JB’S JOURNAL FOR WRITERS

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AMAZON IS IN THE HOT SEAT

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

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HOW AMAZON, ONCE AGAIN, IS DRIVING DOWN THE VALUE OF BOOKS AND UNDERMINING AUTHORS

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EDITOR COMMENTS:  Brooke Warner raises an important issue for all authors and small publishers. Amazon has changed the rules to allow third-party sellers to compete with publishers (Indie Authors) for the buy box (Add to Cart button). It is especially damaging for POD authors. Bottom line, you can lose the sale of your book to a third-party.

THE #1 MISTAKE OF SELF-PUBLISHED AUTHORS FOR WORLDWIDE BOOK SALES

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EDITOR COMMENTS:  Steven Spatz raises an important point for authors focused on worldwide sales. The alpha and omega of sales are not limited to Amazon. True, Amazon is the dominant distributor in England but there are other major players in the European Union. The author lists English speakers by country (astonishing) and worldwide distributors for eBooks and POD books.

 

HOW TO START A BLOG: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE FOR WRITERS

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EDITOR COMMENTS: Susan Shain has written an essential article for anyone who is considering starting a blog. Yes, she lists each step necessary to produce a blog. Equally important, she tells the reader how to execute each step. The article is not limited to those considering a blog. All of us who have a blog should read the article to ensure we covered all the bases.

BOOK WRITING SOFTWARE: WHICH IS BEST?

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EDITOR COMMENTS:  Okay, I admit it, I am not a techie. This article should appeal to those of you who are and wonder if you are using the right program for your writing. Scott Allen lists nine points for consideration in selecting software. He discusses Microsoft Word, Scrivener, and Google Docs. Not stopping there, he comments on several alternative software programs as well as pricing.

KNOWING WHEN TO WALK AWAY FROM A PUBLISHING DEAL

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EDITOR COMMENTS:  This is an interesting article for anyone interested in pursuing a publishing contract. The author Susan Spann comments on those publishers to avoid (vanity press or predatory contract). The author also notes other examples of when a writer should be wary of accepting a publishing contract.

 

  SETH EXCERPT FOR YOUR READING ENJOYMENT

“I liked Seth.

The book and the man.”

Ray Simmons

READERS’ FAVORITE

 

Angel sat on the couch, placed her drink on the end table. “There are three problems, Carlos. Two of them are minor issues between you and me, and one is serious.”

“What’s the serious problem?”

ANGEL

“No,” Angel said in a laconic voice. She crossed her legs, exposing most of her thighs, taunting him with her body. “First the little problems. Manuel has decided to let you live. At least for a little while. I wanted to kill you for your incompetence in losing the shipment. It is perhaps best you do not upset me. I may forget Manuel’s instructions.”

Angel’s brittle smile grew broader gazing at Carlos. She loved words, inserting them like a surgeon into the mind of her adversary. “Now, my sweet pet, you could kill me while I sleep. It would be such an easy thing to do. But trust me, Manuel would take days to kill you. Not a happy thought.”

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