JB’S JOURNAL FOR AUTHORS

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JB’s Journal for Authors is a bi-weekly newsletter dedicated to the writer who never has enough time and is crushed by information. The journal highlights important information to help authors sell books.

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 2016-05-17 12.40.16

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EDITOR’S COMMENT ON BLOG MAILING LIST 

Please send me an email if you want to add your name to our mailing list. In appreciation, a courtesy download of SETH will be made available in either epub for your reader or as a pdf file. Just indicate which you would prefer. Thank you.

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BEST BOOK REVIEW BLOGS

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BEST BOOK REVIEW BLOGS OF 2017 from The Reedsy Blog

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EDITOR’ S COMMENT: I cannot say enough about the value of this information from Reedsy. Book reviews are the fuel that keeps the motors running for authors. There are dozens of different book review blogs in the list. At least one is a perfect fit for most every author.

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FEATURED ARTICLE

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IS THE E-BOOK A DEAD FORMAT? by Simon Rowberry from The Bookseller

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ON eBOOKS BEING A DEAD FORMAT by Nate Hoffeider from The Digital Reader

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:  It isn’t often there is a point counterpoint to a blog post. Simon Rowberry points out many who are questioning if e-books have met expectations in the face of declining sales. and growth of audio books. Simon concludes reports of e-books death is exaggerated. Nate kinda agrees but questions the omission of data. The bottom line: Are traditional publishers making a fatal error with their priority of print over digital?

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FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK

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ALWAYS BE MARKETING by John Gilstrap from the Kill Zone

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:  This is a great article for authors considering how to expand their marketing efforts. John lists a couple of duds including bookmarks, big in-store signings, and trailers. He expands on what has worked for him including business cards, gifts, and launch parties. He concludes the best approach is to write another book.

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FACEBOOK GROUPS…FOR PAGES! by Edie Melson from The Write Conversation

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:  A quick read explaining how Facebook now allows professional pages the opportunity to start or link to a group.

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WHY YOU SHOULD MARKET TO GROW YOUR AUTHOR PLATFORM-NOT TO SELL BOOKS by Matt Aird from The Book Designer

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: Matt raises a fundamental question posed by most authors. Am I advertising on Facebook to sell a book or me?  He defines an author platform and explains the differences between the two approaches. There is a helpful discussion on Twitter, Facebook, and email spammers. An article worthy of a read.

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BONUS

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COVER ART FAQ: ANSWERED by June Stevens Westerfield from Writers In The Storm

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:  I am on the hunt for another book cover. This is an important read for me and I suspect other authors are in similar circumstances. June discusses how to make the decisions on a cover and what to consider to make it unique. Equally important is a discussion on selecting a new cover.

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SOCIAL MEDIA FOR CHILDREN’S AND ADULT BOOKS: WHO POSTS WHERE by Lorraine Shanley from Publishing Trends

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: One of the surprises preparing the blog is watching the writing world change. Nothin’ stays the same. Lorraine talks about two potential social media changes at Amazon that would take on elements of Pinehurst’s social commerce network and WeChat, Facebook, and Snapchat messaging. There is a host of information in the post including to post or not post, finding the right platform and social media’s dark side.

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 WHEN IS A BOOK “OUT OF PRINT” by Susan Spann from Writers In The Storm

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: This is a must read for any author with questions on “Out of Print” termination clauses. Susan discusses the three critical components in out-of-print clauses. The post contains a wealth of information.

 

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SECOND PAGE

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SEVEN WAYS TO USE ACRONYMS IN YOUR WRITING by Fae Rowen

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STORYBOARDING WITH SCRIVENER by Gwen Hernandez from Writer Unboxed

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SETH EXCERPT FOR YOUR READING ENJOYMENT

“I liked Seth.

The book and the man.”

Ray Simmons

READERS’ FAVORITE

 

Pushed aside by a fat man in search of hamburger, Cesar retreated to the pork chops in Dominick’s supermarket in Chicago.

“Garcia, report.”

“It’s doable. They’re expecting us. Found an opening.”

“Excellent.”

“They’ve made me.”

Cesar brushed off the concern with a flippant, “You’re still alive. Acceptable.”

“There’s a complication. Two men are watching the compound.”

“Who are they?”

Policía.”

“We’ll deal with it,” Cesar said. “Angel wants you to finish the surveillance.”

“When?”

“Tomorrow.”

Sì,” Garcia said.

Cesar hung up, left the disposable phone on the pork chops. A shopper picked it up before Cesar left the meat department. The call lasted twenty seconds. Perfect. Angel would be pleased with his report.

 

 

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