Daily Archives: March 11, 2013

Beware Random House’s Ebook Imprints – Forbes | Self-Publishing

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Random House’s ebook-only imprints have come under fire for having predatory and abusive contract terms.

Penelope‘s insight:


Another great case made for self-publishing: YOU RETAIN CONTROL and PROFITS and the KNOWLEDGE of the ANALYTICS of your book. Sure, your book may be sitting out on Amazon, or Smashwords, or the i-bookstore, but you can pull it at any time and put it on your own website for sales.

I have heard the same story time and again from friends who have had their books published by one of the big publishers. They sign a contract, which pretty much signs away their rights. They pay out thousands and thousands of dollars for what? The book is published, but that didn’t include any promotion. These authors are kept in the dark about the number of sales, they don’t see royalties, and they are being treated as if they absolutely have no right to know how their books are doing. They are frustrated and discouraged.

Personally, I will stick to self-publishing and my books will remain my sole property.

 ***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing for Kindle”***

 Link to the original article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/suwcharmananderson/2013/03/10/beware-random-houses-ebook-imprints/


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The Real Value of Social Media | Author Book Promotion

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The most valuable part of social media is driving recommendations and natural and authentic social mentions from your customers.

Penelope‘s insight:


OK. I think we need to strip out all the hype and nonsense and go back to the basics of what social media is really all about–relationships.

Why did people like to watch the Andy Griffith show? Because we enjoyed watching the relationships and the interactions between these quirky characters! They were authentic and we loved them. People are relational. We still crave and thrive on real relationships–no matter what’s going on in the world around us.

How can we develop our “relationships” with our readers? The same way it’s always been throughout the centuries. Talking with them, interacting with them, finding out what they like and don’t like about our books. Getting to know them!

Think like there is “no box”. How can you engage your readers TODAY? How can you form your own relationships?


***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Ebook Promotion and Marketing”***

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The Power of Words | Writing Tips

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Wonderful and highly inspirational video. Reminds us all to strive for authentic and purposeful communication. So chose your words wisely. They are extremely powerful.

Penelope‘s insight:


This beautiful video is a less than 2 minutes, but I guarantee it will be time well spent– and will give you new “vision”.


***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing Rightly”***

 Link to the original video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hzgzim5m7oU&feature=player_embedded

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