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Saturday, September 1, 2012

10 Things You’ll Learn in the First 6 Months of Self-Publishing


10 Things You’ll Learn in the First 6 Months of Self-Publishing

Chris Robley

 Courtesy of Chris Robley



Last week I read an article by Jennifer Ciotta called “10 Things I’ve Learned in My First 6 Months of Being a Self Published Author.” It was full of honest, practical, real-world advice for anyone about to embark on a self-publishing “journey” (which is really more a roller-coaster ride between crushing self-doubt and triumphant ecstasy.)
I asked Jennifer if we could share her advice with BookBaby authors. She said yes and even shot this video outlining her experiences.Check it out, or read her original article here, or—if time is limited—see my quick summary below.

10 self-publishing lessons you don’t have to learn the hard way

1. It takes time to build your audience- 
Be patient. If you’re in it for the ride, you’ll be successful.
2. Shortcuts don’t work-
A daily commitment to your writing and promotion is the only way to succeed.
3. You will spend a lot of money-
Digital Publishing. Book printing. Publicity. It costs money.
4. Be skeptical of where you spend money-
Beware scammers and sharks who say they can turn you into a best-seller in 30 days! Ask questions, get references, and do your research.
5. Pricing is key-
Unknown authors shouldn’t charge too much for eBooks.
6. You will receive bad reviews-
Art is subjective. No book is perfect. And plenty of classics still don’t get 5 star reviews on Amazon. If the critism is contructive, learn from it.
7. Remember etiquette-
Concentrate on the positives. You’ve gotta let negativity brush off your shoulders.
8. You’ve gotta be tough-
“No one puts Baby in the corner!” Be persistent. You’ll have to fight for things.
9. Go after the big guns-
Every publicity opportunity begets another publicity opportunity.  Just because you’re self-published doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pitch yourself to CNN, the Today Show, etc. You might get lucky! But make sure you’re prepared.
10. Keep learning-
There’s a lot to figure out early on, and the landscape keeps changing. So you need to stay open to new ideas. If you’re new to self-publishing, check out Jennifer’s upcoming book called No Bullshit Guide to Self-Publishing. (Due out in early September, 2012).
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Jennifer Ciotta is the author of I, Putin, which won Honorable Mentions at the New York Book Festival & Hollywood Book Festival, 2012. It is her debut novel. She has had short stories published in Del Sol Review and New Voices in Fiction. Besides her writing career, she is a book manuscript editor at Pencey X Pages and an advisory editor at Author Salon, a writers community that connects writers, agents and publishing house editors. She holds a Masters degree in creative writing and Russian studies from the Gallatin School at New York University.
Thank you for reading this article.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Lets pack the Greene with book lovers from all over!

"So happy to welcome Mrs. D with her children's books The Trees Have Hearts and Carlo The Mouse On Vacation."

Saturday, Sept. 14th from 11am~5pm in Smithville, NJ, authors and illustrators from all around South Jersey will be on the Greene to showcase their works. Wonderful music will be playing from the gazebo and Walt Whitman will be making an appearance.

I'm sooooooooooo excited to go! Please share... share.... share this page!Lets pack the Greene with book lovers from all over!



Historic Smithville - old fashioned charm in Southern New Jersey


The Town of Historic Smithville is a quaint little town in southern New Jersey, near Atlantic City, where the sounds of yesteryear are
 very much alive. This Town entertains thousands of visitors each year.
Walk along the cobblestone and brick paths and return to the 1700's when the people were friendlier and everything was "homemade".
There are over 40 fine shoppes to enter and many fine restaurants to dine. An experience to treasure and remember.





By Ruth Rovner
On a sunny autumn afternoon, the village green in Smithville is a colorful place. The old-fashioned carousel is circling ‘round and ‘round and the red mini-train is starting its brief journey. On Lake Meone, which bisects the village, paddleboats float on the water.

On the other side of the lake, across the wooden footbridge, visitors stroll along the walkways and browse in the attractive specialty shops housed in colonial-style buildings. Others relax in the gazebo with a view of the lake or walk near the shoreline and watch the ducks glide by.

Historic Smithville is a world of its own — a beautifully restored village with colonial flavor where visitors are transported to the past. Surprisingly, this quaint village on Route 9 in South Jersey is just 12 miles from the glitter and glitz of the Atlantic City casinos. But here, in contrast, visitors can slow down to enjoy the charm of an old-fashioned village.

With its picturesque setting and array of activities, it’s no wonder this South Jersey attraction draws visitors year round. It’s especially colorful in autumn, when fall flowers are in full bloom and special events take place each weekend.

It’s a decidedly family-friendly village. Kids and their parents can enjoy rides on the carousel, the mini-train and the paddle boats.

And no one goes hungry here. Among the casual eateries are an ice-cream shop, pizzeria, bakery and café. Then there are the two restaurants — the convivial Fred & Ethel’s Lantern Light Tavern and the stately Smithville Inn, a popular choice for weddings and other special occasions.

What makes it even more interesting to visitors from our area is that Smithville was restored to new life by two couples originally from Havertown: Laura and Charles Bushar, now of Gladwynne, and Fran and Tony Coppola, who now live in the Smithville area. They are longtime friends who had been neighbors when they in Havertown.

In l997, they became owners of the side of the lake known as the Towne of Historic Smithville. It’s distinct from the actual town of Smithville nearby.

Historic Smithville was created in the l950s as a restored colonial village with shops and an elegant restaurant, the Smithville Inn. But later, it fell into serious decline, that is until the Bushars and Coppolas took on the huge challenge of bringing it to new life.

It’s been a dramatic success story ever since, open every day of the year except December 25 and attracting numerous visitors, including devoted fans who return repeatedly.

They find varied activities on both sides of the lake. The Towne of Historic Smithville, owned by the Bushars and Coppolas, has most of the specialty shops covering a wide range of wares — candles, pewter, collectibles, crystals, Irish imports and much more. Many have quaint names such as Two Country Ducks, Pocket Full of Posies, Fleece on Earth, and Ireland and Old Lace.

On the other side, known as the Village Green, are more shops, the carousel, mini train, paddle boat rides and an arcade.

For those who want to enjoy the full flavor of Smithville for more than a day, there’s the Colonial Inn, a 24-room bed and breakfast featuring colonial ambience but modern amenities.

This side is separately owned by a local couple, Wendy and Ed Fitzgerald of Absecon, N.J., who work in cooperation with the Bushars and Coppolas. The Fitzgeralds’ daughter, Tracy Walsh, is also involved. Walsh owns the train and paddle boats. Her brother, Steven Fitzgerald, owns the old-fashioned barbershop which offers hot shaves and men’s haircuts. Kids who come for a haircut get a free ride on the carousel.

Besides its ongoing attractions, Smithville is the scene of special weekend events well into the fall and the village is fully decorated for autumn with cornstalks, mums and at the Inn, a hand-carved wooden tub filled with apples.

One major autumn event is Costume Pet Parade on Saturday, Oct. 30. Elaborately costumed pets (who must be registered in advance) in all their finery will be on parade.

“It’s the funniest thing you’ve ever seen,” says Walsh. “It’s just adorable.”

Smithville looks especially enchanting once the holiday season gets underway. The shops are beautifully decorated with lights and greenery. Every weekend, there’s a “Magical Talking Tree,” plus a Christmas train ride that travels throughout the village. Also, during Story Time with Mrs Klaus, she reads stories in her Christmas Cottage.

A special highlight is the orchestrated sound and light show on the lake from Dec. 2 through Jan. 2. Over 100 Christmas trees seem to float magically on the lake and they light up to music. It takes place throughout December, on Thursdays through Sundays, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Even without the holidays and special events, visitors are delighted with Smithville, whether they are first-timers or old-timers who bring their grandchildren.

“We see different generations enjoying Smithville together, with the grandparents reminiscing about when they were children and came here,” says Laura Bushar of Gladwynne, a grandmother herself.

Smithville is definitely a family affair for the Bushars and Coppolas, just as it is for the Fitzgeralds. Tony Coppola, Jr is the General Manager of the Smithville Inn and Fred & Ethel’s Lantern Light Tavern. And Stephanie Bushar is the comptroller.

Even after more than a decade, Laura Bushar never tires of seeing the enthusiasm of those who discover — or rediscover — Smithville. Quite often, older visitors will seek out the owners to thank them personally for bringing Smithville back to life.

“It’s good to know we’re bringing pleasure to so many people,” says Laura Bushar. “This village deserved a second chance. We’ve always believed it’s a magical place.”
Historic Smithville is located 12 miles from Atlantic City on Route 9 and Moss Mill Road in Smithville, NJ. It’s open every day except Dec. 25. For information call             609-652-7777       or visit the website at www.smithvillenj.com.






Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Beatles’ Final Photo Shoot/ by Maria Popova


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August 22, 1969: The Beatles’ Final Photo Shoot

by 
The Fab Four with Yoko Ono and Linda McCartney at Tittenhurst Park.
It’s a been a booming era for rediscovered Beatles photos, from the famous lost Beatles photographs taken by their tour manager toLinda McCartney’s tender portraits to Harry Benson’s luminous black-and-white photos of the Fab Four.
On this day in 1969, two days after their final recording session, the Beatles gathered at Tittenhurst Park, where John Lennon and Yoko Ono resided, for a photo shoot they didn’t realize would be their last — an instance of those bittersweet “unknown lasts” that wedge themselves between our lived experience and our memory, sometimes violently and other times with the tender wistfulness of nostalgia.
The cast of characters on that fateful August 22, captured by photographers Ethan Russell and Monte Fresco and Beatles assistant Mal Evans, included the Fab Four, Yoko Ono, a very pregnant Linda McCarney (a photographer herself), Apple Corps’ press officer Derek Taylor, Paul McCartney’s sheepdog Martha, and two donkeys Lennon and Ono kept on the property.
Linda shot some 16mm footage on my camera. That turned out to be the last film taken.” ~ Paul McCartney
It was just a photo session. I wasn’t there thinking, ‘OK, this is the last photo session.’” ~ Ringo Starr
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