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Book Contest: Try New England Book Festival

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The grand prize for the 2012 New England Book Festival winner is $1,500 cash and a flight to the awards ceremony in Boston in January, 2013. Submitted works will be judged by a panel using the following criteria:

1. General excellence and the author’s passion for telling a good story.
2. The potential of the work to reach a wider audience.

The 2012 New England Book Festival will hold its annual program honoring the best books of the holiday season on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at the Omni Hotel in Boston. We are currently accepting speaker proposals and exhibitor applications for the day festival.  Entry forms are available online at newenglandbookfestival.com/enter.html

The competition is currently accepting entries in the following categories: non-fiction, fiction, children’s books, biography / autobiography, young adult, how-to, cookbooks, science fiction, photography / art, poetry, spiritual works, compilations/anthologies, gay, unpublished stories and wild card (for books that don’t neatly fit elsewhere). All entries must be in English. Books published on or after January 1, 2010 are eligible. E-book entries are welcome.  Multiple submissions are permitted but each entry must be accompanied by a separate form and entry fee.
$50 Entry Fee. Deadline is November 25, 2012.

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Posted by on October 27, 2012 in Writing Contests

 

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Turn Your Manuscript into a Cash Cow

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Do you remember my blog “Split Your Book Apart“? What else could you do with your manuscript and your copyright? One of the suggestions was audio.  In other words: Re-purpose your manuscript and make more out of it than just a book and an e-book. Why not additionally create an audio-book from your novel or even from non-fiction? Audio-books are becoming more and more popular!

  • Your readers can listen to your audio-books, which can easily double their book consumption because they are using time that previously was not available and turning it into valuable “reading” time.
  • They can listen in the car, bus, train, plane… while exercising, walking or hiking, on the beach or while doing mundane tasks around the house or yard.
  • Special needs readers, such as blind ones will have access to your written words in form of an audio-book.
  • Audio-books can be listened to on an iPod or iPhone/SmartPhone or other MP3 player, even on most e-readers such as Kindle and Nook.

A membership at www.Audible.com (owned by Amazon.com) is a good deal for your readers. They can choose from various plans, and easily download digital audio-books to their preferred device. Or they can go to their local public library to get audio-books for free.
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There are three ways of producing an audio-book:

  1. You do it all yourself. If you are on a very tight budget you can make audios with some relatively inexpensive equipment.
  2. You use a narrator who is specialized on audio books and who gets a percentage of royalty after production of your audio-book (for which they charge too).
  3. You organize a professional production and keep all your royalties for yourself.

Here are some tips to achieve this:

  • You should find an experienced sound editor and an audio director to get the most out of your studio time and ensure a quality production. Check the packaging on audio-books in stores to see if a producer is credited.
  • Choose only the ones who are used to work with audio books.
  • Get a good microphone and a screen to soften explosive sounds.
  • If you choose professional help, try to find a trained speaker, such as a graduate from an actor school or drama school.
  • A professional voice-over artist website has a large pool of excellent audio performers and will greatly enhance your project. Order sample audios, emailed to you, to evaluate talent.  The ball park figure for an audio book production service ranges from $500 – $1.200, but can be higher, depending on the books’ length.

To have your audio-book sold, check www.Audible.com / Amazon.com. You will be referred to ACX, the Audiobook Creation Exchange  where you get tons of good advice how to narrate your own audio book or what to look for when outsourcing.  I was positively surprised how well they explain in detail the whole process for author on their website, including case studies, how much you will earn, contract samples and how to promote your audio-book. Check it out before you start your project!

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Posted by on October 25, 2012 in e-publishing, Libraries, Marketing

 

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Pay What You Want … for a Bundle of eBooks

Readers in the UK who could choose a bundle of e-books and spend more than $1.1 Million (£700,000) in under two weeks as they were allowed to choose the price they want to pay. The Humble e-book Bundle works on a revolutionary pay-what-you-want scheme, to raise money for authors and charities, wrote the Guardian recently.

This experiment from major authors including Neil Gaiman, Lauren Beukes, Paolo Bacigalupi, John Scalzi, Kelly Linkand Cory Doctorow, allowed readers not only to choose the price for a collection of e-books, but also how it should be distributed between the author, the retailer and several charities. The result has shattered all expectations.

The Humble e-book Bundle is an extension to e-books of an experiment in pricing from Humble Bundle which has already been applied to music and games.  So far, 80,625 bundles of books have been sold, for an average price of $14.18 at a total of $1,143,151.85. People feel like they’re getting a great deal and helping good causes.  Humble Bundle is now planning future e-book bundles. Its business development director Robert Martinez said the last two weeks’ experiment had made an impact on the e-book scene “that cannot be ignored”.

“What Humble Bundle has believed since their launch in 2010 is if you simply treat the customer with respect, then they will reciprocate in kind. It was a risk for sure, but a risk everyone involved felt was worth taking.  The authors are thrilled, publishers are shocked, customers are thankful, and Humble Bundle is…well, humbled” wrote Huffington Posts’ Robert Martinez.

John Scalzi, one of the authors wrote a comment to the monetary side of the experiment. And he gives the real reasons  why the “bundle” was such a success. Author Stephen Woodfin wrote: “Sites like Humble Bundle are a really cool twist on eBook buying.”

Visit www.humblebundle.com to buy your bundle.

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Posted by on October 25, 2012 in Book Sales, e-Books, Marketing

 

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Authors: Have You Read This?

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From useful blogs and articles I found on the Internet:

iBookstore now in 17 Latin-American countries
Christian Zibreg wrote in idownloadblog.com:
“Apple has rolled out paid iBookstore content in a slew of new countries. Paid electronic books first surfaced this morning over in the New Zealand iBookstore, but subsequent reports confirmed that paid content is now live – or in the process of going live – in as much as seventeen Latin American markets such as Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela.”
One more reason to sell your books on Apple’s iPad.
http://www.idownloadblog.com/2012/10/22/ibookstore-paid-content-new-countires/

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Sad News: Timely.is will shut down on November 16th
Timely.is started as a fun side project back in 2010. Since then it has grown to help tens of thousands of people publish millions of Tweets and Facebook updates. Starting November 16th you will no longer be able to access your Timely.is account.
They explained:
“When we launched Timely almost 2 years ago there were no other tools that would automatically figure out the best time for a Tweet to go out. Thankfully there are some great alternatives today such as Buffer or Hootsuite.”
Well, not as conveniently and easy to use as Timely was… I will miss it.

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Book Blogger Directory
The Book Blogger Directory is a comprehensive listing of Book Blogs, separated by genre and listed alphabetically. The goal of the Book Blogger Directory is to not only to organize book blogs for users to easily find your blog, it is also there to create a link exchange for search engine optimization. Their mission: To cross promote book bloggers, provide listings by genre and increase links to increase page rank. The benefits of listing on the Book Blogger Directory:  As cross promotion occurs from one blog to the next, your Google Page Rank can increase, higher Google Page Rank means higher search engine rankings!  Higher keyword saturation on the Directory can have your listing show up on search engines.

Requirements to be on the Book Blogger Directory:
Your blog is primarily used to talk about books (8 out of 10 posts are book related). The Book Blogger Directory will not search out book blogs, it is up to users to enter their listings
http://bookbloggerdirectory.wordpress.com/

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Google+ (Author) Pages FREE
What more can you wish for? An authors pages that tremendously increases your Search Engine Optimization! A great tool no one should omit, at least not if you want to sell more books…

Google explains: “Differences between Google+ Pages and Google+ Profiles

  • Pages are extremely similar to profiles, but they have some key differences:
  • Pages can be made for a variety of different entities whereas profiles can only be made for people.
  • Pages can have multiple administrators.
  • The default privacy setting for elements on your page profile is public.
  • Local pages have special fields that help people find the business’ physical location.
  • Pages have the +1 button.
  • Pages can’t +1 other pages, nor can they +1 stuff on the Web. (But like profiles, they can +1 inside Google+.)
  • Pages can’t play games.
  • Pages don’t have the option to share to ‘Extended circles’.
  • Pages can’t hangout on a mobile device.
  • Pages can’t add people to circles until the page is added first or mentioned.”

http://support.google.com/plus/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1713824

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Yesterday I heard a rare interview with J.K. Rowling on CBC radio (Canadian broadcast) and was wondering what Time Magazine Lev Grossman thought about her book. 

Entertainment

It’s not really possible to open The Casual Vacancy without a lot of expectations both high and low crashing around in your brain and distorting your vision. There’s no point pretending they’re not there. I know I had a lot of, let’s call them feelings when I opened the book (which happened on Sept. 22; I work for the military-industrial-entertainment complex, let’s just leave it at that). I have spent many, many hours reading J.K. Rowling’s work. I am a known Harry Potter fan.

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Posted by on October 23, 2012 in Marketing

 

Authors: Want PR for Your Book?

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How will your book stand out among millions of competing worksThere is a fantastic way to gain exposure for your book, right here on this blog: Guest Posting

If you like to have your article seen here on this blog:  Blog articles must be new and unpublished, content rich and pertain to the craft or business of writing, editing, publishing, or book marketing.  Submit your blog article to https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com  to reach almost 250,000 readers.

Include your name and a short bio (max. 200 words), image / link of your book with your article so you may be given proper credit.

Limit articles to 800 words or less. All books, movie, TV programs, and CD album titles should be in italics, do not use “quotation marks” or ALL CAPS.  Announcements of upcoming events, personal accomplishments, special offers and such are accepted.

You also may include a short bio and a link to your blog or Web site.
No text boxes or photos will be accepted within the email. Send them as direct links and again: NO ATTACHMENTS, thanks. Each submitting writer certainly retains the copyright to his or her own piece and may use the blog article after 30 days elsewhere.

We are looking forward to your guest blog. Interested? Drop us a line to 111publishing  A T   Gmail
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Posted by on October 23, 2012 in Blogging, Marketing, Social Networks

 

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Great Info Graphic: History of Social Media

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Beth Hayden and Rafal Tomal created a marvelous info graphic to show

the (short) history of Social Media:
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A History of Social Media [Infographic]  - Infographic
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