Sunday, October 21, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 21 October 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
21 October 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 21 October 2018

Here's a list of some great articles you may have missed this week. Enjoy!

Twitter is a wonderful way to connect with readers, book bloggers, and book reviewers if you are connecting with them strategically. Many writers are completely flummoxed how to do that.

As you may have heard, CreateSpace is shutting down, with its operations being rolled into Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). What does this mean for authors, and how can you weather this change with a minimum of disruption?

Moving From CreateSpace To KDP: A Simple Guide by John Doppler for ALLi

Episode 104 – The Secrets To Great Book Covers With Joel Friedlander podcast by Chris Syme for Smart Marketing for Authors
In this episode, Chris interviews book cover design expert Joel Friedlander, founder of the The Book Designer. Joel schools us all on the essential design and branding elements needed in a successful book cover and talks about the elephant in the room: how much will it cost?

Episode 104 – The Secrets To Great Book Covers With Joel Friedlander podcast by Chris Syme for Smart Marketing for Authors

How do you handle disappointment?

How Do You Handle Disappointment? It's One of Life's Greatest Teachers! by Mrs N. for N. N. Light’s Book Heaven

Horror Writing by Anna Simpson for emaginette
It’s October, so what better genre to examine than horror?

Horror Writing by Anna Simpson for emaginette

Amazon’s new Kindle Paperwhite, the best-selling Kindle's first hardware update in three years, finally makes the midrange ebook reader waterproof.

Hands On With the New Waterproof Amazon Kindle Paperwhite by Sascha Segan for PC News

Anna Burns Wins Man Booker Prize For “Incredibly Original” Milkman by Alison Flood and Claire Armitstead for The Guardian
Anna Burns has become the first Northern Irish author to win the Man Booker prize, taking the £50,000 award for Milkman, her timely, Troubles-set novel about a young woman being sexually harassed by a powerful man.

Anna Burns Wins Man Booker Prize For “Incredibly Original” Milkman by Alison Flood and Claire Armitstead for The Guardian

PEN America V. Trump by PEN America
PEN America filed a lawsuit in federal court against the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, seeking to stop him from using the machinery of government to retaliate or threaten reprisals against journalists and media outlets for coverage he dislikes.

PEN America V. Trump by PEN America

Todd Bol hammered together the first Little Free Library. Then he built a movement around it.

Todd Bol, Creator Of The Little Free Library Movement, Dies At 62 by Jenna Ross for Star Tribune

The Random House and Crown Publishing Groups Merge by John Maher for Publishers Weekly
The Crown Publishing Group has joined the Random House Publishing Group in a newly-combined division reporting to current Random House president and publisher Gina Centrello, who has been named president and publisher of the new supergroup, Penguin Random House.

The Random House and Crown Publishing Groups Merge by John Maher for Publishers Weekly

In today’s competitive landscape, your business needs to leverage as many distribution channels as possible to increase sales. Instagram is the fastest growing social media platform. This social network makes it very easy, friendly, and appealing for brands to reach their target audiences. Take advantage of everything Instagram has to offer. Here are the top 11 ways to drive sales on Instagram.

How to Drive Sales With These 11 Instagram Marketing Strategies by Neil Patel for Quick Sprout

Why We Abandoned Facebook Video by Michael Stelzner for Social Media Examiner
Social Media Examiner made the decision to stop publishing three weekly shows on Facebook and move over to YouTube. Find out why.

Why We Abandoned Facebook Video by Michael Stelzner for Social Media Examiner

What figure of speech is so meta that it forms the very basis of riddles? The answer: a metaphor.

The Essential List of 90+ Metaphor Examples in Literature and Pop Culture by Reedsy

Clarity – The Key To Effective Writing by David Leonhardt for The Happy Guy Writing Services
If you are writing non-fiction, clarity counts most. Here are four tips to write clearly.

Clarity – The Key To Effective Writing by David Leonhardt for The Happy Guy Writing Services

Thanks to a free iOS app called Novel Effect, as you read a children’s book aloud, your iPhone, iPad or connected speakers play custom music and sound effects to enhance the story. The system uses voice recognition technology to drop in the sounds at the perfect moment, so you can go at your own pace.

Read To Your Kid With The Perfect Sound Effects Accompaniment by Michelle Woo for LifeHacker

Prestigious £25,000 award selects 10 collections showcasing “poetry’s ability to engage with language when it is being debased”.

TS Eliot Prize Announces “Intensely Political” Shortlist by Alison Flood for The Guardian

If you enjoyed this blog post, please visit the other This Week posts for links to more great articles.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

13 Things Content Marketers Should Know About Email Marketing

13 Things Content Marketers Should Know About Email Marketing
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Quote of the Week by Anna Quindlen

Quote of the Week
by Anna Quindlen

“I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.” ~ Anna Quindlen

Anna Quindlen

Friday, October 19, 2018

"Love, Cutter" by Michelle Jester

Love, Cutter
by Michelle Jester

Love, Cutter by Michelle Jester

Love, Cutter by Michelle Jester is currently on tour with Xpresso Book Tours. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

For another book by this author, please check out my blog post on The Funeral Flower.

After an attempted suicide Carter finds himself in a coma. He is able to hear the world around him, yet he can’t move. What he hears propels Carter to begin to see life in a new way, especially when one of his nurses, Kinley, shares parts of her tragic past with him. Soon, Carter realizes he is falling in love with her.
Months after being transferred from the hospital, to a rehabilitation facility, he suddenly wakes up with a passion to live that he never had before and a determination to find the one person he feels may be able to help him put the pieces of his life together again. However, when he returns to the hospital, Kinley is gone and Carter must try to find her based solely on the things she shared with him while he was in a coma.
Only, nothing is as it seems and Carter learns the biggest lesson of them all … the differences between expectation, perception, and reality.

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The dream was vivid. Kinley was standing there, her beautiful, long honey blonde hair whipping in the wind. The sun was rising over her shoulder, which caused her to have a halo around her. She smiled, and the sun seemed to be all around her at once. He couldn’t see her face clearly, but he could feel her beauty none the less. She was perfect.
Then, as she took a step toward him, she started to morph into a bunch of tiny burgers.
Burgers? Wait, what?
That was enough to bring Carter to consciousness again.
Carter thought he must still be dreaming, because the sun was so bright. Kinley wasn’t there anymore, only the sun. He thought it was weird that the sun was stuck to a plate. Then Carter quickly realized with incredible vividness that it was a ceiling.
A ceiling.
Carter closed his eyes. He slightly cracked them and light flooded in. He immediately closed them again. After repeating a thousand times or so, he tried to lift an arm, which seemed to weigh a ton. He couldn’t tell if he was lifting it or not, but he didn’t think so.
Crashing into the room, basically yelling into his phone was his least favorite person. “Where are you? How can you not be here before me? We work at the same place and I stopped for gas Claire!” Wayne huffed into the phone, “I do not want to sit-” Wayne stopped abruptly, “Claire, Claire! Let me call you back!”
Can he see me? Thank God! Wayne, Wayne, go get someone.
“Oh? Hell, no! If she sees your eyes open and close like that she’ll be convinced you are going to wake up and set up camp outside the room.” Carter could barely see a shadow looming over him through the slits in his eyes, “You haven’t put the family through enough there, Carter, die already.” Carter heard the tones of Wayne’s phone, “Yeah, sorry I was rude. They have to take him to PT. No need in coming tonight. I’ll meet you at your parents. I know, I know, but it wasn’t my call. You know doctors; they can switch things up on you anytime they want. See you there, Sweetie.”
Continually throughout the night, Carter tried to open and close his eyes until he actually felt tired and drifted off to sleep.
“Good morning. I have a surprise!” his mother’s cheerful voice sounded similar to a twinkling wind chime.
I have one, too.
“I found that book Kinley was always reading to you. I couldn’t remember the name, but I surely remembered the cover and… and… Carter?” His mother’s shadow appearing over him was enough to cause him to shed a tear through his partially opened eye.
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]

Praise for the Book
“I read this book in a span of a few hours and could not put it down! I won’t post any spoilers, but I loved it! The ending was very sweet, too, and fit it just perfect! Read this, you’ll love it, too!” ~ Nicoli B.
“Love this book! My best friend told me I should buy it. She was right. I cried. I laughed. Really hit close to home. Loved her first book but my goodness. She got me on this one. My new fav!” ~ Wendy
“It was thought-provoking, sweet, emotional at times and delved into some tough, real-life issue.” ~ Hazel w/Craves the Angst Book Blog
“Love, Cutter was beautiful, and painful. It was about second chances when despair almost took the first chance away.This book was so personal. As someone who has struggled with anxiety and depression for year, the characters were so realistic and honest.” ~ Nicole (the bookworm drinketh)
“While this book deals with highly difficult subject matter, such as suicide, self-harm, and death, it is written in such a graceful manner that doesn’t dance around the hard edges, rather calling it like it is. It is a perfect telling of self-discovery and overcoming adversity. The underlying message is that hope is everything.” ~ Angel33eyes

About the Author
Michelle Jester
Michelle Jester lives in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana with her husband, high school sweetheart and retired Master Sergeant. Together they have a son and daughter. She is a hopeless romantic and has been writing poems and stories for as long as she can remember.
One of her prize possessions is a bracelet with only a yellow, Rubber Duckie charm on it; which she wears every day to remind her to enjoy the fun and happy things of life!

Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a signed copy of Love, Cutter by Michelle Jester and a $20 Amazon gift card (open internationally).


Thursday, October 18, 2018

"A Bully on the School Bus" by Dr. Mildred D. Peyton

A Bully on the School Bus
by Dr. Mildred D. Peyton

A Bully on the School Bus by Dr. Mildred D. Peyton

To coincide with National Bully Prevention Month, author Dr. Mildred D. Peyton is on tour with iRead Book Tours to promote her anti-bullying books for children. The tour stops here today for my review of A Bully on the School Bus, along with an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well. Keep an eye out for my review of Sophia Writes to Her Bully on 22 October.

A Bully on the School Bus is about a little girl named Nicole, who experienced being bullied while she is on the school bus. On her way home from school one day, Nicole is confronted by one of her fellow schoolmates who rides the same school bus. This book helps readers understand how bullying may occur among school-aged children and, also, how readers can address the problem if and when such a problem does arise.


Praise for the Book
“Very timely book to read to your little ones. My daughter enjoyed this book and also learned relevant lessons about bullying. She is in Pre-K and now know how to handle herself and others when it comes to bullying. Good read for kids!!” ~ Amazon Customer
“I am highly recommending A Bully on the School Bus for all parents and their young children. I believe many would find this book relatable and useful. I will be donating my copy to my children’s school library so others in their school to read it, as well.” ~ Amy C
“I feel this is a book that every kid should be assigned to read. Kids are experiencing bullying on the school bus, playground, and even online, but most kids don't know what to do when they are being bullied. Reading A Bully On The School Bus can help kids to see that standing up to the bully and also asking for help from adults can help stop bullying.” ~ 12 year old Jarris
“The book teaches children to report anything that makes them feel bad and shows them how to handle bullying situations. It's also a good resource for adults that work with children to look for signs. I really think this book should be in school libraries everywhere and part of the curriculum. Kudos to the author!” ~ Tae
“… this book is a great starting point for parents or teachers to introduce an aspect of bullying - and offer resources for help. While the book resolves the bullying issue quickly, it gives parents and teachers a starting point to launch the ‘what if’ sorts of questions. […] I would certainly recommend this book for use with other children's books and other resources for parents and teachers seeking to educate and support students facing bullying.” ~ Angela

My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.

By Lynda Dickson
Dylan tries to bully Nicole into giving up her seat on the school bus. How should she handle the situation?
This book gives a practical example of how a child should deal with a bully. I like how Nicole’s mother and the bus driver try to help Nicole resolve the situation as soon as she tells them what is happening. Unfortunately, the reality is that the child often doesn’t speak up. The language in this book is simple enough for children to understand on their own, but reading it together gives parents an opportunity to discuss the relevant issues with them in a non-confronting manner.
The book is colorfully illustrated by Andy Hoang with additional drawings by the author’s daughters, Leah and Jada. The story is followed by anti-bullying tips for students, parents, and school personnel, as well as helpful resources for parents of children who are victims of bullying.

About the Author
Dr. Mildred Peyton
Dr. Mildred Peyton is the President and Founder of Peyton Consulting, LLC. Dr. Peyton established her consulting firm, which was initially geared towards school bullying services, in March 2016. She was inspired to create Peyton Consulting and become a children's author on bullying after completing her doctoral research study entitled, “Exploring the Meaning of School Bullying Among Parents of Victimized Children”.
During her undergraduate internship in 2002-2003 at Salisbury Middle School in Wicomico County, Dr. Peyton and her team developed and facilitated a mentoring program, providing one-on-one conflict resolution and mediating skills to students who were identified by the program coordinator with ongoing needs of behavioral issues. One of the key/primary areas Dr. Peyton and the other mentors focused on was educating and addressing bullying issues with bullies and victims. And in her graduate program, Dr. Peyton also facilitated a school bullying focus group in 2005 at Maryvale Elementary School in Montgomery County, to teach participants about bullying behaviors and how to avoid bullying others. She also attended several bullying workshops to learn about the latest studies while working with the students. Her passion on this topic followed her even as she served as a member on the Committee on Hate/Violence at Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, in 2013. There she developed a brochure for students and parents for the annual bullying symposium and, provided rich knowledge and skills on this topic throughout the year.
Today, the company has expanded its services to target workplace bullying as well. With the experiences of others and Dr. Peyton's personal experience with adult bullying in the workplace (which caused her to resign from her employer in 2016), she believes attention, guidance, and solutions are also critical in this area. Dr. Peyton holds a Ph.D. in Human and Social Services with a concentration in Social Policy Analysis & Planning. She has a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and Sociology and a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Peyton is committed to using her knowledge and skills to influence positive change among students and adults.

Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card.