Sunday, December 11, 2005

Judge a Book By Its Cover Contest!!!


JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER CONTEST sponsored by Houston Bay Area RWA.

Entry Deadline: Entries must be received by January 15, 2006

Entry Fee: $15

Eligibility: Published in 2005

Enter: The cover of your book or novella published by a traditionalhouse, ePublisher, POD or self-published during 2005.

Entry Format: Electronic files (JPG or GIF) only

Categories: Contemporary Series, Single Title/Mainstream,Historical, Romantic Suspense, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Paranormal

Judges: Booksellers in the United States, Canada, the UnitedKingdom, New Zealand and Australia.

Top Prize: Winners will be featured in a full-page color ad in theApril Romance Writers Report.

FMI, entry form and rules, visit our website at orcontact Leslie Marshman at

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Do you love the 50s and 60s? Can you write short articles about these decades? Would you like to get paid for it? If so we are looking for your original articles to be published on this site with author credits. (we reserve the right to edit your submission). Articles should be around 250 to 500 words containing some facts about the 50s or 60s. Articles should be both informative and entertaining. If we like your article and publish it we will pay you from $10.00 to $25.00 for each article.

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Seeking romance articles that are sexy, romantic, fresh, and unique are looked at with high regard. Pay is $15/per article. I do not accept previously published articles. The type of articles I'm looking for are for couples and singles alike. A few examples are... * How to write a passionate love letter. * Recreating your own love story - top 5 romance novel love scenes to live by. * How to sizzle up your love life. Sweet articles are just as appreciated as articles with little bit more spice. The goal is to provide high quality ideas that are passionate and sensual, but also romantic. I prefer articles at least 800 words in length but this is not a requirement since I seek quality over quantity. To assist you the best I can and increase your chances of your work being accepted you are more than welcome to run your topic ideas by me before you decide to write an article in order to make certain they are of interest to me. To do so you may simply email me at and I will get back to you as soon as possible. You may submit up to 3 articles at a time. If you are interested in contributing you may view guidelines here to begin submitting your work:

Saturday, December 10, 2005

10 Ways to Make the Most of Your Book Endorsements

10 Ways to Make the Most of Your Book Endorsements

by Gregory Kompes

Endorsements, sometimes called "Blurbs," are wonderful and often witty comments about your book provided by respected authors, journalists, entertainers, and industry experts connected to your topic. They're also one of the strongest sales tools an author has in their book sales toolbox. These short quotes should be gathered both before and after your book is published. Once you've gathered your endorsements what do you do with them? Here's a list of ten ways to get the most out of your well earned endorsements:

1. Book Cover. Readers respect the opinion of others, especially respected authors and industry experts. Endorsements gathered before production should be included on your book cover. In addition to placing your blurbs on the back cover, a great, short endorsement on the front will increase your sales.

2. Inside Your Book. Place pre-publication endorsements on a page or two just inside the front cover of your book. If you don't have pre-publication blurbs, consider adding your blurbs on your next printing.

3. "What Others Are Saying" Page. Collect your best endorsements and reviews on a single page and include it in your media kit. Positive endorsements will increase your press coverage.

4. Promotional Materials. When creating postcards, bookmarks, flyers, brochures and other give-a-way items, include an endorsement. They send the message, "Don't take my word for it, this is what others think of my book."

5. Tip Sheets: Create a tip sheet to include in your media kit and as a handout. Tip sheets, sometimes called a "One Page," include four basic elements: About the Book, About the Author, Book Statistics, and Order Information. A callout box or sidebar with a blurb about your book is an excellent addition.

6. Website. Include call out boxes or sidebars on your website that contain your endorsement quotes. Boxes add interest to your website. Your site visitors will view them as testimonials from others adding a level of trust.

7. Email Signature. Endorsements included with a link to your website draw interest and attention to your email signature.

8. Advertisements. Include a quality endorsement quote or two in all your print and online advertisements.

9. Query Letters. Include an endorsement or two in query letters when selling editors on stories connected to your book.

10. Press Releases. Use endorsements as quotes in your press releases. This will add interest and value to your book related news items. Additionally, a great endorsement from a recognized name is press release worthy on its own.

Want to learn how to obtain endorsements for your book? Gregory A. Kompes is the author of THE ENDORSEMENT QUEST ( This eBook outlines an easy to follow and affordable way to obtain those all important endorsements. "A beautiful, professional piece—and much needed" --Carolyn-Howard Johnson, author of The Frugal Book Promoter. "Well done. Smart Idea." --Eva Shaw, author, writing coach, mentor.

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Thursday, December 08, 2005

Catskill woman charged with acting as phony book publisher

A Catskill, NY woman was arraigned in Federal District Court in Albany today on charges that she engaged in a scheme to defraud prospective authors of money they paid to have their books published.

US Attorney for the Northern District of New York Glenn Suddaby said Martha Ivery, 57, also known as Kelly O’Donnell, was arraigned today on a 17-count federal indictment. She pleaded not guilty.

Read article here.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Can today's big-name authors connect with teenagers?

Is Andy McNab able to grab boy readers by the scruff of the neck? Can Helen Dunmore work her magic on a younger age-group? Brandon Robshaw samples today's big-name authors to see if they satisfy his inner teenage boy (and girl).

Read article here.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Baker & Taylor Up For Sale

Distributor Baker & Taylor on the Block via Goldman Sachs

Baker & Taylor, the books, video and music wholesaler based in Charlotte, N.C., is up for sale, sources have told The Book Standard.