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Put Your Eggs in More Than One Basket!

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Last month I wrote already about Kobo’s expansion.  In the meantime was a lot of talk about Amazon’s removal of book reviews from innocent author pages plus their author / customer-unfriendly attitude. This is just one more reason to go with as many book retailers as possible.  What would you think if a business sells their products only through one retailer?  Economic suicide!  Isn’t it?  Why sell books only to one company?  And it is not even selling, it is a kind of consignment… because they don’t pay you upfront, only when your book is sold, will you get money!

Authors would be wise to sell their books not only through Amazon, but as well on Barnes & Noble, Apple and especially Kobo and other online book retailer websites, to have their “eggs in more than one basket”.

However, there are many more online retailers for e-books and books than just Amazon, Apple, Sony, Diesel, Kobo  or Barnes & Noble. Oh, yes, even Google sells e-books, but they pay the author / publisher a lousy royalty.
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I blogged about Kobo already:  they are paying 80% royalty until November 30, 2012, instead of the regular 70% by Amazon or Apple for books priced between $2.99 and $9.99.  Here are some of biggest online retailers for e-books:

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www.booksonboard.com/

www.ebooks.com

www.ebookmall.com

www.indiebound.org

www.powells.com/ebooks/

www.kobobooks.com/eBooks

www.rbooks.co.uk/ebook.aspx

www.whsmith.co.uk/eBooks.aspx
www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/browse/ebooks/4294964587/

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And here is a whole list of online book stores: http://www.infoagepub.com/iap-ebook-retailers.html
Get online book retailers http://www.the-ebook-reader.com/ebooks.html here too.
And if you want to sell your book worldwide, get the list for online book retailers on all continents from my German author’s blog:
 http://ebookautoren.wordpress.com/2012/04/02/compass/

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If all independent authors or small publishers, who sell through Amazon, would band together – and I am talking here about half a million individuals – we could sell e-books and books really INDEPENDENTLY !!! And if everyone would invest just $10 we could raise $5 Million, enough to set up a professional online book retail shop, including great marketing. It would not only mean business and independence, but also a competition not to underestimate by the Global Player(s).  Indie authors can and should be totally independent, not only from publishers, POD’s and vanity companies, but also have more than a single retail source.

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What’s Going On with Amazon Reviews?

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During the last three months the independent author scene was full of complaints, rumors and even petitions due to Amazon’s book review removals.  Amazon’s recent removal of book reviews has become a hot topic among authors and readers alike.

  • What happened?
  • Which books where compromised?
  • Who is behind it all?
  • Who is paying for reviews?
  • What can independent publishers and authors do about it?

With all of the attention brought about by possible “fake” reviews a group of authors got together and sent a message to Amazon called “No Sock Puppets Here Please”. They claim that authors were misusing the review process by using multiple accounts to leave good reviews for themselves. Another reason could possibly also be the fact that Fiverr.com has several offers from people who write book reviews for $5 (most likely without reading them…).

The New York Times even wrote about it in early August. The Times mentioned: ” it is enough of a problem to attract a team of Cornell researchers, who recently published a paper about creating a computer algorithm for detecting fake reviewers. They were instantly approached by a dozen companies, including Amazon, Hilton, TripAdvisor and several specialist travel sites, all of which have a strong interest in limiting the spread of bogus reviews. A New York Times article appeared: “The Best Book Reviews Money Can Buy”. Although indie authors were reporting that they were losing reviews before the NYT article went public.

If you want to thank or comment, here are some names of the more than 400 writers who brought Amazon to remove your reviews:

Linwood Barclay, Tom Bale, Mark Billingham, Christopher Brookmyre, Declan Burke, Ramsey Campbell, Tania Carver, Lee Child, John Connolly, Michael Connelly, N.J. Cooper, David Corbett, Ruth Dudley Edwards, Stella Duffy, Jeremy Duns, Mark Edwards, Chris Ewan, Helen FitzGerald, Meg Gardiner, Lee Goldberg, Gordon Harries, Joanne Harris, Mo Hayder, David Hewson, Charlie Higson, Susan Hill, Peter James, Paul Johnston, Graham Joyce, Laura Lippman, Stuart MacBride, Val McDermid, Roger McGough, Denise Mina, Steve Mosby, Stuart Neville, Jo Nesbo, Ayo Onatade, SJ Parris, Tony Parsons, Sarah Pinborough, Ian Rankin, Shoo Rayner, John Rickards, Peter Robinson, Stav Sherez, Karin Slaughter, Andrew Taylor, Luca Veste, Louise Voss, Martyn Waites, Tim Weaver, Neil White, Laura Wilson etc. Barry Eisler, indie author, signed first, but then opted out.
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Are they authors, published by the “Big Five”?
For sample Lee Child is published by Random House Publishing Group, Stuart MacBride published by Harper Collins, Stella Duffy published by Thomas Dunne, Steve Mosby, published by Orion, Karin Slaughter published by Random House, Helen FitzGerald published by Faber & Faber, Laura Wilson published by Minotaur Books NY, Jeremy Duns published by Simon & Schuster – not really indie authors indeed… Could it be that they or their publishers feel threatened by independent authors that are successful on Amazon? Was it all an organized move? We will never know for sure…
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Very interesting!
While randomly picking names from the above list to check if they are indie authors (I found almost all published by Random, Harper Collins and other big names) I discovered something disturbing: one author from the above list wrote a glowing review for another author in this “No Sock Puppets” list !!! Clearly a violation of Amazon review rules!  And they have the nerve to sign a petition to Amazon and point fingers at other authors!
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What Amazon did, is not just ousting someone found guilty of bot reviews, they are assuming all are guilty until proven innocent. Instead of going after these accounts, Amazon pulled many, (mostly) legitimate reviews in an effort to get rid of the possible suspicious ones – while this move by Amazon will not affect bestselling authors from the Big Five Publishers due to the sheer number of reviews they have, yet it can be devastating to indie authors.

When these independent authors complaint, they received either: a) no answer, or b) a form letter or c) were threatened to get their books removed from Amazon’s page. Interesting to see how Amazon treats it’s customer / suppliers who give them their book in commission…
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Can You Write a Review for Another Author?
Short answer: According to Amazon’s latests rules: NO

This policy not only hurts writers, but it removes the voice of readers who want to share their views. It is really hard to get reviews, and to have even one removed can be devastating. Everyone who turned to Amazon for answers, received more or less only a form letter – if at all. Bestseller author J.A. Konrath stated in his blog that some of the reviews he has written for other authors have been removed because Amazon is apparently cracking down on authors reviewing “competitors’” books. He believes that the site No Sock Puppets Here Please (NSPHP) a WordPress blog with more than 400 signatures, sent to Amazon, may have initiated it all or at least brought Amazon to over-enforce their review rules. He wrote: “A petition that named and accused three writers of “damaging publishing”, using “underhanded tactics”, and stating other authors are doing it as well. The NSPHP built a carefully constructed case showing how these writers damaged publishing. Oh, wait. No they didn’t. They simply accused and denounced.
But at least they clearly defined “underhanded tactics” and explained in detail how they are illegal and immoral.”

What Amazon did, is not just ousting someone found guilty of bot reviews, they are assuming all are guilty until proven innocent (only they don’t accept authors proofs). Instead of going after these accounts, Amazon pulled many, (mostly) legitimate reviews in an effort to get rid of the possible suspicious ones – while this move by Amazon will not affect bestselling authors from the Big Five Publishers due to the sheer number of reviews they have, yet it can be devastating to indie authors.
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When these independent authors complaint, they received either: a) no answer, or b) a form letter or c) were threatened to get their books removed from Amazon’s page. Interesting to see how Amazon treats it’s customer / suppliers who give them their book in commission…

Some indie authors have complained to Amazon about why they have had reviews removed, Amazon, in at least a few cases, has threatened to remove the author’s book. Why would Amazon do this? Why not clarify why the review was removed?

However, Amazon.com employees are not allowed to answer customers / authors questions.  Really???  Yes, read in an article of a former Amazon employee at the Seattle Weekly how answering customer emails have to be done – via a blurb.  Excerpt from page 2: “One of the first surprises you encounter on the job is that you almost never respond to these queries from scratch. Instead you learn to troll the Blurb Index—a roster of pat responses, or “blurbs”—designed to address practically every conceivable scenario a customer might present. If a genuinely new situation arises more than once, there will probably be a blurb written for it.” They really are about the money, and not indie authors. And books are in fact only a tiny part of Amazon’s business.

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Amazon Creates A New Review Policy
Who can write a review according to the newly enforced policy from Amazon:

  • Anyone who has purchased items from Amazon.com. All we ask is that you follow a few simple rules.
  • If you received a free product in exchange for your review, please clearly and conspicuously disclose that you received the product free of charge. However, some authors gifted a book to a reader, it was stated in the review, and Amazon still took down the review.
  • Reviews written for any form of compensation other than a free copy of the product. This includes reviews that are a part of a paid publicity package.

Amazon seems to not addressing the Big Five (legacy publishers as J.A. Konrath titles them) in this case who for sure as well paying for reviews for their big authors. Big publishers send out dozens if not hundreds of Galley copies of their books (certainly for free) to book reviewers.

The Amazon Forum provides a clear list of the review rules under “Always Remember”.  And they advice: “If authors must give gifts to Amazon reviewers who are interested in the author’s books, they should do it via another retailer such as Barnes and Noble.”

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Who else pays for reviews? And who offers paid reviews?

In an earlier blog post here at Savvybookwriters I mentioned already Kirkus Reviews (Libraries and Magazines are paying attention to them) and Book Rooster.  J.A. Konrath for sample uses Bookrooster.com. He wrote in his June 25, 2011 blog postInterview with Catherine MacDonald from BookRooster.com:  “As I stated earlier, I always give out free copies in exchange for reviews. That’s the same thing legacy publishers do, giving away galley copies. BookRooster just makes it easier.”

There are many other review companies out there who charge for book reviews: palmettoreview.com, pacificbookreview.com/BookReview and publishersweekly.com/pw/corp/DIY-FAQ.html#2 etc. Others want just two free(printed) book copies, such as http://www.midwestbookreview.com/get_rev.htm

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Comments from authors:

Ciara Ballintyne
“There seems to be no legislation preventing Amazon’s behaviour nor any consumer outlet for complaints. In Australia, a large part of what Amazon’s doing would be suspect, subject to scrutiny, and possibly penalties (Apple got into trouble for trying to play in the Australian market the way they can and do in America), and consumers would have a number of bodies they could complain to for a resolution of complaints. As it stands, it seems no one with a complaint has any hope of satisfaction unless they either sue Amazon (ha ha) or can bring sufficient media or social media attention to bad behaviour.”

Derek Haines
comment on one of the many articles was: “Publishing is tough enough as it is without having to deal with a very large and confused retail monster that changes the rules overnight and then refuses to explain to anyone why it wants to adversely affect the businesses of thousands of authors and publishers.”

Derek Blass
has started a petition to request that Amazon stops arbitrarily removing reviews. I urge everyone to sign it here. This review removals not only hurts writers, but it removes the voice of readers who want to share their views – maybe we can get Amazon to listen.
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Joni Rodgers wrote
I can’t help but notice that none of my reviews have been removed from indie authors with whom Amazon has publishing deals, and that raises some very troubling questions about the appropriateness of the world’s largest bookselling entity censoring reviews on publishing brands that could be perceived to be in competition with its own. The potential for abuse of that power is staggering in the context of past to-the-mattress conflicts between Amazon and mainstream publishers. Imagine the outcry if targeted Penguin or FSG titles were suddenly stripped of favorable reviews. Amazon could do this with ease and impunity, the same way they disabled buy buttons on over 5,000 titles earlier this year during a dispute with IPG.

I’ve said in the past and will continue to maintain that the only acceptable filter for Amazon reviews is proof of purchase. If they practice any sort of censorship beyond that, they are obligated to disclose it.

It’s my fervent hope that this damaging and ineffectual practice will stop as Amazon’s decision makers realize it’s not worth the money and effort they’re devoting to it. And I look forward to continuing and expanding a mutually appreciative and profitable relationship with Amazon in my multi-faceted role as author, publisher, reviewer and bookseller.  And as voracious reader.

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Read more at these websites / blogs:
http://dosomedamage.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/amazonreview.html
http://tobecomeawriter.com/amazon-reviews-indie-authors/
http://www.salon.com/2012/11/02/authors_cannot_review_authors_on_amazon/
http://mefrancoauthor.blogspot.ca/2012/11/amazon-flexing-its-muscles-reviews-and.html
http://lat.ms/UxJ5yO

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What can you do?
Amazon is clearly going overboard and it will not only going to hurt indie authors, it will hurt themselves as well.  Although they can do on their website as it pleases, even remove reviews.  However their statement that reviews are owned by them – another issue, which is different from the book review debate, is not conform with copyright laws as the writer of the review has the copyright.

  • Always copy every review you receive on Amazon to have a record. Try to take out snippets from these reviews (not the whole review) and add them into your publishers review (book description) for your book or in your authors site.
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  • Do not sell your books solely through Amazon, but also through B&N, Apple and Kobo.
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  • Sell books from your own website. It is easy to sign up with PayPal, if you don’t have a PayPal account already, to copy / paste their code into your website and to sell your books directly to readers. This way you also get to know your readers and you are able to contact them for new books launches.
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My next blog post will show you more choices and a list of online e-book retailers in order to “not put all eggs in one basket”.

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What’s Hot in Young Adult writing:

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Are you writing Young Adult Novels?

Mandy Hubbard, is a literary agent with D4EO Literary, where she represents authors of middle grade and teen fiction, and is an author under the pen name Amanda Grace of Prada & PrejudiceYou WishBut I Love HimRipple, and several other YA novels.
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She lists what’s hot in YA at the moment:

  • Contemporary, MOST ESPECIALLY with a hook. Think: THIRTEEN REASONS WHY, anything By Ally Carter, etc. The usual “coming of age” or romance is tough, but if you can find a way to zero in on a big hook, you’re in GREAT shape.
  • Epic Fantasy – I’m seeing more success stories like Pub Crawl’s own THRONE OF GLASS
  • Horror/Thriller. Editors are looking for this like crazy.
  • Sci-Fi, particularly if it blends Sci-fi with something else – a murder mystery, a thriller, etc.
  • Crossover YA. This is hard, because you can’t write it thinking “I want to appeal to adults and YA equally!” Write a damn good YA novel and adults will love it, but it has to happen organically.

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She also mentioned topics that always work:

  • Intense romance for YAs… MANY of these do really well, but the genre in general don’t go as gangbusters as some of the flashier types
  • Verse novels– these are sort of “sleeper hits” when they do well. They still can be tough, but there are certainly success stories in this subset of YA.
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And her most important advise for writers:
Remember, with ANY book, it’s all going to come down to the writing.  A less timely book with knock-down writing will win people over, but a hook won’t sell if the writing can’t back it up.  

More, and also the topics that are not as “hot” right now in Mandy Hubbard’s blog post “The State of YA Market

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Announce Your Book Signing on Google+ for FREE

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Create an event
While Facebook Events are geared towards getting people together, Google Plus seeks to help people plan beforehand as well as share their experiences during and after the event. Through its aesthetic design and prominent placement on profiles, Events promises to be a collection of group photo albums for commemorating special times, online and offline.

Through its aesthetic design and prominent placement on profiles, this Events feature is a great free tool to market your book launch or signing. But as always with Google+ : Your events success depends on the amount of people you can reach and this in turn depends on how many people you include into your circles.

  • Log into http://plus. Log into Google Plus and click on “Events” in the left-hand menu.
  • Click on the “Create Event” button in the top right-hand corner.
  • Fill in the basic details of your event — title, location, etc.
  • Decide which of your circles or single persons you want to invite
  • By default, only those invited can see your event.
  • You can also change it to be a public event.
  • Set other options for your event. Click on the “Event options” button next to the event title field.
  • Basic options. Decide if you’d like your guests to be able to invite other people and to add their photos to the event page.
  • Add additional fields to your event. If you’d like to add a website, ticket seller URL, YouTube link, transit / parking information, or other details to your event information, check the “Show additional fields” option.
  • Choose a cover photo of your event. Click on the “Change theme” button at the top to choose between pre-made Google Plus designs and your photos. You can also upload a new photo or play a live slideshow of all the photos.
  • Hit “Invite” to confirm the creation of your event. You will be directed to your new event’s page.
  • Share the event to your profile by clicking on the button in the top right-hand corner.

Google Plus also automatically creates a new album for all of the photos you upload to an event. You can access these photos from your albums page and from the event page. If this is a yearly-recurring event or a regular gathering between a group of people, you can post pictures from the last time a similar event happened. Otherwise, it might be better to post photos from the event after the gathering has taken place.
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Other possibilities are:

Create an event from the calendar list
In the calendar list on the left, click on the down-arrow button next to the appropriate calendar. Then, select Create event on this calendar.

Create an event via SMS
Simply send a text message containing your event’s details to the shortcode “GVENT” (48368). For example, if you send a message with something like “Book Launch at Chapters 3pm on Saturday, November 24, 2012” Google Calendar can figure out what you mean and pop the new event into your calendar.

Publish the Event
When you click the “Publish Event” link you will be given some code that you can use to link to your event. This is how you would share the event on your website so that users can click a button to add it to their calendar. Within this code is the link that will take users right to your event. Copy all of the code between a href=” and the next set of double quote marks.
As the creator of the Event, you can manage your guest list, add photos, share your Event with more people, edit Event details and delete an Event. How to add a Google map and give directions how your guests can reach you is shown in this video.
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Be smart and use this exiting, free Google+ tool to spread the word about your book and your event. And don’t forget: a similar feature is offered by Goodreads, also for free. Take advantage of these great opportunities to present your book!

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Lawrence Winkler: Hind Cartwheel

 

In the summer of 1980, a maverick young doctor gave it all up, to hitchhike around the world.  The first part of his odyssey took him through South America and up through Africa, accompanied by his mythical hunter companion, Orion.  His vision quest continued around the second cartwheel of the European Grand Tour.In Hind Cartwheel, blessed by the living goddess on his thirtieth birthday, he spins the Dharma Wheel of the Indian subcontinent.

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Author’s Bio

Lawrence Winkler is an ancient physician and phenomenologist, traveler, mushroom forager, and amateur naturalist. As a young man, he hitchhiked around the world, for five transformative years.

His middle age is morphing from medicine to manuscript. He has a passion for habitat protection, including the (hopefully) final repairs on a leaky roof.

Westwood Lake Chronicles was his first book. He lives on Vancouver Island with Robyn and Shiva, tending their garden and vineyard, and dreams.

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10 Signs Showing You Vanity Publishing TRAPS

. . Here on this blog I wrote several times already about vanity publishers and warned:  “Writer Beware, Beware and Beware Even More!” and I also blogged about POD services “Don’t be fooled by POD Services”. . The “Independent Publishing Magazine” explains their readers / writers in a great  article how to identify a vanity company:

  • Reputable trade and independent publishers don’t advertise for authors in newspapers and writing magazines. Publishers are inundated with submissions. They don’t need to look for authors!
  • Reputable trade and independent publishers don’t ask the author for money, ever, for any part of the publishing or marketing process. However, don’t always expect an advance (or a large one) on royalties from a small or niche publisher. The industry might not like to admit it, but the size of advances is reducing quickly and some small publishers cannot afford anything more than a few hundred dollars in an advance.
  • Trade and independent publishers sell books [mostly!] – not only author services.

The Independent Publishing Magazine helps you to find out How To Avoid The Vanity Publishing Trap  – don’t miss to read it! .

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A Song in the Night

From her earliest days, Rosie Maconochie has only ever trusted one person – her brother, Ciaran. Yet even he knows nothing of the dark secret that has overshadowed her life. Now, twenty-one years old and determined to put her troubled past behind her, Rosie is living in London near her brother Ciaran and his young wife, Beth. With a steady job, a new sister-in-law for a best friend, and even a hint of romance in the air, it looks like life might just be coming together for Rosie at last.
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On a day out in the countryside with Beth, a chance find in an old bookshop seems a fairly unremarkable event. At first, the battered diary of a First World War soldier holds little appeal for Rosie. But when Beth becomes gravely ill, Rosie’s tenuous hold on life is shaken to its roots, and suddenly the diary begins to assume an uncanny relevance to her own fragile existence. As both girls struggle to come to terms with the issues of mortality and meaning, they find their own journeys mirrored in the life of Sam, an unknown infantryman fighting to survive on the notorious Western Front.
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For Beth, the deterioration of her health marks the beginning of a rediscovery of the spiritual perspectives she left behind in childhood. For Rosie, however, the picture is very different. Observing her friend’s progressive decline, she finds her own defenses crumbling, her flimsy worldview  in crisis, and her troubled mind starting to unravel. Meanwhile, in the journal, Sam is trying to make sense of the increasing chaos and carnage he sees all around him. It is only because she has made a promise to Beth that she will type up the diary for posterity that Rosie can muster up the resolve to keep reading the soldier’s disturbing memoirs.
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However, the discovery of a tribute on a village war memorial suddenly brings further significance after Rosie meets Jonathon Kirkbride, a descendant of a certain soldier whose name appears frequently in Sam’s writings. Though their births are separated by almost a century, history and real life start to intertwine as Rosie and Sam find themselves staggering helplessly towards breaking point. It is only when circumstances bring Rosie face to face with her abusive past that the healing grace of God is finally able to break through and begin mending her fractured soul.
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A Song in the Night takes the reader on a journey from hopelessness to hope, brokenness to redemption. Set on two very different timelines, this compelling story will speak to anyone wrestling to understand God’s heart for this hurting world.
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Author Bio 
Julie Maria Peacewas born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England, and has lived in the area for most of her life. The eldest of four siblings, she was raised in a very artistic household and remembers growing up surrounded by books, colorful half-painted canvases and glorious classical music. Her love for writing began at a very early age, always vigorously encouraged by her grandmother who herself wrote prolifically.
Leaving home at the age of eighteen to do a French degree, Julie spent three years at Hull University and a year in Nancy, France. After graduating, she returned to South Yorkshire where she met and married her husband, Alan.
With strong Irish connections on her mother’s side, Julie grew up in a devout Roman Catholic home. During her student years, she underwent a deep philosophical and spiritual struggle which led to the breakdown of her childhood faith and brought her to the point of existential agnosticism. Then, just before her twenty-first birthday, she had a radical, life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ which succeeded in changing her forever.
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A Song in the Night is available from  many internet sites worldwide such as Amazon, Waterstone’s, Book Depository, W H Smith, Blackwell, Barnes & Noble, chBookshop (C of E) or direct from the author Julie Maria Peace.
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Between the Cartwheels

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In the summer of 1980, a maverick young doctor gave it all up, to hitchhike around the world.  The first part of his odyssey took him through South America and up through Africa, accompanied by his mythical hunter companion, Orion.  Between the Cartwheels is the sequel to that cartwheel, his vision quest continuing now, on the European Grand Tour adventure of a lifetime.

Available at Amazon 450 pages.

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Author’s Bio
Lawrence Winkler is an ancient physician and phenomenologist, traveler, mushroom forager, and amateur naturalist. As a young man, he hitchhiked around the world, for five trans-formative years.  His middle age is morphing from medicine to manuscript.  He has a passion for habitat protection, including the (hopefully) final repairs on a leaky roof.  Westwood Lake Chronicles was his first book. He lives on Vancouver Island with Robyn and Shiva, tending their garden and vineyard, and dreams.

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Posted by on November 11, 2012 in New Books, Publishing News

 

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10 Changes In Book Publishing

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Guest Blog by Rayne Hall


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How times changed… Self-publishing today is a completely different world. The publishing business suddenly transformed itself from bookstores / distribution model to an environment in which books were bought by consumers online – either as physical books or increasingly: e-books. And this has altered the entire modus operandi of the industry:
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1. In the past, most authors worked for editors. Today, most editors work for authors.
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2. Most books went from author to agent to publisher to distributor to bookseller to reader. Now, more and more go from author to distributor to reader, cutting out most middlemen.
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3. To be commercially viable, books had to sell enough copies to finance a big publishing apparatus. Now, many need to pay only one person: the author.
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4. Agents and editors acted as gatekeepers, ensuring that poorly written books did not get published. Now, it’s the authors’ responsibility to ensure their books are as good as they can make them.
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5. When books were printed, word counts were critical. Nowadays with e-books, lengths are flexible; only quality counts.
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6. Once a book was published, it was too late to correct errors, change the cover or tweak the blurb; any improvements had to wait until the print-run had sold out. With e-books, anything can be changed any time.

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7. Many publishers prevented communication between readers and authors. Today, direct reader-author communication is encouraged because it sells books.
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8. Mixing genres used to make a book impossible to sell. Today, genre cross-overs sell just fine.
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9. Writers used to spend much time courting agents. Now they spend much time courting readers.
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10. “Previously published” used to lessen the value of a story. Nowadays, it’s a quality mark.

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About Rayne Hall
A trained publishing manager, Rayne Hall has worked in the publishing industry for over three decades, mostly in editorial roles in Germany, Switzerland, Mongolia, Nepal, PR China and Great Britain. She has had over 40 books published under several pen names, in several genres (mostly fantasy, horror and non-fiction), under several pen names, in several languages, by several publishers.
For a list of currently published fiction under the Rayne Hall pen name, go to http://www.amazon.com/Rayne-Hall/e/B006BSJ5BK
She teaches online workshops for intermediate, advanced and professional level writers who are serious about improving their writing craft skills. For an up-to-date schedule of upcoming workshops see https://sites.google.com/site/writingworkshopswithraynehall/
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News from Pinterest

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Jeff Bullas has an interesting new article, written by Tehmina Zamanon, on his blog, how you can now brand your (writing) business on Pinterest.

So far your website / domain name / blog was hidden behind a planet earth icon in the About section on your Pinterest page.
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Pinterest’s new verification will let you display your full website URL on your Pinterest profile. Users will also see a red check mark next to your domain in search results and on your profile.

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You can follow this quick 3-step-process to help you verify your website on Pinterest, checking each step on the screen shots in this blog post: how to download your HTML verification file, how to upload it to the server and to verify your website on Pinterest.

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And these are the Benefits Of Verifying Your Website:

  • More engagement and traffic
  • You can boost your online visibility and SEO
  • Pinners can find out about you and your business quickly and easily.

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Read more at Jeff Bulla’s blog and see how easy it is to very your website.

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And For Your Information…

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Denise Deegan is the best-selling author of seven contemporary novels, including her most recent series for young adults, The Butterfly Novels.   The first of these, And By The Way… was published in Feb 2011. It follows the story of Alex Newman (16), a rock star’s daughter who
attends an elite Dublin school and who is angry with just about everyone.
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The second in the series:  And For Your Information… was published in Sept 2011 and follows the story of Alex’s friend, Sarah. The book opens with her shoplifting for the first time. And For Your Information has been shortlisted for an Irish Book Award.The third book in the series, And Actually… is an Irish bestseller. It follows the story of Alex and Sarah’s friend Rachel, who everyone thinks is the strong one, the guru. There’s a lot they don’t know.

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“And For Your Information…” is heartbreaking, bittersweet, and simply spectacular.’ Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf blog.”
“This is just one of those books that really got under my skin. I just can’t stop thinking about it.’ I Want To Read That blog.”
“..What I didn’t expect was to be blown away by the storyline, and by the developments in the lives of all the characters, focusing on Sarah but not excluding Alex, Rachel, David, Mark, Louis… The novels so far would make a brilliant television mini-series.’ Chicklish blog.”
“Deegan) shows considerable insight into the minefields of adolescent friendships and knows how to keep the pages turning.’ Irish Times.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Denise’s writing has been praised for its warm, believable characters, ‘sparky’ dialogue and fast pace. An Irish writer, she has been published in the UK, Germany, Holland and Korea.Before writing, she was a check out girl, a nurse, a pharmaceutical sales rep, a lecturer, a china restorer and an entrepreneur (running her own public relations business). She contributes regularly to the media. And is still learning how to be a mother.

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Cape Cod Fellowship for Writers

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Located in a rustic fishing village with a storied history as an arts colony, the Work Center provides seven-month Fellowships to twenty writers and artists each year in the form of living / work space and a modest monthly stipend of $750. Residencies run from October 1 through April 30.  Fellows pursue their work independently in a diverse and supportive community of peers on the lovely peninsula of Cape Cod.
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Provincetown, Massachusetts

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The location of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown provides an environment renowned for its beauty and artistic heritage.  Surrounded by dunes and beaches now protected by the Cape Cod National Seashore, Provincetown was the Pilgrims’ first port of landing in 1620 and developed into a colorful Portuguese fishing community and the nation’s most enduring art colony.
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The Work Center is situated on Pearl Street near the commercial center of Provincetown on the site of the historic Days Lumberyard, where studios have been used since 1914 to the likes of Charles Hawthorne, Edwin Dickinson, Ross Moffett, Hans Hofmann, Robert Motherwell, and Helen Frankenthaler, among many others.
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Writing Fellowship must be submitted in hard copy with a postmark on or before December 1, 2012. We do not accept electronic submissions for the Writing Fellowship. Applications can be downloaded at: http://fawc.org/fellowships/fel_app_guidelines_write.php

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AMAZON Deletes Readers Reviews

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Bestseller author Rayne Hall originally shared this post on Google+

Petition: “Amazon: Stop Arbitrarily Deleting Reviews!”

“I’m glad someone has taken the initiative and started a petition. Amazon deletes masses of customer reviews, without giving a reason. Presumably, this is to stop the mushrooming of fake reviews (the kind where you pay someone $5 and they leave a gushing 5* review without ever reading the book).
Unfortunately, many thoughtful, sincere reviews get deleted in the process, while the fake reviews from sock-puppet accounts continue to flourish. I have lost many thoughtful reviews from genuine readers.

Some readers have emailed me, deeply unhappy about the deletion of their reviews, not understanding what’s going on. Any requests to Amazon for explanations have yielded nothing but bot-generated unsympathetic uninformative brush-offs. Several readers emailed me to say they will no longer leave reviews at Amazon, because their time and effort has been wasted when Amazon deleted their previous reviews. I can understand their position.

This petition demands that Amazon provides clear criteria for what makes a review deletable, and when deleting a review, gives a reason why. I think this is a sensible, modest request.”
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The Petition organized by Author Derek Blass, Denver, CO Amazon: Stop Arbitrarily Removing Customer Reviews From Indie Author Books

He explains: “Amazon is currently removing customer reviews from books published by indie authors without any notice, and without any explanation. This petition demands that Amazon explain for every author that loses a review (good or bad) why that review was removed, and set forth clear guidelines as to what will and will not be removed in the future.”

“Hi all, I just sent the first email to Amazon, informing them regarding this petition, the success we have had in a short period of time with respect to this petition, and asking that they initiate contact to address the demands made in this petition. I wanted to paste the content of the email in this news update, but posts are restricted to 900 characters. Thus, I have posted the entire email on my blog which can be found at derekblass.wordpress.com
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My own advice: Best thing would be to copy your reviews as soon as posted (just in case) and then paste them in the author page as statements with date and name of the reviewer.

P.S.  Just read an article, the Guardian wrote now too:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/nov/05/amazon-removes-book-reviews

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PART 2 – 45 More Websites to Promote Your Book

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PART TWO “Advertise” your Book for FREE
See the first 50 websites here

Forums / Networks / Book Communities / Book Bloggers – all this means free Promotion for your book!

For your book to sell, you need to create the demand. You need an audience, a platform – which you will get when your book is showing up on many websites and forums, visible to readers.

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  1.        http://www.bookjetty.com
  2.        http://worldliterarycafe.com/
  3.        http://www.independentauthornetwork.com
  4.        http://www.bookcrossing.com
  5.        http://www.shelfari.com
  6.        http://www.bookmesh.com
  7.        http://www.whatsonmybookshelf.com
  8.        http://www.revish.com
  9.        http://www.online-literature.com/forums
  10.        http://www.writing.com
  11.        http://forums.onlinebookclub.org
  12.        http://www.bookandreader.com/forums/
  13.        http://www.canadianbookclubs.com/forums
  14.        http://www.ebookforum.info
  15.        http://www.friends4brandt.com
  16.        http://www.bookgrouponline.com/forum
  17.        http://www.kindleboards.com
  18.        http://www.memyshelfandi.com/p/review-policy.html
  19.        http://thebookmarketingnetwork.com/
  20.        http://writersbreak.com
  21.        http://www.writersmarket.com
  22.        http://weread.com/
  23.        http://www.lindsayburoker.com
  24.        http://www.thepassivevoice.com
  25.        http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com
  26.        http://www.goodbookideas.com/
  27.        http://www.reading-forum.co.uk/forum
  28.        http://www.online-literature.com/forums
  29.        http://www.writing.com
  30.        http://www.whowrotewhat.net/
  31.        http://www.bookreportradio.com/
  32.        http://www.timgreatonforum.blogspot.ca/
  33.        http://www.figment.com
  34.        http://forums.onlinebookclub.org
  35.        http://www.bookandreader.com/forums/
  36.        http://www.ebookforum.info
  37.        http://www.friends4brandt.com
  38.        http://www.bookgrouponline.com/forum
  39.        http://mariefostino.weebly.com/books.html
  40.        http://independentauthorsinternational.org/iAi/Authors.html
  41.        http://addictivestory.wordpress.com/indie-book-promotions/
  42.        http://www.canadianbookclubs.com/forum
  43.        http://www.bowkerlink.com/corrections/common/home.asp
  44.        http://ebooksalon.blogspot.co.at/ (German)
  45.        https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/10/23/authors-want-pr-for-your-book/


More Websites and hundreds of tips how to promote your book in the upcoming book “Book Marketing  on a Shoestring”.  It will be launched at the end of November.

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