Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Draft2Digital Distributes Print Books

Draft2Digital is thrilled to announce D2D Print! Authors can be wait-listed for the D2D Print Beta!  D2D will email you when they are ready for you to join

Draft2Digital explains:
“Right now we are beta testing our new print on demand (POD) service, finding and eliminating any bugs and technical challenges, and making this a resource that will help you expand your author business in an exciting way!

Unlike some POD services, D2D Print will have no upgrade fees, no recurring fees, and delivers low-cost author copies.

We’ll also offer some pretty amazing features, including:

  • Cover Converter—If you need a print-ready version of your eBook cover, we’ll generate one for you automatically!
  • Cover Templates—If you want to supply your own existing print cover, you can use our free cover templates to ensure it is the perfect size and dimensions
  • A variety of trim sizes—All of the POD industry-standard trim sizes are here
  • Widow & Orphan Control—If you use our auto-generated interior we can help keep the weird line breaks and pesky widowed and orphaned text to a minimum
  • All the choices you’re used to—Matte or glossy finish for your cover, cream or white paper for your interior, a free ISBN from D2D or bring your own—we have you covered!
  • Brick & Mortar Distribution—Physical bookstores will be able to order copies of your books, to place on their shelves. 
The beta test for this service is in full swing, and though we can’t immediately add everyone we do have a waiting list you can join!  If you would like to be considered for addition to the beta, please click the button!”



Sunday, October 28, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: 111 Tips to Get FREE Book Reviews

Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite:
"You’ve published your first book.  Congratulations.  Self-published or traditionally published, the work is not done.  Not yet.  If people don’t know about your book, it’s not going to sell.  Plain and simple.  You could go all out and hire an expensive publicist.  You could pay for all kinds of publicity ads and blog tours.  You could travel the world at your own expense and do signings and readings.  All very expensive options…" Read more:
How About Seeking Book Reviews?
"Paid reviews or free reviews, the result is the same: more publicity.  Quite simply, reviews sell books.  But where do you find these book reviewers?  Is it fair to ask friends and family?  Sure, but will they be unbiased?  Will they even do it?"
"There are thousands of book bloggers and book reviewers out there.  All you need is a comprehensive guide to help you find the reviewers you need.  Doris-Maria Heilmann’s 111 Tips to Get FREE Book Reviews: Best Strategies for Getting Lots of Great Reviews is the perfect guide to help you find the right reviewers for your book."
"This guidebook is full of useful tricks of the book industry to help you prepare your book and media package to send out to potential reviewers.  As well as the long list of tips - 111 as the title suggests) -  there are 1,200 potential online review sites to study, links that will give you the information you need to submit your book for reviews.  A must-have guide for all authors."


More Books by Doris-Maria Heilmann:
111 Tips to Create Impressive Videos:
How to Plan, Create, Upload and Market Videos

111 Tips To Make Money With Writing
The Art of Making a Living Full-time Writing
An Essential Guide for More Income as Freelancer

111 Tips on How to Market Your Book for Free:
Detailed Plans and Smart Strategies for Your Book’s Success

111 Tips to Create Your Book Trailer
How to Create, Where to Upload and How to Market Your Videos


Saturday, October 13, 2018

How to Make More Money From Writing

Ghostwriting - Making Money by Being Invisible 
Tired of earning a pittance (or nothing at all) from your own writing?
Learn how to get started in ghostwriting - a worthwhile career that lets you set your own hours.  Earn a full-time income or be a part-time "ghost" while you work on your novel. 
Writing for the Web - Is it for You? 
Writing content for websites can give you a nice little sideline (while you're working on your novel) or you can build it into a whole new career.  It may be something you'd never thought of - which is understandable.  Nobody thinks much about who's behind those millions of words on the World Wide Web. 
Writing and Selling Your Own E-Learning Course 
Lots of people with a hobby or special interest have thought about starting up a newsletter or a blog, and this is an excellent way to attract a following. However, if you really know what you're talking about, then you could turn your knowledge into a nice little business - by writing an e-course on it. Or ever a series of e-courses. 
Working for Guru or oDesk.com as a Freelance Writer 
Thinking of dipping your toe into the water and working for Guru.com or oDesk.com?  These two professional sites make it easy for employers and freelancers to connect, collaborate and get work done flexibly and securely.
Competent writers have a cornucopia of opportunities to make money.  Check out these different writing 'trails' that can earn you a very good income and get all the necessary links in our latest book 
111 Tips How to Make Money With Writing - available at B&N, Kobo, and everywhere else: books2read.com/u/me21xl - or Amazon worldwide: 


Sunday, October 7, 2018

Women Power: Who Runs the World?

Who runs the world?  148 women, you can take as your role models. 
We have made a canon.  This is the thing that usually says which male artists, scientists, thinkers are necessary for the world. 
But not with us!  Let's start with the canon of women in Science:

  • Florence Nightingale, a nurse, invents the visualization of data material.
  • Getrude Belle Elion, pioneer of chemotherapy
  • Hedy Lamarr invented the frequency hopping method in 1941.
  • Hildegard von Bingen, Benedictine, abbess, poet, composer, universal scholar
  • Jane Goodall, a behavioral scientist, studied the behavior of chimpanzees.
  • Josephine Cochrane invented the hand-operated dishwasher in 1872.
  • Maria Sibylla Merian, natural scientist, and artist
  • In 1947 Maria Telkes develops the solar heating system for single-family houses.
  • Marie Curie, Nobel Laureate in Physics (1903) and Chemistry (1911)
  • Shirley Ann Jackson, physicist. Her research work made mobile faxes, tone dial telephones, solar cells and fiber optic cables possible.
  • Tabitha Babbitt invented the circular saw in 1812.
  • Ada Lovelace invented the first computer algorithm.
  • Alice H. Parker developed an adjustable gas heating system in 1919.
  • Theory and Politics
  • Akiko Morimatsu and Mizue Kanno are fighting for better protection against the effects of the nuclear disaster in Fukushima.
  • Angela Davis, civil rights activist, philosopher, humane scientist, and writer
  • Asli Erdogan, publicist, author of the essay collection "Not even silence still belongs to us".
  • Audre Lorde, writer, and activist
  • Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger, Historian
  • bell hooks, literary scholar and advocate of feminist and anti-racist approaches
  • Betty Friedan, publicist
  • Carola Stern, co-founder of Amnesty International Germany
  • Christiane Amanpour, journalist, an international chief-correspondent for CNN
  • Elinor Ostrom, a political scientist
  • Elisabeth Bronfen, cultural and literary scholar
  • Ellen DeGeneres, actress, presenter, comedian and author
  • Emma Goldman, anarchist, peace activist, antimilitarist, atheist and feminist theorist
  • Eva Illouz, sociologist
  • Fatima El-Tayeb, historian and screenwriter
  • Femen, feminist artists and protest group critical of the government founded in Kiev in 2008
  • Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Professor of Literary Studies
  • Golda Meir, Prime Minister of Israel
  • Grada Kilomba, author, psychologist, theorist, and interdisciplinary artist
  • Hannah Arendt, political theorist, and publicist
  • Hedwig Dohm, writer, and feminist
  • Iris Marion Young, a political scientist
  • Ijeoma Oluo, Author
  • Joan Didion, journalist, and writer, author of "Das weiße Album" (The White Album)
  • Judith Butler, philosopher, and political scientist
  • Julia Kristeva, literary theorist, psychoanalyst, writer and philosopher
  • Katharina Oguntoye and Dagmar Schultz, authors
  • Laurie Penny, journalist, and author
  • Lynn Hunt, historian
  • Madeleine Albright, former US Secretary of State
  • Margaret Bourke-White, Photographer, War Coverage
  • Martha Nussbaum, Philosopher, and Professor of Law and Ethics
  • Mary Beard, ancient historian, and feminist
  • Mary Wollstonecraft, author, philosopher, and feminist
  • May Ayim, poet, teacher and activist of the Afro-German Movement
  • Michelle Obama, attorney, former First Lady of the United States.
  • Naomi Klein, journalist, globalization critic and political activist
  • Nellie Bly, journalist, "Ten Days in the Madhouse."
  • Noah Sow, author, musician, label operator, activist, media critic, producer and artist
  • Olympe de Gouges, revolutionary, women's rights activist, writer, playwright
  • Petra Kelly, politician, peace activist and founding member of the Green Party
  • Pierra Aiello, a politician, sits for five stars in the Italian Parliament
  • Pussy Riot, feminist, government and church critical punk band founded in Moscow in 2011
  • Rebecca Solnit, writer, journalist, essayist and cultural historian
  • Rosa Luxemburg, theorist, and author
  • Silvia Federici, scientist, lecturer, and Marxist radical feminist activist
  • Simone de Beauvoir, writer, philosopher and feminist
  • Simone Veil, politician, and former French Minister
  • Tupoka Ogette, trainer, cultural expert
  • Vandana Shiva, scientist, social activist and globalization critic
  • Virginia Woolf, writer, "A Room Alone."
  • Wendy Brown, a political scientist

  • Authors
  • Adrienne Rich, An Atlas of the Difficult World.
  • Agatha Christie, Miss Marple, and Hercule Poirot
  • Alison Bechdel, "Fun Home - A Family of Drawn."
  • Anna Akhmatova, poetry
  • Anna Seghers, The Seventh Cross.
  • Arundhati Roy, "The God of Little Things."
  • Astrid Lindgren, "Pippi Longstocking"
  • Audre Lorde, "The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House"
  • Azar Nafisi, "Read Lolita in Tehran"
  • Barbara Yelin, Irmina
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, "More feminism! A Manifesto"
  • Christine Nöstlinger, "The Fire-Red Friederike"
  • Elfriede Jelinek, "The Piano Player"
  • Emily Brontë, "Storm Heights"
  • George Eliot, Middlemarch.
  • Grace Metalious, "Peyton Place"
  • Han Kang, "The Vegetarian."
  • Harper Lee, "Who's bothering the Nightingale"
  • Ingeborg Bachmann, "The Hourly Time"
  • Irmgard Keun, "The Artificial Silk Girl"
  • Jane Austen, "Emma"
  • Jeanette Winterson, "Oranges aren't the only fruit."
  • J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter.
  • Johanna Spyri, "Heidi"
  • Judith Kerr, "When Hitler stole the pink rabbit."
  • Margaret Atwood, The Story of the Maid.
  • Marge Piercy, "The Woman at the Abyss of Time"
  • Marguerite Duras, The Lover.
  • Marjane Sartrapi, "Persepolis"
  • Mary McCarthy, The Clique.
  • Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein"
  • Maya Angelou, "I know why the trapped bird sings."
  • Nino Haratishvili, "The Eighth Life"
  • Sylvia Plath, "The Glass Bell"
  • Suzanne Collins, "The Tributes of Panem"
  • Virginie Despentes, "Baise-moi - Fuck Me"
  • Wisawa Szymborska, poetry
  • Zadie Smith, "Show your teeth"

  • Art & Culture
  • Alice Guy-Blaché, film pioneer
  • Aretha Franklin, soul singer, songwriter, and pianist
  • Artemisia Gentileschi, painter
  • Assunta Abdel Azim Mohamed, artist
  • Ava du Vernay, film director, producer and screenwriter
  • Beyoncé, singer
  • Carole King, composer, and singer-songwriter
  • Cher, singer
  • Cindy Sherman, photo artist
  • Coco Chanel, fashion designer
  • Edith Head, costume designer
  • Ella Fitzgerald, jazz singer
  • Fanny Mendelssohn, composer
  • Fatima Begum, director
  • Frida Kahlo, painter
  • Georgia O'Keeffe, painter
  • Guerilla Girls, group of artists
  • Courtney Love, rock singer
  • Ida Lupino, Actress, Producer, Director, Writer
  • Jane Campion, Director
  • Jane Goldman, Screenwriter
  • Janis Joplin, rock singer
  • Käthe Kollwitz, graphic artist, painter, sculptor
  • Kathleen Kennedy, film producer
  • Kathryn Bigelow, director
  • Lena Dunham, director, actress, artist, writer
  • Lynne Ramsay, Director, Screenwriter, Producer
  • Lynn Hershman Leeson, artist, researcher, filmmaker
  • Madonna, singer, songwriter
  • Marina Abramovic, action artist
  • Martha Argerich, pianist
  • Meret Oppenheim, Artist
  • Mira Nair, Director
  • Missy Elliot, hiphop superstar, and producer
  • Nina Simone, jazz and blues singer, pianist and songwriter
  • Pauline Kael, film critic
  • Pina Bausch, choreographer
  • Pipilotti Rist, video artist
  • Sofia Coppola, Director
  • Tazuko Sakane, Japanese director-pioneer
  • Tina Turner, singer
  • Tove Jansson, writer, comic writer, graphic artist, illustrator, and painter
  • Valie Export, media artist, performance artist, and filmmaker
  • Yoko Ono, artist, peace and human rights activist

  • Tuesday, October 2, 2018

    How and Where to Find and Read Apple's iBooks

    Even though I am using Mac computers for almost thirty years, I was struggling to find (my own) ebooks on the Apple website - because it's just not possible to browse them on the internet.  Only after I read a fantastic article by Piotr Kowalczyk on his website I discovered how Apple's iBook system works: 

    "In recent years, many new users enter the Apple ecosystem not by buying a Mac computer, but a mobile device – iPad or iPhone.

    If you decided iBooks would be your book-reading app, make sure that you will never want to get the books you bought in the iBooks Store to the computer. Because you won’t access them until you buy a Mac.

    Apple’s proposal for book readers is similar to what Henry Ford coined: “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.”  Any user can read ebooks on any device as long as it’s made by Apple:

    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • iPod Touch
    • Mac

    The app is included by default (and not removable) on every device with iOS 8, and OS X Yosemite. The books can be synced via your iCloud account.

    If you downloaded iTunes app to your Windows-powered computer in order to manage your music library, don’t try to find the book section. It’s not there.

    You Can’t Read Books in the Browser
    Amazon offers an access to Kindle books via the web browser. Maybe Apple does the same?

    No. You can’t access, manage and read the books from your iBooks library using the web browser. This is not an option to PC users started to convert to Apple via iPhone or iPad.

    Access via the web browser is very helpful if you seriously think about using digital textbooks to learn. Some things just have to be done on a bigger screen with a full-size keyboard.

    Apple puts a lot of stress on the textbooks and using their devices in education, but only the richest students, the ones who can afford iPads and Macs, can study this way.

    If you want to access your books and textbooks literally from any device (nowadays, any device has a browser), you should consider Amazon Kindle or Google Play Books.

    iBooks Store Does NOT Have a Web Store
    When you think of an online store, you are sure it can be found on Google and accessed from a web browser. Not the iBooks Store.  Apple hates browsers to the point, where you can’t access the iBooks Store this way. The only way is via iBooks app or iTunes."

    Read the whole article what you need to know about the iBook store here: