Category Archives: News & Updates

AB 5: The Bona Fide Business-to-Business Rule

I believe that acquiring information is important and learning about what is current and relevant to what I do, so I subscribe to a variety of subjects, one is law. I recently ran across this article about the new AB 5: The Bona Fide Business-to-Business Rule. I’ve read Mr. Hoffmans articles for a few years and he shares his knowledge freely. There is another a link to his overview of the actual rule in this article and this one offers comments.

Check it out and always check resources.

http://ivanhoffman.com/AB5Business.html

Book Business and the Players…

Screen shot 2016-05-20 at 3.12.07 PMGot turned on to an interesting article about the 4 largest players in the book business. Amazon on line; ReaderLink supplier to mass markets; Barnes&Noble brick-n-morter; Penguin Random House commercial trade.

Take a quick look if you don’t know much about the functions or back story… or just use it as an fyi. Click for the article.

 

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News: Great Southeast Book Festival 2016 — Call for Entries

I get a lot of notices for Book awards… here is one with a deadline of Feb. 14. Contact them at their url below.
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Deadline submissions in each category must be received by the close of business on February 14, 2016 .
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THE 2016 GREAT SOUTHEAST BOOK FESTIVAL – CALL FOR ENTRIES

NEW ORLEANS_The 2016 Great Southeast Book Festival has issued a call for entries to its annual competition honoring the best books of the late winter/spring.

The Great Southeast Book Festival will consider published and unpublished works in fiction, non-fiction, biography/autobiography, how-to, compilations/anthologies, photography/art, children’s, cookbooks, poetry, spiritual, young adult, business/technology, unpublished manuscripts, wild card (anything goes!), nature/animals and regional lit. There is no date of publication restriction, but all entries must be in English.

Our grand prize for the 2016 Great Southeast Book Festival winner is $500 cash and a flight to our awards ceremony in March, 2016, exact date and location TBD.

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.

For more information, visit www.greatsoutheastbookfestival.com.

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CONTACT:  bruce@greatsoutheastbookfestival.com    323-665-8080

NEWS: Los Angeles Book Festival 2016 Call for Entry

I get a lot of notices for Book awards… here is one with a deadline of Feb. 15. Contact them at their url below.
DEADLINE for entry is February 15, 2016
— LOS ANGELES BOOK FESTIVAL 2016 – CALL FOR ENTRIES —

LOS ANGELES (January 20, 2016) _ The 2016 Los Angeles Book Festival has issued a call for entries to its annual celebration of books deserving more attention from the world publishing community.

The Los Angeles Book Festival will consider entries in general non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children’s books, young adult, how-to, cookbooks, science fiction, business, wild card (anything goes!), compilations/anthologies, sequels (for books that are part of a series), photography/art, poetry, romance, and regional literature published on or after January 1, 2012.

Entries can be in English, French, Spanish, German or Portuguese and can be from major publishers, self-published or issued by an independent publishing house.

Our grand prize for the Los Angeles Book Festival is $1000 and a flight to Los Angeles for our gala awards ceremony in March, 2016 in Hollywood, CA.

Submitted works will be judged by a panel of publishing industry experts using the following criteria:

1) General excellence and the author’s passion for telling a good story.

2) The potential of the work to gain a wider audience in the worldwide market.

TO ENTER: Entry forms are available online at LosAngelesBookFestival.com or may be faxed/e-mailed to you. Deadline for regular registration is February 15, 2016.

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Note: information in this post was copied from an email I received 012016 from email address:
Los Angeles Book Festival <LosAngelesBookFest@sbcglobal.net>

 

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Printed books are alive and doing well — Good Reader

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Sounds a little scary. HOWEVER, printed books have gained!! The article presents some interesting stats…

As a book designer that news makes me happy. The article states “… paperback sales have increased by 8.9% giving further credence that people are switching back to print in greater numbers than originally thought….” And that the brick and mortar might still be there for all to enjoy… might take awhile…. and they are doing better than online sales, and this on the heels of the 20th anniversary of amazon.

“I think e-books are the modern equivalent of a Polaroid camera or LP record. There is a niche market that will always support it, and make it financially viable for publishers to produce digital editions.  The mass market though, experimented with e-books for awhile and decided that print is far more affordable and carries a true sense of ownership.” ~Michael Kozlowski for Good Reader.

I for one am happy to hear and have my feelings confirmed… PRINT IS NOT DEAD!

Remember, do something every day toward the production and promotion of your book, service or company and contact me to help move you faster and effectively. There are several consulting options to choose from. Lets talk!

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Traditional Publishing or Self Publishing and Promotion?

Traditional Publishing or Self Publishing… a question I get asked many times in initial conversations. There was a time when becoming an author was “like totally out there” and seen as unreachable for most of us. Then, something happened and Continue reading

News: The Differences between Reading Digital and Physical Books

bi-literal-readingI read more pbooks (physical books) than ebooks (digital) and I do lots of research online… mostly I find that the sitting posture for reading online disturbing as I work at a computer all day so it seems like work. I can understand how the article relates online reading to research, the ability to scan as that seems to be the action for work.

Mostly fiction books are ebooks which are for letting the mind escape. So I’m guessing e or p will work for that since you can take it anywhere with you.

Then there are the non-fiction books, some could have live links in a ebook form but when read in the pbook form might bring a different type of learning and remembering.

It all boils down to what we become accustomed to… I like pbooks best…

Here is the link to the article at POST LOCAL

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Remember, do something every day  toward the production and promotion of your book, service, product or company and contact me to help you move it forward faster.

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Book: “Olinguito Speaks Up!” by Cecilia Velástegui

Working with authors is an exciting experience. I get to walk-in-their shoes for just a short period of time and experience the passion they have for their work. The book “Olinguito Speaks Up!” was just such a book. The author Cecilia Velástegui was just that. Her excellent choice of imagery for the interior and story to tell created a book that is meant to be on library shelves for years to come.

“Olinguito is a shy and furry animal that sucks his thumb all day long and hides in the treetops of the Ecuadorian cloud forest. No one in the whole world knows that he exists. Olinguito is too shy to let the other creatures know that he has been listening and watching them, and enjoying the tales told by Tomas, an ancient Galapagos tortoise. Tomas loves to tell fantastic stories about the strange creatures of the Galapagos Islands, from the poisonous longnose stubfoot toad to a Pinta Island tortoise named Lonesome George, who no one in the cloud forest has ever seen. When Olinguito hears the other cloud forest animals ridicule Tomas for making things up, he realizes that these are not tall tales—they are memories of creatures driven to extinction. Shy Olinguito is finally moved to speak up in defense of Tomas. This poignant story addresses respect, both for the environment and for our elderly, and explores universal themes of friendship, memories, and finding the courage to speak up.”

I am pleased to have had the opportunity to be part of her dream and passion.

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Book: J. A. Maloney two Mystery Novels over the past year…

IT YOU LIKE GOLF and OWN A HOME… here are two Brad Stephens Murder Mysteries you will want to read.

Check out these are two great murder mysteries… finished over the past year by Joel Maloney author website at http://jamaloney.com/books.html

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Breakfast Ball

Brad Stephens was enjoying the relative success of thirty years in the high stress world of mortgage loan origination when the great recession left him stripped of assets, short of business, and teetering on the brink of insolvency. When professional golfer and good friend, John Linden, hires him to act as both real estate agent and mortgage broker, it appears Brad is headed towards financial salvation. The transaction should be a piece of cake. Unfortunately for Brad, Linden’s management company, his hot Latina fiancée, a group of fundamental extremists, and the apparent suicide of Linden’s personal manager, Art Smalley, present extraordinary –perhaps deadly– obstacles to his success. J.A. Maloney’s first thriller offers well-paced intrigue and an insider’s portrait of the financial collapse that almost destroyed the global economy. Along the way, he will take you to several world famous golf courses; will entertain you with some insight into the rich and famous and will introduce you to the world of Brad Stephens –a regular guy whose first shot at life went slightly out of bounds and now might deserve to take a Breakfast Ball.

Breakfast Ball at http://tinyurl.com/ppcl3ac on amazon

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Death at The High End

After surviving several attempts on his life recently and then clawing his way back from the bowels of the recession, Brad Stephens doesn’t need any more excitement in his life.

But when a serial-killer begins murdering high-end real estate agents along the coast of California, Brad is called in by the FBI as a special consultant. Because it might help the task force develop a theory behind the motivations of the killer, Brad helps former Secret Service agent – turned Special Task Force coordinator—Jim Krnich to understand the inner-workings of the competitive world of real estate sales. The lesson is rudely interrupted, however, when Brad’s wife, Mel, and her friends, Stefanie Ramirez and Paula Smith-Newhall fall into the crosshairs of the killer.

With the aid from a self-help guru and a retired mobster, Krnich eventually comes to understand the motivation behind the killings –and it is almost more disturbing to him than the crimes themselves—but can they catch the maniac before he gets the girls?

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Hollywood Book Festival – 9th Annual Awards

Passing this along to authors interested….

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2014 HOLLYWOOD BOOK FESTIVAL – CALL FOR ENTRIES

HOLLYWOOD, CA _ The 2014 Hollywood Book Festival has issued a call for entries to its nihth annual awards celebrating books that deserve greater recognition from the film, television, game and multimedia communities.

The 2014 Hollywood Book Festival will consider published, self-published and independent publisher non-fiction, fiction, children’s books, young adult, how-to, spiritual, wild card (anything goes!), unpublished stories, screenplays, genre-based works, science fiction, biographical/autobiographical, sequels, business and history works. This is a story-oriented competition and there is no date of publication restriction.

A panel of entertainment and publishing industry judges will determine the winners based on the following criteria:

1) The story-telling ability of the author;

2) The potential of the work to be translated into other forms of media

All entries must be in English. Our grand prize for the 2014 Hollywood Book Festival Author of the Year is a $1500 appearance fee and a flight to Hollywood, CA for our gala awards ceremony in July, 2014.

ENTRIES: Multiple entries must be accompanied by a separate fee for each book.

In addition to honoring the top selections in the above categories, The Hollywood Book Festival will award the following chosen from submissions:

1) Hollywood Book Festival Author of the Year Honors the outstanding book of the competition.

2) Hollywood Book Festival Design of the Year Honors outstanding and innovative design.

3) Hollywood Book Festival Publisher of the Year Honors the top publisher based on potential to develop future works suitable for transformation into other media.

FESTIVAL RULES: Hollywood Book Festival submissions cannot be returned. Each entry must contain the official entry form, including your e-mail address and contact telephone number. All shipping and handling costs must be borne by entrants.

NOTIFICATION AND DEADLINES: We will notify each entry of the receipt of their package via e-mail and will announce the winning entries on the web site shortly after the entry deadline.Regular registration deadline submissions in each category must be received by the close of business on June 25, 2014. Winners in each category will be notified by e-mail. Please note that judges read and consider submissions on an ongoing basis, comparing early entries with later submissions.

TO ENTER: Entry forms are available online at www.hollywoodbookfestival.com or may be faxed/e-mailed to you by emailing HollywoodBKFest@aol.com. Multiple submissions are permitted but each entry must be accompanied by a separate form and entry fee.

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Book Award: The Great Midwest Book Festival 2013

I receive a lot of Call for Entries… so I figured I’d pass a few of them along to you all. I entered several calls after writing my Parenting book and actually did placed in several. I find it’s nice to be able to say “I’m an award winning author”. I have a list of other award shows on my blog you might be interested in checking out.
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THE 2013 GREAT MIDWEST BOOK FESTIVAL – CALL FOR ENTRIES
CHICAGO _ The 2013 Great Midwest Book Festival has issued a call for entries to its competition honoring the best books of the winter.
The Great Midwest Book Festival will consider published and unpublished works in fiction, non-fiction, biography/autobiography, how-to, compilations/anthologies, photography/art, children’s, cookbooks, poetry, spiritual, young adult, business/technology, Continue reading

Technology Economy and Self Publishing… inching it's way to no longer being seen as "vanity" AND It's about time.

self-pub-famous2Many of you might not realize that I’m not only a graphic designer, self publishing and book/business consultant/coach. I am also a fine artist and publish books about my artwork and other artists. And many-a-time they are sneered at and labeled vanity books.

I recently came across an article about how the publishing industry is changing… yes, still! This change seems to begin as the authors Continue reading

Self Published books now being added to Apple's iTunes – Breakout Books

Breakout Books now for self publishing authors

Breakout Books now for self publishing authors

One more place for the ebook to be seen and bought. iTunes has added a section called Breakout Books which when you click on that link will open in itunes a display of book. Mostly fiction for now with expansion in the future.

This allowing ebooks to be more widely offered on the leading mobile platforms… iphones and ipads.

Smashwords, a leading distributor and converter of digital books, also Continue reading

Printed books still big with Kids at bedtime.

Social Times reports on Scholastic report about bedtime stories and physical books

Social Times reports on Scholastic report about bedtime stories and physical books

Printed books, not dead yet!

With all the play ebooks are getting lately, you’d think that printed, physical or pbooks are a thing of the past… thank goodness they are not… at least according to this report.

ebooks / pbooks??? Continue reading

NEWS: Chronicle Books and Tumblr team up for a Humor Book Search

Chronicle Books and Tumblr "The Great Book Tumblr Search"

Chronicle Books and Tumblr “The Great Book Tumblr Search”

Chronicle Books and Tumblr team up for a Humor Book Search, the Humor Book Search is on. Deadline Feb. 28, 2013

I sometimes post notices of awards or entry calls… hope this works out for some of you. Always good to be aware of what is out there in the way of helping move your book project forward, whether it’s an award show after you publish or a call for synopsis … promotion and pr makes a difference.

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