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A thread of book awards 1/?
Book awards are great. They help bring attention to less mainstream titles, provide useful starting points for finding new books to read, give recognition to quality work of #authors and #illustrators, bring together great books on thematically, ...
... help us discover wonderful materials to recommend to readers, fill libraries with, use in lessons. Here are a bunch of UK-based (I've avoided local and intenational) awards that are worth a look, with the list featuring awards from the genral to the specific, & covering ...
... fiction; non-fiction; graphic novels; poetry; funny and more, across all the age ranges from EYFS all the way to post-16. Again, not comprehensive or intentionally exclusive, but ones that I think are useful to be aware of if you are in the business of teaching, working ...
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So, I got into a LONG!!! talk with a reader/friend of mine about the world of publishing. Now, I'm not an expert, but staring down the release of my 6th book (holy shit, 6th?!), I have to reflect on a few realities of publication & open a dialogue with the #WritingCommunity
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A bit of background: I've been writing since 2006. I self-pub'd my first book in 2009, and continued with self-pub ever since. This was just before self-publication became vogue. And it was a conscious choice - and it was also how I learned what I know. The hard way.

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My friend said, "Getting an agent is like winning the lottery". This isn't wrong.
I tried to query, and was shot down every. single. time.
This isn't unusual. In fact, every #writer know that when you're #querying, this is par for the course.
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1/12
Separating the #men from the #boys
Here is a #PubMed #indexed, #Elsevier published #journal reporting '#exclusive' #treatment of #covid19 through #Ayurveda leading to full recovery in a #patient. Great #news right?! No. The #proof of the #pudding is in the eating! Spoons out
2/12
The #journal. Its legit, 'becoz' its publishd by #Elsevier. Journal ownd by World Ayurveda Foundation & Trans-Disciplinary Univ, #Bengaluru. 4mer, a 4-men 'world foundation'[bit.ly/3is0CdR], latter @TDUFRLHT founded @sampitroda, vettedby likes of @kiranshaw
3/12
The study - 43yr old #newyork #banker develops fever,cough durng peak #COVID season, 'PRESUMED' to be #coronavirus. Self #Quarantine at #home, phone calls #ayurvedic #Doctors at #Chennai, #india, offer☎️ treatmnt until fever break, therby reporting #covid19 cure via Ayurveda
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Reading first few chapters of @tomburgis new book #Kleptopia (very good so far!)

On the story arc, Och-Ziff Hedge Fund mentioned & their bribery for contracts/mines/elections in Africa.

Saw some interesting connections to #FinCENFiles current story...

#PoliticsAndMoney ImageImage
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Ziff brothers are the favourite financial bogey men of Putin/Kremlin.

#OchZiff referenced in 2016 #TrumpTower meeting challenging #Magninsky act championed by #Browder

Effectively Kremlin saying "Listen Don Junior, here's the dirt on Clinton for your Dad to use...(cont)" Image
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"Hillary is funded by Ziff Bro's / Browder & they are the real crooks! They illegally bought shares in Gazprom as foreigners, failed to pay tax due in Russia & used elaborate offshore schemes to 'loot Russian assets'"

They then counter the $230m tax fraud #Magninsky story... Image
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1/ Self publishing vs other options.

Let's get one thing out of the way.

You should publish once with a mainstream publisher. Get it out of the system. You should sell a title on Amazon. Make it to your genre, subject top 10 list. Even hit the numero uno spot for a day.
2/ But once you are done, you are done.

It doesn't matter who your publisher, distributor or book seller is. In the end you, the author, sells the book.

You create the hype, you generate the traffic, you direct the buyers.

Amazon doesn't get people to your book, you do
3/ So if you are writing the book, editing it, marketing it, promoting it, how much of the book proceeds do you get?

Do you get to talk or see or engage with your customers? Do you even know who they are?

With main stream publishing, no. There is no data, real time or otherwise
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1/ So what did we learn from #launch week

Doesn't matter how hard you have prepped and worked, things will go wrong. Things that you didn't even anticipate or expect.

When that happens, focus on the things you can control and fix. Don't have a melt down. It will get sorted.
2/ The run up to launch week. Give yourself time.

Started thinking about the launch in Dec. Got shot down due to work and Covid-19. Restarted again in April. Locked down July date in first week of June.

Seems like a lot but you will need the time. There is lots to do.
3/ Get the #book out in front of #reviewers.

Early. Like real early. Like 8 to ten weeks early. Listen to their feedback and comments.

Unlike a #publisher, in self #publishing mode, you can change stuff all the way to launch. Try not to do that.

Lock a version down early.
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1/ Launch check list.

Just wanted to take a minute to thank everyone.

Thank you for getting word out & for your preorders for #FounderPuzzles

We crossed our first big milestone yesterday. 105 orders

A thread on the path for that journey, if you plan to follow it one day.
2/ Book launch check list.

Nov 2019 is when we first thought of shipping the book. It had been a work in progress for 4 years.

Prior book launches had taught me the importance of pre-orders.

Step one. Plan to open pre-orders a month before the book will be ready for launch
3/ Enough content to feed you for a month.

Opening up pre-orders isn't enough.

You have to create interest in the book and keep it out there for everyone to see.

Can't be same content shared again and again. Has to be fresh and relevant.

You also have to mix mediums.
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1/ An author interested in selling digital books/media, which social platform should you focus on?

What performance metrics should you track? How do you go about measuring them? A thread

@jehan_ara
@sanasaleem
@TheNestiO
@babushka99
@snajmi
@Sameerpeace
#authors #writing
2/ Recently introduced to @dvassallo + @david_perell
Both exceedingly generous and open with their advice and models.

I am based in Pakistan with a #desi network. I wondered if their models would work and scale on the other side of the planet.
3/ For my digital book pre-orders launch campaign this week I designed a simple experiment

Put up a @Bitly link for pre-orders.
Launched organic campaign posts on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter at the same time.
Collated results at the end of 4 days.

Here is what I learnt
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Last Saturday, @souvikdg and @hallidude chatted about the pros and cons of @CraftCMS on hasgeek.com/metarefresh/co…. If you are deciding on whether to adopt #CraftCMS, you will find this thread useful. (1/13)
@souvikdg @hallidude @CraftCMS .@CraftCMS is a general purpose Content Management System (CMS) which differentiates itself from other #alternatives by offering a clean starting point coupled with great tools to build a #website. (2/13)
@souvikdg @hallidude @CraftCMS .@CraftCMS features a clear separation of concern between the content models, presentation and business logic. Since you begin with a clean slate, you have to bring your own #HTML and #design. There is no starter theme.
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1/ Quick notes from

"How to sell million copies of your book" lecture at @HabibUniversity

No shortcuts.

Its a long lonely path and you won't end up with a million. You would be lucky to crack 5,000. Most books can't even reach 1,000.

#Authors #Writers #Founders #startups
2/ To save time and heart break. Here is a short summary.

If you crack it, it will take 20 years + a portfolio of books that are readable and of great quality. You will be broke, hungry and in pain for most of those 20 years.

And there is no guarantee that you will crack it
3/ Write about what you know and care about. Growing as an author requires you to read and write.

Consume and produce.

Don't just read about writing. Read everything. And practice the art by writing. Starting early helps.
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/1 Hey, fellow #authors! Hope you are safe! We've been getting a lot of requests from writers who want to #stayhome and publish their books while being #Quarantined. So here's a #thread on how you can publish a book for FREE in just 30 mins, while you are #workingfromhome 👇👇👇 Image
/2 Use our Xpress publishing platform, a do-it-yourself publishing tool used by thousands of authors who want to self-publish their book for the Indian market. The platform provides you with professional tools to design, publish and sell your book on most major eCommerce sites.
/3 Before we start - your book is a product. A well-positioned, well-written and edited book increases odds, builds author brand. Find your book's target audience (not evry1), focus on the value proposition, ensure it comes across in the design. Hire an Editor. Let's begin.
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THREAD: READ AND SHARE/RT ONWARD, PLEASE

I know not everyone is a fan of #screentime [feh] for their #kids, but in the face of #CoronaVirus the #KidsMedia world is stepping up.
@bigbadboo Studio is removing the paywall for its #VOD platform @OznozKids. If you're not familiar with it, now's the time to become so, especially if your home speaks more than one language. #Oznoz has 200+ hours of #video content for #children, in 10 languages.
Podcast @wowintheworld is getting activities & resources to #teachers to send home as needed. Their #wowsheet designed by educators can be used with any #Wow episode (tinkercast.com/wowsheet). They're also offering free teacher memberships via @FirstBook (fbmarketplace.org/wow-in-the-wor…)
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#ClassicsTwitter #Homerists #Authors Lend me your ear:

Dudes, and I do mean dudes:

You shouldn't write about Homer and ignore scholarship by women.

You must not write on women in Homer and ignore or marginalize scholarship by women
If you write about the marginalization of women in Homer and you marginalize women who write about homer, then you have performed the same action as the Homeric tradition but even worse because you are writing about it.
Here's a non exhaustive list of women who have written great things about Homer and women in Homer

Lillian Doherty
Sheila Murnaghan
Patricia Marquardt
Helene Foley
Cristina Franco
Melissa Mueller
Ann Bergren
Marilyn Katz
Jenny Strauss Clay
Barbara Clayton
Laura Slatkin
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Some of the #teamies, i.e. me, can't be there which is really sad but for a wonderful reason, granddaughter-sitting-Sadie-Rose. So I thought in celebration of the launch, I'd share some photos from the art exhibition that ran alongside the conference.
What better place to start than with the art exhibition team: @10PYusuf, The Dame and @Rodkippen.

There will be more!
#careexpconf
#myboys😊 Image
@10PYusuf @Rodkippen As with many stories there was of course a #backstory - @DrDeeMichell and me(!) met at the Foundling Museum for a pre-conference chat where talked all things orphans and #CEP. Dee had travelled with hubby to be at the conference.

@FoundlingMuseum
#ToBeContinued
#careexpconf ImageImage
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THREAD 1/7 #readercommunity

#Readers who justify #bookpiracy because THEY are poor i.e can buy the latest tech, fashions, daily coffees but cannot 'afford' books, we need to have a talk, and #RealityCheck ...
1. Those who download from #pirate sites wouldn't buy the book anyway.

To justify theft by saying that the thief wouldn't pay for what they stole is ridiculous. Clearly, they wanted the product but didn't think it was 'worth' $4 because they can steal it without consequences.
2. Authors earn lots of money, they're just being greedy.

In the latest @ALCS_UK research "“The median annual income of a professional author is £10,500 (US$11,300), which is well below the minimum wage."

1% of authors earn huge sums, most of us barely scrape a living.
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There’s lesser sense of wonder and more logic in the world today... the youngest Jnanpith award winner, author Amitav Ghosh feels! His surprise in finding that most of the people he interacted with in Venice were Bengalis, his way of dealing with the human spirit in his writings, ImageImageImage
and if he locks himself up while writing are some of the things that he discussed with the Director @shekharkapur The more than 100 year Royal Opera House proved to be the perfect venue for such a creative dialogue with so much laughter. #Shakespeare was smiling up there 😊
Didn’t waste any time to thank him for his outstanding #research for his books which helped me with the #BiharMuseum project One of my most ever favourite #authors @GhoshAmitav smiled in reply with a surprise while conversing in #Bangla Thank you Sir 😊Yes, we are all migrants!
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Welcome to the #passivewriter chat! I'm @browndamon with my co-author @ByJeanetteHurt, and we're authors of The Passive Writer: 5 Steps to Earning Money in Your Sleep: amzn.to/2OnTVvU
#passivewriter We're long-time #freelance #journalists & #authors who have found ways to create new methods to bring in money while we aren't working. So much of our work was one-and-done. We did an @ASJAhq NY panel in May and wanted to expand the discussion
#passivewriter How do you define #passiveincome? @ByJeanetteHurt & I discovered it is different for everyone. For me, it is getting #money based on past work with little or no effort. It also means expanding on what you naturally do.
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