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  • BookBaby Launches Print on Demand Option

    Self-Publishing Review
    Henry Baum
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:28 am
    Today, BookBaby sent out a press release about its new POD option to go toe to toe with Createspace and Ingram Spark. Previously, BookBaby only offered print run publishing, which in this day and age doesn’t make sense for most self-publishers who are unaware of a book’s demand before it’s published, especially since the cost ...
  • Forbidden print: a brief history of banned books [infographic]

    BookBaby Blog
    Chris Robley
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:08 am
    Censorship: it’s like a publicist’s dream! Nothing makes me want to read a book more than when someone says I can’t read it. Check out this infographic from PrinterInks featuring some now classic books that were banned because of… well, you’ll see the reasons below: What’s your favorite banned book? Let us know in the comments below. The post Forbidden print: a brief history of banned books [infographic] appeared first on BookBaby Blog.
  • January 2015 Author Earnings Report

    The Passive Voice - Latest Updates
    Passive Guy
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Executive Summary AuthorEarnings reports analyze detailed title-level data on 33% of all daily ebook sales in the U.S. 30% of the ebooks being purchased in the U.S. do not use ISBN numbers and are invisible to the industry’s official market surveys and reports; all the ISBN-based estimates of market share reported by Bowker, AAP, BISG, and Nielsen are wildly wrong. 33% of all paid ebook unit sales on are indie self-published ebooks. 20% of all consumer dollars spent on ebooks on are being spent on indie self-published ebooks. 40% of all dollars earned by authors from…
  • Why Journalism Students Should Have a Double Major

    Adam Kuban
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:05 am
    This guest post is co-authored by Sheryl Swingley. When I (Sheryl Swingley) found a proof copy of Thomas E. Patterson’s “Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism” in my journalism department’s mailroom, I grabbed it. I’m with Mark Twain. I don’t like adjectives, but I use knowledge-based journalism in every sentence I can. I […] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Publishing Jobs: Penguin Random House, Zest Books

    GalleyCat Feed
    Nadine Cheung
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    This week, Penguin Random House is hiring a senior editor of Harmony, as well as a designer for its advertising and promotions department. Zest Books is seeking a marketing and publicity manager, and Trident Media Group is on the hunt for a digital coordinator. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro. Senior Editor, Harmony Penguin Random House (New York, NY) Designer – Advertising and Promotions Penguin Random House (New York, NY) Marketing and Publicity Manager Zest Books (San Francisco, CA) Digital Coordinator Trident Media…
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  • Why Journalism Students Should Have a Double Major

    Adam Kuban
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:05 am
    This guest post is co-authored by Sheryl Swingley. When I (Sheryl Swingley) found a proof copy of Thomas E. Patterson’s “Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism” in my journalism department’s mailroom, I grabbed it. I’m with Mark Twain. I don’t like adjectives, but I use knowledge-based journalism in every sentence I can. I […] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • DBW E-Book Bestsellers: ‘American Sniper’ Hits E-Book Best-Seller List Twice

    Rich Bellis
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    The well-known power of media tie-ins to drive sales of best-selling e-books was on ample display in the second half of last year, and the phenomenon shows no signs of diminishing in the first few weeks of 2015. “American Sniper” lands not one but two places on this week’s E-book Best-Seller List as the film adaptation starring Bradley Cooper plays in theaters now. […] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • Daily Must Reads, January 28, 3015

    Julie Keck
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
    1. Snowden documents: Canada’s CSE tracks millions of downloads daily (via CBC News) 2. One week of harassment on Twitter (via Feminist Frequency) 3. The news website that’s keeping press freedom alive in Egypt (Leslie T. Chang / Guardian) 4. The Guardian completes its relaunch w/ global release of redesigned site (Ben Woods / The […] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • 8 Tips for Turning Your Digital Comics into a Business

    Todd Allen
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Much like newspapers and magazines, comics have made the jump to digital. The leap has been just as precarious. The business side of the comics business is something that doesn’t get discussed nearly as much as it should and that can cause some stumbling blocks — particularly for creators striking out on their own. Discovery […] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
  • E-Books & Self-Publishing Roundup, January 27, 2015

    Julie Keck
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:41 am
    1. CityShelf makes it more difficult to skip Amazon, buy at indie bookstores (Nate Hoffelder / Ink, Bits & Pixels) 2. Self-publishing info sessions for indie authors (Mercy Pilkington / Good e-Reader) 3. IMLS will award $154.8 million to states to improve library services (via Library Journal) 4. How much can a self-publisher make? (David […] Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
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    Digital Book World

  • Gumroad Takes Ebooks to Android Users

    Rich Bellis
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    The e-commerce platform that recently helped Hachette sell ebooks on Twitter launches a mobile app for Android. Gumroad says its December pilot program with Hachette was a success, in one case allowing author and musician Amanda Palmer to sell 100 copies of her book within twenty minutes of tweeting a ‘buy’ button to her followers. The company’s founder Sahil Lavingia says he sees Gumroad’s platform as a tool for helping authors and publishers “give their readers the best possible experience” as consumers of mobile content. “The release of our Android app is an extension of that…
  • Gumroad Takes Direct Sales Platform to Android

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:10 am
    E-commerce platform Gumroad launches an Android mobile app today, as it promised to do four months ago after rolling out an iOS app. As with that version, the new Android app allows users to build custom libraries of digital content sold by partnering content creators over an array of social media channels and websites. Extending the same offering available to Apple users, “all mobile-friendly content sold by any Gumroad creator (from books and videos to music and comics) can be accessed via the Gumroad Library for Android app once purchased by a customer,” a Gumroad…
  • ‘American Sniper’ Hits Ebook Best-Seller List Twice

    Rich Bellis
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:37 am
    The well-known power of media tie-ins to drive sales of best-selling ebooks was on ample display in the second half of last year, and the phenomenon shows no signs of diminishing in the first few weeks of 2015. American Sniper lands not one but two places on this week’s Ebook Best-Seller List as the film adaptation starring Bradley Cooper plays in theaters now. The HarperCollins title snags the No. 1 spot at the same time that a memorial edition debuts on the list at No. 22. As has happened before, ebooks associated with a film or TV series comprise the majority of this…
  • Amazon Prime Members Spending Big

    Rich Bellis
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    By one recent estimate, Amazon Prime subscribers spend more than twice what the e-tailer’s other customers do. Prime members drop an average of $1,500 a year, compared with the $625 spent on average by non-Prime members, according to a new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. The same research group estimated that about 7 million of the 10 million new Prime subscribers Amazon said it picked up by the end of the holiday season would stick around after their 30-day trial periods expired. Some of those numbers may seem high, but it’s clear Amazon is keen on continuing to grow…
  • Authors Recalibrate for Tight Book Market

    Rich Bellis
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Slow money is better than no money, or so it appears from the 2015 Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Survey. Authors in this year’s sample who self-published their work were more likely to be satisfied than their traditionally published counterparts by more modest earnings. One reason why, writes Dana Beth Weinberg, who authored the report based on the survey’s findings, is that “many indie authors do not seem to be making substantial investments in their publishing projects. Yet having taken little monetary risk, these authors may be pleased to earn even a little…
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    A Newbie's Guide to Publishing

  • Welcome to 2015

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

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

    9 Dec 2014 | 4:58 pm
    I've written in many genres, including mystery, thriller, horror, science fiction, humor, YA, chick lit (is it still called chick lit?), and erotica.But I've never written a romance.Until now.Co-written with my frequent collaborator, Ann Voss Peterson, WANT IT BAD is a departure from the smut we've penned in the past.Not to say there isn't sex in this book. There's loads of sex. Heaps of sex. Kinky sex.But this is the first time I've ever attempted to actually make sex essential to the arcs of the two main characters. Where 'girl meets boy' is the point of the plot.Ann is an expert when it…
  • Thoughts on the DBW Writer Survey with Author Lisa Grace

    3 Dec 2014 | 7:48 am
    Lisa Grace: I asked Joe to please respond to the DBW 2014 survey questions because I just love how he rips through all the *flakes. Many people spout utter nonsense that is meant to slam self-publishing back into a little box marked "they can't really be doing that well since everyone knows self-publishers really don't make more than $500 per book, ever" so let's write a survey that highlights that particular wish-oid  (which are related to hemorrhoids.)Joe: You can see some of the results here, but I'm not going to link to the actual survey because I STRONGLY advise writers not to…
  • 1 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am

    1 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    GUEST POST BY ANJO BORDELLAnjo Bordell has lived in Shanghai, China since 2007. He completed his debut novel Default in the summer of 2014, and describes it as “half expat novel, half great American adventure.” It is available hereon Amazon.Please sign up for his newsletter, a hilarious and informative monthly dispatch from Shanghai with photos and short podcasts. This lengthy guest post is also available as a (very entertaining) podcast. Click herefor the audio download or herefor the player. Pro tip: Listen to the podcast while reading along and clicking the links! Click herefor the…
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    Catherine, Caffeinated

  • Talking Self-Publishing, Doing Rewrites

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

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

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

    5 Dec 2014 | 6:32 am
    This will likely be my last blog post in 2014 and you might want to make a cup of coffee, because it’s gonna be a long one… In past Decembers I’ve compiled gift guides, and last year I shared my first Christmas in a place I lived all by myself (and so could decorate as I pleased, safe in the knowledge that no one could touch anything or suddenly appear with a strand of the most offensive substance known to man, tinsel). But this year I’m coming to the end of my first term in Trinity College Dublin, barely three months in to a four-year degree in English Studies that…
  • A Discount on Self-Printed 3.0 Just for YOU!

    14 Nov 2014 | 6:26 am
    Well, not just for you, but for all my blog readers. Until midnight GMT Monday 17th November, you can get enjoy 25% off an ePub or Kindle edition of Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing (3rd edition) if you purchase it directly from me at one of the links below. Just enter the code blogreader to avail of your discount. Click here for Kindle Click here for ePub A PDF is also available at a permanent price of $2.49. (There’s no discount on that. Sorry!) Please note that this process will result in a file being downloaded to your computer. You’ll then have…
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    BookBaby Blog

  • Forbidden print: a brief history of banned books [infographic]

    Chris Robley
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:08 am
    Censorship: it’s like a publicist’s dream! Nothing makes me want to read a book more than when someone says I can’t read it. Check out this infographic from PrinterInks featuring some now classic books that were banned because of… well, you’ll see the reasons below: What’s your favorite banned book? Let us know in the comments below. The post Forbidden print: a brief history of banned books [infographic] appeared first on BookBaby Blog.
  • Try before you buy: how BookBaby lets you test drive our book printing services

    Steven Spatz
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:02 am
    Printing a single copy of your book is the best way to proof your text, evaluate your design, and feel assured that you’re getting the highest quality book printing available Try before you buy. There’s not much new about that idea – it’s been out there forever. Test drive that car. Sample that exotic- yet-stinky cheese at the high end deli counter. But how about sampling something personal and unique — like, for instance, your own printed book? That’s what hundreds of authors like Joshua Duttweiler of Houghton College in New York have done. Joshua was the co-founder of a…
  • #BBchat recap: book e-retail trends

    Lucy Briggs
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:18 pm
    For our inaugural #BBchat Twitter chat, we asked a few of our authors and literary friends from around the world, including Chris Robley (our blog manager) and Petra A. Lohmann (BookBaby author of Swans), for their thoughts on recent book e-retail trends. Overwhelmingly, the comments on utilizing social media and book crowdfunding revealed that, while new tricks of the trade may generate buzz for established authors, such new tactics do not necessarily translate into higher revenue or engagement for those authors looking to build up their fan base. However, almost all those participants who…
  • What makes a great BookShop page?

    Chris Robley
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:18 am
    A potential reader has landed on your BookShop page by either: linking from a website, email newsletter, or social. * searching for you, your book, or related subject matter online. Now it’s time to make a great first impression, and a sale! How to optimize your BookShop page to capture the most sales 1. You need a striking book cover It’s the first thing someone sees — because it’s HUGE. And that’s good. BookShop puts the attention where it should be, on YOUR book. Hopefully your book cover makes people want to read more about it. If so, well done. If not, you still have…
  • BookBaby will handle new VAT changes for EU authors

    Chris Robley
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:06 am
    Have recent changes to EU tax law got you down? Don’t worry, BookBaby is handling it for you! Many of our European authors have worried about how a new law in the EU concerning VAT (value-added tax) — which is similar to sales tax — will affect them. The short answer (at least in terms of your sales through BookBaby’s BookShop) is: not at all! We will be collecting and remitting the VAT for all eBook sales on BookShop on behalf of our artists and label clients in the 28 EU countries. If you live in the EU, the VAT will be paid by your customer and will not affect what you make…
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    Self-Publishing Review

  • An Interview With Author Anthony Eglin

    Cate Baum
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:53 am
    Anthony Eglin was a much-loved traditionally published author in the ‘cozy mystery’ genre, before venturing into self-publishing with The Alcatraz Rose. Here, he talks about his self-publishing experience. Tell us something about your book. The Alcatraz Rose is composed of three disparate mysteries that, in the beginning, appear to Lawrence Kingston, retired professor of botany ...
  • BookBaby Launches Print on Demand Option

    Henry Baum
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:28 am
    Today, BookBaby sent out a press release about its new POD option to go toe to toe with Createspace and Ingram Spark. Previously, BookBaby only offered print run publishing, which in this day and age doesn’t make sense for most self-publishers who are unaware of a book’s demand before it’s published, especially since the cost ...
  • Amazon Adds Advertising for KDP Select Authors

    Henry Baum
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:53 am
    Amazon has sweetened the KDP Select pot by allowing for pay-per-click advertising on titles. From KDP: Advertising for KDP Select With advertising for KDP Select, you can use Amazon Marketing Services (AMS) to purchase advertising to promote your KDP-Select-enrolled books on To get started, you can create an Amazon Marketing Services account directly on ...
  • Review: Workman’s Complication by Rich Leder

    Henry Baum
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:37 am
    Workman’s Complication by Rich Leder is the immensely entertaining first book in his series McCall & Company, following the exploits of down-on-her-luck private investigator/struggling actress Kate McCall. In the first installment, McCall tries to balance starring in an Off-Broadway vampire musical, investigating her father’s death at the Monument Insurance building, inheriting his PI business, and ...
  • Self-Publishing Starter Kit

    Henry Baum
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:14 am
    We get a lot of questions here from writers just beginning to self-publish who have little to no idea about the process. They’re all asking about the most basic nuts and bolts: how do I self-publish? We’ve gathered together the best services currently running (and have been running for a while) to publish a book ...
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    Publishing Perspectives

  • HarperCollins India Tries To Save Hindi Pulp Fiction

    Dennis Abrams
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:43 am
    The Times of India recently examined the problems facing Hindi pulp fiction in the era of ebooks, which may be killing off cheap pocket editions. The post HarperCollins India Tries To Save Hindi Pulp Fiction appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Opcion Libros Assists Argentine Publishers With Exports

    Guest Contributor
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:54 am
    The Opcion Libros program aims to assist small- and medium-sized Argentine publishers develop overseas markets, streamline business practices and digitize. The post Opcion Libros Assists Argentine Publishers With Exports appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Previewing GLOBALOCAL, the “Forum for Content” in India

    Edward Nawotka
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:46 am
    This February, GLOBALOCAL 2015 will host publishing executives from around the world for high-level discussions and workshops in New Delhi. The post Previewing GLOBALOCAL, the “Forum for Content” in India appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Russian Publishers Explore the World of Book Trailers

    Dennis Abrams
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:16 am
    Julia Shevalinka looked at some of the entries in the All-Russia Book Trailer Contest and how Russian publishers are using trailers to promote their books. The post Russian Publishers Explore the World of Book Trailers appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Italian Ebook Market Estimated to Grow 30-40% in 2015

    Edward Nawotka
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Marcello Vena of AllBrain's recent survey of the Italian book market estimates Italian ebook sales nearing €60m, and growing 30-40% in 2015. The post Italian Ebook Market Estimated to Grow 30-40% in 2015 appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
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    The Book Designer

  • Wanted: How to Find Your Best Editor

    Joel Friedlander
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    By Corina Koch MacLeod and Carla Douglas Recently, 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, to determine if there might be lessons for self-pubs everywhere. After all, this is a guy who has figured out a few things about publishing. So, what did Ferris do? He created a questionnaire that would help him find the best editor for his writing projects. In studying his questionnaire, we learned that a well-designed editor questionnaire requires the author to…
  • 2014 e-Book Cover Design Award Winners

    Joel Friedlander
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    The first edition of the eBook Cover Design Awards came out in August, 2011. Since then we’ve published literally thousands of covers and critiques, skewered the covers that seemed wanting, and praised the designers who showed real innovation and skill in this new form. Yet even today the ebook cover has not broken away from the print book tradition, either in the basic strategies designers use to interest and attract readers, or in the way the covers are represented graphically, as clones of their print book cousins. There’s still a great deal of innovation to explore in ebook…
  • Self-Publishing: Carnival of the Indies Issue #52

    Joel Friedlander
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    Welcome to this issue of the Carnival of the Indies blog carnival. This issue is for January, 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 Martin Crosbie presents The Season of Kindle Unlimited Discontent…
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    The Future of Ink

  • 17 Ways To Promote Your Book with One Blog Post

    Kathleen Gage
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    by Kathleen Gage You’ve got the book. You’ve got the digital product. You’ve got the virtual training. Now what? Simple. Now you have to promote it. With all that’s available online, you have a wealth of possibility at your fingertips. One of the most effective methods for spreading the word, establishing credibility and positioning your message is through blogging. But it takes more than just posting on a blog. Let’s assume you have a book you are promoting. Once you have the blog post completed, then it’s time to put some targeted effort into sharing the post. The more…
  • How To Set Writing Goals For The New Year In Six Easy Steps

    Rebecca Livermore
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    by Rebecca Livermore If you’re like many people around the world, you’ve likely set some goals for 2015.  In the middle of thinking about all of your other goals, don’t forget to set some writing goals so that at the end of the year, you don’t find yourself wishing you had done more. Here are my 6 steps for setting annual writing goals: 1) Determine Your Why Why do you want to write? Is it to make money? Do you want to use it to grow your brand? Or perhaps you want to write to preserve family memories, or further a cause you believe in. There’s no one right…
  • Where To Find Hundreds Of Publicity Leads (All For Free)

    Joan Stewart
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    by Joan Stewart Wanted: A publisher to discuss how much Theresa Giudice from “Real Housewives of New Jersey” might earn with a book detailing her jail time. Wanted: Experts to talk about the ways in which your birth month affects your emotion or mood. Wanted: Books by and about key female influencers across a wide variety of industries. Wanted: Editors and publishers to discuss the pros and cons of syndicating content. Wanted: Law experts to explain the ins and outs of taking a roommate off your lease. Wanted: Experts to explain what’s really in organic baby formula. Those…
  • 7 Secrets To Podcasting Success

    D'vorah Lansky
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    By Doug Foresta and D’vorah Lansky Podcasting is a powerful way for authors to get your message out into the world in a bigger way, but it may be one of the least understood mediums, compared to blogging or video. We’ve found that many people have shied away from podcasting thinking it was too technically complicated or perhaps they tried to create a podcast but it wasn’t successful. In this article you’ll discover the seven biggest mistakes that many authors and entrepreneurs make, when they try to start a podcast, and what to do instead. In their article What’s Behind the Great…
  • How To Use Your Creativity To Fuel Website Conversion

    Frances Caballo
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    by Frances Caballo In December, I read a post on the Marking Land blog titled 5 Ways To Embrace Your Inner Marketing Technologist.  The post was about how marketers can embrace technology, but I, of course, immediately began to think about authors and Indie authors in particular and how we could embrace social media. I’ve decided to list most of the basic principles listed in the Marketing Land article, and customize the advice for writers. Let’s get started! Understand That Creativity Without Conversions Is Equal To Zero I think we’re all creative and that we all apply our creativity…
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    The Passive Voice - Latest Updates

  • Netflix’s Secret Special Algorithm Is a Human

    Passive Guy
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    From The New Yorker: On the opening night of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, two films, as usual, had their premières, gaining maximum exposure to reporters and critics. The first was “What Happened, Miss Simone?,” a documentary about the singer and civil-rights icon Nina Simone. It was funded by Netflix, based at least in part on data the company collects about its users: information about what we watch, when we watch, how highly we rate what we’ve seen, and even when we hit rewind. Studios and television networks have long made decisions about what to produce based on the…
  • January 2015 Author Earnings Report

    Passive Guy
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Executive Summary AuthorEarnings reports analyze detailed title-level data on 33% of all daily ebook sales in the U.S. 30% of the ebooks being purchased in the U.S. do not use ISBN numbers and are invisible to the industry’s official market surveys and reports; all the ISBN-based estimates of market share reported by Bowker, AAP, BISG, and Nielsen are wildly wrong. 33% of all paid ebook unit sales on are indie self-published ebooks. 20% of all consumer dollars spent on ebooks on are being spent on indie self-published ebooks. 40% of all dollars earned by authors from…
  • The Simple Art of Murder

    Passive Guy
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    From The Simple Art of Murder, written in 1950 by Raymond Chandler: Fiction in any form has always intended to be realistic. Old-fashioned novels which now seem stilted and artificial to the point of burlesque did not appear that way to the people who first read them. Writers like Fielding and Smollett could seem realistic in the modern sense because they dealt largely with uninhibited characters, many of whom were about two jumps ahead of the police, but Jane Austen’s chronicles of highly inhibited people against a background of rural gentility seem real enough psychologically. There is…
  • Suggestions for TPV Posts

    Passive Guy
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    As you can ascertain by looking at the last lines of many of the posts that appear on TPV, PG receives a lot of tips for interesting posts. This is great because (a) PG can’t find everything interesting and (b) it speeds up the process of keeping the blog fresh. So keep the tips coming. On occasion, PG receives a tip from an author about a post the author has written and published on his/her own blog or elsewhere. Sometimes authors are a little uncertain about whether this is kosher. It is. On one condition. That the author doesn’t get upset with PG if he doesn’t use the…
  • If knowledge can create problems

    Passive Guy
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them. Isaac Asimov
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    Ink, Bits, & Pixels

  • Amazon is Now Pitching Advertising to KDP Select Members

    Nate Hoffelder, The Digital Reader
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:45 am
    Indie Authors have long paid for advertising to promote their books, and now Amazon is pitching the idea directly. Self Publishing Review reported this morning that Amazon is now pitching pay-per-click advertising to indies with titles in KDP Select: According to the quoted parts of the FAQ, Amazon's offering to run a targeted ad campaign which could either be broadly targeted or could be limited to only certain viewers. This includes the option of a focus as tight as a "customers who previously browsed the Kindle Store for a particular genre". The advertiser would pay for each time a…
  • The Morning Coffee – 29 January 2015

    Nate Hoffelder, The Digital Reader
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:13 pm
    Must read stories this Thursday morning include Ayn Rand's Harry Potter, the tale of a freshman bookseller, an iPad retrospective, a critical disassembly of recent market data for the SF genre, and more. 4 Lessons From Selling Books (Book Riot) Apple's iPad turns 5: Has it lived up to Steve Jobs' 2010 keynote? (Slate) Ayn Rand’s Harry Potter and The Order of Psycho-epistemology: (TheToast) Bad Assumptions (stratechery) Oh noes, the sky is falling (madgeniusclub) Why Gone Girl? Why Not Gone Woman? (PublishingPerspectives) And for those why plan to be in Boston in early May, the New England…
  • Samsung Tipped to Launch an E-ink Case for the Galaxy S6

    Nate Hoffelder, The Digital Reader
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:08 pm
    Samsung is expected to launch a bunchaton of new hardware at Mobile World Congress the month after next, and according to the latest rumors that includes an E-ink case for their next Galaxy smartphone. Samsung is widely expected to launch the Galaxy S6 at MWC (leaked metadata points to that conclusion), and according to one Android blog in Poland that's going to include a special case. According to, the Galaxy S6 will have a sensor for measure your blood sugar, new lenses for the camera, and most importantly a special case which adds a secondary E-ink screen. There are no…
  • Amazon Wants to Handle Your Work Email, While TL;DR Wants to Shorten It

    Nate Hoffelder, The Digital Reader
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Pundits may be proclaiming that email is dead, but with everyone from Dropbox (bought an email startup) to Google (launched a new app) to Amazon (just launched a service) throwing money around it's clear that the tech is very much alive. A couple different email stories crossed my desk today. The first comes via Forbes and the WSJ, which report that Amazon is expanding on their other workplace services (WorkSpaces, Zocalo) with the launch of Amazon WorkMail. Amazon WorkMail is a combined email and calendar service which is intended to challenge Google, Microsoft, and other tech companies on…
  • Txtr is Bankrupt, Administrator Appointed

    Nate Hoffelder, The Digital Reader
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:19 am
    Hard on the heels of Tesco pulling out of the UK ebook market comes troubling news from Germany. A German startup blog reported on Wednesday that txtr is insolvent. The future of the company is not known at this time, but I do know that an administrator has been appointed. Christian Köhler-Ma, a lawyer with Olswang LLP, has been tasked with overseeing txtr's affairs. Launched in 2008, txtr was originally focused on developing a 6" ereader with a novel design. The txtr reader featured 3g connectivity and  a unique interface, but it was plagued by development and production issues. After…
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    The Creative Penn

  • Productivity For Writers: 5 Ways To Become More Productive

    Joanna Penn
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Some of the most common emails I receive every day include: How do I find the time to write? And how do you get everything done? While I don’t write a book a month (at the moment!), I do get quite a lot done! I published 4 new books in 2014 in ebook and print, plus I had another one completed and on pre-order, so technically 5 books in total. Plus, I published books in German, Spanish and Italian, as well as several in audio format, resulting in a total of 19 new products for sale in 2014. Plus, a lot of blog posts and podcasts which I hope you found useful So today, here are some of my…
  • Behind The Scenes In My Writing Life Featuring The Swiss Ball And My Brompton Bicycle

    Joanna Penn
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    Last year, Amazon came and filmed me for a day, and I took them to some of the places where I write, as well as socialize. They made a few videos of the day. In the first, you get to see behind the scenes at my flat (notice the swiss ball and motivational pinboard!) and I cycle off into the proverbial sunset on my Brompton bike! Watch below or here on YouTube. In the next one, we visit the London Library where I write several times a week. Watch below or here on YouTube. And in this one, you get to meet my Dad! I helped him self-publish his first thriller, NADA. Watch below or here on…
  • Ebooks: A Treasure Trove For Dyslexic Readers

    Joanna Penn
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:10 pm
     Reading has always been my escape as well as my hobby, my education as well as my entertainment and inspiration. I am a book junkie! But there are people who struggle with reading. I have dyslexia in my family and I have friends with children who are dyslexic. I usually point them towards Richard Branson, as an example of becoming successful despite the challenge. But I have always felt a particular pain at the struggle to read. Today I have an article from James Nuttall, a psychologist who is also dyslexic, about how ebooks have transformed his own reading and his passion for helping…
  • The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide With Joel Friedlander

    Joanna Penn
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:20 pm
    When I first started this blog back in Dec 2008, one of the first people I met online was Joel Friedlander. Joel Friedlander, We did the same course on how to start blogging, but Joel was already way ahead of me in self-publishing as he had started years before and was (and still is) an expert on the topic. He has tons of useful info at and fantastic book design templates for you to make your own print interiors. Plus, I’ve had Joel on the blog and podcast before – check out our discussion on how to make a professional standard print book…
  • Game Changing Technology For Self Publishing Children’s Picture Books With Laura Backes

    Joanna Penn
    18 Jan 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Up until recently, one of the hardest markets to self-publish in has been the children’s picture book market. But that has now all changed with the launch of KDP Kindle Kids’ Book Creator, a tool from Amazon to help publish image-based books for children. This could be a game-changer! In today’s podcast, I discuss this new tool with Laura Backes, who teaches people how to use it with her Picture Ebook Mastery course. In the introduction, I talk about finishing my draft of One Day in New York, recording in a professional studio for my non-fiction audiobooks, changing my…
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    Backspace: The Writers Place

  • What Makes A Good Agent? by Kristin Nelson

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

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

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

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

    Karen Dionne
    6 Mar 2014 | 11:20 am
    The Thursday afternoon group therapy session was held in a small, cramped room on the ninth floor of the forensic unit.  It was a hot August day, and since the shatter-proof windows were nailed shut, the room was hot, humid, and eerily still. The group  members–all  men, all convicted of violent crimes, including rape, battery, incest and  murder–watched warily as I slipped into an empty folding chair near the door.  It was my first week as staff psychologist on the busy unit, and I was still new to the game. But not so new that I would forget to give myself a clear escape route. The…
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    GalleyCat Feed

  • 10 New Writers Sign On to Write For Chipotle Cups And Bags

    Maryann Yin
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    Chipotle Mexican Grill has recruited ten new writers to contribute pieces for its “Cultivating Thought” line. Jonathan Safran Foer returns to serve as both curator and editor. The participants include Neil Gaiman, Aziz Ansari, Augusten Burroughs, Walter Isaacson, Amy Tan, Paulo Coelho, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Barbara Kingsolver, Julia Alverez and Jeffrey Eugenides. The company’s cups and bags will feature short stories and illustrations. Gaiman announced on his Facebook page that his piece focuses on “refugees and the fragility of the world.” Here’s an excerpt:…
  • Publishing Jobs: Penguin Random House, Zest Books

    Nadine Cheung
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    This week, Penguin Random House is hiring a senior editor of Harmony, as well as a designer for its advertising and promotions department. Zest Books is seeking a marketing and publicity manager, and Trident Media Group is on the hunt for a digital coordinator. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro. Senior Editor, Harmony Penguin Random House (New York, NY) Designer – Advertising and Promotions Penguin Random House (New York, NY) Marketing and Publicity Manager Zest Books (San Francisco, CA) Digital Coordinator Trident Media…
  • Kickstarter Events For Writers

    Dianna Dilworth
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Crowdfunding is becoming a popular way for writers to raise money to make books. In fact, Kickstarter funded 2,064 publishing projects and 158 journalism endeavors in 2014. To help guide writers learn more about how to use Kickstarter, the crowdfunding company is hosting a series of educational events at their headquarters in Brooklyn, NY next month. Events include: Kickstarter for Journalists 101 on February 3rd; Talking Shop: How to Pay Your Writers on February 17th; and Talking Shop: Getting Started in Podcasting on February 24th. Follow this link for more details.
  • New S&S Imprint for Bill Clegg’s Debut Novel

    Deborah Jensen
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Literary superagent Bill Clegg labored over his debut novel Did You Ever Have a Family for seven years, unsure anyone would bid on or buy it. As he told the New York Times, he’s secured mega-deals on behalf of other writers, but gauging reaction to his own novel was difficult. \"It doesn’t make you any more confident — if anything, it makes you less confident. I represent great writers, and I couldn’t carry their glove on the field. When the bar is set that high, it’s daunting.\" According to Alexandra Alter at the Times, four publishers bid on his book, and one–Gallery…
  • Margaret Bloy Graham Has Died

    Maryann Yin
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:35 am
    Children’s books illustrator Margaret Bloy Graham has died. She was 94 years old. Graham became well-known for collaborating with Gene Zion, a writer and her husband, on the Harry the Dirty Dog picture book series. She went on to work on projects with other writers and author her own books. Altogether, she earned two Caldecott Honors for All Falling Down and The Storm Book. Here’s more from School Library Journal: “Though Harry remains Graham’s most well-known collaboration, it was far from her only one. Her illustrations for legendary children’s book author Charlotte…
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    Publishing News

  • Former Arizona Republic publisher dies at age 67

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:40 pm
    Sue Clark-Johnson, a pioneering figure in the newspaper industry who served as publisher of the Arizona Republic and Reno Gazette Journal during a lengthy career at Gannett Co., has died. She was 67. Clark-Johnson's career in the newspaper business spanned more than four decades, including becoming the first female head of the newspaper division of Gannett.
  • Ventura won't see 'American Sniper'; says Kyle is no hero

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:40 pm
    Former Navy SEAL and Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, who won $1.8 millio... . FILE - In this July 8, 2014 file photo, former Navy SEAL and Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, right, walks into Warren E. Burger Federal Building during the first day of jury selection in a defamation lawsuit... .
  • Huckabee: 'Trashy' cursing women not at Fox

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Former Gov. Mike Huckabee doesn't think the women at Fox News are "trashy," but a lot of other women in New York are. Huckabee, a 2008 presidential candidate and potential 2016er, refuted reports that he called the women at Fox News "trashy" and "inappropriate," but didn't step away from comments he made about women in New York who use profanity.
  • Angelina Jolie Writes NYT Op-Ed on Visiting Syria and Iraq: "Nothing Prepares You"

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:21 am
    The Unbroken director visited refugee camp near Dohuk, Iraq on Sunday, and wrote about her experiences in an op-ed for The New York Times, in which she called on more to be done. "For many years I have visited camps, and every time, I sit in a tent and hear stories.
  • Pressure mounts on Tony Abbott to dump Peta Credlin

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:16 am
    Pressure is mounting on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to dump chief of staff Peta Credlin as disgruntled Liberal MPs were joined on Wednesday by conservative commentators including media baron Rupert Murdoch in expressing concerns about his office. Former Coalition prime minister John Howard is also understood to have carried growing party-room concerns to Mr Abbott over the way his office is run under her management.
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    Commercial Printing News

  • Recent Study: Global Commercial Printing Market 2015-2019

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    The various types of commercial printing processes include lithographic, gravure, screen, flexographic, and digital printing. These processes differ in the type of inks that they use and the type of pressure applied for the reproduction of the written text or image.
  • Courier Board Determines Proposal from RR Donnelley Reasonably Likely ...

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:46 am
    January 28, 2015 - Courier Corp., one of America's leading innovators in book manufacturing, publishing and content management, announced today that its board of directors has reasonably determined in good faith, after consultation with its independent legal and financial advisors, that the non-binding, unsolicited proposal from RR Donnelley & Sons Company to acquire the company for $23.00 per share in cash or RR Donnelley common stock is reasonably likely to result in a "Superior Proposal" as defined in Courier's merger agreement with Quad/Graphics Inc. As previously announced, the RR…
  • ARC Document Solutions Announces 2014 Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Results Conference Call

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:26 pm
    ARC Document Solutions, Inc. the nation's leading document solutions provider for the architecture, engineering, and construction industry, today announced that it will hold a conference call with investors and analysts on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at 5 P.M. Eastern Time to discuss results for the company's fourth quarter and fiscal year 2014. A news release announcing the fourth quarter and fiscal year results will be disseminated on February 24, 2015, after the market close.
  • Press release distribution, EDGAR filing, XBRL, regulatory filings

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:26 pm
    The report is available at ''. Additional information is available at 'www... )--Office Depot, Inc. will announce fourth quarter and full year 2014 results for the fiscal period ending December 27, 2014 on Tuesday, February 24, 2015.
  • HyperLynx Alliance Accelerates High-Speed Design-Ins and Verification

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:11 am
    HyperLynx Alliance formed by Mentor Graphics and key industry partners provides free access to virtual reference designs plus tools, design data and identified best-practice methodologies for difficult SerDes and DDR design and verification challenges New high-speed protocols are increasingly difficult to design and verify at multi-gigabit speeds The Alliance cloud platform provides quick access to targeted vendor reference designs, tools and models, allowing engineers to evaluate and tradeoff device parameters using recommended verification methodologies and sample channel designs Virtual…
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    Packt Publishing

  • Data writing

    Sandeep Dhumal
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:55 am
    In this article by P. Raja Malleswara Rao, author of the book Spring Batch Essentials, we will see how the Spring Batch provides the configuration to write the read and processed data to a different output (destination). The writer can integrate easily with different relational frameworks. It can also be customized for the different formats. (For more resources related to this topic, see here.) ItemWriter Spring Batch provides an interface in the form of ItemWriter to write bulk data.The following is the definition of the ItemWriter interface: read more
  • Adding Authentication

    Smita Lad
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:47 am
    This article written by Mat Ryer, the author of Go Programming Blueprints, is focused on high-performance transmission of messages from the clients to the server and back again, but our users have no way of knowing who they are talking to. One solution to this problem is building of some kind of signup and login functionality and letting our users create accounts and authenticate themselves before they can open the chat page. (For more resources related to this topic, see here.) read more
  • Let's Get Started with Active Di-rectory

    Smita Lad
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:51 am
    In this article by Uma Yellapragada, author of the book Active Directory with PowerShell, we will see how the Powershell cmdlets and modules are used for managing Active Directory. (For more resources related to this topic, see here.) read more
  • Creating a Photo-sharing Application

    Smita Lad
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:22 pm
    In this article by Rob Foster, the author of CodeIgniter Web Application Blueprints, we will create a photo-sharing application. There are quite a few image-sharing websites around at the moment. They all share roughly the same structure: the user uploads an image and that image can be shared, allowing others to view that image. Perhaps limits or constraints are placed on the viewing of an image, perhaps the image only remains viewable for a set period of time, or within set dates, but the general structure is the same. And I'm happy to announce that this project is exactly the same. read…
  • Middleware

    30 Dec 2014 | 6:29 am
    In this article by Mario Casciaro, the author of the book, "Node.js Design Patterns", has described the importance of using a middleware pattern. read more
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    Thad McIlroy - Future Of Publishing

  • My New York Digital Book World Presentation

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

    Thad McIlroy
    10 Jan 2015 | 9:58 am
    Digital Book World asked me to prepare a white paper examining the most important developing trends in book publishing. The white paper was published in December and is available for download (PDF). This white paper looks at a dynamic industry in flux. There are still more questions than answers. Have ebook sales slowed or stalled? Will radical changes in price impact ebook sales and profitability? What will be the ongoing implications of the Amazon and Hachette dispute? Big data and analytics are an innovative solution, but what problems can they solve for publishers?
  • Barnes & Noble Divides $300 Million in Half

    Thad McIlroy
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:05 pm
    The December 4th announcement of Microsoft’s retreat from Barnes & Noble is well documented. Barnes & Noble demonstrated how to turn $300 million into $125 million (OK, less than half). The company’s shares had a brief dip but then recovered. © Barnes & Noble Barnes & Noble (stock symbol BKS) is trading today for about $22, giving the company a market value of $1.3 billion. This is good news for investors: a year ago the stock was worth a third less, in the $14 range. Despite the price increases company founder and CEO Len Riggio has been selling shares. In…
  • Another Online Publishing Breakthrough from the New York Times

    Thad McIlroy
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:09 am
    At the end of 2012 I published a post called “Read & Watch the Future of Publishing at the New York Times.” That post considered John Branch’s award-winning “Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek.” The New York Times continues to innovate, this time in the travel section. The short title is “Norway the Slow Way.” I prefer the subtitle, streaming along the screen as you begin to immerse yourself in the piece: “A journey in which I travel north, on the world’s most beautiful voyage, searching for the specter of my grandfather and a glimpse…
  • Where the Music Industry Meets the Book Industry

    Thad McIlroy
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:54 pm
    I last covered the topic “What Can the Music Business Teach the Book Business?” in a November, 2011 blog post. Today, in response to a fascinating blog entry on Brian O’Leary’s site I found myself revisiting the issue, leading to a comment I posted there. Thoughts are frequently shared comparing the music and publishing businesses but there are few facts to establish the alleged close connection. Much more work could be done. The always-astute James McQuivey notes in the comments on O’Leary’s blog that “the (book publishing) business is doing quite well in the…
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    Self Publishing Advisor

  • Weekly Self-Published Book Review:Baby Rose

    29 Jan 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:  Baby Rose Carol Short Publisher: Outskirts Press…
  • Learning from the Late Greats: Henry David Thoreau edition

    Kelly S
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    This morning marks the fourth installation and therefore the fourth author in my ‘late greats’ series.I’ve already examined the lives of Johannes Gutenberg (b. ca 1390), Jane Austen (b. 1775), and Alexandre Dumas (b. 1824), with a specific eye for the ways in which these authors do or do not conform to the archetype of the self-published author, and an ear for lessons they have to teach us in the current world of self-publishing.  This week, I want to examine someone a little more … controversial.A lot of names get thrown around in the self-publishing world as antecedents for us to…
  • 2015 Writing Goals: Where Do You Stand?

    Jodee Thayer
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    If you are like many writer’s, publishing a book is probably on your 2015 to-do list. You’re probably feeling inspired, excited, maybe a little scared or overwhelmed, and you’re hoping your dream won’t become another failed resolution that gets pushed to the back burner after the thrill of the new year wears off. Each week in January I offered tips and tricks to help you accomplish your goal of publishing a book this year. (Be sure to check out the previous weeks’ posts if you missed them.) Now that the end of January is here, I think it’s a good time to…
  • Friday Conversations With A Self-Publishing Writer 01/23/15

    23 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    ONE PERCENT INSPIRATION This headline is part of a Thomas Edison quote: “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.”  I’ve met too many writers who accept that premise for themselves—replacing the word “genius” with the words “a writer” (or their own name), then believing they do not have the “inspiration” to finish their book.  This usually happens when they are in the midst of weaving together the final elements of an intricately woven and/or deeply researched plot and they are teetering on the edge of quitting.  Of course, there is work to be done in creating the…
  • Weekly Self-Published Book Review:A Voice in the Wind

    22 Jan 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:  A Voice in the Wind Donald Risho Publisher: Outskirts Press…
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    The Book Deal

  • Wouldn’t you love an agent like this one?

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

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

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

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

    Alan Rinzler
    20 May 2014 | 10:35 pm
    More and more writers are hiring their own developmental editors, whether they plan to self-publish their book or hope to land a literary agent and go for a book deal with a traditional publisher. To give you an idea what a professional developmental editor could do for your book, here’s a checklist of some of the essential services we deliver: • Help to get you started Provide early feedback and creative suggestions when you’re still figuring out what the book is about. Help with focusing the plot, structure, literary style, and deciding which issues or aspects of the story to include…
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    BadRedhead Media

  • What’s A Publishing Imprint And How Did I Get One?

    Rachel Thompson
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
    So here I was, all excited that Broken Places finally, finally released (yay!), and I’m in the down and dirty trenches of doing the marketing and setting up the blog tour and connecting with folks on social and blah blah boring stuff you’re already falling asleep, when I get an out of the blue message from the CMO of Booktrope (my publisher), Katherine Fye Sears: Hey Rach,  Would you be interested in having your own imprint within Booktrope? One where you can bring stories like yours, about survival and trauma and recovery, to life? Fiction or nonfiction, whatever you think…
  • Video Blogging: Vlogging for Authors by @K8Tilton

    Kate Tilton
    18 Jan 2015 | 10:19 pm
    Last month BadRedhead Media contributor Naomi Blackburn covered one method of using Youtube in a book marketing plan, but how can authors use YouTube in their author platform? Welcome to vlogging, a combination of video and blogging. Reasons why you may vlog: It is a break from writing. Although writing is a passion of most authors, even you sometimes need a break from all that typing. A vlog can be more personal than a blog. By seeing the author and hearing his or her voice, readers can feel a deeper connection with the author than they may get by reading a blog. Think of a Skype…
  • Top 5 Considerations When Choosing How to Publish Your Book by guest @Booktrope CMO @ksearsbooks

    Rachel Thompson
    17 Jan 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Top Five Considerations when choosing how to publish your book Please welcome Katherine Fye Sears, CMO of my publisher, Booktrope, and kickass marketing chick, here to explain the three types of publishing (self, traditional, and hybrid), and the top five considerations of each. I encourage you to read and then pick her brain in comments! Note: Booktrope is currently open to submissions. Read further to find the submissions form.  I am often asked whether Booktrope is self-publishing, or a traditional publisher, and the answer is, neither. We are most closely defined as a hybrid-publisher,…
  • The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide w @JFBookman

    Rachel Thompson
    11 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Today we have something a little different. I was honored to be included in The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide by Joel Friedlander and Betty Kelly Sargent and am pleased to have Joel here to answer a few questions about the guide. RT: Hi Joel, welcome to BadRedhead Media, it’s great to have you here today. Can you introduce yourself and what you do for those who don’t know? JF: Hi Rachel, it’s great to be here, thanks for inviting me. After a career in book publishing, advertising, and graphic arts I decided to specialize in book design, and I’ve been…
  • January 2015 #MondayBlogs Giveaway

    Rachel Thompson
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:18 am
    Since I created #MondayBlogs in late 2012, even I’m shocked at what an amazing success it has become! Thousands participate each week, generating more than 5,000 tweets! And it is because of all of you that we can say that with a lot of pride and a big ol’ smile! As a thank you to all you wonderful #MondayBlogs tweeps, we launched an ongoing, monthly giveaway contest in April and we couldn’t be happier with the response! The Featured Monday Blogger giveaway is our way to say thank you for participating in #MondayBlogs by giving you more exposure for you and your blog. Each…
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    Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

  • What’s the biggest obstacle facing Oyster, Next Issue, Spotify, et al?

    Joe Wikert
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:01 am
    I used to buy ebooks from Amazon but now I read almost exclusively on Oyster Books. Years ago I subscribed to a bunch of magazines and now I read all but one of them through Next Issue (The Week is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How crowdsourcing will ultimately add value

    Joe Wikert
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:34 am
    Most publishers cringe at the thought of crowdsourcing. Publishers often believe they exclusively own the art of content curation and they feel threatened when they sense others encroaching on their turf. It’s hard to argue with that logic, especially in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Revisiting Pew’s view of digital life in 2025

    Joe Wikert
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:46 am
    The Pew Research Center released a report last year called Digital Life in 2025. You’ll find a summary of it here and the downloadable PDF is here. I should point out that the report is now almost a year old,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What to expect in 2015 (and beyond)

    Joe Wikert
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:20 am
    Publishing is a pretty slow-moving business. That statement is solidly supported by the fact that the Kindle is now more than 7 years old and the majority of digital content revenue still comes from “print under glass” format. We’re still... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Anticipating change in the myopic publishing industry

    Joe Wikert
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:36 am
    Have you ever heard the quote, “everything that can be invented has been invented”? It was once believed that a U.S. Patent Office commissioner uttered those words but that claim has since been refuted. Regardless of whoever said (or didn’t... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Thingology Blog

  • LibraryThing Recommends in BiblioCommons

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

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

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

    14 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    UPDATE: We are offering $1,000 of books to the person who finds us a library developer. Code! Code! Code! LibraryThing, the company behind and LibraryThing for Libraries, is looking to hire a top-notch developer/programmer. We like to think we make “products that don’t suck,” as opposed to much of what’s developed for libraries. We’ve got new ideas and not enough developers to make them. That’s where you come in. The Best Person Work for us in Maine, or telecommute in your pajamas. We want the best person available. If you’re junior,…
  • NEW: Easy Share for Book Display Widgets

    7 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    LibraryThing for Libraries is pleased to announce an update to our popular Book Display Widgets. Introducing “Easy Share.” Easy Share is a tool for putting beautiful book displays on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, email newsletters and elsewhere. It works by turning our dynamic, moving widgets into shareable images, optimized for the service you’re going to use them on. Why would I want an image of a widget? Dynamic widgets require JavaScript. This works great on sites you control, like a library’s blog or home page. But many sites, including some of the most…
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    Beyond the Book

  • Help Mark Dressler Fight Cancer (BurstMarketing)
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:46 am
    The list of things we take for granted is a long one. And then, something happens to remind us of what matters most. Of course, it’s the people who matter. In the swirl of activity that takes up our waking hours – from home to work and back – we encounter and interact with many people. In this special edition of our program, we want to tell you important news about one man – Mark Dressler — who means a great deal to everyone at Beyond the Book. And we want to invite you to join us in helping Mark as he fights colon cancer. Mark Dressler (right) speaks with UK-based designer…
  • The Global Licensing Landscape (BurstMarketing)
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    At last week’s Buying & Selling Content 2015, attendees heard presenters from start-ups, international marketing agencies and leading publishers enumerate the new rules of buying and selling content. From data licensing and copyright to mobile, apps, and SaaS platforms, the conference – organized by SIIA, the Software & Information Industry Association – addressed a range of controversial global licensing issues. In a panel discussion. Dawn Conway, Cision COO, and Andrew Hughes, Commercial Director, NLA media access, explored how “media monitoring organizations” –…
  • Obama Echoes Libraries For Free & Open Internet (BurstMarketing)
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    In this week’s State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress, President Barack Obama promoted the value of education and entrepreneurship as well as pledged a response to global warming. But a major plank in the speech specifically singled out a “free and open Internet” as a top Administration concern. Publishers Weekly senior writer Andrew Albanese thinks the President has been listening to the nation’s librarians. “Whether it is net neutrality or billions in funding for broadband in libraries and schools, the ‘library lobby’ has been pushing hard – and…
  • They Know What You Read (BurstMarketing)
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    The owners of ebook platforms now have unprecedented and previously unattainable knowledge about how people read. They literally see every time an ebook is opened; on what device it is being opened; how fast it is read; and whether passages or entire works are re-read. Perhaps most dismaying of all for authors and publishers alike, they even know many ebooks that are bought are never “cracked,” let alone finished. Recorded at last week’s Digital Book World Conference + Expo 2015 representatives of global ebook platforms offered revealing insights into what they know abut…
  • We Are Charlie (BurstMarketing)
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The world is coming to see the murderous attack in Paris on the staff of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical weekly magazine that regularly poked fun at Mohammed and mocked Islamic fundamentalists, as an assault on free speech and freedom of expression. While a dozen died in a hail of automatic weapon fire, Charlie Hebdo lives on. The first issue since the attack has sold more than 3 million copies across France. Publishers Weekly has announced its own effort to rally to liberty’s defense with an ongoing program to promote free expression. “Monday’s issue of PW is a special tribute to…
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  • Morning Links: Indie authors quitting day jobs. iPad turns 5

    Joanna Cabot
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Indie Authors Quitting Their Day Jobs- 2015 (The Passive Voice) The most commented posts in the history of The Passive Voice have been those requesting the stories of  indie authors who have been able to quit their day jobs and live on their writing income. The first post is here and the second is here. […] The post Morning Links: Indie authors quitting day jobs. iPad turns 5 appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Morning Links: Death of music sales. Lost your reading mojo?

    Joanna Cabot
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Harry Potter eBooks Now Available on Oyster (GoodeReader) Today, the company is proud to announce that they have reached an agreement with JK Rowling, to have the entire Harry Potter saga available. *** The Death of Music Sales (The Atlantic) If CDs are “dead,” so is iTunes. *** Apple Reduces the Amount of Storage iOS […] The post Morning Links: Death of music sales. Lost your reading mojo? appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Oyster acquires Harry Potter series

    Juli Monroe
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Oyster just scored a significant acquisition. It’s only a handful of books, but they involve some popular characters. Yes, Oyster has the Harry Potter series, all seven of the main books plus the three Hogwarts Library books. Their release says it’s the only subscription service to have all the books, and that’s true if you […] The post Oyster acquires Harry Potter series appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Tesco bails on Blinkbox, bids bye to Blinkbox Books

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Tesco has followed through on widespread predictions, and followed the sale of its Blinkbox video service and telecoms provider platform with the disposal of its other Blinkbox-branded online media ventures, including Blinkbox books. Tesco has sold its streaming music service, Blinkbox Music, to Australian streaming platform Guvera, as detailed in an announcement, which states that: “The […] The post Tesco bails on Blinkbox, bids bye to Blinkbox Books appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
  • Book review: Wild Fell, by Michael Rowe, ChiZine Publications

    Paul St John Mackintosh
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Latest in a long line of superb dark/weird horrific titles from ChiZine Publications, Wild Fell by Michael Rowe tells the tale of the house of the title on Ontario’s Blackmore Island, site of a tragic drowning that has haunted the local town of Alvina, and of other more mysterious events deeper in the past. The […] The post Book review: Wild Fell, by Michael Rowe, ChiZine Publications appeared first on TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
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  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: Untapped Technologies

    Jeff Jarvis
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    Back from travel to lands and hotels of poor wifi, I’m returning to post more free chapters from Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News. Today’s is the last of the first half of the book, about exploring untapped technologies for news. A snippet: I began this essay saying that I would not predict the future, but rather suggest a few. There are so many futures I cannot yet imagine. At CUNY, we get people to imagine new opportunities by having them play a game created by Dr. Nick Diakopoulos, now a professor at the University of Maryland. He conducted research for us…
  • Media = content + people

    Jeff Jarvis
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    We can’t see the internet for the wires. We talk about the internet as technology — computers and cables — but more and more I see it as people: people connected with each other, people speaking, people shopping, people learning. I am finally seeing media the same way: people, unmediated. This is the basis of our new degree in social journalism at CUNY. And this is a worldview and business model confirmed by Samir Arora, CEO of Mode Media (aka Glam) in a session I moderated at this week’s DLD conference in Munich. Samir presented a new taxonomy for media companies and…
  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: Reinventing TV News

    Jeff Jarvis
    12 Jan 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Here’s another chapter from Geeks Bearing Gifts, this one about a topic I’ve discussed here: reinventing TV news. Read the whole thing on Medium. A snippet: I know people who are innovating with the form online and who object to calling what they do “television” because they don’t want the word’s baggage. But I say they should co-opt the word, revolutionizing the concept of television instead of letting it languish in its past. It’s true that there’ll soon be no way to distinguish among media. What used to be a text article in a print publication now, online, has video…
  • Free speech is not a privilege. It is a journalistic responsibility.

    Jeff Jarvis
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:41 am
    All across Europe yesterday, newspapers stood in solidarity with Charlie Hebdo published the cartoons that supposedly motivated the murder its staff. They informed the public. Not in America, not in the land of free speech. Apart from the Jewish Chronicle, whose rationale for not running the cartoons is obvious, I find the excuses and the behavior of others to be cowardly and illogical. The New York Times told BuzzFeed — BuzzFeed — that it does “not normally publish images or other material deliberately intended to offend religious sensibilities. After careful consideration,…
  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: Mobile=Local=Me: Context over Content

    Jeff Jarvis
    5 Jan 2015 | 7:11 am
    Back from the holidays, here’s the next chapter from Geeks Bearing Gifts, posted for free on Medium. Spoiler: I say this is a chapter about mobile but instead it ends up being about understanding different use cases for news, no matter the device or medium. I argue that thinking of mobile as just another content-delivery medium is short-sighted. Mobile is about context. Instead of organizing our services around platforms, we should be organizing them around people and their specific needs. A snippet: Usage and traffic for mobile is fast outpacing the web. Many news sites see or are…
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    Intentional Leadership

  • Season 3, Episode 03: The Right Way to Fire the Wrong Person [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    6 Steps for Resolving Poor Hiring Decisions Welcome to Season 3, Episode 3 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this second episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the best way to handle the firing and layoff process. Letting someone go from your organization is hard. In fact, it should be. But sometimes it’s necessary, and it’s there a simple, six-step process for creating the best possible outcome. Listen to the Audio Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Play in browser | Download Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s…
  • One Old-Tech Secret for High Achievers

    Michael Hyatt
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Why Paper Plus Evernote Beats Pure Digital for Taking Notes Everyone knows I geek out when it comes to new technology. But sometimes old tech is the best tech, and that goes for taking notes. Courtesy of iStock/kickimages Last fall information guru Clay Shirky banned the use of laptops and other digital devices in his NYU classroom. It remains a controversial move. Not only students, but even other professors have criticized him. Not me. I think Shirky’s onto something. Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s fast, free,…
  • 4 Ways to Beat the Resistance and Reach Your Goals This Year

    Michael Hyatt
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    How to Overcome What's Holding You Back It’s about that time. Based on the statistics, a large percentage of people who made New Year’s resolutions are thinking about throwing in the towel. Some already have. Courtesy of iStock/Peshkova According to research from the University of Scranton, nearly 4 out of 10 people quit their resolutions before reaching the month of February. Even more will fall off after that. But what about you? If you’re like most people, you have goals for your health, relationships, faith, wealth, or personal development. These are the things that matter most to…
  • Season 3, Episode 02: The Right Way to Hire the Right People [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    6 Guidelines for Developing a Solid Hiring Process Welcome to Season 3, Episode 2 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this second episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss a proven six-point hiring process to ensure you find the right fit for your team. We all want our businesses to succeed, and most of us know we can improve our odds by recruiting high-quality employees. Unfortunately, it’s easy to make costly hiring mistakes. I’ve sure done it. But I’ve also used what I learned the hard way to develop a system to hire the very best. Listen to the Audio Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes |…
  • How MLK Made a Better World in Just 10 Years

    Michael Hyatt
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Why Extraordinary Success Depends on What You Believe When Martin Luther King Jr. accepted the ministerial call from Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, he was just twenty-five years old. Photo courtesy of the National Archives That was 1954. What King accomplished over the next decade would radically reshape American society and provide an example and inspiration for us today. So what was his secret? Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s fast, free, and more convenient.  
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    Mequoda Daily » Articles

  • The Battle for Best Website Design Lies in These 16 Questions

    Kim Mateus
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    The best website designs launch when they’re readable, user-approved, SEO-friendly, and with architecture for converting visitors into email subscribers and buyers No matter how many website awards there are out there, no one website could ever win the battle for best website design of all, because there are so many factors that come into play. For example, some might think they have the best website design because their website is “pretty,” with loads of white space and great fonts. But if it’s not also search-optimized for someone to find it, then who cares? Another…
  • 4 Things the Best Membership Websites Have in Common

    Kim Mateus
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Four things top membership websites have in common One of the more popular paid subscription website models Mequoda has identified is the paid membership website. Unlike some of the other models, it’s user-driven and content-based, and its unique minimum information unit (MIU) is content created by a member. The MIU can be an individual’s profile on, or an individual’s expertise on sites such as The goal of paid membership websites is to acquire and retain members, because it generates revenue from user-access fees; it accepts little or no advertising. As we…
  • Investment Largest of Its Kind in Six Years

    Patrick Hughes
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    via $186 million investment a great sign for digital publishing A investment round announced on January 14 demonstrated a renewed commitment to both education technology and digital publishing. The subscription-based service, which produces video tutoring and other learning materials, received $186 million in capital from a group led by international firm TPG and including current investment firms Accel Partners, Spectrum Equity, and Meritech. According to, the investment will be used for acquisitions, content efforts, and staffing. The…
  • 12 Ways to Convert Website Visitors into Email Subscribers

    Amanda MacArthur
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Your website isn’t optimized until it’s building an email list while you sleep Do you know why you’ve hired editors to recycle your magazine content online? Probably because you want to attract lots and lots of web visitors. Naive publishers might think that the transactional process starts with some highly SEO’d content that brings readers to their websites and then POOF! they’re overwhelmed by orders. That doesn’t usually happen, so the middleman becomes your email list. Do what you can to build your email list, and your buyer list will grow with it. Put…
  • Social Media Audits Explained: What is a Twitter Audit?

    Amanda MacArthur
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    A simple 11 point checklist for a basic social media and Twitter audit One service that we offer to our gold member clients, that is often part of the ongoing process of keeping publishers on task, is performing social media audits. This process is very manual, going in and checking whether or not content is being promoted most effectively. There are three parts of a Twitter Audit: Is my content being promoted most effectively? Are people engaging with my content? How can I improve on current promotions, traffic and engagement? The first part, and the one we’re focusing on today, is…
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  • The Most Overlooked Market For Content Writers

    Guest Column
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Editor’s Note: The following content is provided to Writer’s Digest by a writing community partner. This content is sponsored by American Writers & Artists Inc. Writing content can be an extremely profitable option for working writers … Sure, there are fiercely competitive content markets where writers fight over penny-a-word contracts. But, those more obvious opportunities in highly-competitive markets aren’t what I’m talking about. There are far better opportunities for writers looking to make a living … and that’s my goal with this blog each week: To…
  • Ghostbuster For Hire

    Brian A. Klems
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:40 pm
    You’ve been out of work for a few months and respond an unusual ad online that reads: “Team seeking full-time associate who isn’t afraid of ghosts.” They call and tell you to come in. Intrigued (and desperate for work), you go to their office and get hired on the spot. Moments later, there’s a call—and you have your first assignment. Write about what happens. Post your response (500 words or fewer) in the comments below. Want more creative writing prompts? Pick up a copy of A Year of Writing Prompts: 365 Story Ideas for Honing Your Craft and Eliminating…
  • The Art of the Query: Winning an Agent From the Very First Page – Webinar with Michelle Brower

    Brian A. Klems
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:03 am
    Your query letter is your introduction, your handshake, your first date. In order to get an agent to fall in love with your writing, you first must get them to fall in love with your query. It’s only one page, but it’s your most important page. What makes some queries successful, while others immediately get a rejection? In this live 90-minute webinar — titled “The Art of the Query: Winning an Agent From the Very First Page” —  instructor and literary agent Michelle Brower will show you how agents go through their slush pile and how they make decisions based on query…
  • Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 295

    Robert Lee Brewer
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:06 am
    For this week’s prompt, write a free poem. Think free parking or a free space (in a board game). Think fat free, care free, or stone free (for all the Jimi Hendrix fans out there). Or think words with free in them, a la Freedom of Information Act. You’re free to take it in any free-wheeling direction you wish. Get Started in Writing! Take your writing to new levels with the one-of-a-kind bundle of writing products called Getting Started in Writing premium collection! The bundle includes an independent study workshop, four e-books, seven paperbacks, and a handful of webinars–all…
  • 7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Robin Antalek

    Chuck Sambuchino
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:05 pm
    This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers (this installment written by Robin Antalek, author of THE GROWN UPS) at any stage of their career can talk about writing advice and instruction as well as how they possibly got their book agent — by sharing seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. GIVEAWAY: Robin is excited to give away a free copy of her novel to a random commenter. Comment within 2 weeks; winners must live in Canada/US to receive the book by mail. You can win a blog…
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    FishbowlNY Feed

  • Newsweek Cover on Sexism Draws Outrage

    Chris O'Shea
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:59 am
    Newsweek’s latest cover is pissing off a lot of people. It’s a startling image, and the Twitter universe let loose on it. One called the cover “garbage.” Another said it was “horrid.” A few mentioned that the cover ruined whatever the cover story happened to be. Of course, if anyone bothered to read the accompanying article, they’d see that the cover is almost perfect. Sure, it’s a little dumbed down for the subject it’s addressing. However, it definitely conveys that Silicon Valley sees women as objects, and that’s a big…
  • Mashable Raises $17 Million; Business Insider $25 Million

    Chris O'Shea
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Mashable and Business Insider have both raised good chunks of funding. Mashable raised  $17 million in Series B funding, led by Time Warner Investments. BI raised $25 million, led by Axel Springer. It’s not surprising that both companies have enjoyed large funding rounds. Mashable has increased its revenue by 45 percent over the past year. Meanwhile, a “person familiar with BI” told The Wall Street Journal that the site turned a profit over the second half of last year, and revenue has grown “steadily.” Traffic to the sites is also on the rise. According to…
  • FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

    Chris O'Shea
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
      (Images: Newseum)
  • Morning Media Newsfeed: Sullivan to Quit Blogging | AT&T to Create Snapchat Series

    Christine Zosche
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:05 am
    Click here to receive Mediabistro’s Morning Media Newsfeed via email. Andrew Sullivan Says He’s Done Blogging (FishbowlDC) Founding editor of The Dish Andrew Sullivan announced Wednesday afternoon on his blog that he has \"decided to stop blogging in the near future.\" Mediaite In a post simply titled \"A Note to My Readers,\" Sullivan explained that there were two main factors that led to his decision to give up daily blogging for nearly 15 years straight. \"That’s long enough to do any single job,\" he wrote. \"In some ways, it’s as simple as that. There comes a time when you…
  • Glitter Gagster Deconstructs His Very Profitable Media Stunt

    Richard Horgan
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:20 pm
    In the preface of Ryan Holiday’s New York Observer Q&A with Mathew Carpenter, the 22-year-old Australian responsible for flash-in-the-news-pan, the reporter explains that it was all just a pre-meditated media stunt. And that even when Carpenter told some journalists it was a stunt, those journalists chose to ignore that key fact and cover the topic, obliviously. In the Q&A, Carpenter pays Fast Company contributor Nancy L. Miller a nice back-handed compliment, suggesting her coverage was the most impressive. At the other end of the bum’s rush…
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  • Five Academic Publishing Predictions for 2015

    27 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
    The following was originally posted to the Publishing Technology blogsite.  While trade publishing is arguably still in the middle of its first digital disruption, the academic publishing landscape is in a much more mature stage of development. Indeed the biggest disruption to face academic publishing has been the rise of open access journals, which are now considered as part of the ‘new normal’ of the sector. Last year we explored what the post-open access future for academic publishing might look like in two high profile panel events at The London Book Fair and Frankfurt Book Fair.
  • The Wire Cast Reunion at the Paley Center.

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:29 pm
    One of the benefits of traveliing as much as I have in the past 18mths is I get to catch up on a lot of TV. This show is one of the best ever and close watchers will know that the scripts benefited from the likes of George Pellecanos, Denis Lehane and Richard Price. (Cameo's for all I think).
  • Mobile Reading Trends: How solid is the Kindle's position?

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The following series of blog posts were originally published on the Publishing Technology blog during Frankfurt and speaks to research the company conducted into mobile reading habits. What we learned when we asked 3,000 people whether they read books on their phones While the publishing industry continues to debate the relative merits of print books versus eBooks a far bigger shift in the way we find and consume information is taking place under our noses. The digital revolution in publishing is often dated back to November 2007, when Amazon launched the first Kindle e-reader. Yet earlier…
  • PND Flipboard Magazine.

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
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  • MediaWeek (V7, N31): Bezo's WaPo, Publishing a Book, BitLit, James Garner + More

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

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:55 am
    It all started with his work as a library volunteer. From The Sun Sentinel: For Arthur Jaffe, books weren't just to be read. They were to be treasured as works of art. Jaffe, who donated a lot of money and his vast collection of hand-crafted books to Florida Atlantic University, died Sunday. He was 93. Though he passed away this week, his legacy will live on through the Arthur and Mata Jaffe Center for Book Arts at FAU's Wimberly Library, where he spent 13 years as curator before retiring in 2011. The collection has grown from Jaffe's original donation of 2,800 handmade books to 12,000 today.
  • Fair Use Is Not An Exception to Copyright, It's Essential to Copyright

    22 Jan 2015 | 6:33 am
    Unfortunately, there is tremendous pressure in DC right now to rewrite the law and undermine that balance. Fair use has been under assault for decades, thanks to laws like Section 1201 of the DMCA, which makes it illegal to bypass a technical protection measure under most circumstances even if your conduct is an otherwise lawful fair use. Now, more than ever, we must insist that fair use is indispensable to copyright. That’s how we take copyright back.
  • Alexandria Still Burns. This is What a Librarian Looks Like

    21 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    Maybe you've heard about a photo/video project by Kyle Cassidy that was looking for funding last year. You'll be happy to know that the project has been funded on Kickstarter. On June 29th, 2014 618 backers carried our Kickstarter across the finish line with $12,245, allowing us to not only photograph and interview more than 300 Librarians at the ALA conference in Las Vegas, but to also fund the stretch goals of creating a series of stock photographs for libraries to use, doing five hours of video interviews, and doing some photography for the new Joan of Dark book on knitting projects for…
  • X-ray technique 'reads' burnt Vesuvius scroll

    20 Jan 2015 | 12:11 pm
    There's rare books and then there's even more rare scrolls. From the BBC: For the first time, words have been read from a burnt, rolled-up scroll buried by Mount Vesuvius in AD79. The scrolls of Herculaneum, the only classical library still in existence, were blasted by volcanic gas hotter than 300C and are desperately fragile. Deep inside one scroll, physicists distinguished the ink from the paper using a 3D X-ray imaging technique sometimes used in breast scans. They believe that other scrolls could also be deciphered without unrolling. The work appears in the journal Nature Communications.
  • Reading Rainbow Welcome to Reading Rainbow | Best Reading Apps for Kids

    20 Jan 2015 | 5:58 am
    Introducing the re-imagined Reading Rainbow experience, featuring an unlimited library of acclaimed children's books and video field trips.
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  • Meredith Buys Shape From AMI for $60 Million

    Bill Mickey
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:26 am
    Meredith announced today that it's buying Shape magazine from American Media Inc. The sale price, revealed during Meredith's earnings call today, is $60 million up front, with a profit sharing arrangement that will be paid out in Meredith's fiscal 2018, estimated to be 3.5 times first-year cash flow. Also included in the deal are Shape's digital assets, as well as the digital assets for Natural Health and Fit Pregnancy. Following the deal, Meredith plans to fold Fitness into Shape, with the May issue the first under the new ownership. The Fitness and Shape websites will…
  • Meredith Rises and AMI Recedes With the Acquisition of Shape

    Tony Silber
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:59 am
    Wednesday morning, Meredith announced the acquisition of Shape, plus the digital assets of the Shape, Natural Health and Fit Pregnancy brands, from America Media. Meredith's Fitness will be rolled into Shape. The merged Shape will have a rate base of 2.5 million, an increase of 60 percent from its current level of 1.6 million, Meredith said in a press release. The Shape and Fitness websites will continue to operate as separate digital destinations, with a combined reach of almost 7 million unduplicated unique monthly visitors. David Zinczenko and his team from his independent…
  • Taunton President Steps Down, Industry Veteran Dan McCarthy Takes Over as Interim CEO

    Tony Silber
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Taunton Press President Tim Rahr announced to the company last week that he's leaving the company and that longtime industry executive Dan McCarthy is taking over as interim CEO.  "After 16 years at Taunton I have decided it is time for me to step away and find my next challenge," Rahr says in a memo that went out to employees Friday. Effective February 1, Rahr says, McCarthy will step in as Interim CEO, reporting to the board of directors.  He’s been working with the senior management team over the past six months to help hone strategy and enhance…
  • Condé Nast Launches Sponsored Content Group

    Bill Mickey
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:57 am
    Condé Nast is jumping into branded content services with the launch of "23 Stories by Condé Nast," a group that will work with advertising clients to produce content-led marketing campaigns. Many publishers have moved in this direction already, forming teams akin to creative agencies within their business development operations. The differentiator, however, is whether publishers decide to form separate creative marketing teams or leverage existing editorial and design talent to produce the sponsored content.  23 Stories, named after the 23 stories Condé…
  • Breaking Media Buys Medcity Media

    Bill Mickey
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Breaking Media, a network of B2B media sites that include Above the Law, Breaking Energy and Fashionista, has acquired the privately owned healthcare media company Medcity Media. John Lerner, Breaking Media CEO, declined to offer details on terms, but says it was an equity and cash deal. Lerner had been looking for a healthcare site to add to his network when Media Advisory Partners, who represented Medcity in the deal, tipped him to the opportunity. "We felt that the business of healthcare was a natural fit for breaking media and were keen on entering the space for some time,"…
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  • The Top 4 People I Admire Most

    Ashly Lorenzana
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:19 am
    I want to share with you the four people who I admire and respect more than anyone else. Well, at least outside of my own sphere of personal contacts and people I know well. To me, all four of these people are celebrities and I consider myself a fangirl of each. Since I was a kid, I always enjoyed being a nearly psychotic fan of someone I really liked for one reason or another. It makes me feel good to latch onto strangers who manage to put stuff out into the world which resonates with me on some level. I always have to be extreme about everything I do and feel, and being a fan is certainly…
  • The Easiest Way to Write a Book

    Ashly Lorenzana
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:23 am
    I don’t care if you are the author of several published books or just a savvy entrepreneur looking for an extra source of passive income — in either case, you have (however guiltily) wondered at some point, “what is the easiest way to write a book?” Admit it. Don’t let it make you feel dirty, no one is any better than anyone else who has shared that same thought. You might think it feels like some form of cheating. At least it tricks you into feeling shame because you assume that what you are asking for is a shortcut to writing a fantastic book that no one can…
  • Yet Another OptimizePress 2.0 Review

    Ashly Lorenzana
    6 Aug 2013 | 12:52 pm
    Okay, so what the hell is Optimize Press, you ask? For those of you that do not know, it was a WordPress theme that was designed with internet marketers in mind. Meaning, the  pages were styled to resemble landing pages and websites more so than the traditional blog style of a WordPress site. Optimize Press 2.0, as you probably could have guessed, is the newest release and it’s a whole different beast. Since I had the first version already, I got an email about the launch at the end of last month and figured I’d sign up as an affiliate during the pre-launch. Afterwards, I did a…
  • My Vook Publishing Review

    Ashly Lorenzana
    1 Aug 2013 | 11:48 pm
    So it was actually quite some time ago that the idea of turning my blog into an eBook first occurred to me.  But first, we should ask ourselves an important question…is turning a blog into a book even a good idea to begin with? The answer will depend on who you ask, like most things. However, I do know that several well known bloggers have compiled anthologies of their best blog content and used it to publish a book or eBook. Before we dive in to this though, I just wanted to make it clear that I do not have any illusions about my blog being turned into a book that makes me millions of…
  • My 99Designs Review

    Ashly Lorenzana
    21 Jul 2013 | 7:01 am
    About a year ago now, I blogged about crowdsourced logo deisgns, including the costs and how the whole process works. Now I’m no graphic artist at all, let’s make that clear. However, crowdsourcing has been used across the board for tons of different creative talents and I’ve also blogged in the past about different types of crowdsourcing sites you can make money with. Personally, I am much better with words so for a while I was having a lot of fun with sites like SquadHelp and NamingForce. Like many things which are fun, it was not making me much money. But that was fine, I…
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    How to get a book published|Write a book |Self publish

  • Promote Your Business by Piggybacking on Holidays, Observances, and Events

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

    13 Jan 2015 | 6:58 pm
    An ad from my local hardware store featured a party cooler for sale. The cooler was pictured filled with ice and canned soda, but printed in parentheses was “Sodas and ice not included.” Most of us would realize that the ice and soda were intended as a suggested use. This disclaimer was necessary, however, for those dodo heads who would insist that the picture misled them to believe the ice and soda were included. Just as clearly stating what is being offered is critical in advertising, so is it important in your book title. Your book title is a billboard, a promise, an agreement to…
  • If Your Book Isn’t Selling, Do the Hokey Pokey

    9 Nov 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Image from   I popped into one of my favorite blogs recently and read a short post reminding authors we must constantly build an audience in order to succeed. It was only 126 words long, but it touched a nerve in one of the commenters who whined that she didn’t need reminding, she needed to know “how”. This imagined omission hurled at the blog owner was particularly unfair since the entire blog is devoted to telling authors how to build an audience and create effective marketing plans. The commenter clearly hadn’t read the years of posts giving…
  • Join the Race to 50,000 Words: National Novel Writing Month

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:21 pm
    “Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month.”   If you’ve been putting off writing your novel (or other genre), November is an excellent time to get started because it’s National Novel Writing Month . Although it began as a national effort for novelists, it is now practiced around the world by fiction and nonfiction writers. This year 400,000 writers in 616 affiliated chapters across six continents are expected to participate. They will gather in coffee shops, libraries, and many other places to encourage each other and reach for the 50,000 word goal, or 1,667 words a…
  • 10 Benefits of Guest Blogging You Can’t Get on Your Own Blog

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:24 pm miles   When my editor Barbara Ardinger asked if I’d share an excerpt from the upcoming 2nd edition of my book, Color Your Life Happy, on her blog I immediately agreed. You see, I’ve learned that guest blogging has benefits I can’t get from my own blog. When you began blogging you probably were told if you work hard writing compelling content, you’d eventually build a big following of readers and subscribers. That sounds reasonable, except it’s not exactly true. Without reaching out beyond your own blog, you’re on a steep…
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  • Lost in Translation: In Which I Investigate a Translation Service, and They Are Not Amused

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:07 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Last week, I got a question about the reputation of a service called Author Translation. I'd never heard of it before, so I paid a visit to its website.Logically enough, given its name, AT offers "literary translations for authors, online and worldwide." The website doesn't say which languages are AT's specialty, but per its Twitter feed, that would appear to be Spanish only. Also not revealed: exactly who is doing the translations, and what qualifications they have. It's said only that they are "literary translators, proofreaders, bloggers and…
  • Two Red-Flag Sentences in Publishing Contracts

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:13 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareA publishing contract just came across my desk for evaluation. From a publisher that sometimes charges fees (but didn't in this case), it's a pretty poor contract--just two pages long, because it's missing a lot of important language: nothing to indicate when the contract term starts to run (on publication? on signing?), no editing clause, a claim on subsidiary rights with no breakout of the rights claimed, no copyright notice requirement, the same royalty rate for all formats including ebooks...the list goes on.As if that weren't bad enough, it…
  • New Look for Writer Beware

    21 Jan 2015 | 10:25 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareIf you're a regular here, you'll have noticed our new look!It's courtesy of the talented Tiana Smith of The Blog Decorator, who offered to donate a custom blog template just because she thinks Writer Beware is awesome. We're grateful for her generosity, and thrilled to finally have a design that lives up to our new logo. We hope you like it, too.Thanks, Tiana!
  • 2014 in Review: The Best of Writer Beware

    6 Jan 2015 | 11:11 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareWelcome to 2015! It's time again for our annual look back at the year just past, to remind you of our most important, helpful, or amusing posts.Here goes.JANUARYScribd's Ebook Subscription Service: A look at Scribd's ebook subscription service--which in January 2014 was brand-new--and the related concerns raised by the rampant piracy on the site. Says Writer Beware's Michael Capobianco: "[B]eneath all the new things, the old Scribd--offering not-necessarily-legal user uploads of copyrighted works--is still there."(Scribd later responded, stating…
  • Happy Holidays

    23 Dec 2014 | 10:02 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware The Writer Beware blog will be on holiday hiatus for the next two weeks. I will still be answering email, though, so if you have a question, feel free to contact me at the email address in the sidebar.Many, many thanks to our readers, followers, and fans--and especially to all the writers who contact us to let us know about their writing and publishing experiences, good and bad. You are why we do this.See you in 2015.
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  • REVIEW: Infected: Prey by Andrea Speed

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
      Infected: Book One In a world where a werecat virus has changed society, Roan McKichan, a born infected and ex-cop, works as a private detective trying to solve crimes involving other infecteds. The murder of a former cop draws Roan into an odd case where an unidentifiable species of cat appears to be showing an unusual level of intelligence. He juggles that with trying to find a missing teenage boy, who, unbeknownst to his parents, was “cat” obsessed. And when someone is brutally murdering infecteds, Eli Winters, leader of the Church of the Divine Transformation, hires Roan to…
  • Thursday News: Harlequin + bull riders, Oyster + Harry Potter, indie bookstore + writers-in-residence, and Wonder Woman in hijab

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Professional Bull Riders and Harlequin Announce Partnership – Harlequin has announced a major partnership with the Professional Bull Riders (PBR), starting with four books, which will include coupons for PBR events and future Harlequin titles. This partnership seems similar to the NASCAR deal Harlequin struck a number of years ago, giving the publisher a chance to reach out to a potentially new readership and capitalizing on the Western themes within the bull riding context. I’m assuming, at least, that these books will appeal to readers who love Western Romances and/or athlete…
  • Daily Deals: Science experiments fighting back, Divorcees reinventing themselves, Abusive pasts still haunting

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley. $ .99 From the Jacket Copy: She’s ready for the ride of her life . . . Lauren Grahame is looking to reinvent herself. After leaving her cheating husband, Lauren moves to Carnal, Colorado, and gets a job as a waitress in a biker bar called Bubba’s. It’s a nothing job in a nowhere joint . . . until Tatum Jackson walks in. Lauren has never seen a man with such good looks, muscles, and attitude. But when he insults her, Lauren doesn’t want anything to do with him. Too bad for Lauren he’s also the bar’s part owner and bartender.
  • REVIEW: Night Shift by Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin, Milla Vane

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Dear Readers, Recently I finished Night Shift, an anthology by Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin and Milla Vane (aka Meljean Brook). Here are mini-reviews of all four novellas: Secrets at Midnight by Nalini Singh The Psy/Changeling series has been going on so long that it sometimes treads what is now familiar ground, but this story was fresh and enjoyable. It’s about Bastien, Mercy’s brother, the panther changeling who manages DarkRiver’s finances, and Kirby, who is….well, to say more about who and what Kirby is would constitute a spoiler, since Kirby herself doesn’t…
  • REVIEW: The Cowboy’s Christmas Seduction by Genevieve Turner

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Catarina Merrill has had quite a year—with the shotgun marriage and the baby on the way—but she certainly never expected to desire her husband as much as she does. Dreaming up naughty, sensual things she’d like to try with him is easy, but actually telling him about her fantasies is hard. So Catarina comes up with a plan to act out her deepest desires—only not as herself… Jace Merrill knows his wife is itching for something. Trouble is, he can’t figure out what that is. But when just before Christmas he finds a stranger in his bedroom—one wearing his wife’s…
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    TNBBC's The Next Best Book Blog

  • Book Review: Rude Vile Pigs

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Read 1/14/15 - 1/21/153 Stars - Recommended to readers who like non-traditional storytelling and eat up satire with a spoonPages: 280Publisher: Self PublishedReleased: 2014When reading Rude Vile Pigs, there is no pressure to like its characters. They are rude, they are vile, and they are, essentially, quite piggish. Leo X Robertson could not have chosen a better title for this dark satirical look at humanity at its most down-and-out.In the town of... wait for it... Sadwhitepeopledrinking, we find ourselves in the midst of a middle-aged alcoholic divorcee's mental breakdown. Jim Joy still has…
  • Ian Doescher Recommends Fog Island Mountains

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
     Writers Recommend is a series where we ask writers to, well, you know.. recommend things. Like the books that they've enjoyed. To you. Because who doesn't like being recommended new and interesting books, right?! Think of it as a PSA. Only it's more like a LSA -Literary Service Announcement. Your welcome. Ian Doescher Recommends Fog Island Mountains by Michelle Bailat-JonesAs I get older, more and more of my friends from high school, college and beyond are becoming authors.  This is always fun for me, and I love reading the books that come from the imaginations of…
  • Mick Carlon's Would You Rather

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Bored with the same old fashioned author interviews you see all around the blogosphere? Well, TNBBC's newest series is a fun, new, literary spin on the ole Would You Rather game. Get to know the authors we love to read in ways no other interviewer has. I've asked them to pick sides against the same 20 odd bookish scenarios. Mick Carlon'sWould You RatherWould you rather start every sentence in your book with ‘And’ or end every sentence with ‘but’?    Hmm…I’d rather begin every sentence with “and.”  “But” can have other…
  • Kate Reviews: Salaryman Unbound

    26 Jan 2015 | 6:40 am
    Salaryman Unbound by Ezra Kyrill Erker4 stars - Strongly Recommended by KatePages: 189Publisher: Crime Wave Press Released: March 2014Guest review by Kate VaneSalaryman Unbound is a stylish, darkly comic novel of psychological suspense. It tells the story of Shiro, a Japanese IT manager with a midlife crisis. He has considered the conventional responses to his sense of ennui – an affair or an unsuitable hobby – but in the end settles on murder. From this starting point, the novel follows Shiro’s attempts to implement his plan and its consequences. He turns out to be a fairly inept…
  • Five Pet Peeves: Book Abuse

    22 Jan 2015 | 6:56 am
    For those of you who were hanging around the blog yesterday, you may have met our newest review contributor, Lindsey. Lindsey runs the Straight Forward Poetry journal and will be reviewing... wait for it... poetry and chapbooks for us. Her format - Dog Eared Reviews - is an interesting and anxiety-inducing one:She actually dog-ears her books as she reads them!I'm suddenly finding it hard to breathe.Hang on a sec......Ok. It's ok. *pictures smooth, crisp, unfolded page corners, hundreds and hundreds of smooth, crisp, unfolded....* yeah, I'm fine. Phew!So, needless to say, Lindsey's preferred…
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  • A Candy Crush Writing Life

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    A Candy Crush Writing LifeGoogle Free ImagesI had to delete if from all my devices. Candy Crush is an addicting game, and besides, I’m stuck on Level 161. I refuse to buy any boosts (although I have done it in the past). If I was going to get any work done, it had to go. Okay, I retrieved it from the cloud over the holidays. Don’t get me started on Trivia Crack. It has to go, too.     This article isn’t about the evils of distractions in the writing life, although computer games probably rank right up there on the list of procrastinations. Actually I played Candy…
  • Share and (Don't) Share Alike

    Liberty Speidel
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Most authors have someone--usually a few someones--they share their work with pre-publication. Typically, they fill the need for beta readers, last minute editors, and the like.For me, I tend to be a bit neurotic. I like having feedback, but I've always been adamant about one thing: I don't share my work with family. Now, there are a lot of reasons behind this. And in talking to other writers, I've found my reasoning is pretty sound. A lot of writers do share with their loved ones before they publish, but a lot don't.Reasons not to do so are myriad, and depend entirely on the person, but they…
  • Book Review Sci fi, time travel, historical? The Land Uncharted, Keely Brooke Keith

    Lisa Lickel
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:30 pm
    The Land Uncharted Keely Brooke KeithEdenbrooke PressOctober, 20143.99 ebookFrom the Publisher:Lydia Colburn is a young physician dedicated to serving her village in the Land, a landmass in the South Atlantic Ocean undetectable to the outside world. When injured fighter pilot Connor Bradshaw's parachute carries him from the war engulfing the 2025 world to her hidden land, his presence threatens her plans, her family, and the survival of her preindustrial society. As Connor searches for a way to return to his squadron, his fascination with life in the Land makes him protective of Lydia…
  • Interview with Marketing Director, Pamela Thibodeaux

    Linda Yezak
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Pamela Thibodeaux is one busy lady. She is a multipublished author of romance and creative nonfiction, the former owner and current ad sales director for the ezine, TWJ Magazine, the marketing associate for Pelican Book Group, and the founder/member of The Bayou Writer's Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Pam is quite familiar with the world of publishing.I invited her here to give us a few tidbits about marketing. I hope you find her responses helpful.~~~~~~~Tell us about TWJ? How is it doing?TWJ began in 2011, but I was not the founder. I was (at that time too) the Ad Sales Director. I…
  • How to Get More Comments On Your Blog Posts

    Cherie Burbach
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    One way to build your blog and get more traffic is to write blog posts that readers want to comment on. Search engines love blog posts that have reader engagement. But how do you get readers excited or angry or happy enough to comment on what you’re saying?#186870265 / gettyimages.comComment on Celebrity NewsIt seems we all have opinions on celebs in the news so why not use that to engage your readers. I’ve found that you can start off a genuine conversation about something by beginning with a celebrity news item. I’ve written about celebs and their love lives, friendships, and even…
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  • Best of the Archives: Endurance to Cross Your Own Finish Line

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This post first appeared in Seekerville in October 2013. We're bringing it back to start the new year. In Seekerville we talk a lot about our journey from the island to the mainland. Call me idealistic, but I believe that everyone who wants to can make that trip. I also believe that being a writer isn't necessarily about being fair or even being talented. Sometimes it's just about determination and preparation. Here's a shocker for you..maybe you better sit down. I used to run. In fact, thirteen years ago, I was running seven miles on my speed days. I love running. Maybe as much as…
  • FLYING THROUGH THE FOG: Tips to Discovering Your Story Idea

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Are you ready for SPEEDBO?“YIKES!” you’re thinking. “Give me a break. It’s only January!”As long-time Seeker Villagers know, SPEEDBO is short for “speed book.” Each March Seekerville hosts a month-long write-a-thon where we write our little hearts out for 31 days. We draw encouragement from each other and push ourselves to one more word, one more sentence, one more paragraph, one more chapter. Maybe an entire rough draft!And...Speedbo is ONLY 32 days away!Are YOU ready? Have you given any thought to where your focus will be or do you plan to sit down on Sunday, March 1, grab…
  • Autographed Bookplates: Are We Famous Yet?

    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Pam Hillman Bookplate(Actual plate wouldn't have a border)by Pam HillmanA few weeks ago the authors of The Homestead Brides Collection mailed bookplates round-robin style so that we could all sign them. The set is still making the rounds among the nine authors, but when we’re done, we’ll all have bookplates signed by all of us to either mail to someone or put in books at book signings.I thought that was kind of cool, and I realized this is a topic that we hadn’t discussed in Seekerville. So here goes... :)In its most basic form, autographed bookplates are labels signed by an author and…

    25 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Good Morning.  Sandra here with a pot of chocolate velvet coffee, Teavana teas and hot chocolate. Grab a cup and lets talk miracles.  I picked oranges and tangelos off my tree this morning and they are juicy and sweet. So please help yourself to some Arizona sunshine.Photo AHave you ever pursued a project or a dream and all of a sudden the people you need appear or the information you need falls into your lap? Some would call this coincidence. There are even scientific studies where they have proven that your brain tunes into things when you have a goal.  Their example showed…
  • The Weekend Edition

    23 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    As all of you know, the 20th of January was Penguin Awareness Day. This weekend we'd like to salute the penguin. Be sure to hug one today, and don't be afraid to add a penguin to your novel!We have a jam packed Weekend Edition. Read slowly so you don't miss any giveaways!We Have WinnersGiveaway rules can be found here. Please drop us a line to claim your giveaway at 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!Did you claim your giveaway from LAST WEEK? Winners…
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    Enago Blog: Scientific Publication Help

  • Multitasking For Scientific Researchers: Pros and Cons

    William Stevenson
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    The term multitasking refers to moving quickly between different areas of work without losing focus. Some people are really good at it, while others find it terribly stressful and tiring. It can be productive while performing simple tasks, such as answering emails or phone calls. But how does it impact those that require deeper concentration? Here you have some pros and cons about multitasking while doing your research daily tasks: Pros (for those, who find distractions relaxing) • Avoids boredom: Multitaskers like keeping their minds busy to not get bored and tired, especially when…
  • How to Cope With Stress In Academia?

    William Stevenson
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:12 am
    Stress: “A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.” A normal reaction when we encounter an unexpected situation, but when did it become part of our working routines? Can we really find out an effective guide for stress management? Actually, the best ones are those that arise from a good understanding of ourselves, our expectations, and our problems. Here you have some ideas to help you to understand how to minimize your own sources of stress. Identify them: There is no better way to defeat your enemies than knowing them.……
  • Free Photo Editing Tools that Researchers can use for Research Papers

    William Stevenson
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:16 am
    Journals increasingly encourage vivid illustrations to accompany research papers. Photographs are one simple but effective way to enliven an article and improve comprehension. However, a raw photo is rarely suitable for publication: some degree of photo editing is required. There are three options: pay for professional photo editing, purchase photo editing software, use free photo editing software or services. I have used a professional editing service only once—to digitalize and enhance an archived photo–-and I was not too impressed with the result.… Continue ReadingRelated…
  • Some Reasons Why Switching Mentors Can Help You as a Researcher

    William Stevenson
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:56 am
    Communication with your mentor is ineffective, other researchers tell you that good relations with mentors are possible, and you are missing out on a helping hand. Many researchers feel this way at some point in their careers. However, if these feelings are not temporary and all your alarms indicate that you should switch to a new mentor, why not consider doing it? Here are some reasons why switching mentors can help you if your relationship is not working: It can make you happier: It appears that giving more importance to our feelings than to our careers is not professional or…
  • 5 Ways To Reduce The Number Of Erroneous Research Papers

    William Stevenson
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:16 am
    Erroneous research papers are published every year, causing the embarrassment of those who truly believe in science and Academia’s good procedures. Is it time for scientist to fight against academic misconduct? Even though putting an end to bad manners sounds difficult, here we suggest five ways to minimize the number of mistakes in scientific research papers: Change the rules The real change would only begging by forgetting competitiveness and the “publish or perish” idea. As long as researchers’ success depends on the number of papers they publish in recognized publications,…
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    Beyond Paper Editing

  • 5 Ways an Editor Is like a Dentist

    Carla Douglas
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:49 am
    by Carla Douglas and Corina Koch MacLeod @CarlaJDouglas  @CKmacleodwriter This post first appeared on August 6, 2014, at Most of us look on a trip to the dentist with a mixture of guilt and dread: we know we need it, but it’s going to hurt. The sight of the needles, the sound of the drill … Read More →
  • At a Glance: Ebook Formatting for Kindle Publishing

    Corina Koch MacLeod
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Updated January 10, 2015 by Corina Koch MacLeod @CKmacleodwriter In a previous post, I provided you with a “cheat sheet” that will help you format an ebook for Lulu using Microsoft Word. This week’s cheat sheet is for formatting an ebook for Kindle Publishing, using Microsoft Word 2010. Amazon has a few guides for formatting … Read More →
  • Where Are the Self-Pubs in Educational Publishing?

    Carla Douglas
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:58 am
    by Carla Douglas @CarlaJDouglas It’s no secret that change comes slowly to education—it’s a big ship, and for so many reasons, it can’t change course as quickly as most of us think it should. But education, at least in the K–12 stream, is embracing digital—from e-textbooks to tablets to blended and online learning, digital is … Read More →
  • Our Route to Self-Publishing: 3 Moments That Mattered Most

    Carla Douglas
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
    by Carla Douglas (@CarlaJDouglas) Isn’t hindsight wonderful? If you’re willing to look back, you’ll find a map of not just where you’ve been, but also your wrong turns along the way. Better still, hindsight reveals those gilded moments when you made all the right moves, launching yourself in a new direction. Over the past 12 … Read More →
  • Why We’re Choosing Self-Publishing Now

    Carla Douglas
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    by Carla Douglas (@CarlaJDouglas) For 12 years, we’ve been successfully writing educational resources and publishing them with an independent press. We’ve had a good run, producing eight titles, and our relationship with our publisher for the most part has been positive and warm. This fall, however, we’ve made a sharp turn. We’ve taken the publication … Read More →
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    Nostrovia! Tavern

  • Advanced Call for Submissions: Voicemail Poems

    7 Jan 2015 | 9:12 am
    Founded in April 2012 by the poet laureate of FEELING VERY UNCOMFORTABLE, John Mortara, Voicemail Poems features “missed calls you actually want to hear”—it’s also one of my favorite homes for finding and submitting poetry. Consistently publishing four times per year (in January, April, July, and October), Voicemail Poems brings its readers (listeners?) both the author’s recorded call and text, making VP more intimate than most venues. It’s as if each poet were reaching out to you directly. What I Love About Voicemail Poems: Diversity – Every issue features known greats from a…
  • ATTN: Indie Lit Community – “Great 2015 Preview” [list-in-progress]

    Jeremiah Walton
    2 Jan 2015 | 11:22 am
    Jeremiah Walton:Great 2015 Preview Originally posted on THE FEATURE S P A C E _: 421 Atlanta [need schedule, Amy McDaniel] Action Books [need schedule, Joyelle McSweeney] Akashic Books The Love Book by Nina Solomon (January)Starve the Vulture: A Memoir by Jason Carney (January)We Are All Crew by Bill Landauer (January)The Lost Treasures of R&B: A D Hunter Mystery by Nelson George (February)Loving Donovan by Bernice L. McFadden (February)The Half That’s Never Been Told: The Real-Life Reggae Adventures…

    2 Jan 2015 | 10:29 am
    Kyle Harvey’s second poetry collection, “July,” is a sweeping sequence paying homage to both the old gods of writing and his peers. The gorgeous cover echoes not only maps and the journey, but prisms of light, which I found especially fitting—just as orientation results in different colors, so much of our reading experience and its interpretations are impacted by the contexts of what we know. In this way do these 22 untitled poems reinterpret the month through a range of circumstances. Even while consistently approachable, “July” resists straightforward interpretation, asking for…
  • “The Carousel” by Christopher Morgan (Flashback Friday)

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    …but for a moment, Laura thought she was actually heard. “Sorry, darling,” said her boyfriend, glancing through overgrown hair. “What were you just whispering?” He sat on the only grounded creature on the carousel: a sea dragon bench with its tail curled like a nautilus hemishell. “I said, it’s happening again,” she sighed. The slender white goose she rode seemed so regrettably befitting—to him, she’d never been more than his silly goose. Its beak reminded her of the nose she resented so much, which wasn’t her only embarrassment.
  • Bottlec[r]ap Volume 2 Call for Submissions

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Submissions are now open for volume 2 of Bottlecap Press’s lit/art zine, Bottlec[r]ap, which is available *online* and *in print*. Submissions for volume 2 will last until January 31st, 2015, and we’ll be releasing this volume in February. We’re looking for poetry (up to 5 pieces), prose (up to 1000 words), comics (up to 5 pages) and visual art (up to 5 pieces). We’re also accepting film, music, and interactive media submissions for the digital version. There’s no specific theme, but we lean in the direction of the eccentric and like to shoot for a wide variety of material…
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    The Publishing Profits Podcast Show | Writing | Marketing | Books | Ebooks

  • 039: Ari Meisel on Less Doing, More Living, and Getting More Done with Less Strress (Tom Corson-Knowles, Founder of TCK Publishing)
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:22 am
    Ari Meisel is the bestselling author of Less Doing and runs the very successful blog Ari has become the go-to expert on productivity, automation and efficiency for top entrepreneurs, CEOs, and business tycoons. Ari’s Optimize, Automate, Delegate system is the key to creating a business that runs efficiently and effectively, creating more profits and cash flow with less work, struggle and stress. To learn more about the Publishing Profits Podcast show, join us at To learn more about TCK Publishing, visit…
  • 038: How to Be Incredibly Productive AND Have Amazing Relationships with Jordan Gray (Tom Corson-Knowles, Founder of TCK Publishing)
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:40 pm
    Jordan Gray is the #1 bestselling author of several books including The Introvert’s Guide to Dating. As a relationship coach and consultant, Jordan is a pro at helping productive CEO’s, authors, artists and entrepreneurs create amazing intimate relationships that fulfill them and bring happiness and balance to their life. In today’s show, Jordan shares some awesome tips on how to get the most out of your relationships in life, how to skyrocket your productivity as a writer, what to focus on when it comes to marketing your books, products and services, and more. You can…
  • 037: Designing Beautiful Ebook Covers That Sell with Derek Murphy (Tom Corson-Knowles, Founder of TCK Publishing)
    4 Jan 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Derek Murphy is the bestselling author of several books including Book Cover Design Secrets You Can Use to Sell More Books. In today’s show, Derek and Tom discuss what it takes to create a bestselling book cover for eBooks and physical books, and what to look for in a professional cover designer. You’ll learn some key insights, ideas and strategies for getting the most out of your book covers using fonts, images, and designs that stand out from the crowd while connecting with your readers. Grab your pen and get ready to take notes, because you’re about to learn how to…
  • 036: How to Write Faster, Better and Love What You Do With Rachel Aaron (Tom Corson-Knowles, Founder of TCK Publishing)
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:11 am
    Rachel Aaron is the a bestselling traditionally published novelist and author of several books including the Eli Monpress series and one of my absolute favorite books on writing, 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love. In today’s show, Rachel shares her secrets to writing faster, higher quality books while enjoying the process. After applying Rachel’s lessons in 2k to 10k, I noticed a huge increase in my personal writing speed, and I was able to overcome writer’s block almost completely. She’s the real deal! Grab your pen and…
  • 035: How Buck Books Can Skyrocket Your Ebook Sales For Free (Tom Corson-Knowles, Founder of TCK Publishing)
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Matt Stone is a bestselling author, professional blogger, and owner of Archangel Ink, a publishing company that helps new and independent authors succeed. He’s also the owner of Buck Books, one of the top ebook promotion sites. (You can read more about Buck Books and their submission guidelines here). In today’s show, Matt shares his story of going from an unknown writer in his field to being one of the top health bloggers, and his journey of self-publishing. He’ll also share how he earned over $16,000 in royalties in his first month self publishing on Amazon. Building an…
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    Marketing Tips For Authors

  • 5 Innovative Ways to Get More Book Sales on Amazon

    Paula Krapf
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:52 am
    Here’s a simple tip: ask your readers to buy books in the same basket as yours. Why? Because it will give your book a boost, too. For more information, and other tips, read more: Share 5 Innovative Ways to Get More Book Sales on Amazon #amwritingClick To Tweet Share Secrets to Getting More Sales on Amazon #amwritingClick To Tweet   The post 5 Innovative Ways to Get More Book Sales on Amazon appeared first on Marketing Tips For Authors.
  • What to Do When Someone Steals Your Stuff

    Paula Krapf
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:21 pm
    It’s happened to all of us at one time or another. You write a great article either on your blog or as a guest post, and one day you find it on someone else’s site with no credit to you whatsoever. In the case of what happened that prompted this piece, an article I wrote was lifted and tinkered with *slightly* and then reposted onto someone else’s site. What do you do if that happens? Well, it’s certainly a hassle but it’s one you should consider following up on because stealing someone else’s work – especially stealing it and repurposing it, is not right and certainly a…
  • The Ultimate List of Writers’ Conferences and Book Festivals in 2015

    Paula Krapf
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:25 am
    There’s no better way to learn, and network, than at a writer’s conference or book festival. Jodi Renner has compiled a list of 2015 events, which she regularly updates as information comes in. Check the schedule to find an event you can attend. You won’t regret it! Share Writers’ Conferences and Book Festivals 2015 #pubtip #writersClick To Tweet The Ultimate List of Writers’ Conferences and Book Festivals 2015 #amwritingClick To Tweet The post The Ultimate List of…
  • 32 Facebook Groups for Authors

    Paula Krapf
    16 Jan 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Facebook is still a good site for book promotion, especially in the numerous groups open to authors and writers. You can announce your book launch, share your expertise, get advice, list your book’s free days or sales, and more. To get the most out of Facebook groups, do the following: 1. Read the group’s rules and follow them. Group moderators spend (waste) a lot of time dealing with rules violators. Don’t be one of them. You’ll just be banned from the group. 2. Introduce yourself. 3. Don’t just promote yourself. Share useful information with the group, and if…
  • Market Your Books on Createspace With This Free Feature

    Paula Krapf
    12 Jan 2015 | 11:15 am
    If you publish on, or use, you can use this cool feature. Author Sandy Appleyard explains how you can take advantage of this tool. Read more: Market Your Books on Createspace With This Free Feature #amwritingClick To Tweet A Free Way to Promote Your Books via Createspace #amwritingClick To Tweet The post Market Your Books on Createspace With This Free Feature appeared first on Marketing Tips For Authors.
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    Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog

  • Digital Publishing AD 2015: Mobile Readership Footprint

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

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

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

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

    Wojtek Szywalski
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    With the introduction of “PressPad Lounge”, we are entering a completely new land of location marketing. “PressPad Lounge” is an innovative product that will be available for venue owners. There, digital magazines will meet people at their actual location thanks to the iBeacon technology. Forget traditional magazines laying around in your lounge Welcome PressPad Lounge […] The post PressPad Introduces IBeacon Press Lounge for Venue Marketing appeared first on Digital Publishing Mobile Marketing Blog.
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    The Proof Angel

  • Glastonbury wants poets and spoken word performers…

    The Proof Angel
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:54 am
    Now this would be something to put on your CV. How long do you think it would take to tire of telling people that you had performed at Glastonbury? Apart from anything else, now the tickets have sold out, this could be your best chance of being there this summer. Find out more here, but don’t wait too long. The deadline is 6th March. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: resources for writers
  • Do you prefer hard copy or the screen?

    The Proof Angel
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:55 am
    Here is another contribution to the debate on whether printed books are better than e-readers. I still think there is a place for both. For me, it depends on what sort of book it is, & how I’m going to use it. As Stephen Fry says, there is room in the world for both stairs and escalators. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Bits & bobs Tagged: Books, e-readers
  • Book marketing links

    The Proof Angel
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:32 am
    Here is a crop of useful links: This is a long list, but it has a lot of common sense. This one focuses on getting media attention. And finally, if you feel you are banging your head against a brick wall, try this one. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: book marketing
  • Publication opportunities for writers in February and March

    The Proof Angel
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:18 am
    Here is a long list of publication opportunities for writers in February and March. If you are at all interested, look sooner rather than later, as some of the deadlines are 1st February. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: opportunities for authors, opportunities for writers
  • How to move things along

    The Proof Angel
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:15 am
    Moving between scenes can be difficult. If you are having one of those days when things just don’t flow properly, that can be the stage when things really grind to a halt. Try this post. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: scene changes, transitions
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    The Passive Voice - Latest Updates

  • An Oyster subscription now gets you the entire Harry Potter series

    Passive Guy
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    From The Verge: Ebook subscription service Oyster just increased its value in the witchcraft and wizardry community: the company has added the entire Harry Potter series to its library. The app, which offers users a buffet of books for a flat monthly fee, will add all seven Harry Potternovels, plus J.K. Rowling’s faux-nonfiction titles, Quidditch Through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard to its catalog. Last year, Oyster co-founder Willem van Lancker told us the company’s goal was to foster “a deeper sense of community…
  • Netflix’s Secret Special Algorithm Is a Human

    Passive Guy
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    From The New Yorker: On the opening night of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, two films, as usual, had their premières, gaining maximum exposure to reporters and critics. The first was “What Happened, Miss Simone?,” a documentary about the singer and civil-rights icon Nina Simone. It was funded by Netflix, based at least in part on data the company collects about its users: information about what we watch, when we watch, how highly we rate what we’ve seen, and even when we hit rewind. Studios and television networks have long made decisions about what to produce based on the…
  • January 2015 Author Earnings Report

    Passive Guy
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Executive Summary AuthorEarnings reports analyze detailed title-level data on 33% of all daily ebook sales in the U.S. 30% of the ebooks being purchased in the U.S. do not use ISBN numbers and are invisible to the industry’s official market surveys and reports; all the ISBN-based estimates of market share reported by Bowker, AAP, BISG, and Nielsen are wildly wrong. 33% of all paid ebook unit sales on are indie self-published ebooks. 20% of all consumer dollars spent on ebooks on are being spent on indie self-published ebooks. 40% of all dollars earned by authors from…
  • The Simple Art of Murder

    Passive Guy
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    From The Simple Art of Murder, written in 1950 by Raymond Chandler: Fiction in any form has always intended to be realistic. Old-fashioned novels which now seem stilted and artificial to the point of burlesque did not appear that way to the people who first read them. Writers like Fielding and Smollett could seem realistic in the modern sense because they dealt largely with uninhibited characters, many of whom were about two jumps ahead of the police, but Jane Austen’s chronicles of highly inhibited people against a background of rural gentility seem real enough psychologically. There is…
  • Suggestions for TPV Posts

    Passive Guy
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    As you can ascertain by looking at the last lines of many of the posts that appear on TPV, PG receives a lot of tips for interesting posts. This is great because (a) PG can’t find everything interesting and (b) it speeds up the process of keeping the blog fresh. So keep the tips coming. On occasion, PG receives a tip from an author about a post the author has written and published on his/her own blog or elsewhere. Sometimes authors are a little uncertain about whether this is kosher. It is. On one condition. That the author doesn’t get upset with PG if he doesn’t use the…
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    All Indie Writers » Indie Publishing

  • 5 of the Best Premium WordPress Themes for Authors

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

    Jennifer Mattern
    12 Jan 2015 | 11:16 am
    Before the holidays I was talking to a few colleagues about my very first e-book. It sold reasonably well, or at least much better than I expected it to at the time, bringing in a little over $4000 in the year and a half it was on the market. It led to lucrative freelance relationships bringing in thousands of dollars in additional freelance writing work. And all of that came from just one weekend of work. Those colleagues I was talking to encouraged me to share the story. So a few tips were shared in the most recent email newsletter about how you can earn thousands from a short nonfiction…
  • The 30 Day Marketing Challenge for Writers (Free Tracker)

    Jennifer Mattern
    7 Jan 2015 | 3:38 am
    The New Year is a great time to tackle a new writing challenge. So I've added one to the collection over in the All Indie Writers forums -- a 30 day marketing challenge. The goal of this challenge is to do something to market your writing every day for 30 days. That could mean promoting your freelance writing services. It could mean book marketing. Or it might involve marketing your blog. Hop over to the writing challenges area of the forum if you'd like to take part in this or any other writing challenge. You can start a thread for any of them at any time to share your progress and seek…
  • Quick Tips: Prepare Early for a Successful New Year

    Jennifer Mattern
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:36 pm
    The New Year will be here before you know it, and there's no time like the present to prepare for it. Recently I shared three things to do this December to close out the current year. For this week's quick tips, let's expand upon that with some easy things you can do now that will have you ready to hit the ground running after the holidays, getting your New Year off to a successful start. Here are ten super-simple things you can do ahead of time to kick 2015 off right: Update your client files (archiving things you won't need any time soon, updating contact info, or creating new files for the…
  • 4 Free Tools for NaNoWriMo Authors

    Jennifer Mattern
    3 Nov 2014 | 7:55 am
    It's that time again! NaNoWriMo kicked off over the weekend, and writers everywhere are challenging themselves to write novels of at least 50k words during November. I'm taking part again, and like last year I'll document my progress here at All Indie Writers (you can keep an eye on my word count progress in the sidebar, and I'll occasionally post updates or any tips or tricks I pick up along the way). Free Tools for NaNoWriMo Authors Now is the perfect time for a quick reminder about the free tools I have available for NaNoWriMo authors. So if you're looking for ways to track your progress,…
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    Helen Sedwick

  • What do Shakespeare and Jane Austen have in common?

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

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

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

    Helen Sedwick
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:07 pm
    The following is an update of a post I wrote for Joel Friedlander’s ever-helpful blog at On the path to self-publishing, your first decision will be whether to: Engage a self-publishing service company (SPSC) to do everything from editing to distribution. Some SPSCs are BookLocker, Mill City Press, Outskirts Press and Dog Ear Press. Do it yourself (DIY) by hiring editors, designers, and other freelancers, and uploading your finished, formatted cover and manuscript to POD providers such as CreateSpace and IngramSpark and ebook distributors such as KDP and Smashwords. You…
  • Using Fiction Techniques For Writing Nonfiction

    Helen Sedwick
    9 Nov 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Long before I wrote the Legal Handbook, I wrote tons of fiction. I have short stories, screenplays, children’s books, and half-finished novels stuffed into drawers, both real and virtual. Since my day job is practicing law (a 95% left-brain activity), writing kept my imaginative right-brain alive. Whether or not you believe in the whole left brain-right brain dichotomy, I know when I don’t have time to use the creative (right and write) part of my brain, I turn into a grump. Just ask my family. (Actually, don’t.) In 2012, my left brain took over, pushed aside the…
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    Ajoobacats Blog

  • Book Review: Ghost Girl (The Detective’s Daughter 2) by Leslie Thomson

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:11 am
    The second in the series about Stella Darnell, daughter of the late retired detective chief superintendent Terry Darnell. After solving the Rokesmith murder in the previous book, Stella is struggling a year later with her father’s death. Stella has yet to clear/sell Terry’s house and has been cleaning as much as she can for Clean Slate, her business and maintaining the status quo at Terry’s house. During this routine she discovers a folder of photos which lead her onto a case to be solved. Why did Terry take photos of these streets in West London? With her oddball employee,…
  • Book Review: Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons by Denise Grover Swank

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The second instalment in The Rose Gardner Mysteries, sees Joe back at his job in Little Rock while Rose remains in Henryetta and is called up to do jury service. Arriving late due to a number of mishaps that could surely only befall her, Rose has a vision in the men’s bathroom, which has a strong bearing on the case she is to hear. I love reading the character of Rose Gardner, she is funny and quirky and a bit of an underdog, which makes her very appealing. it was satisfying to see Rose develop from the sheltered recluse she was prior to her mother’s death in the first book. The…
  • Book Review: The Thursday Night Club by Steven Manchester

    25 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    A group of four college friends meet every Thursday Night to eat and prank each other, when one of then dies the competition turns to who can perform the kindest deed before Christmas Night, to honour him. A heart-warming and feel good short Christmas story about friendship, giving more than you take and kindness. A good Christmas read. Links to Book: Amazon UK Amazon US Goodreads Filed under: Book Reviews Tagged: kindle book review, short Christmas read, The Thursday Night Club by Steven Manchester
  • Book Review: Travelling To Infinity: The True Story Behind The Theory of Everything by Jane Hawking

    24 Jan 2015 | 6:43 pm
    This memoir written by Jane Hawking spanning from her first recollections of meeting Stephen as a child to their acrimonious marriage breakdown is enlightening, sensitive and told from her point of view with unapologetic truth and reality. Told in a lot of detail about their early years together and Stephen Hawking’s early career as well as about Jane’s own academic and leisure pursuits. I admire her strength and selflessness and her resolve in getting through some demanding and trying situations. The book is not a get-to-know-more about Stephen Hawking, it is an account of the…
  • Film and TV Adaptations: To Watch Or Not To Watch?

    24 Jan 2015 | 12:04 am
    Recently I have felt bombarded by film adaptations of books I have read and loved. I seem to avoid watching films based on books I have read, for example, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is a much loved read for me, but I shy from seeing the film as I don’t want my perception of it tainted by someone else’s adaptation. The same goes for Divergent but not The Hunger Games, which I eagerly watched and forgave discrepancies between book and film. Go figure! It seems I’m inexplicably selectively reticent about seeing films based on bestselling books; I was a huge fan of The Silence…
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    Press Release Distribution

  • Discounted Super Bowl Tickets: is Releasing Discounted 2015 Super Bowl 49 Tickets for the Big Game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:57 am
    "Discounted Super Bowl 49 Tickets on Sale at" carries a discount selection of Super Bowl 49 Game Tickets. Tickets have already been slashed and you can save an additional 10% by using promo code CITY10. is offering discounted last minute Super Bowl tickets to fans. Prices have already been slashed and you can use promo code CITY10 to save an additional 10% on ALL orders! makes it easy to buy Super Bowl tickets securely online or by toll free phone. Visit for discounted tickets…
  • Mark Knopfler Tickets: is Releasing Discounted Mark Knopfler Tickets for his “An Evening With Mark Knopfler And Band” Tour Dates for Cities like Dallas, Austin, and Chicago

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:56 am
    "Discounted Mark Knopfler Concert Tickets on Sale at"Mark Knopfler tickets for his “An Evening With Mark Knopfler And Band” tour dates are now on sale now for cities like Chicago, Austin, Dallas, among others. Secondary ticket market provider is providing “An Evening With Mark Knopfler And Band” fans with a promo code CITY5 to save 5% on all has the largest selection of Mark Knopfler tickets at affordable prices. Mark Knopfler is hitting the road in the fall of 2015 with a ton of North American tour dates and…
  • Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick Tickets: is Releasing Discounted Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick Tickets for their 2015 Tour Dates for Cities like Kansas City and Portland

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:55 am
    "Discounted Cheap Trick and Peter Frampton Concert Tickets on Sale at"Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick tickets for their tour dates are now on sale now for cities like Kansas City, Toronto, Portland, among others. Secondary ticket market provider is providing Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick fans with a promo code CITY5 to save 5% on all has the largest selection of Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick tickets at affordable prices. Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick are hitting the road together this summer with a couple of US…
  • Customers Receive 1-Year Warranties on Appliance Repair Parts in Northern Virginia

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:54 am
    Same Day Appliance, a leading provider of appliance repair in Northern Virginia, is now offering one-year warranties on all installed parts. In addition, 90-day payment plans are also available! Same Day Appliance Services, based in Northern Virginia, has built a reputation for itself as one of the most trustworthy appliance repair stores in the area. Customers have learned to trust the skilled and knowledgeable staff that successfully diagnoses and repairs a wide array of appliance problems for all of the following appliances: Dishwashers Microwaves Heaters Refrigerators Air-Conditioners…
  • The Law Offices of Steven Bublitz Offers Tax Services to Local Clients This Tax Season

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:53 am
    This law office in St. Louis, MO, has years of experience in the field of tax law. In addition to providing legal solutions to tax issues, they also offer thorough income tax preparation, and specialize in assisting those facing tax penalties and debt constraints. Tax season is a stressful time for many people. For the last 26 years, local residents have looked to the Law Offices of Steven Bublitz and their tax services in St. Louis, MO, to make this process efficient and easy. As opposed to a number of general tax offices, the staff from this firm is made up of true tax law experts. They are…
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  • Magosha’s Secret Sex Tip Revealed!

    Staff Reporter
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:39 am
    IN ANY business, it’s a good idea to help your customer as quickly as possible, take the money, and move on to the next client. Magoshas are no different and two magoshas who operate from a pub in the Tshwane city centre have come up with a way to make men enjoy sex more and ejaculate sooner. “By placing a sponge in the punani, the men feel as if they are on cloud nine,” said magosha Agnes Ndlovu. “That way they come quicker. “Now we don’t have to wait for a man to have a long round of sex and we can service other customers sooner.” A man who didn’t want to be named said he…
  • Sangoma Disappears With Teacher’s R1.9 Million Pension Money

    Staff Reporter
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:12 pm
    AN EAST London teacher has been conned out of her pension payout. The victim (49) who has health problems handed over her pension money – just over R1,9 million to a sangoma. He was introduced to her as Babu Muwanga from Durban, KZN by a businessman who wanted her to invest in shares. Babu visited the woman in East London and told her the ancestors said she was not coping with her work and must resign from her teaching job. When her pension was paid out this month, she said Babu told her to withdraw R8 000 to buy a cow for a ritual, but not to touch the money. A few days later he told her…
  • Woman Turns To Church Deacon For Help And Gets 4-5 Horror Instead, Reveals Picture Of Deacon And His 4-5 As Evidence

    Staff Reporter
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:08 am
    LORRAINE hadn’t been to church for three years and decided it was time she went back to look for some salvation. But she got a welcome she never expected in her wildest nightmares – and has the picture of a deacon with his 4-5 on display to prove it! “I have lost all respect for church elders. I’ll never go back to church again,” said disgusted and terrified Lorraine Blakkie (21) from Rosettenville, Joburg. Lorraine told the People’s Paper she went to the Fivefold Ministries church in Pimville, Soweto last Sunday after a friend recommended the church. When senior pastor Thabang…
  • Magoshas Pleased To Work Again As Their Punanis Are Now Selling Like Hot Cakes!

    Staff Reporter
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:54 pm
    THE road to pleasure was filled with potholes, and the magoshas’ punani business was running dry. But last week municipal workers came and fixed the road. Now the road is smooth again . . . and their punanis are selling like hot cakes! TopSANews shared the story of the pothole-littered M20 Grahamstown off-ramp in Uitenhage, Eastern Cape in November. On Friday, the TopSANews Team found magosha Nomsa (25) on the side of the road. “The mlungus like to look at my small feet and small boobs. When the road had potholes I had to wear tekkies and jeans. But now I’m back in business!”…
  • VIDEO: Dramatic footage shows smash-and-grab in Johannesburg traffic

    Staff Reporter
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:02 am
    Footage loaded to YouTube by user Craig Jennings shows dramatic footage of a Johannesburg motorist falling victim to a smash-and-grab robbery along Witkoppen Road near the Cambridge Road intersection in Paulshof. Watch. A man begs along side the car before he walks back to the white Land Rover Discovery and dives at the window. The footage does not show if anything was taken from inside the car before the man runs away. Have you been affected by a smash-and-grab recently? Let us know in the comments section on Facebook. The post VIDEO: Dramatic footage shows smash-and-grab in Johannesburg…
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  • Elie Saab 2015 Spring/Summer Couture – My Favorite Gowns

    M Ajmal
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:11 am
    Elie Saab 2015 Spring/Summer Couture – My Favorite Gowns is here. Prior to February’s New York Style Week begins within a little while, the style pack has almost all eyes on Paris with regard to Haute Couture 7 days. Not … Read more »
  • Ulyana Sergeenko 2015 Spring Outfits Couture Collection

    M Ajmal
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Ulyana Sergeenko 2015 Spring Outfits Couture Collection is here. Pomegranates, figs, cheese, wine or tea from a Russian samovar – and the famous khatchapouri, a sort of Georgian cheese focaccia – were served at a little suite at the Bristol … Read more »
  • Enchanted Atelier 2015 Elegant Bridal Accessories Collection

    M Ajmal
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:49 pm
    Enchanted Atelier 2015 Elegant Bridal Accessories Collection is here. All of us can’t think of the prettier way in order to start the 7 days than with some absolutely charming images from Captivated Atelier through Liv Hart’s Drop 2015 bridal … Read more »
  • Margo Stankova 2015 Pretty Wedding Gowns – Gorgeous Collection

    M Ajmal
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Margo Stankova 2015 Pretty Wedding Gowns is here. “Peony” is Margo Stankova’s debut bridal collection for her eponymous label. Launched in December 2014, the 2015 Margo Stankova bridal collection features a distinctive combination of classic style and modern materials, executed … Read more »
  • Adorable Grey Nail Ideas – Simple Lovely Nail Vogue

    M Ajmal
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:23 pm
    Adorable Grey Nail Ideas – Simple Lovely Nail Vogue is here. With regard to today, We have made you an incredible collection of sixteen adorable grey nail ideas. Your hands must always shine having a beautiful nail style, so you should … Read more »
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    Read You Later

  • Getting To Know Authors Nigeria Lockley and Tumika Cain

    Read You Later
    10 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Nigeria Lockley possesses two Master’s degrees, one in English Secondary Education, which she utilizes as an educator with the New York City Department of Education. Her second Master’s degree is in Creative Writing. Born at Dawn is Nigeria’s first published novel. Nigeria serves as the Vice President of Bridges Family Services, a not-for-profit organization that assists student parents interested in pursuing a degree in higher education. She is also the deaconess and clerk for her spiritual home King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Church of God. Nigeria is a New York native who resides in…
  • Getting to Know Author and Social Media Strategist Nicole Murray

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

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

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

    Read You Later
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    uthor Kai Storm is a new face in the Urban Literary world, has brought us shining jewels called Alani's Bigger Hustle & Alani's Hustle Gets Bigger. Kai was born in Panama in 1972 and came to New York in 1981 with her mother. She discovered her writing gift as a junior at Boys & Girls High School when an English teacher gave her an assignment to develop a story from just one paragraph and since then, her pen was hot. Thru the years, Kai continued to write any and everything not only to keep her gift alive but also for therapeutic reasons, either way her pen and paper kept her sane. In December…
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    LifeBeyondNumbers » Beyond Numbers

  • Do We Need Feminism To Better The Role Of Women In The Society?

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

    Shailiza Mayal
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:50 am
    With the advent of amazing technologies and far-ahead devices we people have started living a virtual life on social media like facebook, twitter, whatsapp and what not. Now-a-days from teens to young adults to parents, everybody enjoys the perk of this overrated surreal online life. But do we really enjoy the presence of our parents in this custom made clique of bits and bytes? For some it can be yes but for others it can be a big no no.Parents have inadvertently entered “our self created” glamorous world of social media. They definitely mean no harm but are little embarrassing sometimes…
  • My 5 Mantras For A Better Life!

    Suranjana Saha
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:56 am
    Before I took a sabbatical I had been working for ten years; I have enjoyed every bit of it and I am proud of my achievements. But between all this there was also a sense of never having time for myself. Isn’t it amazing we all get 24 hours but some people manage to get so much out of the same number of hours?I have personally struggled to try and to do more things that I enjoy and have an identity and existence beyond the mandatory office & home routine. Here are some tips to work towards a more enriching life:1. PrioritizeWe all have a long list of things to do every day, and in the…
  • Work Life Balance – Is It Possible To Achieve Or It’s Just A Myth?

    Modak Gupta
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:14 pm
    “I’d like all of you to pause for a moment, you wretched weaklings, and take stock of your miserable existence”! That was the advice Saint Benedict gave to his rather startled followers in the fifth century. That is the advice which Nigel Marsh followed to come out of the never ending war of “Work” and “Life”, which we, as Corporate Warriors, also wage every day. OR, rather should I be saying, which we perceive to wage every day?While researching on this topic, The-Know-All Google had zillions of links, videos, books and many ‘Gurus’ with…
  • New Year Resolutions – Do They Propel Us Forward Or Just An Excuse To Procrastinate?

    Shailiza Mayal
    4 Jan 2015 | 7:53 am
    Here we are! Finally just finished the end of another intriguing year in our lives. I hope you all embraced 2015 with positivity and ebullience.With each passing year we are growing and of-course constantly changing. With every passing year we find ourselves committing to tweak ourselves into something different, something we are not. 31st December is the most pertinent time for such evaluations, a period of self appraisals. With the advent of an untold year, we feel the promise of change and the freedom to mold things to our benefit. Thus, we arrive at making utopian resolutions.Yeah!!
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    Almond Press

  • Announcement of Winners – Horror Writing Contest – Youth4Tomorrow

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

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

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

    Almond Press
    28 Nov 2014 | 5:47 am
    We are pleased to announce the launch of our new short story collection, Broken Worlds. In a future of bleakness and roboticism, a totalitarian government enforces upon the people a lifestyle that lulls them into a state of obedience. Your career and social status are predestined and you cannot alter it – this is a reality that walks a fine line between evoking sensations of fear and inducing a sense of futility. Broken Worlds takes a peep into an all too possible future. Narration and style change from story to story, but the core of this volume is human emotion. Coloured by their cultures…
  • Youth4Tomorrow – Horror Writing Contest in Portugal

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Do you have the talent of Stephen King? The imagination of Isaac Asimov or Arthur C. Clark? Do you hide maybe inside you a small Michael Crichton or an Edgar Allan Poe?   The Contest “It’s when the lights go out and you feel something behind you, you hear it, you feel its breath against your ear. but when you turn around, there’s nothing there…” – Stephen King   Youth4Tomorrow is proud to present our first writing contest in collaboration with Almond Press. We’re asking for stories that will terrify, shock, and petrify us. We’re looking for bone-chilling tales that…
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