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Marketing Strategies That Maximize Book Exposure

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So, you wrote your book, completed the tedious task of having it edited and found a publisher that had faith in your work…CONGRATULATIONS!! Your masterpiece is now available for the masses to buy; HOWEVER, books do not magically appear on Kindle’s, Nooks, and bookshelves without precise marketing and quality...

Kawaei Rina and Iriyama Anna attacked: What does this mean for the AKB fandom?

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in case you are an idol fan like myself and haven't heard, during an AKB48 handshake event that was held at Iwate Industrial Culture Center on May 25, a crazed loon wielding a hand saw attacked AKB members Kawaei Rina and Iriyama Anna. A staff member was also injured. The man was quickly detained,...

What Captain America 2 teaches us about taking risks with our writing

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By Julius St. Clair  One of the problems that I have with going to the movies is that by the time I get there, I already have a preconceived notion of how it’s all going to turn out. It doesn’t matter what the movie is. I’ve seen the trailers, I’ve...

How to Make Your Main Character Relatable

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By Julius St. Clair When people talk about a novel, there are usually three things that can make, or break a story: the plot itself, the ending, and the main character. While a reader could make it through a book from cover to cover, regardless of a bad plot or...

Lolita Dark: Anything But Silenced

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I felt terrible walking into my interview with the three guys and two ladies who currently make up Lolita Dark, a rock and roll band from California, who also have ties to Japan via their Japanese front woman and keyboardist. I wasn’t expecting traffic so early coming into Pittsburgh,...

Attack on Tekko!

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It was that time of the year again. Oh boy. The annual Tekko (formerly known as Tekkoshocon) anime convention held at the David L. Lawrence Center in Pittsburgh once again blew my puny little brain. I mean, I love anime, consider myself maybe a level five otaku, don’t have the...

The Hard Road of Self-Publishing: Is It For You?

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What it means to Do It Yourself with publishing By Julius St. Clair There is a well-known Greek aphorism that goes a little something like this: “Know Thyself.” And if there is anything that an aspiring self-publishing author should know, it is exactly that. At a first glance, self-publishing appears simple....

Why every Author should read Death Note

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By Julius St. Clair Graphic novels are all the rave these days. Sales are higher than ever in the comic book/graphic novel market, and a sector of the publishing industry that was once deemed a niche category is now being given careful consideration. Want proof? Look no further than the...

Finding Your Author’s Voice

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Finding Your Author’s Voice By Julius St. Clair   Since the arrival of the e-book in the publishing industry, the writing game has changed significantly. One effect is an oversaturation of the market, as a flood of new authors, both indie and traditional, struggle for their voice to be heard and fight...

CORNERMEN, STEP UP YOUR GAME!

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CORNERMEN, STEP UP YOUR GAME! - By Ian Ebbitt I am a fan of Mixed Martial Arts.  I watch Mixed Martial Arts, I study Mixed Martial Arts, I train Mixed Martial Arts, and I have taught Mixed Martial Arts.  I have also cornered sixteen different MMA fighters over the years,...