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  • Most Common Self-Publishing Mistakes (And How To Fix Them)

    Self-Publishing Review
    Cate Baum
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:06 am
    When it comes to self-publishing your book, avoid the most common pitfalls to make the most of your opportunity to become a bestselling indie author! Scrimping on the Book Cover It may seem very easy to take a snap and use it as a cover, slotting it into one of the simple templates available on ...
  • Goodreads Giveaways: Don’t Do What You’re Told

    Catherine, Caffeinated
    catherineryanhoward
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:07 am
    This summer I’m working on revising and updating my self-publishing ‘how to': Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing. Edition #3 is scheduled for release in a few weeks’ time. (I will definitely be taking advantage of KDP’s new pre-ordering function, so stayed tuned for that.) When I did the second edition back in 2012, only one year had passed since the first but still, so much had changed. This time around, the entire landscape has changed, and there’s so many new and exciting opportunities for self-publishers to take advantage of. I’ve completely…
  • Examining the Wonderful World of Steampunk: Maritime Terrorists, Time Travelers, and Mad Science

    WritersDigest.com
    Chuck Sambuchino
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    We have been writing Steampunk since 2009; and even after five years, we still face the question of the ages: What is steampunk? Perhaps a lazy, shallow way to look at the genre is to simply call it “Victorian Science Fiction” and that be the end of it. Truth be told, this is merely your first step. While history looks at the 19th Century as the Industrial Age and the late-20th century as the Computer Age, the concept of computing devices were realized by mathematician, inventor, and engineer Charles Babbage as early as 1812. His mechanical computation devices at the time were considered…
  • How To Implement Your Own Productivity Hour Of Power

    The Future of Ink
    Kathleen Gage
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Kathleen Gage Opportunity for content creators has never been as great as it is today. Profit margins on information products are incredibly high, market reach beyond anything we’ve ever seen and new markets are emerging every day. That’s the great news. The bad news is this; with so many choices of what to do, many people are far less productive than in the past. Although days are full of activity, with much of it online, the quality of the activity for many people is sorely lacking. With dreams of making it big in the digital-products space, countless would-be product creators are…
  • 4 Ways Authors Can Rock on Twitter

    The Book Designer
    Joel Friedlander
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:05 am
    By Frances Caballo It took a while for me to understand Twitter. When I signed up, I made my first mistake in deciding my handle, @CaballoFrances. A Spanish soccer player had already taken @FrancesCaballo so I reversed the order of my first and last names. Now I regret using my entire name because my handle has 14 characters – too many for this microblogging platform – when it should have no more than 12. Even fewer characters would have been better. The next mistake I made was using a company name as my profile name instead of simply using Frances Caballo. People don’t interact with…
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    Mediashift

  • Daily Must Reads, August 29, 2014

    Julie Keck
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:46 am
    1. Self-segregation on social networks and the implications for the Ferguson, MO story (Ethan Zuckerman) 2. Chasing clicks: Journalists say one thing but feel pressure to do another (Angèle Christin / Nieman Lab) 3. Want to see Aziz Ansari’s next stand-up show? Check Twitter, then give him your phone number (Peter Kafka / Re/code) 4. [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Mediatwits #128: How Blended Learning Fits into the Future of Education

    Fannie Cohen
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:05 am
    Blended learning is a hybrid mix of online and in-class teaching intended to boost student engagement and bring learning into the 21st century. This method encourages collaboration, discussion and in-person learning in lieu of the traditional lecture format. Teachers integrate technology into the course with online management systems such as Blackboard or Moodle, which provide [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Flip Your Classroom and Your Attitude

    Mark E. Johnson
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    You’re neither a dusty old prof sliding acetates onto a projector nor are you all revved up for a full MOOC. You’re just you, wanting to be a little better, hoping to engage your students in a new way or free up a little face time for talking. It’s time to start flipping. MOOC? Flipping? [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Upcoming Events in Digital Media: Aug. 29 Edition

    Angela Washeck
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Each week, MediaShift posts an ongoing list of upcoming events in the digital media and journalism world. These will be a mix of MediaShift-produced events and other events. If we’re missing any major events, please use our Contact Form to let us know, and we’ll add them to the list. If you’d like to pay to promote [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Futures Lab Update #72: Making Sharable Content at BuzzFeed

    Reuben Stern
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    This week we visit BuzzFeed to find out how the staff creates Internet-friendly content that ricochets across social media. Launched in 2006 as an experiment in making things go viral, BuzzFeed has since ballooned into a media empire that will continue expanding thanks to another $50 million in outside investment. The site attracts millions of visitors every month [...] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
 
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    Digital Book World

  • Licensing In China: A Two-Way Street

    Tom Chalmers
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:07 am
    As I come to the end of a very busy and productive Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF), there have been many lessons to reflect on in what has been a fascinating week. As part of IPR License’s full launch in China, through our partnership with The Charlesworth Group, I had expected a challenge of stressing to publishers the opportunities of licensing out of China in addition to buying into the domestic market. As it’s turned out, I would have been preaching to the converted and my pre-conception was wrong. While we have seen for a long time strong business for international publishers…
  • Young Adult Best-Sellers Drive Penguin Random House Sales

    DBW
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:32 pm
    For anyone keeping an eye on the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List, it comes as no surprise that hit fiction titles like John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars played a big role in driving sales at Penguin Random House, whose parent company Bertelsmann reported earnings from the first half of 2014 today. Green’s book sold 5.7 million units in the first six months of this year. Gayle Forman’s If I Stay and Where She Went were also top performers, alongside media tie-ins involving the Frozen and Lego: The Movie films. Related: Penguin Random House Leads Ebook…
  • Making Ebook Quality Count

    Rich Bellis
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    More sophisticated ebook production and conversion tools are entering the ereading ecosystem. As they do, everyone from professional ebook developers to average readers gain more control in shaping digital content. In some cases that’s democratizing ebook production. A recent upgrade to the ebook library management app Calibre puts a wide range of editing tools into users hands and could introduce many to the ins and out of coding. Meanwhile, popular systems like Adobe are adding features that open new avenues for print designers and ebook developers to explore, like the new fixed-layout…
  • New Ebook Production Tools Heighten Focus on Quality

    Rich Bellis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:52 am
    Changes in ebook production and conversion technologies are opening up new opportunities when it comes to digital content. But that expansion is also creating a handful of challenges for those who use such tools, and quality assurance methods will need to adapt to keep pace. On its face, the ebook management app Calibre’s recent upgrade doesn’t appear to concern traditional ebook developers directly. Calibre originated as a personal library manager and conversion tool, allowing readers to convert their titles from one format to another. Some users have also used it in…
  • Free Webcast: Metadata for Library Book Discovery—How to Help Librarians Find and Promote Your Content

    DBW
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Join Digital Book World on Tuesday, October 21 at 12:00pm ET / 9:00am PT / 5:00pm GMT for a free webcast where you will learn how to optimize your metadata for the library market. Authors and publishers know that high-quality metadata can be a game-changer when it comes to the discoverability of their titles. That’s no less true for library content. Every librarian wants to help patrons find the right titles in their library’s collection, and there is now expanding array of ways publishers can help that happen. Join Nicole Arbuckle, VP, Metadata Services, and Karen Anderson,…
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    A Newbie's Guide to Publishing

  • The Opposite of Legacy

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:50 am
    So I just read the latest drivel from The Guardian which completely misrepresents self-publishing. There's no need for me to fisk it--Howey, Eisler, Gaughran, and others already shredded the stupid in the comments. And there was a lot of stupid. It makes me ponder how the mainstream media keeps getting so much wrong.It also makes me ponder why self-pubbed authors care.As far as mainstream media, I can point to lazy reporting, willful ignorance, nepotism, and not-so-hidden agendas. This blog has a long history of pointing out why legacy publishers do what they do, and their priorities often…
  • Publishing Advice I'd Give My Younger Self

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
    Never sign any deal for more than a ten year term.Have zero expectations.Experiment with different prices and platforms.Diversify.Put more money away for taxes.Write more.Don't throw good money or more time at something that isn't working. Change direction and move on.Never Google yourself.Don't read your reviews.Celebrate milestones and victories, no matter how small.Study failures.Tweet less.Try not to spread yourself so thin.Turn off the Internet when you're working.Accept that you can't help everybody.Ignore haters.Don't hate anyone, even those who attack you. Haters are pitiable.Talk…
  • Amazon vs. Hachette

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:29 am
    I had a thought.Right now, publishers want Amazon to discount paper books, but they don't want Amazon to discount ebooks.There is a very easy fix that will force publishers to lower their prices.All Amazon needs to do is stop discounting paper books.By discounting paper, Amazon has essentially been subsidizing publishers. Publishers have become so accustomed to this, they've taken it for granted. They maintain their margins while Amazon's profits are slim, or Amazon takes a loss.What's actually happened is publishers have handed Amazon ammunition which can be used against them.Publishers want…
  • Konrath's Advice to Publishers

    17 Aug 2014 | 9:09 am
    Over four years ago I wrote a blog post about ebooks:Joe sez in May 2010: I'd always assumed that print publishers would begin to lose market dominance once ebooks took off in a big way, and they'd have to either restructure or die.But now I'm predicting another death for them.What is going to happen when authors stop sending their books to publishers?If I know I can make $100,000 on a self-published ebook in five years of sales, and I have the numbers to back up this claim, why would any informed writer--either pro or newbie--ever settle for less?The dominance of ebooks is coming. I have no…
  • William Ockham Fisking Michael Pietsch

    11 Aug 2014 | 10:18 am
    William: In case you haven't heard, Hachette (US) CEO Michael Pietsch is sending out a response to the emails he's getting. DBW has it: http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2014/hachette-ceos-response-to-amazon-advocate-emails-why-we-price-books-the-way-we-do/As you might imagine, I have a few comments:Thank you for writing to me in response to Amazon’s email. I appreciate that you care enough about books to take the time to write. We usually don’t comment publicly while negotiating, but I’ve received a lot of requests for Hachette’s response to the issues raised by Amazon, and want to…
 
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    Catherine, Caffeinated

  • The SELF-PRINTED 3.0 Splash Needs YOU!

    catherineryanhoward
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:29 am
    Self-Printed 3.0 is almost here EXCLAMATION MARK. Well, it’ll be here soon. It’s hard to estimate exactly when all editions will be up and running, but I think it’s safe to say we’ll be good to go by October 16th. Some editions may be available long before that but usually I watch all self-imposed deadlines pass on by, so I’m way overestimating here just to be safe. I’ll also be availing of Amazon KDP’s new pre-ordering function, so stay tuned for that. Since it’s been 2 years since the last one and this new edition is almost entirely revamped,…
  • Goodreads Giveaways: Don’t Do What You’re Told

    catherineryanhoward
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:07 am
    This summer I’m working on revising and updating my self-publishing ‘how to': Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing. Edition #3 is scheduled for release in a few weeks’ time. (I will definitely be taking advantage of KDP’s new pre-ordering function, so stayed tuned for that.) When I did the second edition back in 2012, only one year had passed since the first but still, so much had changed. This time around, the entire landscape has changed, and there’s so many new and exciting opportunities for self-publishers to take advantage of. I’ve completely…
  • Closing the Facebook

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

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

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

  • A writer’s residency where you can stay forever

    Chris Robley
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
    How would you like to own a newly-renovated home and writer’s space — for free? Write a House, a non-profit based in Detroit, has found a novel way to support literary arts, vocational education, and neighborhood stabilization in their city. With the help of donors, volunteers, and trainees in a local construction program, Write a House is rehabing vacant buildings and then giving them away to low and middle-income writers around the country. You pay the taxes and the insurance, but so long as you maintain the property and live in at least 75% of the year, Write a House will grant…
  • What trait does every successful writer possess?

    Chris Robley
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    The blog Writing in a Dead World posted this funny list last week, and it got me wondering, what DOES every serious writer need? Is there one trait that is shared by all successful writers? The list probably comes close when it says that every writer needs a passion for words — though I’ll bet some writers have a stronger passion for ideas, emotional openness, or instruction than they do for those pesky little delivery systems known as diction and syntax. Maybe the common thread for writers who’ve been able to sustain successful careers is some mixture of persistence,…
  • How to sell more eBooks with BookShop

    Chris Robley
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:47 am
    BookShop — the free direct-to-reader sales-tool created by BookBaby to help independent authors sell more eBooks In a nutshell, BookShop is your eBook’s online home; it provides you with a webpage for your book AND a robust ecommerce solution all in one place. All your book’s vital info is showcased within BookShop’s elegant design; BookShop takes just minutes to set up; and you can make updates whenever you want. That being said, it’s not like you’re going to just turn the switch and start selling millions of eBooks through BookShop overnight (unless you…
  • Flavorwire’s 10 Stunning Writing Studios

    Chris Robley
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Once again, Flavorwire has compiled a list for writers that will probably stir up some inspiration AND envy. We’ve already gotten a glimpse of the world’s best bookstores and the world’s most beautiful libraries. Now we get to see 10 stunning writing spaces — woodland cabins, backyard sheds, renovated barns, suspended studios, wetland retreats, and more.  Check out these little sanctuaries of words at Flavorwire. Where do YOU go to get your best writing done? Do you prefer to “get away from it all,” or do you thrive in public settings (a coffee shop, a train…
  • The most popular writing app right now is from the 19th Century

    Chris Robley
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Well, the app itself obviously isn’t from the 19th century, but it’s meant to mimic a technology that first came to use in the late 1800′s: the typewriter, and it even has the look and sound (if not the feel) of those charming old devices. It was created by Tom Hanks (yes, THAT Tom Hanks) and it’s called Hanx Writer. This typewriter-on-your-iPad is now #1 in the iTunes App Store thanks to a bunch of nostalgic writers, curious youngsters, and ironic techies. Check out the video on TechCrunch to see the app in action. Looks like it behaves exactly like a typewriter —…
 
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    Self-Publishing Review

  • 10% Off Lead Story Packages All Labor Day Weekend!

    Cate Baum
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Our Lead Story Package will help promote your book and get it seen by thousands of readers and publishing professionals. This weekend, get to work and take advantage of our checkout code with 10% off $249, making your final price only $224! The Lead Story Package – Buy Here! What you get: A Comprehensive, In-Depth ...
  • Tides: Poems: Life’s Ebb and Flow by Sandra M. Haight

    Cate Baum
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:41 am
    Sandra M. Haight’s latest poetry collection “Tides” takes its inspiration from nature and the cycles of the seasons, and those emotions that tie us to the ground and the sky and everything in between. There is also a spiritual thread to these poems, with a prayer to God here and there, A living thing I ...
  • SPR Announces Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy Awards For Indie Writers

    Cate Baum
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:28 am
    Self-Publishing Review today announced a Halloween contest, The SPR Full Moon Awards 2014.  Horror, sci-fi and fantasy categories are open for entries from the end of August until October 1st, 2014 to all self-published and indie writers with a book to promote. All entrants will be given a space in our Book Store, and a ...
  • An Interview with Author Jason Leonard

    Jason Leonard
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:17 am
    An interview with author-poet, Jason Leonard, whose book In Shadows is out now. Tell us something about your book. The basics: what’s it about? In Shadows is a book of poems, chap book if technical terms suit your fancy. I wrote the book in my early 20′s so there some popular themes there, i.e. struggling ...
  • Most Common Self-Publishing Mistakes (And How To Fix Them)

    Cate Baum
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:06 am
    When it comes to self-publishing your book, avoid the most common pitfalls to make the most of your opportunity to become a bestselling indie author! Scrimping on the Book Cover It may seem very easy to take a snap and use it as a cover, slotting it into one of the simple templates available on ...
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    The Book Designer

  • 21 Tips for Creating a Successful Writing Collaboration

    Joel Friedlander
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:05 am
    By Helen Sedwick When a writing collaboration works, partners inspire and complement one other. The creative process is less lonely. But when collaborations fail, the drama may be as ugly as a Hollywood divorce. For every successful writing partnership, there are dozens of failed ones despite the best of intentions. Not everyone is a team player, and not every team is a winner. To improve the odds of a successful writing partnership take the time to put the collaboration agreement in writing. Most people resist this idea. Like a prenuptial agreement, it kills the romance. They don’t realize…
  • 4 Ways Authors Can Rock on Twitter

    Joel Friedlander
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:05 am
    By Frances Caballo It took a while for me to understand Twitter. When I signed up, I made my first mistake in deciding my handle, @CaballoFrances. A Spanish soccer player had already taken @FrancesCaballo so I reversed the order of my first and last names. Now I regret using my entire name because my handle has 14 characters – too many for this microblogging platform – when it should have no more than 12. Even fewer characters would have been better. The next mistake I made was using a company name as my profile name instead of simply using Frances Caballo. People don’t interact with…
  • 6 Reasons You Should Self-Publish

    Joel Friedlander
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:05 am
    By Tiana Warner I was talking with a writer friend recently, and we got into a discussion on traditional publishing vs. self-publishing. She’s been querying agents like crazy. I’ve been doing self-publishing prep like crazy. She was surprised to find out I didn’t even bother trying to get an agent or traditional publishing contract. Why would I do such a thing? Why would I not even try to get a publisher? I’ve done a lot of research on the matter, and while both approaches have advantages, I decided self-publishing was a better option for me. Let’s talk about why. Follow your own…
 
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    The Future of Ink

  • How To Implement Your Own Productivity Hour Of Power

    Kathleen Gage
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Kathleen Gage Opportunity for content creators has never been as great as it is today. Profit margins on information products are incredibly high, market reach beyond anything we’ve ever seen and new markets are emerging every day. That’s the great news. The bad news is this; with so many choices of what to do, many people are far less productive than in the past. Although days are full of activity, with much of it online, the quality of the activity for many people is sorely lacking. With dreams of making it big in the digital-products space, countless would-be product creators are…
  • Special Reports: Snack-size Products That Offer A Tasty Sample

    Joan Stewart
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Joan Stewart If you’re new to digital publishing and the thought of creating a product intimidates you, start with something fast and easy: a five-page special report that goes in-depth on a very narrow topic. That’s what I did when I started my business. And I learned quickly that low-price, snack-size special reports–on topics an inch wide and filled with content that goes a mile deep, have many advantages: You can create one in just a few hours. You don’t need fancy graphics–or any graphics. Because they’re inexpensive, these reports are a great way…
  • How to Speak Your Book

    Nina Amir
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Nina Amir Many entrepreneurs don’t believe they are writers. However, they want to become authors because they know a book gives them expert status. Becoming an authority or thought leader in their industry will help them grow their businesses. This leaves them in a quandary. They want and need a book but don’t feel they can write it. If you are one of these business owners, stop stressing! If you can speak, you can write. And if you can speak about your business, you can write a book that helps generate increased income. Better yet, if you can speak about the issues your customers and…
  • How To Turn Your Written Content Into Video Content

    Lou Bortone
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Lou Bortone When it comes to marketing, content is still king. Content drives sales of your products and services, and keeps your customers engaged in your business. However, content is also a hungry beast that must be fed – constantly. In order to stay visible and relevant, you have to continue to “feed the beast” and consistently crank out new content and material. That’s why it’s such a great idea to repurpose your existing content and give your old material new life. It’s relatively easy to breathe new life into old content using online video. Here are five easy ways to…
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements – Three Great Reasons You Should Use One

    Shelley Hitz
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:57 pm
    by Shelley Hitz Have you heard of an NDA form? NDA stands for non-disclosure agreement and is a contract between two parties to ensure that sensitive information is not shared. You may never need to use this kind of form as an author. However, in this post, I want to share three reasons authors should consider using an NDA form when hiring outsourcers to work on your book. Personally, I believe it is better to be safe, than sorry. In general, within an NDA form the person you hire agrees: To use your book manuscript for the sole purpose of their job. That means they will not sell your book…
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    The Passive Voice - Latest Updates

  • The Opposite of Legacy

    Passive Guy
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    From Joe Konrath: So I just read the latest drivel from The Guardian which completely misrepresents self-publishing. There’s no need for me to fisk it–Howey, Eisler, Gaughran, and others already shredded the stupid in the comments. And there was a lot of stupid. It makes me ponder how the mainstream media keeps getting so much wrong. It also makes me ponder why self-pubbed authors care. As far as mainstream media, I can point to lazy reporting, willful ignorance, nepotism, and not-so-hidden agendas. This blog has a long history of pointing out why legacy publishers do what they…
  • I write in a sort of broken-down patois

    Passive Guy
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    By the way, would you convey my compliments to the purist who reads your proofs and tell him or her that I write in a sort of broken-down patois which is something like the way a Swiss waiter talks, and that when I split an infinitive, God damn it, I split it so it will remain split, and when I interrupt the velvety smoothness of my more or less literate syntax with a few sudden words of barroom vernacular, this is done with the eyes wide open and the mind relaxed and attentive. The method may not be perfect, but it is all I have. Raymond Chandler
  • A service that boils popular non-fiction books down to their most formative and salient points

    Passive Guy
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    From Android Police: Let’s be honest, busy people don’t have time to trudge through long books made of mostly filler. Unfortunately, publishers know they can’t put a high price on a 40-page book. In the end, authors are stuck building a lavish sea of meaningless words around the simple concepts they want to convey. That’s where Blinkist comes in. It’s a service that boils popular non-fiction books down to their most formative and salient points. Think of it like Cliffs Notes, but even shorter and not funded entirely by high school students. Blinkist suggests you…
  • Keeping it Fresh

    Passive Guy
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    From author Dave Farland: When you’re writing a long novel, sometimes as a writer you feel that you are getting stuck in a rut, that your prose has become repetitious, so it is important to find little ways to vary your work. Most often, writing teachers will suggest that authors write sentences or paragraphs (or even chapters) of varying lengths. For example, Ernest Hemingway is often considered the “master of the short sentence,” but in every story that he writes, when he gets up to the place where a thematic climax comes in, he will suddenly write long sentences—as long as three or…
  • Publishing Wars

    Passive Guy
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    From BBC Radio 4: Who will win the book wars between the world’s largest publishers and Amazon, the comprehensive online retailer? Adam Fleming reports on the latest – and potentially epoch-making – chapter in the book wars. The big French publishing house Hachette is locked in a battle with Amazon in the US over the price of Ebooks. Amazon alleges the prices which publishers, including Hachette, charge for these titles are too high. In support of its campaign to lower them, Amazon has made purchases on its website of books by authors who are published by Hachette –…
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    The Digital Reader

  • My Boyue T61 E-ink Android Tablet Arrived – What Should I Install on it?

    Nate Hoffelder
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:03 pm
    At long last, my new ereader/tablet arrived. The Boyue T61 is a 6″ ereader which runs Android 4.2 on a dual-core 1GHz CPU with 512MB RAM, and 4GB internal storage.  It’s the OEM version of the Illumina from Icarus, and it costs only half as much. It sports a 6″ Pearl HD E-ink screen with a touchscreen, a (splotchy) frontlight, Wifi, a microSD card slot, a cover, and not much else. (It didn’t even come with a retail box, but was packed in a plain styrofoam box.) This nifty device arrived on my doorstep on Tuesday, but I held off from writing this post because I wanted…
  • Roundup: Galaxy Tab 4 Nook Reviews

    Nate Hoffelder
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:07 pm
    It’s been just over a week since Barnes & Noble launched their latest tablet, and the reviews are trickling in. Unfortunately for both B&N and for potential buyers, there weren’t very many blogs interested in writing a review for this tablet. I only found 5 actual reviews (not counting the fake review posted by Publishers Weekly), which is far fewer than the dozen reviews I found for the Fire Phone. In general, the reviewers were less than impressed with this tablet. In fact, the only truly positive verdict I found was penned by my competitor when he reviewed the non-Nook…
  • Wearable, Shmearable: iWatch Delayed Until Next Year (If It Even Exists)

    Nate Hoffelder
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    Do you know that Apple iWatch that everyone has been panting after for the past year and a half and insisting that it would launch this fall? (The one that I kept saying again, and again, and again that there was no proof it even existed)? It turns out it’s not launching next month, and pretty much the entire blogosphere was wrong to say that it was (while I was right to point to the lack of evidence). Even the famed John Paczkowski has reversed himself: So that new wearable device Apple is introducing on September 9? It’s going to be a while before anyone is actually wearing it.
  • Keurig’s New Coffee Pod DRM Hacked, Copied?

    Nate Hoffelder
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:52 am
    DRM may be the bane of some ebook users but it looks like at least one other market may escape the hassle. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, maker of the Keurig single cup coffee machines, had been planning to incorporate DRM into their next generation coffee pods (think ink jet cartridges, only for coffee) but now it seems that their competitors have a different idea. Two different makers of coffee pods have revealed that they’ve cracked the new Keurig DRM and could now offer compatible coffee pods.  TreeHouse Foods, makers of the popular Grove Square line of cappuccinos and hot…
  • Consumers Aren’t Buying Most of Their Digital Content, But They Are Buying eBooks and Music. Why?

    Nate Hoffelder
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    A new survey from the UK crossed my desk yesterday which shows that consumers are adapting their pre-internet buying habits to the digital content they consumer online. A couple days ago eMarketer posted the results of an April 2014 consumer survey by Ipsos MORI which showed that far more people consume content online than pay for it. A third of the 1,000 respondents in the survey reported downloading free apps, while only 8% had bought apps. Over a quarter are streaming video online, but only 9% are buying said apps. And 24% were streaming music while only 4% paid for the service. …
 
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    The Independent Publishing Magazine

  • MH 370: When to Publish? | A Simple Case Study

    Mick Rooney
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:24 pm
    There are some important benefits to self-publishing for authors who choose this path, not least the ability to be in complete control of a project from the process of writing the book right through to the execution of a marketing plan. This freedom of control brings with it many important decisions, but I believe the two most fundamental decisions begin with when...Read More>>>The Independent Publishing Magazine | TIPM Media
  • Writing Postcards in Blood: The Economics of Community

    Mick Rooney
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Irish award-winning writer Julian Gough has decided to use crowdfunding for his forthcoming book in an unusual way. We are becoming used to some writers turning to crowdfunding sites like Pubslush, Authr, Unbound (crowdfunder and publisher), and of course one of the most familiar sites, Kickstarter—though Kickstarter is not specifically aimed at writers. However, Gough created his Kickstarter project to fund the writing and completion of his next novel, Infinite Ammo, 'outside of the existing publishing & financial system...'Read More>>>The Independent Publishing…
  • Blurb Puts Its Big-Boy Pants On!

    Mick Rooney
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:29 am
    If DIY self-publishing platform Blurb was celebrating a birthday today—it would be 21! The company was actually founded in 2005, but today, Blurb finally got the keys to the house and put its big-boy pants on. In 2008 I described the company as something of a sleeping giant of the self-publishing services world.Read More>>>The Independent Publishing Magazine | TIPM Media
  • Amazon Finally Roll Out KDP Pre-Order Facility

    Mick Rooney
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:47 pm
    In what will be a very welcome move by Amazon, KDP authors have begun reporting that a pre-order option now appears on their dashboards for new e-books. This has been one of the biggest requests from independent authors using the online retailer's self-publishing platform. Until now pre-ordering of e-books was only a facility available to big publishers and leading best-selling authors.Read More>>>The Independent Publishing Magazine | TIPM Media
  • Last Word on 12 Publishing Shakers

    Mick Rooney
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    Let me just say in conclusion (so we might all push on with our daily deeds) that the list was not intended as any kind of definitive publishing voices ‘best of’ and it wasn’t created nor directed at a specific audience – indie authors or traditional publishing. It was meant for anyone interested in the future of publishing.Read More>>>The Independent Publishing Magazine | TIPM Media
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    The Creative Penn

  • The Pros And Cons Of Exclusivity

    Joanna Penn
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Should you self-publish exclusively on Amazon? That is the question many authors consider whenever they put a book out. Which side of the fence are you on? Which side of the fence are you on? The benefits of exclusivity Here are my thoughts as to why you should consider exclusivity with Amazon, which basically means that you cannot publish a particular work anywhere else BUT Amazon for a 90 day period when you opt in with the checkbox on the KDP publishing page. KDP Select and Kindle Unlimited The KDP Select help page describes the benefits to opting in as: Earn your share of the KDP Select…
  • Self-Publishing In Italian, Tips For Translation And The Launch Of Profanazione

    Joanna Penn
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Continuing with my adventures in self-publishing translation series, today it’s the turn of Profanazione, my first novel in Italian. I wasn’t intending to self-publish in Italy, mainly because the market is very small, but when experienced author and translator, Virginio B. Sala emailed me, I jumped at the opportunity. Here’s an interview with Virginio, and if you read Italian, or know people who do, Profanazione is free on Kindle between 26 – 30 August, 2014. You can read the description and watch the trailer at the bottom of the post. You can also read the interview…
  • Self-Publishing And The Bookstrapper’s Guide To Book Marketing With Tucker Max. Podcast Episode 193

    Joanna Penn
    23 Aug 2014 | 11:58 pm
    When an author and entrepreneur who has sold over 3 million books puts out a book on marketing, you know you have to learn more! Tucker Max on the show today. In the intro, I talk about the introduction of pre-orders for indie authors on Amazon KDP, already available on iBooks and Kobo. I’ve used it immediately, so you can now pre-order my next book, ‘Business for Authors: How to be an Author-Entrepreneur,’ all the links here. I also thank my new backers of the show through Patreon and explain a bit more on how that works.. This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life,…
  • Book Marketing With Visual Content. 7 Ways To Stand Out With Images.

    Joanna Penn
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Think about how you surf the internet these days. Think about how you decide what to click on Twitter, Facebook and other social media. Now multiply that by all those people who are overwhelmed by the amount of information and entertainment options online. Let’s face it – in a sea of content, how do you stand out? Visual images can be a way for people to make an instant decision over whether to stay and read any further. Posts with visuals also get more engagement on social media. It’s the same concept as book covers – and we all know that people DO judge a book by its cover.
  • The Intricacies Of German Translation. Plus German Pentecost Print Giveaway And Ebook On Sale

    Joanna Penn
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:56 pm
    It’s fantastic to hold your book in your hands … and it’s faintly fantastical to hold a book with your name on it when the interior is in a different language! In a continuation of the translation adventure, Pentecost, Ein ARKANE Thriller is now available in print as well as ebook formats and on special this week. Plus, my reclusive, literary translator finally comes on the blog to reveal some of her secrets … Read German? Or please pass on to friends! Pentecost is on sale at 99c 19 – 22 August for the ebook here on Amazon and here on iBooks You can also join the…
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    GalleyCat

  • ‘The News Sorority’ Tells the Story of Female TV News Anchors

    Dianna Dilworth
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    In her new book, Shelia Weller tells the triumphant story of how leading female TV news reporters Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Christiane Amanpour achieved success. The story reveals how these women climbed the ladder to success and uncovers rivalries in the newsroom. The Daily Beast has published some highlights from the book, which is not without its tawdry rumors. For instance, this excerpt: “When Diane beat Katie on an interview with a 57-year-old woman who’d given birth to twins, Katie mused aloud, according to a person who heard the comment: ‘I wonder who she…
  • ‘Infinite Jest’ Adapted in Lego

    Dianna Dilworth
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Kevin Griffith, an English professor in Ohio has teamed up with his 11 year old son to create a Lego adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s novel Infinite Jest. “Brick Jest” recreates 100 scenes from the tome. The two have documented the project with photography with text captions. The pair were inspired to create Brick Jest after reading Brendan Powell Smith‘s The Brick Bible, a series of books that teach Bible stories to kids with Lego. Check it out:  ”Wallace’s novel is probably the only contemporary text to offer a similar challenge to artists…
  • Suge Knight Shooting May Have Stemmed From Book Proposal

    Dianna Dilworth
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    Former Death Row Records co-founder/CEO Suge Knight was shot last weekend at a VMA pre-party hosted by rapper Chris Brown. Now rumors are circulating that the incident may have gone down been because Knight was shopping a tell-all book. According to Page Six, Knight has been trying to sell an autobiography. Knight had a deal with Penguin’s Riverhead Books back in 2002, but the project never came to fruition. The New York Post has the scoop: “We’re told that Knight — who’s refused to talk to police about last weekend’s shooting — was also recently shopping a movie and had…
  • Academic Collects 2.6M Copyright-Free Images on Flickr

    Dianna Dilworth
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    American academic Kalev Leetaru has been going through the Internet Archive to build a database of copyright-free photos online. He has uploaded the collection and tagged them on Flickr. So far the collection boasts more than 2.6 million images. BBC has the story: “The photos and drawings are sourced from more than 600 million library book pages scanned in by the Internet Archive organization. The images have been difficult to access until now. Mr Leetaru said digitisation projects had so far focused on words and ignored pictures. ‘For all these years all the libraries have been…
  • Florida University Opens ‘Bookless’ Library

    Dianna Dilworth
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    The Florida Polytechnic University has opened its doors for the semester with a new library, but the library doesn’t have any print books. Instead, the new space designed by modernist Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, features a collection of 135,000 eBooks. The Guardian has more: “‘Our on-campus library is entirely digital,’ said director oflibraries Kathryn Miller. ‘We have access to print books through the state university system’s interlibrary loan program.  However, we strongly encourage our students to read and work with information…
 
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    Thad McIlroy - Future Of Publishing

  • Bundling, Unbundling and Ebook Subscription Services

    Thad McIlroy
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:07 pm
    How to Succeed in Business by Bundling – and Unbundling is a thought-provoking interview with Marc Andreessen and Jim Barksdale online at the Harvard Business Review. Marc Andreessen was the co-founder of Netscape. Jim Barksdale is a veteran of IBM, FedEx and AT&T Wireless “brought on a few months after Netscape’s founding to provide adult supervision as its CEO.” Both are now tech company VC investors. Barksdale, in his early 70s, is one of those rare executives whose advice reflects a depth of experience, much longed for in this age of the “serial…
  • Amazon’s Fire Phone is Mainly for Amazon’s Customers

    Thad McIlroy
    19 Jun 2014 | 12:16 am
    Several journalists took a small segue today in their coverage of the launch of the Amazon Fire Phone to note that Amazon’s Kindle Fire has been extinguished. Or nearly so. Based on IDC’s May report, the Kindle Fire has only 1.9% of worldwide tablet shipments, down 47% year-to-year. However Amazon doesn’t make mobile devices to capture hardware marketshare. It wants to form a tighter bond with its customers, one that bonds them to shopping Amazon. “The most important thing that we’ve done over the last 20 years is earn trust with customers,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos…
  • The March of the Toy Soldiers

    Thad McIlroy
    1 Jun 2014 | 6:06 am
    Indigo Books and Music reported its 4th quarter and annual sales last week. A few of the news stories reached for an alarmist tone. Canada’s Financial Post headlined its account with “Indigo annual revenue falls for third consecutive year.” Publishers Weekly went for the more startling “Indigo Has Big Fiscal 2014 Loss.” The “big loss” was $31 million (all figures Canadian dollars) on sales of $868 million, i.e. a loss of 3.6% measured against total revenue. Indigo clearly explained that it incurred costs in “reinventing its…
  • Google to Acquire Twitch for $1 Billion

    Thad McIlroy
    19 May 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Here’s BBC’s version of tonight’s news story about Google’s proposed $1 billion acquisition of Twitch; you can find many more stories of equally pricey deals during the last few years. There’s no point in pontificating about a new Internet bubble. The maneuvering of high tech firms is so unusual this time around that “bubble” doesn’t begin to describe the shape. Of course any of the recent acquisitions by Facebook, Twitter et al. led to similar bouts of eyebrow raising. We’re expected to somehow understand not only what the acquisitions…
  • Pomegranate Juice and Publishing Standards

    Thad McIlroy
    26 Apr 2014 | 5:39 pm
    My favorite news story last week concerns a lawsuit that has somehow reached the U.S. Supreme Court on the issue of how much pomegranate juice needs to be in a bottle before you can call it “pomegranate juice.” Remarkably, Coca-Cola, through its Minute Maid brand, sells a juice called “Pomegranate Blueberry” which contains just 0.3 percent pomegranate juice and 0.2 percent blueberry juice. The rest is apple and grape juice and dark purple dye. Pom Wonderful, which in 2002 launched the current craze for pomegranate juice, and sells a product that’s 100% pomegranate…
 
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    Self Publishing Advisor

  • Friday Conversations With A Self-Publishing Writer 8/29/14

    selfpublishingadvisor
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    INSPIRED… One of my favorite genres to work with (as editor or consultant or ghostwriter) is Religion/Faith.  The authors inspire me, personally, every time I help them prepare their manuscripts for publication.  Reading this genre is also high on my list—whether fiction or non-fiction.  So it is that, when reading one of my favorite faith magazines, I came across one sentence (yes, one sentence) that so inspired me I cannot stop thinking about it:  “Faith turns the tables on logic while turning life’s waves into a foundation.” The author of that one-liner is Marcus Yoars,…
  • Weekly Self-Published Book Review: Lazarus in the Labyrinth

    selfpublishingadvisor
    28 Aug 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: Lazarus in the Labyrinth TR Hanes Publisher: Outskirts Press…
  • Self-Publishing Week in Review: 8/26/14

    selfpublishingadvisor
    26 Aug 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. 10 Truths About Self-Publishing for Entrepreneurs With a Book Idea Books are a great way for entrepreneurs to establish their authority in their industry and to add to their income. This…
  • What Not to Do When Self-Publishing

    Jodee Thayer
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    There are a few things that separate successful self-publishing authors and could-have-been-successful self-published authors. If you want your book to succeed, avoid these common mistakes. 1. Formatting There are specific requirements for properly formatting your book. Authors who try to do the formatting themselves may be disappointed with how their book turns out. To ensure your book is formatted properly, enlist the help of your self-publishing company. They will tell you exactly what to do and provide assistance to make sure the formatting is done right. 2. Front Cover You may be…
  • Friday Conversations With A Self-Publishing Writer 8/22/14

    selfpublishingadvisor
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    WRITING WITH FRAGRANCE… Last week I used an analogy of a writer compared to a rose, both enjoying thousands upon thousands of unique species and hybrids.  I’m smiling—remembering a particular writing conference workshop titled: What Species of Writer Are You?  Wish I still had the notes from that discussion, but I can still give you the basic points scented with my perspective, of course. #1…Just as every flower, leaf, branch and tree is uniquely different, so are you; as an intelligent being, as a person and as a writer.  It is extremely important to accept just how unique we are…
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    BadRedhead Media

  • The Dos and Don’ts of Goodreads by Guest @nblackburn01

    Rachel Thompson
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:20 pm
    There is no shortage of Social Media where authors can build awareness of their books. Facebook is a great place to meet friends, see grandbabies, and keep tabs on where your friends are vacationing. But it you want to talk books, there is nowhere that tops Goodreads. It’s the social media site for book lovers. And when the folks at Goodreads discover a good book, they tell their friends about it. In fact, they have been known to shout it from the rooftops. Let’s start with the assumption that you have done your job in that your book is well written, professionally edited, has an…
  • How Do You Build An Audience Before You Have A Product? A Guide

    Rachel Thompson
    17 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
    Freedigitalphotos.net I asked my Facebook friends last week what confused them the most about author marketing and social media. So for the next several weeks, myself and several esteemed guests will be answering those questions for you! Thank you to all who answered. Here’s the first question: How do you build an audience before you have a product? MJ Kelley Many aspiring authors or bloggers ask this question a lot, and really I see this as a question of confidence more than anything — what do I have to talk about? Why should people tune into my blog or social media channels if I…
  • August 2014 #MondayBlogs Giveaway

    Rachel Thompson
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    Since I created #MondayBlogs in late 2012, even I’m shocked at what an amazing success it has become! Thousands participate each week, generating more than 5,000 tweets! And it is because of all of you that we can say that with a lot of pride and a big ol’ smile! As a thank you to all you wonderful #MondayBlogs tweeps, we launched an ongoing, monthly contest in April and we couldn’t be happier with the response! The Featured Monday Blogger giveaway is our way to say thank you for participating in #MondayBlogs by giving you more exposure for you and your blog. Each Monday for…
  • Finding Twitter Chats For Writers by guest @K8Tilton

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

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

  • Reflections on the Thirty Day Writing Challenge

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Rembrandt’s Philosopher in Meditation, 1632 I think. I think and I think, think and think some more, think about it a little more, then a little less, then a little more to make up for thinking about it a little less. I over think and under do. I don’t get my hands dirty, I just imagine what it’d be like to scrub them with soap after the work is done. It’s boring and tiring and it sucks. Not doing sucks. Not making sucks. Not working hard sucks. Not getting onto my grind in the morning, not feeling the pain in the back of my neck from tired muscles, not trying to stay…
  • Day 30 – Learn To Enjoy Discomfort and Watch Your Talents Grow

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:26 pm
    It was becoming a lot of work. Sorry, I should say that he was becoming a lot of work. It felt like the amount of work that was needing to go into raising my son was just growing at an alarming rate. Felt like? Hmm, pardon my cuteness. It was absolutely, without a doubt, growing at an alarming rate. A dozen nappy changes, food and water and more nappy changes. Constantly washing, constantly folding that washing, constantly cleaning every space he was going into. Every. Single. Day. Don’t get me wrong – I love the little guy with all my heart, I have since the moment he was born.
  • Day 29 – Keep Your Hands Moving

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    10 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    I’ve fallen into this trap so many times and for so many years that it’s simply embarrassing. I call it the theory trap. When reading anything relating to your craft, it’s easy to assume that your skills are developing. You know how to balance two elements or how to highlight an item, so you must be getting better, right? When you first start reading up on these things, you apply them pretty quickly, and see quick results. You’re new to the game, so the leaps you make seem legendary. So you read more theory. Or at least that’s what I did. I saw improvements from…
  • Day 28 – Design What You Know

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    9 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    “Write what you know.” Budding writers are regularly thrown this bone. It’s a suggestion borne of fear. “Write what you know” is a succinct way of saying that writing isn’t too hard; just take what’s already in your head and put it onto paper. What’s so hard about that? Everything you need is already rolling around in your noggin. You’re already a genius! Just prove it to the world! At least this is how most people read this advice, rendering it awful. A few think it through and derive great rewards for it – write what you know. So…
  • Day 27 – What’s In It For Them?

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:49 pm
    What’s in it for them? That’s the audience, that’s who ‘them’ is. What’s in it for the audience? What’s in it for the one person who you will be stopping? What’s in it for the person whose day you are interrupting? They might be looking for information, but we’re not part of the search. That’s not our process. Our process is to stop them from searching. To say to them ‘you have reached your end’. To interrupt their search. That’s the best case scenario. We might be doing something worse. We might be shoving an idea…
 
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    Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

  • The next big thing in content subscriptions

    Joe Wikert
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:40 am
    Today’s sports fan has a seemingly infinite number of resources for news, commentary and long-form reading. I often use the Bleacher Report for scores, ESPN for short-form articles and Oyster for books. It’s nice having all those options but it... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A business model I’m sorry we’ll never see

    Joe Wikert
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    We’re all intimately familiar with the cell phone business model. Buy the phone today at a reduced price that’s subsidized by what’s typically a two-year commitment with that carrier. Other options have emerged in the cell phone arena but this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Giving readers what they truly crave

    Joe Wikert
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    Publishers need to take a page out of the retailer playbook. You’ve undoubtedly noticed how good certain online retailers are at suggesting additional products related to the one you’re about to purchase. Amazon is arguably the king here with their... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How print is slowly killing publishers

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

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

  • GlobalPost Covers World With Freelancers

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The American journalist, James Foley, reported for the Boston-based GlobalPost, an online network of freelance journalists, before he was kidnapped in 2012 and ultimately murdered by terrorists earlier this month. Last summer (2013), CCC’s Chris Kenneally interviewed Phil Balboni, president, CEO, and founder of GlobalPost, about the start-up’s efforts to prove that professional journalism does indeed have a place in a digital, mobile world. “We created our entire operation to be highly efficient, to produce high-quality content at the lowest possible cost,” Balboni said.“While we…
  • Looking on Bright Side of Book Business

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    If winter is for pessimists – all grey and cold and bleak – then summer certainly is season for sunny dispositions. In August, though, the publishing business has seemed frozen as if in mid-January. The source of the polar vortex, of course, is the ongoing slugfest between Amazon and Hachette. Yet while the book world can hardly expect a sudden heat wave any time soon, it ought to perk up from several items of heartwarming news this week. At a press conference where Barnes & Nobleannounced a partnership with Samsung to sell the Galaxy Tab 4, B&N CEO Michael Huseby discussed…
  • Up Against Amazon

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    In the book world, telling horror stories about Amazon is a common enough way to pass the time at conferences and receptions. The details may vary, but the plot is the same –Amazon eats publishers for breakfast. What dramatically changed this summer, however, is not the Amazon horror stories, but their arrival in the headlines and on the front pages. The focus currently is the war over pricing between Hachette and Amazon, though the antagonism goes well beyond the trade world. Indeed, academic publishers are increasingly beholden to the e-retailing giant – and growing resentful. “My…
  • The Book Fight of the Century

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    In one corner: the scrappy contender whose strongest punch is a blow to his opponent’s appetite for power and profit. And in the other corner: the towering heavyweight champion who wants to pound the contender’s prices to the mat. “I think these fighters are dancing around the ring right now,” says Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer, referring to Amazon and Hachette Book Group, now locked in a slugfest over e-book pricing. “That strategy actually benefits Amazon because – to torture the metaphor further – Amazon is the undisputed heavyweight champion. Hachette…
  • Bringing Up Bookworms

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    10 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    As foundational as it is to our lives, reading is not natural. Reading must be learned, and that means it must be taught. Whether a child enters through the printed page or a digital screen, the world of words promises rich rewards. Author of Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age, Jason Boog insists there is much a parent can do to make that world of words a more welcoming place. He has assembled what amounts to a playbook for coaching and coaxing children to be lifelong learners. The key, Boog tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally, is for parents to learn how to read to their…
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    TeleRead

  • John Ruskin: Pedant or pioneer?

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:32 am
    John Ruskin (1890-1900), art critic, amateur artist, social thinker, and brilliant literary stylist, was one of those titans of Victorian industry that make modern creative figures seem feeble dilettantes in comparison, dominating aesthetic, social, and political commentary in the English-speaking world and beyond for most of his life, not least through his enduring and superb […] The post John Ruskin: Pedant or pioneer? appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Weekend Links: Question of Clickbait. The opposite of legacy

    Joanna Cabot
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    Internet Archive Uploads More than 14 Million Public Domain Images to Flickr (Boing Boing) Kalev Leetaru programatically recovered all the images that were discarded by the OCR program that digitizes the millions of public domain books scanned by the Archive… *** The Opposite of Legacy (Joe Konrath) I’ve found–and I’m sure I’m not alone–that when […] The post Weekend Links: Question of Clickbait. The opposite of legacy appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • France’s anti-Amazon minister goes

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    In the latest of a series of ministerial exits from the deeply unpopular government of French President François Hollande, minister for culture Aurélie Filippetti has quit during a ministerial reshuffle, ostensibly over Hollande’s new austerity policies. She joins former education minister Benoît Hamon and Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg, himself already cited as a left-leaning chauvinist […] The post France’s anti-Amazon minister goes appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • E-Book Review: Rand Unwrapped: Confessions of a Robotech Warrior

    Chris Meadows
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:55 am
    It’s no secret that the animated TV show Robotech had a big formative influence on me when I was growing up. I still use the handle “Robotech_Master” for my Twitter, Facebook, and other personal Internet accounts, and I still love the show. And my main foray into podcasting, Space Station Liberty, is about Robotech. On […] The post E-Book Review: Rand Unwrapped: Confessions of a Robotech Warrior appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Morning Roundup: Pinterest boards for bookish types and more

    Joanna Cabot
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:08 am
    Pinterest is full of recipes, outfits, and intense Pinterest-y craft projects. But it’s also full of books. The post Morning Roundup: Pinterest boards for bookish types and more appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
 
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  • What could social journalism do for Ferguson?

    Jeff Jarvis
    16 Aug 2014 | 9:37 am
    It took too long, but finally the attention of American journalism turned to Ferguson. Is the crush and focus of network cameras and big-paper reporters helping Ferguson or exploiting its struggle? The answer to that is obvious; see, for example, Newtown. The better, more constructive question is: How could journalism help the residents of Ferguson? The rationale behind our new, proposed M.A. in Social Journalism at CUNY — the thinking behind my argument that journalism must see itself as a service — is that journalism should start by listening, not speaking. It should start with…
  • What society are we building here?

    Jeff Jarvis
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:35 pm
    There is no single solution to the plague of trolls, abusers, harassers, lunatics, imposters, and assholes online any more than there is on earth: no one algorithm, no one company rule, no one regulation will do it all, though they can help. The most powerful weapon in any case is our own norms as a society. What exactly are our norms online? And what are we — you, yes you, and I — doing to establish and enforce our standards as an online society? Anything? Twitter, Facebook, and other platforms bear responsibility. But so do we all. I cannot imagine any civilized being who is not…
  • Unoriginal sin

    Jeff Jarvis
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    The amazing Ethan Zuckerman argues at eloquent length in The Atlantic that advertising was the web’s original sin, which really is just a corollary to the contention that giving away content for free on the web (and supporting it with advertising) was newspapers’ and magazines’ original sin. I’m going to disagree. What bothers Ethan, I think, is not advertising but mass media economics — which, I will agree, do not fit on the net. And the solution that preachers against this sin bless — consumer payment — brings with it a host of unintended and…
  • Absolution? Hell, no

    Jeff Jarvis
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:05 am
    The good Reverend David Carr grants us absolution. “So whose fault is it?” he asks after chronicling the excommunication of newspapers and magazines from media companies casting off their old, print ancestors to starve and die. “No one’s,” Carr decrees. Not so fast, preacher. It is our fault. Who else could be at fault? We journalists, publishers, and journalism schools have turned out to be irresponsible stewards of journalism. We squandered our trust and our cash flow. This was was our institution to nurture and protect and Carr says it’s all but dead.
  • Come reinvent TV news

    Jeff Jarvis
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:06 pm
    We’re going to reinvent TV news at CUNY on Sept. 19. Or rather, you will. Do you have a wild vision for what TV news could or should be? Send it our way and you would win $1,000 and present your idea to an audience of TV people and TV disruptors at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism on Sept. 19. You’ll be joining some innovators we know and have invited to the event to present their visions for TV’s possibilities: The conditions for everyone: You can’t present anything you’ve already done. You have to show something you (or your organizations)…
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  • Are You Letting Hurtful Words Sabotage Your Success?

    Michael Hyatt
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:55 am
    We all know our words are powerful. We can slice someone to pieces with just a few syllables. That’s bad enough, but what happens when we turn that power on ourselves? Photo courtesy of Istockphoto.com/eelnosiva As a young man, the writer Peter Leonard showed a short story to his famous father, novelist Elmore Leonard. Instead of encouraging his son, Elmore Leonard wrote a lengthy critique saying his characters were flat and lifeless. “I didn’t write another word of fiction for 27 years,” Peter recalled. But as sad as that story is, we do the same thing to ourselves, don’t we? Click…
  • USAA Executive Leadership Conference [Event]

    Trivinia Barber
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:11 pm
    I’m excited to speak at the USAA Executive Leadership Conference this fall. 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. Date: October 10, 2014 Time: 6:00pm Event: USAA Executive Leadership Conference Topic: Authentic Leadership Venue: Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort Location: San Antonio, Texas Public: Private
  • Episode 8: Twenty Questions to Ask Other Leaders [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this eighth episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about a set of questions I use whenever I meet with leaders. If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. To grow as a leader, you need to be mentored, either formally or informally. One of the best ways to take advantage of the opportunities you get to meet with other leaders is to come prepared with a set of questions. Listen to the Audio Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Play in browser | Download Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via…
  • Four Emotions Derailing Your Goals

    Michael Hyatt
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Emotions are powerful, especially if we let them work in our lives without paying full attention. They can derail our goals if we let them. Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com/murengstockphoto In my experience there are four emotions that usually come mixed in a powerful cocktail, sure to undermine our goals: fear, uncertainty, doubt, and shame. Most of us succumb to these from one time to another. I certainly do. 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.  
  • Don’t Quit Before the Whistle Blows

    Michael Hyatt
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    What do you do when you find yourself down on the track while the race goes on without you? We all trip and fall. The question is what comes next? If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. Heather Dorniden, now Kampf, is a highly decorated runner with an impressive string of accomplishments. But what’s most impressive was the time she won first place in the 600 meter dash—after falling flat on her face. 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.  
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  • Bauer Media U.S. Focuses on Digital Publishing

    Patrick Hughes
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    via MediaPost Bauer Media U.S. has created a new division that focuses intently on digital publishing assets, reports MediaPost. The new division, being called Bauer Xcel Media, is headed by present Christian Baesler. He has a staff of 24 employees with a variety of skill sets, “editorial, technology, design, marketing and product management.” Bauer Media U.S.’s major launches include multiple web properties for the teen audience and lifestyle titles. According to Bauer, traffic is up significantly, as the total traffic to the teen sites tripled to 4.5 million monthly uniques.
  • E-Commerce Brand Publishes Second Print Magazine Edition

    Patrick Hughes
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    via The Editorialist Multiplatform publishing is about harnessing the power of many viable channels. Although the trend over the last few years has been about print publishers turning into digital publishers, some digital lifestyle brands are going the opposite direction by launching print products. Women’s Wear Daily reports that The Editorialist, an e-commerce company that sells luxury accessories, is launching its second print issue. Kate Davidson Hudson, co-founder of The Editorialist, stated, “We’ve found print rounds out our omnichannel approach and speaks to a wider cross-section…
  • Audience Development: Magazines and Millennials Do Mix

    Patrick Hughes
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Traditional publishers are still attracting younger generations, reports Digiday. With the data from ComScore, Digiday performed a comparison between brands popular with millennials and major legacy publishers. The findings show that millennials do still engage with magazines and newspapers. According to Digiday, “The New York Times has more millennial visitors than Vice. The Gray Lady has 15.9 million millennial readers, nearly 20 percent more than Vice. Vice’s young audience is also dwarfed by peers BuzzFeed, Gawker, Complex and Elite Daily.” Here are some other findings from the…
  • Website Affordance and Usability Tips To Make Users Feel Smart

    Ed Coburn
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Make your users feel smart by designing a website that works exactly how it’s supposed to Want to know a great way to confuse, distract and drive away new users? Design a website like a print ad. Go ahead, throw underlines under things that aren’t hyperlinks. Overdesign your button graphics so nobody knows that they’re clickable. While you’re at it, make it as hard as possible for someone to figure out how to get from one page to the next. Design it like a maze that only the really, really smart people can figure out. Or… design your site the way your users…
  • Publishers Redesign Websites for Modern Appeal

    Patrick Hughes
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    via Fortune Three major publishers have made website design changes. Quartz, Fortune, and Bloomberg have all updated their websites to grab more attention and keep users more engaged. Quartz has adopted the “infinite scroll” functionality, according to Digiday. This means that readers can read an article and go directly into another, and so on. Similarly, the new Fortune website, which rolled out earlier this summer, incorporates the infinite scrolling ability, too. Bloomberg’s redesign seems to have a focus on mobile usage. As Digiday points out, “The site’s design collapses into a…
 
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  • Examining the Wonderful World of Steampunk: Maritime Terrorists, Time Travelers, and Mad Science

    Chuck Sambuchino
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    We have been writing Steampunk since 2009; and even after five years, we still face the question of the ages: What is steampunk? Perhaps a lazy, shallow way to look at the genre is to simply call it “Victorian Science Fiction” and that be the end of it. Truth be told, this is merely your first step. While history looks at the 19th Century as the Industrial Age and the late-20th century as the Computer Age, the concept of computing devices were realized by mathematician, inventor, and engineer Charles Babbage as early as 1812. His mechanical computation devices at the time were considered…
  • Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 277

    Robert Lee Brewer
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:12 am
    How appropriate that today’s post took a while to get on the site. I had already planned on providing an update on the 2014 April PAD Challenge results. They’re coming, and I hope to have a final list in the next 10-14 days. Fingers crossed. For today’s prompt, write a malfunction poem. Yes, I changed today’s originally planned prompt to fit today’s circumstances. Sometimes you just gotta have that kind of flexibility. However, not everyone handles malfunction the same: some roll with the punches, some throw punches, some throw fits, some quit, some try again,…
  • Have You Successfully Marketed Your Self-Published Book? Then WD Wants to Hear From You!

    Chuck Sambuchino
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Calling all self-published / independent book & e-book authors: Tell us about the promotional strategies that worked for you, and you and your book(s) could get even more visibility in the pages of Writer’s Digest magazine. We’re looking for the inside stories from indie authors who’ve developed successful strategies for marketing their own books. If you credit your self-made promotional strategy for your book’s popularity, profitability or sales, we’d love to hear the details of what you did, how you did it, and what you’ve learned. Your…
  • How to Map Out Your Hero’s Adventure in Your Manuscript

    Elizabeth Sims
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    How do the most successful authors of our time construct their stories? If you read them, and if you also read some ancient myths, you will begin to see parallels. You will feel smacked upside the head with parallels. You’ll realize that the top authors of today use storytelling techniques that writers used back when plans were being drawn up for the pyramids. An excellent book about ancient myths is The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell. The title says it all. Across cultures and generations, some variation of a hero figures into every beloved story. And the typical story is…
  • How I Got My Literary Agent: Stephanie Wahlstrom

    Chuck Sambuchino
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    “How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Stephanie Wahlstrom, author of THE ACCIDENTAL SOCIALITE. These columns are great ways for you to learn how to find a literary agent. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of good luck and quick signings. If you have a literary agent and would be interested in writing a short guest column for this GLA blog, e-mail me at literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics. (What query letter mistakes will sink your submission chances?)  …
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    Personanondata

  • MediaWeek (V7, N31): Bezo's WaPo, Publishing a Book, BitLit, James Garner + More

    PersonaNonData
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:26 am
    These articles and a lot more are all in my 'magazine' on Flipboard.The Columbia Journalism Review takes a look at Bezo's WaPo:At the time of the sale to Bezos, Donald Graham, Weymouth’s uncle and the chairman of The Washington Post Company, explained that he and his niece felt unsure of the direction in which to take the paper, or how to reverse years of declining revenues. He had approached Bezos as a buyer, he said, because the billionaire could offer deep pockets, a digital brain, and, between the two, a way forward.From The Chronicle of Higher Ed: Things you should know before…
  • MediaWeek (Vol8, N 29): Amazon, The LMS, Director's Cut, Open Access + More

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

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

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

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

    Bibliofuture
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:16 pm
    If you judge a book by its cover, you might want to know what goes into its design. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Peter Mendelsund, author of “What We See When We Read” and “Cover,” about the process of communicating an author’s work to readers, as well as the importance of cover design in the age of e-readers.
  • Ex-Iowa library director faces felony charges over $23,000 in improper payments

    Bibliofuture
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:25 pm
    The former library director in Malvern, Iowa, has been charged with ongoing criminal conduct and theft following a state investigation that found nearly $33,000 of improper and unsupported payments. The investigation involved claims submitted by former Library Director Stacey Buick. Both charges are felonies. The report says original receipts indicate that instead of library supplies, software and other items, Buick bought such things as an iPod Touch and TracPhones. A window air-conditioner, coffee machine, space-saving cubes, Easter basket supplies and candy, hooded sweatshirt, graduation…
  • The Floating Libraries of Minnesota and New York

    Bibliofuture
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:03 pm
    To check out books at most libraries, all you need is a library card — but this isn’t any ordinary library. You’ll need a canoe, kayak, paddle board, or inner tube to visit the Floating Library, which sits in the middle of Cedar Lake in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The hand-built wooden raft holds about 80 artists’ books and is staffed by friendly librarians to guide you. Visitors can read while bobbing alongside the Floating Library, or they can actually check out the books, zines, and chapbooks, then return them at one of the designated boxes around the city. Full piece:…
  • Darby Library Possibly Closing

    StephenK
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
    The oldest public library in the United States, Darby Free Library outside Philadelphia, is in danger of closing. The library was founded in southeast Pennsylvania in 1743.
  • There Is One New Book On Amazon Every Five Minutes

    Pete
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:50 am
    Tech Crunch has some sobering news for the indie author while also highlighting the incredible allure of Amazon,. "In an interesting post, writer Claude Nougat estimated the total number of books on Amazon – about 3.4 million at last count (a number that could include apps as well) and then figured out how many books were added in a day. Nougat noticed that the number rose by 12 books in an hour, which suggests that one new book is added every five minutes. And, most likely, it’s probably an indie book. Let’s let that sink in. What does that mean for the indie publisher? If you’re…
 
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  • Starting From Zero

    davidgaughran
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    Success can seem unattainable to those starting out. It’s easy to forget that even the biggest sellers started from zero. Amanda Hocking didn’t arrive on the scene as a fully formed sales machine. She didn’t have a platform which she had been diligently building up for years, nor did she come from trade publishing. She was unable to convince an agent to take her on and decided to self-publish instead, and then sold a million e-books in nine months! Detractors tried to paint Hocking as an anomaly — and she was, in the sense that anyone who is phenomenally successful at anything is an…
  • Self-Publishers Aren’t Killing The Industry, They’re Saving It

    davidgaughran
    9 Aug 2014 | 6:38 am
    In light of current events, I thought it would be good to re-run Ed Robertson’s excellent guest post from November 2012 where he highlighted interesting parallels between historical paperback pricing (pre-industry consolidation) and self-published e-books. It’s unlikely I’ll have time this weekend to respond to emails, or tweets, or jump in the comments, as I’ll be busy editing, but this should give you something to chew on. I’m sending the 2nd edition of Let’s Get Digital to the editor tomorrow, and I’ll be blogging about that Monday or Tuesday. Oh,…
  • Building a Killer Email List

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

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

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

  • Octopus Summer

    Soft Skull
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:34 pm
    Callum Littlefield walks a fine line between arrogant overconfidence and self-deprecating insecurity. After being ostracized by his peers and getting thrown out of his New England boarding school, Callum’s parents exile him to his aging grandmother’s estate on Long Island. He is promptly put to work with her smattering of servants, and is forced to interact with his old Macumba-practicing Brazilian nanny. The post Octopus Summer appeared first on Soft Skull Press.
  • Hope for Film

    Soft Skull
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:40 am
    An inspiring, tell-all look at the indie film business from one of the industry’s most passionate producers, Hope for Film captures the rebellious punk spirit of the indie film boom in 1990s New York City, its collapse two decades later and its current moment of technology-fueled regeneration. The post Hope for Film appeared first on Soft Skull Press.
  • Four Corners

    Soft Skull
    1 Jun 2014 | 12:42 am
    Four Corners is a bare-knuckled debut novel in the style of Daniel Woodrell, Barry Hannah, and Charles Bowden. Both a savage, mean-streets thriller and a heartbreaking story of unfortunate love, Four Corners is carved from the rich, distinct voices and landscapes of the American Southwest. The post Four Corners appeared first on Soft Skull Press.
  • The Ministry of Thin

    Soft Skull
    1 Jun 2014 | 12:34 am
    The Ministry of Thin takes a controversial, unflinching look at how the modern, international obsession with weight loss, youth, beauty, and perfection has spun out of control. Emma Woolf explores how we might all be able to stop hating and start liking our own bodies again. The post The Ministry of Thin appeared first on Soft Skull Press.
  • Pregnant Butch

    Soft Skull
    7 Jan 2014 | 11:25 am
    First pregnancy can be a fraught, uncomfortable experience for any woman, but for resolutely butch lesbian Teek Thomasson, it is exceptionally challenging: Teek identifies as a masculine woman in a world bent on associating pregnancy with a cult of über-femininity. Teek wonders, “Can butches even get pregnant?” The post Pregnant Butch appeared first on Soft Skull Press.
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  • ChangeThis: Issue 120

    dylan
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Tweet Creating a Coaching Culture: A Playbook to Build Winning Business Teams by Nathan Jamail “In business, most of our employees are not as good as they could be—not because of our love for them or our desire to make their lives better than ours, but … because most of the time we think they are not worth the effort to really coach them.” Beyond Keeping Afloat: How Established Business Can Get Breakthroughs by Tony Davila & Marc J. Epstein “What can be done to avoid the seemingly inevitable drought of innovation that comes along with building and cementing the apparatus of…
  • Authors On the Road, Changing the World – John Hope Bryant

    Aaron
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:31 pm
    TweetIn the rapidly changing world of technology and the way we utilize that technology, we often forget many of our institutions were built over the phone, forming relationships with the people with whom we wanted to do business. In a group meeting here this week, our retired founder and president Jack Covert made the argument that if we want to maintain our current relationships better than our competitors and add something to their lives that others don’t, we need to pick up the phone and have a real conversation with these people we value. We are fortunate that our business is still…
  • Jack Covert Selects – Powers of Two

    Michael
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    Tweet Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs by Joshua Wolf Shenk, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 339 pages, $28.00, Hardcover, August 2014, 9780544031593 There is something thrilling about reading accounts of great creativity. We love when a writer can bring together a collection of anecdotes that might reveal something profound about how to ignite the creative spark and nurse it into a blaze of genius. The purpose, of course, is not mere vicarious experience; we hope we can truly take something away—a recipe for innovation—that will help us spark innovation in…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Power of Noticing

    Sally
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    Tweet The Power of Noticing: What the Best Leaders See by Max H. Bazerman, Simon and Schuster, Hardcover, 215 pages, 9781476700298 Sandusky. Madoff. Enron. Hurricane Katrina. These are well-publicized examples of our failure to notice impending disaster. In his new book, The Power of Noticing, Max Bazerman expounds on these tales to reveal how we might learn from them in order to prevent similar calamities. As he says, “Understanding what is at work when we fail to notice is crucial to understand how we can learn to pay attention to what we’re missing.” In fact, in the worst cases, we…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The End of Absence

    Ryan Schleicher
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    Tweet The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection by Michael Harris, Current, 243 pages, $26.95, Hardcover, August 2014, ISBN 9781591846932 Journalist Michael Harris approaches the often-discussed topic of the internet’s impact on our lives from a very specific angle: people living now who were born prior to 1985, who will be the only people in world history to know what life was like both with and without the internet. As part of this generation of people, Harris sets out to discover what we need to do to reclaim what the internet stole from everyday…
 
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    A Newbie's Journey into the Publishing (and now Film) World

  • From Book to Film in 1001 easy steps……I wish!

    Marie Campbell (Olga's Daughter)
    9 Aug 2014 | 5:47 am
    It’s been a while since I posted a blog because I’ve been busy this year writing the screenplay of my book Olga – A Daughter’s Tale which is based on a true story and about one woman’s faith, moral courage, dignity, resilience and love. The story is about Olga a kind, naive and gentle Jamaican girl who came to London in 1939 intending only to awhile but world events, personal tragedy and malicious intent all combined to prevent her from returning to her beloved family in Kingston until decades later when her past finally caught up with her. I wrote the book as a…
  • USEFUL LINKS FOR INDEPENDENT AUTHORS

    Marie Campbell (Olga's Daughter)
    9 Feb 2013 | 5:45 pm
     with HUGE thanks to Christiana Miller for compiling this list http://ow.ly/hzSQ6 Wish I’d come across it sooner – would have saved me a lot of time and effort. Thanks Christiana. To Publish: https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/signin (E-Book) http://pubit.barnesandnoble.com/ (E-Book) http://www.smashwords.com/ (E-Book) https://www.createspace.com/ (Paperback Books) http://www.lulu.com/ (Paperback and Hardcover Books) http://www.overdrive.com/#2 http://www1.lightningsource.com/ Important Links if You Want to Publish Audiobooks: https://www.acx.com/ http://www.podiobooks.com/…
  • Extract from Olga – A Daughter’s Tale

    Marie Campbell (Olga's Daughter)
    8 Feb 2013 | 5:26 pm
    OLGA – A DAUGHTER’S TALE  PUBLISHED BY: Marie-Thérèse Browne (Marie Campbell)  Olga – A Daughter’s Tale Copyright © 2007 by Marie-Thérèse Browne  Without limiting the rights under copyright reserved above, no part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in or introduced into a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form, or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise) without the prior written permission of both the copyright owner and the above publisher of this book. Note from the Author In 1994, my mother Carmen Browne, was admitted…
  • May 8 : World Red Cross Red Cresent Day

    Marie Campbell (Olga's Daughter)
    7 May 2012 | 4:55 am
    On 8 May Red Cross, the organisation I’m hugely proud to be associated with, celebrates World Red Cross Red Crescent Day. It’s an international celebration to commemorate the birthday of the organisation’s founder Henri Dunant and recognises the fantastic contribution made by Red Cross people around the world. Henri Dunant was a Swiss businessman and social activist, who founded the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in 1863 after witnessing the aftermath of the Battle of Solferino. Dunant outlined a plan for the nations of the world to form relief societies to…
  • The Good and Not So Good Marketing Strategies I’ve Used to Promote My Book

    Marie Campbell (Olga's Daughter)
    20 Mar 2012 | 6:38 pm
    As a self-published author I’ve been reflecting on my journey promoting my book Olga – A Daughter’s Tale and I thought, dear reader, it might be useful to share some of the promotional strategies I’ve used to sell my book.  Some have worked and some haven’t ….unfortunately!!  So here goes. Bookmarks:  (Paid)  This was the first promo I did and was about two years ago.  I delivered 500 bookmarks through letterboxes. I was full of hope and absolutely convinced people would rush to buy it!! Wrong!  Bookmarks are a great promotional tool but they need to be used effectively. …
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    Ashly Lorenzana

  • Top 7 Tools to Create Quote Graphics

    Ashly Lorenzana
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:49 pm
    I’ve been doing some research in preparation for the Social Media Success Summit in October. This is the first year I’m attending the online event and I’m pretty pumped up about it. I noticed that a lot of the topics being covered this year revolve around visual content marketing on sites like Pinterest, Instagram and even Slideshare. These are platforms I have mostly neglected, so reading up on the stats behind some of them was truly a bit of a shock. I had no idea that this trend was quite as huge as it apparently is. I recently held a webinar for my subscribers where I…
  • How to Hijack Readers From eBook Lending Sites

    Ashly Lorenzana
    10 Aug 2014 | 12:26 am
    A while back I published a post about how you can get more book reviews by loaning your Kindle book to readers who are interested in free review copies. Today, I’d like to take a closer look at one ebook lending site in particular: BookLending.com. I signed up for the site a long time ago and my guess is that they are amassing more users at this point in time, as I’ve recently seen a considerable number of email notifications from them in my inbox informing me that someone has requested to borrow one of the titles I have listed there. I naturally added all of my own books upon…
  • 12 Books Waiting to be Written (By You!)

    Ashly Lorenzana
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:15 am
    So you want to get in on self-publishing but think you don’t have any book ideas worth writing or having written for you? Think again. For the sake of keeping this post a semi-reasonable length, I’m going to cut right to the chase and get started. Here are 12 books waiting for you to write them. You can thank me later. P.S. I’ve actually written several of these types of books myself, so much of this advice is from my own personal experience as a writer and author. Keep a Journal You don’t have to write in it everyday, just do it when the mood strikes you and when you…
  • 4 Ways to Kick Ass for Kindle Authors

    Ashly Lorenzana
    21 Jun 2014 | 11:27 am
    Image credit: Flickr I’ve certainly posted my fair share of lists on how to promote your Kindle books. I’ve also blogged about a long list of different book ideas with the intention of inspiring you to write your next Kindle book. Today I’m going to share some more advanced tips for those publishing books for Kindle and the idea behind these suggestions is to set you apart from the amateurs and free you of the self-published stigma. If you’re new to Kindle publishing, don’t worry. This list can help you too. If you’re not doing some of these things,…
  • My Favorite Kickstarter Campaign Ever

    Ashly Lorenzana
    7 Jun 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Image credit: http://nvate.com Okay, so there’s a good chance that you have already heard about the recent Kickstarter campaign I’m referring to. There has been an absurd amount of buzz online about it and rightfully so. I’m talking about LaVar Burton’s Reading Rainbow campaign, of course. This is one of the most inspirational examples of crowd funding I’ve ever encountered. I Grew Up With Reading Rainbow I grew up watching Reading Rainbow in classrooms throughout elementary school. To be totally honest, it was so long ago that I don’t really remember much…
 
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    Writer Beware

  • Haters Gonna Hate: The Smear Campaign Against Absolute Write

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:49 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware NOTE: Before writing this post, I thought a lot about linkage. I didn't want to increase traffic to propaganda blogs and websites by linking to them--but I did want readers to be able to see the kind of nastiness involved. So most of the links in this post are to cached versions.FULL DISCLOSURE: I've been a member of Absolute Write since the early 2000's, and was a moderator there for several years. Last week, I received an email from the owner of a website that, among other things, posts lists of resources for writers.One of the website's users…
  • Computer Down

    25 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareToday I thought I'd be writing a blog post and catching up on Writer Beware correspondence. However, that is not to be.On Friday, my desktop computer (on which I keep most of my Writer Beware files) was working fine. Turned it on this morning...and it won't start. So it's off to the computer repair shop. I do have Internet access via my laptop, so if you've written to me in the past week and I haven't responded (I am, as always, several days behind on correspondence), please contact me again, either via my website (if you want to reach me at my…
  • Blue Ash Publishing: New Self-Publishing Service from Writer's Digest

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:59 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareAs many of you may know, earlier this year Writer's Digest terminated its involvement with Abbott Press, the white-label self-publishing imprint created and powered for it by Author Solutions, Inc. Although Abbott Press remains online, all reference to Writer's Digest and its parent, F&W Media, has been removed. (Interestingly, there's no reference to Author Solutions, either, unless you dig pretty deep into the Abbott Press website--deeper, probably, than many authors will go--and Abbott Press does not appear anywhere on AS's list of…
  • How Not to Seek a Literary Agent: The Perils of "Middleman" Services

    12 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareI know I've written about this before. But I'm seeing an increasing number of these kinds of "services," and they are all worthless. What am I talking about? Agent middleman services--services that, for a fee, purport to contact agents on your behalf with the aim of snagging representation and, hopefully, a publishing contract.A particularly egregious example: Bookmarq.net's Finding a Publisher service. (All errors courtesy of the original.)Agents in New York or London receive thousands of query letters a year in the first stage of the…
  • Writer Beware's Self-Publishing Page Renovated and Updated

    6 Aug 2014 | 10:06 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware I've completely re-worked the Self-Publishing page of Writer Beware, to better reflect the rapid changes in the self-publishing marketplace. New features include an introduction that provides an overview of how technology has transformed self-publishing, pointers on making the decision to self-publish (or not), an expanded list of cautions for self-publishers (including common scams), and many new links to articles, experts, and statistics.Comments and suggestions are welcome. Please post them here, or email me.
 
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    Dear Author

  • Daily Deals: Gargoyles, hackers, and whimsical touching children’s book

    Jane
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Heart of Stone by Christine Warren. $ 2.99 From the Jacket Copy: From bestselling author Christine Warren comes a thrilling new series about a young woman caught between a rock and a hard place—between gargoyles and demons… Ella Harrow is trying to carve out a normal life for herself. Well, as normal as an art geek with psychic abilities can hope for. As museum docent and gift-shop manager, Ella is able to keep her distance from people—and her powers in check—while surrounding herself with the artifacts she loves. But how on earth is she supposed to act normal when a thousand-year-old…
  • REVIEW: The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco

    Jia
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Dear Ms. Chupeco, Maybe because fall is fast approaching (where did the year go?), I find myself in the mood for a horror novel. Something like Anna Dressed in Blood or The Waking Dark. When I saw your debut, The Girl from the Well, I was excited. Horror influenced by J-horror movies? Sign me up! Alas, I think being such a huge J-horror fan ended me working against me here. Okiku is the titular girl from the well. She’s a vengeful ghost who travels the world, bringing justice to slain children by killing their murderers. But one day she finds herself drawn to a half-Japanese (living)…
  • First Page: Unpublished Manuscript Futuristic Sci/fi Romance

    Jane
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Welcome to First Page Saturday. Individual authors anonymously send a first page read and critiqued by the Dear Author community of authors, readers and industry others. Anyone is welcome to comment. You may comment anonymously. You can submit your own First Page using this form. 2136 – New York City, New York The water fountain’s chiming sounds soothed her heart as she walked into the elegant lobby. The edges of the fountain gleamed of gold with a marble statue of a mystical Queen in the middle. Jessie looked around the lobby. She wondered how much that gold marble cost and how it was…
  • Daily Deals: Second chance at love, 1940s detective noir, and SFR

    Jane
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Snowball in Hell by Josh Lanyon. $ .99 From the Jacket Copy: Reporter Nathan Doyle had his reasons to want Phil Arlen dead, but when he sees the man’s body pulled from the La Brea tar pit, he knows he’ll be the prime suspect. He also knows that his life won’t stand up to intense police scrutiny, so he sets out to crack the case himself. Lieutenant Matthew Spain’s official inquiries soon lead him to believe that Nathan knows more than he’s saying. But that’s not the only reason Matt takes notice of the handsome journalist. Matt’s been drawn to men…
  • REVIEW: The Race for Second by Chase Potter

    Sirius
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    For college sophomore Ethan West, the upcoming fall semester will be the start of a year abroad in Germany that he’s always dreamed of. Having broken up with his boyfriend the day before his flight, he’s ready to face Europe with no attachments… and no desire for any. But as Ethan gets to know Daniel—one of his three German roommates—his resolve starts to soften. Though Daniel is initially standoffish, unpleasant, and sometimes downright hostile, the two are undeniably drawn to one another. Even Ethan’s conviction that Daniel is actually straight begins to erode as they grow…
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    TNBBC's The Next Best Book Blog

  • Indie Spotlight: Chris Dietzel

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Chris Dietzel has a new book coming out.And as is our habit here at TNBBC, we love to help our previous posters celebrate!Be sure to check out The Hauntings of Playing God! But first, check out this guest essay, where Chris shares some poignant "lessons" he's learned along the way.Lessons LearnedThe first guest blog I ever wrote was a piece for this very website about how publishing novels is more difficult than fighting mixed martial arts (MMA) in a cage. Almost two years have passed since that blog post and I’ve learned a heck of a lot about the world of indie publishing.- When writers…
  • Janina Matthewson's Guide to Books & Booze

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    We here at TNBBC love participating in blog tours. We especially dig being the ones to kick them off! And so, we introduce you to Janina Mathewson and her novel OF THINGS GONE ASTRAY. Releasing in hardback and EB today, Of Things Gone Astray sees Mrs Featherby waking up to discover the entire front wall of her house is missing; Delia goes to the park to sit under her favourite oak tree, to find that it is no longer there; Robert goes to work one morning to find that his building and all traces of his colleagues have vanished whilst Marcus, a pianist, opens his piano to find all of…
  • Where Writers Write: Ed Falco

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Welcome to another installment of TNBBC's Where Writers Write!Where Writers Write is a series that features authors 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 Ed Falco Ed is the author of the New York Times best-selling novel The Family Corleonealong with several other novels and story collections, including St. John of the Five Boroughs, Wolf Point,…
  • Schuler Benson's Would You Rather

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Bored with the same old fashioned author interviews you see all around the blogosphere? Well, TNBBC's newest series is a fun, new, literary spin on the ole Would You Rather game. Get to know the authors we love to read in ways no other interviewer has. I've asked them to pick sides against the same 20 odd bookish scenarios. Schuler Benson'sWould You RatherWould you rather write an entire book with your feet or with your tongue?With my feet. I’ve gotten good at dealing with the blisters.Would you rather have one giant bestseller or a long string of moderate sellers?A long…
  • Review: The Collected Works of Noah Cicero, Vol.1

    25 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Read 8/14/14 - 8/20/143 Stars - Recommended to fans of minimalist fiction, unsanitary fucking, and Denny's (yup, the restaurant)Pages: 218Publisher: Lazy Fascist PressReleased: 2013I'm a total Noah Cicero nube. To be honest, it's been awhile since I've been introduced to an author this late into their writing career, especially in the small press arena. So, when these situations present themselves, I'd like to think that if I'm going to read some dude's work for the first time, reading the older, less polished stuff would be the place to start. And since The Collected Works of Noah…
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    AuthorCulture

  • Friday Book Review: In the Comfort of Shadows, by Laurel Bragstad

    Lisa Lickel
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    In the Comfort of ShadowsLaurel BragstadE-book: $3.99Print: $12.99Orange Hat PublishingISBN-13: 978-1937165635386 ppBuy on AmazonAbout the Book: In the Comfort of Shadows is a story of family secrets and the love and romance often found hidden deep within sins of the past. The novel follows Ann Olson, a big city professor, who longs to fill in the empty pages of her childhood. Unfortunately the only man alive who knows the whole story is Emmett Pederson, her adoptive dad’s crazy, poor, hermit cousin who never married and still lives on his run-down farm in rural Wisconsin. Disregarding…
  • Navigate the Choppy Waters of the E-book Industry

    Linda Yezak
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    For a long while now the publishing industry news has been burning up with the Amazon/Hachette dispute. Both sides have dug in their heels and refuse to budge. Both feel they’re equally justified in what they demand. And this feud is over something as simple as the pricing of e-books.Guest post by Winter AustinA lot of authors have come out of their writing caves to voice their opinions on this controversy; everyone from the new indie author to many successful New York Times bestsellers. I’m not going to sway you one way or the other. Frankly, my opinion on the matter means…
  • Ways to Make Your Blog Posts Stand Out

    Cherie Burbach
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    We’re inundated with book marketing today. Everyone is shouting about books on Twitter and Facebook, so it can be hard to get a potential reader’s attention. One way to do that is through blogging, but even then, you have to make your blog posts stand out. Special GraphicsEveryone uses the same boring graphics these days, don’t they? There are several free places to get illustrations and pictures (and it’s great to have these resources!) but a better option is to create your own graphics.I like to use pictures from Morguefile or my own personal artwork and then use a pull quote from…
  • Book Review: What Kind of Loser Indie Publishes, and How Can I Be One, Too? by Pamela Fagan Hutchins

    Jimmie Kepler
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    If you are an established writer with several products published as an “Indie Author” or are a “Want–to-be Indie Author," you need this book.Houston Writer’s Guild President Pamela Fagan Hutchins tackles what is for many people a very overwhelming subject. She makes sure you understand the process by breaking it down step-by-step and then sharing tried and true how-tos. She does this with a tongue-in-cheek writing style that reminded me of Erma Bombeck. An example is she refers to the book as "Loser."Reading the book was like sitting at a table at my local Starbuck’s with a friend…
  • Author Intrusion

    Lisa Lickel
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Yoo-hoo! Over here! Right, yes, that’s me, Lisa Lickel, waving! I’m interrupting your reading experience so I can tell you something…How many of you readers have experienced this very powerful jerk right out of the story? It’s like pulling off a fresh scab, like ripping duct tape from your lips. Or it can be a comfort, like macaroni and cheese, if you’re a fan of early nineteenth-century literature.According to http://literary-devices.com/content/authorial-intrusion, here’s a fair definition: Authorial Intrusion is an interesting literary device wherein the author…
 
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    Seekerville

  • The Weekend Edition

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Happy Labor Day Weekend, Seekerville   Seeker friends have an open invitation to join us for the last blow out beach party of the summer on Unpublished Island. We Have Winners Be sure to contact us if you are a winner (send an email to seekers@seekerville.net with your snail mail address unless email is specified). We don't have time to track you down. Do let us know if you don't receive your prize in 6-8 weeks. Rules are located here, on our legal page.On TuesdayMontlake Romance and Indie author Sandra Leesmith talked about how a rejection letter can be a great thing. …
  • Writer Rehab Series : Salvation for the Plotless Wonder

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I'm continuing the Writer Rehab series today-(Overcoming Goldilocks Syndrome & Writers Who Don't Write 'The End.' ). I've spent my share of time in writer rehab, so always know that I speak from having been there and yes, I have the t-shirt.I've written and been stuck in the middle or sometimes the end of many a plotless wonder. No mandatory testing in this rehab, but if you can count any number of manuscripts you have started and abandoned or you have manuscripts that have been rejected due to lack of a viable plot, you need to be here. Get comfortable as we dissect this…
  • More Than a Setting with Guest Blogger Mindy Obenhaus

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Despite what some people may think, stories don’t just happen. They’re comprised of many different components, such as plot, characters and setting. Yet every writer writes differently. Some start with plot. Others start with characters and then create a plot that will generate the most conflict possible. Then there are those of us who start with a setting.  When my mother-in-law first introduced me to Ouray, Colorado, I knew I had to write a story set there. The town was so beautiful and so unlike any place I’d ever been. I wanted to tell people about Ouray. Better yet, I wanted…
  • THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE RABID READER

    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    with guest Pamela Tracy.It was a dark and stormy night as the rabid reader climbs the trellis outside the inspirational romance novelist’s home. Looking right and left, Rabid Reader assures herself that she hasn’t been seen. Good. She’s trained for this day: hours of lifting heavy books, crunching numbers to be able to buy all the books she wanted, and bending page corners to keep her place in such wonderful books.Dressed in black, she feels a bit like a cat burglar. Only it isn’t jewels she wants; it’s information.After she climbs through the conveniently unlocked window and lands…
  • When is a Rejection Letter a Beautiful Thing?

    25 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Sandra here with her latest rejection letter in hand.And I'm not crying.Nope. I'm doing a Snoopy dance.Yep, I received a great rejection letter.The reason this rejection letter was great is the editor took the time to write and inform me of the strengths she saw in my writing. She took the time to explain why this particular manuscript wouldn't fit into her line. She took the time to explain some elements she was looking for in her line. She took the time to point out some solutions to the problems.Wowza!  A busy editor took that much time on a proposal of a manuscript she wasn't going…
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    Roger Packer

  • Do you want to get paid $200 a word? $20,000 prize in flash fiction contest

    Roger Packer
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:23 am
    ‘It wasn’t an accident the Gettysburg Address was so short,’ said Ernest Hemingway, who would surely be a contender for the $20k flash fiction prize. In fact, the Gettysburg Address was 272 words long, so you’d have to cut it to fit the 100-word limit. This must be the most generous prize in the world for writing contests – $20,000 for a story of no more than 100 words. If you use up the maximum number of words allowed, that works out at $200 a word but there’s no reason why, if you’re suitably Hemingwayesque, you couldn’t win with a story of 50…
  • Now it really is safe to go back in the water and read ebooks

    Roger Packer
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    Despite tablets taking an increasing share of the market, ebook retailers are still churning out their own e-readers, with Kobo the latest to come up with a novel device for reading ebooks in the bath. The Kobo Aura H2O is claimed to be the world’s first premium waterproof E Ink e-reader and the company says the device allows readers to immerse themselves in ebooks anywhere they want to read, including what it refers to as “previously risky places like the bath or at the beach”. The Aura H2O comes in black only and should be selling for $179.99 online and in-store in the US and…
  • Nook is back as a guardian of the Galaxy

    Roger Packer
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:52 am
    After quitting the hardware business (except for the Glowlight e-reader), Nook is back in the tablet market with the co-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. The opening price for the tablet is a decent $179 (which is a $20-off offer) and buyers also get $200 worth of free books, videos and magazines, although this is not such a good deal as it sounds as you get a set package, including Veep and Freakonomics. It’s a 7-inch tablet with a 1.2GHz quad core processor, 8Gb memory (expandable with up to 32Gb microSD card), built-in wi-fi (free wi-fi in Barnes & Noble stores), dual speakers,…
  • Genius way to get a single web link for your book to redirect globally

    Roger Packer
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    A single global web link for your ebook can redirect buyers around the world to the local store in their home country where they can buy your book. If you have ever provided a link to your book on Amazon from your website or tweet or facebook or wherever, you may have faced the problem of which Amazon site to link to. It’s easy to make a link, you just use the URL: www.amazon.com/dp/ASIN where the ASIN part is the Amazon Standard Identification Number of your book. But this link will take a reader to the amazon.com website only. If it’s clicked by someone in the UK, for example, they…
  • The Equaliser – self-published authors can now offer pre-orders on Kindle

    Roger Packer
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:19 am
    Self-publishers have got a big boost with Amazon now allowing them to make their books available for pre-order in Kindle Stores worldwide. You can create a pre-order page up to 90 days in advance of your book’s release date. The pre-order product page will be created within 24 hours and customers can order the book any time leading up to the release date you set when Amazon will deliver the book to them. Other retailers have been offering pre-order facilities for self-publishers and Smashwords founder Mark Coker said recently that ‘Pre-orders are the new free’ in terms of…
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    Enago Blog: Scientific Publication Help

  • How Academic Conferences Enhance a Researcher’s Career

    William Stevenson
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:24 am
    Attending academic conferences can enhance a researcher’s career in several ways. A conference is a venue to obtain information, make contacts, and increase your visibility. Getting Information The stated purpose of an academic conference is to learn recent results in a field of study. This is certainly one reason to attend a conference. Knowing the latest advances is always valuable for a researcher interested in keeping up with developments in a field and spotting future trends. During a presentation you can ask questions that are of particular interest to yourself and get immediate…
  • Citing Interviews in Research Papers

    William Stevenson
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    Preparing citations is one of the more mundane but important tasks of writing a research paper. Statements made in the body of the paper must be referenced with a citation that allows the reader to go to the original citation for more details or to verify the accuracy of the statement. While most citations follow a set format, citing interviews can be tricky. The advent of the internet has changed the game somewhat and authors need to be up to date. Citing Interviews the Old Way Before the age of the internet, interviews were cited in one of two ways. If the interview had been published in a…
  • How to Read a Scientific Paper: a 10-Step Guide for Non-Scientists

    William Stevenson
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    Reading an academic paper is something hard to crack for non-scientists. Vocabulary is very specific, ideas are too complex and paces and styles don’t invite too much to start reading with greediness. The truth is that a scientific paper should not be read as a novel; its style, format, and structure sometimes create more reading difficulties than the content itself. Therefore, understanding how to read scientific papers will help you face them without perishing in the attempt. Here you have a brief 10-step guide to help you in reading your first scientific paper: Before You Start: Set Your…
  • Academic Authorship — Order & Rules

    William Stevenson
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Assigning appropriate authorship is fundamental to guarantee professional conducts and ethical practices when publishing academic and research papers. Until the beginning of the 20th century, individual authorship for research papers was the norm. However, shared authorship became more and more common since approximately 1920. Nowadays it is easy to find academic researches signed by plenty of people, even hundreds, specially when it comes to large researches and trials. The reason is simple and well-known: academic publications are gold for researchers and their careers.… Continue…
  • Primer on Coercive Citation in Academic Publishing

    William Stevenson
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:49 pm
    There are plenty of methods for senior personalities to include their names in academic journals, even without participating in researches. There are also many ways to force researchers to add some information in their papers that grant researchers a privilege to some interests. And there is a publishing practice that combines them two: the so called coercive citation. Coercive citation is an unethical practice in which an editor forces researchers to add unnecessary citations to other papers (that belong to the same journal). There are many reasons to do that, but the most common one is to…
 
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    Beyond Paper Editing

  • How to Use Reader Feedback to Improve Your Writing

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:38 pm
    by Carla Douglas and Corina Koch MacLeod@CarlaJDouglas  @CKmacleodwriterThis post originally appeared on May 28, 2014 at The Book Designer.Self-pubs: Your readers are trying to tell you something. Here’s how to get the most from what they’re saying.I know I need to edit my book, but I don’t know where to begin. — Indie AuthorStep 1: Start with the ReaderWe hear this comment frequently from self-publishing authors. Completing a book-length work is exhausting, and the last thing you want to hear when you finish your first draft is that you need to start again, this time with…
  • 8 Proofreading Tools for Beta Readers

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:48 am
    By C.K. MacLeod@CKmacleodwriterThis post originally appeared on August 14, 2014, at Tech Tools for Writers.Many self-publishing authors use beta readers to get feedback on a book before publication. You don't have to work on paper; you can use a computer or a tablet to "mark up" or make notes on an author's manuscript. Below is a list of tools for beta readers. An author may send you a manuscript in a variety of formats, so I've included options for several file formats.File FormatsSometimes it will make sense to convert the author's file to another format. Many of the proofreading tools…
  • How to Turn Your Print Book into a Digital File

    14 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    by Carla Douglas@CarlaJDouglasMy grandmother's typewriter: an Underwood Noiseless PortableOCR—not your grandmother’s typewriter!A few weeks ago I suggested that you could turn your essays, stories and other documents—stuff you might have lying around in a drawer—into ebooks. You also may have unpublished or previously published books, now out of print, that you want to self-publish as ebooks (be certain you own the rights).You can do this yourself, but first you need to get this material into a digital format. One way is to re-key the text manually (not really an option if you…
  • 3 Ways to Pare Down Your Prose

    7 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
     by Corina Koch MacLeod@CKmacleodwriterEbooks are wonderful because you don't have to write them to a prescribed length—you can stop writing when your story is done. This isn't true for every kind of writing, though. If you're writing a magazine or journal article, you may find that your writing needs to fit within certain space restrictions.Recently, a PhD student came to us at Beyond Paper with this very challenge. She needed to pare down her prose. If you're writing nonfiction—particularly academic nonfiction—here are three editor's tricks for reducing your word count:1. Omit…
  • How to Improve Your Writing with Macros—Tips for Beginners

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

  • This week in numbers: August 9th – 15th

    Laura Jones
    16 Aug 2014 | 3:44 am
    Here’s this week’s numbers in publishing. 40% of sales in Scottish bookshops are on Scottish referendum (Bookseller) ‘Scotland’s booksellers are seeing a “huge” boost in sales relating to the impending referendum. If anyone was in doubt as to the economic impact of the vote itself, Scottish booksellers can confirm it has been beneficial for business, […]
  • This week in numbers: August 2nd – 8th

    Laura Jones
    8 Aug 2014 | 3:29 am
    Here’s this week’s numbers in publishing. HarperCollins 5% revenue growth worldwide (Bookseller) ‘HarperCollins has seen worldwide revenue and profits rise across the past year, driven by sales of Veronica Roth’s YA title Divergent. For the 12 months ended 30th June 2014, HarperCollins recorded revenues of $1.43bn (£850m), a growth of 5% on 2013’s figure, $1.37bn […]
  • Weegie Words 101 – Glasgow2014 special

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

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

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

  • Douglas Adams on Democracy

    Jeremiah Walton
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:01 am
    “It comes from a very ancient democracy, you see….”“You mean, it comes from a world of lizards?”“No,” said Ford, who by this time was a little more rational and coherent than he had been, having finally had the coffee forced down him, “nothing so simple. Nothing anything like so straightforward. On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people.”“Odd,” said Arthur, “I thought you said it was a democracy.”“I did,” said Ford. “It…
  • Runt Raccoon Revolution

    Jeremiah Walton
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    With fellow runt raccoons, Meko is organizing.  He will not stand for the mistreatment of his fellow runts.  The glorious milk his brothers and sisters he craves.  He is not a marketable toy, a kiss ass, a threat.  He is a freedom fighter apt to be labeled terrorist by his parents.” Fuck Art, Let’s Dance features Meko and the Runt Raccoons for the September 2014 issue.   Brought to you by Nostrovia! Poetry, natural selection, & the etymology of Christ.  
  • Traveling book store spreads rabies throughout the NYC Poetry Festival

    Jeremiah Walton
    3 Aug 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Jeremiah Walton:“Poetry is real. The books we love did not grow wings and magically land on our bookshelf. It is thanks to the effort of authors, publishers, editors and friends that some of the great works of literature we take for granted today have found their way into history.” – Simon Rogghe Originally posted on Books & Shovels: We’ll spark this issue by sharing Books & Shovels debut at the 2014 NYC Poetry Festival, where we raised over $400 for the traveling bookstore, and furthered the IndieGoGo campaign to secure our wheels.  Nostrovia! Poetry hosted a…
  • 8 Self-publishing Platforms

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

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

  • 034: Transmedia, Story Engineering, and Other Lessons from the 2014 Willamette Writer’s Conference

    tom@tckpublishing.com (Tom Corson-Knowles, Founder of TCK Publishing)
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Transmedia and story engineering were hot topics at this year’s Willamette Writer’s Conference in Portland, Oregon. Tom shares his key takeaways, insights and lessons learned from speaking at and attending the conference. In the show, we discuss transmedia and the future of media. Content is the greatest marketing tool you will ever have, and transmedia is how you maximize the impact of your content across various media platforms including books, film, TV, digital video and online digital content, social media, video games, merchandise and more. Tom also shares about some key…
  • 033: The Ebook Revolution and the Future of Publishing

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

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

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

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

  • Building Your Website: Domain Name 

    Paula Krapf
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:48 pm
    “Your domain name is not only your address on the Internet, but also your best asset,” says Susan Gilbert, CEO of Online Promotion Success. As with the website itself, it’s important to understand how your domain name can bolster the success of your branding and marketing strategies.Susan Gilbert has successfully developed hundreds of websites for herself and her clients, including amarketingexpert.com. Gilbert says that when people launch a website, they often forget the importance of branding with their domain name.In the physical world, you can distinguish a business because of its…
  • 14 Ways Writers Can Benefit From Using Wattpad

    Paula Krapf
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:45 pm
    If you haven’t checked out Wattpad, you should. More than 30 million people use the site, and approximately 10% are writers. This means yo can introduce yourself to a large audience of readers who want to discover new authors and books. Learn what you can do to maximize your exposure on Wattpad. Read more: http://www.aerogrammestudio.com/2014/08/07/wattpad-for-authors/ Learn why authors should use Wattpad #amwritingClick To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule 14 ways writers can get exposure on Wattpad #amwritingClick To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule The post 14 Ways Writers Can Benefit…
  • 80 Sites to Advertise Your Ebook

    Paula Krapf
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:16 pm
    If you’ve got an ebook, you need to promote it – and we’ve got a great time-saving resource for you. Author James Calbraith pulled together a list of ebook promotion sites.  Now you’ve got a handy guide to help you develop your own list. Most of the sites advertise ebooks when they’re free, as part of KDP Select or Smashword promos. To promote a paid ebook, you usually pay – but be sure to check the guidelines carefully! Here’s the list: http://jamescalbraith.com/2013/01/09/80-sites-to-advertise-your-book/ Share this handy list of ebook promotion…
  • Building Your Website: How Much Will All of This Cost Me?

    Paula Krapf
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:11 pm
    The fees for building a website can be all over the map, with hourly rates ranging from $50 to $150. Says Jeniffer Thompson: “There are varying levels of designer fees out there, and while you could pay upwards of $10,000 to build a site, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you will get the very best. A typical site should cost between $2,000 and $6,000—all of this is dependent on how large your site will be and what type of programming you will need. Flash programming costs more than basic html programming although you probably don’t want Flash [more on that in a moment].”Think of…
  • What Makes Readers Decide to Purchase Self-Published Books?

    Paula Krapf
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:03 am
    One author decided to ask readers and writers representing different fiction genres, including crime, fantasy, and general fiction, what made them buy self-published books. They, and others who talk about reading and writing online, were asked what factors influenced them most when buying books – particularly self-published books and any other books which aren’t pushed by the major houses. The results are quite interesting. Learn about book discoverability as well as what gets people to buy a book once it’s already in front of them. View the…
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    Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog

  • How To Promote Your Business Through a Digital Magazine

    Wojtek Szywalski
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
    Companies may use various techniques to keep filled the top of their sales funnel. Continuous stream of customers dropping into the sales process, is probably, one of the key factor successful businesses do. And in the era of blooming permission marketing this process starts much earlier than it used to be. Blogs, webinars, websites, digital […] The post How To Promote Your Business Through a Digital Magazine appeared first on Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog.
  • How a Digital Magazine Can Overcome the Seeming Obstacles of a PDF Format

    Wojtek Szywalski
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    People read digital magazines. They like to have their favorite content available on mobile devices they have with them—wherever they go, and regardless of what they like. Welcome to the digital era of mobile devices. In this article I am going to present an easy method to achieve the finest reading experience right for your […] The post How a Digital Magazine Can Overcome the Seeming Obstacles of a PDF Format appeared first on Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog.
  • The Best TED Talks On Publishing You Should See For Inspiration

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

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

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

  • How to create a digital file

    The Proof Angel
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:55 am
    Do you have a pile of printed matter, which would be more useful in an electronic version? Want to avoid retyping the whole thing? This post explains how to create a digital file from a paper one. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Writing resources Tagged: digital file
  • Are you losing your way with your writing?

    The Proof Angel
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:26 am
    Are you discouraged about your writing? You aren’t the first, and you won’t be the last, either. Here are some tips to set you on the right path. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Writing resources Tagged: inspiration
  • Unusual retreats

    The Proof Angel
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:09 am
    Do you long for a quiet place to work? We’ve just moved house, & I’ve got a proper office at last. At least, it will be a proper office when the rest of the house is finished. At the moment, anywhere that is habitable is crammed with stuff! Here are some inspiring places created for thinking. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Bits & bobs Tagged: a place to think
  • Putting adjectives in order

    The Proof Angel
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:04 am
    I’m in two minds about this post about adjectives. While it is interesting to analyse the language, some times it can get confusing. This could be one of those times where attempts to follow the “rules” might be inhibiting. What do you think? Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Grammar & usage Tagged: adjectives
  • Romantic plots

    The Proof Angel
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:27 am
    If you are stuck for ideas, here is a way find your new rom-com plot in five easy steps. Something tells me that it is a bit optimistic… Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: plots, romantic comedy, romantic fiction
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    The Passive Voice

  • The Opposite of Legacy

    Passive Guy
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    From Joe Konrath: So I just read the latest drivel from The Guardian which completely misrepresents self-publishing. There’s no need for me to fisk it–Howey, Eisler, Gaughran, and others already shredded the stupid in the comments. And there was a lot of stupid. It makes me ponder how the mainstream media keeps getting so much wrong. It also makes me ponder why self-pubbed authors care. As far as mainstream media, I can point to lazy reporting, willful ignorance, nepotism, and not-so-hidden agendas. This blog has a long history of pointing out why legacy publishers do what they…
  • I write in a sort of broken-down patois

    Passive Guy
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    By the way, would you convey my compliments to the purist who reads your proofs and tell him or her that I write in a sort of broken-down patois which is something like the way a Swiss waiter talks, and that when I split an infinitive, God damn it, I split it so it will remain split, and when I interrupt the velvety smoothness of my more or less literate syntax with a few sudden words of barroom vernacular, this is done with the eyes wide open and the mind relaxed and attentive. The method may not be perfect, but it is all I have. Raymond Chandler
  • A service that boils popular non-fiction books down to their most formative and salient points

    Passive Guy
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    From Android Police: Let’s be honest, busy people don’t have time to trudge through long books made of mostly filler. Unfortunately, publishers know they can’t put a high price on a 40-page book. In the end, authors are stuck building a lavish sea of meaningless words around the simple concepts they want to convey. That’s where Blinkist comes in. It’s a service that boils popular non-fiction books down to their most formative and salient points. Think of it like Cliffs Notes, but even shorter and not funded entirely by high school students. Blinkist suggests you…
  • Keeping it Fresh

    Passive Guy
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    From author Dave Farland: When you’re writing a long novel, sometimes as a writer you feel that you are getting stuck in a rut, that your prose has become repetitious, so it is important to find little ways to vary your work. Most often, writing teachers will suggest that authors write sentences or paragraphs (or even chapters) of varying lengths. For example, Ernest Hemingway is often considered the “master of the short sentence,” but in every story that he writes, when he gets up to the place where a thematic climax comes in, he will suddenly write long sentences—as long as three or…
  • Publishing Wars

    Passive Guy
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    From BBC Radio 4: Who will win the book wars between the world’s largest publishers and Amazon, the comprehensive online retailer? Adam Fleming reports on the latest – and potentially epoch-making – chapter in the book wars. The big French publishing house Hachette is locked in a battle with Amazon in the US over the price of Ebooks. Amazon alleges the prices which publishers, including Hachette, charge for these titles are too high. In support of its campaign to lower them, Amazon has made purchases on its website of books by authors who are published by Hachette –…
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    All Indie Writers » Indie Publishing

  • Quick Tip: Conduct an Author Website Audit

    Jennifer Mattern
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    It's not enough to simply have an author website. You need to make sure the website you have actually works for you. It has to reach whatever goals you set for it. And if it's not currently doing that, you should consider making some changes. Not sure if your author website needs work? Conduct a simple website audit to find out. What is a Website Audit? A website audit is an evaluation of your current site. Here are some of the most basic things your audit should focus on: Usability / navigation Design Search engine optimization (SEO) Speed / load times Content quality In other words, you…
  • Same-Day Delivery, Book Buying Habits, and Indie Authors

    Jennifer Mattern
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:46 am
    The other day I was reading an article about Google working with Barnes and Noble to offer same-day delivery of books in a few locations. It's no secret that Amazon is also keen on making same-day delivery a reality for more shoppers. And it got me wondering. How might the rise of same-day deliveries affect book buying habits, and how might it affect the business decisions of indie authors? While I'm sure it will be quite some time before the majority of shoppers can order books online and receive them the same day, there's no doubt we're moving in that direction. It's only a matter of time.
  • Amazon Tries to Manipulate Indie Authors in Hachette Dispute

    Jennifer Mattern
    9 Aug 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Warning: If you have a problem with profanity, this post isn't for you. For any of my readers who are sick and tired of hearing about the Amazon-Hachette e-book pricing bullshit, let me start with an apology. I'm sorry for bringing that topic here. I'm sick of it too. I've tried to stay out of the issue thus far because most is little more than fodder for linkbait blog posts and hate-baiting between author groups. It's repulsive. More important was the fact that you, indie authors, didn't really have a horse in this race. It's a dispute between a distributor and a traditional publisher.
  • Paid Book Reviews and Potential Google Penalties

    Jennifer Mattern
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:37 am
    While checking my feed reader this morning, I came across this post by Cate Baum at SelfPublishingReview.com: Why Pay for a Book Review? Now I've made my feelings about paid book reviews clear here before in: Should Indie Authors Pay for Book Reviews? [Hint: No.] And I went so far as to put my decade-long history in financially-successful Web publishing to work, offering tips for book reviewers to help them monetize their review sites without resorting to paid reviews: Reviewers: You Don't Have to Charge for Book Reviews to Make Money Now, back to the SPR article. I want to make it clear that…
  • The Horror Writers Association Opens Its Doors to Indie Authors

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

  • 10 famous drunks of old days who are alive in history

    Shahzad Kamboh
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:12 am
    Apparently, you don’t need to be drunk to become famous. Actually, you don’t even need to ponder on this factor. History give place to those, who give it some precious reasons to remember. Where it matters nothing that you are a famous because you are a drunk or you are famous and drunk. This list […]
  • 10 crappy feelings you will have when out of the money

    Shahzad Kamboh
    18 Jun 2014 | 9:39 pm
    How do you feel when getting out of the money? Ohh! I’am sorry did you ever fell out of the money in your lifespan? If yes, then I repeat the first sentence. Making money is an art. Those who have learnt this art are making million of dollars every day and those who aren’t, suffer […]
  • How to sell the words if you have nothing to make money

    Shahzad Kamboh
    14 Jun 2014 | 1:10 am
    Suppose if I give you the choice to find a thing or more that are not for sale. Could you? Point out a few of them if your answer is yes. Unfortunately, materialism has made almost everything saleable. Where Moon can sell, everything can be sold there. The things you need for this are the […]
  • 15 recreational drugs you must need to avoid

    Shahzad Kamboh
    13 Jun 2014 | 3:06 am
    Recreational drugs fashion is turning into a need now. At present, people around the world are using these drugs to boost their productivity. What is wrong, what is right, It is appropriate to the certain level. When the point comes where the priorities are more important, and purposes are more holy then who cares the rules? Here is the […]
  • Living on the edge of fantasies

    Shahzad Kamboh
    11 Jun 2014 | 5:36 pm
    We belong to it but we do not want to live with it. Its reality – And we want to live with the fantasies. If choices are given, we will definitely going to prefer it. Because fantasies are more amazing, more charming and more glamorous than the offbeat realities. Who are not always amazing. The […]
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    Helen Sedwick

  • From Alligators to Van Goghs: Little Known Sources for Public Domain Images

    Helen Sedwick
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:06 am
    Looking for a photograph of a bull elk? Or a 1890s baseball card? Or a space shot from the Apollo moon launch? Perhaps you have searched Creative Commons images and haven’t found exactly what you want. And you don’t want to pay a fortune or an attorney. I’ve compiled a list of some little known resources of public domain images. As you will see, I had a lot of fun putting together this list.   Most of these images may be downloaded for free, but some of the sites charge a small “reproduction fee” or limit uses to non-commercial purposes. (Frankly, this restriction is legally…
  • The Surprising Controversy about DRM

    Helen Sedwick
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    On bridges spanning the Seine in Paris and the canals of Venice, lovers place padlocks engraved with their names and throw away the keys. These colorful love locks create a touching testament to the promise of an unbreakable bond. Don’t you wish you had such a lock on your writing? Authors worry about piracy, particularly of their ebooks. I know I do. Every time I search my novel’s title COYOTE WINDS, I find sites offering a free or one cent downloads. I could waste a lot of time sending DMCA take-down notices. It’s easy on a technical level for pirates to resell your ebook, especially…
  • Questions About Copyright, Pen Names, and 1099s

    Helen Sedwick
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:01 am
    Today, I am going to answer questions posted by readers through emails, my website, and even Amazon reviews. I appreciated when readers take the time to ask questions. It helps me know what’s on your minds. QUESTION: Oh no. I published my book last year and never registered it with the U.S. Copyright Office. Is it too late? ANSWER:  No, it’s not too late. You may register a copyright anytime within its lifetime (currently, life of the author plus 70 years). In fact, you must register your copyright before you can sue someone for infringement. And there are some extra benefits of…
  • Kindle Countdown Deal Going on Now

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

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

  • Book Review: Delusional by Scott Spotson and Sue Publicover

    Babus Ahmed
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:07 am
    Patricia Fowler, keeps herself to herself, is diligent at work and at taking care if herself until she falls for Paul Blast, not her direct boss but her superior at the same company. Paul is in what appears to be an unhappy marriage with Wendy who is a very odd ball indeed. Once Wendy is aware of Patricia, a threat to her marriage, strange things happen to Patricia which leads her to hire a private detective to find out who is stalking her. This romance thriller with a paranormal twist started off pretty well and I must say I enjoyed reading it up until it lost direction and pace. The added…
  • In Defense of the 5-Star Review

    Babus Ahmed
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Originally posted on Tammie Painter: Aside from landing a huge publishing contract that includes a ginormous advance and an all-star-cast movie deal, nothing makes a writer’s heart happier than to receive a five-star review. That’s not to say writers would complain about a three- or four-star review – after all, we’re just thrilled to have people reading our ramblings – but the five-star review is such a brag-worthy ego boost. So why is there this sudden disdain for the five-star review? Several forums I’ve visited recently have touted claims about five-star reviews that…
  • Book Review: Dead Behind The Eyes by Brock Car

    Babus Ahmed
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:59 am
    This is the first book I have read from this author and it hits the ground running as we learn about Max Riley, future CEO of Great Western who is having an affair and is subsequently found dead on his company’s jet on its arrival back in Omaha. Initially we have no shortage of possible suspects but once we pare down motive and opportunity it seems that there is only one suspect that can be considered but is that suspect the killer? A very worthy and exciting mystery read which weaves together the central theme with a host of other topics which kept the book interesting. The book was…
  • Book Review: On Guard (The first Michael Vargas Mystery) by Karl Vadaszffy

    Babus Ahmed
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    Michael Vargas is the son of a very successful fencer, a maître d’armes, he is also a detective. When a woman is murdered who fences at his fathers club followed by someone he is close to, Michael needs answers from his father that he has never asked before. These answers arise back in Hungary where Michael must go to stop this relentless killer before he kills anyone else. Exploring old family rifts and enemies made by his father the champion fencer, Michael delves into this case and his heritage with great urgency and passion. I truly enjoyed the mystery in this novel and was kept…
  • Book Review: Private Eye by Jason Deas

    Babus Ahmed
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:06 am
    Cameron Caldwell left his job in the police force of a small town in disgrace allegedly, because of his drinking and assault of a police officer, but the real reason behind his departure is his secret sight and corruption. Newly arrived in Miner’s Bluff, he sets up his own private detective agency and meets the locals. However, the murder of Mayor and self-proclaimed richest man in town, Billy Prescott, draws Cam into an investigation where his new friends are the prime suspects. Can he find the killer and save himself from his old boss who is gunning for him? This was a short, easy to…
 
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  • ‘Chunho Food’ Presenting Wide Range Of Healthy Foods On Amazon and eBay

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    29 Aug 2014 | 4:35 pm
    "Chunho Food"Chunho Food, a renowned company has brought a wide range of healthy food for customers. All these products are available on the official site of the company as well as on Amazon and eBay.com.Chunho Food is presenting healthy and nutritious food range on Amazon and eBay for customers across the world. The company is a well known name for offering a number of healthy food to help people maintain quality of life. When contacted, a representative from the company said, “Yes, we are offering great health foods in order to help people get sufficient nutrition in their daily diet.
  • Google Releases News Publisher Center To Simplify The Process

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    29 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Up until a few weeks ago, getting a site listed in Google News has been a very difficult process for many people. The process of getting listed in Google News seemed to have fuzzy quality and submission standards that left a lot of people in the twilight zone when it came to actually finding success.Now, Google has released Google News Publisher Center that lines up with your Webmaster Tools account with Google, for verification of your site.When you enter the Publisher Center the various sites that have been verified, along with data that tells you whether you have been listed on Google News…
  • ‘Limo VIP’ Offering Limousine Service In The Montreal Area

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    29 Aug 2014 | 4:24 pm
    "Limo VIP"‘Limo VIP’ is now offering limousine services to clients in Montreal area. The company provides an easy pick and drop service to the clients from and to hotels, restaurants, business meetings, conferences and seminars among others.‘Limo VIP,’ a renowned Montreal based company is now offering best limo service in Montreal area. With the same, clients can now hire the reliable and comfortable services of the company for their business events as well as personal travel. The company provides limousine service in the Montreal area, easy pick and drop services to luxurious…
  • Yahoo Stores Is Launched, A Reboot Of E-Commerce Platform

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    29 Aug 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Just recently, Yahoo has announced its introduction of Yahoo Stores, which is a revamp of its e-commerce program. The well known internet platform is constantly attempting to boost revenue, from its digital and mobile applications, and this new announcement is designed to be incorporated into the overall thrust of the current company design. By visiting IM Guru PLR site one can find more info on the course.The proscribed objective of Yahoo Stores is to enable anyone to be able to build an online store and use it as a platform of launching their own online business. The head of Yahoo Small…
  • GNEX 2015 Confirms Event Onboard USS Midway In San Diego

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    29 Aug 2014 | 4:13 pm
    The Global Networking Expo, also known as the GNEX Conference is an exciting event for the timeshare industry that has reimagined the typical convention format into a sharp networking focused, debate orientated gathering of senior level industry professionals. GNEX will be celebrating its 5th Anniversary at Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, California from 15-18 February 2015 and expects record attendance, in excess of its previous milestone of attracting more than 110 companies from around the world. Those that regularly attend the annual event have experienced the high-end production value…
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