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text 2017-04-27 08:16
Technology, giveaways, workshops - all in the name of book sales

Authors.me - publishing and writing technology that fails to deliver

Back in November I wrote a blog entitled, Authors.me "matches manuscripts to non-existent pages, vanity press when I discovered that the platform that claims to "...connects writers, agents and publishers to find manuscripts, manage submissions and get books published" had connected one of my uploaded books to publishing sites that, among other inconsistencies, didn't even exist or wanted me to pay them to publish my book. In fact, sixty percent of Author.me "matches" didn't actually match.

 

Further to that, today I received an email from one of the sites that actually did "match", Black Rose Writing, saying they "were going to pass on Loving the Terrorist (my novel) at present", however if I decided to self-publish to consider their imprint, Bookend Design "where (you) would work directly with the Black Rose Writing Design Team."

 

I'm wondering how much business Black Rose Writing gets from submissions by authors hoping for a traditional publishing contract and then redirecting them to their self-publishing imprint, Bookend Design?

 

Is there no end to the scams in this industry? And what about Authors.me vetting these so-called publishers for their site?

 

Technology to analyze manuscripts and provide actionable insights.

The latest product from Authors.me is Intelligent Editorial Analysis, "technology to analyze manuscripts and provide actionable insights."

 

They offered me the opportunity to test drive this product and so I uploaded the manuscript of my novel The Big Picture, A Camera, A Young Woman, An Uncompromising Ethic.

 

On a scale of 1 to 100, where a 100 most resembles a commercially viable book, my manuscript scored 85.48.

 

My strengths included "an elevated level of craft" because of my "measured use of adjectives like "very" " as well as "going easy on the exclamation marks". Weaknesses were inconsistent spelling (they don't say what), explicit language (curse words) and the use of clichés.

 

This last one I'd challenge but I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and I don't plan to get bent out of shape over it since it's all grist for the mill.

If you want to try this out it will now cost you $49. Go to

https://app.authors.me/#partner/booklife-authors

 

InstaFreebie bolsters Advance Reading Team E-mail list

I just finished a trial offer on Instafreebie. For those of you who are not familiar with this giveaway platform here's how it's described on their site:

 

InstaFreebie was created in 2014 with a mission to accelerate great stories and big ideas. As the book world’s leading platform for exclusive access to sneak peeks, advance previews, and special giveaways, we live our mission every day and give readers a chance to SEE IT FIRST™.InstaFreebie was created in 2014 with a mission to accelerate great stories and big ideas. As the book world’s leading platform for exclusive access to sneak peeks, advance previews, and special giveaways.

 

Their basic program is free but I signed up for a thirty day free trial of the "Plus" program that allowed me to add subscribers to my email list. Fourteen people received an e-book edition of one of my novels and became a member of my Advance Reading Team by opting in with their email address.

 

A monthly subscription to this program is $20. That works out to $1.43 and e-mail. Nope.

 

Here's the site address:

https://www.instafreebie.com/plans

 

Deliver an hour long workshop - sell a few books

I delivered an hour long workshop on Introduction to Memoir Writing. This was in return for an opportunity to sell my books at the event. It worked, but if you factored in my time in preparation and the actual presentation I ended up subsidizing the sales.

 

There's got to be easier ways to sell books. Any ideas?

 

Stay calm, be brave, watch for the signs.

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Find reviews, blurbs and buy links to my seven novels and two plays at

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003DS6LEU

 

Facebook for writing news, my experience as a writer as well as promotions, contests, giveaways and discounts regarding his books

https://www.facebook.com/Rod-Raglin-337865049886964/

 

Video book reviews of books about how to write fiction as well as the work of self-published authors now at

Not Your Family, Not Your Friend Video Book Reviews:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH45n8K4BVmT248LBTpfARQ

 

Cover Art of books by self-published authors at

https://www.pinterest.com/rod_raglin/rod-raglins-reviews-cover-art/

 

More of my original photographs can be viewed, purchased, and shipped to you as GREETING CARDS; matted, laminated, mounted, framed, or canvas PRINTS; and POSTERS. Go to: http://www.redbubble.com/people/rodraglin

 

View my flickr photostream at https://www.flickr.com/photos/78791029@N04/

 

Or, My YouTube channel if you prefer photo videos accompanied by classical music

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsQVBxJZ7eXkvZmxCm2wRYA

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2015-04-24 00:00
Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity
Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Moderni... Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity - Barry Bergdoll,Leah Dickerman Director's Foreword, by Glenn D. Lowry
Lenders to the Exhibition
Acknowledgments
Curator's Preface, by Barry Bergdoll and Leah Dickerman


--Bauhaus Fundaments, Leah Dickerman
--Bauhaus Multiplied: Paradoxes of Architecture and Design in and after the Bauhaus, Barry Bergdoll

Plates
--Walter Gropius and Lyonel Feininger: Bauhaus Manifesto. 1919, Charles W. Haxthausen
--Lothar Schreyer: Death House for a Woman. c.1920, Klaus Weber
--Walter Determann: Bauhaus Settlement Weimar. 1920, Marco de Michelis
--Josef Albers: Lattice Picture. 1921, Peter Nisbet
--Marcel Breuer and Gunta Stölzl: "African" Chair. 1921, Christopher Wilk
--Theodor Bogler: Teapots. 1923, Juliet Kinchin
--Unknown Weaver, possibly Else Mögelin Wall Hanging. 1923, T'ai Smith
--Vasily Kandinsky: Designs for Wall Paintings. 1922, Christine Mehring
--László Moholy-Nagy: Constructions in Enamel. 1923, Brigid Doherty
--Wilhelm Wagenfeld and Carl Jakob Jucker: Table Lamp. 1923-24, Frederic J. Schwartz
--Joseph Hartwig: Chess Sets. 1922-24, Benjamin H. D. Buchloh
--Alma Buscher: "Ship" Building Toy. 1923, Christine Mehring
--Oskar Schlemmer: Grotesque I. 1923, Paul Paret
--Oskar Schlemmer: Study for the Triadic Ballet. 1924, Paul Paret
--Herbert Bayer: Advertising Structures. 1924-25, Hal Foster
--Color Plans for Architecture. 1925-26, Marco de Michelis
--Walter Gropius and László Moholy-Nagy: Bauhaus Book Series. 1925-30, Adrian Sudhalter
--Herbert Bayer: Designs for "Universal" Lettering. 1925 and 1927, Ellen Lupton
--Gunta Stölzl: 5 Choirs. 1928, T'ai Smith
--László Moholy-Nagy: Photograms, Michael W. Jennings
--Marcel Breuer: Club Chair, Frederic J. Schwartz
--Lucia Moholy: Photograph of Georg Muche. 1927, Matthew S. Witkovsky
--Marianne Brandt: Our Unnerving City. 1926, Matthew S. Witkovsky
--Hannes Meyer: German Trade Unions School, Bernau. 1928-30, Detlef Mertins
--Exercises for Color Theory Courses, Hal Foster
--László Moholy-Nagy: Light Prop for an Electric Stage. 1930, Alex Potts
--Wallpaper Design, Juliet Kinchin
--Paul Klee: Fire in the Evening. 1929, Alex Potts
--Pius Pahl: House C. 1932-33, Detlef Mertins
--Oskar Schlemmer: Bauhaus Stairway. 1932, Andreas Huyssen

--14 Years Bauhaus: A Chronicle, Adrian Sudhalter with Research Contributions by Dara Kiese

Index
Photograph Credits
Trustees of The Museum of Modern Art
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url 2014-02-28 00:05
Magical Words Writing Workshop

 

Do you want to be an author? Or are you already an author? Either way this workshop may be the perfect thing for you. MagicalWords.net is one of my favorite blogs run by Faith Hunter, David B. Coe, Misty Massey (and many other authors) but these three will be hosing a workshop in July where you can not only meet them along with some publishers but they will also offer their feedback on the first 2500 words of your manuscript. If you've always wanted to be a writer but aren't sure if your works ready or just love writing workshops in general then this may be the workshop for you. Sounds like an exciting opportunity. Please check out the link for more information.  I believe the workshop is $25 to attend.  


I love MagicalWords.net they always have great tips on writing and just a lot of excellent posts on anything and everything to do with writing.  It's run by a whole host of authors and I'd love to go to one of their tours or workshops one day.  I just thought there may be some people out there who'd be interested in this.  If nothing else check out their website for some great articles.  

Source: www.magicalwords.net/misty-massey/magical-words-writing-workshop-2
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"With Rhonda’s keen eye and efficient edits, I was able to submit my first novella with confidence. Her skill is unmatched and I’m fortunate enough to continue working with her on the remainder of my series… Thanks to Rhonda, I can say my debut novella is under contract, and I will never be able to thank her enough for her support, skill, and assistance during the editing process."

 

Rhonda Helms is an editor for Carina Press and a multi-published author for Simon & Schuster, Kensington and Berkley. She’s also intimately familiar with New Adult romance—she both writes and edits it.

 

As well as assignments and discussions, as part of this course Rhonda will help you hone your story pitch AND critique the first 30 pages of your novel.

 

Read more and sign up here!

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"With Rhonda’s keen eye and efficient edits, I was able to submit my first novella with confidence. Her skill is unmatched and I’m fortunate enough to continue working with her on the remainder of my series… Thanks to Rhonda, I can say my debut novella is under contract, and I will never be able to thank her enough for her support, skill, and assistance during the editing process."

 

Rhonda Helms is an editor for Carina Press and a multi-published author for Simon & Schuster, Kensington and Berkley. She’s also intimately familiar with New Adult romance—she both writes and edits it.

 

As well as assignments and discussions, as part of this course Rhonda will help you hone your story pitch AND critique the first 30 pages of your novel.

 

Read more and sign up here!

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