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Citizen Reviewer

At the O’Reilly Tools of Change conference, the buzzword of the event was community. In the hearts and minds of today’s reader, the opinions of fellow readers far outweigh those of professional critics, whose views can be seen as too ‘ivory tower’ or worse, too heavily influenced by the stature of the author or publisher. […]

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Blogs: 10 reasons authors should have one

Blogs are a few years old in the tech industries, but now they are a must-have for authors who want to get the word out. If you don’t have a blog yet, here’s why you need to get blogging!

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Record your book: 3 ways to speak your book instead of write it

There are a number of ways you can now have a book without writing it. Some people think best out loud, so talk your book and then edit afterwards. Here are some options:

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Prairie Rose Henderson

Historical Fiction: Do Your Research

Editor’s note: when writing historical fiction, research is crucial. In this essay, author Heidi M. Thomas shares just some of the research she did to bring her novel, Cowgirl Dreams, to life.

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An Interesting Viewpoint on Indies

I’d like to share this from Independent Publisher Online Magazine: [http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1276] The Good, The Bad & The Simply Ridiculous Why Independent Publishers Can Rule the World by Nina L. Diamond For the last two decades, we’ve all seen that neither the major publishing houses’ crazy business model nor the variety of business models used by […]

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Winner at Last!

I’ve just won first prize in the H E Bates shorts story competition!! Although I‘ve been short listed a few times in various comps and even came second a few times, this is the first time I have ever won a short story contest, so I’m pretty much over the moon about it. The details […]

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Beware of Email Overload

With most of us suffering from email overload these days, it’s important to think carefully about the frequency and format of your broadcast emails.

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Beware of Email Overload

With most of us suffering from email overload these days, it’s important to think carefully about the frequency and format of your broadcast emails. Online marketing experts advise communicating with your list frequently, so people don’t forget you. On the other hand, sending too much email is the quickest way to motivate people to click […]

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In This New Murky World, What Makes an Author?

Here at Publetariat, April Hamilton talked about the Tools of Change conference, and mentioned in passing about the blurring lines for what makes a legitimate author. Over on his blog, Nathan Bransford is asking the same question. Publishing has always been extremely difficult. Writers have clawed and fought their way into traditional publishing contracts.

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What's that thing about the enemy of my enemy?

Novella: Greta is a werecat whose tribe plans to sacrifice her during the next full moon. Her only hope for survival is Dayne, a sorcerer who once massacred most of the tribe. What’s that thing they say about the enemy of your enemy? KEPT is available as a free PDF here: http://zoewinters.wordpress.com/kept/ Or for your […]

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preserving intellectual capital

Do you lack capital? When you add up your assets does the bottom line barely strain up into the plus range? If this seems to be the case perhaps you are neglecting to add in the value of the creative ideas that your mind is constantly producing. This is your intellectual capital, maybe the only […]

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#TOC Trip Report, Part I

So far, in the various sessions here at the O’Reilly Tools of Change conference, two messages about publishing in the digital age are coming through loud and clear. The first is that publishers need to reconsider exactly what it is they’re selling, the second is that going forward, the most successful books will be as […]

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Just Getting Started with my own Publishing Company "Sleepytown Press."

Hello! I am in the process of getting everything set up with Lightning Source and starting my own Publishing Company. I am going to republish my book “Sleepy Town,” as it was meant to be published. I am also in the process of accepting submissions from authors who might be interested in what I have […]

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Book Trailers: 11 steps to make your own

Book trailers are videos posted online and distributed via video networking sites like YouTube. These can be big budget blockbuster movie clips, or budget MovieMaker slides to music. You can make it an advert or a social media fun clip that people want to watch. It can be a human interest story made more like […]

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BookCamp Toronto: June 6, 2009

Announcing BookCamp Toronto, Saturday, June 6, 2009 at the MaRS Center, 101 College Street. BookCampToronto is a free unconference (definition at wikipedia) about: The future of books, writing, publishing, and the book business in the digital age. For more information, and to register, suggest sessions, please visit the wiki. BookCamp Toronto is inspired by BookCamp […]

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