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This issue focuses on web tools that can help you write, publish
and promote books more effectively.  We hope you find them use-
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        *** Free PBS "Tele-Courses" for Writers

See http://www.pbs.org/pbsyou/schedules/telecourse.html for a
listing of outstanding classes on public television, including
several of interest to writers.


        *** Book in the News?

Google now offers a great new tool: news alerts, when your book
is mentioned in any of the 4,500 news outlets they catalog.
Follow the link below and complete the form; Goggle will notify
you by e-mail when news appears:



        *** Where is your book listed?

There are several web sites that list retail outlets where
readers can obtain your book(s).  Here are a few:


TIP: search by ISBN for more accurate results.  You may be
surprised to see how many outlets offer your book to the
public.  For example, follow the link below for our outlets:


        *** Find Agents, Publishers & More

Find more than 2,000 literary agents, editors and publishers in
the US, UK and Canada, with web sites, addresses & e-mails, all
in one convenient location:


FREE, link courtesy of Jim Barnes, www.independentpublisher.com


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        *** Schreiber Prize Deadline 12/1

Writers of comedic essays, articles, short stories, poetry,
and other forms are invited to submit.  Works up to 750 words
in length should be typed, double-spaced, accompanied by a money
order or check for $5 to cover administrative costs, payable to
"The Mona Schreiber Prize." No limit to entries but each must
pay a separate fee. Put contact information on the first page.
No SASEs, please. Include e-mail address for notification of
winners.  All entries must be postmarked by December 1 for a
December 24 announcement of three winners: 1st: $500. 2nd: $250.
3rd: $100.  Web site: www.brashcyber.com


        *** POD Books in Stores???
        *** Expanded from September Report

Rumors are circulating that major bookstores may now be stocking
"Print-on-Demand" books.  Possibly true ... but don't jump to
conclusions prematurely.

Note our bias: "U-Publish.com" is a POD trade paperback from
Unlimited Publishing: http://www.unlimitedpublishing.com

POD books must compete with traditional books in the marketplace.
Editorial, design and printing quality must ALL be competitive,
regardless of printing method.  See guidelines from Barnes &
Noble, as covered here in the December 2002 issue:


Books that contain frequent errors in spelling or grammar, and
those with amateurish designs (often books with layouts created
using "one-size-fits-all" templates or those "typeset" with
word processors like Word or WordPerfect rather than real type-
setting tools like Quark or PageMaker) are at a disadvantage,
and rightly so.

Important: for books that meet the quality standards of major
bookstores, TERMS are important too.  For example, few POD
publishers accept returns from retailers... but bookstores
rarely stock books on a non-returnable basis.  

Items above are just a few of the factors that stores consider
in deciding to stock a book, whether it is printed with POD,
PQN or traditional methods.  POD books CAN achieve professional
standards, but you must be commited to quality in many areas in
addition to printing, if you are serious about getting attention
in the big league book trade.


        Quotable Quotation:

"I don't see why -- in time, of course, in time -- he mightn't
even become a branch manager."

-- One of T. S. Eliot's superiors at Lloyd's Bank, quotation
courtesy of Florrie Kichler, Patria Press


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