Sunday, November 3, 2013

This Week on Books Direct - 3 November 2013

This Week on Books Direct -
3 November 2013

Here's a list of the articles you may have missed this week:

"Kitchen Essentials" - Brought to you by Bundle of the Week.
From meal planning and freezer cooking to organizing your kitchen and preparing your own mixes ahead of time, this week’s bundle will help you save time and money in the kitchen. Discover new recipes, time- and money-saving strategies, and more so that you can enjoy preparing dinner for your family rather than dreading the dinner hour! This week only, get all five of these resources for almost 85% off.

"In Japan, Bookstores Stack Their Goods Into Elaborate 'Book Towers'" - Article by Dorothy Tan for
In Japan, some bookstores have taken to stacking their goods into intricate and elaborate piles that sometimes tower over the heads of the shoppers. These amazing book sculptures have received mixed reviews from bookstore browsers. What do you think?

"How To Get Your Blog In Shape For Fall" - Article by Heidi Cohen.
As we head into fall, do you feel that your blog needs new spark. Here are 10 blog tips to get spiffed up for fall.

"Writers: Are You Out Of Time?" - Article by Jay for Speed Screenwriting.
Finding time to write sometimes just comes down to a writer’s worst enemy: procrastination. Every writer I have ever known has always a reason or two to procrastinate. It's part of being a writer. The question is how long should this go on?

"Navigating the Author/Reader Relationship in Online Communities" - Article by Molly O'Keefe for Dear Author.
Molly's thoughts on how authors and reviewers interact online. What are your thoughts?

"6 Writers' Apps for NaNoWriMo" - Article by Jason Rodway for Apartment Therapy.
Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? Here are some handy Smartphone apps to help you out.

If you've published a book, or if you're planning to publish, you'll want to know how to get reviews on Amazon. Lots of them. You don't have to wait months or years for reviews to start coming in, because if you follow the instructions in this post, you can get them in a matter of weeks! It doesn't matter if you're self-published or traditionally published.

Has this ever happened to you? What did you do?

"10 Awesome Literary Mustaches" - Article by Rachel for Book Riot.
You may or not be aware that we’re in a special month now. No, it’s not just November. It’s MOVEMBER (also known as No Shave November). Which means that a significant number of men in my life will be letting their razors rust for a full 30 days to raise money and awareness for men’s health issues like prostate cancer. In honor of Movember, Rachel gives us her Top Ten Literary Mustaches!

"eBookmark Bridges eBooks and Real Books" - Article by Lambert Varias for Technabob.
What do you think?

"Europe Looking to Follow US to Approve In-Flight Electronics" - Article by Samuel Gibbs for The Guardian.
UK and European regulators are scrutinizing use of electronic devices during take-off and landing after US gives approval. What are your thoughts?

Amazon has just launched a new program called "Kindle First" that gives customers the ability to buy and download selected books one month before their official release date. What do you think? Will you be joining?
Here's a direct link if you're interested.

"Think Like They Think" - Article by Jay Baer for Speed Screenwriting.
Jay talks about your character's POV, getting into their head, and becoming your character. What are your tricks for doing this?

"35 Badass Quotes That Will Make You Rethink Going To College" - Article by Ryan Holiday for Thought Catalog.
Ryan has collected his favorite sayings on self-education. Have you got any to add?

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