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Can You Guess These Classic Books From Their Phantom Covers (Round 4)?

January 15, 2013
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By Gabe Habash of Publishers Weekly

If you missed PWxyz’s “trademark” quiz game, Phantom Book Covers (rounds onetwo, and three), here’s how it works: we make the words from a book cover vanish, and you guess what that word-free cover is.

It’s simple. If you can get all 10 books below, you win an oversized stuffed animal, just like at the carnival.

We have panda, kangaroo, and lizard.

OK, we are just kidding about winning a stuffed animal.

Good luck in guessing the covers. Click on the “Read More” to see the rest of the covers.

Don’t forget to take The Independent Author Phantom Book Cover Challenge from Digital Book Today.

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30+ New Free Kindle Books For Your Tuesday Reading Pleasure

January 15, 2013
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The Wedding Shroud - A Tale of Ancient RomeWe have over 30+ titles to choose from for your Tuesday reading pleasure. We sort all the free books and give you the best of the best. Stock up for your holiday reading needs as we have a great selection of the best free books for the Kindle, iPad, and Kindle Fire on our The Top 100 Best Free Kindle Books. As a service to our authors, if you read a free book please give the author a review on Amazon.Thanks. Remember that many of the free kindle books are priced at $0.00 for a very limited time (24-48 hours). Interested in new releases? Visit the New Release Alert List.

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Author Interview #150: Marketing for She Experts by Pam Brossman

January 14, 2013
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Marketing for She Experts - 8 Profitable Marketing Strategies for Women EntrepreneursOur interview is with Pam Brossman author of several books including Marketing for She Experts. Before we get to the interview a brief book description: If you want to lead in your industry then you want to be implementing the top marketing strategies that millionaires are using in their business right now to get results. Success leaves clues and I have included the clues and how to implement them within the pages of this book.

Interview with Pam Brossman

What was unique about the setting of the book and how did it enhance or take away from the story?

I wanted to be able to capture the successful strategies being used to catapult entrepreneurs from 6 figure businesses into highly leveraged million dollar entrepreneurs in a very short period of time.

I saw many marketing strategies being shared on Amazon, but I did not see a collection of strategies that were being used right now with today’s current technology and global opportunities. So I wanted to share with other entrepreneurs, successful marketing strategies being used by millionaires globally, that could be implemented right now to take entrepreneurs to the next level.

And that is how Marketing for She Experts was born.

What specific themes did the author emphasize throughout the novel? What do you think he or she is trying to get across to the reader?

The theme for this book is that Success leaves Clues!  I wanted to share with the reader that they could fast track the results in their business by following the success of entrepreneurs who were implementing simple marketing strategies to get amazing results.

By sharing the who, what, why, where and how of each strategy the reader can easily understand why the strategy works, how easy it is to implement and which of the 8 strategies is perfect for their target market. Then follow the action steps to implement one or more into their business immediately to start seeing results. Read more »

Three Exciting New Releases – Monday 1/14/2013

January 14, 2013
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We are highlighting three exciting new releases from our New Release Alert Page (click to see all the new releases). If you are looking for something new to read this is a great place to start.

Death of a Shrinking Violet: A Collection of Essays for Our TimeDeath of a Shrinking Violet: A Collection of Essays for Our Time by James Robinson, Jr. Death of a Shrinking Violet has nothing to do with death or the sadness associated with a shrinking violet. Written by award-winning essayist and satirist James Robinson, Jr., it celebrates all of the daily events and collective moments that we share; all of the things that we have in common as living, breathing members of the human race. As you read you’ll find yourself saying, “That’s happened to me,” or “that’s so funny!” But mostly, you’ll nod and say, “I know exactly what you mean.” Get ready to smile, laugh, and cry; Death of a Shrinking Violet is about you and me.

Honor Code (A Mystery Novella)Honor Code (A Mystery Novella) by Cathy Perkins. With Honor Code, award-winning author Cathy Perkins delivers a mystery NOVELLA linked to her mystery novel, The ProfessorIn a small southern town where everyone knows each other’s business, veteran detective Larry Robbins must solve the disappearance of eighty-year-old widower George Beason. When evidence arises that Beason may have left town on his own, it would be easy for Robbins to close the case, but his gut instinct tells him more’s at stake. As he uncovers clues about Beason’s deceased wife and his estranged daughter, Robbins must untangle conflicting motives and hidden agendas to bring Beason home alive.

Love and Other SubjectsLove and Other Subjects by Kathleen Shoop. In Love and Other Subjects Carolyn Jenkins strives for two things—to be the greatest teacher ever and to find true love. She’s as skilled at both as an infant trying to eat with a fork. Carolyn’s suburban upbringing and genuine compassion for people who don’t fit effortlessly into society are no match for weapon-wielding, struggling students, drug-using colleagues, and a wicked principal. Meanwhile, her budding relationship with a mystery man is thwarted by his gaggle of eccentric sisters. Carolyn depends on her friends to get her through the hard times, but with poverty-stricken children at her feet and a wealthy man at her side, she must define who she is. The reality of life after college can be daunting, the road to full-fledged adulthood long and unscripted.

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Monday Mania: 25+ Highly Reviewed Kindle eBooks That Are Free

January 14, 2013
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God Has Better Things to do Than My Laundry (and Other Observations by an Overly Dramatic Mom)We have the best Monday Deals. 25+ highly reviewed books that are all free today! You can’t get a better deal than that. Stock up for your holiday reading needs as we have a great selection of the best free books for the Kindle, iPad, and Kindle Fire on our The Top 100 Best Free Kindle Books. As a service to our authors, if you read a free book please give the author a review on Amazon.Thanks. Remember that many of the free kindle books are priced at $0.00 for a very limited time (24-48 hours). Interested in new releases? Visit the New Release Alert List.

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Five Best Practices For Hashtags

January 13, 2013
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By Allison Stadd writing for Mediabistro and All Twitter – The Unofficial Twitter Resource.

Five Best Practices For Hashtags

Hashtags are the quickest and easiest way to search for and find out what Twitter users are currently talking about.

They’re also key to productive Twitter engagement – hashtags put your tweets in front of the people who are interested in them.

Check out this post for a short history of the hashtag.

But most importantly: how do you use them? And how do you use them well?

In an effort to staunch the flow of annoying hashtag stuffing on Twitter, and help you amp up your Twitter efforts in 2013, here are five best practices for using hashtags on Twitter.

Don’t overuse them. Hashtags are most effective when you use them judiciously. Including more than two in a single tweet is overkill. And irritating. Rule of thumb: you only need to tag the most important word that represents the theme of your tweet.

Be obvious. Often, the best hashtag is the most obvious one. Consider this case study: the producers of the American version of X-Factor wanted to differentiate their show from the original British version, so they settled on using the hashtag “XFUSA.” But then a funny thing happened: fans, of their own accord, started using the non-promoted #xfactor five times more than the official #XFUSA.

So the producers listened to their fans and changed it up, using #xfactor to promote the show in its second episode. They saw an immediate increase in the Twitter conversation surrounding the show. Read more »

The Best of the Sunday Free Kindle eBooks: 25+ New Books

January 13, 2013
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The Princess of Dhagabad (The Spirits of the Ancient Sands)We have 25+ new free Kindle ebooks for Sunday. A great chance to grab a book or two for last day of the weekend. All of our books listed today are free ($0.00) on The Top 100 Best Free Kindle Books. As a service to our authors, if you read a free book please give the author a review on Amazon. Thanks. Remember that many of the free kindle books are priced at $0.00 for a very limited time (24-48 hours). Interested in new releases? Visit the New Release Alert List.

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Book Buzz: The Princess of Dhagabad by Anna Kashina – Free on 1/12-1/13!

January 12, 2013
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The Princess of Dhagabad (The Spirits of the Ancient Sands)The colorful story is told in a captivating way. Walking on the tight rope of logical paradox, the reader looks down to a paradise. The book is to be read and re-read several times; each time one discovers something new. It is a book which I would not like to miss. I am impatiently looking forward to the second volume of the book. ~ Helmut Moritz, Amazon Review

Hello Digital Book Today readers. The Book Buzz segment today features The Princess of Dhagabad (The Spirits of the Ancient Sands) by Anna Kashina. The Princess of Dhagabad is a wonderful romantic fantasy with the exotic flavor of the Arabian Nights. It has been called a “fine recasting of the Arabian Nights material into a fable for our times”. Readers have given The Princess of Dhagabad great praise and currently have it rated at 4.3 stars on 20 reviews. As a bonus, author Anna Kashina is offering The Princess of Dhagabad FREE for a limited time (1/12-1/13/2013). Go ahead and grab a copy today. We are sure you will not be disappointed.

“Anna Kashina’s book is different: it opens up a new world for the readers. The beautiful palace gardens and exotic oriental cities are not merely a background for the story of a young girl turning into a young woman. The young heroine LIVES in this world, and it becomes part of our own as we read the book.” ~ Claire, Amazon Review

“Open this book, read the first page, and you won’t be able to stop until you finish reading the very last page of it. The author takes you into a wonderful fairy tale for grown-ups.” ~ Gayla Kovaleva, Amazon Review

Book Description: THE CURSE OF ABSOLUTE POWER. THE MAGIC OF TRUE LOVE.

When, on the day of her age-coming, the princess opens a mysterious bronze bottle—a gift from her grandmother—she has no idea that she is about to unleash a power older than the world itself. Worse, she is not prepared for the bearer of this power to be a handsome man whose intense gray eyes pierce her very soul. Hasan, her new slave, is immeasurably older and stronger than anyone she has ever heard of, and he is now hers to command—if she can handle him, that is..… Read more on Amazon.

Get your copy of The Princess of Dhagabad on Amazon

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6 SEO Content Tips You May Have Missed

January 12, 2013
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From Patrick Coffee writing for Mediabistro.

6 SEO Content Tips You May Have Missed

Every PR pro has heard the news: The future of public relations is all about “brand journalism“, which is all about content, content, content. Of course, the quality of said content is paramount, because if readers don’t get your company/client’s message then the words themselves won’t be worth much in the end.

But search engine optimization also plays a big role in the art of content creation. If pages don’t show up near the top of relevant Google searches, then their value will be limited.

Now for a tiny bit of shameless self promotion: As Mediabistro employees, we recently had the opportunity to take one of our company’s courses on SEO best practices. We thought we were fairly familiar with SEO, but we learned a few techniques that go beyond the usual “include key words and phrases”, and we thought we’d share six tips that we would have missed otherwise.

Relational Linking: We used to feel like the big brands and names mentioned in our stories didn’t need any more hyperlinks or publicity, but links to extremely popular sites also help boost your own material’s SEO rankings. In short: If your story mentions Nike, Martha Stewart Living or McDonald’s, you might as well hyperlink to those companies’ pages or social media profiles. At the same time, this practice is only appropriate in context–Google’s algorithms are designed to punish pages stuffed with big-name hyperlinks and keywords that have no relevance to the content in question.

Alt tags: In order to make absolutely sure that search engines know what your content is all about, every image on your pages should have both a title and an alt tag. The title should provide basic information about the image while the alt tag elaborates on the purpose of the pic or links it more directly to the story in question. If you’re using a content management system like WordPress, you should have the option to add both to every image. Read more »

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