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  • How Amazon Brought Publishing to Its Knees — and Why Authors Might Be Next

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    Passive Guy
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    From Mashable: Morgan Entrekin is happy with the relationships he’s developed with Amazon. As the president of independent publisher Grove/Atlantic Books, he witnessed the industry change as Amazon’s introduction of the Kindle helped publishers like him embrace the digital revolution that has battered other industries. It’s the future that he’s worried about. “Right now [Amazon] is allowing me a perfectly fair margin, but what happens when they have total control or twice as much of the market share than they have now?” he said. Entrekin’s sentiment isn’t…
  • Closing the Facebook

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

    Beyond Paper Editing
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:43 pm
    by Carla Douglas and Corina Koch MacLeod@CarlaJDouglas @ckmacleodwriterThis post originally appeared on April 23, 2014 at The Book Designer.In a previous post, we discussed how you can work with beta readers to enhance the self-editing process. Self-editing, or revision, as we call it, is the furthest you can take your manuscript on your own, with feedback from others, but without professional editing help. This is a great first step towards polishing your manuscript.Let’s suppose that you’ve gotten feedback from your beta readers and made any necessary…
  • Fisking Shatzkin's and Cader's Fisks of Amazon

    A Newbie's Guide to Publishing
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    Two days ago, Amazon released a statement explaining their position in the negotiation difficulties with Hachette. As many of us had guessed, it's all about ebook pricing.Barry Eisler did a post about the statement, and I fisked Douglas Preston, history's worst poster child for publishing, because he continues to beat a drum that only 1% of authors can hear.The fact that Preston acknowledges that many disagree with his position, but never responds to or addresses criticism, is equivalent to stuffing his face from a big bowl of fail with a spoon in each hand.But elsewhere on the Internets,…
  • So the Real Authors Guild is... Amazon?!

    A Newbie's Guide to Publishing
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    Joe sez: This is from Barry Eisler's blog. My comments to follow.Barry sez: In case you missed it, today Amazon issued an update on its stalled negotiations with Hachette.  It’s a great read:  short, clear, and devastating to the meme that Hachette is in any way the good guy in this fight.  But if you want just the executive summary, it’s this:Amazon wants most ebooks to be priced at below ten dollars; Hachette wants ebooks to be priced higher.So far, so simple.  But what’s critical to understand is that lower ebook prices create more revenue — a lower price…
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  • Journalism & Digital Education Roundup, July 31, 2014

    Julie Keck
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    1. Reynolds Foundation establishes business journalism bureau at ASU’s Cronkite School (Emily Overholt / Phoenix Business Journal) 2. What 6.9 million clicks tell us about how to fix online education (Science Blog) 3. Teachers test drive Google’s Classroom (D. Frank Smith / EdTech) 4. Should you MOOC and match? (Carl Straumsheim / Inside Higher Education) [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Daily Must Reads, July 31, 2014

    Julie Keck
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    1. Times issues editors’ note in response to plagiarism charge involving Wikipedia (Ravi Somaiya / The New York Times) 2. News Corp considers app-based news service to attract ‘millennials’ (Roy Greenslade / The Guardian) 3. Sources say Vocativ software for generating news stories from the web doesn’t deliver (Johana Bhuiyan / Capital New York) 4. [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Matter’s Corey Ford: Bring Project-Based Teamwork to Journalism Education

    Rachele Kanigel
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    When Corey Ford was studying journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the late 1990s, he barely heard the word entrepreneurship. That was back in the day when journalists were told to steer clear of the business side and just stick to telling stories. “I definitely didn’t get anything remotely entrepreneurial [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Digital Book World E-book Bestsellers; Week Ending 7-26-14

    Jeremy Greenfield
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Kindle Unlimited’s effect on the bestseller list has indeed grown. Kindle Unlimited titles have been removed from the Digital Book World E-book Bestseller list due to an inability to sort out retail purchases from Kindle Unlimited “reads” when creating the list. After discussing several possibilities with Amazon as to how to include titles that had [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Futures Lab Update #69: Open Source Commenting System; the Verification Handbook

    Reuben Stern
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    This week we learn about a collaboration to build an open-source commenting and discussion platform for news organizations, and we explore how the Verification Handbook can help inform the use of citizen-generated materials. PART 1: Building a new engagement platform The New York Times, the Washington Post and Mozilla are working together to build an [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
 
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    Digital Book World

  • Hachette Bends But Doesn’t Break in Face of Amazon ‘Punitive Action’

    Jeremy Greenfield
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
    In its first half numbers, which came out today, French media conglomerate reported that Hachette Books Group, its U.S. division, generated 5.6% more revenue in the first half of 2014 than it did in the prior year. This, the report stated, despite a drop in ebook sales “reflecting market trend, fewer movie tie-ins vs. 2013, and Amazon punitive action.” As Publishers Lunch points out, the company claimed in its report that its dispute with Amazon had a “limited impact” on its results. I’m not sure I buy this. Yes, the company did grow versus 2013 when it was not…
  • Hachette Grows in First Half of 2014 on Success of Best-Sellers, Despite Amazon Dispute

    DBW
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    Big books from familiar names lifted Hachette’s first half sales beyond its 2013 performance despite what CEO Michael Pietsch called in a press email (below) “recent market challenges.” Those challenges came in the form of Amazon, the world’s largest bookseller, ceasing pre-orders of upcoming Hachette titles and other tactics as part of its negotiation with the publisher over a new trading agreement. Despite it all, Hachette revenues were up 5.6% in the U.S. versus the first six months of 2013 to €226 million ($303 million). The company attributes its results to…
  • HarperCollins Christian Launches New Bible Training Portal for Retailers to Help Readers

    DBW
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    [Press Release] Choosing the right Bible for you HarperCollins Christian Publishing launches new Bible training portal for retailers Selecting a Bible can be overwhelming. With hundreds of styles and versions to choose from, Bible readers can feel a bit lost in translation-s…literally. Bible retailers are often faced with the challenge of providing purchasing guidance to their customers, without proper training or knowledge of the distinct differences in their offerings. HarperCollins Christian Publishing, the corporate home to Thomas Nelson and Zondervan, recently developed a new Bible…
  • Subscription Ebooks Enter Act Two (Free Download)

    DBW
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:09 am
    In the short time since their arrival, ebook subscription services have grown noticeably more prominennt. But while there’s little question about the force of their presence today, the longer-term questions of their permanence, and their impact on the publishing ecosystem, are unresolved. That remains true despite the flurry of activity surrounding subscription ebooks this summer, most dramatically with Amazon’s rollout of its own such service, Kindle Unlimited, in July. It was a few short weeks afterward that Kindle Unlimited began reshaping Amazon’s own ebook…
  • Survey: Publishers Still Concerned About Ebook Production Quality

    DBW
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    Related: – Check your ebook’s production quality with DBW’s QED! – Enter the Digital Book Awards to show off your innovative and high-quality ebooks! – Webcast: Creating Fixed-Layout EPUB with Adobe InDesign—Tools and Best Practices [Press Release] Data Conversion Laboratory & Bowker Survey on Digital Publishing Industry Shows Publishers’ Increased Concern about eBook Quality Conversion quality, formatting, and complexity are among top concerns. DCL and Bowker 2014 Digital Publishing Infographic (PRNewsFoto/Data Conversion Laboratory) Publishers are…
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    A Newbie's Guide to Publishing

  • Fisking Shatzkin's and Cader's Fisks of Amazon

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    Two days ago, Amazon released a statement explaining their position in the negotiation difficulties with Hachette. As many of us had guessed, it's all about ebook pricing.Barry Eisler did a post about the statement, and I fisked Douglas Preston, history's worst poster child for publishing, because he continues to beat a drum that only 1% of authors can hear.The fact that Preston acknowledges that many disagree with his position, but never responds to or addresses criticism, is equivalent to stuffing his face from a big bowl of fail with a spoon in each hand.But elsewhere on the Internets,…
  • So the Real Authors Guild is... Amazon?!

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    Joe sez: This is from Barry Eisler's blog. My comments to follow.Barry sez: In case you missed it, today Amazon issued an update on its stalled negotiations with Hachette.  It’s a great read:  short, clear, and devastating to the meme that Hachette is in any way the good guy in this fight.  But if you want just the executive summary, it’s this:Amazon wants most ebooks to be priced at below ten dollars; Hachette wants ebooks to be priced higher.So far, so simple.  But what’s critical to understand is that lower ebook prices create more revenue — a lower price…
  • Must. Stop. The Stupid.

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Joe sez: So I'm trying to get some writing done, and I swore to myself I'd stay off the Internet. I even went so far as to ask my enabling comrade Barry Eisler not to tell me if Douglas Preston or the Authors Guild do anything particularly stupid.Barry sez: I prefer to think of myself as your sponsor. “Barry, I’m passing a bar serving straight-up legacy stupid and I want to go in for a fisk... talk me down!”Joe sez: Barry had the fortitude to keep his word. But ten other writers got in touch, wondering when I was going to say something about the recent stupid things said by Douglas…
  • More Preston Nonsense

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    From The Bookseller, in bold italics.Authors United, the group of writers who signed a letter calling on Amazon to resolve its dispute with Hachette, has said it is “developing a long-term strategy”.The authors include well-known names such as Paul Auster, David Baldacci, Tracy Chevalier, Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, Mark Haddon, Sophie Hannah, Stephen King, Barbara Kingsolver, James Patterson, Philip Pullman and Donna Tartt.Hachette Book Group (HBG) in the US and Amazon.com have been negotiating terms for a number of months now. During the dispute HBG authors have found their books subject…
  • Barry & Joe Discussing The Guardian Discussing AuthorEarnings

    19 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    Joe sez: Yesterday, the Guardian reviewed aspects of the latest AuthorEarnings report in an article called, Self-publishing Surging to 31% of Ebook Market, Claims ReportBarry sez: I’m a big Guardian fan and think it’s great that they’re covering the data AuthorEarnings has been crunching -- data that contradicts a lot of misinformation and legacy industry propaganda. I also think it was entirely sensible for them to reach out to Philip Jones of The Bookseller and Nicola Solomon of the Society of Authors for a contrary view. Joe sez: Maybe they also could have reached out to you for a…
 
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    Catherine, Caffeinated

  • Closing the Facebook

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

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

    catherineryanhoward
    31 May 2014 | 3:33 am
    While I (a) struggle to believe that today is the last day of May, (b) try to drum up the motivation to clean my apartment and (c) prepare for binge-watching 24 with my brother tonight (I’m STILL waiting for someone to say, ‘Send it to my screen!’), I have a few things to tell you… B is for #BookADay Starting tomorrow, June 1st, Harper Collins are inviting book-lovers everywhere to participate in #bookaday. The idea is that every day for the month of June, you share a book a day on Twitter. We can’t wait for #bookaday to get started this Sunday 1st June. What are…
  • The Infinite Sadness of Unfinished Work

    catherineryanhoward
    19 May 2014 | 3:26 am
    Recently I came across the Nicholl Fellowship, an initiative run by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (that’s the nice people who give out the Oscars, FYI), which invites amateur screenwriters from anywhere in the world to submit a feature-length screenplay to compete for one of several $35,000 bursaries, the idea being that in their fellowship year they have some financial wiggle room to take a step back from the 9 to 5 and produce a new script. (You also get invited to a very swanky luncheon in L.A…) There is a small fee to enter which pays for the time of the…
  • 11 Inspiring Quotes from the World’s Best Writers

    catherineryanhoward
    5 May 2014 | 5:28 am
    The last time we had a guest post from Laura Pepper Wu (11 Signs You’re Meant To Be A Writer), things went a bit nuts, with her post getting nearly 100 comments and being shared nearly 200 and over 400 times on Twitter and Facebook respectively. Today she’s back to share news of her new app, Write On! Daily Kick-Ass Writing Inspiration: 365 Tips & Quotes from the World’s Best Writers, and 11 of her favorite such quotes for those self-doubt-filled, motivation-lacking, no-amount-of-coffee-can-get-this-going bad writing days. Welcome back, Laura! ‘Having a bad writing…
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  • The writers’ retreat

    Chris Robley
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Last week I posted an article on this blog called “What is a writing residency and how can I get one?” Well, around that same time, the Sunday Book Review published Grant Snider‘s comic illustration of the quintessential writing retreat — showing us the highs, the lows, and the… commercial success fallout shelter. Check it out below: Did he leave anything out? What do writing retreats look like to you? Let me know in the comments below. The post The writers’ retreat appeared first on BookBaby Blog.
  • Haven’t heard back on your writing submissions? Here’s what NOT to do

    Chris Robley
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:48 am
    One of my favorite literary journals, Rattle, just posted this picture on their Facebook page of a Better Business Bureau complaint form filed by some writer who’d submitted to Rattle but had not yet gotten a response: OK. I get it. It’s frustrating to wait a long time for a response to a submission. But filing a BBB complaint? Some publications (like Beloit Poetry Journal) have great systems in place where you get ultra-speedy responses. Other journals (I won’t name names) can take over a year to get back to you. That sucks. But in the case of Rattle they actually…
  • Finding the right publicist for your next book

    Chris Robley
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:19 am
    Effective book publicity is a team effort. You and your publicist need to work well together. But with so many professional PR people out there, how do you know which one will be the right fit for your goals, budget, genre, personality, and more? Here’s a list of things to consider when you’re looking for a publicist for your next book 1. Budget — Here’s an obvious place to start: can you pay them the fee they’re asking? Even if you only hire a publicist for 3 months or so, it’s probably going to cost you thousands, so think about your finances first; then find the…
  • BookBaby distributing the first Salinger eBook

    Chris Robley
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:31 am
    The Devault-Graves Agency has acquired the rights to three of J.D. Salinger’s early stories published in 1940s, years before he’d written Catcher in the Rye.  The stories have been collected into a book which is, according to the publisher, the first book by Salinger to be lawfully published in 50 years, as well as the first of Salinger’s writing lawfully available as an eBook. BookBaby is happy to be handling the digital distribution for J.D. Salinger’s Three Early Stories.  To read about the “exhaustive” intellectual property search that took place in…
  • Bad advice for writers: how to suck at social media

    Chris Robley
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    [Sarcasm warning!!!!] When it comes to building your author platform, Social Media is a zero-sum game. Your readers should only like one writer: YOU! There’s simply not enough social media to go around. As an author, you must either conquer social media outright or leave nothing behind but scorched earth. Luckily for you, I caught a panel discussion at this year’s BEA called “The Worst Social Media Advice Ever” — and I’ve summarized some of their intentionally terrible advice, added a few of my own tips, and offer it all here for your edification. Some…
 
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    Self-Publishing Review

  • 17 Services to Tweet a Book

    Lysa Grant
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    Tweeting your book is a tricky proposition. It can seem a lot like spam if you do it too often. Some say you shouldn’t do it at all: The dumb-ass secret to promoting your book on Twitter is: Don’t tweet about your book. Shouting about yourself and your achievements (which is exactly what you’re doing ...
  • Author Interview – Jen Minkman

    Jen Minkman
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Jen Minkman was born in the Netherlands. In her home country, she is a trade-published author of paranormal romance and chicklit. She is also a self-published author of poetry, paranormal romance and Dystopian fiction. Tell us something about your books. The basics: what are they about? The Island Trilogy is a compilation of three stories ...
  • Review: The Art of Troubleshooting by Jason Maxham

    Cate Baum
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Jason Maxham, one of life’s polymaths, has put together a system to troubleshoot and fix just about any breakdown. Interviewing engineers, mechanics, mathematicians and IT experts, Maxham firstly philosophizes on the way things are put together and operate, and our expectations as an operator and how they relate, to form strategies on the best approach ...
  • Toronto International Book Fair Launches Self-Publishing Award

    Henry Baum
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Via the Toronto Star: Canada’s first awards for self-published books will be presented at Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair, an exhibition for print and digital books that launches in November. The Creation of Stories: Canada’s Self-Publishing Awards are open to all Canadians who have produced a book between July 1, 2013, and September 1, 2014, ...
  • Review: Intelligent Design: Revelations by J.M.Erickson

    Cate Baum
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    Mars – A Noah’s Ark of a civilization headed by Master Architect Janus, is a highly civilized race, making a last-ditch attempt to save Earth’s many species from extinction – more than sixty million years ago, as dinosaurs inhabit the Pale Blue Dot mankind now calls home. The Master Architects, a race something like mythological ...
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  • Playtime with Amazon’s Search Engine and Selling Prompts

    Joel Friedlander
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    By Jason Matthews In 2012, Forrester Research reported that more people use Amazon’s search engine than Google’s when searching for products to buy. That wasn’t a surprise. Google’s search engine was designed to provide information and sell advertising while Amazon’s was designed to sell products. Hearing this news excited me as an indie author selling books. I realized the need to pay more attention to a powerful search engine: Amazon’s. Consider how readers find books at Amazon. People often shop for specific titles that are recommended to them by friends and family. In those…
  • Gone Fishing…

    Joel Friedlander
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    …well, not really. Thanks for stopping by. We’re taking a break from the blog today but we’re still busy working away behind the scenes on lots of great things to help authors self-publish. Make sure you check back again on Wednesday. You won’t want to miss the latest article from our Contributing Writer, Jason Matthews about how to help readers find your books on Amazon. And, on Sunday, of course, we’ll be sharing with you more great articles about writing and self-publishing that have been published over the week, in our next This Week in the Blogs post. But,…
  • Self-Publishing: Carnival of the Indies Issue #46

    Joel Friedlander
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    Welcome to this issue of the Carnival of the Indies blog carnival. This issue is for July, 2014. We welcome your submissions on topics related to writing, self-publishing, book design or marketing books. A collection of outstanding articles recently posted to blogs, your reading here will be richly rewarded. See the end of this post for links to submit your blog posts for the next carnival, or for participating Bloggers and Featured Bloggers to grab your sidebar badges. Thanks to everyone who participated. Featured Posts Belinda Pollard presents Why are book editors so expensive?? posted at…
 
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    The Future of Ink

  • A Free ‘Best of’ Holiday Ebook That Goes Ka-ching, Ka-Ching

    Joan Stewart
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    by Joan Stewart Last month, I wrote about 11 Juicy Opt-in Offer Ideas Your Readers Will Love–alternatives to the not-so-glamorous ebook that you can give away in exchange for someone’s email address. This month, let’s resurrect the free ebook idea and give it a new and very profitable twist: a fast and easy end-of-the-year giveaway your followers will love. It’s a “Best of” free ebook, filled with tips, items and tidbits from your ezine, blog, articles or other content from the past year. Mine is called “The Best of The Publicity Hound’s Tips of…
  • 8 Reasons To Use Scrivener To Write And Produce Your Books

    Nina Amir
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Nina Amir If you’re like me, you’re always looking for a better and easier way—which means a more effective way—to get your writing projects finished and keep them organized. But what if you could go straight from writing to publishing your work? That would make life a lot simpler, right? It’s possible. The tool you want to use is Scrivener. I’ve just begun using it for most of my writing and blogging projects, and I’m about to test out its publishing capabilities, too. New Technology, New Learning Curve As with any new technology, if you choose to use Scrivener you’ll have…
  • 5 Reasons You Procrastinate on Getting Your Book Done: The Solutions – Part 2

    Kristen Eckstein
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Kristen Eckstein In Part 1 of this article, I discussed what procrastination on your book project might be costing you. If you haven’t read it yet, pop over to 5 Reasons You Procrastinate on Getting Your Book Done: What is it Costing You? and read that article before continuing on with this one… Here are five reasons why you procrastinate on getting your book done… and their solutions: Reason #1: Lack of Time This reason to procrastinate is the most common. Everybody wishes for more hours in the day. Many of our to-do lists are filled with about 50–75% more tasks than a normal…
  • 4 Reasons YOU Should Start Podcasting Now [video]

    Denise Wakeman
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
    If you watched the live Hangout with Ellen Britt, MaAnna Stephenson and me, you heard some outstanding news about the opportunity for podcasters in the coming months… …The iTunes app is going to be pre-installed on all new i-devices AND integrated as part of CarPlay available on select new cars in 2014! …Google recently unveiled Android Auto with voice enabled software. One of their partners is Stitcher, an app for getting podcasts, news and radio on demand. The audience for your business podcast is exploding and it’s getting easier and easier to reach them everywhere…
  • How To Recommend eBooks To Your Library – 5 Simple Steps

    Shelley Hitz
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Shelley Hitz Overdrive provides an eBook lending service to libraries. I recently started using this service through my local library to read eBooks. There were several eBooks I wanted to read that they did not yet have in their collection. So, I recommended my library purchase these books. Very quickly, I was notified they purchased two of the books I requested. This is not only a great service for me as a reader, but every time a library purchases a copy of an author’s book, that author receives royalties as well. Smashwords recently started distributing their eBooks to Overdrive. I…
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  • Think Amazon is Your Friend? You Might Have Amazon Infatuation Syndrome

    Passive Guy
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    From The Digital Reader: Last night Amazon posted their third official statement in the ongoing contract dispute with Hachette, and like their first statement the open letter posted last night is proving to be an effective tactical PR maneuver. The letter, which you can read over here, said that Amazon only wanted a 30% commission from sales of Hachette ebooks, and that Amazon was fighting with Hachette over whether the ebooks would be expensive or cheap. The statement goes on to lay out the math to justify lower ebook prices, and then it concludes with the idea that authors should get 35% of…
  • You’ve got to be optimist

    Passive Guy
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    You’ve got to be optimist to be a Democrat, and you’ve got to be a humorist to stay one. Will Rogers
  • Amazon Will Pay You $1 To Choose Slow Shipping

    Passive Guy
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    From The Huffington Post: One of the best things about being an Amazon Prime member is getting free, two-day shipping. Prime members with a little patience, however, are now getting an extra benefit: $1. Starting Wednesday, prime members who choose “No-Rush” shipping on any order will get a $1 credit for Amazon’s Instant Video service. The promotion is a brilliant way for Amazon to get people more comfortable with downloading movies and TV shows from its service, or, put another way, get more people into Amazon’s “content ecosystem.” If you’ve spent a…
  • Marketing From a Village

    Passive Guy
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    From author Gwen Bristol: This past month the local writer’s group I’m a member of held its own book-fair at one of the local parks. For the first hour, I went, mingled with my fellow writers and watched the band and food vendors set up for the weekly Fridays on Vine concert. Everyone seemed excited, hopeful that the concert and the sign welcoming the public to come meet local authors would bring a stream of locals through the pavilion. No one said it aloud, but we all watched people gathering on the grass and at the picnic tables as if we might know some of them. As if they might see us,…
  • How Amazon Brought Publishing to Its Knees — and Why Authors Might Be Next

    Passive Guy
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    From Mashable: Morgan Entrekin is happy with the relationships he’s developed with Amazon. As the president of independent publisher Grove/Atlantic Books, he witnessed the industry change as Amazon’s introduction of the Kindle helped publishers like him embrace the digital revolution that has battered other industries. It’s the future that he’s worried about. “Right now [Amazon] is allowing me a perfectly fair margin, but what happens when they have total control or twice as much of the market share than they have now?” he said. Entrekin’s sentiment isn’t…
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  • 30 Free Android Apps

    Nate Hoffelder
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:09 am
    In addition to the free app of the day, Amazon is giving away 30 Android apps today, including Docs to Go, Instapaper and Wifi File Explorer. Shuttle+ Music Player Simple to use Gapless Playback Cards UI Feature Rich Enqueue Function List Price: $... { This is an excerpt. Visit my site to read the rest. }
  • Think Amazon is Your Friend? You Might Have Amazon Infatuation Syndrome

    Nate Hoffelder
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Last night Amazon posted their third official statement in the ongoing contract dispute with Hachette, and like their first statement the open letter posted last night is proving to be an effective tactical PR maneuver. The letter, which you can... { This is an excerpt. Visit my site to read the rest. }
  • First $99 Windows 8 Tablet Shows up in China

    Nate Hoffelder
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Would you buy a $99 Windows tablet? You could be about to get your chance. Intel has been promising since April that we would see $99 Windows 8 tablets this year and one of the first has just made an appearance in China. Kingsing is a name few will... { This is an excerpt. Visit my site to read the rest. }
  • Japan’s Ameba Social Network Launches a Subscription Manga Service

    Nate Hoffelder
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    Subscription ebook services are popping up all over, including in Japan. Earlier this week CyberAgent, owners of the popular Japanese blogging and social networking website Ameba, announced that they were expanding Ameba’s ebookstore with a... { This is an excerpt. Visit my site to read the rest. }
  • Infographic: The Fate of the Common Gadget – Life and Death After Usage

    Nate Hoffelder
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:47 am
    There comes a point with any gadget where it has to be disposed of. Whether it’s becasue you’ve upgraded to a newer device, or the battery has finally died for the last time, or because your smartphone went for a swim, the old gadget has... { This is an excerpt. Visit my site to read the rest. }
 
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    The Independent Publishing Magazine

  • When Douglas Preston Put His Vest On...

    Mick Rooney
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Douglas Preston, the author who penned an open letter to loyal readers calling on them to email Amazon C.E.O. Jeff Bezos and ask him to 'change his mind' and resolve their contractual dispute with Hachette Book Group without hurting authors, has spoken in a detailed FutureBook interview this week with Porter Anderson. Preston's July letter to readers has garnered more than 900 signatories, including authors James Patterson, John Grisham, Lee Child, Anita Shreve, and Simon Winchester. You can read the full letter here.Read More>>>The Independent Publishing Magazine | TIPM…
  • Publishing Service Index | July 2014

    Mick Rooney
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    This is the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for July 2014. This update reflects some review updates and author feedback over the past four weeks. CreateSpace has retaken the top spot ahead of Amazon KDP. Both have swapped places several times over the past few months.Read More>>>The Independent Publishing Magazine | TIPM Media
  • RPI Now Trying To Directly Lure UK Authors With Green Shore Imprint

    Mick Rooney
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Ever since TIPM first reviewed Raider Publishing International (RPI) back in 2008 (since updated), we've been covering the fortunes of this full service publishing provider. Much of the coverage of RPI has been far from positive, and though the company has attempted to address and refute claims by some authors of poor service, little appears to have changed. Indeed, the complaints and grievances continue to TIPM and several online consumer complaint bodies like Ripoff Report and Scam Informer.Read More>>>The Independent Publishing Magazine | TIPM Media
  • Pulley Wins 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

    Mick Rooney
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    D. M. Pulley's The Dead Key has won the grand prize in this year's Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. The Amazon award is in its seventh year and there are five prizes awarded: four first-prize publishing contracts, each with a $15,000 advance against future royalties, and one Grand Prize Winner with a $50,000 advance against future royalties. Pulley's mystery novel was voted on by Amazon customers and is expected to be published in 2015 in print and Kindle editions through the Amazon imprint, Thomas & Mercer.Read More>>>The Independent Publishing Magazine | TIPM Media
  • Publish Green - Reviewed

    Mick Rooney
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Publish Green is the e-book publishing division of Hillcrest Media Group, based in Minneapolis, USA. Launched in 2011, it provides a full range of e-book services, from file conversion, formatting, editing, distribution, marketing and custom web design to authors (both self and traditionally published) and small presses.Read More>>>The Independent Publishing Magazine | TIPM Media
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    The Creative Penn

  • Love Thrillers? Double Launch Special. Delirium And Thrill Ride Box-Set

    Joanna Penn
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:53 am
    It’s a double-launch day today and you can share in the fun by getting 9 full-length thrillers for under US$2! I’m launching my latest supernatural suspense thriller, Delirium, today, and you can also get the first in the series, Desecration, in Thrill Ride, a box-set of 8 thrillers from bestselling and award-winning authors. Read on for the details or to buy now! [Delirium will be returning to standard price of $4.99 on 5 August so buy now to take advantage of this launch special.] Delirium, London Psychic Book 2 “Those who the Gods wish to destroy, they first make mad.”…
  • Writing Fiction. Improve Your Dialogue With James Scott Bell. Podcast Episode 190

    Joanna Penn
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:51 pm
    When I started writing fiction, I found dialogue to be one of the hardest things to write. It’s rarely used outside of a fiction context, and I spent a lot of time learning all about it. I still do! Today I’m thrilled to be discussing how to improve dialogue with James Scott Bell. This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps authors self-publish and reach readers in global markets through the Kobo eco-system. You can also subscribe to the Kobo Writing Life podcast for interviews with successful indie authors. James Scott Bell is the best-selling and…
  • Creative Entrepreneur: Business Models For Authors

    Joanna Penn
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:54 pm
    This is a continuation in the author entrepreneur series of articles. Recently, I posted the arc of the indie author from first book to CEO of your global business. Today we’re focusing on the various business models that authors can use to generate revenue and satisfy customers. Of course, many authors have day jobs which is a great way to pay the bills and writing can then be for fun or extra income, but this article is aimed at authors who are intent on going full-time in this business. Why do you need to define your business model? Defining your business model can help keep you…
  • Make Art. Make Money. Lessons From Jim Henson With Elizabeth Hyde Stevens. Podcast Episode 189

    Joanna Penn
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:44 pm
    In keeping with the author entrepreneur focus of the blog recently, today I’m discussing making art and making money with Elizabeth Hyde Stevens, who wrote a book about Jim Henson’s career, which was both creatively and financially rewarding. In the intro, I talk about my awesome Thrillerfest experience, Kindle Unlimited, the new Kindle pricing tool and my German book launch and first experience with a traditional publisher. This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps authors self-publish and reach readers in global markets through the Kobo eco-system. You can…
  • Writing Thrillers. 50 Lessons Learned From Thrillerfest 2014

    Joanna Penn
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:46 am
    My head is still exploding with everything I learned and everyone I met at Thrillerfest this year! Below is a mega-post full of lessons learned about writing, marketing, mindset, self-publishing and the FBI, but I wanted to start with an intro to ITW. Why I love ITW and Thrillerfest I have now been to Thrillerfest twice (you can read my notes from 2012 here), and I can definitely say that it is the only conference where I really feel at home – and ITW is truly the tribe I belong to. I can sit in the bar talking about ways to murder people and weapons of choice and not feel weird. I can…
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    GalleyCat

  • Elle Fanning Star in ‘All the Bright Places’ Adaptation

    Dianna Dilworth
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    Actress Elle Fanning will star in the film adaptation of Jennifer Niven’s debut YA novel All the Bright Places. Producers Paula Mazur and Mitchell Kaplan acquired the screen rights to the Alfred A. Knopf novel, which is due out in January 2015.  The novel is the story of “a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.” “We are thrilled to have Elle Fanning star in this profound tale of two teens who find themselves in the heart-stopping throes of love, life and death,” stated Mazur. “Remarkably, Jennifer Niven had pictured Elle when she was…
  • National Book Foundation Partners With NYC For Summer Reading Program

    Dianna Dilworth
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    The National Book Foundation (NBF)’s after school reading program for middle schoolers BookUp has partnered with  New York City’s Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) to bring summer reading programs to kids in NYC. The program serves 200 students at 10 locations throughout the city. The reading groups are led by published authors with the idea of connecting young readers with books outside of the classroom. Mitchell S. Jackson (The Residue Years) and Elisha Miranda (The Sista Hood) are among the writers involved in the program this year. Participating authors…
  • George W. Bush is Writing a Book About His Father

    Dianna Dilworth
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Former president George W. Bush is working on a book about his father George H. W. Bush. The book has yet to be titled but is slated for a November 11, 2014 release in the U.S. and Canada by Crown Publishers. The hardcover edition’s first printing will include one million copies. Here is more about the book from the press release: “…the book covers the entire scope of the elder President Bush’s life and career, including his service in the Pacific during World War II, his pioneering work in the Texas oil business, and his political rise as a Congressman, U.S.
  • Amazon Defends eBook Pricing in Hachette Fight

    Dianna Dilworth
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    Amazon has come out and defended its eBook pricing model arguing that a $14.99 or $19.99 is “unjustifiably high for an e-book.” In a post on the Amazon Forums, the company argues that since eBooks don’t require printing, warehousing or  transportation costs, they should be less expensive than print books. Here is more from the post: It’s also important to understand that e-books are highly price-elastic. This means that when the price goes up, customers buy much less. We’ve quantified the price elasticity of e-books from repeated measurements across many…
  • Harry Potter Book Covers Revealed

    Dianna Dilworth
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:38 am
    Bloomsbury Children’s Books will publish new editions of JK Rowling’s wildly successful Harry Potter books on September 1st. Artist Jonny Duddle created the new covers for each of the seven books. In advance of the new releases, the publisher has revealed the updated covers for the new books. Check them out after the jump. (more…) New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
 
 
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    Self Publishing Advisor

  • Friday Conversations With A Self-Publishing Writer 7/25/14

    selfpublishingadvisor
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    IT’S IN THE STARS-II Can you imagine it?  Can you see it?  Do you perceive the conundrums associated with futuristic science and technology, space travel, time travel and the eventual contact with other sentient beings?  If you are a Science Fiction reader/writer, these concepts (and many others) race through your mind all the time.  That’s exciting!  Very exciting!  And we know it is exciting because of NPR’s 2011 list of Top 100 Sci-Fi-Fantasy books, the first eleven books of them being written and published between 1917 and 1964—way before authors had the option to…
  • Weekly Self-Published Book Review: Later Gator, In a While Crocodile

    selfpublishingadvisor
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Book reviews are a great way for self-publishing authors to gain exposure. After all, how can someone buy your book if he or she doesn’t know it exists? Paired with other elements of your book promotion strategy, requesting reviews is a great way to get people talking about what you’ve written. When we read good reviews, we definitely like to share them. It gives the author a few (permanent) moments of fame and allows us to let the community know about a great book. Here’s this week’s book review by Midwest Book Review: Later Gator, In a While Crocodile Mike Fortunato Publisher:…
  • Don’t Miss These Opportunities to Promote Your Book

    Kelly Schuknecht
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Book fairs are an excellent way to promote your self-published book, learn about the publishing industry, and network with other professionals. Even though the year is more than half way over, it’s not too late to promote your book at some of this year’s book fairs. Here are a few you might want to add to your calendar. 2014 Beijing International Book Fair Show Date: Aug 27, 2014 – Aug 31, 2014 Location: Beijing, China Deadline: Aug 05, 2014 2014 LIBER (Spain) Show Date: Oct 01, 2014 – Oct 03, 2014 Location: Barcelona Deadline: Sep 10, 2014 2014 Frankfurt International…
  • Self-Publishing Week in Review: 7/22/14

    selfpublishingadvisor
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    As a self-publishing author, you may find it helpful to stay up-to-date on the trends and news related to the self-publishing industry. This will help you make informed decisions before, during and after the self-publishing process, which will lead to a greater self-publishing experience. To help you stay current on self-publishing topics, simply visit our blog every Tuesday to find out the hottest news.  A Publisher of One’s Own This interesting article from Inside Higher Ed looks at self-publishing statistics and the role self-publishing currently plays in academic publishing.
  • Self-Publishing Takes Patience

    Jodee Thayer
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    One of the many benefits of self-publishing is the turnaround time. Self-published books can often be printed much quicker than traditionally published books. That said, successful self-published authors understand that publishing a quality book takes patience. Here is why. 1. Your manuscript should be near flawless. Before self-publishing your book, you want to make sure you spend plenty of time revising and editing. For some authors, a developmental editor could be extremely beneficial, and for all writers, hiring a professional copyeditor is a must. While no book is completely flawless,…
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    Self Publishing Team

  • How Authors Can Build Their Audience on Instagram [Guest Post]

    Guest Poster
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    We gladly welcome back our friend Adrienne from Design Roast (who previously showed us how to promote our work on Tumblr) back to the blog! One of the fundamental rules writers strive to follow is “show, don’t tell.” While this is meant to prevent clunky exposition (or the dreaded exposition monologue), it’s also a great piece of advice for the modern writer on social media. Although it might seem more natural for authors to flock to word-based sites like Twitter to promote their work or build their fan base, an image-based site like Instagram can also serve as a great promotional…
  • The Author Monthly Planner: A Freebie to Organize Your Writing and Marketing Life

    Toni (the Geek)
    6 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    My house is a mess. We’re stuck in this cycle where, for at least one week every month, one member of our family is sick (I blame Olivia for bringing home the germies from daycare, BTW). While being sick doesn’t rate highly on the ol’ fun-o-meter, it did give me an awfully convenient excuse to skip out on my regular cleaning routine. After catching Olivia practically wading through a pile of books in her bedroom, however, I decided that enough was enough. It was time to get back on my game. So, I made a to-do list. A looong to-do list. Pretty reasonable, right? The result?
  • Tumblr 101 for Authors [Guest Post]

    Guest Poster
    6 Feb 2014 | 5:00 am
    The following is a guest post by Adrienne from Design Roast. Tumblr is a must for any author looking to build a following of readers. It is a platform to promote your writing within a tight-knit community, as well as a place to dynamically tell the world about you and your books through videos, quotes, photos, reblogging, links and just some straightforward text too. The most popular way to share on this site, however, is through the creative use of animated gifs. What do all of these forms have in common? They’re short, easily digestible content. Today, a variety of literary figures can…
  • 3 Book Marketing Projects to Tackle in 2014

    Toni (the Geek)
    8 Jan 2014 | 7:19 am
    This is my year. No more excuses. 2014, I will OWN you! Sound familiar? The ringing in of a new year forces us to think about what we’ve achieved in the past twelve months — and how we can do things a bit better this time around. After the fireworks die down and the champagne stops bubbling, we sit down and make those dreaded…you guessed it: New Year’s Resolutions. The funny thing about resolutions, though? Their success could be determined by a simple coin flip! That’s right, less than half of us will actually stick to our resolutions — and that means…
  • The Vin Diesel School of Facebook

    Shannon (the Author)
    11 Nov 2013 | 5:00 am
    Vin Diesel — the less attractive dude in the Fast & Furious movies — has 46 million Facebook likes. Forty. Six. Million. The actor joined Facebook in April 2009, a time when only one person had over a million likes (President Barack Obama). Vin was the second. His page quickly skyrocketed to #1 — passing major corporations like Coca-Cola who were undoubtedly spending truckloads of cash on social media. Facebook was so confounded by this (Vin Diesel? Seriously?) they called him up to their offices demanding to know what in the [bleep] he was doing. So what’s his…
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    BadRedhead Media

  • Finding Twitter Chats For Writers by guest @K8Tilton

    Kate Tilton
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    Last time I was on BadRedhead Media, I gave four easy tips to grow your Twitter following. Tip #3 was “join Twitter chats,” but how do you find the right chats to join? And how do you keep up with all the tweets when you get there? As Rachel says, let’s deconstruct! Finding the right chat(s) for you: There are many places you can go to look for Twitter chats: Twitter Chat Schedule on Google Docs: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AhisaMy5TGiwcnVhejNHWnZlT3NvWFVPT3Q4NkIzQVE&hl=en#gid=52 Gnosis Arts list by day of the week:…
  • Tough Love For Authors — Stop Whining And Do The Work!

    Rachel Thompson
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Taken from my rant today on Facebook because I just couldn’t listen to the whining anymore (warning: a few choice curse words ahead).  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: ONE thing will not sell your books. It’s a combo of: – a spectacular book (professionally edited, formatted, designed, proofed) – reviews (minimum 25) within the first few weeks – beta or ARC readers before you release – an optimized website (professional graphics, social media icons, keywording, HTML, CSS for faster loading, etc…all to increase your SEO). Look it…
  • 5 How-to Tips: Handling the Dreaded eBook Pirates by guest @macpetreshock

    Rachel Thompson
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    As you can see from the photo on this blog post, my book FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS has been pirated. No. The photo has not been Photoshopped. Yes. That really is over twenty-five THOUSAND downloads shown. TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND. For reasons of contractual nondisclosure, I can’t tell you how much money that lost me, not to mention my publisher, but you can imagine I could have bought SOMETHING with what I would have earned from those possible sales as opposed to the NOTHING from the illegally downloaded copies people stole. Stole. That’s what downloading pirated copies of eBooks is:…
  • July 2014 #MondayBlogs Giveaway

    Rachel Thompson
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
    Since I created #MondayBlogs in late 2012, even I’m shocked at what an amazing success it has become! Thousands participate each week, generating more than 5,000 tweets! And it is because of all of you that we can say that with a lot of pride and a big ol’ smile! As a thank you to all you wonderful #MondayBlogs tweeps, we launched an ongoing, monthly 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 Monday for…
  • New HuffPo Article: Writing What Scares You

    Rachel Thompson
    12 Jun 2014 | 8:30 am
    Over on The Huffington Post I share about getting past the excuses and just writing. Check out this except below and view the entire article here.   I shared the statement below across my social media accounts: “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” – Sheryl Sandberg There’s nobody standing over our shoulder saying, “Oh my god! You can’t write THAT!” So get over yourself. Write anything you want. I was shocked, perhaps in a naïve kind of way, at how many people responded, saying things like: “Well, you’ve never met my…
 
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    retinart

  • Day 17 – 5 Steps to Stop You Being Your Own Worst Client

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:48 pm
    When it comes to self-directed work, it’s common to hear designer’s complain that they’re their own worst client. A lust for perfection is often to blame, as if the designer holds themselves to a level of expectation unreachable. But the next morning, they’ll be able to do for someone else exactly what they’re having trouble doing for themselves. So why is it that designers can’t be their own best client? I’m starting to wonder if it’s because they’re skipping the most important steps in almost all design work. 1. Do Your Research When a…
  • Day 16 – The Brief is a Suggestion

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:56 pm
    The brief we’re given for a project is often a stab in the dark by the client. They’re aware of a problem, one which they’re pretty sure they’ve identified, and were nice enough to provide us the solution. We just need to give it some form, and boom, everyone’s happy, the problem’s solved. It’d be nice, albeit a little boring, to work in this way. Luckily, few clients understand their problem well enough to be able to give us a true solution. Hell, some clients don’t even understand the problem they’re having. For some reason, perhaps…
  • Day 15 – The Balance of Passion and Fear

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:59 pm
    I’ve found that when there’s the perfect balance between fear and desire amazing things happen. The idea of writing everyday is something I’ve wanted for years, but to actually do it scares me. Or at least it use to. Now I’m excited. It worked out well. The idea of presenting my folio to study design, when I had done virtually no art or design classes in high school, scared me. But the idea of being able to live in that world daily was exhilarating, so I had to go for it. It, too, worked out well. Not everything that scares us is something we should do. I’m not…
  • Day 14 – Designer as Conductor

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:08 pm
    It’s easy to get caught up in creative energy and excitement. We can sometimes be so in love with a project that we seek to take charge of every element. We want to draw every icon and illustration, we want to take every photo and do all the post production, we want to define every character that appears on the page, and we want to develop everything in the backend or print every page ourselves. There’s a novelty in making something. It’s an addictive novelty and when we’ve done it once, we want a repeat performance of that feeling. So any chance there is to make…
  • Day 13 – It’s Better to be a Student

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:25 pm
    I didn’t mean to write this. I was going to stick with the topics out of the yellow envelope until I hit day 30. But this is something I had to figure out. I started Retinart because I was done with my studies but not yet finished with my study. I had graduated but had so much more I wanted to learn, so I thought blogging would be a good way to fill the gap I was terrified of falling into, one that has you land on a nice soft padding of stagnation. Things went pretty well. I wrote a few things, and they were well received. Then I burnt out. Several times. Then life… then life…
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    Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

  • How print is slowly killing publishers

    Joe Wikert
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    It’s a textbook example of The Innovator’s Dilemma. The crazy part is we all know it’s a big problem and yet very few publishers are taking evasive action. I’m talking about the reliance on print, even at the expense of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Unlimited subscriptions: Five things you need to know

    Joe Wikert
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:28 am
    One of the worst kept secrets in recent history was finally unveiled last Friday when Amazon announced their Kindle Unlimited program. It has the potential to become yet another terrific service for consumers but many publishers and authors are less... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Thriving as econtent prices fall

    Joe Wikert
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:06 am
    Last week I wrote about why I believe econtent prices will continue to drop in the future. The feedback I got in a couple of LinkedIn groups and via email was mixed. Some readers agreed and others seemed to think... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why econtent prices will erode even further

    Joe Wikert
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    If you think econtent prices are too low today, well, in the immortal words of Bachman Turner Overdrive, you ain’t seen nothing yet. In fact, “nothing” is precisely where more and more econtent prices are heading. Here are a few... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Is your content strategy optimized for Millennials?

    Joe Wikert
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:40 am
    Unless your organization is a startup it’s highly likely you’re using a strategy and business model that’s worked for many years. That same strategy and business model might span multiple generations. Even though you’ve embraced the latest technologies and devices,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Beyond the Book

  • Robots Go To Journalism School

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    In science fiction, robots make lightning fast calculations and have superhuman strength. From “Forbidden Planet” to “2001: A Space Odyssey,” the robots of cinema have played a wide range of roles – as friends and as enemies to humankind. But of all the wonders robots have performed, until now, no one has imagined them as journalists. When AP announced recently that data-driven stories about company earnings would soon be written automatically, AP Managing Editor Lou Ferrara stressed the move was not intended to replace living, breathing writers with heartless…
  • The Wheels of the Amazon Bus Go Round

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    If the book business were a big yellow school bus, the driver would be a bald fellow wearing a wide grin. More even than before, Jeff Bezos and Amazon have the wheel, while publishers and authors hang on for a rough ride. In particular, speculation about the end game in Amazon’s e-book sales battle with Hachette centers on the impact for authors – a group that Amazon has said the publisher is using as “human shields” in this price war.  Following announcement of its Kindle Unlimited e-book subscription service, in fact, the Amazon-related headaches and car sickness have only…
  • Ending World War Copyright

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    The creative industries – and the technology companies that carry their content – may share a common customer, but little else. Where it comes to copyright law, their differences have often flared into open war. Technology companies dream of rewriting copyright law to free up content; and content creators search for ways to employ technology in their own favor to prevent piracy. As Non-Executive Chairman of The Copyright Hub Ltd., Richard Hooper is calling for a truce in the copyright wars and has suggestions for forging a lasting peace. At CCC’s US headquarters in Danvers,…
  • Amazon A Busy Negotiator

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    When Les Moonves, President and CEO of CBS Corporation, the owners of Simon & Schuster, let slip that the Big 5 house was in pricing talks with Amazon, the media world did its best to react with shock. Any expression of surprise, however, could only have been for appearance’s sake. As close observers of the book world already had guessed, the giant e-tailer is likely negotiating quietly with both S&S and HarperCollins, even as its public brawl with Hachette continues. “After all, these are the three publishers that settled with the U.S. Department of Justice right out of the gate…
  • Copyright and the Aereo Decision

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    13 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    In one corner stood the leading US television broadcast companies together; and in the other opposite corner facing them alone was Aereo, a well-funded startup company that was offering paid subscribers the ability to watch broadcast television in almost-real time over their internet-connected devices. Because Aereo did not get permission from – or pay royalties to – the broadcast networks, the broadcasters sued it for copyright infringement. On appeal from the US Court of Appeals in the Second Circuit, which had held in favor of Aereo and against the broadcast networks, the US Supreme…
 
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    TeleRead

  • Henry Williamson hut gets listed status to delight Tarka the Otter fans

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    British naturalist and author Henry Williamson penned one of the best-loved animal tales in English literature with his Tarka the Otter (1927). And following the recent news over the status of William Blake’s cottage, it’s interesting to note that the small hut in Devon that Williamson built with the proceeds of Tarka the Otter has […] The post Henry Williamson hut gets listed status to delight Tarka the Otter fans appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Campaigners wave, mail Dostoyevsky to Grayling in UK prison books protest

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    The current UK government’s thuggish vote-catching populist policy of denying prisoners books seems to be backfiring on multiple levels as the Howard League for Penal Reform, and other groups and individuals, make their own bids for media attention. In one recent incident, recorded on live TV, “supporters of the Howard League for Penal Reform’s Books […] The post Campaigners wave, mail Dostoyevsky to Grayling in UK prison books protest appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Amazon’s PR piece was an excellent appeal to both emotion and reason

    Juli Monroe
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    This started out as a comment on Nate’s recent post on Amazon Infatuation Syndrome. While I don’t agree with some of his conclusions, it did get the wheels turning. Nate makes the point that Amazon isn’t our friend. I completely agree with that (and wrote that same point myself), but I think that’s too narrow […] The post Amazon’s PR piece was an excellent appeal to both emotion and reason appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Morning Roundup: DVR destroying reading time? Real Author’s Guild is Amazon?

    Joanna Cabot
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The DVR is Destroying my Reading Time (Book Riot) I guess what I’m saying here is that I watch a lot of TV. This never used to be a problem as far as my reading time was concerned because I would read during commercials… *** Chinese Digital Publishing Industry Valued at $56 Billion (GoodeReader) The […] The post Morning Roundup: DVR destroying reading time? Real Author’s Guild is Amazon? appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Shatzkin shares latest on maximizing the backlist in digital publishing era

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Mike Shatzkin’s commentary on developments in the publishing industry has often featured in TeleRead in the past – not always in entirely respectful terms. All the same, he’s often good for wrap-ups of not-quite-leading-edge newly-received wisdom in mainstream publishing, and one such piece is his latest post entitled (deep breath…): “Publishers need to rethink their marketing […] The post Shatzkin shares latest on maximizing the backlist in digital publishing era appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related…
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  • No silver bullets

    Jeff Jarvis
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:33 am
    Lewis DVorkin performed a miracle with Forbes … almost. He almost rescued a dying brand, almost helped get it sold to a new owner, and almost rescued the Forbes family and its no-doubt-regretful investor Elevation Partners. I respect Lewis’ inventiveness and innovation. He has done the best he could with the brand he had. But there’s only so much that can be done urgently with old media on the descent. As Steve Forbes himself said announcing the sale of a majority stake in his company to a group of Asian private-equity investors and cataloguing how his business used to be…
  • Send your comment to the FCC on net neutrality. Here’s mine.

    Jeff Jarvis
    12 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    We’ve received about 647k #netneutrality comments so far. Keep your input coming — 1st round of comments wraps up July 15. — Tom Wheeler (@TomWheelerFCC) July 11, 2014 I just filed my comments on net neutrality with the FCC, adding to the 647,000 already there. You should, too. It’s quick. It’s easy. It’s important. It’s democracy. Do it here. And do it by July 15, the deadline. [Note: The deadline was extended to July 18.] Here’s mine: I am Jeff Jarvis, professor and director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City…
  • Friendly skies

    Jeff Jarvis
    22 Jun 2014 | 3:09 pm
    I was five hours late returning from San Francisco to home yesterday but I was remarkably calm and sanguine about the delay. Why? Because I was well-informed and well-cared-for. And that was the case because this year I joined the secret society of most-frequent travelers and ticket buyers on United: Global Services. We were taxiing out to the runway at SFO for our agonizingly early 6:45 a.m. flight when the pilot said a gauge wasn’t acting properly. Back to the gate we went (and I was amused that my United app showed us arriving before we’d taken off). Much testing and…
  • The German war against the link

    Jeff Jarvis
    20 Jun 2014 | 7:29 am
    German publishers are not just fighting Google. They are fighting the link and thus the essence of the internet. Half the major publishers in Germany have started a process of arbitration — which, no doubt, will lead to suits — to demand that Google pay them for quoting from and thus linking to their content. And now we know how much they think they deserve: 11% of Google’s revenue related to their snippets. From their government filing, they want a cut of “gross sales, including foreign sales” that come “directly and indirectly from making excerpts from…
  • If you teach entrepreneurial journalism….

    Jeff Jarvis
    14 Jun 2014 | 9:35 am
    Here’s the schedule for our July 10 summit of entrepreneurial journalism educators at CUNY’s Tow-Knight Center for same. Good news: We have a *limited* budget to help with travel for those who need it thanks to the Scripps Howard Foundation. If you teach (or plan to teach) entrepreneurial journalism, sign up now.
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  • Episode 4: Seven Strategies for Building Your Email List [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this fourth episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about why you need to focus on building an email list and provide seven strategies for doing so. If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. I wish I had paid more attention to building an email list when I started blogging. Nothing is more important as a platform-builder. More than any other single factor, it determines whether or not you can successfully monetize your blog. Listen to the Audio Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Play in browser |…
  • What the Success of Bibliotheca Tells Us About the Future of Publishing

    Michael Hyatt
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I’m not sure if you noticed, but something amazing just happened in the world of publishing. And I think it’s a sign we all could benefit from noticing. When book designer Adam Lewis Greene decided to create a better Bible, he didn’t do it the way most publishers do. He didn’t commission a new translation. He didn’t cram a new volume with more maps, study tools, sidebars, footnotes, or anything like it. 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.  
  • The Paradigm Shift That Helped Me Defeat Perfectionism Once and for All

    Michael Hyatt
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    There’s nothing more useless than unfinished projects. But it’s easy to watch them stack up, isn’t it? So what can we do to wrap them up and ship them out? Photo courtesy of Istockphoto.com/Pyrosky I’ve been thinking a lot about unfinished projects since watching this video by my friend, Jeff Walker. Don Miller has also talked recently about completing things. It’s tougher than it looks, right? I can tell you where my difficulty comes from. Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s fast, free, and more convenient.
  • Episode 3: Three Questions Every Leader Must Answer to Avoid the Drift [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this third episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about the power of ‟The Drift” and how leaders can avoid it. If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. Most of my readers and podcast listeners are doing what they are doing because they want to have an impact on the world around them. But often times, they they wakeup to discover that they are far from where they intended to be. Listen to the Audio Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Play in browser | Download Click here for more. Or, better yet,…
  • How to Make a Big Change Without Blowing Up Your Business

    Michael Hyatt
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Whenever an organization rolls out a major change, clarity and alignment are essential. Without those two things all the best intentions amount to little more than heartburn and headaches. Photo courtesy of Istockphoto.com/GlobalStock As a leader responsible for a large company, I have experienced the difficulty of getting clarity and creating alignment with my team. In one instance, we shuttered more than a dozen division of our publishing operation and restructured the entire business. But I’ve also found myself on the other side of things—outside of the leadership seat and in the role…
 
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  • Kernel Magazine Will Be Daily Dot Weekend Edition

    Patrick Hughes
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Erstwhile British “Internet tabloid” The Kernel will relaunch in August as The Daily Dot‘s weekend magazine. Digiday reports that The Kernel will report on current events through the lens of Internet communities. The first issue, for instance, will cover hackers and the FBI, while future issues will address education, jobs, and gaming. The content will run longer and deeper than The Daily Dot‘s newsier, quicker-hitting fare. “The impetus, of course, is more ad dollars. Calling a website a ‘magazine’ is a semantic trigger to advertisers that the…
  • New Yorker Website Hires Ad Agency

    Patrick Hughes
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    via Ad Week On the heels of its recent site redesign, The New Yorker has hired an advertising firm to promote it. Ad Week reports that SS+K will first build a campaign around the magazine’s 90th anniversary, which is in February of 2015. “The brand push is expected to break around the time the new paywall meter takes effect, in October,” Andrew McMains writes. “Agency co-founder Rob Shepardson described the Condé Nast-owned magazine as the ‘gold standard for writing, whether reporting, commentary or criticism.’” SS+K, which also handles marketing for…
  • Using “Self-Liquidating Premiums” to Help Close the Sale

    Ed Coburn
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    This promotion pays for itself An effective technique in digital content marketing is “self-liquidating premiums”—having the value of premiums exceed the entire purchase price of your product. For example, let’s assume you have a product, perhaps a downloadable eBook, with a list price of $49.95. You’re selling it online at a discounted purchase price of $29.95. Let’s also assume you’re giving away three bonus reports as part of the deal. If you gave each of the three bonus reports a $20 value, the total value of the bonuses would be a hefty $60. Add the $20 discount off the…
  • 15 Digital Revenue Ideas for Target-Interest Magazine Publishers

    Don Nicholas
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Join us at the Niche Digital Conference in September! At the end of September, Ed and I will be returning to the Niche Digital Conferencewhich will be held in Minneapolis, MN September 29 – October 1 run by our friend Carl Landau. The conference is about generating more online and mobile revenue for niche magazines. To give you an idea of the kind of useful and practical ideas you can get, Carl shared with us a list of 15 digital revenue ideas for target-interest magazine publishers from last year’s conference: 1. Create new content for your website, not just regurgitated material…
  • CDW’s Apple Newsstand App for Customer Magazines

    Patrick Hughes
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    via Talking New Media Computer and electronics company CDW has launched an Apple Newsstand app for its consumer magazines, Talking New Media reports. Of CDW’s four magazines – BizTech, FedTech, StateTech, and EdTech – only BizTech (the newest title) is currently available through the app. According to Talking New Media, the “simple, native digital magazine” features single-page layouts, scrolling text boxes, proportional fonts, and more. “I think it works just fine, and would be a good model for B2B publishers who want to produce a native tablet edition, but…
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  • How to Sell Your Picture Book

    Guest Column
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    Pitching a picture book? Things are looking up. Although the Association of American Publishers reports that book sales in the children’s/young adult segment declined from January to October 2013, many agents observed an uptick in picture book acquisitions throughout 2013 and into 2014. By no means a perfect measure, it’s nonetheless telling that approximately 400 picture book deals were announced in Publishers Marketplace in 2013 compared to approximately 300 in 2012. Still, the market is very competitive, and going head-to-head with the classics as well as new work by high-profile…
  • Jump-Start Your Next Story with Two Truths and a Lie

    Adrienne Crezo
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    The only way to be a writer is to write, right? This is the advice we give at WD, online and in the magazine. If you want to write, you must write. But sometimes getting started is difficult. Perhaps you have a fully-formed character but no idea what to do with him. Maybe your idea is a great plot, but you don’t know who the woman who must live it will be. I would argue that getting started—the actual act of sitting down and beginning something new—is the most difficult part of writing. (Your mileage may vary, of course, but for me, this is the hard part.) Imagine my excitement…
  • Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 273

    Robert Lee Brewer
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    There are only a few constants in my life: One of them is that I know I’ll share a prompt and poem on Wednesdays. I hope everyone is ready to let loose this week. For this week’s prompt, write an outside poem. And I encourage people to actually (physically) get outside if at all possible. Now, the poem itself can be about the great outdoors, but it can also be about other iterations of the outside concept. There’s, of course, thinking outside the box, but maybe just getting outside the cubicle or outside the bedroom, hospital room, depression, addiction, and our own heads.
  • Madrigal: Poetic Form

    Robert Lee Brewer
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:38 pm
    The madrigal originated as an Italian form, actually as a pastoral song. The Italian madrigal is written in lines of either seven or 11 syllables and is comprised of two or three tercets, followed by one or two rhyming couplets. Just as variable as the lines and line lengths is the rhyme scheme. In fact, there’s so much variability that I’m going to focus more on the “English” madrigal. For the English-version of the madrigal (developed by Geoffrey Chaucer), the rules are much more defined. Here they are: Usually written in iambic pentameter. Comprised of three…
  • The Open Window

    Brian A. Klems
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    You had that dream again. The one where the beast with the drooping hands and wicked fangs stares you down from your window. Except the windows open this time—and you’re awake! What happens next? Post your response (500 words or fewer) in the comments below. Want more creative writing prompts? Pick up a copy of A Year of Writing Prompts: 365 Story Ideas for Honing Your Craft and Eliminating Writer’s Block. There’s a prompt for every day of the year and you can start on any day. Order now from our shop.
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  • MediaWeek (Vol8, N 29): Amazon, The LMS, Director's Cut, Open Access + More

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

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

    PersonaNonData
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    KPCB Internet trends 2014 from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • MediaWeek (V8, N26) Dangerous Literature, Newspapers, Ranking Publishers, MOOC Feedback + More

    PersonaNonData
    29 Jun 2014 | 3:47 pm
    More here: Personanondata - The Magazine  via @flipboardFrom The Chronicle of Higher Ed, a discussion on when books were dangerous:The American Library Association, which designates the final week of September as Banned Books Week, has no problem finding titles to fill its annual lists of books under siege. However, these are generally books that have been removed from particular libraries or schools, not the kind of total proscription imposed on Ulysses, as well as Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Tropic of Cancer, Naked Lunch, Lolita, and other works that have since become staples of…
  • Image: Dutch Haven 1970 Pennsylvania

    PersonaNonData
    14 Jun 2014 | 2:03 pm
    I don't know what a shoo-fly pie is but it must have something to do with wind mills.  I believe this place is still there.
 
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  • How to Corrupt Editorial Integrity

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:19 pm
    A recent New York Times fiasco is a blueprint for trashing integrity. It offers a good lesson on what...
  • Three Writing and Editing References

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:18 pm
    We owe our readers our best. By Peter P. Jacobi I wouldn't predict the following books will...
  • The Fog Index

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Assessing the readability of a Newsweek.com excerpt. This month, we're calculating the Fog Index of a sample from...
  • Magazine Launches in 2014

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:17 pm
    In the news: How do magazine launches stack up against magazine closures in the first half of the year?...
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  • Sad Book Returned to NYPL After 54 Years

    birdie
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    From Melville House: Every so often, a book is returned to the library so late, it makes headlines. The due date of the sad book in this particular headline was August 17, 1959. The New York Public Library recently received a copy of Ideal Marriage by Th.H. Van de Velde, M.D. The librarian reports it’s a “very wordy” and scientific guide to sex from 1926. (It’s “certainly more juicy than The Tropic of Cancer,” writes Billy Parrott of the Mid-Manhattan Library.) It was such a source of shame, it wasn’t returned by the patron, but by his in-laws after the patron’s death: We…
  • Free David Lankes book

    Bibliofuture
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    You can now download a free copy of the book Expect More for free from David Lankes' website Book is $9.99 on Amazon - Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries For Today's Complex World
  • David Lankes comments on Kindle Unlimited

    Bibliofuture
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:48 am
    Excerpt: Perhaps, you may think, I am an ivory tower academic blind to the coming disruptive change…like when the Internet was going to put libraries out of business… then Google…then Netflix…then Yahoo! Answers. Here’s the plain truth: there is a HUGE disruptive change happening in libraries, and it is facilitated by things like Google and Kindle Unlimited. Libraries are shifting from collection-focused buildings to centers of innovation focused on communities. If you think of libraries as places filled with books, you are in for a bit of a shock. Any library that can be replaced…
  • Librarian and Romance Writer Enthusiast

    birdie
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:41 am
    Special to USA Today: Librarian of the year, man of RWA, aspiring cover model … these were just some of the names Sean Gilmartin was called while attending this year's Romance Writers of America conference in San Antonio. "I (Gilmartin) was very close to adding car thief" to the list but luckily I can leave that out. Apparently, when a driver is holding a sign that clearly states Barbara Samuel, who just happens to be a seven-time RITA winner and RWA Hall of Famer, that vehicle is not for you. Needless to say, I didn't steal her ride from the airport but ironically was only a few hotel…
  • Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

    Bibliofuture
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Excerpt: “I’m enough of a realist to assume that consumers will gravitate to the cheapest, most convenient source of content, whether that’s Amazon or the public library,” said Jimmy Thomas, executive director of Colorado’s Marmot Library Network. “Amazon continues to set a high standard of convenience libraries should attend to. And every time this huge corporation does something on a massive scale, libraries should be reminded to approach services differently. Competing with Amazon on its own terms is not a good direction for libraries. But thinking about how to complement…
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  • Building a Killer Email List

    davidgaughran
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:16 pm
    There is a lot of upheaval in publishing today and I think that’s likely to increase rather than decrease. The best insurance policy any writer can have against the future is a targeted mailing list. I’ve written before about how the author with the biggest mailing list wins, and I’ve invited Nick Stephenson along today because he’s got some great ideas on how to boost your list. The cool thing about his approach is that it’s something anyone can do. And, as you will see, it really, really works. Here’s Nick with more: Building a Killer Email List As an…
  • Kindle Unlimited: The Key Questions

    davidgaughran
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:31 am
    Amazon launched Kindle Unlimited on Friday, giving self-publishers a big decision to make. The long-rumored subscription service will allow users to download unlimited books for $9.99 a month, and reader reaction has been, from what I can see, overwhelmingly positive – especially because they will be able to test the service with a month’s free trial. Writers have been a little more cautious, for all sorts of reasons I’ll try and tease out below. The main stumbling block for self-publishers is that participation in Kindle Unlimited is restricted to titles enrolled in KDP Select –…
  • Gatecrashing the Cosy Consensus on Amazon

    davidgaughran
    6 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    A group of bestselling traditionally published authors – including James Patterson, Scott Turow, and Douglas Preston – engaged in an act of breathtaking hypocrisy on Thursday with an open letter calling on Amazon to end its dispute with Hachette. The letter is incredibly disingenuous. It claims not to take sides, but only calls on Amazon to take action to end the dispute. It also makes a series of ridiculous claims, notably that Amazon has been “boycotting Hachette authors.” Where do I start? The Phantom Boycott First of all, refusing to take pre-orders on Hachette titles is not a…
  • Media Bias and Amazon

    davidgaughran
    28 Jun 2014 | 4:50 am
    There is so much crap being spouted in this anti-Amazon media push that you need a nose-peg and waders to get through it all. Let’s take a look at what happened this week. Hook, Line & Sinker Statements from either side in the Amazon-Hachette dispute have been thin on the ground. Both companies are said to have signed NDAs – restricting formal comments while negotiations are ongoing – but Hachette has been leaking to reporters, and marshaling authors and industry figures in its defense, leading to an extremely one-sided depiction of events in the media. Which is fine, it’s a…
  • Fake Bestsellers, Concern Trolls and Hidden Agendas

    davidgaughran
    24 Jun 2014 | 9:45 am
    Last Friday we were treated to a story from the Op-Ed pages of the New York Times, where Tony Horwitz claimed “I Was A Digital Bestseller” then complained about how little money this made him, and how he would now stick with traditional, print publishers as a result. Then this Op-Ed was held up – in outlets like Gawker – as another example of how writers have it so tough in this scary new digital world which is going to lead us all into penury. Just like the story I wrote in January – Fake Controversy Alert: Hitler’s Mein Kampf Was Not A Digital Bestseller – the key “fact”…
 
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  • Books to Watch: August 2014

    Michael
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    TweetWell here we are again—Summer is drawing to a close and we’ve hardly put a dent in that towering stack of summer reads. Don’t fret, though—we still have a few weeks to sneak in a couple more books. Here are some new titles for Summer’s end that’ll help you start your Fall off right, with plenty of great ideas and new perspectives. The Leadership Playbook by Nathan Jamail July 31 / Gotham Books / ISBN-13 9781592408665 Sales and leadership guru Nathan Jamail breaks into the Big Five after finding sensational success with his first two self-published books on…
  • Friday Links

    Ryan Schleicher
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Tweet➻ Ted Coiné is on a mission to perpetuate the idea that ethical leadership practices will lead companies to the promise land. In a piece on Switch & Shift titled “Leadership Ethics: It doesn’t depend”, Coiné writes that Ethics today save you money tomorrow. But that’s not all. Ethics today makes you more money, every day of the year, for generations. Because your workers at all levels care, and so they pitch in with zest to make your company great. They think about improving your firm all week long, and they bring those off-hour innovations to work. They bring you their…
  • ChangeThis: Issue 119

    dylan
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Tweet The Most Important Company In the World: Intel, Moore’s Law, and the Heartbeat of Civilization by Michael S. Malone “We now live differently, learn differently, communicate differently, an ultimately, think differently. … We have internalized Moore’s Law. Its beat is now our heartbeat; its pace of change is now the heartbeat of civilization.” The Road (to Reinvention) Is Calling by Josh Linkner “Companies, communities, and individuals fall for many reasons, but one of the most common—and easily avoidable—is the failure to reinvent. Those who feel the most secure in the…
  • How Not To Be Wrong

    Michael
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    TweetI must preface this review by letting you know that I am not the kind of person inclined to read a book about mathematics. I have very little background in math—if I remember correctly, my undergraduate education required two courses. Despite my typically non-mathematical disposition, How Not To Be Wrong called to me from the shelf. “When am I going to use this?” This is the quintessential complaint-cum-question from elementary school students the world over. It is also the introduction to Jordan Ellenberg’s new book dedicated to explaining exactly when and how we can and do use…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Intel Trinity

    dylan
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    Tweet The Intel Trinity: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove Built the World’s Most Important Company by Michael S. Malone, Harper Business, 560 page, $34.99, Hardcover, July 2014, ISBN 9780062226761 The Mark Zuckerbergs and Steve Jobs of the world have received an enormous share of the past decade’s business and cultural limelight, and with good reason: they, along with a growing number of Silicon Valley tech innovators, have altered how we as individuals exist within a larger cultural context, how we gather and digest information, and how we interact with one another. Often…
 
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    How to get a book published|Write a book |Self publish

  • 10 Benefits of Guest Blogging You Can’t Get on Your Own Blog

    Flora
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:24 pm
    @canstockphoto.com/stuart miles   When my editor Barbara Ardinger asked if I’d share an excerpt from the upcoming 2nd edition of my book, Color Your Life Happy, on her blog I immediately agreed. You see, I’ve learned that guest blogging has benefits I can’t get from my own blog. When you began blogging you probably were told if you work hard writing compelling content, you’d eventually build a big following of readers and subscribers. That sounds reasonable, except it’s not exactly true. Without reaching out beyond your own blog, you’re on a steep…
  • Would you write if it meant you risked getting your fingers chopped off?

    Flora
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Mammy Prater, 115-year old ex-slave. Image originally from Library of Congress is no longer available from Amazon Imagine you want to write a letter to your husband. There is no Facebook, Twitter, email. As a matter of fact, there is no internet. It’s 1830, you are an African American slave and every aspect of your life is controlled by your master. Even if you happen to know which plantation your husband has been taken to, you have several problems. 1. Not only is it against the law for slaves to read or write, but it’s against the law for anyone to be caught teaching you to read…
  • 9 Steps to Writing and Publishing a Book

    Flora
    29 Jun 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Aspiring authors have many fears, uncertainties, false notions, and misconceptions. Who can blame them?  Until recent years, the inner workings of the publishing industry were mysterious to us commoners. Whenever I speak at seminars or work with coaching clients, I am pressed with questions like How do I get a book published? Do you think I can write a book? Do I need an agent? Are there any secrets to getting published? The beginning writer is haunted and paralyzed by fears and uncertainties. Although successful writers are portrayed as loners clicking away on a keyboard or scrawling on a…
  • The Mighty Maya, Dr. Angelou to You

    Flora
    27 Jun 2014 | 3:24 am
    The post The Mighty Maya, Dr. Angelou to You appeared first on How to get a book published|Write a book |Self publish.
  • How to Use LinkedIn Publishing Platform

    Flora
    21 May 2014 | 6:46 pm
    LinkedIn is now giving you another way to increase your visibility with its new LinkedIn publishing platform. It’s being rolled out to all LinkedIn users, but if you haven’t gotten access yet you can apply for it at http://specialedition.linkedin.com/publishing/ Some articles have gotten 10,000+ hits within a few days of being posting. Watch the video above to see how I’ve used this new feature. The post How to Use LinkedIn Publishing Platform appeared first on How to get a book published|Write a book |Self publish.
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  • A Marketing Pitch from Author Solutions

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareI've written before about Author Solutions' relentless efforts to get authors to buy the company's "marketing" services. Here's an example that was recently passed on to me (with the author's name and other identifying information redacted).Note the poor quality of the English (a lot of AS's staff are in the Philippines; English is a second language), the implied specialness of the offer (50% management discount, just for you!), the "hurry up and buy" pressure (supposedly only eight books will be able to get in on the deal; first come, first…
  • Self-Publishing and Author-Agent Agreements: The Need for Change

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareEarlier this week, I ran across a blog post by best-selling author Claire Cook  about the process by which she decided to become a hybrid author, ditching her high-powered agency in the process. It's an interesting story--but what really caught my eye was this:And then one day on the phone my agent informed me that in order to continue to be represented by this mighty agency, I would have to turn over 15% of the proceeds of my about-to-be self-published book to said agency. Not only that, but I would have to publish it exclusively…
  • Warning: Green Shore Publishing

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareIf you've encountered Green Shore Publishing, you might be intrigued by an enterprise that describes itself as "The UK and Ireland's New Standard in Book Publishing," and touts both its success and (in the little video on its home page) its extreme selectivity.But wait: Green Shore Publishing isn't exactly what it seems.First clue: the Packages page, where you learn that you must pay between £300 and £1,500 for the privilege of publication. OK, so not really a publisher, then.Misgivings growing, you move on to the Testimonials page, where three…
  • On Trolls and Fake Bad Reviews

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareWe've all read about the abuse of reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.I'm not talking about soliciting your friends to write glowing testimonials for your books, or buying five-star reviews in batches from paid review services. I'm talking about people who post bad reviews for revenge, punishment, or intimidation. And there's a lot of that kind of thing out there, from angry readers one-starring ebooks whose prices they deem too high, to academic authors employing fake names to slag their rivals, to (alleged) packs of bully reviewers on Goodreads…
  • Agenty Advice to a Hopeful Writer, From a Non-Agent

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
     Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareDear Hopeful Writer,Today I received your snail mail query, beginning:Dear agent, I am seeking your representation on my [title redacted] novel. It has 600,000 word count, with the theme: betrayal, revenge, suspense, la femme Nikita, romance, mystery, women fiction, detective and blackmail.Please consider this well-meant advice.- Oh dear. You formatted your query (and the chapters included with it) in Lucida Italic. Perhaps you thought this would make you stand out. Well, it does--but not in a good way. Agents expect standard formatting--which…
 
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  • Daily Deals: Stephen King, Prince Charming, and a fallen angel in search of redemption

    Jane
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The Green Mile by Stephen King. $ 1.99 From the Jacket Copy: The #1 New York Times bestselling dramatic serial novel and inspiration for the Oscar-nominated film of the same name starring Tom Hanks, the “literary event” (Entertainment Weekly) of The Green Mile is now available in its entirety. When The Green Mile first appeared, serialized as one volume per month, Stephen King’s The Green Mile was an unprecedented publishing triumph: all six volumes ended up on the New York Times bestseller list—simultaneously—and delighted millions of fans the world over. Welcome to Cold Mountain…
  • REVIEW: Between the Sheets by Molly O’Keefe

    Kaetrin
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Dear Ms. O’Keefe, I have so many wonderful books on Mt. TBR.  It includes quite a few of your earlier books and I’m now kicking myself for not having read any of them.  The good news is that I have your backlist to look forward to.  I sank into your writing style like I was coming home. It just really worked for me and some of the word pictures you created pushed my good reading buttons. Between the Sheets works as a stand alone with the possible exception of the epilogue.  It was only there where I felt a little lost as regards who was who.  Otherwise, this book was easy to…
  • REVIEW: Hearsay (Bylaws book 1) by Taylor V. Donovan

    Sirius
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Senior associate attorney Derrick Swain wants it all: a loving husband, a fulfilling career, and a couple of kids. After years of hard work he’s on the fast track to a promotion. He’s also met the man of his dreams. A week of daily lunch meetings in Central Park provides the perfect setting to get to know him better, and Derrick thinks it won’t be long before they take the next step and go on a date. But instead of asking him out, the object of his affection stops showing up without explanation, leaving him to wonder what went wrong. As part owner of one of the most prestigious law…
  • Thursday News: Amazon weighs in on ebook pricing, sale of Harlequin nearly complete, OkCupid lies to daters, and Turkish women are defiantly laughing

    Janet
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Amazon Speaks: We Want Lower eBook Prices from Hachette – Amazon explains why it wants lower ebook prices, and why, in Amazon’s opinion, that’s good for everyone. The analysis involves arithmetic and an admission that not all ebooks should be priced at $9.99. Let the games begin! Keep in mind that books don’t just compete against books. Books compete against mobile games, television, movies, Facebook, blogs, free news sites and more. If we want a healthy reading culture, we have to work hard to be sure books actually are competitive against these other media types, and a…
  • Tycoon’s, girl assassins, and grim police

    Jane
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The Tycoon’s Convenient Bride… and Baby by Shoshanna Evers. $ 99 cents From the Jacket Copy: “Perfect summer reading” ~ Random Redheaded Ramblings “A wonderful escape…I absolutely loved it.” ~ Jennybee’s Book Blog “Don’t miss out on this incredible story!” ~ NYT bestselling author Melody Anne After her brother and his wife go missing and are presumed dead, Lauren Peters plans to raise their infant daughter. Her brother’s will, however, stipulates that baby Callie can only be raised by a married couple. Lauren’s as…
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  • Book Review: Apocalypticon

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Read 7/21/14 - 7/23/144 Stars - Strongly Recommended to those who don't mind laughing in the face of the apocalypsePages: 338Publisher: Dapper PressReleased: January 2014A post-apocalyptic novel that makes fun of itself and every book or film that's ever come before it? Uh, yes please!Clayton Smith knocks it out of the park - The Magic Kingdom's parking lot, to be exact - with this hilarious tale of two BFF's who've managed to survive the apocalypse (which was brought about by Jamaican 'Flying Monkey Missiles' if you can believe it) by apparent sheer dumb luck. After holing up in an apartment…
  • Eat Like an Author: Christy Crutchfield

    30 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    When most people get bored, they eat. When I get bored, I brainstorm new series and features for the blog, and THEN eat. And not too long ago, as I was brainstorming and contemplating what I wanted to eat, I thought how cool it would be to have a mini-foodie series where authors share the things they like to eat. Photos and recipes and all. And so I asked them, and amazingly they responded, and I dubbed it EAT LIKE AN AUTHOR. Today, author Christy Crutchfield shares some insider info on Farm Shares, veggies, and flower-picking. You can’t go far in the…
  • The Audio Series: Adam Ingle

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Our audio series "The Authors Read. We Listen."  was hatched in a NYC club during BEA back in 2012. This feature requires more time and patience of the author than any of the ones that have come before. And that makes it all the more sweeter when you see, or rather, hear them read excerpts from their own novels, in their own voices, the way their stories were meant to be heard.Today, Adam Ingle reads an excerpt from his debut novel Necessary Evil and the Greater Good. Adam's a basement-dwelling, graveyard-shift nerd by night and an aspiring peddler of exorcised…
  • A Whole New Ballgame Blog Tour

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Today, we are honored to kick off another Grab The Lapels blog tour. This time, it's for Caryn Rose's A Whole New Ballgame, and here she is, sharing with us the story of how her love of baseball all started!For someone who has published two baseball books in one year, it might seem odd to point out that 10 years ago, I wouldn’t have been able to explain one thing about baseball to you. I didn’t grow up a baseball fan; my dad is one of those guys who gave up on baseball when the Dodgers left Brooklyn. My mom was a White Sox fan, but not enough to have passed it down to me.  So, I grew…
  • Oliver Serang Kidnapped My Blog: Where Oliver Writes

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    (Oliver Serang is an American lecturer at Universität Bremen and a research scientist at Thermo Fisher in Germany, where he swims in the river during snowstorms. He has published papers on computational biology algorithms and is the author of the novel Stay Close, Little Ghost. He can be found at colorfulengineering.org.He has kidnapped this blog. Regular content will return next week!)I wrote Stay Close, Little Ghost while I was finishing my PhD in [1] Seattle, while I was a visiting scientist in [2] São Paulo, Brazil, and when starting a research fellowship in [3] Boston. After…
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  • A Checklist for Considering Writers' Groups

    Jimmie Kepler
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:30 pm
    People have a variety of viewpoints when it comes to belonging to the writer’s group or workshop. Some authors like Dean Koontz abhor them. Some say they will cause you to quit writing or destroy your writing style. Others say they could not write without them.I have experienced both points of view. Over the years, I have belonged to three writer’s groups. The first was the Frisco (Texas) Writer’s Group. It was a hybrid group. Some sessions focused on the learning the business of writing. Other sessions were for critique. Over time, I outgrew this group of mainly want to be writers. I…
  • Know What You Write

    Linda Yezak
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today's post is compliments of debut author Brad Seggie, who allowed me to be the cowriter of our soon-to-be released conspiracy thriller, The Simulacrum. Brad did all the research for that novel, much of it amazingly detailed and intense. He developed an exciting plot from his research, and the resulting book was a blast to write.Details help to bring a reader into a story. A little bit of local color can go a long way toward bringing your readers into the story. The flip side is that some of the readers know a thing or two about the subjects and places that you are describing. If your…
  • Content Marketing with Karen Cioffi

    Lisa Lickel
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:30 pm
    This article originally appeared Karen Cioffi Writing and Marketing on Monday, May 19, 2014. All rights reserved. Used with permission. Become a Niche Powerhouse - Build Relationships with Your Audience and Subscribers with Content Marketing Part 1 of this three-part series discussed finding a niche and working it. Part 2 discussed finding your audience and building your list. Now, it’s on to establishing relationships with your audience and subscribers. This element of niche building actually goes hand-in-hand with finding your audience.To find your audience you need to search them out and…
  • Book Review: How to Succeed In Business Without Really Crying

    Cherie Burbach
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I love books that offer lessons about getting ahead, writing, and managing a business, and yet aren’t about those things specifically. What I mean is, I enjoy reading about how people are succeeding in the writing life in a totally unique way. That’s one reason I picked up How to Succeed In Business Without Really Crying by Carol Leifer.Emmy-Nominated Writer and ProducerLeifer has been nominated for four Emmy’s for her writing work on shows like Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live, and the Academy Awards. She’s been on Late Night With David Lettermen over two dozen times, as well as a host…
  • Details, Details, Details!

    Jody
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Google Free Images     ( Can you find the 16 differences between these images?)My husband and I sometimes like to watch movies that include story note pop-ups. We enjoy that there are some interesting and little known facts to be learned that enrich our watching experience. Last night during an action adventure movie, a subtitle appeared that announced the current location of the characters. They'd traveled to a new city in a few hours.The story note pop-up shared that the characters would have had to drive for 16 hours straight at 120 miles an hour to arrive there…
 
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    Seekerville

  • Getting a Handle on Procrastination - Rose Ross Zediker

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Rose Ross ZedikerIt’s the end of the month. How much writing did you get done? Did you get as much writing done as you’d hoped? Were your monthly goals or word count quota met? If you answered no, none, not much or very little, it’s time to find out if you’re a procrastinator.  Score the following questions using the key below. Regularly Sometimes Seldom Hardly Ever Never 4 3 2 1 0 Continually checking email, blogs, social media during writing time Noticing that you make little or no progress from day to day on your writing project Collected research for your writing project…
  • Writers Who Don't Write 'The End'

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
     Which is more difficult, getting a request from an agent or editor or fulfilling that request?In my humble opinion fulfilling that request-FAILURE TO 'THE END'-seems to be one of the most common writer diseases, paralleling the dreaded Goldilocks Syndrome. Raise your hand if you have ever had a request and not followed through.  Aha! I rest my case.Let's chat about why FAILURE TO 'THE END' occurs.There are plenty of seemingly valid reasons why writers stop writing before they hit the end. Which of these can you identify with?1. Life gets in the way-this includes, death, illness,…
  • Battling Burnout ~ 10 Tips for Helping You Overcome Writer’s Block

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Ruthy here! Today I'm hosting guest blogger Emily Wierenga, and her words of wisdom about writing, faith, motherhood, family and balance... Emily is giving away copies of her debut novel, "A Promise in Pieces", anda copy of her just published memoir "Atlas Girl".....Join me in a big Seekerville welcome!I pin the colored fabric as though savoring a mango, this slice of time so sweet, and the sounds of children splashing in the pool. And all I want is to rest. To open wide this moment and step into it, to sit on a beach chair and hold my babies and breathe in their skin, and funny how, once you…
  • If the Shoe Fits...

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In Cinderella, the glass slipper only fit Cinderella’s foot. As the story goes, of all the girls in all the castles in all the kingdom, the shoe fit her foot and hers alone. No matter how hard they tried, the other girls couldn’t wear the glass slipper.Oliver Herford, Public DomainYour synopsis is the shoe, your story is the foot. Stick with me now…So, you’re working on your first (or next) Great American Novel. You’ve written the first few chapters, and you’re dipping your toes into contests and even getting brave and submitting to agents and editors. Or, you might even be…
  • The Weekend RWA Conference Edition

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Missy Tippens and Myra JohnsonToday's Weekend Edition comes live from deep in the heart of Texas and the RWA #2014 Conference. We'll be adding photos from the Harlequin Party later today, and the RITA/GH gala Sunday, so stick around. For those of you who want to follow the live Tweets, check out #RWA14. And Tina Radcliffe will be Tweeting live from the Awards Gala at @TMRadcliffeWe've got so much swag we're picking FOUR WINNERS: Courtney, Tracey Hagwood, Donna Phillips and Olivia.Swag is en route from San Antonio and should arrive soon. Will mail as soon as it arrives. We Have Winners Be…
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  • Amazon imprints pushing pre-orders into best-sellers but Batman swoops to take top perch

    Roger Packer
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Amazon Publishing imprints are continuing to take best-seller top spots in the Kindle store with pre-order promotions. Last week, Amazon imprints took a clean sweep of the top three places with a trio of ebooks that won’t be published until the end of July at the earliest and well into August at the latest. This week, the three have slipped down the table as surely the shortest Kindle table-topper ever has shot to No 1, with the first issue of the 22-page comic Batman Eternal from DC Comics ($1.99) zooming in to top spot. It’s a bit baffling as issue one was released in April and there…
  • Amazon boosts KDP Select fund to $2m as it adds Kindle Unlimited subscriptions

    Roger Packer
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    Amazon has moved into the ebook subscription business with Kindle Unlimited and has boosted its KDP Select Fund to pay authors to $2million for July. Books have to be enrolled in KDP Select to qualify for Kindle Unlimited and all books in KDP Select will be automatically added to Unlimited unless the author/publisher opts out. The Kindle Unlimited service costs $9.99 a month for readers and there is a free 30-day trial available. The service is initially available only in the US, featuring 600,000 ebooks and around 2,000 audiobooks from Audible. Unlimited royalties Kindle Unlimited royalties…
  • Self-publishers No 1 on Amazon and breaking out of genre

    Roger Packer
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    Indie ebooks as a whole now take the biggest market share on Amazon.com and indies are also making inroads into genres that have not been considered to be suitable for self-publishing. The latest report from Hugh Howey’s Author Earnings survey looks at four measures – Number of ranked titles Number of unit sales Gross earnings Authors’ earnings The number of ranked titles has grown with each survey because Amazon keeps adding new categories, sub-categories, and sub-sub-categories. It’s like a bookstore adding more shelves and giving more titles visibility. Shelf space for books…
  • Tablo offers easy ebook production and distribution with 100% royalties

    Roger Packer
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:04 am
    Tablo.io is a new premium publishing platform that offers a good way of producing and distributing ebooks quickly and professionally, with authors keeping 100% of their royalties. There is, however, a price to be paid for the service, with plans starting at $7.95 a month to publish one book, $15.95 a month to publish three books and $29.95 a month for 10 books. The site has a fairly narrow range of distribution at present, covering just Amazon and Apple’s iBooks. You can, of course, go direct to both of these retailers fairly easily at no cost, although iBooks can be a bit awkward. You…
  • The power of a backlist

    Roger Packer
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:50 am
    GalleyCat has an interesting interview with Elizabeth Lowell, a traditionally published author who has made a successful move to self-publishing. She has an extensive backlist in the genre of romantic thrillers and says the market for romantic suspense has exploded in the last decade which shows there was a pent-up demand that was not being met. She thinks it’s a great time to be a genre fiction writer in general. Lowell says readers are seeking contact with authors and want to feel a connection that goes beyond the books and often includes a community of other fans. She has a big backlist…
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  • Immediacy Index: Is it a Useful Way to Evaluate Journals?

    William Stevenson
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:19 pm
    How topical and important are articles published in journal? Which journals should a researcher skim through if he wants to keep up with new and exciting research? One measure that attempts to quantify this is immediacy index of journals. Immediacy Index: How it is Calculated Immediacy index and journal impact factor (IF) are both calculated by the Institute for Scientific Information and in much the same way: for a certain publication time range, the total citations of a journal’s papers during one year is divided by the number of papers. This gives an average number of citations per paper…
  • Journal Cited Half-life: What Does it Mean? Is it Important?

    William Stevenson
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:24 am
    Many journals brag about publishing up-to-date, cutting edge research and most researchers want to publish in such journals. Journal cited half-life, also known as aggregate cited half-life, is one measure sometimes used to evaluate the current interest in a journal. However, journal cited half-life is not a reliable measure of this and should be used with care. Journal Cited Half-life: How Old are Cited Articles? A journal may be cited hundreds or thousands of times per year but the articles cited will vary in age. Some will be only a few months old, having been published in the same…
  • Why is SCImago Journal Rank Important?

    William Stevenson
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:58 am
    Measures of journal prestige are important both to authors and to the journals themselves. Authors want to send articles to the most prestigious journal in their area of research since the journal’s reputation reflects on them and they can bask in its glow. For journals, having a high ranking helps them attract more and higher quality submissions. There are several ranking systems and each uses a different criteria to rank journals, so it is important to know how they do it. The SCImago Journal Rank is one measure of journal prestige which is considered among the most useful.……
  • Eigenfactor vs. Impact Factor: How are They Different?

    William Stevenson
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:49 am
    Eigenfactor and impact factor are two widely used measures of a journal’s value. However, they measure quite different factors and cannot be used interchangeably. Eigenfactor: How Many People Read this Journal? Although the calculation is complicated a journal eigenfactor is basically a measure of how many people read a journal and think its contents are important. Since this cannot be directly calculated, it is measured indirectly by counting the total number of citations a journal receive over a five year period. Note that eigenfactor measures the total number of citations.……
  • How Eigenfactor helps Evaluate Journal Ranking

    William Stevenson
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    We all want to publish in highly regarded scientific journals, those whose names bring instant respect and credibility. One measure of a journal’s importance is its “eigenfactor,” a rating devised by Jevin West and Carl Bergstrom at the University of Washington. The calculation is based largely on the total citations a journal receives over a five year period. Therefore a big fat journal that cranks out articles by the thousand will receive an eigenfactor twice as high as a thinner journal publishing half as many articles, so long as the articles have the same average citation…
 
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    Beyond Paper Editing

  • How to Improve Your Writing with Macros—Tips for Beginners

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:11 am
    by Carla Douglas@CarlaJDouglasParing down your prose is immensely satisfying—it makes images and turns of phrase come alive, and it helps clarify your meaning, too.Finding ways to trim what you’ve written is drudgery, but macros can help you by automating part of this process. In her post a couple of weeks ago, Corina mentioned three macros that are especially helpful to writers: NeedlessWords, TellingWords, and -ly Words.Get a snapshot of your writing habitsThese macros locate and highlight potential offenders—words that clutter your writing and cloud your meaning. They’re easy to…
  • 4 Levels of Editing Explained: Which Service Does Your Book Need?

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:43 pm
    by Carla Douglas and Corina Koch MacLeod@CarlaJDouglas @ckmacleodwriterThis post originally appeared on April 23, 2014 at The Book Designer.In a previous post, we discussed how you can work with beta readers to enhance the self-editing process. Self-editing, or revision, as we call it, is the furthest you can take your manuscript on your own, with feedback from others, but without professional editing help. This is a great first step towards polishing your manuscript.Let’s suppose that you’ve gotten feedback from your beta readers and made any necessary…
  • 5 Things You Should Know about Working with Beta Readers

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:49 am
    This post originally appeared on March 19, 2014 at The Book Designer.by Corina Koch MacLeod and Carla Douglas@CKMacleodwriter @CarlaJDouglasImage by aussiegallIf you’re a self-publishing author, you’ve likely either read or been told that you need to hire an editor. But a professional edit costs money, and while self-publishing gurus will recommend that it’s money well spent, not every author has the wherewithall for such an investment.Strange words coming from two editors, right?If a professional edit isn’t currently in your budget, what do you do? Answer: find a beta reader!
  • 25 Word Lists for Writers

    10 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    by Corina Koch MacLeod@CKmacleodwriterI like lists—especially word lists. They help me to make sense of the world. Below is a round-up of useful word lists for writers. Use them to check for and address potential problems in your writing.Needless WordsWe all do it—use words that clutter up our writing. If you know what those words are, you can hunt them down and obliterate them.10 Words to Cut From Your Writing at EntrepreneurNeedless Words at Tech Tools for Writers. This word list is nicely packaged in a macro that you run in Microsoft Word.* Talk about a timesaver.*See this 30-second…
  • How and Why to Bundle Your Ebooks and Pbooks

    3 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    by Carla Douglas@CarlaJDouglas BitLitEbooks or pbooks? What if you could have both? That’s right—your library, in both pbook and ebook formats. We often think in terms of one or the other, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There’s an app for thatEbook and print bundling has been available at the point of sale for some time via Amazon’s Kindle MatchBook, but a recently launched app from BitLit now makes it possible to get a free or low-priced ebook copy of the print books you already own.BitLit’s target users are hybrid readers—its tagline is “the feel of a book and…
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  • Weegie Words 101 – Glasgow2014 special

    Laura Jones
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:16 am
    Originally posted on Saraband's Blog:Weegie* Words is a pop-up festival to celebrate Glasgow’s finest literary talent in the spirit of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Authors will go head-to-head in specialist rounds to determine the winners of stereotypical Glasgow tropes; sport vs the weather and famous sex scenes vs gritty crime. Aka: STILL GAME vs…
  • This week in numbers: July 5th – 11th

    Laura Jones
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:43 am
    Here’s this week’s numbers in publishing. Physical market declines 2.4% in first half of 2014 (Bookseller [subs only]) ‘It has been a pretty decent year on the shop floor and in publishing boardrooms thus far in 2014. As we reveal in greater detail in our Review of the Half Year, the physical market for the […]
  • This week in numbers: June 28th – July 4th

    Laura Jones
    4 Jul 2014 | 3:28 am
    Here’s this week’s numbers in publishing. France book sales decline 3% year-on-year (Bookseller [subs only]) France’s book sales fell for the third consecutive year in 2013, declining by 3% (or an inflation-adjusted 3.3%) to €2.7bn. The decline was largely because of a 13.1% slump in textbooks, according to the French Publishers Association (Syndicat National de […]
  • Long live the indies: Independent Booksellers Week 2014

    Laura Jones
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:24 am
    Rejoice! The indie bookseller! We bloody love our indies, don’t we? Rightly so, independent booksellers take a high proportion of hours out of their lives to recommend life-enriching books, to make readers happy readers. They create a humanly homely environment for readers old and new and the best bit, every single one is different. No […]
  • This week in numbers: June 21st – 27th

    Laura Jones
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:36 am
    Here’s this week’s numbers in publishing. Pearson tops global publishing rankings with almost €7m revenue (Bookseller [subs only]) ‘The top six places in 2013 remain the same as the previous year with Penguin Random House (PRH) nestled in fifth place (just as Random House was in 2012), almost €1bn behind fourth-placed Wolters Kluwer—even though these […]
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    Nostrovia! Poetry

  • 8 Self-publishing Platforms

    Jeremiah Walton
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    “You listen to me book… you’re supposed to self publish! Get out there!” Self-publishing is a crash course in how to smash your face against the internet without knowing if you’ll make it out alive.  I prefer the D.I.Y. route when it comes to publishing, or at least being involved with the press publishing my book. I’m not saying if City Lights Book Store came knocking, I’d send them away.  Absolutely not, I’d be ecstatic, but I’d want to be involved as much as possible with the publishing process, and make a point to push for it. If…
  • Self-aware Poems & Poems About Poetry

    Jeremiah Walton
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    “THERE’S A POEM IN THE MIRROR! I SEE IT!” Poems that know that they’re poems, or critique poetry, seem to have harnessed a bad reputation, a ball-gag that tastes like filth. I dig them though.  Poems that are passionate and provoke emotion are good poems, at least in my little corner of subjectivity.  I dig writing that employs strong images, and leaves a taste of itself (whether sour, sweet, mouthwash, or sex) in the reader’s mouth. I’m passionate about poetry, and find myself regularly writing poems that are self-aware, poems that know they are poems.
  • Bombs for digging

    Jeremiah Walton
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Jeremiah Walton:Meet Meco, the baby raccoon we rescued from starvation along the side of the road, On The Road. We lived with Meco for a couple days prior to finding him a new home suitable for him to grow up and succeed without dependency on human beings long term. Originally posted on Books & Shovels: Meet Meko We’ve rescued a baby raccoon, wandered the streets of Albany, N.Y., prevented drunken buffoons from wandering into the highway, spent all nighters screaming at the Internet and smashing our skulls against social media, writing and re-writing, interviewing, throwing ourselves…
  • Innards of my car scream with smoke and fire

    Jeremiah Walton
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    Jeremiah Walton:Books & Shovels needs your strength Originally posted on Books & Shovels: To ensure Books & Shovels has a successful journey, we have sunk 1000s of dollars into the vehicle, which potentially just fried its motor pulling into the shop.  This may have rendered the vehicle useless, and we are waiting on word from the mechanic. This is a time when we need your assistance more than ever to push our IndieGoGo campaign forward, and with encouraging others to pledge to secure the project’s future. We’re launching no matter what, even if we are hitchhiking and…
  • 8 free tools for authors

    Jeremiah Walton
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    This stuff is almost as good as free soap. Google Docs This tool has been infinitely useful during my travels.  You can access your writing online, from any computer or mobile device, and store files, photos, and notes in organized folders. The text editor is basic, but you can download a file as a txt, docx, PDF, odt, or html file.  That’s invaluable when organizing submissions to presses that only accept docx files, but you don’t have Microsoft Word. OpenOffice OpenOffice is a free Microsoft Word alternative available for Windows, MacOS and Linux. Gimp Gimp is an image…
 
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    The Publishing Profits Podcast Show | Writing | Marketing | Books | Ebooks

  • 033: The Ebook Revolution and the Future of Publishing

    tom@tckpublishing.com (Tom Corson-Knowles, Founder of TCK Publishing)
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    In today’s show, Tom Corson-Knowles share data, facts and insights into global ebook and print sales and the future of publishing. If you don’t understand the numbers, it’s hard to make good decisions as a publisher! This show will give you some key insights into what’s going on right now in the industry, why ebook sales are still growing, and why print sales are declining globally. See the slides for this show: The Ebook Revolution and the Future of Publishing from Tom Corson-Knowles Watch the video instead: Get even more data and key market insights for authors and…
  • 032: Your Ebook Publishing Questions Answered

    tom@tckpublishing.com (Tom Corson-Knowles, Founder of TCK Publishing)
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:17 pm
    In today’s show, Tom Corson-Knowles answers your questions about ebook publishing. We cover questions about formatting, publishing, marketing, pen names, free vs. paid books, creating audiobooks, and much more. Grab your pen and paper and get ready to take notes because you’re about to learn how to earn some serious publishing profits. If you want your questions answered on the show, send us an email at http://www.tckpublishing.com/contact
  • 031: The 15 Habits of Highly Successful Authors and Writers

    tom@tckpublishing.com (Tom Corson-Knowles, Founder of TCK Publishing)
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Successful authors do things a little differently… In today’s show, Tom Corson-Knowles shares the 15 habits of highly successful authors and shows you how you can apply them right now to your own life to speed up your path to success. This podcast episode is based on the article Tom wrote called 15 Success Habits of Professional Writers and Authors. If you’re looking for a little motivation, inspiration and education, this episode is for you! So grab your pen and paper and get ready to take notes because you’re about to learn how to earn some serious publishing…
  • 030: Hollis Carter Shares His Online Marketing System for Success

    tom@tckpublishing.com (Tom Corson-Knowles, Founder of TCK Publishing)
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Hollis Carter is an online marketing legend. He has worked on multi-million dollar online information product launches. For the past few years, Hollis has taken his experience in marketing and applied it to the publishing industry as a coach, consultant, trainer and publisher. Hollis has planned some incredible book launches, and helped many thought leaders, experts and novelists take their exposure and marketing to a whole new level. In today’s show, Hollis shares his marketing system for success that any author can (and should) apply right now to their business to sell more books,…
  • 029: Shoshanna Evers on Writing, Marketing and Self Publishing Romance

    tom@tckpublishing.com (Tom Corson-Knowles, Founder of TCK Publishing)
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Shoshanna Evers is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. She’s written several novels, novellas and short stories including The Man Who Holds the Whip. She has written in contemporary romance, romance and erotica. In today’s show, Shoshanna shares a glimpse into her creative process and some of her top tips for creativity, writing, rewriting and editing, and marketing. You can learn more about Shoshanna online at http://ShoshannaEvers.com Show notes: Sign up for Shoshanna’s newsletter http://ShoshannaEvers.com/newsletter http://ShoshannaEvers.com/contests The…
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    Marketing Tips For Authors

  • Before You Sign a Contract: What Authors Should Know About Their Book Deal

    Paula Krapf
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Authors should never rush to publish. That’s one way to end up with a subpar book. There are nine things writers should know before they have a contract, starting with: take your time. By taking your time you can also learn more about writing. You’ll hone your skills, develop your prowess and be in a much better position to know what you want to write – and how to write it. Read the rest of this terrific post by Martina Boone from Adventures in YA Publishing: http://bit.ly/1n7pAQn Share 'What Authors Should Know About Their Book Deal' #amwritingClick To Tweet - Powered By…
  • What Authors Should Know About Kindle Unlimited

    Paula Krapf
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Amazon has launched a subscription service called Kindle Unlimited. Learn if your book is listed, or what requirements your book must meet in order to be added.  Authors will be paid if their books are on Kindle Unlimited, based on Amazon’s formula. Get the full story: http://www.amarketingexpert.com/kindle-unlimited/ The program has raised many questions, and you can find additional insights here: http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/2014/07/20/kindle-unlimited-the-key-questions/ http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2014/kindle-unlimited-a-bad-deal-for-some-authors/ What authors should know…
  • Building Your Website: Researching Your Marketplace

    Paula Krapf
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Whether you’re trying to determine if you need a site or if you just want to get a sense of what your competition is doing, the research is fairly simple. You’ll want to head on over to your favorite search engine and plug in the keywords or phrases that describe your product, service, book or brand.Keep in mind that different search engines will produce different results, though that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to use several search engines during this stage of the process. Right now we’re not looking for ranking, we’re just gathering data. Searches across the ’Net will…
  • Don’t Let Your Posts Disappear on Facebook!

    Paula Krapf
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Facebook Pages have been declining in reach – and it’s about to go down again. Under the new changes, some experts predict that 1% or fewer of your fans will now see your newsfeed updates. But you don’t have to give up on Facebook. However, you do have to get your fans involved so they understand what’s going on and how they can keep up with your news. You do this by using Facebook’s notifications settings. Watch this video about using Facebook notifications and then share it with your followers so everyone is prepared! Learn how to use Facebook notifications…
  • Building Your Website: Why You Need a Site

    Paula Krapf
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    When it comes to websites, some people still wonder if they even need one. I mean, you have a Facebook account, right? Who needs a website? It’s just another thing to manage.I like to compare having a website to having a fax machine. These days most of us don’t give a fax machine (or a document scanner) a second thought. Years ago, everyone in business had a fax machine and some people just owned them for personal use. But when fax machines first came out, I remember wondering, “Who in the world would use a fax machine?” Well, as it turns out, everybody. Fax machines became a sign of…
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    Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog

  • The Best TED Talks On Publishing You Should See For Inspiration

    Wojtek Szywalski
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:57 pm
    TED is an inspiring conference bringing together all the brilliant minds from all over the world. TED stands for Technology, Education and Design. Fortunately, the overall spectrum of topics is much broader, also covering the publishing industry. Now, I am going to share with you 5 videos that provide knowledge and inspiration. From design, through case studies, to marketing riffs. The post The Best TED Talks On Publishing You Should See For Inspiration appeared first on Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog.
  • How a Magazine App Becomes Your Competitive Advantage in the Mobile World

    Wojtek Szywalski
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    When it comes to digital publishing we often see that publishers offer mere PDF issues of their digital magazine on their mobile websites. Unfortunately, selling a PDF file on the website is not enough to take the best advantage of the mobile space, even if the website is optimized for mobile devices. In this article I am going to show you how to fix this effortlessly. The post How a Magazine App Becomes Your Competitive Advantage in the Mobile World appeared first on Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog.
  • The Ultimate Guide for Integrating SlideShare into Your Content Marketing Strategy

    Kalie Moore
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Content marketing remains at the forefront of every B2B marketer’s mind. Econsultancy partnered with Adobe and recently published their Quarterly Digital Intelligence Briefing: 2014 Digital Trends which proved that B2B marketers are significantly more likely to call out content marketing as one of their top-three priorities for the year ahead (44% for B2B compared to 28% for B2C). The post The Ultimate Guide for Integrating SlideShare into Your Content Marketing Strategy appeared first on Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog.
  • How To Improve the SEO of Your Digital Magazine with Pinterest, Slideshare and More

    Wojtek Szywalski
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:43 am
    Whether you publish a digital magazine or run an e-commerce website, getting attention for your business can be challenging. There’s so much noise out there that can drown out your content marketing efforts. This article provides you with a simple guide to landing more, better-targeted users through these simple Search Engine Optimization tactics. Search Engine […] The post How To Improve the SEO of Your Digital Magazine with Pinterest, Slideshare and More appeared first on Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog.
  • PressPad Digital Publishing Platform Expands Its Operations to Japan

    Wojtek Szywalski
    10 Jun 2014 | 9:09 am
    We started building PressPad to reshape the digital publishing industry, making it easy to use and affordable for publishers of all sizes. Mobile is here to stay, and publishing is one among many industries affected by the mobile revolution. With PressPad’s active support, magazine publishers and authors are able to monetize their existing content on […] The post PressPad Digital Publishing Platform Expands Its Operations to Japan appeared first on Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog.
 
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    The Proof Angel

  • Is typing good for you?

    The Proof Angel
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:33 am
    It might not be, but this time its is nothing to do with RSI.   Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Bits & bobs Tagged: Reading, typing
  • Writing about regret

    The Proof Angel
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:50 am
    Regret is difficult. It causes all sorts of problems, and can easily get out of proportion. You can say the same for writing about it. Read more about how to handle regret. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: regret, writing resources
  • Using capitals for acronym

    The Proof Angel
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    If you get confused about when to use capital letters, you may want to avoid this post about using capitals for acronyms. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Bits & bobs Tagged: acronyms, capital letters
  • Phrases you should avoid

    The Proof Angel
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:51 am
    If you suffer from wordy writing, this post has a list of troublesome phrases & suggests substitutes. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Writing resources Tagged: self editing
  • Getting round to it

    The Proof Angel
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    When I was a child, seaside souvenir shops started to sell a small china saucer called a round-to-it. The decoration explained that this was the ideal gift for the person who was always going to do that vital job when they got around to it. I wonder how many arguments that joke caused? There are always going to be tasks that get put off. Sometimes it is because we would prefer to do something else. Other times we want to do it, but we feel we should be doing something else first. Establishing a regular tine for the task can be a good way of solving the problem. Here is a post about how to…
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    The Passive Voice

  • Think Amazon is Your Friend? You Might Have Amazon Infatuation Syndrome

    Passive Guy
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    From The Digital Reader: Last night Amazon posted their third official statement in the ongoing contract dispute with Hachette, and like their first statement the open letter posted last night is proving to be an effective tactical PR maneuver. The letter, which you can read over here, said that Amazon only wanted a 30% commission from sales of Hachette ebooks, and that Amazon was fighting with Hachette over whether the ebooks would be expensive or cheap. The statement goes on to lay out the math to justify lower ebook prices, and then it concludes with the idea that authors should get 35% of…
  • You’ve got to be optimist

    Passive Guy
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    You’ve got to be optimist to be a Democrat, and you’ve got to be a humorist to stay one. Will Rogers
  • Amazon Will Pay You $1 To Choose Slow Shipping

    Passive Guy
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    From The Huffington Post: One of the best things about being an Amazon Prime member is getting free, two-day shipping. Prime members with a little patience, however, are now getting an extra benefit: $1. Starting Wednesday, prime members who choose “No-Rush” shipping on any order will get a $1 credit for Amazon’s Instant Video service. The promotion is a brilliant way for Amazon to get people more comfortable with downloading movies and TV shows from its service, or, put another way, get more people into Amazon’s “content ecosystem.” If you’ve spent a…
  • Marketing From a Village

    Passive Guy
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    From author Gwen Bristol: This past month the local writer’s group I’m a member of held its own book-fair at one of the local parks. For the first hour, I went, mingled with my fellow writers and watched the band and food vendors set up for the weekly Fridays on Vine concert. Everyone seemed excited, hopeful that the concert and the sign welcoming the public to come meet local authors would bring a stream of locals through the pavilion. No one said it aloud, but we all watched people gathering on the grass and at the picnic tables as if we might know some of them. As if they might see us,…
  • How Amazon Brought Publishing to Its Knees — and Why Authors Might Be Next

    Passive Guy
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    From Mashable: Morgan Entrekin is happy with the relationships he’s developed with Amazon. As the president of independent publisher Grove/Atlantic Books, he witnessed the industry change as Amazon’s introduction of the Kindle helped publishers like him embrace the digital revolution that has battered other industries. It’s the future that he’s worried about. “Right now [Amazon] is allowing me a perfectly fair margin, but what happens when they have total control or twice as much of the market share than they have now?” he said. Entrekin’s sentiment isn’t…
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    All Indie Writers » Indie Publishing

  • The Horror Writers Association Opens Its Doors to Indie Authors

    Jennifer Mattern
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    As of today, indie authors can qualify for either active or affiliate member status with the Horror Writers Association (HWA) based on earnings from their self published books. Previously, the only way to earn these member statuses from your books was to work through a traditional publisher. I'm particularly happy about this change for a few reasons: I'm an indie author myself and have been for the better part of a decade. It's nice to see professional organizations, and other authors, become more accepting of different business models. I've been a long-time supporter of indie authors in…
  • Ten Reasons to Launch an Author Blog

    Jennifer Mattern
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    If you’re an author, you've probably heard that you should consider having a blog. Some authors swear by them. Others swear them off as a distraction and waste of time. But the marketing value of blogs is undeniable, and they can be effective promotional tools for both nonfiction and fiction authors. In a future post we'll take a look at some of the ways you can simplify the author blogging process to reap the benefits without letting it take over your writing schedule. But for now, let's look at what some of those benefits actually are. 10 Reasons to Launch an Author Blog Not convinced…
  • Get APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur FREE From BookBaby

    Jennifer Mattern
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    Each week I try to release a new freebie developed just for All Indie Writers readers. But this week I want to do something a bit different. I want to pass along an awesome deal that came through to my inbox this morning. If you're thinking about becoming an indie author, no doubt you've heard about APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch.   If you don't have a copy yet, I highly recommend it. And there couldn't be a better time. Right now, you can get a copy of APE (mobi, epub, and/or pdf -- your choice) for free from BookBaby.com. The only catch? You…
  • Quick Tip: Promote Your Writing With a Monthly Marketing Calendar

    Jennifer Mattern
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Here's a quick tip about how you can more effectively promote your writing every month, whether that means marketing your freelance writing services, your books, or your blogs. Use a monthly marketing calendar. What's the Point of a Monthly Marketing Calendar? A monthly marketing calendar gives you an easy way to keep all of your marketing information on one handy sheet of paper. I have an example that you can download below. On it, you can track: Your marketing goals for the month Your key marketing tactics that will help you reach your goals "Other opportunities" to keep in mind, such as…
  • 15-Minute Book Marketing Tactics for Busy Authors

    Jennifer Mattern
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    Raise your hand if you're an author who has ever complained that you don't have enough time to market your books. After all, you're too busy writing, right? While making time for larger book marketing efforts is a requirement and reality of self publishing today (or any publishing for that matter), there are still plenty of things you can do to promote your book when you're short on time. This week's free resource for writers is designed to help you stick with your book marketing even on your busiest days. I've put together a simple list of 15 book marketing tactics that you can do in just 15…
 
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    Helen Sedwick

  • Kindle Countdown Deal Going on Now

    Helen Sedwick
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    The Kindle version of Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook is now available for 99 cents on Amazon. On Sunday morning, the price will increase to $1.99. Regular price resumes on Wednesday, July 29, 2014. Please help me spread the word.  Thank you. UPDATE: Under Amazon’s current rules, this Countdown Deal is only available to U.S. (and perhaps U.K.) buyers. My apologies to readers outside the U.S. If I ran the world (or at least Amazon), I would make these offers available worldwide. Related posts: Kindle Unlimited — One Writer/Lawyer’s Perspective How Many ISBNs Does One…
  • Kindle Unlimited — One Writer/Lawyer’s Perspective

    Helen Sedwick
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:47 pm
    You have to be impressed by Amazon’s ability to generate news. Not about books or business or world peace, but about AMAZON. A week doesn’t go by when Jeff Bezos isn’t portrayed in the headlines as a pariah, a genius, or both. On Friday July 18, 2014, the news was Kindle Unlimited (KU), a subscription plan that allows readers to pay $9.99 per month for unlimited access to over 600,000 ebooks. Interestingly, big publishers have not signed on. While there are some marquee titles (Harry Potter, The Hobbit, Hunger Games…), the bulk of the ebooks are backlisted titles and self-published…
  • Hiring Freelancers; Contract Basics

    Helen Sedwick
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    You have chosen an editor, book-cover designer, interior designer, photographer, illustrator, audio book narrator, or other freelance contractor. Now what? How do you spell out your mutual expectations or, to put it in legal language, the terms of engagement? Most likely, your freelancer has a form agreement, which may be a description on a website or an email only. These form binding agreements even if they are electronic. However, make sure the agreement covers the following: Describe what services are expected: Spell out what you expect the contractor to provide. For example, line-by-line…
  • Joining THE BOOK DESIGNER as a Contributing Writer

    Helen Sedwick
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Like many writers considering the plunge into self-publishing, I started my research on the internet. Without exaggeration, the best resource I found was, and still is, Joel Friedlandler’s THE BOOK DESIGNER. THE BOOK DESIGNER website covers everything from structuring your novel to choosing fonts for your book cover. The advice is practical and professional, and writers can download free and inexpensive handouts, videos and templates to study and use. Joel’s monthly E-Book Cover Awards  will teach you the nuts and bolts of designing a killer book cover. And he scans the internet…
  • Beware of Contests Offering Publishing Contracts

    Helen Sedwick
    6 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Even though words are our stock-and-trade, many writers are intimidated by contract wording. The pages look fuzzy and convoluted, like  some math-test nightmare from high school. Writers assume they won’t understand the contracts, so they close their eyes and click SUBMIT. Nonsense. If you can write a book, then you can read a contract well enough to spot a bad deal. The trick is knowing where to look. This post is the first of the Highlighter Series in which I will take actual contacts, highlight key provisions, and explain meanings and consequences. I won’t tell you NOT to sign…
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