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Possible solution for kids who are picky eaters.

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This Is The Modern Publishing Business

History repeats itself. Aspiring writers are still getting fleeced. Thank God for sites like Writer Beware and for David Guaghran, who continues to bring attention to these shady practices.

David Gaughran

asandfriendsnewScammers used to operate at the edges of the publishing business, but have wormed their way into its heart. And the entire industry is in denial.

An unintentionally revealing aspect of the tiresome Amazon-Hachette dispute was a series of statements from an organization purporting to advocate for authors’ rights. One of the heinous crimes Amazon was said to have committed was treating books like toasters.

With such a claim, Authors United was attempting to tap into a current of feeling about the commoditization of literature – as if Amazon was the first company to put a price tag on a book, and writers around the country were hitherto living off laurels and kudos. It’s tempting to suggest that other entities in the publishing business might be doing as well as Amazon if they also treated books like toasters and attempted to sell the bloody things, but I digress.

What this…

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How Jessica Mitford Exposed A $48m Scam From America’s Literary Establishment

Excellent account of The Famous Writers School and how they were exposed for taking advantage of aspiring writers.

David Gaughran

Cerf1Jessica Mitford took on the American funeral industry, the California Department of Corrections, and the Ku Klux Klan, but it was her 1970 exposé of The Famous Writers School which led to Time calling her “The Queen of the Muckrakers.” And if a courageous editor hadn’t reversed his decision to kill her story, it might never have happened.

Mitford had been aware of The Famous Writers School’s existence for some time. Anyone who was a frequent reader of newspapers, books or magazines would have seen its ever-present advertisements, inviting aspiring writers to cut out and apply for the free aptitude test. While Mitford was suspicious, she didn’t have anything concrete until her lawyer husband took on a new client.

Bob Treuhaft was approached by a 72-year old widow, living on Social Security, who had cleaned out her bank account to make a down-payment to The Famous Writers School. On the…

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How To Show Your Appreciation To An Author #SundayBlogShare #authors #books

Let your favourite authors know you want them to keep writing.

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“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”
― William Styron, Conversations with William Styron

Ever read a great book and wondered how to say thanks to the author for producing such a wonderful story?

Here are 23 ways:

  1. Tweet your appreciation.
  2. Post your appreciation on Facebook.
  3. Take a photo of the cover and stick on Instagram.
  4. Write the author a letter.
  5. Email the author.
  6. Write a blog post about the author.
  7. Leave a message of thanks on the Author’s Facebook page.
  8. Send the author a #tweethug.
  9. Film yourself saying thanks to the author and stick video clip on social media. (I have been wanting to do this for ages. I do hope my future readers do this about my books. Love video clips!)
  10. Recommend the book to your friends.
  11. Suggest that your local book club reads…

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August 2016 is Write An Amazon Review Month! By @TerryTyler4 #AugustReviews…

Join in on #AugustReviews.

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#AugustReviews

On Monday 25th July, book blogger Rosie Amber wrote this post encouraging readers and writers alike to post a short review on Amazon for any book they’ve read and enjoyed ~ following this up, Terry Tyler is starting this initiative along with other writer-bloggers including Rosie, Cathy from Between The Lines, Barb Taub, Shelley Wilson and Alison Williams.

The idea is that, from August 1st, everyone who reads this uses their Amazon account to post just one review on one book that they’ve read (but feel free to carry on if you get in the swing!). You don’t even have to have read it recently, it can be any book you’ve read, any time. The book does not have to have been purchased from Amazon, though if it is you get the ‘Verified Purchase’ tag on it; however, if you download all your books…

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Injury Available for Free Download Until July 31, 2016

Injury350x262For a limited time, Injury is available for FREE on Amazon. This will be the final promo before its time in Kindle Select expires, and I distribute wide.

After September 8, 2016, it will no longer be available in KU/KOLL.

A young actress at the height of her career has her personal life

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turned upside down when a horrifying family secret makes front-page news.
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4 Quick Ways To Write A #BookReview And Overcome Your Fears #MondayBlogs

Don’t let writing a review intimidate you. This post has some excellent tips.

Rosie Amber

Authors WANT  Reviews

Make an Author's Day

Simple! How many times have you read pleas on social media for readers to write reviews? – Probably Loads.

Does the thought of writing a book review send you racing to the hills? – I can see plenty of you nodding in agreement.

WHAT holds you back?

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6 common replies:

I can’t write.

I can’t write paragraphs about a book.

I don’t know what to write.

I’m afraid of what people will think of my review.

I’m an author and don’t want a backlash on my own books.

I don’t have the time.

Let’s turn this around

I can’t write – I bet if you can read, you can write.

I can’t write paragraphs about a book – Good News, Amazon accepts one sentence reviews now as do many other sites.

I don’t know what to write – Ah! Quick Question – Why did you like or Dislike…

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