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How to self-publish your book

Writebooks offer a complete book printing and book publishing service – helping writers publish their work at a low cost.

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Posted by mark - May 31, 2013 at 7:34 am

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Paul Ryan Focuses on Online Publishing in the WLP Graduate Program

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Launched in 2009, the Canadian Online Publishing Awards are produced by the publishers of Masthead, the must-read journal for the Canadian magazine industry.The Awards recognize Canada’s best online editorial and design work in publication websites. The awards are handed out in October in Toronto, ON, with categories honouring the best writing, design, ideas and multimedia projects from Canadian publication websites. For more info, please visit
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Posted by mark - May 29, 2013 at 6:37 am

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Optimizing Your Blog For Traffic

This Video Teaches You How You Can Optimize Your Trend Blogging Blog For Massive Traffic. These Are Blogger Tips (specifically) But Would Apply To Other Blogs As Well.

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Posted by mark - May 23, 2013 at 3:55 am

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How E-books Have Impacted Traditional Publishing

In today’s high-tech world, virtually anything can be nudged into the 21st century with a quick prefix—e-mails, e-businesses, e-commerce and, of course, e-books. As its name implies, an e-book is a title that’s available in electronic format, allowing the reader to peruse its contents on a computer screen or portable device.

Generating nearly $32 million* in revenue in the United States in 2007 and billions more in countries around the world, downloadable e-books are encouraging some tech-savvy readers to forgo paperbacks for laptops. While some fear a negative impact on traditional publishing, it’s unlikely that the demand for e-books will eclipse the printed word anytime soon, with the total trade book market generating $25 billion in 2007, as cited by the Association of American Publishers**.

It’s easy to see the initial appeal of e-books. As the Internet becomes a more prominent fixture in modern-day media, busy folks are becoming more reliant on their computers, obtaining their news, communications, and recreation from online sources. For many, reading books on-screen seems a natural progression. Space efficiency is another potential bonus: instead of piling up on bookcase shelves, several full-length publications can be stored on a pocket-sized Flash drive.

For some avid readers however, a computer screen simply can’t compete with a traditional hand-held book. They feel that e-books lack the tactile and sensory qualities of the printed version, and that booting up a computer and digesting digital words just can’t compare to snuggling up in bed and flipping through the pages. Plus, a traditional book offers more portability over electronic versions: you’d be hard-pressed to stick a laptop in your bag when heading out for a day of reading and relaxing at the beach.

Regardless of the benefits of e-books, it’s unlikely that paper books are in any danger of being replaced for good. Although the industry will surely continue to shift in the face of electronic advancements, printed publications have the advantage of familiarity: readers are accustomed to paging through them, marking their place, sharing and swapping titles with friends and family, and shelving them when the tale is done. Another benefit of traditional books is their collectability. Coffee table books will continue to grace homes in the years to come, and e-books can’t provide the visual satisfaction that comes with stepping back and surveying a bookcase full of titles you’ve enjoyed.

While e-books might offer an appealing value, there are budget-friendly alternatives to the prices charged by traditional and used bookstores. At, for example, readers can trade in books they’ve already read in exchange for new titles. With a robust inventory, high standards of quality, and quick shipments, this online book trading service is an easy and affordable way to update your home library, try out new authors and genres, and find out-of-print titles. The site also offers an online community, where users can interact with other readers to share reviews of books and authors.



Melissa Rudy–articles/how-ebooks-have-impacted-traditional-publishing-716144.html

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Posted by mark - May 22, 2013 at 3:12 am

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Self-publishing vs. Getting a real publisher

Ramit Sethi and Tim Ferriss discuss the benefits/drawbacks of publishers and self-publishing.

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Posted by mark - May 19, 2013 at 1:58 am

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Blog vs Website – Which One?

Learn how to create a blog here

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Posted by mark - May 17, 2013 at 1:14 am

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Introduction to Heritage Makers

An overview of Heritage Makers, a company committed to helping people celebrate their stories through a powerful online personal publishing tool called Studio. Turn your digital images and photo prints into beautiful storybooks, calendars, canvas prints, greeting cards, invitations, and even personalized playing cards.

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Posted by mark - May 14, 2013 at 12:04 am

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Is self publishing a good idea?

I have already posted some of my work online, so I cannot publish traditionally. I may want to self publish though. What are some of the advantages of self publishing and if I wanted, would I be in charge of what I want the characters in the book to look like. Thanks!


I self-published my first book and it cost me quite a bit of money. Ads, webpages, printers, editors, and having to buy my own books. Yes, you have to buy your own books if you want to sell them yourself. The publisher will not supply you with free books.

If your work is free of any errors you might want to try sending out a few query letters to literary agents. Get a book or check the Internet to get examples of query letters and what should go into them. Also, pick up a copy of Writer’s Market 2008. In it you’ll find literary agents who take query letters for the genre you write in. Some will allow email queries.

Remember that chances are your book will never see the inside of a bookstore, but only sold online. B&N, Borders, and the others very seldom stock POD (Print On Demand) books. I was lucky to be one of the few who ended up an exception to that rule. I also did several book signings.

I wish you the best.


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Posted by mark - May 11, 2013 at 10:33 pm

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SPACE 2006 Panel on comic book self publishing (part 2)

Part two of the Panel on Self Publishing at the 2006 SPACE Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo. Featuring:
Eric Adams (Lackluster World)
Allen Freeman (Slam Bang)
Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm)
Pam Bliss (Kekionga)
Paul Hornschemeier (Forlorn Funnies)

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Posted by mark - May 6, 2013 at 7:54 pm

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