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Wednesday, 22 January 2014 04:16

Join the 2014 SCBWI Winter Conference!

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Are you a children's book writer or illustrator? If you're interested to attend the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) 2014 Winter Conference, it's coming up on February 22 and 23, 2014. Find out the newest happenings in the world of children's literature from top writers, illustrators, agents, editors and authors. To register, visit www.scbwi.org. See also the full schedule of the workshop here.             <image cr: scbwi.org>
Saturday, 04 January 2014 02:57

Some of the Notable Developments in Self Publishing So Far

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In the year 2013, more authors have entered the self publishing industry. We are yet to reach point where authors have to think twice before taking the plunge into the self-publishing business. You can’t blame such authors as mainstream publishing houses have not been that attractive to the unpublished author. Several trends define the circumstances under which self-publishing continues to thrive and the prospects of individual self-publishing authors out there. eBooks Gain More Popularity   There are plenty of reasons for the rise in popularity of eBooks over the years.  For starters, eBooks are easier to produce. They are cheaper…
Thursday, 26 December 2013 02:36

Common Book Formatting Mistakes

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Preparing a manuscript for submission to a self-publishing firm such as CreateSpace can be tricky and calls for a good level of expertise and experience in book design. Submitting poorly formatted manuscript has its own disadvantages. For instance, your submission might be rejected by a self publishing firm. In case some mistakes pass unnoticed and your book ends up getting published, you could have trouble presenting it to your audience as a professionally prepared product. Thus, it helps to avoid common mistakes such as the ones outlined below: Application of section breaks and page breaks If you’re not very proficient…
Tuesday, 24 December 2013 02:56

The Eat to Live Cook Book by Joel Fuhrman

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Do humans eat to live or live to eat? Well, that’s a debate for another day. In the meantime, a cook book that continues to cause ripples across the globe is packed with useful suggestions towards preparation of foods that can enhance health and prolong life. The book is titled “Eat to Live Cookbook: 200 Delicious Nutrient-Rich Recipes for fast and sustained Weight Loss, Reversing Disease, and Lifelong Health. The cookbook will prove useful to families that hope to enjoy a healthy living and satisfying eating without having to give in to deprivation.  From the title of the book, it’s…
Saturday, 21 December 2013 00:09

Michael Connelly

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Do the names Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller ring a bell? Well, if you’ve read Michael Connelly’s novels, Harry features predominantly as an LAPD Detective in Connelly’s crime fiction novels. Mickey is, on the other hand, a criminal defense attorney who’s also featured in Connelly’s novels. Connelly has written 25 novels in a span of 20 years. Most of his works are best sellers and very popular that one time U.S. president Bill Clinton was spotted stepping out of a bookstore with a copy of Connelly’s “The Concrete Blonde”. But at this moment, the American author is basking in the…
Friday, 20 December 2013 13:42

The New Year 2014 - Ways to Trigger Writing Ideas

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Quite a number of people will be writing something down come New Year 2014. Most of the writings will most certainly border on New Year resolutions. But as an author, you’ll most probably be thinking about what to write for your next novel. If you haven’t got an idea yet, there are ways to trigger your creative powers, of course depending on what you’ll be doing and where you’ll be around the New Year 2014. What are a few ways to get your thoughts flowing? Listen to Conversations, Make Observations Many writers like a peaceful and quite environment to generate…
The festive season is on and the entire world is preparing to celebrate Christmas. December the 25th is a day when people forget about all their worries to come together and have the greatest of all times. As an author targeting a “Christmas audience”, you may have plenty of options to think about. Below are some of the ideas to keep your creative juices flowing. Christmas Cooking Do you love to write recipes or cookbooks? Well, many people have no idea of how to go about with the preparation of special meals for special occasions such as Christmas. Thus, you…
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 09:31

The Fast Fingers Cover Design Services

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When it comes to cover design, The Fast Fingers deliver superior quality by use of state-of-the art technology to help project a stunning image for your book. For us, this is a full time commitment bearing in mind that any book from independent publishers must meet acceptable standards not only in content delivery but also cover design. Our professionally tailored service addresses your unique needs at incredibly fair prices. The Fast Fingers delivers a design that stirs imagination… We create highly captivating book covers based on our capacity for innovation, sound marketing skills and superb customer service. When you engage…
There is no greater feeling for an author than to write a book and have it top sales lists towards the end of the year. For Sherill Tippins, producing a book that becomes an Amazon Best Book of 2013 must be a great source of satisfaction. Sherill Tippins has accomplished much more than just top best read lists as a self-published author. Her latest book titled, “Inside the Dream Palace: The Life and Times of New York's Legendary Chelsea Hotel”, is the reason why she’s causing ripples inside and outside book publishing circles.  A look at what the media and…
Any experienced writer knows that a book will always be judged by its cover. Why so? This is because potential book readers don’t have plenty of time to judge a book by its content before they can buy it. That being the case, a book cover has a seductive effect on a reader and can influence a purchasing decision. The question of professional book cover design comes up for a variety of reasons. For starters, a new author might be under the impression that it’s very costly to come up with a good cover design. Convinced that it’s not possible…