Recently, I wrote a post about how to begin a book project by performing a competitive analysis. Writers typically make this type of an evaluation as part of a book’s business plan. Doing this in the conception phase of a project, however, helps develop a unique and necessary book idea or story, which means one that is highly marketable. After reading the post, someone commented that the best way to write a book that sells involves writing with authenticity as well as creativity. That’s true, but it isn’t always enough. And, in truth, you can do both: write a creative book that takes a business approach.
If you tend to write when you are inspired, or from a sense of soul purpose, or simply because the creative urge takes over, the idea of creating a business plan for your book, and doing so before you even begin writing, probably feels like a huge turn off to you. Yet, I bet you want to produce a successful book—one that sells a lot of copies or becomes a bestseller. To do that, you must take into consideration that publishing is a business, the business of producing, distributing and selling books, including that book you want to write and publish. And success in the publishing industry is, indeed, gauged by book sales—above average book sales.
Your Book is a Product for Sale
No matter how you decide to publish, your book, ultimately, ends up a product in the marketplace—a product for sale. Yes, your creativity, authenticity and even inspiration make it stand out from the pack. However, often, more than these things, a bestseller is created by your ability to:
Not only that, your own ability to sell that book makes it successful. That means you need:
You Need a Business Plan
To ensure you and your book have all these elements, you need to create a business plan for your book—the moment inspiration hits. That’s right. Do not just sit down and begin writing. (Okay, you can get the first really juicy stuff down on paper if you must!) Sit down and begin planning out the most marketable “product” you can produce. Why? To give your book the highest potential of succeeding once it hits that marketplace. You don’t want to spend months, maybe years, working on a book that sells the average 300 copies or so (or less). That’s heartbreaking.
To create a business plan for your book, start with the industry standard—no matter how you plan to publish: a book proposal. This IS a business plan for a book. (If you plan to self-publish you need a business plan for your book, especially since you will be a start-up publishing company. Use the book proposal as a template for your business plan.)
A business plan, or proposal, really just asks you eight questions. Answer them, and then evaluate your answers. It’s the evaluation that provides the tool for producing a marketable book, or viable product. So don’t just answer the questions. Evaluate the answers!
Here are the questions with follow-ups to help in your evaluation:
Adding the Soul Back In
Once you’ve accumulated all the information necessary for a business plan, or proposal, and you’ve evaluated the material, you can use this material to tweak your idea and make it as marketable as possible. This may still feel like “all business.” Some say it takes all the fun, as well as the creativity, out of the process. It doesn’t have to.
Think of it this way: Creating the most marketable book possible is a creative process. You retool, rework, remold your initial idea. You put your creativity to use in the most effective manner. You still end up writing your original idea—just with some new angles, additions, or approaches.
And you make these changes prior to beginning on your manuscript. That means when you do sit down to write, invite your muse to join you, tap into your Higher Self, and connect to your soul purpose, you can write with the confidence that allows you to do so freely and easily. Your writing can still be authentic and creative, because your idea is still yours. Now, you know you will turn out a manuscript targeted to your ideal reader or market and that you feel certain will improve on anything published in its category to date. That means you will produce a book that is creative as well as marketable, a book that will touch many lives because it will sell many copies.
About the Author
Nina Amir, author of How to Blog a Book: Write, Publish, and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time and The Author Training Manual: Develop Marketable Ideas, Craft Books That Sell, Become the Author Publishers Want, and Self-Publish Effectively, transforms writers into inspired, successful authors, authorpreneurs and blogpreneurs. Known as the Inspiration to Creation Coach, she moves her clients from ideas to finished books as well as to careers as authors by helping them combine their passion and purpose so they create products that positively and meaningfully impact the world. A sought-after author, book, blog-to-book, and results coach, some of Nina’s clients have sold 300,000+ copies of their books, landed deals with major publishing houses and created thriving businesses around their books. She writes four blogs, self-published 12 books and founded National Nonfiction Writing Month, aka the Write Nonfiction in November Challenge.
Here’s a universal fact: Most writers tend to be resistant toward editing, whether it’s out of fear, anxiety, lack of confidence, or a protective stance toward their work. Let’s say you’ve spent months, possibly a year or more, writing your manuscript. Perhaps you’ve spent four hours every Thursday morning crafting your book, putting everything you have into it, sacrificing free time and time with your friends and family. You think your book is pretty darn good, and you’re sure your editor will think so, too.
Then you get the manuscript back from your editor.
As you look through the pages, you see your manuscript seemingly butchered in red ink or electronic marks. You then read her detailed e-mail, including some shocking feedback: “Chapters one, two, three, five, six, and seven are very strong...but chapter four seems a bit off topic. You might consider cutting it.” Suddenly, your beloved writing pen becomes a shield, your nostrils flare, and you find yourself breathing fire. Your mind reeling, you think, But, but, but...I spent weeks on that chapter!
This might happen. The editing process is going to feel frustrating at times. As a writer, you are going to be as naturally protective of your work as a parent would be of her child. Having a good attitude toward editing can be difficult, especially when authors are tied to the traditional notion of editing as just fixing errors. If you can view editing as an integral part of the writing process—an extension of it—then you’re well on your way toward adopting a more collaborative approach to editing. Douse the fire breathing: Your editor really does have your best interest at heart. Keep an open mind, and be willing to change your work.
My favorite quote on keeping an open mind to editing comes from Stephen King’s On Writing: “...kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.” If you need to, write this quote on a piece of paper and tape it to your desk or somewhere in your writing space where you’ll see it regularly. And always be ready to kill your darlings.
Here are a few tips for adopting a good editing attitude:
Remember that manuscripts are organic. When you started your manuscript, it was just a blank piece of paper. Just because you added words to it, that doesn’t mean it’s done; it’s an ever-growing, ever-evolving document that can always become something better.
Don’t be afraid to kill your darlings. It’s okay to let go of something that’s not working, whether it’s a few words or an entire section. Maybe that deleted section or chapter can be repurposed into a blog post or an article...but it just doesn’t belong in your book. Learn how to let it go. In the article “Let us now praise editors,” Gary Kamiya puts it this way: “You have to let go of your attachment to the specific words you’ve written and open yourself to what you were aiming for. You need enough confidence in yourself to accept constructive criticism, some of which can feel like your internal organs are being more or less gently moved around.”
Don’t take edits and feedback personally. James C. Wilson, Ph.D., professor of English and journalism and the author of six books, says, “My advice to authors: Be adults. Editing will improve your product. So grow up.” Your editor isn’t hired to be your friend; his job is to make your manuscript better. A heavily marked-up manuscript doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a bad writer. An editor’s job is to take into account a lot more than your writing skill, and he is also considering other factors, such as the intended audience and purpose of the manuscript.
Allot time for the critical phase of editing and rewriting. I once had an author request extensive editing just weeks before the book was supposed to go to design. While his book eventually turned out fine, thanks to several 12-hour days on my part and a lot of work on his part, we both agreed his book could have been stronger with more editing time. Don’t make the mistake of doing rush editing at the end; give yourself enough time to properly revise.
(Excerpted from the book The Editor’s Eye: A Practical Guide to Transforming Your Book from Good to Great by Stacy Ennis. Copyright © 2013 by Stacy Ennis. Reprinted with permission of Night Owls Press.)
Stacy Ennis is a book and magazine editor, writer, book coach, and speaker, as well as the author of The Editor’s Eye: A Practical Guide to Transforming Your Book from Good to Great. Her greatest joy is helping people achieve their book-writing dreams, and she has had the opportunity to work with a diverse group of authors in varied genres, editing several chart-toppers.
Stacy was the founding managing editor of a lifestyle magazine. Later, she became the executive editor of Healthy Living Made Simple, a Sam’s Club magazine reaching over 8 million readers. She now works with a wide range of clients, from celebrities and corporate clients to independent authors and small book presses.
For more tips on editing, check out:
Three Types of Editing that Save Books and Lives
For the story of how this fabulous infographic, by Andreea Ayers, got over 50,000 repins on Pinterest, scroll down to the bottom of this post.
I recently had the pleasure of spending three full days at a virtual publicity workshop on CreativeLive.com given by the author of this infographic, Andreea Ayers. As an author and blogger, I found her story quite inspiring. Although she didn't say how long it took her to write the original blog post this infographic was based upon, she did share that it took her two hours to transform that information into this infographic at piktochart.com.
After completing it, she asked a couple of her friends to post this on their websites. She also decided to use as many of the "30 Ways" that she'd written about to promote the blog post on her own website that contained this infographic. It soon began to take off, and she used its success as the subject of several guest posts on other people's blogs.
Over the last year 30 Ways to Promote Your Blog Posts has been repinned on Pinterest over 50,000 times!!!
One of the most important realizations I came away with from Andreea's workshop is that publicity is not the Holy Grail. Getting quoted in an article, guest blogging, being interviewed on the radio or television, winning an award--all of those things are wonderful and can definitely generate web traffic and sales (although usually not as much as you'd imagined or hoped it would). Their real and lasting value comes from how well you leverage them.
So publicity isn't the end of promotion, it's the beginning. Get the news out about your publicity in every way you can--on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+, as well as your blog, newsletter, press page, and anywhere else and in any other way you can think of.
I'd like to leave you with two thoughts:
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Start 2014 off WRITE!
It's January 1st and a new year is HERE! As you look back on your 2013 goals, celebrate your accomplishments and learn from both what worked for you and what didn't. NOW, looking forward, what daily writing goal are you willing to commit to starting on January 1st (or on any day you choose to begin) for the next 100 days?
Your writing goal can be:
Consistency is the key to success when pursuing a long term goal. Don't be afraid to experiment with the amount of time, or content, that you're committing to in order to discover the amount that challenges and stretches you, without putting you into overwhelm
I've designed a 100 Day Writing Challenge tracking sheet that you can use for this, or any 100 Day Writing Challenge. I've printed my sheet on card stock so it will last 100 days.
You can also use the 100 Day Challenge to build your author's platform or promote your book. Your promotional goal can be:
Depending on what your writing or promotional commitment is, you can put a check mark in the day's box; the number of hours, words, or pages you've written; or the number of promotional tasks you've done. Since my commitment is to work an hour a day on an ebook I'm writing, I'm going to put a check mark in the box for an hour's writing, and the number of hours I wrote if I went longer.
The 100 Day Writing Challenge
There are three ways you can do a 100 Day Writing Challenge. Pick the one that feels both inspiring and fun to you, or create your own challenge.
The Positive Reinforcement Method
In this writing challenge, you only keep track of the days you write. Every day you meet your goal, put a check mark in one of the boxes. If you miss a day, it's not recorded on the sheet in any way. In other words, if you wrote seven of the first ten days then the first seven boxes would have a check mark in them, and then whenever you wrote next you'd put a check mark in day eight. So the challenge sheet would keep track of 100 writing days, no matter how many days it took you to achieve this.
PROS: Since you're only keeping track of your successes--of the days that you write--this method gives you a powerful dose of positive reinforcement. If you can't write every day, let's say your commitment is to write three days a week, then this can give you a sense of accomplishment over time. You'll see how those three days add up over the weeks and months that you're working on a project.
CONS: Since you're not keeping track of how many days you missed in-between writing days, it could have been one day, or it could have been five days. You want to be careful to stay consistent and make an effort to write every day (or however many days you're committed to) so that you don't lose momentum.
The Box a Day Method
In this writing challenge, you fill in a box every day whether it's with a check mark to show that you wrote, or an X to show that you didn't write. So your 100 Day Writing Challenge will take 100 days, no matter how many of those days you actually write.
PROS: By keeping track of how many days you write, and how many you don't, you get a real sense of your writing habits. You also have a visual incentive to get you (and keep you) writing. If you see that you've missed two days in a row, you're more likely to write on that third day than if you weren't keeping track.
CONS: If you see that you've missed more days than you feel comfortable with, it could have the effect of discouraging you. If this should happen, throw the tracking sheet away!
The 100 Days or Bust Method
To complete this challenge, you must write for 100 days straight. This means that if you miss a day, no matter how far along in the challenge you may be, you have to start all over again at day one.
PROS: This will kick you into gear! I've done it. Once you've had to start over a couple of times you will do ANYTHING to complete your commitment for the day. If you're not feeling well, you'll do it. If you have company, you'll do it. If you get into bed and then realize you haven't written, yet, you'll get out of bed and do it. It's an amazing learning experience, and habit builder.
CONS: The larger your commitment, the less this works. There will often be days when you're about to go to sleep and realize you haven't written, yet. On those days, you may be able to push through and write for half an hour, or even an hour, but I doubt you could push through and write for three hours. And yet... this challenge might be just the incentive you need to get you to start writing earlier in the day. As always, do whatever works for you.
It's important that you find a writing practice that works for you. Whenever you try something new, look at it as an experiment. After playing with it for awhile, ask yourself: "Is it helping and inspiring me, getting in my way, or not having much effect at all?" Be honest about what doesn't work for you, and be willing to let it go in order to find what does work.
How are you going to celebrate your accomplishment?
The last thing to consider in a 100 Day Writing Challenge is the word that sits alone at the bottom of the challenge tracking sheet--Celebrate!
Before thinking about how you'll celebrate the completion of the challenge, think about what you'll be celebrating. Yes, you'll be celebrating:
But what does this mean to you? How will it make you feel? How will it change how you see yourself? How will it change how others see you? How will it change your business?
Take the 2 or 3 strongest results from the questions above, and list them to the left of the word, "Celebrate," on the bottom of your tracking sheet. Then, to the right of the word, list how you would like to celebrate the completion of the challenge--and make it a celebration or reward worthy of your accomplishment. Make it something you want and are looking forward to, something worth writing for.
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What writing goal are you willing to commit to for the next 100 days?
Leave a comment, below, and let us know what you're commiting to, and then check in every once in a while and let us know how you're doing with it.
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Robert Galbraith, a first time crime novelist who served with Great Britain’s Royal Military Police in the SIB (Special Investigative Branch), before leaving the military to work in the civilian security industry, received stellar reviews for his first novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, which came out in April.
Here are some of Robert’s reviews:
"Combines a complex and compelling sleuth and an equally well-formed and unlikely assistant with a baffling crime...A stellar debut." Publishers Weekly
"Plenty of twists...Totally engrossing...Galbraith's take on contemporary celebrity obsession makes for a grand beach read." Library Journal (Mystery Debut of the Month)
"Cormoran Strike is an amazing creation and I can't wait for his next outing. Strike is so instantly compelling that it's hard to believe this is a debut novel." Mark Billingham, author of The Demands.
As it turns out, the reason this debut novel is so skillfully written is because it isn’t the author’s first book. It’s actually book number twelve, and the other books have been quite successful--selling over 450 million copies!
The author's real identity is no longer a secret… Robert Galbraith is the pen name of Harry Potter’s creator, J. K. Rowling.
When London's Sunday Times broke the news on July 14th, the book's original print run of 10,000 copies quickly sold out. An additional 300,000 copies of The Cuckoo's Calling went to print immediately and began shipping within a week. The "leak" turned out to be a partner at the law firm Russells Solicitors, who couldn't resist sharing the secret he was privy to with a trusted friend. That friend then turned around and tweeted the news to someone else, and the secret quickly unraveled.
Living in a time or place where gender makes it difficult to publish under your own name
Believing that "authoresses are liable to be looked on with prejudice,” sisters Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë became brothers Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell (they chose these names in order to keep their actual initials). They published a book of poetry together, and then used these names to publish novels individually, including "Jane Eyre" by Currer Bell (Charlotte Brontë), "Wuthering Heights" by Ellis Bell (Emily Brontë), and "Agnes Grey" by Acton Bell (Anne Brontë).
A sense of modesty
Not wanting to embarrass his family, Eric Arthur Blair published his first book, Down and Out in Paris and London (which described his life as an impoverished and often homeless English writer living abroad during the early 1930s), using the pen name George Orwell.
A desire for privacy
Wanting to maintain his privacy, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson wrote under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. He even refused to accept letters addressed to Carroll that came to his office.
Concerns about book buyers' gender
Bloomsbury, the publisher of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone felt that young boys might not embrace the book if it was written by a woman, so Joanne Rowling became J. K. Rowling. Because she doesn't actually have a middle name, Rowling used Kathleen (her grandmother's name) for her middle initial.
To avoid overexposure
Publishing one book a year by an author is considered optimal by some publishers. That’s how Richard Bachmann started writing. Once word got out that Richard Bachmann was actually horror novelist Stephen King, the prolific King declared Bachmann dead of “cancer of the pseudonym, a rare form of schizonomia.”
To avoid confusion
Howard Allen Frances O'Brien was the name given to a beautiful baby girl. Rather than trying to hide her gender, this author chose the name Anne Rice to clarify it.
To dodge parental disapproval
Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoalto's first poem was published when he was only fourteen. Upon learning of his achievement, Neftali's father became so upset that he lit the boy's poetry on fire. To avoid further conflict, the poet adopted the name Pablo Neruda.
To keep track of bar tabs
“By the mark, twain” was riverboat slang that Samuel Clemens picked up during his years of work on the Mississippi River. It meant the water is two fathoms deep ("twain" is a way of saying two) and it’s safe to pass. Legend has it that after drinking at John Piper's saloon, in Virginia City, Nevada, Clemens would tell Piper to "mark twain," meaning, "mark two" more drinks on my bar tab. Clemens also used the pen name Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass, for humor sketches, before finally settling on the pseudonym, Mark Twain.
So what was the reason that J. K. Rowling became Robert Galbraith?
According to Rowling, publishing under a pseudonym has been liberating. "It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation, and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name."
The Cuckoo's Calling, described as a classic crime novel in the tradition of authors P. D. James and Ruth Rendell, is the first of a series, with the second book expected next summer. Now that everyone knows Rowling is the real author, The Cuckoo's Calling will be reprinted with a revised author biography.
Do you use a pen name? If so, let us know why.
Other WritingSpirit Posts featuring J. K. Rowling:
As it turns out, the reason this debut novel is so skillfully written, is because the author has actually written a few other novels that have been quite successful (selling over 450 million copies). It’s no longer a secret… Robert Galbraith is the pen name of Harry Potter’s creator, J. K. Rowling.
Pen names are as old as writing, itself, and are used for many reasons:
· Living in a time or place where gender or religious views would make it difficult or unsafe to publish under your own name
Published works by brothers Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell were actually written by the Brontë sisters: Charlotte, Emily, and Anne.
Writing a book from beginning to end takes creativity, commitment, and chutzpah! After spending an hour with these three extraordinary authors you'll not only have insight into their creative process, you'll be inspired to dive more deeply into your own book writing journey.
Amy Tan: Where Does Creativity Hide?
Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club (one of my all-time favorite novels), The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, and many other novels and children's stories, digs deep into the creative process, journeying through her childhood and family history and into the worlds of physics and chance, looking for hints of where her own creativity comes from. It's a wild ride with a surprise ending.
Amy Tan also wrote The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life, which takes readers on a journey from her childhood of tragedy and comedy to the present day and her arrival as one of the world’s best-loved novelists.
Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius
Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed: A Love Story (which picks up where Eat, Pray, Love left off), muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.
Elizabeth Gilbert has a new novel coming out in October from Viking Press, The Signature of All Things.
Isabel Allende: Tales of Passion
Isabel Allende, author of eight novels including The House of the Spirits, Daughter of Fortune, and Zorro, discusses women, creativity, the definition of feminism — and, of course, passion — in this talk.
Seattle (Business Wire)--May. 21, 2013--(NASDAQ:AMZN)
In the sixth annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA), Amazon introduced five categories for submission and exciting new prizes. Ten thousand entries came in from around the world—the most entries ever in the history of the contest—and after several rounds of judging, Amazon Publishing has selected one winner in each category.
From now through May 29 (Voting is now CLOSED), Amazon customers are being encouraged to read excerpts from the winning books and vote for their favorite novel at www.amazon.com/abna. Chosen by popular vote, the Grand Prize winner will be revealed at a special awards ceremony in Seattle on June 15, 2013 and will receive a contract from Amazon Publishing, as well as a $50,000 advance. The remaining winners will each be awarded a publishing contract with a $15,000 advance.
“We were blown away by the quality of submissions for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, which made it hard to narrow the list down to just one winner in each category,” said Daphne Durham, Editor-in-Chief, Amazon Publishing. “Now we leave it to Amazon customers to decide who will take home the Grand Prize. I’m looking forward to revealing the winner at our awards ceremony in June.”The five winners are:
Young Adult Fiction: Timebound
(Grand Prize Winner!)
by Rysa Walker, Cary, NC
In Timebound, seventeen-year-old Kate learns that she’s inherited a genetic license to time travel when her grandmother shares a strange blue medallion, an even stranger tale about future historians, and the unshakeable conviction that the fate of half the planet lies in Kate’s hands. A Scrabble, Galaga and yoga enthusiast, Rysa Walker grew up on a cattle ranch in the South. Timebound was inspired by her love of history and science fiction that explores how the choices we make affect our future.
General Fiction: It Happened in Wisconsin
by Ken Moraff, Lexington, MA
In Ken Moraff's nostalgic and humorous novel, a baseball team sets out to change the world under the shadow of the Great Depression.It Happened in Wisconsin follows an aging ballplayer who looks back on his teammates’ battle for justice, the struggle between ideals and temptation, his own bittersweet love story, and his glory days barnstorming the back roads and dusty ballparks of the old Midwest. A native of Ithaca, NY, Moraff has been an environmental lawyer in Boston for over twenty years.
Mystery/Thriller: The Hidden
by Jo Chumas, Barcelona, Spain
The Hidden is a fast-paced thriller that takes place during the political turmoil of 1940s Egypt. Worlds collide when a popular young university professor is brutally murdered in the Sinai desert, leaving his new bride, a 20-year old Egyptian-born teacher, to search for answers and justice. An experienced journalist and editor, Jo Chumas’s writing has appeared in publications around the world.
Romance: A Man Above Reproach
by Evelyn Pryce, Pittsburgh, PA
A Man Above Reproach is a Regency romance featuring a stoic duke who falls for a mysterious piano player at a brothel and then must navigate the choppy waters of class, identity and love. In the past, Evelyn Pryce has fronted rock bands, written comics and done performance art. She currently studies literature and history while working on her second novel.
Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror: POE
by J. Lincoln Fenn, Haiku, HI
In POE, a 23-year old obituary writer and college dropout runs afoul of an evil spirit while on a haunted house assignment and must uncover the common link between (among other things) a string of killings, his own deceased parents, and the strange numbered “code” that obsesses him. J. Lincoln Fenn began her career in horror when as a seventh grader she terrified her friends at sleepovers.
The five winners were selected after several rounds of judging, beginning with an evaluation of submission pitches to narrow the number down to 400 entries from each category. Next, Amazon Vine reviewers and editors evaluated excerpts to narrow the submissions down to 100 per category. In the subsequent round, reviewers from Publishers Weekly read, reviewed and rated the full manuscripts to find the top five semi-finalists for each category before Amazon Publishing editors selected winners in each of the five categories. In the final—and current—stage of the contest, Amazon.com customers will vote to select the Grand Prize winner.
About Amazon and the Breakthrough Novel Award Contest
Amazon Publishing is the publishing arm of Amazon.com. Amazon Publishing is comprised of ten imprints: AmazonEncore, AmazonCrossing, Montlake Romance, Thomas & Mercer, 47North, Little A, Amazon Children’s Publishing (Skyscape & Two Lions), Grand Harbor Press, and Amazon Publishing. For more information about all imprints of Amazon Publishing, visit www.apub.com. Amazon Publishing is a brand used by Amazon Content Services, LLC.
The 2013 ABNA contest was hosted by CreateSpace, an Amazon company, which includes a community to keep authors who entered up-to-date on every stage of the contest. For the complete Official Rules for the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and more information, please visit www.amazon.com/abna.
Source: Amazon.com, Inc.
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In August, the first book-less public library is going to open in San Antonio's Bexar county. According to ABC News, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, who was inspired to pursue the project after reading Walter Issacson's Steve Jobs biography (a glance at the photo shows that it's inspired by Apple in more ways than one), said that the 4,989 square-foot space will look like a modern library. But instead of aisles and aisles of books there will be aisles and aisles of computers and gadgets.
According to goodEreader's interview with Laura Cole, Special Projects Coordinator of BiblioTech, because this library is the first tangible location that will feature intangible content, "There has been no precedent or case studies that have ever been done for this type of location and it has been a challenging task to plan out." When it opens, the BiblioTech Digital Library will feature 48 computers, 300 e-readers, and three Discovery Terminals via 3M.
The Digital Public Library of America - Online
In April, The Digital Public Library of America was launched. Author Doron Weber describes it by saying that it’s “as if the Ancient Library of Alexandria had met the Modern World Wide Web and digitized America for the benefit of all (TIME.com)."
According to their web site,"The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. The DPLA aims to expand this crucial realm of openly available materials, and make those riches more easily discovered and more widely usable and used.
The DPLA offers a single point of access to millions of items—photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more—from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States. Users can browse and search the DPLA’s collections by timeline, map, format, and topic; save items to customized lists; and share their lists with others. Users can also explore digital exhibitions curated by the DPLA’s content partners and staff."
I had the privilege of editing Dr. Jennifer Howard's wonderful book, Your Ultimate Life Plan: How to Deeply Transform Your Everyday Experience and Create Changes That Last. I'm proud to announce that Your Ultimate Life Plan has won a 2013 Gold Nautilus Book Award, along with a Silver Benjamin Frnaklin Book Award and being named a finalist in both the the ForeWord Book of the Year Awards and Readers' Favorite International Book Awards.
The Nautilus Book Awards, which honor “books that promote spiritual growth, conscious living, and positive social change,” go by a strict point system, and this year there were two gold winners in the Personal Growth/Self-Help/Psychology category. Along with Your Ultimate Life Plan, Oliver Berkeman's The Antidote also won Gold.
What adds to the thrill of all this is who won Silver in this category
This is Dr. Howard's first book, and to be in the company of these amazing and well-known authors is the icing on the cake!
Other Nautilus Award winners this year include Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Michael Beckwith, Barbara Kingsolver, and Julia Cameron. And past winners include Caroline Myss, Thich Nhat Hanh, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Desmund Tutu, Christiane Northrup, Joel Osteen, and Eckhart Tolle.
This is an amazing honor, and I'm so proud to have played a small part in the birthing of this book.
To learn more about the book, and download two free chapters, go to: YourUltimateLifePlan.com
"Your Ultimate Life Plan: How to Deeply Transform Your Everyday Experience and Create Changes That Last" by Dr. Jennifer Howard
I edited this wonderful book, which won a Gold Nautilus Book Award, Silver Benjamin Franklin Book Award and has been endorsed by Rev. Michael Beckwith, Fr. Richard Rohr, Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Lama Surya Das, Dr. Bernie Siegel, Guy Finley, Sharon Salzberg, and many others. I highly recommend it.