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8 Pinterest Alternatives You May Not Know About. Pinterest has garnered a reputation (whether incidentally or intentionally) as a website geared mostly towards females who need ideas for weddings, home décor, and recreation.

8 Pinterest Alternatives You May Not Know About

Maybe you like the idea of Pinterest but not its subject matter. Maybe Pinterest just isn’t for you. Is there hope for you? Yes, there is. As it turns out, there are many sites out there that have taken the core concept of Pinterest and spun it in unique ways. Juxtapost. Other Resources. Portfolios. Slideshows. Videos. Text & Word Clouds. Walls, Posters & Flyers.

Digital Publications. Prezi. Publish Your Book Today with iUniverse. The Reality of a Times Bestseller. A few years ago I made a promise to my writer friends that if I ever had a novel hit the top twenty of the New York Times mass market bestseller list that I would share all the information I was given about the book so writers could really see what it takes to get there.

The Reality of a Times Bestseller

Today I’m going to keep that promise and give you the stats on my sixth Darkyn novel, Twilight Fall. We’ve all been told a lot of myths about what it takes to reach the top twenty list of the NYT BSL. What I was told: you have to have an initial print run of 100-150K, you have to go to all the writer and reader conferences to pimp the book, you can’t make it unless you go to certain bookstores during release week and have a mass signing or somehow arrange for a lot of copies to be sold there; the list is fixed, etc. I’ve never had a 100K first print run. Despite my lack of secret handshakes and massive first print runs, in July 2008 my novel Twilight Fall debuted on the Times mm list at #19.

Be Sociable, Share! Smashwords - Ebooks from independent authors and publishers. SuddenlySmart - Easily authoring interactive flash e-learning. Create stylish, immersive pages. Diagrams Done Right. Create free interactive timelines. Create Easy Infographics, Reports, Presentations. The Ultimate Guide to Publishing Your eBook on Amazon’s Kindle Platform. Should You Self-Publish? I've been getting a lot of emails from people wondering if they should self-publish, specifically on the Amazon Kindle.

Should You Self-Publish?

My answer is always the same: It depends. Here is my advice, based on what I would do.IF YOU WROTE A NOVEL I believe your first order of business is getting a well-respected literary agent. The best way to land an agent is: write a damn good book. After the book is perfect, there are a few ways to find agents. Visit writing conferences and conventions and pitch to agents in personRead books similar to yours, and find out who reps the authorPick up a copy of the Writer's MarketVisit www.aar-online.orgBefriend an agented author and beg for an introductionAfter getting an agent, she'll want to submit the book to editors at large New York publishing houses.

100 Awesome Open Source Tools for Writers, Journalists, and Blog. How To Sell 1 Million Books On Kindle: Lessons Learned From John Locke. Top 8 Cover Design Tips for Self-Publishers. We’ve all seen them.

Top 8 Cover Design Tips for Self-Publishers

The train wrecks. The art class projects. The cringe-inducing artwork. It’s the world of do-it-yourself book cover design. Somewhere between the quirky “cover design generators” on author-service company websites, and the All-American view that everyone should get a ribbon because, after all, they participated, the cover design is suffering at the hands of self-publishers. And no, I’m not saying that self-published books aren’t getting better—there are a lot of great-looking indie books out there. Book cover design, at its height, is an amazing commercial art. How To Write A Book And Get Published, Writing A Book - The Writers Workshop. The Do’s and Don’ts of Cover Design: Publishing Lesson #1. A good cover can make or break a book, especially for on-line buying.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Cover Design: Publishing Lesson #1

In a bookstore, most books are racked spine out, so author name sometimes means more. Readers can pick up your book, thumb through, get a feel for story and writing and then decide. On-line, readers see your cover. It has to say, “buy me, I’m a good book” to the reader. If it doesn’t, why would they take the time to possibly download a sample, or even look at product description?

You have a couple of options. This is not an easy decision, especially when you factor in other costs that go into making an eBook available to the reader. Even with the proper tools we made a few cover mistakes along the way. FAQs About Self-Publishing. On your commercial publishing pages, you come down hard on self-publishing.

FAQs About Self-Publishing

What’s up with that? Some of the articles on this site I wrote in the late 1980s, as part of a print newsletter I did for my writer’s group. Some of the articles on this site I wrote in the 1990s, when Commercial Publishing was the only respectable game in town, and its Evil Alternative was Vanity Publishing (also know as “The Writer Gets Screwed” publishing). Both commercial publishing and vanity publishing are still around. Confessions of an Opinionated Book Geek - Writing Tips #42: How to Cut Your Manuscript by... Confessions of an Opinionated Book Geek - Writing Tips #41: DOS and DON'TS: HOW TO WRITE THE... iBooks Author support for the iPhone should be on Apple's to-do list. For all we’ve heard about iOS 7 in the lead up to next week’s iPhone event, one Apple avenue has been eerily silent: iBooks and the iBooks Store (née iBookstore).

If nothing else, the app is ripe for a design change in line with the rest of iOS 7, and the WWDC preview of OS X Mavericks’s iBooks for Mac would seem to suggest as much—a demo of the Mac app given by Apple senior vice president Craig Federighi showed nary a wooden shelf or animated page turn in sight. But that alone won’t be enough to give iBooks its time in the spotlight next Tuesday. Instead, I suspect we’ll see something a little more significant: support for iBooks Author ebooks on the iPhone. Author, author!

When the company’s free iBooks Author tool and its proprietary format were first released in 2012, Apple had a legitimate reason to exclude the iPhone. Chris harris. Sprightly Books ~ Creating Interactive eBooks With iBooks Author and EPUB. Simple Book Publishing. Innodata - Your Outsourcing Partner for Digital Content Services. Digital World Services - digital rights management (DRM), secure digital distribution. Its time to save with a v2 coupon code.

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