eBook Ecstasy Newsletter
August 2001 Issue
Volume 1 No. 22
eBook Ecstasy is a free monthly newsletter aimed at introducing readers to great ebooks. In upcoming issues, we plan to include information on worthy ebook news. So, epublishers can feel free to send us their press releases about innovations, authors should send notification of book signings, awards or other achievements and readers should provide feedback as to the features you would like to see added to eBook Ecstasy. This is *your* newsletter.
Behind the Scenes
Featured E-Author: Craig Lock
Featured E-Author: Sam Vaknin, PhD
Featured E-Publisher: William Pollock, No Starch Press, Inc.
Behind the Scenes: Richard Lowe Jr.
Featured Reviewer: Suzanne Coleburn
Featured Reviewer: Sandy Cummins
Featured Reviewer: Rita Hestand
Featured Reviewer: Joyce Lavene
Featured Reviewer: Nancy McCulloch
Featured Reviewer: Niki Taylor
E-authors and E-publishers - If you would like to contribute an article to eBook Ecstasy, please contact me so we can highlight you and your web sites. E-book reviewers, I am especially interested in four star reviews of upcoming releases.
Lida E. Quillen
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Charlotte Boyett-Compo will be doing weekly installments of her latest novel, BlackWind, at RFI West, Inc. publishing site.
eBookHome.com is having a Grand Opening event this month. They'll be giving away some stuff and unveiling some new features of the site. They are adding about 3,000 new titles courtesy of a recent partnership with Lightning Source.
eBookWeb offers a new section for press releases. This free service makes it easy for publishers to instantly post their company announcements, press releases, product releases, event and award schedules, discounts, and specials.
New e-bookwriters community founded by Lisa Maliga. Readers and publishers of e-books are especially welcome.
Electronic Publishers Coalition condemned the use of the criminal provisions of the DMCA against Dimitry Sklyarov, a Russian programmer and cryptanalyst visiting the U. S.
NovelBooks, Inc. announced the Grand Opening of its Website August 1st. FREE downloads of short stories by NBI authors, a Short Story Contest and opportunities to win FREE books.
OutstandingAuthors.com currently looking for book reviewers and articles on book publicity, promotion and writing.
In this month's Passion for Paint, a few of Wordbeams' cover artists, including publisher Susan Bodendorfer, are featured in an article by Joyce and Jim Lavene that details the artistic side of ebook covers.
Rosetta Books is offering Agatha Christie's classic mystery And Then There Were None in a special time-based permit edition. Released in conjunction with Adobe Systems, Inc. and Reciprocal, Inc., this eBook will be available for one dollar. Once downloaded, the eBook may be read for ten hours, and then the book's permit will expire.
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Why eBooks Don't Work (yet) by Jeff Kirwin. Excellent article on what is wrong with the ebook industry.
DenMark Publishing folding according to Internet Publishing update by beloved SF/F author Piers Anthony, "This one [DenMark] had looked very promising, but its former president notified me that it is now out of business because of inadequate support and financing."
A limited and numbered edition of Clive Barker's "The Books of Blood," published by Stealth Press will include "a full frontal nude photo of the author printed on back of the signature sheet."
MapleInk Publishing and MountainView Publishing domains were no longer accessible at publication time.
Science Fiction Romance newsletter has changed its URL, and the web site has been redesigned.
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(1) FEATURED E-AUTHOR
Using and Writing Press Releases
Thought I'd share a bit about using press releases as an internet marketing tool, based on our recent experiences.
We at Eagle Productions (NZ) have done quite a bit of research on press release services recently and we use them here frequently to "spread the word" about our various sites and activities from here in far-off New Zealand to our biggest market (by far), Americans. From this we find doing press releases to be quite effective.
While it's hard to quantify the precise results of press releases, one thing just seems to lead to another (and usually leads to valuable "contacts and exposure" - "exciting, naughty and nice!")...and I do find submitting them to be a most effective form of advertising in the "on and off-line world". Together with submitting my articles to announcement lists, like Article Announce, Free Content and Publish in Yours. That is our MAIN internet marketing strategy.
A quick word of advice in writing press releases... It is vital that the press release about your business is newsworthy and try to capture attention with a good "catchy" headline. Make it "spicy and add 'zing' (like KFC) to make it sizzle!"
Also you can send your news release by "snail mail" or by e-mail. I do all my submissions to these services via e-mail.
Recently we've had a number of releases about our activities here on the other side of the world published by PR Web, which is a free service ("cheapskate"!)... and traffic to our sites mentioned has increased substantially already. Their web address is:
PR Web recommend adding a link back to them to add credibility to your web site - good idea, I think! Incidentally, we have a press release up there in case you want to have a look at our format.
The Comitatus Group also offer a FREE press release service. Their web address is:
Other Press Release services we've used are: Emailwire.com: http://www.emailwire.com/. They are mainly for corporate businesses, but check them out. Also Xpress, who distribute news releases by e-mail. (Their address is email@example.com.). You can also use eNewsRelease.com
We have no connection with these news distribution services, but have found them all to be effective in increasing "hits" after a news release.
Use press releases to get the word out about your web site, product or service. They DO WORK in bringing traffic, the first step to ONLINE SALES.
Lastly, I don't think you need to be a writer to write good press releases. (In fact, it may work against us, as we do tend to "waffle on" a bit and sometimes I don't write in sufficient "business-speak".) My advice is just write in your own "natural" style - the one in which you feel MOST COMFORTABLE... as I've tried to do in this article.
Don't take life too seriously and have FUN writing your press releases.
Hope this may help you readers "out there" in cyberspace, as we at Eagle Productions and our associates learn something new about on-line and off-line promotion each day.
"Success is a PROCESS of sharing (knowledge, insights, wisdom and experiences) with others and not simply a matter of arriving at a destination."
Take pleasure in the journey.
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The various books* that Craig Lock "felt inspired to write" include:
* Hard copies and e-books: Fiction and non-fiction, novels on South Africa, travel, humour, inspiration, self help and money books. "Proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children - MINE!"
"Life is about finding, then following the dream... and one's dream/vision comes to reality through believing in yourself, making the commitment and then creating it."
Online Creative Writing Course
"If you have knowledge, let others light their candle at it"
- Margaret Fuller
Copyright © 2001 Craig Lock
(2) FEATURED E-AUTHOR
By: Sam Vaknin
A novel re-definition through experimentation of the classical format of the book is emerging. Consider BookTailor. It sells its book customization software mainly to travel agents - but it is likely to conquer other niches (such as the legal and medical professions). It allows users to select bits and pieces from a library of e-books, combine them into a totally new tome and print and bind the latter on demand. The client can also choose to buy the end-product as an e-book.
Consider what this simple business model does to entrenched and age old notions such as "original" and "copies", copyright, and book identifiers. What is the "original" in this case? Is it the final, user-customized book - or its sources? And if no customized book is identical to any other - what happens to the intuitive notion of "copies"? Should BookTailor-generated books considered to be unique exemplars of one-copy print runs? If so, should each one receive a unique identifier (for instance, a unique ISBN)? Does the user possess any rights in the final product, composed and selected by him? What about the copyrights of the original authors?
Or take BookCrossing.com. On the face of it, it presents no profound challenge to established publishing practices and to the modern concept of intellectual property. Members register their books, obtain a BCID (BookCrossing ID Number) and then give the book to someone, or simply leave it lying around for a total stranger to find. Henceforth, fate determines the chain of events. Eventual successive owners of the volume are supposed to report to BookCrossing (by e-mail) about the book's and their whereabouts, thereby generating moving plots and mapping the territory of literacy and bibliomania. This innocuous model subversively undermines the concept - legal and moral - of ownership. It also expropriates the book from the realm of passive, inert objects and transforms it into a catalyst of human interactions across time and space. In other words, it returns the book to its origins: a time capsule, a time machine and the embodiment of a historical narrative.
E-books, hitherto, have largely been nothing but an ephemeral rendition of their print predecessors. But e-books are another medium altogether. They can and will provide a different reading experience. Consider "hyperlinks within the e-book and without it - to web content, reference works, etc., embedded instant shopping and ordering links, divergent, user-interactive, decision driven plotlines, interaction with other e-books (using Bluetooth or another wireless standard), collaborative authoring, gaming and community activities, automatically or periodically updated content, ,multimedia capabilities, database, Favourites and History Maintenance (records of reading habits, shopping habits, interaction with other readers, plot related decisions and much more), automatic and embedded audio conversion and translation capabilities, full wireless piconetworking and scatternetworking capabilities and more.
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Sam Vaknin is the author of "Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited" and "After the Rain - How the West Lost the East." He is a columnist at eBookweb.org, "Central Europe Review", United Press International (UPI) and InternetContent.net and the editor of mental health and Central East Europe categories in The Open Directory, Suite101 and searcheurope.com. He is also the Economic Advisor to the Government of Macedonia.
Visit his web site: http://samvak.tripod.com
Copyright © 2001 Sam Vaknin, PhD
BEHIND THE SCENES
Email on the Road
Richard Lowe, Jr.
If you are anything like me, then you've come to depend on email. In fact, I must read my email several times a day or I feel very uncomfortable. This applies to both my email from work (which I check a few times after I get home and on weekends) and my personal email (which I might check once or twice from the office.
Why is it important? Well, email is communication, and I love to communicate. I write emails at home to discuss my articles and web site, to talk to family and friends, and to order products or get support. At work I use it constantly to deliver tasks to the people who work on my team, answer questions from the boss, and keep in contact with my vendors, users and peers.
One of the problems that I face when attempting to get to my email in either location is how to access the POP server (a POP server is the place where your messages are stored until you read them in your email client).
What you need to do is use one of the web based email services which allow you to read your email messages from any POP server. See "Free stuff Headquarters - Email" for a list of services which are available. In addition, your own ISP or web host may provide this functionality for you.
It's easy to set this up once you've settled on a service. They will need you to enter your email address, account name, password and POP server name. Before you enter this data, you may want to be sure your service is secure while you are filling out the form. Basically, before you press the SUBMIT button, see if the URL begins with "https" or the little lock is shown in a locked position. If so, you are fine. If not, you may be transmitting your password in the clear, which means it could be intercepted by an evildoer.
Now that you've got a service you can pick up your email. Be sure to check the box which says "leave email on server" or "do not delete messages" or something like that, unless you are absolutely sure you want to delete them. What this does is leave the messages on your POP server until you read them with your normal email client.
Okay, now what? Well, when you travel you can find a place to read your email. Let's say you are at a convention. You could find a kiosk which allows for internet access and viola, you can read your email. Sometimes the salespeople will let you use one of their screens if they think you might be or might become a customer. Airports, libraries and other places also commonly have computer and internet access for a fee.
Some cautions are in order here. By their very nature these kinds of public systems are not secure. Just be sure you use your common sense and don't do anything you would not want to broadcast to the entire planet. Also, be sure the email service that you choose stores the password for you - never enter your email account password on a public system. Thus, you should enter your password once - when you set up the email account.
It's also a good idea to change your POP email account password more often, most especially after you return from your traveling.
Personally, I prefer to carry a laptop or handheld device (such as a palm pilot or Jornada) with me when I travel. This way I can pick up my email from the hotel room or anywhere I can find an ethernet jack, without worrying about the inherent security issues of using a public system.
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Richard Lowe Jr. is the webmaster of Internet Tips And Secrets. Visit their website any time to read over 1,000 complete FREE articles about how to improve your internet profits, enjoyment and knowledge.
Copyright © Richard Lowe Jr. and Claudia Arevalo-Lowe, 1999-2001
An Open Letter to the Publishing Industry from
William Pollock, Publisher
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - No Starch Press, Inc.'s publisher William Pollock calls for publishers to cast aside proprietary electronic book formats. The letter follows:
As a publisher, I believe that readers have certain important fair-use rights that pertain to both electronic and printed books that they should be able to exercise without asking our permission. We control certain rights to our books that are protected by law, and we encourage our customers' control of certain rights as readers.
Readers of electronic books should be able to read their electronic books just as they read their printed books - wherever and whenever they please - and they should be able to share their electronic books with others. They should also have the right to read their electronic books with a Braille terminal or text-to-speech device, and to read them on more than one computer.
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was designed to protect our rights as publishers in the electronic arena, but it fails to preserve copyright law's historic ability to balance the interests of publishers with those of readers. The FBI's arrest of Dmitry Sklyarov, a Russian citizen who helped to create the Advanced eBook Processor for his company, Elcomsoft, was an overblown and misguided test of the DMCA. While I am certainly opposed to the illegal copying and sale of books, I think the government should spend more time prosecuting the real offenders: The people and companies who make and sell illegal copies of books, not the software tool developers.
We do not publish our books in proprietary eBook formats because these formats limit the reader's experience and put unnecessary restraints on information. We have, however, released several of our titles under various copyleft-type licenses, and will continue to do so. The eBook format is flawed because it denies some basic rights to readers that they automatically have when they buy a printed book.
As an industry we have a problem to solve regarding the electronic delivery of books, and I am eager to find a solution that works for everyone involved, including publishers, authors, and readers. By punishing Dmitry, our government is making it clear that they are not interested in readers' rights.
I encourage publishers not to use proprietary electronic book formats. We have a responsibility as publishers to continue to maintain and defend the rights of readers to read and enjoy their books whenever and wherever they choose, and that responsibility must not be taken lightly.
William Pollock, Publisher
No Starch Press, Inc.
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About No Starch Press, Inc.
Founded in San Francisco in 1994, No Starch Press (www.nostarch.com) publishes computer books that make a difference on topics like Open Source, Web development, robotics, and computer security. Media Contact: Amanda Staab, firstname.lastname@example.org, 555 De Haro Street, Suite 250, San Francisco, CA 94107
Title: Dreams of Charni
Author: Alan M. Brooker
RFI West, Inc
Reviewed by Sandy Cummins
Jason has been inflicted with terrible dreams - each night he is transported from his native New Zealand to a strange world with two suns and black-clad, lance-wielding men who kill him, night after night. Desperate to end his dreams he consults his doctor, but before modern medicine can cure him he stumbles across an old book and amulet and now his dreams become real.
The nearby battle-axe lodged in a log beckoned to Jason, his only source of defence. But the axe could not be removed, Jason knew, he had tried time and time again, only to face failure. But this time the axe did come out! Now at least he had a chance against the mounted warriors, but could he hope to parry so many lances with just a battle-axe?
He could - using a magical a battle-axe! An axe that seemed to fight by itself, parrying attacks at a speed no man could ever hope to achieve. Having killed off the entire group Jason is at a loss, what now? He has never survived before - what else awaited him on this dangerous planet before morning ended his stay?
What he wasn't expecting, was two naked young women to come and take care of him.
So begins Jason's sojourn on Praesepe - 525 million light years from Earth. Unfortunately, Praesepe is not a dream, his last fight with the horsemen had been real and no morning light would have woken him to save him from death if the battle-axe hadn't done it's grisly job.
..."Dreams of Charni" was an interesting read, though I found the plot devices were too "convenient" to be believable. There is a lot of nudity, torture, and sexual references - so if you have a weak stomach I wouldn't recommend this book after a hearty dinner.
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Title: Jumpstart Your Writing Career With Electronic Publishers
Author: S. Joan Popek
Reviewed by: Niki Taylor
Jump Start Your Writing Career With Electronic Publishers by S. Joan Popek is meaningful to me in a couple of ways. One, this is the first electronic publication I've ever reviewed. Second, it provides valuable lessons to me, a somewhere between novice and experienced writer. Popek mainly tailors this to fiction writers, but it can also be used for nonfiction folks.
She has a very readable, comic style as she explains what electronic publishing is and how to use it effectively. Online editors and writers share their experiences. She gives some basic writing instruction, but it's not totally a "how to write" book. Copyright issues, how to find agents/publishers, how to promote the book, and self-publishing fill out the rest of the book. Being electronic, the book has links to various writing-related sites which can help writers get that jumpstart.
Popek also gives her book a personal touch as she relates her own online publishing experience from a "NET-know-nothing" to an online publisher of fiction and nonfiction. She includes her short stories and exercises to jumpstart the fiction writer like myself whose fictional well is often dry. Writing is often a solitary business, and writers really need resources to turn to. Popek has done writers a great service by sharing her experience and giving us a guide in a field that's still new in many ways. Read Jump Start Your Writing Career With Electronic Publishers, and perhaps we beginners can write our writing books one day.
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Niki Taylor is a freelance writer, content editor, and book reviewer. She manages the Webseed Publishing website
http://www.childfreeforme.com, writes nonfiction book reviews at http://www.suite101.com/welcome.cfm/book_reviews
and lists the best fiction book review links at http://wz.com/arts/FictionBookReviews.html where she also writes a newsletter.
Title: Lawless Games
Author: Emma Kaufmann
Reviewed by Suzanne Colburn
LAWLESS GAMES is a highly erotic legal thriller that takes you into the high-stakes world of lies and deception, gambling and wild sexual fantasies. Chloe Hamilton has graduated from university in law and is now taking a vacation before pursuing a job with a law firm. Chloe awakens in a bed in Australia finding a man in her bed. It turns out he is Jasper Richardson, a handsome wealthy man who has money troubles and feels like he is being followed.
While he is out of the room Chloe discovers an envelope protruding out of his jacket pocket marked with the name of a respectable London law firm. Chloe would love to be working for a firm like this. As luck would have it, when she is talking with Jasper when he returns about her desires he tells her his uncle John Richardson is the senior partner and head of the Corporate Litigation Department for Clancey and Durham in London.
...John invites Chloe to go away for a business weekend in Nassau that has to do with the case. John has been attracted to the gorgeous Chloe who is driving everyone in the office nuts with her skimpy outfits and gorgeous figure and long blonde hair.
...Chloe finds herself in over her head in some pretty seductive maneuvers instigated by John and his housekeeper, Monica. The pages start to burn up at this point! She has skills passed onto her by her mother. Monica is a white witch and has the power to make people take risks, to give in to a higher power.
...This book has a lot of twist and turns, kinky sex, and the ending is quite a surprise. Chloe gets herself into a peck of trouble just because she cannot resist a sexual challenge. This is one red-hot woman. If you like the Blace Lace books then this book will be your cup of tea and then some.
Emma Kaufmann is a very talented author who writes a sexy, sassy novel about a woman awakening to her sexual powers. Ms. Kaufmann has the characters, the suspense, erotic content, the twists and turns to entice her audience with this erotic legal thriller.
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Title: Naughty and Nice
Author: Elaine Hopper
New Concepts Publishing
Short contemporary romance
Reviewed by Rita Hestand
Wolfgang Linder e-mails his cousin in Chicago often. They are not only cousins but grew up together and share their dating experiences. An old girlfriend has just e-mailed Logan Brandt after fifteen years. He's curious but she lives in Wolfgang's area of Florida and Logan wants Wolf to check her out. He needs to know if she's a babe or not.
Wolfgang isn't really into checking his cousin's dates, but as a favor he agrees, never once suspecting he might fall for the beauty himself.Brooke Monica Masters is one cute dish and Wolf immediately wants her for himself, but what can he tell his cousin. Deciding his cousin doesn't deserve such a dish Wolf begins the age old chase himself.
Brooke is immediately enchanted with Wolf but wonders if it's because he looks so much like Logan. Wolf doesn't tell her he's Logan's cousin. He wants her to fall in love with him first. Because Logan has always stolen his girls away and this one he wants to keep. She's a soul mate and he's not about to lose her.
...Problem is, will he still have her when he tells her the truth? And does she really want him or his cousin, Logan?
Elaine Hopper gives us a romp from the gym to the bedroom that sizzles with sexual tensions and romance galore. This light hearted romance will keep you turning the pages for more as Elaine's steams up your imagination. Intimately romantic, this soul mate romance will make your heart grow fonder. A must read for any contemporary romance fan!
Rita Hestand for Romancing The Web Reviews
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Title: Noble Savage
Author: Judith B. Glad
Awe-Struck E Books
Genre- Historical Romance
Reviewed by Joyce Lavene
I make no bones about the fact that I love Jude Glad's writing! She writes as good a story as any on the NY Times bestseller list today! The fact that she isn't well known is the publishing industry's loss! Her first two books, THE QUEEN OF CHERRY VALE and THE DUCHESS OF OPHIR CREEK were fantastic! If you haven't read them yet, I suggest you give them a try!
In NOBLE SAVAGE, the latest from Jude Glad, she pits two extreme opposites against one another. Katie Lachlan is living a life of comfort with her only worry being the roses she's receiving from an obnoxious suitor. She's pretty, well-to-do and looking forward to life providing more of the same.
In the meantime, Luke Savage is barely making it. He's drifting across the west, unsure of his future. Almost asssured of being gunned down in the street one day. He's thrown out of one town after a gunfight that opens the book. For the squeamish, he kills the man and you can taste the grit in the dirt when he's lying there on the ground! He drifts to Chicago where he meets an old buddy who clues him into a fast way to make some money.
These two people make an unlikely match when Luke takes the job to protect Katie. From the moment they run across each other, sparks fly! Both of them are stubborn and willful, although Luke manages to hide it better. But in the end, we all know they'll be in each other's arms!
One thing Ms. Glad doesn't do is skimp on the details. She's a master of making a reader feel that they're on the scene when things happen. Her dialogue is realistic and uncompromisingly good, bringing her characters to life in a way that few authors can manage!
Go to your computer. Buy a copy. You'll be hooked like I was. Then you'll want to read her other books. A word of warning. Make sure you clear a space for your reading. You won't want to put NOBLE SAVAGE down!
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Still the One - www.awe-struck.net
Title: The Blackgloom Bounty
Author: Jon F. Baxley
Kripgans Books Germany
Reviewed by Nancy McCulloch
I was one of the fortunate ones to read an advance copy of Jon F. Baxley's The Blackgloom Bounty, his second fantasy eBook in a series of five. The first installment entitled The Scythian Stone, won Baxley the Science Fiction Writers of America's 'Best Novel on the Web' award and the German translated version is up for a 2001 Frankfurt Book award.
I'm not normally a fan of fantasy, but since I was involved in the editing on The Blackgloom Bounty, I couldn't help but read it. To my surprise, I found myself drawn into the storyline from the beginning and found it to be a highly entertaining read. So much so, that I had to go back and read the first installment as well.
In The Blackgloom Bounty, the adventures of Daynin McKinnon begin where The Scythian Stone left off. Daynin is attempting to make his way home to Kinloch Keep on the island of Rhum. His journey proves difficult and dangerous because of the army of bounty hunters bent on his capture. With him is the beautiful and sassy Sabritha, Daynin's love interest in this series. I especially enjoyed her character. She adds a strong female component and even some comic relief to break the building tension of this fast moving and highly detailed adventure. There are several new characters in this episode, including Brude McAlpin, a larger than life Pictish warrior, along with Kruzurk Makshare, Daynin's stalwart magician ally from the previous episode.
Readers will find the historical detail and descriptive material in this series refreshing. It's not a flight of fancy with the typical fantasy elements, but rather a medieval tale woven into the fantasy genre. Perhaps that's why it appealed to me more than I assumed it would. A note of caution for parents: some of the intense (bloody) battle scenes and other parts of The Blackgloom Bounty may not be appropriate for younger children, but teens and adults will find this story well worth their while. I, for one, can't wait for the third installment, The Regents of Rhum coming in the spring of 2002. I guess that makes me a fantasy fan now, doesn't it?
Editor & eBook Reviewer
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Nancy McCulloch is a native Texan book and eBook reviewer on the world wide web. Her credits range from mysteries to fantasy titles, with a preference toward romance books and the erotic genre. She reviews for Delphi Books and the Authors Studio as well as Kripgans Publishing, Germany and a host of other online venues.
Nancy is also a line editor, proofreader and part time book doctor for Texas eBook Creations (http://hometown.aol.com/txebookauthor/) and John Childers Enterprises. Most recently, she has been involved in editing submissions at the new Time Warner iPublish.com website (http://www.ipublish.com/index.asp) and for the Amazing Authors Showcase on AOL.
Nancy can be contacted via email at (LadyStealth1@aol.com) or through the Delphi Books or Texas eBook website. Samples of her reviews are available upon request.
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UK publisher Amatory Ink
Douglas De Bono
The Day of the Nefilim
David L. Major
93 Crane Street
Toni Lo Tempio
Dragonslayer Cycle, Book 1: Quest for the Crown
Crossroads Publishing Company
Forever Until We Meet
Vicki M. Taylor
The Wanderers Below
Breaking the Chain
C. D. Ledbetter
Too Much for Words
Terry L. White
In the Company of Mind
Electric eBook Publishing
Hard Shell Word Factory
A Portrait in Time
Barbara Donlon Bradley
Time Travel romance
New Concepts Publishing
Naughty and Nice
Short contemporary romance
The Fiction Works
Wayne J. Keeley
Too Young a King
Sunsinger - Book One
Cenizas de Rosas
Love Thy Sister
Maria Grazia Swan
White Flag Investing
Are you or your children learning Spanish or English as a second language? Check out AndeanWinds for courses in e-book and CD ROM formats. They also publish children's literature in English and Spanish.
Author Cynthia Leal Massey has published Fire Lilies, a novel of romance and betrayal amidst the Mexican Revolution, after she was told by a representative of a large New York publishing house that "Mexicans don't read books, much less buy books." Available through Crossroads Publishing.
For the best in romance and sci-fi and everything in between, check out the reads at Awe-Struck E-Books. "Choose a pure pick-a-pak of great Awe-Struck titles for sitting by the pool..."
Colorado Spitfire in paperback on sale now by author Glenda D. Tudor.
CyberRead is working to offer all of its current and future eBook titles in various formats including, but not limited to, Microsoft® Reader, Adobe eBook Reader, Palm OS, HiEbook, and Franklin's eBookman. The bookstore offers customers an easy to use book selection, with instant download capability, search functions, featured eBooks, forums, and free classics.
Dear Mr. Kapps - a fourteen-year-old cancer patient writes a series of letters to his idol, a New York television comedian, with surprising results. Read Chapter One of "Dear Mr. Kapps," a novel of love, loyalty and sacrifice at
http://www.wordwrangler.com/robertk.html. Selected by the McQuark Review as one of the top three young adult E-books for 2000. http://www.mcquark.com
Digital Copyright by Prof. Jessica Litman of Wayne State University began the research for this book fifteen years ago.
"The Art of Making Copyright Laws" (Chapter Two of this book) is online
eBooks N' Bytes, brought to you by Eva Almeida, is jammed packed with useful resources for electronic authors, gathered together in well-organized sections. Includes: where to promote your e-Books, links to send out free press releases, e-book publishers accepting submissions, and e-book reviews.
eBooksOnThe.Net offers a wide selection of genres that will fulfill one of two purposes: entertain or inform. Current selections include WolfPointe by Rick Buda, Panama Padre by Samuel Moss Loveridge, Pandora's Box by Jim Farris, The Scythian Stone by Jon F. Baxley and Soul Guardian by Tara Manderino.
Fiction4All is a new ePublisher providing adventure/mystery reading for children aged 9+.
Forever Until We Meet, by Vicki M. Taylor. Connecting to the Internet can change your life in amazing ways. Available from Crossroads Publishing.
Independent e-Book Awards. The primary goal of this award is to recognize and reward talent in electronic books and digital storytelling from authors with independent publishers and self-published authors. Submissions are now open for electronic electronic books published between December 1, 2000 and November 30, 2001.
All nominations must be sent by midnight (local time zone), November 30, 2001. http://www.mystic-ink.com/indie2002/eligibility/requirements.html
Looking Glass -- Third book in the Glass House Trilogy by Ariana and Max Overton. This husband and wife team have combined their talents in the last book of this exciting Australian trilogy. Looking Glass is being hailed as the "Australian Jurassic Park." Available now from Atlantic Bridge Publishing.
NexusTeq Publications, a new epublisher, is actively seeking novel-length manuscripts in the following genres: science fiction and fantasy, mystery, suspense, mainstream, romance, women's fiction, horror, non-fiction and short stories
On The Go Publishing has just published Volunteer Vacations Guide as an ebook. Award-winning travel writers, Nicki Chodnoff and her husband Harold have been writing and publishing ebooks for several years. They say the electronic world was lonely five years ago or so when their books were only available through the website and via email.
Practical Tips for Online Authors. Revised and updated for 2001. "You can find lots of info about the craft of writing, market listings, writers' critique groups, etc. on the internet. But very few web sites will tell you exactly what you need to do to make a sale to an ezine, how to create an ebook, or how to market and promote your book." 1000+ verified links of benefit to writers in the new issue. Featured ebook at Twilight Times Books.
POD Printers List compliments of W.L.Warner and the Ind-e-pubs email list.
The Purple Elephant eBooks has free ebooks for download until Sept.1st.
The Electronic Publisher's Coalition (EPC) and EPPRO have joined hands to promote e-publishing as a valuable and reputable resource within the global community.
Twilight Times Books maintains a Freebies page with listings of Free ebooks from various publishers.
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