Ever wonder “How to get my book reviewed”?

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So you’ve published your book. Its been edited and published, and now you’re trying to figure out how to get to your potential readers. While starting your marketing campaign usually happens well before your book is finished, getting your first reviews can’t happen until your book is done or in a final draft status.

Many stores won’t carry a small press or self-published book that doesn’t have reviews from a recognizable publication. So how do you get someone to pay attention to your book among all of the hundreds, if not thousands, of submissions they see every month?

City Book Review, publishers of the San Francisco Book Review, Manhattan Book Review and Kids’ BookBuzz all have programs to help you. Kids BookBuzz is only for children, tweens and young adult books, but the other two will take almost any book you have (including children’s books).

So how do you get your book reviewed by the San Francisco Book Review?

If your book is within 90 days of the release date, you can submit it for general review (at no cost). The closer you are to the 90 days, the less of a chance it will have to be reviewed, but you can still start there. The SFBR gets more than 1000 submissions a month, and only reviews 300 or less, so your likelihood of getting your book reviewed in this way is less than 33%. But you can give it a try and see if it gets reviewed.

General Submission Guidelineshttp://www.sanfranciscobookreview.com/submission-guidelines/general-submission/

If your book is more than 90 days past its publication date, or you really want to have it reviewed and don’t want to just hope it’ll get picked up through the general review, you can go through the Sponsored Review program. While there is some dispute about paying for a review, SFBR is a respected outlet like Kirkus or Foreward Reviews and doesn’t offer vanity reviews for payment. You can expect the same level of professionalism from their standard reviews. And they don’t mark sponsored reviews any different than the other reviews.

Get My Book Reviewed from the San Francisco Book Reviewhttp://sanfranciscobookreview.com/submission-guidelines/sponsored-review/

Get My Book Reviewed from the San Francisco Book Review

There are a lot of different options for getting your book reviewed, mostly around how long it takes to get your review back, and if you want more than one or an interview as well.

  • Standard Reviews Take 8-10 weeks for turnaround from the time they receive your book. Starts at $150.00
  • Expedited Reviews Take 3-5 weeks for turnaround from the time they receive your book. Starts at $299
  • Get more than one review for the same book you’ll get a discount on the normal cost of 2 or 3 reviews. Reviews range in price from $150 to $299.
  • Getting a podcast interview for Audible Authors to promote yourself and your book, and you can add an interview to a review package at a discount.

And if you really like your review, you can have it posted on the other publication’s website for $99, or get a new review from a different reviewer. Both can help with your marketing and search engine optimization.

So how do you get your book reviewed by the Manhattan Book Review?

The Manhattan Book Review uses the same format for the San Francisco Book Review. Different audience, so if you’re an East Coast writer, you might be more interested in having the credit from MBR over SFBR. Personal taste is the only difference between the two for reviews. If you are a local SF or Manhattan writer, they will also flag that in your review.

General Review Submission Guidelines for the Manhattan Book Review – http://manhattanbookreview.com/get-my-book-reviewed/general-submission/

Sponsored Review Submission Guidelines for the Manhattan Book Review – http://manhattanbookreview.com/get-my-book-reviewed/sponsored-reviews/

So how do you get your book reviewed by Kids’ BookBuzz?

First thing, all of the reviews for Kids’ BookBuzz are done by children. They are select age appropriate books, but the children read them and write the reviews themselves. The younger children have some help from their parents, but the words are all theirs. Don’t expect any easy reviews either. These kids see a lot of novels, so they know good books when they read them.

General Submission Guidelines for Kids’ BookBuzz http://kidsbookbuzz.com/get-my-book-reviewed-by-a-kid/general-submission/

Sponsored Review Submission Guidelines for Kids’ BookBuzzhttp://kidsbookbuzz.com/get-my-book-reviewed-by-a-kid/sponsored-reviews/

City Book Review Shows You Why You Should Get Your Book Reviewed (cool video)

The folks at City Book Review have been doing book reviews since 2008, more than 20,000 reviews over the years. If you’re an author and need a review, give them a try.

Now that your wrote and published your book, next up is how to get your book reviewed by a professional organization. Many bookstores won’t carry a book that hasn’t been reviewed by someone, and there are fewer and fewer local newspapers that review books any more. So your chances to get reviewed are harder each year. Luckily places like San Francisco Book Review and their sister publications have stepped up to help authors with book reviews, marketing, cover design and SEO.

Crowds flock to Saudi Arabia’s first Comic Con

(CNN)Dressed all in black with her face exposed, Fatima Mohammed Hussein has come to Saudi Arabia’s first Comic Con event dressed as Bat Girl.

“The minute I stepped in, I couldn’t believe this is happening here,” she told CNN. “It’s a big move for Saudi to have something like that.”
Hussein was one of the many Saudis who dressed up and flocked to the coastal city of Jeddah to celebrate pop culture, comic books, video games, and film between February 16 and 18.

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    The three-day festival was part of a government initiative to bring more entertainment to Saudi Arabia, which bans public cinemas and theater.
    “When you enter into the tent, you forget that you are in Saudi Arabia,” Abdul Rahman Bakhsh, 25, an engineer and an avid YouTuber, who came to the event dressed in rustic armor over a black faux suede pullover and armed with a spear, told CNN.

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    With his friend, Ameer, he documented the Comic Con experience on YouTube video, starting with their search for costumes.
    “There is a lot of creativity in Comic Con. People really interacted with the event and their costumes were amazing,” Bakhsh said.

    Gender mixing

    Young men and women crowded into the tent, mingling near stands for comics and video games — a remarkable scene for a government-sponsored event in a country where gender segregation is imposed in many public spaces.

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    A long queue formed in front of the booth of a group of talented female artists who — with make-up — created scars, injuries and anime-inspired faces. “It was Hollywood-level creativity,” Bakhsh said.
    A separate female-only tent was set up for women who wanted to take off their traditional abayas and show off their costumes.

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    Saudis at the event also had the opportunity to attend panel discussions with Charles Dance and Julian Glover from “Game of Thrones,” Giancarlo Esposito from “Breaking Bad,” and Mads Mikkelsen from “Doctor Strange.”
    Other panels featured Saudi producers and actors, including cast members from the upcoming Saudi superhero show, “Mas’hour” — meaning “Bewitched.”

    Comi Con history

    Comic Con events began in 1970 in San Diego and have slowly spread across the world. But before this festival, fans from Saudi Arabia had to outside the country to attend Comic Con events.

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    The Saudi version was organized by local company Time Entertainment. Its director Hisham AlSaeed said that Comic Con’s international presence gave Saudi Arabia the perfect opportunity to highlight homegrown talent.
    “There’s a lot of talent (here) when it comes to comics, animations, anime (and) movie production,” he said.
    AlSaeed said the initiative was inspired by the huge demand for a Comic Con in his country, illustrated paartly by the rise in people holding their own cosplay competitions at small, underground private events.
    “(Comic Con) has never been done publicly like this, it has just never been set up,” he said.

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    The event, which was supported by the Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority, is part of country’s “Vision 2030” program, which is promising a wave of cultural reforms to diversify the kingdom’s oil-dependent economy.
    AlSaeed said his team is planning to make this an annual event.
    “We’re considering this a soft Comic Con in Saudi Arabia, and then the next (one) will be way bigger.
    “I’m hoping by next year we have a full cast of ‘The Walking Dead’, but we also have a lot of casts of our own movies and TV shows,” he said.

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/19/middleeast/saudi-arabia-comic-con/index.html

    Grammy Awards 2017: The Complete Winners List!

    Winners all around us!

    With all the awards that are given out at the Grammys, it’s amazing there are people who don’t win.

    But alas, there are some — and on the other end are the winners who take home the big honors!

    Ch-ch-check out all the winners (below)!

    Album Of The Year:

    25 Adele – WINNER
    Lemonade Beyonc
    Purpose Justin Bieber
    Views Drake
    A Sailor’s Guide To Earth Sturgill Simpson

    Record Of The Year:

    “Hello” Adele – WINNER
    “Formation” Beyonc
    “7 Years” Lukas Graham
    “Work” Rihanna Featuring Drake
    “Stressed Out” Twenty One Pilots

    Song Of The Year:

    “Formation” Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyonc Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyonc)
    “Hello” Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele) – WINNER
    “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)
    “Love Yourself” Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)
    “7 Years” Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)

    Best New Artist:

    Kelsea Ballerini
    The Chainsmokers
    Chance The Rapper – WINNER
    Maren Morris
    Anderson .Paak

    Best Pop Vocal Album:

    25 Adele – WINNER
    Purpose Justin Bieber
    Dangerous Woman Ariana Grande
    Confident Demi Lovato
    This Is Acting Sia

    Best Pop Solo Performance:

    “Hello” Adele – WINNER
    “Hold Up” Beyonce
    “Love Yourself” Justin Bieber
    “Piece By Piece (Idol Version)” Kelly Clarkson
    “Dangerous Woman” Ariana Grande

    Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:

    “Closer” The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey
    “7 Years” Lukas Graham
    “Work” Rihanna Featuring Drake
    “Cheap Thrills” Sia Featuring Sean Paul
    “Stressed Out” Twenty One Pilots – WINNER

    Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album:

    Cinema Andrea Bocelli
    Fallen Angels Bob Dylan
    Stages Live Josh Groban
    Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin Willie Nelson – WINNER
    Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway Barbra Streisand

    Best Dance Recording:

    “Tearing Me Up” Bob Moses
    “Don’t Let Me Down” The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya – WINNER
    “Never Be Like You” Flume Featuring Kai
    “Rinse & Repeat” Riton Featuring Kah-Lo
    “Drinkee” Sofi Tukker

    Best Dance/Electronic Album:

    Skin Flume – WINNER
    Electronica 1: The Time Machine Jean-Michel Jarre
    Epoch Tycho
    Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future Underworld
    Louie Vega StarringXXVIII Louie Vega

    Best Contemporary Instrumental Album:

    Human Nature Herb Alpert
    When You Wish Upon a Star Bill Frisell
    Way Back Home: Live From Rochester, NY Steve Gadd Band
    Unpsoken Chuck Loeb
    Culcha Vulcha Snarky Puppy – WINNER

    Best Rock Performance:

    “Joe (Live From Austin City Limits)” Alabama Shakes
    “Don’t Hurt Yourself” Beyonce Featuring Jack White
    “Blackstar” David Bowie – WINNER
    “The Sound Of Silence” Disturbed
    “Heathens” Twenty One Pilots

    Best Metal Performance:

    “Shock Me” Baroness
    “Slivera” Gojira
    “Rotting in Vain” Korn
    “Dystopia” Megadeth – WINNER
    “The Price Is Wrong” Periphery

    Best Rock Song:

    “Blackstar” David Bowie, songwriter (David Bowie) – WINNER
    “Burn the Witch” Radiohead, songwriters (Radiohead)
    “Hardwired” James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich, songwriters (Metallica
    “Heathens” Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots)
    “My Name Is Human” Rich Meyer, Ryan Meyer & Johnny Stevens, songwriters (Highly Suspect)

    Best Rock Album:

    California Blink-182
    Tell Me I’m Pretty Cage The Elephant – WINNER
    Magma Gojira
    Death Of A Bachelor Panic! At The Disco
    Weezer Weezer

    Best Alternative Music Album:

    22, A Million Bon Iver
    Blackstar David Bowie – WINNER
    The Hope Six Demolition Project PJ Harvey
    Post Pop Depression Iggy Pop
    A Moon Shaped Pool Radiohead

    Best R&B Performance:

    “Turnin’ Me Up” BJ The Chicago Kid
    “Permission” Ro James
    “I Do” Musiq Soulchild
    “Needed Me” Rihanna
    “Cranes in the Sky” Solange – WINNER

    Best Traditional R&B Performance:

    “The Three Of Me” William Bell
    “Woman’s World” BJ The Chicago Kid
    “Sleeping With The One I Love” Fantasia
    “Angel” Lalah Hathaway – WINNER
    “Can’t Wait” Jill Scott

    Best R&B Song:

    “Come and See Me” J. Brathwaite, Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters (PartyNextDoor Featuring Drake)
    “Exchange” Michael Hernandez & Bryson Tiller, songwriters (Bryson Tiller)
    “Kiss It Better” Jeff Bhasker, Robyn Fenty, John-Nathan Glass & Natalia Noemi, songwriters (Rihanna)
    “Lake By the Ocean” Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell) – WINNER
    “Luv” Magnus August Hiberg, Benjamin Levin & Daystar Peterson, songwriters (Tory Lanez)

    Best Urban Contemporary Album:

    Lemonade Beyonc – WINNER
    Ology Gallant
    We Are King KING
    Malibu Anderson .Paak
    Anti Rihanna

    Best R&B Album:

    In My Mind BJ The Chicago Kid
    Lalah Hathaway Live Lalah Hathaway – WINNER
    Velvet Portraits Terrace Martin
    Healing Season Mint Condition
    Smoove Jones Mya

    Best Rap Performance:

    “No Problem” Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz – WINNER
    “Panda” Desiigner
    “Pop Style” Drake Featuring The Throne
    “All The Way Up” Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared
    “That Part” ScHoolboy Q Featuring Kanye West

    Best Rap/Sung Performance:

    “Freedom” Beyonce Featuring Kendrick Lamar
    “Hotline Bling” Drake – WINNER
    “Broccoli” D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty
    “Ultralight Beam” Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream
    “Famous” Kanye West Featuring Rihanna

    Best Rap Song:

    “All The Way Up” Joseph Cartagena, Edward Davadi, Shandel Green, Karim Kharbouch, Andre Christopher Lyon, Reminisce Mackie & Marcello Valenzano, songwriters (Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared)
    “Famous” Chancelor Bennett, Ross Birchard, Ernest Brown, Andrew Dawson, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Noah Goldstein, Kejuan Muchita, Patrick Reynolds, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring Rihanna)
    “Hotline Bling” Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies, songwriters (Drake) – WINNER
    “No Problem” Chancelor Bennett, Dwayne Carter & Tauheed Epps, songwriters (Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)
    “Ultralight Beam” Chancelor Bennett, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Kirk Franklin, Noah Goldstein, Samuel Griesemer, Terius Nash, Jerome Potter, Kelly Price, Nico “Donnie Trumpet” Segal, Derek Watkins, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream)

    Best Rap Album:

    Coloring Book Chance The Rapper – WINNER
    And the Anonymous Nobody De La Soul
    Major Key DJ Khaled
    Views Drake
    Blank Face LP ScHoolboy Q
    The Life of Pablo Kanye West

    Best Country Solo Performance:

    “Love Can Go To Hell” Brandy Clark
    “Vice” Miranda Lambert
    “My Church” Maren Morris – WINNER
    “Church Bells” Carrie Underwood
    “Blue Ain’t Your Color” Keith Urban

    Best Country Duo/Group Performance:

    “Different for Girls” Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King
    “21 Summer” Brothers Osborne
    “Setting The World On Fire” Kenny Chesney & P!nk
    “Jolene” Pentatonix Featuring Dolly Parton – WINNER
    “Think Of You” Chris Young With Cassadee Pope

    Best Country Song:

    “Blue Ain’t Your Color” Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey & Steven Lee Olsen, songwriters (Keith Urban)
    “Die A Happy Man” Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett & Joe Spargur, songwriters (Thomas Rhett)
    “Humble and Kind” Lori McKenna, songwriter (Tim McGraw) – WINNER
    “My Church” busbee & Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris)
    “Vice” Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)

    Best Country Album:

    Big Day In A Small Town Brandy Clark
    Full Circle Loretta Lynn
    Hero Maren Morris
    A Sailor’s Guide To Earth Sturgill Simpson – WINNER
    Ripcord Keith Urban

    Best New Age Album:

    Orogen John Burke
    Dark Sky Island Enya
    Inner Passion Peter Kater & Tina Guo
    Rosetta Vangelis
    White Sun II White Sun – WINNER

    Best Improvised Jazz Solo:

    “Countdown” Joey Alexander, soloist
    “In Movement” Ravi Coltrane, soloist
    “We See” Fred Hersch, soloist
    “I Concentrate On You” Brad Mehldau, soloist
    “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” John Scofield, soloist – WINNER

    Best Jazz Vocal Album:

    Sound Of Red Ren Marie
    Upward Spiral Branford Marsalis Quartet With Special Guest Kurt Elling
    Take Me To The Alley Gregory Porter – WINNER
    Harlem On My Mind Catherine Russell
    The Sting Variations The Tierney Sutton Band

    Best Jazz Instrumental Album:

    Book of Intuition Kenny Barron Trio
    Dr. Um Peter Erskine
    Sunday Night At The Vanguard The Fred Hersch Trio
    Nearness Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau
    Country For Old Men John Scofield – WINNER

    Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album:

    Real Enemies Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
    Presents Monk’estra, Vol. 1 John Beasley
    Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles John Daversa
    All L.A. Band Bob Mintzer
    Presidential Suite: Eight Variations On Freedom Ted Nash Big Band – WINNER

    Best Latin Jazz Album:

    Entre Colegas Andy Gonzalez
    Madera Latino: A Latin Jazz Perspective On The Music Of Woody Shaw Brian Lynch & Various Artists
    Canto Amrica Michael Spiro/Wayne Wallace La Orquesta Sinfonietta
    30 – Trio Da Paz
    Tribute To Irakere: Live In Marciac Chucho Valdes – WINNER

    Best Gospel Performance/Song:

    “It’s Alright, It’s OK” Shirley Caesar Featuring Anthony Hamilton; Stanley Brown & Courtney Rumble, songwriters
    “You’re Bigger [Live]” Jekalyn Carr; Allundria Carr, songwriter
    “Made A Way [Live]” Travis Greene; Travis Greene, songwriter
    “God Provides” Tamela Mann; Kirk Franklin, songwriter – WINNER
    “Better” Hezekiah Walker; Jason Clayborn, Gabriel Hatcher & Hezekiah Walker, songwriters

    Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song:

    “Trust In You” Lauren Daigle; Lauren Daigle, Michael Farren & Paul Mabury, songwriters
    “Priceless” For King & Country; Benjamin Backus, Seth Mosley, Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone & Tedd Tjornhom, songwriters
    “King of the World” Natalie Grant; Natalie Grant, Becca Mizell & Samuel Mizell, songwriters
    “Thy Will” Hillary Scott & The Scott Family; Bernie Herms, Hillary Scott & Emily Weisband, songwriters Track from: Love Remains – WINNER
    “Chain Breaker” Zach Williams; Mia Fieldes, Jonathan Smith & Zach Williams, songwriters

    Best Gospel Album:

    Listen Tim Bowman Jr.
    Fill This House Shirley Caesar
    A Worshipper’s Heart [Live] Todd Dulaney
    Losing My Religion Kirk Franklin – WINNER
    Demonstrate [Live] William Murphy

    Best Contemporary Christian Music Album:

    Poets & Saints All Sons & Daughters
    American Prodigal Crowder
    Be One Natalie Grant
    Youth Revival [Live] Hillsong Young & Free
    Love Remains Hillary Scott & The Scott Family – WINNER

    Best Roots Gospel Album:

    Better Together Gaither Vocal Band
    Nature’s Symphony In 432 The Isaacs
    Hymns Joey+Rory – WINNER
    Hymns And Songs Of Inspiration Gordon Mote
    God Don’t Ever Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson (Various Artists)

    Best Latin Pop Album:

    Un Besito Mas Jesse & Joy – WINNER
    Ilusin Gaby Moreno
    Similares Laura Pausini
    Seguir Latiendo Sanalejo
    Buena Vida Diego Torres

    Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album:

    iLevitable ile – WINNER
    L.H.O.N. (La Humanidad O Nosotros) Illya Kuryaki & The Valderamas
    Buenaventura La Santa Cecilia
    Los Rakas Los Rakas
    Amor Supremo Carla Morrison

    Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano):

    Races Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizarraga
    Hecho A Mano Joss Favela
    Un Azteca En El Azteca, Vol. 1 (En Vivo) Vicente Fernandez – WINNER
    Generacin Maquinaria Est. 2006 La Maquinaria Nortena
    Tributo A Joan Sebastian Y Rigoberto Alfaro Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea

    Best Tropical Latin Album:

    Conexin Fonseca
    La Fantasia Homenaje A Juan Formell Formell Y Los Van Van
    35 Aniversario Grupo Niche
    La Sonora Santanera En Su 60 Aniversario La Sonora Santanera
    Donde Estn? Jose Lugo & Guasabara Combo – WINNER

    Best American Roots Performance:

    “Ain’t No Man” The Avett Brothers
    “Mother’s Children Have A Hard Time” Blind Boys Of Alabama
    “Factory Girl” Rhiannon Giddens
    “House Of Mercy” Sarah Jarosz – WINNER
    “Wreck You” Lori McKenna

    Best American Roots Song:

    “Alabama At Night” Robbie Fulks, songwriter (Robbie Fulks)
    “City Lights” Jack White, songwriter (Jack White)
    “Gulfstream” Eric Adcock & Roddie Romero, songwriters (Roddie Romero And The Hub City All-Stars)
    “Kid Sister” Vince Gill, songwriter (The Time Jumpers) – WINNER
    “Wreck You” Lori McKenna & Felix McTeigue, songwriters (Lori McKenna)

    Best Americana Album:

    True Sadness The Avett Brothers
    This Is Where I Live William Bell – WINNER
    The Cedar Creek Sessions Kris Kristofferson
    The Bird & The Rifle Lori McKenna
    Kid Sister The Time Jumpers

    Best Bluegrass Album:

    Original Traditional Blue Highway
    Burden Bearer Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
    The Hazel Sessions Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands
    North And South Claire Lynch
    Coming Home O’Connor Band With Mark O’Connor – WINNER

    Best Traditional Blues Album:

    Can’t Shake The Feeling Lurrie Bell
    Live At The Greek Theatre Joe Bonamassa
    Blues & Ballads (A Folksinger’s Songbook: Volumes I & II) Luther Dickinson
    The Soul of Jimmie Rodgers Vasti Jackson
    Porcupine Meat Bobby Rush – WINNER

    Best Contemporary Blues Album:

    The Last Days Of Oakland Fantastic Negrito – WINNER
    Love Wins Again Janiva Magness
    Bloodline Kenny Neal
    Give It Back To You The Record Company
    Everybody Wants A Piece Joe Louis Walker

    Best Folk Album:

    Silver Skies Blue Judy Collins & Ari Hest
    Upland Stories Robbie Fulks
    Factory Girl Rhiannon Giddens
    Weighted Mind Sierra Hull
    Undercurrent Sarah Jarosz – WINNER

    Best Regional Roots Music Album:

    Broken Promised Land Barry Jean Ancelet & Sam Broussard
    It’s A Cree Thing Northern Cree
    E Walea Kalani Pe’a – WINNER
    Gulfstream Roddie Romero And The Hub City All-Stars
    I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax In The Evangeline Country (Various Artists)

    Best Reggae Album:

    Sly & Robbie Presents… Reggae For Her Devin Di Dakta & J.L
    Rose Petals J Boog
    Ziggy Marley Ziggy Marley – WINNER
    Everlasting Raging Fyah
    Falling Into Place Rebelution
    Soja: Live In Virginia Soja

    Best World Music Album:

    Destiny Celtic Woman
    Walking In The Footsteps Of Our Fathers Ladysmith Black Mambazo
    Sing Me Home Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble – WINNER
    Land Of Gold Anoushka Shankar
    Dois Amigos, Um Sculo De Msica: Multishow Live Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil

    Best Children’s Album:

    Explorer Of The World Frances England
    Infinity Plus One Secret Agent 23 Skidoo -WINNER
    Novelties Recess Monkey
    Press Play Brady Rymer And The Little Band That Could
    Saddle Up The Okee Dokee Brothers

    Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling):

    The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo Amy Schumer
    In Such Good Company: Eleven Years Of Laughter, Mayhem, And Fun In The Sandbox Carol Burnett – WINNER
    M Train Patti Smith
    Under The Big Black Sun: A Personal History Of L.A.Punk (John Doe With Tom DeSavia) (Various Artists)
    Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink Elvis Costello

    Best Comedy Album:

    …America…Great… David Cross
    American Myth Margaret Cho
    Boysih Girl Interrupted Tig Notaro
    Live At The Apollo Amy Schumer
    Talking For Clapping Patton Oswalt – WINNER

    Best Musical Theater Album:

    Bright Star Carmen Cusack, principal soloist; Jay Alix, Peter Asher & Una Jackman, producers; Steve Martin, composer; Edie Brickell, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)
    The Color Purple Cynthia Erivo & Jennifer Hudson, principal soloists; Stephen Bray, Van Dean, Frank Filipetti, Roy Furman, Scott Sanders & Jhett Tolentino, producers (Stephen Bray, Brenda Russell & Allee Willis, composers/lyricists) (New Broadway Cast) – WINNER
    Fiddler On The Roof Danny Burstein, principal soloist; Louise Gund, David Lai & Ted Sperling, producers (Jerry Bock, composer; Sheldon Harnick, lyricist) (2016 Broadway Cast)
    Kinky Boots Killian Donnelly & Matt Henry, principal soloists; Sammy James, Jr., Cyndi Lauper, Stephen Oremus & William Wittman, producers (Cyndi Lauper, composer & lyricist) (Original West End Cast)
    Waitress Jessie Mueller, principal soloist; Neal Avron, Sara Bareilles & Nadia DiGiallonardo, producers; Sara Bareilles, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)

    Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media:

    Amy (Various Artists)
    Miles Ahead Miles Davis & Various Artists) – WINNER
    Straight Outta Compton (Various Artists)
    Suicide Squad (Collector’s Edition) (Various Artists)
    Vinyl: The Essentials Season 1 (Various Artists)

    Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media:

    Bridge of Spies Thomas Newman, composer
    Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight Ennio Morricone, composer
    The Revenant Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto, composers
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens John Williams, composer – WINNER
    Stranger Things Volume 1 Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, composers
    Stranger Things Volume 2 Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, composers

    Best Song Written For Visual Media:

    “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” Max Martin, Shellback & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, Walt Dohrn, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse & Kunal Nayyar), Track from: Trolls – WINNER
    “Heathens” Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots), Track from: Suicide Squad
    “Just Like Fire” Oscar Holter, Max Martin, P!nk & Shellback, songwriters (P!nk), Track from: Alice Through The Looking Glass
    “Purple Lamborghini” Shamann Cooke, Sonny Moore & William Roberts, songwriters (Skrillex & Rick Ross), Track from: Suicide Squad
    “Try Everything” Mikkel S. Eriksen, Sia Furler & Tor Erik Hermansen, songwriters (Shakira), Track from: Zootopia
    “The Veil” Peter Gabriel, songwriter (Peter Gabriel), Track from: Snowden

    Best Instrumental Composition:

    “Bridge of Spies (End Title)” Thomas Newman, composer (Thomas Newman)
    “The Expensive Train Set (An Epic Sarahnade For Big Band)” Tim Davies, composer (Tim Davies Big Band)
    “Flow” Alan Ferber, composer (Alan Ferber Nonet)
    “L’Ultima Diligenza Di Red Rock – Verisione Integrale” Ennio Morricone, composer (Ennio Morricone)
    “Spoken At Midnight” Ted Nash, composer (Ted Nash Big Band) – WINNER

    Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella:

    “Ask Me Now” John Beasley, arranger (John Beasley)
    “Good ‘Swing’ Wenceslas” Sammy Nestico, arranger (The Count Basie Orchestra)
    “Linus & Lucy” Christian Jacob, arranger (The Phil Norman Tentet)
    “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” John Daversa, arranger (John Daversa)
    “We Three Kings” Ted Nash, arranger (Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis)
    “You And I” Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier) – WINNER

    Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals:

    “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band Featuring Take 6)
    “Do You Want To Know A Secret” John Daversa, arranger (John Daversa Featuring Renee Olstead)
    “Flintstones” Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier) – WINNER
    “I’m A Fool To Want You” Alan Broadbent, arranger (Kristin Chenoweth)
    “Somewhere (Dirty Blvd) (Extended Version)” Billy Childs & Larry Klein, arrangers (Lang Lang Featuring Lisa Fischer & Jeffrey Wright)

    Best Recording Package:

    Anti (Deluxe Edition) Ciarra Pardo & Robyn Fenty, art directors (Rihanna)
    Blackstar Jonathan Barnbrook, art director (David Bowie) – WINNER
    Human Performance Andrew Savage, art director (Parquet Courts)
    Sunset Motel Sarah Dodds & Shauna Dodds, art directors (Reckless Kelly)
    22, A Million Eric Timothy Carlson, art director (Bon Iver)

    Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package:

    Edith Piaf 1915-2015 Gerard Lo Monaco, art director (Edith Piaf) – WINNER
    401 Days Jonathan Dagan & Mathias Hst Normark, art directors (J.Views)
    I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It Samuel Burgess-Johnson & Matthew Healy, art directors (The 1975)
    Paper Wheels (Deluxe Limited Edition) Matt Taylor, art director (Trey Anastasio)
    Tug of War (Deluxe Edition) Simon Earith & James Musgrave, art directors (Paul McCartney)

    Best Album Notes:

    The Complete Monument & Columbia Albums Collection Mikal Gilmore, album notes writer (Kris Kristofferson)
    The Knoxville Sessions, 1929-1930: Knox County Stomp Ted Olson & Tony Russell, album notes writers (Various Artists)
    Ork Records: New York, New York Rob Sevier & Ken Shipley, album notes writers (Various Artists)
    Sissle And Blake Sing Shuffle Along Ken Bloom & Richard Carlin, album notes writers (Eubie Blake & Noble Sissle) – WINNER
    Waxing The Gospel: Mass Evangelism & The Phonograph, 1890-1990 Richard Martin, album notes writer (Various Artists)

    Best Historical Album:

    The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 12 (Collector’s Edition) Steve Berkowitz & Jeff Rosen, compilation producers; Mark Wilder, mastering engineer (Bob Dylan) – WINNER
    Music Of Morocco From The Library Of Congress: Recorded By Paul Bowles, 1959 April G. Ledbetter, Steven Lance Ledbetter, Bill Nowlin & Philip D. Schuyler, compilation producers; Rick Fisher & Michael Graves, mastering engineers (Various Artists)
    Ork Records: New York, New York Rob Sevier & Ken Shipley, compilation producers; Jeff Lipton & Maria Rice, mastering engineers (Various Artists)
    Vladimir Horowitz: The Unreleased Live Recordings 1966-1983 Bernard Horowitz, Andreas K. Meyer & Robert Russ, compilation producers; Andreas K. Meyer & Jeanne Montalvo, mastering engineers (Vladimir Horowitz)
    Waxing The Gospel: Mass Evangelism & The Phonograph, 1890 – 1900Michael Devecka, Meagan Hennessey & Richard Martin, compilation producers; Michael Devecka, David Giovannoni, Michael Khanchalian & Richard Martin, mastering engineers (Various Artists)

    Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical:

    Are You Serious Tchad Blake & David Boucher, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Andrew Bird)
    Blackstar David Bowie, Tom Elmhirst, Kevin Killen & Tony – WINNER
    Dig In Deep Ryan Freeland, engineer; Kim Rosen, mastering engineer (Bonnie Raitt)
    Hit N Run Phase Two Booker T., Dylan Dresdow, Chris James, Prince & Justin Stanley, engineers; Dylan Dresdow, mastering engineer (Prince)
    Undercurrent Shani Gandhi & Gary Paczosa, engineers; Paul Blakemore, mastering engineer (Sarah Jarosz)

    Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical:

    Benny Blanco
    Greg Kurstin – WINNER
    Max Martin
    Nineteen85
    Ricky Reed

    Best Remixed Recording:

    “Cali Coast (Psionics Remix)” Josh Williams, remixer (Soul Pacific)
    “Heavy Star Movin’ (staRo Remix)” staRo, remixer (The Silver Lake Chorus)
    “Nineteen Hundred Eighty-Five (Timo Maas & James Teej Remix)” Timo Maas & James Teej, remixers (Paul McCartney & Wings)
    “Only” (Kaskade X Lipless Remix) Ryan Raddon, remixer (Ry X)
    “Tearing Me Up (RAC Remix)” Andre Allen Anjos, remixer (Bob Moses) – WINNER
    “Wide Open (Joe Goddard Remix)” Joe Goddard, remixer (The Chemical Brothers)

    Best Surround Sound Album:

    Dutilleux: Sur La Me Accord; Les Citations; Mystre De L’Instant & Timbres, Espace, Mouvement Alexander Lipay & Dmitriy Lipay, surround mix engineers; Dmitriy Lipay, surround mastering engineer; Dmitriy Lipay, surround producer (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony) – WINNER
    Johnson: Considering Matthew Shephard Brad Michel, surround mix engineer; Brad Michel, surround mastering engineer; Robina G. Young, surround producer (Craig Hella Johnson & Conspirare)
    Maja S.K. Ratkje: And Sing … Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Maja S.K. Ratkje, Cikada & Oslo Sinfonietta)
    Primus & The Chocolate Factory Les Claypool, surround mix engineer; Stephen Marcussen, surround mastering engineer; Les Claypool, surround producer (Primus)
    Reflections Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (yvind Gimse, Geir Inge Lotsberg & Trondheimsolistene)

    Best Engineered Album, Classical:

    Corigliano: The Ghosts Of Versailles Mark Donahue & Fred Vogler, engineers (James Conlon, Guanqun Yu, Joshua Guerrero, Patricia Racette, Christopher Maltman, Lucy Schaufer, Lucas Meachem, LA Opera Chorus & Orchestra) – WINNER
    Dutilleux: Sur La Me Accord; Les Citations; Mystre De L’Instant & Timbres, Espace, Mouvement Alexander Lipay & Dmitriy Lipay, engineers (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony)
    Reflections Morten Lindberg, engineer (yvind Gimse, Geir Inge Lotsberg & Trondheimsolistene)
    Shadow of Sirius Silas Brown & David Frost, engineers; Silas Brown,
    Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow – Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9 Shawn Murphy & Nick Squire, engineers; Tim Martyn, mastering engineer (Andris Nelsons & Boston Symphony Orchestra)

    Producer of the Year, Classical:

    Blanton Alspaugh
    David Frost – WINNER
    Marina A. Ledin, Victor Ledin
    Judith Sherman
    Robina G. Young

    Best Orchestral Field:

    Bates: Works For Orchestra Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor (San Francisco Symphony)
    Ibert: Orchestral Works Neeme Jarvi, conductor (Orchestre De La Suisse Romande)
    Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 In B-Flat Major, Op. 100 Mariss Jansons, conductor (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra)
    Rouse: Odna Zhizn; Symphonies 3 & 4; Prospero’s Rooms Alan Gilbert, conductor (New York Philharmonic)
    Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow – Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9 Andris Nelsons, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra) – WINNER

    Best Opera Recording:

    Corigliano: The Ghosts Of Versailles James Conlon, conductor; Joshua Guerrero, Christopher Maltman, Lucas Meachem, Patricia Racette, Lucy Schaufer & Guanqun Yu; Blanton Alspaugh, producer (LA Opera Orchestra; LA Opera Chorus) – WINNER
    Handel: Giulio Cesare Giovanni Antonini, conductor; Cecilia Bartoli, Philippe Jaroussky, Andreas Scholl & Anne-Sofie von Otter; Samuel Theis, producer (Il Giardino Armonico)
    Higdon: Cold Mountain Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor; Emily Fons, Nathan Gunn, Isabel Leonard & Jay Hunter Morris; Elizabeth Ostrow, producer (The Santa Fe Opera Orchestra; Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program For Singers) Mozart: Le Nozze De Figaro Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conductor; Thomas Hampson, Christiane Karg, Luca Pisaroni & Sonya Yoncheva; Daniel Zalay, producer (Chamber Orchestra Of Europe; Vocalensemble Rastatt)
    Szymanowski: Krl Roger Antonio Pappano, conductor; Georgia Jarman, Mariusz Kwiecien & Saimir Pirgu; Jonathan Allen, producer (Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House; Royal Opera Chorus)

    Best Choral Performance:

    Himmerland Elisabeth Holte, conductor (Marianne Reidarsdatter Eriksen, Ragnfrid Lie & Matilda Sterby; Inger-Lise Ulsrud; Uranienborg Vokalensemble)
    Janek: Glagolitic Mass Edward Gardner, conductor; Hakon Matti Skrede, chorus master (Susan Bickley, Gabor Bretz, Sara Jakubiak & Stuart Skelton; Thomas Trotter; Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Bergen Cathedral Choir, Bergen Philharmonic Choir, Choir Of Collegium Musicum & Edvard Grieg Kor)
    Lloyd: Bonhoeffer Donald Nally, conductor (Malavika Godbole, John Grecia, Rebecca Harris & Thomas Mesa; The Crossing)
    Penderecki Conducts Penderecki, Volume 1 Krzystof Penderecki, conductor; Henryk Wojnarowski, choir director (Nikolay Didenko, Agnieszka Rehlis & Johanna Rusanen; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Warsaw Philharmonic Choir) – WINNER
    Steinberg: Passion Week Steven Fox, conductor (The Clarion Choir)

    Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance:

    Fitelberg: Chamber Works ARC Ensemble
    Reflections yvind Gimse, Geir Inge Lotsberg & Trondheimsolistene
    Serious Business Spektral Quartet
    Steve Reich Third Coast Percussion – WINNER
    Trios From Our Homelands Lincoln Trio

    Best Classical Instrumental Solo:

    Adams, J.: Scheherazade.2 Leila Josefowicz; David Robertson, conductor (Chester Englander; St. Louis Symphony)
    Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway Zuill Bailey; Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor (Nashville Symphony)
    Dvork: Violin Concerto & Romance; Suk: Fantasy Christian Tetzlaff; John Storgards, conductor (Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra) – WINNER

    Mozart: Keyboard Music, Vols. 8 & 9 Kristian Bezuidenhout
    1930’s Violin Concertos, Vol. 2 Gil Shaham; Stephane Deneve, conductor (The Knights & Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra)

    Best Classical Solo Vocal Album:

    Monteverdi Magdalena Kozena; Andrea Marcon, conductor (David Feldman, Michael Feyfar, Jakob Pilgram & Luca Tittoto; La Cetra Barockorchester Basel)
    Mozart: The Weber Sisters Sabine Devieilhe; Raphael Pichon, conductor (Pygmalion)
    Schumann & Berg Dorothea Roschmann; Mitsuko Uchida, accompanist
    Shakespeare Songs Ian Bostridge; Antonio Pappano, accompanist (Michael Collins, Elizabeth Kenny, Lawrence Power & Adam Walker) – WINNER
    Verismo Anna Netrebko; Antonio Pappano, conductor (Yusif Eyvazov; Coro Dell’Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia; Orchestra Dell’Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia)

    Best Classical Compendium:
    Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway; American Gothic; Once Upon A Castle Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer – WINNER
    Gesualdo Tonu Kaljuste, conductor; Manfred Eicher, producer
    Vaughan Williams: Discoveries Martyn Brabbins, conductor; Andrew Walton, producer
    Wolfgang: Passing Through Judith Farmer & Gernot Wolfgang, producers
    Zappa: 200 Motels The Suites Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor; Frank Filipetti & Gail Zappa, producers

    Best Contemporary Classical Composition:

    Bates: Anthology Of Fantastic Zoology Mason Bates, composer (Riccardo Muti & Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
    Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway Michael Daugherty, composer (Zuill Bailey, Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony) – WINNER
    Higdon: Cold Mountain Jennifer Higdon, composer; Gene Scheer, librettist
    Theofanidis: Bassoon Concerto Christopher Theofanidis, composer (Martin Kuuskmann, Barry Jekowsky & Northwest Sinfonia)
    Winger: Conversations With Nijinsky C. F. Kip Winger, composer (Martin West & San Francisco Ballet Orchestra)

    Best Music Video:

    “Formation” Beyonc – WINNER
    “River” Leon Bridges
    “Up & Up” Coldplay
    “Gosh” Jamie XX
    “Upside Down & Inside Out” OK Go

    Best Music Film:

    I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead Steve Aoki
    The Beatles: Eight Days A Week The Touring Years (The Beatles) – WINNER
    Lemonade Beyonc
    The Music Of Strangers Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble
    American Saturday Night: Live From The Grand Ole Opry (Various Artists)

    [Image via Getty Images.]

    Read more: http://perezhilton.com/2017-02-13-grammy-awards-2017-complete-winners-list-adele-chance-the-rapper

    Argentina sees migration ban and border wall proposals in immigration row

    President Mauricio Macri triggers backlash from Bolivia after banning entry for foreign citizens with criminal convictions as senator proposes border wall

    Amid a racially charged national debate on immigration, a real estate tycoon-turned-president signs an executive order to stop foreign migrants entering his country.

    There are proposals to expel foreign residents with criminal records and even talk of building a border wall, while intemperate language prompts a backlash from a neighbouring country.

    But this is not Donald Trumps America and the wall is not intended to exclude Mexicans.

    At the other end of the Americas, Argentinas millionaire president Mauricio Macri triggered a diplomatic spat with regional neighbours this week after he signed a controversial order to rein in migration.

    Macris centre-right government has said that the immigration order is intended to fight the rising wave of drug-related crime, which it claims is partly due to an influx of migrants from Argentinas northern neighbours.

    Peruvian and Paraguayan citizens come here and end up killing each other
    for control of the drug trade, said Macris security minister Patricia Bullrich this week. A lot of Paraguayans, Bolivians and Peruvians get involved as either capitalists or mules, as drivers or as part of the drug trafficking chain.

    The ministers words provoked a swift and angry reaction from Bolivia. We
    have to reject this kind of stigmatization against our compatriots that
    coincides with Trumps xenophobic attitude, responded Bolivian government
    minister Carlos Romero.

    Bolivias indigenous president Evo Morales also protested the move, writing on Twitter: We cant be following the example of the north and its policies, building walls to divide us.

    Macri is intent on copying Trumps agenda, said former legislator and
    human rights lawyer Myriam Bregman of the Socialist Workers party. Theyre
    trying to associate immigration with crime.

    While they persecute poor people in the slums because of the colour of
    their face or their nationality, major crime involving drug trafficking
    continues to be run by government official and corrupt police, she added.

    Immigration from Argentinas northern neighbours where the vast majority of the population is either mestizo or indigenous has always been a source of racial tension in a country where around 79% of the population is descended from European immigrants.

    As in the US, migrants in Argentina tend to work in construction or other low-paying jobs; activists say that they often take jobs that Argentinians are unwilling to take.

    This did not stop one Argentinian congressman from proposing a wall along the border with Bolivia to block the flow of migrants.

    We have to build a wall, said legislator Alfredo Olmedo of the northern
    province of Salta, which borders with Bolivia. I agree 100% with Trump.

    Macris new immigration order, which was made public on Monday, prohibits the entry into Argentina of foreign citizens with criminal convictions and speeds up the deportation of foreigners accused of breaking the law, even if they havent been convicted for some cases.

    Unlike Trump, however, Macris executive order is not country-specific and
    only affects people with criminal records.

    Bolivias foreign ministry quickly retaliated with a statement rejecting unfounded affirmations that do not contribute to the fight against discrimination and xenophobia in our countries.

    One Bolivian legislator lashed out personally at Argentinas first lady, Juliana Awada, who owns a prominent clothing firm. In the past, press reports have claimed that Awada employed undocumented Bolivian workers in her apparel workshops a charge she denies.

    What will Macris wife do without Bolivians in her workshops? asked the president of the senate, Jos Alberto Gonzles. Before thinking of walls, think of your economy.

    Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/03/argentina-sees-migration-ban-and-border-wall-proposals-in-immigration-row

    Brian Eno: ‘Donald Trump is a complete disaster’

    Eno takes to Facebook to clarify his position after US rightwingers interpreted his Guardian interview as supportive of the new president

    Brian Eno has inisisted that Donald Trump is a complete disaster. The legendary musician/producer/thinker/renaissance man took to Facebook in the wake of Simon Hattenstones interview with him for the Guardian, published on Monday, to clear up any suggestion that he might have been happy about Trumps presidency.

    In that interview, Eno said: Ive started to think Im pleased about Trump and Im pleased about Brexit because it gives us a kick up the arse and we needed it because we werent going to change anything. Just imagine if Hillary Clinton had won and wed been business as usual, the whole structure shed inherited, the whole Clinton family myth. I dont know thats a future I would particularly want. It just seems that was grinding slowly to a halt, whereas now, with Trump, theres a chance of a proper crash, and a chance to really rethink.

    In a Facebook post, Eno took issue with the headline on the Guardian interview Weve been in decline for 40 years Trump is a chance to rethink saying: I didnt use those words in that way (as reading the article would make clear), and theyve been taken (particularly by some American websites) to suggest that I support Trump. Anybody familiar with my views will know that this is not true.

    So, may I make something absolutely clear: I think Donald Trump is a complete disaster. And Brexit is a disaster too. That said, what I think is an even greater disaster is that we in the US and the UK and increasingly the rest of the world live inside political systems that can produce absurd results like these.

    Eno went on to say that he hoped Trump would reveal himself for what he really is, and that the public will roundly and unequivocally reject him and everything he stands for his terrible policies, his jingoism, his arrogance, his childishness, his lies, his prejudices and his small-mindedness. In rejecting Trump well also start to take down the whole malignant media-political structure that so lovingly nurtured him.

    Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/jan/27/brian-eno-donald-trump-is-a-complete-disaster

    Sound art: album covers by Ai Weiwei, Ed Ruscha and more in pictures

    Musicians from Kanye West to Sigur Ros have employed A-list artists to design their album sleeves flick through some of the best

    Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2017/jan/20/sound-art-album-artist-record-covers-taschen-ai-weiwei-ed-ruscha-keith-haring-takashi-murakami

    How Authors Can Get Speaking Gigs

    By Scott Lorenz, Westwind Communications

    As a book publicist, I am constantly being asked to help authors get speaking gigs. But, it’s a specialty in itself and outside our wheel house. Authors can make a lot of money speaking, more so sometimes than selling books, but, often, it’s the book that creates the demand, so there is a symbiotic relationship. Some of my clients earn anywhere from $2,500 to $10,000 per speech, routinely. It’s getting on the circuit that’s difficult.

    I’ve compiled a list of people and companies in this business that authors can engage with, who represent potential speakers. For many of these entities their client is the company or organization looking for a speaker and not you. They want a good fit and someone who will deliver a terrific speech.

    Here’s the list:

    All American Speakers 

    All American Speakers assists meeting professionals, event producers, corporate groups, universities, nonprofits and associations in booking speakers and entertainment. The database “houses booking information on everyone on the speaker circuit, regardless of their agency/bureau affiliation.”

     

    American Program Bureau 

    American Program Bureau books renowned literature speakers, including best-selling authors, historians and poets. The website has easy-to-browse categories and sub-topics to easily find speakers for any conference.

     

    Christian Speakers Services 

    The organization serves event planners and ministry leaders. Everyone on the speaker roster has been vetted. You must complete an application to be represented by the organization.

     

    ExpertClick

    Many speakers and authors turn to Expert Click to send news releases and to expand their online platform. Their proprietary news release distribution service pushes out ten ways including via Google News. Authors can get found based on 30+ key words that meeting planners are searching. They pull the author’s blog on an RSS feed and syndicate them into the press rooms, thereby getting more exposure, distribution of content and ‘Google Juice. According to CEO Mitch Davis, “We have 150+ speakers and authors who use us including Patricia Fripp, Alan Weiss and Jeffrey Gitomer.  We were featured in Tim Ferris’s book Four Hour Work Week, and PRWEEK called us ‘a dating service of PR,’ The New York Times called us ‘dial-an-expert.’ I use it and recommend it. When you join at this discount link you can save $100: www.ExpertClick.com/Discount/Scott_Lorenz

     

    eSpeakers  

    The eSpeakers Marketplace brings the world’s greatest speakers together in one place and makes it easy for buyers to filter by topic, price range, and availability. Their platform takes the hassle out of booking and scheduling for both meeting planners and speakers.  They offer a cloud based, multiuser calendar suite; (they’re sort of like the Airbnb for speakers). They also connect speakers to over 50+ speaker directories saving hours of tedious administrative duties. It’s no wonder they are the preferred choice for many top speakers.

     

    GigSalad 

    A service that books entertainment and speakers for parties, productions and events of all kinds. This platform books10,000+ performers and presenters across the U.S. and Canada. The website’s search tool allows potential clients to view authors, categorized by genre and location.

     

    HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

    The HarperCollins Speakers Bureau is only accessible to authors published by HarperCollins, Thomas Nelson and Zondervan. It works with corporations, universities, schools, associations, libraries, clubs, hospitals, foundations, and other professional groups and societies in the U.S. and around the world.

     

    Harry Walker Agency 

    The Harry Walker Agency works with thousands of meeting planners in need of speakers. The agency belongs to the International Association of Speakers Bureaus (IASB) and has largest breadth and highest caliber of speakers in the world.

     

    International Association of Speakers Bureaus (IASB) 

    IASB is the only trade association that exclusively represents speakers bureaus and agencies. Meeting professionals that request assistance in locating a speaker are referred to the Bureau Directory on the IASB website. IASB encourages meeting professionals to seek out member bureaus when searching for speakers.

     

    Lyceum Agency 

    The Lyceum Agency represents authors and academics for speeches, lectures and readings on a variety on subjects. Access to an impressive list of speakers is available on the website.

     

    Nancy Vogl Speakers Bureau

    A “boutique bureau” that books professional speakers in leadership, diversity and sales, futurists, health and wellness professionals and those sending a message of hope and inspiration. It’s located in Traverse City, Michigan.

     

    National Speakers Association (NSA) 

    NSA has a network of 3,400+ speakers and has the tools, techniques and professional connections to help you share your message effectively. Whether you speak at their annual conference, chapter meetings or other events, NSA is eager to help you grow your business.

     

    National Speakers Bureau 

    National Speakers Bureau has achieved over 40 years of success! Clients are primarily corporations and business associations. Speakers are searchable on their website according to topic and fee. **Only a small fraction of received speaker inquiries result in a correct fit.

     

    Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) 

    Professional Convention Management Association calls itself “the definitive authority in education, business networking and community engagement for leaders in the global meetings, convention and business events industry.” PCMA has more than 6,500 members and 50,000 customers.

     

    redBrick Agency 

    The redBrick Agency works with corporations, conventions, arts and lecture venues, libraries, performing arts centers, schools, colleges and universities. The agency represents authors and all kinds of speakers.

     

    Speakers’ Spotlight 

    Speakers’ Spotlight has arranged more than 20,000 speaking engagements in over 30 countries. The agency finds speakers for leading corporations, associations, government agencies, colleges and universities, school boards, health care organizations and charities.

     

    Steven Barclay Agency 

    The Steven Barclay Agency serves colleges, universities, schools, performing arts centers, corporations, associations, and for private events.

     

    TED

    Collectively, TED speakers have won every major prize awarded for excellence, including the Nobel, Pritzker, Pulitzer, Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, Tony and MacArthur “genius” grant. TED also seeks out emerging artists, scientists and thinkers, introducing them to the TED community.

    To speak at TED: https://www.ted.com/about/conferences/speaking-at-ted

     

    TEDx

    A TEDx event is a local gathering where live TED-like talks and videos previously recorded at TED conferences are shared with the community. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.

     

    The GUILD Agency 

    A full-service international Speakers Bureau, Literary Agency, Social Impact Consultancy, and Smart-Content Media Firm. The organization has assisted with thousands of events and works with many speakers not listed on their website.

     

    The Tuesday Agency 

    The Tuesday Agency is a full-service lecture agency representing elite authors, journalists, historians, artists and scholars. Based in Iowa City, “The Tuesday Agency is dedicated to the literary arts and to thoughtful dialogue.”

     

    Thumbtack 

    This platform’s motto is “From house painting to personal training, we bring you the right pros for every project on your list.” Although presentations are more obscure than other professional services offered, this platform does book motivational speakers. Special attention: Lifestyle coaches and authors sending a positive message.

    “If authors want to get speaking gigs they need to figure out where the leads are and have an easy system for following up on them,” says Jess Todtfeld, creator of  EndlessSpeakerLeads.com, a guide to finding and connecting with events and those who book them.

     

    Endless Speaker Leads 

    Jess Todtfeld author of Media Secrets: A Media Training Crash Course, has curated some of the biggest resources for speakers into one place.  Using online videos, Todtfeld explains how to find conferences and the contacts who are the decision makers. Todtfeld suggests authors and experts add speaking as a profit center to help drive more book sales and drive more business.  Says Todtfeld, “If you can get more leads, you can make more connections and get more offers to have you as a speaker.”

     

    The Bottom Line:  Want to become a sought-after speaker? Then get cracking on this list and tell the world what you talk about and line up some speaking gigs. DO IT TODAY.


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    About Book Publicist Scott Lorenz

    Book publicist Scott Lorenz is President of Westwind Communications, a public relations and marketing firm that has a special knack for working with authors to help them get all the publicity they deserve and more. Lorenz works with bestselling authors and self-published authors promoting all types of books, whether it’s their first book or their 15th book. He’s handled publicity for books by CEOs, CIA Officers, Navy SEALS, Homemakers, Fitness Gurus, Doctors, Lawyers and Adventurers. His clients have been featured by Good Morning America, FOX & Friends, CNN, ABC News, New York Times, Nightline, TIME, PBS, LA Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Woman’s World, & Howard Stern to name a few.

    Learn more about Westwind Communications’ book marketing approach at http://www.book-marketing-expert.com or contact Lorenz at scottlorenz@westwindcos.com or by phone at 734-667-2090. Follow Lorenz on Twitter @aBookPublicist

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    Sudanese men arrested in Saudi Arabia for supporting ‘stay-at-home’ strikes

    Two men could face torture if extradited to Sudan for posting about civil disobedience on Facebook, as Bashir and Saudi kingdom seem to grow closer

    Two Sudanese men have been arrested in Saudi Arabia after posting their support for protests in their home country on Facebook, amid signs that ties between the two states are growing stronger following years of tension.

    The men, Qasim Mohamed Sid-Ahmed and Al-Waleed Imam Hassan Taha, were allegedly detained while leaving work in Riyadh on 21 December. Their families were told they were being held for a secret investigation but did not explain to them the reason for their arrest.

    Sid-Ahmed and Taha were both active online, expressing support for a campaign of stay-at-home strikes, known as the Civil Disobedience, to protest against austerity measures and skyrocketing medicine prices. The protests, which have left Khartoums streets deserted for days at a time, was devised by activists to avoid the bloodshed that occurred during anti-austerity protests in 2013.

    Sid-Ahmed and Tahas families believe that the Sudanese government pushed for the two mens arrest in Saudi.

    Hes lived here for 18 years and has never broken any laws, Sid-Ahmeds wife Ebitisam, who is a doctor and works at the ministry of health, told the Guardian. Im extremely scared they will extradite him to Sudan.

    The prospect of extradition is a bleak one: Sid-Ahmed and Taha will likely face severe punishment and possibly torture if they return.

    This is what were scared of the most, Tahas wife, Nahid said in an interview via phone with the Guardian. They are known for torturing people. Some people have died in torture.

    The Saudi embassy in Washington had not responded to a request for comment at the time of publishing.

    These arrests reflect the warming of relations between the dictator Omar al-Bashirs government in Sudan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Relations had been fraught for some time due to Bashirs close ties to Iran but as sanctions began to pinch Sudan has attempted pivot closer to the Gulf states.

    Sudan signed up to join in the Saudi-led airstrike campaign in Yemen in 2015 and was one of only three states to sever ties with Iran when the Saudi embassy in Tehran was torched in retaliation for the execution of prominent Shia cleric.

    Elsadig Elsheikh, director of the Global Justice Program at the Haas Institute at UC Berkeley, said the Sudanese government was hoping the Saudis would lobby US government to ease sanctions.

    The Sudanese regime hoped that rebuilding the relationship with Saudi Arabia would help the regime, he said, by weilding their influence in Washington DC and lifting the unofficial blockage, of millions of US dollars in remittances from Sudanese expatriates working in Saudi.

    These arrests are also not the first of their kind in Saudi. Sudanese journalist Waleed al-Hussein al-Dood was arrested in Saudi Arabia in 2015 and held for almost a year without charges. He ran the independent news website Al-Rakoba, which is critical of the Sudanese government.

    Certainly the improvement in relations between the two governments doesnt bode well for any Sudanese opposition folks living in Saudi Arabia, said Adam Coogle, a Saudi Arabia researcher for Human Rights Watch told the Guardian.

    Sid-Ahmed and Tahas family and friends have established a petition and website to help push for their release.

    Their families are struggling without them as both men have children with severe illnesses. Sid-Ahmeds daughter was in hospital with renal disease while he was arrested and Tahas youngest son has Downs syndrome. Due to guardianship laws in the country, its difficult for the women to move around and get the necessary medicines for their children without their husbands.

    Im scared for my safety, Nahid said. I dont know if my children will come home if they go out.

    Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/13/sudan-men-arrested-saudi-arabia-strikes

    Reviews – Aiming for the Brass Ring

    By Mari Selby

    As an author, what do we most want from the publishing of our books?

    Public recognition

    Skyrocketing sales

    Simply spreading our message

    We may want all three, and receiving a review can mean grasping that brass ring.

    A review in a prestigious print magazine can truly make an author’s name and multiply sales. Years ago, one of our authors received a review of his book from New Age Retailer magazine, and as a result, a year later, someone read the review and invited him to present and paid for him to headline at an international conference. Another author received a review in Foreword Reviews, and years later, they are still making steady sales. Even a review in an online magazine can be archived and available on the internet for years.

    But achieving this goal in a competitive market is tricky.

    The quid-pro-quo is that publishers send reviewers a free copy of a book as part of their marketing plan, in the hope that it will be reviewed and brought to the favorable attention of the reviewer’s audience/readership. All books sent to a reviewer for consideration–requested or unrequested–become the property of the reviewer to do with as he or she deems fit.

    Before you begin sending books out to a bunch of magazines, do your research. Despite Oprah’s popularity, O Magazine isn’t right for every author. Maybe your book is a better fit with Prevention  or Popular Mechanics. Or maybe Lambda Literary Foundation is your best bet. Read what books are reviewed in your magazines of choice. Then research who is the best person for you to contact. Is it the feature editor, or is there a book review editor? Keep in mind that you are competing with thousands of other authors for the diminishing number of publications that review books.
    But first, create three lists of possible review sites, magazines, and newspapers. This list is meant to offer a sampling of book review options. There are many other magazines and newspapers not listed here.

    1. The “Pot ‘o Gold” List

    We characterize these magazines as gold, because any review or mention of your book in their print publications will result in more sales, more recognition, and your message received by large numbers of people. All magazines and newspapers in this category require advanced reader copies sent at least 4 months in advance of the books launch. Pre-publication magazines include Publishers Weekly, Booklist Reader, and Library Journal. Post publication magazines in this category include People, The New Yorker, Reader’s Digest, or Slate.

    I recommend claiming a little of the gold by submitting your book to Publishers Weekly PW select. For the small fee of $149, you have a better chance to reach that gold.

    2. The “Silver Lining” List

    I characterize these magazines or newspapers as silver, because they have a great circulation and maybe a little less prestige. From the Los Angeles Times, to the Boston Globe, to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, to the Christian Science Monitor, all have a great deal of power to launch a book. Most magazines and newspapers in this category have both a print edition, as well as an online edition, and they accept books that have already been launched.  Landing a review in The Atlantic would be a huge boon to any author. The Bloomsbury Review has eclectic tastes, has been around for decades, and often prints authors who reside in the West. One of our authors had a review here that resulted in regionally successful book signing and speaking engagements. Regional magazines in your area like Virginia Quarterly Review,  tend to favor local authors. Online magazines in this category, because of their huge circulation, are Shelf Awareness and Huffington Post. Depending on the genre of your book, other magazines that review books are Crosscurrents, Tricycle, Insight Retailers, Psychology Today, and Utne Reader.

    3. Evergreen List

    I refer to these online magazines and review sites as evergreen, because they archive their reviews. Anyone can find the review months later. Also, having your review online will help build your overall SEO ranking. Getting reviewed on Amazon or BN.com builds recognition as well as sales. Many of our authors have become Amazon.com bestsellers. Goodreads is a social media network for authors to create a fan base. My personal favorite online review magazine is, of course, San Francisco Book Review. They offer both free and paid reviews. Other favorites include Midwest Book Review or Women’s Review of Books.

    For a small fee of $59, you can obtain an express review from Readers Favorite reviews.

    Of course a review doesn’t guarantee that you will get a good review. One of our clients received a review from Publisher’s Weekly that began with “This is an amazing book” and finished the review by criticizing the author’s purple prose. And guess which part of the review went on the front cover of the book? You can go for reviews yourself, or you can hire a publicist to make this task easier.

    A publicist has the contacts and skills to get your book in front of interested editors. There is a great deal of work involved in going for reviews–from research to query to follow-up. But any review can be used to promote your book and improve your sales, which is well worth the effort. And the possibility is always there that you will be able to grasp that brass ring!

    © January 2017, Mari Selby


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    MARI SELBY founded Selby ink in 1998 after working for a small publisher where she was successful in improving their sales from 20,000 books to over 100,000 books in one year. Prior to being a publicist Mari was a family therapist in private practice for almost 20 years.

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