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First-time author advice from Simon and Schuster Senior Editor, Abby Zidle

Archway logoArchway Publishing, the self publishing service of Simon and Schuster which is operated by Author Solutions,  has offered some outstanding webinars in the past year to help authors understand what they need to do to make their books as good as they can be. One of the presenters was Abby Zidle, senior editor at Simon and Schuster who did a presentation titled Top Ten Mistakes Writers Make. The webinar is free and you can watch it by clicking here. As a sampler of what you can expect, Abby offers some helpful tips in this 90 second video titled Avoiding Mistakes First-time Writers Make. Definitely worth watching if you are in the proess of workig on a manuscript.

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The Golden Age for Writers Is Right Now says Esquire magazine

Charles Dickens began his classic novel, A Tale of Two Cities with the line, “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.”  Depending on your point of view and current position, that line might  describe what is happening in publishing today. For authors, it really is the best of times because there are more ways to get published than ever before. If you work in traditional publishing, you might think it is the worst of times as the industry goes through a transformation similar to what has already taken place in the film and music industries.

Over the weekend, I read an article by Stephen Marche in Esquire magazine where he offers that this is the absolute best time in history to be a writer. His opening statement declares that writers are whiners, but right now they have nothing to complain about.  To read the complete article, you will have to pick up a copy of the magazine on the newsstand, because it is not online yet, but here are few of the key reasons for his claim.

  1. Celebrity authors command more money than ever before. J.K. Rowling is a billionaire. Tom Wolfe got $7 million for his last book. By contrast, Charles Dickens total earnings in present value was around $10 million.
  2. Small presses are putting out more good books than ever before. In 2010, the National Book Award and the Pulitzer for fiction went to small publishers.
  3. Self-publishing has lost its stigma. Books like 50 Shades of Grey have helped demonstrate authors can take control of their own publishing futures and generate great results.
  4. It’s not just the novel. Essays are making a comeback as well. Good writers can use blogs and online content hubs like the Huffpost to practice their craft and get read.
  5. The e-reader is creating a new market, not destroying an old one.  People with e-readers read more books than people who don’t have the devices, and on average American adults read seventeen books in 2011. That number has never been higher since it started being tracked in 1990.

In summary,  Marche suggests that we are in the midst of a massive rebirth of reading which means there is more opportunity for writers. His closing line in the article says, “The whining by writers is not just untrue; it’s becoming embarrassingly untrue. New advice: Be grateful. Revel.”

What do you think? Is it the Golden Age for Writer? Use the comment section to let me know if you agree or disagree with his claim.

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Free e-books. Meet the authors. Online booksigning event. Tuesday, October 9th.

Readers and authors both love book signings.  Readers get free books and get to meet the authors who wrote the books. Authors get to connect with potential readers and put faces and voices to those who are interested in their writing.

But how do you do a book signing with authors from all over the countryi who have an e-book . The answer is the Behind the Story online book signing event. It is free to register and attend and gives readers a chance to meet four different authors via a go-to-webinar environment.  During the 45 to 60 minutes allotted for the event, you will learn:

  • what inspired the authors to write their books
  • what they hope readers will gain by reading the books
  • advice they have for  aspiring authors.

You will also get a chance to ask the authors questions via a chat window through a moderator. Best of all,  after the event, you’ll get an email with four free Bookstubs which allow you to download a free e-book version of each of the books to a Kindle or iPad.

The next online book signing is this Tuesday, October 9th at 5:00 pm EST and you can register here The authors and books are very diverse, but even if you are only interested in one of the titles, I think you will enjoy the experience. Also, feel free to share this opportunity with friends who you think might be interested in any of these titles.

 
The Medicine Wheel for Step Parents
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By Mary Jane Grange, R.N.
With The Medicine Wheel for Step Parents, the author hopes to give some understanding and relief to blended families. Step families have common threads of dysfunction due to issues caused by the power structure changing in a home after a divorce or death in a family. Step parents and step children feel that they must protect their territory, ego, and family with secrets, isolation, intimidation, manipulation, and stonewalling behavior. This book helps you analyze and carry the opposition to your efforts for your blended family.
 
Vibrational Harmony
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By Beverly Nadler
This amazing book leads you out of the old paradigm of The Material Model that makes change so difficult, into the revolutionary new paradigm for the 21st century. VIBRATIONAL HARMONY clarifies the little-understood relationship between what you want, the Universal Laws, your mind, your subconscious programming, and what you actually get. Discover tools and techniques, plus step-by-step processes to release your negative beliefs, and “reprogram” yourself to create and attract more success, health, happiness, peace of mind…whatever YOU want!
 
Canadian Charter Rights and Freedoms
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By Joseph W. Jacob B.A., M.P.A.
Canada currently has the most comprehensive charter of rights and freedoms in the world, and it overrides all other Canadian laws. With this charter, truthful, proven and demonstrable harm must occur before punishment may be legally imposed. This is similar to the charter’s guaranteed right of liberty. A law that has the potential of convicting a person who has not really done anything wrong offends the principles of fundamental justice.
 
Medical Uses of Marijuana
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By Joseph W. Jacob B.A., M.P.A.
Throughout history, more than 150 successful medical uses of marijuana plants have been identified, effectively tested, publicly used, and reliably trusted. In Medical Uses of Marijuana, author Joseph W. Jacob provides an extensive chronological history of marijuana and its medical uses throughout the world in the last 10,000 years. Medical Uses of Marijuana seeks to provide the truth about the loss of the legal use of this beneficial plant.
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