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  • Indie Authors Get A Bookstore

    Beyond the Book
    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    In 2015, the opening of an independent bookstore is an event rare enough to attract attention from bystanders – rather like spotting a vintage automobile with shiny chrome bumpers and flashy fins sailing through your town’s streets. When the Gulf Coast Bookstore flung open its doors in Fort Myers, Florida, the attention was even greater than usual. On its bookshelves were the works of independent authors and not those from the established publishing houses of the Big Five and others. “All we’ve heard about self-publishing for the last few years is that it is digital—that e-books are…
  • Social Media Necessity for Authors by @nblackburn01

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    Naomi Blackburn
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:27 am
    LB Dunbar (@lbdunbarwrites) asks “Where to find potential readers…is it really FB, Twitter, FB groups?” AuthorCEO Naomi Blackburn explains.  One word…YES! Let’s break it down. One of the things I tell every client is that being an indie author (heck, any kind of author) is a business. To be successful a business must have visibility. Unlike a business with a brick and mortar site, indie authors have to depend on social media to garner the visibility they need for sales. Consider it your storefront. WRITE IT AND THEY WILL COME? Let’s compare Indie authors to local mom and pop…
  • Inkling Partners with Ixxus on Alfresco Content Management Tools

    Digital Book World
    DBW
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    [Press Release] Inkling and Ixxus Announce Partnership to Deliver Off-the-Shelf Inkling-Alfresco Integration Ixxus, leading provider of publishing solutions, becomes Inkling’s Global Systems Integration partner London, UK — April 23, 2015 — Inkling, creators of the world’s only integrated cloud content platform, today announced a new technology partnership with Ixxus, the leading global provider of publishing solutions. The companies have agreed to integrate the authoring, workflow and content richness of Inkling’s publishing platform with the powerful content management…
  • The Case For Libraries

    Beyond the Book
    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Publishers bemoan the dwindling of retail space, but they could just be looking in the wrong place for shelves to display their titles. An abundant supply of shelfspace exists in the 16,000 public library branches in America, according to David Vinjamuri who teaches branding and social media at New York University and writes the Brand Truth column online for Forbes. In a recent Publishers Weekly column, Vinjamuri urged publishers to take up libraries as partners. The essay has started an important conversation, says Andrew Albanese, PW senior writer. “David proposes that publishers stop…
  • How to Use Pinterest on Your Author Website by @K8Tilton

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    Kate Tilton
    19 Apr 2015 | 6:05 am
    Previously I talked about how to grow your Pinterest followers, but how do you connect your website and Pinterest for the best results? Use a Business Account If you are just starting out, go here to create your business account. As an author your business type is “Public Figure.” If you already have a personal Pinterest, go here to convert your account. Click the “convert now” text listed under “Already have an account?” Verify Your Website Pinterest has a step-by-step guide on how to verify your website. Once your website is verified you’ll see a small check appear next to…
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    Mediashift

  • Daily Must Reads, April 24, 2015

    Julie Keck
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:55 am
    1. Once Comcast’s deal shifted to a focus on broadband, its ambitions were sunk (Jonathan Mahler / New York Times) 2. The California law that could be used as a ‘tool’ by police to harass journalists (Eriq Gardner / The Hollywood Reporter) 3. Yelp wins dismissal of lawsuit over quality of its reviews (Jonathan Stempel […] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Mediatwits #157: The Rise (and Hype) of Glance Journalism on the Apple Watch

    Jefferson Yen
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:06 am
    In recent years, as wearable technology has become increasingly popular people have been waiting for Apple to introduce their version, which will start shipping today. It’s still too early to tell whether or not the Apple Watch will be revolutionary in the way that the iPod or iPhone were — or more of a Newton-like […] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Exploring Media Metrics, Analytics and Impact at Collab/Space Austin

    Aisling Niestroy
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:05 am
    Media leaders, thinkers and entrepreneurs gathered for Collab/Space Austen last Thursday, April 16, 2015, co-produced by PBS MediaShift, the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas and the Media Impact Project at the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center. It was a day-long workshop devoted to media metrics, analytics and measuring impact. Below is a Storify […] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Texas Tribune Works Through Analytics Issues at Collab/Space Austin

    Jordon Brown
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Although ISOJ kicked off in Austin on last Friday, it was preceded by an all-day workshop, Collab/Space Austin, with a focus on analytics, metrics and measuring impact. There were seven startups and innovation projects that presented how they are tackling media metrics, and the group helped them identify unique challenges. One of those presenters, Rodney […] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • To Live is to Ad-Lib: Collab/Space Austin Participants Get Lessons in Improv

    Melissa Suran
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    While most conferences are formal in nature, PBS MediaShift’s sixth Collab/Space workshop, which happened last week at the University of Texas at Austin, kick-started with an exercise that got everyone out of their seats–and literally kicking. “The idea behind that is to get people awake,” said Andy Boyle, who led the session. “It’s a very […] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
 
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    Digital Book World

  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Acquires Scholastic’s Ed-Tech Business

    DBW
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:47 am
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announces plans to buy Scholastic’s Education Technology and Services business for $575 million in cash, in a deal set to close in the second quarter of 2015. Speaking with Digital Book World last December, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt CEO Linda Zecher said, “I believe we need to put our focus on making content smarter. Content can no longer be static; we need to harness technology in order to make it more accessible, interactive and adaptive.” The Scholastic deal appears intended to help Houghton Mifflin Harcourt meet some of those challenges. In a…
  • Why There Might Be (Much) More Disruption Coming

    Rich Bellis
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    One digital publishing expert recently back from the London Book Fair perceived a “collective sigh of relief” that the print-digital market is finally stabilizing. But it might be too soon to take comfort. According to Gareth Cuddy, CEO of the newly rebranded Vearsa, “for anyone to think that the digital disruption book publishing has experienced in the last few years is over or receding would be foolish in the extreme.” Pointing to the four phases of technological disruption identified by former Microsoft exec Steven Sinofsky, Cuddy sees the book world positioned at the third stage,…
  • Inkling Partners with Ixxus on Alfresco Content Management Tools

    DBW
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    [Press Release] Inkling and Ixxus Announce Partnership to Deliver Off-the-Shelf Inkling-Alfresco Integration Ixxus, leading provider of publishing solutions, becomes Inkling’s Global Systems Integration partner London, UK — April 23, 2015 — Inkling, creators of the world’s only integrated cloud content platform, today announced a new technology partnership with Ixxus, the leading global provider of publishing solutions. The companies have agreed to integrate the authoring, workflow and content richness of Inkling’s publishing platform with the powerful content management…
  • Publishing’s Digital Disruption Hasn’t Even Started

    Gareth Cuddy
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Imperceptible, invisible almost, but it was there at the London Book Fair this year—publishers quietly clapping each other on the back and breathing a collective sigh of relief: Phew, thank goodness that ebook thing is over. Now let’s get back to real publishing. I’m being a little facetious, of course. But this year’s trade show did see a genuine departure from the maelstrom of anxiety and excitement over the rapidly developing digital market that has dominated the last few fairs. Most publishers seem to believe the worst is now over, that the industry has survived an inconvenient…
  • Penguin Random House Revamps Web Presence

    Rich Bellis
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Most publishers, it’s been noted, don’t have especially strong relationships with their readers. Penguin Random House unveils a unified consumer-facing website designed to change that—in the words of CEO Markus Dohle, “one author, one book, and one reader at a time.” Like other recent editorially driven discovery efforts, the new site combines information on individual titles and authors with blog content and other features meant simply to encourage engagement. When HarperCollins launched its own website last summer, it offered customers the option of purchasing titles directly from…
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    A Newbie's Guide to Publishing

  • 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…
  • Self Published Authors Guild

    1 Apr 2015 | 9:06 am
    I was told by the Bilderberg Group that I can finally make this announcement; I'm the first president of the newly formed SPAG - Self Published Authors Guild.All of the top indie authors in the world have been meeting, in person and in highly complicated Skype chats where we all have little squares like the credits of The Brady Bunch (or The Hollywood Squares) in order to create an organization that specifically meets the growing needs of self-pubbed authors.Our first orders of business will be as follows:1. Start the Hugs For Reviews initiative.Everyone knows that I've gotten more than…
  • Ebooks for Libraries

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:02 am
    TL;DR 1.     I want to help authors get their ebooks into libraries.2.     I want to help libraries acquire indie ebooks.3.     To do this, I started a business called EAF - EbooksAreForever.com.4.     I want to sell your ebooks to libraries.What's going on with libraries and ebooks?There are 120,000 libraries in the US. These libraries, and their patrons, are eager for popular ebooks. Many libraries have a budget they must spend, or they risk having that budget cut.Currently, libraries have no allies in the ebook…
 
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  • HOW To Finish Your Damn Book

    catherineryanhoward
    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, Writing.ie, 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

    catherineryanhoward
    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…
  • Want a Date with an Agent? Let Writing.ie Set You Up!

    catherineryanhoward
    6 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Dreaming of writing a bestseller? Five leading agents are looking for you! The International Literature Festival Dublin is running Date With An Agent 2015 – Ireland’s largest ever talent-spotting event. We are looking for 75 top quality authors to pitch their work to 5 leading literary agents keen to sign new talent on 16th May 2015. To be in with a chance to take part in the event, submit the first 1,500 words of your  book in hard copy with a 1,000 word synopsis, a 500 word author biography and the completed Application Form (available from the International Literature Festival Dublin…
  • Scenes from The Rewrite

    catherineryanhoward
    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!

    catherineryanhoward
    31 Dec 2014 | 5:10 am
    Happy New Year! I wish you everything you wish for in 2015. Today Writing.ie 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

  • Show me your book marketing ideas, and I’ll show you mine

    Steven Spatz
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:52 am
    There’s no shortage of book marketing resources out there for self published authors. My advice? Don’t try to do everything and stick to the tasks you enjoy the most. Want to learn how to market and promote your self-published book? Did I really need to ask that question? I know that 11 out of 10 authors will scream a resounding “yes, please!” in response. The good news: There’s no shortage of book marketing resources out there for self published authors. BookBaby gives all its authors a bunch of great products and services in our BookPromo kit – free to everyone who self…
  • 5 ways to get publicity for your book (that aren’t related to your book launch or book tour)

    Chris Robley
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:04 am
    Contacting the press and embarking on a book tour are part of your publicity campaign, but there are other ways to drum up excitement for your book launch. As an author, when planning a publicity campaign, you probably think about contacting the press a few months before you launch a new book or embark on a book tour. But there are a lot of other ways to get press and blog coverage for your writing besides the usual book tour and book launch publicity campaign. Here are just a few newsworthy events in your literary life that journalists and bloggers might be interested in covering.   1.
  • Join NaNoWriMo’s Grant Faulkner on our BookBaby Twitter chat April 22nd

    Lucy Briggs
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:53 am
    Grant Faulkner, Exec Director of National Novel Writing Month, joins us for a Twitter chat about life after Camp NaNoWriMo this Wed, April 22nd, from 4-5 pm ET! This Wednesday from 4-5 pm ET, we will host a BookBaby Twitter chat discussing all things Camp NaNoWriMo, including how to stay motivated, discover inspiration, and successfully navigate the transition between a completed manuscript and a published work. Author and Executive Director of NaNoWriMo Grant Faulkner, along with other literary friends, will be joining us. You are invited to add your voice, questions, opinions, and…
  • How to choose the perfect book title

    Ginny Carter
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:10 am
    When writing a business book, or a book in any genre, your book title plays a big part in selling your work. Here are tips to help you choose your title wisely. This post originally appeared on Ginny Carter’s blog. Reposted with permission. If you’ve ever told your friends and family that you’re writing a book, I bet the first thing they asked you was, “What’s it about?” And then, “What’s it called?” So it’s no wonder that authors tend to get a bit fixated on their book title right from the beginning. After all, it’s nice to have a hook to hang your…
  • London Book Fair 2015 Day Two: Show Daily

    BookBaby
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:41 am
    Get all the news from one of the world’s largest book expos, the London Book Fair 2015, taking place in Olympia, West London April 13-19, 2015. Click image to read the daily > London Book Fair Show Daily: April 15, 2015 The post London Book Fair 2015 Day Two: Show Daily appeared first on BookBaby Blog.
 
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    Self-Publishing Review

  • An Interview With SPR Grand Prize Winner Author Ashley R Carlson

    Henry Baum
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:06 am
    Ashley R Carlson is the winner of the SPR Awards 2015 Grand Prize and First Prize Fiction for her book “The Charismatics”. For the uninitiated, what’s The Charismatics about? “The Charismatics” is a fantasy novel geared toward young adults set in a unique, steampunk universe – one that is full of magic, supernatural influences, and ...
  • Review: Pianist in a Bordello by Mike C. Erickson

    Henry Baum
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:12 am
    Pianist in a Bordello by Mike C. Erickson is a political satire about a congressional candidate who, ten points down in the polls, decides to tell the truth about his life in an incendiary memoir. After the introduction where his handlers are imploring him to not release this autobiography, the bulk of the book is ...
  • 3 Pitfalls to Avoid While Writing a Book

    Tanisha Williams
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:10 am
    The beginning stages of writing and self-publishing your first e-book can be a very exciting experience.  You daydream about being on Amazon’s best seller list or sitting next to Oprah while discussing the intricacies of your book to an audience filled with your admirers.  But amidst your fantasies about the “glamor” of authorship, you must ...
  • Review: Nick’s Very First Day of Baseball by Kevin Christofora ★★★★

    Henry Baum
    21 Apr 2015 | 2:52 am
    Nick’s Very First Day of Baseball, a Hometown All Stars book, is a charming book for ages 3-7 about a baseball-obsessed boy’s first day at baseball practice. Leading up to the big day, Nick learns the basic about baseball, and sees baseballs wherever he goes. At practice he gets a jersey, picks a number, and ...
  • Amazon’s Age Restrictions, Look Inside, And All These Pesky X-Rated Titles

    Cate Baum
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:40 am
    I made a pretty shocking discovery on Amazon the other day. Anyone, including your kid, can use the Look Inside feature, without logging in, to access books containing violent rape, incest, animal torture, pornographic scenes, erotica, terrorism, and murder. Your kid doesn’t even need an account to read the first 10% of any book on ...
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  • What Publishers Can Learn from Louis C.K.

    Guest Contributor
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Comedian Louis C.K. has a lot to teach publishers about digital marketing: specifically, his direct-to-consumer digital releases. The post What Publishers Can Learn from Louis C.K. appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Catalonia Celebrates Biggest Book-Giving Holiday of the Year

    Olivia Snaije
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    April 23, Dia de Sant Jordi, the Catalan festival dedicated to books and roses, accounts for 5–8% of annual book sales in Catalonia. The post Catalonia Celebrates Biggest Book-Giving Holiday of the Year appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Mark Dawson: Another Amazon KDP Success Story

    Dennis Abrams
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:04 pm
    After failing with traditional publishing, thriller writer Mark Dawson has struck gold with Amazon KDP, selling more than 300,000 copies of his novels. The post Mark Dawson: Another Amazon KDP Success Story appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • How Much Should Children Read? World Book Day Infographic

    Hannah Johnson
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:46 am
    In honor of World Book Day, the International Publishers Association has an infographic on how much children should read and why literacy is important. The post How Much Should Children Read? World Book Day Infographic appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Latin American Digital Markets to Rise 10-15% by 2020

    Guest Contributor
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    A new report from German ebook distribution platform quantifies the anticipated growth of digital publishing across Latin America. The post Latin American Digital Markets to Rise 10-15% by 2020 appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
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    The Book Designer

  • How to Spot a Rights Grab

    Joel Friedlander
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:05 am
    By Helen Sedwick Writers see the warnings all the time. Watch out for rights grabs, those contracts that transfer all rights to the writer’s work to some less-than-reputable publisher or self-publishing company. Without realizing it, the writer has given away the right to publish his or her book in print, ebook, audio, app, and all future formats, in all languages, worldwide, for the life of the copyright. Heartbreaking. Bloggers like Victoria Strauss at Writer Beware and Mick Rooney of The Independent Publishing Magazine are invaluable watchdogs, calling out these rights-grabbers. Sadly,…
  • The 3+ Hats Every Indie Author Must Wear

    Joel Friedlander
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:05 am
    By Nina Amir “Writing is hard. Self-publishing is easy.” I hear these statements all the time, but I think someone—or many people—got these ideas backward. For writers, writing is easy. Self-publishing can be hard. You see, writers write. That’s what they do—or you do. Yes, sometimes you get stuck or don’t feel inspired or good enough to write, but, in general, you can write. Admit it. When it comes to self-publishing your book, though, that’s another story entirely. This task might make you anxious. You may worry that you just can’t do it. It may feel like too big a…
  • Book Design: Formatting Poetry Gets A Lot Easier

    Joel Friedlander
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    For the last two years, since the launch of BookDesignTemplates, we’ve been getting requests for specialty book templates. And I can see why. We originally launched with only 6 pre-designed book templates for Microsoft Word. They were best suited to novels, short fiction, literary essays, memoirs, and other texts with few formatting needs. Eventually our selection grew to include more complex templates for authors with nonfiction books, where the formatting needs can be much heavier. In nonfiction we commonly deal with formats like Levels of subheads Lists of various kinds…
 
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    The Passive Voice - Latest Updates

  • How Much Time Is Enough Time For Reading?

    PG
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    From BookRiot: The other day I was waiting for the bus and I found myself doing what I call “booktime math”: checking the transit schedule and quickly calculating do I have enough time to start reading? Or should I just goof around on Twitter?  It got me thinking about what I consider “enough time” to read, or more specifically, enough time to crack open the book I’m currently reading. My ideal amount of reading time, of course, would be hours. Some of my fondest memories of my childhood are hunkering down with a book early on a Saturday afternoon and eventually looking up from it…
  • I cannot overemphasize the importance of good grammar

    PG
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    I cannot overemphasize the importance of good grammar. What a crock. I could easily overemphasize the importance of good grammar. For example, I could say: “Bad grammar is the leading cause of slow, painful death in North America,” or “Without good grammar, the United States would have lost World War II.” Dave Barry
  • How to Spot a Rights Grab

    PG
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:27 am
    From The Book Designer: Writers see the warnings all the time. Watch out for rights grabs, those contracts that transfer all rights to the writer’s work to some less-than-reputable publisher or self-publishing company. Without realizing it, the writer has given away the right to publish his or her book in print, ebook, audio, app, and all future formats, in all languages, worldwide, for the life of the copyright. Heartbreaking. The answer, of course, is read the contract before your hit Submit. Daunting? Not if you know where to look. Instead of starting at the beginning of the contract, go…
  • Facebook Tweaks News Feed Algorithm

    PG
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    From Tech Times: With news like mobilegeddon, Facebook has been able to fly relatively under the radar with some changes that it recently made to its News Feed algorithm. Despite this, some are now labeling Facebook’s new changes “Contentgeddon.” These changes essentially target the relevance of certain posts by publishers and content providers, basically meaning that posts from these companies likely won’t be seen by as many people. “The goal of News Feed is to show you the content that matters to you. This means we need to give you the right mix of updates from…
  • In Which I Review My Own Book for Potential Legal Issues

    PG
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    From intellectual property attorney Marc Whipple: So, first, to get it over with: I wrote a book. It’s called My Mother Had Me Tested! and it’s a collection of funny mad science/geek-related short stories. ISSUE THREE: REFERENCE TO TRADEMARKED GOODS In one scene, there is a reference to “The Clapper,” which is a gizmo that allows you to switch electrical devices on and off by clapping your hands. “Clapper” is a registered trademark (USPTO Reg. No 1428261) used to identify acoustically operated switches. Just to make things fun, it’s not a particularly flattering reference (a…
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    Ink, Bits, & Pixels

  • DuckDuckGo(ogle)

    Nate Hoffelder
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:42 pm
    A little over two weeks ago I proposed that we should all switch from Google to a little known search engine called DuckDuckGo. Having never used DDG myself, I made the switch blind and today I can report that I don't regret the sudden decision - or at least I don't regret it very much. A lot of the time DuckDuckGo is a good search engine. It doesn't spam the results with adverts, it promises not to track you, and it can even return image, video, or map results. (And did I mention it's not Google? It is a good search engine, and my favorite feature would have to be the bang operators.
  • Noteslate Shiro 6.8″ Writing Slate Due Out This Fall, Will Cost $199

    Nate Hoffelder
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:18 am
    When we first saw the Noteslate in 2011 we were promised a $99 color epaper writing slate. That device turned out to be complete vaporware,  but Noteslate's current design isn't quite as fictional. A reader has tipped me to the news that Noteslate has announced the Shiro, an epaper writing slate with a 6.8" screen. (Thanks, Jafnaw!) The Shiro looks nothing like the original Noteslate, and is instead based on a 6.8" Pearl E-ink screen with a frontlight and a touchscreen. This is not the first to use this screen size, but it is the first to come with a pressure sensitive stylus. According…
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to Buy EdTech Unit From Scholastic

    Nate Hoffelder
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:38 pm
    In a move that reminds us just how big the publishing industry is outside of the Big 5, Scholastic has inked a deal to sell its educational technology unit to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for $575 million. The unit in question employs 800 people and was home to products such as Math 180 and Read 180. In the fiscal year ending May 2014, the unit accounted for $249 million out of Scholastic's annual revenues of $1.8 billion (PDF). HMH reported revenues of $1.6 billion in the 2014 calendar year (PDF). In comparison, Simon & Schuster (the smallest of what is known as the Big 5)…
  • Glose Update v1.5 Adds Speed-Reading on the Apple Watch

    Nate Hoffelder
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:29 am
    Over 3,000 apps have been released for the Apple Watch (there's even a web browser) and countless apps have been updated to support  the smartwatch. That includes Glose, which just released an update today. The update adds a cluster of new features. Glose says they added a new night-reading mode, better formatting, and new Tinder-inspired gestures for adding books to your reading list, but the big news today is the new support for the Apple Watch. Apple Watch owners can now catch up on what their friends are reading in Glose, nd receive notifications as soon as someone they know starts…
  • Inside the Kobo Glo HD

    Nate Hoffelder
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:51 am
    Device dissections are one of the joys of new product launches, but with ereaders we usually have to wait for the FCC paperwork before we get a peek inside. Luckily we don't have to wait on the Kobo Glo HD. Late last night I had a fortunate accident with my review unit. I dropped it, and the back popped off. I am a little disturbed that the rear shell came off that easily, but I wasn't upset enough to pass up the chance to get a look inside and take a photo. click to embiggen We're going to have to wait for the FCC paperwork before we get to see a complete teardown, but this one photo does…
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    The Creative Penn

  • Writing Fiction: Tips On Plot With Roz Morris

    Joanna Penn
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:26 pm
    If you need to nail your novel, Roz Morris can help! In her latest book, and this podcast, she explores plot in detail to help you sort yours out. In the intro, I talk about the rebranding, retitling and recovering of my first 3 books; how brilliant IndieRecon was and a little about London Book Fair and the latest reports of dire earnings for authors in the UK. Some cool things to check out: Amazon Kindle Textbook Creator now includes video and audio; GetBookReport.com is a great new ‘plugin’ for KDP and is free to check out for 30 days; Goodreads has started with audio samples on…
  • How To Record Your Own Audiobooks For ACX

    Joanna Penn
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:21 pm
    Audiobooks are a fantastic growth market for authors, narrators and producers alike, and I’ve been working with fabulous narrators for my fiction since ACX opened up in the UK in 2014. But as a reader, I much prefer to listen to non-fiction audio in the voice of the author themselves, so I decided to record one of my own books, Business for Authors: How to be an Author Entrepreneur. Here are the lessons I learned in the process. This article first appeared in an edited version on the ACX blog on 31 March, 2015. (1) Make sure you record the highest quality audio There are specific technical…
  • Does Your Author Website Have The Essentials To Attract Readers And Sell Your Books?

    Joanna Penn
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Your author website is important, wherever you are on the author journey. Your site portrays your author brand and gives a sense of your personality as well as your professionalism. It’s how people judge you online. It’s the first place a journalist, publisher or agent will look if they are interested in you. They will click away if it’s not what they’re looking for. You can attract your target audience with content that inspires, entertains or educates, and hopefully they will go on to purchase and join your email list. It’s your home on the internet. You can…
  • Book Titles That Sell, Productivity For Authors And Marketing For Introverts With Tim Grahl

    Joanna Penn
    11 Apr 2015 | 11:05 pm
    A wide-ranging discussion with Tim Grahl about writing book titles that sell, productivity and habits for writers, how to build a platform around you rather than your book, and marketing for introverts. Super fun! In the intro, I mention the upcoming self-publishing conference, IndieRecon.org, which is a free event with some amazing speakers so make sure you register and check out the schedule. I also talk about my trip to Charleston for PubSense, some of the plans I have underway with my new agent, plus Business for Authors: How to be an Author Entrepreneur, now available in audiobook…
  • Want To Spend More Time On Your Writing And Tired Of Doing It All? A Virtual Assistant Can Help

    Alexandra Amor
    7 Apr 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Indie authors often have an edge of control freakery … well, I do! I like being in control and I enjoy pretty much all aspects of being an author entrepreneur. But I hit a wall about 18 months ago, and I definitely needed some help, so I started looking for a virtual assistant to help me. I had a few varied experiences and learned some lessons, and then Alexandra Amor reached out to me with some brilliant suggestions for how she could help. Alexandra is a children’s author, but she is also a fantastic virtual assistant for me and a number of other authors. I trust her to help me…
 
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    Backspace: The Writers Place

  • Fearless Negotiation: An Agent’s Most Important Role for an Author by Kristin Nelson and Karen Dionne

    Karen Dionne
    2 Apr 2015 | 11:37 am
    Kristin: Of all the skills a literary agent is required to have, the most important is the ability to negotiate well on behalf of the author client. Authors hire agents to protect their business interests in publishing. In my mind, and other folks may disagree with me, all other skills are kind of moot without this one. This is why a literary agent has a job. To say this another way, your agent might be a great communicator or team builder, give great marketing feedback, have good relationships with editors, have good taste in picking projects (all wonderful skills to have), but if they…
  • Commanding Authority: An Agent’s Negotiation Edge by Kristin Nelson and Karen Dionne

    Karen Dionne
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Not all literary agents are created equal. Agent Kristin Nelson and author Karen Dionne have seen the good, the bad, and the truly ugly. In this article series, “Think Like an Agent,” they pool their expertise.  Kristin: In January, one my clients emailed me a great note to kick off the new year. She wrote: “This is going to sound random, but I feel the need to do a bit of effusive gushing to you. As you probably know, authors eventually turn to gossip (about their contracts too) and I recently found out that several writers I know are stuck with joint accounting, one of them being a…
  • Think Like an Agent: Agent as Savvy Business Manager by Kristin Nelson and Karen Dionne

    Karen Dionne
    6 Feb 2015 | 6:59 am
    Not all literary agents are created equal. Agent Kristin Nelson and author Karen Dionne have seen the good, the bad, and the truly ugly. In this article series, “Think Like an Agent,” they pool their expertise. Kristin: Simply put, a literary agent is the person an author hires to manage his or her publishing career. Literary agent is actually an odd career. It’s the only job in which the the agent picks the client first, and then the client decides whether or not to hire the agent. What other job is remotely like that? None. It’s unique to this industry. Regardless, once an agent…
  • What Makes A Good Agent? by Kristin Nelson

    Karen Dionne
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:54 am
    For years, I’ve been friends with the Backspace Co-Founder Extraordinaire Karen Dionne. Over the break, she reached out to me to see if I was open to doing the 2016 Salt Cay Writers Retreat in the Caribbean. Like I need to think about that. Conference in a warm, tropical setting? Oh, heck yeah, I’m in. But as we were chatting, we started talking about how writers sometimes want an agent so badly, they are willing to sign with an average or even a below-average agent. Trust me, not all agents are equal. And I said, “Well, writers don’t know what they don’t know.” In that moment,…
  • Do writers have to “write what they know?” by Suzanne Chazin

    Karen Dionne
    4 Nov 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Writers are often advised to “write what you know.” The thinking goes that only by experiencing something yourself can you portray it authentically. Here’s what I know: 1. A child’s need for a bathroom is inversely proportional to the distance from one. 2. If you want to discuss something really important with a man, hide the remote. 3. Never enter a swimming pool after a bunch of preschoolers have used it. The same goes for teenagers and your car. If I had to write solely from personal experience, my novels would have all the excitement of a C-span budget hearing. I’m no Hemingway.
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    GalleyCat Feed

  • Yiyun Li Wins The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2015

    Maryann Yin
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Yiyun Li has been named the winner of the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2015. For this accomplishment, Li will receive £30,000 in prize money which is “the world’s richest prize for a single short story.” Li has become the first female winner in the award’s history. She beat out five other writers on the short list with her piece, “A Sheltered Woman.” The New Yorker published it back in March 2014. Li gave a statement in the press release about the inspiration behind her story: “A couple years ago, while rummaging through old things, I found a…
  • The Emoji Translation Project on Kickstarter

    Dianna Dilworth
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Fred Benenson and Chris Mulligan are trying to raise $15,000 to fund The Emoji Translation Project, which includes building a digital translation engine, as well as publishing a phrasebook that translates emoji. The phrasebook has practical applications and should help readers order a bottle of wine or find the American Embassy when traveling abroad. Here is more about their approach from the project’s Kickstarter page: To build any translation engine requires massive amounts of text that exists in both languages, which are sometimes called parallel texts, explains the Kickstarter…
  • Erik Didriksen: ‘Be Expressive!’

    Maryann Yin
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Happy National Poetry Month! All throughout April, we will interview poets about working in this digital age. Recently, we spoke with Tumblr poet Erik Didriksen. Q: How did you begin to write Pop Sonnets? A: I came across a Tumblr post where Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” was recast as a Shakespearean sonnet. I thought it was brilliant, and I was desperate to read more songs-turned-sonnets. When I couldn’t find any, I tried writing one myself. That ended up being so much fun, I just kept going. After a week or two, I had a small pile of sonnets! My girlfriend Becca told…
  • Trailer Unveiled For Black Mass Movie

    Maryann Yin
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:15 am
    A trailer has been unveiled for the Black Mass film. According to the Wall Street Journal, the story for this movie was inspired by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill’s bestselling nonfiction title, Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, The FBI, and a Devil’s Deal. The video embedded above offers glimpses of Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger, Benedict Cumberbatch as Bill Bulger, and David Harbour as John Morris. TIME.com reports that the theatrical release date has been set for September 18th.
  • CBC to Build Children’s Libraries for Incarcerated Mothers & Babies

    Dianna Dilworth
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:25 am
    The Children’s Book Council (CBC) is teaming up with The unPrison Project, a nonprofit dedicated to mentoring incarcerated women to bring children’s books to mothers behind bars. In honor of Mother’s Day, the organizations will build brand-new libraries for these mothers to read to babies at prison nurseries in 10 states: California, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Nebraska, New York, South Dakota, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming. CBC member publishers have donated 45 hand selected books. The books are aimed at children ages 0-18 months and are aimed to help build…
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    Publishing News

  • 'Suicide Squad': David Ayer reveals Jared Leto's new look for the Joker's 75th anniversary

    25 Apr 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Happy anniversary, Mr. J! "Suicide Squad" director David Ayer celebrated the Joker's 75th anniversary Friday by revealing a controversial new image of Jared Leto as the iconic supervillain. Ayer and Leto have been using various social media platforms to slowly tease grainy bits and pieces of the Oscar-winning actor's transformation into the character for the DC ensemble film.
  • Garten, Stewart and Bourdain sweep top food broadcast awards

    25 Apr 2015 | 9:16 am
    This Sept. 15, 2013 file photo shows Anthony Bourdain at the 2013 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Governors Ball in Los Angeles.
  • Bruce Jenner comes out as transgender, says 'I am a woman'

    25 Apr 2015 | 1:07 am
    In the 1970s, Bruce Jenner was a symbol of American masculinity as an Olympic champion. Nearly 40 years later, in an extraordinary television interview, Jenner told the world that he identifies as a woman and has felt gender confusion since he was a little boy growing up in the New York suburbs.
  • Classic 'Dark Knight Returns' gets new sequel

    24 Apr 2015 | 8:55 pm
    "The Dark Knight Returns," published in 1986, is widely credited for resurrecting Batman in pop culture, something we've seen referenced in everything from 1989's "Batman" to the "Dark Knight" trilogy and the upcoming "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice."
  • Kelley Blue Book goes green with Top 10 list

    24 Apr 2015 | 4:50 pm
    The Irvine-based, old reliable data service used by consumers and car dealers alike for assessing an automobile's resale value recently released its own “10 Best Green Cars of 2015.” No. 10 was the Volkswagen Jetta TDI.
 
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    Commercial Printing News

  • Bonterra Energy Corp Receives Consensus Rating of "Hold" from Analysts

    24 Apr 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Bonterra Energy Corp has received a consensus recommendation of "Hold" from the nine ratings firms that are presently covering the company, AnalystRatingsNetwork reports . Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and four have issued a buy recommendation on the company.
  • MDC's Assembly Media-Agency Group Invests in Ad Tech Firm Samba TV

    24 Apr 2015 | 10:26 am
    Register to become a member today. You'll get the essential information you need to do your job better, including MDC media agency network Assembly has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in ad tech and measurement company Samba TV, said Assembly CEO Martin Cass.
  • Graeme Hamilton: With Drainville's exit, Peladeau coronation all but complete

    22 Apr 2015 | 4:02 pm
    If there was any doubt that Pierre Karl PA©ladeau was going to be the next Parti QuA©bA©cois leader, it was erased Wednesday when one of his main contenders withdrew three weeks before voting is to begin. "Our race ends today," Bernard Drainville told reporters in Quebec City as he threw his support behind PA©ladeau.
  • EDA Tool Speeds FinFET Design

    22 Apr 2015 | 7:33 am
    It's a race for chip designers working at advanced nodes to get designs in production despite the challenges of these smaller nodes. Extracting capacitive, resistive and inductive values of the design is just one of the challenges.
  • Telephone Sales Representative

    21 Apr 2015 | 4:53 pm
    The Telephone-based Publishing Sales Representative is responsible for achieving revenue growth goals and expanding account relationships by selling books and related materials to established customers and new prospects. The Telephone-based Publishing Sales Representative represents the organization with respect to promotion, sales, and service of Courier's two publishing product lines to a variety of customers.
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    Packt Publishing

  • Using networking for distributed computing with openFrameworks

    Paurnima Shilimkar
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:24 am
    In this article by Denis Perevalov and Igor (Sodazot) Tatarnikov, authors of the book openFrameworks Essentials, we will investigate how to create a distributed project consisting of several programs working together and communicating with each other via networking. (For more resources related to this topic, see here.) read more
  • Moving from Foundational to Advanced Visualizations

    Sandeep Dhumal
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:49 am
    This article is written by Joshua N. Milligan, the author of Learning Tableau. You are now ready to set out on a journey of building advanced visualizations! "Advanced" does not necessarily mean difficult. Tableau makes many of these visualizations easy to create. Advanced also does not necessarily mean complex. The goal is to communicate the data, not obscure it in needless complexity. (For more resources related to this topic, see here.) read more
  • Visualization

    Paurnima Shilimkar
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:07 pm
    Humans are visual creatures and have evolved to be able to quickly notice the meaning when information is presented in certain ways that cause the wiring in our brains to have the light bulb of insight turn on. This "aha" can often be performed very quickly, given the correct tools, instead of through tedious numerical analysis. Tools for data analysis, such as pandas, take advantage of being able to quickly and iteratively provide the user to take data, process it, and quickly visualize the meaning. Often, much of what you will do with pandas is massaging your data to be able to visualize it…
  • Managing Images

    Shweta Mane
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:47 am
    Cats, dogs and all sorts of memes, the Internet as we know it today is dominated by images. You can open almost any web page and you'll surely find images on the page. The more interactive our web browsing experience becomes, the more images we tend to use. So, it is tremendously important to ensure that the images we use are optimized and loaded as fast as possible. We should also make sure that we choose the correct image type. read more
  • Creating a Responsive Project

    Vincia Fernandes
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:32 pm
    In today's ultra connected world, a good portion of your students probably own multiple devices. Of course, they may want to take your eLearning course on all their devices. They might want to start the course on their desktop computer at work, continue it on their phone while commuting back home, and finish it at night on their tablet. In other situations, students might only have a mobile phone available to take the course, and sometimes the topic to teach only makes sense on a mobile device. To address these needs, you want to deliver your course on multiple screens. As of Captivate 6, you…
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    Self Publishing Advisor

  • Friday Conversations With A Self-Publishing Writer 04/24/15

    selfpublishingadvisor
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    SETTING THE STAGE III “Prevailing Winds” often give more multi-dimensions to novels than any other element because of the effect they have on Characters, Setting and even the Plot.  A favorite and sentimental example of this is the MARY POPPINS books and film(s).  How could Nanny-extraordinaire, Mary Poppins, ever arrive to save the day if the winds of a storm hadn’t carried her to the Banks’ front stoop?  Here are a few things to consider when developing you novel’s climate controlled environment—much research may be required. Consider the Geography. Start with the setting of…
  • Weekly Self-Published Book Review:The Adventures of Ralph Ribbit

    selfpublishingadvisor
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:40 pm
    Book reviews are a great way for self-publishing authors to gain exposure. After all, how can someone buy your book if he or she doesn’t know it exists? Paired with other elements of your book promotion strategy, requesting reviews is a great way to get people talking about what you’ve written. When we read good reviews, we definitely like to share them. It gives the author a few (permanent) moments of fame and allows us to let the community know about a great book. Here’s this week’s book review by Midwest Book Review:  The Adventures of Ralph Ribbit Louise T. Constantinople, author…
  • Self-Publishing & Merchandising : A Book’s Interior Design

    Kelly S
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    When we speak of books, we mostly speak of them as one of two things: an object, made up of surfaces and contours and textures, or as a vehicle for ideas.  We rarely pause to consider the interior design of a book, unless of course it is a book that draws attention with smart graphic design and accentuation.  What readers and producers of comic books, graphic novels, and illustrated fiction take for granted, the prose community has by and large neglected; that is, when we crack open the cover of a new book by Hugh Howey or Rachel Swaby or Sarah Taylor, we forget that every letter on those…
  • Self-Publishing Week in Review: 4/21/15

    selfpublishingadvisor
    21 Apr 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. Amazon Pays $450,000 A Year To This Self-Published Writer This Forbes article shares the success story of self-published author Mark Dawson. He shares his publishing story and promotion…
  • How to Celebrate National Poetry Month

    selfpublishingadvisor
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world. Every April, tens of millions of readers, students, teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets celebrate poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives. You can help spread awareness about the importance of poetry by self-publishing and promoting your own work.  Here are a few tips to help you get started: 1.  Get your book reviewed. There are various sites and publications that provide book reviews. Some self-publishing companies can also…
 
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    BadRedhead Media

  • How to Use Pinterest on Your Author Website by @K8Tilton

    Kate Tilton
    19 Apr 2015 | 6:05 am
    Previously I talked about how to grow your Pinterest followers, but how do you connect your website and Pinterest for the best results? Use a Business Account If you are just starting out, go here to create your business account. As an author your business type is “Public Figure.” If you already have a personal Pinterest, go here to convert your account. Click the “convert now” text listed under “Already have an account?” Verify Your Website Pinterest has a step-by-step guide on how to verify your website. Once your website is verified you’ll see a small check appear next to…
  • Measuring Social Media ROI by @nblackburn01

    Naomi Blackburn
    12 Apr 2015 | 5:19 am
    Nanea Hoffman asks “How to measure reach on various social platforms. What is the best way to do this?” The Author CEO, Naomi Blackburn, explains social media ROI. Marketing is one of the most difficult areas to measure ROI (return on investment), but don’t fret, it isn’t impossible. There are several tools authors can use to identify the impact of their posts or their visibility in the market. The great thing is that all of the sites I discuss in here are free to use. There are upgraded versions available for those needing it, but it isn’t necessary. For the sake of ease, I am…
  • April 2015 #MondayBlogs Giveaway

    Rachel Thompson
    5 Apr 2015 | 1:20 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…
  • Important Goodreads Changes You Need to Know about Now by @sugarbeatbc

    Barb Drozdowich
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:50 am
    Here’s an update on all the latest and greatest(?) from staff writer Barb Drozdowich. Thanks, Barb! So have you heard about the latest changes on Goodreads? I got a heads up from Ink, Bits & Pixels, HERE What are your thoughts?   Maybe you are busy writing and haven’t heard about the latest announcement from Goodreads. Let me explain.   Before March 19th (the day of the announcement), authors were allowed to collect friends and fans. There were several differences between the two categories. The important differences were two-fold:   Goodreads only allowed account…
  • Social Media Necessity for Authors by @nblackburn01

    Naomi Blackburn
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:27 am
    LB Dunbar (@lbdunbarwrites) asks “Where to find potential readers…is it really FB, Twitter, FB groups?” AuthorCEO Naomi Blackburn explains.  One word…YES! Let’s break it down. One of the things I tell every client is that being an indie author (heck, any kind of author) is a business. To be successful a business must have visibility. Unlike a business with a brick and mortar site, indie authors have to depend on social media to garner the visibility they need for sales. Consider it your storefront. WRITE IT AND THEY WILL COME? Let’s compare Indie authors to local mom and pop…
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    retinart

  • Build Your Workshop, Find Your Focus

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:00 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! The smell of wood shavings, varnish, dust, and metal. It’s dark, for some reason; it’s always poorly lit, like it’s a level below the surface. Maybe light falls in through short windows at the top of the walls, the kind that frame a scurry of shoes hopping past. Cool but not cold, dim but not dark. Rich browns and dark greens and reds. Dirtied white rags. The soft smell of coffee in the air. This is a workshop to me. I’m not sure…
  • Hidden Distractions and that Stupid Bear

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    6 Apr 2015 | 4:54 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! Our son has a nightlight. We didn’t sleep much last night because the batteries kept running out. When he wakes up through the night and sees that it isn’t on, he starts asking for “more light please.” Sounds adorable in the light of day, but having only had about four hours sleep last night it’s … less cute. Freshly charged batteries are normally given to the lime-green bear nightly, but yesterday our routine was…
  • Craft Is A Generous One

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:55 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! It takes a lot to develop a craft. It means missing out on things. It means being left out. It means leaving yourself out. It means not getting some random bit of pop culture that doesn’t matter, it means watching one amazing TV show instead of a dozen bad ones. But it gives back so much more. The work is so rewarding that all of the stuff that craft takes from you is given back a hundred times over. A lot of the work that building a craft needs…
  • Will You Outlast Your Passion?

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:51 am
    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! Craftsmanship will outlast passion. The theme of time bounces around a lot when thinking about craft. We ask ourselves questions like “How long until I’m a master?”, “When will I be able to make more money, win awards, get more clients?”, “Shouldn’t I have seen improvement by now?” One thing that seems certain is that the longer we’ve been working, the less energy we seem to have. I think it’s…
  • You Should Start with a Stumble

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:51 am
    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’m writing this a few days after recording my first podcast. It’s not good. It’s not what I want it to be. I know the topics covered are what I wanted to cover, and I probably said a few things that I’ll be happy with. But. It’s not good. Turns out talking on a microphone isn’t as easy as having a chat with friends over coffee. Who knew? I haven’t even listened to it yet because I’m anxious about what…
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    Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

  • 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! ]]
  • Why Oyster now sells ebooks too

    Joe Wikert
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:45 am
    Oyster started as an all-you-can-read ebook subscription service but they recently decided to expand their reach by selling individual ebooks as well. There’s been plenty of speculation on why they made this move, including catching up to competitors like Scribd... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Lessons learned at Book Business Live

    Joe Wikert
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:43 am
    The team at Book Business recently hosted a one-day, invite-only event in NY. I had the pleasure of attending as well as moderating the first panel of the day, Transforming Your Company for the New Era of Book Publishing. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The evolution of ebook subscriptions

    Joe Wikert
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:40 pm
    Today’s ebook subscription providers offer a nice value proposition for avid readers. It’s great that the all-you-can-read models from Oyster, Scribd and Kindle Unlimited provide consumers with something other than the print model where you buy one book at a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Is the Ebook Revolution Over?: Driving Ebook Growth as Sales Plateau

    Joe Wikert
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:44 am
    You knew it wouldn’t last forever. You expected the double-digit growth rates would taper off but you never anticipated your ebook sales would flatten out so quickly. Is the ebook revolution over? Is this as good as it gets for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Beyond the Book

  • Indie Authors Get A Bookstore

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    In 2015, the opening of an independent bookstore is an event rare enough to attract attention from bystanders – rather like spotting a vintage automobile with shiny chrome bumpers and flashy fins sailing through your town’s streets. When the Gulf Coast Bookstore flung open its doors in Fort Myers, Florida, the attention was even greater than usual. On its bookshelves were the works of independent authors and not those from the established publishing houses of the Big Five and others. “All we’ve heard about self-publishing for the last few years is that it is digital—that e-books are…
  • The Copyright Conundrum

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Publishing today confronts a paradox: The digital revolution has transformed the act of copying from complicated to commonplace; yet authors and publishers must rely upon copyright – essentially, control over copy-making and distribution of their works – as the essential basis for conducting business. An industry built upon creativity, inspiration and innovation now stands accused of holding to outmoded models purely for survival’s sake. Is there any way out of the “copyright conundrum?” In an engaging solo presentation on the final day of the London Book Fair, Copyright Clearance…
  • Amazon Fear

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    It’s a sunny afternoon, but no yet summertime as The Kinks sang – it’s April, of course – and publishers are hardly complaining about the nice weather. The London Book Fair opened on Monday under blue skies, and even as the sunlight streamed through the arcaded windows at Olympia Hall, all was not sunny for the book world. For some, there was the unfamiliarity of a new exhibition space. “Everyone was happy to be walking through West London in 70 degree weather,” notes Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer. “Now, consider the alternative–its 45 and rainy, and…
  • Indie Publishing: Who Holds the Power?

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    12 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Once upon a time, authors and publishers – along with readers and booksellers – knew their separate places in the book world, and stuck to them. The distribution of power was uneven, maybe even unfair, but the pecking order seemed to make sense. Then, the revolution erupted and the digital transformation of books and publishing created a more level playing field. Authors and independent publishers especially rejoiced at their newfound freedom to write, publish, and sell books. As with so many revolutions, though, the change has come at a cost. In 2015, who holds the power in the book…
  • The Case For Libraries

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Publishers bemoan the dwindling of retail space, but they could just be looking in the wrong place for shelves to display their titles. An abundant supply of shelfspace exists in the 16,000 public library branches in America, according to David Vinjamuri who teaches branding and social media at New York University and writes the Brand Truth column online for Forbes. In a recent Publishers Weekly column, Vinjamuri urged publishers to take up libraries as partners. The essay has started an important conversation, says Andrew Albanese, PW senior writer. “David proposes that publishers stop…
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  • Whither cli-fi? Publishers remain mum

    Dan Bloom
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:25 am
    Since climatologist Judith Curry ran a blog post in December 2012 titled simply “Cli Fi” about the rise of a new genre she pegged as cli-fi, with a radio segment on NPR picking up on her post and interviewing several novelists, the cli-fi meme has been in the air. Dozens, hundreds of news articles and […] The post Whither cli-fi? Publishers remain mum appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Accessory Review: Inateck 10W Stereo Bluetooth Speaker

    Juli Monroe
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:25 am
    I love Inateck products. The Kindle case they sent me last year is still the one I’m using, and it’s holding up nicely over time. I’m confident they have products which work well and will last. So when they offered to send me a sample of the , I was all over it. When I […] The post Accessory Review: Inateck 10W Stereo Bluetooth Speaker appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Author Inc, Part 2: Setting up a Specialty Website Account

    Joanna Cabot
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:25 am
    I wrote earlier about my experiences setting myself up as a beginning author on the Kindle store. I found the experience pretty painless, overall. But how does another web store compare? Is it easier, or harder, to set oneself up there? For comparison, here is a recap of my first few days as a seller […] The post Author Inc, Part 2: Setting up a Specialty Website Account appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Morning Links: Juvenile book sales drop. Reading on the bus dangerous?

    Joanna Cabot
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Juvenile Book Sales Plummet (PW) Industry members expected that sales in the two segments would cool this year and sales, which started to slow this spring, plunged in the week ended April 19, 2015, compared to the similar week in 2014. Unit sales in the juvenile nonfiction category fell 39% in the week and dropped […] The post Morning Links: Juvenile book sales drop. Reading on the bus dangerous? appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Society of Authors head speaks to Teleread on ALCS author earnings report

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:15 am
    Following my earlier coverage of the latest Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS) study on writers’ earnings and contractual terms, “The Business of Being an Author: A Survey of Author’s Earnings and Contracts,” I contacted the ALCS, the UK Publishers Association, and the Society of Authors for their reactions. Nicola Solomon, Chief Executive of the Society of Authors, was […] The post Society of Authors head speaks to Teleread on ALCS author earnings report appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
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  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: The Pricing Paradox of Information

    Jeff Jarvis
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:03 am
    This chapter from Geeks Bearing Gifts deals with a fundamental strategic question for the future of news: Why does the information business suck? Does it need to? Yes, it does. Here’s the start of the chapter. You can read the rest here. In Adam Smith’s paradox of value, he wondered why, if water is vital to life and diamonds are not, diamonds are worth so much more than water. The pricing paradox of information presents a similar quandary: If information is so much more valuable to society than entertainment, why is it so hard to build a business — namely,…
  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: Patronage

    Jeff Jarvis
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:57 am
    Another new, free chapter from Geeks Bearing Gifts, this one on patronage as a means of support for news organizations. Snippet: These ideas bring us to the edge of patronage, philanthropy, and crowdfunding — from the pledge to an NPR station to the pledge for a journalist’s project on Kickstarter: Some people will support the journalism they want to exist. Their reward is not necessarily access. Our motivations could be many: generosity, altruism, activism, justice, credit, social capital, or just warm fuzzies. Journalists — including many of my students before I’ve had the…
  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: Paywalls

    Jeff Jarvis
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:55 am
    Sorry. Haven’t uploaded a new chapter from Geeks Bearing Gifts in two weeks. Busy, you know. So here’s the latest, on paywalls. Uh-oh. The start of it: There is no more emotion-laden topic, no fiercer battleground in the hunt for new business models for news than the discussion of paywalls. I have personally been taken to task in the once-august Columbia Journalism Review and by no less than The New York Times’ media critic, David Carr, to name only a few, for challenging the wisdom of the wall. The arguments in favor of paywalls are apparent: Readers used to pay for content…
  • Want to turn a beat into a business? We will train and support you. For free. Apply now!

    Jeff Jarvis
    6 Apr 2015 | 3:09 pm
    This is a big opportunity for anyone who wants to take a beat — covering a town or part of a city or covering a topic or serving a community — and make that into a sustainable business (that is, one that will feed the journalist). At CUNY’s Tow-Knight Center, we will be running tuition-free training and mentorship starting this summer for the 15 best applicants who come to us. There are now lots of examples of beat businesses that are sustainable: hyperlocal services like Baristanet, West Seattle Blog, Red Bank Green, plus business-to-business sites like Skift, and no end of…
  • It’s the relationship, stupid

    Jeff Jarvis
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:53 am
    On Friday, I wrote a wishlist for what I’d like to see Facebook do for news, hoping it would allow publishers to embed content — with business model attached — on the service. Today, The New York Times reports that Facebook is talking with some publishers about serving their content directly. I have one bit of advice: Don’t do it without the data, people. It’s a damned fine idea to go to the readers rather than make them come to you — BuzzFeed does it; so does Vox; so does Reported.ly. It’s wonderful to get more audience and branding on Facebook.
 
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  • Your Last Chance to Register for Platform University Ends Tonight

    Michael Hyatt
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:45 am
    What Would You Give for an Audience of Thousands of People Eager to Hear What You Have to Say? I’ve been talking a lot this week about Platform University. There’s one simple reason: Enrollment only opens twice a year—and today’s the cutoff. Tonight, after 11:59 p.m. Pacific, the doors close until fall. Can your message wait that long? Courtesy of iStock/Timurpix If you have something to say or sell but feel like you can’t get the traction you message deserves, now’s your chance to join the one online community that can help you get the visibility you need, increase your traffic,…
  • Want to Blog Faster, Smarter? More Webinar Slots Opening up Now! [Announcement]

    Joel Miller
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:06 am
    Want to Blog Faster, Smarter? More Webinar Slots Opening up Now! Registration for today’s free webinar, Blog Faster, Blog Smarter, is maxed out. But we’re expanding registration for two additional webinar times tomorrow. Click HERE to Register If you missed your chance today, don’t worry. I’m presenting the same great material Thursday, April 23, at 1 p.m. Central with an 8 p.m. Central replay. If you want to blog faster and smarter, now’s your chance. But don’t delay. These spots are already moving fast. Once the registration is full, you won’t be able to attend either of the…
  • How to Defeat the Terrible Tyranny of Tiny Tasks

    Michael Hyatt
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:45 am
    5 Simple Solutions to Get Back Your Time—and Your Sanity Too My wife, Gail, recently purchased a DVD set of The Jetsons. Remember that? The cartoon imagined what life would be like in the future: robots, flying cars, and other conveniences—like minimal work hours. But it hasn’t panned out like that, has it? Courtesy of iStock/Peeter Viisimaa Believe it or not, since the 1930s economists and others predicted a future where workers had loads of free time. And while work hours have gone down for some, despite what we know about overworking, many of us regularly put in fifty hours a week or…
  • What It Takes to Get a Publisher’s Attention and Ink a Deal for Your Book

    Michael Hyatt
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:05 am
    My Newest Resource Shows You How to Craft an Irresistible Book Proposal Odds are good you have a story to tell and a message to share. But do you know how to get the attention of a publisher? Along with a powerful personal platform, you also need an irresistible book proposal. If you had just one shot to hold a publisher’s interest and sell them on your book, what would you say? What would include in your pitch? To discover the nine essential elements of irresistible book proposals, sign up for Platform University® today before 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Click HERE for Details Click here for…
  • Why You Don’t Need a Huge Platform to Get Published—And What it Really Takes Instead

    Michael Hyatt
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    If You’re a New or Aspiring Author, the Answer is within Your Reach These days everyone knows that you need a platform to get published. But if you’re like a lot of people I meet, you’re overwhelmed, short on time, and not sure where to begin. It feels impossible. But what if I told you it’s easier than you think? Part of our problem is that we blow things out of proportion. We think we need a massive celebrity-sized platform. I used to think that. Maybe you think that too. But here’s the good news. It doesn’t take huge platform—just an engaged one. And that’s within your…
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  • Freebie Friday: Everything That’s Right About Subscription Websites

    Amanda MacArthur
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Want some subscription website publishing insider information? Like any other business, subscription website publishing relies on getting your website taxonomy exactly right. Information architecture isn’t easy to understand – people earn special college degrees in order to grasp it!  But subscription websites are different from ecommerce, event, retail, or a dozen other kinds of websites. And you simply can’t learn about subscription website taxonomy from those. Subscription Website Publishing: The 9 Most Profitable Subscription Website Business Models is specifically written about…
  • Website Architecture vs. Web Design – What Comes First?

    Kim Mateus
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:45 am
    Do you know the difference between website architecture and website design? Website architecture refers to the funnel that leads your customers from a page, to a point of interest, like a “buy now” button, or an email subscription form. It refers to the function of your website and its webpages. It does not refer to the colors on your website or your CSS stylesheet, but the actual structure of your website and its purpose. Every page of your website should have intent. For example, before you “design” a page, create its structure. An article page includes a page title,…
  • 8 Elements of a Proper Website Traffic Report

    Kim Mateus
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Do you know what to monitor in your website traffic report? We’re constantly reading and writing about how to drive website traffic, but how often do we discuss the website traffic report that all of us should be poring over to see whether or not our hard work is going anywhere? Anyone who has installed monitoring and reporting software in an attempt to measure what’s happening on their website knows you can easily become dazzled by the number and variety of variables. There are dozens of reporting systems you can use to make decisions, but you risk being overwhelmed with too much…
  • All Digital Magazine Advertising Roads Lead Back to Viewability, Targeting

    Kim Mateus
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Is viewability a ‘headache’ or an opportunity? How much of targeting depends on Facebook? And what do scrolling and video mean for digital magazine advertising? Digital magazine advertising is by no means the only way to generate revenue in publishing – subscription strategy, events, and membership benefits drive performance, as well – but it remains a strong model that can reap benefits when done right. Easier said than done, of course, especially when metrics tend to shift with each passing week. Recently, viewability has emerged as the biggest concern in digital magazine…
  • Two Weekly Social Media Calendar Templates for Stress-Free Scheduling

    Amanda MacArthur
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Save a few notches on your social stress meter by using these social media calendars to get ahead Social media is my favorite thing to write about next to recycling content in fun and unusual ways. When you’re launching a new digital magazine, or bringing your existing magazine brand online, there’s a list of to-do’s and one of them is a checkbox that says “social media” but that check box doesn’t begin to cover the tiny little checkboxes that belong underneath it. Last week we discussed the answer to an ever present question: what is SMO (social media…
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  • Is Wikipedia a Reliable Source? Part II

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:43 am
    Editors find it convenient. But can it be trusted? By William Dunkerley --"We use it for background..."...
  • The Art of Teaching Others to Write

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:40 am
    A review of Marjorie Frank's classic, If You're Trying to Teach Kids How to Write, You've Gotta Have this...
  • The Fog Index

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:37 am
    Clearing up the Fog in a ScientificAmerican.com excerpt. This month's Fog excerpt comes from a March 17 ScientificAmerican.com...
  • Magazine Audiences on the Rise

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    In the news: New numbers from MPA show audience growth for consumer magazines. Good news for magazines: according...
 
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  • When Google is Your Librarian & Starbucks Your Wifi, Do We Need Libraries?

    birdie
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:34 am
    Topic: Book ReviewsPublic LibrariesBook Review of the title Biblio Tech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google (nice title!!) http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/book-party/wp/2015/04/23/when-google-... In his new book, author John Palfrey, former head of Harvard Law School Libraries writes about the necessity of maintaining public libraries as one of the essentials of society. Libraries are repositories of books, music and documents, but above all of nostalgia: the musty stacks, the unexpected finds, the safety and pleasure of a place that welcomes and shelters…
  • NYC Libraries in Trouble, Carnegie Buildings Need Renovation

    birdie
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:44 am
    Topic: Public LibrariesFrom The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/22/nyregion/new-york-libraries-citing-dir...
  • Who's the Most Famous Librarian?

    birdie
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:31 am
    Topic: LibrariansBesides author Jessamyn West, it might be any a number of folk. Story via Medium. https://medium.com/message/king-of-the-dipshits-139658a95e0e
  • Bookmobile Memories

    birdie
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:45 am
    Topic: Book MobilesFrom The LA Times www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0419-straight-bookmobile-20150419-story.html: Bookmobiles have been a fixture of rural American life since the 19th century, when horse-drawn book wagons stenciled with gold lettering read Free Library. There were low-slung black panel trucks in the 1930s, side doors open to shelves, with children sitting on the wide fenders turning pages. In the Riverside (CA) Public Library recently, I read the catalog from the Gerstenslager Co. in Wooster, Ohio, which built bookmobiles for the nation. Children and adults stood in…
  • Vitamin-C Based Paper @Multnomah Cty Library

    birdie
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:10 am
    Topic: Green LibrariesMultnomah County's Library has made huge environmental strides in an often overlooked area. The system has become the first major library operation in the country to sustainably source the paper it uses to print patron receipts and hold slips. Whereas most receipts are printed on paper that contains bisphenol A or bisphenol S, Multnomah has switched to an alternative paper made by Wisconsin-based Appvion Inc. That paper uses a vitamin C formulation in place of phenols like BPA or BPS. And, as library spokesman Shawn Cunningham points out, The paper’s yellow tone…
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  • 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…
  • Barnes & Noble’s Dirty Little Secret: Author Solutions and Nook Press

    David Gaughran
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:06 am
    Nook Press – Barnes & Noble’s self-publishing platform – launched a selection of author services last October including editing, cover design, and (limited) print-on-demand. Immediate speculation surrounded who exactly was providing these services, with many – including Nate Hoffelder, Passive Guy, and myself – speculating it could be Author Solutions. However, there was no proof. Until now. A source at Penguin Random House has provided me with a document which shows that Author Solutions is secretly operating Nook Press Author Services. The following screenshot is taken…
  • How To Win Sales And Influence Algorithms

    David Gaughran
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    Matt Iden & Nick Stephenson two crime/thriller writers who have been working together to increase their promotion and marketing range since June 2014 I’m hosting a discussion today between two authors who are using creative ways to share audiences, something which has the happy side-effect of increasing their respective sales. As I said on Thursday, I think creative forms of collaboration – especially in terms of marketing strategies – are going to be big this year. Traditionally published authors may have to compete with each other ways that may not be…
  • Round Up: Audiobook Release, BookBub in Canada & Amazon Launches Ad Service

    David Gaughran
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:03 pm
    I have finally returned to work after an extended period back in Ireland over Christmas – which was wonderful – and then a spell with a virus which was considerably less so. I was mostly unplugged from the internet over the last while, but I hope it’s not too late to wish you all the best for 2015. This is a quick catch-up post on some recent bits and bobs. Normal blogging service will resume tomorrow with a very useful guest post from two authors exploring some alternative marketing strategies with excellent results. First up is the release of the audiobook edition of Let’s Get…
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  • People on the Move

    FOLIO: Magazine Staff
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:33 pm
    As more and more candidates enter the 2016 presidential race, the media is doing its best to keep up, building out political teams accordingly. Bloomberg, National Journal, The Huffington Post and Refinery29, are a few of the outlets that have added to their political coverage in recent weeks. CNN just hired 40 new political reporters to bolster its digital and TV efforts. This week, TIME and New York joined the frey. Philip Elliott will join TIME as a Washington correspondent to cover the 2016 campaign. As a national politics reporter at The Associated Press, Elliott has covered nearly every…
  • Past, Present, Future: Behind the Launch of Rodale’s Organic Life

    Michael Rondon
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Rodale’s Organic Life hit newsstands last week as one of this year’s most anticipated launches. The title, a reformulation of former flagship brand, Organic Gardening, is aiming at what it thinks is an underserved, eco-conscious audience, at a scale unprecedented in the segment. Here, Folio: talks with the magazine’s editor-in-chief, James Oseland, and publisher, Ellen Carucci, about it’s connection to the past and some of the choices they’ve made in development. … Folio: You’ve been branding Rodale’s Organic Life as a lifestyle brand, but the…
  • Google’s Update Doesn’t Spell Doom

    FOLIO: Magazine Staff
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:33 pm
    [Sponsored Content] While early reports allege even sites for popular brands like M&Ms and Microsoft will be affected, not all content is created equally, and some may find this update will work in their favor.   The post Google’s Update Doesn’t Spell Doom appeared first on Folio:.
  • Digital Ad Revenues Up 16 Percent in 2014

    Kelsey Lundstrom
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:58 am
    U.S. digital advertising revenues reached a record-breaking $49.5 billion in 2014, a 16-percent increase over prior year, according to the Internet Advertising Revenue Report released by IAB on Wednesday. Highlights included mobile ad revenue, which saw a 76 percent increase, and digital video, a component of display-related advertising, which rose 17 percent. Mobile and digital video were the two largest growing ad formats contributing to the overall uptick. The high double-digit growth in mobile advertising “is a reflection of the continued shift in consumer behavior away from desktop…
  • Bryan Welch Steps Down as CEO of Ogden Publications

    Michael Rondon
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Ogden Publications has a new CEO for the first time in 19 years, its former chief exec Bryan Welch announced Wednesday. Bill Uhler will take over as head of Ogden, a nine-title niche consumer publisher for the sustainable living and farming communities, after working at the company since 2004, including the last eight years as general manager. “Bill had been my second in command here for eight years,” Welch says. “Both I and the Nutting family [owner’s of Ogden Publications] trust him and are very confident in his abilities. Bill seemed like an obvious choice [for…
 
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  • Orange County Self-Publishers and Indie Authors, Join Our Meetup

    Flora
    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 http://www.meetup.com/OC-Self-Publishers-and-Indie-Authors-on-the-Move/ 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

    Flora
    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…
  • Self-Published Authors: Technology Tips and Tools to Increase Your Visibility

    Flora
    7 Mar 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Self-published authors,  have you uttered this sad tale: I have a garage full of books. How do I sell them? If so, you made the mistake similar to planning a party, but forgetting to send out the invitations. Potential readers must know you exist before they can buy your book. Too many authors groan that they didn’t sign on to be salesmen, but without making yourself and your book visible, you stand almost no chance of selling any books. Help is on the way. Here are 6 articles and one free webinar to help you come out of hiding so you can enjoy the book sales you deserve. Free Webinar…
  • Write, Pitch, and Market Your Book–from March 2-6, 2015

    Flora
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:58 pm
    Writers greet me after I spoke to California Writers Club of Long Beach, CA Writers love helping one another. Here are ideas to help you write,  pitch, and market your book from blogs this week. Samantha Fountain at Where Writers Win New Launch of WriterPitch There’s not another industry that has a community that takes care of each other the way writers do. Everywhere you turn there’s a helping hand extended. I want to be one of those helping hands. WriterPitch.com was built on the belief that we’re all in this together and writers and agents alike are looking for their “Perfect…
  • Seven Tips For Spring Cleaning Your Way to Your Writing Goals

    Flora
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Copyright: / 123RF Stock Photo As winter eases into spring, it’s traditional to clean a house thoroughly from top to bottom. For those who live in cold climates, it helps get rid of the winter blues. For everyone it is a time for decluttering, organizing, and maintaining your home for another year. Whether you engage in this annual tradition or not, you must agree it can clear not just the cobwebs in your house, but lighten your mood, brighten your outlook, and boost your well-being. But why stop at spring cleaning your home. As an author, this is a good time to spring clean your way to…
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    Writer Beware

  • Finding Authors: The Importance of Establishing an Online Licensing System for Copyrighted Works

    23 Apr 2015 | 11:14 am
    Posted by Michael Capobianco for Writer BewareThe U. S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently held a public meeting on “Facilitating the Development of the Online Licensing Environment for Copyrighted Works.” The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the National Writers Union, and the American Society of Authors and Journalists submitted a paper for consideration listing what, in our estimation, are the points that any online licensing system must recognize if it is to be effective.“Discoverability” is a key component of any such system, which requires not only that…
  • Warning: Raider Publishing International

    16 Apr 2015 | 9:39 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareIn 2012, I posted a warning about Raider Publishing International. Founded by former (and disgruntled) PublishAmerica author Adam Salviani, and presenting itself as an independent publisher, Raider is basically a self-publishing service in the Author Solutions mold, with some added (and highly dubious) bells and whistles.Raider began to become a problem in 2012, with mounting author complaints. Here's what I wrote at the time:Over the past few months, I've begun receiving a steady trickle of complaints about Raider, where before I only received…
  • Amazon Takes On Fake Review Services

    13 Apr 2015 | 10:50 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware The actual impact of four- and five-star reviews on Amazon and other retailers' websites is a matter of ongoing debate, but their perceived importance is not.Which explains why, if those reviews aren't accumulating on their own, there's a quick fix--as long as you're willing to hold your nose and open your wallet. Throw a virtual rock these days, and you'll probably hit a service that, for as little as five dollars, will create a glowing review of your product and post it online--even if the reviewer has never used or even looked at your…
  • The Strange and Twisted Tale of Peter Senese, Serial Con Man

    9 Apr 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareOn March 31, 2014, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York and the New York field office of the FBI announced charges against Peter Thomas Senese, founder and director of the I CARE Foundation, which billed itself as a group combating the crime of parental child abduction. From the press release:Since at least 2013, SENESE allegedly defrauded parents whose children were victims of international abduction by falsely representing that he, working with the worldwide resources of I CARE, could rescue their children and return to them to…
  • Naughty-No-No! E-reading App Keeps Young Minds Pristine

    1 Apr 2015 | 9:10 am
    Posted by Michael Capobianco for Writer Beware If you follow publishing news, you're probably aware of the recent controversy over Clean Reader, a reading app that scrubs ebooks clean of curse words and profanity.Now, in a step toward the future of interactive digital media, bold start-up Inkadinkadu has partnered with a number of major ebook distributors to produce and distribute a new reading app, called Naughty-No-No!. Starting where censorship app Clean Reader leaves off, Naughty-No-No! allows readers to make any ebook capable of being read and enjoyed by pre-schoolers down to the age of…
 
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  • Daily Deals: Spies, Detectives, Firefighters, and Doctors

    Jane
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Seven Nights With A Pirate by Christina Skye. $ .99 From the Jacket Copy: A DANGEROUS GAME… Driven to redeem her father’s monstrous debts, Tess Leighton strikes a deadly bargain. Though gently bred, she dons a mask and cloak by night, running contraband brandy and silks across the sands of Romney Marsh — the Romney Fox only a step ahead of government agents determined to see her dead. SMUGGLER OR SPY? After crucial military secrets are captured enroute to Napoleon, London sends its toughest agent to trap the Fox. Viscount Ravenhurst is determined to stop a spy. But after one…
  • REVIEW: The Shameless Hour by Sarina Bowen

    Janine
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dear Ms. Bowen, Readers of The Understatement of the Year met Bella in that book. Bella is a senior at Harkness College and team manager for the school’s hockey team. Bella has also slept with several members of the hockey team. What I loved about Bella in The Understatement of the Year was how totally unabashed she was about sex. She was totally at home in her own skin and when the hockey player she’d been seriously crushing on (and occasionally hooking up with) turned out to be in love with one of his teammates, my heart broke for her. The Shameless Hour introduces us to Rafe, a…
  • First Page: unpublished manuscript (New Adult)

    Jane
    25 Apr 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 queue. “She fucking hates me.” Alley sat there staring in disbelief at the grade for her philosophy paper. This was the third time she had received a D. She was definitely going to fail this class. “Who hates you now?” asked Brianna, popping her fully primped head in from the bathroom…
  • Daily Deals: A highly regarded urban fantasy, a couple of romances, and a mystery–of sorts

    Jane
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe. $ 2.99 From the Jacket Copy: Named one of the Best Fiction Books of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews, The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe is an enchanting tale of music and magic older than the hills. . . . No one knows where the Tufa came from, or how they ended up in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. Enigmatic and suspicious of outsiders, the Tufa live quiet lives in the hills and valleys of Cloud County. While their origins may be a mystery, there are hints of their true nature buried in the songs they have passed down for generations. Bronwyn Hyatt, a…
  • REVIEW: The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

    Kati
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Dear Fug Girls: I’ll be honest, I love you guys. I read your website religiously, and look forward to any awards related ceremony for your hilarious fashion commentary. All that being said, I’d have read this book even if it hadn’t been by you. I’ve been a Royals watcher since Lady Di and Charles and have always had a really warm spot in my heart for all things Windsor. So the premise of your book, an American girl falling in love with the heir to the British throne, is right up my alley. Rebecca Porter has decided to take a year abroad. She thinks of herself as the…
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    TNBBC's The Next Best Book Blog

  • The Audio Series: Hosho McCreesh

    23 Apr 2015 | 3:53 am
    Our audio series "The Authors Read. We Listen."  was hatched in a NYC club during BEA back in 2012. It's a fun little series, where authors record themselves reading an excerpt from their own novels, in their own voices, the way their stories were meant to be heard.Today, Hosho McCreesh reads excerpts from his poetry collection A Deep and Gorgeous Thirst. Hosho is currently writing & painting in the gypsum & caliche badlands of  the American Southwest. His work has appeared widely in print, audio, & online.Click on the soundcloud image to listen to Hosho…
  • Book Review: From Here

    22 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Read 4/12/15 - 4/15/154 Stars - Highly Recommended to fans of short stories full of disappointment and unfulfilled dreamsPages: 265Publisher: AqueousReleased: 2014As I read Jen Michalski's From Here, I became aware of an overwhelming urge to find her and hug her. To just pull her head to my chest, pat her hair, and squeeze her until all of the sadness in her stories has been replaced with playful puppy dogs, rainbows, and happily ever afters.Her stories are like a never ending parade of subtle suffering. In them, she forces her characters to live with their loneliness. She traps them in…
  • Poetry for the Masses - Our Celebration of National Poetry Month

    21 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    April is National Poetry Month and we here at TNBBC wanted to take a moment to add our praise and appreciation towards poets and poetry. Whether you are into the classics or prefer more modern and contemporary forms, you're bound to find a few new poets to fall in love with after checking out who we've been reading and admiring! What Drew's Into: So I was never much of a poetry guy. Love me some Shakespeare, of course - but beyond that, it was pretty much Billy Collins and Seamus Heaney.  In fact, Heaney was my stated favorite poet until early this year when I read Saeed Jones'…
  • Page 69: Fram

    20 Apr 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 Steve Himmer's Fram to the test...OK, Steve, set up page 69 for us.At this point in the novel, our protagonist Oscar has returned home from work…
  • Kate reviews: The Devil's Workshop

    16 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    The Devil’s Workshop by Jáchym Topol (translated by Alex Zucker)4 stars - Highly Recommended by KatePages: 166Publisher: Portobello BooksReleased: 2013Guest review by Kate VaneThis novel by Czech writer Jáchym Topol is a dark satire which asks troubling questions on what we should remember and what we should forget.The unnamed narrator grows up in Terezn, a town which houses a Medieval fortress and a former Nazi prison. His father is a military bandsman, his mother a survivor of the prison, as are most of the people of the town. The narrator grows up, in a mockery of a pastoral idyll,…
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    AuthorCulture

  • Book Review - Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield

    Jimmie Kepler
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:30 pm
    I first heard of the book “How to Turn Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life's Work,” by Steven Pressfield while listening to Joanna Penn on “The Creative Penn” podcast.  She seemed to mention the book every few months. Curiosity had the best of me. I located it up on Amazon.com. One-click later I had a charge for its purchase on my credit card and the e-book downloaded to my Kindle.Steven Pressfield’s name registered with me as the author of the novel “The Legend of Bagger Vance” and the non-fiction book “The War of Art.”  Maybe it was the book’s…
  • Rising Above the Sewage

    Deborah Dee Harper
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:30 pm
    How does a writer rise above the sewage swirling all around her? I'm not talking about less-than-stellar writing, books that just plain stink (but somehow manage to get published anyway), or the problems of daily life that plague us like... well, a plague.I'm talking about sewage. Yeah, that kind of sewage.A mere 18 hours after moving into our new-construction, never-before-lived-in apartment, we awoke to a geyser of sewage emanating from the toilet adjoining my bedroom. As the bacteria-laden flood engulfed most of the apartment, we went from owning several nice pieces of furniture…
  • Thoughts on Balancing a Day Job, Family, and the Writing Life

    Jimmie Kepler
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Do you need twenty-seven hours in your day to do everything? Sorry, I can’t give your day extra hours. What I can provide are some of the lessons I’ve learned and techniques I employ to make the best use of my time.Maybe like a current television commercial’s characters you are stupid rich. That is where you can pay someone to handle your pitches, contract negotiations, research, reporting, editing, billing, collections, Twitter, Facebook, and personal website. Stupid rich allows you just to write. If you are stupid rich, this article isn’t for you. However, if you don’t have a…
  • The God Hater, by Bill Myers

    Linda Yezak
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:15 am
    Bill Myers wrote the quintessential novel involving Christian apologetics, wrapped in a compelling plot and peopled with lively characters.Travis Mackenzie has developed an amazing computer program that tests the different socio-economic philosophies on a tribe of realistic on-screen personalities. The primary of these "people," Alpha, was developed by replicating the personality and the emotional and mental patterns of Travis's dead nephew. Travis brings each system to its ultimate, logical conclusion, which always results in the society's self-destruction. Finally giving up on…
  • I'm Not a Quitter -- Honest!

    Liberty Speidel
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    This post originally was published at LibertySpeidel.com on 8/6/2012.Being a writer means making lots of choices. Why did Uncle Melvin kill off Cousin Carl? How will Detective Haskins discover the killer? Why did Sarah run off with Luigi? And on and on...One of the toughest things about being a writer is knowing when to quit. Not necessarily for the day, but when is the story done. Or when it's not done, and there's nothing you can do at this point in your life to make it done.by Astroboy_71I'm facing one of those times right now.For the last 6 1/2 years, I've been working on a novel…
 
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    Seekerville

  • The Weekend Edition

    24 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    I absolutely love the rain!Why? Because: It's romanticRain is cozy.I am reminded of this John Michael Montgomery song.Dancing in the rain is the most wonderful thing.Sleeping in when it's raining is bliss.I love the sound of rain.I love the smell of rain.It's cleansing.What about you? Do you love the rain?We Have Winners  Giveaway rules can be found here. Please drop us a line to claim your giveaway at seekers@seekerville.net. 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…
  • Adding a Little Bling!

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    with guest Sandie BrickerI’m not sure where I heard the story for the first time … or if I dreamed it up in my own head as a kid … but for as long as I can remember, I’ve believed that each of us had something whispered in our ear at the time of creation; something uniquely personal that determines our God-given destiny. For many of us here in Seekerville, we likely heard, “Writer.”I’d published a dozen books by the time I realized every writer doesn’t necessarily have a gift for editing as well. It always came naturally to me. A misplaced comma, a misspelled word, continuity…
  • Anatomy of an Edit

    22 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    with guest Melanie Dickerson.Before I was published, editors seemed to be these mysterious beings who held sacred knowledge about writing and story and revision. I could hardly wait until I had my very own editor to glean from, someone who would love my story as I did and would help make it even better.Now that I’m published, I haven’t changed my beliefs about editors very much, because from my (albeit limited) experience, they truly do have amazing abilities when it comes to seeing a story as a whole—the forest AND the trees—and knowing what would help to make it better.But lately…
  • Romancing Your Readers Like a Romantic Comedy

    21 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    with guest Karen Fleming.Hi everyone. It’s so great to be back visiting the Seekers, Villagers, and all you wonderful readers. Thank you for inviting me to blog today.This post is tailored to writers but readers and any lovers of romantic comedies can relate to our discussion. My favorite movies, the ones where I own the DVD but I still watch them when they’re on television, are romantic comedies. You’ve Got Mail, While You Were Sleeping, The Wedding Date, 27 Dresses, Maid of Honor, Charade, An Affair to Remember, and Sleepless in Seattle. If it’s about a romance, I’ve probably seen…
  • Tips to Take Your Dialogue to the Next Level

    20 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
              By guest blogger Melissa TaggIf you asked me about my faaaavorite part of writing a book, I’d tell you it’s the part when that first shiny copy arrives on your doorstep and you hold it up in the air like Mufasa displaying Simba at the edge of a cliff in Africa…Wait, nobody else does that?But one of my other favorite parts—which doesn’trequire a “Circle of Life” singalong—is writing dialogue. My name is Melissa Tagg. And I. Love. Dialogue.I've heard awesome author Rachel Hauck give the wise advice to “tell the story between the…
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    Roger Packer

  • 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…
  • How to make your website mobile-friendly

    Roger Packer
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:52 am
    Are you getting Google-slapped? If you’re an author or a publisher with a website, the chances are that the search giant is shaping up to slap down your site because it doesn’t display well on mobile devices. Google did give advance warning of the mobile-friendly update, with a notice in February declaring it would be boosting the ranking of mobile-friendly pages on mobile search results, and the change was brought in this week. It says the aim is for searchers to get high-quality and relevant results where text is readable without tapping or zooming, tap targets are spaced…
  • Lend me your ears — Scribd picks up Penguin audiobook subscriptions

    Roger Packer
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:09 am
    Scribd’s new deal with Penguin Random House to add 9,000 audiobooks to its subscription service includes current bestseller The Girl On The Train and other recent books rather than only backlist titles. For instance, the initial selection also features newly published The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro, Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum, and Funny Girl by Nick Hornby, published in November 2014, as well as having the massive attraction of George R R Martin’s Game of Thrones. The $8.99 monthly subscription for Scribd covers over one million ebooks, audiobooks, and comics. The…
  • London Book Fair 2015 — A classic return to Olympia

    Roger Packer
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:49 am
    The London Book Fair 2015 made its return to its traditional venue of Olympia this week and it looked very much at home there in the April sunlight. Moving is always stressful but the organisers, Reed Exhibitions, didn’t have too much choice when it came to switching venue as the LBF’s home for the past decade has been Earls Court, also in West London, which is now closed and scheduled to be demolished to make way for a massive redevelopment. The choice was either nearby Olympia or one of the East London conference halls, such as Excel, which proved to be so unpopular when the…
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    Enago Blog: Scientific Publication Help

  • How to Select a Research Topic?

    William Stevenson
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:16 am
    BEING NERVOUS IS A GOOD THING Whether you’re selecting a topic for a doctoral thesis that will occupy the next several years of your life, or selecting a topic for a research paper, being nervous about the importance of the choice you’re about to make is a good thing – it will force you to give the decision the attention it deserves. START WITH YOU Before you leap into potential research topics, it’s critical that you give some thought to yourself and your unique characteristics as an academic researcher – especially if you are looking for your doctoral thesis topic: Are you…
  • 7 Favorite Academic Writing Tips from 7 Former Grad Students

    William Stevenson
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:49 am
    Let’s be honest: for most of us, writing is difficult and the challenge is slightly different for each of us. Some people get caught up in the exact way to phrase something. Others get distracted by thinking about other parts of the chapter or paper while trying to craft a page. And for some people, writing is just plain old hard. What follows is a list of 7 tips from 7 different former grad students (they’re all Ph.D.s now!). 1. Give yourself a daily quota of pages or words to write or write for a minimum amount of time every day, at the same time every day.… Continue…
  • Non-Academic Careers for Academics

    William Stevenson
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:44 am
    Have you ever thought about a career outside of academia? Maybe you’re in a field where it’s relatively common to do so. But even if you’re not, the academic job market has been so tight for the last few years that many doctoral students are looking for other types of employment in case their plan to get a tenure track job doesn’t work out. For many people, this is not only a scary choice, but a baffling one: what are these jobs, where do you look for them, and how do you get one? 1. University Management / Upper-Level Staff A number of people I know opted to go straight into…
  • ORCID vs. ISNI: Is There Room For Both?

    William Stevenson
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:58 am
    The case for Unique Identifiers The need for unambiguous identification of authorship goes beyond simply avoiding the problem of how many ‘John Smiths’ there are in the world. Unique identification of authorship also facilitates accurate assignment of rights, payment of royalties, and sharing of content among diverse databases. Trade identification systems for books (International Standard Book Number – ISBN) and Journals (International Standard Serial Number – ISSN) have set the standard for supply chain management of published materials.… Continue ReadingRelated…
  • Our Papers Our Way

    William Stevenson
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:17 am
    MUSIC TO OUR EARS Ask academic researchers about their biggest frustration in getting their papers published, and the issue of different formatting requirements for different journals will probably show up in the top two or three. Having to take time away from their research and teaching obligations to develop a reasonable level of competence in APA, MLA, or CMOS is widely perceived as a burden. In some instances, a specific discipline can have two journals with different preferred citation styles, which doubles that burden. Unless the institution has an in-house formatting and citation…
 
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    Publishthings

  • The Last Treasure Hunt #treasurehunt

    Laura Jones
    8 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    Here’s clue 10 of the online #treasurehunt for Jane Alexander’s The Last Treasure Hunt… English ladies abroad came here For afternoon tea and culture Banned by ‘The Duke’ from their favourite spot? This must be war… Hint: #Florence (just like my middle name!) How the hunt works: • Each clue refers to a landmark or iconic […]
  • The Last Days of Disco – David F. Ross (Review)

    Laura Jones
    13 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    I have a feeling I may be approaching this particular title from a slightly different perspective to many of its readers. Set in the ’80s with a thoroughly ’80s soundtrack The Last Days of Disco is a jaunt down musical memory lane for many who loved and loathed the era; discos, Thatcher and all. Being […]
  • 2014 Round Up – Flash Reviews

    Laura Jones
    31 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Last year I read 34 books. This year, a measly 17. (I’m not counting Saraband books, which would probably bump it up to 25 or so, but I feel I can’t count them, conflict of interests and all that) Oh well. I tried. So here’s them annual flash reviews! 1. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury […]
  • Any Other Mouth – Anneliese Mackintosh (Review)

    Laura Jones
    30 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Goddamn you, Anneliese. Goddamn your skills. You’ve interweaved numerous ‘short stories’ into such a slick narrative that I’m currently questioning the very genre of short stories. I’ve never read anything quite like this. I was fully prepared to spout off about how, really, Any Other Mouth is a well constructed novel of well crafted chapters with seemingly erratic […]
  • Top 5 books of 2014

    Laura Jones
    29 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    It’s that time of year again when I look back at what I read in 2014 and bleat on about the top 5. I really read a pitiful amount this year but luckily of the few I read, most were remarkable. And I am delighted to observe that 4/5 of the authors are women. In […]
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    Nostrovia! Tavern

  • Traveling Bookstore Relaunch

    Jeremiah Walton
    19 Apr 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Books & Shovels, Nostrovia!’s traveling pop-up bookstore, launched at the 2014 NYC Poetry Festival.  From NYC, we made way through New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado.  In Kansas, the road swung a nice little sucker punch at us. Lawrence, K.S., is… Read More
  • Nostrovia! Poetry’s 2015 Chapbook Contest: TEN FINALISTS

    Christopher Morgan
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:45 am
    GREETINGS, FRIENDS! Jeremiah and I have been reading and rereading these last three weeks, discussing your manuscripts! It’s incredibly clear that our community really trusts what we’re doing at Nostrovia! Poetry, as so many of you submitted an incredible mix of work we’d never seen before! By… Read More
  • Nostrovia! Poetry’s 2015 Chapbook Contest: Initial Results!

    Christopher Morgan
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:11 am
    Greetings, friends and fellow writers! First of all, Jeremiah and I have been *floored* by your stream of submissions–in just 48 hours we received 79 chapbooks! Though we were already thrilled to have ~30 submissions by the end of Monday, we didn’t expect to receive another 50… Read More
  • Nostrovia! Poetry’s 2015 Chapbook Contest: Submissions Have Opened!

    Christopher Morgan
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:40 am
    Hi Everyone! Jeremiah and I are thrilled to announce that the floodgates have opened for Nostrovia! Poetry’s 2015 Chapbook Contest!  It is free to submit your manuscripts for print publication + debut at the 2015 NYC Poetry Festival, where you will have the option to… Read More
  • Nostrovia! Poetry’s 2015 Chapbook Contest

    Christopher Morgan
    15 Mar 2015 | 9:43 pm
    Jeremiah Walton and I are thrilled to announce Nostrovia! Poetry’s first ever chapbook contest! We know so many talented writers are looking for the proper place to send their work, and we want to help publish and promote you! With that in mind, we’re going… Read More
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    The Publishing Profits Podcast Show | Writing, Marketing, Traditional and Self Publishing for Authors and Entrepreneurs

  • 051: How to Podcast Like a Pro and Reach Millions With Your Message with Daniel J. Lewis

    tom@tckpublishing.com (Tom Corson-Knowles, Bestselling Author of Secrets of the Six-Figure Author, Founder of TCK Publishing, Destroyer of Publishing and Marketing Myths)
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Over 25% of Americans listened to a podcast show in the past week. Are they listening to you? Daniel J. Lewis is an award-winning podcaster. He helps others launch and improve their own podcasts for sharing their message and succeeding in business. He’s the founder of The Audacity to Podcast. In today’s show, Daniel shares some amazing tips on how to create, produce, grow and monetize a podcast show and get your message out to millions of listeners all over the world. Here are a few of the awesome idea Daniel shares in the interview: How Daniel started his first podcast in 2007…
  • 050: Mastering the Craft of Writing with Historical Romance Novelist Deanne Gist

    tom@tckpublishing.com (Tom Corson-Knowles, Bestselling Author of Secrets of the Six-Figure Author, Founder of TCK Publishing, Destroyer of Publishing and Marketing Myths)
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:12 am
    Deanne Gist has rocketed up the bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere with her original, fun historical novels. She has received four RITA nominations, two consecutive Christy Awards and rave reviews her books. With three-quarters of a million trade books sold, her awards include National Readers’ Choice, Book Buyers’ Best, Golden Quill, Books*A*Million Pick of the Month, Romantic Times Pick of the Month, Award of Excellence, and Laurel Wreath. In today’s show, Deanne shares her inspiring story of overcoming rejection and becoming a bestselling traditionally published…
  • 049: Become an Idea Master – How to Model Successful Authors, Entrepreneurs and Publishers with David Favor

    tom@tckpublishing.com (Tom Corson-Knowles, Bestselling Author of Secrets of the Six-Figure Author, Founder of TCK Publishing, Destroyer of Publishing and Marketing Myths)
    4 Apr 2015 | 9:38 pm
    In today’s show, David Favor and Tom Corson-Knowles talk about great ideas – how to find them, model them, and use them to transform your life and your career. Here are just a few of the things we talk about on the show: How to skyrocket your learning speed and achieve your goals faster by modeling successful people. Why Kindle is the major market for books today, and why you better focus your marketing efforts on promoting your Kindle eBooks on Amazon. Some awesome tips for self publishing, managing your book listings and more. How to contact Amazon support to help you solve…
  • 048: How to Create a Lifestyle Business and Live Your Dream Life with Tyler Basu

    tom@tckpublishing.com (Tom Corson-Knowles, Bestselling Author of Secrets of the Six-Figure Author, Founder of TCK Publishing, Destroyer of Publishing and Marketing Myths)
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:35 pm
    Tyler Basu is the bestselling author of several books including Lifestyle Business Blueprint. He is the founder and host of the Chatting With Champions podcast and a sought-after consultant. At a young age, Tyler read Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and that book inspired him to start a business and learn how to become a successful entrepreneur. Tyler became a serious student of personal development and a seminar junkie, attending numerous seminars including Peak Potentials’ Millionaire Mind Intensive. His mentors also included Jim Rohn and Tony Robbins. Tyler decided to start in…
  • 047: How Writing Can Heal Trauma, Abuse and Emotional Pain with Elizabeth Garrison

    tom@tckpublishing.com (Tom Corson-Knowles, Bestselling Author of Secrets of the Six-Figure Author, Founder of TCK Publishing, Destroyer of Publishing and Marketing Myths)
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:17 am
    Elizabeth Garrison is the #1 Amazon bestselling author of Wounds of the Father: A True Story of Child Abuse, Betrayal, and Redemption. Growing up, Lizzie suffered from physical, emotional and sexual abuse, drug and alcohol addiction, and overwhelming feelings of shame and low self confidence. In today’s show, Lizzie shares her inspiring story along with some words of wisdom for writers and all people to heal, recover from trauma and live a meaningful life. Here a just a few of the amazing things we talk about on the show today: How writing can help you heal from trauma, past hurts and…
 
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    The Proof Angel

  • Sharing notes on Kindle

    The Proof Angel
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:32 am
    The highlighting and notes features of Kindles are very useful. But what if you want to share what you have found with a friend, or make a note about it elsewhere? Here are three ways to do the job. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Bits & bobs Tagged: highlights, kindle, notes, Sharing
  • Some statistics about publishing

    The Proof Angel
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:55 am
    Here are some interesting statistics about the publishing business. It is interesting to see how the number of books published has changed over the years. That will be partly down to technology, but other factors will influence it as well. I wonder  how the number of books published correlates to the population size? Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Bits & bobs Tagged: Publishing
  • Publication opportunities for writers in May and June

    The Proof Angel
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:44 am
    Here is the latest list of publications opportunities. Once again, several have deadlines in early May, with half a dozen or so on 1st May. And for the poets among us, there is also The London Magazine Poetry Competition. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: opportunities for authors, opportunities for writers, publication opportunities
  • Be a successful writer!

    The Proof Angel
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:22 am
    Here is a collection of posts encouraging you to be a successful writer: 10 key questions that can determine your success as a writer. 8 secrets that writer’s won’t tell you. The Beautiful Agony of Writing. The Yes Manifesto. Use life’s hardships to make yourself a better writer. Why You Shouldn’t Be A Writer. Why You Should Be A Writer. The surprising truth about successful writers. Writing through the distractions of life. Do writers have superstitions? Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: Writers Resources
  • Troubleshooting macros in Word

    The Proof Angel
    21 Apr 2015 | 2:40 am
    Macros can be a huge time saver. They carry out repetitive processes without human intervention. This is good because it eliminates the errors we make when we are bored or tired, and our brains switch off. On the other hand, if the macro doesn’t have the result we expected, it can cause problems. Sometimes we don’t notice those problems until it is too late. So it is useful to know how to troubleshoot macros in Word. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Writing resources Tagged: word
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    The Passive Voice - Latest Updates

  • How Much Time Is Enough Time For Reading?

    PG
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    From BookRiot: The other day I was waiting for the bus and I found myself doing what I call “booktime math”: checking the transit schedule and quickly calculating do I have enough time to start reading? Or should I just goof around on Twitter?  It got me thinking about what I consider “enough time” to read, or more specifically, enough time to crack open the book I’m currently reading. My ideal amount of reading time, of course, would be hours. Some of my fondest memories of my childhood are hunkering down with a book early on a Saturday afternoon and eventually looking up from it…
  • I cannot overemphasize the importance of good grammar

    PG
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    I cannot overemphasize the importance of good grammar. What a crock. I could easily overemphasize the importance of good grammar. For example, I could say: “Bad grammar is the leading cause of slow, painful death in North America,” or “Without good grammar, the United States would have lost World War II.” Dave Barry
  • How to Spot a Rights Grab

    PG
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:27 am
    From The Book Designer: Writers see the warnings all the time. Watch out for rights grabs, those contracts that transfer all rights to the writer’s work to some less-than-reputable publisher or self-publishing company. Without realizing it, the writer has given away the right to publish his or her book in print, ebook, audio, app, and all future formats, in all languages, worldwide, for the life of the copyright. Heartbreaking. The answer, of course, is read the contract before your hit Submit. Daunting? Not if you know where to look. Instead of starting at the beginning of the contract, go…
  • Facebook Tweaks News Feed Algorithm

    PG
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    From Tech Times: With news like mobilegeddon, Facebook has been able to fly relatively under the radar with some changes that it recently made to its News Feed algorithm. Despite this, some are now labeling Facebook’s new changes “Contentgeddon.” These changes essentially target the relevance of certain posts by publishers and content providers, basically meaning that posts from these companies likely won’t be seen by as many people. “The goal of News Feed is to show you the content that matters to you. This means we need to give you the right mix of updates from…
  • In Which I Review My Own Book for Potential Legal Issues

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    25 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    From intellectual property attorney Marc Whipple: So, first, to get it over with: I wrote a book. It’s called My Mother Had Me Tested! and it’s a collection of funny mad science/geek-related short stories. ISSUE THREE: REFERENCE TO TRADEMARKED GOODS In one scene, there is a reference to “The Clapper,” which is a gizmo that allows you to switch electrical devices on and off by clapping your hands. “Clapper” is a registered trademark (USPTO Reg. No 1428261) used to identify acoustically operated switches. Just to make things fun, it’s not a particularly flattering reference (a…
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    All Indie Writers » Indie Publishing

  • Use Ancillary Products to Promote Your Book (and Earn More Money)

    Jennifer Mattern
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:35 am
    Are you earning as much as you want to from your indie published books? Many authors aren't happy with their sluggish sales. And when they come to me with marketing questions hoping to improve their situation, I often ask two questions: What does your marketing plan include? What other revenue streams have you set up around your book's brand? If you're still working on your book marketing plan, I suggest starting with these posts from the archives: Book Marketing Plan Basics Free Book Marketing Plan Outline Book Marketing Timeline: From Pre-Launch to Post-Launch 71 Tools and Tactics for…
  • Weekend Reading: Revising Your Manuscript

    Jennifer Mattern
    19 Apr 2015 | 1:40 pm
    I love first drafts. I love creating something new. Revising them into a second draft? Not so much. Or at least that's the case with longer manuscripts. That first round of revisions is the most challenging (and the most frustrating) for me. But it has to be done. So it ends up taking longer than I'd like. Do you ever struggle with the self-revision process, either before submitting your manuscript to publishers or before bringing in the editor you've hired to help you tighten things up? If so, this week's post in the "weekend reading" series is for you. We'll look at three posts on…
  • What Makes a Good Story?

    Jennifer Mattern
    18 Apr 2015 | 12:32 pm
    For this weekend's short share, I wanted to feature an infographic that applies to authors and copywriters alike: What Really Makes a Good Story? from Tom Albrighton at ABCCopywriting.com. Credit: Tom Albrighton, http://www.ABCCopywriting.com/caption   Check out the original discussion or leave a comment to tell me what you think. Are there other vital elements to a good story? Do you disagree with anything in the infographic?
  • Show Off Your Manuscript and Book Marketing Plan in the Publish or Perish Writing Contest

    Jennifer Mattern
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:56 pm
    Let me say up front that I'm not a fan of writing contests. You will almost never see me promote them. Yet I'm going to share one with you today. I'm not being paid to promote it. I have no ties to the company running it other than the fact that they emailed me a copy of their press release. I'm simply letting you know about it -- the Publish or Perish writing contest from Brigantine Media -- because it has an interesting angle that caught my attention. That angle is the fact that the contest doesn't rely solely on your manuscript. It equally revolves around your book marketing plan. And…
  • Is AutoCrit a Good Fit for Indie Authors? (Review)

    Jennifer Mattern
    4 Apr 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Some authors love the revision process. Some, not so much. I fall in the latter group. But if there's one thing I dislike more than working on revisions, it's the idea of automating the process with software. Revisions aren't only about spelling and grammar. They're also about improving the flow of a story and making better word choices, even if your original is technically correct. I have to admit I was skeptical when someone from AutoCrit contacted me asking if I'd like to review their online editing tool for authors. (Full disclosure: AutoCrit set me up with a free test account to try…
 
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    Helen Sedwick

  • Sources of Public Domain Lyrics

    Helen Sedwick
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:57 pm
    My recent post on Joel Friedlander’s TheBookDesigner.com 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…
  • What do Shakespeare and Jane Austen have in common?

    Helen Sedwick
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Their works have spawned countless remakes and retellings. Stately manor houses have been transformed into zombies hideouts. Characters have been transported to New York tenements. Star Trek’s Klingons recite Hamlet’s soliloquies. And since Shakespeare and Austen’s works are in the public domain, all of these remakes are legal. Books, settings, characters, and stories in the public domain are a rich source of material for writers, as they should be. When a classic tale is retold, writers explore timeless yearnings and connect us to our past. West Side Story remains as tragic as Romeo…
  • Think Like a Publisher (and Release Your Inner Badass)

    Helen Sedwick
    4 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    I see this all too often. A writer wants to self-publish without being a publisher. She hands off her manuscript to a company like AuthorHouse, IUniverse or WestBow Press without doing any homework. She doesn’t even research the company’s reputation until she realizes she’s made a mistake. He buys a template cover, then discovers five other books that look just like his. She doesn’t understand a contract, but signs it anyway, assuming it can’t be changed. He is talked into buying videos, blog tours, and banner ads without considering whether they will increase sales enough to…
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    Ajoobacats Blog

  • Advance Book Review: Woman Without Fear by J.P. Touzeau

    ajoobacats
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Trinity Silverman is a successful career woman , who is in Las Vegas to give presentations for her company. Trinity has always been wracked with anxiety and a sleepless night at the Charlie Palmer Steak Bar at Four Seasons Las Vegas leads her to meet a man who offers her pills that will make her fearless. Cynical about his claims, Trinity still takes him up on his offer and miraculously she faces her fears the next day head on. Surprised and delighted, she also gives a pill to a friend she makes at the hotel, but things start to unravel when Trinity strikes up a romance and inexplicable…
  • Twisted by Andrew E Kaufman

    ajoobacats
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:06 am
    This riveting psychological thriller sees protagonist Dr Christopher Keller struggle with a patient recently transferred into his care. Donny Ray Smith is on trial for the murder of a 6 year old girl, however, he has been court ordered to be evaluated for mental illness. Shortly after meeting Donny Ray, Christopher’s world begins to unravel and his deepest fear of suffering from schizophrenic disease, like his father, seems to be becoming reality but is everything as it seems? This is probably one of the best psychological thrillers I will read this year, it was easy to get into and…
  • Book Review: Latitude 87.7 (An Alex Boudreau Adventure) by Paul H Landes

    ajoobacats
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:59 am
    The second book in The Alex Boudreau series, sees Alex on the trail to find Ben Hunter, but this time she has Phil and Devon on hand to help, which is just as well as she is led from the Jungles of West Africa to the loneliest continent on the earth, Antarctica. This instalment has more twists and turns than the first, which was also an electrifying read. Both The Wings of Redemption and Latitude 87.7 are absolute must-reads for hard-core scientific thriller fans and Landes takes the genre to new heights of excitement. This book is available to read for free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.
  • Spring Has Sprung

    ajoobacats
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:42 am
    I have been steadily inundated with book review requests; thank you for contacting me with details of your book if you have emailed me. I will be compiling a list of books I will be accepting for review shortly. I only accept books I feel I would enjoy and to which I would give positive feedback. Books I don’t enjoy are not promoted on my blog and contribute to delays in my blog posts. The more I read, I feel, the higher the bar gets in terms of the books I enjoy. Originality, unique voice and charismatic characters become harder to find, but reading still remains number one pastime and…
  • Book Review: Miramont’s Ghost by Elizabeth Hall

    ajoobacats
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:44 am
    This supernatural/historical thriller tells the story of a real life haunting of a castle in Colorado, which was built in the late nineteenth century by a priest but has remained largely uninhabited for over 100 years. The Story starts in France with a young girl called Adrienne, who has a unique gift, which makes her a source of fear for those close to her. I enjoyed reading this well written novel, which had a fairy tale feel to it and was largely intriguing and entertaining. This book is available to read for free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers. Links to Book: Amazon UK Amazon US…
 
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    Press Release Distribution

  • Focusky Launches Free Presentation Tool with Enhanced Visual Experience

    admin
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Focusky has developed a new alternative to creating traditional PowerPoint presentations. The software is designed to improve engagement with audiences and present information in a more meaningful wayAvailable for free download to users of both Windows and Mac computers, Focusky’s new free presentation tool allows anyone, even with minimal computing skills, to create graphically stunning presentations that can run on any platform, including mobile devices. The software uses Flash technology and allows for the streamlining of content by way of mind-mapping. This allows ideas to be displayed…
  • Silicone Coatings Market - Global Industry Size, Share, Trends And Forecasts To 2020: Grand View Research, Inc.

    admin
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    "Grand View Research, Inc. - Market Research And Consulting."According to new report published by Grand View Research, the global silicone coatings market is anticipated to witness increased demand in marine applications owing to properties including low chemical reactivity, thermal stability, low thermal conductivity, strength, stability, low flammability and durability.Silicone coatings are increasingly being used in construction applications in order to fulfill the need for a durable, flexible and seamless barrier as a result of excellent weather resistance and water proof nature. These…
  • Yonder Mountain String Band Tickets: CapitalCityTickets.com is Releasing Cheap Yonder Mountain String Band Concert Tickets for their 2015 Tour Dates

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    25 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    "Discount Yonder Mountain String Band Concert Tickets on Sale at CapitalCityTickets.com with Promo Code"Yonder Mountain String Band concert tickets for their 2015 tour dates are on sale now. Secondary ticket market provider CapitalCityTickets.com is providing Yonder Mountain String Band fans with a promo code CITY5 to save 5% on all orders.CapitalCityTickets.com carries a wide selection of Yonder Mountain String Band tickets at affordable prices. Yonder Mountain String Band is hitting the road in 2015 and kicking it all off on June 13th in Eau Claire, WI. The new band lineup consists of Adam…
  • Share Your Style with the Postag App on Kickstarter

    admin
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Manhattan, NY – On April 13 2015, Postag launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Postag App, a mobile application that helps you celebrate your everyday style.  “I wanted to develop this app because we all wake up every morning and get dressed. Why don't we celebrate every day people's every day style? I don't have any background in fashion. I’m an engineer! But I do like to get dressed and I do think about my look,” shares the creator, “I felt weird constantly sharing on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram. I wanted to create a platform for people like me. Stylish, but not on the red…
  • Cheap Garth Brooks Tickets in Knoxville at Thompson Boling Arena: Ticket Down Cuts Garth Brooks Concert Ticket Prices in at the Thompson Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee

    admin
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:51 pm
    "Ticket down has the best deals on tickets for Garth Brooks and his lovely wife Trisha Yearwood in Knoxville, TN at the Thompson Boling Arena."Ticket Down has cut concert ticket prices across the board for Garth Brooks and his lovely wife, Trisha Yearwood, at the Thompson Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN. This well-known ticket site is offering their customer appreciation promo/coupon code GARTH-BROOKS-2015 for added savings.Fans of the country superstar Garth Brooks had been clamoring for a tour for more than a decade and now that the time has come, don’t want to see it end. Fans across the…
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    Top South African News

  • Breaking News: Stop Shingles Pain Naturally

    Staff Reporter
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:47 am
    Did you know that 20–30% of people suffer from an episode of shingles in their lifetime? In South Africa, statistics indicate that approximately 102 000 people are diagnosed with shingles annually. Of the 11600 sufferers in the Western Cape, 7400 can be found in Cape Town alone. Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful rash. Also known as herpes zoster, it often appears as a band of blisters spreading from the middle of the back around one side of the chest to the breastbone. Other areas of the body can be also be affected, including the neck, face or scalp. It used to be most…
  • Find Your Eskom Load Shedding Schedules Here

    Staff Reporter
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:54 am
    TopSANews has compiled a list of load shedding schedules from across different municipalities. Due to the fragmented nature of the information available, not all schedules may be accurate or up to date. If your schedule does not appear here or is not up to date, let us know. Should you be powered directly by Eskom visit the Eskom load shedding site to find out when you’ll be out. Type in your suburb/area in the search box to easily locate your area, i.e. Pimville or the Midvaal municipality. Eskom has also collated a list for municipal customers which can be accessed here. If you’re…
  • Jeppestown Remains Tense Following Xenophobic Violence

    Staff Reporter
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:02 am
    Jeppestown is still tense following a night of xenophobic violence. A number of vehicles were torched in the early hours of the morning and shops of foreign nationals were vandalised and looted. Some foreign nationals sought refuge at the Cleveland police station. Only a few shops have opened for business while many are shut closed with their owners standing around their shops, waiting in suspense not knowing what may transpire. While some locals in Jeppestown were overhead saying they will continue to attack foreign nationals and have blocked roads with rocks. The group of South Africans…
  • Xenophobic Violence Expected To Spread Throughout Johannesburg

    Staff Reporter
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:20 pm
    According to ZIWUSA (Zim Workers In SA Union), Xenophobic attack is just around the corner for the second time around JHB CBD and neighbouring areas like Alex, Olievenhoutbosch, Zandspruit, Msawawa, Cosmo City, Tembisa, Randburg, Princess, Kysand, Kaalfontein, Germiston, Benoni etc…The spokesperson for this Furious group honourable Khimzman Mquebulera warns his fellow South African on Wednesday not to ride the Bicycles as Malawians and Zimbabweans does, because this attack will be more destructive than ever before. Foreigners Threaten Guerilla Warfare Durban – Despite being…
  • DJ Sbu’s Drink Not SABS Approved And Has Fake SABS Stamp!

    Staff Reporter
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:47 am
    IT’S been confirmed – DJ Sbu’s Mofaya energy drink is not SABS approved. This comes after the logo of approval has been seen on the drink. The bureau released a statement last week saying companies violated legislation by attaching its mark of approval without proper certification. Frank Makamo, an executive responsible for certification said: “One such company, which has been active on the issue of the SABS mark of approval on social media, produces the energy drink Mofaya.” Media reports say the bureau has confirmed that not only was it not approved, but that Sbu has violated…
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    FashionxStyles

  • Stylish New Matte Nails Styles – Nail Designs Collection

    Muhammad Aziz
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:05 pm
    Every single lady is cared for her beauty and also personality and today here is Stylish New Matte Nails Styles – Nail Designs Collection for intent focus on fashion. They certainly make whenever they a weight marriage function, over a event, whenever they go outside the house for shopping in addition to an off-the-cuff basis. […]
  • Layered Bang Hairstyles – Fabulous Girls Hairstyles

    Muhammad Aziz
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:54 pm
    Today here is “Layered Bang Hairstyles – Fabulous Girls Hairstyles”. There are many many different types of bangs which you may follow. An awesome solution to add spice to a shoulder length haircut is to use some layers. By having layers, you assist add condition, volume and also texture in your seem. Our current collection […]
  • Firdous Cloth Mills Dresses Vol-3 – Summer Special Arrivals

    Muhammad Aziz
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:15 pm
    “Firdous Cloth Mills Dresses Vol-3″ is here for summer special dresses collection for stylish women and ladies. Something is perfect for sure you can steer clear of the summer clothes and winter clothing of this mill. Firdous Cloth Mills Dresses Summer Vol-3 Collection These types of dresses will immediately record your interest. Not many clothing mills […]
  • Neeta Lula Sarees Collection – Women Neeta Lula Fashion

    Muhammad Aziz
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:21 pm
    Here is Neeta Lula Sarees Collection for Women Neeta Lula Fashion. These sarees are designed by utilizing laces, ribbons, flowery designs, thread embellishment, zari work, stone work, gotta ribbons, heavy modernized embroidery work etc . The sarees are fabricated by utilizing luxurious fabrics such as chiffon, georgette, cotton, net, 100 % cotton, banarsi stuff and […]
  • Beautiful Flower Infant Shoulder Strap Dresses

    Muhammad Aziz
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:15 pm
    Today I am sharing with you a “Beautiful Flower Infant Shoulder Strap Dresses” for kids. The small girl’s dresses are searching very beautiful to find out. The small baby girls tend to be prettier when they dons the beautiful and classy dresses. They may be looking like the actual princess and also the angels. Right here […]
 
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    Memory Book Company Blog

  • Digital Dark Age Doomed to Delete Data

    20 Apr 2015 | 11:41 am
    Last month, “father of the internet”, Vint Cerf was interviewed by BBC’s Pallab Ghosh. Cerf dropped a bombshell when he predicted that we all may lose our saved data in the future if we do not take action now. “Our life, our memories, our most cherished family photographs increasingly exist as bits of information - on our hard drives or in "the cloud". But as technology moves on, they risk being lost in the wake of an accelerating digital revolution.”  This week I’d like to take some time to tell you what that means to the average person and what you can do to keep your…
  • 5 Elementary School Yearbook Page Spread Ideas

    8 Apr 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Some of my fondest memories were made between the ages of 5 and 10. I remember recess, hall decorations, holiday parties, and assemblies. When I think back on elementary school, I remember those special events more vividly than the lessons I learned. I think it’s because at the primary school age, the only book lessons that stick are the lessons that are taught creatively. Elementary yearbooks should reflect this sense of curiosity and creativity so the children may look back as adults and remember what it was like to be a very young child beginning their learning journey. There are, of…
  • 3 Ways to Sell Out of Yearbooks

    30 Mar 2015 | 5:17 am
    Most veteran yearbook advisors will tell you one of the most frustrating tasks in making yearbooks each year is selling them all. No school wants to have crates and crates of unsold yearbooks clogging up a closet and no yearbook advisor wants to convince their distant relatives they should buy a couple yearbooks (or four!) in order to sell out. With these three tips, you’ll be selling books like never before. 
  • Everyone Needs a Memory Book

    24 Mar 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Do you wish you had a place to display all your photos from a recent group event? Does your club or organization go on an annual trip? This article will introduce you to memory books, a new trend in digital scrapbooking, and give you three important reasons why memory books are so useful. 
  • Reduce Chaos Around Yearbook Season with 3 Simple Tips

    16 Mar 2015 | 8:29 am
    Let’s face it, a big part of yearbook production involves meeting deadlines. Scrambling to meet these deadlines can be frustrating and mistakes are made when there is little time left for proofreading and editing. These little mistakes can lead to big headaches when the quality of your yearbook suffers. Follow these 3 simple tips to keep calm and make your yearbook the best it can be!
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    Read You Later

  • 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…
  • Getting to know author Samantha Chase, Delaney Diamond, Laura Browning

    Read You Later
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan's Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40's to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well. With twenty-three titles currently to her name, she has no plans to slow down. Laura…
  • Getting to Know Authors Marcia King-Gamble and Lacha Scott Mitchell

    Read You Later
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
     Gamble fell in love with romance after reading my first Mills and Boon book at age six. She has degrees in psychology and theater were obtained in the United States which she has lived  for most of her life. she  made a comfortable living as a travel industry executive.Since 1998  Gamble has been published by Kensington, BET and St. Martin’s Press and Harlequin. She now self publishes.  Lacha' self-published her memoir, Cancer The Silent Storm, Destiny's Child book series Volumes One and Two. As of February 2014, she was signed to the Urban Christian Imprint of Urban Books, owned…
  • Getting to Know NAACP 2015 Image Award Nominee and Entrepreneur Gwen Richardson

    Read You Later
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Gwen Richardson is an author, publicist and entrepreneur.  As an author, she has five published books, four non-fiction and one fiction.  101 Scholarship Applications: What It Takes to Obtain a Debt-Free College Education was nominated for a 2015 NAACP Image Award. As an entrepreneur, Gwen is co-founder of Cushcity.com, the world’s largest African-American Internet retailer with over 20,000 products online.  Gwen and her husband, Willie, established Cushcity.com in 1998. The web site receives more than 1 million hits per month and has thousands of customers in all 50 states and…
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    LifeBeyondNumbers » Beyond Numbers

  • The Secret Power Of An Acknowledgement And A Thank You!

    Priyatosh Kumar
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:47 am
    The most interesting part of any book that I love reading is the section either at the beginning or in the end where the author acknowledges and conveys his gratitude to all that helped him complete his project devotedly. Rising above symbolism and tokenism, it is this one aspect that in my opinion is not just accurately true but also tells us that almost always any artistic endeavor has an all-encompassing collective spirit. Isolation can fire up the imagination but action always needs a plural connotation. Acknowledgement creates camaraderie and gets people a step closer to each other. Our…
  • Unintended Consequences Of Our Education – What Are We Learning?

    Dr. Krish Sankaran
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:47 am
    This article is about unintended consequences of public education as it is provided in schools mostly in the context of developing and underdeveloped countries. Some of the problems might be also relevant to developed countries. In the following, I discuss two known yet unsolved problems concerning our school education systems, namely: How schools kill & cremate creative thinking in children. How school education often burdens young minds. School Education: Fosters Creativity Or Produces Commodity? Children have various inherent talents. How prepared are our schools in identifying,…
  • 5 Reasons Why Mothers Are The Best!

    Reshma Narasing
    8 Apr 2015 | 4:44 am
    “God cannot be everywhere, so he created Mothers“. These wonderful words are so true! If there is someone whom we can turn ourselves to, no matter how old we are or where we are, it is our mother who is there for us always. And here are the reasons why a mother is no less than the creator himself. Source 1. She Knows It All How many times do we face this situation in our daily lives – where our mother gives one look at our face and that’s it – she is going to tell us exactly about our current emotional state of being or about anything at all! No matter how hard…
  • Prison Diaries: Is There A Hope Beyond The Bars For The Disabled Prisoners?

    Preshti
    7 Apr 2015 | 7:28 am
    Laxmi (44) has been a prisoner at a Haryana jail, for the past five years. None of her family members have visited her since she was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. She occupies, what is considered to be, the ‘best’ spot in the convicted prisoners barrack. Her bed is located beside a window, close to the washrooms. Although Laxmi is completely unaware of why she gets to hold this sought after ‘spot,’  the truth is far from pleasant. All the other inmates can not bear sleeping close to Laxmi because the thin cotton bedding she lays on all day perennially stinks of urine…
  • Letting Go Of Things – Life As We Know It Or Do We?

    Tamara Khotu
    3 Apr 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Letting go is one of the hardest things we learn to do as human beings. I never understood just how hard it is to let go, especially of the things that don’t serve us anymore. Mainly because most of the time, it is those very things, we believe we can’t live without. We convince ourselves that the job we have is our dream job, or the person we are dating is our soul mate, sometimes we even convince ourselves that life is perfect and that the picture we have formed in our heads is what we always wanted. But life has a funny way of exposing us to our lies, and on that day you will feel like…
 
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    The Gentleman Life

  • 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…
  • “How Much Cologne Should I Use?”

    The Gentleman Life
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Smelling good is a fundamental part of being a gentleman.When used correctly, cologne is the perfect finishing touch to a beautifully put together outfit. Used incorrectly however and it’s worse than not wearing any at all.Too many people use too much cologne and leave a powerful scent trail behind them, everywhere they go. Even the nicest cologne is repugnant when the odor  is too potent and over-powerful.So, today we are going to give you the tips needed to wear your favorite cologne the right way.Before we jump straight into it, I have a question: What is your favorite cologne?
  • Editor Battle: Top 10 Albums Of All Time

    The Gentleman Life
    21 Mar 2015 | 9:29 am
    It’s back again.Our two editors are going head to head, this time to see who has the greatest music taste by naming their top 10 albums of all time.The winner of the last Editor Battle was Sam, so it’s now Sam 1 – 0 Nath.Can Nath bring it back to 1 -1?Well, that’s up to you.The rules are the same as they was last time: 1. No conferring of lists. 2. Try to goddamn win.Rules don’t come much more simple than that! Each editor has to name his top 10 favorite albums of all time AND name their favorite song of that album.Your job is easy: Read both of the lists,…
  • 7 Shortcuts to Your Best Beach Body Yet

    The Gentleman Life
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:24 am
    I don’t like the word “Shortcut”, especially in bodybuilding because attaining an aesthetic body takes time and dedication, but there is simply no other way of putting what these tips are. These are the shortcuts and hacks that are going to help you get your best beach body yet.Time is passing at a rapid pace and seasons are changing so quick that it’s hard to keep up.Before you even know it, summer sun is going to be gracing our skins.The last thing you want is to realize on the last day of spring that it’s now too late to get into shape and look good on the…
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