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Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Entries are now being accepted for the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (the “Indie Book Awards”), the book awards program is open to independent publishers and authors worldwide who have a book written in English and released in 2011 or 2012 or with a 2011 or 2012 copyright date. Learn how to submit a book here.

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The Elements of Style Recommended By Time Magazine

Time magazine listed this writing style-guide, The Elements of Style, as one of the 100 best and most influential books written in English since 1923.  A sample of what’s in this book includes eight elementary rules of usage, forty-nine words and expressions commonly misused and fifty-seven words that are often misspelled.  You can purchase this essential writing tool at

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How Shapes The Publishing Industry

Gigaom blog has a fascinating post entitled “How Amazon Is Helping To Sustain Long-Form Journalism” that covers the best and the worst of how Amazon is shaping the publishing industry. You can read the entire post here.

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Let’s Support Independent Bookstores

Tweeter Colleen Lindsay created a hashtag for Twitter “bkstoreluv” used to promote independent bookstores.  With the collapse of Borders there are precious few brick and mortar bookstores left and writers and readers want to promote those that are left.  Other tweeters joined Colleen in using the “bkstoreluv” hashtag and Media Bistro created a list “Best Indie Bookstores on Twitter” by compiling suggestions from users of the hashtag.  Visit Media Bistro to read the list for yourself.

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The Tenth International Conference on the Book

The Tenth International Conference on the Book is being held at the Universidad Abat Oliba CEU, Barcelona, Spain from 30 June-1 July 2012. Plenary speakers will include some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the areas of publishing, editing, librarianship, printing, authoring and information technologies, as well as numerous paper, colloquium and workshop presentations by researchers and practitioners.  If this sounds like the conference for you visit to register.

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Sell Books To International Readers

If you’ve written your book don’t discount the value of international readers.  With the high cost of shipping overseas frequently increase more and more readers are purchasing e-books of various formats.  If your book is not in an e-book format you’re losing sales domestically and internationally.

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Writer’s Block Tip

Writer’s Block. Every writer suffers from this affliction more often than we’d like to admit. We have a neat trick for non-fiction writers. If you need a topic for a chapter or a rule (as in the 42Rules books) then the first place you should visit is the place where your audience congregates. Often this will be industry forums but it might be topical newsgroups. Drop in frequently to see what your readers are talking about. You’ll learn about the newest trends, the questions your readers have and what they value. All that information is free for the taking!

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BookExpo America

The book conference of the year, BookExpo America, is being held June 4-7, 2012 at the Javits Center in New York City.  Just about anyone who is anyone in publishing attends this event.  If you want to join this crowd visit

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Digital Book World Conference

Digital Book World Conference is producing the DBW Book Marketing Summit on January 23-25, 2012 in New York, NY!  If you are involved in the digital book world than this event may be for you.  There’s still time to register if you visit

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Establish Relationships

It doesn’t matter if you are an author, a manager or small business owner you need to establish relationships with customers, with vendors and coworkers.  Our author, Susan Guerrero, shares Rule 7 “Establish Relationships” below from her book 42 Rules For Elementary School Teachers.

Establish Relationships

Relationships are central to teaching and learning. Establishing a real relationship with every student, their parents, your colleagues and supervisor is the foundation for a successful learning partnership that will make teaching a joy.

Do you remember a teacher who connected with you as an individual? Maybe they took the time to listen, fi nd out about your interests and give you opportunities to incorporate your passions into your learning. I bet those teachers were your favorite people and that because of it you worked harder to succeed in school.

To establish yourself as an important learning leader to your students take the time to get to know them. Since you’re the adult be a “roll” model and get the ball rolling by sending out introductory letters or postcards to students before the year begins.

Tell them who you are, what your interests are and how exciting it is that you will be working together. Gear your communications appropriately for your grade level. Do a quick welcome to school postcard for Kindergarten, adding information as you move up in grades and even moving to cards or a letter for upper grades. Be prepared to get mail back and when you do, answer it!

Writing back and forth is a great way to have a private dialogue that lets students know they are valued. This can be carried on throughout the year in different forms such as continued correspondence, e-mail, student learning refl ections and teacher validation or two-way journals

Although you may feel like you have a lot of students remember each of them is the most important person in your classroom to their parents. As you are getting to know students and their parents make sure you are sharing who you are with them. Be visible and available before and after school and use every opportunity to share your commitment and vision for learning. Unless you are in a job share situation, each of your students only has one teacher and they want to know who you are, what you stand for and what to expect from you. If you start out letting everyone get to know you, you can’t fail to succeed with students and get their parents to support you.

I experienced a master at work one year when I went to my son Chase’s Back to School Night. The teacher, Anita Sanchez met each parent at the door with a gracious handshake and welcome. Her beautiful classroom was set up for each of us to sign in and fi nd our child’s desk which had the 1st grade standards, class policies and procedures and a note from each child on it.

Mrs. Sanchez got up in front of the class, smiled at everyone and began a power point presentation by saying:

“I’d like to share the twenty reasons I love getting up and coming in to teach each day.”

The slides showing every child in the class experiencing their fi rst week of fi rst grade made every parent sigh and fall in love with Mrs. Sanchez. With one graceful action she conveyed how she felt about our kids, shared what their activities and learning looked like in action and she showed us that she valued each and every one of them.

As you’re connecting with students and parents make sure you also spend quality time with your teaching partners and talk with your supervisor regularly. Ask for feedback and be prepared to actually listen to it and use it. Offer your opinion when asked and practice diplomacy.

It’s easy to get super involved in your classroom and forget that you are part of a larger learning community. Tend to each part of your learning community by making sure you know and understand your students, parents, colleagues and supervisor. Your work to create relationships will result in positive relationships that sustain and enrich you and your teaching.


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