Category Archives: News & Updates

Book Award: Eric Hoffer Awards

Occasionally I get email notices for award shows and think passing them on would benefit my readers. I just received this one and the deadline is January 21, 2013.




All books accepted. … The Eric Hoffer Book Award recognizes excellence in independent publishing. Prizes awarded by genre, press, the Montaigne Medal, the da Vince Eye, the First Horizon Award, and the Hoffer grand prize. (See submission guidelines below, in Writer’s Market, or by visiting

* New this year! E-book Fiction & E-book Nonfiction categories *

A single registration qualifies you for:
* $2,000 grand prize (the Eric Hoffer Award for Books)
* Winner of the Montaigne Medal for most thought-provoking books
* Winner of the da Vinci Eye for best covers
* Winner of the First Horizon Award for debut authors
* Winner and First Runner-Up in your selected category Continue reading

Labyrinth of Books on dislpay at London 2012 Festival

London 2012 Festival: image copyright please let me know if you want me to remove the image and link.

Amazing book installation using 250,000 books was seen at the London 2012 Festival. This installation was organized by Brazilian artists Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo.

For the past year or so I’ve been seeing more and more installation art projects using books, this one is unique in that you can participate in it… walk it, and be part of it. I love the interactive additions of the monitors being placed along the path.

Here is another link about the installation


I’m totally loving the way books are being spotlighted across the world.


Book Design: The 2008 Olympics and What It Has in Common with Writing…

It seems like the Olympic trials 2008 was just yesterday, yet it was weeks away. It comes every 4 years and we all gather around watching top athletes do their thing… their passion and excellence showing in every breath they take.

They’ve worked hard for this, studied, researched and practiced over and over the skills necessary to succeed…and place for their category. Most likely this has been a lifetime goal, to be a participant in the Olympics, to belong to that special group.

As an author you too have your own special Olympics. The book you are writing takes special preparation. Over time your book becomes a bigger part of you and your life. You find that you think about your subject and the next piece of information you will share. You are following your passion.

Keep it up. Create the passion that makes you a gold metal winner too!

Enjoy the journey!

News: An interesting article from "The Authors Guild" and the Publishing Ecosystem…

I like to keep up on what’s going on in the industry… sometimes I find an article that is interesting. Since there are so many things happening with the book, ebook, reader world of publishing I thought I’d pass this along to you.

Publishing’s Ecosystem on the Brink: The Backstory

Book Design: 7 Questions to Ask For What to Do About the Sales and Promoting of Your Book…

What is it about the prospect of having to sell and promote our new book design that makes us think we don’t know anything? We wake up to the process of sales every day. It begins with us asking what we’re going to wear and progresses into who we talk to at work. The process of creating rapport, stating benefits and follow though with each action we take… which is really all aobut the sales or promotion of us! Think about it?

So, lets take a few minutes to see what that might mean to our book?

1. Is the topic interesting?

2. Have we shared benefits throughout the text?

3. Have we taken the time to really show we care about how the book is perceived by having the cover and interior professionally designed?

4. Does the back cover pull the reader in?

5. Are we blogging?

6. Have we checked with local book stores?

7. Have we gathered relevant magazines?

These are just a few of the techniques needed to develop for the sales and marketing of our book… after all, it is our business card. Right?

And when you start thinking about all the ways you already unconsciously sell yourself… how hard can it be to do the same for your book? Thinking your book branding, marketing and promotion early on, getting a head start can make all the difference in the world to how you and your book move forward.

Book Design & Writing: Happy New Year! It's Time to Write…

May the new year bring you many new experiences.

What was last year about for you? What was the most exciting experience? Did you write about it? Is it part of your existing book?

Books come from all around us, the places we go, the things we do, the people we know.

Start that book today!

Remember, do something every day toward your book and promotion.

Karrie Ross
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Obama Speech: Talking Speaker of the event….

No one can deny how amazing it is that 2 million showed up for the swearing in of our new President Barack Obama, it was an event to be watched. There is a company, who takes recordings and then turns them into promotional vehicles for your product, service or business. Here is one he is giving away with the Obama speech

Get yours too… here is the link

Remember, do something everyday to promote your product, service or company in a new and exciting way.

Karrie Ross

What's Next? The "Terminator-Style Contact Lens…"

Image copyright TimeHealthland screen shot of the post page.

For those of us with a Sci-Fi bent….thinking forward into what is next after the readers…maybe looking at 5-15 years out for the masses. So be sure to save the reader’s boxes and all the paperwork so you can sell them on ebay one day as an antique!

Do you use Facebook? New Security. Now update to the https://

I saw this on my thread this morning…. and looking at other posts noticed that people were having trouble with their connections so I reposted thinking this might be the trouble…

“Facebook has changed and said nothing (again). Take a look at your URL (top box on your screen.) If you see “http” or just “www” instead of “https” you DO NOT have a secure session & can be hacked.

  1. Go to Account Settings
  2. Click Security on the left top corner
  3. click Edit next to Secure Browsing,
  4. Check box, click Save.

FB has automatically set it on the non-secure setting! Do everyone a huge favor, copy & re-post.”

I understand upgrading and making things better, but shouldn’t there be a way to tell us about it… or grandfather a safe setting in for us and make new joiners choose their settings?  Good to know there are people out there who are on top of it and pass the news along…abeit at times slowly.

What I've been up to…

I realize I’ve been writing more about promotion and marketing lately… but I’m getting asked these questions all the time. “How do I promote my book. Where can I sell more copies?  Where will people see it?” So I thought I’d pass along to you what information comes my way.

And don’t forget… my blog has a ‘search’ feature for those questions you might have about the self publishing book design process and how to get the best bang out of all my services. There are posts about barcodes, finding a cover image, how to prep your images for use in the interior, how to determine the size of your book, about using WordPress for your website and lots more…

Don’t worry though… I’m still busy designing book covers and interiors…some very interesting books too. I’ll be posting the ones I’m designing soon with a blurb about the content.

So be sure to add your comments etc in the comments box and share your experiences with us about what you are up to or a new cleaver way you’ve found to market or promote your book.



Articles I found in the News

I get sent links all the time and I thought I’d pass this set along to you. Keeping up on what’s going on can add insight to your book promotion ideas or just reference material for conversations and business!
6 Hilarious Ways Game Designers Are Screwing With Pirates
“Airport Security – A True Story” by Stephanie Osborn
“Amazon Rolls Out ‘Sunshine Deals’ For Publishers To Test E-Book Pricing” by Laura Hazard Owen
“What Do Amazon’s E-Book Sales Mean for the Future of Books?” by Alex Knapp
“What Works: Promo for Ebooks” by Joe Konrath – Step-by-Step Tutorial on How to Blog

Add your own links to interesting articles in the comment box below… and thanks for sharing.

The British Library Presents a Rich History of Science Fiction…


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For those who love the fiction…book.. the Guardian UK put together a visual piece on the exhibition at the British Library spotlighting Science Fiction.

By bringing a well rounded appreciation of all books into our lives we get to experience the fullness of the learning they have to give us, either directly or indirectly the affect is there. The ability to tell a story in fiction when read allows our thinking to extend out into the ability of presenting concepts in the non-fiction world of business and coaching and teaching and motivation. But then… I feel a closeness to the SciFi….

I was raised with Science Fiction all around me. My Dad collected it starting sometime in 1929 or so. The garage walls were lined with book shelves filled with Amazing, Astounding, Ray Bradbury, H.G. Wells, and more.

I fell in love with the images, my sister the stories. I didn’t read SciFi until my late 20’s I was more interested in the mysteries my Mother collected when I was young. I came from a family of readers, mental exploration.

Over the years I came to realize the power of the SciFi stories, the way they opened our minds to the awareness of a future to us that is yet to happen, or a new perspective of the now we might not have seen…  the gadgets and social interaction and vision only the imagination can create. The hopes and dreams fulfilled in a fantasy world of what is make believe now but may someday be part of a reality.

How are your book experiences affecting your writing, your view of the world and how to change it through your work…? Have you explored the what is possible…

Tell me about it in the comments box provided on the post page…

Did you know there is a way to assign a ranking to your Online Identity?

I am digitally distinct! Visit onlineIDCalculator.comI was reading an old magazine and came across this website I’m always amazed at what people come up with to help us along on our internet journey. How to find and determine different statistics, rate our social media status, what color to use on your website for best results and on and on till your mind boggles with “Do I really need that?” or “Am I going crazy?”

But this item sounded like something to pass my time in the wee hours of the morning. So I tried it and….  I found out that I’m “Digitally Distinct!” There are also other rankings, see the chart below.

I found the 10 questions they asked strangely interesting and informative as to Continue reading

NYT: Books are on a list of "gadgets"… AND they are keepers!! Yay!

I just saw this article from the NYT about the “gadgets we have and accumulate. They make the point that technology is changing so quickly and “fewer products are doing more tasks”.

There I was reading through home computers to lose them as they are becoming obsolete and the point-and-shoot camera to lose, I just bought a great SONY… darn… to get to the last item on the list… BOOKS… they are keepers… Yay! but they say “with one exception”…. find out what the NYT says is the exception here