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  • How an Author Should Manage Social Media Marketing

    Digital Book World
    Daniel Berkowitz
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    All most authors want to do is write their book. Rarely do they want to actually market it, let alone use social media to do so. One of the key reasons for this, according to Chris Syme in her latest DBW blog post, is that “social media marketing can be a big time suck for many authors. Making it manageable, though, is about learning how to take inventory of your time, resources and skill and then planning accordingly.” “In this ever-increasing space,” Syme continues, “there are plenty of tools, apps and systems available to help you organize your time better, but sometimes it’s…
  • Not Selling Books? How To Change That Today!

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    Rachel Thompson
    22 Aug 2015 | 5:28 pm
    Book marketing is a challenge, an art, either the bane of your existence or how you make your living. I try anything and everything to sell my books, and share those experiences here with you; I also love to learn from you all what you’ve tried in your book marketing and selling activities, and love to learn what has worked (and not worked), so I asked my social media author friends this question: What’s the #1 most successful tactic you use to sell your books? ONE THING. Go. (Not selling? Then pay attention. No whining allowed.) My Facebook friends really came through. What…
  • Move Over, Kindle Charts: Tolino Launches Ebook Bestseller List

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    Ingrid Süßmann
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:56 pm
    The German digital literary scene boasts a new bestseller list: the Tolino Ebook Bestseller List. Tolino, a German bookseller alliance, is Germany’s counterpart to Amazon. By Ingrid Süßmann Last week, the German bookseller’s alliance Tolino — an alliance formed by booksellers Thalia, Weltbild, Hugendubel, Club Bertelsmann, Libri and the Deutsche Telekom — announced the publication of its first ebook bestseller list. The data is retrieved from the inventory control system employed by all bookstores belonging to the Tolino alliance as well as their respective online shops. The list…
  • Getting Reviews, Finding Readers, and Creative Marketing Tips From The BookBaby Mailbag

    BookBaby Blog
    Steven Spatz
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:25 am
    My inbox has been filling up over the summer months, so it’s high time for another edition of the BookBaby mailbag. I really do love hearing from our growing BookBaby writing community – keep those emails coming with your questions, ideas, and comments. I’m at steven@bookbaby.com.   Let’s start this session off with a question about reviews. Steven – My question is about reviews, specifically, how can I get more? I used BookPromo to get a couple of free book reviews but I’m after more – many more. I don’t want to hound all my friends, readers or other…
  • Good News, Bad News For Self-Publishing

    Beyond the Book
    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The book world this week is full of news from the ranks of “indie” or self-published authors: Good news for one children’s author, and bad news for several who feel cheated. And for another, the news is definitely in shades of grey. “A potential class action lawsuit alleging fraudulent business practices against Author Solutions has been discontinued after an undisclosed settlement in a development we expected after judge Denise Cote had earlier denied the case class certification,” reports Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer. Choosing the independent route in book…
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    MediaShift

  • Daily Must Reads, August 28, 2015

    Julie Keck
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:23 am
    1. British Library rejects digital Taliban trove fearing terror laws (Eric Randolph / Agence France-Presse) 2. DC appeals court lifts injunction against NSA phone call records program (Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post) 3. The traffic LinkedIn drives to publishers has dropped 44 percent this year (Lucia Moses / Digiday) 4. European publishers play lobbying role […] Please visit MediaShift for the whole story.
  • The End of Privacy. Podcast Episode 1: When Governments Spy on Journalists

    Abraham Hyatt
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:05 am
    This week, Abraham Hyatt launched “The End of Privacy,” a five-part podcast series on the intersection of journalism and privacy issues. We will be cross-posting the podcasts here on MediaShift. Stay tuned. Are journalists entitled to special privacy rights? Are news publishers helping data trackers violate users’ privacy? Is it possible to have confidential sources […] Please visit MediaShift for the whole story.
  • Futures Lab Update #119: Drone Footage on TV and Sensors in the Subway

    Reuben Stern
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    This week we see how one local TV station put live footage from drones into a news broadcast, and we learn how a data team used sensors to find the hottest subway stations in New York City. PART 1: Drones at ABC7 KGO-TV/ABC7 in San Francisco is one of the first local news operations in […] Please visit MediaShift for the whole story.
  • Journalism & Digital Education Roundup, August 27, 2015

    Julie Keck
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:18 am
    1. As Coursera evolves, colleges stay on and investors buy in (Jeffrey R. Young / Chronicle of Higher Education) 2. NU-Q students examine race, media in Ferguson, Missouri (Julie Deardorff / Northwestern University) 3. Are open education resources ready for adaptive-learning technology? (Benjamin Herold / Education Week) 4. Journalism schools react to Virginia news crew […] Please visit MediaShift for the whole story.
  • Daily Must Reads, August 27, 2015

    Julie Keck
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:15 am
    1. Should news organizations share the video of the WDBJ7 shooting? (Sarah Grieco / Columbia Journalism Review) 2. Twitter, Facebook users unwittingly shown video of Virginia shooting (Yoree Koh / Wall Street Journal) 3. A 21st-century migrant’s essentials: food, shelter, smartphone (Matthew Brunwasser / New York Times) 4. No, I am not crowdfunding this baby […] Please visit MediaShift for the whole story.
 
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    Digital Book World

  • How an Author Should Manage Social Media Marketing

    Daniel Berkowitz
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    All most authors want to do is write their book. Rarely do they want to actually market it, let alone use social media to do so. One of the key reasons for this, according to Chris Syme in her latest DBW blog post, is that “social media marketing can be a big time suck for many authors. Making it manageable, though, is about learning how to take inventory of your time, resources and skill and then planning accordingly.” “In this ever-increasing space,” Syme continues, “there are plenty of tools, apps and systems available to help you organize your time better, but sometimes it’s…
  • Social Media Marketing Must Be Manageable

    Chris Syme
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Social media marketing can be a big time suck for many authors. Making it manageable, though, is about learning how to take inventory of your time, resources and skill and then planning accordingly. None of us can control how much time is in a day, but we can certainly control how we use it. In this ever-increasing space, there are plenty of tools, apps and systems available to help you organize your time better, but sometimes it’s difficult to decide which fits your needs best. So here are five filters that can help you figure out what you need: 1. Free. Don’t be opposed to paying for a…
  • Opportunities in Mexico for Digital Growth

    DBW
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:18 am
    [Press Release] THE MARKETS – Global Publishing Summit 2015 Market overview: Mexico – opportunities for growth through digital transformation Frankfurt, 27 August 2015 – THE MARKETS – Global Publishing Summit 2015, the new conference to kick off the Frankfurt Book Fair (14-18 October 2015) will set the stage for the world’s largest industry event: The one-day conference will focus on seven international book markets, which will be introduced by industry experts and analysed from various points of view, with the aim of initiating deals on the spot as well as bringing to light…
  • How to Add a page-list to an EPUB

    Joshua Tallent
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Navigation is an important part of every ebook file, and one navigation option that many publishers often forget when creating their ebooks is page numbers. “Wait… There are page numbers in ebooks?” you might ask. Yes! Page numbers are actually very useful for ebook files and can be a helpful addition to navigating the content. While it’s true that many devices display automatically-created page numbers in ebooks, these numbers are actually disconnected from the print book and can be confusing to readers. Print page numbers are very useful to readers, though. For example, imagine…
  • Introducing DBW Spotlight

    Daniel Berkowitz
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Digital Book World is proud to announce the launch of DBW Spotlight—a new way for you to dive deeper into the issues that are important to your business. Starting in September, our editors will devote each month to putting the spotlight on a topic essential to successful digital publishing. Over the course of the month, we’ll highlight relevant news articles, commission expert opinions and provide you with additional resources, like white papers and webinars, on the Spotlight theme. Spotlight topics will be selected for their relevance to the publishing business calendar: in September,…
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    A Newbie's Guide to Publishing

  • The Amazon Agenda

    25 Aug 2015 | 10:13 am
    I have a few disparate thoughts and observations that I'm going to attempt to coalesce into a single theme.Amazon was recently the subject of world news when the ever intrepid David Streitfeld, the NYT reporter that gave us the wonder of whale math, did a hit piece on Amazon corporate culture that came to the startling and controversial conclusion; Amazon employees work really, really hard.Streitfeld has a haterection for Amazon, and while he has yet to make a cogent point, this recent piece got big attention, so much so that major media outlets covered it, and there was outrage and…
  • Zombie Publishing Memes #2 - Low Prices Devalue Books

    24 Aug 2015 | 8:21 am
    This is the second in an ongoing series that Barry Eisler and I are writing. When we talk about zombie memes, we’re referring to arguments that just won’t die no matter how many times they’re massacred by logic and evidence. Because we’ve been shooting down so many of these memes for so long, and because they just keep reanimating (often repeatedly from the same people), we thought it would be useful to create an online source for easy (and time-saving) reference.We’ll be tackling these memes one at a time over the course of the next few weeks and then publishing a free downloadable…
  • Ten Days of KENP with BookBub Boost

    22 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    So this was unexpected.First, some background. Because I've been devoting my time to other things, I haven't published a solo novel in over two years.Whiskey Sour was my first legacy pubbed novel, and the hardcover came out in 2004.In 2010, I got my rights back and self-pubbed it.This was my first book in the Jack Daniels series. It has remained one of my best sellers for me, and in June under KU 1.0 payout of $1.38 per borrow I loaned out 362 copies and earned $500. I also sold 215 copies and earned $589.So in June I made $1089 from Whiskey Sour in KDP. Not bad for an 11 year old that I…
  • Guest Post H. L. LeRoy

    21 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    First, a giant thank you to Joe for allowing me to guest post about my Kindle Worlds’ stories on his blog. I’ve been a longtime reader of A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing and I’m absolutely thrilled to be here.When Joe offered the opportunity to write in Jack Daniels’ world, I jumped at the chance. Since my other works are in the mystery/thriller/action/adventure genres and tell the stories of strong female protagonists confronting impossible situations, I knew it was a perfect fit.To that end, I've written three novellas (ONE EIGHT SEVEN, REMEMBER THE DEAD, and POOLED BLOOD)…
  • Zombie Publishing Memes #1 - Amazon is a Monopoly

    19 Aug 2015 | 11:18 am
    This is the first in an ongoing series that Barry Eisler and I are writing. When we talk about zombie memes, we’re referring to arguments that just won’t die no matter how many times they’re massacred by logic and evidence. Because we’ve been shooting down so many of these memes for so long, and because they just keep reanimating (often repeatedly from the same people), we thought it would be useful to create an online source for easy (and time-saving) reference.We’ll be tackling these memes one at a time over the course of the next few weeks and then publishing a free downloadable…
 
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  • Something Nice from Nice

    catherineryanhoward
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:09 am
    I’m in Nice. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll know that this isn’t my first time in Nice. For 6-8 weeks every Autumn for three years beginning in 2011 – I’ll give you a moment to catch your breath after that weird sentence construction – I came here, supposedly, to write. That sounds very decadent, I know, but I was living with my parents at the time and had no real financial responsibilities. (Now I have rent to pay in Dublin “The Rent On This Telephone Box Will Make Your Eyes Water” City and university fees to…
  • How Many Drafts Did You Do Of Your Book?

    catherineryanhoward
    5 Aug 2015 | 5:21 am
    “How many drafts did you do of your book?” In between getting a book deal and being able to tell people I got a book deal, I went to an event at Dun Laoghaire’s Mountains to Sea festival where an audience member asked Paula Hawkins, superstar author of The Girl on the Train, this very question. On hearing it, I rolled my eyes and groaned about it to my company for the evening (who rolled her eyes at my groaning), even though it wasn’t that long ago that I sat in the audience at writerly events and asked the very same thing of published authors myself. Why the…
  • A Short Story About Scarpetta

    catherineryanhoward
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:26 pm
    I’m heading to the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate tomorrow morning (for the first time ever and feeling a bit like the new girl who switches schools half way through term and has to walk into a class where she doesn’t know anyone!) so this evening, while I procrastinate instead of pack, I thought I’d share with you a story about my introduction to crime (writing): Kay Scarpetta and the woman who invented her, Patricia Cornwell. One Christmas, back when I was (I think) either 12 or 13 (ish), a friend of mine lent me her older brother’s…
  • Are Amazon *Really* Paying Authors Per Page Read? No. No, They’re Not. [Pause] Well…

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

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

  • Getting Reviews, Finding Readers, and Creative Marketing Tips From The BookBaby Mailbag

    Steven Spatz
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:25 am
    My inbox has been filling up over the summer months, so it’s high time for another edition of the BookBaby mailbag. I really do love hearing from our growing BookBaby writing community – keep those emails coming with your questions, ideas, and comments. I’m at steven@bookbaby.com.   Let’s start this session off with a question about reviews. Steven – My question is about reviews, specifically, how can I get more? I used BookPromo to get a couple of free book reviews but I’m after more – many more. I don’t want to hound all my friends, readers or other…
  • Book Launch Tips For Traditional and Self-Published Authors

    IndieReader
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:56 am
    IndieReader posted this interview with authors Toby Neal (self-published) and Holly Robinson, whose works are published by Penguin Random House. The two discuss the process of launching a book and share their insights and perspectives in this post. Toby Neal and Holly Robinson are professional writers, i.e. authors who earn their primary income from writing. Toby is predominantly self-published and Holly mostly traditional, and both have multiple novels and various writing credits to their names. They’re also friends. Earlier this year, both Toby and Holly launched new novels, and in this…
  • Target A Niche And Find Your Voice

    Julie Salisbury
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:40 pm
    Expressing the purpose behind your book will help you focus on your reader and your niche book market – and can help you connect with your intended audience. One helpful exercise you can engage in at the beginning of the writing process is to ask yourself specific questions to help discover the purpose behind your book. Answering these questions will help you uncover your intentions for yourself and your readers, and help define your niche book market. Who will read your book? Which demographic(s) do you want your book to appeal to? You may want your book to be read by people of certain…
  • Join BookBaby’s Twitter Chat With Nina Amir on August 26th

    Lucy Briggs
    21 Aug 2015 | 11:53 am
    Nina Amir, author of The Author Training Manual joins our monthly Twitter chat on August 26th Nina Amir, author of The Author Training Manual and How to Blog a Book: How to Write, Publish and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time, will be our guest for the August edition of #BBchat. Nina is a nonfiction editor, book proposal and blogging consultant, blog-to-book coach, and book and author coach with more than 33 years of experience in the publishing field. She holds a BA in magazine journalism with a concentration in psychology, has edited or written for more than 50 publications producing…
  • Younger Readers Prefer Printed Books

    Jesse Finkelstein
    20 Aug 2015 | 10:28 am
    It might fly in the face of anecdotal evidence – i.e. everyone seemingly glued to their devices and laptops – but our love of printed books is alive and well. This post originally appeared on Page Two Strategies’ blog. Reprinted with permission. A university professor recently asked us at the PageTwo publishing agency, “Will print books still exist in ten years?” It was a provocative question, a question intended to spark discussion. When we stated emphatically, “Yes, of course they will!” he remained unconvinced. His undergraduate students prefer reading digitally,…
 
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    Self-Publishing Review

  • Review: Drachen by Brendan Le Grange ★★★★

    Dakota Kemp
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:46 am
    Drachen by Brendan Le Grange is a classic treasure hunting story, with all the thrills and adventure such a labeling entails.  Sorry, Indie fans.  There’s no Ark of the Covenant at the end of this ancient bread crumb trail, no treasure of the Free Mason’s buried beneath national monuments, and not a single person stumbling ...
  • Review: Driving in Circles by Rita D’Orazio ★★★★½

    T B Markinson
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:55 am
    Driving in Circles, by Rita D’Orazio, is an intriguing story that revolves around one family and their secrets. Henry and Cynthia Jones are celebrating their fortieth wedding anniversary by going on a ten-day cruise. They decide to bring along their three daughters and one son-in-law. What could go wrong? Plenty. After two days, the youngest ...
  • Review: A Stalker’s Journey by John C. Lukegord ★★★

    James Grimsby
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:27 am
    Content warning for violence, drug abuse, and sexual abuse, including that of minors. In Iowa, 1983, when Curtis Ware is driven off the road while escaping from the scene of a drug theft, he is hospitalized for horrific injuries and charged for his crimes based on traumatized, rage-filled, drug-induced testimonies. Released after a single harrowing ...
  • Review: Hattie’s Place by Katherine P. Stillerman ★★★★★

    T B Markinson
    11 Aug 2015 | 4:59 am
    Hattie’s Place by Katherine Stillerman is a touching historical fiction novel set in the early 1900s in South Carolina. One week before her graduation from Greenville Female College, Hattie Robinson receives a disturbing letter from her fiancé Will Kendrick. In the letter, Will breaks off their engagement citing a mysterious complication. Hattie is devastated. She ...
  • How I Made $3,200,000 from My Hobby By Michael Bernhart

    Henry Baum
    11 Aug 2015 | 3:24 am
    Don’t let the title fool you: this isn’t non-fiction, you won’t find any get rich quick schemes here. But it does speak to how Bernhart’s lead character, the regally-named Maxwell Smythe Brown IV, doesn’t take much of anything very seriously. A funny and engaging voice, Brown has a very good knack for getting himself into ...
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  • Call for Stories: Frankfurt Book Fair Show Dailies

    Edward Nawotka
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    The deadline to pitch stories for Publishing Perspectives’ Frankfurt Book Fair Show Dailies is September 10. By Edward Nawotka, Editor-in-Chief Frankfurt Show Dailies from Publishing Perspectives Publishing Perspectives will again publish full-color, tabloid-format print editions during the Frankfurt Book Fair. Publishing Perspectives’ Show Dailies are a “must read” for fairgoers and the ONLY publication with distribution throughout the entire fairgrounds and at key hotels and venues, making us the single best way for you to be seen and heard at Frankfurt. Our first issue…
  • 12 Things That Keep Edtech Entrepreneurs Busy in Summer

    Mark Piesing
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    While school is out of session, edtech entrepreneurs keep working. A quartet of top UK edtech entrepreneurs share “what they did on the their summer vacation.” By Mark Piesing If school’s out for summer, what keeps edtech entrepreneurs busy? Here are twelve things that EdTech entrepreneurs get up to in the summer holidays and why. Charley Darbishire Charley Darbishire, founder of Educake. Educake is an online homework and revision assessment tool for schools. This moment between when the year ends and starts again is a natural sweet moment of reflection that you don’t get…
  • Move Over, Kindle Charts: Tolino Launches Ebook Bestseller List

    Ingrid Süßmann
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:56 pm
    The German digital literary scene boasts a new bestseller list: the Tolino Ebook Bestseller List. Tolino, a German bookseller alliance, is Germany’s counterpart to Amazon. By Ingrid Süßmann Last week, the German bookseller’s alliance Tolino — an alliance formed by booksellers Thalia, Weltbild, Hugendubel, Club Bertelsmann, Libri and the Deutsche Telekom — announced the publication of its first ebook bestseller list. The data is retrieved from the inventory control system employed by all bookstores belonging to the Tolino alliance as well as their respective online shops. The list…
  • Elena Ferrante Speaks: “The Books are Enough”

    Dennis Abrams
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:40 am
    The true identity of Italian bestselling author Elena Ferrante remains unknown, but she offered a Q&A interview to Vanity Fair, reiterating that “the books are enough.” By Dennis Abrams At Electric Literature, Emma Adler points out that while the list of great authors who have been willing to play the publicity game for all it’s worth is a long and illustrious one (Hemingway’s beer ads anyone?), Elena Ferrante, “the pseudonymous Italian writer whom the NTRB called ‘one of the greatest novelists of our time,’” has, since the publication of her first book 1992,…
  • Thoughts on the Digital Market for US Illustrated Books (Part 4)

    Guest Contributor
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Phaidon has had particular success with their series of Wallpaper City Guides Apps. The continuation of our series on illustrated book publishing in the US looks at the digital market, where sales pale compared to print counterparts. By Christ Navratil This is the fourth in our ongoing series looking at the increasingly competitive and innovative illustrated book publishing market in the United States. Part One outlined several of the challenges facing publishers and offered insight from a variety of publishers, including Ten Speed, Harvard Common Press, Clarkson Potter and Rodale. And…
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    The Book Designer

  • 5 Favorite Free Fonts for Interior Book Design

    Joel Friedlander
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:05 am
    Book design begins with typography, and the biggest typographic decision you’ll make in designing a book is selecting the text typeface. As I said a number of years ago, as publishers “we want our books to be as easy to read as possible while communicating the author’s intent. Style and fashion also play their part in many book designs, particularly in popular niches. The accumulated expectations of 500 years of book readers also come into play. Books are pretty conventional objects, after all. “Some fonts really lend themselves to book design while others, which look…
  • Self-Publishing: Carnival of the Indies Issue #59

    Joel Friedlander
    30 Aug 2015 | 12:05 am
    Welcome to this issue of the Carnival of the Indies blog carnival. This issue is for August, 2015. We welcome your submissions on topics related to writing, self-publishing, book design or marketing books. A collection of outstanding articles recently posted to blogs, your reading here will be richly rewarded. See the end of this post for links to submit your blog posts for the next carnival, or for participating Bloggers and Featured Bloggers to grab your sidebar badges. Thanks to everyone who participated. Featured Posts Jay Artale presents Ebook Library Services For Authors. An Alliance of…
  • What is Defamation?

    Joel Friedlander
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:05 am
    By Helen Sedwick In 1979, Penthouse Magazine carried a humor piece about a Miss Wyoming whose talent performance involved a sex act that caused a man’s entire body to levitate off the floor, all while she twirled her baton. The real Miss Wyoming, Kimerli Pring, sued, claiming the article was defamatory and had made her life miserable. She felt raped by men’s eyes, and she lost students from her baton twirling classes. (I am not making this up.) A local jury awarded her $26,500,000. Her lawyer boasted that publishers like Penthouse “can no longer drape themselves in the American flag and…
 
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  • Rousting the Book Pirates From Google

    PG
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    From The New York Times: The Haggler will now don his professorial tweeds because he starts this episode in teacher mode. All of the action below revolves around the Google Play store. In Forbes recently, Erik Kain called Google Play “an ugly, poorly organized store filled with myriad knockoffs, dubious ‘games’ and other apps.” That sounds a bit harsh to the Haggler, a Google Play regular who has had mostly positive experiences. That said, the site has problems. Q. Book piracy has taken a new form. Someone scanned my entire e-book, “Graphic Design Solutions,” created a new cover…
  • Across the street somebody had delirium tremens

    PG
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Across the street somebody had delirium tremens in the front yard and a mixed quartet tore what was left of the night into small strips and did what they could to make the strips miserable. While this was going on the exotic brunette didn’t move more than one eyelash. Raymond Chandler
  • Seven Ways Blogging Improves Your Writing

    PG
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    From Writers Write: Today, it seems that everyone is a blogger. Setting up a blog is simple. If your mother can set up a Facebook profile, chances are she will be able to set up a blog. So, if it is that simple, why are you not blogging? Not everyone wants to write about his or her life. An online diary is seriously not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you spend time online, you will notice not all blogs are personal diaries. If that is not enough motivation to get you blogging, consider these seven points: 1. It gives you a deadline. Writers always perform better with deadlines. It forces…
  • 50% off from Kobo

    PG
    30 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    From Kobo: Attention all Kobo Writing Life authors! We’re proud to announce that we’ll be supporting a special end-of-summer clearance sale on all titles published through KWL—a 50% discount for your readers, on us. This sale won’t cost you anything and will not be taken out of your royalties. This special sale will start Friday, August 28th and ends on Monday, August 31st and will be valid in Canada, United States, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and South Africa. Customers will be able to redeem 50% off of any title published by KWL using the promo code SALE50 an unlimited…
  • Has Amazon Cracked the Problem With In-App Payments?

    PG
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    From Wired: There’s an experience familiar to nearly anyone who’s downloaded a game on their smartphone. Try as you might to conquer the latest level/village/candy, your thumbs lack the speed/agility/candy to get you through. With deep regret, you purchase an item or expansion pack to continue your long march toward distraction. If, every time you do this, you find yourself thinking that there must be a better way, know two things: you’re right, and you’re not alone. Amazon introduced Underground, an Android app that contains a huge number of traditionally paid or freemium apps…
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    The Digital Reader

  • Stephen King: I’m Not One of the “Bad” Prolific Authors

    Nate Hoffelder
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Stephen King has reached an age where he has started contemplating his literary legacy, and for some reason he feels the need to defend his body of work.King penned an editorial in the NYTimes on Thursday which ostensibly argues whether the work of more productive authors is inherently bad simply because there is more of it.He doesn't take one side or the other but instead neatly splits the difference:As with most postulates dealing with subjective perceptions, the idea that prolific writing equals bad writing must be treated with caution. Mostly, it seems to be true. Certainly no one is…
  • Do You Make eBooks With Kindle Textbook Creator?

    Nate Hoffelder
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:40 am
    If you know anything about Amazon's textbook creation app, please get in touch. In particular, if you have made an ebook with KTC, or can point me at one I can buy, or if you've taken one of these files apart, I would like to hear from you.I have a bunch of questions ranging from how easy the tool is to use, to what devices the ebooks work on. I also want to find out what exactly is in the files.Any accounts of or links to first hand experiences would be deeply appreciated, because all I know right now are the basics that Amazon announced when the KTC was released in February and updated in…
  • Don’t Manspread While You Bant With Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl

    Nate Hoffelder
    30 Aug 2015 | 8:50 am
    In its ongoing quest to legitimize the idiom, slang, and colloquialisms used in everyday English, the Oxford Dictionary added a new slate of words to its online dictionary this week.Some notable examples include fatberg, a term which was coined to describe the large masses of solid waste (congealed fat and personal hygiene products) blocking London's sewers; Grexit and Brexit, which refer to the potential departure of Greece and the UK from the eurozone and the EU, respectively; beer o'clock and wine o'clock, the appropriator time of day to start drinking.And then there's bants, a…
  • NYTimes: Rousting the Book Pirates From Google Play

    Nate Hoffelder
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:35 pm
    The NYTimes' Haggler column followed up today on my reports of the rampant piracy in Google Play Books.David Segal learned of the problem from by a reader who had found a pirated copy of one of her books in Google Play Books in July (months after Google closed its publisher portal so it could directly respond to the  piracy issue).Segal contacted Google, talked to publishers, and reports that:About 18 months ago, Google Play started selling self-published e-books. Any author could post and sell his or her work on the site. But in February — and why this started then is a mystery that…
  • Kindle For PC Update Adds Bookerly Font, But Not the New Formatting

    Nate Hoffelder
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Amazon just reminded us that a proprietary ebook format isn't all it is cracked up to be.There's a new version of the Kindle for Windows app out today. Amazon has not released a changelog, but reports from Mobileread say (and I can confirm) that the update adds Amazon's Bookerly font (That font debuted late last year on the Fire tablets, and since been added to the Kindle iOS apps and the Kindle ereaders.).The update also adds support for the new KFX format which showed up on the Fire tablet and the Kindle iOS app this summer (and later, the Kindle ereaders). Or at least that is what three…
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    The Creative Penn

  • Book Marketing Tips For Fiction And Non-Fiction With Ricci Wolman

    Joanna Penn
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:45 pm
    I love learning from smart marketers who are using data to analyze what actually works in selling books. In today’s show, Ricci Wolman shares some brilliant tips based on extensive sales data through Freebooksy, Bargainbooksy and more. In the intro I mention the first Createspace print on demand book to hit the bestseller lists, perhaps indicating a move of digital print into the space traditionally owned by booksellers, as discussed by Hugh Howey. The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep became an overall bestseller on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and has now been picked up for a 7 figure…
  • Soundtracks For Books: How One Author Is Using Booktrack For Her Novels

    Joanna Penn
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:33 pm
    I live in central London and every time I travel on the Tube, I see people reading … with headphones plugged in. They are listening to music at the same time as reading.  My husband does it at home as well, usually to block out the sound of my interviews for the podcast. Ambient noise while reading blocks out the sounds that might distract you from the book. But what about using sound to actually enhance a book? We’re not talking about audiobooks where you are being read to, but a sound track that goes alongside your reading, one that adjusts to your reading pace. Booktrack…
  • Abundance For Authors And Taking Action With Honoree Corder

    Alexandra Amor
    23 Aug 2015 | 11:59 pm
    The ‘poor, starving artist’ myth has kept a lot of creatives down, but we’re living in a time of abundance – of creativity, of global readership and of the opportunity to publish and reach them. In this interview, Honoree Corder shares her abundance ideas for authors, plus some interesting ideas for expanding income streams. In the introduction, I mention that I’m still working on the Creative Freedom course, which is only for those serious about making a living with their income. I put out a video on the Roadmap this week, and you can still get the free video series…
  • Broken, Not Bitter. An Author’s Life with Repetitive Strain Injuries

    Joanna Penn
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:46 pm
    A writer’s life is not an inherently healthy one. We sit for long periods of time, and studies show that sedentary behavior is bad for us. We hunch over keys, creating back problems. We stare at screens, giving us headaches and we type and mouse a lot. All of this can lead to Repetitive Strain Injury. I had back problems in the last few years that were solved by using a Swiss ball instead of a chair, and moving a lot more. We don’t have a car so naturally walk a lot anyway. But in the last few months, after a heavy writing stint in a cafe with tables at the wrong height, I…
  • Q&A Show On Self-Publishing And Book Marketing With Joanna Penn

    Joanna Penn
    16 Aug 2015 | 11:59 pm
    In today’s show, I tackle more of your questions from The Creative Penn survey about self-publishing and marketing. The last Q&A show was one of the most popular of the podcast, so I hope you enjoy this one too. In the intro, I mention that I visited Highgate Cemetery yesterday and if you’re a fellow taphophile, you can see my pics on Pinterest here. I also mention the ups and downs of Amazon this week, with Joe Konrath and Hugh Howey both singing the praises of KDP Select, while a report on working conditions in the New York Times has been getting a lot of negative press. I…
 
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    Publishing News

  • Roger: Over and out - with a parting shot

    30 Aug 2015 | 5:09 am
    Outgoing Fairfax Media chairman, Roger Corbett has thrown a parting grenade at what he describes as the outdated media ownership laws in Australia, at Rupert Murdoch's News Corp for flouting the current laws and at the policy vacuum in Canberra that is retarding moves to remove them. Corbett is particularly critical of the current media ownership laws that prohibit a media group from owning more than two of three species of media assets in the same market - either print, radio or television.
  • Jacqueline Smith: You know when John B. Clark is around

    30 Aug 2015 | 1:02 am
    John Clark, the new president of Western Connecticut State University, during a News Times editorial board interview on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, in Danbury, Conn. When you first meet John B. Clark , you feel the need to rush out and get some vitamins.
  • St. Paul actor writing a play a week, for a year

    29 Aug 2015 | 8:45 pm
    This July 22, 2015 photo shows a view of the Layla Jane Room located on the second floor at The Stone House Inn in Chesaning, Mich. Howard and Denise Ebenhoeh co-owners of the Inn, spent months renovating the approximately 6,600-square-foot house and hunting for a mix of new and antique furniture to fill its rooms.
  • Strong winds blamed for 2 deaths in Seattle area

    29 Aug 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Powerful winds toppled trees and power lines across the Pacific Northwest on Saturday, causing two deaths in the Seattle area and knocking out power to at least a quarter-million customers in Oregon and Washington. One man was killed when a tree fell on a car in Gig Harbor, Washington, the Seattle Times reported.
  • Bozell & Graham Column: When Child Sex Abuse Gets Ignored

    29 Aug 2015 | 12:14 pm
    The double standard our media impose on child sexual abuse is garishly obvious. On August 14, The Washington Post set the stage for the coming American visit of Pope Francis with another splashy front-page story on a man still berating the Catholic Church after being abused by a priest from 1969 to 1976.
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    Commercial Printing News

  • MDC Shareholder Alert by Former Louisiana Attorney General: Kahn...

    28 Aug 2015 | 10:52 pm
    This action is pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. If you purchased shares of MDC and would like to discuss your legal rights and how this case might affect you and your right to recover for your economic loss, you may, without obligation or cost to you, call toll-free at 1-877-515-1850 or email KSF Managing Partner Lewis Kahn .
  • Quebec Solidarity fund interested in funding return of Nordiques to Quebec City

    28 Aug 2015 | 3:39 pm
    The Quebec Federation of Labour's Solidarity Fund has expressed interest in a partnership to help finance the return of the Nordiques hockey team to Quebec City. Pierre Karl Peladeau, Parti Quebecois leader and controlling shareholder of Quebecor Inc., has suggested that the investment fund tied to the province's largest labour federation could be a potential investor.
  • Quebecor Given Average Recommendation of "Buy" by Brokerages

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:09 am
    Shares of Quebecor have earned a consensus rating of "Buy" from the ten ratings firms that are presently covering the stock, Analyst Ratings.Net reports . One analyst has rated the stock with a hold recommendation, six have issued a buy recommendation and one has given a strong buy recommendation to the company.
  • Robbins Arroyo LLP Is Investigating the Officers and Directors of...

    25 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Multi-Color Corporation provides various label solutions, graphic and pre-press services, and various print methods. View this press release on the law firm's Shareholder Rights Blog: www.robbinsarroyo.com/shareholders-rights-blog/multi-color-corporation , Multi-Color Corporation's former independent public accountant, auditing firm KPMG LLP, identified three material weaknesses in the company's internal controls over financial reporting.
  • ARC Document Solutions Stock Rating Lowered by Zacks

    25 Aug 2015 | 2:39 pm
    According to Zacks, "ARC Document Solutions Inc. is a document solutions company providing business-to-business document management technology and services to the architectural, engineering and construction, or AEC industries. It also provides document management services to companies in non-AEC industries, such as technology, financial services, retail, entertainment, and food and hospitality.
 
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    Packt Publishing

  • Introduction to OpenVPN

    Vincia Fernandes
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:57 pm
    In this article by Eric Crist and Jan Just Keijser, the authors of the book Mastering OpenVPN, you will cover: Types of VPNs Comparison of VPNs (For more resources related to this topic, see here.) read more
  • The API in Detail

    Nitin Poojari
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:07 pm
    In this article by Hugo Solis, author of book, Kivy Cookbook, we will learn to create simple API with the help of App class. We will also learn how to load images of asynchronous data, parsing of data, exception handling, utils applications and use of factory objects. Working of audio, video and camera in Kivy will be explained in this article. Also we will learn text manipulation and and usage of spellcheck option. We will see how to add different effects to the courser in this article. (For more resources related to this topic, see here.) read more
  • Scientific Computing APIs for Python

    Vincia Fernandes
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:03 pm
    In this article, by Hemant Kumar Mehta author of the book Mastering Python Scientific Computing we will have comprehensive discussion of features and capabilities of various scientific computing APIs and toolkits in Python. Besides the basics, we will also discuss some example programs for each of the APIs. As symbolic computing is relatively different area of computerized mathematics, we have kept a special sub section within the SymPy section to discuss basics of computerized algebra system. In this article, we will cover following topics: read more
  • Diving into Salt Internals

    Darshana Ghodke
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:45 am
    In this article by Joseph Hall, author of the book Mastering SaltStack, we will be looking at how Salt works under the hood. In this article, we will: Discover how Salt manages configuration files Look at how the Renderer system works Discuss how the Loader system handles modules Explore the State compiler, which drives so much of Salt With a more comprehensive understanding of the internals of Salt, you will be able to craft configurations and States that take advantage of the architectural decisions that inspired the design of Salt. read more
  • Bizarre Python

    Paurnima Shilimkar
    19 Aug 2015 | 4:37 am
    The strange relationship between objects, functions, generators and coroutines by Dusty Phillips read more
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    Self Publishing Advisor

  • Weekly Self-Published Book Review: “Chessman: And His Nine Lives on Death Row”

    selfpublishingadvisor
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:30 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: Chessman: And His Nine Lives on Death Row Terrence W. Cooney…
  • Conversations With A Self-Publishing Writer: 08/28/2015

    selfpublishingadvisor
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    WHY SHOULD I PUBLISH? Part IV – The JOY Oh, yes! Joy is definitely a defining and delectable feeling that comes with being a published author.  When I was asked to autograph my book for the first time, I suddenly realized that I had not taken the advice of my author-friends to prepare a short sentence for these occasions.  Yet, within my next heartbeat, the phrasing flowed forth.  Since then, I’ve honed it a bit and definitely change it up considering the person who will walk away with my book.  Someone once told me that I’d get tired of autographing books.  At this time, I…
  • An Indie Author’s Social Media Primer | Etsy

    selfpublishingadvisor
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    If you’re a bibliophile, chances are you’ve heard of Etsy.  Chances are you’ve shopped on Etsy––or at the very least, window-shopped.  There’s something so winsome about this platform that just … sucks you in and then later spins you out, dazed and simultaneously envious of other peoples’ talents at handcrafts and carefully counting your change to see if you can afford to buy something beautiful today.  I’m not speaking from experience, of course. Okay, so I am.  And what’s wrong with ogling a beautiful watercolor print of one of my…
  • From the Archives: “Statistics Suggest Good News for the Self-Publishing Author”

    selfpublishingadvisor
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    Welcome back to our new Tuesday segment, where we’ll be revisiting some of our most popular posts from the last few years.  What’s stayed the same?  And what’s changed?  We’ll be updating you on the facts, and taking a new (and hopefully refreshing) angle on a few timeless classics of Self Publishing Advisor. [ Originally posted: December 17th, 2008 ] Bowker, the global leader in bibliographic information management, recently released 2007 book publishing statistics compiled from its Books In Print database. Based on figures from U.S. publishers, Bowker is…
  • Weekly Self-Published Book Review:Breaking the Devil’s Heart

    selfpublishingadvisor
    22 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Book reviews are a great way for self-publishing authors to gain exposure. After all, how can someone buy your book if he or she doesn’t know it exists? Paired with other elements of your book promotion strategy, requesting reviews is a great way to get people talking about what you’ve written. When we read good reviews, we definitely like to share them. It gives the author a few (permanent) moments of fame and allows us to let the community know about a great book. Here’s this week’s book review by Midwest Book Review: Breaking the Devil’s Heart H. A. Goodman Publisher:…
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    The Book Deal

  • What 4 top agents desire in a memoir

    Alan Rinzler
    10 Aug 2015 | 9:17 pm
    Sometimes it seems like everyone’s writing a memoir. You too? So how can you break out of the pack and and persuade an agent to take a look? Here are four accomplished literary agents, and they’re all selling memoirs. Scroll down to see some of the books they represent. These agents are the real deal and they…
  • Can writing a book make you a star? Yes it can!

    Alan Rinzler
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Just ask my author Lenore Skenazy, whose debut book Free-Range Kids – How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry) led to her own reality TV show, among many other surprises. We had a lot of fun working on the book together, but I’ll let Lenore tell the story: Here’s my advice…
  • Toni Morrison: Write, Erase, Do it over

    Alan Rinzler
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:57 pm
    When Toni Morrison talks about writing, I listen. I’ve taken a keen interest in what she’s had to say ever since I began working with her in 1968, when I acquired, edited, and published her first novel The Bluest Eye. More on what it was like working with Toni here. The Bluest Eye was a…
  • Lessons from a great book jacket designer

    Alan Rinzler
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:14 pm
    The bright yellow cover of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is instantly recognizable. The Wall Street Journal called the jacket, designed by Peter Mendelsund, one of the most iconic in contemporary fiction in the U.S. Mendelsund, Associate Art Director at Knopf, now has his own new book, Cover, published by powerHouse…
  • Wouldn’t you love an agent like this one?

    Alan Rinzler
    3 Jan 2015 | 8:17 pm
    Kimberley Cameron is a great example of how one innovative agent is dealing with the stonewalling risk-averse attitude these days of many mainstream commercial book publishers. “Traditional publishers are rejecting so many quality books we’re submitting, by both debut authors and those with a solid track record of successful titles,” Kimberly told me recently. “We’re…
 
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    BadRedhead Media

  • Which is right for you? A Quick Guide to KDP vs. KDP Select

    Naomi Blackburn
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    The final post in our Amazon series has us looking at KDP vs. KDP Select. After our longer posts, this post is short and sweet because it is pretty straightforward. Any author can publish their book under KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). This is the basic Kindle publishing tool. This tool allows authors to upload their books utilizing the process we discussed in the first post in this series. No further commitment is required. What’s The Difference? For those wishing to utilize more of what Amazon offers its authors, there is KDP Select. KDP Select has a few more benefits for its…
  • Not Selling Books? How To Change That Today!

    Rachel Thompson
    22 Aug 2015 | 5:28 pm
    Book marketing is a challenge, an art, either the bane of your existence or how you make your living. I try anything and everything to sell my books, and share those experiences here with you; I also love to learn from you all what you’ve tried in your book marketing and selling activities, and love to learn what has worked (and not worked), so I asked my social media author friends this question: What’s the #1 most successful tactic you use to sell your books? ONE THING. Go. (Not selling? Then pay attention. No whining allowed.) My Facebook friends really came through. What…
  • This is the Reason to Use Raw Emotion in Your Writing

    Rachel Thompson
    15 Aug 2015 | 5:48 am
    Please welcome author and sexual abuse survivor supporter Lia Mack as she shares about writing what scares you.    I love the idea of cutting into myself with an Exacto knife, little by little, slice by slice, until the entrails of my being are released, splayed and displayed out in the open. No longer hidden by the depths of my body, before me is the rawness of myself. My guts. Gutted, I am raw. Open. Vulnerable. Real. I’m speaking figuratively, of course, those who are feeling weak in the knees. Don’t puke, yet… Let me explain. I read it somewhere that writing is akin to…
  • 3 Terrific Insider Email List Building Tips to Help Authors!

    Rachel Thompson
    1 Aug 2015 | 1:56 am
      Joe Brewer asks what a fiction writer can offer as an email subscriber list-building giveaway that isn’t merch. Information? Special stories just for the subscriber? We hear you Joe, so we asked Bri Clark to join us with three awesome tips for building an email list for fiction authors. Here is a brief overview of the tips in the video below: At the beginning and end of all of your books, have a link for readers to sign up for your eBook list. No Short Stories. Instead, offer a novella! People really respond to a novella, or a novella series. Make this exclusive to signing up for…
  • Email Marketing: 3 Awesome Ways For You To Connect!

    Rachel Thompson
    25 Jul 2015 | 8:17 am
    Rachel Thompson our fearless and filterless leader of authors and social media practices opens up her blog to answering YOUR questions. It’s my pleasure to have the opportunity to be one of those who provides tips and answers. Apollo Papafrangou posed these questions about email marketing: “Is it essential to have an email list as an author; how do you build a list before having a book released? I’m signed up for to a few mailing lists, but they don’t necessarily make me want to run out and buy books. Often it feels like more mail filling up my box. “ Let me begin by saying that all…
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    retinart

  • I’m Honoured To Use Your Craft

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    For the longest time I thought I had to make everything myself. If it was to be used in one of my designs, I had to have either made it myself or paid a decent amount of money for it. The icons had to be mine, the photos original, the typefaces rare (I was stupid, but not crazy enough to think I should also make my own typefaces). It wasn’t because I thought nothing was good enough for my projects, that my work was somehow too good for anyone else’s input to be included in any form. It was quite the opposite. I held such reverence for the work of others that I thought it foolish to use…
  • Use Rituals to Get There Faster

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    17 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Rituals are shortcuts to moods and mindsets. Suddenly the throbbing in my head faded. The wall that I was pushing up against had fallen, too. I was getting excited, you could even say inspired – I wanted to get to work. I actually becoming desperate to do so. It no longer felt like a chore, it no longer felt like an impossible task, it no longer felt like something that I was faking. It was something I was desperate for. I’d been trying to write. I’d missed a self-imposed deadline (again) and was out of my usual element. I wanted to write but I was at the wrong computer, at the wrong…
  • It’s Better To Obsess

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    10 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    I’ve always jumped into something too quickly or too slowly. I either start to act without thought, or think without acting. Mostly the latter. But no matter how I start, I’ve almost always skipped the in-between, fun, exciting and stress-free moment. That obsession moment. The one which first brings with it comfort, but then breeds fluency. One which sits between embarking upon an education, but stops before the learning really starts. It’s when the names are new, when ideas start to fall like bouncing and clanging marbles, not yet blocks that know their place. It’s when the fun…
  • Using Our Words Instead of Letting Them Use Us

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    I love words. I love how the words we use with ourselves, with our clients, about both, changes how we approach our practice, our craft. There’s one; craft. Craft is a word that instantly changed the way I look at design, and writing, and talking to you, my audience, my reader, my colleague, my ally. Today I want to explore, write, talk about a couple of ways that we, us, the community, the family, can experiment with words to find some interesting results, solutions, answers. Your words are important because your words matter. What we’re given The job. The project. The problem. That…
  • How To Start Creative Work After A Break

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    We sit at our desks and tell ourselves what we’ll do. We convince ourselves how we’ll find our groove again, how we’ll come back in a blaze of glory as if no time has lapsed between our most and least creatively productive moments. And then we stumble. It isn’t as natural as we hoped. It isn’t as easy as we thought it’d be. First We Second Guess We second guess ourselves. We lose our minds. We get distracted. We wonder what else is on Netflix, what else we can read, whether or not Varys is of the Blackfyre line, if Underwood will survive his presidency…
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    Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

  • It’s time to radically improve the content sampling experience

    Joe Wikert
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    The goal of the content sample is to acquire new customers, right? So why are publishers settling for sample content models that are outdated and largely ineffective? Look at ebooks, for instance. Publishers mostly rely on retailers for discovery and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How content containers can dramatically affect user experience

    Joe Wikert
    10 Aug 2015 | 7:55 am
    I’m a big believer in the notion that content containers are slowly going away in the digital world. Those things we think of in the physical world as books, newspapers and magazines are being redefined digitally. It’s a slow evolution... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Are content curators becoming more important than content creators?

    Joe Wikert
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:57 am
    I’m sure most of you bristle at the thought of curators being more valuable than creators. After all, the former have no job without the latter. I agree, but it’s not as if the content creation population is declining. In... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What is a "book-plus" and who are tomorrow's readers?

    Joe Wikert
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:57 am
    Some people think the book is dead, much as Joe referred to obsolete single-use devices like the GPS while discussing the potential for peer-to-peer content distribution. The truth is, we're living in a world that's going to want and need... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 3 content pricing models from the future

    Joe Wikert
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    The year is 2020 and I’m about to make a digital content purchase. It’s amazing how much the industry has evolved in the past five years. For example, pricing is no longer a one-size-fits-all, take-it-or-leave-it component. I now have multiple... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Beyond the Book

  • Best of BTB: Books Invented Everything

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

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The book world this week is full of news from the ranks of “indie” or self-published authors: Good news for one children’s author, and bad news for several who feel cheated. And for another, the news is definitely in shades of grey. “A potential class action lawsuit alleging fraudulent business practices against Author Solutions has been discontinued after an undisclosed settlement in a development we expected after judge Denise Cote had earlier denied the case class certification,” reports Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer. Choosing the independent route in book…
  • Digital Age Not Golden For Writers, Artists

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    On Sunday in The New York Times Magazine, author Steven Johnson pointedly asked, “How is today’s creative class faring?” His own analysis of available data drew Johnson to conclude that the much-threatened “creative apocalypse” hadn’t materialized. That contrarian conclusion might be expected from a writer who has also argued that pop culture fosters complex thinking and not intellectual sloth as many suppose. Not surprisingly, many in the creative communities have struck back at the Johnson piece. They see a world of hurt in the wake of the Internet Age for all media. Rob Levine,…
  • Open Access: Which Direction? (II)

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    This spring, the Research Councils UK, on behalf of the Global Research Council (GRC) and working together with the British Library, hosted a London workshop that brought together publishers, funders, libraries and other stakeholders from across the world to discuss perspectives on Open Access (OA) communication in a global research environment. A report, specially commissioned by RCUK, on attitudes to the future of commercial publishing in the light of open access, helped participants examine the current status of policy and practice and identify the next steps necessary to unlock the…
  • Best of BTB: Altmetrics Under The Microscope

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    23 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Scientific research seeks answers to questions large and small – from the composition of atoms to the age of the universe. While scientists, funders and institutions may value research for its own sake, they are practical, too. The answers that research yields can lead to professional advancement, and sometimes, to commercial success. In addition, scholarly authors seek reliable measurements of the impact their work has in the wider world. Over the last several years, in fact, the rise of Web publishing and the accompanying proliferation of data has spawned an explosion in the metrics…
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    TeleRead

  • Offensive game causes stir on DriveThruRPG PDF store

    Chris Meadows
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:05 pm
    One of my earliest long articles, written for Jeff Kirvin’s “Writing On Your Palm” before I ever came to TeleRead, was a piece called “Whither the PDA D&D?” in which I looked at the emergence of role-playing game books in digital form, largely as PDFs. I wondered if we might ever see RPG books rendered into a format where people could use them more easily on small-form-factor devices, rather than being tied to a full-sized laptop screen the way PDFs were. The bad news is, with the occasional odd exception such as Nobilis 3rd Edition, that hasn’t really happened. The good news…
  • Karma offers 4G data at 50% off through Monday

    Chris Meadows
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:19 pm
    I’ve been using my Karma Go hotspot for the last couple of weeks since it arrived, and have been enjoying it considerably. Its 4G service is fast and dependable, and it’s easy to charge up and keep charged. So far, I’ve had two people hook onto my hotspot and sign up to get free WiFi access via the 100 MB that Karma provides new subscribers. (I’ll admit, I do feel a little guilty when I see that happen shortly before I have to leave somewhere, or even a few minutes after I left the area. But those are the breaks!) If you haven’t signed up and are thinking about it, this is a good…
  • Stupid proprietary tricks: Bookerly font update for Kindle for PC—without modernizing the formatting

    David Rothman
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Over at The Digital Reader, Nate smartly begins his post on the above: “Amazon just reminded us that a proprietary ebook format isn’t all it is cracked up to be.” Nate warns Kindle for PC users not to count on features such as sophisticated kerning and drop caps. In Amazon Land, it’s hit or miss despite the new PC version’s ability to read the new KFX format. I’m sure Amazon will dramatically improve Kindle PC’s typographical capabilities in time. But wouldn’t it be a better world without all this format chaos, even within one company’s offerings? "The’wonderful…
  • PC Think? NPR’s science fiction and fantasy list was ‘offensive,’ says NewStatesman essay

    David Rothman
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:31 am
    "I read the 100 ‘best’ fantasy and sci-fi novels—and they were shockingly offensive," says Liz Lutgendorff in her NewStatesman attack on a 2011 list from National Public Radio here in the U.S. At least that’s how the headline sums it up. So what was the fuss about? More than 60,000 of the NPR faithful voted in “The top 100 Science-Fiction and Fantasy survey.” Writing four years later, Ms. Lutgendorff says too many old books scored well in the survey, along with those she regarded as anti-gay or demeaning to women. A  part-time Ph.D. history candidate at Oxford…
  • Boing Boing links to Chris Meadows’s TeleRead post on literacy initiative from the Indianapolis library

    David Rothman
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:13 am
    Our full switch to Ezoic Web optimization was not the only news this past week for TeleRead. Boing Boing, one of TeleRead Editor Chris Meadows’s favorite Web sites, linked to his post on the Indianapolis public library’s major initiative in the Little Free Library vein. My congratulations to Chris. By all means check out his post if you missed it. From Boing Boing: “Chris writes, ‘Indianapolis has just launched a great new series of art installations intended to promote both art and literacy.’ “‘The Public Collection will act as a sort of artistic big version…
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  • Certain Songs #297: Deep Purple – “Smoke on The Water (Osaka, Japan 08-15-1972)”

    Jim Connelly
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Album: Made in Japan Year: 1972 Where even to begin with this iconic piece of history? The fact that it was based upon a true story, and so wasn’t just another chick song or road song? The fact that writing a song about something that happened while you’re recording the album the song is on felt cool and fresh? The fact that the studio version of this song was a #4 hit single right here in the U.S.A.? And this live version was a hit itself? And in fact, the single edit (of course) of the Made in Japan version the one I remember being played on KYNO-AM, not the studio version,…
  • Certain Songs #296: Deep Purple – “Highway Star (Osaka, Japan 08-16-1972)”

    Jim Connelly
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:47 am
    Album: Made in Japan Year: 1972 So, after the utter triumph of Deep Purple in Rock, Deep Purple followed with two pretty good records — Fireball and Machine Head — that didn’t even come close. The former showed them stretching out a bit while losing some of their edge, and the latter had some edge, but its best songs were all eclipsed by their live versions. Because Made in Japan. One of the first albums I ever bought, and 40 years later, still on the short list of all-time greatest live albums ever recorded, especially when its so damn easy these days to skip the drum solo…
  • Certain Songs #295: Deep Purple – “Flight of The Rat”

    Jim Connelly
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Album: Deep Purple in Rock Year: 1970 One of the things that Deep Purple had that a lot of their metal contemporaries lacked was escape velocity: the ability to play their songs at a ferocious speed for an extended period of time. Led by their multifaceted (and eternally underrated) drummer Ian Paice, they could lock into an uptempo groove and just keep going and going. Nowhere did they display this more than on Deep Purple In Rock, which, after all, led off with a song called “Speed King” that was more than just a boast. It’s a good thing, too, because fast songs can get…
  • Certain Songs #294: Deep Purple – “Child in Time”

    Jim Connelly
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Album: Deep Purple in Rock Year: 1970 It’s probably just me, but I feel like these days Deep Purple doesn’t get the same love and respect that their metal-pioneer peers Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath get. I understand why: Zeppelin is Zeppelin, and their reputation has grown to the point where they’re in the conversation as the greatest band of all time. (Or at least my conversation.) And Black Sabbath has always benefited by the contrast between the outsized darkness of their music and the outsized outlandishness of Ozzy Osbourne. In contrast, Deep Purple really…
  • Certain Songs #293: Deep Purple – “Hush”

    Jim Connelly
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:19 pm
    Album: Shades of Deep Purple Year: 1968 I think that over the years, I always tended to discount “Hush” as inferior Deep Purple, not so much because it was a Top Ten single (after all, so was “Smoke on The Water,” and you’re damn straight I’m gonna write about that), but because it was made by the wrong Deep Purple. After all, everybody knows that Deep Purple Mark I was decidedly inferior to Deep Purple Mark II. Which might be demonstrably true, but unfair to “Hush,” which is a song that is clearly firing on all cylinders. And besides, if…
 
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  • Trump’s press

    Jeff Jarvis
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:56 am
    American news media: You are Donald Trump’s bitch*. You are making him what he is. And that makes you something worse yet: You are lab assistants to our modern media Dr. Frankenstein, the man who invented Trump as politician, the man who more than anyone else has divided this nation, Roger Ailes. You, the press, should be exposing Trump’s idiocies for what they are and his demonization of the others — the aliens, the Mexicans, the Jews** (oops, that was someone else) — for the racism that it is. You should be instructing the public in the definition of demagoguery.***…
  • Hacking through Amazon’s jungle of coverage

    Jeff Jarvis
    16 Aug 2015 | 9:33 am
    The New York Times exposé of working conditions at Amazon lacks two key attributes: context and — I can’t quite believe I’m saying this — balance. Like everyone in my feeds, I read the story with something verging on horror. Since then, I’ve seen many tweets presenting another perspective and just read a point-by-point rebuttal by an Amazonian. Where’s the truth? in the mix. Except as a reader, I had to go search for that mix. First, context: Last night on Twitter, I half-joked that Amazon sounded like many newspaper newsrooms: Amazon: long hours,…
  • What Would Alphabet Do?

    Jeff Jarvis
    10 Aug 2015 | 4:19 pm
    You’d expect me to say this but Google’s transformation into Alphabet is a brilliant move that enables Page, Brin, and their company to escape the bonds of their past — They’re just a search company. Why are they working on self-driving cars and magical contact lenses and high-flying balloons? — and go where no one has thought they would go before. To Wall Street and countless bleating analysts — not to mention its competitors and plenty of government regulators — Google was a search company, though long ago it became so much more. I don’t just…
  • New video powerhouse

    Jeff Jarvis
    6 Aug 2015 | 1:04 pm
    The amazing Samir Arora, CEO of Mode (née Glam), called with some impressive numbers on his company’s new platform and aggressive push into video. A two-minute video illustrating 100 years of fashion gained 1 million views in six days, 10 million in 21, and now — a bit more than eight weeks out — has 58 million views. Almost three-quarters of those views came on Mode’s own network — where they can prioritize users based on relevance and influence; the rest on Facebook, YouTube, et al. In two months, Mode is now the 13th video property according to ComScore; it…
  • Journalism is not a crime: A letter to German authorities

    Jeff Jarvis
    5 Aug 2015 | 4:43 am
    A large group of key figures in journalism and technology in Germany and elsewhere has published an open letter to German authorities in a critical fight for press freedom there. The letter is below. I am among the signatories. The editors at Netzpolitik and their sources were being investigated for treason for sharing government documents openly. A furor ensued in German media and online. The case was supposedly called off. Then the German justice minister called for the resignation of the chief prosecutor who had started the investigation. Rather than going quietly, that prosecutor is…
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    Intentional Leadership

  • The Kind of People You Should Never Take Advice From [Periscope] [Video]

    Michael Hyatt
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:09 am
    If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. This is a Periscope replay of the #VirtualMentor. In this scope, we discussed my blog post, “The Kind of People You Should Never Take Advice From.” If you are interested, I broadcast daily on Periscope, Monday through Friday at 12:30 p.m. CDT. If I published a new blog post or podcast, we discuss that. If not, we talk about whatever I am thinking about. And I always take some off-topic questions. You’ll need to download the free Periscope app if you want to watch live. You can get the iPhone and Android…
  • “Be fearless in the pusuit of what sets your soul on fire.” -Unknown [Photo]

    Michael Hyatt
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Click here for my complete collection of quote card images. Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s fast, free, and more convenient.
  • The Kind of People You Should NEVER Take Advice From

    Michael Hyatt
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:45 am
    And What to Do Instead I recently read a post about how to give advice. It had some good pointers. But do you know the one thing it didn’t say? That people giving advice should know what they’re talking about. Courtesy of iStock/Izabela Habur I don’t know about you, but I get advice from people all the time. Some of it’s good, some of it’s terrible. So how can we know if the advice we get is worth following? 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.  
  • My 9-Part Nighttime Ritual [Periscope] [Video]

    Michael Hyatt
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:06 pm
    If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. This is a Periscope replay of the #VirtualMentor. In this scope, we discussed my blog post, “What You Do Right Before Bed Determines How Productive and Focused You’Ll Be Tomorrow.” If you are interested, I broadcast daily on Periscope, Monday through Friday at 12:30 p.m. CDT. If I published a new blog post or podcast, we discuss that. If not, we talk about whatever I am thinking about. And I always take some off-topic questions. You’ll need to download the free Periscope app if you want to watch live.
  • Season 5, Episode 3: How to Wreck Your Future [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    5 Hidden Dangers of a Pessimism Addiction Welcome to Season 5, Episode 3 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss the hidden dangers of pessimism. If you’re looking to wreck your future, especially your career, there’s nothing more effective than pessimism. Here’s why—and what you can do to stay positive. Listen to the Audio MICHAEL HYATT WITH MICHELE CUSHATTThis is Your Life PodcastSubscribe to Podcast in iTunes | Play in Browser | Download Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email…
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  • Why Subscription Website Business Models Are Ideal for Every Publisher

    Luis Hernandez
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    A magazine or newsletter subscription site paired with a portal subscription website leads to publishing success If you’ve been reading this blog long enough, you’re quite familiar with the Mequoda Method for multiplatform publishing success. You may even understand the acronym that sums it up: ACEM, which stands for: Attract new visitors to your site organically. Convert those visitors into subscribers of your free email newsletter. Engage those subscribers daily to keep them coming back regularly and remaining loyal followers of your content. Monetize those subscribers by…
  • Freebie Friday: Attract, Convert, Engage and Monetize Better Starting Today

    Amanda MacArthur
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    A complete guide to online magazine publishing platforms Our latest version of the Multiplatform Publishing Strategyhandbook delivers a proven, integrated set of business processes, principles and tools for the digital publisher, whether you’re B2B, consumer, local, regional or national; multi-title or single. Our invaluable Gold Members will tell you the handbook contains innovations in how we describe the process. And our Mequoda Masters – the publishers who take our publishing method to its highest level – say the handbook has greatly improved their ability to teach the Method to…
  • 6 Ideas For Where To Put The Facebook Like Button on Your Website

    Luis Hernandez
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    High-traffic and loyalty hot-spots to put the Facebook like button for maximum “likes” Since the future of your articles in SEO-land is now so dependent on social media, it’s more important than ever to enable your readers with easy-to-use like and share buttons. The “like” button comes in a few shapes and forms, but if you have any interest in getting people to follow you on Facebook and share your articles, there are several places to install it that are better than others. Discover how to build a profitable subscription website when you download our FREE…
  • Digital Publishing Business News: Economist Value Yields Interesting Lessons

    Kim Mateus
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Effort to stay private for venerable magazine shows collision of digital publishing, business; plus, relax on ad blocking, and several open source options for content management The digital publishing business gets more and more interesting by the week. Time Inc. digital investments and innovations have been relentless; recent personnel changes from Ogden to Bloomberg Businessweek have kept the industry on its toes; and mergers & acquisitions are approaching peak activity. Combine all of this with the daily maneuvering of titles trying to go all-in on multiplatform publishing, and you…
  • Is It Worth It? An Informative LinkedIn Ads Review for Publishers

    Amanda MacArthur
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    The good, the bad, and the ugly (but mostly good) wrapped up in a semi-formal LinkedIn ads review Advertising your business on social media, particularly one like LinkedIn, is a tricky process. What inspired me to dig into LinkedIn ads, is that so many of our clients are now surfing the social media ad game, and thus, so are we! If you publish content for professionals, and host professional events, LinkedIn could be a good place to buy ads. Like buying any ad, you want to know where your money is going. If someone clicks, how likely will it convert into a lead? And like any PPC platform,…
 
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    Editors Only

  • Prescriptive vs. Descriptive Grammar

    30 Aug 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Go by the rules or go with the flow? By William Dunkerley If you compare content from...
  • Let's Make Music, Part II

    30 Aug 2015 | 7:39 pm
    Four more musical concepts to make copy sing on paper. Peter P. Jacobi Last month, I promised...
  • The Fog Index

    30 Aug 2015 | 7:37 pm
    Assessing the readability of a NewYorker.com excerpt. This month's Fog Index sample text comes from an August 25...
  • Making the Most of Magazine Spine Design

    30 Aug 2015 | 7:36 pm
    In the news: How one magazine turned to creative printing solutions to revamp its spine. Most discussions about...
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  • How fiction writing can improve your productivity and well-being

    Blake
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Topic: LiteracyThis got me thinking: if fiction writing can have such a powerful effect on my mental state, would it have the same effect on others? Is there a tangible mental benefit to creating something entirely fictional? And is it something that non-writers can make use of? From How fiction writing can improve your productivity and well-being
  • Rousting the Book Pirates From Google

    Blake
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:21 am
    Topic: BooksGoogle Play has been criticized as a sort of vast and unruly garden compared with Apple’s impeccably mowed lawns. In Forbes recently, Erik Kain called Google Play “an ugly, poorly organized store filled with myriad knockoffs, dubious ‘games’ and other apps.” That sounds a bit harsh to the Haggler, a Google Play regular who has had mostly positive experiences. From Rousting the Book Pirates From Google - The New York Times
  • Even University Libraries Aren’t Keeping Hard Copy Books

    Blake
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:46 am
    Topic: Academic LibrariesBooksLibrariesIn the face of these changes, academic librarians have no choice but to take action. Their challenge, though, is that there are simply too many print books and not enough on-campus space to store them. The most obvious solution to too many books is “weeding,” the library profession’s term for removing books from a collection. While weeding creates space for new books, it has significant labor and disposal costs. Also, it can meet with stiff resistance from faculty and students. So an increasingly popular strategy for managing overcrowded…
  • Even University Libraries Aren’t Keeping Hard Copy Books

    Blake
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:46 am
    Topic: Academic LibrariesBooksLibrariesIn the face of these changes, academic librarians have no choice but to take action. Their challenge, though, is that there are simply too many print books and not enough on-campus space to store them. The most obvious solution to too many books is “weeding,” the library profession’s term for removing books from a collection. While weeding creates space for new books, it has significant labor and disposal costs. Also, it can meet with stiff resistance from faculty and students. So an increasingly popular strategy for managing overcrowded…
  • The Illusion of Online Privacy

    Blake
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:45 am
    Topic: Online PrivacyEnjoying true privacy is difficult in today's digital age, but it won't get easier if people give up on their right to a few personal secrets, Reitman says.   "People are starting to be so frustrated about privacy that they believe they can't get anything better," she says. "We have to push back against that idea.“ From The Illusion of Online Privacy - US News
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  • Movie Deal for Mercenary

    David Gaughran
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    I’m delighted to announce that the movie rights to Mercenary have been optioned. And So It Begins… Entertainment is a relatively new Hollywood production company founded earlier this year by industry veterans Toby Midgen and Stacey Stanley. Everyone at ASIB has a serious pedigree, having worked for companies like Lakeshore, Anchor Bay, DreamWorks, Fox 21, Ridley Scott & Associates, Starz and BBC Worldwide. ASIB represents one of the biggest studios in the Dominican Republic and identified Mercenary as a perfect fit for their client, Lantica Media (formerly known as Indomina Media) –…
  • The Great Amazon Hysteria… Part 31

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

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

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

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

    Bill Mickey
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Time Inc. has launched a new content and creative shop called The Foundry. The group, which will move into Time Inc.’s new Industry City, Brooklyn satellite office later this year, will be a combination of the company’s content marketing operations and new vertical development efforts such as the soon-to-launch The Drive. The independent nature of the group’s branding signals a more distinctive agency-like identity—a move that other publishers have taken as well.  Condé Nast has its 23 Stories, for example, which just expanded its leadership team. And even…
  • Cure Your Data’s ‘Gollum Syndrome’

    Stephane Pere
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:50 am
    The world has seen an explosion of data collection. Our locations, behaviors, interests, patterns and interactions are becoming "datafied." In the past, data was very expensive to collect, but today, the ability to do so easily and at reduced cost, makes it meaningful. We have moved from a world of causality to an exploration of correlations. For example, Walmart uses data to forecast buying trends. When there was a storm coming, Walmart knew that flashlights sold well, and anticipated that with increased stock. But by putting together their Big Data they also…
  • People on the Move

    Jameson Doris
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Condé Nast has expanded its branded content studio 23 Stories with a new leadership team, naming Josh Stinchcomb managing director and Dirk Standen to the role of editor-in-chief.   Raul Martinez continues in his role of creative director-at-large while Pat Connolly has been elevated to senior vice president. Josh Stinchcomb most recently served as senior vice president of sales strategy and partnerships for the Condé Nast Media Group, where he oversaw the media and marketing services sales efforts for the company’s largest clients of strategy for 23 Stories. …
  • A Changing Publishing Environment Requires New Thinking

    Jim Elliott
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:06 am
    [Sponsored Content] Maintaining a direct sales force can be a distraction that doesn't make economic sense.   The post A Changing Publishing Environment Requires New Thinking appeared first on Folio:.
  • Folio: Show Update: New CMO Keynote Panel to Address Convergence of Audience, Brands and Custom Ad Services

    Bill Mickey
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:55 pm
    L to R: Liz Burnham Murphy, Nancy Weber, Tom Davis, Minna RheeOf all the positions in the magazine media operation, the chief marketing officer is one that has gone through a particularly dramatic evolution.  Now that we live in such a data-driven environment, CMOs are charged with overseeing an ever-tightening definition of magazine audiences to appeal to their brand-side counterparts who are looking to run custom, multichannel campaigns across a menu-like selection of audience segments.  And magazine CMOs are doing this even as their own audiences atomize across many different…
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    Self-Publishing Tips

  • Kick Off Your Holiday Book Sales with Book Promo on the Go

    Flora
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:27 am
    Writers tend to work alone and shy away from self-promotion. If visions of mega book sales, or even just steady book sales dance around your head, you’ve got to put aside your shyness and get busy. And what better time than now, the official start of the holiday season. Great content is essential, but you must put be willing to promote your book if you want to enjoy sales. Building your list and creating your social media presence are the most common ways to do this. But you can’t afford to leave any page unturned. Take a clue from the sign flippers on many city corners  pointing…
  • Refreshing Answers to Questions from Bloggers and Self-Published Authors

    Flora
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:59 am
    Image courtesy of Ambro at FreeDigitalPhotos.net   My clients often ask me to recommend the best resources for advice, tips, and trends in blogging and self-publishing. There is so much rich help, advice, and encouragement that such a list would never end. Here are a few refreshing answers from around the blogosphere to questions I’m frequently asked. How important is it to publish fresh content on my blog each week? What would happen if you stop publishing new blog content for a month? Kevan Lee at Buffer Kevin shares an experiment that challenged what we’ve been told about…
  • Forget the Lofty Perch and Write

    Flora
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    [It’s my pleasure to welcome Susan G.Weidener as guest blogger today. Her post is part of a blog tour through WOW! Women on Writing.]   As writers we’re putting ourselves out there. We’re being judged all the time. The lofty perch is that place where the critics reside. They decide which books are “worthy” and which aren’t. It’s the college classroom where professors tell you “what works” and what doesn’t when it comes to writing. It’s the newsroom where someone gets promoted because ‘so and so’ decided this reporter fit a certain mold better than you.
  • 44 Proven Ways to Market and Sell Your Self-Published Book

    Flora
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Today’s post is being shared with the permission of A. Michelle Blakeley, Micro Business Therapist™. Learn more about her below the post. Go to top Author Sonia Marsh on the right greets shoppers who stop by her table at Costco. I’m holding up a copy of her book, From Freeways to Flip Flops, just before she signs it. To learn how to get your book in Costco, visit http://SoniaMarsh.com There’s an unspoken rule that when you are asked to speak at an event, you have something tangible to provide or sell in the back of the room. It’s marketing 101 for speakers. Writing a book is…
  • How to Write a Cash-Producing Book in an Afternoon [Free webinar]

    Flora
    19 Jul 2015 | 4:46 am
    Writing a 50,000, 30,000 or even a 10,000 word book can be extremely intimidating… especially when you consider all the time, energy and research that goes into producing a book that sells for just $10 or $20. But what if you could create books that sell in the same price range, but only have a couple hundred words in them, or in some cases, no words at all? That’s what my friend Kristen Joy, The Book Ninja, is going to teach you in this brand-new FREE training called: **How to Create a Cash-Producing Book in an Afternoon!** When: Monday, July 20th at 7:00pm Eastern…
 
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    Writer Beware

  • Author Solutions Class Action Lawsuit Settled

    25 Aug 2015 | 9:27 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareA class action lawsuit against Author Solutions Inc. has been settled and discontinued.Filed in April 2013 by law firm Giskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart, LLP against ASI and its parent company, Penguin Group, the suit alleged breach of contract, unjust enrichment, various violations of the California Business and Professional Code, and violation of New York General Business Law. Penguin was later dismissed from the case, along with some--but not all--of the claims against ASI. The case proceeded to discovery, and in February of this year…
  • Beware Social Media Snake Oil

    20 Aug 2015 | 10:22 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware This week I've got another great guest post for you, from marketing expert Chris Syme.We writers have all heard that we "have" to be on social media, which is presented to us--both by experts and the not-so-expert--as the Holy Grail of marketing and self-promotion. But apart from the thorny questions of which platforms to use (Twitter? Facebook? Pinterest? Some of them? All of them?), and how to use them (How often should we post? What's the proper mix of friendly interaction and self-promotion?), there's the problem of "services" that want to…
  • Guest Post: Want to Become a Better Writer? Stop Writing.

    6 Aug 2015 | 9:38 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareAs I explained in my last post, I'm still mostly M.I.A., but I've lined up some terrific guest posts that will appear over the next few weeks.Today's guest post comes from author and writing teacher Barbara Baig, who reveals how the path to productive writing may sometimes be, paradoxically, to put your writing on hold for a while.#Want to Become a Better Writer? Stop Writing. by Barbara Baig These days, aspiring writers are told constantly that, to attract the attention of agents and editors, they must develop a platform and learn to promote…
  • Writer Beware Blog on Temporary Hiatus

    26 Jul 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareLast Sunday, my elderly mother, who's fighting cancer, fell in her apartment and broke three ribs. Cue nightmare scenario: 911 call...12 hours in the emergency room...confusion over hospital admission...fighting the massive hospital bureaucracy that wanted to discharge her ASAP despite the fact that she couldn't even get out of bed unassisted...it was the week from hell.Stubbornly independent, my mom still lives alone, with a ton of assistance from me and my husband, my brother, and family friends. But as much help as she's needed over the past two…
  • Pay-to-Play Alert: #WORLDCLASS Magazine

    15 Jul 2015 | 10:25 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareAuthors: have you received an unsolicited email from a "talent scout" at #WORLDCLASS Magazine pitching an interview and/or cover feature? Here's what you need to know in case you do: it's pay-to-play.Here's a sample pitch, sent to me by a wisely wary author (emphasis added, and all errors courtesy of the original):Dear [name redacted], You were selected by our talent scout to be featured in #WORLDCLASS magazine as an author of [book title redacted].We interview and feature top achievers in all areas of lives: entrepreneurs, world-class athletes,…
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  • Monday News: puppies, books, and other stuff

    Janet
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    SASQUAN, EXIT STAGE LEFT – You may have been following the situation with Lou Antonelli, who had written a letter to the Spokane, Washington police about David Gerrold, who was being honored at the upcoming Worldcon. Antonelli indicated that he thought Gerrold was dangerous and other inflammatory things, an action that, not surprisingly, had some ripple effect. Among those was Lakeside Circus’s refusal to publish Antonelli’s story they had previously planned to include in an upcoming issue. Which, in turn, led to attacks on Carrie Cuinn, who had sent Antonelli the letter on behalf…
  • DAILY DEALS: Touching historicals and books with boy bonds

    Jane
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:58 am
    The Secret Heart by Erin Satie $ FREE From the Jacket Copy: She’s a fortune-hunter. He’s nobody’s prey. Adam, Earl of Bexley, lives to work. His only relief is the sordid savagery of bare-knuckle boxing. Not women, and definitely not a disreputable, scheming woman who dances in secret with such passion… Caro Small is desperate to escape her selfish family. Her only chance is a good marriage, and she intends to marry Adam—whether he likes it or not. But the more she schemes to entrap him, the more she risks trapping her own heart. Adam won’t be caught by a fortune-hunter’s…
  • REVIEW: Radio Rose by Stephanie Berget

    Jayne
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Radio Rose knows Martians aren’t real. As a DJ for a late night talk show about aliens, she’d never admit to being a non-believer. Talking to crazies all night isn’t the perfect job for most people, but she’s happy with her solitary life. Until a middle of the night car crash and a blow to the head has her mistaking a stranger for a real life extra-terrestrial. Adam Cameron, raised by his narcissistic grandfather for most of his childhood, made his escape from Tullyville, Colorado the day he turned eighteen. Forced to return ten years later for the reading of his grandfather’s will,…
  • The impermanence of digital books

    Jane
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Several years ago, I was reading a book that had a name I found really, really jarring. It was so jarring that it was affecting my ability to read the book. It was just the name, though, so I powered up my computer, opened the ebook file and did a search and replace for the name…and changed it. I saved the revised ebook and then shot a new file to my Kindle account. Problem solved. And readers aren’t the only ones that fiddle with the digital books. Authors often push out updates to their self published books, erasing errors and sometimes deleting whole scenes or adding in new…
  • DAILY DEALS: Cozy mysteries, biker witches, compelling YA

    Jane
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    Just One Year by Gayle Forman $ 2.99 From the Jacket Copy: The compelling companion title to the much-lauded Just One Day follows Willem’s transformative journey toward self-discovery and true love, by the author of If I Stay. Picking up where Just One Day ended, Just One Year tells Willem’s side of the story. After spending an amazing day and night with Allyson in Paris that ends in separation, Willem and Allyson are both searching for one another. His story of their year of quiet longing and near misses is a perfect counterpoint to Allyson’s own as Willem undergoes a…
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    TNBBC's The Next Best Book Blog

  • Page 69: The Lost Journals of Sylvia Plath

    31 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    The Page 69 Test is not mine. It has been around since 2007, asking authors to compare page 69 against the meat of the actual story it is a part of. I loved the whole idea of it and so I'm stealing it specifically to showcase small press titles - novels, novellas, short story collections, the works! So until the founder of The Page 69 Test calls a cease and desist, let's do this thing....In this installment of Page 69, we put Kimberly Knutsen's The Lost Journals of Sylvia Plath to the test.OK, Kimberly, set up page 69 for us.Katie and Wilson are perpetual grad students,…
  • Celebrating Book Bargain Hunting Week

    28 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Bargain Hunting Week is celebrated during the first week of August, but if you're anything like us, you're always looking for a great deal, right?! In order to honor this fabulously thrifty holiday (and yes, I know, we're late!), we decided to share a few of our favorite places to save a few bucks on some books.Drew's favorite ways to save:* Here in New York, there are some great indie booksellers and plenty of used bookstores - but you can't go wrong with the Strand. They have, reliably, the best deals on books. Used books are never more than half-price and quite often they're significantly…
  • Where Writers Write: Rosie Forrest

    27 Aug 2015 | 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 Rosie Forrest. Rosie is a writer, teacher, and program director currently living and working in Nashville, Tennessee. She is the winner of the 9th Annual Rose Metal Press Short Short Chapbook Contest…
  • Tanya Olson "On Being Indie"

    26 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    On "Being Indie" is a blog series that introduces us to a wide variety of independent authors, publishers, and booksellers as they discuss what being indie means to them. Tanya Olson lives in Silver Spring, Maryland and is a Lecturer in English at UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County). Her first book, Boyishly, was published by YesYes Books in 2013 and received a 2014 American Book Award. In 2010, she won a Discovery/Boston Review prize and she was named a 2011 Lambda Fellow by the Lambda Literary Foundation. Her poem 54 Prince was chosen for inclusion in Best…
  • Celebrating a Month of Romance

    25 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    It's romance month.......and we're doing our best to keep the love alive this month by sharing our favorite romance novels with you. Of course, our definition of "romance" may be a little loose, so you know, we're just kinda going with it.  Though you won't find any mushy-gushy recommendations from me this month - I run for the hills whenever the word romance is tied to any kind of fiction - our contributors surprised me! Melanie and Kate are about to woo you with a handful of awesome books to fall in love (winkwink).Melanie Recommends:The One-Week Marriageby Renee Roszel:This was the…
 
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    AuthorCulture

  • A.D. 30: A Novel: A Book Review

    Deborah Dee Harper
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Ted Dekker has been called, and rightfully so, the "master of suspense," and that's the way I've come to think of him as an author. His books, though Christian in nature, often shock, frighten, or thrill the reader and that's why I was so interested in reading A.D. 30. I surmised it would be different from his previous works.I was both right and wrong. The plot centers on the seemingly-impossible predicament of Maviah (the illegitimate daughter of a Bedouin sheikh, Rami, who ruled over "Arabia's northern sands") when powerful enemies destroy everything she holds dear,…
  • “STRONG LANGUAGE” IN FICTION AND FILM

    Donn Taylor
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:18 am
    byDonn Taylor            I've posted this several times over the years, but it's important enough to repeat.             Every writer must decide whether he should use words that are euphemistically described as "strong language," i.e.,"cusswords" and gutter language. These "four-letter words" so dominate fiction and film conversations today that these words often arethe dialogue.            I guess I've heard them all, first as…
  • Over Socialized

    Linda Yezak
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:23 am
    Use social media, they say. Get yourself out there! So I did.I'm on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Goodreads, three blogs, and now Pinterest. I make friends and post fun pictures all over everywhere; create ads and memes and distribute them among all the sites that allow them. I respond to people who post, tweet, comment, follow, link, join. It's fun. And time consuming.When a Trojan horse galloped through my computer and started gnawing on everything like it was pasture hay, I had a hard time getting things back up and running, and when I finally did, I discovered I'd used up the…
  • BOOK REVIEW: The Virgin of Small Plains

    Liberty Speidel
    21 Aug 2015 | 4:16 am
    If I could just say one word about The Virgin of Small Plains: A Novel, I think it would be 'Wow!' Released in 2006 by Nancy Pickard, I can easily see why this book spent some time on the New York Times bestseller list. It also won the following awards: Reader's Choice, Agatha, Macavity, A "Killer Book" (by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association), and Kansas Reads Book of the Year (2009); and was nominated for: the Edgar Award and the Dillys Award.I happen to be lucky enough to have met Ms. Pickard several times in the last few years, including shortly after Virgin was released,…
  • 3 Biggest Mistakes New Authors Insist on Making

    Lisa Lickel
    18 Aug 2015 | 10:30 pm
    As a multi-level editor of award-winning work, I receive many requests for work. They come in bunches, of course, so that I’m always either swamped or...well, I’m always swamped since I also field half a dozen requests a month for book reviews, which I take seriously.My editing process is risky to my professional reputation in that I allow writers to look like idiots if they so choose. Sometimes I ask that they not use my name in connection with their work when they insist on making mistakes that make it look like no editing was involved. Of course there are always trolls who bark that…
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    Seekerville

  • September Contest Update

    30 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Thanks to this month's diva for our theme...Attention all divas and divos! This month we're excited to have Divas and Divos Paying It Forward. We've invited some of our past Divas and Divos to critique the first five pages of willing and eager Villagers. If you are in for a first five page critique of an inspirational romance (any subgenre) go ahead and toss your name in the diva doggie dish. Four winners will be pulledYour critiquers include: Walt MussellSusan Anne MasonAnnie HembyMeghan Carver And for you readers out there we have a $9 Amazon gift card ( 9=September) up for…
  • The Weekend Edition

    28 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This weekend we're celebrating a double release from Franciscan Media.Leave a comment and you could win a copy of Refuge of the Heart or The Sweetest Rain. We have three print copies and one Kindle copy of each book to give away. Let us know you want a chance at your very own copy! Winner announced in the next Weekend Edition.We Have Winners Giveaway rules can be found here. Please drop us a line to claim your giveaway at seekers@seekerville.net. All prizes not claimed in 8 weeks go back into the prize vault. We wish we could contact all our winners individually, but we'd rather write books!
  • Best of the Archives: How I Build a Story!

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    By Debby GiustiThis blog post ran in 2012, and the book that resulted was published in September 2013. I hope you enjoy a second look at how I came up with the story line for THE SOLDIER'S SISTER.I love kids and kids’ toys, especially building blocks.  Recently I watched a group of young children stack the wooden squares and rectangles and cylinders, one atop the other, and realized playing with blocks is similar to constructing a story.      THE COLONEL’S DAUGTHER, the third book in my Military Investigations series comes out in August, and having just completed…
  • Butterflies, Godiva and Other Writerly Metamorphoses

    26 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    with guest Jessica Nelson.My chrysalis exploded.It happened a couple of years ago. I was a content caterpillar, munching my way through life when plants grew scarce, the heat turned up, and I got really, really tired. So I made myself a comfy bed and thought I'd rest for a while...little knowing that my world was going to change forever.Fast forward to a few weeks ago. The lovely Seekers invited me to post and of course I said YES! I mean, it's Seekerville! An educational haven for all writers in various stages of the writing journey. So I flitted over to reread my past posts here because I…
  • Tips for Creating Characters

    25 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    BY: Love Inspired Assistant Editor Dina DavisRuthy here! We set our sights on Dina as soon as she appeared in Love Inspired news feeds for two reasons...1. We love Love Inspired and the opportunities they bring to writers2. New editors are avidly seeking new authors!3. She's just the nicest thing!So here she is, with tips that you should listen to... follow... and then put your best foot forward!Hi, Seekers! Thank you so much for having me as a guest on your blog today.I’ve been the assistant editor for Love Inspired Historical and Love Inspired Suspense since April, and I acquired my very…
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    Roger Packer

  • Amazon updates Kindle Voyage with Bookerly font and new typesetting engine

    Roger Packer
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:06 am
    The new Bookerly font shown as displayed on the Kindle Voyage. Amazon has updated its top-of-the-line Kindle Voyage ereader which now features the new typesetting engine and the Bookerly font specially designed for electronic reading. The company added the new font and typesetting engine to its Kindle apps in June and has since launched the new version of the Kindle Paperwhite with the improvements. A full page of Bookerly text displayed on the Kindle Voyage showing the improved hyphenation and justification offered by the new typesetting engine. The changes featured in the Voyage update…
  • Women writers dominate ebook best-sellers in 2015

    Roger Packer
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:56 am
    Women writers dominate the list of the  best-selling ebooks sold through the UK Kindle store this year and Amazon is getting a bonus from the craze for colouring books by selling pencils as well as books to stressed-out folk seeking mindfulness through art therapy. An overwhelming 18 of the top 20 ebooks are by female authors, with Paula Hawkins in No 1 spot with The Girl On the Train and E L James second with Grey. There are six debut novels on the list and 17 of the books are by British writers. The figures were released this week by Amazon in its Summer Report and cover sales in the year…
  • Kindle Unlimited pay-per-page deal kicks off at $0.0057 per KENP for July

    Roger Packer
    15 Aug 2015 | 12:21 pm
    The first month of Kindle Unlimited’s pay-per-page system for authors’ royalties has seen the KENP payout rate  (Kindle Edition Normalized Page) set at $0.0057 for July, as predicted in early July. The KDP Select fund for July was set $11.5 million, which was another new high for the fund. KDP Select authors have now earned more than $100 million from the KDP Select fund since Kindle Unlimited launched last July. All-Star deal to help Illustrated Children’s authors Amazon has added Illustrated Children’s books to its All-Stars cash awards program, with the top 100…
  • The rise of the indies over five years of Kindle in the UK

    Roger Packer
    6 Aug 2015 | 7:43 am
    Rachel Abbott is the top-selling indie Kindle author in the UK and has sold over a million ebooks worlwide. Indie authors have prospered in the five years since Amazon opened its Kindle store in the UK, with its No 1 seller being self-published initially and half a dozen other indies making it into the top 100 best-selling Kindle writers over the half-decade. Jorrit Van der Meulen, Vice President, Kindle EU, says, “During the last five years we have not only seen established authors succeed on Kindle, but also enjoyed watching the rise of independent authors, who are reaching a global…
  • Reading is the best medicine

    Roger Packer
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:43 am
    Most authors know that a book can change your life (particularly if it’s yours and becomes a best-seller) and Fast Company writer Mike Grothaus has found that his personal experience of a life-changing book is backed by scientific research. The book that changed Grothaus’s life is Leo Tolstoy’s epic War and Peace. He says, ‘As well as 1,500 pages of unforgettable characters and a compelling generational plot, it’s because right before I started reading it, my life was in a rut. ‘I had been passed over for a promotion at Apple and rejected by a graduate school.
 
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    Enago Blog: Scientific Publication Help

  • What is Retraction Watch

    Andrew Ghillyer
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:42 am
    A Sanction Of Last Resort For an academic journal to formally retract an article, and to stamp all subsequent PDF copies with a ‘retracted’ watermark, is regarded as one of the most serious acts that can be taken against an author or team of authors. Such a sanction has the potential to damage the reputation of all parties concerned – the authors (whose careers may never recover), the research institution (that may face a tough time getting future funding in light of evidence of poor oversight), and the journal itself, whose peer review process is automatically brought into…
  • Should You Use Twitter To Promote Your Research?

    Andrew Ghillyer
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:20 am
    The Power of a Tweet When the online social networking service called Twitter was launched in March 2006, there was some skepticism about the value of a 140-character message called a tweet. Less than ten years later, Twitter has 288 million monthly users and is valued at over $30 billion, which presumably answers those skeptics about the value of those tweets. However, is there a role for Twitter to play in the promotion of academic research, or is it best reserved for links to YouTube clips, movie previews, and news stories? In other words, should you use Twitter to promote your…
  • Why Would Anyone Want To Become A Peer Reviewer?

    Andrew Ghillyer
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:03 am
    Making A Contribution To The Academic Community Advocates argue that the contribution made by the peer review process to academic publishing is chronically undervalued. Leveraging the desire of experienced reviewers to give back to the academic community, and the desire of younger researchers to take their first steps in the business, has allowed journal publishers to build a cadre of dedicated professionals who are willing to work for free (or, at least, for meager discounts) as a broader commitment to the quality of scientific research. Critics, not surprisingly, take a more acerbic…
  • The Importance of Critical Thinking Skills in Research

    Andrew Ghillyer
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:09 am
    A Disruptive Force Research anxiety seems to be taking an increasingly dominant role in the world of academic research. The pressure to publish or perish can warp your focus into thinking that the only good research is publishable research, and as you submit yourself to the scrutiny of research funding applications for corporations or grant funding agencies, your role as the researcher appears to take a back seat to the perceived value of the topic and the extent to which the results of the study will be cited around the world. Financial pressures and a growing risk aversion is leading these…
  • Does Academic Publishing Need Net Neutrality?

    Andrew Ghillyer
    22 Aug 2015 | 9:42 am
    What is ‘Net Neutrality’? Since the original design of the ARPANET, the communications network created between four local host computers at the Advanced Research Projects Agency in the late 1960’s, data has always moved through the packet switches called Interface Message Processors (IMPs) with no constraints as to the type of data or any assignments of priority to that data. New technologies are now capable of changing that democracy. Thanks to “deep packet inspection” (DPI) technology, network operators now have the capability to identify what kind of traffic is being funneled…
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    Beyond Paper Editing

  • Copyediting: It’s Not Rocket Surgery

    Carla Douglas
    23 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    by Carla Douglas and CK MacLeod @CarlaJDouglas @CKMacleodwriter This post appeared first at The Book Designer on July 23, 2015. In this space a couple of months ago we distinguished copyediting from proofreading. Knowing the difference can help authors identify the kind of editing they need and understand just what an editor might be doing […]
  • Can Using Editing Tools Improve Your Writing?

    Corina Koch MacLeod
    15 Jul 2015 | 2:41 pm
    By Corina Koch Macleod and Carla Douglas @CKMacleodwriter @CarlaJDouglas This post appeared first on June 17, 2015 at The Book Designer. In the tongue-in-cheek post How to Write a Book Even Faster, the author suggests that writers are not editing their writing. That can’t be true! (Right?) How do you edit your writing? Perhaps you […]
  • Wanted: How to Find Your Best Editor

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

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

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

  • It’s oh so quiet…

    Laura Jones
    20 Aug 2015 | 3:52 am
    What a sad and neglected blog this has become. :( Alas, this is what happens when life gets in the way and life has been very lifey in the past few months. BUT I hope to get some more on the go here as soon as possible. I hope. I will try. Don’t forget about […]
  • The Last Treasure Hunt #treasurehunt

    Laura Jones
    8 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    Here’s clue 10 of the online #treasurehunt for Jane Alexander’s The Last Treasure Hunt… English ladies abroad came here For afternoon tea and culture Banned by ‘The Duke’ from their favourite spot? This must be war… Hint: #Florence (just like my middle name!) How the hunt works: • Each clue refers to a landmark or iconic […]
  • The Last Days of Disco – David F. Ross (Review)

    Laura Jones
    13 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    I have a feeling I may be approaching this particular title from a slightly different perspective to many of its readers. Set in the ’80s with a thoroughly ’80s soundtrack The Last Days of Disco is a jaunt down musical memory lane for many who loved and loathed the era; discos, Thatcher and all. Being […]
  • 2014 Round Up – Flash Reviews

    Laura Jones
    31 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Last year I read 34 books. This year, a measly 17. (I’m not counting Saraband books, which would probably bump it up to 25 or so, but I feel I can’t count them, conflict of interests and all that) Oh well. I tried. So here’s them annual flash reviews! 1. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury […]
  • Any Other Mouth – Anneliese Mackintosh (Review)

    Laura Jones
    30 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Goddamn you, Anneliese. Goddamn your skills. You’ve interweaved numerous ‘short stories’ into such a slick narrative that I’m currently questioning the very genre of short stories. I’ve never read anything quite like this. I was fully prepared to spout off about how, really, Any Other Mouth is a well constructed novel of well crafted chapters with seemingly erratic […]
 
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    Nostrovia! Tavern

  • Five Poems From PTSD (Juliet III) – Sarah Xerta

    Jeremiah Walton
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Originally posted on DRUNK IN A MIDNIGHT CHOIR:I want to stop thinking about rape I want to stop having been raped I want my friends to stop having been raped I am wanting on the behalf of millions of people Which might be why…
  • “Young Poets Bare All: What Is a Culture?”

    Jeremiah Walton
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:07 am
    by Amy King Don’t swear so much. Aren’t we decorous? What Is a culture? It’s an enormous detailed lie lived in, wrought beliefs, A loving fabrication. What’s good about it? Nothing. It keeps you going, but institutionalizes inequality, killing, and forced worship of questionable deities… Read More
  • “What is Literary Activism?”

    Jeremiah Walton
    22 Aug 2015 | 1:03 pm
    by Amy King This past summer, I was asked to talk about my literary activism as part of an acceptance speech for an award I was receiving. This request threw my current actions into sharp relief. Was I doing “literary activism”? How to define if… Read More
  • Final Twenty Copies of Our Winning 2015 Chapbooks!!

    Christopher Morgan
    12 Aug 2015 | 8:05 am
    If you didn’t pick up these three gorgeous chapbooks, you’re in luck! We have only 20 copies left of each, and we’re still selling them at our “pay-what-you-can” prices–be sure to grab a limited print edition while they’re still available!! We want to put beautiful… Read More
  • Nostrovia! @ 2015 NYC Poetry Festival + settling East + where to now?

    Jeremiah Walton
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:45 pm
    I write this in a Manchester, NH cafe, caffeinating, quietly gnawing on bread I snuck in.  The past couple months have been the usual Nostrovia! chaotic.  A four-day Greyhound transported Neeko Ford & I from Oakland, CA, to New York, NY, where over-stimulation snatched the… Read More
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    The Publishing Profits Podcast Show | Writing, Marketing, Traditional and Self Publishing for Authors and Entrepreneurs

  • 69: An Inspiring Publishing Success Story with Fiction Author KC Dyer

    tom@tckpublishing.com (Tom Corson-Knowles, Bestselling Author of Secrets of the Six-Figure Author, Founder of TCK Publishing, Destroyer of Publishing and Marketing Myths)
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:11 pm
    KC Dyer’s seventh book, Finding Fraser, a romantic comedy for grown-ups, has become a runaway bestseller, selling more than 40,000 copies in just two months. Right now, KC is in the middle of her book tour, so I brought her on the show to find out how she suddenly became an “overnight” success and what she’s up to so you can learn from her success. Here are a few highlights from the interview with KC: She published her first novel in 2001 and has been a “struggling author” ever since. Her first six books were traditionally published, but she decided to self…
  • 68: Building Your Brand Online with Robin Waite

    tom@tckpublishing.com (Tom Corson-Knowles, Bestselling Author of Secrets of the Six-Figure Author, Founder of TCK Publishing, Destroyer of Publishing and Marketing Myths)
    14 Aug 2015 | 8:27 pm
    Robin Waite is Business Strategy Expert and co-founder of a successful Online Strategy Agency in the UK. He has helped over 200 businesses create change and growth within their organisation since 2004. Robin has personally taught Business, Online Marketing and Social Media Strategy to over 1,000 business owners. Robin now specializes in creating growth and scalability for established businesses with over £500k+ in revenue through a tailored program of coaching, workshops and practical implementation. Here are a few highlights from the interview with Robin: Why most small business…
  • 67: Adrienne Dorison on Creating Habits for Success and Explosive Sales Growth

    tom@tckpublishing.com (Tom Corson-Knowles, Bestselling Author of Secrets of the Six-Figure Author, Founder of TCK Publishing, Destroyer of Publishing and Marketing Myths)
    10 Aug 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Adrienne Dorison has a Master’s Degree in Forest Economics and extensive experience working in Supply Chain Management. She had a successful corporate career at a Fortune 500 company when she suddenly decided to take the leap and start her own business cold turkey. She’s now a sought-after thought leader and successful business coach and mentor to others who want to make the leap to creating a successful business and for entrepreneurs who want to take their success to the next level. Here are a few of the ideas Adrienne shares in this interview: How and why Adrienne decided to…
  • 66: Go for No! A Huge Self Publishing Success Story with Andrea Waltz

    tom@tckpublishing.com (Tom Corson-Knowles, Bestselling Author of Secrets of the Six-Figure Author, Founder of TCK Publishing, Destroyer of Publishing and Marketing Myths)
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Andrea Waltz is a professional speaker, business author, and fiction writer. As co-author of the best-selling book, Go for No! Yes is the Destination, No is How You Get There, she is wildly passionate about teaching audiences how they can overcome fear of failure and rejection and reprogram how they think about the word NO! She’s currently working with her husband and co-author Richard on a hew fiction series called Onyx Webb. It is a creepy paranormal suspense series with an inspirational message. Here are a few of the highlights from the interview with Andrea Waltz: Andrea…
  • 65: Dr. Barry Sears on The Zone Diet, Nutrition and Natural Weight Loss

    tom@tckpublishing.com (Tom Corson-Knowles, Bestselling Author of Secrets of the Six-Figure Author, Founder of TCK Publishing, Destroyer of Publishing and Marketing Myths)
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Dr. Barry Sears is the author of The Zone series of books on weight loss and nutrition. He is a Ph.D. biochemist best known for creating and promoting the Zone diet, which helps people eat a proper diet that allows you to achieve stable blood sugar levels, hormone balance, reduce inflammation, and reduce your risk of chronic diseases. Dr. Sears created his dietary program to avoid dying of a heart attack like many of his family members. Dr. Sears has also popularized the use of fish oil and Omega-3 fatty acids to reduce systemic inflammation and promote good health. In this podcast,…
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    App Marketing in Digital Publishing

  • How To Bring Personality To Hotels To Increase Recommendations

    Ray Gibson
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:33 am
    15 seconds are usually all hotel staff have to make a first impression on our guests. Taking an order, giving directions, serving a meal or a drink… they are all mini-dialogues that should be packed with enthusiasm and a willingness to help. Good impression is a key factor when it comes to recommendation-based sales. This is what a hotel manager, a friend of mine, recently commented. The post How To Bring Personality To Hotels To Increase Recommendations appeared first on App Marketing in Digital Publishing.
  • The Definitive Guide To Digital Magazine App Marketing

    Wojtek Szywalski
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:55 am
    Going mobile is a monetization strategy for magazine publishers. They increase revenue by reusing existing content for mobile distribution. While a website is good for building reach, a mobile app is the best way for monetization because people are used to in-app purchasing. During this webinar you will learn app marketing essentials required to promote your digital magazine app on the App Store and beyond. In order to get popular in App Store It is not enough to just do nothing with your app because App Store is quite a crowded place. But even there are around 10,000 magazine apps available…
  • Facebook Beacons Support Place Tips for Successful Venue Marketing

    Wojtek Szywalski
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:28 am
    Venue marketing on mobile devices becomes extremely important in today's “mobile world”. Bluetooth beacons technology seems to play very important role in the changing paradigm of venue marketing. In these article you will read about Facebook Beacons and hotel marketing beacons based solution. Bluetooth beacons link what’s online with what’s off line, particularly the places like hotels, airports and retailers. And Facebook Beacons have all it takes to add huge momentum to the upcoming revolution. The post Facebook Beacons Support Place Tips for Successful Venue Marketing appeared…
  • How To Run a Facebook Contest to Promote Your Magazine

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

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

  • Book marketing posts

    The Proof Angel
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:32 am
    Here is a collection of posts about marketing your book: How to use a quiz to promote a book. 10 ways writers can use twitter to reach their readers. Book marketing truths few experts will admit. Do you market your book around google? The job of getting book publicity. How to get book reviews. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: book marketing
  • A different sort of writing competition

    The Proof Angel
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:34 am
    Well, I don’t remember seeing one of these before. Here is a fiction competition with a deadline at the end of September. You need to write no more than 3,000 words about “Primitive Humanity.” Which you have to admit is different. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: writing competition
  • Does blogging improve your writing?

    The Proof Angel
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:28 am
    According to this post, it does. I suspect the main benefit is the discipline of having to write regularly. That doesn’t necessarily transfer itself to the other areas of your writing life. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Writing resources Tagged: blogging
  • 19 Reasons Why Grammar Nerds Are More Likely To Be Successful

    The Proof Angel
    29 Aug 2015 | 1:26 am
    Some of these are rather debatable in my view. Does all the discussion on the web about Grammar Nazis really give the impression that  they are great leaders because they know how to communicate in a way that helps others improve? Pointing out errors may be motivated by a desire to help people to improve, but it is rarely taken that way. Anyway, here is a list of reasons why grammar nerds succeed. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Grammar & usage Tagged: grammar
  • The history of the pencil

    The Proof Angel
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:22 am
    The pencil is such an ordinary old fashioned thing that we tend to think it has been with us for ever. In reality, it is quite a modern invention. Find out more with this history of the pencil. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Bits & bobs Tagged: Pencil
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  • Rousting the Book Pirates From Google

    PG
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    From The New York Times: The Haggler will now don his professorial tweeds because he starts this episode in teacher mode. All of the action below revolves around the Google Play store. In Forbes recently, Erik Kain called Google Play “an ugly, poorly organized store filled with myriad knockoffs, dubious ‘games’ and other apps.” That sounds a bit harsh to the Haggler, a Google Play regular who has had mostly positive experiences. That said, the site has problems. Q. Book piracy has taken a new form. Someone scanned my entire e-book, “Graphic Design Solutions,” created a new cover…
  • Across the street somebody had delirium tremens

    PG
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Across the street somebody had delirium tremens in the front yard and a mixed quartet tore what was left of the night into small strips and did what they could to make the strips miserable. While this was going on the exotic brunette didn’t move more than one eyelash. Raymond Chandler
  • Seven Ways Blogging Improves Your Writing

    PG
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    From Writers Write: Today, it seems that everyone is a blogger. Setting up a blog is simple. If your mother can set up a Facebook profile, chances are she will be able to set up a blog. So, if it is that simple, why are you not blogging? Not everyone wants to write about his or her life. An online diary is seriously not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you spend time online, you will notice not all blogs are personal diaries. If that is not enough motivation to get you blogging, consider these seven points: 1. It gives you a deadline. Writers always perform better with deadlines. It forces…
  • 50% off from Kobo

    PG
    30 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    From Kobo: Attention all Kobo Writing Life authors! We’re proud to announce that we’ll be supporting a special end-of-summer clearance sale on all titles published through KWL—a 50% discount for your readers, on us. This sale won’t cost you anything and will not be taken out of your royalties. This special sale will start Friday, August 28th and ends on Monday, August 31st and will be valid in Canada, United States, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and South Africa. Customers will be able to redeem 50% off of any title published by KWL using the promo code SALE50 an unlimited…
  • Has Amazon Cracked the Problem With In-App Payments?

    PG
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    From Wired: There’s an experience familiar to nearly anyone who’s downloaded a game on their smartphone. Try as you might to conquer the latest level/village/candy, your thumbs lack the speed/agility/candy to get you through. With deep regret, you purchase an item or expansion pack to continue your long march toward distraction. If, every time you do this, you find yourself thinking that there must be a better way, know two things: you’re right, and you’re not alone. Amazon introduced Underground, an Android app that contains a huge number of traditionally paid or freemium apps…
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    All Indie Writers » Indie Publishing

  • Quick Tip for Indie Authors: Create Your Own Media List

    Jennifer Mattern
    18 Aug 2015 | 4:55 am
    If you've ever distributed a press release to promote one of your books, chances are you did it wrong. It's not your fault if you did. I've seen all the nonsense authors are exposed to online. This ranges from claims that press releases never work unless you're already famous (utter BS) to "advice" that equates to spamming your press release to every free distribution website you can find. Here are a few free tips from an actual PR pro: Never take advice about public relations tools from marketers. They're not the same. If someone tells you a tool never works, it's only because they don't…
  • The Perils (and Benefits) of Reviewing Indie Fiction

    Kat Stiles
    13 Jul 2015 | 6:01 am
    I think most people by nature are polite. Maybe more so with authors, because we’ve had our hearts ripped out and stomped on repeatedly by literary agents and publishers. And maybe there’s some unwritten code I don’t know about, that says if you’re an author and you’re reviewing someone else’s work, you have to give them five stars and a glowing review. If that’s the case, then I need to quit reviewing. A friend of mine once described me as “genuine,” but it’s more than that; I suffer from this annoying condition of being honest to a fault. As such it’s really impossible…
  • Quick Tip: Keep Your Book Marketing as Creative as Your Writing

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

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

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

  • How to Handle Unauthorized Use of Your Blog Content

    Helen Sedwick
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:43 pm
    If you are putting blog content on the internet, then at some point you will have to decide whether to lock up your content and give it away. Some bloggers protect all their work. They post a copyright notice on every page and register the copyright of their web content with the U.S. Copyright Office. They send DMCA takedown notices whenever they find their content reused without permission. Other bloggers donate their work to the public domain by marking it with a Creative Commons public domain symbol. And there are various options in between. For most people, the level of protection is…
  • Law 101 for Bloggers

    Helen Sedwick
    19 Jul 2015 | 3:22 pm
    Today’s writers wear many hats. We are Tweeters, Pinteresters, YouTube-ists and most of all, bloggers. Maybe we have heard about privacy policies and COPPA, but we don’t know whether they apply to us. After all, we are not challenging Wall Street, City Hall, or Big Data. We are blogging to inform readers about our work and sell a few books. We don’t expect our little blogs to turn into big lawsuits. Unfortunately, by blogging, writers are exposing themselves to new legal risks, primarily infringement, defamation, and invasion of privacy. They must also comply with regulatory rules that…
  • How to Hire an Attorney

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

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

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

  • Book Review: That Girl From Nowhere by Dorothy Koomson

    ajoobacats
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:51 am
    Clemency Smittson is adopted and has felt the disconnection generated by this as far back as she can remember. At a point in her life where she uproots and decides to start again she relocates to Brighton and Hove, which inexplicably brings her face to face with her real past, but also puts her in […]
  • Advance Book Review: Last Days of the Condor by James Grady

    ajoobacats
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:59 am
    Condor is the codename for a former USA intelligence agent, he’s retired and being kept safe and in the dark, but he may know too much. When he is framed for the murder of a CIA operative he automatically becomes a target for those who were allegedly protecting him, but who would want Condors silenced […]
  • Blogger Recognition Award

    ajoobacats
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:52 am
    Thank you to Caron Bull of Diminishing Thoughts for the nomination. I am honoured, delighted and surprised to be receiving a nomination for this Blogger Recognition Award The recipients of this award, if they should choose to accept it, must do the following: 1. Select 15 other blogs you want to give this award to. Do some digging if […]
  • Book Review: Unfortunately Human by Ryan Haynes

    ajoobacats
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:32 am
    This compellingly unusual book written in the first person and present tense and is a journal of a struggling comedian in LA, who finds himself suffering from a progressively debilitating condition affecting his head and neck and ultimately his ability to move. The effects on his life are devastating, but with sheer grit he deals […]
  • Tinky Doing Better

    ajoobacats
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:35 am
    It’s been about a month since Tinky was diagnosed with chronic renal failure and she’s now a completely different cat to the waif that lay on our bed and would hardly move a month ago. Since Tinky has been on her new kidney diet she has gained weight and got her appetite back. She’s much […]
 
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    Press Release Distribution

  • Taylor Swift Tickets: CapitalCityTickets.com is Slashing Their Prices on Taylor Swift Tickets for her Concert at the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, UT on September 4, 2015

    admin
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    "Buy Taylor Swift Salt Lake City Concert Tickets Online at CapitalCityTickets.com with Promo Code"Taylor Swift EnergySolutions Arena Salt Lake City, UT tickets are available for sale now, and CapitalCityTickets.com is making Taylor Swift fans pleased by offering promo code CITY5 to save on already slashed ticket prices.CapitalCityTickets.com has slashed their prices on Taylor Swift concert tickets for her show at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, UT on September 4th.   Salt Lake City, UT Taylor Swift fans have been waiting a long time for the former country music star turned pop star…
  • Glutamate Dehydrogenase Market Research Report: QYresearch Reports

    admin
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:30 am
    "QYresearch Reports"QYresearch Reports has announced the addition of the “Glutamate Dehydrogenase Market Research Report” report to their offering.For a detailed analysis of the overall outlook, the report brings in necessary information of Glutamate Dehydrogenase Market consisting of description, categorization, application, chain structure of the industry, industry outlook, policy study, news study and so on. For studying the markets of China and the world, the report examines the marketing trends of China and other areas or nations (like US, Europe, Japan, and so on). This is done by…
  • Bojangles Southern 500 Tickets: CapitalCityTickets.com is Slashing Prices on NASCAR Bojangles Southern 500 Tickets for the Race at Darlington Raceway on September 6th

    admin
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:15 am
    "Buy Bojangles Southern 500 NASCAR Tickets Online at CapitalCityTickets.com with Promo Code"CapitalCityTickets.com is slashing prices on NASCAR tickets to the 2015 NASCAR Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. NASCAR fans can use promo code CITY5 to save 5% on already slashed ticket prices.The 2015 Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway is set for September 6th. CapitalCityTickets.com is cutting prices on NASCAR tickets for the event. Darlington Racewayis located in Darlington, SC. CapitalCityTickets.com provides all levels of seating for the NASCAR Bojangles Southern 500 at…
  • Deutsche Bank US Championship Tickets: CapitalCityTickets.com is Slashing Prices on Tickets for the 2015 Deutsche Bank US Championship at TPC Boston in Norton, MA on September 4-7

    admin
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    "Buy Deutsche Bank US Championship Tickets Online at CapitalCityTickets.com with Promo Code"CapitalCityTickets.com is slashing prices on golf tickets to see the 2015 Deutsche Bank US Championship at TPC Boston. Golf fans can use promo code CITY5 to save 5% additional savings on tickets.Deutsche Bank US Championship is one of the most exciting tournaments on the PGA Tour each year. The Deutsche Bank US Championship is truly one of the bucket list items on every golf fans list. The 2015 Deutsche Bank US Championship will take place September 4-7 at the TPC Boston in Norton, MA.
  • Global Fingerprint Sensors Industry 2015 Market Research Report Available at RadiantInsights.com

    admin
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    RadiantInsights.com provides report on "Global Fingerprint Sensors Industry 2015 Market Research Report" on its report collection database.The Global Fingerprint Sensors Industry 2015 Market Research Report is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the Fingerprint Sensors industry. The report provides a basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure. The Fingerprint Sensors market analysis is provided for the international markets including development trends, competitive landscape analysis, and key regions…
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    Top South African News

  • Breaking News: AKA and DJ Zinhle Break-Up

    Molebogeng Mangoale
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:19 am
    By Molebogeng Mangoale One of South Africa’s hottest couples, DJ Zinhle and AKA have ended their 3 year public relationship. In a statement issued by both artists on DJ Zinhle’s website momentsbydjzinhle.com the former couple has confirmed the end of their relationship and asked for privacy during this time. The news have shocked fans on social media, with some alluding that AKA’s publicity stunts and his beef with Cassper Nyovest may have been what led to the break-up. The statement on DJ Zinhle’s website however did not address reasons for the couple’s separation. The statement…
  • Enviga – The All Natural Mood Enhancer

    Staff Reporter
    18 Aug 2015 | 3:53 pm
    Enviga is a 100% natural remedy used in the treatment of stress, anxiety and depression. It has been scientifically formulated to enhance your mood, ease your tension and give you the mental and physical energy you need to get the most out of your life. You have lost interest in activities you once found enjoyable. You sometimes lack energy and motivation. Feelings of sadness and worry occasionally prevent you from enjoying life. But with ENVIGA you can embrace every day with a smile. ENVIGA chases your blues away by combining the wisdom of nature with the power of science. The main…
  • Everything You Need To Know About Life Insurance

    Staff Reporter
    14 Aug 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Life insurance pays out a lump or a regular income to your family or partner in the event that you die within the policy ‘term’ – hence it’s also known as ‘term insurance’. Life insurance will provide your family with a guaranteed cash lump sum or income for a fixed period of time, to help them in the event that you pass on. It can make them maintain a similar standard of living while coming to terms with your death. Getting The Right Life Insurance Policy With life insurance, you decide how long the policy runs for and how much is paid out if you die. If you select the ‘family…
  • Finally a Penis Enlargement Device That Works, Simply Put It On And Increase The Size Of Your Penis By 4 – 5 cm

    Staff Reporter
    11 Aug 2015 | 4:25 pm
    By using the Warrior Penis Extension Device you can increase the length of your penis from a typical 16.5 cm to an impressive 20.8 cm. That’s longer than 90% of men so you can start looking forward to impressing your partner today! The Warrior Extender is a gradual tension penis enlargement device. It works on the traction principal which is medically proven to increase the length and thickness of the penis. When you apply traction to the penis the action of a biological process which normally inhibits growth through cellular multiplication is diminished. This allows your penis to begin…
  • Zuma’s Wife ‘investigated’ For Allegedly Plotting To Poison Him

    Staff Reporter
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:25 pm
    According to City Press, one of President Jacob Zuma’s wives Nompumelelelo Ntuli-Zuma, simply referred to as MaNtuli, has a criminal investigation launched against her for allegedly poisoning him. The speculations about the poisoning surfaced in the media earlier in February and City Press has alleged that MaNtuli has admitted to knowing about the poison plot.  The report states that MaNtuli will soon be ‘charged’ with conspiracy for murder.  It is believed that MaNtuli has already given her statement to investigating officers. Tabloids reported in February that the president had…
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    Fashionable Elegant Collection

  • Amir Adnan Branded And Eligent Men Kurta For Eid Festivals

    Muhammad Waqas
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:46 am
    Amir Adnan Branded And Eligent Men Kurta For Eid Festivals, Amir Adnan Eid 2015 accumulation for men has as of late propelled. This center point of Amir Adnan has now this Launched slick and magnificent sort of Eid gathering 2015.In this stunning accumulation, They Have Been outlined with the catch work, and wonderful They Have […]
  • Decent Women Hair Styles For Eid And Other Different Occasions

    Muhammad Waqas
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:11 am
      Decent Women Hair Styles For Eid And Other Different Occasions, Not every hair is turning into a pattern. Hairdos are constantly diminished to various things –, for example, hair length, face shape and individual inclinations, however that does not imply that we can’t rely on the style world for motivation and new thoughts with […]
  • Bridal Mehndi Makeup Styles For Wedding In Summer Season

    Muhammad Waqas
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:24 am
    Bridal Mehndi Makeup Styles For Wedding In Summer Season, Here we are going to let you know in this article Bridal Mehndi Makeup Tips for summer Season 2015.Mehndi is measured as a standout amongst the most huge components for wedding occasion.Every year in all regular cosmetics patterns of marriage mehndi have changed.Now most mehndi events […]
  • Wedding Stylish And Decent High Heel Footwear Editions For Young Girls

    Muhammad Waqas
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:59 am
    Wedding Stylish And Decent High Heel Footwear Editions For Young Girls, Spouses constantly need to look slick on her enormous day of life. Everything is noteworthy in wedding dress. Like the wedding dress, wedding shoes is likewise living an indispensable part in making your alluring identity. Wedding shoes come in unique plans and shapes. However, […]
 
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    Read You Later

  • Chatting with ReShonda Tate Billingsley, Brenda Thomas, & Catherine onyemelukwe

    Read You Later
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    ReShonda Tate Billingsley is taking her craft to the next level. Her latest book, Mama's Boy, a ripped from the headlines story about a young man who films the arrest of his friends. That situation quickly escalates and when the dust settles, a police officer is dead and the young man is on the run. Oh, did I mention the officer is white and he's black...oh, and they're in Jasper, Texas, a town already rife with racial tension. As a mother, what do you do?  And good news on the movie front! Let the Church Say Amen, the movie (directed by actress Regina King, produced by Queen Latifah's…
  • Getting to Know Keleigh Crigler Hadley

    Read You Later
    18 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Keleigh Crigler Hadley is an author, speaker, and teacher who is thankful God can use her muses  for His glory. She has always loved stories, and she believes the story of the Bible contains the biggest, the most redemptive dose of grace humankind has ever, and will ever, experience. She is the Christian Fiction author of the Preacher’s Kids series, Revenge Inc., and coming Aug. 18th, What You Won’t Do for Love. If she were to define herself in one sentence, she would say, “I’m a girl who loves to see God working.” Keleigh writes soul-stirring fiction, with real characters that…
  • Getting to Know DE Rogers and Ian Palmer

    Read You Later
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Get ready to thrilled and inspired with the guest on this show. Each authors brings their own unique voice to the world of literature.
  • Getting To Know Doris Dancy

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

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

  • 68 Years Of Independence – An India Forgotten And Willing To Be Heard

    Dev Tyagi
    15 Aug 2015 | 1:35 am
    We can surely be very proud of being in India today. From the tumultuous time of our independence where we bravely fought back against the tyrannical and brutal colonial rule to living amidst the rising tide of all round development, India has surely emerged anew. Today’s India is a vast improvement of its pre conceived notion and underlining baseless predictions that those who look away from it had predicted. Although we are still proudly an agrarian economy, there have been humungous changes on every possible development concerning level, that have gone on to confirm two confirmations…
  • Why We Trade The Wheelchair For A Kayak With Every Chance We Get

    Leah Dahlberg
    11 Aug 2015 | 11:19 pm
    My boyfriend, Scott, and I are really into kayaking. Every weekend that we can manage to devote an entire day to kayaking includes a trip to a nearby lake. We are lucky enough to live in Northern California where mountain lakes are in abundance. As our good friend and kayaking buddy says, “It is just lake-idy, lake-idy, lake”. Translated, they are everywhere! Nothing is more relaxing after a hard work week than to get up into the mountains and onto the water. Breathing fresh mountain air into the body cleanses the soul and the tranquility of the water soothes the mind. Kayaking is a sport…
  • 10 Great Things I Learned From My Best Friend Who Is Quadriplegic

    Leah Dahlberg
    9 Aug 2015 | 10:47 pm
    First of all, let me introduce you to my best friend, Keith. Keith is a 53 year old web designer who runs his own company from home. He loves water, the sun, gadgets and his friends; not necessarily in that order but pretty close. It was his love of water that changed his life forever one beautiful Mother’s Day thirty-four years ago. ‘Love’ may be putting it mildly, his insatiable need to be in the water was practically necessary to his survival. And it was that need that drove him to dive head first into the shallow waters of a nearby lake, severing his Spinal cord at C4.
  • 13 Inspiring Quotes By Abdul Kalam That Reflects His Intellectual Mind

    Team LBN
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:31 am
    Once in a while, a nation is blessed with a leader whom all of its countrymen love and look up to. Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was one of those rare gifts to India. He dreamed his own dream and inspired a whole new generation of the country to dream. A scientist. A poet. An author. A visionary leader. And above all, a humble human being. Born into a poor family in Tamil Nadu, Dr.Kalam made his way up by sheer force of education and conviction to become a driving force behind India’s space initiatives. He worked at ISRO during the organisation’s early years. Dr.Kalam was also the…
  • Why Can Life Be Such A Bitch?

    Pamina Mullins
    14 Jul 2015 | 11:37 pm
    We are born (for the purposes of this conversation) a blank screen. As we grow, the stories written on our screen are a result of what we see, hear and experience. Some are inspirational and supportive; open ended stories that allow for exploration and interpretation. Some are scribbled tales of mis-perception, limitation, rigidity and prejudice. The authors of these stories reward us in word and deed, confirming we are on the right track. And so these stories, written by parents, peers and experiences, role models and mentors, culture and popular media shape how we react to life. How much of…
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    Almond Press

  • Interview with Holly Ice, author of The Russian Sleep Experiment

    Almond Press
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:03 am
    Please describe what the story/book is about. In summary, The Russian Sleep Experiment is a horror or psychological tale inspired by the Cold War. Russia is conducting unethical, secret experiments in the depths of Siberia. This particular experiment is conducted on political prisoners ahead of the scientific trial being approved for human experimentation. Russia wants the edge in any coming conflict and to do this, they test Gas 76-IA on four volunteers. These political prisoners are offered their freedom in exchange for thirty days without sleep, powered by this mysterious gas, but the side…
  • Creative Writing Journals Accepting Submissions

    Almond Press
    23 Aug 2015 | 4:59 pm
    We are constantly working to develop this list and keep it up-to-date. If you’d like to add an event to our list of creative writing journals please let us know using this submission form. Publication Country Categories accepted Submission Fee Washington Square US Fiction, Poetry — Phoebe Journal US Fiction, Poetry, Nonficion, Visual Art $2 Third Coast US Fiction, Poetry, Nonficion, Reviews, Interviews, Drama Free flyway US Fiction, Poetry, Nonficion, Visual Art Free Barnstorm Journal US Fiction, Nonficion, Poetry Free The Fourth River US Poetry, Literary short fiction, Creative…
  • The Russian Sleep Experiment

    Stella van Lieshout
    7 Aug 2015 | 2:19 am
    We all know the scary stories about picking up strangers during road trips, finding severed toes in your food and alligators in the sewer. Fictional – but often plausible – stories that grew so popular they became urban legends. The Russian Sleep Experiment is such a story, and tells of an experiment conducted in the 1940’s on five political prisoners. “Russian researchers in the late 1940s kept five people awake for fifteen days using an experimental gas based stimulant. They were kept in a sealed environment to carefully monitor their oxygen intake so the gas didn’t kill…
  • 3 New Writing Competitions Added to List

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

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

    Lisa Michelle Umina
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:06 am
    It is important that as an author, you get your name and face out in front of potential readers as frequently and as uniquely as possible. Over the past several months I have talked about promoting with: Book Release Events Blogs Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Today, let’s talk about teaching! You don’t have to have a degree in education to be a teacher of what you know best. Udemy is the newest way of sharing information and it is a great resource for learning. Udemy is the world’s online learning marketplace, where 7 million+ students are taking courses in everything from programming to…
  • Start At The End and Work Your Way Back

    Lisa Michelle Umina
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:57 am
    There are people that make a study of the last lines of books, of songs, of people…and it got me thinking. What if you wrote the last line of your book first? Often we write our stories from the beginning; thinking in chronological order, A leads to B and then to C and so on. But what if we flipped our thinking on its head and started from the end and worked backwards. When we read the last line of The Great Gatsby, we know in an instant that no matter what came before, the future is still open and available. So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
  • J.K. Rowling Builds a Reader Audience Through Twitter

    Lisa Michelle Umina
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:08 am
    We love a great success story and certainly J.K. Rowling, renown author of the Harry Potter story is one of the best. From practically homeless to one of most published authors in the world, J.K. Rowling took a story idea and built it into an empire. Although it has been eight years since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows hit bookstores, she continues to connect with her readers around the globe. Thanks to social media she is able to respond in real time. Just recently JK was in the news for helping encourage a young writer who was being bullied. Here is a recap of the exchange from The…
  • What Do You Want to Accomplish with Social Media?

    Lisa Michelle Umina
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:27 am
    When you ask most people what they want out of social media they have one of four answers: Drive traffic to my website. Gain more brand awareness – make sure people know who I am. Improve my organic search results so I appear on page one of Google. Build relationships with my customers. How do you answer that question? Actually, there is one more obvious answer: Sell My Books!! Of course. Don’t we all want that? Social media is a great tool to help ring the cash register, but how you get there depends on what your goal is. For each of the goals listed above, there can be a different…
  • You are the Number One Focus for 2015

    Lisa Michelle Umina
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Lately, when you read articles on marketing, social media and promotion for your self-published book you find a lot of advice that seems time consuming and complicated. But what it really boils down to is creating a voice that cuts through the clutter; a persona that people can relate to and want to follow. That persona is you! The latest trend isn’t a fancy computer or complicated apps but it is all about being authentic and being the most honest real you that you can be. People relate to honesty.  And if they relate to you, they will want to follow you and will most likely share with…
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  • Aweber vs Mailchimp vs GetResponse Review

    Dave Chesson
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:41 pm
    Which one do I choose? Aweber or Mailchimp or GetResponse? A couple of years ago, after posting this very question on some excellent facebook groups,... The post Aweber vs Mailchimp vs GetResponse Review appeared first on KindlePreneur.
  • How to Choose a Pen Name

    Dave Chesson
    18 Aug 2015 | 2:37 am
    Kindle authors can have many reasons for using a pen name. It could be for marketing purposes or it could just be for their own... The post How to Choose a Pen Name appeared first on KindlePreneur.
  • 5 Clever Ways to Legally Download Free Ebooks

    Dave Chesson
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:57 am
    As an author, I spend more money than I would like to admit on ebooks. I enjoy reading them and they help me hone my... The post 5 Clever Ways to Legally Download Free Ebooks appeared first on KindlePreneur.
  • How To Choose the Right Kindle Keywords

    Dave Chesson
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:48 am
    Whether you love them or hate them, there is no denying that keywords play an important role in Amazon ebook sales. Selecting the right set... The post How To Choose the Right Kindle Keywords appeared first on KindlePreneur.
  • How to Get Book Reviews with No Blog, No List, and No Begging

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