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  • Online tools that will help you revise your writing

    BookBaby Blog
    BookBaby
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:14 am
    Hiring an editor is an important step in publishing a book-length manuscript. But for smaller projects — short stories, essays, academic assignments —it’s not always possible to get a professional editor to check your grammar and structure before submitting. But you can still bring your writing skills to perfection when you access the right tools. These tools can help you learn a thing or two about how you write and how you can improve your style, but they will also add some fun to the concept of writing: 1. I Write Like Are you wondering how much your work is influenced by a famous…
  • E-Books & Self-Publishing Roundup, April 22, 2014

    Mediashift
    Julie Keck
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am
    1. Amazon takes half of UK’s online retail spend (The Bookseller) 2. E-book self-publishing: Brave new words (Vivian Wagner / TechNewsWorld) 3. Softcover is a new self-publishing platform aimed at technical authors (Anthony Ha / TechCrunch) 4. Oyster offers Spritz speed reading technology (Calvin Reid / Publishers Weekly) 5. Most Americans now reading e-books? (Rich [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Thinking Inside The Box: Building Audience With Bundles

    David Gaughran
    davidgaughran
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    After my marketing post last month, I promised a follow up on box sets. In fact, I’ve gone one better and invited Phoenix Sullivan to do a guest post on the topic. Today is perfect timing actually because we have just launched SINS OF THE PAST: 5 Historical Novels of Mystery, War and Adventure – just 99c at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo (Apple soon!): For those that don’t know Phoenix, she’s a self-published author who also runs her own publishing company – Steel Magnolia Press – together with romance author Jennifer Blake. In the last 18 months,…
  • Writer/Blogger? You May Need a Contact Page Intervention

    Catherine, Caffeinated
    catherineryanhoward
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:53 am
    It may be news to you but for the last year and a half or so, I’ve been doing some freelance social media work for a publishing house, helping promote other authors’ books online. As my goal is essentially to connect readers with books I believe they’ll like, a lot of my time is spent trawling through the magical interweb looking for book blogs. They’re easy enough to find. But it’s not always easy to find what I need when I get there: a way to contact the blogger in private. It’s a particularly bad day when the coffee machine is still brewing and the…
  • Bad Reviews Come Every Writer’s Way, Gatsby’s Abandoned Children

    Nostrovia! Poetry
    Jeremiah Walton
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Bad reviews are inevitable.  Not everyone is going to enjoy our writing, poetry, movie, whatever creative median we threw ourselves into. Bad Reviews Come Every Writer’s Way is an article posted at Gatsby’s Abandoned Children last year, but its relevance pushes forth beyond a date. If you are putting yourself out there, in the public’s eye, in critics’ vision, be prepared. Paulo Coelho said ”Writing is a socially acceptable form of getting naked in public“, and nobody wants to have their body criticized. I’m going to take the good with the bad, and grow with my…
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    Mediashift

  • Future-Proofing News Apps

    Meredith Broussard
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:05 am
    Let’s say that you’re a historian in 2064 and you want to look at the New York Times for a view of how journalists represented celebrity fashion in the early 2000s. You could pull images of the pages of newsprint that hold Oscar photos, but what you’d really want is to see the Times’ 2014 [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Futures Lab Update #56: Beaming Mobile Video to TV; Vizrt’s Video-Editing App

    Reuben Stern
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Reported by Reuben Stern and Olga Kyle. This week we explore some new tools that push video from smartphones to television, and we see how one newspaper is working to turn entertainment listings into a real-world audience experience. PART 1: AirCast Live A new app called AirCast Live enables users to send video clips and photos directly [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Daily Must Reads, April 22, 2014

    Julie Keck
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    1. Netflix calls out AT&T for lackluster streaming performance (Crayton Harrison / Businessweek) 2. Jonah Lehrer quietly launches new blog, gets Gladwell boost (Jeremy Barr / Capital New York) 3. Slate tries to buck the paywall trend by focusing on membership (Mathew Ingram / GigaOm) 4. ‘Today’ show coming to radio for first time on [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • E-Books & Self-Publishing Roundup, April 22, 2014

    Julie Keck
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am
    1. Amazon takes half of UK’s online retail spend (The Bookseller) 2. E-book self-publishing: Brave new words (Vivian Wagner / TechNewsWorld) 3. Softcover is a new self-publishing platform aimed at technical authors (Anthony Ha / TechCrunch) 4. Oyster offers Spritz speed reading technology (Calvin Reid / Publishers Weekly) 5. Most Americans now reading e-books? (Rich [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Journalism Schools Should Educate Non-Journalists and ‘Almost-Journalists’ Too

    Dan Gillmor
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    The “practice” side of journalism education has traditionally had one major goal: to feed new journalists into the news business. The other, broader mission has been to help students become superb critical thinkers and communicators — skills that have wide application in any number of fields. As the traditional journalism business continues to implode, journalism [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
 
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    Digital Book World

  • Ebook, Used Book, or New? The Choice Reflects A Range of Values

    Beth Bacon
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:28 am
    Choice of book format reflects a range of personal and social values. The other day I walked past a used bookstore. My eyes fell on a dog-eared paperback of Shelley’s Frankenstein. If I purchased and read the copy in the window, I wondered, would my experience be the same as it would if I downloaded it from Project Gutenberg and scrolled through the book on a computer? Perhaps the story would feel the same. But it occurred to me that choosing a book is more than selecting its content. A range of values is embedded inside the choice: ebook, used book, or new? Or should I walk around the…
  • Experts Answer Key Questions on Social Media Marketing

    DBW
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:51 pm
    No serious marketing professional in the digital publishing world today can afford to ignore the resources social media offers to connect with readers. But as social platforms multiply and develop, it can be increasingly difficult to cut through the cacophony with an effective message that reaches the right audience. Confronting that challenge was one of the reasons Digital Book World hosted a webcast earlier this year on social media marketing tactics for authors and publishers. The event, led by Kristin Fassler, director of marketing at Random House, Murray Izenwasser, senior interactive…
  • Ebook Publisher Power Rankings: Top 10 Publishers of Q1 2014

    Jeremy Greenfield
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    The DBW Ebook Best-Seller Power Rankings is a list of publishers whose ebooks have appeared on the weekly DBW Ebook Best-Seller list. The publishers are listed in order depending on how many appearances their titles made on the ebook best-seller list on a week-to-week basis.  When it comes to creating best-selling ebooks, no publisher can come close to the prowess of Penguin Random House. Through the first quarter of 2014, the world’s largest publisher had 122 weekly ebook best-sellers, nearly double its closest competitor and about 41% of all the best-sellers so far this year. That…
  • Elsevier to Produce All Ebooks in EPUB3

    DBW
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:45 am
    [Press Release] Elsevier Embraces EPUB3 Format, Ensuring More Enriched and Interactive eBook Experience for Readers EPUB3, the most advanced eBook format, will provide readers with a more immersive, multi-media eBook experience Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, will move its new eBooks to EPUB3, becoming the first major STM publisher to commit to the latest, most advanced eBook format available. By moving to EPUB3, Elsevier’s eBooks will be able to take advantage of the format’s ability to provide multi-media…
  • Q&A: Peter McCarthy on Use of Data, Consumer Insights and Efficiency in Digital Marketing

    Rich Bellis
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:44 am
    Two weeks ago Mike Shatzkin and Peter McCarthy announced the launch of a new digital marketing agency, Logical Marketing, specially designed to serve the needs of publishers and authors. McCarthy, who contributed both to a DBW webcast earlier this year on social media marketing and to the handy FAQ guide that resulted from it, took some time to answer a few questions about the new venture and some of the challenges authors and publishers face in the changing digital paradigm. Related: Book Marketing and Social Media FAQ Booklet DBW: First and foremost, congratulations on getting the new…
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    A Newbie's Guide to Publishing

  • Latham Conger and Kickstarter

    10 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    I met Latham Conger in fourth grade. We were plucked out of our respective classes to attend a two year program in another school called Special Opportunities. And no, it wasn't because we were disfunctional. It was a gifted program for supposedly smart kids, and we were taught by two teachers for two years in the same classroom. No grades, just written report cards. We were encouraged to explore our minds, both academically and creatively. Sort of a Montessori set-up, within the public school system.Being with the same group of kids for two years was interesting. I made two lifelong…
  • Guest Post by Dale T. Phillips and Vlad V.

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    Giving Our Way to Success- by Dale T. Phillips and Vlad V.Giving comes back around. Tess Gerritsen sparked the giving circle with so much of her time, energy, and money to aid Alzheimer's research – so it's nice that I got to thank her in person at Bouchercon, the world mystery conference.On this site, Joe upped the ante with his guest post offer, raising even more funds – while helping writers at the same time – so we’d like to say “thank you” for this opportunity. We've been reading this blog and others like it for years, and a big part of our going Indie is…
  • A Wake Up Call for Tracy Hickman

    3 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    Via PassiveGuy, who was linking to an article from ScienceFiction.com about a convention speech by bestselling sci-fi author Tracy Hickman to a room full of writers.Quote Tracy:“I have to do more now,” he said finally. A hush went over the audience as Hickman continued to describe the conditions under which authors are laboring under today. One can write 12,000 words and sell it for 4.95, he said. At that price point, his 120,000 novel would have be $49.50, which would be impossible to market. “I’m fighting for my life as an author,” he admitted frankly, his voice solemn. He then…
  • My Last Blog Post

    1 Apr 2014 | 4:27 am
    Over three years ago, I did a blog post about successful self-published authors, and how many of them tried out self-publishing because they read my blog.I ended the blog post with this offer:You hear that, NY Publishing? You truly want to slow the growth of ebooks?Shut me up.I'm willing to be bought off. Pass around a collection envelope, like you do for employee birthdays. For a million bucks, I promise I'll never blog about ebooks, or help another writer, ever again.Since that post I've written several hundred more, encouraging authors to self-publish while explaining, in excruciating…
  • New Jack Daniels Novel Q & A with Jude Hardin

    20 Mar 2014 | 2:23 pm
    The first Jack Daniels novel in four years, LADY 52, is now available on Amazon Kindle for $3.99.What do Lt. Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels and private investigator Nicholas Colt have in common? Billiards, bourbon, bad jokes… And murder. Several, in fact. A homeless woman’s remains are found near Chicago twenty-six years after she disappeared. Her daughter—now retired in Florida—suspects foul play, and she hires Colt to fly up there and check it out. A prominent Chicago physician is slain outside a convenience store, horribly mutilated. A senseless street killing? A…
 
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    Catherine, Caffeinated

  • Attention Women Writers: Meet the #WoMentoring Project!

    catherineryanhoward
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:12 am
    Today I’m honored to help introduce something very exciting, timely and worthwhile: The WoMentoring Project!  The Wo-what now? The WoMentoring Project exists to offer free mentoring by professional literary women to up and coming female writers who would otherwise find it difficult to access similar opportunities. The mission of The WoMentoring Project is simply to introduce successful literary women to other women writers at the beginning of their careers who would benefit from some insight, knowledge and support. The hope is that we’ll see new, talented and diverse female voices…
  • Sunday Coffee Reads | Apr 6

    catherineryanhoward
    6 Apr 2014 | 4:51 am
    Welcome to Sunday Coffee Reads which, if you’re not familiar, is my occasional sharing of the most interesting thoughts and links to things I’ve come across on Twitter and marked as favourites to read later, later being Sunday morning when I’ve the first of many cups of coffee in hand… I’ve actually been out of the office (read: away from the desk in my living room) for the past week, as Andrea Summers was here and I took her on a very rainy trip around Ireland. Well, a few bits of it anyway. Highlights were breakfast with a view at the Lake Hotel in…
  • Writer/Blogger? You May Need a Contact Page Intervention

    catherineryanhoward
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:53 am
    It may be news to you but for the last year and a half or so, I’ve been doing some freelance social media work for a publishing house, helping promote other authors’ books online. As my goal is essentially to connect readers with books I believe they’ll like, a lot of my time is spent trawling through the magical interweb looking for book blogs. They’re easy enough to find. But it’s not always easy to find what I need when I get there: a way to contact the blogger in private. It’s a particularly bad day when the coffee machine is still brewing and the…
  • Sunday Coffee Reads | Mar 23

    catherineryanhoward
    23 Mar 2014 | 6:48 am
    Welcome to Sunday Coffee Reads which, if you’re not familiar, is my occasional sharing of the most interesting thoughts and links to things I’ve come across on Twitter and marked as favourites to read later, later being Sunday morning when I’ve the first of many cups of coffee in hand… So, behold! This week’s tweets: 50+ Better Questions To Ask Than How To Be More Productive http://t.co/BD6LET4c2p via @CharlieGilkey — Joanna Penn (@thecreativepenn) March 23, 2014 Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on. LOUIS…
  • The Blog Tour: What, Why and How I Write

    catherineryanhoward
    17 Mar 2014 | 4:35 am
    This morning I am contributing a stop to The Blog Tour: What, Why and How I Write, this on-going blogging and writing thingy where each blogger answers four questions about their writing, tags three victims and runs away screaming, ‘You’re it!’ Normally I avoid such things because they have a tendency to get out of hand quickly (‘I just nominated for you for this award – now all you need to do is make a list of 53 bloggers you love and get each of them to nominate 87 other bloggers…’ etc. etc.) but Jason Arnopp (a) asked me before he tagged me and (b)…
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    BookBaby Blog

  • Online tools that will help you revise your writing

    BookBaby
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:14 am
    Hiring an editor is an important step in publishing a book-length manuscript. But for smaller projects — short stories, essays, academic assignments —it’s not always possible to get a professional editor to check your grammar and structure before submitting. But you can still bring your writing skills to perfection when you access the right tools. These tools can help you learn a thing or two about how you write and how you can improve your style, but they will also add some fun to the concept of writing: 1. I Write Like Are you wondering how much your work is influenced by a famous…
  • How to sell your eBooks on Oyster and Flipkart

    Chris Robley
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:28 pm
    BookBaby is pleased to welcome two new partners, Oyster and Flipkart, to our distribution network for independent authors. So, how do you get your eBook onto Oyster and Flipkart? Easy. If you’re a BookBaby author, we’ll take care of it for you! Here’s a little information about each of our new partners: Oyster Oyster has been called the “Netflix of books” and the description is appropriate. They offer unlimited access to over 200,000 books for just $9.95 a month, with new titles added all the time. Oyster’s mission is to connect readers with the perfect book.
  • To plan out your book or not to plan out your book…There is no question

    BookBaby
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    [This post was written by guest contributor Nina Amir, author of How to Blog a Book and The Author Training Manual.] An ongoing debate exists in the writing world about whether or not to plan out a book prior to typing that first word. The “mappers” or “planners” say, “Plan it out! It’s more effective!” The “pantsers,”on the other hand, say, “Write by the seat of your pants! It’s more creative.” I tend to be a pantser. Sometimes you can write a book “off the top of your head” or when inspiration hits and have the content make sense and the story turn out…
  • Enough is enough: how to know when you’re done revising your manuscript

    Chris Robley
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:05 am
    There’s that famous adage about the novelist never being able to finish a book, only abandon it to the public. Sometimes it’s hard to know when you’re really done writing and revising your book, story, or poem. You could easily tweak your manuscript forever, draft after draft, and still end up asking yourself every time, “is this version any better than the last?” It can be one of those things: the tighter you grip, the more it slips away. You lose perspective, and by then you’ve traveled so far from the original idea that you can’t even tell if you…
  • What will you do when your eBook sales slow down?

    Chris Robley
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:48 am
    Survey says: print books are here to stay According to a recent study called ”The Evolution of the Book Industry: Implications for U.S. Book Manufacturers and Printers,” almost 70% of book buyers say they are likely to continue purchasing printed books through 2016. Perhaps more shocking was the finding that 60% of all eBooks that are downloaded in the United States are NEVER read. Why the fierce loyalty to printed books? Oh, the usual reasons: a “sensory attachment” (as eContent calls it) to the physical item, the desire to place the book on a bookshelf, and the fact…
 
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    Self-Publishing Review

  • Blurb to Distribute to Amazon

    Henry Baum
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:10 pm
    BGood news for photographers. Before, Blurb was more of a boutique press – you’d have to send customers to Blurb to purchase a book. Less like publishing, and more like gift-making. Now Blurb is opening it up to self-publish photo books on Amazon, no matter how many copies are sold. Photo books are so expensive ...
  • The Road to the Bottom: 99 Cent Box Sets

    Henry Baum
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:29 pm
    A guest post on David Gaughran’s site covers the new world of bundled box sets. A good idea on the surface, and very profitable, but also problematic. She addresses this in the post: With the attention, of course, also comes the inevitable criticism: that 2012 was the year of the freebie, 2013 the year of ...
  • What Makes a Good Book Marketer?

    Bookwhirl
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:21 pm
    There are certain qualities and values that define and characterize good book marketers. Find it out and try to see if it satisfies your expectations.
  • Book Excerpt: Restless Spirits by Jean Marie Bauhaus

    Jean Marie Bauhaus
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:16 pm
    [Below is an excerpt from Restless Spirits by Jean Marie Bauhaus.] The stairs took a left turn at the top and let out into a long, empty hallway. I paused to calm myself down. I didn’t know who this kid was, but if it was me, I wouldn’t be too eager to show myself to ...
  • Podcast with Joanna Penn

    Henry Baum
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Check out this nice podcast with Joanna Penn from the guys at the Self-Publishing Podcast: We started out by talking about speaking opportunities for writers (Sean and I want to get paid to speak), based around Joanna’s conveniently timed new book Public Speaking for Authors, Creatives, and Other Introverts, which you should go and pick ...
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    The Book Designer

  • 4 Levels of Editing Explained: Which Service Does Your Book Need?

    Joel Friedlander
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    By Corina Koch MacLeod and Carla Douglas In our last article, 5 Things You Should Know about Working with Beta Readers, we discussed how you can work with beta readers to enhance the self-editing process. Self-editing, or revision, as we call it, is the furthest you can take your manuscript on your own, with feedback from others, but without professional editing help. This is a great first step towards polishing your manuscript. Let’s suppose that you’ve gotten feedback from your beta readers and made any necessary adjustments to your manuscript. What else can you do to find out what your…
  • The Mindset of Successful Self-Publishers

    Joel Friedlander
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    Mindset—yours may be important in determining whether you’ll achieve success in self-publishing, or whether you’ll struggle, never quite getting where you want to go. What is a mindset? Well, it’s kind of like an attitude, or a whole series of attitudes around a particular topic. When we go into a new field, we’re naturally sensitized to notice lots of things we might never have paid attention to before, and this can happen in both significant and mundane parts of life. For instance, maybe you just bought the latest Volvo sports car. All of a sudden, when…
  • This Week in the Blogs, April 12 – 18, 2014

    Joel Friedlander
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    Spring has sprung, and I hope some of the natural beauty of the season is distracting you from the seemingly endless hours we spend staring at screens. Go outside, breath that fresh air, enjoy your family. And this weekend, when you’re looking for a quiet spot and some downtime, check out these articles, you’re sure to find something to help you pass the time. Kristen Lamb on Kristen Lamb’s Blog Social Media, Book Signings & Why Neither Directly Impact Overall Sales “One of my AWESOME on-line pals posted something troublesome on my Facebook page. Apparently there…
 
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    The Future of Ink

  • How To Write And Publish Books That Sell [Webinar]

    Denise Wakeman
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Send to KindleEveryone says, “Now is the best time to be an author.” But do you have the knowledge and training to produce a marketable book and to succeed as either a traditionally published or self-published author? To produce a book that gets read by thousands of people in your target market, you have to have more than just a good idea and writing skill. Withalmost 400,000 self-published titles and about 500,000 traditionally published titles released each year, it’s not easy to make a book to stand out in the crowd. In fact, the average print book sells only 250 copies per year and…
  • How To Market Your Book To The Locals – Four Secrets

    Kristen Eckstein
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Send to Kindleby Kristen Eckstein While the internet is a huge place that allows us to connect with audiences all over the world, we shouldn’t neglect our own backyards. It’s easy to focus your marketing strategy only online, however local marketing can go a long way toward preparing you for interviews, giving you media exposure, and helping you gain practical experience you can use to properly position yourself as a successful author. Here are four secrets to market your book to your local target market in your own backyard: Secret #1: Contact local organizations Find out what local…
  • How To Start Your Own Publishing Company – 10 Essential Steps

    Shelley Hitz
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Send to Kindleby Shelley Hitz Disclaimer:  This blog post is for informational purposes only.  I am not a lawyer or accountant and am not giving legal advice.  Consult with a tax professional and lawyer before making decisions regarding your business.  As an author, have you considered starting your own publishing company?  Many self-published authors are now choosing this option.  In fact, this is what my husband CJ and I have done.  We started Body and Soul Publishing in 2012 and haven’t looked back yet. Three Reasons to Start an Independent Publishing Company 1)    It looks…
  • The 5 Qualities You Need To Successfully Self-Publish Your Book

    Nina Amir
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Send to Kindleby Nina Amir You can find lots of articles and guides on how to write and self-publish a book. Beyond the advice on promoting your book, including so-called bestseller campaigns, you’ll find less information on how to succeed as a self-published author. Here’s the truth of the matter: Achieving the status of “successful self-published author,” no matter how you publish, comes down to attitude. In fact, the majority of successful people in any industry will tell you their attitude helped them achieve their goals. You Need an Author Attitude If you want to become a…
  • 7 Tools to Create Killer Headlines

    Joan Stewart
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Send to Kindleby Joan Stewart On average, 8 of 10 people never make it past your headline or title. That’s because headlines are usually an afterthought–slapped onto an article, a press release or a blog post after you’ve  spent an hour or two painstakingly writing it, rewriting, proofreading and correcting errors. By the time you’re done with all that, you’re exhausted. So you write the first headline thing that comes to mind. In my work as a publicity expert, a writing coach a former newspaper editor, I’ve identified five major problems with headlines…
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    The Passive Voice - Latest Updates

  • Amazon takes half of UK’s online retail spend

    Passive Guy
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    From The Bookseller:More than half of Britain’s online retail spend goes to Amazon, working out at £70 for every man, woman and child in the country, according to a new BBC television programme.Amazon is now so ingrained in everyday life that the word itself has become a verb, an Amazon shopper told the show. “If I want to know something, I’ll Google it. If I want to buy something, I’ll Amazon it,” he told the BBC.Part of the documentary was filmed at The Bookseller’s FutureBook Conference last November. Michael Bhaskar, digital publishing director at Profile Books, told the…
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™

    Passive Guy
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    From Universal Studios Japan:Hogwarts™ castle is an iconic feature of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™. Inside Hogwarts™ castle you’ll explore the classrooms and corridors of Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, including Dumbledore’s™ Office and the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom. Moving portraits and the Sorting Hat™ may speak to you as you journey through the castle.You’ll also enjoy the world’s best attraction*, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™, featuring cutting-edge 4K imaging technology. Get ready to embark on a magical journey…
  • The huge green fragment of ice

    Passive Guy
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    The huge green fragment of ice on which she alighted pitched and creaked as her weight came on it, but she staid there not a moment. With wild cries and desperate energy she leaped to another and still another cake;–stumbling–leaping–slipping–springing upwards again! Her shoes are gone–her stocking cut from her feet–while blood marked every step; but she saw nothing, felt nothing, till dimly, as in a dream, she saw the Ohio side, and a man helping her up the bank.Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s CabinFor visitors from outside the United States, Harriet Beecher Stowe, born…
  • Advertisers Use Social Media to Promote Brands in Real Time

    Passive Guy
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    From The Wall Street Journal:The usual formula goes something like this: Marketers and advertisers spend huge budgets to craft their campaigns, then refine them over weeks or months until they find just the message that will reach their target audience.Now some companies are trying to squeeze all of that work into mere minutes.These advertisers are watching Twitter and other social networks to see what topics are getting the most attention, and putting together short blog posts, tweets and videos that match those themes—in hopes that the online audience will become more aware of the brand…
  • The Wheel of Time and the Hugo Voter Packet

    Passive Guy
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    From Tor.com:Ever since the announcement of the 2014 Hugo Finalists, we’ve been getting questions on all fronts about the Wheel of Time. Since 2006, the Worldcon has been making a collection of e-texts of the nominated works (subject to their authors’ and publishers’ willingness to make them available) available to Hugo voters, so that those voters can make informed choices. But no work as long as Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson’ Wheel of Time has previously been a finalist.In answer to many inquiries, we’re happy to be able to say that the entire Wheel of Time will be made…
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    The Digital Reader

  • The Morning Coffee – 23 April 2014

    Nate Hoffelder
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Here’s a short list to read this morning. 99 Book Nerd Problems (B&N Blog) Amazon takes half of UK’s online retail spend (The Bookseller) Authors create product, readers consume product—those in between must provide long-term value (Write on the River) Book, Magazine Sales Fell 9% at BAM (The Passive Voice) The various types of readers (Studio Tendra) Visual storytelling site Storybird adds longform option for the school-age set (GigaOm) What does it mean to ‘amazon’ something? (MobyLives) The post The Morning Coffee – 23 April 2014 appeared first on The…
  • New Browser Plugin Figuratively Kills the Word Literally

    Nate Hoffelder
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:08 pm
    The war between those who use the word literally in its correct historical meaning and those who cannot stand to see the word used for exaggeration will likely never end, but thanks to a new browser plugin it’s now possible to call a truce. A newly released plugin for Chrome, Safari, and Firefox is now available to rescue the frayed nerves of grammar nazis. Once installed in your web browser, the plugin replaces instances of the word literally with figuratively. It doesn’t work on illustrations or Twitter (I don’t know if it works on FB either), but at a minimum it will…
  • Sony’s $1,100 Digital Paper Has Found a New Home: in HR

    Nate Hoffelder
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:42 pm
    When Sony’s expensive Digital Paper writing slate launched in the US last month I knew that its $1,100 price tag and limited feature set would make it hard to find buyers, but it looks like Sony DPT-S1 has found a home where money is rarely a problem: Hollywood. Sony put out a press release today, announcing a new deal with Ease Entertainment. This firm handles accounting and payroll for studios and other entertainment companies, and they think the Sony Digital Paper is a great idea. “We are committed to taking what is still a ‘paper and file box’ industry and moving…
  • Samsung Sees Tizen as a Hedge Against the Post-Google, Post-Android Era

    Nate Hoffelder
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Having announced plans to use Tizen, Android Wear, and Android on a variety of mobile devices, Samsung has confused many bloggers over the past 6 months as we try to figure out their strategy. The Korean gadget maker is planning to use both Tizen and Android on smartphones and Android Wear and Tizen on smartwatches, and today they explained why. The short answer is that Samsung is working to develop a single ecosystem for all their products, including smartphones, tablets, TVs, and home appliances. “So far, Samsung hasn’t been sticking to one platform,” Samsung Electronics…
  • Amazon Sales Take a Hit in States With Online Tax, and Other Predictable Outcomes

    Nate Hoffelder
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:22 am
    A newly published paper has confirmed the age old truism that people shop around for the best price buy less as prices increase. A team of researchers at Ohio State University have been studying the effects of online sales tax on consumer behavior, and they noted that consumers in states where online sales taxes are collected tended to spend less at Amazon than consumers in states where no online sales tax was due. According to Bloomberg: In one of the first efforts to quantify the impact of states accruing more tax revenue from Web purchases, researchers at Ohio State University published a…
 
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    The Independent Publishing Magazine

  • Blurb Add Amazon Distribution, ISBN Allocation and New Offline Design Software

    Mick Rooney
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    DIY self-publishing platform Blurb has finally added additional distribution to its offering for authors publishing a book using its online tools. The announcement today also includes ISBN allocation and the introduction of BookWright, a software tool enabling authors to design and publish print and e-books from the same file, at the same time, all in one place.Read More>>>The Independent Publishing Magazine | TIPM Media
  • Self-Publishing Round Table | Transitioning From Traditional to Self-Publishing

    Mick Rooney
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:16 am
    The Self-Publishing Roundtable started out as a joke between five strangers on Twitter. It's one of a few excellent video podcast resources along with Self-Publishing Podcast 101 and a must-visit point for independent authors exploring the world of self-publishing, whether you are a seasoned author or on the first step of your writing journey.Read More>>>The Independent Publishing Magazine | TIPM Media
  • Former Bewrite Founder and Editor Neil Marr Has Died (1949-2014)

    Mick Rooney
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:16 am
    1949-2014It's with great sadness that TIPM reports Neil Marr has died. Neil began his writing career as a journalist, founded Bewrite Books as an editor and publisher, and was a much respected light in recent years in the self-publishing community. Many authors within the UK will be very familiar with Neil and his constant energy and enthusiasm to support and encourage writers.Read More>>>The Independent Publishing Magazine | TIPM Media
  • The Global eBook Report | Spring 2014 Edition

    Mick Rooney
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:34 am
    Getting concrete and accurate data on e-books and the digital marketplace in the book industry can be a precarious business. Bowker and Nielsen both provide regular data to the industry but their can often miss the full global picture if certain sales channels are omitted or the data is correlated solely from books published with an ISBN. For example, Amazon are notorious for not sharing book sales data unless you are an author or publisher client. Even then, it's your data, no one else. Similarly, with so many self-publishing platforms out there facilitating authors to…
  • Publishing Service Index | April 2014

    Mick Rooney
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:48 am
    This is the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for April 2014. This update reflects some review updates and author feedback over the past 4 to 5 weeks. CreateSpace and Amazon KDP swap places at the top and Bookbaby enters the index for the first time at 17th. You can see our TIPM review of Bookbaby here.IngramSpark continues to make up some ground after its launch last summer, rising to 4th place.TIPM continues to receive regular feedback on services through comments under our reviews, via our TIPM Facebook page, and directly to us. Your comments are always welcome and every comment and experience…
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    The Creative Penn

  • 7 Tips To Help Promote Your First Self-Published Book

    Joanna Penn
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:10 pm
    While this site is now aimed at being a graduate education for author-entrepreneurs, I still get emails every day from new authors who are just discovering self-publishing. I suggest that they start with my Author 2.0 Blueprint, and the other free resources as well as the audio podcast. Plus I wrote this checklist for new self-published authors when I published my Dad’s first book. But there are always more questions! So today, Debbie Flint offers some tips for promoting your first book. This will also be one of the last guest posts on the site, so expect to hear from me more in future…
  • Using Kickstarter For Graphic Novels With Ben Galley

    Joanna Penn
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:51 pm
    Kickstarter is a fantastic place for creatives to find funding, but you do need to use it for the right projects and understand how it works. In this interview, I talk to Ben Galley about his graphic novel adaptation Kickstarter campaign, as well as his tips for getting the funding right, attracting backers and more. Full transcription below the video, or you can watch it on YouTube here. Ben Galley Interview Transcription Joanna: Hi, everyone, I’m Joanna Penn from TheCreativePenn.com and today I’m here with Ben Galley. Welcome, Ben! Ben: Hi there, Jo, how are you doing? Joanna: I’m…
  • Why Indie Authors Need A Team

    Joanna Penn
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:10 pm
    People often ask me about how to be a successful indie author, or what’s the best way of marketing. I seem to be replying in the same vein every time these days – it’s all about collaboration and about personal relationships. I have a team of people I work with in my business. I have editors, a cover designer, an interior book designer, a graphic artist, a transcriber, a book-keeper, outsourced contractors for specific projects, a creative mentor, a community of twitter & blog friends and many more. Without these, I would not be able to do what I do. This is also why I…
  • Lessons Learned From A Game Changing London Book Fair 2014

    Joanna Penn
    12 Apr 2014 | 11:20 pm
    The last few days at London Book Fair have been mind-blowing for me. I feel this is a tipping point in my own author journey, and in this post I share with you what I have learned. (1) Ambitious authors can achieve 7 figure success as indies This week I experienced the Indie Bestseller group of authors, made up of Bella Andre, Hugh Howey, Jasinda Wilder, Barbara Freethy, Liliana Hart, Candice Hern and Stephanie Bond, all of whom are incredibly successful as indie authors, both in terms of hitting the big lists, satisfying readers, and making a very good living. I say ‘experienced’…
  • No More Excuses About Writing. Fire The Muse And Go To Work.

    Joanna Penn
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:07 pm
    At Harrogate Crime Festival last year, I heard Lee Child being interviewed on his incredibly successful Jack Reacher series. When asked about his writing process, Lee mentioned being like a trucker. A trucker doesn’t get up in the morning and wonder whether or not to get in the truck and do his job. He just does, and off he drives. So, Lee said, he just gets in his version of the truck and writes. It’s a job, just do it. This workman attitude also resonates through Steven Pressfield’s book ‘Turning Pro,’ which sits on my desk and which I re-read every new year.
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    GalleyCat

  • ‘Heaven is for Real’ Tops iBooks Bestsellers List

    Dianna Dilworth
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo & Lynn Vincent has debuted on the top of Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week. Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 4/21. Veronica Roth still has a stronghold on the list, with three books on the list. We’ve included Apple’s entire list after the jump. continued… New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
  • James Patterson’s Advice on Writing

    Dianna Dilworth
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am
    Bestselling author James Patterson doesn’t consider himself the best writer in the world, but he will admit that he’s a very good storyteller. In an interview with Fast Company Create, the top selling author in the world shared a number of his tips on writing a page turner. One such tip is to write how someone might tell a story. He explains in the interview: I think what hooks people into my stories is the pace. I try to leave out the parts people skip. I used to live across the street from Alexander Haig, and if I told you a story that I went out to get the paper and Haig was…
  • Alicia Silverstone Pens Parenting Book

    Dianna Dilworth
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    Actress Alicia Silverstone has written a new parenting book called The Kind Mama, in which she advocates for happiness during pregnancy and postpartum through a vegan diet and lifestyle. “I knew there was another way and it would be a more enjoyable, lovely way,” she told the Associated Press in a recent interview. “So I started talking to doctors and medical experts, doing tons of research and found that there was so much support for this way. I wanted to make a guide for women so they could have that experience that they deserved to have.” The Rodale publication is…
  • National Book Day Festival Kicks Off in Pakistan

    Dianna Dilworth
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    The National Book Foundation of Pakistan is hosting a three-day book festival in Islamabad. The fifth annual event kicked off today with a number of literary activities. The event includes a park full of book stalls. Pakistani readers can buy discounted books at these stalls. The goal of the event is to encourage reading among every age group. Pakistan Today has the scoop: “The three-day National Book Day Festival would be held at Pak-China Friendship Centre under a slogan “Book leads to Peace” and feature school childrens’ book parade, childrens’ book anthem, hoisting of book…
  • Fancy Nancy, The Collector, & The Berenstain Bears Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

    Maryann Yin
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:08 am
    We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending April 20, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month. (Debuted at #9 in Children’s Illustrated) Fancy Nancy & the Wedding of the Century written by Jane O’Connor & illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser: “Not only does Nancy help out the bride in this wonderful story, she also gets to attend a fabulous party reception! Fans of Fancy Nancy and weddings alike will laugh along with Nancy as she discovers how truly special even the simplest…
 
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    Packt Publishing | Feed

  • Dive deep into GlassFish 4 Application Server using Packt’s new book and eBook

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:48 pm
    About the author:David Heffelfinger is the Chief Technology Officer of Ensode Technology, LLC, a software consulting firm based in the greater Washington DC area. He has been architecting, designing, and developing software professionally since 1995 and has been using Java as his primary programming language since 1996. He has worked on many large scale projects for several clients including the US Department of Homeland Security, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and the US Department of Defense. He has a Masters' degree in Software Engineering from Southern Methodist University. David is editor in…
  • Using cross-validation

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:32 pm
    In this article by Akhil Wali, author of Clojure for Machine Learning, we will discuss several methods that can be used to improve the effectiveness of a given machine learning model. We will also implement a working spam classifier as an example of how to build machine learning systems that incorporate evaluation.
  • Creating a Responsive Magento Theme with Bootstrap 3

    21 Apr 2014 | 3:49 am
  • Monte Carlo Simulation and Options

    21 Apr 2014 | 3:44 am
    In this article by Yuxing Yan, the author of Python for Finance, discusses how to use Monte Carlo simulation to price European, American, average, lookback, and barrier options. In finance, we study the trade-off between risk and return. The common definition of risk is uncertainty. For example, when evaluating a potential profitable project, we have to predict many factors in the life of the project, such as the annual sales, price of the final product, prices of raw materials, salary increase of employees, inflation rate, cost of borrowing, cost of new equity, and economic status. For those…
  • Skinning a character

    21 Apr 2014 | 12:39 am
    In this article, by Sumeet Arora, the author of WebGL Game Development, we discuss various aspects of skinning a character.
 
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    Self Publishing Advisor

  • Self-Publishing Week in Review: 4/22/14

    selfpublishingadvisor
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    As a self-publishing author, you may find it helpful to stay up-to-date on the trends and news related to the self-publishing industry. This will help you make informed decisions before, during and after the self-publishing process, which will lead to a greater self-publishing experience. To help you stay current on self-publishing topics, simply visit our blog every Tuesday to find out the hottest news. Research and Markets: The Rise and Impact of Self-Publishing 2013-2014 Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “The Rise and Impact of Self-Publishing…
  • Help! There are so many self-publishing companies!

    Jodee Thayer
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    So you’ve decided to self-publish, congratulations! Now it’s time to pick a self-publishing company. As you’ve probably already realized, this can be a stressful task since comparing self-publishing companies is like comparing apples to oranges. At first glance, you might think it is simple to compare packages from different companies, but once you dig deeper, you’ll realize that each company’s packages feature different services. When researching and comparing self-publishing companies, be sure to ask yourself these questions: 1) What services do you want and need? Before you start…
  • Friday Conversations With A Self-Publishing Writer 4/18/14

    selfpublishingadvisor
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING When meeting someone new—and hoping to establish a friendship—there are two topics of conversation that most people stay clear of: Politics and Religion.  Thank goodness, writers have no such boundary!  As of this blog entry, I have not yet had the pleasure of working with an author in the genre of World and/or National Politics.  However, I am very blessed to say that my life has been enriched by working with authors from the mission field, from pastors to world evangelists and prophets to next door neighbors who write about the legacy of their faith walk. …
  • Weekly Self-Published Book Review: The Secret of Cancer & AIDS

    selfpublishingadvisor
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Book reviews are a great way for self-publishing authors to gain exposure. After all, how can someone buy your book if he or she doesn’t know it exists? Paired with other elements of your book promotion strategy, requesting reviews is a great way to get people talking about what you’ve written. When we read good reviews, we definitely like to share them. It gives the author a few (permanent) moments of fame and allows us to let the community know about a great book. Here’s this week’s book review by Midwest Book Review: The Secret of Cancer & AIDS Jason McKenna Publisher:…
  • 4 Reasons to Self-Publish This Easter

    Kelly Schuknecht
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Holidays can be an excellent source of motivation and inspiration, and many great books center around a specific holiday. Here are four reasons you should self-publish this Easter. 1. Children’s Books Holiday themed books are especially popular among children’s book authors because teachers, parents, and kids love to read books related to what children are experiencing at that time. Perhaps you could write a book Sunday school teachers could use to teach kids about Easter, or you could create a funny bunny story that plays with alliterations, metaphors, and other writing…
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    The Book Deal

  • Ask the editor: Breaking the “write what you know” rule

    Alan Rinzler
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Q: I have a terrific story to tell, but it didn’t actually happen to me. Is it possible to write with authenticity about something you haven’t experienced firsthand? A: Many great books are written by authors who seem to have nothing in common with their character’s experiences. Different gender, culture, time in history, geographic location. Stephen Crane wrote The Red Badge of Courage, an amazing description of a bloody hand-to-hand combat and death during the infamous Civil War battle of Chancellorsville without ever having any experience in the military or violent conflict of any…
  • Have you ever written something you later regretted?

    Alan Rinzler
    11 Mar 2014 | 11:01 pm
    I sure have. It was 1964 and I was on assignment for The Nation magazine to write a review of the Beatles at Carnegie Hall, their first live appearance in the United States. No Soul in Beatlesville There I was, standing on a shaky balcony seat trying to see the stage over a mob of hysterical, screaming and sobbing 13-year-old girls. I was 25 years old and a rhythm and blues purist, a wannabee soul brother. I didn’t get the Beatles. My review?  It was vicious. I called it No Soul in Beatlesville and eviscerated the band as “derivative, a deliberate imitation…manna for dull minds”.
  • Staying connected: You’re not alone

    Alan Rinzler
    26 Jan 2014 | 10:23 pm
    When you’re writing in the zone, you feel confident and creative, ready for prime time, readers, agents, and publishers, right? But it doesn’t always come that easily.  When writers get stuck, those good feelings can drop away quickly. A lonely occupation Writing is a solitary business for the most part, with hours spent alone, day after day. You zip forward, then maybe you stall, so you start over, you revise, revise again… It’s not easy. It can take years to write a book you’re proud of. Feelings of isolation and self-doubt are occasionally part of the bargain for any…
  • Prequels build buzz!

    Alan Rinzler
    16 Dec 2013 | 10:41 am
    Have you heard what some savvy authors are doing to build excitement and attract readers to their upcoming books? They’re writing prequels: tantalizing teasers in short story form that preview the key characters and settings of an upcoming novel. Some prequels predate or provide backstories for the longer books to come. Others are like outtakes from the novel, standalone narratives that add to our knowledge of the characters but don’t appear in the books themselves. Prequels provide readers with the flavor and quality of the forthcoming book in a way that makes them yearn to read more.
  • Too much vertical space in your manuscript?

    Alan Rinzler
    25 Nov 2013 | 4:03 pm
    In filmmaking, vertical space is shorthand for script pages with lots of white and not a lot of words. For scriptwriters it’s the rule. A script has dialogue, brief notes for action on the screen and not much else. It makes for quick reading and ensures a kind of textual scarcity that directors consider a virtue, since in the movie business, directors, not screenwriters, are the storytellers. They’re the ones who bring the action, dialogue, sound, light, color, and music together into a coherent narrative. For a book author, however, a lot of vertical space is usually a sign of trouble.
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    BadRedhead Media

  • Top Ten List of Truths for Self-publishers Part One by @AP_Fuchs

    Rachel Thompson
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am
    Image courtesy of winnond / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Today I am pleased to have A.P. Fuchs on the blog to talk about his truths of self-publishing. I met Fuchs in Winnipeg this year and he is extremely knowledgeable about self-publishing. Check out some of his advice to self-publishers below!    Self-publishing has been around for a long, long time. In fact, that’s how writers used to publish their work before the whole big trade system came along. Self-publishing has also always—always—been a viable way to make a living as a writer, but the problem was most writers who tried it…
  • 10 Steps To The Best Cover For Your Book by guest @Mal_Rock

    Rachel Thompson
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    The subject of book covers is a hot one, especially in the indie publishing world. All the time I hear arguments like: People should give all  books a fair chance… Just because an author can’t afford a professionally designed cover, doesn’t mean the book is bad.. The cover makes perfect sense to me and I love it, so my readers will too… The problem is, people DO judge books by their covers. They WON’T usually give a book with a poorly designed cover a chance. Your  cover is the face of your work, so if the cover isn’t good or is all wrong for your target audience, potential…
  • The 5 Biggest Risks I’ve Taken As An Author

    Rachel Thompson
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Post originally published on Jessica Bell’s The Alliterative Allomorph. Reposted with permission. Written by Rachel Thompson. I’ve written a lot of blog posts. A lot. A lot, a lot. Yet, nobody has ever asked me before what the five biggest risks I’ve taken as an author are, til now. So thank you Jessica for the opportunity to write for you and for making me dig deep. Let’s deconstruct. 1)   Telling my real story.  I started blogging in 2007-ish, and mostly it was a way to connect with family and friends far and wide.
  • #MondayBlogs Giveaway

    Rachel Thompson
    24 Mar 2014 | 11:46 am
    Since being created in 2012 by Rachel Thompson, #MondayBlogs has become amazing success 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 #MondayBlog tweeps, we have a little announcement we’d like to make… Who’s ready for a contest? An ongoing, monthly contest? What if I told you the prize is more exposure for you and your blog? And it won’t cost you anything more than a bit of your time? Interested? Well, how would you like to be the Featured MondayBlogger? Wait, what’s that even mean, you ask? Each…
  • HopeLine Recycle Program Provides Hope For More than the Environment by Karen Ogden

    Rachel Thompson
    21 Mar 2014 | 11:45 am
    Today please welcome Karen of the HopeLine program from Verizon. Rachel has teamed up with the HopeLine program which connects survivors of domestic violence to vital resources, funds organizations nationwide and protects the environment. Read below to learn more about how you can help.  After upgrading my last phone I was left wondering what to do with my old one. Since it still worked, I thought I might send it to one of those places that run TV ads saying they’ll buy your used electronics. But to be honest, it sounded like the few bucks I would get wouldn’t even be worth the…
 
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    Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

  • Community curation

    Joe Wikert
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    With paywalls coming back in style readers are discovering more brands are clamping down on content access. Whether it’s accomplished through metering or subscriber-only access, a day doesn’t go by when I haven’t run into a paywall. That’s OK. There’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why you need to experiment with content sponsorship

    Joe Wikert
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:02 am
    Every type of content is facing downward pricing pressure. Free online news has disrupted the newspaper industry. Free article-length content has impacted the magazine model. Free and cheap ebooks have completely upended the book publishing world. It’s time for publishers... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The best time NOT to self-publish is…..(never)

    Joe Wikert
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:52 am
    There are so many op-eds these days on when or if to self-publish but more so, features on the inferiority of self-published works just by virtue of fact they are self-published. This premise is applied even if the self-publishing author... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 important questions about content reuse

    Joe Wikert
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    For many years publishers created content, used it once and never considered its value beyond that initial use. Some publishers created remixes in the print-only era but everyone needs to explore content reuse in the digital age. At its heart,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What if digital preceded print?

    Joe Wikert
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:40 am
    As the saying goes, “when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” I believe that’s the state of the digital content industry and it’s all because print preceded digital. When you look at a digital newspaper,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Slushpile

  • Conservative Book Publishing on the Wane, So Cruz Gets $1.5M

    scott
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Little more than two weeks after a widely circulated article on the fading of a genre, “Killing Conservative Books: The Shocking End of a Publishing Gold Rush that discussed “the gutting of the conservative book market” and that too many books and too many publishers “made the economics of their genre much tougher, with an ever-increasing number of books competing for an audience that hasn’t grown much since the ’90s”, came news that Texas Senator Ted Cruz agreed to a $1.5 million dollar advance from HarperCollins. [Disclaimer: Different imprints of…
  • Plan Your Trip by The Kentucky Barbecue Book

    scott
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:02 am
    The Food Network and other outlets churn out insufferable amounts of coverage devoted to barbecue in Texas, North Carolina, and Kansas City. With good reason, admittedly. Like anything, there are places where people simply do things right. And those locales should be celebrated and honored. But by falling back on these old faithful locations time and time again (I mean, do we really need another peek at the Salt Lick in Austin, no matter how great the place is?), we miss the opportunity to explore lesser-known, but equally vibrant cultures of cooking. For me, that oversight was rectified this…
  • Sometimes, Ya Just Gotta Write a Shitty Line

    scott
    12 Mar 2014 | 8:32 am
    We write poor lines because of rushed deadlines, screaming babies in the background, hangovers, and just general human fallibility. Other times, we write poor lines because we have to, because even though they may sound off or awkward, they are, technically, accurate. Such is the case with this Scientific American article republished on Salon.com. The article states several times that systems didn’t fail air traffic control and oversight in the case of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 because ” the plane’s location was known before it disappeared.” No criticism for the…
  • Noted Author McGinniss Dies

    scott
    11 Mar 2014 | 5:41 am
    The New York Times is reporting that noted reporter and author Joe McGinniss has passed away at 71. McGinniss was the author of The Selling of the President and Fatal Vision. Personally, I was originally introduced to McGinniss’ work because of the role he played in jumpstarting the career of Bret Easton Ellis. Decades later, I also immensely enjoyed The Deliveryman by McGinniss’ son Joe Jr. Sad loss. Our Slushpile thoughts go out to the family.
  • Women in Metal Book Published

    scott
    11 Mar 2014 | 1:31 am
    In my on-going quest to document all the tons of hard rock and heavy metal related books that are published these days, I thought I’d mention this new one. Beyond just an attention-grabbing title, Not Just Tits in a Corset: Celebrating Women in Metal by Jill Hughes Kirtland examines Lita Ford, Doro Pesch, Roxy Petrucci and many other female headbangers in their struggle to perform in a male-dominated genre.
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    The Thingology Blog

  • Come Learn PHP at ALA 2014

    Tim
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    Summary: Tim, LibraryThing’s founder, is going to be giving a one-day, almost-free introduction to PHP programming on Friday, June 27, alongside the preconference day of ALA 2014 in Las Vegas, NV. “Enough PHP to Be Dangerous” will cover the basics of PHP, the most common web programming language. It’s designed for people with little programming experience.(1) Instruction will be project-based–a series of brief explanations followed by hands-on problem solving. You won’t emerge a PHP master, but you’ll know enough to be dangerous!(2) We’ll…
  • New Feature: Include Book Details in Book Display Widgets!

    KJ
    10 Mar 2014 | 7:04 am
    We are pleased to have added a new feature to our wildly popular LibraryThing for Libraries product, Book Display Widgets: Book Details. Book Display Widgets let you create virtual book displays to show off collections on your library’s website, Facebook page, LibGuides, and more. Clicking a cover image brings you directly into the catalog to that item’s record. Our new feature lets you include a bit more information about each title, before the jump into the catalog. In addition to the title and author of an item, you can now choose to include publication date, summaries, and…
  • New Book Display Widget Features: Custom Covers and UPC/ISSN Data-Sources

    KJ
    3 Dec 2013 | 6:50 am
    We are very pleased to announce two new changes to our popular Book Display Widgets product which we think will help libraries of all kinds show off more of their collections! Custom Covers Responding to several requests, we have added the ability to use your own cover source in Book Display Widgets. If you have a specialized collection or some unusual titles, now you can supplement our default cover service with your own covers. Go from this: To this: For more information on how to use Custom Covers in Book Display Widgets, you can see the instructions here or check out our quick how-to…
  • The LibraryThing Conference-Pen Olympics

    Tim
    22 Oct 2013 | 10:20 am
    The New England Library Association (NELA) has come to a close. The final event–not publicized in official documents–was the LibraryThing Conference-Pen Olympics, consisting of Tim taking (sometimes stealing) pens from all the exhibitors and taking them back to the LibraryThing office for a test drive. As regular conference-goers know everyone has pens, but not all pens are created equal. NELA was a low-pen-quality event—no Pilot Precise V5 Rolling balls, no “Wavy Clip Pens.” But some were better than others. The Competitors The Judging Judges evaluated feel, stroke…
  • NELA and a Hometown LibraryThing Party!

    Tim
    15 Oct 2013 | 10:46 am
    This weekend NELA (New England Library Association) comes to Portland, Maine, for three days of exhibits and talks. We’ll be exhibiting, of course, showing off LibraryThing for Libraries, Book Display Widgets and our other products to librarians around New England. Come visit it at booth 702. LibraryThing Hometown Party! And we’ll be partying! For Portland, Maine is also home to LibraryThing, and “Castle LibraryThing” (okay, Tim’s house and LT’s office) is just a few blocks down the street from the Conference Hotel. We’re not likely to see another…
 
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    Beyond the Book

  • Royalties For Art Resale Adds to Copyright Debate

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    In March, US Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ed Markey and Congressman Jerrold Nadler introduced legislation they call the American Royalties Too Act of 2014, or the ART Act, as it’s known, which would provide for a controversial resale royalty in the US art market. Painter Frank Stella has praised the effort, saying that today, any benefits derived from appreciation in the later sale of artists’ works never accrue to the artist, but only entirely to collectors, auction houses, and galleries. Detractors say the cost and the work related to collecting any such royalties would drive auction…
  • Riggio Portfolio Shrinks

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    He may have bookselling in his blood, but Len Riggio, founder of the Barnes & Noble bookstore chain, now has a lot less of it in his stock portfolio. “This week, we learned that Riggio had sold 3.7 million shares of B&N stock, dropping his stake in the company to about 20 percent,” reports Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer. “B&N officials say the sale of shares is part of Riggio’s long-term financial and estate planning. And Riggio put out a statement saying he loved the company very much.” As Albanese explains for CCC’s Chris Kenneally, however, the…
  • Self-Published Authors: Amateurs or Professionals?

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    For everyone from romance writers to cookbook creators, self-publishing today is easier and more affordable than ever. Certainly, the book-reading public has embraced “the selfie,” and along the way, they’ve made bestselling authors of writers who’ve boldly chosen to publish their own works. Amanda Hocking, Hugh Howey, and even E.L. James, began their rise to fame as authors of self-published books (though each eventually has moved on to “traditional” publishers). Are we witnessing the triumph of free expression, or the invasion of the book business snatchers by the dreaded…
  • Getting Over The Book

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    When was the last time you heard that print is dead? Probably it’s been a while. As it turns out, print and digital will co-habit in the book business for some time yet to come. Indeed, earlier this week, a BBC reporter told an important gathering of book publishers something potentially even more alarming: It’s time to get over the book. Reporting from the London Book Fair, Publishers Weekly senior writer Andrew Albanese tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally that, “Bill Thompson, a technology reporter with the BBC, urged publishers not only to go beyond the book, but also to go…
  • The Future Is Already Here

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Conferences on copyright and the creative industries can leave the impression that copyright has a lot of catching up to do – at least when it comes to technology. At OnCopyright2014, sponsored by Copyright Clearance Center, a panel discussion aimed at providing advance notice on what authors, publishers and other creators can expect in days to come. Film and TV producer Jeff Sharp, Google executive Patrick Sullivan, and journalist-turned-entrepreneur Tomoko Hosaka shared with CCC’s Chris Kenneally what they are doing today to respond to the challenge of digital disruption and to…
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  • Accessory Review: Fintie Kindle Paperwhite case

    Juli Monroe
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:38 am
    After my last experience with trying to purchase a case for my Kindle Paperwhite, I took a few weeks to figure out what I wanted in a case, and I went to KBoards for a recommendation. They came through with a great little case: the  folio case. When I purchased my first case, I thought […] The post Accessory Review: Fintie Kindle Paperwhite case appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Amazon Breakthough Novel Award (ABNA) quarterfinalists announced

    Susan Lulgjuraj
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:25 am
    The quarterfinalists for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards (ABNA) were recently announced. One hundred books were selected in five categories: General Fiction; Mystery & Thriller, Romance; Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror; and Young Adult. Based on message board posts, many writers had been anxiously waiting for this day, which is just one of many steps […] The post Amazon Breakthough Novel Award (ABNA) quarterfinalists announced appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Morning Roundup: Is Amazon rigging prices? Cozy reading nooks for kids and more

    Joanna Cabot
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    Lawsuit Alleges Amazon is Rigging Prices to Cover Shipping Costs (The Digital Reader) A group of consumers in Washington state are suing because sometimes the “free shipping” price Amazon offers to Prime members is more expensive than prices offered by 3rd-party sellers. *** 10 Cozy Reading Nooks for Kids (Apartment Therapy) So while I know […] The post Morning Roundup: Is Amazon rigging prices? Cozy reading nooks for kids and more appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Hugo voter e-book bundle to include entire Wheel of Time series

    Chris Meadows
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    The Hugo nominations have been announced. One of the more interesting things to come out of the nominations this time around has been the inclusion of the entire Wheel of Time series for “Best Novel.” This is something of a first for the Hugos, and would probably be at least mildly controversial in other years. […] The post Hugo voter e-book bundle to include entire Wheel of Time series appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Book Review: Mercy and Other Stories, Rebecca Lloyd, Tartarus Press

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:25 am
    Tartarus Press should need no introduction by now, given the number of times they’ve now appeared on Tele Read as purveyors of fine independent fiction. Their blurb describes their recent production, Mercy and Other Stories by Rebecca Lloyd, as “tales of unease with a sprinkling of the ghostly, menacing and fantastical. The stories inhabit the fragile […] The post Book Review: Mercy and Other Stories, Rebecca Lloyd, Tartarus Press appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
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  • A German business model

    Jeff Jarvis
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
    You will never find a finer example of a certain German business model popular in the internet age than in an open letter to Google’s Eric Schmidt written by Mathias Döpfner, head of the conservative German publishing giant Axel Springer. (English translation courtesy of the all-seeing, all-powerful Google here.) The essence of that business model, as practiced especially by German and sometimes French legacy publishers, is to stomp their feet like pouty kindergartners missing a turn at kickball, whining “that’s not fair” and yelling that everything wrong on this…
  • What now for news? Relationships

    Jeff Jarvis
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
    Here are links to the next parts of an essay I’ve been working on about new relationships, new forms, and new business models for news. These links are the last two bits of the section on relationships: Part IV: Engagement, collaboration, and membership Part V: Organizer, advocate, educator The earlier sections: Part I: No mas mass media Part II: Content vs. service Part III: Ecosystems and networks The entire essay will try to answer the question I often hear in one form or another: “Now that your damned internet has ruined news, what now?” I don’t pretend to make…
  • Good metrics, bad metrics

    Jeff Jarvis
    10 Mar 2014 | 7:43 am
    Chartbeat CEO Tony Haile writes an important piece about bad media metrics online. He pokes holes in the value of the click as the be-all-and-end-all of media measurement. He reveals that sharing turns out to be a bad measurement of engagement and value because we often don’t read what we “like” or share (we just bother other people with it). He deflates the value of native advertising, demonstrating with hard data that readers understand the difference between real content and — let’s call it what it is — advertising and they quickly abandon it. The bottom…
  • Listen: They do exist

    Jeff Jarvis
    10 Mar 2014 | 4:56 am
    My two recent posts about philanthropy and the news touched a nerve among not-for-profit news gatherers, leading to a podcast conversation with Scott Lewis, head of Voice of San Diego (starting at about :22), and a response by Steve Waldman. Laura Walker, the CEO of New York Public Radio, also asked to respond here. Laura is a brilliant businesswoman who could run rings around any for-profit media executive. She also made a big announcement today about a $10 million grant to fund digital innovation. I don’t usually hand this space over to anyone else, but I happily give it to Laura…
  • The price of eggs

    Jeff Jarvis
    1 Mar 2014 | 6:48 am
    Glenn Greenwald has responded to Pando Daily’s story about the Omidyar Network and Ukraine with the force and speed we have come to expect. Good. Now I also wish he and his colleagues would turn around, ignore Pando, and create a statement of principles, a compact with the public. Greenwald begins that in his last paragraph of the Pando post: But what I do know is that I would never temper, limit, suppress or change my views for anyone’s benefits – as anyone I’ve worked with will be happy to tell you – and my views on such interference in other countries isn’t going to…
 
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  • #091: Leadership, Success, and Accessibility [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    The more successful you become as a leader, the more other people will demand of your time. As a result, if you are going to maintain margin for your most important priorities, you will have to make some tough decisions about your accessibility. The harsh reality of leadership is that the more successful we are, the less accessible we must become. As a result, we are faced with the dilemma of who gets our time and who doesn’t. When do they get it, and how much of it do they get. Click to Listen Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Play in browser | Download Click here for more. Or, better yet,…
  • How to Create an Easy-to-Use Facebook Marketing Plan That Really Works

    Michael Hyatt
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    I’d like to invite you to join me for a free, LIVE Webinar with my friend, Amy Porterfield, on Wednesday, April 23rd at 9:00 pm Eastern Time (8:00 pm Central, 7:00 pm Mountain, 6:00 pm Pacific). In this webinar, Amy will share “How to Create an Easy-to-Implement Facebook Marketing Plan That Really Works.” She is the world’s leading expert on Facebook marketing. She is also one of the best presenters I know. You will learn how to use Facebook to build your email list, generate leads, and, yes, make sales. Register for This Free Facebook Webinar! Click here for more. Or, better yet,…
  • 12 Surprising Ways to Use Evernote You Might Not Have Considered

    Michael Hyatt
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    I have been using Evernote since early 2008, when it was still in private beta. Since then, it has truly become my digital brain. My Evernote Packing List Evernote is one of those rare apps I can’t seem to outgrow. I am always finding new uses for 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.  
  • 3 Reasons You Need a Facebook Marketing Plan (and How to Get One)

    Michael Hyatt
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    People often ask me how I get so much done, and it all boils down to one word: planning. I’ve just finished a new book, The Life Plan Manifesto, (forthcoming), blogged about taking control of your time by designing your ideal week, and more recently even created a course, 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever. Each of these focuses on the importance of planning. 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 Calling Voice [Quote]

    Michael Hyatt
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The voice we should listen to most as we choose a vocation is the voice that we might think we should listen to least, and that is the voice of our own gladness. What can we do that makes us the gladdest? What can we do that leaves us with the strongest sense of sailing true north and of peace (which is much of what gladness is)? Is it making things with our hands out of wood or stone, or paint, or canvas? Or is it making something we hope like truth out of words? Or is it making people laugh or weep in a way that cleanses their spirit? I believe that if it is a thing that makes us truly…
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  • The Rise of Magazine Memberships

    Patrick Hughes
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:28 pm
    via Digiday Today, Digiday studied the premium subscription plans of heavyweight publishers upon the debut of Slate‘s membership program. “From The New York Times to … the National Journal, media stalwarts are increasingly pitching memberships as a way for readers to get their hands on exclusive content and experiences,” writes Digiday‘s Ricardo Bilton. “But not all memberships are created equal. Some give readers greater access to reporters, while others strive to make members’ online reading experiences a bit less painful.” Slate Plus charges a…
  • Web Ad Revenue Outpaces Broadcast

    Patrick Hughes
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    via IAB Digital advertising revenue in 2013 was higher than broadcasting for the first time, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau. Internet ads brought in a record $42.8 billion, with the fourth quarter’s $12.1 billion representing a 17% increase year over year, the same percentage by which overall revenue improved. TV ended the fiscal year at $40.1 billion. “The news that interactive has outperformed broadcast television should come as no surprise,” said Randall Rothenberg, IAB’s president and CEO. “It speaks to the power that digital screens have in reaching and…
  • Magazine Values Increase Over Time

    Patrick Hughes
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:28 pm
    via Mr. Magazine Unlike other platforms’, magazines’ worth rise as the years go by. Think about it: Your first DVD player is a piece of junk these days, but the first issue of Playboy has gone from 50 cents to $4,000. So observes Samir “Mr. Magazine” Husni, director of the Magazine Innovation Center at the University of Mississippi. “I used to be able to buy a print edition of TIME Magazine for $2.95 twenty years ago and today a copy will cost you $4.99. … All of these digital accoutrements cost a pretty penny when they were introduced to the buying public…
  • Who’s Winning the Tablet Magazine Wars?

    Ed Coburn
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    It’s not who you might think Now that AAM is allowing publishers to report their tablet magazine circulation separately, it’s become possible to track those who are leading the way in this small but growing segment. And the news is startling. We compiled the Mequoda 25 Top Tablet Magazines drawing on those magazines reporting their digital circulation to AAM, which recently released its July-December 2013 data. And at the top of the list is one of the industry’s most staid – one might almost say stodgy, at least by reputation – magazines: Reader’s Digest with digital circulation…
  • Hearst Takes ‘Hacker Mentality’ to R&D

    Patrick Hughes
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    via Hearst.com Rather than dedicating budget space to a traditional research and development department, Hearst is leading the charge among mega-publishers on decentralizing its efforts in digital innovation. “Trying to go in and teach a traditional IT team and ask them to do product development is obviously not in their traditional skill set. So we really focus on taking the traditional IT functions and pulling that into common teams so we can teach them to develop more custom product to work with the technical talent within the operating groups,” Hearst CTO Philip Wiser told Fast…
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  • 2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 23

    Robert Lee Brewer
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    I’ve been having a wonderful April, and I hope you have too. Counting this morning’s poem, I think I’ve already written more than 30 poems this month (not all of my writing ends up on this blog), and I’m pretty happy with a few of the poems I’ve written for this challenge. Yes, this has been another great National Poetry Month, and here’s a great kit to celebrate: The Writer’s Digest National Poetry Month Kit, which includes a digital version of The Poetry Dictionary, a couple paperbacks (Creating Poetry and Writing the Life Poetic), a tutorial on…
  • Live Webinar: Slush Pile Showdown

    Cris Freese
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:52 am
    Nothing in the world of writing can cause anxiety-induced panic attacks quite like waiting on a response from a literary agent. And crafting that perfect query letter is as important as anything else you’ll do as an author. Without a strong query letter and a good, quick hook to a manuscript, an author’s submission threatens to be lost in the dreaded slush pile. Separating yourself from the competition and creating a successful pitch has never been more paramount. That’s why Writer’s Digest has a unique, upcoming opportunity for writers. On Tuesday, April 29, literary…
  • The Discovery

    Brian A. Klems
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    When you return to school for a conference, you bump into one of your old professors, who is rambling on excitedly about a new discovery. He asks you to follow him to his office—he has something he wants to show you. What is the new discovery? Why is your professor so excited? Write this scene. Post your response (500 words or fewer) in the comments below. Want more creative writing prompts? Download: The Writing Prompt Boot Camp (Free Download)
  • 2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 22

    Robert Lee Brewer
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    A few people have sent me e-mail messages asking if I’m going to favor this type of poem or that type of poem; if I’m looking for this kind of poet or that type of poet; and so on (since I’m the person making the finalist lists to send to the guest judges). So here’s what I’m looking for: poems that make me care. Funny poems, sad poems, angry poems, rambling poems, concise poems (ahem, haiku), traditional form poems, free verse, prose poems, rhyme poems, non-rhyme poems, poems that make perfect sense, poems that leave me scratching my head; or in other words, I…
  • 2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 21

    Robert Lee Brewer
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Before we get started today, I just want to take a moment to thank all our guest judges for volunteering their time, energy, and talents to this year’s April PAD Challenge. Be sure to find their poems online and if you like them, buy their books! Click here to review the complete list of our 30 guest judges. For today’s prompt, write a “back to basics” poem. For me, back to the basics means jumping to the fundamentals. Maybe it’s me re-learning (or practicing) fundamentals–like running or writing–but it could also be a child learning how to tie his…
 
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  • MediaWeek (V8, N15): Hilary Mantel, Easy Printing, Science Fiction, NYC Bookstores + More

    PersonaNonData
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Here is the flipboard version of PND From London's Evening Standard last week a look at Hilary Mantel's writing after the stage productions of her Cromwell books:The experience of seeing her characters brought to life in the RSC’s stage adaptations of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, about to transfer to the West End, has changed Hilary Mantel’s writing for ever, she tells Alison RobertsThe third part of the Cromwell opus, called The Mirror and the Light, is even now “unspooling” before her eyes and ears, though there’s still no date for its appearance — “I won’t commit to…
  • Interview with Publisher's Weekly

    PersonaNonData
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:03 am
    I was interviewed for the PW Daily at LBF this week: What has surprised you about the digital landscape in 2014? Can you give us an example of the kinds issues you see for publishers, looking forward? Perhaps the thing that surprises me most is the we haven’t seen the erosion of foreign rights as quickly as I might have thought, given how digital distribution is no longer dependent on needing a local distribution node. I think that’s doubly odd, given the precipitous decline in physical retail options in places like Australia and New Zealand and to a similar extent in the U.K. and other…
  • MediaWeek (V8, N14): VIvian Maier, Rizzoli Bookstore, Amazon Prime, Local Bookstores, + More

    PersonaNonData
    7 Apr 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Flipboard version: http://flip.it/rmD2x Vivian Maier: The Unknown Photographer (Economist)VIVIAN MAIER'S name deserves to be immortalised in the history of photography alongside the greats of the 20th century like Robert Frank, Helen Levitt and Diane Arbus. Yet the work of this Chicago-based nanny was unknown until the very last years of her life. Indeed it might have languished in obscurity forever were it not for the auction in 2007 of the contents of a storage locker on which she had stopped paying rent.John Maloof, then a 26-year-old amateur historian, spent $380 on one box of negatives…
  • CEO: Publishing Technology

    PersonaNonData
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:29 am
    Publishing Technology names Michael Cairns as new CEOPublishing Technology plc (LSE: PTO), a leading provider of content solutions for publishers, has today announced that Michael Cairns has been appointed Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1 April 2014. Michael Cairns joined Publishing Technology plc in May 2013, when he took the position of Chief Operating Officer of the company’s online division. He has been responsible for improving the divisional strategy to focus on business development and operational efficiency and with significant steps having been made towards these goals,…
  • MediaWeek (V8, N13): Lonely Planet, Digital & Comics, Philip Roth Inteview, UCal Online Courses +More

    PersonaNonData
    30 Mar 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Here are this week's articles at my flipboard magazine: http://flip.it/rmD2xOutside magazine takes a look at Lonely Planet and wonders, Can it Survive?Less than a year later, Kelley saw an opportunity. Lonely Planet, the Melbourne, Australia, guidebook company, seller of 120 million books, was struggling. In 2007, the BBC had bought Lonely Planet from its founders, Tony and Maureen Wheeler, for $210 million. Profits had since cratered due to the global recession, appreciation of the Australian dollar, and the struggling bonok industry.Kelley offered $77 million for the company and closed the…
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  • Unraveling Magazine-Making Essentials

    31 Mar 2014 | 7:42 am
    Tips on simplifying your content for today's audience. By Jan V. White All of us professional wordsmiths...
  • Be Generous with Detail

    31 Mar 2014 | 7:42 am
    Present information that you've gathered to stimulate reader interest. By Peter P. Jacobi Successful paragraphs/passages/segments/parcels in articles...
  • The Fog Index

    31 Mar 2014 | 7:42 am
    Assessing the readability of a Wired.com excerpt. This month, we calculate the Fog score of an excerpt from...
  • Women's Magazines in the Digital World

    31 Mar 2014 | 7:42 am
    In the news: Poynter.org examines the evolution of digital women's magazines. Last week, Poynter.org ran a piece about...
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  • Kickstarter Builds a School Library

    birdie
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:45 am
    ABC Local: Kickstarter has been used to fund everything from new gadgets to space missions -- but in Berkeley, CA a group of kids just successfully used it to fund a library. A can-do attitude is at the core of the REALM Charter School's curriculum. Now in its third year, the school has classrooms full of technology and teachers full of energy, but no library. The eighth grade class is about to change that. "I really want the future students to love it because we worked really, really hard on this," student Agustina McEwen said. Call it a legacy, when they graduate, they're leaving behind a…
  • Milwaukee PL to sell famous 'Bookworm' painting by Carl Spitzweg?

    Pete
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    From Milwaukee's JSOnline: "The Milwaukee Public Library board will meet Tuesday to discuss the possible sale or permanent loan of one of its treasures, "The Bookworm," the most famous canvas by German romantic painter Carl Spitzweg. The board will consider an active offer from an undisclosed party for the work, which is valued at $400,000, said Paula Kiely, director of the Milwaukee Public Library."
  • IL House committee OKs $100 million for Obama library

    Blake
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-house-committee-oks-100-million-for-ob... An Illinois House committee endorsed a plan today to contribute $100 million in state funds toward construction of a Barack Obama presidential library in Chicago. The proposal, pushed by House Speaker Michael Madigan, goes to the full House next.
  • EBSCO to Share (Some) Metadata

    John
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    After a long-standing feud over allowing their metadata to be accessed by subscribers via other discovery services, EBSCO has announced a metadata sharing policy wherein they "will be making available all metadata (and full text when contractually allowed)" . . . except for when they don't want to: "The only EBSCO research databases that are not yet included in the above policy are those resources that are built upon and subscribed to primarily for their subject indexing."
  • Are Your Patrons in Need of "Digital Detox"?

    birdie
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:35 pm
    News story via Lancaster Online, about State Librarian Stacey Aldrich's address to Pennsylvania librarians about modifying the focus away from technology in libraries. Last year, she spoke mostly the future — advancing technology, and the changing ways that libraries can store information and provide it in new ways to patrons. This year, Aldrich was more reflective. She talked a lot about her travels — to libraries around the state as well as other countries — and she took the group on a visual tour of State Library of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. She still had a few things to say about…
 
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  • Thinking Inside The Box: Building Audience With Bundles

    davidgaughran
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    After my marketing post last month, I promised a follow up on box sets. In fact, I’ve gone one better and invited Phoenix Sullivan to do a guest post on the topic. Today is perfect timing actually because we have just launched SINS OF THE PAST: 5 Historical Novels of Mystery, War and Adventure – just 99c at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo (Apple soon!): For those that don’t know Phoenix, she’s a self-published author who also runs her own publishing company – Steel Magnolia Press – together with romance author Jennifer Blake. In the last 18 months,…
  • 15 Ways To Improve KDP – Progress Report

    davidgaughran
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:11 am
    The London Book Fair is underway again which makes it a perfect time to review the list of suggestions I presented to KDP last year. As regular readers will know, I crowd-sourced a list of feature requests, bug fixes, and common problems via my blog and the most popular self-publisher hangout, Kboards. The KDP reps at the Fair spent a great deal of time going through your list of suggestions. They asked for clarification at various points and I was able to follow up with them by email afterwards. At the same time, a parallel effort led by Marie Force, Laura Florand, and Diana Peterfreund…
  • The Great E-book Pricing Question

    davidgaughran
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    There’s more guff written about pricing than almost anything else, resulting in an extremely confusing situation for new self-publishers. I often see them pricing too low or too high, and the decision is rarely made the right way, i.e. ascertaining their goals and pricing accordingly. Price/value confusion Before we get to the nuts-and-bolts, it’s time to slay a zombie meme. Much of the noise on this issue springs from conflating two concepts, namely price and value. Authors often say something like, “My book is worth more than a coffee.” Or publishers might say, “A movie costs $10…
  • Publishers Weekly Ignores The Real Scandal At LA Times Festival of Books

    davidgaughran
    8 Mar 2014 | 8:27 am
    Publishers Weekly whipped up a storm on Wednesday with news of a deal between Amazon and the LA Times Festival of Books, resulting in calls for the publishing community to boycott the event. But Publishers Weekly is ignoring the real scandal. Amazon isn’t listed as a sponsor or scheduled to appear. The “deal” in question pertains to the LA Times Festival of Books signing up as an Amazon affiliate so they can earn a percentage from sales made through their website. Mary Williams, of Skylight Books in Los Angeles, complained that sales will be “siphoned away” by Amazon.
  • IndieReCon – Free Online Conference Starts Next Week

    davidgaughran
    18 Feb 2014 | 3:33 am
    There’s a free, online self-publishing conference taking place next week. It’s the second year of IndieReCon, and they have an action-packed schedule filled with all sorts of great stuff – a mixture of posts, vlogs, webinars, as well as the opportunity to drill deeper into the various topics with a series of online and Twitter chats. The fun kicks off next Tuesday, Feb 25 at 10:00 (EST) and runs until Thursday, Feb 27 at 22:00 (EST). I have all the details below from one of the co-founders, SR (Shelli) Johannes, which I’m happy to share. Be sure to drop in,…
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  • Tabatha Coffey Owns It!

    Roy
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
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  • Thinker in Residence: Warren Berger on Business & Books

    Sally
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    Tweet “On the big questions of finding meaning, fulfillment, and happiness, we’re deluged with answers–in the form of off-the-shelf advice, tips, strategies from experts and gurus. It shouldn’t be any wonder if those generic solutions don’t quite fit: To get to our answers, we must formulate and work through the questions ourselves.” ~Warren Berger Q&A on Business & Books with Warren Berger, author of A More Beautiful Question What is the one unanswered question about business you are most interested in answering? WB: How might we encourage more…
  • Thinker in Residence: A Q&A with Warren Berger

    Sally
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Tweet “We have an education and business culture that tends to reward quick factual answers over imaginative inquiry. Questioning isn’t encouraged—it is barely tolerated.” ~Warren Berger Q&A with Warren Berger on A More Beautiful Question In his new book, A More Beautiful Question, author and journalist Warren Berger shows that one of the most powerful forces for igniting change in business and our daily lives is a simple, under-appreciated tool—one that has been available to us since childhood. Questioning can help us identify and solve problems, come up with…
  • ChangeThis: Issue 116

    dylan
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    Tweet How Your Biases Make You Blind by Faisal Hoque & Drake Baer “If a company is homogenous in form, it leads to a lack of understanding of what value the customer wants. That misunderstanding is the seed of disruption, for the gap between the value you think your customers want and the value your customers actually want is precisely the space where a competitor can replace you.” Heed Your Call by David M. Howitt “You have been invited to heed your call, and now it is up to you to decide where you go from here. You are the result of the choices you make every single day, and what…
  • Thinker in Residence: Warren Berger

    Sally
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Tweet “We’re all hungry today for better answers. But first, we must learn to ask the right questions.” Warren Berger believes questions are more important than answers. He is the creator of the website amorebeautifulquestion.com and author of the new book A More Beautiful Question (Bloomsbury)—both focusing on the power of inquiry to spark breakthrough ideas. An expert on design thinking and innovation, Berger has interviewed and studied hundreds of the world’s leading innovators, designers, and creative thinkers to analyze how they ask change-making questions, solve…
 
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    Ashly Lorenzana

  • Simple KD System Review – DO NOT BUY

    Ashly Lorenzana
    28 Mar 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Whatever you do, DON’T BUY Simple KD System. I’m going to give you part of it in this blog post and I don’t recommend ever buying a product made by Rob Howard again. Why? Let’s rewind a little bit to give you all some background information on the guy. He said he wanted to “partner up with me,” after I showed him something I created. It later became KD Promo App, which I also don’t recommend that you buy if you care at all about quality. First of all, Rob just welcomed his first child into the world and I wonder if his wife and his customers would…
  • 3 Email Marketing Tips for Newbies

    Ashly Lorenzana
    15 Mar 2014 | 7:10 am
    Get 30 days of GetResponse FREE!Recently, I shared 4 internet marketing tips that I’ve picked up on over the past few years I’ve spent making money online. In a similar vein, today I’d like to share with you 3 of my email marketing tips for newbies who are just starting out. Now, before we get started I just want to make it clear that in the greater scheme of things, I’m still just getting started myself. Yes, that’s right. I’m not claiming to be an expert or anything like that. I have a small list of email subscribers  that totals just over 1,000 people…
  • How to Fix Your WordPress Site

    Ashly Lorenzana
    27 Feb 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Whew! After being down for nearly a week, my site is now finally back up. Speaking of back ups, does your host offer automatic backups of your website? Let’s hope so, because you won’t know how much it sucks to lose everything until it actually happens… And sometimes at that point, it’s too late. I’m not entirely sure what the hell happened with mine, but all I know is that I recently switched hosts and when I added a new domain to my hosting account and then updated WordPress through Fantastico, this domain started redirecting to another one of my sites and the…
  • 4 Internet Marketing Tips for Newbies

    Ashly Lorenzana
    12 Jan 2014 | 9:32 pm
    I’ve learned a lot about internet marketing in the past three years, but only now are a few undeniable truths becoming clear to me. I have fallen victim to the shiny object syndrome in the past as a newbie myself and I was even naive enough to believe a lot of shit I probably shouldn’t have when I was starting out. So without further BS to prime you for this list, here are a few internet marketing tips for newbies I have to pass on to anyone who is looking to get started in this business. You may also want to read my posts on affiliate marketing and the warrior forum as well.
  • Fuck Jim Kukral and the Illiterate Assholes at KBoards

    Ashly Lorenzana
    3 Jan 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Okay, folks. This is a rant post, so I’ll come out and say that before I get started in case any of you are easily offended. It’s a good thing I am not easily offended myself, or otherwise this might have actually bothered me. As it is, I found it both humorous and vaguely amusing. Worth writing this post, but not much more than that certainly. Okay so our bright young star of today’s show is none other than the douchebag of the year, Jim Kukral. He runs Author Marketing Club, which I’ve actually recommended to other authors in the past. What a mistake, I had no idea…
 
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  • It’ll be all over on Sunday

    Flora
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:52 am
    I can’t believe it’s real. A friend urged me for years to share my love of cooking and trying new recipes. I finally did it. I gathered 50 yummy Easter recipes and created Quick and Easy Easter Recipes as an Amazon Kindle download. There are ten recipes in each of five categories: Appetizers, Breakfast, Main Dishes, Side Dishes and Desserts.  Some are standards, and some are standards with a twist. (Yes, before you ask, I included the Sock It to Me Cake.) Use the Look Inside feature to see the full list of all 50 recipes. As a bonus, I’ve included three meal plans and five…
  • Brave New Word: The Ebook–What Is It and How Does It Fit Into Our Lives?

    Flora
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Michael S. Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, is given credit for inventing the first ebook in 1971 when he typed the United States Declaration of Independence into a computer. Hart, an author, had been given unlimited computer time by the operators of the Xerox Sigma V mainframe at the University of Illinois and wanted to do something worthy of his time. While computers were being used mainly for data processing then, Hart decided to use it for information distribution. It wasn’t until 1992 when Sony created the Discman that there was a reader for the ebook. Today the ebook has grown…
  • How to Sell Your Book Inside Costco and Other Major Stores

    Flora
    16 Mar 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Sonia Marsh, on the right, greets me and another shopper at Irvine Costco 8-24-13 Go to Costco on the weekend (if you dare) and you’ll pass vendors encouraging you to sample a food or learn more about a home improvement item or other product. It’s safe to assume that letting consumers touch, taste, or experience a product increases Costco’s sales. Did you know that as an indie author, Costco will let you set up a table to talk to shoppers and do book signings? (Puts going to Costco on a weekend in a whole new light, doesn’t it?) That’s what my friend Sonia Marsh…
  • How to Sell Your Book Before It’s Published

    Flora
    3 Dec 2013 | 2:24 pm
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  • Join National Novel Writing Month’s Annual Race to 50,000 Words

    Flora
    1 Nov 2013 | 10:24 am
    “Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month.”   If you’ve been putting off writing your novel, November is an excellent time to get started because it’s National Novel Writing Month . Although it began as a national effort, it is now practiced around the world.  This year 500,000 writers are expected to gather in coffee shops, libraries, and many other places to encourage each other and reach for the 50,000 word goal, or 1,667 words a day. Some work alone at home, but check in online with their fellow writers. Started by Chris Baty and 20 of his friends, the first…
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    Writer Beware

  • Take the Money and Run: Kerry Jacobson, "Book Publicist"

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:39 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareStarting in the summer of last year, self-published authors whose books made it onto Amazon's Movers and Shakers list began to receive solicitations from a publicist named Kerry Jacobson (here's an example).Jacobson, who claimed more than eight years of experience boosting authors onto bestseller lists, promised a marketing push that would vault the authors' books onto the New York Times and USA Today lists, or propel them into Amazon's top ten. He also promised guidance and mentoring to help them make the most of the opportunity.Jacobson's fees…
  • Another Small Press Horror Story: Silver Publishing is Gone

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareAnother small press disaster came to an ugly conclusion last week.In mid-2012, I began getting complaints about Silver Publishing, which started up in 2009 as a self-publishing facilitator, but in 2010 transformed itself into a "traditional royalty-paying press" (I put that in quotes because, these days, it means so little).Reported problems included poor editing, delayed and missing royalty statements/payments, royalty reductions due to claimed "overpayments," arbitrary changes in royalty payment schedules, and lack of communication--or,…
  • How to Succeed in Authorship Without Really Trying

    11 Apr 2014 | 9:44 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareGot the yen to write a book, but lack that essential creative spark? Looking to ride the coattails of the Kindle self-publishing craze, but don't want to bother with all that pesky scribbling? Want an author to create a story for you, but don't know where to find one?Fret no more. The Internet's got you covered.Here, for instance, would-be but inspiration-challenged authors can "Cash In on the Kindle Fiction Publishing Craze" by purchasing a "MASSIVE SET OF PRE-WRITTEN FICTION PLOTS."That's right! A diligent ghostwriter and her crack writing team…
  • Pamela Wray and WordWorks Publishing Consultants: The Amazing Case of the Serial Plagiarizer

    31 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareEvery time I consider purging Writer Beware's files to get rid of documentation on agents and others we haven't heard anything about in years and years, I'm reminded of why I hold onto that old paper.Last Friday, I received an email from successful independent editor Jodie Renner. Apparently, client testimonials from her website had been plagiarized by an outfit called WordWorks Publishing Consultants. I hopped on over to WordWorks' website, expecting to discover something on the order of faux publicist Mike Albee, who decorated his site with fake…
  • The Short Life and Strange Death of Entranced Publishing

    28 Mar 2014 | 8:56 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareWhen Entranced Publishing (its website is now gone, but a recent archived version can be seen here) opened to submissions in 2012, it looked like a promising small press, with a number of imprints, a sizeable staff, and a commitment not to churn out books, author-mill style.However promising-seeming, though, authors always need to be wary of brand-new small presses, because there's such a high attrition rate for such ventures. Even if the staff are very experienced (which often isn't the case in the small press world), it's wise to watch and wait…
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  • Wednesday News: Women keeping boys from reading, men reading Romance, Comcast growing again, and Amazon planning Kindlephone

    Janet
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Are Boys Not Reading Because of All Those Women in Publishing? – Forgive my bad pun, but oh boy. Despite the fact that VIDA’s figures don’t support the premise that women control the children’s lit publishing industry, children’s writer and illustrator Jonathan Emmett claims that women are keeping boys from finding appropriate reading material, thereby deterring their acquisition of reading skills and enthusiasm. Writing for The Times of London, David Sanderson and Fiona Wilson report that author and illustrator Jonathan Emmett believes that “boys are being…
  • Daily Deals: Assassins, Magic powered Industrial Revolution, and more

    Jane
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    All Romance is for all eligible books. Look for the crown icon to know which books are on sale. Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James. $ 1.99 From the Jacket Copy: From the New York Times bestselling Julie James comes this dazzling romance about a hunky heartthrob and the woman who refuses to let him capture her heart. For fans of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Rachel Gibson. COOL. CALM. COLLECTED? Nothing fazes Taylor Donovan. In the courtroom, she never lets the opposition see her sweat. In her personal life, she never lets any man rattle her—not even her cheating ex-fiancé. So when…
  • REVIEW: Deadshifted by Cassie Alexander

    Angie
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Dear Ms. Alexander: I am a confirmed fan of your Edie Spence series. I got in on the ground floor and have thoroughly enjoyed watching Edie negotiate the near constant threats of her world, sometimes with exasperation, sometimes with blind terror, but always with a sort of scrappy determination I find uniquely hers. She’s a survivor, which means she’s not above crossing the gray line between what is strictly ethical and what is . . . not. It’s what I like best about her. In a sea of heroically noble (and powerful) urban fantasy heroines, Edie is painfully human. She has no…
  • Tuesday News: Hugo Nominees, Tencent’s global ambition, summer reads, and hilarious take on the Newlywed Game

    Janet
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Announcing the 2014 Hugo Award Nominees – So the Hugo Award nominees have been announced. First of all, a HUGE congratulations to The Book Smugglers, which has been nominated for Best Fanzine. So well deserved! It’s also interesting to see the way the Hugo’s fiction categories are conceptualized, especially in comparison to an award like the RITA. I’m particularly intrigued by the “related work” category, which contains a piece by Kameron Hurley, called “We Have Always Fought: Challenging the Women, Cattle, and Slaves Narrative,” which got a lot…
  • Length and form in genre storytelling

    Sunita
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Note: An earlier version of this post ran at Sunita’s personal blog, Vacuous Minx. We thought DA’s readership might be interested in reading and commenting on it here.   The first installment in Meljean Brook’s new serialized novel, The Kraken King, was released last week. Brie has an excellent review of it here (i.e., I’m sure it’s excellent, but I have to admit that I skimmed it while peeking through my fingers because I wanted to approach Vol. 1 with as little prior information as possible). I’d heard chatter about the story on Twitter because…
 
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  • Nik Korpon's Guide To Books & Booze

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    Time to grab a book and get tipsy!Back by popular demand, Books & Booze, originally a mini-series of sorts here on TNBBC challenges participating authors to make up their own drinks, name and all, or create a drink list for their characters and/or readers using drinks that already exist. Today, Nik Korpon assigns each of his books a drink. Bottoms up!Drinking in Baltimore: A Functioning Alcoholic’s Guide to the Books of Nik Korpon.A lot of my writing is set in bars. I don’t know what that says about me. Or maybe I do, but I don’t want to admit it. I worked as a…
  • The Audio Series: Tim Chapman

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    Our audio series "The Authors Read. We Listen." is an incredibly special one for us. Hatched in a NYC club during BEA week, this feature requires more work of the author than any of the ones that have come before. And that makes it all the more sweeter when you see, or rather, hear them read excerpts from their own novels, in their own voices, the way their stories were meant to be heard.Today, Tim Chapman reads us one of his short stories, in the hopes of drawing your attention to his debut novel, Bright and Yellow, Hard and Cold. Tim is a former forensic scientist for…
  • CCLaP: Turtle and Dam

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    On Monday, CCLaP celebrated the birth of another book!Say hello to Scott Abraham's Turtle and DamTurtle and Dam is Scott's literary debut, and if you enjoy literature that elbows cultural references and differences in the ribs, you'll find a lot to love in here. It pokes fun at so much and yet it tells such a serious story about going after what you believe in. Turtle - a twenty something year old American educated Chinese man and recent college graduate - is desperately hunting for a job. He is also incredibly full of himself. Hilarity and head-biffs ensue as the reader follows him…
  • Lavinia Reviews: Shut Up / Look Pretty

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Shut Up / Look Pretty - Anthology193 PagesPublisher: Tiny Hardcore PressReleased: 2012Guest Reviewed by Lavinia LudlowIn 2012, Lauren Becker, Erin Fitzgerald, Kirsty Logan, Michelle Reale, and Amber Sparks released Shut Up/Look Pretty, a collection of short stories and micro fictions about everything from bad break ups, vampires, to classic familial dysfunction. The contrast of narrative voices brought a charming feel to the compilation, and collectively, made for a unique reading experience. Becker opens with a story called A Simple Explanation, which reads more like a low self-esteemed…
  • Where Writers Write: Anne Valente

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Welcome to another installment of TNBBC's Where Writers Write!Where Writers Write is a weekly series that will feature a different author every Wednesday as they showcase their writing spaces using short form essay, photos, and/or video. As a lover of books and all of the hard work that goes into creating them, I thought it would be fun to see where the authors roll up their sleeves and make the magic happen. This is Anne Valente. Her first short story collection, By Light We Knew Our Names, releases from Dzanc Books in October 2014. She is also the author of the…
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    AuthorCulture

  • Vocabulary

    Lisa Lickel
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:30 pm
    My, What Big Words You Useby Lisa LickelWhen I first started on the path to publication, one of my lessons was about keeping a notebook of new and unusual words, to constantly update my vocabulary and find exactly the right word for each character, setting, scene, dialogue to convey the tone of my piece. Some of the best literary minds practiced this technique, searching through their journals for the perfect nuance. I’ve been in love with words ever since I first learned in a spelling bee that “ence” endings are Greek and “ance” are Latin origin. When I kept failing spelling tests…
  • Spotlight on Small Publishers: Port Yonder Press

    Linda Yezak
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Port Yonder Press isn't new to the business. Chila Woychik, owner and Editor-in-Chief, has produced several award winning novels. She has eclectic tastes, but always wants and expects excellence.Here's what she has to say:1. Why did you choose to open your own publishing company?In a nutshell, our son had grown up and left home for college, I loved reading, writing, and editing, and someone told me about the world of small press publishing - I was hooked!2. How do you see your role in the current industry?--competing? providing a service? filling a neglected niche?I feel we do all 3 at…
  • Building a Platform by Kevin B Parsons

    Kevin Parsons
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    In order to sell a jillion books, you must first have a platform. What is a platform, you ask? It's a raised wooden deck.I have no idea what that has to do with book sales, but perhaps you should stand on it and yell, "Buy my book!"What you really need is a lot of followers. A LOT. A bazillion. Much more than a jillion. Kevin here will give you some clever methods to get the word out that you've written a blockbuster.First, get Facebook followers, then cross over to every social media. Next, say something controversial. Something like, "I believe we should give monkeys the right to vote."That…
  • Guest Post: Target Marketing with Joseph Young

    Lisa Lickel
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Save Your Story from ObscurityBy Joseph YoungSo, you wrote a book, got it proofread and edited, and published it to Kindle. That's awesome! Now what? Perhaps, you are sitting back and waiting for the sales to come rushing in now that you are an accomplished self-published author, right? Well, you may be sitting there for a long time.One of the biggest downfalls a product creator can make is creating a product without knowing who it is for. The same problem exists with authors too because they write books, which are products, without knowing who their audience is. I did.You may be thinking, "I…
  • Little Did She Know...

    Sophie Dawson
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
    It's often the last line in a chapter. That little sentence as a teaser to make sure the reader turns the page, or swipes the screen. It's called foreshadowing. I'm not a fan of foreshadowing. Many famous authors use it. That doesn't mean it's a good idea. (I have a theory that famous authors get paid by the word so they end up using them in excess.)I don't want to know what comes next before it happens. I want the action to play out in proper time sequence. Knowing that Jane is going to drive into a ditch before it happens spoils the read for me. I may have figured it out anyway from the…
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  • No more Magic Mondays… Here’s Why

    LPepWu
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:24 am
    I’ve been writing the Magic Monday newsletter *almost* every Monday for 22 months. It’s truly a great way to start each week for me and I love reading your replies and connecting each week. But… after almost 100 newsletters, I’m wary of diluting the quality of the tips, or starting to repeat them. So I’ve thought long and hard and decided that the timeRead more »
  • How to Get Started Writing for Magazines – with Freelancer Writer Linda Formichelli [Video]

    LPepWu
    21 Mar 2014 | 11:26 am
    Ever wanted to write for magazines but didn’t know where to start? We have the perfect lady to help with that! The smart and savvy Linda Formichelli is a veteran freelance writer for Redbook, WebMD, Women’s Health, Family Circle, Writer’s Digest and lots, lots more. Linda’s been a freelance writer since 1997, supporting her family with the income. In this short and sweet interview,Read more »
  • How I Sold 10,000 Ebooks in One Year (+ surpassed the income from my day job)

    LPepWu
    20 Feb 2014 | 8:46 am
    Note from Laura: Today’s guest post is from Ernest Dempsey, a high school counselor and author of thrilling fiction. Ernest was one of the first students in my Skillshare book marketing class when I launched it last April. He was a super enthusiastic and active member of the class and if I gave out gold stars, he’d have got several of them! In short:Read more »
  • StoryCartel.com: Get more Amazon (& other) reviews with this site

    LPepWu
    5 Feb 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Please note: This content originally appeared in my Magic Mondays Marketing tips newsletter. You can sign up for a book marketing tip like this every week here! Get more reviews with StoryCartel.com The WHY behind this tip: You know how important book reviews are to your discoverability and sales, but it can be tough getting the number of reviews you want. StoryCartel.com offers readersRead more »
  • I did a podcast interview on writing and publishing. Check it out here!

    LPepWu
    9 Jan 2014 | 4:09 pm
    I was approached by the lovely Viv Oyolu to be on her podcast about writing and publishing, and I’m so glad I said yes! Viv makes interviewing a piece of cake. We both agreed afterwards that connecting had been like talking with an old friend. I mean that laugh is contagious! It sends out pure joy.   In this 25 minute podcast we discussRead more »
 
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  • LAYERING AS YOU GO - PART TWO: Revealing Emotion in Body Language & Facial Expression

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:05 pm
    In Part One (Click here) I shared how I personally like to layer my manuscript “as I go” — periodically pausing throughout the writing rather than facing the immensity of a bare bones manuscript after typing “The End.” I highlighted a number points that layering may involve, including providing body movement and facial expression, authenticating the setting, weaving in internal dialogue and “voice” for deep point of view, etc.So this month let’s take a deeper look at one of those points.LAYERING: Revealing Emotion in Body Language and Facial ExpressionVery few…
  • USING SETTING TO DEEPEN YOUR CHARACTER

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Hello Seekerville,Sandra here.Did everyone have a wonderful and blessed Easter?I have Chocolate Velvet coffee in the pot ready to enjoy. I have a beautiful platter of spring fruit, sliced and ready to nibble on. Also, the baker here in the RV park I'm in, bakes the most delicious cinnamon rolls. I had him bake up a separate batch for us. photo from www.nellisgroup.com used with permissionHave you ever thought of setting to deepen your character? I tend to use setting a lot in my stories, but I didn't consciously think I was doing so to deepen character, until I went to Mary Buckham's…
  • The Hazards of that Ticking Clock

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Janet here. Stories often have deadlines, a ticking clock that pushes characters to pursue their goals with a sense of urgency. In a suspense novel, the hero might be racing against the clock to find his sister before she dies at her kidnapper’s hand. Of course not all ticking clocks have life and death stakes. But if that ticking clock is connected to your characters’ goals—what they want and pursue throughout the novel—then that deadline is vital to the characters and the readers.   In my historical novel The Bride Wore Spurs, heroine Hannah’s goal is to run the…
  • The Weekend Edition

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Easter greetings from all of us in Seekerville.We Have Winners Please send us an email to claim your prize. (seekers@seekerville.net) See our legal page for any questions.  Winner of last weekend's mystery box of books is Wilani Wahl.Monday, Love Inspired author Missy Tippens brought you "Backstory: Where to Draw the Line." Winner of the first five pages with backstory in mind is Sherida Stewart.What do dragons, time machines, and God have in common?  Dawn Ford was in Seekerville on Tuesday with her post, "Speculating on Speculative Fiction." Winner of a $25 Amazon gift card is…
  • Five Things I Learned About Writing from Jack Reacher

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
     We shared an interesting article by Forbes Magazine in the Weekend Edition a few weeks ago: The Strongest Brand in Publishing is.... "Lee Child's Jack Reacher series has the largest reader loyalty of any best-selling author today." When Child was interviewed for the magazine he credited the following with the strong branding: Consistency: Jack Reacher can be counted on to be the same character in each book. Authenticity:  " the art of narrative authenticity is culling details that are authentic from the larger pool of those that might be merely accurate." Uniqueness: The…
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  • Authors at the double with repeated initials

    Roger Packer
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:21 am
    Writers love using one or more initials in their author name. It can perform a number of functions, such as disguising gender, adding a perceived sense of authority or differentiating a common name. What’s much less common, however, is the use of repeated initials. For example, starting at the sharp end of the alphabet, A A Milne. There aren’t many authors with repeated initials, which I find surprising as it’s a great way of making a name memorable. Here’s a list of the few repeaters that spring to my mind: A A Milne: not Alcoholics Anonymous but Alan Alexander from Pooh Corner. E E…
  • Free books on offer as Amazon builds Kindle store for Samsung

    Roger Packer
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    Amazon has shown again that content is its real business in the ebook sector rather than selling pesky Kindle hardware and has also revealed that around a quarter of the ebooks in the Kindle store are exclusive to Amazon. A deal with smartphone and tablet giant Samsung will see Amazon launch a custom-built ebook service just for Galaxy users. The Samsung for Kindle app is now available for the newly launched Galaxy S5 and for existing Galaxy smartphones and tablets running Android 4.0 or above. The firm is aiming to sell 35 million Galaxy S5 handsets by June, which would top the estimated…
  • Amazon gets graphic with new Kindle Sales Dashboard

    Roger Packer
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:48 am
    Amazon has added a very useful Sales Dashboard feature to the back end of the Kindle Direct Publishing set-up so authors can now see at a glance their worldwide sales and royalties in a graphic format. The new dashboard provides up to 90 days of historical orders and earned royalties, with a graph that provides daily order totals to help you see trends. The dashboard can be filtered by timeframe, title and marketplace. It’s a welcome update as the previous system could be confusing and time-consuming to check on sales in various markets. Distributors such as Draft2digital have offered a…
  • Amazon Publishing pushing pre-orders to top of best-sellers

    Roger Packer
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Amazon Publishing is using its promotion power to send its own books to the top of the Kindle charts before they’re even published. This week, two pre-orders from AP imprints take the No 1 and No 2 slots in the paid Kindle best sellers. I Am Livia by Phyllis T Smith published by Lake Union tops the table despite not being released until May 1. It’s a debut novel and is described as being the female equivalent of Robert Graves’ I, Claudius. It sounds like a fascinating book. In second spot is Home To Stay ( An Anchor Island Novel) by Terri Osburn, published by Montlake…
  • On the Dazzle – Scholastic seeks a new child star

    Roger Packer
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:08 am
    Here’s another UK newspaper launching a novel writing contest. Last week, it was The Guardian with a self-published novel of the month award and now The Independent is setting up the Montegrappa Scholastic Prize for New Children’s Writing. The major criterion for entry seems to be that you must be “dazzling”. The contest stipulates that The Indy is only looking for “dazzling new fiction writing talent”, previously unpublished, with a novel aimed at children in the 7-12 age group. Star children’s publisher Scholastic, which must be looking to follow up on its…
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    Enago Blog: Scientific Publication Help

  • Conceptual vs. Empirical Research: Which is Better?

    admin
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    Scientific research is often divided into two classes: conceptual research and empirical research. They used to be distinct ways of doing research and a researcher would proudly claim to be one or the other, praising his method and scorning the alternative. Today the distinction is not so clear. Conceptual Research: Pen and Paper Conceptual research focuses on the concept or theory that explains or describes the phenomenon being studied. What causes disease? How can we describe the motions of the planets? What are the building blocks of matter? The conceptual researcher sits at his desk with…
  • Guest Authors: Think Twice before You Sign On

    admin
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    It’s fairly common for an author to invite a better known researcher to be a coauthor on a paper. Although the distinguished researcher sometimes makes a valuable contribution to the paper’s content, he often serves as a “guest author,” donating nothing more than his name recognition and prestige to give the paper a better chance for acceptance in a major journal. This seems like a win-win for both parties: the lesser author gets his paper accepted and the distinguished author adds another publication to his record. Nevertheless, guest authorship is a bad practice which can damage an…
  • Some High Impact Factor Journals and My Experience With Them

    admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:50 am
    The relative importance of most academic journals is measured by what’s called their “impact factor,” or IF. Impact factor in an academic measure is simply a measure that reflects the average number citations made in various media, online and academic journals and similar publications to recent articles published in the subject journal. Essentially, an academic journal with a high IF is one that many publications and expert cite. Academic journals possessing a high impact factor are deemed more important, and thus deserving of more attention and consideration, than journals having lower…
  • Thesis vs. Dissertation: Depends on where you are

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    A graduate degree generally requires completing either a thesis or a dissertation and there is a difference between thesis and dissertation. In Shakespeare’s day a candidate for a master’s degree would write a thesis, an original paper in which he maintained a certain proposition. He would read his thesis to his committee, after which he sat in silence while two faculty members gave point by point refutations of everything he said. The focus here was on the student’s ideas and his ability to arrange and express them clearly. If a student wished to advance further in academia he could…
  • Authorships for Sale

    admin
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:53 am
    The claim on the editing service website seemed too good to be true. “You can publish SCI papers without doing experiments!” Unfortunately, this was not a joke. In China there is a thriving business in selling authorships to scientific publications. For as little as $1600 you may buy the right to be listed as a co-first author on a paper of which you did not write a word. Publication is guaranteed. The paper has already passed the first round of reviews. Your name will be added to the final version submitted just before publication. China’s Publication Marketplace The competition for…
 
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    Beyond Paper Editing

  • How to Get Helpful Feedback From Beta Readers

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    by Carla Douglas@CarlaJDouglasSending a finished manuscript out to beta readers has become a routine step in the self-publishing process. Beta readers can provide crucial feedback about whether your book is ready to go public, and authors know this. It’s one thing to get readers to agree to give your manuscript an assessment; it’s another thing entirely to make the most of the precious time a beta reader spends with your material. So, you’ve found one or more avid readers to take on the task of giving your book a first read. What next?Read on: below I discuss how to get information…
  • The 5 in 4 Rule of Marketing: How to Avoid Being a Pest

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Image by John Tann You wrote a book and you know you need to market it. You need to tell your audience about it. But how often should you do that? This week at Beyond Paper, author Sarah Tun shares a tip for staying in touch with your audience, without being a pest.by Sarah TunMarketing is tricky. You have a good lead and you want to seal a deal. How frequently is it prudent to contact an agent, publisher, customer, or client when in pursuit of a contract?A proven effective rule-of-thumb is five times in four weeks.* If the individual or company you are targeting is interested, that frequency…
  • 3 Things Successful Self-Pubs Do Well — Why Not Get Mentored by the Pros?

    3 Apr 2014 | 4:58 pm
    by Carla Douglas@CarlaJDouglasWelcome to the first post in a new series about how to publish a good book.One of our goals at Beyond Paper is to help you see your book through an editor’s eyes—to point you toward the things that leap off the page and either make us cry, “eek!” or say, “yes, nicely done.”What are these things that can make or break a book? They vary, depending on genre, purpose for writing, audience, and so on, but things like tone, originality, usefulness, and design would be on most lists. They may reveal themselves early on during a manuscript evaluation, or…
  • Getting Started With Jutoh: A List of Resources and a Cheat Sheet

    27 Mar 2014 | 8:23 am
    by Corina Koch MacLeod@CKmacleodwriterIn a previous post, I wrote about Jutoh, an inexpensive piece of software that allows you to convert Word docx files to mobi or epub formats. In fact, I even used Jutoh for the latest book published at Beyond Paper.I find that it takes me a while to find my way around any new piece of software I tackle, and I always appreciate it if software comes with accessible support materials. Here are some of the support materials that come with Jutoh:ManualJulian Smart, the creator of Jutoh has written a detailed manual titled, Creating Great Ebooks…
  • How to Write a Quality Book Fast

    20 Mar 2014 | 9:19 am
    by Corina Koch MacLeod@CKmacleodwriterThere has been a bit of buzz recently about authors who can write a book collaboratively in six weeks or by themselves in nine weeks. How do they do it? Getting a book from idea to ebook can happen fairly quickly, particularly if you know how to create an efficient writing and publishing workflow (I wrote the first draft of the book on the left in about 10 hours and completed the rest of the process in nine weeks).1. Have a System To get a book to publication quickly, it helps to know the essential steps in the idea-to-ebook process. As both an…
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  • This week in numbers: April 12th – 18th

    Laura Jones
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    Here’s this week’s numbers in publishing. ’63% of men rarely read’ (Bookseller) ‘Men are giving up on reading books because they prefer to watch the big screen version instead, a study commissioned by the Reading Agency has revealed. Researchers found that being too busy, not enjoying reading and preferring to spend their spare time on […]
  • Crumbs – Miha Mazzini (Review)

    Laura Jones
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Miha Mazzini’s Crumbs is an unusual one. It was published in 1987 in its original Slovenian language, a language that was spoken by less than two million people according to Mazzini’s 2004 foreword. It has been picked up by Glasgow publisher Freight and given a new audience to coincide with the current lead up to the independence […]
  • This week in numbers: March 29th – April 4th

    Laura Jones
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:57 am
    Here’s this week’s numbers in publishing. In first 12 weeks of year, Children’s, Young Adult & Education up 7.1%, fiction down 7.9% in value (Bookseller [subs only]) ‘In the first 12 weeks of the year, Nielsen BookScan’s Children’s, Young Adult & Education category was up an impressive 7.1% in value terms, against an overall print […]
  • Marketing Games: Half Bad vs We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

    Laura Jones
    28 Mar 2014 | 7:36 am
    I expected great things from Half Bad by Sally Green, dubbed the next Hunger Games and the like. Unfortunately, I was left underwhelmed after too much hype and found it not meeting expectations. Many promotional stories are riding on the feat of Green, an accountant, writing a book of such quality. Maybe it is an impressive […]
  • This week in numbers: March 22nd – 28th

    Laura Jones
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:10 am
    Here’s this week’s numbers in publishing. Verso Books to start bundling, expect £200k revenue from website (booktrade.info) ‘Launching on April 8th Verso will be selling books and ebooks directly to customers all over the world, through their website http://www.versobooks.com ­in a way that will shake up how publishers relate to their readership, and help to […]
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  • National Arts Club and Gramercy Arts High School Browning Society Reading Review by Theodore Weaver

    James B Kepple
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:14 pm
    The scene at the National Arts Club, when Gramercy Arts High School students read poetry last month for an event long anticipated by the New York Browning Society heralds the victory of the feminist’s battle for equality in the literary world.  One young man and five young women read poetry inspired by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning, who were 19th century naturalist poets.  A couple of the poems they looked to for inspiration were Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “A Child’s Thought of God” and “A Dead Rose.” The second is significant in this case because it…
  • A Review of the Whitney Biennial by Theodore Weaver 3/20/14

    James B Kepple
    20 Mar 2014 | 11:20 am
    Every two years the Whitney Museum of Art has its Biennial, an unbiased selection of the best contemporary established and emerging American artists. The works for the 2014 Biennial were chosen by Stuart Comer, Michelle Grabner and Anthony Elms. Since the staff of the Whitney writes a tag for each piece of art including the artist’s hometown and the city in which he works, the Biennial has a geographical element: pieces made in New York or Chicago and as far west as Los Angeles may slightly bring out something from the regional style. While the celebrities who show at the Whitney sell…
  • Poetry kicked me in the balls (What does freedom mean to you?)

    Jeremiah Walton
    18 Jan 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Jeremiah Walton:“Most people are not against poetry. I’m tired of hearing ‘nobody cares about poetry’. Poetry is not on a decline, it’s changing. It is changing how it is written, how it is shared, how it is viewed. This is the century for poets.” Originally posted on Gatsby's Abandoned Children: Most people are not against poetry. I’m tired of hearing “nobody cares about poetry”. Poetry is not on a decline, it’s changing. It is changing how it is written, how it is shared, how it is viewed. This is the century for poets. View original
  • Forty-Five Seconds: A Chapbook by Joschua Beres

    Jeremiah Walton
    18 Jan 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Jeremiah Walton:Dave Higgins reviews 45 Seconds by Joschua Beres Originally posted on Davetopia: While most poetry collections include a contents page, not all include a contents page that reads like a poem. It is testament to the power of Beres’ voice that the titles form a poem of their own. This collection of ten poems has been compiled from Beres’ opus with the intention something of him “…will survive past my earthy existence and the cruelty of time” and opens with an apology that they have not been polished over and over again. Beres need have no worries on either account. The…
  • The Delancy Bar, the Couplet Reading by Theodore Weaver

    James B Kepple
    16 Jan 2014 | 10:35 am
    The Delancy Bar, the Couplet Reading If Richard Nixon were to go to a poetry reading, he would probably go to the Delancy Bar’s Couplet Reading Series.  The premiere poet to read on January 4, 2014 at the New York venue was Rosebud Ben-Oni.  She said the titular poem “Solecism,” of her book Solecism, published by Virtual Artists Collective, 2013 was cut from a dictionary. Solecism 1. Nonstandard or ungrammatical usage. 2. Breach of good manners or etiquette. 3. Any error, impropriety or inconsistency. Dan O’Brien and Kathleen Ossip, author of The Cold War (Sarabande:  2011) The…
 
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  • Bad Reviews Come Every Writer’s Way, Gatsby’s Abandoned Children

    Jeremiah Walton
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Bad reviews are inevitable.  Not everyone is going to enjoy our writing, poetry, movie, whatever creative median we threw ourselves into. Bad Reviews Come Every Writer’s Way is an article posted at Gatsby’s Abandoned Children last year, but its relevance pushes forth beyond a date. If you are putting yourself out there, in the public’s eye, in critics’ vision, be prepared. Paulo Coelho said ”Writing is a socially acceptable form of getting naked in public“, and nobody wants to have their body criticized. I’m going to take the good with the bad, and grow with my…
  • Beautiful New England street art and graffiti

    Jeremiah Walton
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    I’ve always been a fan of graffiti and street art.  Creating for Self is a huge part of the process.  The aimless doodling and experimenting with lettering to perfect your name is a fun process, the exhilaration of urban exploration, the feel of a spray can in hand. I’m not talking about gang territory markers.  I’m not talking about the dicks you see crudely drooled on signs.  Corporate street art isn’t a focus.  No, I’m talking about pieces of art that took time, risk, and effort. Here are some favorite pieces I found wandering around New England. From…
  • 21st Century Youth Poets

    Jeremiah Walton
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    With friends at the bridge (NH) Happy National Poetry Month!  To kick it off, we’re celebrating some younger poets who are making moves where most of us haven’t yet. The youth is critical.  They are the next step, our successors.  One over arching focus, with all my literary projects, is to promote to the youth, my peers. I graduated High School the spring of 2013.  I spent that time cutting class to manage Nostrovia! Poetry, W.I.S.H. Publishing, run my personal blog, submit to publishers, take advantage of the design programs I couldn’t afford at home.  Poetry was my…
  • What is a poetry slam?

    Jeremiah Walton
    26 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    Slam! Into the Mouth of the Dharma!” -Allen Ginsberg “Why do you want to hang out with us old guys? If I was young, I’d be going to the Slam!” -Gregory Corso The summer of 2013, I volunteered at the National Poetry Slam in Boston, M.A..  It was a wonderful experience.  Slam New Orleans took victory, for the second year in the row, and offered some of the most amazing poems I’ve seen performed. If you don’t know what a slam is, allow me to explain, as it is an amazing branch of the poetic tree. Jeremiah Walton at Slam Free or Die A Brief History of Slam…
  • Math is art, and art is math

    Jeremiah Walton
    22 Mar 2014 | 7:36 pm
    Magic Math: Felino A. Soriano’s “Mathematics” by Alison Ross As an academic subject, mathematics both intrigues and terrifies me. In school I was beyond awful in it, and most likely suffered from dyscalculia. I am still math illiterate, but the difference now is that I appreciate math – its multi-foliate mysteries are no longer anathema to me so much as a beautiful enigma that slips through the fingers of my feeble faculties. As I grew older, I came to understand that it’s math, not poetry, which runs the world. Or, rather, that math IS poetry. They are one in the same.
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    The Publishing Profits Podcast Show | Writing | Marketing | Books | Ebooks

  • 018: How to Become a Full-Time Author with Lindsay Buroker, Bestselling Fantasy Novelist

    Tom Corson-Knowles
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Lindsay Buroker is the bestselling author of Balanced on the Blade’s Edge and more than 20 other novels and short stories.  Right now, Lindsay is ranked as the #84 bestselling Science Fiction Author on Amazon Kindle . She is a full-time author and works from home. In today’s show, Lindsay shares some great tips on writing, building your author platform and marketing. She shares how building a highly targeted email list can dramatically help you increase your book sales. It’s not just good enough to have anyone on your email list. Instead, you want loyal readers and fans…
  • 017: YouTube Marketing Secrets with Montina Portis from SparkWisdom

    Tom Corson-Knowles
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Montina Portis is the bestselling author of YouTube Video Marketing Secrets Revealed and several other books. Her SparkWisdom YouTube Channel has over 18,000 subscribers and more than 2 Million views. In today’s show, Montina shares some powerful tips for marketing and selling books online using video. If you thought video marketing was complicated, expensive, or difficult, you’re in for a surprise! Montina will show you just how easy it can be to get started marketing yourself on YouTube using video even if you have absolutely no video or marketing experience. Learn more about…
  • 016: Becoming a Full Time Author-Entrepreneur of Fiction and Nonfiction with Joanna Penn

    Tom Corson-Knowles
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Joanna Penn is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She writes fiction and non-fiction, and is a frequent speaker and lecturer at writer’s conferences and industry events. She’s now a full-time author-entrepreneur and has been since 2011. In today’s show, Joanna shares some brilliant tips, ideas and strategies on how to build your author platform and brand using social media, blogging, and creating regular content for your audience. Joanna says consistency is a huge key to her success, and in the interview you’ll see how being consistent in your marketing…
  • 015: Press Releases, Publicity and Getting Your Book in the Media with Dan Janal

    Tom Corson-Knowles
    26 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    Dan Janal is the author of Reporters Are Looking for You! and several other books. He’s been working in publicity, public relations and online marketing since the earliest stages of the internet. In today’s show, Dan shares some brilliant insights into how press releases work, how to use them for maximum effect, and some new and exciting ways to get publicity and exposure for yourself and your book. If you’re interested in media exposure and publicity, grab your pen, start listening and take notes! To get a great press release distribution service, check out…
  • 014: How to Write a Book Using Interviews and Smart Author Marketing Strategies with Ameer Rosic

    Tom Corson-Knowles
    19 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    Ameer Rosic is a functional medicine expert and bestselling author of Diagnostic Testing And Functional Medicine. In today’s show, Ameer shares how he landed interviews with some of the top health and wellness experts in the world. He then turned those interviews into a book which went on to become a #1 bestseller on Amazon and helped grow his platform even more. Ameer also shares some inspiring and life-changing tips on maintaining a strong attitude, overcoming obstacles, and never letting failure keep you from the success you’re looking for. Learn More You can learn more about…
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    Marketing Tips For Authors

  • How to Create Audio Versions of Your Book

    Paula Krapf
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Audio for Customers My friends love to listen to books while they exercise or drive. I never do this because I like to read a book, not hear it. However, customers should be able to access books in any way they want. Here are three organizations that produce audiobooks: Audible markets a collection of approximately 100,000 audio versions of books. When you buy an audiobook on Apple’s iTunes store, it’s usually from Audible. Amazon bought Audible in 2008. Books on Tape is part of Random House. It sells readings on CDs. A book can fill three or more CDs. Prices range from $25 to $100 per…
  • How Authors Can Market Themselves as Experts

    Paula Krapf
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:37 pm
    It’s a common piece of advice to authors: “You need to be an expert!” Nonfiction authors may find it’s a natural process, but there are plenty of opportunities for fiction authors, too. Eve Bridburg of Grub Street Reads offers some great insights. The post How Authors Can Market Themselves as Experts appeared first on Marketing Tips For Authors.
  • Simple Ways to Finding the Perfect Keywords on YouTube

    Paula Krapf
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:23 pm
    Learn how you can find the right keywords for YouTube. You will make more YouTube sales when you use the right keywords. James Wedmore offers easy and innovative ideas! The post Simple Ways to Finding the Perfect Keywords on YouTube appeared first on Marketing Tips For Authors.
  • Secrets to Using Pinterest Tools for Promoting Your Book

    Paula Krapf
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Learn how to boost your images or your promotion on Pinterest. Melanie Duncan discussed Pinterest promotion at Social Media Marketing World, and she offered some great marketing ideas along with ways to grab more traffic on Pinterest! The post Secrets to Using Pinterest Tools for Promoting Your Book appeared first on Marketing Tips For Authors.
  • How to Price Your Self-Published Book: KDP Select

    Paula Krapf
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Our friends at Kindle Direct Publishing offer another kind of pricing paradigm. It’s a program we mentioned in the previous chapter called KDP Select. In exchange for a ninety-day Amazon exclusive, your book goes into the “Lending Library” and you can offer the book for free for up to five days. People who own Kindle devices (not Kindle apps running on other devices) and who are Amazon Prime members can participate in this program. Participants can borrow books from a collection of 180,000 titles to read on their Kindle devices. Authors in the Lending Library program also receive a…
 
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    Digital Publishing Magazine Software & Content Marketing

  • App Store Optimization in Digital Publishing – ASO Translation Service

    Wojtek Szywalski
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:54 am
    When it comes to increasing the number of app downloads we have to consider ASO which stands for App Store Optimization. Digital Publishers can make it big on iTunes with relatively little effort. Here is how to make your magazine app resonate through Apple Newsstand on a global scale. Most of the iOS app downloads […] The post App Store Optimization in Digital Publishing – ASO Translation Service appeared first on Digital Publishing Magazine Software & Content Marketing.
  • How YouTube Drives the Installs of Their Mobile App

    Wojtek Szywalski
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:06 am
    Successful companies win mobile users through utilizing various marketing techniques. Most thriving ones do it right on their websites. In this article you will learn how to boost downloads of your digital magazine app yourself. App Store is not a marketing machine, after all it is just a store selling apps. People have to learn […] The post How YouTube Drives the Installs of Their Mobile App appeared first on Digital Publishing Magazine Software & Content Marketing.
  • People Like to Have Their Publications Available Electronically

    Wojtek Szywalski
    31 Mar 2014 | 4:50 am
    Interview with Jim Koury of Diversity Rules Magazine. PressPad gathers publishers from all walks of life. The most crowded segments are dedicated to fashion, lifestyle and LGBT and Diversity Rules Magazine is one among them. It is a niche magazine focusing on the queer community and its allies. Jim, when have you started journey with […] The post People Like to Have Their Publications Available Electronically appeared first on Digital Publishing Magazine Software & Content Marketing.
  • How to Create a Digital Magazine Without Specialized Publishing Software

    Wojtek Szywalski
    18 Mar 2014 | 7:47 am
    A magazine app can be one way of magazine distribution, it is also an effective content marketing tool. Then how to publish your own digital magazine in App Store to widen your target range by mobile users? In this article, I’m going to describe exactly what you’ll need to launch your own flip page digital […] The post How to Create a Digital Magazine Without Specialized Publishing Software appeared first on Digital Publishing Magazine Software & Content Marketing.
  • Digital Publishing is The Most Promising Content Marketing Tactic for 2014

    Wojtek Szywalski
    14 Mar 2014 | 7:49 am
    Digital publishing on mobile devices has all it takes to dominate the tactics utilized in content marketing activities this year. It is so because digital publishing on mobile platforms combines three of the most efficient content marketing tactics. These are journalism, creating “white papers” (that is, sharing specialist knowledge), as well as activities on mobile […] The post Digital Publishing is The Most Promising Content Marketing Tactic for 2014 appeared first on Digital Publishing Magazine Software & Content Marketing.
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  • Happy St George’s Day!

    The Proof Angel
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:46 am
    On St George’s day, I thought it would be good to mark it with a wall painting from Helmsley church. According to the Telegraph, people are too nervous to celebrate England’s patron saint. I doubt if anyone is surprised that St Patrick is better known, as his day is used as an excuse to drink Guinness. St George was probably born in Turkey, and very little is known about his life. He became popular in England when the crusaders spread tales of his bravery and gallantry. From the 1300s he was seen as our special protector. Before then, many regarded our home grown King Edward…
  • Reasons not to…

    The Proof Angel
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:19 am
    OK, so the cartoon is about not writing a book, but how many other tasks fit in just as nicely? Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Bits & bobs Tagged: cartoons, Writing
  • How to add layers to your historical romance

    The Proof Angel
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:36 am
    Here are some basic points about historical romance. It isn’t rocket science, but it is sometimes useful to remind ourselves of these things… Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: historical fiction, romantic fiction, writing fiction
  • Don’t panic about self publishing

    The Proof Angel
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:15 am
    Does the thought of self publishing make you panic? For many people, the complexities of this relatively new area are quite scary. If that describes you, read this post to help you calm down. And remember. Most time spent panicking could be better spent doing something else. So easy to say, but worth bearing in mind… Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: indie publishing, self-publishing
  • How we learn grammar

    The Proof Angel
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    A study of how we learn grammar has concluded that the different grammatical structures found in languages of the world reflect the deep properties of human minds rather than social and cultural factors. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Grammar & usage Tagged: grammar
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  • Amazon takes half of UK’s online retail spend

    Passive Guy
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    From The Bookseller:More than half of Britain’s online retail spend goes to Amazon, working out at £70 for every man, woman and child in the country, according to a new BBC television programme.Amazon is now so ingrained in everyday life that the word itself has become a verb, an Amazon shopper told the show. “If I want to know something, I’ll Google it. If I want to buy something, I’ll Amazon it,” he told the BBC.Part of the documentary was filmed at The Bookseller’s FutureBook Conference last November. Michael Bhaskar, digital publishing director at Profile Books, told the…
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™

    Passive Guy
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    From Universal Studios Japan:Hogwarts™ castle is an iconic feature of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™. Inside Hogwarts™ castle you’ll explore the classrooms and corridors of Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, including Dumbledore’s™ Office and the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom. Moving portraits and the Sorting Hat™ may speak to you as you journey through the castle.You’ll also enjoy the world’s best attraction*, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™, featuring cutting-edge 4K imaging technology. Get ready to embark on a magical journey…
  • The huge green fragment of ice

    Passive Guy
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    The huge green fragment of ice on which she alighted pitched and creaked as her weight came on it, but she staid there not a moment. With wild cries and desperate energy she leaped to another and still another cake;–stumbling–leaping–slipping–springing upwards again! Her shoes are gone–her stocking cut from her feet–while blood marked every step; but she saw nothing, felt nothing, till dimly, as in a dream, she saw the Ohio side, and a man helping her up the bank.Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s CabinFor visitors from outside the United States, Harriet Beecher Stowe, born…
  • Advertisers Use Social Media to Promote Brands in Real Time

    Passive Guy
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    From The Wall Street Journal:The usual formula goes something like this: Marketers and advertisers spend huge budgets to craft their campaigns, then refine them over weeks or months until they find just the message that will reach their target audience.Now some companies are trying to squeeze all of that work into mere minutes.These advertisers are watching Twitter and other social networks to see what topics are getting the most attention, and putting together short blog posts, tweets and videos that match those themes—in hopes that the online audience will become more aware of the brand…
  • The Wheel of Time and the Hugo Voter Packet

    Passive Guy
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    From Tor.com:Ever since the announcement of the 2014 Hugo Finalists, we’ve been getting questions on all fronts about the Wheel of Time. Since 2006, the Worldcon has been making a collection of e-texts of the nominated works (subject to their authors’ and publishers’ willingness to make them available) available to Hugo voters, so that those voters can make informed choices. But no work as long as Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson’ Wheel of Time has previously been a finalist.In answer to many inquiries, we’re happy to be able to say that the entire Wheel of Time will be made…
 
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