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The power of reviews

2Your target readers are everywhere but they just don’t notice your book. You need to get the spotlight so that they can notice you, see you, your work of art, your creation, your book. As the saying goes, “Don’t judge the book by its cover”, however, readers can sometimes be so judgmental. They look into your book cover. Do they love its color? Do they find it cool or dull? Then they will look into the title. If they find it interesting they will try to check on the price. Is it something worth reading?

Then here comes another reader. A different kind of reader. A reader who’s looking for quality reading materials. Her/his main concern is not the book cover or the author’s name, not even the price but the reviews. If they like what they read from other people’s feedback, then the greater the chance that he/she hits the order button and purchase your book.

As an author, especially if it is your first time, you have to remember that having an attractive cover, or a good content and good price is not enough. What you need is exposure, more and more exposure. Why? Because as mentioned above, “readers can sometimes be so judgmental”. Aside from that, this world is in big competition. Standing still won’t make you win, you need to run and try not to be left behind. If you want success then work for it.

If you want to get reviews, you may want to consider book review service from a professional writer. Or try having a giveaway online in exchange of good reviews. How about asking your close friend or relative to write a review for you and in exchange, they will provide good feedback for your book. You see, these are just some of the great and simple ways you can try to market your self published book. If you will just try to be more creative, you can still come up with some other marketing techniques.

Positive book reviews are so helpful, particularly to self-published authors. It’s a great way to promote your writing and be noticed by people. The more reviews you generate means more sales and not only that, reviews can also help promote your other writings or your future writings and you as an author. Another good thing about reviews is, it help other readers see the best part of your book because most of the reviews will highlight the best part or the relevant sections of your book. For readers who have read your work, reviews can also urge them to write their own reviews for you. This just means that your book exposure is getting wider and wider.

So as an author, never neglect the power of reviews and be creative, try to do something to generate some reviews and in near future, you will see another fruit of your labor.

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101 Low-Fat Feasts

Tried and Tested Recipes

Orlando Murrin

101 Low-Fat Feasts Tried and Tested RecipesISBN: 1-59258-021-1
$9.95 US
Paperback
5 3/8″ x 6 1/8″, 224 pp
224 images, 4-color

Cutting down on fat doesn’t mean you have to miss out on delicious food. Good Food 101 Low-Fat Feasts offers you many unusual combinations and old favourites that won’t pile on the pounds. From Vegetable and Pesto Soup and Roast Tomato and Pepper Gnocchi, to Spicy Chicken and Apricot Stew and Strawberry Yogurt Brulée, all the recipes are taken from BBC Good Food Magazine and are simple and quick to prepare, without compromising on flavour. You will find a host of interesting ways to lighten up your low-fat recipe repertoire in:

  • Starters & Light Meals
  • Pasta, Rice & Noodles
  • Meat
  • Fish & Seafood
  • Veggie-friendly
  • Desserts

These quick and easy recipes have been specially chosen to help even the busiest people enjoy delicious, fresh, home-cooked food. Each recipe is written with simple step-by-step instructions and is accompanied by a useful nutritional analysis and a full-colour photograph, so you can cook with complete confidence.

Each book in this compact and informative series contains 101 tasty and imaginative dishes-you’re guaranteed to find a great recipe for every occassion!

About the Author

Orlando Murrin is the Editor of Good Food magazine. He is the author of Dangerous Desserts and Vital Vegetables.

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Family Holidays in a Motorhome

Everything you need to know about hiring a motorhome

Susan Lomas

Family Holidays in a MotorhomePaperback: 44 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (15 Nov 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1493759442
ISBN-13: 978-1493759446
Product Dimensions: 5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
BISAC: Travel / Europe / Great Britain

One reader on Amazon criticised this book as being too short, saying that it would have been OK as an article but not a book. It is true that the author has written this book in more of a blog format, but it is still a fun read. Susan decided to take her vacation in England by hiring a motorhome from Motorhome Freedom, a website about motorhomes with an emphasis on motorhome hire. For anybody who is considering a motorhome vacation, this is a good read and can alert you to some of the pitfalls you might come across.

About the Author

Susan Lomas (née Clements) was born in Watford, England in 1964. Rather an energetic child, she studied ballet for a while, quickly moving on to ballroom and Latin American dancing. She was educated in north London and gained a BA Honours degree in Fine Art Painting at Norwich School of Art in 1986. Susan taught Art and Design in a number of schools in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire during the 1980s and 1990s.

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Presidents

Every Question Answered

Carter Smith

Presidents Every Question AnsweredISBN: 1-59258-066-1
$29.95 US
Hardcover
7 1/2″ x 9 3/4″, 400 pp
600 images, 4-color

A one-of-a-kind sourcebook of information on the Presidents and Presidency.

The 2004 presidential election was an event of great interest, as you may have noticed. More and more, people all over the planet are paying attention to the office of “the most powerful man in the free world.” So we’ve made a book that will be the ultimate source book for answers to just about any question that you could ask about any president, past or present (to which you could reasonably expect an answer). We came up with a design that allows you find the information you need quickly and easily, and is also pleasing to the eye-no mean feat. We have a book that will tell you each president’s date of birth and death, place of education, religion, party, term in office, vice-president, cabinet, first lady, career-before and after office-and much more. There is a timeline of the presidency and of world events. There is an electoral map for each campaign, plus a list of opponents. There are quotes by the president, and about the president, both then and now; there are lists of bills passed; there are the successes, failures and indiscretions. There are rankings; there’s information on supporters and on enemies; quotes from famous or infamous speeches-really, anything you can think of. And if that isn’t enough we’ve included the complete text of every inaugural address. This book will become an invaluable resource for historians, students, history buffs, journalists, and as a family reference. With an introduction by Allen Weinstein, founder of the Center for Democracy, it carries the Smithsonian’s seal of approval.

About the Authors

Carter Smith has written and edited numerous works on American and World history, including The African-American Experience On File (Facts On File), the five-volume Daily Life in 20th Century America (Greenwood) and Mapping Epidemics: A Historical Atlas of Disease (Scholastic). He is currently working on an atlas of U.S. History.

Allen Weinstein is the founder of the Center for Democracy. His international awards include the United Nations Peace Medal (1986) for “efforts to promote peace, dialogue and free elections in several critical parts of the world”; The Council of Europe’s Silver Medal (twice, in 1990 and 1996), presented by its Parliamentary Assembly, for “outstanding assistance and guidance over many years”. Professor Weinstein’s books include The Haunted Wood: Soviet Espionage in America-The Stalin Era (Random House, 1999); Perjury: The Hiss-Chambers Case (Knopf, 1997), which received several citations including an American Book Award nomination; and The Story of America (DK, 2002).

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The Scooter Book

Bob Woods

The Scooter BookISBN: 1-59258-076-9
Paperback
7 1/4″ x 9 1/4″, 128 pp
200 images, 4-color
Taking advantage of a hot new trend in cities big and small, this book includes information on scooter history, culture, and celebrities plus “how to buy” tips and info.

The Scooter Book is a wonderfully fun, retro-hip book that aims to take advantage of a hot new trend in cities big and small; this book includes information on scooter history, culture, and celebrities, plus “how to buy” tips and info. It includes more than 150 colorful photos of scooters, including all the top-selling models, plus period-evocative historical memorabilia from the 1950s and 1960s. The Scooter Book connects the hipster nostalgia of the scooter to today’s modern life. Lifelong rider and writer, the author, Bob Woods, takes readers on a zippy ride through scooter history, stopping off to see how World War II, Audrey Hepburn, and the Who have all played a part in this re-occurring transportation trend. He also tells how to maintain, repair, and care for a scooter and scooter-related gear.

About the Author

Bob Woods is a writer living in Madison, Connecticut. Bob was the editor of the Harley-Davidson 100th Anniversary Magazine and has written hundreds of articles for major magazines (including Sports Illustrated and Money Magazine) on sports, business, and culture.

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Growing Into Your Soul

A Perfect Gift for a Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah!

Larry Tabick

Growing Into Your SoulISBN: 1-59258-090-4
Hardcover
8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, 96 pp
38 images, 4-color

This thoughtful collection of poetry and inspirational reflections focuses on this important stage of a young Jewish person’s life.

It covers the main holy days of the calendar and looks at the cycle of life from birth to death. Also included are ruminations on the most important values and virtues of Judaism.

About the Author

Larry Tabick (aka Yehudah Avraham ben Yisrael) was born in Brooklyn, New York, to a Jewish mother and a Syrian Orthodox Christian father. After receiving his rabbinic diploma in 1976, he has served several London communities, teaching hundreds of Bar and Bat Mitzvah students. He currently serves the Shir Hayim congregation in Hampstead, and is a keen student of Kabbalah and Hasidism. He and his wife Jackie have three children, who have all had Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

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Cinderella

Fairy Tales™

Keith Harrelson

Cinderella Fairy Tales™ Keith HarrelsonISBN: 1-59258-100-5
$7.95 US
Hardcover
8 1/4″ x 8 1/4″, 32 pp
25 images, 4-color

Fairy Tails™ is a whimsical new series of the world’s most beloved fairy tales, retold in an adorable, dog-eared fashion that any animal lover will find impossible to resist.

Each of the three volumes of Fairy Tails™-Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Sleeping Beauty-is fully illustrated with color photography featuring favorite breeds in leading roles. These classic stories gain new meaning when portrayed through the eyes of man’s best friend, and just looking at the pages of these unique books will surely make any reader chuckle.

About the Author

Writer/photographer Keith Harrelson has worked as a commercial writer and photographer for 30 years. In addition, he has acted as principal photographer for a number of published books, including DK’s Ultimate Mustang and the McKids series of children’s books for Golden. He has also been the principal or contributing photographer on numerous cooking and craft titles for Oxmoor House/Time Warner. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Snow White

Fairy Tales™

Keith Harrelson

Snow White Fairy Tales™ Keith HarrelsonISBN: 1-59258-101-3
$7.95 US
Hardcover
8 1/4″ x 8 1/4″, 32 pp
25 images, 4-color

Fairy Tails™ is a whimsical new series of the world’s most beloved fairy tales, retold in an adorable, dog-eared fashion that any animal lover will find impossible to resist.

Each of the three volumes of Fairy Tails™-Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Sleeping Beauty-is fully illustrated with color photography featuring favorite breeds in leading roles. These classic stories gain new meaning when portrayed through the eyes of man’s best friend, and just looking at the pages of these unique books will surely make any reader chuckle.

About the Author

Writer/photographer Keith Harrelson has worked as a commercial writer and photographer for 30 years. In addition, he has acted as principal photographer for a number of published books, including DK’s Ultimate Mustang and the McKids series of children’s books for Golden. He has also been the principal or contributing photographer on numerous cooking and craft titles for Oxmoor House/Time Warner. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Sleeping Beauty

Fairy Tales™

Keith Harrelson

Sleeping Beauty Fairy Tales™ Keith HarrelsonISBN: 1-59258-103-X
Hardcover
8 1/4″ x 8 1/4″, 32 pp
25 images, 4-color

Fairy Tails™ is a whimsical new series of the world’s most beloved fairy tales, retold in an adorable, dog-eared fashion that any animal lover will find impossible to resist.

Each of the three volumes of Fairy Tails™-Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Sleeping Beauty-is fully illustrated with color photography featuring favorite breeds in leading roles. These classic stories gain new meaning when portrayed through the eyes of man’s best friend, and just looking at the pages of these unique books will surely make any reader chuckle.

About the Author

Writer/photographer Keith Harrelson has worked as a commercial writer and photographer for 30 years. In addition, he has acted as principal photographer for a number of published books, including DK’s Ultimate Mustang and the McKids series of children’s books for Golden. He has also been the principal or contributing photographer on numerous cooking and craft titles for Oxmoor House/Time Warner. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Land of Lost Monsters

Ted Oakes

Land of Lost Monsters Ted OakesISBN: 1-59258-005-X
$24.95 US
Hardcover
7 1/2″ x 9 3/4″, 208 pp
150 images, 4-color

New archaeological evidence suggests that as our ancestors spread out across the planet they battled with colossal predatory mammals, strange birds and chilling reptiles. Land of Lost Monsters reconstructs the extraordinary moments when modern humans first encountered these creatures. The first humans never saw dinosaurs, but they certainly fought with their ancestors. After the dinosaurs, huge ripper lizards, carnivorous kangaroos, dog-like bears and woolly rhinoceros roamed the earth, but few know our ancestors lived with these now extinct beasts. Land of Lost Monsters looks at what happened when our ancestors met these extraordinary creatures. Did we hunt them or were we hunted? And why did they disappear? Supported by a major series on Animal Planet.

About the Author

Ted Oakes has a BSc and an MSc in Biology, and gained his PhD in Zoology from Oxford University in 1996. In addition to writing the Land of Lost Monsters book, Ted Oakes devised, and is assistant producer on, the Monster We Met TV series produced by the BBC’s Natural History Unit. Since joining the NHU Oakes has worked on The State of the Planet series with David Attenborough, which was co-produced by the Discovery Channel, and won great acclaim, and several programs for the Natural World and Wildlife on One in the UK. His previous writing credits include numerous pieces for naturalist journals plus magazine pieces.

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