tilton
    17 May 2015 | 6:15 am
    When I teach social media, I give authors tips on how to manage social media so it doesn’t become overwhelming, step-by-step guidance on how to navigate each channel, and advice on what type of content to share. But what I can’t teach is how to be genuine. Being genuine is one of the most important aspects of social media. No one wants to follow an author who posts links like a robot, with no emotion, thought, or personality. But one thing I’ve noticed while working with authors. Many of you are shy. You get uncomfortable with the thought of sharing anything personal online. I hear…
  • How to Find Your Audience Online by @nblackburn01

    Naomi Blackburn
    10 May 2015 | 6:13 am
    Kerry Gans asked, “How can an author find an online audience?” Today, I am going to not only discuss the basics that we all know about, but I am going also going to talk about some sites that authors may not be familiar with: Snapchat, Pinterest, and Instagram, which are considered to be soft marketing outlets. The basic social media sites include Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Google+. Let’s do a brief breakdown of how to utilize these in a marketing plan. Facebook Facebook pages: If you don’t have a public Facebook page (Rachel recommends an author page), whether it is for you…
  • #MondayBlogs May Giveaway via @BadRedheadMedia

    Rachel Thompson
    2 May 2015 | 9:45 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…
  • This is The Reason You Need To Focus Your Content To Sell Books

    Rachel Thompson
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:31 am
    I wrote a post over on my author blog about how self-promotion sucks because, in all likelihood, you’re doing it wrong. Maybe you’re not and you can relax and not yell at me, so go sit down and take some deep breaths. But if you are one of those annoying authors who is repeatedly spamming your book links and has nothing else to say but, “Buy my book!” all over the place, take a sec:   It seems screamingly obvious that you think quite a bit of your writing because you want everyone on every social channel to purchase it. Heck, we all want that,…
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  • Your Words Matter

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    25 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    This essay originally appeared in the Retinart Newsletter. You should sign up, it'll help you turn your work into your craft weekly. Sign up! Rudyard Kipling nailed it he said that “words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” Words and their meanings get us as high as the stars, and can just as easily undo us into a thousand flakes. The words that sit upon my tongue are different to the ones on yours. They might sound the same, but to each of us they taste entirely different. The flavour of them, their meanings, will differ, even when definitions are identical.
  • Look, Dismantle, Understand, Rebuild

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    18 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    This essay originally appeared in the Retinart Newsletter. You should sign up, it'll help you turn your work into your craft weekly. Sign up! I think I was using an app called HotDog. It was about fifteen years ago and the web was so young that it still had smears of amniotic fluid on its chubby little cheeks. HotDog was a HTML authoring app. I can’t remember if it was just a code editor or if it had a WYSIWYG editor, but I remember the excitement I felt when it’s metallic textured (ahhhh the ’90s) logo and splash screen would popup. Upon visiting a site that grabbed my…
  • Craft Saved My Brittle Skills

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    11 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    This essay originally appeared in the Retinart Newsletter. You should sign up, it'll help you turn your work into your craft weekly. Sign up! The passion that sustained me was melting away, leaving behind skills dried so deeply they had long-ago gone brittle. The smallest winds of challenge could turn them to dust. Thinking about what craft is, what it means to me, what my version of it looks like, what my skill set looks like, I realised it was one that barely fit together. No, worse than that – it’s hardly a craft at all. It’s just mismatched skills. Each of which is set apart…
  • Practice The Process

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    4 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    This essay originally appeared in the Retinart Newsletter. You should sign up, it'll help you turn your work into your craft weekly. Sign up! I rarely played sport when I was a kid. Mostly a little basketball, but I was an average player on my best days. I think it was mostly a social thing. I showed up for the minimum amount of practice, but never did much on my own. Maybe that’s why I never practiced as I got older. I didn’t think about what I could practice – or that I could practice how I practice. It All Starts With How You Start I’ve been learning how to podcast.
  • 9 Things I Learnt From 100 Days of Writing

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    I had been trying to write regularly. A small thing, surely. Show up, tap at keys, revel in glory. But I couldn’t even show up. I’d done thirty day challenges and enjoyed the grand results they provided. They showed me that it was possible for me to show up, to learn quickly, to adapt and do something seemingly impossible. I’d read a hundred thousand words on building habits, and I’d read another few thousand every time I tried to build the one I wanted the most – writing daily. Plans would be drawn and possibilities considered. I’d think of what to do on…
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    Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

  • How curation automation is going to disrupt content consumption

    Joe Wikert
    18 May 2015 | 7:14 am
    The best content curators have extensive topic knowledge and a knack for reader interests and preferences. That sounds like something only a living, breathing human can do, right? While that’s largely the case today, I believe technology will drive the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why all-you-can-read subscriptions need curation

    Joe Wikert
    11 May 2015 | 6:56 am
    The initial promise is compelling, especially for voracious readers. For $10-$15/month consumers get access to more content than they could possibly read in a month. That ultimately creates a bigger problem than the subscription platforms probably realize. For more than... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Here’s a dilemma every book publisher should hope to face

    Joe Wikert
    4 May 2015 | 6:55 am
    A recent email from Evernote piqued my curiosity. I’ve used the note-taking tool for years but never found a reason to upgrade from the Basic (free) version to the Premium (paid) version. Their email announced a “Plus” version with a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Debunking the discovery problem

    Joe Wikert
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:43 am
    Ever since ebooks gained traction the publishing industry has obsessed with what’s typically referred to as “the discovery problem.” The common wisdom is that discovery of the content will lead to fame and fortune. What's next, now that ebook sales... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Lessons from one publisher’s aversion to ebooks

    Joe Wikert
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:04 am
    I recently did something that I haven’t done for more than five years: I bought a physical, print edition of a book. For myself. I didn’t want to, but I had to. The publisher made me do it. The story... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • RIP William Zinsser

    Scott McKenzie
    13 May 2015 | 11:21 am
    The Associated Press and a number of other outlets are reporting that writing instructor William Zinsser has passed away at the age of 92. Most noted for his hugely popular book On Writing Well, Zinger also taught at Yale University, Columbia University, and other educational institutions.
  • Stephen Graham Jones Sells Book to Morrow

    Scott McKenzie
    12 May 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Longtime Slushpile favorite Steven Graham Jones has sold a new novel called Mongrels to Morrow. Looks like BJ Robbins of the BJ Robbins Literary Agency brokered the deal. I’ve got some questions for Mr. Jones on this fine new book of his. Look forward for more information to come shortly.
  • Sessions Still Available at Seaside Writers Conference

    Scott McKenzie
    11 May 2015 | 6:45 pm
    The Seaside Writers Conference began today, in lovely Florida. Jam packed with great instructors and great workshops, the conference offers something for writers of all experience levels. And it’s not too late to get in on the fun. You can still register and attend certain sessions on an a la carte basis. So if you’re in need of some beach time, add the Seaside Writers Conference to your plans for a quick getaway.
  • David Simon Gets All Richard Price

    Scott McKenzie
    4 May 2015 | 6:21 pm
    Here’s the kind of inside information that separates the truly knowledgeable insiders from the writers who just learn from Wikipedia. In “David Simon on Baltimore’s Anguish shares amazingly detailed knowledge of the cop beat and the unwritten codes of behavior that, in years gone by, governed interactions between the “good guys” and the “bad guys.” Simon explains a concept called “humbles” when someone could spend a night in jail primarily because they stepped out of line and needed to be, in the eyes of the police, humbled. Simon…
  • Biggs Says DRM Sucks

    Scott McKenzie
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
    Well, I’m probably exaggerating a bit with that “sucks” choice of words. But suffice it to say, Slushpile’s John Biggs isn’t a fan of digital rights management (DRM) technology used by publishers. He doesn’t employ DRM with his own book Mytro and suggests that the paradigm shift so that indie writers “think in terms of what we can give back to readers rather than what they can give to us.” Check out his thoughts, along with some audio from Cory Doctorow here.
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    Beyond the Book

  • BookExpo Has A Word for 2015: Subscriptions (BurstMarketing)
    28 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    For a business with a global, contemporary outlook like book publishing, BookExpo America is full of small ironies. Print has regained some of its lost luster quite recently, while educational programming remains focused on the digital. And though China has  prominent presence as this year’s Global Market Forum “guest of honor,” BEA is very bit a New York, New York production. “In a year of change I expected more issues and complaints, frankly. Yet I think it was a good show,” says Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer. “The booksellers we spoke to were quite…
  • Open Access Market Report (BurstMarketing)
    24 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    For scholarly publishing, the future is wide open. Across a wide range of journals and houses, Open Access business models have grown common in recent years. Heated debate on the merits of OA has cooled, while publishers accepted the inevitability of choosing “green” or “gold” roads for the journey ahead. In April, Outsell – a well-regarded research and advisory firm focused on media, information, and technology – released Open Access 2015: Market Size, Share, Forecast, and Trends. Altogether, Outsell estimates, OA titles represent just under five percent of the $6.8B STM journals…
  • Author Solutions Case May Go Class Action (BurstMarketing)
    21 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    A class action lawsuit … Or a series of gripes? That’s the question before a familiar name in a Manhattan federal court. In the same courtroom that once heard arguments about the Apple e-book price-fixing case, Judge Denise Cote is now hearing charges that Author Solutions – a Penguin Random House company – deceived authors in order to sell them fraudulent self-publishing services. Cote will soon rule on whether the case meets the threshold for “class action” status. As self-publishing has evolved toward independent publishing, the vanity has largely gone out of most projects,…
  • Media in A Time of Change (BurstMarketing)
    17 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    In a recent visit to the Massachusetts headquarters of Copyright Clearance Center, Matt Turner, CTO, Media & Publishing, MarkLogic, reflected on a decade of change in media and publishing – and found cause for reassurance, even praise. “A lot of people might look back on the last ten years and say, ‘All my print revenue’s gone.  Gosh, everything’s so complicated.  I have all these websites, and I have these mobile devices, and there’s so much happening in the information industries.  I don’t know where it’s going to go.’” “I like to take it the other way…
  • E-Books Back To Earth (BurstMarketing)
    14 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Be careful what you wish for, book people. In recent years, Big Five publishers have fought to keep e-book prices out of the bargain basement, just where Amazon wanted them. With the return of so-called “agency” pricing, though, the battle may be won, but the war is not going so well. Once high-climbing e-book sales are tapering and even in some cases, descending. “After years of explosive growth, e-books are hitting a soft patch for sure—we’ve been talking about how sales have been flattening, well, now they are in decline,” reports Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior…
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  • Certain Songs #205: The Church – “A New Season”

    Jim Connelly
    29 May 2015 | 9:47 am
    Album: Starfish. Year: 1988. Featuring lead vocals by Peter Koppes and a riff that doubles back on itself, “A New Season” was my favorite song on The Church’s breakthrough album, Starfish. Everybody else remembers that album for the actual Top 40 single, “Under The Milky Way,” which is a fine song, but maybe about the 4th or 5th best song on the whole record. That’s a compliment: I actually like Starfish a lot, and as far as I could tell, The Church were going to be incredibly great for an incredibly long time. But the reason that I love “A New…
  • Certain Songs #204: The Church – “Tantalized”

    Jim Connelly
    28 May 2015 | 11:19 am
    Album: Heyday. Year: 1986. In late 1984, I saw The Church for the first time in concert. Tim & I drove up to San Francisco and we saw them at now-gone Wolfgangs on one of the last shows of their very first U.S> tour. I don’t think Wolfgang’s was very crowded, because we were up front, and even then I never really fought to get right near the stage. But that’s where we were, and it was utterly ferocious. I have two vivid memories of this show: 1) Drummer Richard Ploog kept looking backstage and smiling at a woman who was holding what was obviously their child and 2) and…
  • Certain Songs #203: The Church – “A Month of Sundays”

    Jim Connelly
    27 May 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Album: Remote Luxury EP. Year: 1984. With its army of lushly-strummed acoustic guitars and overall aura of melancholy and sadness, the utterly gorgeous “A Month of Sundays” is a serious candidate for The Prettiest Song Ever Recorded (Indie Division). With his bass pretty much playing the lead instrument on top of those acoustic guitars, Steve Kilbey tells a story of going to a party with people he hardly knows and maybe getting a bit too wasted: Follow her home where she lives with some friends They have some good things to add to the blend The games expanded, invaded the place…
  • Certain Songs #202: The Church – “Dropping Names”

    Jim Connelly
    26 May 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Album: Seance Year: 1983. Not only is “Dropping Names” my favorite song by The Church, it’s probably one of my Top Ten songs of the 1980s. (And to those of you who point out that I’ll probably designate more than ten songs as such, hush!). It’s a fools errand to try to onomatopoetically describe the infinite psychedelic riff that tunnels through the song, but I’m exactly that kind of fool, and this is exactly my kind of errand: doodadiddledoodadiddledoodadiddledeedadiddle doodadiddledoodadiddledoodadiddledeedadiddle…
  • Certain Songs #201: The Church – “One Day”

    Jim Connelly
    23 May 2015 | 9:21 am
    Album: Seance. Year: 1983. Normally, following an up album as uptempo as The Blurred Crusade with a record as slow and atmospheric as Seance would trigger off huge warning bells for me, but as it turns out, 1983’s Seance is my favorite album by The Church, full of long slow dreamy make-out songs with big echoing drums and soaring guitar solos. But of course, my favorite songs are on the record are the uptempo rockers, like “One Day,” which emerges from the lush table-setter “Fly” dripping with feedback and a memorable double back beat on the snare. Also…
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  • Calling all entrepreneurial–and social–journalism educators

    Jeff Jarvis
    26 May 2015 | 10:24 am
    At CUNY on July 16 and 17, we are holding our second annual summit for entrepreneurial journalism educators and combining it with our first annual summit for social journalism educators. Two, two, two mints in one. Here’s the sign-up. We will start the day on Thursday, July 16 focusing on entrepreneurial journalism education, this year focusing on the teaching of design thinking and once again sharing best practices. That afternoon, we will join with social-journalism educators to share problems and solutions. And, because unconferences are de regueur, we’ll reserve time to break into…
  • Playing leapfrog and werewolf with Google and Facebook

    Jeff Jarvis
    17 May 2015 | 10:49 am
    First Google made its friendship pact with eight old, European publishers, vowing to innovate together. Then Facebook leapfrogged Google — by a considerable distance — launching its Instant Articles with nine publishers, old world and new, inviting them into its mobile News Feed and helping them make money to boot. Now it’s Google’s turn to leapfrog Facebook. We like this game. That opportunity for publishers — to build upon these positive steps — is what I, for one, emphasized this weekend in more than one session at Google’s excellent gathering in Helsinki, Newsgeist Europe,…
  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: The final chapters

    Jeff Jarvis
    14 May 2015 | 8:39 am
    I’ve just posted the final chapter — and an afterword on journalism education — from Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News. So it’s not all online for free. But you can buy the book here. This last chapter is about the impatient innovation but patient capital we will need to reinvent news and find new, sustainable business models. Here’s a sample: In the development of the internet and of news in its age, we are — as I write this — only two decades past the introduction of the commercial browser and web in 1994. In Gutenberg years, this…
  • I, for one, welcome our new newsstand

    Jeff Jarvis
    12 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Facebook just gave publishers almost what I was wishing for. It is enabling news companies to go to readers where they are (we used to call that home delivery), embedding their articles, photos, videos — and ads — in users’ streams of attention and keeping all the revenue they sell or a share of the ad revenue Facebook sells. They call it Instant Articles because it saves users the time of clicking on links and waiting for web pages to load. It’s a start, a good start. I wish that Facebook would also work to share data about users at their option so news companies…
  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: Metrics

    Jeff Jarvis
    11 May 2015 | 6:09 am
    The New York Times’ investigation into the dangers and abuses nail parlor workers are subjected to just led to Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordering inspections and, where necessary, closure of offending salons. That is media impact: improving people’s lives. Media impact is not what we measure now: pageviews, unique users, likes, shares, and all that. In the latest (and next-to-last) free chapter of Geeks Bearing Gifts, I offer my view of the metrics we should be using. Here’s a snippet; read the rest here. (And here’s a related post I wrote after the book about internally vs.
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    Intentional Leadership

  • Are You a Negaholic? 5 Ways Pessimism Is Ruining Your Life

    Michael Hyatt
    29 May 2015 | 2:45 am
    Negative Thinking is Powerful—And Not in a Good Way Norman Vincent Peale published The Power of Positive Thinking in 1952. But it’s only more recently that we’re learning about the destructive power of negative thinking. Courtesy of iStock/IPGGutenbergUKLtd A few years ago, an author cornered me at a publishing conference to complain about his agent, gripe about his publicist, and grumble about his publisher. It was beyond awkward. I tried to change the subject, but he persisted. Maybe you’ve had a similar experience. I was trapped, and I couldn’t escape! Click here for more. Or,…
  • Season 4, Episode 4: The Secret Power of Smiling [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt
    27 May 2015 | 2:45 am
    5 Reasons it Matters—for You and for Others Welcome to Season 4, Episode 4 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss the secret power of smiling. When I was CEO of Thomas Nelson, a consultant called me out for how little I smiled. I didn’t know I was scowling, but I was setting the wrong mood for my team. After that I not only learned to smile, I learned five reasons it matters—for you and others. Listen to the Audio MICHAEL HYATT WITH STU MCLARENS04E004 - The Secret Power of SmilingSubscribe to Podcast…
  • Which Veterans Would You Like to Thank?

    Michael Hyatt
    25 May 2015 | 2:45 am
    Today is Memorial Day in the United States. For many, this simply means an opportunity to take the day off, relaxing with family and friends. But there’s more to it than that. Photo courtesy of Memorial Day is a day we set aside to commemorate those veterans who have died in the service of our country. It was first enacted to honor those in the Union Army who died in the American Civil War. After the first World War, it was expanded to include American casualties of any war or military action. Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full…
  • “Balance: Never let success go to your head. Never let failure go to your heart.” -Unknown [Photo]

    Michael Hyatt
    23 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Click here for my complete collection of quote card images. Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s fast, free, and more convenient.
  • Why You Don’t Need to Be Involved in Every Social Media Channel

    Michael Hyatt
    22 May 2015 | 2:45 am
    3 Simple Steps to Get Traction and Build Your Following I get asked a lot, “How do you find time to do it all? If I participate in every social media channel, I don’t have time to do anything else!” Exactly. Courtesy of iStock/Stock Rocket The reality is that I don’t do it all. You can’t be everywhere in social media—and you won’t be effective trying. But the good news is that if you narrow your focus, you can get serious traction and build your following. Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s fast, free,…
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    Mequoda Daily » Articles

  • An Encyclopedic Collection of Digital Publishing Strategy

    Amanda MacArthur
    29 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    Best practices in multiplatform publishing, digital magazines, audience development and subscription websites If you’re a publishing professional, don’t wait a minute longer before downloading our best practice handbooks. They were carefully curated into what we think are the most comprehensive handbooks on the four most important digital publishing topics: Creating multiplatform publishing businesses Designing and launching new digital magazines Building organic site traffic through audience development Developing the best structure and alignment for a profitable subscription…
  • What Every Great Membership Website Has in Common

    Kim Mateus
    28 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Membership website publishers must recognize the value in their products. The commonality that all great membership websites have is an affinity (free) subscription website, which could be a portal or a blog. This is a place where content can be written and published to attract users, because their minimum information unit, their MIU, is a user profile. An affinity subscription website is the most important accompanying part of the premium subscription website model. It’s this free part of the website which helps attract new users through great content and strong SEO. For the website…
  • 5 Subscription Management Software Requirements

    Kim Mateus
    28 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    For every publisher who dreams of creating a subscription website, choosing the right subscription management software can be a daunting task When we decided to turn our webinar program into a subscription product, I was faced with the same choice that every subscription website publisher must make: which subscription management software offers the right mix of features, functionality, and integration for my business. For us here at Mequoda Group, one part of the solution was easy. Because our webinars are digital products that would only be offered as a digital subscription, we didn’t…
  • Digital Advertising News: Buyers Want Viewability Data, While Nielsen Wants Brains

    Kim Mateus
    28 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Other headlines found in the latest digital advertising news: native, native, and more native All roads lead to viewability. This is not digital advertising news for anyone paying attention. Without it – or without a plan to establish it – publishers could be in some trouble, particularly on mobile. Advertising Age examines the issue in a couple of recent articles, while ruminating on sponsored content in a couple of others. Bonus content: Some big news from USA Today. Let’s dive in! No Third-Party Verification Could Mean No Ad Buys From Major Brands Compelling story in Ad Age on…
  • What is a Blockbuster Post and How Do I Use This Secret Weapon?

    Amanda MacArthur
    27 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    The secret weapons of top publishers are their blockbuster posts and what they choose to do with them One time I wrote a great post that drove 5,000 unique visitors per month to a site. Then the publisher broke the link during a yearly upgrade and Google dropped it from their search rankings. Oh wait, no, they decided to update the title to something “more catchy” and Google dropped it from their search rankings. Or no, they went ahead and decided to update the post and rewrote everything I’d optimized for search. Oh no, nevermind, it was Google just messing with us and they…
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  • Information Please Librarian

    29 May 2015 | 8:42 am
    Topic: Friday Time KillersLibrariesPeople N PatronsPublic LibrariesFrom The Guardian, a selection of queries addressed to NYPL librarians including "Is this the place where I ask questions I can’t get answers to?" - Phone question, September 13, 1947
  • Setting the Right Environment: Remote Staff, Service Provider Participants, and Big-Tent Open Source Communities

    29 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    Topic: Employment & Work StoriesI also believe that by using new technologies and strategies, distributed professionals can build a hosting service that is attractive to clients. We may not be able to stand around a water cooler or conference table, but we can replicate the essence of those environments with tools, policies, and a collaborative attitude. In doing so we have more freedom to hire the staff the make the right fit for our organization, no matter where they are located. From Setting the Right Environment: Remote Staff, Service Provider Participants, and Big-Tent Open…
  • Technology Of Books Has Changed, But Bookstores Are Hanging In There

    29 May 2015 | 6:20 am
    Topic: Book StoresTechnology Of Books Has Changed, But Bookstores Are Hanging In There If the book is dead, nobody bothered to tell the folks at Capitol Hill Books in Washington, D.C. Books of every size, shape and genre occupy each square inch of the converted row house — including the bathroom — all arranged in an order discernible only to the mind of Jim Toole, the store's endearingly grouchy owner. Visitors are greeted by a makeshift sign listing words that are banned in the store, including "awesome," "perfect" and, most of all, "Amazon." The online giant has crushed many an…
  • A Year Later, #WeNeedDiverseBooks Has Left Its Mark On BookCon

    29 May 2015 | 6:04 am
    Topic: AuthorsPublishingPublishing's big week is almost over. The industry's annual convention, BookExpo America, ends Friday in New York, and on Saturday the publishing world opens its doors to the public with BookCon, where avid readers will get the chance to mix and mingle with their favorite authors. Last year, the lack of diversity on author panels at BookCon spawned the We Need Diverse Books campaign, which in turn sparked renewed conversation about the lack of diversity in publishing. Ellen Oh, one of We Need Diverse Books' co-founders, says anger about the lack of diversity in…
  • A Winning Librarian

    27 May 2015 | 8:36 am
    Topic: Academic LibrariesLibrariansTVFrom 2Paragraphs (written for the modern attention span): 500 Questions is the new TV quiz game where contestants try to answer a series of rapid-fire questions. The show is being broadcast for seven consecutive nights. Tonight, May 27 is the sixth night (8pm on ABC). . The contestant who came closest to answering all 500 Questions was librarian Steve Bahnaman. The affable, knowledgeable man works at the Campbell University library.He planned to get a PhD in religion but “that ended up not being something I wanted to do.” Turns out he preferred…
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    David Gaughran

  • Authors Guild Dumps Author Solutions (And Pretends It Was All A Bad Dream)

    David Gaughran
    29 May 2015 | 7:58 am
    The Authors Guild – which bills itself as America’s leading writers’ organization – has terminated its partnership with Author Solutions. The Authors Guild joins companies like Bowker, Writers’ Digest, and Crossbooks in cutting links to Author Solutions – a company which has faced a sustained campaign from writers targeting its deceptive and exploitative practices, as well as multiple class actions which are still working their way through the courts. Burying the Lede The announcement was made yesterday at Book Expo America, but the Authors Guild decided to bury its own lede.
  • Digging Deeper Into Author Earnings

    David Gaughran
    27 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    The Author Earnings team are attempting to do something which hasn’t been done before, and their work can’t be refined and improved unless there is some intelligent criticism of their approach and findings. Today I’ve invited Phoenix Sullivan to blog on the topic. I’ve known Phoenix for a few years now, and if there’s a smarter person in publishing, I haven’t heard of them. KBoards regulars will already know that Phoenix understands the inner workings of the Kindle Store better than anyone outside Amazon. And I can personally vouch for her expertise: she…
  • Author Solutions and Friends: The Inside Story

    David Gaughran
    29 Apr 2015 | 5:49 am
    Author Solutions has forged partnerships with a long list of famous names in publishing – from Simon & Schuster and Hay House to Barnes & Noble and Reader’s Digest. Recent disclosures in various lawsuits, along with information sent to me by a Penguin Random House source, detail for the very first time exactly how these partnerships work and the damage they are causing. Since a second suit was filed at the end of March, Author Solutions is now facing two class actions, with the new complaint alleging unjust enrichment and exploitation of seniors on top of the usual claims of fraud…
  • Fighting With Both Hands

    David Gaughran
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:35 am
    This blog has been quieter than usual lately and I thought I should let you know what I’ve been doing. I’m going to prattle on for quite a while; you might want to get comfortable (or head off to Tumblr). So… It’s good to do a bit of soul searching now and then, to look at what you have achieved, where your career is headed, and to decide if you are on the right track. My goals and dreams have changed a lot since I started self-publishing in 2011. I haven’t been a big success, but I’ve been able to tick off little career milestones along the way. Some months my sales are…
  • Bay Area Book Festival Defends Author Solutions Sponsorship

    David Gaughran
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:59 am
    I discovered yesterday that Author Solutions was sponsoring the inaugural Bay Area Book Festival – something at odds with the breathless verbiage on the event’s site: A new kind of book fair… the largest, most innovative, and most inclusive… [we will] create the nation’s leading book festival. The event doesn’t take place until June, so I thought it was a good time to try and stage an intervention. Shame on @BayBookFest for accepting sponsorship from known scammers like Author Solutions. What the hell were you thinking? #Baybookfest — David Gaughran…
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  • Dwell Media Sells Flagship Event to Informa

    Bill Mickey
    29 May 2015 | 12:48 pm
    U.K.-based information and events company Informa has been making an aggressive push into the U.S. trade show market. Late last year, it purchased Hanley Wood's exhibition business for $375 million. Today, the company announced it bought design event Dwell on Design from Dwell Media. Exact terms of the deal were not immediately known, but Dwell is characterizing it as a "multi-million dollar" sale.   This also marks at least the third time Informa has convinced a U.S. media company to part with a key event portfolio—a few months before it bought the Hanley Wood…
  • Me? Design Pretty? Never.

    29 May 2015 | 9:10 am
    [Sponsored Content] Say it with me now: design. with. purpose. It's something I strive to do everday as a creative designer at Nxtbook Media. I want to help create meaningful and strategic design for our clients that will help meet their goals–not just something pretty.  The post Me? Design Pretty? Never. appeared first on Folio:.
  • Fortune Debuts Video Program At Facebook

    Jameson Doris
    28 May 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Today, Fortune launched a new video show, "The Chat," from the Facebook offices in Menlo Park, California.   The program “features CEOs and other leaders who are game to answer any question from across the Facebook universe,” according to the official release.   The launch premier will feature an hour-long interview with General Electric chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt in front of a live studio audience of Facebook employees.   A company spokesperson tells Folio: sister publication min that Fortune will be monetizing videos directly through pre-roll. The…
  • People on the Move

    Jameson Doris
    28 May 2015 | 11:08 am
    Following last month’s appointment of Jason Fox as the new vice president of digital, Consumer Reports announced four new hires to “help drive the organization’s digital transformation and advance its nonprofit mission to make the marketplace fairer for consumers.” Wendy Bounds, who currently heads Consumer Reports’ video division, has been named executive director, content. Bounds will oversee editorial strategy and content creation for all print and digital products, joining Consumer Reports after a long stint at The Wall Street Journal. Additionally, Erle…
  • Face Up Online: Report Card Edition, May 2015

    Caysey Welton
    27 May 2015 | 10:26 am
    There were several great covers in the month of May but we wanted to find a handful that embody either political relevancy, an eye towards summer or fun, engaging design.  Our five industry design pros weighed in and the results were positive. Here they are in no particular order. Report Card   Title: Time Publishing Company: Time Inc. Issue: May 25 Editor: Nancy Gibbs Design Director: D.W. Pine Why It Matters: Marijuana legislation has become a mainstream debate, and the topic is finding its way on several magazine covers. The…
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    Ashly Lorenzana

  • How to Play Mobile Games on PC

    Ashly Lorenzana
    15 May 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Well I never really thought I’d see a day when apps were made exclusively for mobile devices, but sadly that day has come quite some time ago now. Gone are the days when apps all had a desktop version for PC users. This sucks if you use a traditional mobile phone or an older model of smartphone because many mobile apps will not run on those devices. That got me to thinking…there had to be some way to play mobile games on a PC, right? Fortunately, the answer to that is yes. There is a way. There are several ways, actually. But today we will focus on how to play mobile games on PC…
  • The Top 4 People I Admire Most

    Ashly Lorenzana
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:19 am
    I want to share with you the four people who I admire and respect more than anyone else. Well, at least outside of my own sphere of personal contacts and people I know well. To me, all four of these people are celebrities and I consider myself a fangirl of each. Since I was a kid, I always enjoyed being a nearly psychotic fan of someone I really liked for one reason or another. It makes me feel good to latch onto strangers who manage to put stuff out into the world which resonates with me on some level. I always have to be extreme about everything I do and feel, and being a fan is certainly…
  • 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…
  • Yet Another OptimizePress 2.0 Review

    Ashly Lorenzana
    6 Aug 2013 | 12:52 pm
    Okay, so what the hell is Optimize Press, you ask? For those of you that do not know, it was a WordPress theme that was designed with internet marketers in mind. Meaning, the  pages were styled to resemble landing pages and websites more so than the traditional blog style of a WordPress site. Optimize Press 2.0, as you probably could have guessed, is the newest release and it’s a whole different beast. Since I had the first version already, I got an email about the launch at the end of last month and figured I’d sign up as an affiliate during the pre-launch. Afterwards, I did a…
  • My Vook Publishing Review

    Ashly Lorenzana
    1 Aug 2013 | 11:48 pm
    So it was actually quite some time ago that the idea of turning my blog into an eBook first occurred to me.  But first, we should ask ourselves an important question…is turning a blog into a book even a good idea to begin with? The answer will depend on who you ask, like most things. However, I do know that several well known bloggers have compiled anthologies of their best blog content and used it to publish a book or eBook. Before we dive in to this though, I just wanted to make it clear that I do not have any illusions about my blog being turned into a book that makes me millions of…
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    Self-Publishing Tips

  • Five Inventive, Creative, and Gutsy Indie Authors Show Publishing Muscle

    26 May 2015 | 2:32 pm
    A revolution is taking place in the publishing industry and indie authors are at the forefront. No longer satisfied to be confined or defined by others, writers eager to share their stories and lives with readers are finding creative, profitable and fun ways to express themselves. But don’t cross them. They aren’t afraid of speaking out when they’ve been wronged either. Here are five examples. First Self-Published Bookstore Opens In U.S. Giving Unknown Writers a Platform Caitlin White When you’re a children’s or YA writer, it’s hard to find shelf space beside J.K.
  • To Publish Your Book You Must Start It

    26 May 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Courtesy of If you’re still hesitating to start or finish your book, it may be tough for you to imagine that someone is waiting for it. But it’s true. When I was working on the first edition of my book on happiness, over 4,000 books on the topic were available. There were moments when I felt overwhelmed and intimidated. That was until my coach reminded me that while there were certainly thousands of books on my topic, no one could tell MY story.  Just as only I could write MY story, there was someone waiting to read it the way that only I could tell it. This…
  • Writing My Mother’s Memoir: So Who Is She Really?

    30 Apr 2015 | 6:20 pm
    Today’s guest blogger is Denis Ledoux sharing his experience with writing his mother’s memoir. He’s the author of Should I Write My Memoir?: How to Start (The Memoir Network Writing Series Book 1) Learn more at his website. Denis’ mom is the one standing in center back. If you are like me, you know many details of your mother’s—or father’s—life. But there may be many vague relationships between this event and that event, between causes and effects. In other words, your parent’s life may end up seeming a mishmash of dates and facts and impressions and none of…
  • Orange County Self-Publishers and Indie Authors, Join Our Meetup

    6 Apr 2015 | 7:45 pm
      After talking to many aspiring self-published/indie authors in Orange County, I became convinced there was enough interest to justify a meetup focusing on the business of self-publishing.  That’s why I created OC Self-Publishers and Indie Authors on the Move.  To join this meetup, visit This group is for you if you’ve spent months or years creating your novel, memoir, or nonfiction masterpiece, but not sure how to publish or make money from it heard that self-publishing is the fastest way to get your…
  • Join Us at the Inaugural Meeting of Publishers and Writers of Orange County, Sat., April 4th

    3 Apr 2015 | 3:54 pm
      Publishing and writing can be lonely, but there’s no need for it to be.  Success comes much faster when you build relationships and share experiences  with fellow travelers on the road to publication. What Inaugural meeting of PUBLISHERS AND WRITERS OF ORANGE COUNTY When Saturday, April 4, from 10 AM to Noon Where City of Orange Library (Rotary Room) 407 East Chapman Avenue Orange, CA 92866 Topic What’s Really Going On In Publishing Today? Power to the Author! With Borders out of business, rumors of Barnes and Noble’s demise, Amazon growing by leaps and bounds, and…
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    Dear Author

  • REVIEW: Scarlett Undercover by Jennifer Latham

    30 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dear Ms. Latham, I like a good YA mystery now and again. Your debut novel being compared to Veronica Mars piqued my interest. And when I saw it featured a Muslim-American heroine – and the cover prominently featured a POC – I made sure to pick it up. Scarlett is a Muslim-American teenager who lives in the fictional city of Las Almas. It’s just her and her older sister, Reem, because their parents are dead: their father was murdered and their mother died of cancer. Scarlett is also a genius; she graduated from high school two years early. So instead of going to class, she runs a…
  • First Page: A Duke’s Ode to Beauty – historical romance

    30 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Welcome to First Page Saturday. Individual authors anonymously send a first page read and critiqued by the Dear Author community of authors, readers and industry others. Anyone is welcome to comment. You may comment anonymously. You can submit your own First Page using this form. There is currently no wait. ~1819~ Sunday, 9 May. As was her habit, Lady Maribella Strathmore was late. Late for London’s Season, since her parents insisted on spending Eastertide in Lancashire. Late tonight for Lady Tilghman’s ball, though that was no grave impropriety, for the most fashionable guests…
  • Daily Deals: From the sweet to the erotic

    29 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Rush by Eve Silver. $ 1.99 From the Jacket Copy: Rush pulls you headlong into the thrilling, high-stakes world of Eve Silver’s teen series The Game, about teens pulled into and out of an alternate reality in which battling aliens is more than a game–it’s life and death. This teen debut novel offers science fiction and gaming fans romantic thrills at a breakneck pace. Seventeen-year-old Miki Jones’s carefully controlled life spirals into chaos after she’s run down in the street, left broken and bloody. She wakes up fully healed in a place called the…
  • JOINT REVIEW: The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky

    29 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Sirius: Dear readers, When Jennie mentioned in one of her DA posts that she was reading “The Idiot”, I decided that this was going to be my chance to stop being intimidated by Dostoevsky and actually try reviewing one of his books. I loved those of his works which I managed to finish, do not get me wrong, and when I talk about being intimidated, I mean that I get into a “who am I to critique the master” mindset, and I feel like I need to get over it. “At around nine in the morning towards the end of thawing November, the Warsaw train was approaching Petersburg at…
  • Friday News: James Patterson starts kid lit imprint; ACLU takes on gender in Hollywood; diversity in SFF; homage to Angela Carter

    29 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    James Patterson Debuts New Children’s Imprint – I have to give James Patterson credit – he’s putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to his own publishing ideals. His new venture is a YA imprint, jimmy patterson, will publish 10 books a year, half of which will be written by Patterson. He mentions diversity as a value for the imprint, but it’s not clear what, exactly, he means by that term. Little, Brown has big news to share with booksellers at BEA: the publisher is announcing the launch of James Patterson’s children’s book imprint, called jimmy…
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  • Book Review: Jigsaw Youth

    28 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Read 5/21/15 -5/27/153 Stars - Recommended to fans of gritty, punky, edgy, LGBTQ litPages: 166Publisher: Ladybox BooksReleased: March 2015Back in January, I helped fund Broken River Books' Year Two March Madness kickstarter. As a backer, I landed my choice of any three ebooks - future or past. Jigsaw Youth looked pretty rad, and it was being released through BRB's Ladybox imprint, so I jumped all over it.Tiffany Scandal's sophmore novel is a gritty, punky little thing. If it had teeth, it'd be nibbling and gnawing at your fingers as you flipped the pages. It's a sweetly fierce collection of…
  • Celebrating Short Story Month

    27 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Did you know May is Short Story Month? I don't know about you, but I've been finding myself reading story collections more and more often over the past few years. It's strange, because it wasn't intentional. When I was younger, I actually used to avoid short stories like the plague. I much preferred losing myself in big, chunky novels. Perhaps it's a change that's come with age, or maybe it's just a temporary literary itch I hadn't realized needed to be scratched. Either way, in honor of Short Story Month, Kate Vane and I present our favorites. Prepare for those TBR piles to start…
  • Bronwyn Reviews: I'll Be a Stranger to You

    26 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    I'll Be a Stranger to YouPages: 315Publisher: Outpost19Release Date: 2011Guest reviewed by Bronwyn MauldinYou’ll never save the world if you can’t even save yourself. That’s the hard truth at the heart of Cara Diaconoff’s novel, I’ll Be a Stranger to You. Each year, thousands of young American Peace Corps volunteers strike out for places like Lesotho, Kyrgyzstan and Bolivia, full of heady idealism about saving the world. After two years of trying to make their small corner of it a better place, they return home with a certain ambivalence about their experience. I got a lot out of…
  • Page 69: Nativity of a Devil

    25 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    The Page 69 Test is not mine. It has been around since 2007, asking authors to compare page 69 against the meat of the actual story it is a part of. I loved the whole idea of it and so I'm stealing it specifically to showcase small press titles - novels, novellas, short story collections, the works! So until the founder of The Page 69 Test calls a cease and desist, let's do this thing....In this installment of Page 69, we put C.V. Ruisdael's Nativity of a Devil to the test.Ok, CV, set up page 69 for us.On Page 69 of Nativity of a Devil, a demon named Botis is…
  • Lavinia Reviews: The New York Stories

    22 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    The New York Stories by Ben Tanzer4.5 Stars - Strongly Recommended by LaviniaPages 224Publisher: CCLaPReleasing: June 2015Guest Reviewed by Lavinia LudlowNine years in the making, one could say that The New York Stories is Ben Tanzer’s greatest hits collection. Hardly just a mash-up of his most provoking work, this three-volume-in-one deal is the real deal.The thing about Tanzer is that his writing is never irresponsibly fast-paced and disorienting. Instead, he uses the space as if it’s the last he will ever have—no piece is ever more than a couple thousand words, and there’s not a…
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  • Review: Last Family Standing, by Jennifer Allee

    Linda Yezak
    29 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Twenty-five years ago, Monica Stanton gave up her baby girl for adoption. Now the young woman wants to meet her birth-mother. In person. On nationwide television. Competing on a survival show. So the first time Monica sees her daughter, the first time she learns the young lady's name, is on camera.Oh, the delicious things one can do with this premise!Jennifer Allee wrote Last Family Standing in first person, present tense--a surprise that takes a minute or two to get used to, but it works. The idea that present tense gives an immediacy to the story has been debated among authors for…
  • Authors: Beware of the Phantom Career

    Cherie Burbach
    27 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    There’s a buzz-worthy phrase I've been hearing lately around the Interwebs lately: phantom career. It applies to writers and other creative types who end up in an entirely different career than the one they wanted after spending more time on things related to writing but that weren't actually writing.Why Don’t You….For instance, I've set up my own WordPress sites because I don’t want to pay someone and also because I want to be able to update them on my own. I like knowing all the pieces of my business even if eventually I’ll outsource them. However, I get tons of requests from…
  • Art Writing

    25 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Google Free ImagesOne of my favorite ways to develop my writing chops is to use art. I choose a painting or photograph and let my imagination run wild. This exercise was first introduced to me through a workshop presented by a singer/songwriter, Kerry Grombacher.Kerry GrombacherHe brought an Ansel Adams photograph and instructed us to write using these three criteria: (1) What do you see? (2) What do you know? and (3) What can you imagine? As a class we created interesting short stories using that formula. Google Free ImagesOne such piece that I did for the Weekly…
  • Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther: A Book Review

    Deborah Dee Harper
    21 May 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Because I'm a cheapskate, I found this book on an internet site that offers free and bargain Nook or Kindle e-books. I must have hundreds of them safely downloaded to my Nook and Kindle accounts, all quietly awaiting their turn to be read. Sadly, much like Facebook posts, they're pushed farther on down the line as each day passes (and as I download even more free books), so many of them will no doubt remain unread until the day I die and then someone tosses out my hardware and all is lost... sigh.On a brighter note, Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther will not be among those lost.
  • One Great Source of Continuing Education for Writers: Podcasts

    Jimmie Kepler
    19 May 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Last week I attended the Colorado Christian Writer’s Conference. I attend two or three writer’s conferences a year and have for years. I attend for the continuing education value, fellowship, networking and to pitch my work to agents, editors, and publishers.While attending the recent conference I realized much of the same content I was paying for was available for free in many of the podcasts I listen to on a regular basis. I had been listening to podcasts since June 2005 when Apple added them to iTunes in version 4.9.  I’ve learned never to assume someone knows about…
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    Book Cover Cafe

  • How to Start a Business Book to Grow Your Brand

    26 May 2015 | 8:15 pm
    Franziska from Basic Bananas and I get down to talking about how to start a business book which can elevate your authority in your industry and be a powerful lead generator.
  • 5 Reasons Why You’re Not Selling Books

    11 May 2014 | 6:30 pm
    This article is for writers and authors who currently have their hands in the air saying, "Why is my book not selling?" Before giving up completely, read this.
  • Changing Fiction Genres: Does This Hurt Your Author Brand?

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:47 am
    Writing in different fiction genres is something many authors do to satisfy their creative writing muse, but does changing fiction genres hurt your author brand over the long term?
  • Amazon Kindle Countdown Deals: Your How-to Guide

    2 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    Kindle Countdown Deals. This is a new tool that allows authors to provide readers with time sensitive discounts for their Kindle eBooks. That means, if you're an author who has published a Kindle eBook via your KDP Dashboard, find out how here.
  • Branding Success WITHOUT the BS! (With Special Invite)

    2 Feb 2014 | 4:31 am
    Then don't miss the Key Person of Influence event end of February 2014, alongside four of the world's most well respected entrepreneurs and industry leaders.
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  • The Weekend Edition

    29 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This is humorous writer quotes weekend in Seekerville. Send your humorous writer quotes to We'll pick our top favorites for the NEXT Weekend Edition. If we pick yours you'll win a Seeker ebook of choice from our current releases.  We Have Winners   Giveaway rules can be found here. Please drop us a line to claim your giveaway at All prizes not claimed in 8 weeks go back into the prize vault. We wish we could contact all our winners individually, but we'd rather write books! And P.S. - if we forget to send  your prize…
  • June Contest Update

    28 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Welcome to the June (OH MY GOSH IS IT REALLY JUNE?) edition of the Contest Update.The first thing we'd like to is stand up and salute the brave divas/divos who stepped out and courageously entered contests so far this year. We have some recent results to Snoopy Dance about.Take a bow if you are a Touched by Love finalist, a Blurb2Book finalist ... Or a 2015 ICRS Winner!Way to go. That's what Seekerville is all about. Dreaming big and working hard!Now On to our contests!Published ContestsAspen Gold. Deadline June 1st. ( Indie Friendly)The Carla. Deadline June 1. (Inspirational…
  • Writing...and Living With Integrity (And a Giveaway!!!)

    27 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    With historical author, Amanda Barratt!First of all, I am so excited to be back on Seekerville! A huge thank you and lots of hugs to Ruthy for inviting me! This blog, and the many talented writers who participate, have been so instrumental in my journey to publication. We all are pressed for time, but if I could only read one blog every day, it would be SEEKERVILLE!!All of us as writers and creators are deep thinkers. I’m no exception. Lately, as I launch into the world of publication, several topics have been turning over in my mind. One of these has been the topic of integrity. How can I…
  • The Heart of Your Story

    26 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    by guest blogger/s Sparkle Abbey.Any fans of “The Voice” out there? Have you been watching this season? Wow. Just wow. What incredible talent! If you haven’t seen the show, let’s catch you up. “The Voice” is a singing competition with three phases: the blind auditions, the battle rounds, and the live performances. During the blind auditions, the celebrity coaches sit in large red chairs with their backs toward the stage. Each contestant has ninety seconds to sing for their life and get at least one coach to turn their chair around. If more than one coach turns, the contestant…
  • Lazy Website Syndrome

    25 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    with guest Matt Jones of Jones House Creative.“My website is lazy.”It’s an odd sentiment. Kind of like calling your car lazy for sitting in the garage. But then again, it’s not, is it? Your website, for all intents and purposes, is like a 24-hour store. Always open and ready for business. You’re like the store’s owner, and the site is your team of employees. Each part of your site, each page, is like a different department of your store, offering something unique to your customers, whether it’s information, a product, entertainment, instructions…whatever. But, what if…
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    Roger Packer

  • Kindle Unlimited April payout rises slightly to $1.36 as total borrows flatten out

    Roger Packer
    18 May 2015 | 1:52 am
    Amazon’s KDP Select fund hit nearly $10 million in April but the Kindle Unlimited payout to authors rose by only $0.03 to $1.36 per borrow. The company added a ‘bonus’ of $6.8 million to the base fund of $3 million to make a total of $9.8 million for the KDP Select fund for April 2015 — another new high and a rise of $500,000 from March’s fund. The payout to authors rose slightly from a low of $1.33 in March to $1.36 per borrow in April, which is very much in line with the recent trend of payouts in the mid $1.30s to low $1.40s area. The lowest figure in the last…
  • BookBub offers free India promotion deals

    Roger Packer
    6 May 2015 | 10:49 am
    Leading ebook promotion site BookBub has added India to the list of countries it covers and it’s free to use until June 4 India is the second-biggest English-speaking market in the world and there’s huge potential for ebooks in the country. The most common e-reading device in India is the smartphone, which has seen widespread adoption, with the country now the third-biggest smartphone market in the world. To get an idea of the possible scale of the market, consider that India has 125 million English speakers, which is more than the total of the UK, Canada and Australia combined,…
  • Wham BAM! Books-A-Million serves up Espresso-fuelled self-publishing deal

    Roger Packer
    28 Apr 2015 | 11:37 am
    Books-A-Million, the second-biggest bookstore chain in the US, is offering self-published authors preferred placement in their stores if they use its new BAM print publishing packages. The new service will feature print-on-demand books using the Espresso Book Machine. The first-ever full-color self-publishing EBM machines will launch this November in the Books-A-Million store in South Portland, Maine and the Brookwood Village Books-A-Million store in Birmingham, Alabama. Terrance G Finley, CEO of Books-A-Million, says, “Our customers will be able to print their self-published works or any…
  • Amazon tidies up KDP Bookshelf

    Roger Packer
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    Amazon is testing out a new, cleaner look to the KDP Bookshelf page for indie authors. The section now looks neater, is easier to navigate and gives a useful checklist up front of what content you will need to add when publishing an ebook. The checklist covers Book Content, Book Cover, Description, Keywords and Categories. In the old version, you could find yourself halfway through the process before realizing that you hadn’t written a description or researched keywords. When you’ve uploaded everything, the Bookshelf gives a thumbnail of the book cover with clear details of title,…
  • Penguin boosts book browsing on new website but won’t sell direct

    Roger Packer
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:59 am
    Penguin Random House has launched a new website which aims to make it easier to browse and discover books but it’s not selling direct to the consumer. The site looks like it’s got its inspiration from ebook subscription services Oyster Unlimited and Scribd, which both feature parallax-scrolling-type layouts with selections of books in various categories. It shows off a wide variety of frontlist and backlist titles, but nobody has yet quite matched the sheer unpredictable discoverability of strolling around a good old-fashioned bookshop or library. Harper Collins set up an…
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    Enago Blog: Scientific Publication Help

  • Has Research Become Too Competitive?

    Andrew Ghillyer
    29 May 2015 | 1:56 am
    The Rise Of Careerism Research scientists are supposed to look somewhat ‘nerdy’ in their lab coats and unfashionable glasses that they raise above their furrowed brows from time to time in order to rub the bloodshot eyes that are fatigued from too many hours spent staring into their microscopes. Too much of a caricature, perhaps, but still emblematic of a profession that has always professed to pursue the pure truth of science over personal reward. Critics would argue that scientific research has, out of necessity, become a cutthroat business with all the analogies that go along with that…
  • Fair Use In Academic And Research Libraries

    Andrew Ghillyer
    27 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Serving Multiple Customers Academic and research librarians serve a multitude of customers in the performance of their daily tasks. Students count on them for assistance in navigating a path through increasingly complex databases and accessing e-materials needed for online courses and research projects. Faculty need access to case studies and other course material as well as research materials for their own research authorship. Researchers need assistance in maintaining the topicality of the literature reviews for their ongoing research studies.… Continue ReadingRelated Posts:When Does…
  • Do You Have A Publication Strategy For Your Research?

    Andrew Ghillyer
    25 May 2015 | 7:23 am
    Icing On The Cake In this increasingly competitive market for academic research, just winning a place on a well-funded and well-resourced team might be considered enough of an achievement for an aspiring researcher. In that context, getting the results of your study published in a prestigious journal in your field would be considered icing on the cake. Focusing On The Deliverables As a new researcher, you may be forgiven for your naïveté, but an experienced mentor should tell you that the publication of your results is now as much a deliverable for a research study as the data your…
  • The Challenge Of Defining Plagiarism

    Andrew Ghillyer
    22 May 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Plagiarism has a commonly accepted evidence-based definition: when you present someone else’s work as your own, you are committing an act of fraud. The website identifies ten most common types of plagiarism, and ranks them according to severity: 1. CLONE – submitting someone else’s work, word-for-word, as your own. 2. CTRL-C – significant portions of text are cut and pasted from a single source without alterations. 3. FIND-REPLACE – key words and phrases are changed to disguise the use of someone else’s material, but the essential content of the source material is…
  • What Makes A Good Research Supervisor?

    Andrew Ghillyer
    20 May 2015 | 8:18 am
    Understanding Expectations For research supervisors, the role is assigned as part of a broader and more complex faculty role that may include teaching responsibilities, administrative committee assignments, research development, and the fundraising and writing tasks that can accompany that research. In that context, being a supervisor may not be perceived as such a central role as it may for the supervisee. For research supervisees, the expectations they may have of their respective supervisors can often be guided by good or bad experiences with prior supervisors, but they will typically…
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    unlikely blond:)

  • What is it?

    15 May 2015 | 2:56 am
    A review of S{E}AN? reviewed by Ermine Flagstaff So here we are again dear readers.  As if Sean Brijbasi’s last book “the dictionary of coincidences, volume i (hi)” wasn’t enough to put us off reading for a few years he bring us his semi-self-titled work of fiction “S{E}AN?”.  First things first—I don’t know how to pronounce the title of his new book.  And that’s not a criticism.  That’s just true. I honestly believe that Brijbasi thinks I liked his last book and that’s why he sent me an advance copy of this new one.  I think that’s what I’ll call his new book…
  • Protecting the Commanding Heights of the Economy

    kemoe hopscotch
    13 Feb 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Protecting the Commanding Heights of the Economy – A Torturer’s Poems by Anon forthcoming in 2015 from Pink Panther Acid While I was setting up the recorder for our interview Anon glanced without invitation at my typed notes. – This is problematic. He pointed to the second sentence of my notes where I’d stated “He was a torturer for the government.” Anon is frank. He was a torturer for the government. – But all that means to say is that my wages came from the public purse. As far as I was concerned, as far as we were all concerned, I think, or I thought, we were working…
  • 10 Questions with Zachary Friederich

    Kim G
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:42 am
    Kim G:We gots a new music blog. Follow this! :) Originally posted on NOSTROVIA ! MUSIC: 1. How would you characterize your music? Z: It all feels like Pop to me. Like most people, I’m influenced by all kinds of things and they’re just put in a kind of songwriting blender and mixed up and poured out. I tend to hop around genres. I guess one thing that I tend to focus on is storytelling. 2. What is one early music experience that made a deep impression on you//made you rethink what music can sound like//has helped shape the music you make today? Z: One of the earliest things I remember is…
  • The Laura Palmers – Weird Feelings

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

    James B Kepple
    18 Jun 2014 | 4:30 pm
    UndergroundBooks Manifestos. via UndergroundBooks Manifestos.
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    Nostrovia! Tavern

  • Nostrovia! Poetry’s 2015 Chapbook Contest: PRESALES OPEN!!

    Christopher Morgan
    29 May 2015 | 8:12 am
    GREETINGS, FRIENDS! PRESALES ARE NOW OPEN AT THE NOSTROVIA! STORE We want as many of you as possible to have access to incredible writing and gorgeous covers, no matter your financial situation. As such, we're using a "Pay What You Can + $5 Shipping" model for easy distribution.

    Christopher Morgan
    28 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    A calm testimony to time and the ways we repeat ourselves, Kyle Harvey’s “Farewell Materials” operates through echoes, with each reiterated phrase navigating its varying contexts to achieve broader meaning. If the collection’s opening page—“Adagio, let’s say // three // slow // beats // or so”—is equal parts request and statement of mood, then its final pages channel the older aesthetic of a record player, looping its final bit until being turned off. Much like Harvey’s serial poem, “July,” this newer collection showcases a deep awareness of spatial minimalism and a…
  • Traveling pop-up bookstore wants your Passion

    Jeremiah Walton
    24 May 2015 | 3:54 pm
    Books & Shovels, a nonprofit traveling pop-up bookstore, has begun accepting book / zines / [ anything that exhibits passion ] donations once again! We distribute the materials we receive at a pay-what-you-can rate to rip monetary drive out of the throat of art, and… Read More
  • Nostrovia! Poetry’s 2015 Chapbook Contest: Cover Art + Reviews + Presale Updates!!!

    Christopher Morgan
    21 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    GREETINGS, FRIENDS! There's been a ton of hustle these last few weeks and I wanted to share some huge updates regarding our 2015 Chapbook Contest!
  • Chasing the serpent of Route One

    Jeremiah Walton
    18 May 2015 | 7:40 pm
    Books & Shovels journeyed from Tucson, A.Z., up to the Grand Canyon, and through to Las Vegas, N.V..  From Vegas, we shot to the Bay Area, roaming around the passion & fire of Oakland, swept up in May Day protests, kicking it with open minded… Read More
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    The Publishing Profits Podcast Show | Writing, Marketing, Traditional and Self Publishing for Authors and Entrepreneurs

  • 57: How to Live an Inspired Life, Destress and Beat Cancer with Lauren Miller (Tom Corson-Knowles, Bestselling Author of Secrets of the Six-Figure Author, Founder of TCK Publishing, Destroyer of Publishing and Marketing Myths)
    29 May 2015 | 7:52 pm
    Lauren E. Miller is the bestselling author of four books including 99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Stressing Out. Lauren is a stress relief educator and founder of Grab & Go Stress Solutions. In this interview, Lauren shares some powerful tips and strategies for de-stressing and creating inner peace, purpose and success in your life. Here are a few of the golden nuggets Lauren shares on the show today: How to program your Reticular Activating System (RAS) to create more motivation and manifest success, inner peace, happiness and prosperity. The incredible power of accepting reality…
  • 56: Starting a Successful Business No Matter What Happens with Ian Ippolito (Tom Corson-Knowles, Bestselling Author of Secrets of the Six-Figure Author, Founder of TCK Publishing, Destroyer of Publishing and Marketing Myths)
    22 May 2015 | 4:41 pm
    Ian Ippolito founded Rent-A-Coder (now vWorker) and grew the company to millions of dollars a year in sales. vWorker is one of the leading websites in the world that connects businesses and entrepreneurs with high quality freelancers, contractors, and virtual assistants. In this interview, Ian shares his most valuable tips and ideas for success. Ian first got the idea to become an entrepreneur selling egg rolls with his mom to raise money for charity, but it was years later before he started his first business. One of his first businesses was creating and selling software online, which was…
  • 55: Healing and Reversing Multiple Sclerosis and Degenerative Diseases With Dr. Terry Wahls (Tom Corson-Knowles, Bestselling Author of Secrets of the Six-Figure Author, Founder of TCK Publishing, Destroyer of Publishing and Marketing Myths)
    15 May 2015 | 1:43 pm
    In today’s show, Dr. Terry Wahls shares her incredible story and journey of reversing multiple sclerosis and other chronic diseases with a healthy diet. Dr. Wahls has firsthand experience with multiple sclerosis as she was diagnosed with it in 2000. In November 2007, she started a new diet based on her own personal research into nutrition. In just three months, she was out of her wheelchair and could walk with a cane. Five months later, she could walk without a cane. And just nine months later she was able to do an 18-mile bike ride! This is a must-listen show for anyone with…
  • 54: Traveling the World and Attracting Helpful Beta Readers with Betsy Talbot (Tom Corson-Knowles, Bestselling Author of Secrets of the Six-Figure Author, Founder of TCK Publishing, Destroyer of Publishing and Marketing Myths)
    8 May 2015 | 2:39 am
    Betsy Talbot is the bestselling self published author of several books including Dream Save Do about how she and her husband Warren were able to sell everything they owned and travel the world for four years living a nomadic lifestyle. In the book, Betsy shows readers how to travel the world and turn your dreams into a reality. In today’s show, here are a few of the ideas Betsy shares: Why she and her husband Warren decided to sell everything and travel the world in their forties (and how anyone can live their dreams and create the life you really want to live). Why Betsy asked herself,…
  • 53: Creating a Success Mindset and Motivation with NLP Success Coach Andy Murphy (Tom Corson-Knowles, Bestselling Author of Secrets of the Six-Figure Author, Founder of TCK Publishing, Destroyer of Publishing and Marketing Myths)
    1 May 2015 | 1:59 am
    Andy Murphy is a successful entrepreneur, investor and high-level mindset coach who helps top performers achieve new heights of success in business and life. In today’s show, Andy shares some key ideas and insights including: How Andy reached the top of the field in sales and marketing in his early 20’s sing Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) strategies. Why where you are today is not who you are, and how Andy bounced back from going broke and losing everything after a massive scandal. How he had to borrow money just to eat and travel to his first educational conference where he…
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    The Proof Angel

  • 3 Reasons for syllabically ambiguous words

    The Proof Angel
    30 May 2015 | 2:46 am
    One of the reasons why English spelling is difficult is because of the variations in pronunciation.  This post explains some of the background to one aspect of this issue. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Spelling Tagged: spelling, syllables
  • How to remember numerals better

    The Proof Angel
    29 May 2015 | 1:42 am
    This is an interesting piece about how to remember numerals better.  But be warned, the article is quite academic, and you may find you need to pay attention more than usual. It is fascinating how there are differences between languages. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Grammar & usage Tagged: numerals
  • Publisher looking for new crime thriller writers launches short story competition

    The Proof Angel
    28 May 2015 | 2:38 am
    Here is an interesting opportunity for unpublished crime writers, spotted by Bridget Whelan. There is a £5 fee, but unlike some other competitions, you get something for your money – feedback from a publisher. As Bridget says, it is important to read all the rules of any competition, but she has highlighted some of the ones that might catch you out if you don’t pay attention in this case. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: opportunities for authors, opportunities for writers
  • When should you post on social media?

    The Proof Angel
    27 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    When you post on social media, it is good to know when people will be noticing your content. This can vary from network to network, as this infographic shows. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Writing resources Tagged: social media
  • A bit about fanfiction

    The Proof Angel
    26 May 2015 | 1:15 am
    For those who are unfamiliar with this concept, here are some of the basics you need to know. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: fanfiction
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    The Passive Voice - Latest Updates

  • #WeNeedDiverseBooks Has Left Its Mark

    30 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    From National Public Radio: Publishing’s big week is almost over. The industry’s annual convention, BookExpo America, ends Friday in New York, and on Saturday the publishing world opens its doors to the public with BookCon, where avid readers will get the chance to mix and mingle with their favorite authors. Last year, the lack of diversity on author panels at BookCon spawned the We Need Diverse Books campaign, which in turn sparked renewed conversation about the lack of diversity in publishing. Ellen Oh, one of We Need Diverse Books’ co-founders, says anger about the lack…
  • Free Same-Day Delivery Is Amazon’s Gambit to Own All Retail

    29 May 2015 | 2:04 pm
    From Wired: The battle to win same-day delivery has raged for years, but Amazon has remained a relatively quiet player—until now. Today, the company unveiled free same-day delivery for members of its wildly popular Prime service in 14 US metro areas. The new service is a more limited version of Prime’s trademark free two-day shipping. A mere 1 million items are available for same-day delivery, as opposed to the 20 million eligible for standard-issue Prime. To qualify for the perks, orders must be placed before noon and total at least $35. While Amazon has offered experimental versions…
  • B&N Partners With Bublish for a Free Two Month Trial Through Nook Press

    29 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    From Ink, Bits & Pixels: Here’s a freebie for those authors who still have an active Nook Press account. I just came away from the Bublish table in the innovation zone here at BEA 2015. It hasn’t been widely announced, but Bublish was pleased to share the news that they had signed a promotional deal with Barnes & Noble. Authors who distribute books through Nook Press can now sign up for a two month free trial of Bubish’s platform (everyone else can get a one month free trial). Bublish offers an author-centric marketing platform, with a free tier and a paid tier…
  • A non-writing writer

    29 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity. Franz Kafka
  • Report Surveys Opportunities for English-Language Writers in China

    29 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    From Publishing Perspectives: A new report produced by Nesta in the UK, in collaboration with Literary Platform and Douban Read, looking at the potential for the Chinese book market for English-language writers has been released. China has nearly 1 billion mobile users and 100 million of these consumers use their devices for Alipay — the online payment service for China’s largest e-commerce site Taobao. Alipay already generates double the transaction volume of PayPal globally. By December 2014, the number of internet users in China had reached 649 million, of which the number of…
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    Helen Sedwick

  • Publishing a Book to Promote Your Expertise and Business

    Helen Sedwick
    10 May 2015 | 9:17 am
    Want to be the author in authority? Want to create an instant credential? Want to be seen as the go-to person in your field? Then consider writing and self-publishing a book. Not just any book, but a book that shows off your expertise and provides valuable, useful information to your readers and potential customers/clients. Typically, I speak to writers about legal issues. Last weekend, I spoke to lawyers about self-publishing a book as the ultimate content marketing tool. I wanted to share my notes with my readers. Why Publish a Book? A book is a 6 x 9 business card that’s not thrown away.
  • Overcharging Authors for Their Own Books!

    Helen Sedwick
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Self-publishing authors give away a lot of books. First, to family and friends, especially those you can nudge into writing a review. Then, to potential bloggers, reviewers, bookstores, and other contacts. And writers sell their own books at readings, book fairs, and through their websites. To make a reasonable profit, you need to pay as little as you can for a decently printed book. When deciding which POD provider or self-publishing service company to use, be sure to calculate how much you will have to pay for author copies. You will be surprised how much the prices vary for the exact same…
  • Sources of Public Domain Lyrics

    Helen Sedwick
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:57 pm
    My recent post on Joel Friedlander’s about getting permission to use lyrics has been a big hit. But a few writers have asked me for sources of public domain lyrics. I have a list below. But first, a little about public domain works in general. Any work in the public domain is free to use without permission or compensation. You should, however, always give credit to the original creator out of respect and to avoid plagiarism. Plagiarism is not a legal claim; it’s more of a moral or professional standard. The most common reason a copyrighted work falls into the public…
  • How to Register Your Blog with the US Copyright Office

    Helen Sedwick
    21 Feb 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Voila! My Certificate of Registration for my blog content! Some people say it can’t be done—registering the copyright in a blog. It can, if you understand the quirks of the US Copyright Office. I explained those quirks in September 2014 when Nina Amir asked me to write a post about protecting website and blog content.  See, How to Protect Your Blog Content. In that post, I explained that there are a few tricks to registering web content. Without knowing these tricks, you are likely to run into a bureaucratic brick wall. First, a little refresher about copyright. You do not need to…
  • Who Owns Love Letters and Other Questions

    Helen Sedwick
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:07 pm
    Readers send me the most interesting questions, many of which I need to sit back and consider. I enjoy these questions and want to share them. I figure many writers have similar questions. Here are some of my favorites: Question: I’ve been enjoying your blog and I have a question. I have set my mystery novel in Ithaca, NY and used real businesses such as restaurants for the settings. Do I need the owners’ permission? I have a murder take place at one restaurant. Answer: Whether you need permission is a question of degree. If a business is mentioned in passing, then permission…
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    Ajoobacats Blog

  • Book Review: Forbidden (Books 1, 2 and 3) by Mike Wells and Devika Fernando

    30 May 2015 | 4:48 am
    A gripping thriller about a ruthless woman who will stop at nothing to achieve her goals. Jayne Clark knew she had been adopted but was not prepared to meet her biological mother who turns up in her place of employment out of the blue. She learns she has a sister and is invited to visit her well off blood relatives in France, but little does she know that she’s being drawn into a high stakes game as an instrument to do the bidding of a calculating woman. Absolutely riveting read that kept me up all night, I enjoyed immensely reading the plot unfold and being immersed into the world of…
  • Book Review: The Scarlet Wench ( Nora Tierney series book 3) by MK Graff

    28 May 2015 | 3:25 pm
    The Scarlet Wench is a classy whodunit mystery set in Cumbria at the struggling but charming Ramsey Hall. Nora Tierney, an American children’s author and amateur sleuth, now residing in the UK, is drawn into a web of dangerous pranks when a touring theatre troupe plan to put on a play at Ramsey Hall. From the outset malicious pranks set the suspicion on all the unusual characters that form the cast of the play. The personal stakes for Nora are higher in this book as she has to think of her baby son, Sean. A truly spellbinding read reminiscent of Agatha Christie but with a modern twist.
  • Book Review: Life or Death by Michael Robotham

    26 May 2015 | 8:44 am
    Audie Palmer has been incarcerated for ten years, convicted of armed robbery and murder. However, the night before his last day in prison he escapes, launching a man hunt by those who were instrumental in landing him behind bars, but the story of the $7 million that was stolen and what actually happened begins to surface. This exceptional crime thriller hits the ground running and keeps up a switchboard throughout. Audie is an intelligent but hard done by underdog with a huge conscience, who is thrilling to read as is Special Agent Desiree Furness, a nod to diminutive women with a penchant…
  • Book Review: Nobody’s Baby by Penny Kline

    25 May 2015 | 3:39 am
    Izzy wakes in the middle of the night to find a baby left on her doorstep, the only clue to who the mother might be is a note attached giving the baby’s name. Considering a myriad of possibilities from a random abandonment to a child fathered by her ex-boyfriend, Izzy calls the police and then goes on a mission to find an old friend, however, she puts herself and the baby in danger. This book read very much like an episode of Tales of The Unexpected, that used to air in the late 70s/early 80s. I was hooked into the story but I did find it a little predictable. The version I read from…
  • Happy Birthday To Me! 

    21 May 2015 | 3:48 am
       From ever since I have been able to remember I have always been excited about my birthday. In my thirties I was a tad apprehensive about turning older, but since my fortieth last year I am celebrating being middle aged.  My birthday each year brings thoughts of my late-mother, to whom I will be eternally grateful for everything she did and was to me. This day is also another opportunity to remember, celebrate and appreciate her. I wish I had her strength and clarity.  I don’t particularly focus on gifts anymore and I am always surprised and overwhelmed by the…
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    Top South African News

  • KFC Worker “sharpening” a Knife On A Pavement Outside An Umhlanga Store

    Staff Reporter
    25 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    KFC Africa Managing Director Doug Smart said that an investigation had been launched into video footage of a worker “sharpening” a knife on a pavement outside an Umhlanga store. “We are aware of the incident at our restaurant in Umhlanga in Kwa-Zulu Natal. We take our quality standards extremely seriously and are in the process of conducting a thorough investigation,” he said. The footage, first posted on a restaurant review page on Facebook, was filmed from the balcony of an adjacent hotel. This comes after KFC staff members from Braamfontein were filmed washing chickens on the floor…
  • Retest For Drivers Renewing Licences?

    Staff Reporter
    17 May 2015 | 3:51 pm
    Cape Town – Proposals to tighten road regulations, including retesting drivers when they renew their licences, will not work unless enforcement measures are ramped up, said the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. This week it emerged that Transport Minister Dipuo Peters intended to amend the National Road Traffic Regulations. The draft regulations were published in the Government Gazette for comment. The changes include: – Drivers wanting to renew their licences may be retested. This could include a practical and theoretical test. – Reducing the speed limit in urban areas…
  • Senzo Meyiwa Was A Victim Of A Hit Says Samuel Meyiwa

    Staff Reporter
    17 May 2015 | 1:49 pm
    The father of murdered soccer player Senzo Meyiwa believes there was a “hit” on his son’s life but is confident his killers would be arrested soon. Samuel Meyiwa said he knows who the killers are and police were hot on their heels. He said they were hitmen from KwaZulu-Natal but he did not want to name them. Meyiwa said the police had visited him two weeks ago at his home to assure him two men would soon be arrested. He said police received “a new lead in their investigation”. “Police are in hot pursuit. These are well known killers who get paid for their service. It is just a…
  • Schoolboy Makes £3 000 In Just 8 Weeks As The Head Of One Of Britain’s Fastest Growing Businesses

    Staff Reporter
    17 May 2015 | 11:58 am
    A schoolboy has set up one of Britain’s fastest growing businesses – selling remindertax discs to jog forgetful driver’s memories. Genius Harvey Millington, 13, can receive up to 400 orders a day for paper discs, which remind motorists to renew their tax or MOT. After the rule changed last year, hundreds of people have found themselves unwittingly clamped for having an untaxed motor. Harvey’s business, Tax Disc Reminder, has been such a hit after just eight weeks of trading that he has raked in a whopping £3,000 from selling the paper reminders at £4 a pop. Year…
  • Catfight Over Handsome Man Leaves Woman In Hospital For Three Days

    Staff Reporter
    17 May 2015 | 11:28 am
    A CATFIGHT over a handsome man left Simangele Sithole in hospital for three days. Making matters worse, the woman who was her best friend has now become her worst enemy – and she wants her to rot in jail! The 28-year-old from Berea in Joburg said she nearly died after her former friend allegedly stabbed her repeatedly. As she was being attacked at a tavern, her boyfriend was held back by security guards. According to Simangele, the trouble started three years ago when the two friends fell in love with the same man. “I won his heart because I’m beautiful and look after myself. My former…
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    Memory Book Company Blog

  • 5 Ways Memory Book Sets Itself Apart from the Competition

    27 May 2015 | 10:31 am
          1. Dedicated in-house customer service reps to help you through your project Don't know what you're doing? No problem! Each customer gets a dedicated customer service rep that will help you through all the hurdles. Also, the customer service rep who answers the phone is not only in the United States, S/he is in-house. By that I mean their desks are down the hall from the press room. Speaking of that...
  • Team Talks: Creating Yearbooks with Cathy Glenn

    20 May 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Cathy Glenn: Yearbook Representative for the Following States: California & Iowa
  • 3 Graduation Party Ideas to Make your Bash Memorable

    12 May 2015 | 6:19 am
    The month of May holds a lot of important dates: the beginnings of spring, Mother’s Day, Star Wars Day, sometimes Easter, and Memorial Day. That’s not even mentioning that May is National Burger Month! The school year is coming to a close and, for some, it may have already ended. Graduation parties are held all over the U.S. in May and June and you may find yourself planning one as well. Refer to this guide to help make your graduation party as memorable as possible!
  • 4 Online Resources for Homeschool Educators and their Students

    6 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    4 Online Resources for Homeschool Educators and their Students Those who choose home schooling know it’s often hard to find reputable (and inexpensive!) resources for teaching their students. I’ve combed through the internet to present 4 of the best online resources for homeschool educators and their children. Without further ado here’s #1: This is a blog written by a mother with 4 children living in Latin America who shares her adventures in homeschooling. This links to the arts and crafts project they did in April. They are…
  • Reminder: Mother's Day is May 10th!

    28 Apr 2015 | 9:31 am
    When I was in Kindergarten, my school set up a small make-shift store in the computer lab that sold small trinkets for mother’s day. We were all so excited when we filed down to the small room near the cafeteria, clutching our quarters and dimes. I remember what I bought very clearly: a ceramic swan whose back was hollowed out to hold a bar of fancy soap, a small wooden dog that had elastic thread holding the joints together and when you pushed a small button under the platform it was attached to, it bowed. I also bought a foot-long plastic back scratcher that had a hand attached to the…
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    Read You Later

  • Getting to Know Author Elise

    Read You Later
    12 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Maia Star Livingston had known her share of heartache and loss before she reached adulthood. Growing up with a mother, who was broken by love, Maia swore to herself that she would never fall victim to a man. However, life teaches us subtle lessons and one of them is to never say never.  Maia knew the moment she laid eyes on Junior, that she should run for the hills and that he would be her beginning and her end. The more she tried to fight the feelings he ignited, the more she found herself falling deeper in love.  Junior Sutton lived life reckless and free, constantly making rash decisions…
  • Getting to Know Authors Chanta Rand, Lena Hart, and Valerie Twombly

    Read You Later
    5 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Shades of Desire - Ten titillating tales from USA Today, bestselling and award-winning authors. Step into the world of some of the freshest voices in romance. From spicy secrets to sweet second chances. Come find your perfect shade of desire. Award winning and best selling author Valerie Twombly grew up watching Dark Shadows over her mother’s shoulder, and from there her love of the fanged creatures blossomed. Today, Valerie has decided to take her darker, sensual side and put it to paper. When she is not busy creating a world full of steamy, hot men and strong, seductive women, she juggles…
  • Getting to Know Author Mary Ann Perez'

    Read You Later
    29 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    “Running in Heels” is more than a memoir. This is a promise of hope and survival to anyone who woke up hungry and went to bed hungrier every day, for anyone who was abandoned as a child or an adult, for every wife who has loved a husband who left bruises on her heart and on her body. “Running in Heels – A Memoir of Grit and Grace” is When I was Puerto Rican meets Glass Castle. This memoir is the journey of a coming-of-age Puerto Rican girl seeking love and security with her difficult mother in an impoverished home who becomes a teenage bride to an abusive man twice her age. Can she…
  • Getting To Know Romantic Times Book Reviews Founder Kathryn Falk

    Read You Later
    28 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Kathryn Falk is a woman who knows how to engage and educate readers, reviewers, authors, and publishers. Her Magazine, Romantic Times Book Reviews, is a much sought after publication. The magazine provides intriguing articles and a wealth of information. The Romantic Times Book Reviews is one of the go to magazines in the publishing industry.   Kathryn is also the founder of the highly regarded and extremely successful Romantic Times Booklovers Convention. The RT Convention is a power packed extravaganza. Those in attendance are treated to literary delights, workshops, swag bags, panel…
  • Getting to Know Mary Leo, Iris B0lling, and Misha Elliot

    Read You Later
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Mishae Elliot uses writing as a way to entertain, release, and educate. Her books have given her the opportunity to discuss and release emotions that run deep. She is a lover of life and reading. Often you can find her at book events wooing the readers. The award winning Iris Bolling is a person who does not like to set limits. Her characters and her books have taken readers in a land of book heaven. In addition, she has managed to create a televison platform for her work. She is in plans to help other authors to reallize their dreams. USA Today Bestselling Author, Mary Leo, is always…
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    Almond Press

  • Dystopia in the Body

    Lady Ristretto
    26 May 2015 | 12:38 pm
    I grew up watching Star Trek, The Original Series. I would stay up until midnight to watch it in the darkness of my bedroom when everyone else was asleep. In many ways it greatly influenced my writing, demonstrating to me the power of science fiction. One of the things I found fascinating was their interpretation of the future of medicine. Medical care was done by rectangular gadgets that made buzzing noises or beeped and had readouts (which we couldn’t see), but revealed to Dr. McCoy exactly what was happening in the body of the patient. Cures came in the form of hypos that shot…
  • Using Scene Cards to Eliminate Struggling with a Blank Page

    Cas Blomberg
    6 May 2015 | 3:14 am
    One of the worst feelings for any writer is staring at a blank page, yet it’s a task I found myself doing more often than I would have liked, especially the first page of every new chapter. My problem wasn’t lack of ideas, or motivation. My problem was I didn’t use a detailed outline. I did have an outline. Sort of. Somewhere, lost in a pile of notes you’ll find a loose sheet of paper with one or two words for each chapter (well . . . at least ten chapters) and a story are sketched out on the other side of the paper, usually accompanied by coffee stains. Because that…
  • Self-Publishing and Book Cover Design

    Christina Crook
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:24 am
    Books covers are a tricky issue when you are self-publishing. They are also a personal gripe of mine! There are some absolutely amazing book covers out there, but just as many (if not more!) utterly terrible ones. Overcoming this hurdle as a self-publisher is quite a difficult and very technical task. Like it or not, most folk do judge a book by its cover, so this is one of the first things you really need to get right (as well as writing an absolutely amazing book, no pressure!). There are a lot of companies and artists now springing up on the internet who specialise in the design of book…
  • Understanding Amazon’s Purchase of .book Domain

    Marek Lewandowski
    13 Feb 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Now that thousands of unique TLDs are up for grabs, the race is on among major corporations to buy up the domain names that are predicted to be most desirable. Amazon’s recent acquisition of the top level domain name .book is currently a hot topic on the web. You may be asking yourself “what does that mean?” or “why I should care?” Here is a breakdown of what is going on and the potential implications Amazon’s purchase of .book could have on the future of digital marketing. What are TLDs A TLD or Top Level Domain name is like a zip code at the end of a…
  • Announcement of Winners – Horror Writing Contest – Youth4Tomorrow

    25 Jan 2015 | 6:34 am
    Youth4Tomorrow is pleased to announce the winners of the Horror Writing Contest 2014, that will be published in the collection Visceral Portugal, in collaboration with Almond Press. The award winning ceremony of the three best stories will take place in Fnac CascaiShopping, February 8th, 2015 at 4p.m, as part of the event “Entrelinhas-Encontro Literário”. The winners will have 10 minutes to present a summary of their story and/or talk about their writing experience. All the selected authors will be offered a free Creative Writing class by João Batista, editor at Livros de Ontem,…
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    The Gentleman Life

  • 7 Powerful Tips to Lose Weight (And Keep It Off)

    The Gentleman Life
    6 May 2015 | 9:51 am
    I’m a big advocate of ‘healthy body = healthy mind’So firstly realize that losing weight is not just a physical task, but also a mental one. We’re going to be helping you with both throughout this article with our 7 tips to lose weight.Tony Robbins wasn’t lying when he said “Nothing tastes as good as fit feels” because not only do you have an awesome body you’re no longer insecure about (and the amazing confidence that comes with that) but you also have the added benefit of a healthy mind. That means better focus, more motivation, more energy…
  • 7 Tips For Learning A New Language

    John Fotheringham
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    Learning a new language can seem a long and daunting task and you may not know where to begin. If you’re interested in becoming bilingual start by following these tips to help you on your learning curve.Tip # 1 – Kill Common Language Learning Myths.Most people think it would be cool to speak a foreign language, but are discouraged from ever even trying thanks to widespread myths and misconceptions about language learning. Here are the three most common I’ve heard; you must slay these thoughts first before you have any chance of success:Im not good at languages. The most…
  • 7 Must Follow Rules of Beach Etiquette

    The Gentleman Life
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:34 am
    As the sun becomes a more frequent visitor to your life, and you go from casual acquaintances to developing a fully fledged friendship, it’s hard not to feel the magnetic pull from your favorite beach.The blue sky, The even bluer sea, The golden sand, The annoying dick in front of you shaking that golden sand off his towel right into your eyes.Damn, the beach could be a perfect place if it wasn’t for so many people disobeying simple-to-follow beach etiquette rules. Thus, here I am preaching on the unwritten laws of the beach. It’s my hope that if you’re one of the…
  • The Ultimate Summer Playlist

    The Gentleman Life
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:37 am
    Summertime, time to sit back and unwind. (Spolier: Yes, that song appears on the playlist)What’s better than being around good people on a hot day drinking cold beer? Answer: Having a badass playlist that supplies even more good energy.The first draft of this playlist was done a while ago, but once I completed it I wasn’t happy with it.Why?Because it was just like every other summer playlist on the internet, and if there is one this I hate… it’s being average.We’re The Gentleman Life and we need to stand above the crowd.That’s why, there are 4 playlists…
  • Get Rid of Dandruff Forever

    The Gentleman Life
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:34 am
    2015.The 21st Century.The “Information age”.What do all the above have in common? Firstly, they’re all the present time frame. Secondly, they all mean that there is absolutely, 100% no excuse AT ALL for you to be walking around with a flaky head. And if you are… you should be ashamed of how un-groomed you are.This shouldn’t be news to you, but not having dandruff is a huge deal!It’s one of them things where people don’t notice if you don’t have dandruff, because it’s just a basic requirement.Nobody is going to think “Oh, that man is…
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    Halo Publishing International Blog

  • You Have Their Email – Now What? Three Ways to Stay in Touch with Prospects

    Lisa Michelle Umina
    29 May 2015 | 7:43 am
      Earlier this week I offered suggestions on how to collect email addresses and grow your list. Presuming you have begun to collect emails, the next natural step in the process is to figure out a way to use them without being a spammer. For those of you that don’t know, a spammer is evil, lower than the belly of an ant. Spamming email is defined by Wiki as: Electronic spamming is the use of electronic messaging systems to send unsolicited messages (spam), especially advertising, as well as sending messages repeatedly on the same site. Basically, spamming is not something you want to…
  • Anita Turnage’s Book “Hops” Wins Five Book Awards

    Lisa Michelle Umina
    27 May 2015 | 7:45 am
      First, let me say, one of the very best parts of my job is getting to know the authors that come to Halo Publishing in hopes of making their dreams come true; the dream to become a published author. Guiding them as they take their book idea through the process of becoming self-published and then helping them get the word out so that people find and buy their stories is highly satisfying. However, when one of our authors becomes repeatedly recognized and honored by receiving awards for their efforts, I am just over the moon with excitement for them. Recently, Anita Turnage has been…
  • Email Addresses – 3 Tips for Collecting the Most Important Marketing Tool

    Lisa Michelle Umina
    26 May 2015 | 6:02 am
      Email marketing has long been an important part of staying in touch with your prospects but just how do you go about collecting those emails? Consumers are now familiar with the fact that if they provide their email, they will begin receiving messages from you and so the power rests in their ability to withhold that vital piece of contact information. Following are three techniques for collecting emails from prospects: Offer something of value in exchange for their email. Some business people, entrepreneurs and self-published authors, like you, are now offering a free download of…
  • Halo Publishing Spotlights The Chow Down by Lynn April

    Lisa Michelle Umina
    25 May 2015 | 11:39 am
      If you love snacking, and let’s face it, who doesn’t, you’ll want to rush out and get a copy of the latest cookbook available from Halo Publishing International, “The Chow Down” by Lynn April. Lynn is perhaps best known as The Cake Lady, a well-deserved moniker from her days as the owner of Lucky Duck Cakes, located in her hometown of West Chester, PA. Lynn also writes the popular blog and has been enjoying experimenting in the kitchen since her early 20s where she found the process of baking from scratch to be “therapeutic, stimulating, and…
  • What is the Sound Track to Your Novel?

    Lisa Michelle Umina
    20 May 2015 | 1:02 am
    If someone were to ask for a playlist of the songs you listen to while you write; what music would be on the list? Being an artist, and make no bones about it – you are, means that we need to be connected viscerally to so many different influences. I know some writers that have to have coffee and chocolate within arm’s reach and others who light a lavender candle before they start typing. Music is like that. It is a stimulus. I attended a writer’s workshop once where the leader gave us a writing prompt and then turned on some classical music. Once we were finished she had us do the same…
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