Find the Perfect Book – How to Do It

Don’t you just hate to spend time reading books that you can’t really get in to. Selecting the next read can be both time consuming and the results are often not as one would have hoped. Reading a book is time consuming and you have to give the novel a change before putting it down. But what if by some sort of magic the next read could be picked out for you with a very high probability that the pick would be a massive hit.

What should I read next?
Your next book is only seconds away. By adding up to five of your favorites, a list of perfect novel can be created at your will. And they can be genre specific as well. This can be used as your personal guide or to pick out great books for book clubs.

How does it work?
By taking millions of book reviews and the users who have written them it is possible to find people who has the same taste in books as yourself.

New Book Puts Parents Back in Control With Confidence and Common Sense

Any parent, or even adults who spend time around children, will do well to read Barbara C. Murray’s new book Taking Back Parenting. In concise and thoughtful discussions, Barbara covers a wide range of topics that parents need to be concerned about with their children from how to teach and communicate with your children to creating a safe environment for them, how to maintain your relationship with your spouse, and even how to discuss difficult topics with your children such as sexuality and pornography.

From the first page of this book, I realized Barbara was a real parent. Yes, she has a degree and is a clinical social worker, but she is obviously a parent first, and almost every example in the book that she provides is based upon her own parenting experience. Other examples are based on her experiences with helping clients better parent their own children and what worked or didn’t work for them.

What I loved most about this book is that Barbara makes parents aware of certain issues they need to

Inculcate Reading Habits in Children

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. ~Charles W. Eliot

Charles Eliot had his facts right. Anyone who has befriended the written word would never be lonely. All booklovers know that they can live several lives, travel innumerable places and do myriad things through their books. You get to see the perspective of another person and find out that you are not the absolute authority on the topic.

Today our living rooms have been invaded by the television and computer. Children spend all the free time glued to either of them.

Books teach a lot to the kids. They expand their vocabularies, helping them later in life. The command of the language increases many fold. It gives a boost to the child’s imagination, letting the mind reach the unthinkable and increasing the creativity. Reading about many things vastly improves the child knowledge store. Say for instance you learn more about Africa but reading an interesting story

Reasons Why You Should Always Wish Upon a Star

Author Daniel Harvell has recently released his first novel in a new series titled “Wishing Will.” This great read has characters that are easy to relate to, which is great for his target audience, middle grade readers especially boys. His story focuses on a chubby teen, named Will Cricket, who has found the secret to making a wish come true. By searching the internet Will discovers a legend that states on November 11th at 11:11 am and 11:11 pm a wish can be granted.

When Will puts this theory to the test he finds that it worked but it has also attracted some very strange and colorfully cool observers. Will learns this cast of unusual characters are literally stars from an inter-galactic group called Sky Castle Network Enterprises or better known as the SCENE. After careful observation and discussion with Will, they decide to grant his wish. The catch is he has to do something for them. He has to grant wishes to those in need. Unfortunately, it will be those very same kids who pick on him and make his life miserable. In addition to that, there are plenty of rules and regulations he will

Book Marketing Techniques: Those That Backfire

Authors need to promote their books, but there’s a right and a wrong way to market, and wanting to sell a book is no excuse for not retaining your manners. No one likes a pushy salesman. Here are some examples of ways I’ve seen authors try to sell their books that have been a total turn-off for me. Authors, make sure you aren’t using these techniques. I’ve listed them in order from what are, in my opinion, least to most annoying.

Lying about Your Book’s Greatness

I’ve seen authors lie about how wonderful their books are in several ways.

    1. Having non-credible book endorsements, both on their websites and books’ back covers. By non-credible, I mean having an endorsement signed by “A.K. in Hawaii” or “A Teacher in San Diego.” If these people don’t want to give their names, they probably don’t support your book enough to want to stand by their comments, and they aren’t going to convince me that your book is worth reading. At the very least, you want full names, and a blurb from Tom Smith isn’t going to mean much to me anyway, unless you’ve written a book

Top 5 Short Stories and Fairy Tales for Kids

The short stories and fairy tales are beloved around the world. We all enjoyed listening to fairy tales narrated by our parents, grandparents and caretakers. These stories are very interesting and amusing that not only keep the kids entertained but also helps them to enhance their reading skills and speaking skills and build a strong vocabulary. Let’s peep into a magical world of short stories!

Cinderella
“Cinderella”, also popularly known as The Little Glass Slipper, is one of the most popular folk tales and bedtime stories around the world. It is a tale embodying an element of magical transformations. The story revolves around a young girl, whose misfortunes are suddenly changed to remarkable fortune. It is a short story about magical transformations, rude behavior of stepmother and stepsisters, helpful fairy godmother, royal ball and prince’s hunt for a lost glass slipper.

Little Red Riding Hood
“Little Red Riding Hood”, also known as “Little Red Ridinghood”, “Red Riding Hood”, and “Little Red Cap” is a best-known European fairy tale about a young girl and a Big Bad Wolf. The tale features a little girl and a wicked wolf. In a story, Red Riding Hood walk through

Book Clubs – What They Are and How to Start and Maintain a Book Club

A book club – or more precisely, a book discussion club – is a group of people meeting, in reality or on-line, to discuss a book they all have read. It can also be called a book or literature circle or reading group.

Just do it

It is easy to start one of your own, if you are not happy with the book choices of the book clubs in your area. It’s practically as easy as just deciding you will have one. You do not need to recruit members, buy books for everyone nor register your book club or anything alike. You will just ask your friends or put an announce on a free bulletin board in your area (don’t forget the library bulletin board), or create an online forum/group for your book club, and you are ready to go. Making the book club a good one, that is a totally different issue.

Decisions, decisions

Decide how the books are going to be chosen. Do you choose all the books, are you going to follow an existing list of books or an existing book club, is every member going to choose a book in

Discover – What is an Audio Book?

How would you define an audit book? The easiest way to explain what is an audio book is to tell you that the only difference between an actual book from the library and an electronic book would be the “delivery” of the contents within the book. So you ask again: “What is an audio book?” these are books that you can listen to the contents of any books through your I-pod or car radio as you are driving to work in the morning. Most people enjoy having these books since it is easier to transport an electronic book with you versus a heavy hard back book when you are traveling on vacation or for work. Also, you can easily advance ahead or rewind back to chapters to listen to key points within your favorite novel or investment book. Does this provide you a clear definition of what is an audio book? If not, you will get the idea as you continue to read the article.

Audio books have grown in popularity as more people are accepting living in a technology-driven world where you have navigation systems, video games and I-Phones. In defining what is an audio

How to Format a Book

Learn how to format a book and save hundreds when you self-publish!

  • Formatting a book includes:
  • the book size,
  • margins,
  • typography,
  • line spacing,
  • page numbers,
  • headers and footers,
  • page layout,
  • parts of a book,
  • cover design,
  • your choice of paper,
  • and anything else that affects the appearance of your book.

Don’t panic! Every book you own is a training aid.

Format a Book: Size

Your first design decision is the size of your book. The most common size for trade paperbacks is 6 X 9 inches. If you are writing for children or seniors, you might prefer a larger trim size. You also have to take photographs and illustrations into consideration.

Format a Book: Margins

Margins are a primary element of book design. They will be affected by your selection of page size. Normally, the larger the book, the larger the margins. For the sizes 5″ X 8″ through 8″ X 10,” margins between.5″ and 1.25″ are the norm.

The header and footer margins can be left at their default, or set at half of the margin..

Format a Book: Headers and Footers

I like different odd and even headers to put the book title on top of the

Top Ten Ways Authors Irritate Book Marketers

To promote a book, an author needs help, and that help comes from people in the media-from book reviewers to journalists, conference planners to bloggers, and many, many others. Approaching these people properly and following their guidelines is essential for winning them over so they will cheerfully help you to promote your book. While good manners and common sense should prevail, all book promoters have their horror stories about difficult authors. Following are the Top Ten most common complaints I have heard from various publicists and book promoters about authors with whom they have worked or refused to work.

1. Making Cold Calls: The telephone is a great means of communication, but it’s also a great interrupter. Before you call someone, visit his website and read all the guidelines. If you can’t get an answer to a question, send an email. People are busy, so when you call them, you interrupt them. Most people will reply to your email in a timely manner, and if a phone call is needed, you can ask in an email when is the best time to call.

2. Being a Bad Guest: Sometimes it’s not all about the author and the

How to Create a Synopsis That Hooks Readers

When people pick up your book they want to know is what it is about. This is why books have a synopsis or description on the back cover. But if the text featured on the back cover doesn’t hook the reader’s interest right away, chances are they won’t buy the book.

After seeing your book cover or hearing your book title, the first thing readers do is pick up the book and flip it over to read the back cover, or if they are online, they will look for the product description, also called a short summary or synopsis (about a paragraph long). Some authors put only their biographies on their back covers. Depending on the book, the author’s Bio might give credibility but not only will the reader still wonder what the book is about; the author is also missing out on the best opportunity to hook readers. Below are some tips on writing a synopsis with a hook:

1- Make it Short. Remember, the possible buyer will not spend more than few seconds looking at the back cover, so make it sweet, short and to the point.

2- Make it Relevant. Most people