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  • Authors United May Have a Point

    Self-Publishing Review
    Henry Baum
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    I’m a bit sick to death of the Amazon-Hachette dispute. Mainly because it’s a case of one corporate giant against another. Another thing that is troubling is the absolute cheerleading for Amazon that comes from the self-publishing side. While Authors United has made some egregiously overboard claims, Amazon isn’t entirely above reproach. Today, literary heavyweights ...
  • How classic book covers have changed

    The Proof Angel
    The Proof Angel
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:22 am
    As fashions change, how have classic books continued to grab attention on the shelf in the book shop? This post compares various covers over time. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Bits & bobs Tagged: book cover
  • UK Publishing Crowd Gathers In London To Discuss Self-publishing

    Book trade news from Book2book
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:38 pm
  • How Do Books Become Best Sellers?

    Books Buyer
    Barry Koscher
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Books become best sellers when … Oh, wait. Exactly, how do books become best sellers? Is there a certain way to do this? Or do we just hope and pray? Let’s discuss. So, you’ve written a book. Naturally, you want it to sell. Preferably, like diamond-studded hotcakes. Any number of factors can rocket a book […] The post How Do Books Become Best Sellers? appeared first on Books Buyer.
  • Literary Lions Unite In Protest Over Amazon's E-book Tactics

    Book trade news from Book2book
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:36 pm
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  • How Insurance Can the Make the World a Little Safer for Freelance Journalists

    Jaron Gilinsky
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    August 2014 was a horrific month for freelance journalists. We are still mourning the loss of our colleagues, James (Jim) Foley and Steven Sotloff, Americans who entered Syria to report on the country’s violent civil war. Both were talented journalists who focused their reporting on the human rights abuses of Syrian civilians. But in their [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Daily Must Reads, September 29, 2014

    Julie Keck
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:54 am
    1. Instagram, Chinese media restricted as Hong Kong riots (Variety) 2. No writer is an island: On publishing, self and otherwise (Roger Tagholm / Publishing Perspectives) 3. Polish newspaper launches interactive data journalism site (Catalina Albeanu / 4. The big conundrum: Should journalists learn code? (Jackie Spinner / American Journalism Review) 5. Facebook will [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Is Journalism Education Changing Fast Enough?

    Eric Newton
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Last week at the Online News Association convention in Chicago, we did a “lighting round” on our update of Searchlights and Sunglasses, the free digital learning resource Knight Foundation offered up last year to journalism education. Did we just say the first edition launched last year? That seems like a lifetime ago — maybe because, [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Daily Must Reads, September 26, 2014

    Julie Keck
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    1. Podcasts are back — and making money (Cecilia Kang / The Washington Post) 2. Opinion: Facebook killer called Ello gets the timing right (Therese Poletti / MarketWatch) 3. Study: Vast majority of top films, TV shows are available legally online (Todd Spangler / Variety) 4. Amazon’s Goodreads app finally gets a makeover (Sarah Perez [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • The Fear and Terror of Launching a New Journalism Program at the New School

    Heather Chaplin
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Since September, I’ve been director of a new program at The New School called Journalism + Design. I’ve been fighting to get this program off the ground for more than four years, and now that it’s here, I exist in a state of constant terror. I can explain with ease what we’re trying to do [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
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    Digital Book World

  • Tablet Growth Disappoints in First Half 2014, iPad Sales Down, Samsung up

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    [Press Release] Branded Tablet Growth Expected to Disappoint with Only 2.5% Growth; Apple Down and Samsung Up ​The 200 million annual shipments milestone for branded tablets continues to elude OEM vendors and overall growth for 2014 is set to come in at a disappointing 2.5%. Apple and Samsung continued to lead branded vendors in unit share during 1H 2014 although with mixed fortunes. Even though the top two branded tablet suppliers combined for nearly 70% of all shipments, Lenovo and Intel are increasingly being seen as the next growth engines for the wider tablet ecosystem. Apple iPad…
  • IPR License Launches Program to Market Book Rights

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    [Press Release] IPR License launches Spotlight IPR License has announced the launch of Spotlight, an innovative new promotional tool showcasing exclusive rights for key titles from publishers across a range of global territories. The inaugural Spotlight webinar will focus on some of the hottest new Spanish language works and goes live at 2pm GMT on Wednesday 1 October at It will include works from Planeta, Roca Editorial and Plataforma Editorial across YA, non-fiction, mystery and women’s fiction and offer exclusive access to the key titles…
  • Simon & Schuster Distributes Through Danish Ebook Subscription Service Mofibo

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:59 am
    [Press Release] SIMON & SCHUSTER TITLES NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH MOFIBO SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE Leading global publisher teams up with Scandinavian e-book success The world-renowned publisher Simon & Schuster has launched a collaboration with Mofibo, the fast growing Scandinavian e-book subscription service. The collaboration brings Simon & Schuster’s substantial e-book backlist, from all of its publishing companies worldwide to e-book reading consumers in Denmark and Sweden, where Mofibo recently launched. NEW YORK, LONDON, COPENHAGEN, September 30—The Danish e-book service Mofibo…
  • Legit Lawsuit or Retaliation?

    Rich Bellis
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    The independent romance publisher Ellora’s Cave claims the blog Dear Author falsely suggested the publisher is “on the verge of financial ruin,” according to a libel and defamation lawsuit filed on Friday. The offending statements appeared in a September 14th blog post by Jane Litte (the pen name of Jennifer Gerrish-Lampe), drawing on an August email Ellora’s Cave sent to its authors detailing falling ebook sales through Amazon. At the time, Ellora’s Cave was unable to determine the cause of the dropoff and confirmed it’s in talks with Amazon to address the issue. But…
  • Bookshout! Nears Bulk Ebook Distribution Milestone

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    [Press Release] BookShout! Approaches 10M Codes Distributed for Special and Bulk Ebook Sales BookShout!’s market-leading technology allows corporations and organizations to distribute ebooks in bulk through branded sites, codes, gift cards, text messaging and more BookShout!, the market leader in special and bulk ebook sales to corporations and organizations, announced that they have distributed 9.4M ebook codes in the past 12 months, and expects to double that number by early 2015. With more than 3,000 bulk ebook orders placed by major corporations and universities, BookShout! has…
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    A Newbie's Guide to Publishing

  • Lee Child Chimes In

    25 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    Joe: Yesterday I asked any Authors United signatory to engage me on my blog.Lee Child took me up on it.For those who aren't familiar with Lee, he's the author of nineteen mystery-thriller novels and over a dozen shorts about military policeman Jack Reacher (who was also the basis of hit movie in 2012 starring Tom Cruise). They are among the most popular books in the modern era, and Lee is a worldwide bestseller. They're well-written and I've read several and enjoyed them.Lee's first novel was published in 1997. He's bought me too many beers to count at various conferences over…
  • My Advice to Authors United

    24 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    Authors United is in trouble.While they haven't lacked for biased media attention, they aren't swaying Amazon, and aren't swaying public opinion. Amazon's approval rating has gone up since the Hachette negotiations went public, and readers don't give a hoot about a bunch of rich, entitled authors whose pre-order buttons are gone.Whining in public, wasting money on a $104k NYT ad, and whining in public some more, has accomplished the opposite effect of what they intended. Instead of getting sympathy and results, they've gotten a taste of the future. Namely, what the world will be like when…
  • The Name Game

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:16 pm
    Elsewhere on the Internets, David Gaughran gives the publishing industry a spanking, Dan Meadows gives Douglas Preston a spanking, and Hugh Howey gives Authors United a spankingI'm finding this highly amusing. The Hachette/Amazon situation has become a true comedy of errors. It's like watching Groucho Marx lead Freedonia into war by intentionally being greedy, dishonest, and self-serving.I'm not sure if Authors United is a bunch of elitists who know they're full of shit and are trying to make the best argument they can to sway public opinion because they don't want the gravy train to end, or…
  • Nonsense United

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:28 am
    And Authors United confirms that a group can indeed be less than the sum of its parts when it acts in such a blatantly stupid way. But, like any group of likeminded people bonded together by mutual ignorance, they can persuade the legacy media tools at the NYT and The Bookseller to run their biased propaganda without any counterpoints.Fails all around.Their recent letter almost isn't worth fisking. Really. It's so poorly done, such a flimsy, whiny argument, that a child could deconstruct it.But I didn't have a child available, so I did it.If you want a refresher on the nonsense, start…
  • Author Conference of the Future

    12 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    If it ever does happen, this is how I'd picture it:One giant room, similar to ComiCon, with a stage and microphones.Authors sit at tables, which are set up everywhere. For table space at the 3 day conference, authors pay $25 a day.Attendees get in for free.Authors bring their own paper books to sell. They can accept cash, or credit cards via PayPal Here.Authors can bring cardboards stands, giveaways, whatever they'd like to make people come to their tables. I suggest having QR codes on promo material, so attendees can instantly buy ebooks.Conference fees pay for the room space, advertising,…
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    Catherine, Caffeinated

  • Self-Publishing a New Edition? Get Rid of the Old One First!

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

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

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

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

    25 Jun 2014 | 3:26 am
    Busy writing, packing and – come this weekend – moving (ugh!), so I’m just popping in to share some pics from my afternoon at the LitNetNI event ‘Way With Words’ at Belfast Book Fest on June 14th… L-R: Alison Baverstock (@alisonbav) sharing the findings of her research into self-publishing and those that indulge in it, and moi and Andrew Moore (@agrmoore) listening intently. Photo credit: Averill Buchanan (@averillb) Should we have a caption competition? Note how my top matches my blog. I mean, really…. Photo credit: Averill Buchanan (@averillb)…
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    BookBaby Blog

  • What are the top 3 must-read books in your genre?

    Chris Robley
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    Imagine you get to create someone else’s “desert island” reading list, but only in one genre! Author Richard Thomas created a fun list for Lit Reactor of the three essential books you should read in every genre. Well maybe not EVERY genre, but at least in Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction, Literary Fiction, YA, Crime/Noir/Thriller, and Short Story Collections. These types of things are totally subjective, of course, but that’s what makes them entertaining. Get a dozen writers of the same genre together, ask them what their favorite books are, and no two lists will look…
  • Printed Books 101: how to prepare graphic files for book printing, Pt. 2

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:56 pm
    In order for you printed book to look as beautiful as you imagine it, you need to send your printer pristine files. If you have a lot of graphic elements (photos, graphs, etc.) in your book, check out Part 1 of this series, and then hop back here for step #2 below. Preparing graphic files for book printing — Step #2: Prepare your interior text PDF file When you’re getting your interior text PDF file ready for printing: • Interior text PDF files must be in a single page format and not in printer or reader spreads. • The number of pages in the book should end on an even number. •…
  • 10 tips to help writers stay focused

    26 Sep 2014 | 9:41 am
    There’s no getting around the fact that as a writer you must produce your craft either on paper or on a digital device of some kind. Even if you subscribe to voice recognition software where your dictation becomes your written work, there is time and commitment involved in creating all forms of writing. How, then, does the serious writer stay on task? In this world where we can click away and change our minds instantly, be distracted by cellular devices, multitask and attend to a wide variety of our needs almost simultaneously, how do we stay on the path of quality writing and be proud…
  • How to keep blogging simple — 5 tips for authors

    24 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    [This article was written by guest contributor Cari Bennette.] It’s hard to know when to stop sometimes, isn’t it?  Over the last few years, it’s been drilled into our heads that we must deliver outstanding content to be a successful blogger.  If we don’t, Google will reject us.  And no one wants to be rejected by Google. So we add a bit more, tinkering here and there in hopes of finding the right combination of eye candy to entice our readers.  But none of it really seems to work and what we’re left with is visual clutter, overworked posts, and unremarkable content. So, how do…
  • Is your book cover holding you back?

    Chris Robley
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:11 am
    How to make sure your book cover grabs the attention of potential readers Think about the way you scroll through your social media feeds, or surf through TV channels, or breeze through the aisles of a bookstore. If something doesn’t grab your attention within a few seconds you’re probably going to move on to something else, right? Well, most people will give YOUR book the same treatment. Before you’ve built up a big readership, your book cover is not just the first thing someone sees; it’s the ONLY thing someone sees — and they’ll have to decide if they’re going to…
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    Self-Publishing Review

  • The Forgotten Pharoah Giveaway!

    Cate Baum
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:24 am
    Julie Gerber isn’t thrilled to be pulled out of school her senior year to follow her parents halfway around the world to unearth a lost pyramid. However, when the cute British guy and the mysterious financier of their project both fight for her attention, things start to get interesting. The pharaoh known as Djedefre was ...
  • The Killiad by Gary Whorley

    Cate Baum
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    The Killiad is a Mickey Spillane meets Sin City take on The Iliad written by Gary Whorley. This hard-boiled detective story with a supernatural twist follows an investigator, Jake Achilles, torn by a murder case involving a beautiful woman so beguiling that even goddesses are jealous of her allure. With his partner, Kruger Odysseus, they ...
  • Authors United May Have a Point

    Henry Baum
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    I’m a bit sick to death of the Amazon-Hachette dispute. Mainly because it’s a case of one corporate giant against another. Another thing that is troubling is the absolute cheerleading for Amazon that comes from the self-publishing side. While Authors United has made some egregiously overboard claims, Amazon isn’t entirely above reproach. Today, literary heavyweights ...
  • An Interview with Author Daley James Francis

    Daley James Francis
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    Tell us something about your book. The basics: what’s it about? The book is about a young man named Jason Chapman, who is 23 and has just been invited to the wedding of the girl who got away, and whom he has never been able to replace as the girl of his dreams. It’s held ...
  • 5 Reasons Why It Matters What Your Website Is Called

    Cate Baum
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:49 am
    When you pick a domain name for your author or book website, does it matter what you call it? The simple answer is: Yes, it does. Here are five reasons why.   1. Google gives more props to .com branded sites for businesses and exact match brand names You can’t just go with any . suffix ...
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    The Book Designer

  • 7 Tips for Metadata Magic for Self-Publishers

    Joel Friedlander
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    By Betty Kelly Sargent (@BookWorksNYC) Metadata—just the word alone can cause some indie authors to shake their head in dismay. But there’s a lot more to metadata than you may know. Today, I’m very pleased to introduce you to my friend Betty Sargent, who has a deep and rich history in traditional publishing, and who now helps indie authors produce and promote their books through her BookWorks site. Today Betty has the lowdown on metadata, so get ready for an entertaining and informative read. Metadata matters—it matters a lot. But what is metadata anyway? It is data about data…
  • Self-Publishing: Carnival of the Indies Issue #48

    Joel Friedlander
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    Welcome to this issue of the Carnival of the Indies blog carnival. This issue is for September, 2014. We welcome your submissions on topics related to writing, self-publishing, book design or marketing books. A collection of outstanding articles recently posted to blogs, your reading here will be richly rewarded. See the end of this post for links to submit your blog posts for the next carnival, or for participating Bloggers and Featured Bloggers to grab your sidebar badges. Thanks to everyone who participated. Featured Posts Ron Callari presents Self-Publishing for Graphic Novelists posted…
  • Should You Be Using a Pen Name?

    Joel Friedlander
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:05 am
    By Helen Sedwick Pen names, also known as pseudonyms and noms de plume, are more popular than ever. Like brand names, they are designed to be catchy, memorable and suited to the genre. Writers switch genders and nationalities. Plain-Janes leap into exotic personas. X-gens with hyphenated surnames opt for something short. I am often asked if using a pen name is legal. Will a writer be accused of identity theft and fraud? Will he be sued if he uses the name of a real person? Using a pen name is completely legal. In fact, it is often a wise business choice. But writers should take a few…
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    The Future of Ink

  • National Podcast Day – A Personal Journey, Building Pre-Launch Buzz And More

    Ellen Britt
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Dr. Ellen Britt Today, September 30th, is the first ever annual National Podcast Day! (Queue dance music, party horns and toss confetti.) Hey, any excuse for a party! But seriously, why should you, as a digital content provider and reader of The Future of Ink, care about podcasting, much less celebrate a whole day devoted to spreading the word about it? First of all, just to eliminate any confusion, let’s be clear on what a podcast is and what it’s not. A podcast is NOT simply a recorded audio file that you put on your website. There is one crucial difference. A podcast is a recorded…
  • 7 Profitable Ways To Upsell From Your Digital Products

    Joan Stewart
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Joan Stewart Fries with your burger? How about upgrading that economy class airline ticket to business class? Shopping at Old Navy? Choose a cute top, and the saleswoman will suggest an adorable infinity scarf to match. Oh, wait! There’s this fabulous chunky bracelet with earrings to complete the outfit. It’s called upselling, one of the most often overlooked ways to make very easy money. Unfortunately, this tactic is also very easy to forget. I’ve let thousands of dollars slip through my fingers by failing to upsell consistently. I’ll bet you have, too. Maybe…
  • Why Publishing Shouldn’t Be A One Person Show

    Justine Schofield
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    by Justine Schofield Entrepreneurs who choose to publish digitally are afforded the luxury of having many of the cumbersome and costly steps of print publishing eliminated. However, there is one aspect of traditional publishing that should absolutely not be overlooked by the tech savvy digital publishers of today: publishing with a team. As most of us know, writing is very much a solo act, but that doesn’t mean publishing has to be as well. Having other people in your corner, so to speak, will allow you to publish a better book and broaden the reach of your initial marketing efforts to gain…
  • 12 Digital Publishing Tools The Experts Recommend

    Denise Wakeman
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    To celebrate the 2 year anniversary of The Future of Ink, we asked our expert writers to tell us about their favorite digital publishing tools they’ve discovered in the last six months or so. If you are looking for tools to help you publish, curate and create digital content, you’ll find 12 terrific tools to check out in this article. 1) Scrivener Kristen Eckstein My latest favorite tool for authors is Scrivener. I’m in love with the program! It comes with several templates for books already created, like fiction (novels), short stories, script writing, poetry and lyrics,…
  • The Secret Formula to Creating a Bestselling Book

    Penny Sansevieri
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Penny Sansevieri Writing a book is one thing, promoting it is a whole different animal. But what if you could, right out of the gate, know exactly what to do to create an outstanding, well-received book that was promoted in such a way that it sold better than you expected? Sound like a dream? Well, certainly nothing is without risk but in working and speaking with thousands of authors, I have found that there are certain things that work every time – and others that don’t. There is a formula for success, and though varying degrees of it may be modified to better serve your audience…
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    The Passive Voice - Latest Updates

  • Local book industry concerned at proposed shake-up

    Passive Guy
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    From Dynamic Business: One of the more controversial proposals in the recent draft review of competition policy was its recommendation to lift parallel import restrictions on books, with the review warning this amounted to an implicit tax on Australian consumers. The restriction prohibits the importation into Australia of a product by anyone other than the licensed Australian manufacturer or distributor, cutting off an important alternative source of supply. Removing the restriction would see more books on offer for cheaper prices. The draft review, led by Professor Ian Harper, warned the…
  • Digital publisher Ellora’s Cave sues Dear Author blog for reporting on its financial troubles

    Passive Guy
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    From Gigaom: To those who follow the digital romance publishing world, it’s not exactly a secret that digital publisher Ellora’s Cave is struggling. But now the company is suing a leading romance blogger who wrote about the problems it was having. Ellora’s Cave, launched in 2000, was a very early player in romance ebook sales and for a time was highly successful, selling romance and erotica titles that mainstream publishers had ignored to a passionate audience of female readers. Then things began falling apart, sales decreased and authors started going unpaid. Dear Author, a romance…

    Passive Guy
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    The Passive Voice has passed an important milestone today. As of a few minutes ago, visitors to the blog have contributed 150,000 comments. Passive Guy has often said that the comments are the best part of the blog and he thanks each and every person who has contributed a thought, a question, a bit of snark, etc.
  • “The Guns of August” Is Still WWI’s Peerless Chronicle

    Passive Guy
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    From The Daily Beast: The historian Fritz Stern memorably called World War I “the first calamity of the twentieth century, the calamity from which all other calamities sprang.” No one in late June 1914 anticipated that the assassination by a Serbian nationalist of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, would draw in all five major European powers and their various allies into a cataclysm that would snuff out the lives of 20 million soldiers and civilians, destroy three empires, and lay the groundwork for an even bloodier World War II. Shock and…
  • Canadian authors caught in e-book dispute with publisher and Amazon

    Passive Guy
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    From The Globe and Mail: The Betrayers, a new novel by Toronto author David Bezmozgis, was published in the United States on Tuesday. But American readers trying to order the hardcover edition from are being informed that the novel “usually ships within 2 to 3 weeks,” a surprisingly long wait for an anticipated new release such as this. The novel’s American publisher, however, is Little, Brown and Co., a division of French conglomerate Hachette. “As an author, you want your books available, that’s as simple as it gets,” says Bezmozgis, who is midway through a 10-day…
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    The Digital Reader

  • JukePop Launches KickStarter Campaign to Bring Serial eBooks to Libraries

    Nate Hoffelder
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:51 pm
    A two-year-old ebook platform stepped into the limelight last week when it launched a Kickstarter campaign, with the goal of funding its expansion into the crowded library ebook market. Launched in 2012, JukePop Serials is a crowd sourced discovery platform with a staff of three and an unusual focus. This service finds compelling stories by good writers and serves the best ones up for users to read and rate. Users can browse the stories chapter by chapter in JukePop’s apps for Android (Google Play), iPad/iPhone (iTunes), or on the JukePop website. The stories are free to read,…
  • The Morning Coffee – 30 September 2014

    Nate Hoffelder
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:46 pm
    The reading list is short this Tuesday morning. 25 Steps To Edit The Unmerciful Suck Out Of Your Story (terribleminds: chuck wendig) Stephen King: ‘I Think Books Are Going To Be Here For A Long, Long Time’ (HuffPost) Those Dangerous Public Libraries (Annoyed Librarian) Wattpad: Digital Storytelling With A Social Twist (DBW) Why Academics’ Writing Stinks (The Chronicle of Higher Education) The post The Morning Coffee – 30 September 2014 appeared first on The Digital Reader.
  • Qooq Launches new 10″ Kitchen Tablet

    Nate Hoffelder
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:59 pm
    With a name like Qooq, you can tell that this French tablet maker doesn’t take itself too seriously. But the same can’t be said for their tablets, because Qooq just announced a new based on last year’s Nvidia Tegra 4 CPU. The Qooq V3 runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat on a Tegra 4 CPU with 1GB RAM, and 16GB internal storage. It has 2 cameras (5MP and 1.2MP) Wifi, Bluetooth. This tablet sports a 10″ display with a screen resolution of 1280 x 800. It also has a microSD card slot and a microHDMI port. Weighing in at around 700 grams, it measures 290 mm by 210 mm by 11.5 mm and…
  • Kindle for iOS Updated for the iPhone 6

    Nate Hoffelder
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    iPhone 6 owners, take note. Amazon rolled out a maintenance update today for the Kindle app. According to the changelog they did not add any additional features, but they did add support for Apple’s latest smartphone.  You can find the app in iTunes. Apple reported selling 10 million iPhones over the launch weekend, so I’m sure today’s news is going to make at least a couple million iPhone owners very happy. The iPhone 6 comes in two sizes, including with a 4.7″ smaller screen and a small 5.5″ screen (compared to 6″ and 7″ Android phablets, the…
  • Hachette’s Media Allies Strike a United Blow Against Amazon

    Nate Hoffelder
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Earlier today no fewer than 4 media outlets launched simultaneous attacks on Amazon. With a strong coalition of media allies that spans the Atlantic, Hachette now has the obstreperous and obstinate retailer on the run. Led by David Streitfeld of the NY Times, today’s salvos take Amazon to task for daring to continue to ignore previous media attacks. Featuring a lead photo of Philip Roth in an $800 throne chair, David writes: Now, hundreds of other writers, including some of the world’s most distinguished, are joining the coalition. Few if any are published by Hachette. And they have…
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    The Independent Publishing Magazine

  • Going Hybrid after Fifteen Years - Harry Bingham | Guest Post

    Mick Rooney
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    I’m a traditionally published author, with a dozen or more books released over fifteen years. At one time or another, I’ve published with three of the current big 5 publishers, and also with Bloomsbury, a large British independent. If you count projects where I’ve had a major behind-the-scenes editorial/ghost-writing role, then you can add another three titles with three more major publishers.My work has sold in every major market in the world. I’ve acquired a little spatter of literary short- and long-list mentions. My work has been televised. I have, now and again, crept into the…
  • A Week is a Long Time in Publishing

    Mick Rooney
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    The joys of a full week in publishing remind us all of the ups and downs, swings and roundabouts in this crazy world we call book publishing.Last Thursday we reported on the positive move by The Bookseller UK to launch an author preview program highlighting the best of self-published titles from the Nook Press platform. Indeed, the news also brought about a lively FutureBook Twitter chat hosted by the always industrious and energetic Porter Anderson. I reckon Porter should go back to CNN and see if they would be interested in allowing him host a late night chat show on all things…
  • Amazon in the Wars but Close to Dutch Launch

    Mick Rooney
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:21 am
    Amazon has recently been in discussions with several Dutch publishers with a view to finally launching into the book market in the Netherlands. In fact, if current negotiations go well, the global online retailer could enter the market with in a matter of weeks. That said, Amazon's track record for negations at the moment with a protracted dispute with French publishing conglomerate Hachette still unresolved, and Amazon seem to battling on many fronts. UK publishers asked for a competition inquiry into Amazon just last week, and there exists a competition complaint from German…
  • Xulon Press Launch Conservative Imprint Liberty Hill Publishing

    Mick Rooney
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Christian self-publishing service provider Xulon Press and Salem Communications has launched a new 'politically conservative' imprint called Liberty Hill Publishing.Conservative... Liberty... I know, I'm not sure I get the name either. Maybe I'm missing something.Xulon Press is owned by Salem Communications, an American radio broadcaster, content provider, magazine publisher and owner of traditional publisher Regnery. It operates nearly one hundred conservative radio stations targeting audiences interested in Christian, family-themed content and conservative values.Read…
  • How to Avoid Self-Publishing Heartache - Kim Bookless | Guest Post

    Mick Rooney
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Authors come to me for help and guidance in self-publishing their manuscripts. I’m delighted to talk with them but, unfortunately, many of our conversations begin like this:  Author: “I wrote a book and I’m ready to self-publish it.”Me: “Great! Before we talk about the publishing process, let’s talk about your manuscript. What kind of editing has it had?”[Silence]Me: “Has it had any editing?”Author: “No.”  Me: “Have you asked for feedback from beta readers?”Author: “No, but my cousin, who is a teacher, looked at it and loved it.”Me: “If you and your cousin…
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    The Creative Penn

  • Writing Religious Thrillers And Storytelling Lessons From Commercial TV With Simon Toyne

    Joanna Penn
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:10 pm
    It’s always fantastic to talk to mega bestselling authors and a few years back, Simon Toyne’s Sanctus series was one of the biggest books in the UK, as well as an international bestseller. In this interview, he explains the inspiration behind the books and how 20 years of TV experience taught him the most important elements of storytelling. In the introduction, I talk about the launch of Business for Authors, my trip to Stockholm and the launch of 1 Fred’s Place in London, plus the audio edition of Day of the Vikings, available now. This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing…
  • Launch Of Business For Authors. How To Be An Author Entrepreneur Ebook, Print And Audiobook

    Joanna Penn
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Everything you need to run a business as an author. I’m excited to launch Business for Authors: How to be an Author Entrepreneur today, as it contains everything I have learned from 13 years of being a business consultant, and 6 years of being an author. This is not a book on creativity or the craft of writing. My aim is to take the result of your creativity into the realm of actually paying the bills. To take you from being an author to running a business as an author. I was a business consultant for 13 years before I gave up my job in September 2011 to become a full-time…
  • The Self-Publishing Revolution Is Only Just Beginning. Reflections On My Stockholm Trip

    Joanna Penn
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:45 am
    I spent a couple of days in Stockholm last week, and did three events in just over 24 hours for Lava Forlag, meeting authors at all stages of the journey. Here are my reflections on my time there. Flying into Stockholm The indie revolution is expanding… and it is incredibly exciting to see the light dawning in people’s eyes. The Swedish publishing industry is still in the old traditional, print dominated way of doing things right now. Ebooks haven’t taken off yet, Amazon hasn’t opened its .se store and authors are still focused on the route of agents and publishers to reach readers. I…
  • How Has Self-Publishing Changed In The Last 2 Years? Interview With David Gaughran.

    Joanna Penn
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:44 pm
    Today I interview David Gaughran, author and outspoken commentator on all things indie. David has just released the second edition of his fantastic book, Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should from Amazon, Amazon UK, Apple, Barnes & Noble and Kobo for $4.99/£2.99. This book is one of the reasons I decided NOT to write my own book about how to self-publish. When it is done so well by a fantastic author, why reinvent the wheel! I highly recommend grabbing a copy and even if you know what you’re doing as an indie, you’ll certainly learn something from the…
  • Creating Money, Creating Meaning. Getting Into Financial Flow With Orna Ross

    Joanna Penn
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:43 am
    Our attitudes to money shape so much of our lives, and today I explore how we can integrate our creativity with our money in discussion with Orna Ross. If you’re struggling with your financial journey, then you’ll find this interview fascinating. In the intro, I talk about my lessons learned after 3 years as a full time author-entrepreneur and what’s changing for me right now. This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps authors self-publish and reach readers in global markets through the Kobo eco-system. You can also subscribe to the Kobo Writing Life podcast…
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    Backspace: The Writers Place

  • What Do Your Dreams Really Mean? by Mary Kennedy

    Karen Dionne
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    Dreams are amazing, ephemeral and fun. As a psychologist, I enjoy listening to my clients’ dreams and I’m grateful to have a window into their world. Their dreams teach me so much about their unconscious fears and desires, their most hidden emotions. When I read about the popularity of dream clubs in the northeast, I thought it would be a great idea for a mystery series and I wrote Nightmares Can be Murder, the first in the Dream Club Mysteries (Penguin, Sept 2,2014). A dream club is like a book club except the topic is dreams.  In Nightmares Can Be Murder, business consultant Taylor…
  • Breaking In: Voice by Karen Dionne

    Karen Dionne
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    All agents and editors look for different things in a manuscript. For authors hoping to sell their novel to a major publisher, this variety of tastes and opinions works in their favor: one man’s trash is another woman’s treasure. But one item comes up over and over again: Voice. The reason is simple. Readers are going to have to live with that narrative voice for two or three hundred pages, so the author’s voice needs to be as captivating and compelling as possible. Voice is difficult to define in the abstract, but agents, editors, readers, and writers know voice when they…
  • Creating The Perfect Predator: Tricks of the Trade from a Forensic Psychologist by Mary Kennedy

    Karen Dionne
    6 Mar 2014 | 11:20 am
    The Thursday afternoon group therapy session was held in a small, cramped room on the ninth floor of the forensic unit.  It was a hot August day, and since the shatter-proof windows were nailed shut, the room was hot, humid, and eerily still. The group  members–all  men, all convicted of violent crimes, including rape, battery, incest and  murder–watched warily as I slipped into an empty folding chair near the door.  It was my first week as staff psychologist on the busy unit, and I was still new to the game. But not so new that I would forget to give myself a clear escape route. The…
  • Authors – Looking for a Mentor? Here’s How to Find One by Karen Dionne

    Karen Dionne
    27 Jan 2014 | 7:38 am
    Early in my writing career, there were two people who I consider mentors. Both were New York Times bestselling authors. One worked with me for over a year, the other, only once. Both were instrumental in helping me take my writing from promising to publishable. I met Gayle Lynds in 2005 at a mystery writers conference in Chicago. Later, after she kindly agreed to read the first 50 pages of my agented-but-not-yet-published novel, to my surprise, she called me on the phone to discuss. We talked about villains and endings and I learned more in those few minutes of discussion specific to my story…
  • First Draft Terror by Suzanne Chazin

    Karen Dionne
    16 Oct 2013 | 3:01 am
    I recently started the first draft of a new novel. This instills in me all the self-confidence of two virgins in a MINI Cooper. I’m sweaty and awkward. I don’t have a clue where anything goes. And I’m already questioning my choice of vehicle. First drafts are scary. There’s so much expectation—and so much disappointment. Scenes lumber off in the wrong direction. The writing feels clumsy and artless. The story confuses. Or worse, it bores. I compare the well-dressed prose of authors I admire and cringe at my own naked and brutish words. And I want to hit “delete.” It’s easy to…
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  • How Long Would it Take You to Read the ‘Harry Potter’ Series?: INFOGRAPHIC

    Maryann Yin
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    How long would it take you to read J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series from start to finish? Blinkbox Books, a digital book retailer, has created an interactive infographic for readers who wish to test their reading speed. Thus far, more than 100,000 people have taken this quiz. Try it out for yourself—we’ve embedded the entire infographic below. (more…) New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
  • Simon & Schuster Forms Partnership With Mofibo

    Maryann Yin
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Simon & Schuster has formed a partnership with a European eBook subscription service called Mofibo. Mofibo users, who hail from Denmark and Sweden, now have access to Simon & Schuster’s backlist. This formidable collection contains more than 20,000 English and local language titles. Simon & Schuster UK publisher Ian Chapman had this statement in the press release: “Scandinavia has long been an important international market for English language authors, and Mofibo’s early success makes evident the strong appetite for content in electronic form. A continental-based…
  • Lena Dunham Records Advice Videos to Promote New Book

    Maryann Yin
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    Actress Lena Dunham has shot a series of “Ask Lena” advice videos in promotion of her forthcoming memoir/advice book. Thus far, twelve videos have been uploaded to YouTube on the “Not That Kind of Girl” channel. The video embedded above features the “ASK LENA #5: Insecure writer” piece. Random House has scheduled a release date for September 30, 2014. (via Entertainment Weekly) New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
  • Gale Launches the ‘My Library Story’ Online Community

    Maryann Yin
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Gale, a division of Cengage Learning, has launched the “My Library Story” community project. With this new website, the organization invites library advocates to share stories about what public libraries mean to them. From now until February 28, 2015, every story submission will prompt Gale to donate $1.00 to a library advertising fund. Follow this link to watch a promotional video about this project. Senior V.P. Frank Menchaca had this statement in the press release: ”If we’re going to change the headlines about libraries today, we need to tell a stronger story around…
  • The Financial Realities of Hybrid Publishing

    Aneya Fernando
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Writers today have more choices than ever when it comes to getting their work in the hands of millions. They can self-publish an eBook, hold out for a traditional publishing deal or do a combination of both, otherwise known as hybrid publishing. Hybrid publishing uses aspects of traditional publishing (someone is doing the marketing for you), but you’ll still need to see this as running your own business. In our latest Journalism Advice column, we got the inside scoop on the financial realities of hybrid publishing: The truth is, hybrid authors will need to put aside marketing and…
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    Publishing News

  • Schoolboy, 15, who accidentally shot dead his teenage girlfriend...

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:23 pm
    It's legal! George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin round off four-day wedding weekend with 10-minute civil ceremony which cost $750 Suspect, 33, wanted for kidnap of realtor who vanished showing home is arrested after fleeing car crash covered in blood Donald Trump is tricked into retweeting photo of notorious British serial killers after internet prankster said they were his parents Secret Service 'was unaware for FOUR DAYS that man fired rifle at White House in 2011, leaving the Obamas furious' 'Worst episode ever!': Simpsons fans are less than impressed with character death in season premiere…
  • How the Secret Service 'Bungled' White House Shooting

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:46 am
    The Post's article - apparently based on documents, radio transmissions, and interviews with key White House players - reports that the Secret Service didn't even realize bullets had hit windows near the Obama residence until a housekeeper found broken glass four days later. By then, the gunman had nearly gotten away.
  • Shots fired into White House went undetected for four days

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:46 am
    A string of security lapses resulted in a four-day delay before the US Secret Service realised that a man had fired a high-powered rifle at the White House in 2011, an incident that could have put President Barack Obama's daughters at risk, according to a Washington Post investigation. At issue is what the Post calls the Secret Service's bungled response to the case of Oscar R Ortega-Hernandez, an Idaho man who was sentenced to 25 years in prison after firing at least seven bullets at the White House on November 11, 2011.
  • Pilot, teen boy ID'd as victims of NY plane crash

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:46 am
    Authorities have identified the pilot and child who were killed in a collision involving two small planes at an event to introduce children to aviation in western New York. Officials tell The Buffalo News that 78-year-old Anthony Mercurio and 14-year-old James Metz died in the Saturday morning collision about 6 miles from Buffalo-Lancaster Regional Airport .
  • Chelsea Clinton Welcomes a Daughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky

    27 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    Chelsea Clinton tweeted Saturday at 12:32 a.m. , "Marc and I are full of love, awe and gratitude as we celebrate the birth of our daughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky." President Obama even got in on the due-date jockeying, joking while at the Clinton family's foundation event in New York that she might have to commandeer his motorcade.
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    Commercial Printing News

  • Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. Now Covered by Stifel Nicolaus

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:05 am
    The firm set a "buy" rating and a $22.00 price target on the stock. Stifel Nicolaus' price target would suggest a potential upside of 15.30% from the company's current price.
  • 'If you aren't failing, you're not trying'

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:14 am
    Miles Nadal, chairman and CEO of MDC Partners, challenged Advertising Week attendees to encourage their teams to "pursue the art of the possible." If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate.
  • Mentor Graphics and TSMC Collaborate to Deliver IC Design and Signoff Infrastructure for 10nm

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:22 pm
    ENP Newswire - 29 September 2014 Release date- 26092014 - WILSONVILLE, Ore.-Mentor Graphics Corp. today announced that it has entered 10nm collaboration with TSMC. Physical design, analysis, verification and optimization tools have been enhanced to meet 10nm FinFET process requirements for early customers' test chip and IP design starts.
  • Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. (ARP) Announces Aug 14 Dividend of $0.20

    26 Sep 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. declared a aug 14 dividend on Friday, September 26th, American Banking & Market News reports. Investors of record on Tuesday, October 7th will be given a dividend of 0.1966 per share on Wednesday, October 15th.
  • Quebec cabinet minister mulls government involvement in NHL bid

    25 Sep 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Sam Hamad, who is minister responsible for the Quebec City area, raised the possibility of the Liberal government becoming a financial partner of Quebecor Inc., which has bought naming rights on a $400-million arena due to be completed by fall 2015. Sam Hamad, who is minister responsible for the Quebec City area, raised the possibility of the Liberal government becoming a financial partner of Quebecor Inc., which has bought naming rights on a $400-million arena due to be completed by fall 2015.
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    Thad McIlroy - Future Of Publishing

  • Another Online Publishing Breakthrough from the New York Times

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

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

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

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

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

  • Self-Publishing Week in Review: 9/30/14

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    As a self-publishing author, you may find it helpful to stay up-to-date on the trends and news related to the self-publishing industry. This will help you make informed decisions before, during and after the self-publishing process, which will lead to a greater self-publishing experience. To help you stay current on self-publishing topics, simply visit our blog every Tuesday to find out the hottest news. Should You Self-Publish or Commercially Publish Your Book? This informative article provides several questions authors should ask themselves when deciding what publishing route to…
  • Copyright Basics, Part III: How long does copyright protection endure?

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    One of the most confusing parts of publishing for many authors is copyright laws. To address the common copyright questions I am often asked, I will be writing a copyright basics series every week for the month of September. See the end of the post for links past posts you may missed, and be sure to check back each week for answers to more of your copyright questions. How long does copyright protection endure? This depends on when the work was created and published: Works Originally Created on or after January 1, 1978 A work that was created (fixed in tangible form for the first time) on…
  • Friday Conversations With A Self-Publishing Writer 9/26/14

    26 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    OLD SCHOOL ANTICS Have you been accused of that lately? Writing old school concepts or using old school style?  The first time I heard that (directed at someone else) I bristled.  The reading I’d just listened to—from the writings of a fellow student—had engaged and inspired me.  But the professor wanted to make a point and so he did. “Although your facts are most likely accurate,” he pronounced, “your sentence structures and concept development is old school, using too much emotionalism.”  And bah-humbug to you, too, I mumbled under my breath.  The instructor’s comments…
  • Weekly Self-Published Book Review: Memories Made and Lessons Learned

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

    Kelly S
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    Ten years ago, self-publishing was by and large the province of wishes and dreams, and its successes were so rare that they warranted national attention.In the early 2000s, authors like Christopher Paolini (author of the Inheritance cycle of fantasy novels) performed exhaustive regional trips to promote their books, visiting schools, libraries, and local coffee shops in a sometimes-desperate attempt to build a market base.As the traditional publishing industry has struggled to overcome both infighting and growing competition from digital retailers––and as new avenues have opened up for…
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    BadRedhead Media

  • Social Media Scheduling Tools for Authors

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

    Naomi Blackburn
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    In my continuing series where I answer questions asked by YOU (in this case, this question comes from writer Camela Cami Thompson), staff writer Naomi Blackburn takes on ‘What is a blog strategy and is it important for authors to have one?’ Thanks Camela for a fab question! Here you go….   I am always shocked when authors ask me if they have to blog. My resounding YES always leads to, “But I don’t know what to write about!” Why Blog? Blogs are wonderful because they give authors an opportunity to take an active role in marketing their works to their readers while…
  • The Twitter Secret by guest @DanaLeipold

    Rachel Thompson
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Image courtesy of stockimages at Today please help me welcome author and writing coach Dana Leipold to the blog as she shares her secret to Twitter success.  My real life friends often ask me, “Why do you do that Twitter thing? I don’t get it.” At first, I didn’t get it either but now I see the power Twitter has to help writers and author build the ever-important platform. There are a bunch of things you can do to build your following and find readers, which I’ll outline coming up but first here’s something people don’t often understand about…
  • To Build or Not to Build by guest Daryl Rothman (@drothmanwrites)

    Rachel Thompson
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Please welcome my fellow Booktrope author and speaker Daryl Rothman to the blog as he shares about why authors should build their writer platform.  I hear it less frequently, but I still hear it: I don’t need to mess with any of that stuff—that’s an agent’s job. Let me just write. The “stuff” in question typically refers to various components of author-platform-building: social media presence, networking, marketing, branding…you know, all the stuff you do when you’ve written something you actually want other people to read. But some of the old stubbornness we scribes tend to…
  • BREAKING NEWS Amazon and Booktrope Announce A New Business Relationship

    Rachel Thompson
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:57 pm
    BREAKING NEWS: Booktrope announces a new business relationship beginning with a mutual licensing deal that deepens ties with to a much more significant degree. Booktrope is a Seattle startup that says it’s reinventing publishing by providing efficient, online services to creative teams – authors, editors, designers and others involved in producing books — in order to produce high quality titles for readers at reasonable prices. By all outward appearances, Amazon and Booktrope share a strong commitment to keeping ebook prices substantially lower than print,…
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    Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

  • Savas Beatie offers a sneak peek at SmartLayers premium editions

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

    Joe Wikert
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    The original Amazon Kindle is almost seven years old and the first iPad was released more than four years ago. Plenty of other e-readers and tablets have followed and the digital content marketplace is vibrant. So why do we spend... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • In the future, all content will be layered

    Joe Wikert
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:38 am
    Once upon a time the broadcast model was the only viable option for content distribution. The newspapers, magazines and books we read were the same regardless of our personal interests or where we lived. The web and other digital models... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How book publishers can build a compelling direct channel

    Joe Wikert
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Disruption has radically altered the book publishing industry and the rate of change shows no signs of slowing down. Publishers have developed a love/hate relationship with Amazon, particularly as they struggle with the mega-retailer’s annual demands for more favorable terms.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Three lessons from comScore’s latest mobile apps report

    Joe Wikert
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    comScore recently published a 15-page report on the state of mobile apps. It’s well worth reading in its entirety, but if you don’t have the time, here are the three big takeaways for content publishers: Mobile apps are the new... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Beyond the Book

  • The Right Place for Rights (BurstMarketing)
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Deal or no deal? That’s always the most common — and the most important — question at the Frankfurt Book Fair. For the hundreds of publishers, agents and organizations who will attend the world’s largest gathering of executives in the book industry, successful deal-making hangs on the fortunes of local markets and the future direction of global media. As Michael Healy, CCC’s Executive Director, International Relations, puts it, “Frankfurt is the right place for rights.” For 2014, CCC returns to Frankfurt with a wide range of programs and…
  • Antitrust For Amazon? (BurstMarketing)
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The federal government has long been in the printing business – think of all those regulations – but until recently, it’s stayed out of the book business. That all changed, of course, when the Dept. of Justice sued Apple and publishers over e-book price-fixing The role of the feds may grow further, though, if some people have their way. As the standoff persists between Hachette and Amazon over e-book pricing, a group of activist authors is calling on Washington to step in. “This week, PW confirmed with bestselling thriller writer Douglas Preston that the group he founded and oversees…
  • Knowledge Governance Calls For Information Balance (BurstMarketing)
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Across the globe, politicians and pundits trumpet the knowledge economy, but few have ever bothered to examine with any rigor the success-to-failure ratio of national and international intellectual property law and regulations. Arguing that private and public interests are critically out of balance, Leonardo Burlamaqui advocates for a shakeout in the knowledge industries and creation of a new knowledge IP framework that he calls knowledge governance. “What we see more and more is a redesigning of the frontier or the boundaries in between public interests – public domain – and private…
  • Publishing Jobs Survey for 2014 (BurstMarketing)
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    If you’ve got a job in publishing in 2014, you’re working longer hours than last year, and your paycheck isn’t growing very fast. But according to a recent industry survey, you’re probably smiling, all the same. “The average number of hours worked per week rose last year to 47, up from 45 in 2012. Some of that extra work may be due to industry cutbacks: 23% said that their companies retrenched in 2013,” reports Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer. “But here’s a nice stat: low pay, long hours, little job security—it equals happiness. 85% of respondents…
  • Copyright Answers In Your Pocket (BurstMarketing)
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you’re confused about copyright, then you’re beginning to understand the problem. Yet when facing a thorny question on ownership, rights, licenses and enforcement, the answers now fit in a back pocket. From the basics of copyright protection to the challenges of the digital environment, the Pocket Copyright Guide for Publishers has 122 concise and comprehensive pages of responses to copyright’s persistent questions. Authors and publishers can rely on every reply because Laura N. Gasaway respects balance as the first principle of copyright. “I have always believed that balance is…
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  • Morning Roundup: eBay and PayPal to part ways. Update on Ellora’s Cave vs. Dear Author

    Joanna Cabot
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    eBay and PayPal to Part Ways in 2015 (GigaOM) Thanks to pressure from activist investors, eBay and PayPal will be separate entities next year, ending 12 years of togetherness. *** Stephen King Predicts That Physical Books Are Here to Stay (GalleyCat) Author Stephen King predicts that the physical book will “be here for a long, […] The post Morning Roundup: eBay and PayPal to part ways. Update on Ellora’s Cave vs. Dear Author appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • R.I.P. Eugie Foster

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    Nebula Award-winning writer and editor Eugie Foster died on September 27th of respiratory failure after a long and hard-fought battle against aggressive cancer of the sinuses. Full details can be found on her blog, with a short obituary from her husband Matthew M. Foster, here. Eugie won the 2009 Nebula Award for Best Novelette for […] The post R.I.P. Eugie Foster appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • The world’s largest ever indoor photo – and it’s a library

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    One of the most monumental photographs ever made, and still apparently the largest single indoor image (by information density) ever created, is in fact the interior of a library. The Strahov Philosophical Library in Prague dates back to the 18th century, part of an older monastery complex founded in the early Middle Ages, and contains “approximately […] The post The world’s largest ever indoor photo – and it’s a library appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Morning Roundup: Wrong questions about education technology. Lessons from blogging

    Joanna Cabot
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    You Are Asking the Wrong Questions About Education Technology (Forbes) It sounds convincing. We should certainly embrace tools and technologies that will help educators become more impactful. But we should do it because it works, not for the sake of modern humanity’s obsession with progress, newness, innovation, and disruption. *** Online Bookstores to Face Stringent […] The post Morning Roundup: Wrong questions about education technology. Lessons from blogging appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Why people still prefer print – in pictures

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Here’s an interesting infographic from UK new-era second-hand book trading platform FatBrain on why people still prefer print books to ebooks – all down in pretty pictures for those who reading onscreen has left comprehensionally challenged. And of course, FatBrain, whose business depends on people emailing barcodes or ISBNs from print books, has a strong […] The post Why people still prefer print – in pictures appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
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  • Inside an entrepreneur’s sausage factory

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

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

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

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

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

  • The 8 Key Elements of a Successful Product Launch

    Michael Hyatt
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    We open registration for Platform University twice a year. We just completed the relaunch for the fall, and it went extremely well—in fact, we beat our goal. But not every launch works, and sometimes we’re left wondering, “Why did my product bomb?” Photo credit: A friend recently asked for my input on why her product launch failed. She was using a sophisticated and proven launch method, one I’ve used myself, but she didn’t get a single order for her course. Most of us in business have been there at one time or another. As just one of many examples, I tried to…
  • What Moses Teaches Us about Leadership Transition

    Rabbi Evan Moffic
    27 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    This is a guest post from Rabbi Evan Moffic, spiritual leader of Congregation Solel in suburban Chicago. He blogs at and Huffington Post. Author of Wisdom for People of All Faiths, his next book, What Every Christian Needs to Know About Passover, is available February 2015 from Abingdon Press. I was lucky. When I became the rabbi of my congregation, I followed a revered leader who had served the congregation for 25 years. He welcomed me graciously and lovingly, making it clear to the congregation that I was now the senior rabbi. Photo courtesy of Many…
  • Everybody Wants It, but Nobody Seems to Get Any

    Michael Hyatt
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I know what you’re thinking, but I’m talking about margin—breathing room, think time, downtime, those moments we all desperately need really stay effective and enjoy the things that matter most. Photo courtesy of Jeremy Cowart But the truth is we seem to be getting less and less of it. Not only are prices racing while wages slow, but we’re working more hours, too. Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s fast, free, and more convenient.  
  • Episode 11: The 5 Elements of a Powerful, Personal Brand [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this eleventh episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about the five elements that must be present in your brand for it to be truly powerful. If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. For more than a year now, Megan Miller, the dean of Platform University and I record something we call our “Member Makeover.” Once a month, people from our community volunteer to have us review their online platforms and their brands. We select one member and then do a screencast with our recommendations for how…
  • Why You Need More Art in Your Life (and 5 Ways to Get It)

    Michael Hyatt
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you want to find more creativity, satisfaction, and happiness, the single best solution I know is adding more art to your life. Photo courtesy of Eleri Ever,, and the Estonian Ministry of Culture Music has been a big part of my life since I was a young boy, though my tastes have broadened a lot since I was first learning chords on my guitar. I love choral music, for instance. Morten Lauridsen’s “Agnus Dei” can bring me to tears. Several months ago I was invited to attend a concert at Carnegie Hall, featuring not just the music of the composer Arvo Pärt, but Arvo Pärt…
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    Mequoda Daily » Articles

  • 10 Digital Publishing Tips and Strategies for Magazine Publishers

    Ed Coburn
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Successful digital magazine publishing 101 Only four years after the advent of the tablet, strategies for successful digital magazine publishing are starting to sort themselves out and deliver measurable results. Of course at Mequoda, we’re all about documenting these things so digital publishers don’t have to re-invent the wheel. Here are 10 things you must do if you want to join the ranks of millionaire publishers … a goal we think is worthy of all digital publishers today. Digital publishing tips, strategy #1: Start with a subscription website. Depending on your digital…
  • iSocket And Wenner Media Partner

    Patrick Hughes
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    via iSocket iSocket for Publishers is a solution offered by iSocket that allows publishers to streamline their reservation sales process, reports Talking New Media. The process will be automated into a single reserved media deal. Is this the opportunity publishers have been waiting for, so they can streamline their advertising efficiently? Talking New Media shares some interesting insight. “Programmatic ad buying is expanding rapidly, with eMarketer forecasting that advertisers in the U.S. will spend $3.36 billion on real-time bidding. With so much advertising being bought in an automated…
  • Insight on Social E-Commerce

    Patrick Hughes
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    via eMarketer Buying and selling directly on social networks has been around before but it appears to be escalating, especially after Twitter recently started testing the “Buy” button on tweets. Throughout the years we’ve seen email succeed as a platform for selling, but has social media caught up at all? A new article from eMarketer reports on social commerce. “According to August 2014 polling by Harris Poll for DigitasLBi, which found that just 5% of US adult internet users had made a purchase on a social network such as Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.” So it seems social is still…
  • Is Facebook Driving More Referral Traffic Than Google?

    Patrick Hughes
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    via Wikipedia Commons Some publishers have found Facebook to be a significant form of referral traffic, especially since Facebook has taken efforts to highlight publisher content. Digiday reports on this. “Facebook has over the past year and a half built up a formidable media partnerships division, recruiting former journalists and publishing execs from the world’s most prestigious media companies to help the company’s relationships with publishers.” Facebook’s partnerships team is quite strong, particularly in the publishing realm. Members of it include Nick Grudin, formerly of The…
  • 5 New Multiplatform Publishing Job Descriptions

    Don Nicholas
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Using these multiplatform publishing job descriptions will help you find the right candidates for your publication In order to succeed online, publishers need to have staff members that understand the digital evolution. When operated with precision and passion, a Mequoda System can turn a special-interest content-driven publication into a successful multiplatform publishing empire. However, as this system constantly needs revaluation it is important to find a staff that has an interest in the process and can effectively serve it. A significant portion of our consulting strategy relies on…
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  • NaNoWriMo Prep Work: Find Your Writing Niche

    Guest Column
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    BY OWEN BONDONO In nature, all living things fill a specific role in their ecosystems. This is called their ecological niche, and organisms need this specific combination of factors to survive. Similarly, every writer needs their own specific combination of factors to thrive creatively. Some people like quiet, while others like noise. Some write first thing in the morning, others write after everyone else has gone to bed. Finding your writing niche is key to upping your productivity. Lists and charts have always made me happy. Even if you hate charts, taking notes on your writing habits can…
  • How to Make a Living as a Writer – Introduction

    Guest Column
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s true—you CAN make a living as a writer! AWAI has been teaching people how to do it since 1997. And I’m happy to announce we’re now able to share our tips, techniques and strategies directly with Writer’s Digest readers through our new blog – How to Make a Living as a Writer. My name is Rebecca Matter. I’m the President of AWAI, and have personally worked with and trained hundreds of writers over the last 15 years. I have a lot of experience helping writers cross over from dreaming about the writer’s life—to actually living it. And I’m going to share what I know works…
  • Caught Pants Down

    Brian A. Klems
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    You wake up feeling refreshed, a new day a new— wait your favorite pair of pants is missing. Darting up from bed you hear a noise outside. A woman is wearing them and looking straight at you. What do you do? Want more creative writing prompts? Pick up a copy of A Year of Writing Prompts: 365 Story Ideas for Honing Your Craft and Eliminating Writer’s Block. There’s a prompt for every day of the year and you can start on any day. Order now from our shop.          
  • Copywriting Crash Course: Learn the Basics of Writing Great Copy

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    The secret is out … If you want to make a VERY good living as a writer, you should become a copywriter. What used to be a “closed profession” is now the biggest opportunity for writers thanks to the $2.3 trillion direct-response industry. Your first step? Learn how to write the copy companies are hungry for. Join Rebecca Matter and Katie Yeakle – who train hundreds of copywriters every year – for this FREE webinar and get a crash course in writing copy that sells. In just one hour you’ll learn the secrets behind good copy, tips for connecting with your reader, techniques for…
  • New Literary Agent Alert: Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency

    Chuck Sambuchino
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.   About Julie: Before joining The Seymour Agency, Julie Gwinn most recently served as Marketing Manager for the Christian Living line at Abingdon Press and before that served as Trade Book Marketing Manager and then Fiction Publisher for the Pure Enjoyment line at B&H Publishing Group, a Division of LifeWay Christian Resources. Last year she was awarded Editor of the…
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  • PND Flipboard Magazine.

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

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

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

    3 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    Biggish reunion this weekend.  At one point there were five Michaels in this class.
  • Mary Meeker's 2014 Internet Trends Report

    1 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    KPCB Internet trends 2014 from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
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    Editors Only

  • New Words, Irregardless of Taste

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

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

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

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:43 pm
    In the news: Are we in a golden age of indie magazines? Last week, Vogue surveyed indie magazine...
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  • When robots join the library

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:59 pm
  • New Iowa State Librarian Chosen, He's Searching for the Next Big Thing..."Whatever That Is"

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    From From KIMT, Minnesota: Michael Scott, who currently works at SELCO in Rochester, MN has been tabbed the new librarian for the Hawkeye state. Scott works with libraries across the area, including those in Olmsted County, but his new gig will find him working with many, many more. “I think it’s a great time for Iowa libraries,” Scott said. “It’s a great time for them to move forward to do that next thing, whatever that is,” he added. Scott says he is excited to start his new job in November and get to know the great people of Iowa even better.
  • More Librarians Required in NYC Middle and High Schools

    26 Sep 2014 | 11:26 am
    The New York City Department of Education must stop violating rules on the minimum number of librarians required at city high schools, state education Commissioner John B. King Jr. has decided. The United Federation of Teachers had appealed to the commissioner several times in recent years to force the city to comply with regulations spelling out how many librarians are necessary, depending on enrollment. City school officials argued last year that fewer were needed because of advancements in technology and the ability of small schools to share them. In a decision signed Sept. 15, Mr. King…
  • An Alleged Ban

    25 Sep 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Is it Band (sic) Books Week yet? I’m not sure, and the propaganda is so hyperbolic I don’t have the heart to read it to find the dates. Anyway, let’s see if the Band Book people mention this very odd case. Full piece here:
  • A knowledge of books

    25 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    I conceive a knowledge of books is the basis upon which other knowledge is to be built. -- George Washington
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    David Gaughran

  • Don’t Wait For Permission: Why Authors Should Be Entrepreneurs

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

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

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

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

    8 Sep 2014 | 10:13 am
    I’m launching the 2nd edition of Let’s Get Digital next week and today I’m going to try and answer all your questions. Most have surrounded something I’ve hinted at over the last few months. I’m doing something pretty cool and different with this launch. Or maybe crazy is a better word. In short: I’m giving it away free to all purchasers of the old edition. More on that below… When is the 2nd edition out? It’s officially launching next Wednesday, September 17, and I’ll be posting again then. As always, subscribers to my New Release Mailing List will get an exclusive…
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    Soft Skull Press

  • Letter to Jimmy

    Soft Skull
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:29 pm
    What place is there then for a black American in the “Tower of Babel”? Your quest proves to be greater than you anticipate, Jimmy, extending beyond your particular case as an American citizen of color. The post Letter to Jimmy appeared first on Soft Skull Press.
  • No Stopping Train

    Soft Skull
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:13 pm
    No Stopping Train is the magnum opus and final novel of the late writer Les Plesko, a powerful, swirling novel of memory and violence set during the Hungarian Revolution. The post No Stopping Train appeared first on Soft Skull Press.
  • Vampira

    Soft Skull
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Vampira: Dark Goddess of Horror by W. Scott Poole Pub d […] The post Vampira appeared first on Soft Skull Press.
  • The Palace of Illusions

    Soft Skull
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:35 pm
    In her new collection, gifted poet and novelist Kim Addonizio uses her literary powers to bring to life a variety of settings, all connected through the suggestion that things in the known world are not what they seem. The post The Palace of Illusions appeared first on Soft Skull Press.
  • Octopus Summer

    Soft Skull
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:34 pm
    Callum Littlefield walks a fine line between arrogant overconfidence and self-deprecating insecurity. After being ostracized by his peers and getting thrown out of his New England boarding school, Callum’s parents exile him to his aging grandmother’s estate on Long Island. He is promptly put to work with her smattering of servants, and is forced to interact with his old Macumba-practicing Brazilian nanny. The post Octopus Summer appeared first on Soft Skull Press.
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    800 CEO Read

  • The FT Press/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Shortlist

    25 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    TweetA shortlist for the 2014 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award was announced yesterday. The books chosen focus very much on the big-picture issues of the day, “the most important trends shaping our world” as the press release puts it, so the switch from Goldman Sachs to McKinsey as a partner to FT has not reduced the scope of the books as I thought it may. (I speculated back in May when the announcement was made that McKinsey would now be backing the award that it may change focus to the more nuts-and-bolts business management issues that McKinsey…
  • ChangeThis: Issue 121

    24 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    Tweet Work As We Know It Is Dead by Jacob Morgan “The idea that ‘work sucks’ is engrained in almost every aspect of our professional lives. Employees aren’t cogs, work should not be drudgery, and managers can no longer be slave-drivers. This isn’t a manifesto about following your passions or being happy, it’s a call to action to change and evolve our organizations to reflect the world they operate in.” The Humble Pulpit: Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis by Jeffrey A. Krames “Since Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis in March of 2012, he has shown the world a new…
  • Good Enough for the #Girlboss

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
    TweetIronically, the reason I haven’t had a chance to write a recommendation of #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, which released in May is because I’ve been busy being a #girlboss. It happens to be the first book I read upon receiving my promotion to General Manager of 800-CEO-READ, and Amoruso’s fueled me during those first few uncertain days. Actually, I’m not the only #girlboss in the company either; 800-CEO-READ is a woman-owned company, and those owners are also our CEO and Board Chair. Since the retirement of our President and Founder, Jack Covert, the leaders at…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Glass Cage

    12 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    Tweet The Glass Cage: Automation and Us by Nicholas Carr, W.W. Norton & Company, 288 pages, $26.95, Hardcover, September 2014, ISBN 9780393240764 Nicholas Carr writes beautiful, big-picture books on the history and future of technologies that have evolved alongside humanity. In The Glass Cage, his focus is on automation. The fundamental question, on which popular opinion seems to change with the economic winds, is whether the automated machines we design are labor-saving wonders that will lead us to a technical utopia of increasing leisure and prosperity, or whether they’re stealing…
  • Jack Covert Selects – How We Got to Now

    Ryan Schleicher
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    Tweet How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson, Riverhead Books, 304 pages, $30.00 Hardcover, September 2014, ISBN 9781594632969 Not many writers can craft an engaging 250 page book around seemingly mundane subjects such as glass and freezing, but Steven Johnson (Where Good Ideas Come From) has a talent for literary, scientific explanation that connects these subjects to historically important, transformative ideas and innovations. His new release, How We Got to Now, continues Johnson’s exploration of the “hummingbird effect”—when “an…
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    Writer Beware

  • A Hand in Your Pocket: Monetizing the Business of Writing

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

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

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

    5 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareIndependent editors. What do they do? When do you need them? How do you find them--and, most crucial, how do you determine whether they're qualified to be doing what they're doing? These very important questions are addressed on the Editors page of the Writer Beware website.Just as important, however, is a question that arises after you've determined your editing needs (and budget) and done your due diligence: are you and your chosen editor compatible? To get the most out of the editing experience, you must feel comfortable with your editor and be…
  • Haters Gonna Hate: The Smear Campaign Against Absolute Write

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:49 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware NOTE: Before writing this post, I thought a lot about linkage. I didn't want to increase traffic to propaganda blogs and websites by linking to them--but I did want readers to be able to see the kind of nastiness involved. So most of the links in this post are to cached versions.FULL DISCLOSURE: I've been a member of Absolute Write since the early 2000's, and was a moderator there for several years. Last week, I received an email from the owner of a website that, among other things, posts lists of resources for writers.One of the website's users…
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    Dear Author

  • Ellora’s Cave v Dear Author Update

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    Today there was a temporary injunction hearing.  During the hearing the judge did not grant the injunction, but did request that we come back for a more thorough hearing, where we would be able to provide evidence  in our defense. Truth is an absolute defense to defamation. Therefore, If you are willing, I need help with the following: Individual authors, editors, cover artists willing to testify, either in person, via telephone or in an affidavit to payments made/not made. It would be best if you could testify in person, but a sworn written statement will be adequate. Additionally, if you…
  • This One’s For You

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    More than two years ago, I wrote a post in which I called out the Romance community for the shaming, silencing, and doxxing of readers who were critical of authors, as well as the seeming unwillingness of the larger community to come together in solidarity. I ended that post (which, ironically, drew possibly the largest number of comments ever for a DA post, more than 800) with the following admonition: And we can do better than that. We need to do better than that, not just to protect the integrity of the books and the book-talk, but to protect ourselves as women from even more vulnerability…
  • Tuesday News: Dangers of corporate copyright infringement, when gender and religion collide, 1930s Harlem map, and cute proposal story

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Bugging out: How rampant online piracy squashed one insect photographer – An interesting article about how widespread corporate copyright infringement has imperiled the professional life of a nature photographer. In other words, the opposite of how many people perceive piracy, despite the rampant violations of copyright and trademark by corporate interests. While the stereotypical copyright story pits private users against large corporate rights-holders, real-world cases are often more complex. After all, most content creators are private, and many content users—as well as content…
  • Daily Deals: A couple of fascinating memoirs and two angsty romances

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius by David Eggers. $ 1.99 AMZN | Apple From the Jacket Copy: The literary sensation of the year, a book that redefines both family and narrative for the twenty-first century. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is the moving memoir of a college senior who, in the space of five weeks, loses both of his parents to cancer and inherits his eight-year-old brother. Here is an exhilarating debut that manages to be simultaneously hilarious and wildly inventive as well as a deeply heartfelt story of the love that holds a family together. A Heartbreaking…
  • REVIEW: In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Dear Ms. Higgins: Ok, I admit it, any book that begins with a strong heroine almost getting to use her Taser automatically has an edge with me. Add in the fact that the female protagonist is in law enforcement, is a firm believer in the use and abuse of common sense, and loves dogs? I’m hooked. I’m right there with you. It’s all the best parts of contemporary romance wrapped up in a neat little package. Emmaline Neal is a small town girl living and working as a deputy in the tiny New York hamlet where she spent her high school – and happiest years. Jack Holland is a…
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    TNBBC's The Next Best Book Blog

  • Writers Recommend: Scott Abrahams and The Blue Guide to Indiana by Michael Martone

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Last week we broke out our debut post for Writers Recommend, a new series where we'll be asking writers to, well, you know.. recommend things. Like the books that they've enjoyed. To you. Because who doesn't like being recommended new and interesting books, right?! Think of it as a PSA. Only it's more like a LSA -Literary Service Announcement. Your welcome. Scott Abrahams Recommends The Blue Guide to Indiana“WARNING: It seems very likely that many times of opening for museums and sites given hopefully in the text, coupled with general remarks in the Practical Information…
  • Drew Reviews: Galaga

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    Galaga by Michael Kimball3 StarsPages: 136Publisher: Book Fight BooksReleased: July 2014Guest review by Drew Broussard The Short Version: Everybody has a game that they love, that means something special to them.  For Michael Kimball, that game is Galaga - and he explains not only what makes the game marvelous but also what makes it so important to him in simple, honest terms.The Review: I'm too young to have really ever encountered arcade culture.  Oh sure, I've been to arcades and played plenty of arcade games - but home systems were the norm by the time my…
  • Audiobook Review: Acceptance

    26 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Listened 9/7/14 - 9/20/144 Stars: Strongly Recommended to readers of books 1 & 2, for, you know, obvious reasonsAudio 9.6 hoursPublisher: Blackstone AudioReleased: September 2014WARNING: Do not read this review if you haven't read Annihilation and Authority. I can't be blamed if I end up spoiling a whole lotta shit if you do....Read my review of Annihilation here. Read my review of Authority here. Jeff Vandermeer brings the creepy back in the third installment of the Southern Reach Trilogy. And he also brings a bit of a twist. Unlike its predecessors, the mysteries and history…
  • Indie Spotlight: Adrian J Walker

    25 Sep 2014 | 5:48 am
    I don't know about you, but I enjoy getting the story behind the story. It's always interesting to hear where the author found the inspiration, how much of it is actually based on true event (isn't the advice always "write what you know"?), and where they were hoping the story would take them in the end. Of course, in the case of The End of the World Running Club, we know Adrian didn't base it completely on true events, because, well, if he did... SPOILER: we wouldn't be posting this spotlight because we'd have no internet because the world would have ended and civilization as we know it…
  • Where Writers Write: Gerald Brennan

    24 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Welcome to another installment of TNBBC's Where Writers Write!Where Writers Write is a series that features authors as they showcase their writing spaces using short form essay, photos, and/or video. As a lover of books and all of the hard work that goes into creating them, I thought it would be fun to see where the authors roll up their sleeves and make the magic happen. This is Gerald Brennan. Gerald is the author of Resistance, Zero Phase: Apollo 13 on the Moon, and, most recently, Public Loneliness: Yuri Gagarin’s Circumlunar Flight, which was largely…
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  • Indie Warrior shares best tips for self-publishing

    Lisa Lickel
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    The Indie Warrior: Tips from the Battlefieldby Nicolette PierceNavigating the publishing world can feel as though you’re tromping through a battlefield, shrapnel blasting you with every step. It can seem overwhelming. We globally compete for rank, sales, ratings, fans, and so much more. The difference between self and traditional publishing is not that vast. Having said that, I would not switch to traditional unless I was offered a king’s ransom. I love self-publishing! And here’s why: I control everything. From the book cover to the final manuscript, I am the supreme ruler. Enough…
  • Authors: How to Get it Right On Social Media

    Cherie Burbach
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Social media has become essential today for writers to build a platform and connect with readers. But are you getting the most out of it and more importantly, working it correctly so your readers benefit? Be a Person FirstRemember the first word in social media: social! Always be a person first and a marketer last. In between “first” and “last” are all the things that tell readers about who you are. In other words, don’t start off by sharing links about your books. Start off by connecting with readers and getting in on the conversation.Some of the writers who do social really…
  • Why Do We Care?

    22 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
     Why do we turn the page? Because we care about what happens to the character. Somehow, an author has fleshed out a character so well that we want to know how they deal with the conflict that has come against them. As authors, how do we make our readers care?I came across a book recently with some really good information on this. Creating Character: Bringing Your Story to Life by William Bernhardt is an excellent resource. I'm just going to highlight Chapter Eight today: Making Readers Care.Bernhardt likens this subject to meeting new people at a party. Some people you want to spend the…
  • One Great Way to Write a Short Story

    Jimmie Kepler
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    "Exhibit A"I am a "second-rate" short story writer. Why would I say that? "Exhibit A" shows the answer. It is a certificate documenting my second-place finish in the short story writing contest of the East Texas Christian Writer's Conference. I have never won a short story competition but have finished in second place. I have written and even sold short stories. Over the years, I have entered short story contests. I am still seeking that elusive "first place" in a short story contest. In my quest to win a contest, I have become a student of the short story form. Here is what I…
  • ACFW's Biggest Cheerleader has a Book of Her Own!

    Linda Yezak
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    President of the award-winning literary site, Novel Rocket, and three-time Genesis finalist, Ane Mulligan is in everyone's corner. New to the biz? You'll find her rooting for you. Been there a while? Still rooting. Need prayer, advice, a positive word? Go to Ane. She's there for you, ready with a smile and words of encouragement.She lives in Suwanee, GA, with her artist husband, her chef son, and two Mastiffs--huge by Biblical proportions. She's one of my critique partners, a special friend, and a fellow redhead, and I'm honored to get to present her to our readers here on…
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    Books Buyer

  • How Do Books Become Best Sellers?

    Barry Koscher
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Books become best sellers when … Oh, wait. Exactly, how do books become best sellers? Is there a certain way to do this? Or do we just hope and pray? Let’s discuss. So, you’ve written a book. Naturally, you want it to sell. Preferably, like diamond-studded hotcakes. Any number of factors can rocket a book […] The post How Do Books Become Best Sellers? appeared first on Books Buyer.
  • Article on the Importance of Books

    Natalia Allegro
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    They say “When you open a book, you open a new world”. Well, who cannot agree with this? Books have become inevitable to mankind. For most of us, it is part of our everyday lives. To me, books are one of the basic necessities of life and it is also one of my life’s simple […] The post Article on the Importance of Books appeared first on Books Buyer.
  • What is the Importance of Books?

    Eva Baggett
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    What do books mean to you? To others? Read on. “From every book, invisible threads reach out to other books; and as the mind comes to use and control those threads, the whole panorama of the world’s life, past and present, becomes constantly more varied and interesting, while at the same time the mind’s own […] The post What is the Importance of Books? appeared first on Books Buyer.
  • Jane Eyre and What it Means to Me

    Natalia Allegro
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    My favorite classic novel would have to be Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. The novel is a very personal body of work as it incorporates much of Charlotte’s own history, as well as painting a picture of what she felt her circumstances should turn out to be. Also, the work being almost a personal history […] The post Jane Eyre and What it Means to Me appeared first on Books Buyer.
  • Do Books And Literature Matter In An Internet Age?

    Barry Koscher
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    In 1439, German blacksmith Johannes Gutenberg created an invention that opened the door to an era of exploration and achievement that was never before possible. His invention, the printing press, to this day is credited with being the single most important factor in the spread of learning and education to the masses, and, as such, […] The post Do Books And Literature Matter In An Internet Age? appeared first on Books Buyer.
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  • THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT Or, How to rock the novella, the epic-length novel, and everything in between.

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    With guest Lisa Phillips.We hear it all the time. One author is working on the next book in her series, another is writing a novella. Someone else is publishing a book as four episodes—a “serial” novel. At some point in your writing career, chances are you’re going to do most—if not all—of these. But how? That’s what we’ll be talking about today. So grab your morning cup of Joe, and join me in dissecting the many lengths your story can be.My latest book, Star Witness, is a Love Inspired Suspense.  These books range from the 55 to 60 thousand word mark. They typically…
  • Open Your Book with a BANG

    28 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    with guest Laura Scott.Good morning Seekerville! Grab a cup of coffee or tea, and hang out for a while. I hope you're ready to have fun today as we talk about writing good romantic suspense by starting your book with a BANG. Literally. A Bang! As in guns, bombs, tear gas, bad guys with get my drift. Tina James, my fabulous editor from the Love Inspired Suspense line, has apparently been using my newest book, Down To The Wire (SWAT: Top Cops - Love In The Line of Duty) as an example of how to start off suspense books in a way that sends the hero and heroine right into…

    26 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Julie LessmanToday's Weekend Edition is a split event. We'll be sharing LIVE from ACFW #14 in St. Louis and later today and tomorrow sharing the gala pictures.Don't forget that Tina Radcliffe will be tweeting live from the Saturday night gala at  Go  to the ACFW Conference web page for the live blog link to the gala here.      We also launch our 7th Birthday Celebration on Wednesday, October 1st. During the month of October we blog every single day. We will be giving away a $50 gift card from various online stores each Sunday in…
  • Live from ACFW

    25 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Glynna Kaye, Janet Dean, Debby Giusti and Pam HillmanWe're live  ACFW Conference in St. Louis! Enjoy these first day pictures. More coming tomorrow. Leave a comment and we'll pick a non conference attendee to win a $25.00 Amazon gift card. Winner announced in the Weekend Edition.Tina Radcliffe will be tweeting live from the Saturday night gala at  Keep an eye on the ACFW Conference web page for the live blog link to the gala. Last year's is here. Join the Seekers Thursday and Friday night in the bar area for a late night chat.  If you are a…

    24 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Characterization is key to any novel, whether that novel be character-driven or plot-driven.We all know to make our characters interesting, sympathetic, memorable.  We know to draw them with verve and vitality. We know to give a physical description. We know not to make them perfect (perfect is boring and allows no room for growth). But do we delve deeper into other attributes?           Moral compass.  What is your protagonist’s moral compass?  How does he react to a situation where he has a choice between right and…
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    Firebrand Publishing

  • The Real Costs of Self Publishing Your Book

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

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

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

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

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

  • Now BookBub lands in Britain

    Roger Packer
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    BookBub is a free service that tells readers about book deals. Members get email alerts on free and discounted titles matching their interests. Authors and  publishers advertise on the firm’s targeted emails to drive sales and find new fans. The company has massive US mailing lists, including more than 1,640,000 subscribers to its Mysteries list and just over a million for the Contemporary Romance list. It’s expensive to advertise on BookBub but it can pay off. There’s a scale of costs according to the price of the book. For example, to advertise a book to the Mysteries…
  • Kindle Unlimited ‘library’ service branches out to the UK at 30% higher price

    Roger Packer
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:51 am
    Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited ebook borrowing service has opened up in the UK, earlier than many commentators had anticipated after its July launch in the US. The UK service will cost £7.99 a month, which is around $13 at the current exchange rate, nearly a third higher than the US rate of $9.99 for Kindle Unlimited. The only other major ebook subscription service available in the UK is Scribd which costs $8.99 a month in the US. It doesn’t feature a separate sterling price for the UK as it charges the same $8.99 price and the member pays at the current rate of exchange, so at…
  • Authors Got Talent – new crowdsource show coming soon for Amazon

    Roger Packer
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
    Not content with offering authors a platform to self-publish and setting up several publishing imprints to publish a wide range of genres themselves, Amazon is now looking to the wisdom of the crowd to launch what looks like Amazon’s Got Talent, but without the TV show. Reports indicate that Amazon is setting up a new program which is basically an open call for manuscripts from authors. Amazon will put extracts of the books on a website and call for the audience to vote for their favorites, with the most popular going on to be considered by an Amazon panel for publication, so it’s…
  • Bon Voyage! Huge demand for Kindle Voyage $200 e-readers as first edition sells out in days

    Roger Packer
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:03 am
    The death of the e-reader amid an avalanche of tablets has been predicted for some time now but the new generation of e-readers seems to be doing just fine, with the first production run of the Amazon Voyage not only selling out within a few days in the US but also looking set to be a rare hardware moneyspinner for Amazon. The first Voyages will be sent out on October 21 but Amazon says the ‘popular demand’  means orders placed now on for the device will ship a month later during the week of November 23. This date is for the device ordered with Amazon’s…
  • iBooks bundles up a ton of box sets at 99c apiece

    Roger Packer
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    Apple’s iBooks is running a worldwide merchandising feature offering 100 box sets with most priced at 99c each, although some are just 49c. Forty of the bundles are through self-publishing distributor Smashwords and the firm’s box sets include over 200 authors, with most of the bundles being created for the Apple marketing move. The merchandising feature includes Contemporary Romance, Crime & Thrillers, Historical Romance, Paranormal, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, and Teen & Young Adult. Smashwords says Apple plans to promote the feature in the US, Australia, UK, Canada, Ireland and…
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    Enago Blog: Scientific Publication Help

  • Six Things Every PhD Student should Refuse to Do in order to be Successful

    William Stevenson
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    There are many things a PhD student must do to succeed. There are also things a student must not do if he or she want to be a success. Here are six to avoid. Fudge Data Suppose you have carried out a reaction several times and cannot get the yield above 60%. Having a low opinion of your lab skill, your advisor tells you to write up the result for publication but change the yield to 75%. Would you do it? You shouldn’t. Perhaps you could mollify him with the neutral description, “in good yield,” but don’t fudge data. If nobody can reproduce your work, your reputation will…
  • How to Avoid Ethical Issues in your Research?

    William Stevenson
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:49 am
    Too many scientific reputations have been damaged by charges of unethical behavior. Although we all think of ourselves as applying the highest standards of ethics, avoiding ethical issues is not as easy as you might think. Here are some of the problems encountered by researchers and how to overcome them. What is Ethical Behavior? Defining ethical behavior is surprisingly difficult. Some things are obvious: don’t fake research, don’t take credit for another’s work, disclose conflicts of interest. But the devil is in the details. For example, when publishing a research paper, what exactly…
  • How to Develop your own Voice in Academic Writing?

    William Stevenson
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    Whether concerning physics or psychology, academic writing has the reputation of being dense and impenetrable. Rumor has it that only six people in the world understood Einstein’s first paper on relativity, and the term “psychobabble” summarizes popular attitudes towards behavioral science. But this reputation is exaggerated. Einstein’s papers were not hard to understand, just hard to believe. The best academic writing is both profound and accessible, deep but not obscure. Here are some ways academics can improve their writing style.… Continue ReadingRelated Posts:Paper is…
  • Seven Challenges Faced By a Research Student and How to Cope With Them

    William Stevenson
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:04 am
    Graduate school is an exciting time but can also be a stressful time, with the student facing many new challenges. Here are some of the typical challenges with pointers on how to cope with them. (1) Time management Courses, teaching, research, literature surveys, preparing seminars—there is a lot to do and it can all seem overwhelming. A daily “things to do list” is helpful, or even better, an appointment planning guide. I like one that shows an entire week when spread open. (2) Getting started in research There tends to be a high “activation energy” to start any new endeavor such…
  • How To Deal With Your Supervisor Claiming The Authorship Of Your Research Paper?

    William Stevenson
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:24 am
    Among the unethical practices that exist in the academic publishing field there is a practice that really bothers researchers: gift authorship. Sometimes, senior supervisors or journal editors try to claim the authorship of some research papers, even when researchers believe that they do not meet the authorship criteria. Even though their decisions can be questioned, senior supervisors or editors can claim authorship if they want to. In case of conflict, you have two main options: refer the case to the head of the your institution or try to use your tools to come to an agreement with your…
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    Beyond Paper Editing

  • Beyond Paper Editing is Moving...

    25 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    by Carla Douglas@CarlaJDouglas… and we invite you to come along!Stay abreast of our editing and self-publishing tips and tools, and witness, first-hand, our triumphs and gaffs as we launch our publishing business.Subscribe to our newsletter at, and to thank you for subscribing, we'll send you a self-editing toolkit containing the top five tools we recommend for self-editing and proofreading.Next week, find us at Looking forward to seeing you there!Photo: Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife
  • How to Become a Publisher, Step 1: Build a Website

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    By Corina Koch MacLeod@CkmacleodwriterWhat’s the first step you need to take when you’re setting up a digital publishing company? Writing a business plan? Maybe not. I’d like to suggest building a website should be your first step.Start With a Website I have nothing against writing business plans, but the act of building a website is, to me, a more authentic exercise to help you consider what you want your publishing company to be about. You'll need to know what you're about in order to communicate it to your potential customers. Why not begin with that end in mind? …
  • Why You Should Become Your Own Publisher

    11 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    By Corina Koch MacLeod@CKmacleodwriterAre you a traditionally published author who wants to self-publish?Carla and I have been working with a small independent publisher for 12 years, and recently we've made the decision to self-publish our educational resources. To do so, we need to become publishers.New SeriesThis post is the first in a series about the steps we're taking to set up our publishing company, Don't Panic Books. These won't be "we've got it all figured out" posts, but rather, "this is what we're trying" posts. So, if you're on the fence about self-publishing, do stick around and…
  • Print to Digital: Cleaning Up Your Word File

    4 Sep 2014 | 7:46 pm
    by Carla Douglas@CarlaJDouglasIf you have a print document that you’d like to self-publish, you can turn it into a digital file and convert it to an ebook.The first step is to get it into MS Word, and this post shows you one way to do that, using OCR software.If you’ve been following along, you’ll have scanned your print document and saved it as a pdf, and then run it through an optical character recognition (OCR) program and saved it as a Word doc (.doc). Note that MS Word is your best friend right now. Editors use Word for a few reasons, and efficient cleanup and editing are high on…
  • How to Use Reader Feedback to Improve Your Writing

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:38 pm
    by Carla Douglas and Corina Koch MacLeod@CarlaJDouglas  @CKmacleodwriterThis post originally appeared on May 28, 2014 at The Book Designer.Self-pubs: Your readers are trying to tell you something. Here’s how to get the most from what they’re saying.I know I need to edit my book, but I don’t know where to begin. — Indie AuthorStep 1: Start with the ReaderWe hear this comment frequently from self-publishing authors. Completing a book-length work is exhausting, and the last thing you want to hear when you finish your first draft is that you need to start again, this time with…
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  • The Lemon Grove – ‘SEXY’, ‘SHOCKING’, ‘SULTRY’? …nope.

    Laura Jones
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Lemon Grove is about as sexy as my left pinky toe. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a perfectly fine pinky toe but it doesn’t really have that alluring factor. (my other pinky toe however…) As a victim of the over-hyped, over-endorsed book, I found myself disappointed and left a little flat after closing The […]
  • This week in numbers: September 6th – 12th

    Laura Jones
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:39 am
    After a month long break (oops) here’s this week’s numbers in publishing. Children’s market up 10% on 2013 (Bookseller) ‘The UK children’s publishing market is up by 10% this year, making it the fastest-growing book sector ahead of what is expected to be a sell-out Bookseller Children’s Conference (25th September). Nielsen BookScan data shows that […]
  • A Lovely Way to Burn – Louise Welsh

    Laura Jones
    6 Sep 2014 | 12:45 pm
    FINALLY. About time I read a Louise Welsh book. If you’re in or around the Scottish literary scene, you’re bound to know her name regardless of whether or not you’ve read any of her work. I was shamefully in the latter camp. I can only blame dissertation, work, general life for so long before I […]
  • This week in numbers: August 9th – 15th

    Laura Jones
    16 Aug 2014 | 3:44 am
    Here’s this week’s numbers in publishing. 40% of sales in Scottish bookshops are on Scottish referendum (Bookseller) ‘Scotland’s booksellers are seeing a “huge” boost in sales relating to the impending referendum. If anyone was in doubt as to the economic impact of the vote itself, Scottish booksellers can confirm it has been beneficial for business, […]
  • This week in numbers: August 2nd – 8th

    Laura Jones
    8 Aug 2014 | 3:29 am
    Here’s this week’s numbers in publishing. HarperCollins 5% revenue growth worldwide (Bookseller) ‘HarperCollins has seen worldwide revenue and profits rise across the past year, driven by sales of Veronica Roth’s YA title Divergent. For the 12 months ended 30th June 2014, HarperCollins recorded revenues of $1.43bn (£850m), a growth of 5% on 2013’s figure, $1.37bn […]
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    Nostrovia! Poetry

  • The moon you do not need a telescope to see the craters of

    Jeremiah Walton
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:49 am
    Bleeding for the Moon on its fractured Edges by Dreamer Let me cut myself on your fractured edges. I am okay with bleeding for my moon. (Ahhh, such a metaphor it makes the poetic community wet. Fuck. I’m just saying I’d do anything to keep you safe (and quite a lot to keep you happy). If we were in prison, maybe an abandoned one that we snuck into to take pictures and monkey in, and we become stuck in a jail cell, I’d let you eat me. That’s how I know I love you. I’d let you eat me.) previously published in Fuck Art, Let’s Dance
  • “I get poetry!”

    Jeremiah Walton
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    “I get poetry.” & “I don’t get poetry.”   I love poetry.  I do not understand all of it.  I don’t generally try to.  The emotions provoked allow me to gauge how much a poem has an impact on me personally.  Poems like  Somewhere in the bottom of the rain by Steven Roggenbuck and Tweets from @Beach_Sloth have stuck with me.  Charles Bukowksi, D.A. Levy, Walt Whitman, e.e. cummings, all of these are poets that have struck me and shaped me as a human being. Poetry is not a measurable substance. I don’t love all poetry.  I love some poems.
  • What is the grass?

    Jeremiah Walton
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:43 am
    A Child Said, What Is The Grass? by Walt Whitman A child said, What is the grass? fetching it to me with full hands; How could I answer the child?. . . .I do not know what it is any more than he. I guess it must be the flag of my disposition, out of hopeful green stuff woven. Or I guess it is the handkerchief of the Lord, A scented gift and remembrancer designedly dropped, Bearing the owner’s name someway in the corners, that we may see and remark, and say Whose? Or I guess the grass is itself a child. . . .the produced babe of the vegetation. Or I guess it is a uniform hieroglyphic,…
  • “i am like october when i am dead”

    Jeremiah Walton
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    from i am like october when i am dead by Steven Roggenbuck there is a show on the history channel about the mayan doomsday prophecy jupiter is in the south of the sky i love you in the south like the hurricanes of jupiter
  • e.e. cummings exhibits & ocean

    Jeremiah Walton
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    Syntax and conventions be damned to the limitations of art… right guys?  Have I won the write to think now?  I tip my hat side ways.  Is it far enough.  Are L&Ms too cheap to smoke?  I can write more accepted poetry than you.  I’ll give you a good long lick where I probably shouldn’t for a 5 star review on Amazon. -giving out blowjobs for Facebook Likes on my authors page Follower Obsessive syndrome.  Follower #s oppressing the Artist’s creative habits. Foreword to an Exhibit: I (1944) Art is a mystery. A mystery is something immeasurable. In so far as…
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    Marketing Tips For Authors

  • Why Authors Should Have a Newsletter

    Paula Krapf
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:21 pm
    While a newsletter does mean some work on your part, it’s also a wonderful marketing tool. Social media is a great way to connect with readers, but you don’t own the sites, or make the rules. Your newsletter belongs to you and is the perfect way to stay in touch. You don’t have to spend hours preparing each edition. We’ve pulled together some tips to help you create a fan-friendly newsletter your readers will enjoy. Read more: Share Why Authors Should Have a Newsletter #amwritingClick To…
  • Building a Website: How People Surf

    Paula Krapf
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:18 am
    Where to Put Your Buy Button Once you build your site and everything is working, do not make your visitor search all over your site in order to buy from you! Put your BUY NOW button in an obvious, easy-to-find space. You may be laughing now, but we’ve worked with many businesses who buried the BUY NOW button so deep in the site, it was impossible to find! Capture Them One of the best things you can do for your site is add a means to capture a name and email address so you can market to your visitors again and again and again. At AME we have a newsletter that goes out bi-weekly. It’s…
  • Oh No – I Got a Negative Review!

    Paula Krapf
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:24 am
    It’s inevitable – if your book is out there available to the public, you’re going to get a negative review.  As much as the review upsets you, it’s important to step back and consider a few factors such as: Did you target the right readers? Is your book blurb an accurate representation of your book? So, do what you need to do to handle the bad review. Do not engage with the reviewer, but settle down, and review your marketing to make sure you’re on target. Read…
  • 15 Ways to Ramp up Your Ebook Sales

    Paula Krapf
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:48 pm
    At some point, it’s inevitable: your ebook sales will trend downward. It’s simply part of the cycle. That doesn’t mean you throw up your hands and give up. Your book, no matter when it was published, will have ups and downs. Best of all, you do have options when ebook sales fall off. Author J.A. Konrath offers 15 great tips in this blog post. Konrath is a great resource on this issue because he’s written (and co-written) a lot of books, and during that time he’s seen the ups and downs. But when he sees a decline in sales, he takes action. Get the…
  • Building A Website: Paralysis by Analysis

    Paula Krapf
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Does your site resemble Starbucks? A million buttons and links with endless choices for the user? Is it intricate and complicated? Ok, I confess. I’m one of those Starbucks patrons who orders a complicated drink. I don’t know how my “black coffee” turned into something that takes three minutes to order, but it does. Most of us are used to Starbucks by now, their complex options and effectively unlimited choices of coffee and non-coffee beverages. Starbucks is trendy and fun, but what if you weren’t used to that? What if you were from the moon and you happened into a Starbucks for…
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    Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog

  • PressPad Web Store Increases Revenues for Digital Publishers

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

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

    Clark Buckner
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:52 am
    In this interview Clark Buckner from spoke with Fiksu’s vice president of new market and media solutions about strategic actions that generate loyal users, and overcome mobile marketing industry challenges. Clark Buckner: Now we’re looking at where the digital industry is today. Where do you think the biggest challenge is? Or maybe where some […] The post How Data Analytics Drives Valuable Mobile Marketing appeared first on Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog.
  • How To Promote Your Business Through a Digital Magazine

    Wojtek Szywalski
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
    Companies may use various techniques to keep filled the top of their sales funnel. Continuous stream of customers dropping into the sales process, is probably, one of the key factor successful businesses do. And in the era of blooming permission marketing this process starts much earlier than it used to be. Blogs, webinars, websites, digital […] The post How To Promote Your Business Through a Digital Magazine appeared first on Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog.
  • How a Digital Magazine Can Overcome the Seeming Obstacles of a PDF Format

    Wojtek Szywalski
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    People read digital magazines. They like to have their favorite content available on mobile devices they have with them—wherever they go, and regardless of what they like. Welcome to the digital era of mobile devices. In this article I am going to present an easy method to achieve the finest reading experience right for your […] The post How a Digital Magazine Can Overcome the Seeming Obstacles of a PDF Format appeared first on Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog.
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  • Who or whom?

    The Proof Angel
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:52 am
    A lot of people struggle with the difference between these two, so another infographic doesn’t hurt, does it? Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Grammar & usage Tagged: grammar, whom
  • How classic book covers have changed

    The Proof Angel
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:22 am
    As fashions change, how have classic books continued to grab attention on the shelf in the book shop? This post compares various covers over time. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Bits & bobs Tagged: book cover
  • What you can learn from Jane Eyre

    The Proof Angel
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:57 am
    We can all learn by analysing the work of an expert.  Here is what Jane Eyre can teach you about mind-blowing heroines. Yes, I know Jane Eyre isn’t the expert here, but it keeps it snappy. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: heroines, writing fiction
  • The science of storytelling

    The Proof Angel
    27 Sep 2014 | 1:47 am
    This is an interesting infographic about how our brains react to stories. I’m not convinced the knowledge helps much with the writing process, though! Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: Storytelling
  • 10 Short story competitions

    The Proof Angel
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:13 am
    For those of you who have short stories up your sleeve, here is a list of competitions to enter before the end of the year. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: short story, writing competition
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  • Reinventing Publishing: PW Talks with Claire Cook

    Passive Guy
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    From PW’s Book Life: Claire Cook, bestselling author of Must Love Dogs, recently made the transition from traditional publishing to self-publishing, choosing to leave her big-five house and agent. Out of all the hats you wear as an indie author, which do you find suit you best, and which takes you out of your comfort zone? I enjoy all the hats, though I have to admit that wearing them all at once can sometimes get a bit unwieldy. I love writing. I love speaking to groups. I have awesome readers and interacting with them is pure joy. I’m fascinated by the publishing world, and I…
  • Local book industry concerned at proposed shake-up

    Passive Guy
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    From Dynamic Business: One of the more controversial proposals in the recent draft review of competition policy was its recommendation to lift parallel import restrictions on books, with the review warning this amounted to an implicit tax on Australian consumers. The restriction prohibits the importation into Australia of a product by anyone other than the licensed Australian manufacturer or distributor, cutting off an important alternative source of supply. Removing the restriction would see more books on offer for cheaper prices. The draft review, led by Professor Ian Harper, warned the…
  • Digital publisher Ellora’s Cave sues Dear Author blog for reporting on its financial troubles

    Passive Guy
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    From Gigaom: To those who follow the digital romance publishing world, it’s not exactly a secret that digital publisher Ellora’s Cave is struggling. But now the company is suing a leading romance blogger who wrote about the problems it was having. Ellora’s Cave, launched in 2000, was a very early player in romance ebook sales and for a time was highly successful, selling romance and erotica titles that mainstream publishers had ignored to a passionate audience of female readers. Then things began falling apart, sales decreased and authors started going unpaid. Dear Author, a romance…

    Passive Guy
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    The Passive Voice has passed an important milestone today. As of a few minutes ago, visitors to the blog have contributed 150,000 comments. Passive Guy has often said that the comments are the best part of the blog and he thanks each and every person who has contributed a thought, a question, a bit of snark, etc.
  • “The Guns of August” Is Still WWI’s Peerless Chronicle

    Passive Guy
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    From The Daily Beast: The historian Fritz Stern memorably called World War I “the first calamity of the twentieth century, the calamity from which all other calamities sprang.” No one in late June 1914 anticipated that the assassination by a Serbian nationalist of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, would draw in all five major European powers and their various allies into a cataclysm that would snuff out the lives of 20 million soldiers and civilians, destroy three empires, and lay the groundwork for an even bloodier World War II. Shock and…
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    Helen Sedwick

  • How to Get Permission to Use Images Without Paying a Fortune or a Lawyer

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

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

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

    Helen Sedwick
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    On bridges spanning the Seine in Paris and the canals of Venice, lovers place padlocks engraved with their names and throw away the keys. These colorful love locks create a touching testament to the promise of an unbreakable bond. Don’t you wish you had such a lock on your writing? Authors worry about piracy, particularly of their ebooks. I know I do. Every time I search my novel’s title COYOTE WINDS, I find sites offering a free or one cent downloads. I could waste a lot of time sending DMCA take-down notices. It’s easy on a technical level for pirates to resell your ebook, especially…
  • Questions About Copyright, Pen Names, and 1099s

    Helen Sedwick
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:01 am
    Today, I am going to answer questions posted by readers through emails, my website, and even Amazon reviews. I appreciated when readers take the time to ask questions. It helps me know what’s on your minds. QUESTION: Oh no. I published my book last year and never registered it with the U.S. Copyright Office. Is it too late? ANSWER:  No, it’s not too late. You may register a copyright anytime within its lifetime (currently, life of the author plus 70 years). In fact, you must register your copyright before you can sue someone for infringement. And there are some extra benefits of…
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    Ajoobacats Blog

  • Book Review: Eeny Meeny by M J Arlidge

    Babus Ahmed
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    DCI Helen Grace is the youngest female officer to be promoted so far up the chain in the Southampton Force, but will it help her get to the killer who is abducting couples and giving them the choice to kill or be killed? A gritty, gripping and taut crime thriller chronicling the killings of a rare type of serial killer. Helen Grace is well written as a self-tortured but ambitious senior officer who makes mistakes and has a past that slowly emerges during this first book. Not for the faint-hearted and definitely a series I hope to keep up with. Filed under: Book Reviews Tagged: crime thriller…
  • Book Review: Dying To Get Published by Judy Fitzwater

    Babus Ahmed
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    Jennifer Marsh is a budding writer with 8 unpublished crime novels under her belt. She decides to try and commit a murder in order to get some first hand experience in her subject of choice and to do away with a “career SOB” of a publishing agent, however on the execution of her plan she has second thoughts but not without putting herself in the frame of a murder. A hilarious and well written novel that I thoroughly enjoyed on the whole but the romance aspect of the plot didn’t hit the right notes for me. Even though I had guessed correctly the whodunit aspect of this one I…
  • Book Review: Drowned Murmurs by Honor A Dawson

    Babus Ahmed
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:10 am
    Reviewed as part of Rosie’s Book Review Team. Drowned Murmurs tells us about the eerie occurrences in the lives of two women 100 years apart: In present day, Michaela has just inherited Primrose Cottage from her Uncle Jim and along with boyfriend, Sam is renovating this much neglected property against the wishes of her mother, Judith and the written recommendation from her Uncle Jim. The cottage also comes with a history of rumours about a curse and myths about a ghostly Catherine. Catherine Cooper lived in Primrose Cottage 100 years prior to Michaela. She moved in after marrying…
  • Book Review: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

    Babus Ahmed
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:44 pm
    To read my review of Doctor Sleep for The Review Group, please click here. Filed under: Book Reviews Tagged: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, Horror thriller review, The Review Group
  • Book Review: The Dukes Shadow by Louise Charles

    Babus Ahmed
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:04 am
    “He focused on the view from the window; he loved this time of year when the leaves were beginning to turn from green, to the pleasing red and oranges. Such a fantastic splash of colour to mark the end of a season yet promises of new beginnings. Although the familiar view did little to soothe the discomfort in the pit of his stomach as he struggled with the different lives of Reuben and William.” Louise Charles’ The Dukes Shadow tell the tale of William, the second some of the Duke of Romsey, who has to sacrifice his dreams in the name of duty to his family when his older…
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    ABNewswire - Press Release Distribution Service

  • CruiseCompete Celebrates 11th Anniversary, Flourishes Due to Consumer Reviews & Sharing

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    "How CruiseCompete Works: 1) Find a cruise & create a quote request 2) Compare cruise offers & reviews of agents 3) Contact agents directly for information or to book your cruise"A- List Cruise Travel Specialists and Faithful Followers are Key to Website Success!DETROIT (Sept. 30, 2014) CruiseCompete, the premier online cruise marketplace, celebrates its 11th anniversary this month, with close to 13 million quotes via the CruiseCompete website. The key to CruiseCompete’s 11 years of success? According to CEO Bob Levinstein, “Our formula for success is based on six core principles.
  • Looking for an Experienced Family Law Firm in Casa Grande, AZ? Choose Wallace, Volkmer & Weagant, PLLC.

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    "“When you meet with our family law lawyer in Casa Grande, we will discuss your legal rights and make sure you understand the options that are before you,” says spokesperson Cody Weagant. “Since we understand that you are facing a difficult time, we are here to offer advice, support, and tools to help you move forward.”" Wallace, Volkmer & Weagant, PLLC, extremely knowledgeable family law attorneys in Casa Grande, AZhave achieved the outcome couples and parents seek for many decades. In regard to family matters, attorneys should focus on the client’s best interests and remain…
  • Fruit breakfast to accelerate weight loss

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    Why fruit breakfast can lose weight? First, fruit is high nutrient density of food, taste fresh, appetizer, promote basic metabolism. Second, low calorie fruit, rich in dietary fiber content, which contribute to intestinal cleaning, improve body type, is essential during weight loss diet food. The morning is the most physically active, Eat fruit at breakfast time, these effects can maximize. The best time to take breakfast is in the morning. Eat fruit for breakfast can promote your stomach and intestines, improve food digestion and helps the body absorb toxins and garbage discharged. When you…
  • La Pure to Launch Milk ATMs !

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:37 am
    “La Pure”, a milk brand that is produced by the PDFA farmers (Progressive Dairy Farmers Association) and PDS (Progressive Dairy Solutions) will soon be available in an automated machine near you! The PDFA is an association of 6000 dairy farmers in Punjab, who by making use of technology and scientific methods are optimizing the milk production in the state. These ATM’s will function 24/7, which will allow the residents of the bustling city of Ludhiana to have access to milk, nature’s wellness drink at any time, without the headache that is associated with it. It is a quick and…
  • Where to Buy The Best Useful Economical Cell Phone GPS WIFI Jammer Online ?

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    "Buy the best signal jammer blocker online, online discount wholesales and dropship from China with the reasonable economical price."Gain the high quality signal jammer here with the reasonable price, will be your best choose online !Now in different kinds of places,people will choose different styles of signal jammers as well and that is also why some people now are using the handheld signals jammers, while others are using the high power desktop signal jammers. Of course for people who have the need to take the signal jammers with them using the handheld signal jammers is…
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    Top South African News

  • World’s Heaviest Pumpkin Tips the Scales at 2,096 Pounds

    Staff Reporter
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
    MAINZ, Germany — A Swiss gardener has grown the world’s heaviest pumpkin — and it weighs almost as much as a small car. Beni Meier, 30, had to use a special vehicle to transport the fruit, which tipped the scales at 2,096.6 lbs. An official from theGreat Pumpkin Commonwealthassociation was at the weighing, which broke a world record previously held by California couple Tim and Susan Mathison. “We were told that lots of watering and daily care was necessary,” said Maika Ziehl, a spokeswoman for the farm where the competition was held. The pumpkin will remain on display in…
  • One Person Killed and 41 Others Injured On infamous Moloto Road Accident

    Staff Reporter
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:35 am
    Tshwane Emergency Management Services (EMS) spokesperson Johan Pieterse said one bus had collided into the back of another which had broken down, according to eyewitnesses. Pieterse confirmed that the driver of the bus that rear-ended the stationary vehicle had been killed in the crash. “Eight people sustained serious injuries, while 33 were slightly injured,” he said. Moloto Road, dubbed “the unholy road”, has a long history of fatal crashes. The deadly crashes had persisted on the 130km-long road linking Pretoria and Mpumalanga despite several interventions by the Department of…
  • Julias Malema Trial Postponed to August 3, 2015

    Staff Reporter
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:26 am
    The trial of Julius Malema and his co-accused was postponed by the Polokwane High Court on Tuesday. Prosecutor Andrew Laka asked the court to postpone the trial because some counsel were not available. “The case is postponed to August 3, 2015 for trial,” Judge Ephraim Makgoba said. Malema and his co-accused, On-Point Engineering directors Lesiba Gwangwa and Kagisho Dichabe and two companies, On-Point Engineering and Gwama Properties, face charges of racketeering and 52 other counts, including fraud. In March, corruption charges against Malema’s business associates…
  • Alleluia Ministries Church Building ‘A Disaster In Waiting’

    Staff Reporter
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:42 am
    Construction at a church building in Lyndhurst, Johannesburg, was a disaster waiting to happen, The Star newspaper reported on Monday. A second story was being added to the Alleluia Ministries church without building plans or approval from the City of Johannesburg, according to the newspaper. The city has seen two warnings to stop construction ignored. The church was operating illegally as the property it was situated on was not zoned as a place of worship, while the city’s town-planning amendments scheme stated the property was not safe to build on. Architect Marian Laseron, who has…
  • BMW Takes Its Self Driving Cars To China

    Staff Reporter
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:33 am
    The luxury and executive car maker is taking its autonomous driving technology to the streets of Beijing and Shanghai in the hopes of developing its features for Chinese drivers. The company’s self-driving cars have already clocked up thousands of kilometers on European roads — they’ve even autonomously conquered the Nurburgring, the world’s most challenging racetrack. But now, after five years of research, development and testing on its home turf, BMW is partnering with Baidu — China’s largest search engine — to start testing autonomous driving…
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