JB’S JOURNAL FOR WRITERS

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BOOK PUBLISHING SCAMS

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JB’S JOURNAL FOR WRITERS  will return to a bi-weekly schedule in August. I am scheduled for surgery in late August and haven’t any clue what the impact will be on the schedule.

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JB’s Journal for Writers is a weekly newsletter dedicated to the writer who never has enough time and is crushed by information.

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EDITOR’S COMMENT ON BLOG MAILING LIST

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HEADLINE

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BEST PRACTICES FOR AUTHOR FACEBOOK PAGES AND GROUPS by Kristen Oliphant from Jane Friedman

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EDITOR’ S COMMENT: Facebook is an essential tool for authors engaging in social media and building their platform. Facebook has created an algorithm that is causing a significant impact. The author discusses Facebook Pages vs Facebook Groups and the best practices of each. Solid article for authors utilizing Facebook.

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FEATURED ARTICLE

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APPS, TOOLS & PLUGINS FOR INDIE AUTHORS IN 2017 – PART ONE  by Frances Caballo from the Book Designer

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APPS, TOOLS & PLUGINS FOR INDIE AUTHORS IN 2017 – PART TWO by Frances Caballo from the Book Designer

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: The world is changing and apps play a big role. This is a must read for any author seeking help to organize and capture more time. Frances offers a bucket full of different apps to help fight distraction, positive atmosphere for creativity, saving time,  research, scheduling, and on and on. I max out my techie limit logging on in the morning. How about you?. Did you find something that can help?

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FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK

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IN A WORLD OF PEAK ATTENTION, HOW CAN BOOKS SURVIVE by Mads Holmen

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: This is chilling stuff. The article is written for publishers learning how to survive when people are running out of time to read. It paints a picture of the real world today selling books and how to survive in the marketplace. The article suggests each author must ask themselves a serious question. How to structure a story and market the book in the new lifestyle arena?.

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BOOK WRITING SOFTWARE: TOP TEN PIECES OF SOFTWARE FOR WRITERS by Joe Bunting

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: The title speaks for itself. The author discusses spreadsheets,  word processor software plus spell and style checkers. Any author with software changes on the horizon should review Joe’s article.

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HOW TO AVOID BOOK PUBLISHING SCAMS, PT. TWO from Writer’s Ally

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: The writing community is filled with horror stories of authors scammed by publishing services. Part one is not available. Part two explains why book publishing services have limited book distribution The two articles are an important ingredient for any author looking to market their book.

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BONUS

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NO SHORTCUTS, PLEASE: MYTHS AND MISCONCEPTIONS OF VILLAINS & MENTAL HEALTH by Angela Ackerman

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: This is one of those articles that should be kept close at hand for reference. Angela points out the differences between schizophrenia and multiple personality disorder. She notes that disorders do not necessarily produce violent behavior and people often have more than one disorder.

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WATCH MOVIES LIKE A WRITER by Linda S. Clare

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: This is my kind of article. I struggle watching movies for entertainment. They become workshops. “OMG, I could have done a better job with the dialogue. “Wow, why didn’t I think about that.”. Linda has an interesting thesis and a fun read.

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WHAT IS BOOKBUB-AND WHY DO AUTHORS NEED TO KNOW by Cyle Young

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: BookBub has become a pinnacle in book promotion. The service has a strong track record of success and it is tough to be accepted. Cyle Young explains how an author can use the promotion service and why “BookBub should be in every author’s toolbox.”

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DICTATE YOUR NEXT BOOK-KEY RESOURCES & TIPS by Jordan Dane

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:  Last but not the least, is Jordon’s article on dictating your next book. He addresses the concerns of dictation and tips to achieve success in the first effort. Dictation may be the answer for authors suffering from carpal tunnel or too much sitting.

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SETH EXCERPT FOR YOUR READING ENJOYMENT

“I liked Seth.

The book and the man.”

Ray Simmons

READERS’ FAVORITE

Sitting in the back seat of the Lincoln MKS limousine, Angel asked, “Your informants have told you Marcus is in the apartment at this hour?”

Sì,” Cesar replied.

“You know what to do. It is important no one sees me.”

Cesar stepped out of the car, entered the Broadmoor Manor lobby. A moment later, the concierge sat on a toilet seat in a nearby restroom. He had three crisp one hundred dollar bills in his pants pocket.

Entering the lobby of the former hotel, Angel stopped, examined it for hidden threats. Finding none, she studied the vestibule’s décor. The room remained unchanged from the roar of the 1920’s. Angel’s quick examination revealed three original art deco, crystal chandeliers hanging on black chains. The light fixtures arranged in a triangle illuminated an eclectic mix of faded red velvet cushions on wooden chairs. Added to the mix were two well-worn Chesterfield sofas.

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