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  • Self-Publishing: Carnival of the Indies Issue #57

    The Book Designer
    Joel Friedlander
    28 Jun 2015 | 12:05 am
    Welcome to this issue of the Carnival of the Indies blog carnival. This issue is for June, 2015. We welcome your submissions on topics related to writing, self-publishing, book design or marketing books. A collection of outstanding articles recently posted to blogs, your reading here will be richly rewarded. See the end of this post for links to submit your blog posts for the next carnival, or for participating Bloggers and Featured Bloggers to grab your sidebar badges. Thanks to everyone who participated. Featured Posts Samir Bharadwaj presents Why are you writing for people who hate…
  • 5 tips for crafting a memorable book description

    BookBaby Blog
    Chris Robley
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:25 am
    Jacket copy will never capture everything you want readers to know about your book or your achievements as an author. Just accept the fact that a book description is supposed to be a teaser. I’m helping some friends write marketing copy for a new product they’ve developed, and it got me thinking about book descriptions (by which I mean the jacket copy, or the back-of-book description, or what some people call the blurb*). * These terms are often mixed up, since “blurb” can also mean the quotes of praise that appear on the back of the book from other writers or critics. You see,…
  • On Book Designing

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

    Roger Packer
    Roger Packer
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:33 am
    Ebook subscription service Scribd has dumped many romance and erotica novels from its line-up because they are so popular with readers that they cost the company too much. Smashwords distributes self-published titles to Scribd and CEO Mark Coker estimates 80-90% of Smashwords’ romance and erotica titles have been dropped by Scribd, including nearly all of the distributor’s most popular romance titles. It’s been a bad week for authors with books on subscription services after details from Amazon revealed its new pay-per-page system for Kindle Unlimited is likely to offer a…
  • Book Cover Design Behind the Scenes

    The Book Designer
    Joel Friedlander
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:05 pm
    By Dane Low Ever wondered how book cover designers do what they do? How do they take a concept and turn it into a book cover? In today’s post, we’re pleased to have Dane Low of Ebook Launch explain to you how he does it. Be sure to watch the video, too. I think you’ll find this interesting.   The video below shows behind the scenes of a book cover design for The Floating Gourmet (available now on Smashwords). It works its way through the entire process from photo selection, photo manipulation, font choice to the completed concept. My hope is that it gives you some…
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    MediaShift

  • Journalism & Digital Education Roundup, July 2, 2015

    Julie Keck
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:47 am
    1. How one professor’s tweets got her fired — or so it seemed at first (Andy Thomason / Chronicle of Higher Education) 2. More than a lemonade stand: How 12-year-olds learn to launch lean startups (Charley Locke / EdSurge) 3. Q&A: Blogger Kevin Corbett on higher ed’s online future (D. Frank Smith / EdTech) 4. […] Please visit MediaShift for the whole story.
  • Daily Must Reads, July 2, 2015

    Julie Keck
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:27 am
    1. Salon Media editorial staff to unionize with Writers Guild of America (Greg Gilman / The Wrap) 2. Welcome to Jun, the town that ditched bureaucracy to run on Twitter (Jemima Kiss / Guardian) 3. An argument that newspapers are missing out on reaching loyal, local digital audiences (Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab) 4. How […] Please visit MediaShift for the whole story.
  • Netizen Report: Scholars in Colombia, Kazakhstan Face Legal Challenges for Sharing Research

    Global Voices Advocacy Netizen Report Team
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:55 am
    Global Voices Advocacy’s Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. In October, a Colombian graduate student will go on trial for sharing an academic paper online. The paper’s author pressed copyright violation charges against Diego Gomez for posting his research on the document-sharing website […] Please visit MediaShift for the whole story.
  • Futures Lab Update #112: Digital Story Formats That Add Context and History

    Reuben Stern
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:44 am
    This week we explore a publishing platform that integrates story components in a unique way, and a startup that organizes news reports around historical context. PART 1: FOLD A Web-based publishing platform developed at the MIT Media Lab arranges related elements in a visual way that puts multimedia material into view alongside the text. Co-creator […] Please visit MediaShift for the whole story.
  • How a Mini-Hack Can Move Students Forward

    Susan Zake
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    The idea to hold a hackathon at Kent State began with one sentence in a proposal for an AEJMC/Knight News Challenge Bridge Grant. I wanted to hold an environmentally themed hack, perhaps a smaller version of the international Ecohack World event, to inspire my journalism students to approach technology in a more “hands-on” way and […] Please visit MediaShift for the whole story.
 
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    Digital Book World

  • Barnes & Noble Selects New CEO to Refocus on Retail

    DBW
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:34 am
    The bookseller appoints Ronald D. Boire, the current head of Sears Canada, to serve as CEO of Barnes & Noble’s retail division beginning in early September. He is set to continue at the helm of the bookstore business that will remain after Barnes & Noble spins off its college division this summer. Boire will succeed Michael Huseby, who will become Executive Chairman of Barnes & Noble Education after the split. Until then, however, Huseby will remain CEO of Barnes & Noble, Inc. In an announcement today Barnes & Noble emphasizes Boire’s “extensive…
  • Scribd Adjusts Subscription Model under Strain

    Rich Bellis
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Scribd cuts an unspecified number of romance and erotica ebooks from its subscription-based catalog, apparently because paying its content partners based on readers’ activity in the genre is becoming too burdensome. “We’ve grown to such a point that we are beginning to adjust the proportion of titles across genres to ensure that we can continue to grow in a sustainable way,” Scribd CEO Trip Adler explained this week. To do that, Scribd will begin “rotating titles in and out” of its offering and pushing for “more mutually beneficial terms” with publishers, Adler said. Scribd…
  • Scribd Culls Romance Ebooks from Subscription Platform

    DBW
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:03 am
    The subscription content platform Scribd alerts its publishing partners that it’s dropping an undisclosed number of romance and erotica titles from its ebook catalog. The news, shared late yesterday by Smashwords CEO Mark Coker, renews questions about the viability of the subscription model for ebooks at a time when Amazon has overhauled its  compensation model on Kindle Unlimited, its own subscription platform. Coker estimates that 80–90% of the romance and erotica ebooks Smashwords distributes on Scribd will be cut, “including nearly all of our most popular romance…
  • Apple Loses Antitrust Appeal

    Rich Bellis
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    360b / Shutterstock.com An appeals court yesterday affirmed Judge Denise Cote’s 2013 verdict finding Apple guilty of violating antitrust laws by conspiring with publishers to fix ebook prices. The majority opinion in the two-to-one ruling finds Cote’s judgment in the case “amply supported and well-reasoned.” But a dissent from the third judge on the panel lays the groundwork for Apple to appeal a final time, to the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Dennis Jacobs writes that “Apple was a major potential competitor in a market dominated by a 90 percent monopoly and was justifiably…
  • Court Rejects Apple’s Appeal of Ebook Price-Fixing Ruling

    DBW
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:48 am
    The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals today upholds the 2013 ruling of Judge Denise Cote that found Apple guilty of conspiring with leading trade publishers to fix the price of ebooks, in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act. The two-to-one decision requires Apple to begin issuing settlement payouts to customers, a sum that’s been estimated at upwards of $400 million. A dissenting opinion, written by Judge Dennis Jacobs, argues that Apple operated within the bounds of the law in a way that favored competition in the ebook market. “Apple was a major potential competitor in…
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    A Newbie's Guide to Publishing

  • Fisking John Scalzi

    3 Jul 2015 | 9:35 am
    From the Department of My Horse is Too High, Someone Give Me a Boost...I've been out of the loop for over six weeks. Massive computer failure, coupled with with a long vacation, limited my Internet activity, which means I missed all the drama over the recent Amazon KDP announcement. TL;DR Amazon is now paying authors per page for ebook borrows, rather than paying based on borrowers reading 10% of a book. In both cases, payment comes from a fluctuating fund that Amazon sets, which is divvied up monthly.Apparently there was some criticism from my peers. Hugh Howey, in typical level-headed…
  • Guest Post by Bryan Higby

    1 Jul 2015 | 11:21 am
    My name's Bryan Higby. I guess that’s what you do in a first time blog - introduce yourself, right? I’d prefer not to bore you with rehashing the last twenty plus years of my life as a writer. Suffice to say I have had two short Fantasy novels published using the traditional route to no avail. The novels, The Diary of a Logos and A Logos At Large, sank like a stone. The first one did get a rave review in a local paper by a literary critic Robert Plyler, who compared The Diary of a Logos to the works of James Joyce, Franz Kafka, and Mickey Spillane. Not bad aye?There could have been a lot…
  • Guest Post by Bernard Schaffer

    9 Jun 2015 | 7:32 am
    There are some people, in any given industry, that have what it takes to lead. Not just thrive. Not just innovate. But to actually move the chains of what is possible, and drag the rest of us along with it. When Joe Konrath talks, you're listening to one of those people. On the great football field of independent publishing, Joe is a starting quarterback, calling the shots, making the big plays. He's got championship rings in the form of million dollar paydays and exclusive deals with Amazon. He's got widely celebrated contests with opponents that are filmed and studied and voted on by the…
  • Back Ups and Ownership

    7 Jun 2015 | 9:26 am
    So I just wasted too much time trying to get my computer up and running again after my hard drive committed suicide, and it got me thinking.I work on a HP Pavilion desktop PC running Windows 7. Many of my peers have switched to Macs, and while I understand the appeal I’ve also spent time in Apple stores at the genius bar lamenting iPhone issues. If you use electronics of any kind, there are eventually going to be issues. The key is to try to head off as many problems as possible, mitigate them as needed, and get things back to normal quickly.Which brings us to back ups.I'm a bit obsessive…
  • On Book Designing

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

  • Are Amazon *Really* Paying Authors Per Page Read? No. No, They’re Not. [Pause] Well…

    catherineryanhoward
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:47 pm
    [Originally this post wasn’t very clear on the differences in lending programmes, and it was pointed out to me that Irish Amazon customers can avail of Kindle Unlimited through the Amazon.co.uk site. I’ve updated the text to improve/reflect this, and thank Kate and Caoimhe in the comments for pointing this out.] I understand how the internet works. I know what click bait is. If I click on a headline like She Used a Pen To Open an Envelope. You Won’t Believe What Happened Next… or His Dog Pooped In His Shoe and the Shoe’s Reaction was PERFECT, I agree that…
  • Let’s Talk About Self-Publishing. In Dublin. Next Weekend.

    catherineryanhoward
    20 Jun 2015 | 7:47 am
    (I know, I know – a blog post that’s not about The News. Surprise!) Next weekend, the Books Go Social Writers Conference takes place in Dublin. It promises to be an action-packed weekend with multiple “streams” or options for attendees to choose from, with topics ranging from how to get published to exploring in depth how to write a story that other people will want to read in the first place. There’s also a dinner for all speakers and attendees on the Saturday night, and the weekend will also offer some time to explore the city of Dublin. I’ll be there on…
  • (Being) On Submission Syndrome

    catherineryanhoward
    8 Jun 2015 | 1:30 am
    I know it’s only been five minutes since I last mentioned it, but I got a book deal. In true Publishing “Hurry Up and Wait” Industry style, it happened in a flash after a couple of decades of waiting for it to. The offer from Corvus came just six days short of Mousetrapped‘s five year anniversary – I self-published Mousetrapped on Monday 29th March 2010; the offer was made on Monday 23rd March 2015 – and only five days passed between my agent sending my novel out to publishers and an offer coming back. (The moral of that story? Finish your damn book.)…
  • I’ve Been *BURSTING* To Tell You: I Got a Book Deal!

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

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

  • 5 tips for crafting a memorable book description

    Chris Robley
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:25 am
    Jacket copy will never capture everything you want readers to know about your book or your achievements as an author. Just accept the fact that a book description is supposed to be a teaser. I’m helping some friends write marketing copy for a new product they’ve developed, and it got me thinking about book descriptions (by which I mean the jacket copy, or the back-of-book description, or what some people call the blurb*). * These terms are often mixed up, since “blurb” can also mean the quotes of praise that appear on the back of the book from other writers or critics. You see,…
  • Nine things authors should be doing on Twitter right now

    Nancy Baumann
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:49 am
    Social media marketing doesn’t always play to most writers’ strengths, but having a plan and a goal can help you effectively market your book on Twitter. Looking to market your book on Twitter but not sure how to begin? Here are nine things to consider. 1. Be a thought leader You don’t always have to come up with original content to establish yourself as a thought leader. Tweet links to current news in your industry to keep your followers up-to-date and show you know what’s going on outside your own four walls. You should also Tweet content that makes you look smart and…
  • BookBaby vs. CreateSpace for print on demand

    Steven Spatz
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:32 am
    We work closely with Amazon to distribute your books to its massive audience. But Amazon offers its own Print on Demand service and we frequently get asked which company — BookBaby or CreateSpace — is the best for independent authors. I don’t want to get too dramatic, but choosing your Print on Demand book distribution service is a little bit like… well, picking your future husband or wife. It’s a huge decision – the ultimate long-term relationship for self published authors. For better or worse, through strong book sales or writer’s block. It’s important to make a choice…
  • Self-publishing Budget Advice From Miral Sattar – #BBchat recap

    Lucy Briggs
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:03 am
    Miral Sattar joined our June Twitter chat to talk about setting a self-publishing budget, book marketing, and finding funding for your project. For the June edition of our #BBchat Twitter chat, we asked a few of our authors and literary friends from around the world, including Miral Sattar (CEO of Bibliocrunch) for thoughts on self-publishing budget strategies, as well as tips for trading services and finding freelance help. We prefaced this month’s chat with some initial pointers to get the conversation started, as well as a brief biography of Miral, which you can check out here. We…
  • A historical tour of pen names [Infographic]

    Andre Calilhanna
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:49 am
    There are many decisions facing you as an author: your writing style and choice of topics, your promotional endeavors, your publishing options… and your name. While your parents had something to say about what appears on your driver’s license, you have a chance to craft the name that appears on your book cover. There are many reasons to consider a pseudonym. Perhaps you want the freedom anonymity can provide. Maybe your new adult romance novel conflicts with your notoriety as a children’s author. Or maybe your last name is just plain impossible to pronounce and you want to…
 
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    Self-Publishing Review

  • Puzzle Trees by Thom Mark Shepard

    Henry Baum
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:55 am
    Puzzle Trees by Thom Mark Shepard is an entertaining coming of age novel with a bit of horror thrown into the mix. Joe Sheffield is an awkward but thoughtful high school freshman whose best friends move away. Entering high school is hard enough without having to tackle it alone. Joe begins looking for the principal’s ...
  • An Interview with Author Thomas Drago

    Henry Baum
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:39 am
    Tell us something about your book. The basics: what’s it about? Queensboro is the follow-up novel to Crow Creek.  The story follows the search for a missing girl and ends with a biological experiment gone wrong. How did you come to self-publish? Did you try to get published traditionally?   Since I self-published Crow Creek, ...
  • Review: The Modern Mughal Mentality by Dr. Afshan Naheed Hashmi ★★★★

    Cate Baum
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:19 am
    In this slim volume, India-born business advisor and entrepreneur, Dr. Afshan Naheed Hashmi presents examples and case studies detailing how Indian businesses have confronted challenges and created successful enterprises, both within India and internationally, using the principles of jugaad. We are told in the preface that the Indian word jugaad means many things and can ...
  • Self-Publishing Success Story: Amanda Hocking

    James Grimsby
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:55 am
    Amanda Hocking, author of Young Adult paranormal romance fiction, gained great attention with her debut in 2010 with the My Blood Approves trilogy, and later smash-hit success with the Trylle trilogy the same year, which reached over 1.5 million sales before signing with St. Martin’s Press in 2012. Hocking has continued to write both series ...
  • Review: Queensboro by Thomas Drago ★★★★½

    James Grimsby
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:51 am
    Content warning for child abduction and abuse of a sexual nature, as well as the use of racist and offensive language. When model fourth grade student Ashley Smith breaks her zero-absence record at Crow Creek Elementary, everyone is immediately on edge. When Sheriff Brad Gleason calls a search, something far worse than anyone could have ...
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  • Amazon Mexico Now Sells Print Books Online

    Edward Nawotka
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Amazon Mexico’s new storefront Amazon has finally launched its full retail operations and a print bookstore in Mexico; it had previously offered Kindle ebooks since 2013. By Edward Nawotka, Editor-in-Chief Amazon Mexico has finally launched its full retail operations and a print bookstore . Previously it had offered just Kindle e-books through a store that opened in 2013. There’s no telling what took them so long to open in Mexico. After all, isn’t Mexico, with its population of 120 million people, one one of the most desirable markets in the world? Still, the market is…
  • Enhancements to Publisher Metadata that Improve Profitability

    Guest Contributor
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    John Warren explains how process improvement, the use of keywords, and crowdsourcing metadata can improve publisher profitability and sales of books. By John W. Warren John Warren Successful publishers realize that an understanding of the entire metadata ecosystem will help maximize a title’s visibility, popularity, and sale-ability. Metadata is the lifeblood of publishing in the digital age and the key to discovery. But what improvements maximize their return on investment and provide the best potential to improve your sales? My recent article on the history, philosophy, practice, and…
  • Scribd, Citing Profitability, Cuts Back on Love and Sex

    Dennis Abrams
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Scribd found romance readers gorging on books through the ebook subscription service are costly, and now the company is cutting back on the genre. By Dennis Abrams Adjustments to reader subscription services have been in the news a lot lately, and now The Guardian reports that the online book subscription service Scribd “has announced it is slashing its romance and erotica…because readers are gorging themselves.” For a monthly fee, Scribd subscribers are allowed to read an unlimited number of books. But, David Barnett writes, “Scribd appears to have slightly underestimated just how…
  • UK Sends Young Authors to 2015 Guadalajara Book Fair

    Adam Critchley
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Helen Mort is among the hot, young authors from the UK expected at FIL this year. Eighteen UK authors will be setting up shop at the the Guadalajara Book Fair, the world’s largest Spanish-language book fair, this November 28-December 6. By Adam Critchley As the guest nation of this year’s Guadalajara Book Fair (FIL), the UK will send a delegation of 28 writers featuring a crop of young talent in addition to more established authors and academics. The UK’s presence is part of the so-called UK-MX dual year of cultural exchange, which saw Mexico as the Market Focus country at the 2015…
  • Changing the Perception of Self-Publishing

    Guest Contributor
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Josh Brody, CEO, Pronoun Josh Brody, CEO of Pronoun (ex-Vook), outlines his company’s aims in refashioning itself as an author-first digital publishing and distribution platform. By Josh Brody, CEO, Pronoun Publishing is filled with people who care deeply about books. Yet despite unflagging dedication to their craft and their readers, authors often – if not always – end up with the short straw in a draw. As other creative markets become increasingly democratized on the backs of new technologies (think YouTube and iTunes), publishing has been stuck in the same model from the 1800s.
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    The Book Designer

  • Book Cover Design Behind the Scenes

    Joel Friedlander
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:05 pm
    By Dane Low Ever wondered how book cover designers do what they do? How do they take a concept and turn it into a book cover? In today’s post, we’re pleased to have Dane Low of Ebook Launch explain to you how he does it. Be sure to watch the video, too. I think you’ll find this interesting.   The video below shows behind the scenes of a book cover design for The Floating Gourmet (available now on Smashwords). It works its way through the entire process from photo selection, photo manipulation, font choice to the completed concept. My hope is that it gives you some…
  • Making the Leap from Blogger to Book Author

    Joel Friedlander
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:03 am
    Three years ago I was a guest author on one of my favorite sites of all, Copyblogger. The first sentence of the article was this: “Attention Bloggers: I’ve seen the future, and you’re missing it.” Let me explain. Since I started blogging near the end of 2009, I’ve cruised thousands of blogs, mostly in publishing, design, and internet marketing. There are many, many awesome writers out there blogging away. The successful ones have found a voice, a point of view, and a subject that works for them and their audience. Some do it for the love of writing, creating a record,…
  • Self-Publishing: Carnival of the Indies Issue #57

    Joel Friedlander
    28 Jun 2015 | 12:05 am
    Welcome to this issue of the Carnival of the Indies blog carnival. This issue is for June, 2015. We welcome your submissions on topics related to writing, self-publishing, book design or marketing books. A collection of outstanding articles recently posted to blogs, your reading here will be richly rewarded. See the end of this post for links to submit your blog posts for the next carnival, or for participating Bloggers and Featured Bloggers to grab your sidebar badges. Thanks to everyone who participated. Featured Posts Samir Bharadwaj presents Why are you writing for people who hate…
 
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    The Passive Voice - Latest Updates

  • Judge Cote Denies Class Action Cert in Lawsuit Against Penguin Random House, Author Solutions

    PG
    4 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    From Ink, Bits & Pixels: The first class action lawsuit filed by authors against the infamous vanity press Author Solutions has suffered a blow this week. US District Court Judge Denise Cote has handed down a ruling that denied class action status. This lawsuit was originally filed in 2013 by the law firmGiskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart on behalf of authors Jodi Foster, Kelvin James, and Mary Simmons. The authors claim that they had been fleeced by Author Solutions. The authors alleged unjust enrichment, fraud, and violation of various statutes and consumer protection acts.
  • Yes, once more Amazon is “screwing” authors: Set to pay them .006 per page

    PG
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:51 am
    From author Bob Mayer: The amount of misinformation and disingenuous commentary on the Internet is exceeded only by the self-interest. A group of authors who write shorter works are claiming they’re being discriminated against because Amazon has shifted payment in Kindle Unlimited from titles borrowed to pages read. Imagine? I don’t seem to recall a single one of those authors crying out about getting paid the same amount for a fifty-page book as the author who has published a four hundred page book. If I missed your blog about this, please let me know in the comments section. And…
  • Are Authors Leaving Kindle Unlimited?

    PG
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    From author Chris McMullen: With the July 1, 2015 changes to Kindle Unlimited comes much anxiety among KDP Select authors. But before you press your PANIC button, maybe you should consider this novel idea: Check the numbers. That’s exactly what I did, and you can, too: Visit Amazon’s homepage. Hover your mouse over Shop by Department, then hover over Books, and select Kindle Books. See the number listed with the Kindle Unlimited filter. Click the Kindle Unlimited filter. Now check the numbers in the categories. Copy/paste the numbers of interest into Microsoft Word, for example. I did…
  • I wish

    PG
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    I wish either my father or my mother, or indeed both of them, as they were in duty both equally bound to it, had minded what they were about when they begot me; had they duly considered how much depended upon what they were then doing;—that not only the production of a rational Being was concerned in it, but that possibly the happy formation and temperature of his body, perhaps his genius and the very cast of his mind;—and, for aught they knew to the contrary, even the fortunes of his whole house might take their turn from the humours and dispositions which were then uppermost:—Had they…
  • Have You Canceled Your Account at Scribd? You Might Want to Double Check That

    PG
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    From Ink, Bits & Pixels: With the news coming out earlier this week that Scribd was cutting back its romance catalog (including titles from Harlequin), I’m sure some Scribd subscribers are thinking about cancelling their subscription (or have already done so). And so I wanted to pass along a friendly warning about Scribd’s cancellation process. Many companies have a relatively obvious process to cancel an online subscription. They may make you jump through hoops, beg you not to leave, but in the end I’ve rarely had trouble canceling a service. Scribd, on the other…
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    The Digital Reader

  • Does Anyone Know Why Reagent Press is Filing a Class Action Suit Against Amazon?

    Nate Hoffelder
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:44 pm
    This afternoon's news about the latest stage in the ongoing suit against Author Solutions reminded me of another potential lawsuit I have been following. A couple months ago a reader tipped me to the news* that Reagent Press, a small publisher based in the state of Washington, is "seeking class-action participants in a potentially $1B lawsuit against Amazon". Naturally that piqued my interest, so I sent them an email. I never got a response to that email, so when I was reminded of that potential Amazon lawsuit this afternoon, I followed up. I snarkily asked whether they usually ignored press…
  • Judge Cote Denies Class Action Cert in Lawsuit Against Penguin Random House, Author Solutions

    Nate Hoffelder
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    The first class action lawsuit filed by authors against the infamous vanity press Author Solutions has suffered a blow this week. US District Court Judge Denise Cote has handed down a ruling that denied class action status. This lawsuit was originally filed in 2013 by the law firm Giskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart on behalf of authors Jodi Foster, Kelvin James, and Mary Simmons. The authors claim that they had been fleeced by Author Solutions. The authors alleged unjust enrichment, fraud, and violation of various statutes and consumer protection acts. More specifically, the…
  • Sony’s New Crowd-funding Site Has Its First Successful Campaign – An E-ink Remote

    Nate Hoffelder
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:13 am
    Earlier this week Sony launched its own crowd funding platform. First Flight is intended to feature only internal Sony projects and give (Japanese) consumers a chance to back projects that Sony's management doesn't find worthwhile, and it's already had its' first success. The Huis is a programmable remote control built around a small E-ink screen. It was developed by one of Sony's consumer electronics teams, and the name itself is an acronym for Home User InterfaceS. The Huis is designed to be a universal remote and work with any standard receiver or with any Bluetooth-equipped device, so…
  • PSA: Have You Canceled Your Account at Scribd? You Might Want to Double Check That

    Nate Hoffelder
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    With the news coming out earlier this week that Scribd was cutting back its romance catalog (including titles from Harlequin), I'm sure some Scribd subscribers are thinking about cancelling their subscription (or have already done so). And so I wanted to pass along a friendly warning about Scribd's cancellation process. Many companies have a relatively obvious process to cancel an online subscription. They may make you jump through hoops, beg you not to leave, but in the end I've rarely had trouble canceling a service. Scribd, on the other hand, has set up their cancellation process so…
  • Round Up: Kindle Unlimited Has Ended Western Civilization

    Nate Hoffelder
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:43 pm
    We're now on day two of Amazon changing the rules for KDP Select, and judging by the response from some parts of social media the world has come to an end. Before I go out and enjoy the skies raining with blood, I thought I would take a few minutes and round up several of the responses I've found today. I usually do excerpts and commentary in my round up posts but this time I will merely include the links. Yes, once more Amazon is “screwing” authors: Set to pay them .006 per page (Write on the River) EVERY AUTHOR NEEDS TO GET AWAY FROM EVIL KINDLE UNLIMITED! (Except for me) (Armand…
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    The Creative Penn

  • Writing Habits And Routines, Filling The Creative Well And More Tips On Writing And Productivity

    Joanna Penn
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:44 pm
    This is an excerpted chapter from my latest book, How To Make a Living with Your Writing. You can’t make a living from your writing if you’re not actually writing. And while writing may seem easy to some and it has its fun moments, it’s actually really hard work! I think it’s the best job in the world (for me) but it’s certainly not for everyone. Here are my tips on getting the words out. (1) Sort out your routine and writing habits Every writer is different but every professional writer also has some kind of routine to get the words onto the page. You can call…
  • Do You Want To Move From Author To Entrepreneur? Check Out The Self-Publishing Summit

    Joanna Penn
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:10 pm
    I’m super excited about the Self-Publishing Summit, coming up July 12 – 23 – and you can access the amazing speakers for free! Read on to find out more. 35 top authors and entrepreneurs will be speaking and the event’s broken down into 3 steps so it’s easy to navigate. You can get access to all the sessions for free, as long as you watch live or in the first 72 hours after each session runs. You can also get an all-access pass for US$97 so you don’t have to rush. Click here to find out more or register for your free ticket I’ll certainly be listening in…
  • On Writing And Mindset For Indie Authors With Susan Kaye Quinn

    Joanna Penn
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:30 pm
    So much of becoming a successful author, indie or otherwise, is about mindset. Today I talk to Susan Kaye Quinn about some of the biggest issues we all have as writers: self doubt, fear of judgement and comparisonitis. We also go into branding and tips on organizing your marketing. In the intro, I mention the fantastic line up for the Self-Publishing Summit – including Jack Canfield, James Altucher, Steve Scott – and me – plus many more. It’s free to attend live or listen in the first 3 days, or just $97 for access to all the replays. Click here to register for the…
  • New Book: How To Make A Living With Your Writing by Joanna Penn

    Joanna Penn
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:53 pm
    Here’s my latest book for authors! Now my business has ticked into six figures, I wanted to share how that breaks down and how you can do it too. Would you like to leave your job and make a living with your writing? This book will show you how. I spent 13 years working as a cubicle slave in the corporate world. I was miserable in my job and my creativity was stunted by the crushing daily grind. Then I started writing books and blogging, using my words to create products and attract readers. In September 2011, I left my corporate job to become a full-time author and creative entrepreneur…
  • Q&A On Writing, Self Publishing And Book Marketing

    Joanna Penn
    21 Jun 2015 | 11:47 pm
    Today I’m answering some of your questions from The Creative Penn survey – talking about self doubt, what defines a good book, discipline and habits, ideal genres, editing and time spent on marketing. In the intro, I mention the changes with Amazon Kindle Unlimited payments move to page reads as well as machine learning for reviews; Apple’s change to pre-orders allowing up to a year in advance without metadata. I also mention the Facebook Ads for Authors course and Self Publishing Podcast #62 show on autoresponders. This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps authors…
 
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    GalleyCat Feed

  • James Patterson to Give Away $1.75 Million to School Libraries

    Maryann Yin
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Back in March 2015, James Patterson (pictured, via) and the Scholastic Reading Club established a partnership to help school libraries. Initially, Patterson vowed to give away $1.25 million. Since this announcement was made, over 28,000 applications were sent in vying for these funding grants. In consideration of all these requests, Patterson has decided to increase his donation amount to $1.75 million. So far, $500,000 has been handed out to 127 different schools. Here’s more from the press release: “Scholastic Reading Club will match each dollar with bonus points that allow…
  • Nina George & Robert Kurson Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

    Maryann Yin
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:45 am
    We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending June 28, 2015–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month. (Debuted at #11 in Hardcover Fiction) The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George: “Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can’t seem to heal through literature is himself; he’s…
  • Todd S. Purdum Inks Deal For a Rodgers & Hammerstein Biography

    Maryann Yin
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    Journalist Todd S. Purdum has landed a deal with Henry Holt. Purdum will write a biography profiling musical theater icons Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The publisher has set the release date for Spring 2018. It was chosen to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the opening of their acclaimed Broadway show, Oklahoma!. Purdum had this statement in the press release: “These are the songs and stories I grew up with, the original cast albums that my parents played till they were worn thin, and I could sing the scores in in my sleep. In watching the joy with which my own…
  • Innovation Arts Creates a Graphic Novella For TED Global

    Maryann Yin
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:20 am
    Couldn’t make it to the TED Global conference? The Innovation Arts organization has create a graphic novella to recap the event. According to the TED blog, the book is entitled Beyond the Edge. It features an infomural on the last page. Every talk given at this conference was captured by a three-panel comic piece. Some of the subjects that were discussed include addiction, photography, and climate change. Follow this link to download a free digital copy.
  • Small Press Expo Featured On Kickstarter

    Maryann Yin
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:10 am
    The organizers behind the St. Louis Small Press Expo have hope to raise $2,500.00 on Kickstarter. Over 60 vendors and small presses will participate in this event. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page: “The St. Louis Small Press Expo (SPEx) celebrates all these publishers (and more) by connecting them together, and to the public. It hosts a yearly – daring, sparkly, diverse, badass, free-entry – DIY bookfair. In 2014, the event featured 44 publishers and had over 400 guests.” Welcome to our Kickstarter Publishing…
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    Publishing News

  • Jhene Aiko in a pop culture moment thanks to 'Post to Be'

    3 Jul 2015 | 10:26 pm
    Three Grammy nominations didn't hurt, but it's a bit of naughty lyric offering new meaning to the consumption of groceries that has propelled Jhene Aiko's popularity. The soulful singer with the big future has achieved something relatively unusual in the world of Internet memes, a lasting presence beyond 15 fame-filled minutes thanks to her contribution on Omarion's "Post to Be," a chill but explicit song that has reached No.
  • 4 Indian-Americans honoured as "Pride of America"

    3 Jul 2015 | 2:02 pm
    WASHINGTON: Four Indian-Americans are among 38 individuals being honoured for having "helped advance and enlighten our society, culture, and economy" as "Great Immigrants: Pride of America" by Carnegie Corporation of New York. As July 4th American independence day "Salute to Great Immigrants Who Help Make America Strong" and their accomplishments, the corporation for the tenth year is taking out a full-page public service ad in The New York Times.
  • 5 things to start your day

    3 Jul 2015 | 9:48 am
    Prisoner escapee Richard Matt wrote a letter to his daughter. Greece has a big decision to make Sunday.
  • Solar-powered plane due to land in Hawaii after 5-day flight

    3 Jul 2015 | 5:28 am
    The solar-powered plane, journeying around the world without fuel, depe... An airplane powered by the sun is scheduled to land in Hawaii after a five-day journey over the Pacific Ocean. An airplane powered by the sun is scheduled to land in Hawaii Friday after a five-day journey across the Pacific from Japan.
  • Evacuated families wait for smoke from rail spill to clear

    3 Jul 2015 | 3:23 am
    The derailment of the car, carrying a flammable and toxic substance, caused the evacuati... . Smoke rises from a CSX train carrying flammable and toxic gas in Maryville, Tenn., Thursday, July 2, 2015.
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    Commercial Printing News

  • Bonterra Energy Corp. Confirms Cash Dividend for June 2015 Payable July 31, 2015

    2 Jul 2015 | 5:19 am
    The record date for the dividend is July 15, 2015 and the ex-dividend date is July 13, 2015. The dividend is paid monthly and is subject to commodity prices and production levels.
  • Press release distribution, EDGAR filing, XBRL, regulatory filings

    1 Jul 2015 | 3:10 am
    Gulf Medical distrib... )--Die ESL kundigte heute eine Vereinbarung mit der internationalen Unterhaltungsgruppe MTG an. Dadurch wird der Erwerb eines Mehrheitsanteils durch MTG an der Turt... )--Regulatory News: The company has during the past years structured several strategic partnerships in US, while integrating its platform to the US Banking ACH system.
  • DAC Trip Report: Expanding EDA's Charter & Topical Hardware Emulation

    29 Jun 2015 | 9:12 am
    Dr. Lauro Rizzatti paid close attention to trends at DAC two weeks ago and wrote them up in a trip report for EETimes readers. As per tradition, Gary Smith kicked off the 52nd DAC June 7 in San Francisco, presenting his EDA industry forecast.
  • Quad/Graphics adding 500 more jobs in Wisconsin to print Time, other titles

    26 Jun 2015 | 10:59 am
    Quad/Graphics Inc. , the Sussex-based company that prints dozens of top magazines - including Time, People and Sports Illustrated , plans to move work to its Wisconsin plants and hire 500 more employees by fall, Joel Quadracci , the chairman, president and chief executive officer told the Milwaukee Business Journal Friday. North America's second-largest printing company continues to integrate the plants and work it acquired in 2014, when it purchased Minnesota-based Brown Printing Co., one of its top rivals and the nation's third-largest magazine printer and fifth-largest catalog printer,…
  • MDC's David Doft: Agency Reviews Are Poaching Season For Us

    24 Jun 2015 | 6:08 pm
    General Mills, Volkswagen, Sony, Citi, Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble. There are an unusual amount of media agency reviews - totaling an estimated $80 billion in billings - which presents an opportunity for MDC Partners, according to CFO David Doft, speaking at the Bernstein Global Future of Media and Telecommunications Summit.
 
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    Packt Publishing

  • Test-driven API Development with Django REST Framework

    Vincia Fernandes
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:23 am
    In this article by Ray Rischpater, author of the book JavaScript JSON Cookbook, we show you how you can use strong typing in your applications with JSON using C#, Java, and TypeScript. You'll find the following recipes: read more
  • Introduction to ggplot2 and the plotting environments in R

    Vincia Fernandes
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:44 pm
    In this article by Donato Teutonico, author of the book ggplot2 Essentials, we are going to explore different plotting environments in R and subsequently learn about the package, ggplot2. R provides a complete series of options available for realizing graphics, which make this software quite advanced concerning data visualization. The core of the graphics visualization in R is within the package grDevices, which provides the basic structure of data plotting, as for instance the colors and fonts used in the plots. read more
  • Tuning server performance with memory management and swap

    Vincia Fernandes
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:20 am
    In this article, by Jonathan Hobson, the author of Troubleshooting CentOS, we will learn about memory management, swap, and swappiness. (For more resources related to this topic, see here.) A deeper understanding of the underlying active processes in CentOS 7 is an essential skill for any troubleshooter. From high load averages to slow response times, system overloads to dead and dying processes, there comes a time when every server may start to feel sluggish, act impoverished, or fail to respond, and as a consequence, it will require your immediate attention. read more
  • Entering People Information

    Vincia Fernandes
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:39 am
    In this article by Pravin Ingawale, author of the book Oracle E-Business Suite R12.x HRMS – A Functionality Guide, will learn about entering a person's information in Oracle HRMS. We will understand the hiring process in Oracle. This, actually, is part of the Oracle I-recruitment module in Oracle apps. Then we will see how to create an employee in Core HR. Then, we will learn the concept of person types and defining person types. We will also learn about entering information for an employee, including additional information. Let's see how to create an employee in core HR. read more
  • Animation Fundamentals

    Vincia Fernandes
    24 Jun 2015 | 3:44 am
    In this article by Alan Thorn, author of the book, Unity Animation Essentials, you learn the fundamentals of animation. read more
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    Self Publishing Advisor

  • Conversations With A Self-Publishing Writer: 07/03/2015

    selfpublishingadvisor
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    LOOKING AT CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT The basic elements of character development—one character at a time—holds these four essentials: What is the desire that motivates him? What obstacle(s) is in the way? What struggles must she go through in order to fulfill her aspiration(s)? What are the consequences to him and/or others? Once you’ve answered these questions for the Main Characters—before you delve into these next steps—prepare files for each character and label it: Essence of (character’s name).  Here are several tools to use in building complete characters who will resonate with…
  • An Indie Author’s Social Media Primer | First Thoughts

    Kelly S
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Everyone’s got an opinion on how best to use social media.  These two simple words have become the locus for more blogs, podcasts, and even heated offline debates than any other subject in the last five years––or more.  In part we can attribute this pervasive conversation to the fact that the advent of social media has radically altered the average Westerner’s daily routine as well as that person’s basic expectations of relationships, whether we’re talking about relationships with other individuals, or with the companies and other institutions with which you or…
  • Conversations With A Self-Publishing Writer: 6/26/15

    selfpublishingadvisor
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    WRITING CONFERENCES IV Two weeks ago I mentioned the writer’s natural ability to fly—to write—as compared to the birds of the air having the natural ability and motivation to take-wing and soar.  I know this to be true because of the complete peace and freedom I feel when sitting in my office at the keyboard, allowing ideas to flow and become pages that (I hope) will be passable communication between me and the Reader. However, this natural state evades me when called upon to speak in front of a group of people.  So it was that I selected a challenging workshop at the Writers…
  • Self-Publishing & Merchandising : Summary Edition

    Kelly S
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:30 am
    Ten posts and eleven weeks ago, we started out on this foray into merchandising together.  My original list was only five items long, but as the weeks ticked by, I realized there was just so much more to unpack––so, so much more.  There were weeks when I faced a great recurring quandary, the same quandary that every book-to-film adaptation seems to face these days: “Do I stick with the original vision for this piece, or do I split it into three shorter pieces and fill in the gaps with editorializing?”  Which is not to say I quibble with the unstoppable Hollywood machinery;…
  • Conversations With A Self-Publishing Writer 6/19/15

    selfpublishingadvisor
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    WRITING CONFERENCES III Today I continue my list of thoughts about preparing to attend writers’ conferences.  Every writer will develop their personal method of preparation; however, the following are “tried and true” ways that I hope will blend with your own successful practices. * BE PREPARED TO NETWORK.  There are many terms for this activity these days, but my favorite is “tribe”—developing a tribe of family, friends, co-workers, church acquaintances, neighbors, walking buddies, etc.—who know you well enough to be interested in what you have written.  This will include…
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    BadRedhead Media

  • Why WordPress is the Best Choice for your Author Website by @sugarbeatbc

    Barb Drozdowich
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:09 am
    Several weeks ago Rachel asked me to write a post outlining the reasons WordPress is the best choice for your blog or website. My opinion about WordPress is based on my years of experience working with this program, the success I’ve had with it and the research I’ve done on it. This post is directed at authors and other creatives. If you have a degree in computer programming, you probably don’t need my help. I’ve been blogging since about 2006 on various platforms. I’ve used Typepad, Blogger, Tumblr, WordPress.com and WordPress.org. I’ve helped create sites on WIX. Honestly,…
  • A Quick 8-Step Guide to Publishing Your eBook on Amazon! by @NBlackburn01

    Naomi Blackburn
    20 Jun 2015 | 1:02 am
    Cheryl Ives asked us how to publish and sell ebooks on Amazon. Since this is a large subject we’ve broken it down into a series called Publishing and Selling eBooks with Amazon. Today I’ll cover how to upload your book to Amazon. Congratulations, you have officially finished your manuscript. It is back from your professional editor. Your beta readers loved it. The cover is magnificent. It is official: your baby is ready to be uploaded to Amazon. But wait, what does that mean? How do you do it? What is involved? Amazon has made this process really easy, however, it is time…
  • Facebook OR Twitter? Here’s Why You Should Choose Both!

    Rachel Thompson
    13 Jun 2015 | 6:03 pm
    In my new series on answering YOUR questions, Morgan Dragonwillow asks: If you could be only on one, Facebook or Twitter, which would you choose and why? Well, it all depends on what your goal is. Want to build relationships AND improve your overall SEO (Search Engine Optimization)? Twitter. Want to build relationships but are not all that concerned about SEO? Facebook.  Just to make your head explode, I’ll throw in a teeny tiny bit about Google+ and why it still matters. And to really frustrate you, I’ll tell you that you can’t be on only one social media channel,…
  • The Reason Writers Conferences Are Worth It by @K8Tilton

    Kate Tilton
    6 Jun 2015 | 6:06 pm
    Every time after a convention or writer’s conference, you’ll see posts going up about how the convention has taken a downturn and isn’t worth attending anymore. So many people seem disappointed in their experience and vow to skip the next convention in favor of something else. And I get it, I really do. In my profession (working with authors as a service provider) I see many people attending multiple conferences a year. Multiple BIG conferences. Multiple EXPENSIVE conferences. Early on in my business, I decided I wouldn’t follow the pattern. I would do events that offered greater…
  • How Do I Get Local Bookstores to Carry My Books? by @nblackburn01

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

  • Everyone Loses the Blame Game

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    This essay originally appeared in the Retinart Newsletter. You should sign up, it'll help you turn your work into your craft weekly. Sign up! It’s the client’s fault. It’s the project manager’s fault. It’s because of the budget, the political situation, the committee to which you’re pitching. You didn’t have enough time. You didn’t have enough money. You didn’t have enough information. It’s natural for us to want to shift the blame. It’s even more natural for us to avoid having the blame be put on us, especially when…
  • I Want To Be Wolf Bait (The Joy of “I Don’t Know”)

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    This essay originally appeared in the Retinart Newsletter. You should sign up, it'll help you turn your work into your craft weekly. Sign up! “I don’t know.” Great Googly Moogly is that a wonderful thing to say! What a wonderful thing it is to hear! When we hear it we are given an opportunity. If the time and place and person and context is right, we have an awesome opportunity. We get to show them something awesome. We can show someone something they didn’t know before and, if we’re lucky, they’ll do the same for us the next time we say “I…
  • Seeing Something New In Your Old Photos

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    15 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    This essay originally appeared in the Retinart Newsletter. You should sign up, it'll help you turn your work into your craft weekly. Sign up! A friend of mine started working out. We were teenagers and he was the first of our group to care about looking after himself. I didn’t notice really. He’d always been fit, with some muscle tone, but now it was a serious part of who he was. He loved pushing himself, getting stronger, and learning how the body worked. He loved seeing how he could bring about physical changes, how he was in charge of the shape of his arms and legs and chest.
  • A Message Isn’t Spoken Until It’s Heard

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    8 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    This essay originally appeared in the Retinart Newsletter. You should sign up, it'll help you turn your work into your craft weekly. Sign up! A message isn’t spoken until its heard. I feel as if the work I do doesn’t exist until someone has seen it. The words are on the screen in front of me, but it feels as if they’re just on loan from my mind. They don’t exist anywhere outside of my little world. They don’t even have the opportunity to be good or bad because they aren’t being experienced by anyone else. So they might as well not exist. They might be the…
  • You Should Practice the Pain

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    1 Jun 2015 | 12:15 pm
    This essay originally appeared in the Retinart Newsletter. You should sign up, it'll help you turn your work into your craft weekly. Sign up! For three days I struggled. I was desperately trying to give body to an idea. One I was sure would be beautiful. I was trying like mad to paint with words. I was splashing them around the canvas, hoping they’d form a shape similar to the one in my head. I pushed the paint-or-words-or-whatever around, replacing one with another, changing the colour of them, reordering them, starting from scratch, rewriting, rewriting, rewriting. It was a struggle.
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    Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

  • One day content will enrich itself

    Joe Wikert
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:55 am
    You’ve probably heard me say that we live in a print-under-glass world, one where we’re consuming dumb content on smart devices.­­ It’s true simply because, as Michael Bhaskar of Canelo Publishing stated it at BEA, “publishers treat ebooks as a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Here’s how reader analytics can help publishers

    Joe Wikert
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:54 am
    I recently asked what questions you’d like to see answered via reader analytics. I gathered feedback from a variety of publishers including trade, professional and educational. The standard requests about reading sequence, how long it takes to finish a chapter,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • “What is code?” illustrates rich content potential

    Joe Wikert
    15 Jun 2015 | 7:21 am
    The painful reality is that we still live in a print-under-glass world, struggling to produce content that leverages our powerful phones and tablets. I was explaining this to a publisher recently and the phrase “escape velocity” came to mind. In... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What questions do your reader analytics need to answer?

    Joe Wikert
    8 Jun 2015 | 6:46 am
    In my book publisher days I recall saying the following to our Amazon rep: “You guys are capturing a ton of reading data from our customers. When are you going to start charging us to access that information?” She looked... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Observations from BEA 2015

    Joe Wikert
    1 Jun 2015 | 6:26 am
    The Javits Center must have some sort of time warp technology. I recently attended the BEA event there and I kept asking myself the same question: Is this 2015 or 2005? The digital vibe was almost nowhere to be found... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Thingology Blog

  • For ALA 2015: Three Free OPAC Enhancements

    Abby
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:31 am
    For a limited time, LibraryThing for Libraries (LTFL) is offering three of its signature enhancements for free! There are no strings attached. We want people to see how LibraryThing for Libraries can improve your catalog. Check Library. The Check Library button is a “bookmarklet” that allows patrons to check if your library has a book while on Amazon and most other book websites. Unlike other options, LibraryThing knows all of the editions out there, so it finds the edition your library has. Learn more about Check Library Other Editions Let your users know everything you have.
  • ALA 2015 in San Francisco (Free Passes)

    Abby
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:17 am
    Our booth. But this is Kate, not Tim or Abby. She had the baby. Tim and I are headed to San Francisco this weekend for the ALA Annual Conference. Visit Us. Stop by booth #3634 to talk to us, get a demo, and learn about all the new and fun things we’re up to with LibraryThing for Libraries! Stay tuned this week for more announcements of what we’ll be showing off. No, really. It’s going to be awesome. Get in Free. In the SF area and want to go to ALA? We have free exhibit only passes. Click here to sign up and get one. It will get you just into the exhibit hall, not the…
  • New “More Like This” for LibraryThing for Libraries

    Abby
    9 Feb 2015 | 10:02 am
    We’ve just released “More Like This,” a major upgrade to LibraryThing for Libraries’ “Similar items” recommendations. The upgrade is free and automatic for all current subscribers to LibraryThing for Libraries Catalog Enhancement Package. It adds several new categories of recommendations, as well as new features. We’ve got text about it below, but here’s a short (1:28) video: What’s New Similar items now has a See more link, which opens More Like This. Browse through different types of recommendations, including: Similar items More by author…
  • Subjects and the Ship of Theseus

    Tim
    5 Feb 2015 | 3:44 pm
    I thought I might take a break to post an amusing photo of something I wrote out today: The photo is a first draft of a database schema for a revamp of how LibraryThing will do library subjects. All told, it has 26 tables. Gulp. About eight of the tables do what a good cataloging system would do: Distinguishes the various subject systems (LCSH, Medical Subjects, etc.) Preserves the semantic richness of subject cataloging, including the stuff that never makes it into library systems. Breaks subjects into their facets (e.g., “Man-woman relationships — Fiction”) has two subject…
  • LibraryThing Recommends in BiblioCommons

    Tim
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:43 am
    Does your library use BiblioCommons as its catalog? LibraryThing and BiblioCommons now work together to give you high-quality reading recommendations in your BiblioCommons catalog. You can see some examples here. Look for “LibraryThing Recommends” on the right side. Not That Kind of Girl (Daniel Boone Regional Library) Carthage Must Be Destroyed (Ottowa Public Library) The Martian (Edmonton Public Library) Little Bear (West Vancouver Memorial Library) Station Eleven (Chapel Hill Public Library) The Brothers Karamazov (Calgary Public Library) Quick facts: As with all LibraryThing…
 
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    Beyond the Book

  • Hybrid Publishers Dos and Don’ts

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    The lines have blurred recently in publishing, and the consequences for authors are considerable. Blurring lines means the freedom to move beyond once heavily-constricted roles: authors today also act as publishers and distributors of their works. Blurring lines can mean confusion, too: vendors vying for attention and business from authors don’t always make it easy to see the value of their services. With a personal mission to educate authors about the publishing industry (without, she says, either drama or hype), Jane Friedman aims to help authors make the best long-term decisions…
  • Librarians And Copyright

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The annual conference of the American Library Association opened this week in San Francisco, and many attendees may have their eyes on the job board. Earlier this month, James Billington, the 86-year-old librarian of Congress, announced he would retire after 28 years. The ALA has called for his replacement to come from the ranks of its own membership – in other words, the librarian should be a librarian. “It is clear that most of the tasks at the Copyright Office are very closely aligned with library issues,” says Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer. “Here in San…
  • Altmetrics Under The Microscope

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    21 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    Scientific research seeks answers to questions large and small – from the composition of atoms to the age of the universe. While scientists, funders and institutions may value research for its own sake, they are practical, too. The answers that research yields can lead to professional advancement, and sometimes, to commercial success. In addition, scholarly authors seek reliable measurements of the impact their work has in the wider world. Over the last several years, in fact, the rise of Web publishing and the accompanying proliferation of data has spawned an explosion in the metrics…
  • Royalties For Pages Not Books

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    18 Jun 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Change is a constant in life, and with Amazon and e-books, especially so. The e-retailer’s business terms for publishers and authors lurch from point to point like pinballs. Last summer, Amazon launched its Kindle Unlimited e-book subscription service, featuring all-you-can-eat access to hundreds of thousands of books and audiobooks. This week, word came from Seattle that calculations for royalties paid to authors and publishers will soon change dramatically. Bottom line: royalties will flow via a complicated computation of pages read. Many authors said they expect the change will mean…
  • Books Invented Everything

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    14 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    In 1968, Andy Warhol prophesied that, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” The era of Pop Art and pop music saw the erosion of boundaries between high and low art, as well as the collapse of hierarchy in general. Warhol cannily recognized that technology and mass media would work together as the great levelers. Democratization came to books and journals decisively in the 1980s, when desktop publishing began to replace physical plants and industrial machinery. Digital media master Richard Nash says the digital revolution took many by surprise in the book world…
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  • Certain Songs #240: Close Lobsters – “Let’s Make Some Plans”

    Jim Connelly
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:36 am
    Album: What is There To Smile About? EP Year: 1988. Coming on the heels of Foxheads Stalk This Land, the late 1988 What Is There To Smile About? EP showed the Close Lobsters toughening up their music. They were still jangling all over the place, but this was one of those EPs that was more of a progress report than a stopgap. Songs like the title track and “Loopholes” sported the kind of world-class guitar riffs & hooks that would make Johnny Marr spin around in his grave. And if you’ve ever heard any Close Lobsters song, chances are it’s “Let’s Make…
  • Certain Songs #239: Close Lobsters – “In Spite of These Times”

    Jim Connelly
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Album: Foxheads Stalk This Land Year: 1987. While Foxheads Stalk This Land came out in 1987, I didn’t buy it until 1988, which is why my memories of listening to it revolve around the apartment at Wishon & McKinley during the dread summer of 1988. That summer was those times in my life where it felt like everything was crashing around me, and the Wishon & McKinley apartment was the first time in my life I’d ever lived alone, so music felt like it was pretty much all I had. Thus, my love for “In Spite of These Times.” An anthemic break-up song, “In Spite…
  • Certain Songs #238: Close Lobsters – “A Prophecy”

    Jim Connelly
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:45 am
    Album: Foxheads Stalk This Land Year: 1988. One of my favorite running Twitter jokes is to take a random phrase that someone has just tweeted and use it as a band name. The usual construction is something like “I saw Fake Dead Girlfriend open for the Pixies at the i-Beam in 1991.” The reason, of course, that this joke works is that there are real-life bands with names like “Close Lobsters.” It’s a name that makes no godsdamned sense, and it might even be just weird enough to be off-putting, which I guess is part of the point. This is too damn bad, because…
  • Certain Songs #237: Clem Snide – “I Love The Unknown”

    Jim Connelly
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:21 am
    Album: Your Favorite Music Year: 1999. Always a cult band, Clem Snide have been releasing albums on an off and on basis since the late 1990s. These days, they are probably best known for “Moment in the Sun” which was the theme song to the cult TV show Ed during the season where the producers of Ed couldn’t secure the rights to the Foo Fighters song (“Next Year”) they clearly preferred. While I’ve never loved any Clem Snide records from front to back, lead singer & songwriter Eef Barzelay always manages to stick one or two amazing songs on every single…
  • Certain Songs #236: The Clash – “This is England”

    Jim Connelly
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:14 am
    Single, 1985. I’ve already written about how not having a high school newspaper means I don’t have any embarrassing 1980 pans of London Calling out there. However, since I ended up publishing the KFSR fanzine in 1983, I do have a couple of dead wrong #hottakes on The Clash post-Mick Jones to quote from!! At some point in mid-October of 1983, after I found out that Mick had been booted from the band, I wrote: The worst news of 1983 is the news that Mick Jones was axed by The Clash. We understand that Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon will continue without Mick, but we wonder what the…
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  • What the Fourth of July Really Means [Video]

    Michael Hyatt
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:45 am
    If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. It turns out a large number of Americans have no idea what the Fourth of July is all about. That’s tragic! Almost thirty years ago today, President Ronald Reagan gave an address for the Fourth of July. Whatever your party or politics, I hope you’ll find it both inspiring and informative. Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s fast, free, and more convenient.
  • Season 4, Episode 9: Don’t Bite That Apple [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:45 am
    4 Temptations Every Leader Faces Welcome to Season 4, Episode 9 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss four temptations every leader faces. Power amplifies who you are—the good, the bad, and the ugly. That means leaders have to be on their guard about certain temptations. I don’t know a single leader who has not dealt with at least one of these four. Listen to the Audio MICHAEL HYATT WITH STU MCLARENS04E009 - Don’t Bite That AppleSubscribe to Podcast in iTunes | Play in Browser | Download Click here…
  • Update! Help Us Pick the Winner of the Next Platform University Makeover

    Michael Hyatt
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:45 am
    We Have 5 Finalists. Who Deserves to Win? You Decide The votes are in, and Mike Berry has won an official Platform University makeover. See the winning video below. I am thrilled to award him a full-service, bumper-to-bumper branding overhaul. Congrats, Mike! One of the things I love most about Platform University is our ability to help platform-builders at all levels reach more people and create a bigger impact. Courtesy of iStock/mattjeacock One way we’ve done that is through platform makeovers. Last year we received an incredible response to the work we did with Jackie Bledsoe. Now…
  • Why the Place You Live Determines Your Success

    Michael Hyatt
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:45 am
    3 Reasons You Should Call the Movers if You’re Serious about Following Your Dream Everyone knows the old line from the real estate business, “Location, location, location!” But did you know it can have a direct impact on your professional success and satisfaction? Courtesy of iStock/-aniaostudio- I’ve lived just outside Nashville for almost thirty years. It’s been a major center for the music business for decades, but Nashville is now a major hub for mediapreneurs of all stripes. Publishers, podcasters, bloggers, photographers, authors, agents, designers, marketers, musicians,…
  • 5 Reasons Publishers LOVE Bloggers

    Chad R. Allen
    27 Jun 2015 | 2:45 am
    Why Blogging Might Be Your Fastest Way to Secure a Book Deal This is a guest post from Chad R. Allen, a blogger and entrepreneur who serves as an editorial director for Baker Publishing Group. In Spring 2016 Baker will publish my next book, coauthored with my friend Daniel Harkavy, titled Living Forward. Find out more about it here. You can follow Chad on Twitter, Facebook, and his blog. If you have ever known a clean-shaven man who quickly grew a beard, you have a clue about changes in the publishing industry over the past five to ten years. Publishing today looks very different from how it…
 
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  • An Encyclopedic Collection of Digital Publishing Strategy

    Amanda MacArthur
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Best practices in multiplatform publishing, digital magazines, audience development and subscription websites If you’re a publishing professional, don’t wait a minute longer before downloading our best practice handbooks. They were carefully curated into what we think are the most comprehensive handbooks on the four most important digital publishing topics: Creating multiplatform publishing businesses Designing and launching new digital magazines Building organic site traffic through audience development Developing the best structure and alignment for a profitable subscription…
  • How Web Maintenance Will Improve the Results of Your Publishing System

    Kim Mateus
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Web maintenance is required for any well-oiled Mequoda System Over the past few months, we’ve been strongly encouraging our clients to upgrade their Haven Nexus Systems. Haven Nexus CXMS is a state-of-the-art SaaS tool built, owned and maintained by Mequoda to enable all the functionality that multiplatform publishing businesses need to be successful and profitable. Our operating environment includes a state-of-the-art LAMP data center and is built on an open source core and is compatible with WordPress plugins. If you’re wondering what a Haven Nexus System looks like, Mequoda.com is…
  • The Magazine Subscription Website Business Model

    Kim Mateus
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    The granddaddy of subscription websites brought print magazines into the 21st century The magazine website business model is set up to build subscriptions for a related print or digital magazine and to provide access to issues of the magazine. When the Internet dawned, it was one of the first subscription websites invented, as mass media magazine publishers quickly jumped on the bandwagon. And it’s one of 16 subscription website business models Mequoda has identified and defined. Website architecture is critical not just because it makes it easy for users to navigate their way to your…
  • Social Media Publishing Tools Are Key: Just Ask Nat Geo

    Kim Mateus
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Which social media publishing tools does one of the most successful magazines on the planet prefer? Social media publishing tools are proliferate, and often the options are overwhelming. Do you ever wonder how the best in the business appropriate their social efforts? Which platforms they lean on? We’re always after the latest best practices, so we were excited to see that the International Periodical Distributors Association is on top of it after the latest Magazines at Retail Conference. Nat Geo’s Masterful Use of Social Media Publishing Tools When it comes to expertly…
  • Email Marketing Tips: 10 Email Feedback Loop Lists

    Amanda MacArthur
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Stay in the email feedback loop and increase email delivery rates by finding out who’s putting you in the junkbox An email feedback loop (FBL) is a service that many ISPs will provide to companies who send bulk mailings. On their end, it’s beneficial because it identifies pro-active companies and reduces the amount of spam sent to their users. Whenever someone hits the “junk” button, they’re basically sending a complaint. Too many of these complaints will blacklist you from certain ISPs. On your end, subscribing to feedback loop is very beneficial because the #1 reason…
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  • Charlie Rose Remembers Robin Williams

    Richard Horgan
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    In a recent piece for our sister publication The Hollywood Reporter, Benjamin Svetkey provided the most complete account yet of the epic, days-long acting workshop conducted in 2001 by Marlon Brando. A number of celebrities attended, including Robin Williams, and during a June 29 event at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York for which Time editor Nancy Gibbs interviewed Charlie Rose, a clip from Rose’s December 2009 PBS interview with Williams was played. In the clip, the actor recalls the acting workshop and Brando telling him: “You know, if I ever did a movie with you,…
  • Robert De Niro Highlights Tribeca’s Many Charms

    Richard Horgan
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:45 pm
    When freelance travel writer Dan F. Stapleton (pictured) first visited New York’s Tribeca neighborhood, he stayed at The Greenwich Hotel. So it seems especially appropriate that when he met up recently with the area’s unofficial mayor, Robert De Niro, it was at that same hotel, one of a number of area businesses owned by the actor. Stapleton’s piece for the London Telegraph is a breezy and delightful summer holiday weekend read. Be you at a cafe table nearby, or a beach further flung. Here’s De Niro recalling how it all started: \"I was down there looking for a space…
  • Philadelphia Daily News Celebrates Inde-pun-dence Day

    Richard Horgan
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:10 am
    In the City of Brotherly Love today, there is some wordplay to be reckoned with. That hilarious front-page tease is for columnist Helen Ubiñas’ latest, all about a local Ben Franklin impersonator. The wordplay fun continues in the article: I know, this city is crawling with people dressed as historical figures – especially this July 4 weekend: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Rocky. (Rocky is appropriate on any holiday, so don’t even start.) But a Ben in the hand is worth two roaming around Independence Hall, so best believe I sidled up to Philadelphia’s famous founding…
  • Nick Denton Makes $500,000 a Year

    Richard Horgan
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:40 am
    In a memo obtained by Jim Romesko, Nick Denton warned Gawker employees ahead of the July 4 holiday weekend about a “negative” story coming from Keith J. Kelly. In the missive, he also explained that the piece had led him to publicly release Gawker Media’s financials, to steal some of the Post columnist’s thunder. Having now read Kelly article, FishbowlNY can report that “negative” may have been slightly too strong a read. The article is even-handed, and includes this interesting tidbit: \"There is no secret treasure for them [Hulk Hogan lawyers] to…
  • NY Jobs: Sunshine Sachs, Latin Post, The Woods & Co

    Nadine Cheung
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    This week, Sunshine Sachs is hiring an account manager of talent relations, while Latin Post needs a deputy editor. The Woods & Co is seeking an account coordinator, and BrainReserve is on the hunt for a trend analyst. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro. Account Manager: Talent Relations Sunshine Sachs (New York, NY) Deputy Editor Latin Post (New York, NY) Account Coordinator The Woods & Co (New York, NY) Trend Analyst BrainReserve (New York, NY) Senior M&A Reporter Law360 (New York, NY) Find more great NY jobs on the…
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  • The Word "Whom" -- Love It or Avoid It?

    29 Jun 2015 | 10:25 pm
    A strict grammatical use of "whom" instead of "who" will set a formal tone. Is that what you want...
  • A Memoir from the Comma Queen

    29 Jun 2015 | 10:23 pm
    Excellent advice for copy editors. By Peter P. Jacobi I urge you to give the copy editor...
  • The Fog Index

    29 Jun 2015 | 10:22 pm
    Assessing the readability of a WSJ.com article. This month's sample text comes from a June 26 WSJ.com blog...
  • A Changing Media Landscape

    29 Jun 2015 | 10:21 pm
    In the news: Reevaluating the very definition of magazine content. For many magazine brands, the very concept of...
 
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  • Dutch universities start their Elsevier boycott plan

    Blake
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Topic: Academic Libraries“We are entering a new era in publications”, said Koen Becking, chairman of the Executive Board of Tilburg University in October. On behalf of the Dutch universities, he and his colleague Gerard Meijer negotiate with scientific publishers about an open access policy. They managed to achieve agreements with some publishers, but not with the biggest one, Elsevier. Today, they start their plan to boycott Elsevier. From Dutch universities start their Elsevier boycott plan | Univers
  • Librarians @ the Beach

    birdie
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:42 am
    Topic: Book MobilesLibrariansLibrariesPublic LibrariesVIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) Now this was a cool job, being part of a brand new program from Virginia Beach Public Library, initiated by librarian Kellye Carter, called Books at the Beach. On this day another librarian with 33 years experience was helping us out, Denise Barnhart. The WVEC reporter, Joe Flanagan (pictured, center) was worried that offering free books to Oceanfront visitors may be a challenge because he didn't have any librarian skills. "We can teach that. We can't teach compassion. We can't teach caring. But we can teach…
  • New 300 ppi version -- Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

    Bibliofuture
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:34 pm
    Topic: Amazon.com
  • Chip Kidd: The art of first impressions — in design and life

    Bibliofuture
    28 Jun 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Topic: BooksBook designer Chip Kidd knows all too well how often we judge things by first appearances. In this hilarious, fast-paced talk, he explains the two techniques designers use to communicate instantly — clarity and mystery — and when, why and how they work. He celebrates beautiful, useful pieces of design, skewers less successful work, and shares the thinking behind some of his own iconic book covers.
  • 'Patience And Fortitude' And The Fight To Save NYC's Storied Public Library

    Bibliofuture
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Topic: BooksSince it opened in 1911, the building has become a New York City landmark, praised not only for its beauty but also for its functional brilliance. In the words of one contemporary architect, the main branch of The New York Public Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street is "a perfect machine for reading." The grand Reading Room sits atop seven levels of iron and steel books stacks whose contents could, at one time, be delivered to anybody who requested a book within a matter of minutes via a small elevator. Those stacks also support the floor of the Reading Room above.
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  • The Great Amazon Hysteria… Part 31

    David Gaughran
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:42 am
    Are you scared yet? Because you should be scared. Something really bad is about to happen. It affects all of us. Our livelihoods are at risk. The ability to support our families. It’s just over the horizon. It could happen any minute. It’s coming for all of us! WE ARE DOOOOOOOOOMED. Ahem. I’ve been around for long enough to know that authors can be a skittish bunch. Probably something to do with our over-active imaginations, with an assist from that old writers’ favorite: the whiskey brunch. More seriously, we are going through a period of unprecedented change so it’s perfectly…
  • Staying Sane in a Crazy (Self-Publishing) World

    David Gaughran
    2 Jun 2015 | 1:44 pm
    How do you keep yourself from going crazy? It probably helps if you are reasonably well-balanced in the first place, but, for the rest of you, I have some advice today from Susan Kaye Quinn. As many of you will know, Susan is the author of the bestselling Mindjack series, and lots of other books too, including the highly regarded Indie Author Survival Guide – the second edition of which has just been released. She’s also releasing a companion book for more experienced authors in mid-July which has the intriguing title of For Love Or Money: Crafting An Indie Author Career and…
  • Authors Guild Dumps Author Solutions (And Pretends It Was All A Bad Dream)

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

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

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

    Michael Rondon
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:28 pm
    John Harrington has had his eye on the magazine distribution channel since the mid-1970s, first as editor of an association newsletter, then as the voice behind The New Single Copy. He’s seen the industry go from a competitive, thriving enterprise to a business run by a few major players that are swimming upstream against hard economic realities. Harrington sent out the final issue of The New Single Copy this week after a 19-year run, though he’ll continue to write about the business on his website. Folio: caught up with Harrington to get his perspective on where the newsstand is…
  • Magazine Industry Growth Slows

    Michael Rondon
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:20 pm
    While first-half magazine launches outpaced title shutdowns for the sixth year in a row, the bottom line isn’t great: net growth is dwindling. First, the good news. MediaFinder’s report says that 60 magazines started publishing in the first six months of 2015, while just 23 shuttered—a net gain of 37 publications. There are signs that the industry is stabilizing, as the 23 closures are a low since MediaFinder started publishing its tallies in 2009, and are fewer than a tenth of the high-water mark set that year—279 magazines stopped publishing in the first half of…
  • Time Keeps Ticking: Norm Pearlstine Responds

    Cable Neuhaus
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Norman Pearlstine, Time Inc.'s chief content officer, took exception to my remarks last week about Time, and he wrote to Folio: to put his own perspective on record. Here is his letter below. My response follows immediately afterward. To the Editor: I greatly admired Cable Neuhaus’s reporting in the years he worked as Entertainment Weekly’s Los Angeles bureau chief. I am sorry that his talent for serious reporting was so conspicuously absent from his recent Folio: column, “Why It’s Time to Rethink Time.” ​"When was the…
  • Magazine Ad Spend Down In Q1

    Michael Rondon
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Advertisers are cutting their spending in magazines at a faster rate than they have been in the last few years, according to new data from Kantar Media. The research firm’s quarterly report shows that ad spending in print magazines was down 8.7 percent year-over-year through the first three months of 2015. Local and B2B titles told the most positive story, down just 3.9 and 4.1 percent from the prior year, respectively.  Each have been relatively steady performers over the last three years. Consumer magazines had tracked closely to local and B2B, as well, until this year—the…
  • Are You Making the Most of Your Data?

    Michael Rondon
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Data collection and marketing activation are changing in fundamental ways and publishers need to keep up if they want their clients’ (and their own audience development) efforts to stay relevant. Themes like personalization, cross-device marketing and, of course, getting the right talent to execute against the influx of information available, were discussed on stage at Merit Direct’s 2015 Co-Op Marketing and Interactive Conference this week.   1. “We’re living in an omnichannel world” Glenn Westrick of Personnel Concepts uttered that particular phrase, but…
 
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  • Author Solutions Lawsuit Update: Class Certification Denied

    3 Jul 2015 | 8:49 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareIn April 2013, the law firm of Giskan Solotaroff Anderston & Stewart filed a lawsuit against Author Solutions Inc. and its parent company, Penguin, alleging fraud, unjust enrichment, and violation of various statutes and consumer protection acts. Penguin was later dismissed from the suit.In February 2015, having completed discovery, Giskan Solotaroff filed for class certification with a lengthy Memorandum of Law that unpacked a lot of information about ASI's business model and internal operations.That certification has now been denied, in a…
  • Almond Press Short Story Competition: Writing for "Exposure"

    24 Jun 2015 | 9:15 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareIn my last blog post, I discussed how to recognize and avoid profitmaking writing awards--fake awards that exist not to honor writers, but to enrich sponsors. If you're looking to win writing awards and enter writing competitions, though, the profiteering fakers aren't the only risk you face.For instance...the short story competitions run by Scotland's Almond Press.* Almond's output is tiny--founded in 2012, it has published just three anthologies of stories collected from its annual competitions--but it boasts some impressive sponsors, including…
  • Awards Profiteers: How Writers Can Recognize and Avoid Them

    9 Jun 2015 | 11:37 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareIf you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you may have guessed that I'm not a big fan of writing contests and awards.Partly this is because so many are a waste of time, with minimal prizes, negligible prestige, and zero cachet on your writing resume. Why not spend your energy on something that can get you closer to building a readership--submitting for publication, or publishing on your own? There's also the risk of bad things in the entry guidelines--for instance, the Emerging Writer Awards, where simply submitting constituted a…
  • Finding Authors: The Importance of Establishing an Online Licensing System for Copyrighted Works

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

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

    Jane
    4 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Edge of Normal by Carla Norton $ 2.99 From the Jacket Copy: n many ways, Reeve LeClaire looks like a typical twenty-two year old girl. She’s finally landed her own apartment, she waitresses to pay the bills, and she wishes she wasn’t so nervous around new people. She thinks of herself as agile, not skittish. As serious, not grim. But Reeve is anything but normal. Ten years ago, she was kidnapped and held captive. After a lucky escape, she’s spent the last six years trying to rebuild her life, a recovery thanks in large part to her indispensable therapist Dr. Ezra Lerner.
  • REVIEW: Anything for a Cowboy by Jenna Bayley-Burke

    Jayne
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    NOTE – This may be bought separately or as part of the NotMy1stRodeo Anthology. When veterinarian Jacy Weston changes her location on her western dating website profile, she thinks it’s no big deal. Opal Creek…Myrtle Creek…what’s the difference? As little white lies go, this one barely qualifies. Besides, since her brothers have chased off every guy within a hundred miles, the expiration date on her virginity is way past due. Ray Mitchell is not inclined to waste his time on something as unnecessary as dating, but it’s much easier to take a woman to coffee than to explain to…
  • DAILY DEALS: Bachelors on auction, FBI agents, Kick ass female bodyguards

    Jane
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Bound to the Bachelor by Sarah Mayberry $ FREE From the Jacket Copy: Your date with Marietta local Beau Bennett includes a day on the slopes at Big Sky Resort, complete with a sumptuous meal in the Resort’s fanciest fine dining restaurant and door-to-door transport. Dig deep to secure the attentions of one of Montana’s most eligible – and elusive – bachelors. Lily Taylor knows Beau Bennett dislikes her, but that won’t stop her from asking him to volunteer for the Bachelor Auction she’s organized to help her friend Molly provide for her tragically injured son, Josh. If…
  • REVIEW: Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley

    Kati
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Dear Ms. Ashley: I don’t know what it is about your biker heroes, but they seem to work for me on almost every level. I loved Tack Allen from Motorcycle Man, and have really enjoyed the Chaos series heroes as well. Turns out, Joker is no exception. Carson Steele is abused. His dad is a nasty drunk, they type who beats on his kid when he overindulges. Carson just wants to get through to his 18th birthday and get the heck out of dodge. In the meantime, he’s in school and has a real interest in cars, and in Carissa Teodoro, even though she’s way out of his league. She’s…
  • REVIEW: The Girl Next Door by Amy Jo Cousins

    Kaetrin
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    (Disclaimer: Amy Jo Cousins and I are friendly on Twitter. If I didn’t think I could be objective about her book, I wouldn’t review it.) Dear Amy Jo Cousins, I reviewed the first book in your Bend or Break series, Off Campus, here a little while ago. A secondary character in it jumped off the page to me. I liked Cash so much he kind of stole the book.  I was so happy to read Cash’s book and get even more of him. (*throws streamers*) In Off Campus, Stephany Tyler and Cash Carmichael were, respectively, the best friends of protagonists, Reese and Tom. Cash and Steph had a bit…
 
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    TNBBC's The Next Best Book Blog

  • Melanie Reviews: Gag

    2 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Gag by Melissa UngerPages: 141Publisher: Roundfire BooksReleased: 2014Guest review by Melanie PageGag starts out with a simple idea: Peter, a native of Brooklyn, stopped eating 15 years ago. How does he fit into a society that often schedules its activities around eating? His solution is to head to Paris, the food capitol of the world. On the plane ride over, he meets Dallas, a large red-headed Texan man who will challenge Peter’s very notions of what is truth, what is reality—even when Peter doesn’t, or even can’t, believe what he’s hearing.This is a short little book that tends to…
  • Book Giveaway: Annihilation

    1 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Since July 2010, TNBBC has been bringing authors and readers together every month to get behind the book! This unique experience wouldn't be possible without the generous donations of the authors and publishers involved.It's the first of the month and you know what that means.It's time to bring you August's Author/Reader Discussion book!We will be reading and discussing Annihilation (Southern Reach #1)with author Jeff VanderMeerJeff's publisher has kindly made 10 print copies available, with limited international shipping....(that basically means that everyone has a chance…
  • Andrew Hilbert On Being Indie

    30 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    On "Being Indie" is a blog series that introduces us to a wide variety of independent authors, publishers, and booksellers as they discuss what being indie means to them. Andrew Hilbert is a writer living in Austin, TX. His first book, Death Thing, was published in May 2015 by Double Life Press and is available on Amazon. You can keep up with all he's up to at www.hilbertheckler.comand follow him on twitter at @AHILBERT3000. It's not that I'm opposed to the big publishers or the folks that write for them. I like the big publishers. I like what they publish. I just think…
  • The Audio Series: Jen Grow

    29 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Our audio series "The Authors Read. We Listen."  was hatched in a NYC club during BEA back in 2012. It's a fun little series, where authors record themselves reading an excerpt from their own novels, in their own voices, the way their stories were meant to be heard.Today, Jen Grow reads from her debut collection My Life as a Mermaid, and Other Stories. The collection was winner of the 2012 Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Competition. She is the Fiction Editor of Little Patuxent Review. Her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Writer's Chronicle, Other…
  • Book Review: Death Thing

    25 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Read 6/4/15 - 6/9/154 Stars - Strongly Recommended: grind-zarro, gritty, and features a car that can kick Christine's assPages: 142Publisher: Double Life PressReleased: May 2015It was the last god damn time anyone was going to break into his car. Gilbert had had enough.From gritty cover to grindhouse content, Andrew Hilbert's Death Thing is the best kind of revenge novel. Cleaning up a little blood and gore is a small price to pay for crotchety ole Gilbert, who just about loses his mind when another miscreant breaks into his car. Set on teaching the local riffraff a lesson, he converts his…
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    AuthorCulture

  • Nicolette Pierce explores the Best selling mystery book cover

    Lisa Lickel
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:30 pm
    The Book Cover Mysteryby guest Nicolette PierceDon’t judge a book by its cover. You heard it, right? While I try not to, I do ninety percent of the time. And it’s a subject thing, isn’t it? What one person finds attractive could be hideous to someone else. We all have preferences and opinions. How can one cover please everyone? It can’t. But that’s not the mystery. I stumbled upon a book. Just your average mystery book, I thought. Until I discovered the entire publication was a mystery within itself. The more I explored this book, the more befuddled I became. It shook me. You could…
  • 8 Really Stupid Reasons To Be a Writer

    Deborah Dee Harper
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:30 pm
    The last time I posted here I wrote about ten compelling attributes of a writer, and as promised, this time I'm going to write about 8 Really Stupid Reasons To Be a Writer. Let's get started. 1.  Your sole writing credential is that your first name is Tom, John, or Stephen. Or your last name is Clancy, Grisham, or King. You wouldn't like it if they wrote books just because their names were similar to yours, now would you? Having the same name as Tom Clancy, John Grisham, or Stephen King (or even Tom Grisham, John King, or Stephen…
  • Lisa Sampson’s A Thing of Beauty

    Cherie Burbach
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    I first discovered this book when it was mentioned on Mike Duran’s blog after he shared some thoughts on a review it received from the Christian Manifesto. The review in question mentioned some profanity and taking of the Lord’s name in vein and since it was marketed to the Christian market this would have been a noteworthy point.What drew me to this book was the hubbub. That doesn’t usually happen. Typically, I’m a middle of the road person so I don’t get drawn in by controversy, especially in art of any type, but this time I did, and because of that I expected the book…
  • Where Did the Time Go?

    Jody
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:30 am
    Google Free ImagesHalf of 2015 has slipped through our fingers already. How are we all doing with those ambitious goals we made at the beginning of the year? There is still time to make headway toward achieving progress. It helps to ask ourselves a few questions:1. Where am I? Take a look at what goals I outlined for my year. Can I check any of them off? Were they too ambitious? To easy? Perhaps not broken into small enough steps? 2. Do I still want the same things? Do  I need to modify my goals, steps of action, or clarify strategy? What worked and what didn't?It's time to…
  • Chatterbox Writer

    Liberty Speidel
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    I don't know about you, but as a writer, I find it very hard to take a break. If I'm not writing, I'm thinking about writing. Or reading about writing, or listening to writing-related podcasts. Or even reading a non-writing book, but observing the craft within its pages.I think you get my meaning.This was pretty evident over the weekend. My husband, for Father's Day, wanted to go camping. Unfortunately, Missouri, like Texas and Oklahoma, has been getting a TON of rain. So, on Friday, we left our home and headed southeast without a firm plan. We had some ideas, we'd checked a few water levels,…
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    Seekerville

  • Seekerville is Closed Today

    3 Jul 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Seekerville is closed today --  we're celebrating the USA's Independence Day!Please join us again tomorrow. Happy birthday, America!
  • The Best of the Archives: Liminal Space

    2 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    ( A version of this post first appeared in Seekerville on July 10, 2010.)Have you ever gone through a period in life where the same theme, the same message keeps slapping you in the face? After six or seven slaps you finally realize, "Hey, someone is trying to tell me something."What about the theme of closed doors and open windows? Are you facing challenges in deciding what your next step will be? Since I first sold, I have regularly experienced periods where I have real difficulties in understanding where I should be on this writing journey. Those times when my compass…
  • Adventures in Social Media, Part 1

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Today, I have good news and bad news.The bad news: I’m probably the last person to do a blog on social media for the complete state of confusion it tends to toss me into whenever I think Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest…The good news: I’ve researched stuff and I want to share.Today will truly be a give and take of information because I know so many of you have ferreted out shortcuts and knowledge way beyond my ken. So together, we’ll divide and conquer the monster(s) we authors rest the majority of our promotional dreams on.Yes. Social Media.Fortification is needed here so I’ve baked…
  • When Your Plans Are Waylaid

    30 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    By Carrie Fancett PagelsProverbs 16:9In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps. Have you ever had your plans waylaid? My life has felt that way for a long time. I had to “retire” early from being a psychologist after 25 years because of Rheumatoid Arthritis. But God has a plan for each of us, and He has shown that to me in my writing career.In the past four years I’ve been dealing with the inability to walk properly, without intense pain, because of Achilles tendon problems. I had surgery a year ago, which failed to correct the issue so in…
  • Wind, Waves, and Writing

    30 Jun 2015 | 1:45 am
    with guest Kristen Ethridge. Hey there, Seekerville! I always love stopping by here. Where else can you get a great cup of coffee and a nice muffin straight out of the oven while you catch up with some of the nicest people in and around the book world? I’m so excited that Tina invited me back and I’m looking forward to hanging out today.Before we get started…is there any zucchini bread? If you haven’t heard, I’m expecting Ethridge 3.0 early next year and zucchini bread is kinda my thing right now. I blame Candace Calvert—she’s been posting a lot about her bumper harvest of…
 
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    Roger Packer

  • Roses are dead for Scribd after it dumps popular romance books that cost it too much

    Roger Packer
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:33 am
    Ebook subscription service Scribd has dumped many romance and erotica novels from its line-up because they are so popular with readers that they cost the company too much. Smashwords distributes self-published titles to Scribd and CEO Mark Coker estimates 80-90% of Smashwords’ romance and erotica titles have been dropped by Scribd, including nearly all of the distributor’s most popular romance titles. It’s been a bad week for authors with books on subscription services after details from Amazon revealed its new pay-per-page system for Kindle Unlimited is likely to offer a…
  • Long reads to pay off in Kindle Unlimited pay-per-page system as Amazon reveals count details and nearly 2 billion a month page reads

    Roger Packer
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Amazon has revealed the prospect of what looks like a low page payout rate to authors under the new pay-per-page Kindle Unlimited system that could see the royalty rate at $1 for every 173 ebook pages read. But due to how Amazon has worked out ebook page count, an author with an ebook that would be around 260-300 pages in print form could be paid around $4 for a fully read borrow under the new Kindle Unlimited terms. Under the likely payout of $0.0057 (see below), a 100,000-word novel would represent a Kindle ebook page count of 534 pages at the calculation of 187 words per ebook page and the…
  • Duplex deal offers inside-cover printing from IngramSpark

    Roger Packer
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:21 am
    Print-on-demand specialist IngramSpark is now offering duplex printing — which means printing inside the cover as well as on the cover. This could be a great feature for many self-publishers. I recollect a paperback publisher which used to publish a photo of the author on the inside front cover together with biographical details, but there are many other possible uses. For example, you could place a map, ‘Other books by…’, an illustration, a quote, dedication, blurb, or anything you like… It looks like the duplex deal is reasonably priced. Using the excellent…
  • Google Play Books Literata font raises the bar for ebook typography

    Roger Packer
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:15 pm
    New fonts designed for e-reading are all the rage at present, with Amazon launching bespoke slab serif Bookerly and now, surprisingly, Google Play Books springing specially designed Literata as the default typeface on its app. I’m not mad keen on Bookerly, although it might grow on me, but I am very impressed with Literata, which is a lovely font that looks great on a screen, although I do harbour slight misgivings that it might prove to be a little too ‘busy’ for some people over the course of reading a whole book. It would be a fantastic typeface for web use (and probably…
  • Amazon updates first-gen Kindle Paperwhite software and introduces new sharing feature

    Roger Packer
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:03 pm
    It turns out that I was too hasty to say that Amazon isn’t interested in updating the software/firmware for older Kindles. Not only has the company issued a software update for the first-gen Kindle Paperwhite but it’s also added a new sharing facility. However, the update doesn’t include the new layout engine and Bookerly font that’s available on the latest Kindle Paperwhite model which is about to be released this week. Amazon is expected to offer an upgrade to the second-gen Paperwhite at some point which will include Bookerly and the typesetting engine but…
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    Enago Blog: Scientific Publication Help

  • The Most Effective Deterrent For Scientific Misconduct

    Andrew Ghillyer
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:38 am
    A Question Of Intent If we consider the top three categories of scientific misconduct to be, in ascending order, the use of someone else’s work without citation (plagiarism), the manipulation of research data to achieve a specific outcome (falsification), and completely making up data or results (fabrication), we can start to examine the problem in more detail. The weak defense of unintentional plagiarism as a result of incorrect citation or a misunderstanding of fair use may occur occasionally, but in most cases, the failure to disclose authorship is intentional.… Continue…
  • How Do Peer Reviewers Get Selected?

    Andrew Ghillyer
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:38 am
    First Get Experience “To get a job, you need experience, but how do you get experience if you can’t get a job?” That old axiom about taking your first step on the career ladder can be seen to apply to the path to becoming a peer reviewer. You’ve just completed your doctoral dissertation or thesis, or you feel that your critical writing skills have reached a point in your doctoral studies that you think you can offer something back to the academic community as a peer reviewer, but nobody seems to be interested in taking you up on your generous offer.… Continue ReadingRelated…
  • Are We Better Off With Big Data?

    Andrew Ghillyer
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:25 am
    Terabytes Or Petabytes? The first Apple Macintosh, which celebrated its 30th birthday in 2014, came with 128KB (0.13MB) of memory. Today, we buy laptops and external hard drives with 1Terabyte (1,024GB) of memory as we move forward to even larger memory capacities of Petabytes (1,024TB), Exabytes (1,024PB), Zettabytes (1,024 EB), and Yottabytes (1, 024ZB). For comparison, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland, produces around 15PB of data every year. A Management Problem Technology has clearly been generous in providing massive amounts of storage capacity (provided you can afford the…
  • Advice For A New Academic Writer

    Andrew Ghillyer
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:12 am
    “It’s Just So Different” Ask any prospective college students about their fears and concerns about starting their new program and they’ll gladly provide a list: moving to a new city, living with roommates, student loans, and insecurities about the choice of institution and program of study. By far the biggest fear in most surveys, both formal and informal, is “becoming an academic writer.” When asked for clarification, numerous variations of the same axiom are offered: “It’s just so different.” Whether that perceived difference comes from their high school teachers or their…
  • 7 Ways To Behave As A Professional Scientist

    Andrew Ghillyer
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:58 am
    When it comes to science, diversity makes the difference. Nowadays, scientists from many different cultures and backgrounds collaborate to reach the same goals all around the world. But among their objectives, they all have something in common that makes them a so strong community: they all behave scientifically. Are you willing to take part in this community and to be recognized as a serious and active professional? Here you have some of the attitudes that would help you to behave scientifically and be considered a good scientist: Keep Updated: A good scientist would never stop…
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    Beyond Paper Editing

  • Wanted: How to Find Your Best Editor

    Carla Douglas
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    by Carla Douglas and C.K. Macleod @CarlaJDouglas @CKMacleodWriter This post appeared first at TheBookDesigner.com on January 28, 2015.   This past winter, New York Times bestselling author Tim Ferriss (The 4-Hour Work Week) put out a call for a managing editor. Curious, we decided to see what kind of editorial help he was looking for, […]
  • Self Pubs and Trad Pubs: Couldn’t You At Least Talk To Each Other?

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

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

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

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

  • Nostrovia! Poetry’s 2015 Chapbook Contest:

    Christopher Morgan
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:33 pm
    Can’t wait to ship all your orders next week!!! If you haven’t already, check our pay-what-you-can store: http://nostroviapoetry.bigcartel.com/
  • What Beach Sloth has to say about Nostrovia!’s 2015 NYC Chapbook Series

    Jeremiah Walton
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:37 pm
    The wonderful soul that is Beach Sloth​ reviewed all three of Nostrovia Poetry​’s chapbook contest winners!  Review excerpts + links are incorporated below, along with links to purchase the publications, all available at the ‘pay-what-you-can’ + shipping rate, to avoid denying anyone of literature due… Read More
  • Sarah Xerta Performing Her Prologue From “Juliet (II)”

    Christopher Morgan
    17 Jun 2015 | 9:29 am
    Here’s our second video, featuring a prologue performance from Sarah Xerta's “Juliet (II)”
  • Bob Schofield Reading Two Poems From “Moon Facts”

    Christopher Morgan
    10 Jun 2015 | 9:40 am
    Here's our first video, featuring two poems from Bob Schofield's "Moon Facts"
  • Nostrovia! Poetry’s 2015 Chapbook Contest: Presale Updates

    Christopher Morgan
    8 Jun 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Heyyyyo, friends! Only one week into presales, and we've already had twenty purchases--tremendous thanks to all of you for your support! We're excited to see so many of you enjoying our bundle offer. If you haven't already, be sure to swing by the Nostrovia! Store--we're still doing presales at a "pay-what-you-can + $5 shipping" model for these limited edition print copies. Jeremiah and I can't wait to fire out all this great writing in early July.
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    The Publishing Profits Podcast Show | Writing, Marketing, Traditional and Self Publishing for Authors and Entrepreneurs

  • 62: How Online Dating Can Teach You to Be a Better Communicator with Patrick King

    tom@tckpublishing.com (Tom Corson-Knowles, Bestselling Author of Secrets of the Six-Figure Author, Founder of TCK Publishing, Destroyer of Publishing and Marketing Myths)
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:31 am
    Patrick King is a dating, image, and social skills coach based in San Francisco, California, and has been featured on numerous national publications such as Inc.com. He’s also a #1 Amazon best-selling author with the most popular online dating book on the market, and writes frequently on dating, love, sex, and relationships. He focuses on using his emotional intelligence and understanding human interaction to break down emotional barriers, instill confidence, and equip people with the tools they need for success.
  • 61: Finding Your Voice, Growing a Tribe, and Creating a Business That Matters with Joel Boggess

    tom@tckpublishing.com (Tom Corson-Knowles, Bestselling Author of Secrets of the Six-Figure Author, Founder of TCK Publishing, Destroyer of Publishing and Marketing Myths)
    27 Jun 2015 | 12:04 am
    Joel Boggess is the host of the ReLaunch podcast show, and the author of the #1 Amazon bestselling book Finding Your Voice: Sort Through the Clutter; Discover Clarity, Confidence and Direction. Joel is passionate about sharing fresh ideas, success tips and inspirations through real life stories. Joel is an expert at helping you connect to who you are at your core, so you have the clarity of life direction, and are empowered to take your work, home and family life in a direction that’s best for YOU. Joel Boggess’ broadcasting career began in the early 90s behind the mic in…
  • 60: How to Create a Profitable Business Idea Before You Invest a Dime with Billy Murphy

    tom@tckpublishing.com (Tom Corson-Knowles, Bestselling Author of Secrets of the Six-Figure Author, Founder of TCK Publishing, Destroyer of Publishing and Marketing Myths)
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:54 am
    Billy Murphy is an ex-professional poker player, entrepreneur, blogger and business coach. He’s the founder of foreverjobless.com, one of the top blogs for online entrepreneurs and startup businesses. In today’s show, Billy shares some brilliant ideas for any author, entrepreneur or artist who wants to create a profitable business and avoid one of the biggest mistakes for a startup: starting a business that has no hope of profitability. Here are some of the golden nuggets of wisdom Billy shares in this interview: Billy’s unique model for market research that will show you…
  • 59: Guerrilla Marketing, Redshirt Characters, and Social Media with Chris Kennedy

    tom@tckpublishing.com (Tom Corson-Knowles, Bestselling Author of Secrets of the Six-Figure Author, Founder of TCK Publishing, Destroyer of Publishing and Marketing Myths)
    14 Jun 2015 | 11:12 am
    A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author and speaker, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator with over 3,000 hours flying attack and reconnaissance aircraft. Chris is currently working as an Instructional Systems Designer for the Navy and is an advisory board member of Hampton Roads Writers. Chris’ full length novels on Amazon include the “Occupied Seattle” military fiction duology, the “Theogony” science fiction trilogy and the “War for Dominance” fantasy trilogy. Chris is also the author of the self-help book, “Self-Publishing for Profit:…
  • 58: How to Start a Digital Magazine Business, and Why Instagram is Better Than Facebook for Platform Building with Nathan Chan

    tom@tckpublishing.com (Tom Corson-Knowles, Bestselling Author of Secrets of the Six-Figure Author, Founder of TCK Publishing, Destroyer of Publishing and Marketing Myths)
    5 Jun 2015 | 1:32 am
    Nathan Chan is the founder and publisher at Foundr Magazine, a digital magazine for iOS and Android that specializes in curating the most helpful information for new and aspiring entrepreneurs. Nathan started the magazine from his home in Melbourne, Australia on March 3, 2013, fed up with his job and looking for a better life and more meaning. Using savvy outreach and pure hustle, he was able to land interviews with legendary entrepreneurs like Richard Branson and Tim Ferriss for the magazine. Here are just a few of the golden nuggets Nathan shares in the show today: How he took Foundr…
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    Digital marketing blog

  • How To Run a Facebook Contest to Promote Your Magazine

    Wojtek Szywalski
    6 Jun 2015 | 4:30 pm
    One of the most effective ways of promoting your business, whatever it would be, is through the word of mouth. Emotions, that's what fuel this type of promotional engine, and the best way to utilize it is through the contests run on facebook. You are just few taps away to learn all about running a facebook contest to promote your magazine app for free. Facebook provides its viral mechanics of reaching deep into the social network. Comments generate much more awareness than simple likes, and if they are placed by our facebook friends... well we feel engaged. There are several factors that…
  • How Location Based Venue Marketing Influences Customer Experience

    Wojtek Szywalski
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:26 am
    It is time for the location based marketing to synergy with digital publishing. Adding value to the particular venue is the main goal and PressPad lounge can be the key to achieve it. In this article you will see how Radisson Blu hotel implemented "PressPad Lounge", a new digital press corner that utilizes iBeacon technology. Growing number of Internet of things applications proves that IOT took off, and it has potential to shape venue marketing. Venue owners can provide higher value to their visitors and clients in a previously unexplored area. Whether it’s a hotel lobby, a shopping mall,…
  • App Store Optimization – ASO Report

    Wojtek Szywalski
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:17 am
    App Store Optimization is all about improving the visibility of a particular app on the App Store. Is that all it is? Of course not, The term “ASO” also harnesses all the techniques which drive user behavior towards the desired action, an app install. In this article, you will be shown what we did to improve app installs by 140%. Does App Store Optimization (ASO) really work?Yes it does. ASO is not magic. You may find similarities between SEO and ASO. Wikipedia defines ASO as: The post App Store Optimization – ASO Report appeared first on Digital marketing blog.
  • Content Marketing Agency Contellio Joins PressPad in Partnership

    Wojtek Szywalski
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:44 am
    In the booming environment of mobile applications and online services, properly executed content marketing is one of the most efficient drivers of success. While content marketing remains an area of rampant expansion, content has to be wisely adjusted to fit various networks and devices. Contellio provides content creators adjusted formats that engage across various distribution networks including mobile thanks to partnering with PressPad. Why Content Marketing? Consumers have mastered the art of avoiding traditional ways of promoting a given product. Remind yourself how many times you…
  • Digital Publishing AD 2015: Mobile Readership Footprint

    Wojtek Szywalski
    14 Jan 2015 | 5:21 am
    PressPad publishers use customized smart widgets on their websites to attract visitors to install their mobile magazine app. We have analyzed traffic that went through our widgets in 2014 and found it very interesting to share with you. Here is a last year's data collection, including mobile OS share, from over a hundred PressPad widgets. First and foremost the widget is designed this way to always show the latest digital edition’s cover and the two badges linking to App Store and Google Play. There is also another widget available for our publishers that is called PressPad Web Store. It…
 
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    The Proof Angel

  • Keeping track of your to do list

    The Proof Angel
    4 Jul 2015 | 1:56 am
    Are you a fan of to do lists? I am, particularly if I need to do a lot of small tasks. On those occasions, not only does it stop you forgetting one of the tasks, but it also gives a sense of achievement when you cross them all off. Instead of feeling you’ve messed around doing nothing al morning, you can see the long list of useful things you have done. For longer tasks, it can be more complicated. You need to mark off some kind of progress, but you can’t cross it off the list, because it isn’t finished yet. If that is your problem, then try this circles system. It lets you…
  • Creative book marketing

    The Proof Angel
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:31 am
    Most authors don’t like marketing their books. When you have to keep plodding away at a task you don’t like, it gets very tedious. Try this list to help you liven things up a bit. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: book marketing
  • Competitions for writers in June and July

    The Proof Angel
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:46 am
    Don’t be deceived by the beginning of this list. It gives the impression that you have several days before the first competition deadline this month. If you look further down, you will see that there are some with closing dates of 1st July. So don’t delay, look through the competition list today. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: writing competitions
  • How to approach the beginning and end of your book

    The Proof Angel
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:25 am
    Are you struggling to write a decent beginning and/or end for your book? This exercise might get the ideas flowing. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: book planning
  • Producing audio books

    The Proof Angel
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:25 am
    To reach the widest audience, you need to present your book in as many formats as possible. This post explains about making an audio book with Amazon ACX. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: audio books
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    The Passive Voice

  • Judge Cote Denies Class Action Cert in Lawsuit Against Penguin Random House, Author Solutions

    PG
    4 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    From Ink, Bits & Pixels: The first class action lawsuit filed by authors against the infamous vanity press Author Solutions has suffered a blow this week. US District Court Judge Denise Cote has handed down a ruling that denied class action status. This lawsuit was originally filed in 2013 by the law firmGiskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart on behalf of authors Jodi Foster, Kelvin James, and Mary Simmons. The authors claim that they had been fleeced by Author Solutions. The authors alleged unjust enrichment, fraud, and violation of various statutes and consumer protection acts.
  • Yes, once more Amazon is “screwing” authors: Set to pay them .006 per page

    PG
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:51 am
    From author Bob Mayer: The amount of misinformation and disingenuous commentary on the Internet is exceeded only by the self-interest. A group of authors who write shorter works are claiming they’re being discriminated against because Amazon has shifted payment in Kindle Unlimited from titles borrowed to pages read. Imagine? I don’t seem to recall a single one of those authors crying out about getting paid the same amount for a fifty-page book as the author who has published a four hundred page book. If I missed your blog about this, please let me know in the comments section. And…
  • Are Authors Leaving Kindle Unlimited?

    PG
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    From author Chris McMullen: With the July 1, 2015 changes to Kindle Unlimited comes much anxiety among KDP Select authors. But before you press your PANIC button, maybe you should consider this novel idea: Check the numbers. That’s exactly what I did, and you can, too: Visit Amazon’s homepage. Hover your mouse over Shop by Department, then hover over Books, and select Kindle Books. See the number listed with the Kindle Unlimited filter. Click the Kindle Unlimited filter. Now check the numbers in the categories. Copy/paste the numbers of interest into Microsoft Word, for example. I did…
  • I wish

    PG
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    I wish either my father or my mother, or indeed both of them, as they were in duty both equally bound to it, had minded what they were about when they begot me; had they duly considered how much depended upon what they were then doing;—that not only the production of a rational Being was concerned in it, but that possibly the happy formation and temperature of his body, perhaps his genius and the very cast of his mind;—and, for aught they knew to the contrary, even the fortunes of his whole house might take their turn from the humours and dispositions which were then uppermost:—Had they…
  • Have You Canceled Your Account at Scribd? You Might Want to Double Check That

    PG
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    From Ink, Bits & Pixels: With the news coming out earlier this week that Scribd was cutting back its romance catalog (including titles from Harlequin), I’m sure some Scribd subscribers are thinking about cancelling their subscription (or have already done so). And so I wanted to pass along a friendly warning about Scribd’s cancellation process. Many companies have a relatively obvious process to cancel an online subscription. They may make you jump through hoops, beg you not to leave, but in the end I’ve rarely had trouble canceling a service. Scribd, on the other…
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    All Indie Writers » Indie Publishing

  • Quick Tip: Keep Your Book Marketing as Creative as Your Writing

    Jennifer Mattern
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:15 pm
    I've been ranting for the last week or two about atrocious examples of marketing from companies like Upwork, Freshbooks, and Canva. So it feels like a good time to change gears and get back to the things writers should focus on rather than avoid. This week's quick tip for writers is a bit of a lead-in to Friday's podcast episode. There, we'll explore ways indie authors can sell more books through better marketing (picking up tips from from another group that's mastered creative marketing -- indie musicians). Tip: Keep Creativity in Your Book Marketing Here's the thing. When it comes to…
  • Quick Tip: Tie Your Book to a Worthy Cause

    Jennifer Mattern
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:23 pm
    When you promote a new book release, chances are good you'll send out at least one press release. And one of the biggest book launch press release mistakes I see authors make is sending a release with nothing newsworthy to say. That fact that you're releasing a new book is very rarely newsworthy on its own, unless you're a well-known author. Instead, you can increase your chance of getting media coverage by doing, or tying your book to, something newsworthy. This week's quick tip highlights an effective way of doing this. Tie Your Book to a Worthy Cause If you want more than your local media…
  • Quick Tip: Diversify Your Virtual Blog Tour Stops When Promoting Your Books

    Jennifer Mattern
    2 Jun 2015 | 6:43 am
    Planning a virtual book tour on a series of blogs can be time consuming, both for you and your hosts. One way you can make the most of your time is to diversify the types of posts included in your blog tour. Let's look at some of the most common types of virtual blog tour stops for authors. Some will save you time directly. And others save your hosts time, potentially opening more doors to you. Types of Virtual Blog Tour Stops for Authors Here are four types of virtual blog tour stops you can combine when promoting your next book. 1. Book Reviews Contact bloggers to see if they would be…
  • Weekend Reading: Writing and Publishing Short Stories

    Jennifer Mattern
    31 May 2015 | 3:37 pm
    For this week's "weekend reading" collection, let's look at short fiction. Is it worth your time as an indie author to publish short stories and flash fiction? Will people read it? Can it be profitable? Where can you get your fiction published? These three posts answer some of these questions. Enjoy! Why You Should be Writing Short Fiction By Anne R. Allen at annerallen.blogspot.com This post might be a few years old, but it's a great introduction to the resurgence of short stories. Anne R. Allen looks at short story publishing outlets and explores time commitments vs earnings potential…
  • 2 Years to a Book [InfoGraphic]

    Jennifer Mattern
    31 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    In this week's "short share," we have a two-year book writing plan from HuntersWritings.com. While two years might be an unnecessarily long time for many indie authors these days, I think it's a great plan for new authors -- especially those trying to write their first book alongside a traditional day job. If you find yourself with limited time to write, but you'd like to publish a book, consider this plan. Source: HuntersWritings.com If you've already published, or if you're currently working on a book, how does this plan differ from your own? Do you think it's realistic for new authors? Why…
 
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    Helen Sedwick

  • How to Hire an Attorney

    Helen Sedwick
    8 Jun 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Sooner or later, you may need an attorney. Perhaps your publishing business is expanding to the point where you are considering incorporating and bringing in investors. Maybe your collaboration agreement needs a legal touch. Or, the worst has happened and someone is suing you for infringement, defamation, or some other wrongful act. Many people have an unfavorable view of attorneys, which is not entirely fair. Yes, some attorneys are bullies, but they would have been bullies no matter what their profession. Most lawyers are bookish types who try to look after their clients. If you avoid the…
  • Publishing a Book to Promote Your Expertise and Business

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

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

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

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

  • Book Review: Half-Built Houses by Eric Keller

    ajoobacats
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    This crime/legal thriller is about Charley a homeless man, in Calgary Canada, being accused of murdering a woman, for what largely appears to be being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Legal aid lawyer, Brian Cox is to defend him, but Brain has his work cut out, as not only is this his […]
  • Blog Reader Book Choices for 2015

    ajoobacats
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Every month when I review my stats, there’s a book review that has gotten the most interest among my blog readers. I have decided that I will periodically share the top books that have gotten the most attention each month with you all. This does not necessarily reflect my favourite books of each month, but […]
  • Book Review: Wounded Animals (Whistleblower book 1) by Jim Heskett

    ajoobacats
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:44 am
    This fast paced mystery suspense conspiracy novella tells us about Tucker Candle, who works in IT for a company, that is relocating effectively leaving him without a job and health insurance. His wife is pregnant and due in three months. One evening drinking in a dive bar Candle meets Kareem, who warns him not to […]
  • Advance Book Review: Dark Avenging Angel by Catherine Cavendish

    ajoobacats
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:47 am
    Jane Powell has been bullied and abused by her father as far back as she can remember, but Jane sees what she terms, “her angel”, a ghostly apparition she believes protects her. When downtrodden Jane finds herself in a job where her boss is abominable she finally makes use of this avenging angel, but everything […]
  • Book Review: Behind The Black Door (Supergirls Book 1)

    ajoobacats
    28 Jun 2015 | 12:48 pm
    This macabre horror thriller introduces us to Jen and May, sisters who were abandoned as children by the single parent addict mother who live hard working at the local 7-11 and turning tricks to meet the expense of May’s antipsychotic medication. When one day they plan to rob a rich john the contents of his […]
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    Top South African News

  • ‘Mr Zuma, Your Time Is Up’ Video Goes Viral On Social Media

    Staff Reporter
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Last year two days before the national elections, a hip hop music video calling for President Jacob Zuma to step down is doing the rounds on social media. Titled “Mr President”, the song is performed by Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, the son of Dali Mpofu, the Gauteng Premier candidate for the Economic Freedom Fighters . The video which was released at 8pm on Sunday night has already received over 100, 000 views to date. In it, images are portrayed of police brutality, e-tolls, the Nkandla debacle, the Gupta plane landing and the Marikana “massacre” to name a few. It has been tweeted by leading…
  • FORMER Generations Actor MJ Dumps His Baby Mama

    Staff Reporter
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:50 am
    FORMER Generations actor Anga Makubalo has dumped his baby mama. The actor, who now plays the role of Ntando in e.tv’s new crimedrama Z’bondiwe, was gatvol of his baby mama, Maggie. This after he allegedly forced her to quit her job. Maggie confided in her friends that the Hamba Kude hitmaker told her to stay away from him. Her friends claimed Anga used Maggie as a garden where heplanted his seed and then left her with his baby. Sunday Sun has learnt that Anga, who is known as “NaakMusiq” or “MJ”, told the mother of histhree-year-old son to voetsek when she asked him for money.
  • Dj Sbu Turns To His Ancestors For Help

    Staff Reporter
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    IF you have nowhere else to go, the world of ancestors is your next place to turn to! And this is just what the troubled former Metro FM DJ Sbu has done. The DJ, businessman and motivational speaker found himself swopping his Mofaya energy drink for umqombothi. “DJ Sbu”, real name Sbusiso Leope, took part in a cleansing ceremony at his parent’s home in Tembisa, Ekurhuleni, last weekend, with only his mum and family members present. It seems his bad luck list is ever-growing. On the list is: ) Getting fired from the SABC. ) Drunk driving charges. ) Mofaya and some of his other…
  • Masturbating Neighbour Gets Sentenced To Seven Years In Prison

    Staff Reporter
    21 Jun 2015 | 10:31 am
    A MPUMALANGA man found guilty of paying his neighbour’s daughter R2 after masturbating on her thighs, has been sentenced to seven years in jail. Zakhele Mavuso (43) from Sibayeni Village near the Swazi and Mozambican border was sentenced at the Boschfontein Regional Court on Wednesday. Magistrate Edgar Moletsane found Mavuso guilty on two charges of indecent assault. He imposed a seven-year prison sentence for each count, but the sentences will run concurrently. “I hope this sentence will teach you to respect the law and women in your area,” he said. During Mavuso’s previous court…
  • Sundowns Star Dumps Wife For Cheating With Truck Driver

    Staff Reporter
    12 Jun 2015 | 11:17 am
    A Mamelodi Sundowns star was shocked when he discovered that his wife got pregnant with another man! The father is allegedly a malayitsha, or cross-border transporter. “I’m very much disturbed. She has really let me down,” Kudakwashe Mahachi was quoted telling B-Metro . “I recently discovered that she is about four months pregnant.” The story said Mahachi decided to dump his wife after discovering the betrayal. The post Sundowns Star Dumps Wife For Cheating With Truck Driver appeared first on Top South African News.
 
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    Read You Later

  • Getting To Know Doris Dancy

    Read You Later
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Doris Dancy is a woman who wants to serve and minister to people. Her books are to assist people in their walk with Christ
  • Getting to know Marcy Winograd and Jackie Hirtz

    Read You Later
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Marcy has won three Golden Mike awards for outstanding news writing and broadcasting. With her co-author Jackie Hirtz, Marcy wrote television scripts for Nickelodeon's animated show "Doug"and educational software. Now, Marcy and Jackie have teamed up to write the Lola Zola series for tween girls. The first book in the series is "Lola Zola and the Lemonade Crush" and the second novel, with many of the same characters, is "New Girl on Salt Flat Road." Jackie Hirtz, MS Ed., worked in publicity and public relations for authors and tech clients. She also taught elementary school for seven years…
  • Where is your faith with Kimberly Lawson Roby, Michelle Stimpson & Tiana Mumford

    Read You Later
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
    New York Times Bestselling Author Kimberla Lawson Roby has published 21 novels.Kimberla is the 2013 NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction, the recipient of the 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013 Author of the Year – Female award presented by the African-American Literary Award Show in New York, the recipient of the 2014 AAMBC Award for Female Author of the Year, the recipient of the Blackboard Fiction Book of the Year Award in 2001 for CASTING THE FIRST STONE, the recipient of the 1998 First-Time Author Award from Chicago’s Black History Month Book Fair…
  • Getting to Know Author Elise

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

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

  • What Do Fine Wine And A Mid-Life Crisis Have In Common?

    Pamina Mullins
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:26 am
    Wine enthusiasts share a passion for wines that will “age.” Wines that will actually improve over time are a rarity, thus making them a prize for collectors. Longevity in wine is one indicator of greatness. However, quite often whenwereach mid-life we get the frightening feeling that everything (including us) is starting to fall apart. The urge to fulfill those dreams on your bucket list acquires a new sense of urgency; and clocks suddenly seem to be on turbo-time. Everyone else can seem younger, sexier, smarter and more in demand. Sometimes your expectations and priorities (along with…
  • 5 Valuable Lessons I Learned From Life While Shifting Houses

    Puja Kale Vayanta
    29 Apr 2015 | 1:56 am
    Dad and I had spent quite some afternoons in the heat that summer, looking for THE new temporary house we wanted to move in. I being the youngest in family, was super excited. But when time came, a lot of feelings crept below, having spent 20 years of my life there. It wouldn’t be unfair to say, I had a life there! We got acquainted with people in our new society over the time, but of course it nowhere felt the same way. Even if I tried to exactly describe what our old house and society meant, I know I wouldn’t be doing justice. We had seen colours, burst crackers, danced, had meals and…
  • The Secret Power Of An Acknowledgement And A Thank You!

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

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

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

  • 3 New Writing Competitions Added to List

    Almond Press
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:36 am
    Norwich Writers Short Fiction Competition International July 31st 3,000 £7 £500 The Irish Times Amateur Travel Writer Competition Ireland September 26th 600 Free Travel Assignment Alfie Dog Short Story Competition International September 30th 2,000 Check website £200 Visit our Writing Competitions page for a full list The post 3 New Writing Competitions Added to List appeared first on Almond Press.
  • The Popularity of Post-Apocalyptic Novels

    Stella van Lieshout
    11 Jun 2015 | 12:58 am
    The world is – and always has been – full of stories that describe the world after an apocalypse. In religion it’s often a way to start over. In the bible it’s up to Noah, to built a new post-apocalyptic world after the flood has washed away all civilization. When ‘Ragnarok’, de final battle in Scandinavian mythology, has ended up in the death of almost all the gods, creatures and people, it’s up to two people hiding in a tree to climb down and reshape their world. And so we can continue throughout history, reading the stories of new worlds and life after the decline. We…
  • Dystopia in the Body

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

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

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

  • Celebrate the Independence Being a Writer Affords

    Lisa Michelle Umina
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:36 am
      As we join together in the United States to celebrate Independence Day, July 4th, it occurred to me that writing offers a certain level of independence. Independence from: A boring corporate job A same ol’ same ol’ town A safe and predictable existence Like actors, writers are able to put on the hat of a different character, in a different world, with a different life and escape from the safe and normal. Housewives, accountants, educators, corporate professionals and more can benefit from the independence that writing offers. So whether you have finished and self-published that…
  • Creating a Landing Page to Promote Your Books

    Lisa Michelle Umina
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:20 am
    Earlier this week we talked about the importance of purchasing URLs (website addresses) that will help market your self-published books. Today I want to talk a little bit about what to put on those pages. Rather than build out a website, one of the most successful marketing tools on the Internet today is a long form landing page. It is a page of content that is chockfull of key word phrases, bullet pointed lists of content, customer reviews, video and more. The website, Search Engine People defines a landing page as: A landing page is web page that provides further information after a…
  • What is Your URL Strategy for Marketing?

    Lisa Michelle Umina
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:15 am
    You may not be aware, but one of the best ways to help readers find you on the Internet is by purchasing specific web addresses, or URLs, that include key word phrases. For example, do you own www.YourName.com? Often we think that the only URL we need for our business is the one that is the same as our company name, but the reality is; there is power and flexibility in owning and developing a variety of URLs. When readers search for us on the Internet, they may not know or remember the name of our company. But if we met in person, they might remember our name. Owning the URL for your name…
  • Do You Struggle to Find the Perfect Word?

    Lisa Michelle Umina
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:51 am
    Have you ever struggled to find just the right word or phrase? You try to avoid the obvious but you also don’t want to use a word so obscure that it doesn’t resonate with readers. I have found a few resources and techniques that might be able to help. The first is a color thesauruses by Ingrid Sundberg. She has done an amazing job of creating a colorful index of word choices to help describe colors. Here is just a brief example: Never again will you describe the curtains as yellow when they may be more butter-like. K.M. Weiland offers five ways to find the right word without using a…
  • Is an Affiliate Marketing Program Right For Your Self-Published Books?

    Lisa Michelle Umina
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:53 pm
    You may have heard about the affiliate programs that help you make money while you sleep and wondered what they are. In this article, I’d like to share a little information about what affiliates are and how you might consider using them to sell your books. What is an Affiliate Marketing Program? An affiliate marketing program is a program designed to use other people to help sell your books. Typically, you want to connect with people, businesses or websites that have high traffic so that your book has visibility. In exchange for these people/websites promoting your book, they receive a…
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    KindlePreneur

  • How to Get Book Reviews with No Blog, No List, and No Begging

    Martin Meadows
    28 Jun 2015 | 12:23 pm
    You probably don’t need convincing on the importance of getting ebook reviews. But how does a new and budding author get those crucial Kindle book... The post How to Get Book Reviews with No Blog, No List, and No Begging appeared first on KindlePreneur.
  • Amazon Sales Rank Calculator

    Dave Chesson
    15 Jun 2015 | 1:16 am
    This Kindle Sales Rank Calculator has been created as a free tool for you to use and even put on your own author website. It’s... The post Amazon Sales Rank Calculator appeared first on KindlePreneur.
  • 5 Easy Steps to Avoid the 30% Tax Withholding for Non-US Self Publishers

    Marta Tuchowska
    5 May 2015 | 6:19 pm
    US Tax Law requires that US-based companies like Amazon KDP, Smashwords, iTunes and Createspace, must withhold 30% of any non-US self-publisher’s royalties. Basically, if you... The post 5 Easy Steps to Avoid the 30% Tax Withholding for Non-US Self Publishers appeared first on KindlePreneur.
  • The Author’s Guide to Guest Posting and Increasing Traffic

    Dave Chesson
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:16 pm
    If you are trying to brand yourself as an author and/or generate traffic to your website, and you aren’t guest posting, then you have a... The post The Author’s Guide to Guest Posting and Increasing Traffic appeared first on KindlePreneur.
  • Advanced Google Search Tactics for Authors

    Dave Chesson
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:29 am
    If you know me, then you know I am a big fan of engaging with one’s target market. But finding your target market, or even... The post Advanced Google Search Tactics for Authors appeared first on KindlePreneur.
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