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Book Garden Publishing And Author and Illustrator, J.D. Holiday Announces The Release Of The Short Story Collection for adults, Stories And Imaginings For The Reading Spot

Delaware Valley, PA, May 14, 2015 - Author & Illustrator, J.D. Holiday has announced the release of an eclectic collections of short stories in ‘Stories And Imaginings For The Reading Spot.’

J.D. Holiday easily crosses genres with this collection of twelve literary short  stories for adults covering a wide array of imaginative fictional compositions from drama, romance, humor and more.

Ms. Holiday says,“I believe readers will be entertained and amused as they move from Anne and Romanoff’s naughty pack, Stephanie finds trouble with a wounded cat and a remorseful landscaper; and the beach cottage that brings Cheney’s nightmares of the Sci Fi warrior into focus in Stories And Imaginings For The Reading Spot.” Each story is accompanied by a striking black and white illustrations by the author.

Author Barbara Ehrentreu said,"A collection of short stories that will tear at your heart! The author captures the dialogue of each different situation creating a special bond between you and the characters. It’s almost like talking over the back fence about people you know or hearing about it from a friend. In this collection, JD Holiday has put together a series of stories that will keep you reading until the end."~ barbaraehrentreu.blogspot.com/

About Author And Illustrator, J.D. Holiday

J.D. Holiday is also the author and illustrator for three children’s books:
Janoose the Goose, The Great Snowball Escapade & The Spy Game. She is a member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and host of the children’s reading radio shows, It’s Story Time and Halo Kids Tales.
Stories And Imaginings For The Reading Spot is available in hardback and ebook on Amazon and B&N and ordered in bookstores.
Print: ISBN#978-0-9818614-6-3 Digital: ISBN# 978-0-9818614-7-0
For more on JD and her books visit: http://jdholiday.blogspot.com

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Review for Stories and Imaginings for THE READING SPOT by JD Holiday

A collection of short stories that will tear at your heart!

As I read each story in this unusual collection I found a warmth and almost down home earthiness to them. The characters seem to spring from our own backyards. In many cases the stories take place in a small town where everyone seems to know everyone else. In some there is the promise of love and in others there is the sadness of having known love. In one story which touches on child abuse you feel the horror in a child’s point of view. 

Each story brings with it a complete world and for a couple of these I hoped that I would learn more about this world. The author captures the dialogue of each different situation creating a special bond between you and the characters. It’s almost like talking over the back fence about people you know or hearing about it from a friend. 

In this collection, JD Holiday has put together a series of stories that will keep you reading until the end. I would recommend it for anyone who is in need of a book for those in between moments when you need a little something to read.  ~ Author Barbara Ehrentreu

Lone Wolf by Dellani Oakes: In A Nut Shell!

This sci fi series has is all: mystery, adventure and love taking place in an intergalactic mining guild in the year 3032. You learn about what the future could have in store for us and meet some of the intelligent species from other planets future humans might engage as Matilda (Romance) Dulac and her men, Marc Slatterly and Wilhelm VanLispig, the Lone Wolf, work mining a deadly ore called trimagnite in deep space. They even come across a way to take out emotional and destructive moods out of the brain! I wish that was real now. Problems would be less here on earth.

I love Lone Wolf. Loved how the characters interact. Great writing by author Dellani Oakes! I couldn't put this book down. At the end, I wanted more. And fortunately, the series continues with Shakazhan, and The Maker.  Wonderful series!

            That's Lone Wolf by Dellani Oakes, In A NUT SHELL!   ~JD

Lone Wolf: www.amazon.com/Lone-Wolf-Dellani-Oakes-ebook/dp/B0057H0E2
Shakazhan, book 2: www.amazon.com/Shakazhan-Lone-Wolf-Book-2-ebook/dp/B00E74DXJU/
The Maker, book 3: www.amazon.com/Maker-Dellani-Oakes-ebook/dp/B00R6QGHL2
More about Dellani Oakes: www.secondwindpublishing.com

Just When You Think You Have Met Them All~

ANOTHER A_ _ Hole Shows Up!
I've been thinking about 
A- - holes a lot lately! Right now it seems the world is falling apart. 

Horrible, unthinkable things are happening all around and yet in our ordinary everyday lives (since most of us aren't in a war zone or haven't enough to eat, etc.) there are people we come in contact with that we can't do anything for without THEM wanting us to do MORE.  And I'm not talking about a paid service. NO! They expect you to do whatever it is for them FOR FREE... and like. After all .... it's for THEM! We should be grateful we know them! Right?

You know, You JUST can't doing enough for THIS type of person. 
They are, to them, (and they expect you to feel the same about them,) THE only ones that matter in this world. IT's ALL ABOUT THEM.
The WORLD could be slipping away and it would not matter to them. No matter what is going on, they are thinking only about themselves.

From publishersweekly.com: Crunching Numbers at the Nielsen Children's Book Summit

Crunching Numbers at the Nielsen Children's Book Summit

By Natasha Gilmore and Matia Burnett 

Children’s book industry professionals gathered on December 12 at the McGraw-Hill Auditorium in Manhattan, for the inaugural Nielsen Children’s Book Summit, a full day of presentations revealing the findings of the 2014 Nielsen Children’s Book Industry Report. The studies, conducted over a four-year period, sought to collect data that would provide insights into the ways in which children and teens consume media, specifically books, in an era of rapid technological advancements.
Among the key take-away points from the day were: children’s book sales have risen steadily across all categories, though performing strongest is middle-grade and YA fiction; children and teens have an overwhelming preference for print over digital books; tablet use has risen exponentially, even among young children; and, as raised by a panel of teen readers and other presenters, the categorization of books as YA can be problematic for book industry professionals who find the classification inadequate and for teens who are resistant to labeling.
Conference co-chairs Kristen McLean, founder and CEO of Bookigee, and Jonathan Stolper, SVP, Nielsen Book, provided opening remarks about the impetus for the Nielsen studies that would be explored in-depth throughout the day. The goal behind the project, which launched in 2010, was to develop a clearer “understanding of the shifting marketplace” by “following the consumer,” said Stolper, and to determine “who is buying and why.” With shifting technologies and changes within the bookselling industry (including the closing of Borders), the ways that readers consume books has clearly evolved as well, and so the need to acquire “actionable data” with which to help reshape bookselling business models, was fundamental said Stolper. The data presented during the summit was gathered through multiple sources: Nielsen BookScan, Nielsen Books & Consumers U.S. survey, and Nielsen’s Understanding the Children’s Book Consumer in the Digital Age survey.
The Kids Are Alright
Keynote speaker Rey Junco, a psychologist and social media researcher, delivered an uplifting presentation called The Myth and the Reality: Kids’ Lives In a Connected World, emphasizing that the results of the Nielsen studies point to significant growth in the children’s book industry, across multiple channels. He discussed the dizzying evolution of digital devices, noting that “technological progress does not necessarily mean social progress,” and that anytime new technology is seen to be replacing older forms, there is inevitably tension, which is not a new phenomenon. The introduction of the telephone raised concerns that face-to-face conversations would become a thing of the past, while, as televisions became common place in American households, many feared that it would “destroy the very social fabric” of our world. Suggesting that “we tell ourselves a lot of stories as a society about how technology has changed us,” Junco pointed to many of the current misconceptions about the way kids interact with technology and social media. Contrary to what many adults believe, studies have shown that young people’s use of Facebook actually “strengthens bonds,” and their online interactions lead to increased engagement within their social networks offline. In fact, Junco said, “No study has shown that online interaction detracts from social contact.”
Keynote speaker Rey Junco.
He went on to debunk another myth: that “social media is detrimental to academic performance.” In fact, a study of Twitter users showed “improved engagement, persistence, and better grades.” Speaking to an issue of great relevance to the book industry professionals in the audience, Junko lastly debunked the myth that kids don’t read and only read digitally. According to Nielsen, “67% of kids read for fun fairly often,” and that there is a significant preference for print over digital books, with 71% of kids purchasing in print. These misconceptions about the way youth consume media, Junco said, come about through the lack of “good information,” and what he called the “adult normative perspective.” He believes that views of technology tend to often align with “panic narratives,” or the belief that new forms of technology will morally corrupt and “progress narratives,” which suggest that “technology will save us from everything.” Neither is an accurate view. One thing is for sure, he said in conclusion: “Our kids are not only okay, but they are thriving.”
A Global Context for Children’s Publishing
The next presentation, Global Trends in the Children’s Book Market, was led by Jonathan Nowell, president of Nielsen Book, which provided a global context for those in the U.S. market. According to Nowell, the worldwide book industry is strong. Books are the media sector with the largest content creation, with $151 billion a year in sales, ahead of movies at $135 billion Global consumer confidence is strongest in India and weakest in Italy; this also carries over into book sales. Looking at these worldwide trends, Nowell sees potential for growth. He noted that sales are growing in China, the nation that has claimed the spot for the second biggest book market in the world (the U.S. is first). Additionally, countries like Brazil are showing rapid growth in their book markets. To Nowell, this means big opportunities aboard for American publishers to expand their properties around the world. “In China they’re hungry for titles from the U.S. and U.K.”

Review of AFTER, a teen novel by Barbara Ehrentreu, In A Nut Shell!

    Review of AFTER, a teen novel by Barbara Ehrentreu, IN A NUT SHELL.  

Sometimes the people close to you are just there and it takes a major event in your life for you to see them in a new light. A crisis can change a lot of things in your life. For fifteen-year-old Lauren, her life under goes such an event 'after' the phone call telling her her father is ill.
Lauren struggles with her father serious condition and that crisis leads Lauren to realize her deep feelings for her best friend from childhood, Joey. All Lauren wants is for Joey to comfort her and her sadness slips away when Joey's with her. Only Joey has a girlfriend who is mean and resents Lauren and her problem.

'After,'is a believable account of the hardships and headaches of having a sick parent and a real emotion of blooming love from a true friend that grows through the sympathy of these events. You feel Lauren's fear that Joey is not feeling the same. That unsure, chaotic and warm all over of young love. From school to the hospital setting and that first hint of young love unspoken between lovers, you are there, a part of their experience.

The story moves and pacing is good. I applaud Ms. Ehrentreu's achievement of capturing these feelings and events in the young life of a teenage girl. She gets it right how teens feel love; the uncertainty of how the other person feels about you in return and your fears that you are reading more into it than there is. 5 stars! 
Find out more about Barbara Ehrentreu at: http://barbaraehrentreu.blogspot.com/

 ~  That's AFTER by Barbara Ehrentreu, In A Nut Shell! ~ JD

From blog.reedsy.com: Getting Indie Authors Into Libraries - An Interview with Mitchell Davis of BiblioBoard


Getting Indie Authors Into Libraries - An Interview with Mitchell Davis of BiblioBoard

When you want to know where to sell your ebooks, availability is always king. Why do you want your book on the Kindle store? Because Kindles are everywhere. Why do you want to be on the iBook store? Because iBooks is is available on over 800 million iOS devices. So when BiblioBoard say they want to help indie authors reach a network of over 2500 participating libraries, every single indie author should be paying attention. 
Part of their strategy for this comes back to two big ideas we’ve encountered across conversations with authors and entrepreneurs. First they offer curation that helps buyers, whether they’re readers or librarians, find the kind of books they’re looking for. Second, they’re helping to normalise independent publishing, giving indie authors an equal footing with traditionally published authors, and of course by getting their books into new spaces like public libraries.
Mitchell Davis is the founder and chief business officer of BiblioLabs, the creators of BiblioBoard. We spoke to Mitchell about why they started BiblioBoard, and how they’re going to help introduce the work of self-published authors to libraries across first America, and eventually the world. 
Mitchell Davis is a publishing and media entrepreneur. He was a founder in 2000 of BookSurge the world’s first integrated global print-on-demand and publishing services company (sold to Amazon in 2005 and re-branded as CreateSpace)   He is founder & chief business officer of BiblioLabs the creators of BiblioBoard. BiblioBoard is an award-winning App and web ecosystem that launched in March 2013 with the firm belief that if libraries can affordably create user-experiences that compete with those of consumer companies like Amazon and Apple, it will create a more lucrative institutional sales model for publishers and transform information access for society. Today they work with thousands of libraries, archives and publishers around the world in pursuit of that vision. www.biblioboard.com

From geek.com: Amazon has a serious ebook theft problem

AUTHORS: Thought you would want to know!
by Russell Holly Dec. 8, 2014
It would appear as though Amazon has a problem with author accounts being used to steal books and resell them under another name, as Kindle Direct Publishing users discover a single author with 37 titles under their belt. The one thing they all seem to have in common is that the author labeled as the creator of the ebook had absolutely nothing to do with its creation.
Digital content publishers have to strike a fairly delicate balance when using anti-piracy software. Overly aggressive systems, like what we see on YouTube, has a tendency to issue “strikes” against users even when inappropriate. On the other hand, if this system is too lax or if there isn’t one in place at all, it can cause other problems. This seems to be the situation several authors have found themselves in over the weekend, as a new author popped up with a huge list of book for sale that did not belong to them.
There doesn’t seem to be any pattern to the books that have been published under the name Jay Cute, with titles ranging from the obscure that are available for free on Amazon to the first in Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series. The prices range the spectrum that Amazon allows for Kindle Direct Publishing accounts, and in some cases the publisher hasn’t even bothered to change the cover of the book when publishing under this new name. The books that do have different cover art seem to have either a random image or a cover from another book entirely.



The Spy Game:
Eddie would love to have a
 puppy to play with. A puppy
 would pull on a rope,
 catch a ball and lick your
But his Uncle brings Eddie 
an older dog named after a
 famous spy. 
What can you do with an 
old dog? It probably could 
not learn new tricks,
 and the only thing this dog
 did was stare. It's what they
 find to do together that
 makes them the
 best of friends!
Buy at: www.amazon.com/The-Spy-Game-JD-Holiday/dp/098186144X/

When I first met J D Holiday it was like meeting an old friend. She is a thrilling
 writer, illustrator, host of her own blog radio show, featuring Story-time for children.
J D 's goal is to promote the love of reading, while helping children to overcome 
bullying and other issues they have growing up. She avidly promotes other authors
 and is always a friend, with a heart of gold.

Author and illustrator J.D. Holiday is the host of The Authors' Words
 & It'sStory Time on Book Garden Radio at Blog Talk Radio: 
an international children's Reading Story Radio Show for children. She has
 three children's books out: Janoose the Goose, The Spy Game, and a 
chapter book for six to eight year olds, THE GREAT SNOWBALL ESCAPADE. 
JD has had a chapbook of her short stories called, Trespasses 
published in 1994 and she has had short stories printed in literary magazines
 and numerous articles about writing and publishing published. 
Marta Moran Bishop, Author:

From the NY TIMES: Amazon and Hachette Resolve Dispute

 Amazon and Hachette Resolve Dispute

By DAVID STREITFELD. Alexandra Alter contributed reporting.

Hachette won an important victory on Thursday in its battle with Amazon: the ability to set its own prices for e-books, which it sees as critical to its survival. But even as the publisher and retailer announced a negotiated peace after sparring since January, hardly anyone seemed in the mood for celebratory fireworks.

The conflict, which played out in increasingly contentious forums as the year progressed, left wounds too deep for that. Amazon has been cast as a bully in publications across the ideological spectrum, and a large group of authors is calling for it to be investigated on antitrust grounds. Its sales were hit by the dispute, analysts said. Hachette, too, revealed its vulnerability.

Amazon’s supporters publicly questioned the need for Hachette, the fourth largest publisher, to exist in an era when authors can publish themselves digitally, an accusation Hachette was reluctant to respond to.

And even if Amazon got less in the deal than it originally wanted, it still controls nearly half the book trade, an unprecedented level for one retailer. And the dispute showed it is not afraid to use its power to discourage sales.

One common feeling among those who produce, sell, market and publicize books: relief. “The fact that these two companies are no longer shooting at each other is a really good thing for all of us,” said Jane Dystel, president of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

Len Edgerly, who is host of an independent podcast, the Kindle Chronicles, called the brawl “a painful ordeal.”

“As a longtime Kindle enthusiast, I have been in Amazon’s corner throughout the struggle, but I never doubted the other side’s sincerity in wanting what’s best for authors and readers,” Mr. Edgerly said.

What began as a spat between supplier and retailer — completely routine, Amazon said — soon became a public standoff. Depending on where you stood, it was a struggle between the future and the past, the East Coast and the West Coast, culture and commerce, the masses and the elite, technologists and traditionalists, predator and prey.

James Patterson was a forceful voice against Amazon during the dispute. “Books and publishing need to be preserved if not protected in this country,” said Mr. Patterson, a best-selling Hachette novelist. “For the moment, this deal helps do that.”

The multiyear agreement, which includes both e-books and print books, broadly follows a deal Amazon recently worked out with Simon & Schuster. A source with knowledge of that deal said it was negotiated relatively quickly and gave the publisher control over most of its pricing but offered incentives to sell at lower prices. Amazon got increased co-op funds, the payments for placement on the retailer’s website. Simon & Schuster declined to confirm the terms.

James L. McQuivey, a Forrester analyst, said that if Hachette won in the short term, it would be a different story in the long run.

“Hachette got Amazon to allow them to control pricing while also cutting the amount of money Amazon takes if the publisher does engage in discounts, which appears like a victory,” the analyst said. “But in the end this all cements Amazon’s ultimate long-term role in this business, which will only put Hachette right back in this situation every time they are up for renegotiation.” 

Neither side gave many details of the deal, but both pronounced themselves satisfied. An Amazon executive, David Naggar, said Amazon was “pleased with this new agreement as it includes specific financial incentives for Hachette to deliver lower prices.”

Amazon feels publishers get too much of the revenue from e-books, so that was another major area of contention. In a letter Thursday to authors and agents, Michael Pietsch, Hachette’s chief executive, said the percentage of revenue on which Hachette authors’ e-book royalties are based “will not decrease under this agreement.”   The change for consumers might be slight.

READ The Rest At: www.nytimes.com/2014/11/14/technology/amazon-hachette-ebook-dispute.html?_r=0

On VOX: Amazon is doing the world a favor by crushing book publishers by Matthew Yglesias on October 22, 2014

Keep in the Publishing KNOW with Matthew Yglesias article:

Amazon is doing the world a favor by crushing book publishers by Matthew Yglesias on October 22, 2014

 Matthew Yglesias:
 www.vox.com/authors/matthew-yglesias Twitter 

Here's a little real talk about the book publishing industry — it adds almost no value, it is going to be wiped off the face of the earth soon, and writers and readers will be better off for it.
The fundamental uselessness of book publishers is why I thought it was dumb of the Department of Justice to even bother prosecuting them for their flagrantly illegal cartel behavior a couple of years back, and it's why I'm deaf to the argument that Amazon's ongoing efforts to crush Hachette are evidence of a public policy problem that needs remedy. Franklin Foer's recent efforts to label Amazon a monopolist are unconvincing, and Paul Krugman's narrower argument that they have some form of monopsony power in the book industry is equally wrongheaded.
What is indisputably true is that Amazon is on track to destroy the businesses of incumbent book publishers. But the many authors and intellectuals who've been convinced that their interests — or the interests of literary culture writ large — are identical with those of the publishers are simply mistaken.

Books are published by giant conglomerates

Wisdom on this subject begins with the observation that the book publishing industry is not a cuddly craft affair. It's dominated by a Big Four of publishers, who are themselves subsidiaries of much larger conglomerates. Simon & Schuster is owned by CBS, HarperCollins is owned by NewsCorp, Penguin and RandomHouse are jointly owned by Pearson and Bertelsmann, and Hachette is part of an enormous French company called Lagadère.
These are not tiny, helpless enterprises. Were their owners interested in the future of books and publishing, they could invest the money necessary to make their own e-reading apps and e-book store and render Amazon entirely superfluous. But the managers of these conglomerates don't really care. If they can get famous authors to lobby the government to stop Amazon from killing them for free, then they're happy to take the free labor.
But they don't want to invest actual money and energy in competing with Amazon, they'd rather wring whatever remaining profit there is out of book publishing and dedicate the money to dividends or other industries they're also involved in.

Amazon faces lots of competition

It is undeniably true that Amazon has a very large share of the market for e-books. What is not true is that Amazon faces a lack of competition in the digital book market. Barnes & Noble — a company that knows something about books — sells e-books, and does so in partnership with a small outfit called Microsoft. Apple sells e-books and so does Google.
These are not obscure companies. It is not inconvenient for customers to access their products. And since these are companies that are actually much bigger and more profitable than Amazon, there is absolutely no way Jeff Bezos can drive them out of business with predatory pricing.
Amazon's e-book product is much more popular than its rivals because Amazon got there first, and the competition has not succeeded in producing anything better. But consumers who prefer to buy a digital book from a non-Amazon outlet have several easy options available, and thus a book publisher who chooses to eschew Amazon will not actually be unable to reach customers.

Read the rest at: www.vox.com/2014/10/22/7016827/amazon-hachette-monopoly