Writers and readers: please help end the US book embargo against Cuba

Please read this email sent to me by Mark Coker from Smashwords, and help end this sad embargo that prevents Cubans from benefiting from something we all take for granted: publishing, and reading books from the USA. If you are willing to help, please sign the petition ASAP as the US Government is due to announce modifications to its embargoes against Cuba, and we’re hoping this will be one of them. Now, over to Mark:

I’m writing to ask for your help.

Writers and readers: please help end the US book embargo against Cuba

As a basic human right, readers everywhere deserve greater access to books and literature.

Please go to https://petitions.whitehouse.gov//petition/end-book-embargo-against-cuba and consider signing my petition to end the US book embargo against Cuba. [Read more…]

How to write a successful nonfiction book proposal, part 1

Many people want to write a nonfiction book and now that the whole book publishing picture has expanded into a good choice of options, getting your book published by yourself is relatively easy and should not break the bank, either.

How to write a successful nonfiction book proposal, part 1

We still can’t deny that there continues to be some useful kudos in having your nonfiction book published by a “proper” publisher…

However much as we authors may smile cheerfully when it comes to self-publishing and co-operative publishing, we still can’t deny that there continues to be some useful kudos in having your nonfiction book published by a “proper” publisher – i.e. a conventional trade publisher with the industrial-strength distribution power and a name everyone has heard of. (And that applies to publishing eBooks as much as it does to the printed variety.)

Here’s the series you need to get your nonfiction book proposal right

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How to write for children – media you use

How to write for children - media you use

Toddlers love the large and brightly coloured illustrations.

Please welcome once again Val Rainey, a published author of children’s books and other writing, from Alberta, Canada. After her first delightful article about the magic of books back in December 2014,  she is now sharing her tips with us on how to write for children – something we would all love to do, but actually is very hard to do well.

Over now to Val, who starts us off by describing the different types of children’s books you can write for …  [Read more…]

The Joy of Books this Christmas

The joy of books at Christmas

Why books are so joyful at Christmas

Please welcome Val Rainey, a published author of children’s books and other writing, from Alberta, Canada. She will be sharing her tips with us on how to write children’s books in 2015, so watch out for the new series starting soon. Over to Val … 

Cold and snowy winter nights are here again. What better excuse to curl up under a blanket in an over-sized chair by the fireplace and read? Naturally, one must have a hot chocolate or other ‘interesting’ warm drink within reach. [Read more…]

Is print really dead, or has it just been sleeping?

Is print really dead, or has it just been sleeping?

Books or printed articles take you into another world where you get lost in the richness of the vocabulary.

Does printed content have a role in our future? Or is it dead in the water? I asked UK-based billing, payroll and printing consultant Caroline McCormack to share her views…

Can you imagine a world without any printed publications, books, catalogues, and leaflets? [Read more…]

Tutorial: nonfiction book publishing 2014 – the skinny

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What has changed in nonfiction book publishing since this article was published early in 2013?

Here we take a look at what, if any, changes there have been in the last 18 months since I published an article called “Book publishing in 2013: easy, worthless, or worth it?” This originated from a my response to a question on LinkedIn about the state of book publishing at the time, and my own predictions for the future. Let’s now see what has changed and if any of my predictions have come true… [Read more…]

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