Making the Most of Your Amazon Author Page

By David Wogahn | @Wogahn | Most online stores give authors a chance to share information about themselves. But only Amazon goes so far as to provide website-like features to every contributor to every book they sell. The service is called AuthorCentral and it offers 5 author brand-building features: The ability to create a branded website […]

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Photo of Hillary Clinton reading news Pence used AOL email goes viral

Photo shows the former presidential candidate reading an article about the vice-president using private email to discuss sensitive matters as Indiana governor A photograph of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton looking at a newspaper headline about vice-president Mike Pence dropped. Despite reports that other government figures including Obama administration defense secretary Colin Powell had used private email while in office, the state departments internal watchdog said Clinton had broken department rules. The extremely careless, the bureau found no criminal charges were warranted. After the election, Clinton wrote to Congress 11 days before the election, to say new emails had been…

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Reaching Out to Book Bloggers (Part One)

Original post from City Book Review on March 1, 2017. By Bethany Brown While there are many different components to a book launch, reaching out to book bloggers is a key piece of any book marketing or publicity plan. Reviews on book blogs, book mentions, author interviews, and guest articles are vital to increase exposure […]

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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…

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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. .. #__ A post shared by Saudi Comic Con (@saudicomiccon) on Feb 16, 2017 at 8:05am PST…

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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…

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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

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The Good Thing About Bad Reviews

Seven strategies for coping, moving on, and even making the most of a bad review By MaryGlenn McCombs   Several years ago, I sat in on a panel featuring some of the country’s most successful crime fiction writers. The topic?  Bad book reviews. The panel’s moderator began by reading snippets of comically bad reviews of […]

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