Editor's Blog February 2007
Feb 26, 2007, Watch a Video on Building Your Internet Presence
Click on the picture to watch this short video that offers links to ways you can learn more about how to get your business up and running on the Internet.
What's that you say? You're a writer, not a business person? Sorry. Every writer is in business -- except for those who are hired for a salary to write corporate material. In that case, a writing business on the side is a great cushion against unexpected job loss.
This is the company I use. In fact, if you watch closely, you'll even see my face flash by in the longer video you can watch through the second link.
Feb 23, 2007, Novelist Now A Member Of The Order Of Canada
Frances Itani, a novelist from Ottawa, sent her latest novel off to her agent and became a member of the Order of Canada at on the same day.
She sees both as major accomplishments.
The new novel, Remembering the Bones, due out this fall, follows four generations of women.
Feb 22, 2007, The Long Tail: An Introduction
The Long Tail works wonders for self-publishing writers. This introduction sets the sage for three following articles.
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Feb 21, 2007, Client Testimonials
Writers offer testimonials for editing services offered by Writer's Helper editor, Audrey Owen.
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Feb 20, 2007, Interview with Alice Munro
Alice Munro has had her work published since 1950. In 1963 she established Munro Books in Victoria, BC.
She's won three Governor General's Awards for English-language Fiction, the most any author has won. She has also won two Giller Prizes and a host of other awards.
In this brief video, she talks about her life-long love of writing.
See books by Alice Munro.
Feb 18, 2007, Arbor Books Adds Defamation Protection For Writers
Ramsey, NJ, February 16, 2007 --(PR.COM)-- In response to the growing issue of defamation in the publishing industry, Arbor Books announced steps it has taken to protect its clients.
Arbor Books, a leading provider of self-publishing, ghostwriting and marketing services, announced an arrangement with one of the top defamation and intellectual property law firms in the United States, Henry R. Kaufman, P.C., to provide legal oversight and counsel against defamation for all their clients.
Henry R. Kaufman has more than 30 years’ experience in publishing, first amendment and copyright law and litigation. An expert on defamation and privacy law, and related content issues, he also counsels publishers and authors on contract and literary property matters.
Of counsel to Mr. Kaufman’s firm is Michael K. Cantwell, who held editorial and executive positions in the publishing industry in New York for 15 years before obtaining his law degree and a Master of Laws in intellectual property.
The growing issue of defamation claims has plagued a number of self-publishing firms, including several of the biggest names in print-on-demand (POD). One recent case resulted in nearly $500,000 in damages.
“The best way to safeguard yourself against defamation litigation is to work with a reputable self-publishing firm,” says Larry Leichman, co-owner of Arbor Books.
This new plan at Arbor Books affords five optional levels of protection:1) Editorial review of all manuscripts2) Prepublication legal reviews (“vetting”) of book manuscripts3) Ongoing in-house training and education of writers and editors on rules of defamation, copyright and other legal issues4) Insurance coverage in the event of any lawsuits5) Direct access to expert legal counsel at reduced rates
“At Arbor Books, we have an expert staff of seasoned editors and managers to provide oversight, as well as other security measures to prevent or respond to defamation suits,” says Arbor Books co-owner Joel Hochman.
Mr. Hochman emphasizes the consequences of defamation: “Major lawsuits can involve potentially ruinous financial consequences, harm to the author’s reputation, and the stigma of an adverse libel judgment—all possible results of accusations of defamation,” he says.
Feb 18, 2007, iUniverse Adds New Service
New York, NY, February 16, 2007 --(PR.COM)-- iUniverse, the leader in supported self-publishing, is pleased to announce the launch of its most comprehensive publishing package to date—Premier Pro. According to Susan Driscoll, president and CEO of iUniverse, the new package is a part of the company’s ongoing plan to better serve aspiring authors.
“We realize that authors have different goals and expectations when publishing a book,” Driscoll said. “With the addition of Premier Pro, we are able to offer an extremely flexible and professional array of publishing services.”
Priced at $1,099, Premier Pro is designed for authors who want their book to be a serious contender in today’s competitive publishing environment. Among its many other features, Premier Pro includes free hardcover formatting and one free hardcover book, a custom cover design, an editorial evaluation and professionally written cover copy. Authors who publish via the Premier Pro publishing package and earn the iUniverse Editor’s Choice designation recognizing editorial quality receive the additional benefit of free professional art direction for their book covers. Perhaps most importantly, Premier Pro is the only publishing package that makes a book eligible for the coveted iUniverse Publisher’s Choice designation, guaranteeing it will be displayed in the author’s local Barnes & Noble store.
Premier Pro joins other iUniverse offerings such as the Premier, Select, Fast Track and Poetry Publishing Packages. In addition to its wide variety of publishing services, iUniverse also provides editorial and marketing services comparable to those offered by traditional publishers. Once the published, titles are available for order from Barnes & Noble.com, Amazon.com, and over 25,000 retail bookstores.
“At iUniverse, we believe that anyone who successfully completes a manuscript should experience the joy of seeing it published,” Driscoll added. “The addition of the Premier Pro Publishing Package is simply another example of our mission to provide the best possible products and services to meet the needs of authors everywhere.”
Feb 15, 2007, Computer Tips For Writers
These computer tips for writers are offered because for most writers, the computer has become a necessary, if not indispensible tool of their trade. Learn the basics here.
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Feb 14, 2007, A Blog For Writers' Blogs
If you are a writer who blogs about writing, you can list your blog on the blog at Author's Blogs. That's a lot of blogs. . .
. . .both in the sentence above, and listed on Author's Blogs.
Feb 11, 2007, Make Money From Your Area of Expertise
Everyone knows something about something.
Writers can communicate what they know.
Enter the Internet.
There are many different types of Web sites on the Internet, but most visitors are looking for one thing -- Information,.
If you have information, you can publish it online where others will find it.
Feb 11, 2007, The Powell River Festival of Writers
April 20-22 at Dwight Hall, you'll be in the company of the finest authors and surrounded by other writers like yourself. For the presenters' bios, registration form, writing contest, exciting opening ceremonies, and program go to: <>www.festivalofwriters.com
There will be a Blue Pencil Café Friday afternoon from 3:30-5:00 for registrants. This is your chance to bring your work and have 30 mins. of one- on- one with your favourite author. Email me to book your free appointment. They will fill up fast.
A brand new feature of the festival has been added to the Saturday afternoon program, "Featuring the Best of Our Local Authors." If you are a published author with a book, and are registered for the weekend, here is your chance to promote it. From 3:30-4:30, there will be 10 minute spots for you to talk and read from your book. Then if your book is sold on the communal table (no charge, only a 15% of sales donation) with the rest, the audience will know more about it. Hopefully this will increase your sales. There are only 6 spots, so contact me and book early.
Another addition is our Book Club, held at the library. Starting Feb.20, at 7:00 p.m. with Alan Twigg's book "Intensive Care" you can get to know the authors better by joining the reading group. Mar.20, read Peter Elbling's " The Food Taster." April 17, read Joy Fielding's " Mad River Road." Call Gwen to register for the group: 485-2947
This size event is made possible by many volunteers and sponsors. We need you now in the planning stages, and if you're registering, during the event. Donations to the silent auction or cash donations are greatly appreciated.
Feb 9, 2007, WOW!