The Three (Most Common) Bring-to-Market Options for Authors and Small Presses

By Bethany Brown One of the areas where indie presses and self-published authors struggle the most is figuring out their back-end fulfillment and distribution strategy. In short, once the book is complete, where and how will the publisher make it available? In years past, options were limited but clear: Set up direct accounts with major wholesalers and […]

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Words for solace and strength: poems to counter the election fallout and beyond

What poets can help us get through a Trump administration? Here are five that serve as signals that good exists, and that someone is awake and listening Audre Lorde once wrote that poetry is not a luxury, and right now it is a necessity. What kind of poetry can get us through a Donald Trump presidency? Well need satire and spitting vitriol. Well need rallying cries. Well need reminders of human dignity. Each poet here has struggled with the relationship between poetry and action, with the question of poetrys relevance in a time of crisis. Adrienne Rich said: A poem…

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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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