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  • Even when you don’t want to

    The Passive Voice - Latest Updates
    Passive Guy
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Write even when you don’t want to, don’t much like what you are writing, and aren’t writing particularly well. Agatha Christie
  • Writing: Art or Business?

    29 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    with guest Jan Drexler.Last year I joined our local writers group. It’s a secular group with a broad range of writing experiences and goals among the members. And like any group of writers, there are a lot of aspiring authors who come to learn and grow. Several of the members have had some success in the indie publishing field, but I’m the only regular attender who is traditionally published.That, plus the fact that I’m new means that they really aren’t sure about me yet. (That’s okay. Sometimes I’m not sure about them, either!)One of the other members and I walked out to our cars…
  • Self-Published Authors: Technology Tips and Tools to Increase Your Visibility

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

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

    Intentional Leadership
    Michael Hyatt
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:45 am
    Why I’m Putting My Money on the Older Horse When I think of an entrepreneur, I think of someone forward-thinking, creative, energetic, and relentless. I also think of someone forty and up. Courtesy of iStock/monkeybusinessimages What? Our stereotypes don’t run that direction, do they? We’re more likely to think of Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg dropping out of college than someone who graduated twenty years before and who’s now starting a new venture. But that’s what the numbers say. Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your…
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  • Pew Survey: Snowden Leaks Are Affecting the Way Americans View Privacy

    Sonia Paul
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:05 am
    It’s been nearly two years since former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden first leaked to the Guardian that the NSA was spying on American citizens. A new survey from the Pew Research center finds that the revelations of the mass government surveillance programs has definitely impacted the way certain segments of the American population now view their […] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Remix: How Our Data Students Succeeded with More Structure and Freedom

    Nicole Blanchett Neheli
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Teaching Gen Y’ers is a challenge. First, you have to capture their attention when students can access myriad interesting conversations and games on their computers and phones while you natter on at the front of the classroom. And often, it seems like you’re in a room full of people who have high expectations about getting […] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Daily Must Reads, March 27, 2015

    Julie Keck
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:47 am
    1. Periscope and live video are changing the Internet forever (Owen Williams / The Next Web) 2. Lawyers reading mean tweets: How the media influenced the Ellen Pao trial (Nellie Bowles / Re/code) 3. The New York Times, ‘PBS Newshour’ strike video-sharing agreement (Benjamin Mullin / Poynter) 4. A news app isn’t a new homepage: […] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Mediatwits #153: The Case for (And Against) VC Funding for Digital News

    Jefferson Yen
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:05 am
    What do BuzzFeed, Upworthy and Refinery29 have in common? Well, for one, they’ve raised millions in venture capital money, and they’re all getting deeper into the digital news business. Refinery29 is looking for a news director as they’ll soon be joining in the scrum to cover breaking news. Upworthy made its own news when they […] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Pro Partnerships and Data Courses at WVU

    Alison Bass
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    When I moved to Morgantown almost three years ago to teach journalism at West Virginia University, the sketchiness of the local news coverage shocked me. The one newspaper that covers the Morgantown area is owned by a family who have amassed a fortune in the coal and limestone industries, and the paper either doesn’t know […] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
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    Digital Book World

  • Building Away from the Book

    David Wilcockson
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    If publishers and readers are to get the most out of digital content, we in the industry need to think harder about embracing “modularity”—the process I outlined in my last post for creating value from flexible “chunks” of content. Many books today, whether print or digital, are produced in a linear process from authoring to production—which reflects both the linear way in which they’re typically consumed (cover to cover) and publishing’s own manufacturing heritage (from manuscript delivery to the delivery of bound books to the warehouse). We now have the opportunity to…
  • The Kids Are Alright without Enhanced E-Reading

    Rich Bellis
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    For all the time millennials are spending on digital platforms, they aren’t dropping everything in order to read on them. The numbers tell a pretty clear story. While e-reading is popular and growing among younger readers, two recent studies both find they’re still about twice as likely to read a print book as an ebook. Less clear is how come, and what, if anything, publishers can do to get more digital natives to live up to that title. Voicing the familiar worry that “we’re losing an entire generation of readers” to the enticements of other media, one digital publishing start-up…
  • Apple’s Tablet Sales Sink 15% in 2014 as Market Slowdown Continues

    27 Mar 2015 | 11:54 am
    The trend seen in the first half of 2014 carries through to the full year as well, with Apple having shipped 15% fewer iPads in 2014 than it did the previous year, according to new data from ABI Research. Meanwhile, Samsung’s tablet sales are up 7% for the year, continuing the growth charted back in September. According to ABI’s analysts, “the declining revenue of the tablet market is hurting the profit margins of many companies,” and for consumers, “tablets are losing their initial appeal and remaining a nice-to-have item.” Related: Amazon Lags…
  • Young Readers Say No Thanks to Enhanced E-Reading

    Rich Bellis
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:51 am
    How do younger readers want to read? If you go by the numbers, so-called digital natives are just about as frumpy as their analog elders. One recent survey shows U.S. readers ages 18–34 almost twice as likely to read a print book as an ebook on any device. And while Pew researchers found ebooks’ popularity to be highest among the 18–29-year-old bloc in its own latest study (37% read one in 2014), that same demographic was more likely than any of the three older age groups in the sample to read a print book (79%). As Alex Segura, SVP of Publicity and Marketing at Archie…
  • How to Reach Millennial Readers

    Rich Bellis
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    For book publishers, millennials can be a tricky bunch. They appear to favor print as well as offline, word-of-mouth book recommendations on the one hand, while driving an enormous share of social media activity on the other. Meanwhile, publishers’ marketing resources remain limited, and many are struggling to build relationships with readers where such things haven’t really existed before. According to experts familiar with the ways millennials consume content and interact on social platforms, certain paths of least resistance may also be among the most effective. Savvy partnerships with…
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    A Newbie's Guide to Publishing

  • Ebooks for Libraries

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

    20 Mar 2015 | 5:24 am
    This blog post is designed to flog my recent short story that shares one of my series characters, Dr. Derek Stillwater, with one of Joe Konrath’s series characters, Lt. Jack Daniels. The short story is called BLACK RUSSIAN and it is part of the Kindle Worlds program. You can buy it here for the low-low price of $0.99.If you want to know how I came to actually write BLACK RUSSIAN, I suggest you visit my blog and read Derek Stillwater Visits JA Konrath’s Universe. It’ll provide you with some information on why I wrote what I did and how it came to be, if that’s the sort of thing…
  • Kindle Worlds Launch

    9 Mar 2015 | 10:47 am
    This is cool.The Jack Daniels and Associates Kindle World is now live. The official announcement was just made.Right now there are 38 stories, with more on the way.I first blogged about this last week. TL;DR - writers can now create stories using characters and situations from my books. How my KW is different from other Kindle Worlds (at the time of this writing) is that writers can keep the rights to their characters.This is a big deal, because it allows authors to team up their characters with mine. Or their characters can kill my characters. Or have sex with them. Or whatever.The…
  • On Copyright Again

    1 Mar 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Last summer I wrote about the need to reform copyright.The points I made then are still relevant and valid, but I wanted to add a bit to it based on some comments in my last blog post.I talked about how fun it would be to write a comic where Superman, Hulk, and Spawn fight, but how that isn't ever going to happen.DC owns Superman. Marvel owns Hulk. Image owns Spawn.Since none of these characters are in the pubic domain, the only way to use them is with a license. But that's only one level of restriction. Even with an approved license, licencors will have rules. The few existing…
  • Jack Daniels & Associates Kindle Worlds

    25 Feb 2015 | 7:23 pm
    I was invited into the Kindle Worlds program when it got started.Kindle Worlds allows others to write in the world another author has created.For example, if you love the John Rain books by Barry Eisler, or the Wayward Pines series by Blake Crouch, or Hugh Howey's Silo Saga, you can write a story using their worlds and characters, publish it, and actually split the money it earns with that author.I think this is a killer idea, and it is akin to one I has years ago called the Active Ebook. My intent was for authors to allow other writers to use their characters--what has been known as fan…
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  • 5 Ways To Get a Book Deal: Guest Post by Sheena Lambert

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

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

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

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

    23 Dec 2014 | 7:46 am
    Thank you so much for sticking around these much-neglected parts this year! Write more blog posts and post blogs more frequently is on my list of New Year’s resolutions, I swear. My last post was a bit of a recap of the year and all its university-going and agent-getting excitement, but if you’re looking for something to read while you queue at the tills in the midst of department-store-mania or just need a quiet escape over the holidays with a cup of coffee and your phone, below are a list of quick links to 2014’s most popular posts. I went for quality over quantity this…
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    BookBaby Blog

  • 10 perfectly normal struggles when writing a novel [infographic]

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:46 am
    Do you agonize over your titles? Are your friends worried about you because you don’t emerge from your office for days? Are you constantly rewriting? Don’t worry – you’re not alone! Warren Adler, who has published more than 30 novels and short story collections in his 40 years as a published author, lifts the veil in this infographic on some of the writing struggles he has learned to accept as part of the process of writing a novel. Warren Adler is an author, playwright, poet, and essayist. With over 40 years of an insider’s view of the exclusive domain of the nation’s political…
  • 8 tough creative writing lessons from an ex-MFA teacher

    Chris Robley
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    The dirt on MFA writing programs — and what you can learn from it More than a few MFA teachers I’ve known have talked about the politics of their English departments in such a way that it sounds like an episode of House of Cards (maybe minus the murder). Criticizing students, fellow teachers, the program, or even the effectiveness of creative writing programs in general — it has to be a careful dance. Well, one ex-teacher, now freed of such considerations, has let it rip in an article called “Things I can say about MFA writing programs now that I no longer teach in one.”…
  • Sell them with your cover design

    24 Mar 2015 | 10:33 am
    Despite the old cliché, your prospective eBook and print buyers will judge your book by its cover. A great book or eBook cover design is one of your best sales tools, instantly conveying the key thoughts, messages, and images that sum up your book. That’s why it’s essential for you to stand out from everyone else on those crowded eBook retail sites and bookshelves. And it goes beyond the old cliché. According to Deloitte’s research paper, Technology, Media & Telecommunications Predictions 2015: “A key value of print books appears to be their cover. Covers have been shown to…
  • Should you follow the traditional or self publishing path? Numbers point the way.

    Steven Spatz
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:33 am
    Hybrid authors walk the line between traditional and self publishing by doing both. It’s a question that thousands of potential authors are asking themselves everyday: Should I try self publishing? Or should I chase the dream of traditional publishing. One answer is: do both! You’ll be hearing and reading a lot more from BookBaby about authors who do both traditional and self publishing. They’re called “hybrid authors” and they’re some of the most successful authors around today! But if you’re just starting your publishing journey, you have to start with one or the other. It…
  • Famous writers’ insults [infographic]

    Chris Robley
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:35 am
    You can tell a lot about a writer from the way he or she insults a fellow writer. What does he object to? What does she value? What are their beliefs about style and content? There it all is in a quick little put-down! And here in this infographic from are some of the most famous writers’ insults hurled at one writer by another: What are your favorite writerly insults? Let us know in the comments below. The post Famous writers’ insults [infographic] appeared first on BookBaby Blog.
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    Self-Publishing Review

  • Why Clean Reader Doesn’t Matter

    Henry Baum
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    Unpopular, minority opinion: Clean Reader doesn’t matter. In brief: an app called Clean Reader aimed to remove swear words from books, replacing then with freaking and crap, etc. Cue the outrage of authors who claimed this as censorship. Smashwords and others then removed titles from the app. To begin, I write books with profanity. I’ve ...
  • Review: Immortal Dawn by Bradly Byykkonen★★★★★

    James Grimsby
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:51 am
    Vinson Gant was just another spice trader, forty years old and doing well for it, running a tidy and profitable routine, enjoying a comfortable life high above the dusty smog shroud of Hazhur. That is, until a favor on behalf of a trusted associate in honorable business practices – the safe transport of their 14-year-old ...
  • Being an Indie Author [AUDIO]

    Martin Lastrapes
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:42 am
    I’m an indie author and shortly after I self-published my first novel, Inside the Outside, I wrote my first article for Self-Publishing Review, which was called “A Self-Publisher’s Manifesto” (I published an extended version of that article on my website, which I re-titled “An Indie Author’s Manifesto”). As I prepared to self-publish my second novel, The Vampire, the Hunter, ...
  • Review: Sarah in the City of Moon by Fida Fayez Qutob and Dalia Qutob ★★★★★

    Lysa Grant
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:23 am
    Sarah in the City of Moon is a sweet story about friendship and curiosity. Five-year-old Sarah takes a class trip to the City of Moon (also known as Jericho, the oldest town in the world and the lowest point on Earth). She wanders away from her group and her bus departs, leaving Sarah to find ...
  • Review: A Distant World Beckons by Thomas Eberhard ★★★★

    Cate Baum
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:33 am
    This unusual book, A Distant World Beckons: Embracing The Mystical, from Minnesota author Thomas Eberhard explores the fascinating topic of communication with the deceased, and shares anecdotes from people who have made contact with loved ones who have passed. Is it just our own negativity and cynicism, and maybe fear that stops us believing that ...
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    Publishing Perspectives

  • How HP Digital Printing Brings Innovation to Publishing

    Edward Nawotka
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    HP's innovations in digital printing allow publishers to reduce costs for printing and inventory management. Find out more on April 13 in London. The post How HP Digital Printing Brings Innovation to Publishing appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Authenticity, Relationships Matter Most to Millennial Readers

    Edward Nawotka
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Publishing Perspectives' "Designing Books for Millennial Readers" conference revealed that authenticity is the key to unlocking the hearts of millennials. The post Authenticity, Relationships Matter Most to Millennial Readers appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • UK Authors Force Clean Reader App to Stop Some Book Sales

    Dennis Abrams
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Creators of the Clean Reader app will no longer sell books after receiving complaints from authors that their works were being altered without permission. The post UK Authors Force Clean Reader App to Stop Some Book Sales appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Nielsen’s BookInsights: UK Publishers Sold £2.2 Billion in 2014

    Roger Tagholm
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:18 am
    UK publishers sold £2.2 billion of books in 2004, with ebooks accounting for nearly half UK fiction sales—though print in other categories proved resilient. The post Nielsen’s BookInsights: UK Publishers Sold £2.2 Billion in 2014 appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • “I Was a Juror at the Bologna Illustrators Exhibition…”

    Guest Contributor
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:14 am
    Charles Kim describes what it is like to judge 15,000 illustrations for the prestigious Bologna Illustrators Exhibition in just a few days. The post “I Was a Juror at the Bologna Illustrators Exhibition…” appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
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    The Book Designer

  • Dropcards for e-Books: Digital Downloads with a Difference

    Joel Friedlander
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:03 am
    By Shelley Sturgeon (@ShelleySturgeon) A couple of years ago I wrote an article for The Book Designer about some of the options that were available to authors of e-books for distributing their e-books through bookstores and at booksignings (E-books For Real: E-book Gift Cards from Livrada and Enthrill.) Recently I had the pleasure to speak with Steve Ceragno of about what Dropcards can offer authors and small publishers when it comes to digital downloads for their e-books. Consider the following scenarios: You’ve written an e-book and you want to: make it available to…
  • Self-Publishing: Carnival of the Indies Issue #54

    Joel Friedlander
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    Welcome to this issue of the Carnival of the Indies blog carnival. This issue is for March, 2015. 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 Jay Artale presents ALLi Watchdog: Amazon vs Apple posted at Alliance…
  • How to Use Lyrics Without Paying a Fortune or a Lawyer

    Joel Friedlander
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    By Helen Sedwick Whenever I speak at a conference, I ask who uses lyrics in their writing. Without fail, hands go up, including my own. Lyrics are a quick way to communicate setting or reveal character. A Sinatra ballad evokes wartime romance while Grateful Dead ramblings transport readers to a smoky love-in. When I explain that using lyrics may be copyright infringement, an audible groan fills the room. Lyrics are intellectual property, like text and images. If you use someone’s property without permission, whether it’s a car, a bicycle, or the words to a popular tune, you are violating…
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    The Future of Ink

  • Quit Being A Commodity: 10 Ways To Get Visibility And Stand Out

    Kathleen Gage
    13 Mar 2015 | 6:05 am
    by Kathleen Gage Years ago there wasn’t much competition online. Seems like whatever an expert introduced to market was a novelty and people ate it up. Today, this is definitely not the case. Today, your product is likely, unless you position it correctly, to be one among many, literally getting lost in the shuffle. Take the following three topics: Product creation – lots of experts have product-creation courses, myself included. Kindle book development and marketing. Again, lots of experts have Kindle products available. Make money with teleseminars. Still more experts have this topic…
  • How To Build Your Email List With A Free Ecourse

    Nina Amir
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:05 am
    by Nina Amir In the early days of the Internet, people signed up for newsletters and mailing lists eagerly just to stay in touch. Today, no one signs up for anything unless they believe they will receive great value for doing so. That benefit usually comes in the form of a gift of some sort. A strong “call-to-action” for an “irresistible offer,”  will build your email list quickly if targeted to your market. But what should you give away to get visitors to provide you with their email addresses? Most online marketers, as well as authors and bloggers, use such things as short e-books,…
  • How To Publish A Book Bundle On Kindle

    Shelley Hitz
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:05 am
    by Shelley Hitz Lately, I have had several authors ask me how to publish a book bundle on Kindle. It really is not that difficult to do, but can have great rewards. There are several ways to put together a book bundle or book set and I will share these strategies in this post. Before I get into the logistics behind publishing a book bundle, here are two types of book bundles you can publish. Publish a book bundle on Kindle from your previously published books The first option is to take books you have already published and compile them into a bigger book set. I have done this for several of…
  • Should You Sell Your eBook On Amazon? Pros And Cons

    Rebecca Livermore
    20 Feb 2015 | 6:05 am
    Rebecca Livermore As an indie author, you have a lot of decisions to make. One of the biggest decisions is whether to sell your eBook on Amazon, on your own website, or both. Amazon, of course, is a top choice for most authors, but just because everyone else is doing it, doesn’t mean this is what’s best for you. There’s not a one-size-fits-all answer to this question, but reading through these pros and cons of both of the options will help you determine what’s best for you. Amazon A Streamlined System Amazon is very good at what they do, and their experience shows in…
  • How To Build Your Readership Six Ways (Without Social Media)

    Justine Schofield
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:18 am
    by Justine Schofield Building your readership is the key to success in the current book market. Readers don’t just flock to books without the author putting in the time and effort to connect and engage with them. As an author, you have to establish yourself within the writing world and appeal to your audience. Just like writing, building your audience is an ongoing process that should ideally begin before you publish your first book. If you’ve already published and don’t yet have a loyal readership, don’t worry! It’s never too late to start and there are a lot of fun ways you can…
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    The Passive Voice - Latest Updates

  • Sexism in literature

    Passive Guy
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    From the (Pakistan) Express Tribune: Quick, off the top of your head, name five books that have gotten critical acclaim recently. Chances are the books you’ve named are mostly those written by a male author. ‘But that’s just because I read genres that are more male-dominated,’ you might argue. Or, ‘Well, men write better books than women.’ Such arguments are overly simplistic (not to mention misogynistic, in the case of the latter) and ignore the deep-rooted sexism that is prevalent in the world of literature today. Pakistan breeds sexism in literature According to the author Saba…
  • Amazon Home Services

    Passive Guy
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:48 am
    From the Amazon Media Room: Amazon announced today the launch of Amazon Home Services (, a new marketplace for on-demand professional services. In less than 60 seconds, customers can now browse, purchase and schedule hundreds of professional services from wall mounting a new TV to installing a new garbage disposal to house cleaning, directly on Amazon Home Services features handpicked pros offering upfront pricing on pre-packaged services with helpful reviews from customers that have made verified purchases. Amazon’s Happiness Guarantee backs all service…
  • The secret to writing a novel a month

    Passive Guy
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    From author Shantnu Tiwari, a TPV regular: Ok folks, so this is Week 2 of Writing with Baby Challenge. This week, I will give you the secret to writing a novel in one month (or in my case, 20 days). But let me warn you, there is no secret. Writing with Baby Challenge, Week #2 So this week (over last 6 days) I wrote 5317 words. I’m hoping to average around a 1000 words a day. I use iDoneThis to track my word count- it’s pretty cool. You get an email everyday, and you reply to it saying how many words you typed. Saves the I forgot to note my wordcount excuse. At this rate, will finish my…
  • Amazon makes even temporary warehouse workers sign 18-month non-competes

    Passive Guy
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    From The Verge: Amazon is the country’s largest and most sophisticated online retailer, but it still runs largely on manual labor. Scattered around the country are massive warehouses staffed by workers who spend their days picking objects off shelves and putting them in boxes. During the holiday season, the company calls on a huge reserve army of temporary laborers. The work is repetitive and physically demanding and can pay several dollars above minimum wage, yet Amazon is requiring these workers — even seasonal ones — to sign strict and far-reaching noncompete agreements. The Amazon…
  • Even when you don’t want to

    Passive Guy
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Write even when you don’t want to, don’t much like what you are writing, and aren’t writing particularly well. Agatha Christie
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    Ink, Bits, & Pixels

  • Nvidia to Release Updated Shield Tablet, Handheld Soon

    Nate Hoffelder
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:44 am
    Earlier this month Nvidia announced the Shield gaming console. This was the first Nvidia flagship device to use the cutting edge Tegra X1 CPU, and it won't be the last. Recent regulatory filings suggest that Nvidia is going to release both a new Shield tablet and a gaming handheld. There's no evidence yet to suggest that the new devices have the Tegra X1 CPU, but I'd say the odds are in its favor. Earlier today I discovered an FCC filing for a new Nvidia device. (There are actually a couple filings; one belongs to the console announced earlier this month, but the other belongs to the…
  • Purdue University Sued Over Amazon UnStore Contract

    Nate Hoffelder
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:03 am
    Amazon's contract to run a staffed pickup and drop off location at Purdue is ruffling a few feathers.  The NACS (National Association of College Stores) is suing Purdue University to force it to reveal all of the details from the contract it signed with Amazon. NACS had recently filed a public document request and asked for a copy of the contract, but the document arrived with multiple pages redacted. Citing the Indiana Access to Public Records Act, Purdue said that the redacted sections covered Amazon's trade secrets and could not be disclosed. The trade group disagreed, and filed suit…
  • Morning Coffee – 30 March 2015

    Nate Hoffelder
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:12 pm
    Here are 6 stories to read this Monday morning. 25 maps that explain the English language (Vox) Business Musings: Controlling The Creatives (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) Borrow my book— please! (Carmen's Page) Copyright Bots Kill App Over 'Potentially Infringing' Images, Follow This Up By Blocking App For Use Of CC/Public Domain Images (Techdirt) What’s the Matter with Ebooks? (Dan Cohen) Young Readers Say No Thanks to Enhanced E-Reading (DBW) images by stefg74 The post Morning Coffee – 30 March 2015 appeared first on Ink, Bits, & Pixels.
  • eBooks Are Forever Wants to Solve the Library eBook Problem

    Nate Hoffelder
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:39 pm
    Libraries are getting screwed on ebooks even worse than consumers. Where a consumer has to worry about content vanishing with a deceased ebookstore or an expired contract, libraries have to contend with annual fees, expiring licenses, and mysterious technical glitches. JA Konrath wants to help. Around this time last year he and August Wainwright launched eBooksAreForever, a new startup  which offers a library-friendly ebook solution. Based on the idea that it's more important to get ebooks into libraries than make a buck off of them, eBooksAreForever sells DRM-free ebooks under a…
  • Early Review: Onyx Boox i86 Android eReader

    Nate Hoffelder
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Onyx is one of the better small ereader makers in China, so when I heard that they had an 8" model in the works I know that I had to get one. Alas, I could have waited. After teasing us for almost a year, Onyx finally released their new 8" Android ereader in limited quantities in China. Onyx wouldn't sell the device outside of its domestic market, and now that I have one I can see why. A few weeks ago I came across a unauthorized distributor on Amazon which was selling the i86. I quickly bought one, and after owning it for two weeks I can see why Onyx wouldn't…
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  • Author Entrepreneur: Increase Your Revenue

    Joanna Penn
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:54 pm
    There’s a learning curve for all indie authors, which I have covered before in the arc of the indie author. But once you get the hang of the process – writing, editing, publishing, marketing – then you start to think about the business side. If you want to make more profit, then increasing your revenue will be next on the list. Derek Sivers sold his company CD Baby and now sells ebooks about starting a business in foreign markets at I read this interview with him and he talked about how to increase cash-flow in a business. It struck home as true for authors as well.
  • Optimizing Kindle Categories, Email List Building And Facebook Marketing With Nick Stephenson

    Joanna Penn
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Sometimes one little tip can help you tweak your book pages or your author business to become more successful. I’ve learned some cool things from Nick Stephenson recently and in today’s show, we go through a whole load of things you might find useful. [But remember, the most important thing is still … write more great books!] In the intro I mention my lessons learned on my 40th birthday, how excited I am about Oculus Rift and the rise of VR, Apple CarPlay and Google Auto for audiobooks and the power of Inbox Pause. This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps…
  • Solving The Discoverability Problem: Virtual Reality And The Future Of Publishing

    Joanna Penn
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:38 pm
    “if Oculus Rift achieves its potential, it will change more than just a game, but entire industries.” From Techcrunch, 16 March 2015 This is how I feel about virtual reality, Oculus Rift and all the other tech possibilities, about High Fidelity and the future of education, about how virtual reality will be the next shift in media – and will impact publishing in a similar way to the ebook revolution. This article first appeared on The Future Book yesterday (16 March 2015.) And before everyone freaks out at the next new thing, I believe this will happen on a 2 – 5 year…
  • Creativity And Entrepreneurship: Lessons Learned By My 40th Birthday

    Joanna Penn
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:42 pm
    I turned 40 yesterday and I am super thrilled that I have made this milestone birthday while doing something I love with my life! It’s been a journey and I have learned a lot along the way … I’ve been sharing everything here since 2008 but here are some of the most important things I’ve learned. First of all, looking back … what a difference 10 years makes! My 30th Birthday in 2005. Face painting in Auckland, New Zealand On my 30th birthday, I was living in Auckland, New Zealand and newly divorced. The scuba diving business I had with my ex-husband, as well as…
  • Limited Time Deal: Learn Scrivener Fast , Kindle Launch Plan, Video Marketing, Book Proposals And More

    Joanna Penn
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:06 am
    The one tool that changed my writing life? Definitely Scrivener. It continues to be the most important piece of software for me as an author of fiction and non-fiction. It helps me organize and plot, write first draft, edit and publish my books. The software itself is incredibly powerful, so I recommend people learn how to use it with the awesome training course, Learn Scrivener Fast. Well, today is super exciting because you can get Learn Scrivener Fast for just $99 – it usually sells for $179. *** NO LONGER AVAILABLE – expired on Wednesday, March 11 at midnight EST*** But…
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    GalleyCat Feed

  • HBO Unleashes Trailer For A Casual Vacancy Mini-Series

    Maryann Yin
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    HBO has unveiled its own trailer for the A Casual Vacancy mini-series. This show, based on J.K. Rowling’s novel, aired in the United Kingdom back in February 2015. United States audiences will get to see this adaptation on April 29th and April 30th. Click here to watch the BBC One trailer. (via The Hollywood Reporter)
  • YouTube Sensation Jenn McAllister Inks Deal With Scholastic

    Maryann Yin
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:10 am
    YouTube sensation Jenn McAllister (also known as JennXPenn) has landed a deal with Scholastic for a book called Really Professional Internet Person. According to the press release, the 18-year-old internet star’s title will be “a personal and funny guide to creating successful online content and handling the pressures of internet fame.” It will contain pictures, screenshots, social media posts, and biographical stories. Vice president and publisher Debra Dorfman negotiated the terms of the agreement. A release date has been set for September 2015. Click here to watch…
  • FSG Unveils Cover For New Jonathan Franzen Novel

    Maryann Yin
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:20 am
    The cover for Jonathan Franzen’s forthcoming novel, entitled Purity, has been unveiled on the Farrar, Straus & Giroux blog. We’ve embedded the full image above—what do you think? This jacket was created by famed book designer Rodrigo Corral. FSG has scheduled the publication date for September 1st. (via BuzzFeed)
  • Tomas Tranströmer Has Died

    Dianna Dilworth
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer has died. He was 83 years-old. BBC has more: His publisher, Bonniers, said the writer died in Stockholm on Thursday after a short illness. A trained psychologist, Transtroemer suffered a stroke in 1990 that affected his ability to talk. Tranströmer won the 2011 Nobel Prize for Literature. Follow these links to the Poetry Foundation and to read his work online.  
  • Missouri Governor Proposes Massive Funding Cuts For Libraries

    Dianna Dilworth
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Jay Nixon, the governor of Missouri, is holding back $6.6 million in funding that was allocated to the state by the Missouri House and Senate last year. “Of that $6.6 million, Governor Nixon has only release $724,000 and only to libraries serving communities of less than 40,000 people,” reports BookRiot. The Kansas City Public Library is calling on citizens to contact the governor and ask him to release the additional funding to support the rest of the system. Citizens can also has sign this petition or this iPetition to help encourage the governor to comply.
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    Publishing News

  • Surprise visitor saves 'Dead's' day

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:39 am
    Surprise visitor saves 'Dead's' day Spoiler alert: This story contains details from Sunday's 'Walking Dead' Season 5 finale. Check out this story on The Walking Dead mystery man, seen twice briefly this season, showed up just in time to save Daryl and Aaron from a swarm of zombie walkers in the Season 5 finale Sunday.
  • Dwayne Johnson Hosts SNL, Hulks Out as "The Rock Obama," Sings and Plays BambiWatch 3 Highlights

    30 Mar 2015 | 4:33 am
    When you hear Dwayne Johnson is going to host Saturday Night Live for the fourth time, you know it's going to be a smashing good time! The 42-year-old actor and WWE legend showcased his badassness in several sketches, including one that saw him play, um, Bambi. No really.
  • Former Iowa Dem staffer apologizes for East Village selfie

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:27 am
    On the same day recovery crews pulled two dead bodies from the site of Thursday's tragic blast on Second Ave. near E. Seventh St. , former Iowa Democratic staffer Christina Freundlich apologized for the Instagram selfie that surfaced of her smiling beside the disaster site over the weekend. Freundlich, whose photo was one of three that stoked disgust online , took down the photo and expressed regret for the vanity shot by the gas explosion that also injured 25 people and took down three buildings, The Des Moines Register reported .
  • The Congressional Black Caucus Could Derail Benjamin Netanyahu's Plans

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:17 pm
    Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, uses a diagram of a bomb to describe Iran's nuclear program while delivering his address to the 67th United Nations General Assembly meeting September 27, 2012 / Getty Everyone is familiar with the disaster that was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 's speech to Congress earlier this month-which, coordinated with the Republican leadership and executed behind President Barack Obama 's back, strained relations between the United States and Israel.
  • Suicide Squad Director Teases Arkham Asylum

    29 Mar 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Suicide Squad will take moviegoers on a visit to Arkham Asylum, according to a tease by the film's director, David Ayer. Suicide Squad will feature a number of iconic villains from its DC Comics source material, including The Joker, played by Jared Leto, who just recently bleached his hair for the role .
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    Commercial Printing News

  • Zacks' Bull Of The Day: Multi-Color

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Follow me for a second here and I give you the background for my thinking on this one. It's not exactly the butterfly effect but you do have to connect the dots a little bit to get to this.
  • Navigating Programmatic TV Terrain, Trading Desk Style

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:56 am
    Although programmatic TV executions are far from "real-time," agencies and some of the digital DSPs have made headway as suppliers open up greater access to inventory . MDC Partners' Varick Media Management is one of them.
  • Quad/Graphics insider Sells $59,050.00 in Stock

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:28 pm
    Quad/Graphics insider Craig C. Faust sold 2,500 shares of the company's stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, March 24th. The shares were sold at an average price of $23.62, for a total value of $59,050.00.
  • Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. Price Target Cut to $8.00 by Analysts at Citigroup Inc.

    26 Mar 2015 | 6:29 pm
    The firm currently has a "neutral" rating on the stock. Citigroup Inc.'s price objective would suggest a potential upside of 6.52% from the company's current price.
  • Stonebridge Press and Villager Newspapers

    25 Mar 2015 | 7:55 pm
    Home of The Heart of, Winchendon and Connecticuts Quiet Publishers of Auburn News, Blackstone Valley Tribune, Charlton Villager, Killingly Villager, Putnam Villager, Southbridge Evening News, Spencer New Leader, Sturbridge Villager, Thompson Villager, Webster Times, Winchendon Courier, and Woodstock Villager.
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    Packt Publishing

  • Entity Framework Code-First: Accessing Database Views and Stored Procedures

    Shweta Mane
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:24 am
    In this article by Sergey Barskiy, author of the book Code-First Development using Entity Framework, you will learn how to integrate Entity Framework with additional database objects, specifically views and stored procedures. We will see how to take advantage of existing stored procedures and functions to retrieve and change the data. You will learn how to persist changed entities from our context using stored procedures. We will gain an understanding of the advantages of asynchronous processing and see how Entity Framework supports this concept via its built-in API. read more
  • A Sample LEMP Stack

    Shweta Mane
    12 Mar 2015 | 5:54 am
    This article is written by Michael Peacock, the author of Creating Development Environments with Vagrant (Second Edition). Now that we have a good knowledge of using Vagrant to manage software development projects and how to use the Puppet provisioning tool, let's take a look at how to use these tools to build a Linux, Nginx, MySQL, and PHP (LEMP) development environment with Vagrant. In this article, you will learn the following topics: read more
  • Sharing Your Story

    Vincia Fernandes
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:07 am
    In this article by Ashley Chiasson, author of the book Articulate Storyline Essentials, we will see how to preview your story. (For more resources related to this topic, see here.) Previewing your story Previewing a story might sound like a straightforward concept, and it is, but Storyline gives you a ton of different previewing options, and you can pick and choose what works best for you! read more
  • Pricing the Double-no-touch option

    Vincia Fernandes
    10 Mar 2015 | 3:10 am
    In this article by Balázs Márkus, coauthor of the book Mastering R for Quantitative Finance, you will learn about pricing and life of Double-no-touch (DNT) option. (For more resources related to this topic, see here.) read more
  • Evidence Acquisition and Analysis from iCloud

    Vincia Fernandes
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    This article by Mattia Epifani and Pasquale Stirparo, the authors of the book, Learning iOS Forensics, introduces the cloud system provided by Apple to all its users through which they can save their backups and other files on remote servers. In the first part of this article, we will show you the main characteristics of such a service and then the techniques to create and recover a backup from iCloud. (For more resources related to this topic, see here.) read more
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    Thad McIlroy - Future Of Publishing

  • Publishing is Not a Complex Industry

    Thad McIlroy
    15 Mar 2015 | 11:40 pm
    OK. Think of… Aerospace (aircraft) Pharmaceuticals (new drugs navigated through the approval and adoption process) Military (all facets) Telecommunications (“wiring” the next generation Internet network to provide 10 times throughput) Design of high-tech products (think Apple Watch) Launching a new car company (think Tesla) I’ll stop there. And we think that it’s complicated to run a publishing company? What does management have to do? Make sure there are X number of books available for two seasons a year, and manage a marketing department and a sales force…
  • The Smartphone is Ubiquitous, Addictive and Transformative

    Thad McIlroy
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:20 am
    I didn’t write the headline for this entry. It’s in the February 28th edition of The Economist magazine. Smartphones are the cover story in the issue, headlined on the cover as “Planet of the Phones.” The Economist is for me a bible of current affairs. It extends economic analysis to the crossroads with political and social trends. It’s not the most whimsical way to keep track of what’s happening but the resulting summaries are compelling. In researching my new report, Mobile Strategies for Digital Publishing, I struggled as I accumulated mobile…
  • Reengineering the Book Publishing Supply Chain

    Thad McIlroy
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:26 pm
    The subject of the book publishing supply chain has been with us since IT enabled the recording of supply chain metrics. This allowed managers to plan process improvements based on solid data, not just seat-of-the-pant suppositions. As the results came in the publishing industry soon learned that it was not winning the supply chain battle. Back in 1998 a KPMG report (ppt) on the U.K. book publishing industry supply chain notes that publishing “is more costly and wasteful than other consumer goods sectors. Publishers’ logistics costs are 13% of sales, amongst the highest in industry…
  • Barnes & Noble’s College Humor

    Thad McIlroy
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:29 am
    There’s no question that Barnes & Noble is making the right move in splitting its placid college bookstore division from its tumultuously flailing NOOK division. The only question is why the heck they merged the two units in the first place. © 2013 On Campus Media It was laughable, though treated by the press with the same solemnity accorded most large-scale public company transactions. Hey, come on, they said. Here was massive Microsoft getting into bed with Barnes & Noble. That was some hard news. Well, Microsoft slunk out of the marriage bed less than three years later…
  • Mobile Strategies for Digital Publishing

    Thad McIlroy
    17 Feb 2015 | 2:59 pm
    My new report, Mobile Strategies for Digital Publishing, is available now from all of the online ebookstores. Links below. It’s been gratifying to see the coverage that the report is generating… I was interviewed by the very capable Chris Kenneally in the Beyond the Book podcast and by the energetic Len Edgerly at The Kindle Chronicles (available also on iTunes, as TKC 340). You can preview the intro at Google Books. There’s a slide deck free to download on SlideShare. You can get the quick lowdown from a couple of articles I wrote for Publishing Perspectives and…
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    Self Publishing Advisor

  • How to End Small Press Month

    Jodee Thayer
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    In honor of National Small Press Month, which celebrates small publishers and showcases the unique voices of the authors who choose them, I’ve shared promotional tips and advice each week this month. (Be sure to check out the previous posts: Why March is the Best Time to Promote Your Self-Published Book, 10 Ways to Promote Your Self-Published Book in March, Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Self-Publishing, and Connect with Others to Promote Your Book.) After all that self promotion, it’s time to relax and recharge. Every hardworking writer needs to take a break to prevent…
  • Friday Conversations With A Self-Publishing Writer 03/27/15

    27 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    CREATING THE MOMENTS OF EXPERIENCE In the study of Philosophy, the term “empirical knowledge” refers to knowledge based on experience. As professors and students dig further, they discover that experience is also the processed and unprocessed thoughts perceived after an event occurs.  From those thoughts, wisdom is gained as people/characters reflect and/or interpret the actions and events of their lives.  German Philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche once said: “To live is to suffer; to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.” What I’ve just described is the heart of and the…
  • Weekly Self-Published Book Review:The Complete Mystery of Matthew Alcott

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Book reviews are a great way for self-publishing authors to gain exposure. After all, how can someone buy your book if he or she doesn’t know it exists? Paired with other elements of your book promotion strategy, requesting reviews is a great way to get people talking about what you’ve written. When we read good reviews, we definitely like to share them. It gives the author a few (permanent) moments of fame and allows us to let the community know about a great book. Here’s this week’s book review by Midwest Book Review:  The Complete Mystery of Matthew Alcott Michael Oborn Publisher:…
  • Diversity & Self-Publishing (summary edition)

    Kelly S
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Over the last few weeks, I’ve been digging into the particulars of diversity and how it is, or is not, or could be better represented in the publishing industry–that is, in both traditional publishing and in self-publishing.  But you’re here reading this blog, which means you’re either a self-published author, or interested in self-publishing, and that means the stakes are higher in this matter, that you have an incredibly unique place in the argument.  I’ve already written a little bit about how the track record for self-publishing is somewhat more diverse…
  • Self-Publishing Week in Review: 03/24/15

    24 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    As a self-publishing author, you may find it helpful to stay up-to-date on the trends and news related to the self-publishing industry. This will help you make informed decisions before, during and after the self-publishing process, which will lead to a greater self-publishing experience. To help you stay current on self-publishing topics, simply visit our blog every Tuesday to find out the hottest news. High School Teachers Guide Students Into Self-Publishing In some high school classes, teens are becoming published authors through self-publishing projects. Students are producing poems,…
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    The Book Deal

  • Toni Morrison: Write, Erase, Do it over

    Alan Rinzler
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:57 pm
    When Toni Morrison talks about writing, I listen. I’ve taken a keen interest in what she’s had to say ever since I began working with her in 1968, when I acquired, edited, and published her first novel The Bluest Eye. More on what it was like working with Toni here. The Bluest Eye was a break-out critical success, highly praised in the New York Times, sold millions and established Toni as an important new author. She went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for Beloved and published many other notable books including Sula and Song of Solomon, Tar Baby, Jazz, and others. She won…
  • Lessons from a great book jacket designer

    Alan Rinzler
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:14 pm
    The bright yellow cover of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is instantly recognizable. The Wall Street Journal called the jacket, designed by Peter Mendelsund, one of the most iconic in contemporary fiction in the U.S. Mendelsund, Associate Art Director at Knopf, now has his own new book, Cover, published by powerHouse Books. It’s a fascinating inside look at the process that goes into creating a memorable book jacket, including the opportunity to see dozens of discarded comps. Authors line up now for Mendelsund to create their covers, but his very first assignment as a cub…
  • Wouldn’t you love an agent like this one?

    Alan Rinzler
    3 Jan 2015 | 8:17 pm
    Kimberley Cameron is a great example of how one innovative agent is dealing with the stonewalling risk-averse attitude these days of many mainstream commercial book publishers. “Traditional publishers are rejecting so many quality books we’re submitting, by both debut authors and those with a solid track record of successful titles,” Kimberly told me recently. “We’re convinced these books have a market, so we started a new in-house imprint called Reputation books, with the tag Books we stand behind. We’re publishing new titles and rights-reverted backlist books, and…
  • Women mystery writers break out of the shadows

    Alan Rinzler
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:44 pm
    The tired old stereotype of a mystery writer as some hard-boiled noir guy with a cigarette in one hand and a tumbler full of whiskey in the other is obsolete. Over. Done. Make way for Sisters in Crime, a nationwide organization of women mystery writers who are achieving commercial and literary success. Ever since Sara Paretsky’s debut novel Indemnity Only in 1982, a steady flow of increasingly popular women mystery writers has emerged, including Patricia Cornwall with her Scarpetta series, Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhane Alphabet series, and many others. For the love of mysteries I’ve…
  • Eavesdropping for story ideas and other tips from a veteran novelist

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

  • Important Goodreads Changes You Need to Know about Now by @sugarbeatbc

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

    Naomi Blackburn
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:27 am
    LB Dunbar (@lbdunbarwrites) asks “Where to find potential readers…is it really FB, Twitter, FB groups?” AuthorCEO Naomi Blackburn explains.  One word…YES! Let’s break it down. One of the things I tell every client is that being an indie author (heck, any kind of author) is a business. To be successful a business must have visibility. Unlike a business with a brick and mortar site, indie authors have to depend on social media to garner the visibility they need for sales. Consider it your storefront. WRITE IT AND THEY WILL COME? Let’s compare Indie authors to local mom and pop…
  • Easy Pinterest Growth Tips for Authors by @K8Tilton

    Kate Tilton
    15 Mar 2015 | 8:03 am
      I’ve talked about how to engage readers on Pinterest, but how do you grow your following and interactions? As Rachel says, let’s deconstruct! Pin regularly. If you want to increase your presence on Pinterest, you must be actively pinning. Actively pinning means daily pinning, which can seem daunting, but here are a few ways you can make it easy: Download the pin it button to your web browser and pin pictures from articles as you read them. Just remember to pin content with value! If you read an article and found that it did not have much to offer, skip pinning it. Only pin things…
  • This Is The Reason Facebook Pages Are Still Useful For Authors by guest @sugarbeatbc

    Barb Drozdowich
    8 Mar 2015 | 6:09 am
    So, Facebook has been in the news AGAIN! This time for making what some people seem to think are HUGE changes to the platform. I’ve read a few blog posts that have suggested Facebook is going to make people pay for their business pages. This is simply not the case, as you can see in this latest release by Facebook that outlines the upcoming changes. Part of my motivation for writing this post is to educate authors so that they know where to go to get accurate information. It’s all right there in Facebooks’s Terms of Service (TOS).This isn’t a difficult document to read. It’s not…
  • March 2015 #MondayBlogs Giveaway

    Rachel Thompson
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:44 am
    Since I created #MondayBlogs in late 2012, even I’m shocked at what an amazing success it has become! Thousands participate each week, generating more than 5,000 tweets! And it is because of all of you that we can say that with a lot of pride and a big ol’ smile! As a thank you to all you wonderful #MondayBlogs tweeps, we launched an ongoing, monthly giveaway contest in April and we couldn’t be happier with the response! The Featured Monday Blogger giveaway is our way to say thank you for participating in #MondayBlogs by giving you more exposure for you and your blog. Each…
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    Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

  • Is the Ebook Revolution Over?: Driving Ebook Growth as Sales Plateau

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

    Joe Wikert
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:29 am
    Every year it seems our cell phones take on new roles in our lives. Long ago flip phones merely enabled you to make calls. Today’s smartphones are loaded with sensors to do everything from track your health to tell you... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How digital can be a companion for print

    Joe Wikert
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:25 am
    Congratulations, print publishers. You dealt with enormous disruption these past several years and you managed to avoid the same fate as your music industry counterparts. For example, most book publishers still generate 70-80% of their revenue from print. How many... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Finding the optimal streaming content value proposition

    Joe Wikert
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:57 am
    Have you paid much attention to the various pricing options used in the streaming content space? A recent article on re/code talks about the challenges the music industry faces as it wrestles with free, ad-subsidized streaming services. In short, the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why Johnny doesn’t like e-textbooks

    Joe Wikert
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:22 am
    A recent article in The Washington Post explained why most students prefer print textbooks over their digital equivalent. There’s no disputing the fact that print still dominates the textbook sector. That article correctly identified the “what” but I’m not convinced... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Beyond the Book

  • Best of BTB: They Know What You Read (BurstMarketing)
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Earlier this month, Rakuten — Japan’s e-commerce giant, akin to Amazon in the US – announced it would acquire Cleveland-based Overdrive, a supplier of digital content to libraries. In January at the Digital Book World Conference, Overdrive’s David Burleigh and Kobo’s Michael Tamblyn (Rakuten purchased the Canadian-based e-book publishers and device maker in 2011) told CCC’s Chris Kenneally how data drives their businesses and what it reveals about their customers’ reading habits. The owners of ebook platforms now have unprecedented and previously unattainable knowledge about…
  • Book Buying By The Numbers (BurstMarketing)
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    What’s black and white and read all over? A survey of consumer book-buying habit just out from the Nielsen Market Research. This week, the book world began poring over the findings, covering everything from shares of print and digital sales, to preferences for digital platforms. The two most intriguing findings confirm suspicions that the drive to digital is slowing. “First, the e-books share of new book sales increased only slightly in 2014 over 2013” reports Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer.  “And the share of sales through online retailers and bookstore chains…
  • IBPA Pub-U Is On A Mission (BurstMarketing)
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Once upon a time, authors and publishers, along with readers and booksellers, knew their separate places in the book world and they stuck to them.  The distribution of power was uneven, maybe even unfair, but the pecking order seemed to make sense. Once upon a time is no longer in the book world, for better or worse.  The digital transformation of books and publishing has created a more level playing field.  As with so many revolutions, though, the change has come at a cost.  In 2015 who holds the power in the book world, and are these rulers wise and beneficent or crass and…
  • Salinger And the Public Domain (BurstMarketing)
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The legal definition of “public domain” is property that is available or accessible to the public, such as a National Park. In copyright, “P.D.” refers to inventions, writings, recordings or photographs not protected by intellectual property law. Often enough, the public domain can often seem to lie just beyond the horizon – like a mirage in the desert or the famed golden city of Eldorado. If a traveler should ever manage to reach it, the theory states that no return journey is possible. Yet a lawsuit filed earlier this week suggests that when it comes to J.D., the P.D. is not…
  • The Shape Of User Demand (BurstMarketing)
    15 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Along what once was called the information superhighway, platforms and technologies are the vehicles and the roads. These together require smooth-running traffic patterns. Just as railroads run alongside rivers, and thoroughfares line up with but never cross airport runways, the complexities of the Web must be managed carefully. At the recent NFAIS 2015 Conference, panels and presenters considered the challenge of “Anticipating Demand,” examining the impact when maximizing user experience leads all other considerations. A concluding panel addressed particularly the ways that user demand…
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  • Through The Looking Glass – Minnesota Style

    3 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    I wrote this post about a bookstore in Minnesota several months ago but never posted it. After reading a story in PW Daily today about Harry Potter it reminded me how cool Colette Morgan and Wild Rumpus bookstore are. First the PW Daily article from today and then my lost post…… “I may order from,” said Colette Morgan, buyer at Minneapolis’s Wild Rumpus. “They’re giving a better discount than I’m getting from Scholastic.” According to Morgan, Wild Rumpus is selling Deathly Hallows at full price, and that while her store is…
  • Starting Rumors and Be My Friend!

    3 Mar 2015 | 10:18 am
    Whew! We have got some great options for the BEA Sunday morning breakfast slot vacated by Paulo Coehlo. One is a late add to the fall list of a publisher and no one, not event the company’s own sales force knows the book is coming. Hmmmmm who could it be? We’ve been burning up the phone lines to create an even better breakfast event and from the looks of things you won’t be disappointed…… Check out the mySpace Books page, it’s cool for a number of reasons, but not the least of which are the big ole BEA logo and the guest blogger and author, Josh Kilmer-Purcell. We’ve been…
  • Saturday Mornng Cliffs Notes

    3 Mar 2015 | 10:17 am
    A few Cliffs Notes items before I get out and enjoy a lovely Saturday in Borwalk (Sunday will be spent at BEA HQ – you see how I sacrifice for you? Kidding) On Friday BEA’s parent company Reed Elsevier announced its sale of Harcourt Assessment and Harcourt International to Pearson for $950m. The CEO said that it is a refocusing to concentrate on it’s, “Science and Medical, Legal and Risk, and Business Publishing and Exhibition businesses”. Whew, I’m safe for now! Check out this cool icon and link to the exclusive comic the boys from Unshelved made for BEA. What I admire about…
  • Pen Gala, Vidal Spouts Off and Email Outages

    3 Mar 2015 | 10:14 am
    Note: The servers at BEA HQ have been down for a second day. If you sent me an email on Monday or Tuesday I have not received it. I’ll know tomorrow if messages sent to me this week are recoverable or not. I apologize for the inconvenience and will post an update tomorrow. Thanks to Anne Binkley and George Jones of Borders for an invite to the Pen Literary Gala on Monday night. I was fortunate enough to meet Gore Vidal (who received an award and a first edition of Democracy in America) and rub elbows with the publishing and social elite while attempting to avoid spilling dinner on my tux.
  • Honoring Indies and Partying Like A Bookseller

    3 Mar 2015 | 10:11 am
    Fitting that today I finally get around to blogging about a few small things BEA has done to honor independent publishers and the news breaks that Soft Skull Press has been sold. The blogosphere is a funny place in that I have blogged, Shelfaried (yes I made the word up) and emailed with Richard Nash of Soft Skull repeatedly but have never met him and yet I feel like I know him. Maybe I’ll get a MySpace page going and we can communicate there too! I trust this means only good things for him as when I first caught wind of this move a few weeks back all news seemed positive. Richard, get on…
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  • Morning Links: Perception in the business of editing. What happens to donated library books?

    Joanna Cabot
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Business of Editing: Does Perception Matter? (An American Editor) We need to begin at the very beginning: How does a freelancer know what is too low a price to charge? *** What Happens to a Book After You Donate it to the Library? (Book Riot) There’s no better home for your gently loved books than […] The post Morning Links: Perception in the business of editing. What happens to donated library books? appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Weekend Links: Buying eReaders in Canada just got harder. Why YA novels make box office hits

    Joanna Cabot
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:04 am
    Buying an eReader in Canada Just Got Harder (GoodeReader) 20% of all Canadians live in rural areas without a major bookstore and an electronics shop. Chapters/Indigo have been closing down locations and with Future Shop axing 65 locations, it will be difficult for Canadians to buy an e-reader on a retail level. *** ‘Insurgent’ And […] The post Weekend Links: Buying eReaders in Canada just got harder. Why YA novels make box office hits appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Stephen King takes a rod to the rich

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Stephen King is anything but my favorite horror writer – and after all, he can afford to ignore my snark. Literally. And that’s precisely the point. But in that regard, he just substantially redeemed himself in my eyes – with a scathing and passionately profane article in The Daily Beast on just what he thinks […] The post Stephen King takes a rod to the rich appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Toronto Catholic School Board Cuts Every Teacher-Librarian

    Joanna Cabot
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:25 am
    It’s budget time here, and every municipality in my area is trying to balance the books. One of the more controversial cost-cutting tactics to come to light this week is the Toronto Catholic school board’s decision to eliminate teacher-librarians in ALL of its elementary schools. As the Toronto Star write-up explains, teacher-librarians play a significant […] The post Toronto Catholic School Board Cuts Every Teacher-Librarian appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Clean Reader, the auto-censor of mealy-mouthed dreams

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:25 am
    Clean Reader, the ereader app that “prevents swear words in books from being displayed on your screen,” looks almost old news now, since it’s already been hit by such a shitstorm of the profanity it professes to screen out that it’s likely to find the going very difficult from here on. For one thing, Smashwords […] The post Clean Reader, the auto-censor of mealy-mouthed dreams appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
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  • It’s the relationship, stupid

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

    Jeff Jarvis
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:23 am
    A few folks on Twitter have asked for my reaction to the accidental sharing of an FTC staff report on Google, wondering whether it will cause me to eat Crow McNuggets given that I am known to defend Google against some of the frequent attacks against it. It’s difficult to judge the entire FTC report based on the excerpts and reports written by The Wall Street Journal. I figured the best I could do would be to ask myself where I draw the line between evil and good, illegal and legal in the behaviors alleged against Google. First, the coverage says that Google scraped content from Yelp,…
  • Who needs edittors?

    Jeff Jarvis
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:32 am
    I am editorially feral. I got email yesterday from an editor at The Washington Post asking whether I wanted to write an opinion piece picking and debunking five myths about Google. Well, I love The Post, so sure. I was honored. I sent them five myths and left work to start work on it. Then the editor responded wanting to change my myths before I’d written anything. Change my opinion? No thanks. I said that I no longer live in the civilization of editors. I’m a blogger. I can write my opinion anywhere: here, on Medium, on Huffington Post, on LinkedIn, on Facebook, on Tumblr. The…
  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: Advertising, the Myth of Mass Media, and the Relationship Strategy

    Jeff Jarvis
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:45 am
    OK, folks, now we are at the nut of Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News. This is where I begin exploring how the relationship strategy I advocate can bring business benefit to the news industry. Here’s the entire chapter, free on Medium. Here’s the start: The myth of mass media, lovely while it lasted, was this: All readers see all ads, so we charge all advertisers for all readers. The unbundling of mass media and the rise of endless competition punctures that myth and robs legacy companies of the pricing power — and monopolies — they had so enjoyed.
  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: Business Ecosystems

    Jeff Jarvis
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:18 am
    Time for another free chapter of Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News. In the last chapter, I wrote about beats as businesses and building blocks of a new news ecosystem. Now I write about the rest of the ecosystem. Vertically integrated companies, industries, and monopolies that dominated news are new replaced with messy, growing (I hope) ecosystems made up of many players operating under many different motives and business models. As specialists, beats are efficient. But they are hardly sufficient to meet the complete needs of the larger community. Other, larger entities are…
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    Intentional Leadership

  • Who Makes the Best Entrepreneurs? It’s Not Who You Think

    Michael Hyatt
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:45 am
    Why I’m Putting My Money on the Older Horse When I think of an entrepreneur, I think of someone forward-thinking, creative, energetic, and relentless. I also think of someone forty and up. Courtesy of iStock/monkeybusinessimages What? Our stereotypes don’t run that direction, do they? We’re more likely to think of Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg dropping out of college than someone who graduated twenty years before and who’s now starting a new venture. But that’s what the numbers say. Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your…
  • How Much Business Is Your Profanity Costing You?

    Michael Hyatt
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:45 am
    3 Reasons to Cut the Cussing I follow a lot of speakers, bloggers, and podcasters who swear on stage, on screen, and at the microphone. I’m no fan of profanity, but I’ll wade through it if there’s a payoff. I’ve made huge gains in my personal and professional life from people who could make sailors blush. But here’s the thing: I don’t always feel comfortable directing my audience to do the same. It’s just not worth offending them. 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.
  • Season 3, Episode 11: How to Lead Transformational Conversations [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:45 am
    10 Practical Strategies for Greater Influence Welcome to Season 3, Episode 11 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this eleventh episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how you can lead transformational conversations. A new model of leadership has emerged over the last several years that is more about dialogue than the traditional model. But it’s not always intuitive and it takes some practice. Here are ten practical strategies you can use to gain greater influence. Listen to the Audio Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Play in browser | Download Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe…
  • Why Exercising Now Matters for Your Future

    Michael Hyatt
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:45 am
    3 Powerful Reasons to Drop the Excuses and Hit the Treadmill Today I sometimes talk with people who say they don’t have enough time to exercise. The older I get the more that reminds me of people who say they don’t have enough money to save for retirement. Courtesy of iStock/ferrantraite I can relate. When I was younger and rising in my career, I rarely made time to exercise. I was too busy killing it to realize it was killing me. And it almost did. 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…
  • The Secret Part of Bravery People Struggle with Most

    Jon Acuff
    21 Mar 2015 | 2:45 am
    Jon Acuff Explains Why We Need to Step Out When We Feel Like Holding Back This is a guest post from my friend Jon Acuff. He’s a New York Times bestselling author who just wrote a new book called Do Over. (I bought a copy for every member of my team!) You can read his blog here and follow him on Twitter. I write about fear a lot. I write about more than just rational fears like when you go to Chipotle and try to order queso and they tell you, “We don’t have queso.” I write about irrational fears as well. Photo courtesy of iStock/Sergey Nivens People often ask me, “Where do you get…
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    Mequoda Daily » Articles

  • 8 Niche Publishing Thought Leaders You Should Follow

    Don Nicholas
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Eight of the most perceptive voices of our niche publishing industry There was a time when investors were shying away from publishing media because “journalism” is “expensive” and user-generated content is “cheap”. But as the world changes tides and begins to preach the quality over quantity sermon, investors have begun to appreciate journalism again. It reaches specific audiences. Now, who else do we know who creates that kind of content? Why, it’s the niche publishers Mequoda has always served! Imagine! And not only do we believe in the quality of…
  • 10 Best Free Event Listing Websites

    Don Nicholas
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    10 event websites that can get you listed in Google and extend your reach to the conference-going community In-person, live events are a preferred platform in a multiplatform publishing company. When passionate users are committed to a topic, they want to go to the source; the author, the guru, the expert who really knows the content. They want an interactive presentation. They want to be able to ask questions, see facial expressions and read body language. They want to connect with the expert about what they know. Publishers have grown into this niche rapidly, providing all of the above for…
  • February Magazine Publishing Industry Report From MPA

    Kim Mateus
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    More sustained growth for magazine publishing industry, according to Magazine Media 360° The Association of Magazine Media (MPA) released its latest Magazine Media 360° report – tabbing year-over-year numbers for February, along with the top performers in the magazine publishing industry – last week. The Audience Report recorded a 12.6% year-over-year increase in site visits – the largest jump since the MPA has started issuing the Magazine Media 360° report – while putting gross traffic for digital magazines at 1.7 billion, up from 1.5 billion in February of 2015. Video and mobile…
  • Freebie Friday: Audience Development Strategies That Have Helped Publishers Make Millions

    Amanda MacArthur
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Unlock the secrets to organic audience development for free Happy Friday! Have you downloaded our most popular new digital publishing handbook? It’s called Organic Audience Development Strategy and it’s our largest one yet, coming in at 260 pages. This handbook takes you from the big picture of building an audience to the minute details of website architecture that helps you build email lists. You’ll learn how the most successful publishers optimize entire sites for Google, from choosing the right keywords to writing optimized content. Here are just a few quotes from our…
  • 9 Subscription Website Mistakes

    Kim Mateus
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    These subscription website mistakeswill ground your operation before it hits the runway Because we quantify everything, Mequoda has identified nine deadly subscription website mistakes that are commonly made when publishers build their online presence. Recently I’ve been posting about the nine different subscription website models that we’ve identified over the years. Just to break things up a bit before I finish rolling through those models, I thought it was time to take a look at how not to build a subscription website. To refresh your memory, here are the nine subscription website…
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    FishbowlNY Feed

  • Harry Houdini, Newspaper Reporter

    Richard Horgan
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Prior to last night’s screening of The Grim Game at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Los Angeles, Harry Houdini’s 1919 silent feature hadn’t been publicly shared in decades. Larry Weeks, a devoted Brooklyn-based Houdini fan who passed away last year shortly after confirming his ownership of the only known copy, previously showed it in 1973 at The New School. In the film, which was re-premiered last night with live musical accompaniment, Houdini plays a newspaper reporter who fakes his uncle’s death, only to then be framed for the man’s actual murder. From the…
  • Meredith Names Kim Martin Chief Strategy Officer

    Chris O'Shea
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    Meredith Corporation has named Kim Martin chief strategy officer. Martin most recently served as president and general manager of We TV. She held that role for nine years before transferring into a consultant role in 2013. Prior to her appointment at We TV, Martin was executive VP of distribution and affiliate marketing for Rainbow Media, which owns AMC, Fuse, IFC and We TV. She previously worked for Discovery Network for  10 years. Martin’s appointment is effective April 13. She’ll and report to Meredith chairman and CEO Steve Lacy.
  • Bomani Jones Goes National

    Chris O'Shea
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:10 am
    Tonight, starting at 9 pm ET, Bomani Jones begins his takeover. When Jones’ ESPN Radio show — The Right Time with Bomani Jones — premieres nationally, it will be the next chapter in an impressive career. Jones wants to make it more than that. He wants The Right Time to be the best. “My goal’s to do the best show on the air,” Jones told FishbowlNY. “I’ve done a morning show on Sirius that had to compete with Howard Stern, who was the reason we even existed, and sports properties like Mike and Mike. I’ve done 12-3 with Jim Rome and Rush Limbaugh on…
  • AP CEO: Killing Journalists Should be War Crime

    Chris O'Shea
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:25 am
    Gary Pruitt, president and CEO of the Associated Press, wants to make changes to international laws in order to better protect reporters. During a speech at Hong Kong’s Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Pruitt said anyone who kills or takes a journalist hostage should be charged with a war crime. “Wearing ‘Press’ on your jacket once offered some degree of protection for journalists in the most dangerous areas,” said Pruitt. “Today, it more often makes them a target.” Pruitt noted the horrible trend among extremist groups of using brutality as a way…
  • Trevor Noah to Replace Jon Stewart

    Chris O'Shea
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:45 am
    Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian, has been selected to succeed Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. Just like everyone thought. The New York Times reports that Noah has been performing standup since his 20s, and has appeared on the Daily Show three times. He’s expected to be formally introduced by Comedy Central at some point today. When word broke that Stewart was leaving the Daily Show, it seemed like everyone was being considered as a successor. We even gathered a list of 24 candidates that had been cited by media reports. Noah was not on that list. Michele Ganeless, Comedy…
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    Editors Only

  • Is Wikipedia a Reliable Source? Part II

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

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

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

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    In the news: New numbers from MPA show audience growth for consumer magazines. Good news for magazines: according...
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  • Anti-Porn Activist Campaigns Against Niles Library Trustee

    23 Mar 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Topic: AdministrationLibrariesPoliticsFrom the Chicago Tribune: Anti-pornography activist Megan Fox created a 2:30 video urging Niles IL residents to vote against incumbent trustee Linda Ryan. In the video, which was posted on Fox's YouTube channel on March 11, she accuses Ryan of voting to allow child pornography on library computers. On Nov. 19, the library board voted to add content filters on adult computers that would block all nudity and pornography. At the time, viewing pornography was already against library policy. During the meeting, Ryan was one of the trustees who voted…
  • Darrington honors longtime librarian taken by the Oso mudslide

    23 Mar 2015 | 9:26 am
    Topic: LibrariansPublic LibrariesIt's the anniversary of the death of Darrington librarian Linda McPherson and her library honored her memory. She was one of 43 people lost a year ago in the Washington state mudslide.
  • The Dangerous Effects of Reading

    23 Mar 2015 | 5:57 am
    Topic: InternetIf you quiet your mind and allow yourself to stop judging everything you will find that you have more potential for innovation (at work, in the kitchen, in the garage, in the bathroom [this just got weird – bringing it back], with your hobbies, with your thoughts) than you thought before.  You were using the same brutal quality filter on yourself that you used on viral videos, talk radio, and blog posts.  You deserve better. From The Dangerous Effects of Reading | Certain Extent
  • Shed light on presidential libraries

    21 Mar 2015 | 7:08 am
    Topic: Presidential LibrariesDuring Sunshine Week, the annual reminder that open government is good government, Congress should shed some light on just who’s funding the nation’s presidential libraries. From Shed light on presidential libraries
  • New York City's libraries badly in need of repairs: report

    21 Mar 2015 | 7:06 am
    Topic: LibrariesAfter years of being shortchanged by the city, some of New York’s libraries look like something out of a Gothic novel — with spooky abandoned spaces, leaky ceilings and chilly rooms, a new report found. From New York City's libraries badly in need of repairs: report - NY Daily News
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    David Gaughran

  • Bay Area Book Festival Defends Author Solutions Sponsorship

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

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

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

    David Gaughran
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:03 pm
    I have finally returned to work after an extended period back in Ireland over Christmas – which was wonderful – and then a spell with a virus which was considerably less so. I was mostly unplugged from the internet over the last while, but I hope it’s not too late to wish you all the best for 2015. This is a quick catch-up post on some recent bits and bobs. Normal blogging service will resume tomorrow with a very useful guest post from two authors exploring some alternative marketing strategies with excellent results. First up is the release of the audiobook edition of Let’s Get…
  • How Jessica Mitford Exposed A $48m Scam From America’s Literary Establishment

    David Gaughran
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:54 am
    Jessica Mitford took on the American funeral industry, the California Department of Corrections, and the Ku Klux Klan, but it was her 1970 exposé of The Famous Writers School which led to Time calling her “The Queen of the Muckrakers.” And if a courageous editor hadn’t reversed his decision to kill her story, it might never have happened. Mitford had been aware of The Famous Writers School’s existence for some time. Anyone who was a frequent reader of newspapers, books or magazines would have seen its ever-present advertisements, inviting aspiring writers to cut out and apply for the…
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  • Courage On Display at 2015 Neal Awards

    Michael Rondon
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:33 am
    NEW YORK—In the age of clickbait, the 61st annual Jesse H. Neal Awards were a reminder that courage is still an integral part of good journalism and successful publishing. Those courageous enough to take on high-profile stakeholders and overcome odds stood out as leaders across the B2B media industry were recognized for editorial excellence at the ABM/SIIA ceremony at Pier Sixty Friday in New York City. Richard Korman, deputy editor at ENR and ENR RiskReview for Dodge Data and Analytics, was one of the individuals honored as winner of The Timothy White Award for Editorial Integrity.
  • GOOD Goes Back to Print

    Michael Rondon
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:01 am
    As more publishers look to infuse social networking and other UGC elements with their traditional editorial models, GOOD may serve as a reminder of the importance of keeping focused on the core product. The company is relaunching its magazine Monday as part of a larger, ongoing plan to reconnect with its audience after years of pursuing a community model hadn't worked out the way they'd thought it would. GOOD, the magazine “for people who give a damn,” was early to the platisher track. The company let go of two-thirds of its editorial staff (and watched a few others walk)…

    Bill Mickey
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:41 am
    SIIA has merged its Association of Business Information & Media Companies division with the Content and Information Services Division. ABM managing director Mike Marchesano will oversee the combined group. For longtime ABM members, the move is yet another step away from the once-independent association serving B2B media companies. Even when the SIIA merged ABM into its structure, there was some expectation that ABM's identity would remain intact. See Also: ABM to Merge With Software and Information Industry Association The flip side of that, however, is the merging of ABM and CISD…
  • Regional Maine Titles Down East and Dispatch Merge Sales Teams

    Bill Mickey
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:49 pm
    In what's being described as a "cooperative publishing arrangement," Down East and Dispatch, two regional titles serving the the state of Maine, have agreed to merge their sales teams to cross-sell the two brands. Financial terms of the partnership were not released and representatives at Down East declined to elaborate. A spokesperson did note, however, that the deal is not a sale, nor is it a licensing agreement. Functionally, the two sales teams will each be selling for both brands. "The sales staff is going to be merged. It's a cooperative publishing arrangement.
  • People on the Move

    Michael Rondon
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Time Inc. announced that Coastal Living’s Editor-in-Chief Antonia van der Meer is leaving to pursue new opportunities. Several new staff changes accompany her departure: Steele Marcoux is the new editor of Coastal Living. She will be focused on expanding the brand across digital, social and video platforms as well as leveraging the power of the brand’s audience. Group editor Clare McHugh has added Sunset and This Old House to her existing portfolio of Health and All You. Sid Evans will deepen his involvement with the day-to-day operations at Coastal Living, working closely with…
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    Self-Publishing Tips

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

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

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

    4 Mar 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Copyright: / 123RF Stock Photo As winter eases into spring, it’s traditional to clean a house thoroughly from top to bottom. For those who live in cold climates, it helps get rid of the winter blues. For everyone it is a time for decluttering, organizing, and maintaining your home for another year. Whether you engage in this annual tradition or not, you must agree it can clear not just the cobwebs in your house, but lighten your mood, brighten your outlook, and boost your well-being. But why stop at spring cleaning your home. As an author, this is a good time to spring clean your way to…
  • Top Nuggets of Advice for Self-Published Authors, February 23-27, 2015

    28 Feb 2015 | 12:30 pm
      Successful self-publishing is not solo publishing. You are going to need help from your colleagues, readers, experts, and most of all, from yourself. This week’s top nuggets of advice put it on the line in plain English. Heed ‘em and reap rewards, or ignore ‘em and weep. Judith Briles on The Book Designer The Princess Author Syndrome To avoid drifting into the Princess Author Syndrome, authors today must be as proactive as any have even been. It’s a competitive world out there—a book-eat-book world. To avoid being sucked into the Princess Author Syndrome,…
  • 50 Shades of Pay

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:37 am
    Photo by Flora Brown who thankfully has no aspirations for a career in photography In the summer of 2012 I met a friend for lunch. As an avid reader, she always carries a book with her. This time I couldn’t help but notice her copy of “50 Fifty Shades of Grey” on the table, covered by a yellow flower in her attempt to camouflage it. She should have used a larger flower. (I can sometimes get a sharper focus, but I had to be quick. I was sneaking this shot.) This mixed reaction is typical from readers who are hiding or denying their attraction to “50 Fifty Shades of…
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    Writer Beware

  • Second Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Author Solutions Inc.

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:09 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareIn April 2013, the law firm of Giskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart filed a class action lawsuit against Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI). The case survived various motions to dismiss, and this past February completed discovery and filed for class certification. Now the same law firm has filed a second class action against ASI.Dated March 23, 2015, the complaint was filed in District Court in the Southern District of Indiana (ASI's headquarters are in Bloomington, Indiana) on behalf of two new plaintiffs, Patricia Wheeler and Helen Heightsman…
  • Rights Grab: Omni Reboot (Updated)

    23 Mar 2015 | 9:42 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareDo you remember Omni Magazine? Created in the 1970s by Penthouse founder Bob Guccione, it published some of the most iconic names in science fiction, along with in-depth articles on science and the paranormal. It ceased publication in 1998.In 2013, Omni's archives were purchased by Jeremy Frommer of media company Jerrick Ventures. In addition to putting all past issues of Omni online, Frommer resurrected Omni as an online-only publication called Omni Reboot.Omni Reboot, which describes itself as "the intersection of science, technology, art,…
  • Manuscript Pitch Websites: Do Literary Agents Use Them?

    10 Mar 2015 | 10:28 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Last week, a writer contacted me to ask about,"a website that blends the worlds of literary agents and writers under one roof."How? For Writers:You’ll have the ability to have your pitch/pitches read by hundreds of literary agents. With the click of a button an agent can request your manuscript and instantly an email will be sent to you as well as a notice to your homepage....For Agents: As an agent you’ll have the ability to search through pitches by specific genres. With the click of a button a request of materials will be…
  • Update: Lawsuit Against Author Solutions Inc.

    6 Mar 2015 | 10:12 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareReported in Publishers Lunch last week (but apparently nowhere else): the lawsuit against Author Solutions launched in 2013 has completed the discovery stage, and has filed for class certification. A February 26 filing in New York's Southern District Court by Kelvin James, Jodi Foster, and Mary Simmons (added to the suit after Terry Hardy dropped out in the fall of 2013) asks Judge Denise Cote for certification of the class, covering 170,000 or more authors "who, during the period 2007 through the present, purchased a publishing package or…
  • Author Solutions Inc. Losing Market Share As Production Numbers Fall

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:02 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareOn February 9, while doing research on something else, I noticed that Harlequin's Author Solutions, Inc.-run self-publishing imprint, Dellarte Press, had closed its doors. Dellarte's website is now a placeholder, with a "we're sorry" message.Some of you may remember the outcry that greeted Dellarte (originally named Harlequin Horizons) when ASI and Harlequin rolled it out in November 2009. (By contrast, the earlier launch of WestBow Press for Thomas Nelson caused barely a ripple). Writers flipped out. A slew of pro writers' groups either issued…
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  • REVIEW: The City of Palaces by Michael Nava

    30 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Dear Michael Nava: I’m a huge fan of the Henry Rios mysteries, and when I saw that the same author had an upcoming historical novel set in early 20thC Mexico, I knew I wanted to read it. Despite my eagerness, though, I started and set aside the book at least twice before my third, successful attempt. I’m not sure why it took me so long and so many tries, because the book is extremely accessible, the setting is terrific, and the characters are engrossing. It takes place before and during the Mexican Revolution, so there’s plot excitement aplenty. I think it has to do with what Kaetrin…
  • Has Blaze Changed? Blaze’s New Direction, A guest post

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:19 am
    Harlequin Blaze is undergoing a transformation, both editorially and in its cover looks. I invited them to share with the DA readership more about this transformation. The following is from  Kathleen Scheibling, Senior Editor, Harlequin Blaze. Blaze, Harlequin’s sexiest series, has gone through a lot of changes over the years. It started as an offshoot of Harlequin Temptation, a series of contemporary romances that featured young, mainly urban couples, falling in love. But readers wanted something a little less tame – they wanted more SEX – and we created Blaze for super-sexy love…
  • Monday News: Art & originality, sensory marketing, narrating different perspectives, and Bambi parody

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Borrowing, appropriating and stealing as old as art itself – An interesting article, written in response to the recent jury verdict against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for the similarities between “Blurred Lines” and Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up.” There is a great deal of legitimate concern about the case and its implications for creative content producers who routinely riff off of previous work, intentionally or not, and Ron Charles discusses the ‘blurred lines’ between artistic inspiration and outright appropriation. There’s no…
  • Daily Deals: Steampunk, mysteries, and gallows humor

    29 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine. $ 1.99 From the Jacket Copy: This love story for the ages, set in a reimagined industrial Asia, is a little dark, a bit breathless, and completely compelling. Sixteen-year-old Wen assists her father in his medical clinic, housed in a slaughterhouse staffed by the Noor, men hired as cheap factory labor. Wen often hears the whisper of a ghost in the slaughterhouse, a ghost who grants wishes to those who need them most. And after one of the Noor humiliates Wen, the ghost grants an impulsive wish of hers—brutally. Guilt-ridden, Wen befriends the Noor,…
  • REVIEW: One Night with Her Bachelor by Kat Latham

    29 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Bid on a date with this wounded warrior for an unforgettable night of adventure. Aim high—and bid higher!—because no one comes close to local hero Gabriel Morales. Molly Dekker hates being the town charity case, but when her son Josh is seriously injured she has no choice. She lets her best friend organize a bachelor auction to help pay her massive bills and make Josh’s life more comfortable. She can’t bid on any of the men, but a surprise bidder gives her a gift she never expected: a date with the man who saved her son’s life—the only one she’s in danger of losing her heart to.
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  • Page 69: The Poor Man's Guide to an Affordable, Painless Suicide

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
     The Page 69 Test is not mine. It has been around since 2007, asking authors to compare page 69 against the meat of the actual story it is a part of. I loved the whole idea of it and so I'm stealing it specifically to showcase small press titles - novels, novellas, short story collections, the works! So until the founder of The Page 69 Test calls a cease and desist, let's do this thing....In this installment of Page 69, we put Schuler Benson's The Poor Man's Guide to an Affordable, Painless Suicide to the test.OK Schuler, set up what we are about to read on page…
  • Book Review: Something Good, Something Bad, Something Dirty

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Read 3/4/15 - 3/16/154 Stars - Highly Recommended to fans of strange (and sometimes gag-inducing) short stories that focus more on the fucked-up-ness of the characters than it does of the situations the characters find themselves inPages: 132Publisher: House of VladReleased: February 2015In blogging terms, Brian Alan Ellis and I, we go way back. All the way back to January of 2014, when he contributed to our Indie Ink series. Since his demonstration of the fat-headed penis cleverly disguised within the body of the girl in his tattoo, I've reviewed two of his books - The Mustache He Always…
  • Lavinia Reviews: Once I was Cool

    25 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Once I was Cool by Megan Stielstra4 StarsPages: 212Publisher: Curbside SplendorPublished: 2014Guest Reviewed by Lavinia LudlowThe conflict of growing up and inevitably “losing ourselves” affects us all. Everyone has to grow up and deal with inherited responsibilities of our situations—chosen or not—and how we work through those painful transitions is a test of our resilience and mind over matter. In this case, Megan Stielstra passed with flying colors. Once I Was Cool is a nostalgic look-back on the author’s life, illustrating a graceful transformation from awkward youth to…
  • Audio Series: Stevie Edwards

    24 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Our audio series "The Authors Read. We Listen."  was hatched in a NYC club during BEA back in 2012. It's a fun little series, where authors record themselves reading an excerpt from their own novels, in their own voices, the way their stories were meant to be heard.Today, Stevie Edwards helps us dust of this series as she reads a few poems from her latest collection Humanly. Stevie is a poet, editor, educator, and an advocate for mental health awareness. She is currently Editor-in-Chief at Muzzle Magazine, Acquisitions Editor at YesYes Books, and a Lecturer at Cornell…
  • Page 69: Archivist Wasp

    23 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    The Page 69 Test is not mine. It has been around since 2007, asking authors to compare page 69 against the meat of the actual story it is a part of. I loved the whole idea of it and so I'm stealing it specifically to showcase small press titles - novels, novellas, short story collections, the works! So until the founder of The Page 69 Test calls a cease and desist, let's do this thing....In this installment of Page 69, we put Nicole Kornher-Stace's Archivist Wasp, which is scheduled to release in May through Big Mouth House,  to the test. Ok…
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  • Working Your Facebook Author Page

    Linda Yezak
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Last November, I shared some tips about working your Facebook Author Page to appeal to your readers. Then I disappeared from my own author page for a while, posting sporadically, forgetting to respond to comments, basically violating everything I've ever said about keeping up with the page. This negligence is an annual event. As I've said before, the last quarter of the year doesn't belong to me. October isn't too bad, but the time period from the end of that month through New Year's belongs MSB and family. The first two weeks of January are spent catching up.During the first…
  • BOOK REVIEW: The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression

    Liberty Speidel
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Every author needs some help from time to time.For me, I needed a hand on improving how I portray emotions in my writing. Saying, "she seemed angry," or "He smiled happily," had gotten old, trite, and a bit of a handicap. Recently on Goodreads, I'd seen some of my writer friends reading The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi, and after investigating it a bit, I decided this was a book I needed on my bookshelf.I was far from wrong. From the moment it arrived on my doorstep (I ordered a hard copy because I prefer that for my reference books,) it hasn't been far away when…
  • Guest Post: How to Write a Memoir in 12 Easy Steps with Lorilyn Roberts

    Lisa Lickel
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:30 pm
    *This post originally appeared here. Used with permission.By Lorilyn RobertsAll of us have lived through dramatic times of ecstasy and pain. For the sensitive and sensate person, memories of these events are etched in the psyche and have molded us into who we are. A memoir is a way to touch at the heart of those feelings and allow them to be shared with others.A memoir is different from an autobiography because it takes a “snapshot” of certain events in a person's life. A memoir tends to read more like a novel. Usually a memoir is written in more colorful language than an…
  • It's About Time!

    Deborah Dee Harper
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Okay, readers, take out a clean sheet of paper and a pencil. It's pop quiz time. (Has your stomach sunk to your ankles yet?)All right then, can you tell me which of the following is the hardest part of being a writer?1.  Coming up with story ideas2.  Plotting3.  Researching4.  Writing5.  Editing6.  Writing and editing the proposal7.  All of the aboveSometimes sleepy turtles on a wobbly log are faster than the time it takes to get news on our babies... er, books.Time's up. Pencils down. And the answer is... ready? None of the above! Yep, the hardest part of…
  • Business for Authors: How to Be an Author Entrepreneur

    Cherie Burbach
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    Joanna Penn has been a popular indie author for several years now, and while I’d seen some of her articles around the web I hadn’t read any of her books. Until now. I liked her approach to writing as a business, and even though I've been a full-time freelancer for a decade I still found valuable takeaways or information that underscored my business approach. It’s nice to have someone agree with your approach, especially in the writing world where we’re often alone, just us and our computer. Just recently I've begun to look at my business plan and rethink it.
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  • Writing: Art or Business?

    29 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    with guest Jan Drexler.Last year I joined our local writers group. It’s a secular group with a broad range of writing experiences and goals among the members. And like any group of writers, there are a lot of aspiring authors who come to learn and grow. Several of the members have had some success in the indie publishing field, but I’m the only regular attender who is traditionally published.That, plus the fact that I’m new means that they really aren’t sure about me yet. (That’s okay. Sometimes I’m not sure about them, either!)One of the other members and I walked out to our cars…
  • The Weekend Edition-Speedbo Week 4

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    We Have WinnersDid you claim your giveaway from Last Week?  To see the last three weeks worth of Speedbo winners go here and scroll down to the bottom. This week's winner of a $25 Amazon Speedbo gift card is Patricia Radaker.  Winner of a one chapter manuscript critique is Bettie.  The box of books winner is Jackie Smith.All prizes are mailed out April 1. During Speedbo we write.Comment any day this week to win the VERY SAME GIVEAWAYS in week FIVE AND THE FINAL WEEK of Speedbo! Remember that you must either be enrolled in Speedbo for the gift card and critique or have…
  • April Contest Update

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    As Speedbo rages on, remember that that these contests are the perfect place for your 2015 Speedbo masterpieces!   Dear Readers! Interested in Judging the 2015 Maggies? Fill out the application here.Meet all the finalists here!Published ContestsNational Excellence in Romance Fiction Award Contest-Deadline April 1. Open to Indies The Published Maggies. Opens January 2, 2015. Deadline April 3. Open to Indies.Book Buyers Best-Deadline April 15. Open to Indies. Read her Diva post here!Unpublished ContestsThe Rosemary. Deadline-March 31. Published and Unpublished Authors.
  • The Courage To Be Brave

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Today's Guest Blogger Erica VetschDid you know that signing up for Speedbo, or writing any fiction, means you’re courageous? I know. If I was asked to name a few of my best attributes (not that anyone has ever asked me this) I don’t know that courage would rank very high. COURAGE: [kur-ij, kuhr-] noun. The quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain,  etc.,  without fear;  bravery.The above definition comes to us courtesy of, and I agree with it for…
  • Writing Contemporary vs. Historical Books: Must We Choose?

    24 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Okay, before we debate this, let me add a caveat:IT IS NEVER A BAD IDEA TO ESTABLISH YOURSELF AND A READERSHIP BEFORE GOING OFF THE DEEP END AND DABBLING YOUR TOES IN NEW WATERS.Having said that, the influx of indie publishing, hybrid authors (similar to supersweet corn only not as crunchy!) cross-readerships and multiple venues has changed the rules, virtually giving you a #nolimits opportunity.This is a good thing for authors. And because I'm the kind of gal who bends rules often, I see nothing but potential by writing historicals like "Red Kettle Christmas", "A Town Called Christmas",…
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    Roger Packer

  • Cover story — Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman US cover is a slow train coming

    Roger Packer
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:38 pm
    The US edition has a lovely sparse graphic quality with beautiful 1950s-style typography and great overall balance. This is the busy cover for the UK edition, which includes the interspersion of the title of Harper Lee’s previous book. The finished covers of Harper Lee’s eagerly awaited ‘new’ book, Go Set A Watchman, have now been released and the US cover wins my vote over the artwork for the UK edition. The US edition brings all the elements together beautifully while the UK cover gets over-busy with big, condensed type and inserts To Kill A Mockingbird in the same size…
  • How stepping up pricing and quality is the key to profitable print books

    Roger Packer
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:17 pm
    IngramSpark has dropped its annual distribution fees so authors now don’t have to pay a yearly charge to have their books made available through the company’s wide international network of 39,000 retailers and libraries. I’ve always thought the so-called Global Market Access charge of $12 per title per year was particularly irritating, so it’s good news that IngramSpark has got round to axing it. The charge is still featured on the firm’s website, but presumably this is an oversight, as it has sent out emails proclaiming, ‘Say Goodbye to yearly distribution…
  • Rakuten buys library ebook supplier OverDrive to boost Kobo

    Roger Packer
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:13 am
    Giant internet conglomerate Rakuten is buying OverDrive, the leading supplier of ebooks to libraries, for $410 million and will use the company to expand its Kobo ebook business. Japan-based Rakuten bought ebook retailer Kobo in 2012 for over $300 million and says the OverDrive buy will help it to move into new areas of the market. The details of the OverDrive deal include — Rakuten is committed to the long-term continued growth of OverDrive, and to explore synergies we can provide to Rakuten Kobo’s eBook business and their other offerings for digital content. Perhaps one of those new…
  • Kindle Unlimited February payout rises to $1.41 but growth and KDP fund fall back

    Roger Packer
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:36 pm
    The KDP Global Select fund, which is used to pay authors in Kindle Unlimited, fell for the first time since the introduction of KU, with a drop from $8.5 million in January to $8 million in February. The Kindle Unlimited payout to authors rose in February to $1.41 although the overall KDP Select fund fell for the first time since KU was introduced. The $1.41 payout rate per borrow for February 2015 saw a $0.03 improvement on January’s $1.38, but the KDP Select fund totalled $8 million, down from the record high of $8.5 million in January. The fund was originally set at $3 million for…
  • Simple sleeve is just the ticket for a Voyage

    Roger Packer
    6 Mar 2015 | 4:37 am
    Simplicity is always a good idea when it comes to design and a new sleeve designed to carry and protect the Kindle Voyage fits the bill perfectly. The Inateck Kindle Voyage cover uses felt as the material for the sleeve, which gives it the dual advantages of being very light but still protective. It’s also got a nice feel to it and you can get a good grip so it doesn’t slip through your fingers. The sleeve is secured by a leather strap which attaches to a band inside the cover which keeps the Voyage safely in position. I’ve been using the Inateck sleeve for a couple of weeks…
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    Enago Blog: Scientific Publication Help

  • Common Stumbling Blocks & How to Avoid or Deal With Them

    William Stevenson
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:07 am
    Stumbling blocks are the things we don’t see coming and because of that, we trip over them. You might be able to catch yourself and continue on, but you also run the risk of falling flat on your face. In academics, stumbling blocks generally come in one of two forms: unexpected life events which keep us from tending to our writing and research in a timely fashion; or hurdles we have unwittingly put in our own way. Here are three of the most common stumbling blocks and how to anticipate and hopefully clear them with ease. 1. Not making your work a priority This can and does happen to nearly…
  • The Value of a Research Consultation

    William Stevenson
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:50 pm
    What is a Research Consultation? A Research Consultant is a one-on-one meeting with an academic librarian (preferably with experience in the subject area of your research) to help you map-out a research strategy for your topic. What can you expect from the consultation? The role of the librarian is to support your research project by: Conducting a research interview to fully understand the scope of your project Assessing your specific research needs based on that interview Identifying potential information sources Helping you classify those sources into primary, secondary, tertiary,…
  • Overcoming Fears of Public Speaking

    William Stevenson
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:39 am
    Some academics love giving conference speeches and public presentations but even more of us pursue this career in spite of the major role public speaking plays in the field. Of you’re one of those academics who dread public speaking – whether that dread comes in the form of pre-talk jitters or out-and-out panic attacks – there are a number of things you can do to make public speaking a little less terror-inducing for yourself. You’re Not Alone First of all, realize that you’re not alone and that, statistically speaking, most of the people in the room sympathize with you.……
  • How Do I Explain My Academic Work?

    William Stevenson
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    Academics are constantly asked to explain their research: to colleagues, at conferences, in interviews, sometimes even to our grandmothers! Of course, being able to give a highly technical and detailed account of your project is necessary when you are discussing work with colleagues. But most people, even within academia, will not be privy to your field’s specific terms, methods, and literature. Therefore, knowing how to explain your research to a variety of audiences is essential. The Common Questions There are four common questions that people ask academics and, although your aunt and…
  • Stand Out With New Online Presentation Software

    William Stevenson
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:40 am
    Presentations are a key part of success in academia. We present not only at conferences, but also when we teach, when we are interviewing for jobs, and oftentimes to the heads of our departments, schools, or funding agencies. And when we incorporate visuals into our presentations, most of us have been using PowerPoint for years. But there a number of new presentation platforms available online which are more visually appealing, better for certain kinds of presentations, and will make you stand out from the crowd. Plus, basic accounts on all of them are free and since they are all…
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    Beyond Paper Editing

  • Self Pubs and Trad Pubs: Couldn’t You At Least Talk To Each Other?

    Carla Douglas
    12 Mar 2015 | 11:20 am
    by Carla Douglas @CarlaJDouglas Three things: 1. A conversation about self-publishing I had a year ago with a traditionally published author and poet who spoke of a colleague—an accomplished trad pub novelist. Me: If she has rights to her backlist, she could self-publish. Author: [Congenial but resolute. This goes without saying. It’s not a possibility. The … Read More →
  • The Indie Author’s Bookshelf: 20 Best Titles for Self-Editing

    Corina Koch MacLeod
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    By Corina Koch MacLeod & Carla Douglas @CKmacleodwriter  @CarlaJDouglas This post appeared first at, December 24, 2014. Below is a list of 20 self-editing books that we believe every indie author should have on his or her bookshelf. These books will arm you with valuable writing tips and insights so that you can tackle your … Read More →
  • 3 Ways to a Better Book With Macros

    Carla Douglas
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:52 am
    by Carla Douglas @CarlaJDouglas What’s a macro? Simply put, a macro is a set of instructions for your word processor—a short computer program that automatically performs repetitive tasks. You can run macros using Microsoft Word or WPS Writer (pro version), and Google Docs now features a lite version of the macro editors love, PerfectIt. Macros … Read More →
  • Write More: 7 Tips for Dealing With Writing Distractions

    Corina Koch MacLeod
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:15 am
    by Corina Koch MacLeod @CKmacleodwriter Self-publishing authors have a lot to think about: writing, revising, editing, formatting, marketing, platform building, and the list goes on. In all of this flurry of activity, it’s entirely too easy to remember the task that is most important: writing! Authors know this, but it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to … Read More →
  • Post-Nano Tips for Revising Your Writing

    Corina Koch MacLeod
    12 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    by Carla Douglas and C.K. MacLeod @CarlaJDouglas @CKmacleodwriter This post appeared first at on November 19, 2014. If you participated in National Novel Writing Month, and you took our advice, below, to rest your manuscript, it’ll soon be time to revise your first draft. How you revise your writing will depend on your prewriting … Read More →
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  • The Last Days of Disco – David F. Ross (Review)

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

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

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

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

    Laura Jones
    28 Dec 2014 | 5:57 am
    Merry Christmas/happy holidays/new year/blah blah jovial wishes etc. Hope y’all had a good one. Just dropping by to share a lovely literary discovery I made through a gift from mother dearest. The Quince Tree Press. The Quince Tree Press are a small press of pocket books, dictionaries and novels by JL Carr. The pocket books […]
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    Nostrovia! Tavern

  • Nostrovia! Poetry’s 2015 Chapbook Contest: Initial Results!

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

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

    Christopher Morgan
    15 Mar 2015 | 9:43 pm
    Jeremiah Walton and I are thrilled to announce Nostrovia! Poetry’s first ever chapbook contest! We know so many talented writers are looking for the proper place to send their work, and we want to help publish and promote you! With that in mind, we’re going… Read More
  • A Gaggle of Hoogalins

    Jeremiah Walton
    10 Mar 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Round 2 of the Mongolian Yurt Poetry Reading series was an interesting venture.  The past couple months, Nostrovia! Poetry has been swinging around Tucson, Arizona.  We have been building a base through organizing events, wandering empty streets free styling, throwing wine gatherings, and cooperating with the… Read More
  • #9 – Three Poems – Sam Sax

    Jeremiah Walton
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:43 am
    Originally posted on DRUNK IN A MIDNIGHT CHOIR:? This week, Drunk in a Midnight Choir celebrates our One Year Anniversary! Since we launched on February 6, 2014, we’ve had the great privilege of publishing a whole lot of amazing work, from a wide array…
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    The Publishing Profits Podcast Show | Writing, Marketing, Traditional and Self Publishing for Authors and Entrepreneurs

  • 048: How to Create a Lifestyle Business and Live Your Dream Life with Tyler Basu (Tom Corson-Knowles, Bestselling Author of Secrets of the Six-Figure Author, Founder of TCK Publishing, Destroyer of Publishing and Marketing Myths)
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:35 pm
    Tyler Basu is the bestselling author of several books including Lifestyle Business Blueprint. He is the founder and host of the Chatting With Champions podcast and a sought-after consultant. At a young age, Tyler read Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and that book inspired him to start a business and learn how to become a successful entrepreneur. Tyler became a serious student of personal development and a seminar junkie, attending numerous seminars including Peak Potentials’ Millionaire Mind Intensive. His mentors also included Jim Rohn and Tony Robbins. Tyler decided to start in…
  • 047: How Writing Can Heal Trauma, Abuse and Emotional Pain with Elizabeth Garrison (Tom Corson-Knowles, Bestselling Author of Secrets of the Six-Figure Author, Founder of TCK Publishing, Destroyer of Publishing and Marketing Myths)
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:17 am
    Elizabeth Garrison is the #1 Amazon bestselling author of Wounds of the Father: A True Story of Child Abuse, Betrayal, and Redemption. Growing up, Lizzie suffered from physical, emotional and sexual abuse, drug and alcohol addiction, and overwhelming feelings of shame and low self confidence. In today’s show, Lizzie shares her inspiring story along with some words of wisdom for writers and all people to heal, recover from trauma and live a meaningful life. Here a just a few of the amazing things we talk about on the show today: How writing can help you heal from trauma, past hurts and…
  • 046: Online Marketing and Ancient Wisdom with Amish Shah. How to Build Million Dollar Businesses with Digital Marketing (Tom Corson-Knowles, Bestselling Author of Secrets of the Six-Figure Author, Founder of TCK Publishing, Destroyer of Publishing and Marketing Myths)
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:40 pm
    Amish Shah is an online marketing legend, entrepreneur and philanthropist. In 2001, he started an affiliate marketing company online and quit his job in 2004.  One of Amish’s companies made the Inc. 500 List of fastest growing companies. He’s sold several businesses for more than $1 million, and is a serial entrepreneur. Today, Amish is building his educational company Deep Origins into a global brand, teaching people about ancient wisdom from yoga to Ayurveda to meditation and other powerful ancient traditions. Deep Origins combines this ancient wisdom with modern science to…
  • 045: How to Get More Book Reviews Without Breaking Amazon’s TOS with Heather Hart (Tom Corson-Knowles, Bestselling Author of Secrets of the Six-Figure Author, Founder of TCK Publishing, Destroyer of Publishing and Marketing Myths)
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:48 pm
    Heather Hart is an international bestselling and award-winning author. She is coach to authors at and owner of With the heart of an author, she enjoys working from home where she spends her time working on her next book, coming up with new and improved marketing ideas, and teaching other authors what she’s learned along her journey to becoming a bestseller. In today’s show, Heather and Tom discuss how to get more book reviews on Amazon, Goodreads and elsewhere. Here are just a few of the things we cover today: How to create an email list of…
  • 044: Unleashing Your Creativity with Meditation, Spirituality and the Author Mindset with Michael Mackintosh (Tom Corson-Knowles, Bestselling Author of Secrets of the Six-Figure Author, Founder of TCK Publishing, Destroyer of Publishing and Marketing Myths)
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:19 am
    Michael Mackintosh is the bestselling author of several books including How to Stop Procrastinating and Start Living Your Dreams: A Proven Step-By-Step Guide To Start Rockin’ It Now. He is a spiritual entrepreneur, having created several successful businesses online. He’s a sought-after speaker, consultant and trainer specializing in helping people unleash their inner artist and become incredibly creative AND productive. In today’s show, Michael shares some inspiring and informative tips on how to be more creative and get into flow by connecting with your spiritual…
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    Marketing Tips For Authors

  • 7 Tips On Balancing Your Fame And Personal Life

    Paula Krapf
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:11 am
    You and your business are finally getting a lot of publicity. The phone won’t stop ringing from people who want to interview you. People are coming at you left and right.  The problem is that your fame is overwhelming other parts of your life. Here are 7 suggestions on to balance your fame and personal life. Set Daily Goals When Managing Your Fame. When you go to work each day, try to set some goals for you to accomplish. For instance, let’s say your goal for today is to finish a project for your manager. At the end of the day, you will feel better about yourself knowing that you were…
  • Why Authors Should Use Video to Promote Their Books

    Paula Krapf
    14 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    We’re a visual society, so it makes sense that video is popular on social media. In fact, it’s some of the most popular content to be found on networks like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Stumped for ideas? We’ve got plenty of ways you can use video for book marketing! Read more: Share How Authors Can Use Video to Promote Their Books #amwritingClick To Tweet Share Why Authors Should Use Video to Promote Their Books #pubtipClick To Tweet The post…
  • What Authors Should Know About Book Awards and Contests

    Paula Krapf
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    Book awards can generate great publicity for your book. If you haven’t considered book awards and contests, this checklist will tell you everything you need to know! Understanding book awards and contests #amwritingClick To Tweet How book awards can help your book #amwritingClick To Tweet The post What Authors Should Know About Book Awards and Contests appeared first on Marketing Tips For Authors.
  • Ready for a Book Signing? This Checklist Will Help

    Paula Krapf
    7 Mar 2015 | 10:22 am
    Have a book event coming up? That’s terrific! Book signings are a great opportunity to take your exposure to the next level and help build lasting relationships with your readers. These days it isn’t always easy to secure a book signing event, so you want to be sure to make the most of it. The last thing you want to do is show up unprepared. Check out our Book Signing Checklist for everything you need to rock your next event! Best of luck!   Share Tips for a Successful Book Signing #amwritingClick To Tweet Share Book Signing Checklist for Authors #amwritingClick To Tweet The…
  • How to Promote Your eBook Using Twitter and Hashtags

    Paula Krapf
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:29 am
    If you’re doing a free promotion with Amazon, the next step is to promote that book . You’ve got to spread the word so readers can find out about your book. There are sites that will list your book for free,, but you can also use Twitter and hashtags to connect with readers. This list will help you find the right Twitter accounts and hashtags to use to boost your promotion: @DigitalBkToday @kindleebooks @Kindlestuff @KindlebookKing @KindleFreeBook @Freebookdude @free @free_kindle @FreeReadFeed @4FreeKindleBook @FreeKindleStuff…
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    Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog

  • App Store Optimization – ASO Report

    Wojtek Szywalski
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:17 am
    App Store Optimization is all about improving the visibility of a particular app on the App Store. Is that all it is? Of course not, The term “ASO” also harnesses all the techniques which drive user behavior towards the desired action, an app install. In this article, you will be shown what we did to […] The post App Store Optimization – ASO Report appeared first on Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog.
  • Content Marketing Agency Contellio Joins PressPad in Partnership

    Wojtek Szywalski
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:44 am
    In the booming environment of mobile applications and online services, properly executed content marketing is one of the most efficient drivers of success. While content marketing remains an area of rampant expansion, content has to be wisely adjusted to fit various networks and devices. Contellio provides content creators adjusted formats that engage across various distribution […] The post Content Marketing Agency Contellio Joins PressPad in Partnership appeared first on Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog.
  • Digital Publishing AD 2015: Mobile Readership Footprint

    Wojtek Szywalski
    14 Jan 2015 | 5:21 am
    PressPad publishers use customized smart widgets on their websites to attract visitors to install their mobile magazine app. We have analyzed traffic that went through our widgets in 2014 and found it very interesting to share with you. Here is a last year’s data collection, including mobile OS share, from over a hundred PressPad widgets. […] The post Digital Publishing AD 2015: Mobile Readership Footprint appeared first on Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog.
  • The Digital Publishing Landscape for 2015

    Wojtek Szywalski
    30 Dec 2014 | 6:41 am
    2014 was PressPad’s best year so far. We grew our publisher base and developed PressPad software, with new features such as rich media support and iBeacons compatibility. In June we extended our operation into Japan and our apps reached a total of one million installs. We are confident that the New Year will bring lots […] The post The Digital Publishing Landscape for 2015 appeared first on Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog.
  • Don’t Forget These 3 Main Factors for App Marketing

    Wojtek Szywalski
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:52 am
    There are some important tips how to write an appropriate and vivid app description for the App Store Optimization purpose. But ASO is not only about app description. In this guest post David Bell, CEO and founder of Gummicube provides 3 main factors that will help you create strong base for your magazine app marketing. […] The post Don’t Forget These 3 Main Factors for App Marketing appeared first on Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog.
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    The Proof Angel

  • Talking about autism

    The Proof Angel
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:35 am
    Do you have any contact with someone with autism? If so, this article about use of language might be useful. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Grammar & usage Tagged: autism, Communication, language
  • Moving from Scrivener to Word

    The Proof Angel
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:35 am
    Do you use Scrivener for your writing projects? It is a very popular tool, but once you’ve finished drafting, it is useful to have a Word document. This post explains the process of moving from Scrivener to Word. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: file conversion, Scrivener
  • Connecting with book shops

    The Proof Angel
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:35 am
    Book shops can be another weapon in the marketing arsenal of an author. But they are delicate flowers, and need careful handling. This post explains how to approach your local book shop. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: book marketing
  • Write comedy for the BBC

    The Proof Angel
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:28 am
    Do you have some some comedy scripts? Bridget Whelan has found some links for you. But you need to be quick about it, the deadline is April 1st. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: BBC, comedy scripts
  • Competitions for writers in April and May 2015

    The Proof Angel
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:24 am
    Here is a list of writing competitions in the next couple of months. Some of them finish on 1st April, so click now to avoid disappointment. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: writing competitions, writing opportunities
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    The Passive Voice - Latest Updates

  • When You Know It’s Time to Move On

    Passive Guy
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    From author Elizabeth Spann Craig: In October, my agent received an email from my editor.  I have a release scheduled in the Southern Quilting series this June (book 5).  My editor knew my contract for the series was about to run out and asked me to come up with some ideas for additional books for the series. I developed two book outlines but never emailed them.  My editor wrote my agent last month to say that print sales had decreased (I’ve no doubt…they’re only a fraction of my digital sales for my self-published books) and Penguin Random House wanted to stop printing the series. …
  • Sexism in literature

    Passive Guy
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    From the (Pakistan) Express Tribune: Quick, off the top of your head, name five books that have gotten critical acclaim recently. Chances are the books you’ve named are mostly those written by a male author. ‘But that’s just because I read genres that are more male-dominated,’ you might argue. Or, ‘Well, men write better books than women.’ Such arguments are overly simplistic (not to mention misogynistic, in the case of the latter) and ignore the deep-rooted sexism that is prevalent in the world of literature today. Pakistan breeds sexism in literature According to the author Saba…
  • Amazon Home Services

    Passive Guy
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:48 am
    From the Amazon Media Room: Amazon announced today the launch of Amazon Home Services (, a new marketplace for on-demand professional services. In less than 60 seconds, customers can now browse, purchase and schedule hundreds of professional services from wall mounting a new TV to installing a new garbage disposal to house cleaning, directly on Amazon Home Services features handpicked pros offering upfront pricing on pre-packaged services with helpful reviews from customers that have made verified purchases. Amazon’s Happiness Guarantee backs all service…
  • The secret to writing a novel a month

    Passive Guy
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    From author Shantnu Tiwari, a TPV regular: Ok folks, so this is Week 2 of Writing with Baby Challenge. This week, I will give you the secret to writing a novel in one month (or in my case, 20 days). But let me warn you, there is no secret. Writing with Baby Challenge, Week #2 So this week (over last 6 days) I wrote 5317 words. I’m hoping to average around a 1000 words a day. I use iDoneThis to track my word count- it’s pretty cool. You get an email everyday, and you reply to it saying how many words you typed. Saves the I forgot to note my wordcount excuse. At this rate, will finish my…
  • Amazon makes even temporary warehouse workers sign 18-month non-competes

    Passive Guy
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    From The Verge: Amazon is the country’s largest and most sophisticated online retailer, but it still runs largely on manual labor. Scattered around the country are massive warehouses staffed by workers who spend their days picking objects off shelves and putting them in boxes. During the holiday season, the company calls on a huge reserve army of temporary laborers. The work is repetitive and physically demanding and can pay several dollars above minimum wage, yet Amazon is requiring these workers — even seasonal ones — to sign strict and far-reaching noncompete agreements. The Amazon…
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    All Indie Writers » Indie Publishing

  • Weekend Reading: Author Branding

    Jennifer Mattern
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:57 am
    This week's "weekend reading" collection is a follow-up to the last podcast episode, covering branding for writers. Enjoy! How Your WordPress Blog Can Build Your Author Brand By Bob Dunn at If you still aren't sure what branding is, or how it applies to you as an author, this post is a good place to start. It guides you through some of the most basic components of creating an author brand, and how you can use your WordPress site or blog to help you do that. Read the post. Author Internet Branding Tips 101 By Karen Daniels at If you want even more specific ideas about…
  • Reader Question: Grammar, Second Languages, and Book Soundtracks

    Jennifer Mattern
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:01 pm
    We have an interesting question for authors this week from an anonymous reader who created a soundtrack for their upcoming book. This is a topic that's been on my mind recently as I was looking into BookTrack and also happened across an Amazon Prime music playlist featuring classical music for reading. While I've used soundtracks to help me write stories, listening to soundtracks or reading-specific playlists while I read a book is a completely different animal. The idea is that the book's soundtrack will help you stay focused on the book longer, while adding new elements to the story,…
  • Distribute Your Book Launch Press Release the Right Way

    Jennifer Mattern
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:14 am
    Earlier this week we looked at ways you can write a better book launch press release. But what you do with that finished release is just as important as how it's written. So today I'd like to share a few press release distribution tips for authors -- things you can do to help your announcement get more attention, without being immediately dismissed. Here are three distribution tips and tactics you can use for your book launch: 1. Create a manual, and well-targeted, media list. If there's one mistake I've seen creative folks make more than any other when it comes to press release…
  • Quick Tip: Don’t Blow Your Book Launch Press Release

    Jennifer Mattern
    17 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    If there's one public relations tool that authors (and just about everyone else for that matter) gets wrong, it's the press release. I see ignorant bloggers claiming "the press release is dead" all the time. They're usually the ones who have used them wrong for years. In some circles they've become synonymous with "spam." But thankfully the press release isn't dead. And if you learn how to use them correctly, and are willing to put the work in, they can still be effective tools in your author PR arsenal. Here are some tips and things to remember when writing your book launch press release: 1.
  • Quick Tip: Nobody Cares That You Wrote a Book

    Jennifer Mattern
    10 Mar 2015 | 10:57 pm
    Maybe "nobody" is a bit of a stretch. But here's a harsh truth for authors: most people really do not care that you wrote a book. You just published a book. You're excited. You want to shout it from the rooftops. I get it. So tell your friends and family. Share the news with your writer's group. Mention it on your personal blog even. But don't run around making this same old generic "I wrote a book! I wrote a book!" announcement everywhere you go. It's a common book marketing mistake, especially with first-time authors. And it makes you look like an amateur. The problem isn't that you're…
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    Helen Sedwick

  • Sources of Public Domain Lyrics

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

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

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

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

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

  • Book Review: I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
    A five year old boy is run over in a residential area in Bristol and the driver doesn’t stop or help. This serves as a catalyst for Jenna Gray to get as far away from Bristol as she can but what is she actually hiding and running from? This tense psychological crime thriller combines themes from the films Sleeping With The Enemy and What aliens Beneath resulting in an absolutely riveting read. The first half lets you feel comfortable as you draw your conclusions about what is actually going on but the second half smashes any preconceptions you have about the characters and be warned…
  • Seasonal Review Disturbance

    28 Mar 2015 | 5:49 am
    Regular readers of my blog may have noticed that my rate of posting has slowed recently. This is because I have read a couple of books I didn’t award enough stars to post about here and also I have had the ‘flu for a week now. My last book review seemed a bit sparse to me and this is because I could not find the words to express how much And The Mountains Echoed touched me. The central theme about two siblings separated resonated with me. However, any separation I have with siblings is voluntary and not as a result of war or poverty. This is very sad indeed and I am far from proud…
  • Book Review: And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:49 am
    A heart-wrenching story of how a brother and sister are separated during childhood and subsequently live their lives sensing an absence that could not be filled. Hosseini once again mermerises readers with his view of the world and human nature, as we learn about the lives lead by his characters with a backdrop of war, struggle and violence. Links to Book: Amazon UK Amazon US Goodreads Filed under: Book Reviews, Kindle Books Tagged: And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, kindle book review, literary fiction
  • Book Review: Damaged Goods: A Detective Inspector White Caper (DI White Mysteries Book 1) by Jack Everett & David Coles

    16 Mar 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Detective Inspector Stewart White joins the force in Leeds and picks up a case of a serial murderer who kills with his bare hands. However, the trail of bodies start from over the Atlantic and DI white finds himself heading a team to stop a formidable opponent, Robert Cleghorn. Cleghorn has quite a past but a broken mind, can DI White stop him before he kills again?  I found this book absolutely electrifying. The action was brisk and riveting and the suspense intriguing. Two opposing characters well built and established. DI white is likeable and a man of planning and action, he…
  • Book Review: Guardians of the Night by Alan Russell

    14 Mar 2015 | 1:12 pm
    The first title I have chosen as part of my Kindle First choice in 2015, this crime mystery thriller is the second in the Gideon and Sirius series, but reading the first in the series is not necessary to enjoy this book. Detective Gideon and his war dog sidekick are asked to investigate the claims of a homeless man, who claims to have witnessed the death of an angel. When the only eye-witness to this improbable crime is found dead within 24 hours. Gideon follows the trail to get to find out what happened that night, which leads him ot a shady defence contractor and his actress girlfriend. I…
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    Press Release Distribution

  • A New All-In-One Guide How to Access the Akashic Records

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:41 am
    “Whether you are just learning about the records or have worked with them extensively, this book will help you reach new understanding about the power of accessing your personal Akashic Record.” — Marci Shimoff, NYT Bestselling author of Happy for No ReasonBarnett guides readers through the Akashic Knowing Wisdom Prayer System, a five-­step process with vibrational keys with which to open the path to Divine guidance from one’s own library in the Akashic Record. Readers learn to: • Formulate questions to receive life-­enhancing answers• Release negative karma, soul contracts,…
  • Search Experiences To Revolutionize Internet Search Behavior

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:33 am
    NEW YORK, United States - March 30, 2015 - New York based company Search Experiences has positioned itself as the world leader in branded search. Providing large companies with the opportunity to access their target audience during their daily Internet search activities, branded search engines also offer a new way of promoting advertising campaigns, complementing and drawing more return traffic back to a major website, and boosting sales. Search Experiences CEO and founder Aaron Polmeer says the advent of branded search promises to revolutionize search behavior and customer engagement.
  • Search Experiences To Officially Host Digimarcon Digital Marketing Conferences 2015

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    NEW YORK, United States - March 30, 2015 - New York based company Search Experiences will stage the international launch of its Branded Search Solution at the 2015 DIGIMARCON Digital Marketing Conferences. The world leader in branded search will also be the official host of the two conference series. DIGIMARCON CRUISE 2015 will run from April 26 to May 3, while the DIGIMARCON WEST 2015 Digital Marketing Conference is scheduled for May 27 and 28. Search Experiences founder and CEO Aaron Polmeer will deliver the opening keynote at both conferences. During his presentation, Polmeer will provide…
  • Digimarcon West 2015 Digital Marketing Conference To Take Place At Luxury Santa Monica Venue

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:29 am
    Santa Monica, United States - March 30, 2015 – The DIGIMARCON WEST 2015 Digital Marketing Conference will take place at the luxurious Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel in Santa Monica, California on May 27 and 28. The digital marketing industry’s premier conference is designed to help attendees increase their customers by introducing them to new strategies for traffic building, increasing customer service and applying better digital tools to create more beneficial business outcomes. Search Experiences CEO and Conference Host Aaron Polmeer says he is very excited to offer attendees a valuable…
  • Digimarcon Cruise 2015 Digital Marketing Conference Set To Sail

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    ORLANDO, United States - March 30, 2015 - A seven-night Royal Caribbean Cruise will provide the stunning backdrop for the DIGIMARCON CRUISE 2015 Digital Marketing Conference. The conference, to be held on the Freedom of the Seas from April 26 to May 3 is designed to offer attendees revolutionary new techniques for building traffic, increasing brand strength, expanding customer service and using better digital tools to drive more beneficial business outcomes. The event will also showcase a panel of thought-provoking speakers from the field of digital marketing. Subjects to be covered will…
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    Top South African News

  • Latest On Senzo Meyiwa’s Killer: Senzo Meyiwa’s Parents Now Know Who Killed Him: Report

    Staff Reporter
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Slain Orlando Pirates soccer player Senzo Meyiwa’s parents are adamant that they know who killed him. According to Sam and Ntombifuthi Meyiwa, they know exactly who shot and killed Senzo in Vooslorus last year. The aggrieved parents told Drum magazine in an exclusive interview that there were no armed robbers who broke into Kelly Khumalo’s childhood home. Instead, they were told by one of the people present in the house that there was a scuffle which broke out, and Meyiwa was shot “by mistake.” However, the Meyiwas are unwilling to divulge details of the killer. They…
  • Meet Farrah Gray – A Self Made Millionnaire

    Staff Reporter
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:50 am
    Dr. Farrah Gray was named as one of the most influential Black men in America by the National Urban League’s Urban Influence Magazine. At 21 years old, he was recognized by Ebony Magazine as an entrepreneurial icon, business mogul and best-selling author. Raised in the impoverished South side of Chicago, Dr. Gray defied the odds and became a self-made millionaire by the age of 14. At the age of 21, he became Dr. Farrah Gray, receiving an Honorary Doctorate degree of Humane Letters from Allen University. This was in recognition of his ingenious economic mind and distinguished commitment…
  • Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has called for the Deportation of Foreign Nationals living in South Africa

    Staff Reporter
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:07 pm
    Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has called for the deportation of foreign nationals living in the country, saying it was unacceptable locals were being made to compete with people from other countries for the few economic opportunities available. Addressing Pongolo community members during a moral regeneration event on Friday, Zwelithini accused government of failing to protect locals from the “influx of foreign nationals”.  “Most government leaders do not want to speak out on this  matter because they are scared  of losing votes.  “As the king of the Zulu nation, I cannot tolerate…
  • Stamps Raise Awareness of illegal Animal Trade

    Staff Reporter
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:39 pm
    The SA Post Office has issued a set of stamps featuring six endangered South African animals.  According to Mlu Mathonsi, acting Group CEO of the SA Post Office, a total of 50,000 stamp sheets will draw attention to the plight of the oribi, black rhino, grey crowned crane, ground hornbill, sungazer and Cape Parrot. But the Post Office is doing more than raise awareness.  The Endangered Wildlife Trust has been engaged to train staff at South Africa’s international mail centres so that X-ray machine operators know how to identify animals and animal parts  in parcels to foreign countries. …
  • Pulane’s Punani Fame On Social Media Networks

    Staff Reporter
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:38 am
    ORLANDO Pirates star Thandani Ntshumayelo (24) is still shaken by the nude pictures of his “girlfriend” Pulane Lenkoe. The 31 year old law student Pulane nude pictures were leaked on twitter and went viral. She has been trending on the social media platform for whole week became a topic of discussion for the entire country. Which resulted in her gaining more than 14 000 new followers in less than 72 hours, since the picture was leaked. Mzansi A-listers such as Fistaz Mixwell, DJ Sbu, Cassper Nyovest, Black Coffee who later unfollowed her as her wife Mbali allegedly instructed her to do…
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  • Shilpa Shetty – Bollywood Superstar Images in Salwar Suit

    Muhammad Aziz
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:57 am
    Shilpa Shetty – Bollywood Superstar Images in Salwar Suit, All of us talk about the designer celebrity salwar suit, these dresses tend to be most adorned and appealing. Anarkali salwar suit have permanently considered as one of the everlasting wish of the ladies for your weddings procedure and events. Shilpa Shetty – Bollywood Superstar Images in […]
  • Charisma Dresses – Latest Cute Outfits Styles

    Muhammad Aziz
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:52 am
    Charisma Dresses – Latest Cute Outfits Styles, These dresses are all used in parties, weddings and formal functions of women. Though there are many new trends and fashion styles that are coming in front in the bazaar connected with the latest fancy dresses. Charisma Dresses – Latest Cute Outfits Styles
  • Trendy Salwar Suit – Ayesha Takia Photos by Saheli Couture

    Muhammad Aziz
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:49 am
    Trendy Salwar Suit – Ayesha Takia Photos by Saheli Couture, We have been beginning our beloved readers with regard to Saheli Couture store lovers Ayesha Takia Actress Anarkali suit Selection. These Indian Little princess Ayesha Takia photos in Anarkali Fits who snoop essentials to the continue of parts of collection. Trendy Salwar Suit – Ayesha Takia Photos […]
  • Natasha Couture Fabulous Dresses – Stunning Women Fashion

    Muhammad Aziz
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:41 am
    Natasha Couture Fabulous Dresses – Stunning Women Fashion, The standard design dress is called ready-made is similar, but more than a novice with special models and the broad range of multifaceted fabric shaped most attractive ethnic suit. Natasha Couture Fabulous Dresses – Stunning Women Fashion
  • Bed Room Fancy Bed Sheets – Home Decoration Images

    Muhammad Aziz
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:36 am
    Bed Room Fancy Bed Sheets – Home Decoration Images, In some places a next bed sheet is prearranged on elevated of the sheet cover the bed. The quality of bed sheets is sent by the thread count the variety of threads per rectangle gauge of cloth. Bed Room Fancy Bed Sheets – Home Decoration Images
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    Memory Book Company Blog

  • 3 Ways to Sell Out of Yearbooks

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

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

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

    5 Feb 2015 | 11:49 am
    Yearbooks are no longer only for middle or high schools. Preschool and elementary school yearbooks are also popular, as parents recognize the value they will have as their children grow older. Creating a yearbook younger children will enjoy takes some creativity, which is why we would like to offer you these ideas.
  • Team Talks: Creating Yearbooks With Dmitriy Chernioglo

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Dmitriy Chernioglo: Yearbook Representative for the Following States. New Jersey, Louisiana, Alaska, Ohio, West Virginia and Vermont For those of you who have just joined Memory Book Company, team talks is the blog topic that gives you, as a customer, a look at your representative as a person and team member. We strive to provide the best possible customer service by setting you up with a specialized member of our team to work with.
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    Read You Later

  • Getting to Know Authors Marcia King-Gamble and Lacha Scott Mitchell

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

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

    Read You Later
    10 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Yolanda Briggs was born to Moses and Linda McGirt. She is an only child with seven children of her own. She is a Published author and a Nurse. She started her own publishing company in 2008 at the age of 35. She started her own production company in 2013 at the age of 39 and Sistahs the Forties club is her first production under her production company
  • Getting to Know Authors of Delphine Publications and Brown Girls Publishing

    Read You Later
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Tamika Newhouse is a self-published bestselling author who founded Delphine Publications, at the age of 21.  In 2011 her company Delphine Publications won an African American Literary Award for Best Anthology as well as Tamika won for the second time Self Published Author of the Year. She was also nominated by the National Women in Business Association for the 2011 Entrepreneurial Spirit Award. In 2013 she was honored with the Author of Distinction E. Lynn Harris Award. Her latest award for the 2013 African American Literary Award for self published author of the year.  Along with Delphine…
  • Getting To Know Authors Nigeria Lockley and Tumika Cain

    Read You Later
    10 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Nigeria Lockley possesses two Master’s degrees, one in English Secondary Education, which she utilizes as an educator with the New York City Department of Education. Her second Master’s degree is in Creative Writing. Born at Dawn is Nigeria’s first published novel. Nigeria serves as the Vice President of Bridges Family Services, a not-for-profit organization that assists student parents interested in pursuing a degree in higher education. She is also the deaconess and clerk for her spiritual home King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Church of God. Nigeria is a New York native who resides in…
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    LifeBeyondNumbers » Beyond Numbers

  • Me, Myself And A Little More Of Me…

    Suranjana Saha
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:13 am
    Ihad a boss who epitomized the culture of self-appreciation. He had joined us from a larger organization with a bigger market share; while we were a relatively smaller firm operating in a niche market. The day started with examples of how he had done big deals, what he had achieved etc. etc. Initially we are all in awe and would listen to his tales with patience. With time of course we discovered the real leadership qualities of his or rather the lack of it. In few months he was the subject of all office jokes. Moral of the story; if you have a great product advertising helps. If you have a…
  • At 20, Running A Social Organization Is Not Glamorous. But It’s Priceless!

    Nitika Nagar
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:03 am
    Last month, I happened to meet an old friend and her mother in Mumbai. The conversation between us lasted for an hour, which majorly involved my friend’s mother trying hard to talk me out of running a social organization, coaxing me to think seriously about my future rather than wasting my time on work that wasn’t going to get me any benefits ( monetary of course). The words, “future” and “benefits” made me realise the problem. Our society measures success in terms of monetary satisfaction. This often coerces young people to give up their dreams, depriving our country of possible…
  • The Queue: An Indiscriminate Part Of An Indian’s Life

    Priyatosh Kumar
    11 Mar 2015 | 2:38 am
    From birth till death, defying the metaphysical karmic connection, good or bad, an Indian more often finds himself squeezed, intimidated and manipulated to “follow the line”. This line beats all sense of geometry, with its structure seldom befitting its definition. Sometimes it is a set of parallels, on occasions semicircular, most of the times serpentine and curling leaving the last man joining it, mostly directionless. Even they couldn’t by-pass the queue to meet Barack Obama The Indian queue gives you a flavor of the place. Unstructured, disorganized and uncertain. The one who is…
  • Business In Gujarat – Just Let It Be!

    Priyatosh Kumar
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:45 pm
    Peter Drucker once said “Culture eats strategy for lunch”. According to him, it is imperative for businesses’ to amend, modify, accommodate their approach into the overall sense of the place and its people, sans compromising on the core values. Hence we have had the emergence of catch phrases like “think global, act local”, “Centralized planning and decentralized execution” etc. People that don’t understand the cultural aspect of a particular geography are sure to fail with their strategy while a few of them who end up pushing the envelope far enough in trying to know more,…
  • Are You Being Fully Present In Your Relationship?

    Sophia Jose
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:22 am
    It’s common to see people walking together, not talking to each other but talking on their phones, parents at the play area with kids but happily texting, conference calls during breakfast or family dinner time. If this has become a common sight for people in relationships, people who are yet to get into a relationship often say that they are “too busy” to find the right one. Being fully present in a relationship – how hard is that? Is it too much of an ask for a generation that boasts of being busy, being multi-taskers and virtually connected all the time? We take pride in “being…
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    Almond Press

  • Self-Publishing and Book Cover Design

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

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

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

    Almond Press
    14 Jan 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Daniel Tyka, the artist behind the cover art for our Broken Worlds: Dystopian Stories short story collection will participate in the 31st annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards being held April 2015 in Los Angeles. Daniel was one of three 4th quarter illustrator winners this year and will be published in the upcoming L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume XXXI anthology. One of the 12 winning stories featured in the collection will be assigned to him for illustration. The full list of 4th Quarter Finalists is as follows: Daniel Tyka, Poland Robert Blaylock of Virginia, USA…
  • The End of the World as we Know it

    Emma Brown
    3 Jan 2015 | 4:12 pm
    Destruction of the world as we know it. There’s just something about it, isn’t there? It shouldn’t be so satisfying to read and yet it is. Almost like picking a scab off a half-healed wound. It has inspired countless books and short stories of every type, from children’s books to adult fiction and everything in between. My own personal journey with dystopian fiction began in my final year at school when I was required to write an essay on a topic of my choice. Somehow I managed to gravitate towards the topic of dystopic fiction through Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and Margaret…
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    The Gentleman Life

  • “How Much Cologne Should I Use?”

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

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

    The Gentleman Life
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:24 am
    I don’t like the word “Shortcut”, especially in bodybuilding because attaining an aesthetic body takes time and dedication, but there is simply no other way of putting what these tips are. These are the shortcuts and hacks that are going to help you get your best beach body yet.Time is passing at a rapid pace and seasons are changing so quick that it’s hard to keep up.Before you even know it, summer sun is going to be gracing our skins.The last thing you want is to realize on the last day of spring that it’s now too late to get into shape and look good on the…
  • Upgrade Your Driving! 10 Must-Have Car Gadgets

    The Gentleman Life
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could make driving…✓ Safer? More fun? Easier? More productive? “Yeah that would be awesome, why don’t you show us how?”Good idea, I will do. What this article contains is a list of car gadgets that are going to help you accomplish those things.According to this Distactify article we spend an average of 4.3 years driving a car. Now I don’t know their source for this information so I can’t say how credible it is, but it’s a pretty interesting article which also says we spend 3 months of our life in traffic.With…
  • 12 Tips for Successful Business Networking

    Jason Treu
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:19 pm
    “It’s who you know and who can help you.” – Jeffrey CombsYour business success is based on the people you know. You can’t do it all alone. Over the long-term, relationships are the number-one way to create life you love. Here are two examples to prove my premise:Your ability to network will determine your career success, including your ability to find new, better positions.Entrepreneur’s ability to get funding, recruit top management and board members, along with tackling challenges in customer acquisition is tied to their ability to build a powerful network.Next, if you want…
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