Using Advance Reader Copies to Get Blurbs, Reviews and Media Mentions

By David Wogahn One of the most effective marketing tools available to any author or self-publisher is the Advance Reader Copy (ARC) or galley. An ARC is nothing more than a free copy of your book that you share with readers in advance of the publication date. It is produced during the publishing process, and […]

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Libraries full of human ‘books’ are spreading across the country.

What would happen if you sat down and had an open and honest conversation with someone with completely opposing views? Could it bring you closer together? The Human Library Organization is counting on it. In this day and age, it may seem like getting two people with different views together to discuss them is a recipe for disaster. Just read the comment section on any online post on a heated topic and you’re bound to wish you hadn’t. Political division and the ability to hide behind a screen and shout your thoughts through your fingertips has encouraged an “I’m right,…

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A PR Insider’s Tips For Promoting Your Book

By Maryglenn McCombs For authors who elect to take the DIY approach to book PR, it’s crucial to have some insider knowledge of the process and how to find potential reviewers, places to look, and what you’ll need when you make contact. Having promoted books and authors over twenty years, I have an extensive network […]

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Authors: Want Publishing Help? Get a Book Shepherd!

By Scott Lorenz, Westwind Communications At some point in the writing and publishing process most authors find themselves exasperated with all of the things that need to be done. This is one reason I recommend authors look into hiring a book shepherd. A book shepherd is someone whose expertise in books and publishing will help […]

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Study links behavior in kindergarten to adult success

(CNN)In our household, we’re still talking about the critically acclaimed box office smash “Inside Out,” Pixar’s animated look at the emotions inside a child’s brain. It came up most recently when we watched Serena Williams cruise to another victory at this year’s Wimbledon, and my youngest daughter, age 7, remarked that her “Joy” (the character who controls happiness in the movie) must be going wild. During the match, Serena’s “Angry” must have been at her brain’s control panel, we all agreed. I thought of the movie recently as I learned about a new study that showcases just how critical it…

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them review JK Rowling goes steampunk

The latest film from Harry Potter author Rowlings wizarding world is a wonderfully enjoyable adventure featuring Eddie Redmayne as a magizoologist who stumbles into a dark magic adventure in New York Weve never needed cheering up more; though on the strictly escapist level, this film is maybe compromised by making one of its characters an obnoxious rich New York chump, a charmless lump, or do I mean grump, reliant on his fathers money and nursing political ambitions. Hes been mentioned as a future president, says someone. Surely not… That entertainment enchanter JK Rowling has come storming back to the world…

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How to cope with loneliness | Oliver Burkeman

The new spin on loneliness is that we ought to welcome it, in modest doses Loneliness is everywhere in the world of psychology these days the subject of so many articles and a better predictor than obesity of an early death. But the new spin on loneliness is that we ought to welcome it, in modest doses. As long as we then do what we should do reconnect with people then loneliness is a good thing, biological warning system that evolved over millennia, alerting us to potentially dangerous levels of isolation. True, isolation isnt so dangerous today: a friendless Londoner…

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Leonard Cohen obituary

Canadian singer, songwriter, novelist and poet revered for works including the song Hallelujah It is a remarkable testament to the scope of popular music that Leonard Cohen could ever have been filed under the headings of rock or pop. A poet and novelist as well as a songwriter, Cohen, who has Talking about his musical legacy, Leonard Cohen jokes about his health Early in his career, his novel Beautiful Losers (1966) caused the Boston Globe to declare that James Joyce is not dead. He is living in Montreal under the name of Cohen. Yet Cohen was determined to establish himself…

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How Twenty One Pilots charted a course for success – BBC News

The momentum began with Stressed Out, a rock-rap ode to the innocence of childhood (“Used to dream of outer space, but now they’re laughing at our face / Saying, ‘Wake up, you need to make money’”). Released in January, it reached number two in the US and gave the band their first UK hit. But things really took off when they contributed a song, Heathens, to Warner Bros’ anti-superhero movie Suicide Squad. Eerie and atmospheric, it took singer Tyler Joseph’s prevailing concern – the demons faced by people with mental health issues – and applied it to the film’s cast…

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Unions Win A Battle On Election Day

Unions in Virginia campaigned hard against the proposal, which was supported by business groups and Republican lawmakers. Virginia has had a right-to-work law on the books for decades, but the ballot measure would have effectively made it permanent. In states with right-to-work laws, employees in unionized workplaces aren’t obligated to pay any fees to the union, allowing them to opt out completely. Conservatives refer to this as “workplace freedom,” but unions call it “free riding.” Whatever you want to call it, it’s been the reality in Virginia since 1947, when changes in federal law first allowed states to pursue right-to-work…

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