================================================================ This is a monthly e-mail update for subscribers only, sent from U-Publish.com, the web site named for the revolutionary guide to new methods for publishing and promoting books by Dan Poynter and Danny O. Snow. Get the paperback, now available to order from all major bookstores & online booksellers. Or order direct from us at http://www.u-publish.com/order.htm with free shipping. ================================================================ *** Microsoft Announces New DRM Solution New "digital rights management" (DRM) software from Microsoft promises to allow writers more ease in preventing unauthorized copying of documents: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/146917_msftdrm05.html At present, the new DRM solution is designed for businesses, and runs only on Windows systems, not Mac, Linux or others. If effective, this new rights management system could have a major impact on electronic books in the future... at least for those e-Books distributed in Microsoft (only) formats. ================================================================ *** Radio Interview Opportunity A recent item reads "I'm the executive Producer for a Consumer oriented national radio show. I'm looking for energetic, interesting experts to join our well-known host to talk about consumer life related issues: home care, pet care, car care, travel, culinary arts (baking/cooking tips), elder care, genealogical research, organizational skills ... you get the picture! Authors of new books are welcome to inquire. We're looking for guests who can help our listeners walk away with information they can put to use in their everyday lives. PLEASE SEND ALL QUERIES TO: Leslie@Heloise.com ================================================================ *** 73,000 Independents Now Publishing! Publishers Marketing Association (PMA) and the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) originally surveyed America's "53,000 independent, smaller book publishers" in 1997, and have just released an update that puts the current count at 73,000. The report finds that the independent publishing industry as a whole "is more diverse, more entrepreneurial, and more infused with new ideas and new information than previously thought." -- Item above courtesy of Jim Barnes -- http://www.independentpublisher.com Subscriber Florrie Kichler of Patria Press, a member of the PMA board of directors, provided an excerpt from the report, showing that annual sales by midsize and smaller publishers (those with fewer than 200 titles) now total $29 billion to $34 billion -- up from $14 billion in 1997! These statistics confirm our long-standing view that the traditional publishing industry, dominated by a handful of multi-national giants, has stagnated in recent years. Meanwhile, smaller publishers have made gains, thanks to the energy and creativity of readers like you! -- Item above courtesy of Florrie Kichler -- http://www.patriapress.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. ================================================================ *** ABC Launches New Site The new American Book Cooperative site is now online: http://www.americanbookcooperative.org "The mission of the American Book Cooperative is quite simply to preserve and facilitate the voice of America as spoken by the independent publisher. We will embrace the novice with nurturing education and direction, and bolster the distribution and marketing efforts of our membership." Dan Snow adds: Independent publishing is a cornerstone of our democracy, side-by-side with the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing freedom of the press, and freedom of speech for all Americans. In the words of Dan Poynter: "Independent publishing is an American tradition. Since the early days of the New World, the person with the printing press has often been the author, publisher, printer and bookshop." Poynter and Snow are proud to serve as advocates for the self- publishing author and independent publisher, large or small. We salute our subscribers, who carry on this tradition, so important to the American way of life. -- Courtesy of Rita Mills (www.thebookconnection.net) ================================================================ *** Spam Epidemic Grows in Spite of Legislation Some subscribers have complained that this newsletter may be "filtered" as junk mail, in spite of the fact our mailing list is 100% by-request only. Meanwhile, offers for loans, medicines and "enlargement" of various body parts are flooding their in- boxes. Our repeated inquiries to Hotmail, Earthlink, Yahoo and other service providers have been ignored: http://www.u-publish.com/e-mail.htm Call your service provider (e-mail is usually unanswered, or the response is a useless form letter) to complain. They are punishing the innocent, while the guilty escape. Ivan Hoffman, J.D., an expert on Internet Law, has published a related report about the new California anti-spam legislation: http://www.ivanhoffman.com/antispam.html ================================================================ *** Contests for Juvenile Fiction Writers BANTAM DOUBLEDAY DELL BOOKS for Young Readers publishes "award- winning books by distinguished authors and the most promising new writers." A good way to break in to this market is through contests: the Marguerite de Angeli Contest and the Delacorte Press Contest for a First Young Adult Novel. Check them out at http://www.randomhouse.com/kids -- Tip courtesy of Rita Mills (www.thebookconnection.net) ================================================================ *** Other Contests ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards -- Deadline: Jan. 15, 2004 -- Entry fee: $50 https://www.forewordmagazine.com/photos/botya2003.pdf Writer's Digest International Self-Published Book Awards, Dead- line: Dec. 15, 2003 -- Entry fee: $100/1st entry; $50/additional: https://www.writersdigest.com/contests/self_published.asp ================================================================ Inside tip from Poynter & Snow: ALWAYS READ THE FINE PRINT! Here's ours: This is a free e-mail bulletin from U-Publish.com, the web site named for the book by Dan Poynter and Danny O. Snow. Bulletins are sent by subscription only. You may subscribe or unsubscribe at any time. Simply contact us by e-mail at: email@example.com We do not endorse specific products or services, and we do not accept advertising. 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