Thank God For Technology…I Can Read Again!

Anyone who knows me knows that this princess loves to read. From the time I learnt to read, I would wolf down the contents of a book in a matter of hours. I remember the times in school where one book would go around the class and you literally had one night with the coveted item before it had to be returned.
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Always Write For A Specific Audience!

One of the most common mistakes a writer can make is thinking that everyone will buy their book. When I ask aspiring authors who their book is for, more often than not, the answer is ……Everyone! (more…)

eBooks: What Does The Future Hold?

eBooks have done to the physical book and audio book what MP3 did to LPs and CDs respectively. Figures tell us that they are selling over and beyond other book formats. As it is, we already have enhanced eBooks – doing everything but singing and dancing (some might do). Then there were the Apps. And all this is great especially if we are quid’s in.
And so, I reckon eBooks will be around for a while and boom even further as we have only just started to exploit them. There is so much more we can do with our digital content.

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Talk Shows: A Great Way To Keep Up With All Things Publishing

The Naked Book. Host: Philip Jones

The Naked Book. Host: Philip Jones

In my recent post titled, Let’s Have A Shindig, I wrote about a new platform called Shindig which was an online video chat platform for authors to interact with their readers/fans. Since then, I have come across publishing industry-related talk shows which share information about books, authors and publishing.

 One of such is the new initiative by Alan Goldsher called BOOK IT Using the same Shindig platform, the hour-long show brings us in contact with a range of guests that include authors, publishing professionals and more.

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What’s In A Name? Crafting Book Titles That Sell

The title of a book can become a selling tool to help sell a book. It does this by effectively conveying what the book is about or at least give an inkling of what lies between the pages (I have seen vague titles that intrigue me enough to search inside or download a few chapters. Mind you, I don’t do this all the time!). Get it wrong and authors and publishers alike leave prospective buyers scratching their heads as to what the book is about.

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Crowd Sourcing: Boost Sales Or Just A Nice To Have?

Crowd sourced books, a novel approach that involves the author (or publisher) collaborating with the readers, seems to be on the increase. The latest one I came across in Publishers Weekly was fantasy author Silvia Hartmann where she invited her readers to watch her write her new novel The Dragon Lords. The project called, the Naked Writer (and no, it is not what you think), invites readers to comment and provide feedback on chapters Silvia posts on a publicly visible Google document.

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