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Raw Vegan and Sugar-Free Chocolate Mousse

Raw Vegan and Sugar-Free Chocolate Mousse | Storytelling | Scoop.it
This Raw Vegan, Sugar-Free Chocolate Mousse is a decadent dessert that doubles as a perfect chocolate smoothie as well.
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Toni Morrison on the Importance of Writing in the Face of Hate - 92Y On Demand

Toni Morrison on the Importance of Writing in the Face of Hate - 92Y On Demand | Storytelling | Scoop.it
Toni Morrison talks with Farrah Jasmine Griffin about the importance of artists “pushing through” the dark times to create your work. Watch the full event here.
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Step 1 to Selling Your Book? Don't Pretend It's 'Free.'

Step 1 to Selling Your Book? Don't Pretend It's 'Free.' | Storytelling | Scoop.it
Free books that aren't and gaming the best seller lists are deadend paths for entrepreneurs intent on making a living as authors.
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The important thing to know about selling a book is that it's a process that requires dedication. It does not happen overnight. 

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Traditional publishing is 'no longer fair or sustainable', says Society of Authors

Traditional publishing is 'no longer fair or sustainable', says Society of Authors | Storytelling | Scoop.it
Chief executive of 9,000-member UK group argues that while 'authors' earnings are going down generally, those of publishers are increasing'
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British authors lament the fact that they're earning less when they publish with the 'traditional' publishing houses. Self-publishing is becoming a more attractive option for them. - Maggie.

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Super-Agent Andrew Wylie Calls Amazon An “ISIS-Like Distribution Channel” | TechCrunch

Super-Agent Andrew Wylie Calls Amazon An “ISIS-Like Distribution Channel” | TechCrunch | Storytelling | Scoop.it
Andrew Wylie is a major book agent who many in the milquetoast publishing industry call the "jackal." His fiery pronouncements are much-read in certain..
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The old 'traditional' publishing model is becoming a phenomenon of the past, and Goliath players like Amazon are a big reason why this is so. Storytellers who would be published authors need to anticipate the new environment and reformat their thinking to suit. 

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Will Amazon Lead Us to the Golden Age of Books?

Will Amazon Lead Us to the Golden Age of Books? | Storytelling | Scoop.it
The unfortunate Fire Phone aside, the glut of opinion pieces and blog posts about Amazon of late have really been about one thing: books. So, is Amazon really as bad for book culture as we fear, or could the company of “1-click” sales, Kindles, and two-day shipping in fact be...
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The New York Times’ Top 10 Bestselling Business Books in October

The New York Times’ Top 10 Bestselling Business Books in October | Storytelling | Scoop.it
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Business books present information that enables us to be aware of the way in which humankind's collective consciousness is evolving. One does not need to be an entrepreneur to benefit tremendously from the diverse insights presented in them. Business books tend to be a blend of business, marketing and tech savvy, psychological research, as well as the personal (spiritual, emotional, cultural) orientation of their authors, and are fascinating to read. I'm somewhat suspicious, however, about the NYT bestseller list, since the trend now is for authors to pay to procure a spot for their book there. Hmmmm.    

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Amazon Doesn't Care About Books — It Cares About Selling Them

Amazon Doesn't Care About Books — It Cares About Selling Them | Storytelling | Scoop.it
Here's what Amazon really cares about.
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...which is why real publishers need to care about the quality of books, especially at the manuscript development stage. Our role is too important to just let quality slide, no matter how much we wish to make money... 

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What's the Best Print service for Indie Authors? | Self-Publishing Advice

What's the Best Print service for Indie Authors? | Self-Publishing Advice | Storytelling | Scoop.it
Excellent detailed analysis of the pros and cons of using Ingram Spark and CreateSpace to self-publish print books by ALLi Watchdog Giacomo Giammatteo
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Independent authors wishing to carefully research the best methods for garnering a good ROI in the publication of their book would find this article extremely useful. I, however, think it's a good idea to utilize the features of either one service provider or another. Therefore, I would either use all Ingram's services, or all Amazon's. 

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Amazon and the marketplace of ideas

Amazon and the marketplace of ideas | Storytelling | Scoop.it
The debate over Amazon's conflict with publishers should focus more on a crucial benefit of Amazon's emphasis on cost-cutting: it increases public access to the marketplace of ideas.
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My concern here is with the return on investment in producing a book as an independent author. Maybe the economy of scale to which Amazon has access might still make publishing a good book a worthwhile investment in terms of earnings. I'm still researching this. 

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The Jacket Designer's Challenge: To Capture A Book By Its Cover - ideastream

The Jacket Designer's Challenge: To Capture A Book By Its Cover - ideastream | Storytelling | Scoop.it
Peter Mendelsund has designed hundreds of book covers, including two new ones of his own: Cover and What We See When We Read. He talks about his process and why
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This is a very thoughtful piece. Peter Mendelsund is an intuitive designer with a background in the classics, and so he attempts to give readers a deeper  perception of a book through its cover. 

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5 Countries That Brought In Europeans To White Wash Their Populations - On The Black List

5 Countries That Brought In Europeans To White Wash Their Populations - On The Black List | Storytelling | Scoop.it
After the trans-Atlantic slave trade was officially abolished toward the end of the 19th century, many whites felt threatened and feared free Blacks would become a menacing element in society. The elites spent a great dealing of time mulling over how best to solve the so-called Negro problem. A popular solution that emerged during this..
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Welcome to Facebook - Log In, Sign Up or Learn More

Welcome to Facebook - Log In, Sign Up or Learn More | Storytelling | Scoop.it
Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. People use Facebook to keep up with...
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The 10 Best Colleges for Creative Writers | The Freelancer, by Contently

The 10 Best Colleges for Creative Writers | The Freelancer, by Contently | Storytelling | Scoop.it
I've written a list of the 10 best colleges for creative writers, based on my own highly idiosyncratic metrics: accomplished professors, famous alumni, environments conducive to writing, bizarre course selections, and best of all, any random facts that might add to the writerly collegiate experience.
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Art vs. Commerce: Can Writers Make It Without Day Jobs?

Art vs. Commerce: Can Writers Make It Without Day Jobs? | Storytelling | Scoop.it
Novels are not cars to be assembled. You can't write them if the muse isn't with you, and the muse doesn't always come when you call her. Yet, if you want to make a living as a writer, you must find a way to go to the muse if she won't come to you....
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Some of us have a deep aversion to the workplace and don’t do well there. I can’t even begin to go into issues such as office (and boss) politics and the challenge of dealing with the personalities. Maybe we do retreat to our writing spaces and think of them as the lesser of two evils, because, yes, we might not make enough to live on for a while. But a straight-up answer to this straight-up question is ‘yes, we can…’ It may be tough for a while, but yes, we can.

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Stephen King: The Rolling Stone Interview

Stephen King: The Rolling Stone Interview | Storytelling | Scoop.it
Horror master Stephen King looks back on his four-decade career in this very in-depth interview.
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I think it takes a lot of courage and determination to swim against the tide as King did during the early period of his career by writing in the least respected of the storytelling genres - horror. To his credit, today he can say that he has elevated the genre. 

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How copyright law gives Amazon too much power over the book industry

How copyright law gives Amazon too much power over the book industry | Storytelling | Scoop.it
The 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act make sit hard to compete with Amazon in the e-book business.

Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc, Frank J. Klein
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This Wisconsin life: Madisonians get up close and personal at storytelling events : Ct

This Wisconsin life: Madisonians get up close and personal at storytelling events : Ct | Storytelling | Scoop.it
Never before have there been so many opportunities to tell your secrets to a roomful of strangers.
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...because we humans are compulsive storytellers, that's why. 

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If You Self-Publish Your Book, Can You Sell It to a Big Publisher Down the Road -- And Would You Even Want To?

If You Self-Publish Your Book, Can You Sell It to a Big Publisher Down the Road -- And Would You Even Want To? | Storytelling | Scoop.it
As many of you know, my book The Gift of Maybe is being published by Perigee, an imprint of Penguin Random House, on November 4, 2014. What some of you may not know is that I originally self-published my book in February 2013 (the original title wa...
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I think it's more prestigious to self-publish. I don't think a great writer needs the validation of a 'traditional' publisher any more than a smart person needs the validation of an Ivy League university. Publishing with CreateSpace is a great move, which I always recommend to my clients.  

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When Should You Change Your Book for an Agent or Editor?

When Should You Change Your Book for an Agent or Editor? | Storytelling | Scoop.it
Remember that an agent who wants to represent you is courting you. Allow yourself to be courted; don't throw yourself at the first prospect that comes along and agree to make changes you don't really want to make. Be flexible; don't be a doormat....
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Such an important question to consider for those wishing to go the way of 'traditional' publishing. As an editor, and an entrepreneur seeking to represent independent authors, I often offer suggestions to authors for changes to their manuscripts. I feel the changes I suggest would make their books better and more marketable, and I suspect any agent or editor would suggest changes for this reason. My suggestions represent my professional perspective, and I make them for the good of the project and the writer. But I'm also a writer, and I understand the resistance to making changes you don't want. I think a good collaboration between writer and agent/editor would solve the issues that can arise as far as manuscript development is concerned - a collaboration based on respect and trust. 

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Amazon’s Monopsony Is Not O.K.

Amazon’s Monopsony Is Not O.K. | Storytelling | Scoop.it
It comes down to this: Amazon has too much power, and it is abusing it.
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The thing about having 'too much power' is that that power is derived from the people. We as consumers have given Amazon the power it currently wields, and so the people have to take it back. However, the more power an entity is perceived to have, the more power the people will continue to give unto it because to most, that power equals credibility - brand value - which encourages people to continue to pile on the power in a never-ending (vicious) cycle. For the Amazon monopsony to end, the people have got to end it. But will they?  

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