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Self Publishing 101 Part One

This is a response to Tamaras question about how I self-published.

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Posted by mark - January 27, 2015 at 4:02 am

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How can I protect my blog from plagiarism? Who enforces the copyright? Is it the blogging hosting site itself?

How can I protect my blog from plagiarism? Who enforces the copyright? Who decides which content was plagiarized? Is it the blogging hosting site itself? Please answer.

I’ve found some handy tools for this issue. Although they’re mainly theft deterrent in nature they can be quite effective. – Defend your site with a free plagiarism warning banner! – Helps you protect yourself as well.

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Posted by mark - January 25, 2015 at 3:06 am

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What undergraduate program should I go into if I want to get into book publishing?

Simply put, I’m interested in securing a career in book publishing later on down the road. In a couple of weeks I will be graduating high school! So I’m wondering what undergraduate program you think would be ideal for me? Plus any other advice or suggestions! Thanks in advance.


Publishing is a business, first and foremost. Authors, editors, cover artists and office assistants all need to be paid. On time.

Taking a minor in English or Creative Writing or Journalism might help you get a handle on the writing/editing side of the coin, but the one reason I love my publisher so much is that she is all about the business plan. She started out as an editor, then moved to managing editor, then opened her own house.

That’s just my opinion from the writing side of things.

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Posted by mark - January 24, 2015 at 2:46 am

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Blog Marketing Via Online Word of Mouth

With more and more bloggers go online, how to attract traffic becomes the primary concern of the blog owner. If nobody comes for a long period of time, you will feel disappointed and lose interest in writing. Although you can find thousands of blogs through search engines, many of them have already been discarded not long after its opening.

There are many online marketing theories to promote the blogs, like advertisement and SEO. But the reality is greatly different from the textbooks. For most bloggers, they do not have enough budget to conduct big scale companion. And they still hope to get some revenue from the blog itself. Leaving comments on other’s blog is of low efficiency because your comments are most likely to be filtered out automatically by program as spam.

Become a successful blogger to attract readers, the writer must have real experience and in-depth ideas in a certain field. For example, in photography, the writer shall know about the quality of cameras, shooting experiences for some time, consideration of some technical problems and solution try-and-error. With these as the preparation, s/he can publish these tips into blog.

After that s/he shall go to communicate with others, including bloggers with same interests on photography, photographers using the same camera, or publishing agency in the shooting theme. Join online forums and communities to exchange ideas with these people and enter the circle to make others know who you are.

Where to start from? Find a topic that you have something in common with others. For example, you can talk about your shopping experience when you purchase your camera. You can talk about where you bought it, the price, the service and the product quality, etc. This will attract many listeners who are using the same products.

Since you have already owned a lot of things, you can talk with others about them, your cell phone, car, notebook, mp3, and iPod, etc. You can share your car-buying stories at, a specialized auto business site. Or you can post your positive or negative comments about company, products or services at

Another design is It focuses on the communication between consumers regarding the purchased product and using experiences. It is interactive rather than static display of product reviews. Users can put forward questions to reviewer so that more specific and detailed information can be available. One interesting feature is that you can find people who bought same products as yours across different product lines. For example, another guy using iPone 3G, Sony DSLR-A700 camera, and driving BMW 7 Series sedan.

After you make yourself known in the online community, you can introduce your blog to your network and they are more liable to accept it.

Jack Yang

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Posted by mark - January 23, 2015 at 2:40 am

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The Business of Blogging

Blogging has become the latest buzzword in the internet business world. What is blogging? How can it be developed into a business? Is there really any money to be had in blogging? How can you have a share of that business? All of these questions are legitimate questions to be asked and answered about blogging, as is the consideration of how to increase blog traffic.

First, what is blogging? Blogging is a new term for something people have done for ages, just not online. It is a term for a regular writing task, such as a journal, essay, article, something written about a particular subject or interest. It is a shortened term for “web log.” Blogs allow for your readers to comment on what you have written.

Blogging has become a big rage for online users. It is being touted as an excellent way to earn easy money on the web. And, rightly so, if it is done right. How can you make money by blogging? Read on.

Blogging can be just a hobby that one engages in to connect to others with like interests. Or, done right, it can become a business, a source of extra income. Some actually make a very good income at blogging.

What makes a difference in whether blogging is only a hobby or an actual business? It all comes down to marketing. It is one of those occasions where you can write it, but they might not actually read it. You have to promote your blogging if you really want it to be a business, big or not.

To turn your blogging into an income-producing business, you have to be serious about it. You need a product to promote in connection to your blog. This may be an actual physical product, or it can be an information product that you make available online, for a fee.

You need to spend only a small percentage of your time in actually writing for your blog. The majority of your time needs to be spent in promoting you blog, and thus your product. There are some givens for doing this:

– Stay in communication with your readers who respond to your blog
– Make sure you have strong content
– Target your promotion
– Get involved in mail groups, list serves, forums, etc. related to your subject
– Put a link to your blog site as a signature in all your emails

One excellent to keep interest high is to evaluate products that relate to your blog topic. Be selective in which products you actually endorse. Be honest. Your readers will come to trust you, and will come back often to get your opinion. They will then trust your product as well. Many times the products you review will be provided to you free of charge. Be careful, though, that free doesn’t impact your review. Above all, be honest with your readers or you will lose all credibility.

Another important point in blogging for a business is knowing what subjects to address. In each interest, there are varying topics to address. Choose keywords and phrases wisely. Find a good keyword analyzer, many who give free trial periods, and find out what your customers want to know about. Then, write that article filled with killer content.

Make the most of your blogging business by using joint venture opportunities, or affiliate marketing. That means you promote a product that you believe in, but use your own affiliate link you are provided when you sign up to promote the product. Above all, though, make sure the product is one you can promote with good conscience. If you customer is ever let down, even once, by a product you promote, you have lost at least one customer, and often many. Forums and list serves are prevalent, and customers will let their “friends” know if you promote a less that beneficial product.

Be serious about blogging, use the tips provided here, and you will increase blog traffic to the point of having a successful, profitable business about a topic you enjoy.

Guido Nussbaum

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Posted by mark - January 22, 2015 at 2:05 am

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How to publish your independent comic book – Part 1 – Shawn Granger (from King Tractor Press) and Mat Nastos (Nifty Comics) share their combined experience of more than 20 years in the comic industry and go over how to publish your own independent comic book . Part 1.

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Posted by mark - January 20, 2015 at 12:52 am

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Why You Should Start Blogging Today

from Aaron Wall discusses why new internet marketers are best off starting marketing by creating a blog.

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Posted by mark - January 19, 2015 at 12:19 am

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Why Publish Your Writing In A Printed Book?

Why would anyone want to create a printed book, when then can create eBooks a lot more easily — and cheaply? Why would anyone want to get mired in the process of printing and shipping physical books that take time to deliver to customers, when they can deliver a digital information product immediately, with no additional production or shipping costs? What’s the point of having a tree-killing artifact of yesteryear in your creative portfolio?

Well, like it or not, a lot of people still prefer printed books to eBooks. They like — no, they love — the feel of a printed copy in their hands. It gives them a sense of well-being and solidity, to have a physical work they can carry with them and put on their bookshelves. They’re “old school” and they like it that way. Or, they just never warmed up to eBooks or digital media.

I had a conversation with an international television reporter about one of my books that was coming out soon — I didn’t yet have the printed version in my hands, but I had a PDF eBook I could send him. He said many times over that he hated to read eBooks, but that was all I had at the time, and so I sent it to him. It would have been a whole lot better if I could have sent him a printed copy, instead. Of course, I made do with what I had, but if only…

Now, there’s a very good reason some people like printed books better than eBooks — they can read them anywhere, anytime, without needing a computer to do it. For all the talk about “portable media,” these days, a book is really the ultimate in portable media! It fits in your hand, it doesn’t require batteries, and there are no complicated instructions to figure out! As advanced as our technology may be, there’s nothing like a book to truly “transport information” quickly and efficiently, across the bounds of time and space.

Ironic, isn’t it, that the ultimate medium for portable, instantaneous information sharing is just the thing that a lot of us thought was on its way out, with the advent of the internet!

Books are not “reserved” for the technologically gifted. They’re not available only to people with a computer and a broadband connection. They’re easy to use, easy to transport, and — unlike some of the cutting-edge entertainment technology available today — everybody understands what they’re all about.

When you publish a printed book, you level the playing field for potential customers, and you make it possible for a wider variety of people to access and enjoy your work.

Another reason to create a printed book, is for credibility. With a printed book in hand — especially one with an ISBN — you can approach magazines and newspapers and radio and television hosts and have something in hand to talk about with them. You can mail your book to reviewers and reporters, and you can hold up your creation for the camera, when it comes time to tell the audience what all the excitement is about. And when members of your audience go to their local bookstore to see if they carry your book (depending on what service you use to publish your book), they can put in a request for the book from the bookstore, and potentially help you get it stocked on the bookshelf stores. (Though you may already be convinced, like many other infopreneurs, that bookstores are not the place to sell books, still, it doesn’t hurt to see your book on the shelves of a brick-and-mortar store.)

Probably my favorite reason to publish in print, is how it can take your ideas to a whole new level and get you the kind of exposure once reserved only for the connected elite. Having a book in print has a way of instantly establishing you as an expert, in ways that producing (even getting rich from) digital information products can’t, in the “real world” offline. When people hear you’ve written a book, and they see that book in your hands, a connection kicks in, somewhere inside their heads, that says you must be pretty smart. Chances are, it’s true — you are! But the perception of others that you must be one smart cookie, since you’ve written this book, usually doesn’t get so far as to delve into the nature of your book, if it’s any “good,” or if your work is widely accepted and respected in academic or commercial circles.

Everyday folks have an innate respect for people who can write down enough coherent thought, and organize it completely enough, to produce a book. An awful lot of people never get that far. Some may think about it, but never do it. As a published author, as far as a lot of folks are concerned, you’re in a league of your own. And that’s a pretty good feeling!

I’ve gotten a bit of practice having that feeling. To my friends and family, I’m “just Kay” and that’s fine with me. All that fame business just kind of gets in the way, when it comes to my personal relationships. But to people who read the international press in the areas I publish in (technology and cross-cultural concerns), I have a somewhat different persona — I’m a published author who has caught the attention of folks from Asia and Europe with a controversial and rabble-rousing work that hit the presses in the fall of 2006. It’s pretty cool, to come across people from far away, who have read reviews of my books in magazines and newspapers I’ve never heard of. And I’ve got some pretty cool clippings of articles that mention me — and my book — exclusively, or in passing. That was all possible, because I published a printed book. It doesn’t matter that I have eBook versions of my works available for instant download. Most of the time, that’s not even on the radar of the mainstream international press. In fact, if anything, they kind of turn up their noses when I mention my eBook. But my printed version of that same book… well, that’s another story.

Publishing a printed book widens the reach of your ideas in ways that digital media can’t quite do. You open up your ideas to a whole different audience, and you get the chance to make even more of an impact with your concepts and your unique “take” on the world… taking a position of true thought leadership in a hurting world that’s sorely in need of fresh, new ideas. In fact, now is really the perfect time to be stepping out as a innovative new author in the print publishing world. The old formulas and the old ways of seeing the world and talking about it and conceptualizing it and relating to it, are pretty tired and worn out. We need fresh new ideas, brilliant new insights, and innovative ways of thinking about our world. You may have distilled everything you know and popped it into an eBook, but the print world offers you yet another medium (or “channel,” if you prefer marketing lingo) for your ideas.

My favorite reason of all for publishing a printed book, is the profound satisfaction that comes from holding a real, honest-to-goodness tangible book in your hands. I’ve been a book reader for over 30 years, and I’ve never lost my love for the sight of words on a printed page. All the better, when those words are mine! Some would call it vanity, but I call it doing my talents justice… and having something to show for all my work, all those live-long years of writing, writing, and writing some more, against all odds, hope against hope. I’m a very tactile person, when it comes to words, too, so I like to have something to hang onto. Digital is great — it’s my medium of choice, these days — but I can’t flip through the pages of a PDF quite the same way I can thumb through a book.

It really is an incredibly exciting time to be a writer and independent publisher! I’m so deeply grateful to have been born at this point in history, with my love of language and books — and the ability to put that love into manifest product. The possibilities really are endless… provided, of course, you know how to explore them. And that’s what this guide is about — getting you, an infopreneur or digital product creator, the tools and the skills and the orientation you need, to turn your digital content into print format, so you can reach a wider audience and more firmly establish yourself in your own niche of thought leadership.

Kay Stoner

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Posted by mark - January 17, 2015 at 11:59 pm

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did stephenie meyer self publish her work before she got signed by her publishing company?

Now I think I heard it somewhere, but i can’t find it on the net, did Stephenie Meyer self publish her work before she got signed by her publishing company?
I know it wasn’t Twilight but something else, something she had done for family and somehow she sent it off or an agent saw it or something. I think she said something like that when she was on Oprah or something.


You are confused. No, Meyer didn’t sell Twilight by happy accident. She wrote it with the intention of getting it published and sent it to agents deliberately, exactly like everyone else does. She was posting on writing sites about trying to get her work published _years_ before Twilight came out.

If you mean she wrote something which wasn’t published…of course she did. Again, just like everyone else.

Her "oh, it all happened by accident" persona really, really does no favours to the thousands of young teens who then think people who tell them that getting published involves _work_ are being "mean".

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Posted by mark - January 16, 2015 at 11:45 pm

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Puppet Santa Dance Party / Hard Times in Book Publishing

For this song and MANY MORE, BUY HANK’S CD:

Nerdfighterlike performed by Hank and Katherine Green. Written by Lauren Fairweather:

In which John writes about the difficulties in the book publishing business while Argyle the sock puppet and black Santa dance to a song from Hank’s album “So Jokes.”

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Posted by mark - January 14, 2015 at 10:51 pm

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