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Self-Publishing Tips from IngramSpark’s Robin Cutler

IngramSpark kicked off two years ago as a self-publishing platform designed with the indie author in mind. What it does, explains Ingram Content Group’s Robin Cutler, is create a one-stop shop where a publisher can set up both a print-on-demand book and an e-book, and make that title available to Ingram’s worldwide distribution network –…

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Can I Publish This?

The first rule of publishing, says publishing attorney and author Jonathan Kirsch, is to make sure your book doesn’t infringe on anyone else’s copyright. With each element included in the pages of your book, you have to ask yourself: Do I have the right — the permission — to publish this? That goes for cover…

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Where the Peacocks Sing: Memoir Fallout

Alison Singh Gee has five siblings; four of them are upset with her in the wake of her successful 2013 memoir, Where the Peacocks Sing: A Palace, a Prince and the Search for Home. Alison is taking a break from those relationships, as she feels these siblings have not been supportive of her need to…

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Master Your Story: Be Your Own Protagonist

“Master your Story” was the topic. The premise: You are the protagonist in the story of your life. So take charge – direct the story the way you want it to go. This is the method Dawn Kohler, author and executive coach, used when she encountered her “inciting incident,” as she explained to members of…

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Y is for Yawn

The last thing you want is people yawning over your business’s marketing materials. So how do you keep people alert and attentive during your “pitch”? Appeal to emotions. Don’t be like the guys from the old TV show Dragnet, who always wanted “just the facts, ma’am.” People don’t buy based on factual information. They buy…

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Grammar That Literally Makes My Head Explode

There I was, happily engrossed in a murder-mystery novel, with the protagonist about to meet the young man she was defending in a murder case. I stopped short, staring at the page in consternation, when I read this sentence: “Another guard escorted her through clanking steel doors and down a hallway that literally screamed for…

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Selling Without Hype

“The purpose of all my marketing is to generate complimentary consultations.” That, says Denise Hedges, is the essence of “Selling Without Hype or Manipulation,” the title of her talk at a January dinner meeting hosted by the National Organization of Women Business Owners’ Orange County chapter. Hedges, founder of the Business Breakthrough Institute, is a…

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When Stress Attacks, Fight Back

Stress – it’s everywhere, especially around the holidays. That’s why Connected Women of Influence hosted a recent breakfast panel called “Stress & Business Burnout: How to Beat It!” The topic struck home: Several women attending the event said they had struggled with burnout at some point in their lives. Panelist Lorie Eber, a wellness coach,…

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How to Launch Your Book in Style

Sonia Marsh launched her second anthology, My Gutsy Story Anthology: Inspirational Short Stories About Taking Chances and Changing Your Life (Volume 2) by hosting a tasty event at Zov’s Bistro on Nov. 1. Marsh, who set an example of how to launch your book in style, took the stage with three authors whose stories are…

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Linda Kang: CEO, World Traveler — and Lion Tamer

Linda Kang grew up in Dubai as the daughter of parents who were traditionally Korean. “Men were superior,” she says. “Girls were not supposed to stand out or speak up.” Her brothers went to the best schools, while she got stuck with the household chores. Touted as one of three Remarkable Women named by the…

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