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The Future of Book Publishing

John Ingram speaks on The Future of Book Publishing

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Posted by mark - January 31, 2017 at 5:43 am

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Blogging: Three Ways of Creating a Blog to Get Traffic to Your Website

Blogging is a great way to get traffic to your website, and if you create a blog for no other reason than that, you are practically certain to get positive results. Blogging and traffic are made for each other for can visit to, and there are several ways of using blogs to promote products on your site.

The first question is what kind of blog? Although there are alternatives, the most popular blogging software packages are Google’s Blogger and WordPress. This offers you four blogging options, and three ways of creating a blog to get traffic to your website.

Why four from just two blogging packages? Here is the answer to that question, and how if you create a blog using each, you will maximize your earning potential from your products:


Blogger is blogging software owned by Google. Most people run their blog from BlogSpot, Bloggers blogging host. When you do that you have less control over your blog than if you operate it from your own IP address. Blogger is very easy to use, and very easy to get started with, and is popular with those who don’t want to worry about templates, plugins and designing their own blogs.


WordPress can also be run from the WordPress hosting site. However, where WordPress scores over Blogger is in the fact that the software can be uploaded to your website, and can be run from there for the help This enables you to use any of the thousands of WordPress plugins and templates that provide an almost unlimited degree of functionality in your blogging that will help to drive traffic to your website.

When you create a blog with any of these two different packages, whether run from your own computer or from the blog host, you are able to provide fresh content daily to your virtual website. Because that is what a blog is: it is in effect a web page, in the same way that a Squidoo lens and a page on a website is a web page.

Bogging and Search Engines

Blogging allows you a presence on search engines such as Google and Yahoo, and allows those with little idea of SEO or even of web design, to sell products online. There was a time when blogs were a rarity and something new, but blogging is now a way for anybody that knows how to create a blog can drive traffic to their website or to their blog page and help they make money through free advertising.

However, even a blog has to be advertised. Blogging in itself is not an advertising technique, but one of displaying your thoughts, idea, products or advertising your products. Now, you might think I am being a bit duplicitous here, stating that blogging is not a means of advertising yet can be used to advertise! Yet both statements are true. Let me explain why.

Is Blogging an Advertising Technique?

Yes and no. You can create a blog in order to get traffic to your website, and in that respect you are using your blog for advertising. You can place a link to your website: your squeeze page, sales page or just a content page. The question is, how do you get people to read your blog, and then click on one of these links? The link could be placed at the bottom of every post, and on a permanent page on your blog, but how do yet get traffic to your blog: you have the same problem now as getting traffic to your website!

What you have here is that blogging can be use to promote another site, whether it be a website, another blog or a social networking site such as Facebook, MySpace or YouTube. You can use all of these to promote and sell products. However, how do you get people, to find your blog? Creating a blog is fine, but that is only the start.


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Posted by mark - January 30, 2017 at 4:36 am

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New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast

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Welcome to the RubyRedRiter New Orleans weather 10 day forecast! This is your New Orleans weather 10 day forecast. It will be updated daily. The New Orleans weather 10 day forecast is a valuable tool for planning all of your New Orleans outings. While you are here in NOLA there are plenty of people to see, places to go and things to do and the New Orleans weather 10 day forecast will come in very handy. The weather in New Orleans changes day to day. This is because of the city’s proximity to water. This is one of the reasons the New Orleans weather 10 day forecast is so valuable if you are traveling to New Orleans. Don’t miss any of them. Make sure you are not caught unawares. Be prepared for the Louisiana weather changes. Quick and convenient, just check here before you make your plans for the day! 

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Feb 28
New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast Scattered T-Storms 76°/52° 40 %
Mar 01
New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast Sunny 71°/50° 0 %
Mar 02
New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast Mostly Sunny 72°/53° 10 %
Mar 03
New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast Mostly Sunny 72°/60° 10 %
Mar 04
New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast Partly Cloudy 74°/62° 10 %
Mar 05
New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast Scattered T-Storms 74°/48° 40 %
Mar 06
New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast Sunny 63°/47° 0 %
Mar 07
New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast Sunny 67°/55° 0 %
Mar 08
New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast Partly Cloudy 69°/57° 20 %
Mar 09
New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast Scattered Showers 72°/47° 30 %

 Good Morning NOLA! Keep an eye out for scattered thunderstorms today.  There is some rain moving in from the west.  It would not hurt to have the umbrella handy just in case.  The rain rain has been downgraded from fifty percent to forty percent but it is pretty cloudy so just be aware.  Our high today is seventy-six degrees with the low for tonight only abou ten degrees cooler at sixty-seven once the sun goes down.  For me personally it looks like I might be catching up on my writing today with quick strolls around the Quarter in between showers.  other than that it looks ike we have a super week shaking out leading up to the big Mardi Gras weekend.  There is plenty of sun in the forecast and only minimal chance of scattered showers possibly Saturday.  I think we will be fine for the week and weekend coming as well.  Don’t forget to practice you line,  “Throw me something Mister!”   Here’s wishing you a good haul of various Mardi Gras throws. See you in NOLA!

Sharon Denise Talbot

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Posted by mark - January 29, 2017 at 3:58 am

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Book Publishers – Finding The Best Book Marketing Tips You Can Use Now

Self publishers need to have a good solid marketing plan to sell books and should be written well in advance of writing your book and in place a year prior to publishing your book. Make sure you know you have a market for your book before you write it. If you’ve written a ‘how to’ book you’ll find people are always seeking ‘how to’ information making your book easy to sell; in fact the most sought after items on the Internet are information products. Your book selling, book marketing, and book promotion planning should begin before the manuscript is completed.

Using press releases can be a very effective marketing tool if used properly. Make sure your press release spells out the ‘who, what, where, when, and why.’ Direct mail a press release to all the trade journals in your field over and over again, not just once; you can use the same release.

Your book press release should not be written as you would a sales letter or flier, it should be written for the editor and tell about your book in a factual way, no opinion or glowing remarks. Send out the same press release to the editor of your local daily newspaper every week until you are called for an interview or are written up. Invest in press release submitting software and set aside time every week to send out a press release online to the press directories.

Send out at least ten press releases to the print and broadcast media in your area every month. When picked up by wire services, a press release can easily end up generating hundreds of mentions for your book through syndication.

Contact non-bookstore booksellers and offer to leave books on consignment. Make five telephone calls a day that relate to marketing your book. When you get a nice write up or feature about you and/or your book, have it laminated and set it up on an easel at trade shows.

Book signings don’t sell many books for publishers and are often a waste of time; better to spend it elsewhere. Make sure to promote and market your book each and every day, both online and offline. Make sure not to overlook the Internet; get yourself interviewed or profiled for sites both about writing, publishing and about the topics covered in your book. Place free ads periodically for your book’s website on Craigslist in different categories to drive even more traffic to your website.

Local radio shows and television appearances are good but are often forgotten within hours of the broadcast; make sure to make or get a copy of any television broadcast for future promotions. I’ve seen publishers lose a lot of money paying for expensive display ads, so beware if you do this; I don’t advise it in the beginning — get your feet wet first so you know what you’re doing.

Women buy more books then men; see how you can fit your book into the women’s market. Find a non-exclusive distributor with a good reputation to carry your book for the book store trade, as well as for other retailers. Remember to make sure your book is listed in Books-in-Print; don’t assume it’s already listed.

Submit articles to online article directories that focus on your book’s topic to drive customers to your website. Arrange to speak at local, regional and national events that relate to your book topic; bring books along and have an associate sell them at the back of the room.

Build a web site that provides another avenue for ordering, a virtual online press kit and link exchanges with sites that relate to your topic. If your book solves a problem, focus on this in your marketing.

I hope this article has provided you with helpful tips to accelerate your book marketing and book promotion efforts. The success of any book marketing effort depends on a good book and just plain hard work; it’s been done many times before and you can do it too. You can market and promote your book on a shoestring budget; be careful about your marketing dollars.

Helen Hecker

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Posted by mark - January 28, 2017 at 3:29 am

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What are the chances of me publishing a book?

I know that 13 year olds usually wont be taken very seriously in the writing world. But, even after taking this into strong consideration, my friend and I are very seriously writing a book we hope will be liked by many young adults, and it will be around 300 to 350 pages when we are finished, whenever that may be. What are the honest chances of getting the book published, if it is edited until as close to perfect as we can get it, and our parents represent us with them as our "agents"?

oh age doesnt matter at all!! if its fabulous quality, original, and interesting it will get published with dedication and persistance. keep in mind that thousands -if not millions – of people want to be authors and its very very hard and really pure luck. one publisher may love your book, another may hate it. remember it only takes one acceptance and thousands of rejections to get it published.


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Posted by mark - January 27, 2017 at 3:03 am

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Self Publishing: Is This The Way To Publish Your Book?

Self publishing might be the best way to publish your book. There are several advantages to self publishing that you might not have considered.

First, and most important, self publishing places you firmly in control of your book. When someone else is paying you to publish your book then they make many decisions regarding the editing of the manuscript, the cover, the title and the marketing that can impact not only how well your book will sell but also how it will be received by the reading public. For example, my second book ended up with the title “Kentucky Kisses” simply because my publisher’s marketing department reported that books with the word “kisses” in the title sold well. I felt the title was rather frivolous for the content but my wishes were ignored.

Self publishing is also faster than traditional publishing. With my novel, Kentucky Kisses, it took me over a year to find a publisher interested in buying and several months before we went to contract. Then after the contract was signed it was another 18 months before my book was released to the public. That is a long time to wait.

Self publishing also allows you to retain all the profits from your endeavor. While you may have to put some money up front (depending on the method you use to self publish your book) you will not have to wait for months or years to see income as a result. Most publishers only pay royalties once or twice a year and then those royalties are only a small percentage of the book price. When you self publish your book then once you have covered any publications costs everything you earn is pure profit.

Finally, it cannot be overlooked that self publishing offers you an opportunity to break into print that might not be otherwise available. The simple fact is that traditional publishing is highly competitive and many worthwhile manuscripts (and authors) cannot find a publishing home although there may well be an eager and receptive audience for that book.

It should be noted that self publishing may not be for everyone. If you are still struggling with your writing and voice, or your manuscript still needs polishing, then you should continue to work on your book and perhaps bring in the assistance of a critique group or professional editor. Self publishing a book that is not yet ready for publication could be a costly mistake. If your manuscript has been polished and well received by several critical readers then you should at least consider self publishing your book.

Not only does self publishing offer you the advantages of complete control, faster publication, and higher profits, it is easier and less expensive than it has ever been before thanks to modern technology. Self publishing could be your big break as a writer.

Deanna Mascle

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Posted by mark - January 26, 2017 at 2:02 am

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Posted by mark - January 25, 2017 at 1:47 am

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Can you give me some examples of companies that moved from print to online publishing?

We need to do some research on other organizations that have moved from a traditional print publishing environment to online/electronic publishing.
It would be best to find other nonprofits, but for-profits might be useful too.

Well, the newspaper does online publishing, even though it still is in traditional format.

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Posted by mark - January 24, 2017 at 1:31 am

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NSPC 2010 Online Writing Contest_13

Some cool Online Writing images:

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Ivy Jean Vibar from the Philippine Online Chronicles orients the contestants of the Online Writing Contest about the mechanics.

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Instant VIP Author Interactive, How to Write a Book

Image by The Story Lady how to write a book that boosts your business in a multimedia, interactive online writing course.

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Copies of the Philippine Online Chronicles (POC) primer on new media were distributed to students and their advisers during the Online Writing Contest at Tagum National Trade School, Tagum City, Davao del Norte on February 23, 2010.

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Posted by mark - January 23, 2017 at 12:25 am

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Publishing Matlab results to html

This is a brief demonstration of how to publish output from Matlab to html. It comes from a course I teach as part of an online Masters degree program in engineering ( Higher res versions of this video can be found at

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Posted by mark - January 22, 2017 at 12:02 am

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