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*** BEA Buzz *** BookExpo America, the nation's largest annual book trade show, will be held this year at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York from Thursday, June 2, through Sunday, June 5: http://www.bookexpoamerica.com ================================================================ *** Self-Publishing Versus Vanity Publishing *** Letter from co-author Danny O. Snow to the New York Times, April 26, 2005: http://www.u-publish.com/nyt42605.htm ================================================================ *** Numbers Don't Lie *** Co-author Dan Poynter's "Stat Bank" on books and publishing: http://parapub.com/statistics ================================================================ *** Xerox and Lulu.com Sponsor New Contest *** Aspiring writers can win up to $5,000 and f*r*e*e copies of their books in a hot new contest: http://www.xeroxaspiringauthors.com Deadline July 1. They will print and bind a copy of your book, just for submitting! ================================================================ *** DYI Content Adds New Awards *** The 2005 DIY Book Festival will add best unpublished/published short story and teenage literature awards. Deadline Sept. 25: http://www.diyconvention.com ================================================================ Please feel free to forward copies of this bulletin to your fellow authors and publishers. This is a free service that is available to anyone in the book world upon request. We don't endorse specific products or services, and we do not accept advertising. You may subscribe or un-subscribe at any time. ================================================================ *** New Site for Comparing Bookseller Prices *** A new site at http://www.booksprice.com shows your book's listings from several booksellers, with pricing comparisons. It can be useful for self-publishers to track their books in the marketplace. It also shows the best price for buying several books together. Readers can save money when they order more than one book at a time. If you publish more than one book, could be a bonus. Check out their featured books in May: "U-Publish.com" and "The Self-Publishing Manual" can be ordered together for extra savings! ================================================================ *** AmSAW Update *** The American Society of Authors and Writers helps writers find editors and publishers seeking new books, locate producers looking for new stories to turn into films, meet literary agents, find new markets, showcase books before they're published, and promote them afterward: http://amsaw.org ================================================================ *** Reminder: Promotion Resources Updated *** Extensive resources for book promotion, as referenced on page 91 of the 2005 edition, have been updated. If you haven't yet read the new edition of "U-Publish.com," please consider re- questing ISBN 1-58832-989-5 at your local library, or order at bookstores, online, etc.: http://www.u-publish.com/order.htm ================================================================ *** Reminder: F-R-E-E Voicemail and Fax *** Get a voicemail number at http://www.k7.net/u-pub that forwards faxes and voice messages to you by e-mail at NO cost. (We use it, and it really is completely f*r*e*e of charge.) Retrieve faxes and voicemails online from any location in the world... a feature that is especially helpful for overseas authors who want a U.S. presence. Or get a toll-free number at http://www.kall8.com/u-pub for as little as $2 per month plus seven cents per minute. These services protect your privacy, while making it easier for the public to reach you. ================================================================ *** Reminder: "Talking Book" Now Available *** CDBooks.us has released a "talking book" of U-Publish.com, now available on CD or for broadband download: http://cdbooks.us They are actively seeking a few top-quality non-fiction books from other authors, for conversion from text to speech. An ecomonical alternative to audiotapes or braille, text-to- speech technology makes books accessible to visually impaired readers. Many can also be downloaded like a e-book from places where it is costly to ship printed books. ================================================================ *** Reminder: Support MBR, as MBR Supports You *** Thank goodness for the Midwest Book Review: an outlet that not only reviews books from independents, but favors them! Veteran editor Jim Cox has worked tirelessly for years, supporting the small press community and scores of self-publishing authors. MBR does not accept cash donations, to avoid any conflict of interest. But their bylaws have recently been amended to allow donations of postage stamps, which offset their costs in getting the word out about independently published books. Please join us in sending your "stamp of approval" to: Midwest Book Review 278 Orchard Drive Oregon, WI 53575 ================================================================ *** Reminder: More Opportunities to Get Your Name in Print *** Poynter and Snow are receiving a growing number of inquiries from journalists and authors who want essays and interviews by writers like you, for possible publication. To save space here, new invitations for you to submit your story will be posted at the following Web location each month: http://www.u-publish.com/invite.htm Check out the specific requests at the link above, and respond to those best suited to your expertise and personal situation. Getting your name in print is always a plus. It's well worth the time to review the invitations each month. We hope this helps you gain more public exposure for your book(s)! If YOU need interviews or essays for your own work, send your request to DanPoynter@ParaPublishing.com with "Stories Wanted" in the subject line. PLEASE limit requests to 50 words. ================================================================ *** Quotation of the Month *** "I'd review Dan Poynter's laundry list if he were to publish it! :-)" -- The Jim Cox Report, May 2005 ================================================================