I’m Going to Be a Mother-in-Law!

Our daughter, Ali, has been dating her soul mate, Justin, for more than three years now. Shortly after they started dating, they were in a bad car accident together and they subsequently recovered together at our house. They’ve been deeply in love ever since.
Early Saturday morning, Frank came into our room, looking for my good camera. He said he needed to take some pictures of his medical records for his new job. I told him to just scan them. He said no, that was too much trouble, and left. I didn’t really think much about it…

Are You Blacklisting Yourself with Your Online Behavior? By Angela Hoy

Are You Blacklisting Yourself with Your Online Behavior? By Angela Hoy

After 15 years of publishing an ezine for writers, and publishing more than 6,000 print and electronic books for authors, I’d like to say I’ve pretty much seen it all but, unfortunately, I know I haven’t. Occasionally, authors and writers make mistakes, BIG mistakes, that can result in getting blacklisted by a publication or book publisher, meaning that firm will not work with that individual on anything at all in the future, no matter what.
Here are some things you should be careful about when doing business with others…

Price Yourself Into New Business By Amy Lorenzo

A price sheet – a list of specific projects and their costs – is a handy tool for any writer. Creating one prepares you to give “back of the napkin” estimates. And, any experienced freelancer knows that when a prospect calls about a 400-word blog article, you can often win the business by providing an immediate answer when she asks “What’s it going to cost?”
That’s great when reacting to inquiries, but did you know that a price sheet can be highly effective for proactive marketing? Here’s how…

Repeat After Me. Do-Not-Pay-for-Book-Reviews!!!

I would like to contact book review writers about reviewing one or more of my ebook titles. I am willing to pay a fee for honest reviews, positive or negative, that are posted in magazines, blogs, or other places, to call attention to my titles…

Whispers And Warnings For May 28th

Links to the stories below can be found here:
http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9370
I’M PRETTY SURE IT’S MORE ABOUT AMAZON’S BOTTOM LINE THAN IT IS ABOUT THE CUSTOMER…
Amazon Breaks Silence on Contentious Hachette Dispute
“Amazon broke its silence over the ongoing dispute with Hachette Book Group on Tuesday night with a post seeking to put the ecommerce company on the side of consumers.”
DOTH GOOGLE PROTEST TOO MUCH?
Will ‘Evidence’ Show Google Stole Money From Publishers?
“Media coverage has been highly skeptical of the allegations, which Google has dismissed as ‘complete fiction,’ but the suit remains, and the ‘leaker’ claims to have plenty of evidence of the company’s guilt.”
WHEN LARGE COMPANIES DO REALLY STUPID THINGS!
Beastie Boys fight for rights to songs in trial vs. Monster Beverage Corp (the energy drink company)
“The Beastie Boys had made a choice years ago to not license their music to promote commercial products like the caffeine-filled drink sold by Monster, which was required to seek a license.” Monster didn’t, and used the music anyway.
IF THIS ALLEGATION IS TRUE, SHAME ON THE DEFENDANTS
Spike Lee Sued Over Movie Poster Designer
“Garcia claims copyright infringement as well as the more rare claim of a violation under 17 U.S.C. 1202. The latter claim has to do with the alleged alteration of copyright management information.”
ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER ACCUSATION AGAINST A NETWORK FOR AN ALLEGED STOLEN IDEA
Marilyn Monroe Impersonator Sues Dreamworks For $10 Million
“She claimed that the show Smash stole her idea and even featured many of her story lines including Monroe ghost appearances and situations with characters and their boyfriends. Weiss said the plot, wardrobe and even the overall theme of Smash is stolen from her.”
Links to the stories above can be found here:
http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9370

My Knee is Still on Vacation

I gave up, and finally visited a “sports medicine” doctor in town. Despite the fact that the Jet Ski wasn’t even turned on, much less moving, when I fell off, they still let me come in. I have an MRI scheduled for this week. I’m still pretty bummed that I couldn’t go kite surfing on Mother’s Day but our beach vacation was wonderful, and so very relaxing! As promised, here are some pictures…

POD SECRETS REVEALED: How Much Do Some POD Publishers Profit from Ingram’s “Channel Distribution” Fees? Plenty! By Angela Hoy

POD SECRETS REVEALED: How Much Do Some POD Publishers Profit from Ingram’s “Channel Distribution” Fees? Plenty! By Angela Hoy

POD Publishers that use Ingram’s printing division to print their books incur an annual fee, which is charged by Ingram for each title/ISBN. Ingram calls this their “Catalog Fee.” It provides: “Access to our worldwide distribution channels (the largest portfolio of wholesalers, distributors and booksellers worldwide).” Basically, this means they send out an automated feed to bookstores that includes all the available titles. It typically costs publishers $12 per year to keep a book in Ingram’s system…

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