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Relentlessly Creative Books is a “Middle Path” publisher, working to connect authors and readers. If you´d like more information about how we work, write books@relentlesslycreative.com or visit us at http://relentlesslycreative.com
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Thoughts on the Creative Career

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I´ve been following Ze Frank´s video career for many years and have grown to appreciate his antic humor and wisdom. This vid is full of the later and I highly recommend you view it if you are considering a creative career or find yourself in the middle of one. Enjoy.

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There Will Always Be a Place for Great Bookstores

There Will Always Be a Place for Great Bookstores | Relentlessly Creative Books | Scoop.it
The business of publishing and selling books will continue its radical change. But some things are eternal.
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Book retail has already undergone a radical transformation. Consider that in the 70s the biggest bookstore chain was Krochs & Brentanos. The one in the Loop in Chicago was typical: several floors you could only reach by elevator, florescent lighting, linoleum floors and no seating. Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble were game changers. Now the transformation has moved to publishing.

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Seth Godin on the writing process...

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“Don’t go looking for the way other authors do their work. You won’t find many who are consistent enough to copy, and there are enough variations in approach that it’s obvious that it’s not like...”

Seth Godin on the writing process, a fine addition to our ongoing archive of advice on writing. Pair with literary icons’ advice on when not to take writing advice. And should you be tempted to...

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I’m the type that writes until I go numb with sleep deprivation followed by a coma-like state. What’s your approach?

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Dear Mainstream Authors, Stop Bashing Independent Publishing and Get a Clue

Dear Mainstream Authors, Stop Bashing Independent Publishing and Get a Clue | Relentlessly Creative Books | Scoop.it
Dear Mainstream Authors, Stop Bashing Independent Publishing and Get a Clue
Huffington Post
They're like the bullies on the playground.
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I hope to see my post show up on this one.

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3 Critical Marketing Principles For Authors From The Bookseller Marketing and Publicity Conference

3 Critical Marketing Principles For Authors From The Bookseller Marketing and Publicity Conference | Relentlessly Creative Books | Scoop.it

As one of the few authors who attended the Bookseller Marketing and Publicity conference this week, I was impressed with the incredible marketing campaigns that publishers have put together for their top authors and the books they decide to focus on. There are definitely some talented and enthusiastic marketing professionals out there and of course, all authors would love that kind of marketing attention.

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Great advice! Now would you like coaching that will help you stay on the tracks? Learn more about our “Middle Path” approach to publishing. books@relentlesslycreative.com

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Master the First Law of Writing: Create a Compelling Hook

Master the First Law of Writing: Create a Compelling Hook | Relentlessly Creative Books | Scoop.it
Blog post at Self-Publishing Tips | How to Publish a Book :
Stop worrying about the thousands of words that will fill your book.
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Your hook is important for both reader engagement and marketing.

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7 Writing Lessons from Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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I’m finally reading One Hundred Years of Solitude, the Nobel Prize Winning novel and one of the best selling books of all time. Gabriel García Marquez’s novel about a small village in Colombia has become the best known work of magic realism, a literary genre that blends detailed realism with elements that couldn’t possibly exist.

 

There are things I like and things I don’t like about the novel, but apart from personal taste, it quickly became clear to me García Márquez is a great writer, perhaps among the best writers alive (he’s eighty-six).

In this post, we will explore seven writing lessons we can learn from the Colombian master.


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Diversity: The NeverEnding Story

I've been reading since I was three years old and I can't remember a time when diversity wasn't an issue in children's literature. Week after week, I'd peruse the Scholastic book orders searching f...
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I have a series of essays on racism. Maybe they will be a book someday? Anyone with anything to contribute on the topic?

 

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6 Must-Have Social Media Platforms for Authors | PR by the Book

6 Must-Have Social Media Platforms for Authors | PR by the Book | Relentlessly Creative Books | Scoop.it
1.) Facebook For lack of a better term, let’s call Facebook the Father of all social networks.
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Don't wait to start building your online presence.

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Ripping Off Indie Authors: Let Us Count the Ways

Ripping Off Indie Authors: Let Us Count the Ways | Relentlessly Creative Books | Scoop.it
Three years ago, when no one took self-publishing seriously, indie authors only had to worry about being ripped off by a vanity press, and that’s only if they were silly enough to sign with one.
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This article is a definite “must read” for anyone considering self-publishing. As a publisher, I am horrified by the stories that authors tell me about the rip-offs they’ve experienced. Personally, I think that self publishing is a path that is fraught with perils unless you are very savvy. I realize that traditional publishing isn´t feasible for everyone either. That´s why I’ve developed a “Middle Path” publishing approach that you should learn about. Just write for information: books@relentlesslycreative.com.

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How do People Judge a Book by its Cover?

How do People Judge a Book by its Cover? | Relentlessly Creative Books | Scoop.it
Okay, so you've heard the adage, 'Don't judge a book by its cover.'  In the world of judgments and assumptions I am in agreement, because you never really know who someone is no matter their demean...
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Book design is essentially package design. In other words, it is a highly specialize area of graphic design. Not every designer can design book covers and it is not the place where you want to experiment. Find an experienced book designer and ask to see samples of the books they have designed. Imagine them on a crowded bookstore shelf, or as a tiny thumbnail in an online catalog. Would they stand out? It´s important to get the cover right.

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Should We Write What We Know? - New York Times (blog)

Should We Write What We Know? - New York Times (blog) | Relentlessly Creative Books | Scoop.it
Should We Write What We Know? New York Times (blog) One of the three most famous writing mottoes is “Kill your darlings.” Commonly attributed to William Faulkner and others, the sentiment seems originally to have been expressed by Sir Arthur...
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This article offers great reasons for why you should write what you know.

 

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Beverly Akerman: Self-publishing your way past obscurity

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I’ve decided to give away the e-version of my award-winning collection of short fiction, The Meaning of Children  - well, for a couple of days. The paperback, released in 2011 by Exile Editions, officially sold about 365 copies. At $2 per $19.95 list priced copy, I’ve earned about $730 in royalties from Exile’s publication, which doesn’t include the proceeds from the approximately 200 copies I hawked myself, or the $150 they paid me to publish one of the stories in Exile Quarterly. Somebody else—many somebodies—pocketed the remaining $12 to $18 per copy…or over $6500.

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Is there a good time to give books away? Perhaps, but you have to be strategic about it. Self publishers often discover this is more challenging than they anticipated. Learn more about our “Middle Path” approach  to publishing. Write for information. books@relentlesslycreative.com

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Taking book marketing where the book readers are likely to be

Taking book marketing where the book readers are likely to be | Relentlessly Creative Books | Scoop.it

Digital marketers who want to sell books are increasingly turning to the virtual places where readers cluster. This includes marketing through the major social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.), using the data mining tools available to target within those networks, as well as marketing in niches and online communities of readers (in some cases publishers are even building vertical communities themselves). Publishers are also increasingly turning to book- and reading-focused social sites to get the word out about their books. These vehicles carry an additional bonus in the digital age: they’re global and give publishers a one-stop opportunity to reach markets beyond their natural national audiences.

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Where exactly do your readers hang out? Here are some great ideas. If you are an author seeking a publisher or considering self-publishing, you should learn about our “Middle Path” approach to publishing. Write for information. books@relentlesslycreative.com

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E-publishing Platform Cloudary Raised $110 million from Goldman Sachs and Temasek

E-publishing Platform Cloudary Raised $110 million from Goldman Sachs and Temasek | Relentlessly Creative Books | Scoop.it
E-publishing Platform Cloudary Raised $110 million from Goldman Sachs and Temasek http://t.co/qnrfO4vjrM via @sharethis
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Author realises dream - Northern Advocate

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Author realises dream
Northern Advocate
When Whangarei author Donna Blaber decided to start writing children's books, she set herself two conditions - that they would cost less than $5 and be made in New Zealand.
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Having specific goals as an author really works.

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Non-Crappy Book Giveaway: The Honest Toddler - Crappy Pictures

Non-Crappy Book Giveaway: The Honest Toddler - Crappy Pictures | Relentlessly Creative Books | Scoop.it
I entered to win the @HonestToddler book from Crappy Pictures. via @AmberDusick http://t.co/j3dMAbhkkD
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For you, only the non-crappy... Well, the pictures are kind of crappy, but still.

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Real Estate Marketing E-Book Now Available for Download at No Charge by ... - PR Web (press release)

Real Estate Marketing E-Book Now Available for Download at No Charge by ... - PR Web (press release) | Relentlessly Creative Books | Scoop.it
Real Estate Marketing E-Book Now Available for Download at No Charge by ...
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Real estate marketing e-book is now available for a no cost download online at the HowtoMarketHouses.com company.
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Marketing in any field is a challenge.

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