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The Cooperative Children’s Book Center: A Reading Haven


Alexander M Zoltai:

Do you know a librarian?

Are you interested in books for children and youth?

Maybe you’re just an all-round book-nut? :-)

Read on………

Originally posted on Nerdy Book Club:

10668653_10152732881524747_8039155661856747443_oI started my journey to become a school librarian in 2006 when I enrolled as a part-time graduate student at the University of Wisconsin. Even though I had grown up in a small city near the university, I knew more about the college hockey team than I did about what was all housed on campus. It wasn’t until library school orientation that I learned that the Cooperative Children’s Book Center even existed–a place filled with children’s and young adult literature.

The CCBC is a wonderful examination library associated with UW’s School of Education whose staff tirelessly promote children’s and young adult literature to educators and librarians of all kinds. It seems like countless new books arrive each year at the CCBC for review by its librarians: KT Horning, Megan Schliesman, Merri Lindgren and Emily Townsend. I have found their resources and expertise to be an essential part of my professional…

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10 Ways to Avoid Distractions While You Write


Alexander M Zoltai:

Yesterday I shared a lot of information about why you should check-out the Publishing-Aid company, FastPencil…

Now, here’s a Re-Blog from them to help you Keep Writing :-)

Originally posted on FastPencil.com Self-Publishing Blog:

Interesting read…how to avoid distractions while you write? In today’s world, we have so many distractions and we lose focus on what needs to get done! Here at FastPencil we provide an entire web application with very limited distractions and we want our authors and writers to focus on their writing unless they are ready to share and collaborate. Check us out at www.fastpencil.com and subscribe to our blog today!


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One important way to avoid distraction that caught our attention is: “Don’t Compare Yourself to Others – Finally, it’s important not to get caught up in comparing yourself to others. So what if another author wrote four novels before he was thirty! There are plenty of other writers who didn’t get their break until they were much older. What’s most important is that you believe in yourself and let the words flow honestly.”

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9 Reasons You Should Self-Publish (even if you don’t think you’re a writer…)


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This post appears at the top of the first page of my 31 articles that include information about the Publishing-Aid Company, Fastpencil.

There are way more than 9 reasons to use Fastpencil in this particular post but I really like the number 9 and most folks probably don’t need more than 9 reasons to do anything

But, let me explain the other part of the title of this post, “even if you don’t think you’re a writer”

Fastpencil has free book-writing software that lets you invite friends to help you with the tasks of building a book.

And, if you talk to enough of your friends, you could find someone who could be an Editor for your project and they can use the software to help you hone and craft your effort to………

what in the world would you write about if you don’t consider yourself a writer?

Well

Perhaps the world would love to hear about your strange family

Or, you once did something that others could learn from

Or, you have a weird hobby that lots of other folks would love

Or, you spend all your time sitting quietly and figuring out solutions to the world’s problems

In other words, if you think about it long enough and let your true feelings surface, you would have enough material for a book; and Fastpencil will let you gather a team of friends to create that book—which means that the whole creation process is FREE

Here’s a summary of what you can do with Fastpencil:

*Write a book on their site, while inviting Beta-Readers and/or editors to work with you
—> Free

*Revise, edit, check multiple proofs, upload a cover, work-out front and back matter, etc.
—> Free

*Publish (Print & E-book editionsand have the book distributed to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks, and Ingram
—> $300

However, if you have the book available on only the FastPencil Site, publishing costs as little as $9.99

They also give you a very cool sales-widget you can use on your own WebSite or Blog.

And, royalties are 80% net profit.

So, in case you missed some of the best reasons,  you can:

Share Ideas for FREE

Write for FREE

Re-Write for FREE

Proofread for FREE

Collaborate about the structure of your writing for FREE

Do Interior Layout Design for FREE

Choose Your Layout and Preview a Digital Proof of Your Book for FREE

Publish Your Book for as Little as $9.99

Naturally, FastPencil has many professional services you can pay for (but, only if you want to).

And, in case you didn’t yet find your own 9 particular reasons to self-publish, check out this video series:

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WordPress Can’t Re-Blog & Amazon Has A Soul?


I recently reset my blogging schedule to more neatly accommodate the rest of my writing-life… 

I research and write an original blog post on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday—the other days of the week I re-blog

Well, it’s Thursday and, for no known reason, I can’t find the re-blog buttons

[ Edit after publication: WordPress changed the location of the buttons and, for no known reason, I didn’t see an “alert” about the change…]

So, to bow to my responsibility to my readers, I’m pausing my other writing tasks to manually say:

Check out Jo Robinson’s post, Amazon—she’s trying her hand at Flash Fiction and would appreciate some feedback
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Read Some Strange Fantasies
Grab A Free Novel…
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To Leave A Comment, Use The Link At The Top-Right of The Post :-)
For Private Comments or Questions, Email: amzolt {at} gmail {dot} com

Book Recommendations to Stir Your Imagination and Perk-Up Your Creativity


There’s an organization called TED that shares video talks that are, usually, extremely interesting; and, often enough, quite amazing.

From TED’s history page:

“TED was born in 1984 out of Richard Saul Wurman’s observation of a powerful convergence among three fields: technology, entertainment and design. The first TED included a demo of the compact disc, the e-book and cutting-edge 3D graphics from Lucasfilm, while mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot demonstrated how to map coastlines using his developing theory of fractal geometry.”

Well, TED’s blog had an article entitled, Your summer reading list: 70+ book picks from TED speakers and attendees; and, even though summer is more than half over (in the Northern Hemisphere…), I’m going to share a few of those books with you.

There are ten categories, each with a number of books—I’ll pick two books from eight of the categories and let the truly curious take the link to the article (there are also brief “reviews” for each book in the full article)

Mind-bending fiction, picked by David Eagleman

Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

Books on art and race, picked by Anne Pasternak

Who We Be: The Colorization of America by Jeff Chang

Uncommon Grounds: New Media and Critical Practices in North Africa and the Middle East edited by Anthony Downey

Illuminating nonfiction, picked by Bill Gates

Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization by Vaclav Smil

How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff and Irving Geis

Incredible interviews, picked by Dave Isay

Maus: A Survivor’s Tale by Art Spiegelman

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

Haunting novels, picked by Ava DuVernay

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid

Books on historical moments, picked by David Rothkopf

A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide by Samantha Power

My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel by Ari Shavit

Books on creativity, picked by Tony Fadell

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull

Thought-provoking fiction, picked by Nadia Goodman

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid

Happy Reading :-)

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Read Some Strange Fantasies
Grab A Free Novel…
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To Leave A Comment, Use The Link At The Top-Right of The Post :-)
For Private Comments or Questions, Email: amzolt {at} gmail {dot} com

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