A pair of pears

Red William pears after the rain

Red William pears after the rain

At the risk of seeming obsessed by pears, here is a pair of red William pears covered in raindrops.

These homophones incorporate a diphthong which occurred in the English/Italian exchange lesson we had going this morning.

The diphthong is represented, in the book we were following, by this list of words:

where, there, their, chair, hair, care

Plenty of pitfalls for foreigners their, and even one for native English speakers who forget there spelling!

 

No books in the library

Toilet paper

Would you want to use virtual toilet paper?

Years ago I remember one of my wife’s teenage students proudly announcing that there were “No books in the library” – something which made us roar with laughter at the time (after she’d left, of course) and has since gone on to become a bit of a catchphrase in our establishment for when someone can’t be bothered to make an effort.

Obviously our teenage friend (now long grown up, of course) was referring to there being no (easy to find) books on the particular subject matter that she was interested in and not claiming that some over-educated gang of thieves (such as local politicians) had taken it upon themselves to clean the library out. Nowadays, of course, the idea of there being no physical books in a library is far from nonsensical – in fact it can only be a matter of time for most such establishments.

After all, I can store tens of thousands of books on my tablet – just think what a 1 petabyte (1,000 Terabytes) hard drive could hold.

The trouble is that this then opens a huge can of worms. In the old days, you went along, found a book, signed it out to yourself, went home to read it and that was that. One book meant one borrower. With e-books that goes out the window.

One book – (potentially) billions of borrowers.

Thus, unless the library of the future insists that you read your book on the library’s premises, you are going to have to download the book onto your own device and then go home and read it. Given that DRM (Digital Rights Management) is no safeguard for an author against their book being ripped off, what is to stop the borrower from circulating it? At the moment, relatively few digital books are borrowed but, as libraries move inevitably towards virtuality, it’s an inescapable conclusion that this is going to be a major influence on sales of e-books.
 

About Us

Any Subject Books is a top book publisher company which provides a full range of competitively-priced services to the self-publishing author such as cover design, editing, formatting, brainstorming, marketing, direct selling, interviewing, arranging blog tours, producing book trailer videos and allocating ISBN’s. All of our work is undertaken by real people who care about the quality of the finished book and that care translates to more sales for our authors.

 

Free Advertising For Your Book

Craps table

Setting up a blog for your book is a safer bet

That’s right – free advertising!

Now don’t panic, that’s not me offering free advertising on here, I’m talking about the value of setting up a free blog for your latest book.

The advantages of doing this are multi-fold. For starters, Amazon really values backlinks to your book page – something which is no longer a good idea on Facebook. This will be your blog and (within the bounds of the law) you can say whatever you want to on it.

Besides the backlinks, you’ve got the facility to create a contact form (thus saving your email address from being spammed to death) and a chance to say more about yourself, your latest books etc than any ‘About the author’ page is entitled to.

Creating a blog costs nothing bar a few hours of your time. Choose either WordPress or Blogger (this really comes down to preferences – arguments rage either way over this)  and create a simple blog consisting of separate pages for:

  • About you
  • A summary of the book and where to buy it
  • Some snippets of text to entice readers (like Amazon’s ‘Look Inside’ feature)
  • Contact form with a Captcha box
  • Other titles/forthcoming work

By all means include extra pages about the principal characters, the location etc.

Note – one blog per book. If you’re going to create a blog about you as an author (great idea), make it a completely separate blog to that of your book. Remember this simple formula:

One blog = One idea.

Try to add snippets to the blog every now and then to show that it’s still live. Even if you don’t have the time for updates, your book’s blog is still an extremely valuable prop to your marketing campaign.

About Us

Any Subject Books is a top book publisher company which provides a full range of competitively-priced services to the self-publishing author such as cover design, editing, formatting, brainstorming, marketing, direct selling, interviewing, arranging blog tours, producing book trailer videos and allocating ISBN’s. All of our work is undertaken by real people who care about the quality of the finished book and that care translates to more sales for our authors.

 

Wild Goose & Queen Anne’s Lace Compendium

Queen Anne's Lace & Green Tree Compendium

Principal category Family Drama
Word count (approximate pages) 111,600 (300)
In Kindle, Epub or PDF formats $2.99

Two great novels at a reduced price!

Queen Anne’s Lace opens just after the death of the father of the family. Isabel, his wife, is feeling purposeless and seeks solace in a nearby convent. The short stay opens her eyes to a new way of life and she becomes convinced that the life of a nun would give her the direction that she is now lacking. Besides starting down the path towards becoming one, she decides to gift the family cottage to the convent.

This decision does not sit so well with her three children …

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Wild Goose is the story of Jemima, a young girl growing up at the home of her grandparents in rural East Anglia. Her widowed father is an Oxford don who reads literature and sees that as the natural career progression for his daughter. Jemima’s talents lie in a different direction and, despite her father’s clumsy attempts to gently but firmly guide her down the path he followed, she takes a strong interest in the natural world.

Underlying the seemingly tranquil world that she lives in, there is a dark and growing alienation between father and daughter. Jemima wants to please him but she can’t and this internal conflict erupts during her school exams which she flunks and then attempts suicide by drowning in her beloved sea.

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Major recruitment campaign for writers

Get the champers ready!

Monday, 28th May, 2012 sees Any Subject Books launch a major press campaign to recruit new writers. Putting together how many people there are out of work and how many natural-born storytellers there must be, it’s a no-brainer for us to say we’d love to hear from them.

We’re also looking to recruit students as writers. Don’t worry about it interefering with your studies as we’ll even accept short stories (5,000 words plus) to put together into a compilation which we can market.

If that describes you (or you have some time on your hands), don’t let the fact that you’re not a published author put you off. As you’ll see from our other pages, we’ve had our fill of rude literary agencies who can’t even be bothered to acknowledge your existence or, if they do, merely glance at your name, decide you’re no-one famous and send out a dismissive rejection letter.

Well, that’s not us.

Just think of how the cash could help. Not only that, get a book up and selling and you’ve got an income for life. You’ve seen those dubious ads that promise such things? Well, this is the real deal.

And you don’t need to be someone famous, either. We’re not chasing after the autobiography of some politician’s secretary who says they had an affair (well, there’s a shock-and-a-half) nor do you have to have climbed Everest backwards. No, you just need a cracking yarn and the ability to tell it.

So, you might ask, why bother with you and your agency’s deductions when I can publish it direct myself? Well, the answer to that is that most authors who upload a single book never make a sale. All that work for nothing or the best part, thereof. We optimize your title, your description, sample text, and, using campaigns like we’ve got running for writer recruitment and for our high-selling female-erotic author, Melissa Harding. You’ve also got the cross-promotion of all of our other books pushing yours forwards.

Could you follow in Melissa Harding’s stiletto-shaped footsteps?

One catch – you must meet our high standards for spelling and grammar.

Everyone has a story to tell. Tell us yours.

Skolthan – A Paranormal Thriller

Skolthan

 Principal category Horror
 Word count (approximate pages) 66,600 (200)
 In Kindle, Epub or PDF formats $2.99

Can the evil warlock be stopped in time?

Hilda lives alone and hermit-like in an old cottage in an estuarine area of the coast.

By means of a secret path, she can gain access to an Eden-like world called Skolthan which is beyond the realm of our earthly one. If she had been the sole possessor of this knowledge, Skolthan would have been safe but she isn’t and there are dark forces afoot who would corrupt and spoil the new world as part of their exploitation of its powers.

Hilda’s arch-nemesis is her ex-husband, now a powerful warlock who plans to access Skolthan by means of a ritual sacrifice. He is aided by Alice, his evil side-kick who visibly masquerades as a district mid-wife.

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The object of Hilda’s struggle is to save the mother and child who are destined to be slaughtered and also to protect the island from irreparable damage at the hands of the evil-doers. Will she succeed and, if so, at what price?

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Queen Anne’s Lace

Queen Anne's Lace

 Principal category Family drama
 Word count (approximate pages) 62,700 (210)
 In Kindle, Epub or PDF formats $1.50

A modern family saga and romance

This story begins in an old cottage near the coast. With the death of her husband fresh behind her, Isabel McKay is a bit of a lost soul. Her children have grown up and moved on and her partner of many years has gone. She feels lonely and purposeless.

Isabel finds her purpose in a nearby convent, so much so that she eventually offers the family cottage to the Order. Her children and their own intended partners object vociferously to this decision but to no avail. Ironically, the nuns reject the cottage but not the proceeds from its sale.

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Kate, one of Isabel’s daughters is pregnant and, at her wedding Derek, her new (and delightfully obnoxious) father-in-law winds Isabel up so much that she confesses the situation to her children.

This announcement brings about a logical but, nevertheless, surprising solution to the dilemma.

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Find a job and get it

Find a job and get it

 Principal category Business
 Word count (approximate pages) 2,500 (15)
 In Kindle, Epub or PDF formats $1.50

Take charge of those job interviews!

Have you ever sat in a job interview wishing that the ground would open up in front of you? You know with absolute confidence that you haven’t a cat in hell’s chance of getting an offer so why wait and prolong the agony?

I was like that once, a long time ago. After a particularly unpleasant session (for which I was unsurprisingly unsuccessful), I started piecing together some rules about applying for jobs and how to handle myself in the interview. It was a mish-mash of psychology, body language, ‘primed’ questions (expecting the answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’) and good preparation.

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Years of working as a director of a national recruitment agency honed these rules into six basic ones. If you follow these, in most cases (I can’t give you a 100% guarantee – sorry), you will be the pro-active element in the interview and this will let you take the lead. Once you have this, you can control the interview questions and this means that you can get yourself seen in the best possible light. Additionally, it will demonstrate real leadership qualities.

That dream job is just a couple of clicks away!

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Lymphedema – Living with the disease

Lymphedema - Living with the disease

 Principal category Health
 Word count (approximate pages) 6,400 (22)
 In Kindle, Epub or PDF formats $1.50

A minority among millions – lymphedema is a terrible and misunderstood illness

I’ve suffered with lymphedema ever since a bad car crash 20 years ago. The doctors in the UK had absolutely no idea what it was or how it could be treated. The net result was that I was subjected to a great deal more misery than was necessary as well as giving the disease time to get established to such a level as that it is now incurable.

My first visit to a lymphedema clinic was strange and, because I had no idea about what was involved, I was very badly prepared. After 6 weeks I was climbing up the wall. Nowadays, I go prepared and the stay is much more beneficial and comfortable. I’ve put what I’ve learnt into this booklet which I hope will prove an invaluable to anyone finding themselves in my position. I’ve also written the book from the point of view of trying to help sufferers keep down the price of this expensive treatment which often comes with numerous hidden extras.

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With some 250m people suffering from lymphedema and this, with its propensity for creating massive weight gain and intense lymphatic fevers, it begs the question, “Why don’t most doctors know about it?”. I don’t suppose this book will be particularly welcome by the medical profession because it’s plain English and easy-to-understand advice means that it is really aimed at the ordinary person and helping make sure that they don’t get overlooked like I was.

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Hobson’s Choice & 15 other twist in the tail stories

Hobson's Choice

 Principal category Short Stories
 Word count (approximate pages) 49,000 (160)
 In Kindle, Epub or PDF formats $2.99

You won’t see the twists coming

Here are 16 short stories which will have you thinking, clenching your teeth, tut-tutting and laughing. With a charming selection of genuinely venomous and duplicitous characters, self-seekers, jealous neighbours, and other no-gooders, you will be spoilt for choice about who and when to boo. Not only that, the stories have real twists in them – you think you’ve got it sussed and it turns out that your conclusion was too hastily arrived at.

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The title story is bound to have an effect on you. Its style and content are original and, without wishing to give it away, it’s that part which will leave you troubled. It’s certainly a story to re-read, too, as you will get even more things out of it second time around.

Stories like The Watcher or the much gentler Lost will catch you out with their endings while A Good Education and Moving Up will have you booing and hissing at the main protagonists.

In all the stories, you will find humour, pathos, a strong and plausible plot and well-developed characters.

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