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  • Bad reviews given to classic books

    The Proof Angel
    The Proof Angel
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:50 am
    Do you ever feel that the world is against you, and your book will never be appreciated? Harsh words from the first people to review a book are difficult to deal with, but you are not alone. Have a look at these bad reviews given to books we now see as classics. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Bits & bobs Tagged: book reviews
  • Lessons from a great book jacket designer

    The Book Deal
    Alan Rinzler
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:14 pm
    The bright yellow cover of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is instantly recognizable. The Wall Street Journal called the jacket, designed by Peter Mendelsund, one of the most iconic in contemporary fiction in the U.S. Mendelsund, Associate Art Director at Knopf, now has his own new book, Cover, published by powerHouse Books. It’s a fascinating inside look at the process that goes into creating a memorable book jacket, including the opportunity to see dozens of discarded comps. Authors line up now for Mendelsund to create their covers, but his very first assignment as a cub…
  • Is Wikipedia a Reliable Source? Part I

    Editors Only
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:42 pm
    A survey of what fellow editors think about it. By William Dunkerley Some people swear by Wikipedia....
  • Three Emerging Digital Platforms for 2015 | Fail!lab

    4 Mar 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Topic: Technology‘Twas a world of limited options for digital libraries just a few short years back. Nowadays, however, the options are many more and the features and functionalities are truly groundbreaking. From Three Emerging Digital Platforms for 2015 | Fail!lab
  • Actually Stoll's 1995 anti-Internet column was amazingly on-target

    4 Mar 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Topic: InternetStoll predicted that the Web would be a fount of misleading information and outright lies, that it would be oversold as a tool for education and governing, and that it would isolate people more than bring them together. "A network chat line is a limp substitute for meeting friends over coffee," he wrote. "No interactive multimedia display comes close to the excitement of a live concert. And who'd prefer cybersex to the real thing?" From Actually, that 'off target' 1995 anti-Internet column was amazingly on-target - LA Times
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  • Journalism & Digital Education Roundup, March 5, 2015

    Julie Keck
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    1. New social network is all college, all the time (Casey Fabris / Chronicle of Higher Education) 2. Distance ed myths debunked (Carl Straumsheim / Inside Higher Ed) 3. How AltSchool blends old-fashioned learning with new technology (Mary Jo Madda / EdSurge) 4. In new video, Michigan Daily writers read mean reader comments & tweets […] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Daily Must Reads, March 5, 2015

    Julie Keck
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:18 am
    1. Closing the gaps in local news (Josh Stearns / Medium) 2. Welcome to the Twitterloin, where tech-savvy cool meets gritty hood (Michal Lev-Ram / Fortune) 3. The next stage in the battle for our attention: Our wrists (Jack Riley / Nieman Lab) 4. Buffer takes Pablo, its words-on-an-image service, out of beta (Roberto Baldwin […] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Fighting Words: Inside the Social Media War Against ISIS

    Hiba Zayadin
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    It has been four months since the formation of a U.S.-led global coalition to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Hundreds of airstrikes purporting to hit ISIS targets have been carried out since then. Some 60 nations are involved in the coalition, and they have all contributed to the fight in different ways. Yet, ISIS […] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • BuzzFeed’s Record-Breaking Obama Video Due to Earned Media Not Social

    Jess Duda
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    My first draft of this article was as gushing as the rest of the reaction to Jonathan Perelman’s talk  “Creating Video Content for How It’s Consumed” at Social Media Week 2015 in New York. He is vice president of Buzzfeed Motion Pictures, a leader in online video. “The absolute best session of the day for me was from […] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Daily Must Reads, March 4, 2015

    Julie Keck
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    1. Using private email, Hillary Clinton thwarted record requests (Michael S. Schmidt & Amy Chozick / New York Times) 2. Edward Snowden ready to return to U.S., lawyer says (Nick Gass / Politico) 3. Tragic news video is showing up more in Facebook’s News Feed (Todd Wasserman / Mashable) 4. App for journalists: TwitShot, for […] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
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    Digital Book World

  • Why Small Publishers Must Go Global, Too

    Rich Bellis
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Traditionally, being a global publisher has meant being a big publisher. Sandy Grant, CEO of the Australian publisher Hardie Grant, says until recently, independent publishers “often saw ourselves as unable to compete with the multi-nationals for global distribution and thus for global authors.” Especially now that ebooks have leveled off, the need for publishers to find new revenue streams is encouraging many to pursue new markets. The improving capabilities and lowering costs of digital distribution now puts that within closer reach of small and mid-size publishers, plus opens up…
  • How Duplicate Content Dooms Book Marketers

    Rich Bellis
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    No matter their size, virtually all publishers struggle to allocate limited marketing resources to many deserving titles. Sometimes that means taking a few shortcuts. One of the most common can also be the most dangerous to discoverability: recycling bits of marketing copy that leads to them appearing in multiple places across the web. “Relevance, after all, is at the heart of what Google and the other search engines look for when serving up search results,” marketing expert Murray Izenwasser explains. The more frequently content is duplicated, the more likely search engines will use…
  • Penguin Random House Still Sweeping Ebook Best-Seller List

    Rich Bellis
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    Even as we’ve looked for signs of renewed agency ebook pricing impacting best-selling ebooks (and found few), and remarked on the continued power of media tie-ins to shape the rankings, the real story is a rather old one: the ongoing dominance of the world’s largest trade publisher, Penguin Random House. During the last holiday season, Penguin Random House titles accounted for just over half the Ebook Best-Seller List, or thirteen titles. This week there are sixteen of them, including The Girl on the Train, now in its fifth week at No. 1. In fact, six of the Penguin Random…
  • Your Content Is the Problem. Your Content Is the Problem.

    Murray Izenwasser
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    …Your content is the problem. Content is what drives the Internet. And relevant content is what drives search results. Having superbly written, deep, descriptive, and most importantly, relevant content is the key to creating a thriving web presence. Duplicate content, however, will shoot all of your high-flying search engine optimization (SEO) efforts right out of the sky. Okay, that was a bad metaphor, but as I write this I’m stuck on a much smaller plane than what I usually like to fly on. What do I mean by duplicate content? Let’s go back to the two sides to SEO that I…
  • Why Print Still Matters

    Rich Bellis
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    E-reading may be growing in popularity, but most publishers today know to expect more incremental gains than ebooks first met with during their early boom years. In the meantime, print books are doing just fine. A recent study of authors’ publishing choices and outcomes finds that “despite the focus in much current debate on authors’ earnings from digital sales, print is still a strong component of earnings for many traditionally published authors,” according to Dana Beth Weinberg, the author of the report based on those findings. Even among younger readers, the popularity of ebooks…
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    A Newbie's Guide to Publishing

  • On Copyright Again

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

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

    21 Feb 2015 | 7:17 am
    My last blog was about the debate I was about to engage in for Intelligence Squared, on the topic of Amazon is the Reader's Friend.If you haven't watched it, here's the video:Yes, I'm wearing a Three Wolf One Moon tee shirt.If you're adverse to watching it but interested in what was said, here's the link to the transcript and the radio broadcasts (edited and unedited).According to those voting in the audience, my side (Amazon is for readers) lost 43% to 50%. According to the online poll, we won by an overwhelming majority, 72% to 28%.Winning or losing didn't matter to me. I knew I would lose…
  • Welcome to 2015

    13 Jan 2015 | 5:48 am
    It has been a standby of this blog to post New Years Resolutions for writers, and also to make publishing predictions for the upcoming year.As I enter into my tenth year of blogging, I reserve the right to forgo standbys. But to carry on a tradition, albeit belatedly, here are the condensed versions.Quickie resolution: Self-publish.Quickie publishing prediction: The world will always need storytellers. That won't change. What will continue to change is how storytellers are discovered by readers.I'll do a post on the rise of ebook subscription services very soon. But right now I'm in New York,…
  • Translating John Sargent

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:53 am
    Often times it seems as if those who work in the legacy publishing world are so out of touch with authors that a translator is needed to explain the true meaning of what has been said.Such is the case with John Sargent, CEO of Macmillan, in his recent public letter.Sargent in crazy bold italics, the translation in common-sense normal font.Dear Authors, Illustrators, and Agents,There has been a lot of change in the e-book publishing world of late, so I thought it a good idea to update you on what is going on at Macmillan. Translation: It will be easier to accept the bad news if I warn you…
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    Catherine, Caffeinated

  • Scenes from The Rewrite: Part I

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

    2 Feb 2015 | 7:51 am
    While I was in a lecture being introduced to the wonders of the Romantic Poets while daydreaming about the gigantic Starbucks latte I was going to have as soon as it was over, some virtual cretin compromised my e-mail account and sent out a spammy message to everyone who ever received an e-mail from that account, which is a truckload of people since I’ve had it since 2010. Thank you if you’ve already e-mailed, texted, Facebooked, smoke-signalled or carrier-pigeoned me, but if you haven’t already: thank you, but I know. And please ignore any e-mail…
  • Talking Self-Publishing, Doing Rewrites

    24 Jan 2015 | 2:52 am
    Hello? *looks around* Is anyone still here? Apologies for my blog silence this far into the new year, but I am BUSY. Ever since I started university back in September – and realized, belatedly, that I don’t really have time to go to university full-time and do all the stuff I normally do – I feel like I’ve been saying that a lot, to the point where even I’m completely sick of it. The word has lost all its meaning. But I am very… Well, let’s just say time-challenged.  At the moment, before I get more essay assignments (didn’t we just have those?
  • Happy New Year!

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

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

  • Join BookBaby’s Twitter chat on March 11th

    Lucy Briggs
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:31 am
    Join BookBaby and author Shannon McLay in a Twitter chat about hybrid authors on Wednesday, March 11th from 4-5pm ET! This week, we will be discussing the concept of hybrid authors, the term used to describe writers who are involved in both traditional and self-publishing somewhere in their literary career, and how to navigate that transition successfully. Former BookBaby author Shannon McLay (of Train Your Way To Financial Fitness) as well as some of our literary friends will be joining us, and we welcome you to stop by and say hello too! To participate, simply tweet during the scheduled…
  • Pitching your book to agents on Twitter with #PitMad

    Chris Robley
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:58 am
    On March 11th, literary agents will be turning to Twitter to find their next author clients. That’s right: it’s time for another #PitMad, the manuscript pitching party on Twitter where you can tweet in hopes of finding an agent for your book. Here’s how #PitMad works: Between 8am and 8pm EST, authors can pitch their completed manuscripts two times per hour (per manuscript) in 140 characters or less using the hashtag #PitMad, along with the hashtag abbreviation for their genre (see below for those abbreviations). Literary agents monitor the feed throughout the day and…
  • Shipping’s FREE when you order 25+ books

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:07 am
    Print 25+ copies of your book and get FREE shipping! From now through the end of March, you’ll get free ground shipping (US only) on any printed book order of 25 to 1,000 units. Any book, any binding, any trim size, any cover option… they all get free shipping! Just use code “FREESHIP15″ when placing your book order. (Offer expires March 31st. Cannot be combined with any other offer.) Ready to make a book? The post Shipping’s FREE when you order 25+ books appeared first on BookBaby Blog.
  • Who is the typical author self-publishing with BookBaby?

    Steven Spatz
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:55 am
    During a recent BookBaby Twitter Chat, someone asked me, “Who is the typical BookBaby author?” The best way to answer that question is to introduce you to a few of them: For his children’s book Sam Seagull’s Quite Pooply, self-published author Frank McKenna received inspiration from…well… above. “I live near the beach and it always seems that right after I wash my car, a seagull will come and poop on it,” he says. “It’s as if they know.  I was inspired to write the book because I thought it could make both grown-ups and kids laugh.  Kids laugh anytime you say…
  • An interview with BookBaby President Steven Spatz

    Chris Robley
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:46 am
    In the video above, Joel Friedlander of The Book Designer talks with BookBaby President Steven Spatz about some of the big changes going on at BookBaby and how they’ll work for indie authors. Some of the subjects covered in this interview include: What’s behind the change of BookBaby’s basic service from free to a $299 entry fee The reason we decided to get into print on demand How our “massive digital distribution” might benefit indie authors Who the “ideal” author is for BookBaby’s services (Hint: it’s not the D-I-Y-ers) Discoverability: where we’re is going…
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    Self-Publishing Review

  • An Interview with Author Margaret Songe

    Margaret Songe
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:29 am
    Tell us something about your book. The basics: what’s it about? The story behind The Sundry Worlds of Fiona is that it started out to be a film! I’ve always had a huge interest in movies and theatre and performers—love ’em. As an undergrad at LSU, I took almost every film studies course available. I ...
  • Suggestions For Starting A Book Club

    Tanisha Williams
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:55 am
    There are many ways members of a book club can benefit from engaging in activities that allow them to expand their knowledge about different books they have read. With advanced technology, members can find a variety of ways to experience reading in a completely different way. By taking certain book club suggestions into consideration, members ...
  • Review: The Flying Burgowski by Gretchen K. Wing ★★★★

    Lysa Grant
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    The Flying Burgowski by Gretchen K. Wing follows Joss Burgowski as she navigates life as a teenager who’s just turned fourteen, her dysfunctional family living on a small island in Washington, and…learning to fly. The Flying Burgowski is at once a sympathetic family drama and magical fantasy. Overall, the novel is much more character driven ...
  • Review: Stone Walls by A.M. Madden ★ ★ ★★

    Lysa Grant
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:50 am
    AM Madden’s latest romantic suspense novel Stone Walls is the story of NYPD cop Ben Stone. When Ben’s best friend and partner Rob’s girlfriend Andrea brings her best friend Ella Parker out to meet him on a foursome, he’s not ready for a serious girlfriend, and neither him nor Ella appreciate the matchmaking. Ella’s just ...
  • Review: Sucker by Mark Lingane ★★★★★

    Cate Baum
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:58 am
    Author Mark Lingane is back with a brilliantly humorous mashup fantasy-sci-fi-Noir, “Sucker.” Private eye Van H. Avram is your typical Mickey Spillane throwback, just about getting away with doing his job in some kind of chaotic way. But all that changes when a mysterious “skinny blond” corpse is dumped on his doorstep, opening a door ...
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    Publishing Perspectives

  • Publishing Perspectives Conference to Share Research on How Millennials Consume Content

    Erin L. Cox
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    On March 26th, Publishing Perspectives will host a half-day conference with original research from Publishing Technology on how Millennials consume content. The post Publishing Perspectives Conference to Share Research on How Millennials Consume Content appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • March 2015: Top Reviews of Self-Published Books from BlueInk Review

    Guest Contributor
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:48 am
    Our March 2015 selection of reviews from BlueInk Review, a review of self-published books, includes a memoir from Romanian tennis pro Peter Marmureanu. The post March 2015: Top Reviews of Self-Published Books from BlueInk Review appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Greek Literature Abroad: A Modern Odyssey (Part 1)

    Guest Contributor
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    In the first of a two-part series, literary agent Evangelia Avloniti considers the cultural reasons why so little Greek literature is translated. The post Greek Literature Abroad: A Modern Odyssey (Part 1) appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Should Greece Deregulate Its Book Market?

    Edward Nawotka
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Among the suggestions to improve Greece's economy has been the prescription that it deregulate the book market, yet several people oppose this view. The post Should Greece Deregulate Its Book Market? appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • The 5 Finalists for the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature

    Edward Nawotka
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    CODE and the Bocas Lit Fest have announced the finalists for the 2015 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature, which honors YA titles by Caribbean authors. The post The 5 Finalists for the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
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    The Book Designer

  • Stop Thief! Writers and Plagiarism

    Joel Friedlander
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    By Corina Koch MacLeod and Carla Douglas Plagiarism. You know it when you see it, but it’s as slippery as a Canadian sidewalk in winter when you try to define or explain it. We recently became aware of how difficult plagiarism is to explain when we discovered several plagiarized passages in a book that crossed our desks. The author insisted the passages were not plagiarized, which left it to us to explain why we thought they were. As editors, part of our job is to alert authors to potential issues in a manuscript. Plagiarism is one of many issues that we need to flag, and this topic comes…
  • Ebooks Now and In the Future: Interview with Tracy Atkins

    Joel Friedlander
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    Ed: Interest in ebooks continues to spread as more institutions and potential users of digital information attempt to put these technologies to good use. When I was queried recently by Nancy Herther from Information Today’s Online Searcher enewsletter, I turned to Tracy Atkins, co-founder of Book Design Templates. Tracy has a long background in technology and epublishing, and has created all the ebook templates we offer. Here’s the interview in its entirety. If this discussion stimulates you to think about the current state and future of ebook publishing, I’d love to hear…
  • This Week in the Blogs, February 21 – 27, 2015

    Joel Friedlander
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:05 pm
    In like a lion, out like a lamb? As March arrives, we’ll hope for the best. But, good weather or bad, try to take time to check out the articles I’ve rounded up for you this week. There’s lots of great information and tips for self-publishers to be found in these posts on cover design, promoting your free ebooks on Twitter, writing great titles for your blog posts, resources for writers and how to do your social media in 30 minutes a day! Alan Rinzler on The Book Deal Lessons from a great book jacket designer “The bright yellow cover of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo…
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    The Future of Ink

  • How To Build Your Email List With A Free Ecourse

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

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

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

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

    Joan Stewart
    13 Feb 2015 | 6:05 am
    by Joan Stewart Most authors obsess over one statistic: the number of books sold. They don’t see their books as springboards to other opportunities. Sure, selling a truckload is exhilarating. But for the really smart, savvy authors, only one number really counts: how many revenue streams they can create from a book. Authors who haven’t published yet can start creating spin-off products from a book that isn’t finished. Simply tie the products into the topic of your book. Here are 33 ideas to get you thinking about multiple revenue streams. For Beginning Authors 1) Special Reports These…
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    The Passive Voice - Latest Updates

  • Lord John’s Dilemma

    Passive Guy
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Mrs. PG has just released another Regency romance titled Lord John’s Dilemma. What’s it about? Lord John doesn’t like Napoleon. Lord John goes to Waterloo. Waterloo doesn’t end well for Napoleon and Lord John. Lord John thinks he should marry Miss Lindsay. Miss Lindsay thinks that’s a good idea. Being a man, Lord John starts eyeing Miss Lindsay’s governess, Miss Haverley. PG doesn’t know whether the brunette on the cover is Miss Lindsay or Miss Haverly. Lord John is the brunette on the cover who needs a shave. He probably lost his razor at…
  • The Elderly Mr. Holmes

    Passive Guy
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:10 am
  • A word

    Passive Guy
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:08 am
    A word is not the same with one writer as with another.  One tears it from his guts.  The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket. Charles Peguy
  • Abandon your dignity and write a racy page-turner

    Passive Guy
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    From The Independent: Writers should “abandon literary dignity” and write page-turning versions of their thoughtful masterpieces for the e-book audience, the acclaimed author Fay Weldon has suggested. The 83-year-old author, who has written more than 50 works including The Life and Loves of a She Devil, told an audience at The Independent Bath Literature Festival that a different type of reader needed a different type of writer. Authors should write a literary version for publication in print form, and a racier “good-bad” version for those who use e-readers such as the Kindle. Weldon…
  • Getting By

    Passive Guy
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    From Kristine Kathryn Rusch: Here’s an anecdote those of you who have faithfully read my Business Rusch blog or The Freelancer’s Survival Guide have encountered before. I apologize for the repetition, but the context needs to be here. Trust me. I will bring this anecdote around to writing and freelancing farther on in this post. One-hundred-and-fifty thousand years ago (or the early1980s, whichever makes me seem older), I got a job at a textbook publishing company. I came in as the lowest of the low, an editorial assistant—in other words, a secretary with a fancy title that made me seem…
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    Ink, Bits, & Pixels

  • This Israeli Startup Wants to Turn Your Smartphone’s Camera into a Tricorder

    Nate Hoffelder
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:51 am
    Google's Project Ara offers the promise that you might be able to add just about any feature to your smartphone which a module maker can think up and if Unispectral's camera tech lives up to the claims that could include the next best thing to a tricorder. This Israeli startup is working on a new camera lens which the WSJ says will radically improve performance of smartphone cameras. According to its pitch sheet, Unispectral's camera will feature superior low light performance, a higher frame rate, better noise handling, improved dynamic range, and most importantly, hyperspectral…
  • Twitter Is Testing An Internal Browser in its Official App

    Nate Hoffelder
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:53 am
    Several third-party Twitter clients have long enabled users to open links in a web browser contained in the app, and now it looks like Twitter is adding the feature to its official apps. Several of Twitter's beta testers are reporting that they now have access to a built-in web browser for opening links. Android Police reports that this appears to be a server-side change, so you can't just install anew version of the official Twitter app in order to enable it. The in-app browser shows a cleaned up version of the webpage. From what I can see, this doesn't appear to simply be the entire…
  • EU Court Rules eBooks Aren’t eBooks, Orders Tax Rates Increased

    Nate Hoffelder
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:56 am
    When one is confronted by new technology, one can either adapt existing rules to suit the new tech or one can blindly apply the rules - even when it doesn't make sense. The European Court of Justice chose the second option this week when it handed down a ruling (PDF) which declared that ebooks weren't books, but were actually digital services and should be taxes as such. Following a several year long legal battle, the ECJ ruled that France and Luxembourg were wrong to lower the VAt they charged on ebooks. From the WSJ: In its ruling, the court argued that a reduced rate can only apply to…
  • Unicorn Watch: Larger iPad Delayed Until Later This Year

    Nate Hoffelder
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:52 am
    Newly leaked rumors suggest that Apple's larger tablet is still the stuff of urban legends. Bloomberg and the WSJ are reporting that the iPad Pro won't enter production until much later in the year. From Bloomberg: Production of the 12.9-inch-screen iPad is now scheduled to start around September because of delays involving the supply of display panels, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the details aren’t public. Apple had initially planned to begin making the larger version this quarter, people familiar with those plans had said. A new big-screen tablet is part…
  • Findaway World Launches a Kids Tablet Designed for Libraries, Classrooms

    Nate Hoffelder
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:10 am
    With tablet prices dropping year after year, more and more libraries are lending tablets to their patrons. Unfortunately most consumer tablets aren't study enough to survive long with this type of use, but Findaway World has the solution. Earlier this week this Cleveland-based company launched a new tablet which is specifically designed to be checked out to patrons. The Playaway Launchpad is a 7" Android tablet with a custom rugged shell. The price starts at $99, and it comes preloaded with content - but only for kids, and not adults. Building on their past experiences with developing…
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    The Creative Penn

  • Book Trailers And Using Video For Book Marketing

    Joanna Penn
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:34 pm
    I’m definitely a fan of multimedia as one aspect of marketing. I’ve been doing audio podcasts and videos for nearly 5 years now and I think it can help stand out from the crowd since authors, unsurprisingly, mostly use text based marketing. I’ve also made my own book trailers before, for Pentecost and also for Desecration. Trailers can certainly be a very different way to get attention for your book and today, I’m going more in depth on the topic with Jerome McLain from Book Frenzy Studios. First, check out the trailer for Gates of Hell below or here on YouTube, which…
  • Getting Your Self-Published Book Into Bookstores And Libraries With Debbie Young

    Joanna Penn
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Many authors want to get their self-published books into physical bookstores and libraries as well as being allowed into literary organizations. In today’s interview, I talk to Debbie Young about how this can be done. In the introduction, I talk about speaking on the Shetland Islands, my article on the rollercoaster of being a writer, and that One Day in New York is now available for pre-order on Amazon, Kobo and iBooks. This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps authors self-publish and reach readers in global markets through the Kobo eco-system. You can also subscribe…
  • The Writing Life: Research, Ideas, Genre, Process And Tips For A Creative Career

    Joanna Penn
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:10 pm
    I recently did a wide-ranging and fun interview on the Genretainment podcast with Marx Pyle and Julie Seaton. We talked about how I got into writing and why I write supernatural thrillers, the challenges when first starting out, the details of my writing life and how I get ideas and research books, plus tips on self-publishing and book marketing in the second half. You can listen to the interview on this page or download the audio mp3 here. Or you can read the transcript below. Transcript of the interview: J.F.Penn with Marx Pyle and Julie Seaton on GenreTainment Julie: Hi, Joanna, welcome to…
  • The Roller Coaster Of Being A Writer. Do You Ever Feel This Way?

    Joanna Penn
    16 Feb 2015 | 10:43 pm
    I hate writing. It’s so hard to force myself to sit and type words that are a load of crap anyway. I love writing. Some days I can get into a flow state and the words come effortlessly onto the page, and they’re actually pretty good! I love creating something from just my brain. It’s the best life in the world. My mind is completely empty. I will never have another idea. Trust emergence. Something will come out of the milieu of this crazy, buzzing world. Write to live: I need to write something that will sell so I can pay the bills. Live to write. I’m happy to make…
  • Overwhelmed As An Author? How To Work With Virtual Assistants With Chris Ducker

    Joanna Penn
    13 Feb 2015 | 2:10 am
    As you move from just being an author to running a business as an author, you will need to find people to work with you and take things off your shoulders. You’re a writer, so you need to offload some of the other tasks, even if you can do it all yourself. I know how hard this outsourcing is, but also how critical it is if you don’t want to burn out. Today, I talk to Chris Ducker about the concept of Virtual Freedom. In the introduction I give an update on my own writing and speaking events, as well as talking about Mark Coker’s post on ebooks as annuity and the podcast I…
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    Backspace: The Writers Place

  • Think Like an Agent: Agent as Savvy Business Manager by Kristin Nelson and Karen Dionne

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

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

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

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

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

  • Peek-a-WHO Sells 1 Million Copies

    Dianna Dilworth
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    The popular children’s board book Peek-a-WHO by Nina Laden has sold more than 1 million copies. The book has been out for 15 years and sales have increased incrementally every year. Last year, the book sold more than 150,000 copies. “Word of mouth generated sales from the beginning, and they remained stable for six or eight years,” stated Chronicle Books Editor Victoria Rock. “Then the numbers took a big leap, and I think that had to do with the fact that the Internet and social media came more into play. People began reviewing the book online, and word of mouth…
  • Poet Recites a Love Poem About Math on the TED Stage

    Maryann Yin
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:05 pm
    How has poetry impacted your life? Harry Baker, a world champion slam poet, delivered a presentation at TEDxExeter about his love of poetry and mathematics. The video embedded above features Baker reciting three of his poems. One of the pieces focuses on Baker’s interest in prime numbers. Follow this link to watch another talk from Baker on “the power of self-acceptance.”
  • Shay & Ivy: More Than Just a Princess Picture Book: Kickstarter

    Maryann Yin
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:25 am
    Sheena McFeely hopes to raise $8,000 on Kickstarter to create a book called Shay & Ivy: More Than Just a Princess. She is working with freelance illustrator Casie Trace and branding expert Manny Johnson on this children’s book. The funds will be used to cover the costs of producing the book and developing an app version. The app edition will feature interactive videos done in both American Sign Language and English. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page: “At the end of day if a child wants to be a princess. that’s…
  • PublicAffairs Hires Colleen Lawrie & Tony Forde

    Dianna Dilworth
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:18 am
    PublicAffairs Books has hired on a new senior editor and a new publicist. Colleen Lawrie will join PublicAffairs as a senior editor on March 9.  Lawrie comes to PublicAffairs from her role as editor at HarperCollins. She has also worked at Palgrave Macmillan and Random House. Tony Forde will join PublicAffairs as a publicist on March 18.  He was most recently an associate publicist at Hachette Book Group’s Twelve imprint.
  • Rosie Revere, Engineer to Be Read in Space

    Maryann Yin
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:35 am
    The Story Time from Space team (STFS) has selected Rosie Revere, Engineer for its next reading project. This picture book was written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts. Abrams Books for Young Readers released it back in September 2013. School Library Journal reports that it was chosen because the author gifted a copy to an astronaut named Alvin Drew. He then shared the book with educator Patricia Tribe. STFS will make a video with a recitation of this story available on its website in the fall of 2015.
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    Commercial Printing News

  • Mentor Graphics Appoints Paul Mascarenas to Board of Directors

    4 Mar 2015 | 8:27 pm
    He is also presently serving as a special venture partner at Fontinalis Partners, a sector-focused investment firm that invests exclusively in next-generation mobility opportunities. In addition, he currently serves on the Board of ON Semiconductor Corporation.
  • Industry Vet Mark Toner Joins R2C Group As Its First CMO

    4 Mar 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Independent ad agency R2C Group confirmed today that it has added Mark Toner as its first Chief Marketing Officer. Toner will oversee all marketing and agency growth efforts for the full service agency reporting to CEO and Co-Founder Michelle Cardinal.
  • Mentor Graphics Joins the Center for Power Electronics Systems

    4 Mar 2015 | 10:03 am
    CPES is focused on technologies and applications related to power electronic components: vehicular power conversion, power conversion technologies, power management, and renewable energy systems.i 1 2CPES has a global reputation for advanced research in power electronics with 78 members who contribute and participate in the organization's mission, including Toyota, GE, Fairchild, Cree, Rohm, and Mitsubishi.
  • Guide to SXSW Interactive's Must-Not-Miss Happenings - from PSFK + MDC

    3 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Make the most out of your SXSW Interactive trip with this step-by-step guide to its most important events PSFK Labs has defined the six most important emerging topics and trends at SXSW Interactive, handpicked the must-not-miss events for you to access here , and created a step-by-step schedule, complete with daytime and nighttime social events, lunch outings and gallery suggestions. In preparation for South by Southwest Interactive , PSFK and MDC Partners have collaborated to offer you a day-by-day agenda of the best-in-class speakers, events, panels and parties in order for you to make the…
  • RR Donnelley to Present at the Credit Suisse Global Services Conference

    3 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company announced today its participation at the Credit Suisse Global Services Conference in New York City on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 with a presentation scheduled at 11:30am Eastern time. A live webcast of the presentation will be accessible in the Investors section of RR Donnelley's web site: , and a replay of the webcast will also be available for ninety days following the event.
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    Packt Publishing

  • Jenkins Continuous Integration

    Smita Lad
    9 Feb 2015 | 5:03 am
    This article by Alan Mark Berg, the author of Jenkins Continuous Integration Cookbook Second Edition, outlines the main themes surrounding the correct use of a Jenkins server. Overview Jenkins ( is a Java-based Continuous Integration (CI) server that supports the discovery of defects early in the software cycle. Thanks to over 1,000 plugins, Jenkins communicates with many types of systems building and triggering a wide variety of tests. read more
  • Ceph Instant Deployment

    Smita Lad
    9 Feb 2015 | 3:38 am
    In this article by Karan Singh, author of the book, Learning Ceph, we will cover the following topics: Creating a sandbox environment with VirtualBox From zero to Ceph – deploying your first Ceph cluster Scaling up your Ceph cluster – monitor and OSD addition (For more resources related to this topic, see here.) read more
  • Extending ElasticSearch with Scripting

    Sandeep Dhumal
    6 Feb 2015 | 1:06 am
    In article by Alberto Paro, the author of ElasticSearch Cookbook Second Edition, we will cover about the following recipes: (For more resources related to this topic, see here.) read more
  • Getting Your Own Video and Feeds

    Sandeep Dhumal
    5 Feb 2015 | 11:21 pm
    "One server to satisfy them all" could have been the name of this article by David Lewin, the author of BeagleBone Media Center. We now have a great media server where we can share any media, but we would like to be more independent so that we can choose the functionalities the server can have. The goal of this article is to let you cross the bridge, where you are going to increase your knowledge by getting your hands dirty. After all, you want to build your own services, so why not create your own contents as well. (For more resources related to this topic, see here.) read more
  • 3D Modeling

    Smita Lad
    5 Feb 2015 | 6:24 am
    In this article by Suryakumar Balakrishnan Nair and Andreas Oehlke, authors of Learning LibGDX Game Development, Second Edition, you will learn how to load a model and create a basic 3D scene. In a game, we need an actual model exported from Blender or any other 3D animation software. (For more resources related to this topic, see here.) Loading a model Copy these three files to the assets folder of the android project: read more
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    Thad McIlroy - Future Of Publishing

  • Reengineering the Book Publishing Supply Chain

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

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

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

    Thad McIlroy
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:06 am
    Here’s an abridged version of my presentation at Digital Book World, New York, 2015. (Download the slide deck on SlideShare to see the notes in the PowerPoint file). Mobile Strategies for Digital Publishing from Thad McIlroy
  • The Top Book Publishing Trends and Opportunities

    Thad McIlroy
    10 Jan 2015 | 9:58 am
    Digital Book World asked me to prepare a white paper examining the most important developing trends in book publishing. The white paper was published in December and is available for download (PDF). This white paper looks at a dynamic industry in flux. There are still more questions than answers. Have ebook sales slowed or stalled? Will radical changes in price impact ebook sales and profitability? What will be the ongoing implications of the Amazon and Hachette dispute? Big data and analytics are an innovative solution, but what problems can they solve for publishers?
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    Self Publishing Advisor

  • Weekly Self-Published Book Review:The Key to Job Success in Any Career

    5 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Book reviews are a great way for self-publishing authors to gain exposure. After all, how can someone buy your book if he or she doesn’t know it exists? Paired with other elements of your book promotion strategy, requesting reviews is a great way to get people talking about what you’ve written. When we read good reviews, we definitely like to share them. It gives the author a few (permanent) moments of fame and allows us to let the community know about a great book. Here’s this week’s book review by Midwest Book Review:  The Key to Job Success in Any Career Frank B. Leibold…
  • Diversity & Self-Publishing (ep. 3)

    Kelly S
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Week before last, I began to examine the ongoing conversation centering on diversity in self-publishing that has sprung up over the last couple of years, and only risen in importance and visibility since then.  Last week, I addressed two questions: What’s the track record of diversity in publishing? (and) What about within self-publishing, specifically? This week, I want to address two more questions.  The first, as you’ll see, follows on immediately from number two, above: Are there differences between the track records of traditional publishing and self-publishing in regards to…
  • Self-Publishing Week in Review: 03/03/15

    3 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    As a self-publishing author, you may find it helpful to stay up-to-date on the trends and news related to the self-publishing industry. This will help you make informed decisions before, during and after the self-publishing process, which will lead to a greater self-publishing experience. To help you stay current on self-publishing topics, simply visit our blog every Tuesday to find out the hottest news. Four Reasons to Self-Publish Your Children’s Book In this Huffington Post article, author and illustrator Sue Shanahan shares what she learned during her publishing journey and why…
  • Why March is the Best Time to Promote Your Self-Published Book

    Jodee Thayer
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    March is National Small Press Month, which celebrates small publishers and showcases the unique voices of the authors who choose them. This makes March the perfect time to promote your self-published book! To help you take advantage of this, I will be offering promotion advice and ideas on the blog every Monday this month. To get you started, here are five things you should do to maximize your  promotional efforts this month: 1. Order author copies. Author copies are important at events such as book signings and giveaways. Be sure you have plenty on hand to support your promotional efforts…
  • Friday Conversations With A Self-Publishing Writer 02/27/15

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    LOVE CAN SHINE A LIGHT   Not long ago I caught the end of a conversation in a grocery store parking lot.  In a very animated voice, the woman was saying, “…but you just can’t do that to someone who depends on others to do the right thing by them.”  My imagination flew into action as the group—two ladies and two gentlemen—got into a van and drove away.  The sign painted on the side door read: HELP For Disabled Children Is Here.  I wondered. Do you remember Mother Teresa?  She passed from this earth in 1997.  However, while on the planet she taught us a lot about LOVE. …
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    The Book Deal

  • Lessons from a great book jacket designer

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

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

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

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

    Alan Rinzler
    11 Jun 2014 | 10:53 pm
    A few aspiring authors get to stay home and write all day. Think of them as the 1%. The rest need to worry about putting food on the table before they can focus on their literary dreams. Even the most successful writers I’ve edited, past and present, took whatever work they could find along the way. Claude Brown was a mailman in 1964 when I discovered his monumental manuscript for Manchild in the Promised Land overflowing a sagging cardboard box under my desk at Macmillan where I had just landed a job as a junior editor. Claude introduced me to his friend Toni Morrison, a young textbook…
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    BadRedhead Media

  • March 2015 #MondayBlogs Giveaway

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

    Rachel Thompson
    21 Feb 2015 | 8:58 pm
    Every day I hear prickly, sometimes even angry authors, discussing the evils of book marketing: “Blogging is a waste of time. I could be writing.”  “Social media doesn’t result in sales, so forget it. Not worth it.”  “Author platform is just a dumb term some bean dip in a suit made up. Next year they’ll call it something else.”  Oh, dear. Let’s deconstruct. Author Platform  Many writers run kicking and screaming from the term author platform, but get over it. If you have any hope of marketing your books — er, selling your books…
  • Different Types of Content Ideas for Authors by @K8Tilton

    Kate Tilton
    15 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    In my social media training work I come across a lot of authors who do not know what to share on social media. Many of these authors fall to sharing just articles they like or promotional messages of their books. There is a better way. After consistency, variety is the key to social media success. Here are different content ideas for authors you can use today. Pictures Share a picture of your current read and ask your audience “What are you reading?” Share a picture of your writing workspace. Share a picture of the stunning sunset or snow outside your window. Some of the best days at…
  • 10 Websites You Need To Create Awesome Author Stuff!

    Rachel Thompson
    8 Feb 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Here’s a round up of some GREAT articles I’ve discovered recently to find all that stuff you are always Googling — resources for free photos, infographics, awesome holiday contests, creating visuals, social media tips, and more. I’ve done the work putting it all together for you — now you need to go and use it! 27 Superb Sites with Royalty Free Stock Images For Commercial Use via Verve 35 Free Graphics Programs via Mashable Blogging Toolbox: 120+ Resources for Bloggers via Mashable Top 10 EASY Ways to Make Picture Quotes for Facebook & More! via Louise Myers How-To Graphics…
  • February 2015 #MondayBlogs Giveaway

    Rachel Thompson
    5 Feb 2015 | 10:05 am
    Since I created #MondayBlogs in late 2012, even I’m shocked at what an amazing success it has become! Thousands participate each week, generating more than 5,000 tweets! And it is because of all of you that we can say that with a lot of pride and a big ol’ smile! As a thank you to all you wonderful #MondayBlogs tweeps, we launched an ongoing, monthly giveaway contest in April and we couldn’t be happier with the response! The Featured Monday Blogger giveaway is our way to say thank you for participating in #MondayBlogs by giving you more exposure for you and your blog. Each…
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    Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

  • Why Johnny doesn’t like e-textbooks

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

    Joe Wikert
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:46 am
    You’ve undoubtedly heard all the hype by now. Sensors will be everywhere and we’re about to sink in the sea of data they’ll produce. Don’t just view the Internet of Things (IoT) as how your coffeemaker connects to the web... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why today’s ebooks are like the golden age of radio

    Joe Wikert
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:58 am
    The date was April 8, 1927 and the front page of The New York Times featured this headline: FAR-OFF SPEAKERS SEEN AS WELL AS HEARD HERE IN A TEST OF TELEVISION. Click here to read a PDF version. As I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Data-driven content recommendation

    Joe Wikert
    9 Feb 2015 | 3:52 am
    Which is better at assessing your content interests: a display ad on a random website or the app you spend hours reading magazines in each month? If my recent experience is any indication, the display ad is the winner, hands... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Customers as curators: Going beyond simple reviews

    Joe Wikert
    2 Feb 2015 | 6:10 am
    My magazine reading is almost exclusively limited to what’s offered in my Next Issue subscription. If you’re not familiar with Next Issue, it’s an all-you-can-read e-zine service featuring more than 140 titles. Sports Illustrated, BusinessWeek and Wired are just a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Thingology Blog

  • New “More Like This” for LibraryThing for Libraries

    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

    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

    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…
  • NEW: Annotations for Book Display Widgets

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    Our Book Display Widgets is getting adopted by more and more libraries, and we’re busy making it better and better. Last week we introduced Easy Share. This week we’re rolling out another improvement—Annotations! Book Display Widgets is the ultimate tool for libraries to create automatic or hand-picked virtual book displays for their home page, blog, Facebook or elsewhere. Annotations allows libraries to add explanations for their picks. Some Ways to Use Annotations 1. Explain Staff Picks right on your homepage. 2. Let students know if a book is reserved for a particular class.
  • Send us a programmer, win $1,000 in books.

    14 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    We just posted a new job post Job: Library Developer at LibraryThing (Telecommute). To sweeten the deal, we are offering $1,000 worth of books to the person who finds them. That’s a lot of books. Rules! You get a $1,000 gift certificate to the local, chain or online bookseller of your choice. To qualify, you need to connect us to someone. Either you introduce them to us—and they follow up by applying themselves—or they mention your name in their email (“So-and-so told me about this”). You can recommend yourself, but if you found out about it from someone else, we hope you’ll…
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    Beyond the Book

  • Conversion Architectures (BurstMarketing)
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    In books and other media, authors and publishers traditionally have products to market and sell, whether in digital or physical formats. But an emerging business view holds that opportunity lies beyond the products. In this approach, the audience is where the money lies. Already, subscription services for books – such as Scribd and Oyster – have led publishers to think differently about their sales-driven businesses. Media consultant Brian O’Leary says the time has come for experimenting with so-called “conversion architectures” – business models that involve attracting an…
  • The Party King of Librarianship Hits the Campaign Trail (BurstMarketing)
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Even as librarians rewrite the definition of what makes for a library in the 21st century, they are also redrafting their job descriptions. Along with the academic degrees and professional training, librarians in 2015 should know how to party—at least if they choose to follow the example of New Jersey City University librarian J.P. Porcaro, who wants to be president of the American Library Association. Porcaro already holds the title (self-proclaimed) to “party king of librarianship.” “To put it mildly, JP doesn’t fit the mold of past ALA presidents. Porcaro lists ‘professional…
  • Cold Storage (BurstMarketing)
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    In ancient Sumer, more than 4,500 years ago, the first libraries were archives of clay tablets etched with cuneiform script.  In our own time, a library may contain not only printed books and journals, but also audio and visual recordings in analog and digital form.  Yet the purpose remains little changed over the millennia – to share information from one human being to another and to preserve a body of knowledge from generation to generation. The Harvard Depository in rural Massachusetts is a library, too, but on a scale and with a purpose unlike your local public library branch.  The…
  • Friends Of Books Moving On (BurstMarketing)
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    In publishing circles, the best friend a book can have is someone who will talk about it – a bookseller, for instance, as well as a member of the media. With newspapers giving up on book reviews, television and radio hosts have taken up the slack – much to the relief of publicists and authors. Yet recent announcements from among the ranks of books’ best friends have raised concern. “The publishing industry is losing two big, big boosters— Stephen Colbert, who is taking over later this year for David Letterman, and Jon Stewart who is leaving the Daily Show,”  Andrew Albanese,…
  • The Pragmatic Text Miner (BurstMarketing)
    17 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    How quickly do you read?  According to results of an online speed reading test by Staples, the office supplies company, the average senior executive reads 575 words per minutes, while the average college professor clocks in at 675.  The rest of us manage only less than half that volume, about 300 words per minute. Why does this matter?  According to the U.K.-based JISC, the global research community generates over 1.5 million new scholarly articles each year.  Even a champion speed-reader would never be able to keep up or ever do anything else but read.  That’s why life science…
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  • Old versus New Horror: Some illustrations

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:25 am
    This is a follow-up to my previous pieces on Old versus New Horror, and whether there is some kind of faceoff in the horror/dark/weird fiction community similar to developments in science fiction during that genre’s New Wave era. And specifically, I wanted to pin down what I see as the distinguishing marks of New Horror that […] The post Old versus New Horror: Some illustrations appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • What Should a Canadian Know Before Publishing on the Kindle Store?

    Joanna Cabot
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:25 am
    I have been preparing some of my teaching stuff for possible publication via the Kindle store, but I have been a little overwhelmed by the process. I want to make sure I do everything correctly, from a business standpoint. But it does not seem like there is good information out there about how to set […] The post What Should a Canadian Know Before Publishing on the Kindle Store? appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Two cheers for World Book Day?

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:25 am
    I shouldn’t be remotely snarky about the UK World Book Day, perhaps. After all, any initiative that promotes books and reading in a country whose literacy and reading levels besmirch its cultural and economic status is welcome. “Thanks to National Book Tokens and lots of lovely book publishers and booksellers, World Book Day, in partnership […] The post Two cheers for World Book Day? appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Morning Links: Some eBooks are hacking you. Pubslush NaNoWriMo grant

    Joanna Cabot
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Some eBooks are Hacking You (GoodeReader) According to research done by Android Police, Google Play Books contains a number of books billed as guides for popular games –each one promising cracked Android application packages (APKs). Of course, it is too good to be true… *** Data Might be the New Oil, but a lot of […] The post Morning Links: Some eBooks are hacking you. Pubslush NaNoWriMo grant appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Microsoft offers $79 HP Stream 7 Windows 8.1 tablet

    Chris Meadows
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:58 pm
    If you’ve ever thought you might like to try a Windows tablet, but didn’t want to risk a significant cash outlay, Microsoft is currently offering a great deal on a name-brand tablet. has the HP Stream 7 Windows 8.1 tablet priced at $79, including a one-year personal subscription to Office 365 (a $69 value) […] The post Microsoft offers $79 HP Stream 7 Windows 8.1 tablet appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
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  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: Beat Businesses as Building Blocks of News Ecosystems

    Jeff Jarvis
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    The latest chapter of Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News is posted free on Medium. The topic this time, one of my favorites: beat businesses (hyperlocal, hyperinterest, vertical sites serving specific communities) as building blocks of a new news ecosystem. The opening: In research conducted at CUNY’s Tow-Knight Center in 2009 and again in 2014, modeling the news ecosystem of a market the size of Boston and then of New Jersey, we found that beats can indeed be businesses. We found examples scattered across the country — and I emphasize the word scattered — of…
  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: Efficiency … The Final Cut

    Jeff Jarvis
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Here’s the next free chapter of Geeks Bearing Gifts about efficiency and news and ask what of journalism we must fight to save and what isn’t necessarily journalism or at least journalism we can’t necessarily afford anymore. Most discussions of the state and fate of the business of news start with revenue and a search for the means to recover what has been lost to the internet so we can pay for and thus protect newsrooms as they were. Sorry, but I will begin on the other side of the ledger with the cost of journalism. It has plummeted, not just because we have less money to…
  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: Digital First — What Then?

    Jeff Jarvis
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:23 am
    Here’s another free chapter of Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News. Now we get into the business models and strategies for news companies, starting with the question many ask John Paton, who named his company with the phrase — “What’s digital first?” — and the question he asked me — “What comes next?” Here’s how I translate the catchphrase “digital first” into a business strategy for legacy media proprietors: They must transform their companies into fully sustainable digital enterprises before the day when print…
  • David Carr

    Jeff Jarvis
    13 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    I debated whether to write a tribute here to David Carr. There are many more who had the privilege of knowing him much better than I did. Though it is quite appropriate that, as Andrea Peterson beautifully phrased it, the “wired collective voice of Twitter howled ‘David Carr'” on news of his death last night, a tweet, ten thousand tweets seem too few and by all means too fleeting for the likes of him. I asked myself what I would want my friends to do when I go and I’ll put those few of you on notice now: I want more than a tweet. So here in this, my somewhat less…
  • NBC’s opportunity

    Jeff Jarvis
    12 Feb 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Cross-posted from Medium. NBC has a chance to reinvent television news without the plastic personality, the manufactured celebrity, the staged reality, the smarmy transitions, the bullshit BREAKING NEWS, the weather panic, the repetition, the predictability, the sensationalism, the insulting simplicity, the false balance, the lying anchor, and the single point of failure that has been its business model. It could. But will it? The entire structure of NBC news is still built around Brian Williams: The news is who reads it. The star is the star, the news merely his vehicle. They really believe…
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    Intentional Leadership

  • Season 3, Episode 8: How to Write a Blog Post in 70 Minutes or Less [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    My Step-by-Step Workflow for Content Creation Welcome to Season 3, Episode 8 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this eighth episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to stay consistent with your blogging in just 70 minutes. One of the most important aspects of building your platform is consistency. But creating great content on a regular basis is time consuming, right? Not if you follow my simple, step-by-step workflow for content creation. Listen to the Audio Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Play in browser | Download Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full…
  • Why Customer Service is the New Marketing

    Michael Hyatt
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    3 Undeniable Principles Entrepreneurs Can’t Afford to Miss If you make a stellar product but don’t provide stellar customer service, guess what you won’t have? Very many customers. Courtesy of iStock/Dean_Fikar If you’re looking for a competitive advantage in business, customer service is the answer. Why? It’s like investing in both customer loyalty and your promotional budget at the same time. Customer service is the new marketing. 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.  
  • Why More Time Is Not the Answer to Your Productivity Problems

    Michael Hyatt
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    My Free New Ebook Will Show You How to Create More Margin for What Matters Most We all start out the week with 168 hours, but it never feels like enough, does it? Work, family, exercise, projects, hobbies, meetings, dates, time off—how can we possibly fit it all in? Courtesy of iStock/liseykina According to Gallup, half of us say we don’t have enough time. But what if that’s the wrong way to look at it? Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s fast, free, and more convenient.  
  • The 30 Most Influential Leaders in Business [Appearance]

    Michael Hyatt
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:39 pm
    The American Management Association (AMA) just released its list of the top 30 leaders who most influenced business in 2014. I am honored to be included on the list. 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. Event: The 30 Most Influential Leaders in Business
  • Season 3, Episode 7: How to Build Your Platform in 30 Minutes a Day [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Get Noticed without Being Overwhelmed Welcome to Season 3, Episode 7 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this seventh episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss five proven platform-building actions you can do in just thirty minutes a day. Building a platform can feel daunting. There are so many different tactics, tricks, and tools it can seem like too much to manage. But it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. These five simple actions will get big results with a small time commitment. Listen to the Audio Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Play in browser | Download Click here for more. Or, better…
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    Mequoda Daily » Articles

  • Understanding the Role of Metadata in Google Visibility: 5 Best Practices

    Kim Mateus
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    Your metadata doesn’t matter anymore … Just kidding. It does, sort of. In 2015, we could say there’s no reason to write meta descriptions for your articles, because Google knows how to pull in content to display on its SERP (search engine results page) if you don’t. Sometimes it even pulls in good content. However, smart publishers still write meta descriptions because without them, Google could pull in some pretty funny stuff. Better to give Google a baseline description to work with, than nothing at all, right? A year or so ago, one of our clients noticed that the…
  • 11 Elements of Highly Effective Event Websites

    Kim Mateus
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Are you missing any of these cha-ching worthy event website elements? Publishers aren’t strangers to events. B2B publishers often get more involved in audio conferences and webinars, but both consumer- and business-facing publishers host live events and often sell access to these with event websites. Event websites have their own business models. They are built to sell seats to an event, include e-commerce capability to sell those seats, and may also provide access to event materials. Additionally, they may sell membership or one-time access to on-demand event videos. Some…
  • How Badly Is Google Digital Advertising Beating the Field?

    Kim Mateus
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Really badly – Google digital advertising is dominating even the biggest names in the publishing industry Google digital advertising generated more than $61 billion in revenue last year, more than Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, The New York Times, the Guardian, and BuzzFeed combined. This isn’t the only metric Google is winning, either. In fact, it’s just one of several, according to a recent post on The post, based on an analysis from MondayNote’s Frédéric Filloux, was written by WordStream founder Larry Kim. So, how has the search engine…
  • The Reason Why Rapid Conversion Landing Pages Exist

    Amanda MacArthur
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Search-optimized, content-heavy landing pages are the perfect places to build email circulation I recently did an interview with a publisher who, when asked about his success, gave all the credit to his team. In fact, he asked that I use their names in place of his whenever credit was due. Just like a star football running back who, when asked about his success, gives credit to the linemen. “They open up a hole, and I simply run through it,” he explains modestly. “Without the other members of the team, running backs alone are not very effective.” Like those modest individuals,…
  • 1 Secret + 7 Best Email Subject Line Examples

    Amanda MacArthur
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    What copywriters don’t want you to know about writing the best email subject lines Be a thief. If you need to write professional email subject lines that deliver high open rates, one of the best ways to do it – and one that’s shared by almost all copywriters – is to steal ideas. And unless you live under a rock, you get some of the best email subject line examples in your own inbox every single day. Professional email subject lines in my inbox lately have me stuffing my swipe file with a fun new one-word trend from political organizations that is still going strong, two years after we…
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    FishbowlNY Feed

  • New Jersey Deli Owner Broadens the ‘T’ in ‘White History Month’

    Richard Horgan
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    Jim Boggess, the proprietor Jimbo’s Deli in Flemington, New Jersey, has stirred up a fascinating freedom-of-speech debate. After he posted a sign suggesting that March should be celebrated as “White History Month,” a neighbor complained to him and then the police. The cops have investigated and decided the sign is not a hate crime. From Rick Epstein’s article in the Hunterdon County Democrat: A neighbor and former customer, Bhakti Curtis, who is bi-racial, said the sign is “mocking Black History Month,” especially the way the T was crossed in…
  • NY Post Launches Comedy Site

    Chris O'Shea
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
    The New York Post is gambling that this “smartphone” trend is going to stick with the launch of Internet Action Force, a comedy site with a mobile-friendly lean. IAF features short, original videos that glean their subjects from social media trends. One focuses on Hillary Clinton’s email fiasco. Another takes issue with the recently released third season of House of Cards. Each video is funny — or at least, attempts to be — and custom built for viewing on a phone. John DeVore has been tapped as IAF’s editor-in-chief. DeVore is the former managing editor of…
  • Cover Battle: Cosmopolitan or Architectural Digest

    Chris O'Shea
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:40 am
    Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round features Cosmo taking on Architectural Digest. Cosmo’s latest features Hillary Duff’s triumphant return. Please don’t ask us where Duff went that we should be so happy she’s back. We have no idea. Meanwhile, AD features Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka doing their best to act like Harris’ Oscars performance never happened. So readers, which cover is better? You can vote, comment, or do both. Which Cover is Better, Cosmo or Architectural Digest?
  • Fishbowl Five With Wired Editor-in-Chief Scott Dadich

    Valerie Berrios
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:12 am
    Scott Dadich / Photo: Joe Pugliese If anyone knows how to revamp a digital magazine with substance and style and with an eye on innovation, it’s Scott Dadich. Wired’s editor-in-chief, who served as the pub’s award-winning creative director from 2006 to 2010, led the development of Wired’s trendsetting iPad app, launched just a month after the device itself was introduced. Within a month, downloads of the app reached nearly 100,000. It’s no wonder he was subsequently bumped up to vice president of editorial platforms and design for Condé Nast, a tenure during…
  • Field & Stream and More Add to Teams

    Chris O'Shea
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    A couple Revolving Door items for you this morning, involving Field & Stream and More. Details are below. Will Brantley has joined Field & Stream as hunting editor. Brantley has been a contributor to the magazine for several years. He most recently served as editor of More has named Didi Gluck deputy editor, beauty. Gluck most recently served as beauty director of Real Simple. She reports to More’s editor-in-chief Lesley Jane Seymour and begins March 16.
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    Editors Only

  • Is Wikipedia a Reliable Source? Part I

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:42 pm
    A survey of what fellow editors think about it. By William Dunkerley Some people swear by Wikipedia....
  • Voyages Of Discovery -- Part II

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:40 pm
    More on how to make your Voyage of Discovery the reader's. By Peter P. Jacobi We continue...
  • The Fog Index

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:38 pm
    Assessing the readability of a excerpt. This month, we examine the Fog Index of a passage from...
  • New Magazine Publishing Software

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:36 pm
    In the news: Adobe's new Digital Publishing Suite offers magazine editors new digital publishing tools. As Brendan Klinkenberg...
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  • The Anti-Information Age

    5 Mar 2015 | 4:51 am
    Topic: TechnologyTwo beliefs safely inhabit the canon of contemporary thinking about journalism. The first is that the Internet is the most powerful force disrupting the news media. The second is that the Internet and the communication and information tools it has spawned—like YouTube, Twitter, or Facebook—are shifting power from governments to civil society and to individual bloggers, netizens, or citizen journalists. It is hard to disagree with these two beliefs. Yet they obscure evidence that governments are having as much success as the Internet in disrupting independent media…
  • Three Emerging Digital Platforms for 2015 | Fail!lab

    4 Mar 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Topic: Technology‘Twas a world of limited options for digital libraries just a few short years back. Nowadays, however, the options are many more and the features and functionalities are truly groundbreaking. From Three Emerging Digital Platforms for 2015 | Fail!lab
  • Actually Stoll's 1995 anti-Internet column was amazingly on-target

    4 Mar 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Topic: InternetStoll predicted that the Web would be a fount of misleading information and outright lies, that it would be oversold as a tool for education and governing, and that it would isolate people more than bring them together. "A network chat line is a limp substitute for meeting friends over coffee," he wrote. "No interactive multimedia display comes close to the excitement of a live concert. And who'd prefer cybersex to the real thing?" From Actually, that 'off target' 1995 anti-Internet column was amazingly on-target - LA Times
  • Yale first institution in the country to actively collect VHS tapes

    4 Mar 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Topic: Academic LibrariesYale has become the first institution in the country to actively collect VHS tapes, thanks to the initiative of Kaplanoff Librarian for American History David Gary and Aaron Pratt GRD ’16. Although the collection, which arrived late last week, is wide-ranging, a large portion consists of horror-genre movies, and most of the movies are from the 1970s and 80s. From Library acquires 2,700 VHS tapes | Yale Daily News
  • Douglas Adams made me a writer: Neil Gaiman salutes his friend and inspiration

    4 Mar 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Topic: AuthorsPaying tribute to his genius at the annual Douglas Adams lecture, writer explains how meeting the Hitchhiker’s Guide author at 22 changed his life From Douglas Adams made me a writer: Neil Gaiman salutes his friend and inspiration | Books | The Guardian
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    David Gaughran

  • Barnes & Noble’s Dirty Little Secret: Author Solutions and Nook Press

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

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

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

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

    David Gaughran
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:52 am
    Penguin Random House is speeding up the international expansion of its vanity press operations, while also seeking to integrate them more closely with the traditional side of the business – hoping to counteract flat growth for Author Solutions at a time when self-publishing is booming. Author Solutions launches a new self-publishing service company for the Spanish market next Tuesday – MeGustaEscribir – which contains the usual mix of crappy publishing packages and ineffective, overpriced marketing services, as well as some extremely questionable practices such as reading fees (more on…
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    Soft Skull Press

  • Reeling Through Life

    Soft Skull
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Cinema is a universal cultural experience, one that floods our senses with images and sounds, a powerful force that influences our perspective on the world around us. Ison discusses the universal aspects of film as she makes them personal, looking at how certain films across time shaped and molded who she has become. Drawing on a wide ranging catalog of films, both cult and classic, popular and art-house, Reeling Through Life examines how cinema shapes our views on how to make love, how to deal with mental illness, how to be Jewish, how to be a woman, how to be a drunk, and how to die with…
  • Second Life

    Soft Skull
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Second Life pulls back the curtain on those who exist on the edge of the medical profession, the ones who remove skin and tissue and bones from the dead, for use by surgeons, medical students practicing technique, cosmetic surgeons, medical equipment companies and labs running medical experiments–anyone in need of muscle and ligament and bones. It philosophically explores our obligation to protect the dead and thrillingly examines what happens when we –literally– leave the land of the living. The post Second Life appeared first on Soft Skull Press.
  • The Beautiful Unseen

    Soft Skull
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:27 pm
    In this impressive debut, Boelte sets up a dual narrative: one investigates San Francisco’s climate to explain the science behind the omnipresent fog; another explores Boelte’s memory as well as letters, notes, newspaper articles, and other artifacts that tell the story of his brother’s short life and eventual suicide. The post The Beautiful Unseen appeared first on Soft Skull Press.
  • Peaks on the Horizon

    Soft Skull
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:12 pm
    Charlie Carroll’s obsession began with his chance discovery of Seven Years in Tibet in the “Adult Reading” section of his grade school library. The battered hardcover with faded gold lettering sparked a twenty-year obsession with Tibet, and after combing through every book, article, and documentary on the mysterious and controversial nation, Charlie finally decided it was time to stop reading other people’s records and thoughts. A high school English teacher by then, he took a sabbatical and set out to experience the shrouded land for himself. Contending with Chinese bureaucracy,…
  • The Tijuana Book of the Dead

    Soft Skull
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:54 pm
    Luis Urrea offers a tour of Tijuana, spanning from Skid Row, to the suburbs of East Los Angeles, to the stunning yet deadly Mojave Desert, to Mexico and the border fence itself. Mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind, Urrea explores duality and the concept of blurring borders in a melting pot society. The post The Tijuana Book of the Dead appeared first on Soft Skull Press.
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  • People on the Move

    Michael Rondon
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    Robb Report's new owners, Rockbridge Growth Equity, made their first big hire since acquiring the company in December. And, in line with the title's image, it's a splashy one. Stephen Colvin is joining Robb Report as chief operating officer and president of digital. He’ll be responsible for growth in digital media, events and several other areas of operation in domestic and international markets, the company says. Colvin has been a big name in media the since the mid-1990s when he was CEO of Dennis Publishing U.S. division. He's since held several other top…
  • Ocean Home Publisher Buys Luxury Pools Magazine

    Bill Mickey
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    RMS Media Group, publisher of Ocean Home and Northshore, has added another title to its portfolio with the acquisition of Luxury Pools from Manor House Publishing. Sale terms were not disclosed, and a spokesperson declined to provide details except to say that it was a cash deal, paid in full with no outside financing. The title is profitable, says the spokesperson.   The 62,000-circulation, 2x/year, Luxury Pools is a mix of controlled circ., event distribution and newsstand sales. But RMS plans to move it to a similar model as Ocean Homes, adding hotel and resort distribution, private…
  • Tradeshows Stay On Track

    Michael Rondon
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:14 am
    The tradeshow industry churned out its 18th-consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth in the last three months of 2014, according to a report from the Center for Exhibition Industry Research. In all, the sector-wide index was up 1.7 percent in Q4, factoring in net square footage (2.0 percent), exhibitors (0.2 percent), attendees (2.6 percent) and revenue (2.1 percent) from shows in the U.S. during the period. For the year, growth came in at 1.8 percent. Attendance, typically a leading indicator for tradeshow performance, hit a new record in 2014 at 68.7 million, topping the previous high…
  • Evolve Media Buys Total Beauty

    Bill Mickey
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:13 am
    Evolve Media has continued its recent acquisition streak, buying the Total Beauty Group and adding beauty trends and service sites and to its portfolio of digital lifestyle brands.   The deal is Evolve's third in the last five months. It also picked up pet enthusiast network Dogtime Media and lesbian/bi pop culture site, But the Total Beauty acquisition is Evolve's largest acquisition to date, adding another 3.5 million monthly visitors to its women and family group TotallyHer. "The beauty publishing category is extremely scarce…
  • New Deal, More Data for Hanley Wood

    Bill Mickey
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:36 am
    When Hanley Wood acquired market intelligence group Metrostudy in early 2013, CEO Peter Goldstone touted it as a game-changing deal for the company. Since then, he's made two more acquisitions on behalf of the group. The latest is economic and housing information firm Real Estate Economics. The deal was announced this week and REE founder Mark Boud will join Hanley Wood as senior vice president. How game-changing? Plans include growing Metrostudy into a $100 million business in the next five years. That would likely make it the largest revenue source for Hanley Wood. "Metrostudy has…
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    Self-Publishing Tips

  • Seven Tips For Spring Cleaning Your Way to Your Writing Goals

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

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

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

    10 Feb 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Writing your book is the easy part. It’s selling your book that’s the challenge for you and every author. To sell your book people have to know it exists. That’s where learning how to skillfully publicize your book comes in. If publicizing your book is overwhelming you, Joan Stewart, the publicity hound,  has created exactly the program for you. Book Publicity Ideas You Can Use Today to Sell More Books Tomorrow Format: A webinar. Attend live or watch the video replay later. Time: 4pm ET (Time Zone Converter) Date: February 12, 2015 Your cost: $49.95 This program will give…
  • Promote Your Business by Piggybacking on Holidays, Observances, and Events

    24 Jan 2015 | 10:37 pm
    I hope you’re not one of those people who grumbles about stores rolling out their displays and items many weeks before a holiday or observance. If you want to stimulate sales in your business, service, or book, you can’t afford to think like the average consumer. Instead, take a lesson from the retailers Tweet: Promote your business by creating a tie-in to holidays, observances, and events. This is a smart move for two reasons: the popular holidays and observances already have high visibility because of pervasive ads and their many followers, devotees, Facebook fans…
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    Writer Beware

  • Author Solutions Inc. Losing Market Share As Production Numbers Fall

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

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware   Crescent Moon Press has announced that it is closing. From a mass email sent out to authors late last month:On March 31st  at 11:59 pm, Crescent Moon Press will release all author [sic] from contracts.  All rights will revert back to authors for their manuscripts. If your contract expires prior to March 31st, it will not be renewed. Final royalty payments will be issued as well as any necessary documents as soon as they become available. Please be patient as we work to close out our business affairs.Artwork will remain…
  • New Life For Old Books (Mine!)

    24 Feb 2015 | 11:06 am
    Posted by Victoria StraussOne of the greatest things about the digital revolution is the opportunities it has created to give new life to old books. Years ago, books rarely came back into circulation once they were taken off the market--but the proliferation of digital self-publishing options, as well as the rise of digital publishers specializing in reprints, has changed all that. I've written nine novels, but until recently, only four were "in print" and available. Today, I'm thrilled to announce that four of my backlist books are being re-released as ebooks by Open Road Media. This brings…
  • Editing Clauses in Publishing Contracts: How to Protect Yourself

    12 Feb 2015 | 9:16 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareEditing clauses are one of those publishing contract areas where there should be a balance between the publisher's interests and the writer's.Publishers need a certain amount of latitude to edit a manuscript to prepare it for publication. They also need to have the right of final approval--they don't want to be forced to publish a manuscript that the author can't or won't revise to their satisfaction.Writers, on the other hand, need assurance that they will be a partner in the editing process, and that their work won't be changed in major ways…
  • SFWA Opens to Self-Published Authors; Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction Makes Contract Changes

    5 Feb 2015 | 9:14 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareI have two pieces of SFWA-related news to share today.-----------------Members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have voted to open membership to self-published and small press authors. From the official statement:Specific details will be posted at by the first of March, but the basic standards are $3,000 for novel, or a total of 10,000 words of short fiction paid at 6 cents a word for Active membership. A single story of at least 1,000 words paid at 6 cents a word will be required for Associate membership.
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    Dear Author

  • Daily Deals: A Beauty and the Beast Retelling, among others

    5 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Breathless Trilogy by Maya Banks. $ 9.99 From the Jacket Copy: “Erotic fantasies and seduction…are the name of the game” (Joyfully Reviewed) in the Breathless Trilogy by New York Times bestselling phenomenon Maya Banks, an author “hot enough to make even the coolest reader sweat!” (Fresh Fiction). THE COMPLETE BREATHLESS TRILOGY IN AN IRRESISTIBLE BOX SET. RUSH… When Gabe Hamilton saw Mia Crestwell walk into the ballroom for his hotel’s grand opening, he knew he was going to hell for what he had planned. After all, Mia is his best friend’s little sister. Except she’s not…
  • An Ember in the Ashes: The Book Trailer and an Author Interview

    5 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    In January, I announced that I (and Dear Author, naturally) would be posting occasional items leading up to the release of An Ember in the Ashes, one of the most anticipated books coming out in the first half of 2015. Previously, it was an excerpt and a giveaway. Today, I have a book trailer and interview with the author, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly. I’ve always been of two minds about book trailers. I like the idea of them, but they usually feel more like teasers rather than proper trailers to me. This one is beautifully shot in my opinion, but I’m left wanting more. Which,…
  • REVIEW: Duel by Anton Chekhov

    5 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    First published in 1891, this morality tale pits a scientist, a government worker, his mistress, a deacon, and a physician against one another in a verbal battle of wits and ethics that explodes into a violent contest: the duel. When Laevsky, a lazy youth who works for the government, tires of his dependent mistress, Nadyezhda Fyodorovna, Von Koren, the scientist, delivers a scathing critique of Loevsky?s egotism, forcing the young man to examine his soul. The Duel is a tale of human weakness, the possibility of forgiveness, and a man’s ultimate ability to change his ways. It is classic…
  • REVIEW: Mistress Firebrand by Donna Thorland

    5 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    British Occupied Manhattan, 1777. With her witty comedies, American actress Jennifer Leighton has been packing the John Street Theater, but she longs to escape the provincial circuit for the glamour of the London stage. When the playwright General John Burgoyne visits the city, fresh from a recent success on the Continent, she seizes the opportunity to court his patronage. But her plan is foiled by British intelligence officer Severin Devere. Severin’s mission is to keep the pleasure-loving general focused on the war effort and away from pretty young actresses. But the tables are turned…
  • Thursday News: Barnes and Noble does it again, the graphic novel gets a NY show, and a funny Bachelor parody

    5 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Barnes & Noble’s Dirty Little Secret: Author Solutions and Nook Press – So Barnes and Noble continues to disappoint, this time via the author services it started advertising a few months ago. What they did not reveal at the time (nor presently, for that matter) is that they are outsourcing those services to Author Solutions. David Gaughran and Nate Hoffelder have been working on uncovering the truth about B&N’s relationship with Author Solutions for a while, and they finally found the smoking gun. Why is this bad? Gaughran does a great job of explaining some of the main…
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    TNBBC's The Next Best Book Blog

  • Book Review: Hall of Small Mammals

    5 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    2/8/15 - 2/27/153 Stars - Recommended to fans of overly simplistic, sweetly strange short stories that have no beginning and no endAudio: 8 hours, 35 minsPublisher: Penguin Random House AudioNarrator: MacLeod AndrewsReleased: 2014I listened to Thomas Pierce's Hall of Small Mammals on my commute to and from work. More and more I am finding that, though I love short story collections, they don't work well for me on audio. For starters, I'm not in the best frame of mind - I have to leave the house at 4:30 am so I'm kind of still half asleep when I start listening. I can't take notes…
  • Kelsey Reviews: Goodbye Babylon

    3 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Goodbye Babylon by Seb Doubinsky3 Stars - Recommended to fans of experimental literaturePages: 270Publisher: Black Coffee PressReleased 2012Guest reviewed by Kelsey LueptowSeb Doubinsky’s book Goodbye Babylon is a postmodern, experimental story with some fluctuating aspects of absurdism. It challenges historical and contemporary beliefs regarding literature, war, systems of ideology, and other power structures. As Michael Moorhead mentions in the introduction, “Seb Doubinsky . . . has an enthusiasm for the ridiculous.” That simple line breathes light on the instant and constant shock of…
  • Page 69: Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail

    2 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    We're kicking off a new series here at TNBBC, though it's not new to the world. The Page 69 Test has been around since 2007, asking authors to compare page 69 against the meat of the actual story it is a part of. I loved the whole idea of it and so I'm stealing it specifically to showcase small press titles - novels, novellas, short story collections, the works! So until the founder of The Page 69 Test calls a cease and desist, let's do this thing....In this installment of Page 69, we put Kelly Luce’s Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail  to the test. OK, Kelly, set…
  • Book Giveaway: Grundish and Askew

    1 Mar 2015 | 8:28 pm
    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 April's Author/Reader Discussion Book!We will be reading and discussing Grundish and Askewwith Lance CarbuncleCONTENT ADVISORY: This book contains some pretty explicit language.If you've got a great sense of humor about raunchy content, this book will be perfect for you!!Lance…
  • Kate Reviews: Craving

    26 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Craving by Esther Gerritsen, translated by Michele Hutchison5 stars – Highly Recommended by KatePages: 177Publisher: World EditionsReleased: Jan 2015Guest review by Kate VaneSome books draw you in with an intriguing premise, extraordinary characters or dramatic locations. I’m just as fascinated by writers who create something entrancing out of the everyday.Craving is the story of an apparently ordinary family in an unnamed Dutch town. It begins when Elisabeth has a chance meeting in the street with her adult daughter, Coco. Elisabeth takes the opportunity to tell her some important news…
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  • 21 Surefire Ways to Sink Your Writing Career

    Deborah Dee Harper
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Volumes--some of them long and tedious, others funny or serious, but always helpful--have been written on how to make it in this world as a writer. I don't doubt there are successful authors out there whose sole output has been writing books about writing books, while never actually writing a book about anything else. Yes, I know. Confusing. But if a writer wants to become a published author, there's no dearth of books telling him or her just how to do it.However, I think there's just as much to be learned about getting our work published and available to readers by knowing how to…
  • Library and Library Cards

    Jimmie Kepler
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:30 pm
    In my mind, it’s Saturday, September 11, 1964. My family had just moved into base housing on Biggs Air Force Base in El Paso, Texas. Dad had my little brother and me got in our beautiful metallic turquoise 1964 Ford Galaxy 500 car. Our destination was the base library. We have set off on a short drive to get my brother and me our first library card.The librarian was unlike anyone I had ever met or seen. The kids called her the "bun lady." She wore the stereotypical hair in a bun. She kept her spectacles on a chain, infrequently wearing them. Her work uniform was a long covered up dress. She…
  • When Night Comes by Dan Walsh

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    I should have known better than to pick up a Dan Walsh book before starting Thanksgiving Dinner. The pages had to be turned, frozen turkey notwithstanding. Why is Jack Turner, a successful author of military history, suddenly having very real "back in time" nightmares? These dreams coincide with his return to Culpepper to give a series of lectures for his old history professor, who by the way, is acting very strange.Throw in several student deaths on campus,  investigated by Detective Joe Boyd who doesn't agree with the natural causes report, and a hired hit man with no conscience,…
  • Critique Conversations (and Why You Should Be Having Them)

    Liberty Speidel
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    I'm currently in the middle of the last stages of editing my next book release, and it's always a wild and crazy ride. (Can I really say that? I'm only on my 3rd release, and it's the first novel...Hmmm...a question to ponder later.) I'm always perplexed as to whether I'm going to get this done or not.Photo by Marc WathieuOf course, that's probably because when I receive the critiques back from those I have editing my projects, I always have a ton of questions. Inevitably, this means a long, drawn out conversation about the nuances behind a scene, areas I need to deepen or strengthen, and…
  • Guest Post: Moral Premise by Gail Kittleson

    Lisa Lickel
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Moral PremiseBy Gail KittlesonSome of you may have read The Moral Premise/Stanley D. Williams, Ph.D. Not exactly light reading, this book is a must if our goal is to improve our fiction writing skills, because the premise is the glue that holds our stories together.        Once you get the hang of it, creating moral premises can be fun. Here’s one for In This Together, my first recent fiction sale—did I say I’m excited?Playing it safe results in unfulfilled dreams, but taking risks leads to new vistas.         The…
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  • Turning "It's Horrible" Into "It's Fantastic!"

    4 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Good morning, everyone! Audra here. We're looking at racking up lots of words during Speedbo - no thinking, just writing! I couldn't resist inviting Cathy Yardley back to Seekerville this month to give us some tips on what to do with our massive amount of words after Speedbo.  Generally, writers I work with either love revising, hate revising, or have a love-hate relationship with it -- meaning they feel both!However you feel about revisions, they're a necessary part of being a professional writer. No one writes a perfect draft on the first go.But how do you approach revisions?In the…
  • The "Freedom" of My Chains with Carolyne Aarsen

    3 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    So whenever I see the word speedbo I’m thinking…..speedo….and then my usually overactive imagination transports me to Europe and I think of blithely unselfconscious, overweight men wearing these things. What probably amazed me more than the actual wearing, was the attitude of these men. This is me. Love or leave it. I don’t care. You gotta admire than kind of confidence – the freedom to be whoever they want wear whatever they want wherever they want.Freedom is something our joint countries were founded on. Freedom of expression, freedom of association and, well, the freedom to wear…
  • Failing Your Way to Success by Sherri Shackelford

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Sherri ShackelfordI know what you’re all thinking, “Oh boy, here she goes again!” I see your point, it’s a lot more fun to hear about success than failure. We’ll get to that soon. First, we’re starting with the “F” word. Instead of talking about things that increase your productivity, we’re talking about roadblocks. The other day I was sitting on a panel of professional writers. When I introduced myself, I said, “I’m here because I’ve failed. A lot.”  The gentlemen next to me nearly fell off his chair. The same gentlemen assured the audience that “writing…
  • ARE YOU ALL READY FOR SPEEDBO???????!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    ARE YOU READY FOR NO LIMITS????!!!I have a LOT to accomplish this month and I hope you all do, too.I've got a novella to finish...about 10,000 words.A novella to revise.A novel to fondest hope...A new novel to begin. All before March 31st.If anyone wants to tell us their goals in the comments, go for it. Remember you are working for YOURSELF!The challenge is against yourself. Not like NANO where you have one set goal, the same goal for everyone.Nope, here at Seekerville we just want a month dedicated to writing. Progress. Goals. NO LIMITS!LET THE SUN RISE ON…
  • The Weekend Edition

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
     Speedbo has officially begun. Congratulations to our  123 PARTICIPANTS. (See them here.You can do it! We believe in you. If you have not signed up, you can sign up, now through March 31st by sending an email to with your personal goal listed. Sharing your goal is only for accountability. Seekerville will not be sharing your goal with anyone. Complete rules can be found in the Speedbo 2015 tab above.STARTING LINE UP AMAZON GIFT CARD WINNERS ARE MEGAN BRUMMER & MARY GARCIA.THIS WEEK IN SPEEDBO WE HAVE A $25 AMAZON GIFT CARD & A ONE CHAPTER CRITIQUE UP…
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    Roger Packer

  • Wattpad hacks into the Dark

    Roger Packer
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:02 am
    Wattpad is just getting hotter and hotter. After recently hitting the amazing milestone of 100 million uploads, the story site is now adding a new section for ‘mature romance’ readers. After Dark is a free app that offers a curated reading experience for readers over 17 who are looking for quality contemporary romance reading. The app’s interface presents sets of stories that have already proved popular with Wattpad users and staff, including LGBTQ, Urban, and Fanfiction from the romance category. Readers can comment and vote on After Dark stories just like on Wattpad. After…
  • Roger Packer is placed in Top 20 Book Marketing Masters

    Roger Packer
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:57 am
    A new survey places Roger Packer (that’s me) in the Top 20 Book Marketing Masters. I am in 17th position on the list, which is led by Jonathan Gunson, who runs the excellent website Traffic Cafe. Emlyn Chand (Novel Publicity) is in fourth spot, with BookBuzzr‘s Vikram Narayan placed fifth, and the alarmingly similarly named Roger C Parker of Published and Profitable in 12th position. The study was conducted by link globalizer BookLinker, which was recently acquired by Georiot. A list was compiled of 300 of the most influential book marketers on social media and the top 20 were…
  • Kindle Scout adds three genres as thrillers still lead the way

    Roger Packer
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:18 am
    Amazon’s Kindle Scout program has widened its range of genres to add Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Action & Adventure to the original categories of Romance, Mystery/Thriller and Science Fiction. So far, there have been 26 Kindle Scout titles selected for publication and the first 10 have gone on sale. Thrillers continue to lead the way, as I reported in my previous article on Kindle Scout, with Mystery, Thriller & Suspense comprising 15 titles, representing 58%. Romance is in second place with eight titles (31%), while Science Fiction takes the remaining three…
  • The Big Borrow — Kindle Unlimited heads for $100 million-plus payout

    Roger Packer
    17 Feb 2015 | 10:20 am
    These are my estimates of total monthly borrows on Kindle Unlimited, produced by dividing the total KDP Select fund by the monthly payout per borrow. In its first six months of operation, Kindle Unlimited has lent as many books as the New York Public Library lends in a year and now looks set to pay out well over $100 million on borrows to self-published authors this year. The Kindle Unlimited figures for January 2015 point to the service breaking through six million loans for the month, taking the total since KU launched to around 27 million. The New York Public Library, which is the top…
  • Borrows boom but Kindle Unlimited January payout falls to $1.38 despite new high for KDP Select fund

    Roger Packer
    16 Feb 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Kindle Unlimited payout to authors per borrow since the scheme started in July 2014. The $1.86 payout for July reflects the fact that KU was launched midway through the month. The range since then has been from $1.54-$1.33, giving an average of $1.43 for the six months that KU has been in full operation. This chart is built on a scale using 1 as the base, rather than 0, to show the variations more graphically. Amazon dashed hopes of a strong start to the year for KDP Select authors as the Kindle Unlimited payout for January 2015 fell to $1.38 per borrow from $1.43 in December despite the KDP…
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    Enago Blog: Scientific Publication Help

  • Improve your Writing Skills with Sentence Connectivity and Signalling

    William Stevenson
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:36 am
    You can use a technique called signaling to eliminate choppiness in your writing. Every sentence of every paragraph should end in such a way that what follows seems natural to the reader. Otherwise, the passage feels choppy and readers will have to work to make sense of what you’ve written. They may go off on tangents that are not supported by the writing or they may simply stop reading altogether. Properly signaled sentences pull the reader along with them. The reader is never bogged down by non sequiturs or burdened with filler. Here are some structures you can use to signal sentence…
  • Deciding Whether to Hire External Writers for Your Academic Writing

    William Stevenson
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:41 am
    What Kind of Academic Are You? Do you identify with any of the following statements? If so, you may be a great candidate for hiring external writers to draft your manuscripts or grant applications. I prefer to spend my time focused on tasks that do not involve writing, such as running experiments or analyzing data. I find it hard to communicate the value of my research in writing. I don’t feel that others appreciate the importance of my work when they read my manuscripts or grant applications. I have trouble securing funding for my research.… Continue ReadingRelated…
  • How to Write A Book Review?

    William Stevenson
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:43 am
    It’s a good idea to write at least one book review a year. Book reviews may not carry as much weight as a journal article, but they also offer a relatively quick route to publication. What’s more, by reviewing fellow scholar’s work you’ll be helping to support research in your field. Given the time it can take to read a scholarly book and write a detailed review of its argument, ideally the material you choose to review will be relevant to your own research. Ideally too it will cover ideas that you are already familiar with. The better your knowledge of the field, the more you will be…
  • How Do I Know My Article Is Ready To Submit To A Journal?

    William Stevenson
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:21 am
    You’ve been working on the article for a while, you’ve even got a manuscript written. You’re happy you’ve done enough research, you’ve read your draft and made changes to the text. You ask yourself, ‘is my article ready to submit to a journal?’ If you submit too early, the editor may reject the article because the argument is underdeveloped or the text is confusing. On the other hand, you may never submit if you are continually revising the draft. Eventually you have to stop and submit, or the article and its exciting contents will stay on your hard drive forever.……
  • Using Social Media Data in Academic Research

    William Stevenson
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:43 am
    The Mixed Blessing of Social Media Data The phenomenal growth in utilization rates of popular social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, offer academic researchers an absolute treasure trove of consumer-generated content for analysis. However, access to that data isn’t without challenges – all providers have unique policies and procedures on data collection, sharing and publication. The Potential of Social Media Data Assuming the access challenges can be overcome, social media data offers several advantages over data gathered by more traditional research methods:…
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    Beyond Paper Editing

  • The Indie Author’s Bookshelf: 20 Best Titles for Self-Editing

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

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

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

    Corina Koch MacLeod
    12 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    by Carla Douglas and C.K. MacLeod @CarlaJDouglas @CKmacleodwriter This post appeared first at on November 19, 2014. If you participated in National Novel Writing Month, and you took our advice, below, to rest your manuscript, it’ll soon be time to revise your first draft. How you revise your writing will depend on your prewriting … Read More →
  • What Does Editing Look Like? Behind the (Crime) Scene at the Editor’s Screen

    Carla Douglas
    5 Feb 2015 | 6:54 am
      by Corina Koch MacLeod and Carla Douglas @CKmacleodwriter @CarlaJDouglas In a previous post we described the four levels of editing, emphasizing the order in which they should most often take place: attend to the developmental issues first—a clear story and structure if it’s fiction, a logical and meaningful sequence of chapters if it’s nonfiction—before … Read More →
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  • Protecting the Commanding Heights of the Economy

    kemoe hopscotch
    13 Feb 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Protecting the Commanding Heights of the Economy – A Torturer’s Poems by Anon forthcoming in 2015 from Pink Panther Acid While I was setting up the recorder for our interview Anon glanced without invitation at my typed notes. – This is problematic. He pointed to the second sentence of my notes where I’d stated “He was a torturer for the government.” Anon is frank. He was a torturer for the government. – But all that means to say is that my wages came from the public purse. As far as I was concerned, as far as we were all concerned, I think, or I thought, we were working…
  • 10 Questions with Zachary Friederich

    Kim G
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:42 am
    Kim G:We gots a new music blog. Follow this! :) Originally posted on NOSTROVIA ! MUSIC: 1. How would you characterize your music? Z: It all feels like Pop to me. Like most people, I’m influenced by all kinds of things and they’re just put in a kind of songwriting blender and mixed up and poured out. I tend to hop around genres. I guess one thing that I tend to focus on is storytelling. 2. What is one early music experience that made a deep impression on you//made you rethink what music can sound like//has helped shape the music you make today? Z: One of the earliest things I remember is…
  • The Laura Palmers – Weird Feelings

    Kim G
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:33 am
  • UndergroundBooks Manifestos

    James B Kepple
    18 Jun 2014 | 4:30 pm
    UndergroundBooks Manifestos. via UndergroundBooks Manifestos.
  • “These kids are going to die”

    Jeremiah Walton
    14 Jun 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Books & Shovels is a cross country traveling bookstore and publisher launched by 19 y/o poet Jeremiah Walton.  The project debuts at the 2014 NYC Poetry Festival, backed by Nostrovia! Poetry and UndergroundBooks.  Browsing the Book of Faces, this project has received a myriad of responses (from, “kid, you’re going to get arrested” to “DAMN I WANT TO COME!”).  There was one common theme though: support. Their goal is $2000.  For such a large, donation based project, why are they low-balling it?  $2000 won’t cover their travels for long, right?
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    Nostrovia! Tavern

  • #9 – Three Poems – Sam Sax

    Jeremiah Walton
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:43 am
    Originally posted on DRUNK IN A MIDNIGHT CHOIR:? This week, Drunk in a Midnight Choir celebrates our One Year Anniversary! Since we launched on February 6, 2014, we’ve had the great privilege of publishing a whole lot of amazing work, from a wide array…
  • #9 – Three Poems – Sam Sax

    Jeremiah Walton
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    Originally posted on DRUNK IN A MIDNIGHT CHOIR:? This week, Drunk in a Midnight Choir celebrates our One Year Anniversary! Since we launched on February 6, 2014, we’ve had the great privilege of publishing a whole lot of amazing work, from a wide array…
  • I Don’t Care About History: Rock Rock Rock & Roll High School – Sam Teitel

    Jeremiah Walton
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:38 am
    Originally posted on DRUNK IN A MIDNIGHT CHOIR:The movie “Rock and Roll High School” is 10% musical, 10% creepy underage sex fantasy and 80% weird love letter to themselves that The Ramones made in 1979. Most of the jokes barely stand the test of…
  • Walking Is Still Honest Press & The Southern Collective Experience

    Jeremiah Walton
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:14 am
    ATTENTION ALL: Walking Is Still Honest is up & running with new spine. The initial domains acquired to manage the website expired.  I’m currently writing this in Tucson, Arizona, where Nostrovia! Poetry has been hosting shows, is preparing for the 2015 NYC Poetry Festival, and relaunching its love.… Read More
  • Advanced Call for Submissions: DOGZPLOT

    Christopher Morgan
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Founded by Barry Graham in 2007 and currently run by Jesse Eagle since 2013, DOGZPLOT has long been my go-to for quality micro-fiction, satisfying readers in 200 words or less. In this sense, DOGZPLOT singlehandedly refutes critics of shorter forms, showcasing reputable flash fiction that… Read More
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    The Publishing Profits Podcast Show | Writing | Marketing | Books | Ebooks

  • 044: Unleashing Your Creativity with Meditation, Spirituality and the Author Mindset with Michael Mackintosh (Tom Corson-Knowles, Bestselling Author of The Kindle Publishing Bible, Founder of TCK Publishing)
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:19 am
    Michael Mackintosh is the bestselling author of several books including How to Stop Procrastinating and Start Living Your Dreams: A Proven Step-By-Step Guide To Start Rockin’ It Now. He is a spiritual entrepreneur, having created several successful businesses online. He’s a sought-after speaker, consultant and trainer specializing in helping people unleash their inner artist and become incredibly creative AND productive. In today’s show, Michael shares some inspiring and informative tips on how to be more creative and get into flow by connecting with your spiritual…
  • 043: How to Create Business Systems That Work Instead of You with Sam Carpenter (Tom Corson-Knowles, Bestselling Author of The Kindle Publishing Bible, Founder of TCK Publishing)
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:39 am
    Sam Carpenter is the bestselling author of Work the System, a book many entrepreneurs consider to be the best book ever written on systematizing a business. If you’ve read The E-Myth or Think and Grow Rich, this book is right up there at the top. As an entrepreneur, Sam struggled for many years to grow his company. What he realized is that he was spending almost all of his time “putting out fires,” handling “emergencies” and always bogged down with the day-to-day work. Until one day, he finally decided to creating systems so that his business could work without…
  • 042: UJ Ramdas on The 5-Minute Journal, Productivity and a New Way to Look at Publishing Your Book (Tom Corson-Knowles, Bestselling Author of The Kindle Publishing Bible, Founder of TCK Publishing)
    14 Feb 2015 | 8:30 pm
    UJ Ramdas is the author and creator of The Five-Minute Journal where positivity meets science. The Five-Minute Journal combines inspiring quotes, daily exercises for gratitude, affirmations, weekly challenges, and thoughtful questions that will help you get focused and be more productive. UJ isn’t your typical author. From the very beginning, he created The Five-Minute Journal with a very different mindset. He set out to create not just a good book, but a great product that would change people’s lives. From the writing to the editing, design, printing, warehousing, distribution,…
  • 041: Kick-Ass Book Marketing Secrets Exposed with Mike Balmaceda (Tom Corson-Knowles, Bestselling Author of The Kindle Publishing Bible, Founder of TCK Publishing)
    8 Feb 2015 | 9:52 am
    Mike Balmaceda is an author and online marketing genius. He helps authors sell more books and build a massive following of raving fan readers. In today’s show, Mike shares a few powerful marketing tips on how you can sell more books starting right now including: How to use Facebook ads to skyrocket your book sales (while still earning a profit – which is something very few authors have pulled off until now.) How to price your Paperback books to maximize your royalties and help you sell more eBooks (if you’ve already published print books and eBooks before, you will…
  • 040: Overcome Perfectionism and Exercise Your Creative Genius with Stefan Pylarinos (Tom Corson-Knowles, Bestselling Author of The Kindle Publishing Bible, Founder of TCK Publishing)
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:53 am
    Stefan Pylarinos is the #1 bestselling author of several books including Life Mastery. As an entrepreneur, publisher and high-level personal success trainer and coach, Stefan has achieved a lifestyle most authors and entrepreneurs only dream about. His company, Project Life Mastery, provides life-changing information, advice and tools for people who want to achieve great things in life. The purpose of Project Life Mastery is to be a source of inspiration and change for those who refuse to settle for anything less than an extraordinary life. In today’s show, Stefan shares his journey of…
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    Marketing Tips For Authors

  • How to Promote Your eBook Using Twitter and Hashtags

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

    Paula Krapf
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:41 am
    As someone who almost tripped down the staircase in my article last week, 50 Shades of This Saved My Marriage (and It’s Not What You Think), I’m reminded that we’re all capable of much more than we give ourselves credit for – great, or not so great. After the post, the comments alerted me that I’d made a small, but huge, error. I’d written the wrong first name of Mr. Grey. The majority of the comments spoke to this as my stomach tightened with anxiety. How did that slip by? Feeling unprofessional, all I could do was submit a change, and wait. Ugh, people missed the point of…
  • How Authors Can Get the Most Out of Media Leads

    Paula Krapf
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:51 am
    Have you heard of HARO ( It’s a media leads service, and, combined with the other services available, it means there are media leads available on a daily basis. But how can you get the most out of these services? It’s simple enough to respond to a lead, but that’s only the start. If you want better exposure, this guide will help you stand out so your pitch has a better chance at being used: Read more: Share How to Maximize Media Leads #amwritingClick To Tweet Share…
  • Got an Older Book? Use Book Bundling to Find New Readers

    Paula Krapf
    21 Feb 2015 | 11:09 am
    Did you know you can give an old book new life? You’ll be able to start selling the book again, and find new readers in the process! How? By bundling your book. It’s not as hard as it sounds. You can take a book and split it up into smaller books. And there are many other options. Learn more: The post Got an Older Book? Use Book Bundling to Find New Readers appeared first on Marketing Tips For Authors.
  • 35 Sites for Promoting Your eBook Deal

    Paula Krapf
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:44 am
    Offering a free or discounted eBook is not enough any more – you’ve got to get the word out. While BookBub is the undisputed top site for such promotions, the competition to be selected for the site is so fierce most authors and eBooks don’t make the cut. So, here are 35 sites worth checking out because they offer terrific ways to spread the news about your eBook promotion: Author Marketing Club – Join their club, and take advantage of the perks. AwesomeGang – “Where awesome readers meet awesome authors” BookBasset – Their guaranteed Freebie post costs under 8…
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    Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog

  • Content Marketing Agency Contellio Joins PressPad in Partnership

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

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

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

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

    Wojtek Szywalski
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:42 am
    Actually, I am not going to use PowerPoint but something more elegant and available for free. I am talking about Google Slides, which is a part of the Google Docs suite. As a challenge, I will try to copy the design of one my favorite magazine’s couple of pages – Mighty Car Mods, published by […] The post How To Design Your Magazine with PowerPoint appeared first on Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog.
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    The Proof Angel

  • Writing competitions for under 16s

    The Proof Angel
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:18 am
    Do you know any aspiring young writers? If so, these competitions for under 16s may be useful. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: writers under 16, writing competition, writing competitions
  • Bad reviews given to classic books

    The Proof Angel
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:50 am
    Do you ever feel that the world is against you, and your book will never be appreciated? Harsh words from the first people to review a book are difficult to deal with, but you are not alone. Have a look at these bad reviews given to books we now see as classics. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Bits & bobs Tagged: book reviews
  • Using the exclamation mark

    The Proof Angel
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:36 am
    The exclamation mark is one of the most abused punctuation marks. Some people use it extensively when they want a piece to look informal. The danger with that, and any other loose usage, is that it is very difficult to tell whether it conveys surprise or annoyance. As a general rule, the simple plan is: If in doubt, don’t For a more detailed discussion, this flow chart is useful. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Grammar & usage Tagged: exclamation mark, exclamation point
  • How to avoid boring your reader

    The Proof Angel
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:15 am
    Life is too short to read things just for the sake of it. If people don’t read what you have written, then the effort you put in was a waste of time, unless it was entirely for your own benefit. People read because they need information, or want to be entertained. If you can do both, that is ideal, but if you fail to do either, you will be ignored. The key is to put yourself in your reader’s shoes, & think about whether they need that point, that sentence, or that extra word. That is a nice simple thing to remember, but it is harder to apply when you are focussing on writing…
  • Creating a pop up book shop

    The Proof Angel
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:50 am
    Pop up shops and cafés are common these days in our towns and cities. I’ve not seen a pop up book shop yet, but there isn’t really any reason why it couldn’t work. If you think it is worth a try, this post will tell you more. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: pop up book shop
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    The Passive Voice - Latest Updates

  • Lord John’s Dilemma

    Passive Guy
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Mrs. PG has just released another Regency romance titled Lord John’s Dilemma. What’s it about? Lord John doesn’t like Napoleon. Lord John goes to Waterloo. Waterloo doesn’t end well for Napoleon and Lord John. Lord John thinks he should marry Miss Lindsay. Miss Lindsay thinks that’s a good idea. Being a man, Lord John starts eyeing Miss Lindsay’s governess, Miss Haverley. PG doesn’t know whether the brunette on the cover is Miss Lindsay or Miss Haverly. Lord John is the brunette on the cover who needs a shave. He probably lost his razor at…
  • The Elderly Mr. Holmes

    Passive Guy
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:10 am
  • A word

    Passive Guy
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:08 am
    A word is not the same with one writer as with another.  One tears it from his guts.  The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket. Charles Peguy
  • Abandon your dignity and write a racy page-turner

    Passive Guy
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    From The Independent: Writers should “abandon literary dignity” and write page-turning versions of their thoughtful masterpieces for the e-book audience, the acclaimed author Fay Weldon has suggested. The 83-year-old author, who has written more than 50 works including The Life and Loves of a She Devil, told an audience at The Independent Bath Literature Festival that a different type of reader needed a different type of writer. Authors should write a literary version for publication in print form, and a racier “good-bad” version for those who use e-readers such as the Kindle. Weldon…
  • Getting By

    Passive Guy
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    From Kristine Kathryn Rusch: Here’s an anecdote those of you who have faithfully read my Business Rusch blog or The Freelancer’s Survival Guide have encountered before. I apologize for the repetition, but the context needs to be here. Trust me. I will bring this anecdote around to writing and freelancing farther on in this post. One-hundred-and-fifty thousand years ago (or the early1980s, whichever makes me seem older), I got a job at a textbook publishing company. I came in as the lowest of the low, an editorial assistant—in other words, a secretary with a fancy title that made me seem…
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    All Indie Writers » Indie Publishing

  • Weekend Reading: Character Development for Writers

    Jennifer Mattern
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Our weekend reading collection is coming a bit late this week. But better late than never, right? This week's posts and resources are for authors trying to develop new characters for their fiction. We'll kick things off with a checklist-style post to help you get to know your new characters, then get character development advice from Virginia Woolf, and finally we'll look at one particular character type writers sometimes struggle with. Enjoy! 5 Point Checklist to Help Writers Get to Know Their Characters Thoroughly By Jody Hedlund at There is no shortage of…
  • Reader Question: When Should Indie Authors Publish a Second Book?

    Jennifer Mattern
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:18 pm
    Last week, a question from Sunayna Prasad came in about building a fan base and how it affects series publishing. Basically, she wanted to know if she should publish the second book in her new series right away, or if she should wait until she has more fans or readers of the first. Here's her question: "I am writing a sequel to my published book. It didn't sell a lot, but it got a lot of positive reviews, all from strangers. How many fans should I have (whether they bought the book or I gave it away for free) before I publish my sequel. I sold somewhere around 53 copies since a year and a…
  • Quick Tip: Make Sure Your Author Blog Reaches the Right Readers

    Jennifer Mattern
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:52 am
    Your author blog can be an important, and effective, book marketing tool. But I've seen countless authors complain that blogging isn't worth their time, only to discover that they're going about it in the wrong way. One of the biggest issues I've seen is that authors aren't targeting the right readers with their blogs. And if you don't reach the right audience, it should be no surprise that your blog isn't leading to more book sales. So here's this week's quick tip for indie authors: Make sure your author blog reaches the right readers. If you get that part wrong, precious little else about…
  • Subscribe to All Indie Writers for a Free Collection of Fiction Author Blog Post Ideas

    Jennifer Mattern
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:54 pm
    On Friday I'll release the first subscribers-only freebie to everyone who's subscribed to the All Indie Writers newsletter. This freebie will be a collection of 21 author blog post ideas to promote your fiction. The resource also serves as an introduction to an upcoming e-book release, The Busy Author's Guide to Blogging. If you subscribe now, you'll receive a download link for this free report in your inbox tomorrow. Later subscribers will receive the free collection of fiction author blog post ideas when they subscribe. Subscribe now. In the meantime, I wanted to share a short excerpt from…
  • 5 of the Best Premium WordPress Themes for Authors

    Jennifer Mattern
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:58 pm
    If you're thinking about launching a new author website or blog on WordPress, a good place to start is choosing an appropriate design. Today I'd like to share a bit of inspiration. Here are some of the best premium WordPress themes for authors that I've recently come across. These themes are designed to do more than host your author blog. They're designed to help you sell more books, whether that means serving as a simple landing page or integrating with WordPress e-commerce plugins to act as a complete storefront. 5 WordPress Themes for Authors E-bookie This theme is designed as a sales page…
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    Helen Sedwick

  • How to Register Your Blog with the US Copyright Office

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

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

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

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

    Helen Sedwick
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:13 pm
    With the successful adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s WILD, many authors are imaging their books on the big screen. What writer hasn’t cast a movie star into their leading role or heard the perfect song for their opening credits? I certainly have. (Matt Damon, Coyote Winds is ready for your review anytime!) I suspect many independently published book could be transformed into powerful, money-making films, if only they made it into the hands of the right people. But a word of warning: there are companies out there ready to prey upon your Hollywood dreams and sell you expensive book-to-screen…
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    Ajoobacats Blog

  • Book Review: The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

    4 Mar 2015 | 4:41 pm
    “You don’t know her. But she knows you.” Rachel is having a tough time, she’s lost her marriage and her job and is a very heavy drinker. Her ex-husband Tom now lives in their old marital home with his new wife, Anna and their daughter. Rachel is living with an old friend from university, but has not told her she is unemployed and keeps up the ruse of commuting to work. Her commute is where this story starts as Rachel passes her old home every day on the train she becomes a voyeur and feels she knows something, buried in her memory when a local woman goes missing. I…
  • Book Review: Four Rubbings (Stone Witch Series book 1) by Jennifer L Hotes

    28 Feb 2015 | 2:26 pm
    A YA fantasy suspense thriller about four friends who make grave rubbings on Halloween night that lead them onto different adventures. This book is not of a genre I usually choose to read and I was very pleasantly surprised by how the story gripped me. Josie, Casey, Blade and Seth our four fourteen year old protagonists have personal hurdles of their own to overcome and befriend the Lakefront Cemetery caretaker Grace, who is quite a character too. When I finished this book I knew what a marvel it was to read by my desire to read the next one to find out what happens next as this first book…
  • Book Review: The Photographer’s Wife by Nick Alexander

    26 Feb 2015 | 6:11 am
    Sophie is a fashion photographer who is the daughter of one of the first photojournalists to be recognised in the UK, however her idea of her father is based on a severely edited version of events in his life. Barbara, Sophie’s mother has vowed alongside all involved never to tell her a secret that she has kept for over thirty years. A gripping tale about a woman discovering who she is through her art and history, which has been edited severely to protect her. This story is told from alternating Sophie and Barbara’s points of view and although I found both compelling in terms of…
  • Book Review: The Story of Us by Dani Atkins

    23 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    A suspense tale about a love triangle; when Emma and her two best-friends meet with a tragic accident on the night of her hen party, it sets into motion a sequence of events that turns Emma’s world upside down. This romance novel is not the best have read from Dani Atkins but it was still gripping and well-written. I enjoyed reading about Emma, whom i found very likeable but I really did dislike Richard, which is odd as I don’t think he was to be portrayed deliberately as a villain but I couldn’t find him very likeable. A great read for romance fans and one even I could read…
  • Fire and Ice Book Tour and Giveaway: Guilt by Joan Ellis

    22 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Fire and Ice Book Tours Excerpt: ‘Don’t, Mark,’ I said as you grabbed Mum’s bottle of ‘sweets’, but you weren’t used to doing as you were told. She let you do whatever you wanted. Besides, you were too busy to listen to me. When you couldn’t unscrew the lid, you wrapped a tea-towel round it just like you had seen her do countless times before. I’ll never forget the look of triumph on your face when you finally got the top off. ‘Mum will be angry,’ I warned. ‘Don’t tell. Cross your heart and hope to die,’ you said. You were concentrating hard on removing the cotton…
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    Press Release Distribution

  • Garth Brooks Portland Tickets: Makes Garth Brooks Fans Happy with Cheap Concert Tickets for Garth Brooks’ Portland Concerts April 12th and 13th

    5 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    "Discounted Garth Brooks Concert Tickets at the Moda Center at"Garth Books Portland, OR tickets are available for sale now, and is releasing discounted concert tickets for the Garth Brooks Moda Center shows on April 12 and 13, 2015. Garth Brooks is coming to Portland, OR. has concert tickets for Garth Brooks' Moda Center concerts that are available at the cheapest prices. The two concerts coming in April will sell out quickly. Fans have been waiting a long time for the country music star to start touring again. Gath Brooks…
  • Indiegogo Campaign Will Give Away Mt. Everest

    5 Mar 2015 | 12:59 pm
    March 5, 2015 - Campaign partners Himalayan Aid and the Sirolli Institute are offering some breathtaking perks for their $123,000 campaign to "Help Nepal's New Entrepreneurs."  Donors at different levels can find themselves face-to-face with the highest mountain in the world.   The grandest option is the campaign's fully catered 21-day walk up to both Mt. Everest base camp and to Kala Patar:  an adjacent peak with superior views of Everest.  According to James Rinaldi, Nepal Project Director for the Sirolli Institute, there are other Everest options available for those donors who lack…
  • Pioneer Pump Discusses Innovative Pumping Technology on Award Winning Series

    5 Mar 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Pioneer Pump works diligently to provide the world’s most innovative and efficient pumping technology.March 5, 2015 – Boca Raton, FL -- Paul Schlumpberger, President of Pioneer Pump, begins his interview by noting, “The major problem facing our industry today is the cost of energy. Our innovative designs provide reliable and efficient performance that lowers the cost of operations for our customers.” Tune in to watch the Pioneer Pump segment airing on the Fox Business Network (as pd. prog) on March 8, 2015 at 11:30 AM EST. Check your Local Listings for airtimes. This point is expanded…
  • Comba Telecom Discusses the Demand for Superior Wireless Solutions on Corporate Review

    5 Mar 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Comba Telecom is a leading technology company assisting wireless operators meet the growing demand for wireless services by increasing overall productivity.March 5, 2015 – Boca Raton, FL -- Simon Yeung, President of Comba Telecom International observes during his recent interview, “The wireless market is very exciting right now, and it presents more opportunity now than any time since its inception. However, the growing demand for full mobility and high performance is greatly impacting the available wireless capacity. Tune in to watch the Comba Telecom segment airing on the Fox Business…
  • Corporate Review Discusses Changing Video Delivery with Levels Beyond

    5 Mar 2015 | 12:57 pm
    March 5, 2015 - Boca Raton, Florida -- The viewing habits of consumers continue to leave organizations struggling to understand patterns and trends. Levels Beyond believes that they hold the key to help organization keep up with the demands and needs of consumers. Levels Beyond describes the problem as arising from the sheer number of devices that customers own. No longer are people dependent upon a single device or two, there are now typically a variety of different devices that can stream content within a household. Tune in to watch the Levels Beyond segment airing on Fox Business Network…
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    Top South African News

  • Metrobus Ploughs Through Concrete Barrier And Falls Over Bridge In Braamfontein

    Staff Reporter
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:09 am
    JOHANNESBURG – Emergency crews are working to secure and tow away a bus hanging off the Queen Elizabeth Bridge in Braamfontein, after the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle this morning and crashed through the barrier wall. There were no passengers on the bus, which was making its first trip of the day. The driver apparently lost control of the empty bus and crashed it through a barrier wall.   Dramatic photographs of the bus have been posted on social media, showing it in a vertical position after it nose-dived off the bridge.     Metrobus Managing Director…
  • Bloemfontein Couple Caught Before The Act, Man Arrested For Housebreaking

    Staff Reporter
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:51 am
    THE couple was allegedly going to poke inside the house the man had claimed belonged to his uncle. But he told the woman to stay in the car while he went and allegedly broke the security burglar door and the front door to get inside. A neighbour alerted other neighbours and the man got a beating before he could poke or steal. The two were arrested and the woman later released. The incident happened in Raceway, Bloemfontein on Thursday afternoon. A witness who wanted to remain anonymous told Daily Sun the man entered the yard and parked the car before he got out of the car, smiling as if he…
  • WEDDING Bells Are Ringing For Afro-Pop Singer Kelly Khumalo

    Staff Reporter
    22 Feb 2015 | 1:36 pm
    WEDDING bells are ringing for Afro-pop singer Kelly Khumalo! The Asine hitmaker has finally hit the jackpot – the fourth time around. This after the family of a herbalist from Durban, Zamokwakhe “Bhaka” Nzima, paid half of his lobola for her. Bhaka sent a delegation of elders to pay lobola for Kelly two weeks ago. Kelly has been unlucky in love as her famous relationship with Bafana Bafana captain, Senzo Meyiwa, ended when he was murdered last year. Her love affair with hip hop star Jub Jub ended when he was sent to jail for murder. Her affair with Prosper Mkwaiwa ended prematurely as…
  • Latest On Zimbabwean Woman and Nigerian Man Who Got Stuck Together During Sex in Yeoville Jo’burg

    Staff Reporter
    22 Feb 2015 | 1:27 pm
    A married Zimbabwean woman and a Nigerian man were allegedly caught on camera with their sexual organs failing to let go of each other, after their pleasure session in Yeoville, Johannesburg on Friday. Witnesses claim that the couple was embarrassingly seen being brought down the stairs out of the apartment by medical personnel from the Johannesburg Emergency Services to nearby Charles Maxeke Academic Hospital. The couple has been reported dead and the whereabouts of the man who was married to the woman in question are still not known. Below is a picture supplied by alleged eye witnesses of…
  • UK Police Raise Alert Over 3 Missing Teen Girls Who May Be Headed To Syria

    Staff Reporter
    20 Feb 2015 | 2:11 pm
    London (CNN)UK police appealed for help Friday to find three teenage girls who are missing from their homes in London and are believed to be making their way to Syria. The girls, two of them 15 and one 16, have not been seen since Tuesday, when, police say, they took a flight to Istanbul. One has been named as Shamima Begum, 15, who may be traveling under the name of 17-year-old Aklima Begum, and a second as Kadiza Sultana, 16. The third girl has not been named at the request of her family, police said. Pictures released by police show the three girls walking together through London Gatwick…
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  • Beautiful 2015 Beach Wedding Shoes – Elegant Beach Fashion

    Muhammad Aziz
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:41 pm
    Beautiful 2015 Beach Wedding Shoes – Elegant Beach Fashion, discovering the whole bridal established as well as bridal costume, bridal shoes and bridal handbags or clutches. Following can be up-to-date shoe style for birdes. Beautiful 2015 Beach Wedding Shoes – Elegant Beach Fashion
  • Mango 2015 Spring T-shirts & Tops Collection – Mango Fashion

    Muhammad Aziz
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:36 pm
    Mango 2015 Spring T-shirts & Tops Collection – Mango Fashion, short spring / summer time dresses, overalls, lightweight trousers, jackets and adorable miniskirts. Any of them a person imagine? If therefore , you will need to ascertain out our most popular picks for the proper springtime outfit. Mango 2015 Spring T-shirts & Tops Collection – Mango […]
  • Versace 2015 Spring Dresses – Runway Show Collection

    Muhammad Aziz
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:27 pm
    Versace 2015 Spring Dresses – Runway Show Collection, Large Gianni Versace with a new attraction would be that the courageousness of Runway Demonstrate in London. Versace 2015 Spring Dresses – Runway Show Collection
  • Elegant Women’s Optical Animal Print 3/4 Sleeve Blouse

    Muhammad Aziz
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:04 pm
    Elegant Women’s Optical Animal Print 3/4 Sleeve Blouse, for stylish trendy women. Animal Print Dress have 100% silk manufacturing, 3/4 Sleeve washable by Machine. So if you like then get it here. Elegant Women’s Optical Animal Print 3/4 Sleeve Blouse
  • Cherry Wrap 2015 Spring Summer Bridal – Cherry Wrap Fashion

    Muhammad Aziz
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:56 pm
    Cherry Wrap 2015 Spring Summer Bridal – Cherry Wrap Fashion, The way they style their collections with the individuality has been continually fair-haired out by the style lovers Cherry Wrap 2015 Spring Summer Bridal – Cherry Wrap Fashion
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  • Getting to Know Authors of Delphine Publications and Brown Girls Publishing

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

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

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    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Nicole Murray is a creative writer by passion, training, and profession. She is a Columbia College graduate with a degree in Fiction Writing and Marketing. Nicole’s dual Gemini personality helps her pursue creative writing as a personal profession. Nicole explores the creative landscape of the mind to craft fiction out of real emotion. She currently writes short stories, novels, poems, and screen plays. Nicole Murray also has extensive experience in digital content strategy, content development, and social media marketing. She has developed, lead, and contributed to a number of custom…
  • Don't Count Me Out Virtual Workshop 2015

    Read You Later
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
      Colette Harrell is the author of the debut novel The Devil Made Me Do It.  A motivational speaker, she specializes in customer and human service workshops on state and national levels. She is cofounder of COJACK Productions, a Christian entertainment company. "God's Cheerleader," Vanessa Davis Griggs is an author and motivational speaker.  She is the recipient of many honors; including the 2010 Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition presented by Congressman Sanford D. Bishop. Carol Mackey is former  editor-in-chief of Black Expressions Book Club.. Named among the "50 Most…
  • Getting to Know Authors Sheryl Lister and Rebekah L. Pierece

    Read You Later
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Sheryl Lister has enjoyed reading and writing for as long as she can remember. After putting writing on the back burner for several years, she became serious about her craft in 2009. She writes contemporary and inspirational romance and romantic suspense. When she’s not reading, writing or playing chauffeur, Sheryl can be found on a date with her husband or in the kitchen creating appetizers and bite-sized desserts. Sheryl resides in California and is a wife, mother of three and pediatric occupational therapist. She is a member of RWA, CIMRWA and is represented by Sarah Younger of Nancy…
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  • Business In Gujarat – Just Let It Be!

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

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

    Charvi Rajput
    16 Feb 2015 | 2:13 am
    Arvind Kejriwal is unequivocally the cynosure of the country these days, if not for his ideology then for his clean sweeping, thumping majority in the Delhi Legislative Elections. An almost non-existent opposition is certainly to facilitate easy passage of the bills on the table hence alleviating the cumbersome, unsavory process of legislation. For many this win has reinstated him as the doyen of anti-corruption and a selfless patriot with an elixir to eradicate corruption; others, they perceive it as an act of condemnation of his fleeting ordeal, last year, by the voters of Delhi; and then…
  • Why Not Redefine Success For A Happy And Successful Life?

    Suranjana Saha
    13 Feb 2015 | 12:18 am
    “The starting point of all achievement is desire.” – Napoleon Yes that’s what drove me. Success and the desire to be the best. From the time that I had a sense of self, I always wanted to be successful. For me it was more important to be in front of the line, be in the spot light. Whatever I did be it studies or extracurricular activities I had to be in the top three, anything less was just not acceptable. And while growing up everyone around told me its fine to be that way, my teachers and my parents took great pride in my achievements. To be honest I don’t think any of us…
  • Do We Need Feminism To Better The Role Of Women In The Society?

    Charvi Rajput
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:03 am
    “Human behavior flows out of three main sources: Desire, Emotion and Knowledge” – said once by the great laureate Plato. Herein the gravity and relativity of the statement is because of this word – Human Behavior. Human behavior is inevitably salient to any society. It determines the mood, the structure of development, crime rate, et al in there. But then how do we scrutinize it in the backdrop of women? If human behavior is contingent upon desire, emotion or knowledge, how real are the parameters in the women’s world. Do we need feminism? Desire – Should Women Bother…
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  • Understanding Amazon’s Purchase of .book Domain

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

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

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

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

    Almond Press
    28 Nov 2014 | 5:47 am
    We are pleased to announce the launch of our new short story collection, Broken Worlds. In a future of bleakness and roboticism, a totalitarian government enforces upon the people a lifestyle that lulls them into a state of obedience. Your career and social status are predestined and you cannot alter it – this is a reality that walks a fine line between evoking sensations of fear and inducing a sense of futility. Broken Worlds takes a peep into an all too possible future. Narration and style change from story to story, but the core of this volume is human emotion. Coloured by their cultures…
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    The Gentleman Life

  • Upgrade Your Driving! 10 Must-Have Car Gadgets

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

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Hey guys, I hope you all are well, and that you noticed we have a new logo… and tag line: “Easy to digest lists aimed at men hungry for success.”Do you fit that description? Are you hungry for success?Good. You’re in the right place, and we have an epic treat for you today.This article was written by a virtual mentor of mine, someone who has taught me a lot and is about to teach you a lot too.When I contacted Jason about writing a guest post, he was happy to offer his brilliant insights so you could directly benefit from them. Not just that be he offered to give you…
  • Want Some Motivational Quotes? Here’s 100.

    25 Feb 2015 | 11:21 am
    Yeah, you read that right. A full 100 motivational quotes.My goal for this article is simple:By the end of it I want you to be roaring with motivation. I want you to be so motivated that you immerse yourself in that task you’ve been procrastinating on. Yeah, I know about that task you’ve been putting it off, now it’s time to tackle it.It actually took a fair amount of time and energy to find all the awesome quotes included, so can I make a deal with you? Don’t worry. It’s a good deal, it’s going to make sure you actually get the most out of this article.
  • Editor’s Random 10: February

    20 Feb 2015 | 8:49 am
    Question: What do you call a happy Penguin?Answer: A Peng-GrinI know that was a bit of a random start to this list, but it is a random list anyway, so why not?I’ve just eaten a penguin chocolate bar and that was the joke on it, so I thought I’d share it with you. Actually, do they have penguin bars in america? I’m curious, if you know the answer let me know in the comments.This is another Editors Random 10, if you remember the original.If you didn’t read the first one, it’s basically a list of random 10 thoughts that the editor had on his mind whilst writing the…
  • 6 Tips to Make Your Shoes Last Longer

    18 Feb 2015 | 11:59 am
    If you didn’t know. Shoes are incredibly important. A man can be as well dressed as he wants, but if his shoes aren’t on point then, to put it bluntly, he has no style.They are the final touch that will either make or break your outfit. Make sure it isn’t the latter.If you’re anything like me, then shoes don’t last you as long as they should. I go through shoes incredibly quickly, and honestly I never put much thought into it. As soon as my old pair become worn, I’d just go out and buy a new pair; a kind of automatic reaction.But recently, after my…
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