Saturday Morning News Briefs

Tate Publishing & Enterprises

CEOs and founders of vanity publisher Tate Publishing & Enterprises, Ryan and Richard Tate, have been charged with eight felony charges and one misdemeanor charge for alleged fraudulent business practices. Apparently, this publishing company has been in the news many times and not in a good way. You can read more of the story on Writer Beware.

Also Boughts at Amazon

You know what I’m talking about even if you’ve never heard it called this. Also Boughts are books listed under the “Customers who bought this item also bought…” caption at Amazon. Are they important to sales and can writers influence them? Read more about this in David Gaughran’s post Please Don’t Buy My Book.

Libraries are Vital to Society

During this Nova Scotia provincial election, make libraries an issue. With fears of future cuts, our government needs to change its method of funding this vital resource. Visit a library today and when a candidate comes knocking at your door, ask them what they’ll do to ensure the future of your local library. Learn more about this issue in the CBC article Nova Scotia libraries won’t ‘starve quietly’, candidates warned.

Door Sign: Please help make public libraries an important issue during this election. Public libraries need increased core funding for collections, services and programs. Ask your candidate how they will financially support YOUR public library.

Tips For Success from Amazon

There are many experts who can help authors get published, and now Amazon has gathered all that advice on a single site. Currently in beta, Amazon Author Insights features the advice of many published authors including Hugh Howey, Joanna Penn, Bryan Cohen, and Elizabeth S Craig as well as a number of articles by Amazon’s staff (under the byline Kindle Press)…to continue reading, visit The Digital Reader and read Nate Hoffelder’s post Amazon Author Insights Has Tips for Indie Authors.

Are you looking for an unbiased, honest evaluation of your writing? Check out First 5,000 Words Evaluation.

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