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As a writer, you need to know what is happening around the world of publishing, that include publishers, book awards, book authors, book formatting services, book illustrators and more. It is helpful to get a subscription of your favorite magazine, newspaper, newsletter etc. Here are the three online publications that are worth your time reading. 1. Publishers Weekly is a good source of information as they cater publishers, librarian, booksellers and literary agents. Of course they talk about books, authors, events, book fairs, reviews; their tagline says, "The International News Magazine of Book Publishing and Bookselling." 2. Don't miss to subscribe…
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 12:58

Reader-Powered Kindle Scout: Preview, Nominate and Enjoy!

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Amazon launches Kindle Scout, another publishing platform that works best both for authors and the readers.  If you are an adult author with a valid U.S bank account and a U.S. social security number or tax identification, you can submit your English-language books in Romance, Mystery & Thriller and Science Fiction & Fantasy genres. How it works for authors? Make sure that you've read and understand the Kindle Scout Eligibility & Content Guidelines. You'll need to submit a complete manuscript that's never ever been published; a great title and a book cover that is 500 px tall x 2820 px…
Australian novelist Richard Flanagan wins 2014 Man Booker Prize for his book "The Narrow Road to the Deep North,” the story of Dorrigo Evans, an Australian surgeon and survivor of the Death Railway. Flanagan is the third Australian to win the Booker prize. Read more about Richard Flanagan, his early life, novels and other works. <via wikipedia> <image cr: randomhouse.com.au>
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 07:47

Book Signing: Getting the Most Out of Them

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As an independent author, you probably don't have a battery of publicists, an army of event organizers or a troop of agents and editors working to make your book a success. While you may still have a core team of these professionals working with you - perhaps in an advisory or as-needed capacity - it's never the same as a syndicated author. So how do you ensure your books really do sell? Well, one way is to hold Book Signing events. And here are some tips on how to make the most of them. BOOK SIGNING = BOOK SELLING! As…
Monday, 13 October 2014 03:25

Book Reviews: Using Beta Readers To Test The Waters

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If you are an aspiring novelist (or writer of some other form of publication), working frantically to roll out that first (or next) publication, then you are probably working to tight deadlines. But equally too, you will also be on an even tighter budget! So by the time your manuscript is ready for editorial review, it's likely that you are thinking: How can I fund professional editorial/review services? The answer is simple - You don't really have to: Simply use Beta Readers/Reviewers/Critics! THEY COST NOTHING...BUT ARE WORTH A LOT! Beta Readers and Reviewers are groups of volunteers to whom, increasingly,…
Thursday, 25 September 2014 05:13

2015 Virginia Book Festival speakers announced

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Virginia Festival of the Book will be on March 18- 22, 2015. Best-selling authors Beth Macy and Frances Mayes are the festival speakers. There'll be a Leadership breakfast with Beth Macy, March 18, 2015, 7:30-9:00 AM at Omni Ballroom. On the next day March 19, 2015, Festival Luncheon with Frances Mayes, 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM also at Omni Ballroom. For tickets, please visit vabook.org.     <via vabook.org>
Friday, 05 September 2014 11:54

The Virgin Memoirs by Miah Gamati

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The Virgin Memoirs is the first full length novel by Author Miah Gamati. The book targets the effects of abuse and the taboos of the entertainment industry. Thinking that every man who wanted her body loved her, Miah experienced a lot of heartbreak. Searching to fill the void that her father had left within her long ago when he abandoned his family, she found herself always searching, but never filling the void. Being sexually abused as a child only added to the devastation. Searching for love in strangers, she found herself pregnant at sixteen. Never finding a place where she…
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 20:32

Surviving Bad Review of Your Self-Published Book

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Finally, after much time and toil, after lots of investment (both money- and nerve-wise), your brainchild got published. Your spirit soars as you expect high acclaim, new work, book tours and all the other perks of a published author.  But what is this? A bad review on Amazon! Your heart skips a beat. “Poorly written.” “I could have done it better.” “Not as good as her previous ones.” “If you like this sort of thing, you’re far better off with [competing author’s book].” “I expected more from a self-published author.” Having invested so much of yourself into your work, you…
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 01:14

Christian Author Ruth O'Neil - Belonging

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How did you get started as a writer? I started writing at a very young age because I wanted to be just like my mom when I grew up. I knew that she liked to write stories. She often told me of times when she and her cousin would get together and write stories when they were teenagers. I wrote my first story when I was nine. It was a silly story about a hunchback bug. When I was done typing out my story on my mother’s typewriter while sitting at the dining room table I asked if I should…
Monday, 18 August 2014 15:07

Finding Father by Susan Correll Foy

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I grew up in Bear, Delaware, the middle of five children and one of a set of identical twins. I started writing stories at the age of nine, and always enjoyed using my imagination to create new characters and situations. Then I graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in English literature. I started writing novels in my mid-thirties at the encouragement of my twin sister, who said, "Write something for me, and I'll read it." I wrote four other books before my current one, Finding Father. When I first started planning this book, I was hesitant to even write…