A Refreshing Time-Lapse Video of a Bookstore Being Built!


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If sales of e-books is getting you down, take 1 minute and 17 seconds to say, “Yes, now that’s what I love to see!” Half Price Books  opened their 113th store last Thursday, and as a way to say thanks to their customers (that they are opening stores, not closing them) they put together this fun video demonstrating all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to open a new bookstore.

 A Refreshing Time Lapse Video of a Bookstore Being Built!

Where Will the E-Reader “Book” Go From Here?


kindle Where Will the E Reader Book Go From Here?I recently returned from a writers conference back-to-back with the International Christian Retail Show. Throughout the panels that I had the chance to sit in on as well as the many blogs I have read from editorial agents and others who returned from the retail show, I am happy to see that the Christian market is jumping in on the advancement of technology in e-readers–in my opinion, much faster than they originally decided to build their web site presence in the last ten years.

They are definitely aware that these “trends” of technology in the book business are not all short-term gimmicks, but a revolutionary moment in the history of book selling. And they are determined to be in on it, perhaps. .  . even leaders.

I just read a very interesting article that I wanted to point out to you to go and read called, What are the next radical eReader features?

It lists a lot of great perks about e-readers and a lot of things that e-reader will (or should) do to remain a viable competition to those old paperbacks. One thing that is mentioned i:

Add on great support for writing. The first thing it does is it lets eReaders (or the eReader+eWriter version) replace paper in more and more situations. The second thing it does is kill multi-purpose devices’ ability to compete – phones and Tablets just don’t have very good writing or data entry capabilities and it’s highly unlikely they’d cut down on their ability to do 1 million different things to support both better reading and better writing.

I agree completely, as for those of us who use Kindle as a tool for our collection of information and knowledge, as well as a tool in writing our own next book, the ability to quickly add notes more than a sentence long. One thing I would add to the abilities of my Kindle, which I have owned now for nearly 2 years (1st generation) and have read over 300 books on is actually a feature that it had that I can no longer seem to locate (if you know where it is, please let me know!)

Bring back the “search your library” feature. When I first got my Kindle one of the features that was in the experimental phase was the ability for a reader to search a word or phrase to find out where it appeared in ALL OF THE BOOKS she had ever purchased on Kindle. This is not only handy for a reader who wishes to locate differing opinions from a variety of authors and sources on a topic rather fast; but as an author myself, when I am doing research for my own book I am writing, the ability to scan quickly through my library to see what other authors have said on this topic is invaluable. And I may even refer to these other authors, quote from their books, etc. so it benefits not only myself, but other authors, and eventually the reader, as my research may in fact be more thorough and from a variety of sources.

I don’t know exactly when this featured disappeared as an option, but it was one of the reasons, as an author, I was so excited to get my Kindle.

I would love to hear your feedback as an author. Where are you at in the e-reader timeline? Do you have an e-reader? If not, do you think “it’s just a matter of time before I get one” or are you holding tightly to your paper and binding and waiting for what may or may not be a phase to pass? Has the ability to easily publish books on an e-reader encouraged you to think more broadly about what you may write since you could bypass a publisher?  I’m eager to hear your feedback!


 Where Will the E Reader Book Go From Here?

I Love My Kindle


kindle I Love My KindleAfter saving money little by little for over a year for Kindle: Amazon’s Wireless Reading Device I Love My Kindle (and wondering if I would ever get to that $350 mark) I was very surprised to get it as a birthday gift from my husband mid-September. I was scheduled to have wrist surgery a few days after my 40th birthday, so was even more thrilled that I would still be able to read easily with a cast on my arm. Due to an infection, the surgery was postponed, but I have read about 7 books and am in the middle of a few more.

My advice would be (1) If your book is not yet available for the Kindle, ask your publisher to do it. It’s a 3-minute step to request your book to be made available.

HOWEVER, that said, I’ve been trying numerous times in the last week to create an account to upload the books and Amazon says, “try back later.” After visiting multiple forums I see that many people have been having this problem and Amazon’s answer has been “just keep trying until it works.” I have better things to do right now than fill out a form over and over to be told they are having technical difficulties, so my faith in their customer support is lacking at the moment.

That said, the Kindle has been easy to use. With my rheumatoid arthritis and painful hands, it’s been a blessing physically. I’ve also loved having one book-size gadget to carry and it includes my bible (purchased for about $5 on Kindle), the 550-page fiction novel I am reading, and numerous non-fiction.

The ability to be able to highlight text, write notes near it and then export it all into a text file will make my writing and researching for my future books and articles so much easier. And I plan to get rid of some of the boxes of books I’ve saved for years and buy the Kindle version so I can use the search feature and scan all my books for a particular word.

I am still discovering all the functions of this handy gadget, but am pleased. The screen is easy to read (no glare) and I’ve found as I am getting tired, I just make the font larger!

The price of the KIndle may or may not make it worthwhile to you as a writer. But if you do a lot of reading and researching for your own books and find yourself highlighting text and then typing in your notes later, definately consider it!


 I Love My Kindle

Book Sales are Up and Independents are Opening

According to the American Booksellers Association, for the fifth consecutive month, retail sales at bookstores exceeded last year’s results. Preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census show an increase in bookstore sales in November 2007 of 7.5 percent compared to November 2006.

More good news is that the American Booksellers Association welcomed 115 new bookstores that opened for business in 2007. This was the third year in a row that the number of bookstore openings topped one hundred.

“We’re happy to report that 115 ABA member stores opened in 2007,” said ABA CEO Avin Mark Domnitz. “This is very good news and an indication of a growing trend among communities that are recognizing the unique contributions of local independent businesses. These new ABA member stores offer a one-of-a-kind environment and knowledgeable owners and staff who are dedicated to serving their neighborhoods.”

The new bookstore openings were spread across 35 states, and included a branch store of Florida’s Books & Books on Grand Cayman Island and a member store in La Paz, Mexico. The largest number of openings was in California, which welcomed 17 new stores; followed by eight openings in New York; seven each in Georgia and Oregon; six in Michigan; and five each in Colorado, Minnesota, and North Carolina.

Many of the stores are unique to just a few genres or even one. For example, Bookselling This Week explains one customer’s unique angle:

Mysterious Future Bookstore, a 2,000-square-foot science fiction and mystery bookstore in Santa Rosa, California, which opened in late April, has benefited from the support of other area bookstores, said owner Sharon Halton. “None of us can carry every book,” she explained. “So we send each other customers. Participating in a local book fair has also helped us [attract new customers].”

Read more of the article here. It also includes a list of the names/locations of the new independent bookstores that opened in 2007.

What does this mean for the author who is trying to market her book? Good news! It’s not all about Amazon.com! With Internet book tour opportunities abounding and “social networking” now being considered an internet marketing term, we are often quick to stay in our little home office and ignore the bookstores. But the relationships you form with the indpendent bookstore owners can benefit you (and your sales!) for years to come.

By investing time into helping them sell more books–yours included–you have the chance to become one of their special local guests, have multiple book signings, have them refer your book to customers personally, and have them recommend you to other bookstore owners the meet. You can build your platform and be considered an expert in your community. Which of course leads to becoming a source for reporters and editors who are doing stories on your topic.

With the buzz of the internet calling, take some time this week to check out some of the local independent bookstores and find where your book would be a good fit. With a few simple steps you can become an author that independent bookstore owners love.

Statistics are from Bookselling This Week


Lisa and Joel Copen have a variety of experience in founding a nonprofit that receieves over 80,000 visitors per month, music and sound editing, web design, and book marketing and publishing. They look forward to your ideas to make the series of ebooks on book promotion a practical tool to help you sell more books!

What can you learn from American Idol?

This was sent to me and I thought some of you may be interested in calling in. The call is free, but I’m sure there will be some kind of pitch at the end. Still, the information may be helpful.



 Dear Friends,

I was one of those people who prided myself on the fact that I’d never watched American Idol.

That is, until I did.

Then I was hooked liked the rest of America.

I loved the singing. I loved the drama. I loved the nail biting anticipation on “Results Night.” But most of all, I loved watching people’s dreams come true right before my eyes – and I loved that the dreamers were everyday people like you and me. No Idol was stick thin or model gorgeous. Few were the children of the rich and famous. None had their success handed to them on a silver platter.

They did have talent but there are a lot of talented people out there who never make it beyond community theater. These Idols had something else.

Now you have the chance to learn how to tap into that “something else” for yourself by listening in to our free Passion interview with Debra Poneman, co-author of Chicken Soup for the American

Idol Soul on Tuesday, January 22.

http://www.healthywealthynwise.com/cmd.asp?Clk=2240267 Debra is an internationally renowned teacher and president of Yes to Success Seminars, Inc. She spent 6 months interviewing Idols o co-author this book which unveils the secrets that have made dreams come true for so many on the #1 show in television history. On January 22 she will share the stories and principles that will allow you to make your own dreams come true.

Debra is not only my first mentor, but mentor to many of today’s top transformational leaders such as Marci Shimoff and Deepak Chopra.

“For the last 25 years I’ve taught techniques for creating lasting success and deep fulfillment to tens of thousands of people around the world,” says Debra.

“It was amazing to me how each Idol I interviewed instinctively knew what they needed to do to rise to the top. When I finished the book, I realized that every story illustrated a different principle of success. Chicken Soup for the American Idol Soul may be an unlikely vehicle but it is a very powerful testimony to the value of

these timeless principles.”

http://www.healthywealthynwise.com/cmd.asp?Clk=2240267 On Tuesday, January 22, it will be my pleasure to personally interview Debra Poneman as she shares with you the principles of success that she has taught over the last 25 years – and she will show us how these principles guided the success of some of these top entertainers of our time.

In this interview you’ll learn:

  • The principle that many Idols used to turn seemingly insurmountable obstacles into the impetus that propelled them to success
  • The law of success that guided Idols like Clay Aiken and Mandissa to be willing to risk everything – and the resulting miracles
  • The process that Idols used to know when to speak up and when to let go
  • The role that passion played in guiding them on their paths to success
  • The technique Debra taught Jordin Sparks that Jordin felt was instrumental to her being chosen the 2006 American Idol

Please join me on Tuesday, January 22nd for this free teleconference.

You will discover that Debra is not only a brilliant speaker but a living example of the principles she teaches.

Register now to be part of this event that I promise, will profoundly impact your life.


Looking forward to being with you,

Janet Attwood

P.S. We have just 400 seats on this call for our partner’s members, so be sure to register and claim you spot today. Then call in 5-10 minutes early to make sure you secure your line. Register at no charge here:


Resource of Interest for Authors

An excellent resource that I plan to purchase soon by Terry Whalin…

Reprinted from his blog:
Last Wednesday night, I hosted a teleseminar with eight publishing professionals who are top editors and agents in different aspects of publishing. I was intentional about the mixture of people, publishers and types of writing. The teleseminar was completely unscripted and I know a brand-new experience for several of my publishing friends.

Let’s face reality. These publishing experts are busy and hard to reach. I asked each one to spend ten minutes with me on the phone talking about one book proposal or manuscript which attracted them from the beginning. I also asked each one to point out one of the key errors writers make when they approach them. Each of these eight people had the same questions and our conversation was completely unscripted. If you listen to the call, you will see each person arrived at a specific time. And then we talked and they said good night. After the call, I sent each of the speakers the edited teleseminar so they could hear their colleagues (if they wanted to do so).

In addition, I asked each of them to send any document they had about creating an excellent book proposal or pitch. Not everyone had something to send but I compiled the material into a study guide to be used in advance of the teleseminar. It turned out to be 65 pages of excellent advice and insight for writers of all levels of experience.

While I’ve been in publishing for over twenty years, I was amazed at what happened during this teleseminar with eight different perspectives. Each person brought a different type of proposal. Some of them referred to a nonfiction book proposal and others talked about a fiction manuscript. Each one pointed out a different aspect that attracted them and brought value to the overall experience. Also each one pointed out a different error or mistake that many writers make when they approach them. The result was something with broad appeal in the book publishing landscape. It wasn’t focused on the Christian market (some of it is) nor totally focused on the general book market (some of it is).

Terry has written more than 60 nonfiction books plus published in
more than 50 magazines. For five years, he’s been an acquisitions editor at a book publisher, and now he is a literary agent at Whalin Literary Agency. Terry encourages writers of any level (from beginners to professionals) at Right-Writing.com. To help
people pursue their own dreams of a published book, Terry has written
Book Proposals That $ell, 21 Secrets to Speed Your Success.


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Lisa and Joel Copen have a variety of experience in founding a nonprofit that receieves over 80,000 visitors per month, music and sound editing, web design, and book marketing and publishing. They look forward to your ideas to make the series of ebooks on book promotion a practical tool to help you sell more books!

National e-Book Conference In Portland, OR, March 6-9, 2008

Portland, OR (PRWEB) January 8, 2008 — Grab your umbrella and favorite electronic reading device (a laptop or PDA will do) and head to the great Pacific Northwest for the 8th annual EPIC conference, “It’s Not Easy Being E,” in Portland, Oregon, March 6-9, 2008, at the Lloyd Center Doubletree Inn. This national conference addresses the emerging electronic publishing industry, and attracts publishers, writers and readers of this new medium.

Headlining the conference is luncheon keynote speaker is Michael Powell, owner of Powell’s Books, which lays claim to being the largest independent bookstore in the world. Powell’s is a noted retailer of e-books, as well as new and hard-to-find used books. The Portland conference will feature e-publisher panel discussions and workshops pertaining to publishing and promoting electronic books, new technologies, and genre and publisher-specific topics. There will be an EPPIE book awards ceremony, honoring excellence in electronic publishing, and opportunities for social and professional networking.

Fees for the three-day conference are $155 for EPIC members and $185 for non-members. A single day rate of $75 is also available. Registration will be open through February 10, 2008.

EPIC, the Electronically Published Internet Connection, is a professional organization for published and contracted e-book and print authors. Established in 1997, EPIC was one of the first advocates of electronic publishing, and has been a strong voice for the industry ever since. Its members write and publish in all literary and non-fiction genres.

For more information on the conference and how to register go to the EPIC website, www.epicauthors.com.


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 National e Book Conference In Portland, OR, March 6 9, 2008

Where Do Authors Fit In The Trends of Marketing and Publishing?

In a recent survey sponsored by the organizers of the 2007 Frankfurt Book Fair in October the industry was asked where the major areas of growth are for the industry in the coming years. They responded with the following:

  1. 44 percent of respondents identified the use of e-books
  2. 41 percent identified audiobooks, many of which are now available as downloads
  3. As the world becomes increasingly globalized, 27 percent of respondents saw books in translation (much of the business of the Frankfurt Book Fair) as a growth area.
  4. 27 percent identified educational publishing

You can view the entire survey on the Frankfurter BuchMesse site.

Tom Masters, of Future Perfect Publishing makes the following predictions. Although these are just personal opinions, as an author who is promoting his or her own books, each opinon should be taken into consideration and how it does or could impact you. I’ve highlighted some important facts authors should be aware of, in my opinion.

  • More publishing will not undermine the market for books.  To the contrary, it will expand it into new areas.  Though the market will continue to fragment into ever finer niches and sub-niches, we will find ever more efficient ways to aggregate the fragments.

>>>> I agree whole-heartedly! People are much more able to find exactly the kind of information they want quickly and then expand to broaden their vision and needs. In the past, one had to find the general subject and try to adapt it to your situation.

  • e-books will continue to in sales, but like audio books, will remain a small part of the overall publishing market.

>>>> Ebooks give people a different kind of information. I buy a lot of informational ebooks. Some are amazing and stuffed full of information that would have taken me years to compile if I even had the time. Some are a waste of money. But the average book-buyer is a different audience than the ebook buyer. As internet marketing increases and everyone tries to figure out how to get rich, ebook sales will continue to grow. Audio books likely will stay in the loop due to all our digital gadgets like ipods.

  • The printed book, far from being eclipsed by digital media, will become a type of digital media itself – think e-paper and conductive ink – and attain a new coolness factor.

>>>> I never had a desire for an iphone. But as someone who reads 2-3 books per week, I am trying to tell myself I want the new Amazon Kindle because it’s practical. Okay, I’ll admit it. I want to be the cool one too. One of the first authors to show it to my friends and say, “See how easy this is? You can carry 300 books at once!” (Like they’d ever want 300 books.)

I think the sales of Amazon’s Kindle (and their “out of stock status” despite the $399 price factor) backs this up! I know I want one. And after seeing Sony’s version at Borders today and realizing how amazing the non-glare screen is, I’m sold! I just need to budget for it now.

  • The hand-wringing over literacy will turn out to be misguided, much as each generation’s hand-wringing over evolving language usage patterns of younger generations.

>>>>They say text messaging actually helps kids spell better. I haven’t figured out this methodology yet, but was it a 16-year-old who did the research? We’ll see…

  • Authors will become more important than publishers and the various elements of the traditional book marketing machine.  Savvy authors will use the Internet both as a vehicle to build an audience while they develop their work, and  as a tool to generate low cost, but highly effective market buzz and book sales.

>>>> Did you see that key word there? SAVVY authors… that’s what it’s all about, friends. There are millions of authors, but the savvy ones will sell books, the others will give them to grandma to pass out to her friends. That’s why blogs like this are so important–so we can all share and compare what works and what doesn’t. We want to make the Internet work for us, not the other way around.

  • During the next decade or two, we will see the end (or the substantial diminshing) of physical book distribution and the end of book returns.  In combination with better analytics for selecting and managing titles, this will make book publishing a highly profitable business.

>>>> Good news for all those authors who have boxes of books in their garages, closets, storage units.

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Lisa and Joel Copen have a variety of experience in founding a nonprofit that receieves over 80,000 visitors per month, music and sound editing, web design, and book marketing and publishing. They look forward to your ideas to make the series of ebooks on book promotion a practical tool to help you sell more books!

 Where Do Authors Fit In The Trends of Marketing and Publishing?

Announce Your Ebook

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Announce your ebook! If you’ve taken the time to write one, or have used an excerpt of your current book to make an ebook, now it the time to announce your ebook at ebookbroadcast.com.

They have a wealth of information for the ebook publisher, including a newsletter.

According to their web site, “eBookBroadcast.com features press releases
related to new ebooks, epublisher announcements, and handhelds news.” You
can submit your ebook release for free or try their priority service.

 Announce Your Ebook

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