New Book Cover for Lexi Quisenberry

New Book Cover for Lexi Quisenberry

Great New Book cover for Author Lexi Quisenberry.

 

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Lexi Quisenberry’s inspiring story guides young mothers to find their purpose, faith, strength and how to conquer motherhood at a young age. Lexi shares her life experiences on how she met the challenges of becoming a teenage mother at the age of 18. Her book gives young mothers the guide to coping with criticism, gaining confidence, building faith, finding purpose and conquering motherhood.
Lexi Quisenberry is a proud mother and wife. She is an author, entrepreneur and business owner. The President of All Out Media LLC. an online advertising and marketing company. She is devoted to helping struggling moms with finding faith and purpose. The new Author of The Art of Becoming a Young Mother: The Ultimate Guide For Young Mothers on How to Overcome Criticism, Gain Confidence, Build Faith, Find Your Purpose, and Conquer Motherhood.
She is a mother of two happy and thriving children. She was born and raised in Houston, Texas. A Devoted Christian and passionate mother, Mrs Quisenberry lives a healthy lifestyle, loves to cook and entertain. She enjoys traveling and being outdoors.

Father’s Journal

Father’s Journal

Father’s Journal: Blank Journal with lined paper.

The perfect gift for Dad!

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With a Journal you give yourself permission to write yourself into history. The “Father’s Journal” is 150 pages of blank lined paper. This 7×10 paperback journal notebook is the perfect gift for Dad to write his memories and ideas down. Great for story tellers and note takers. The perfect notebook to write memories or jot down daily notes. Great for the man in your life. Journal notebook to write in for Dad.

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5 Tips to Hiring an Editor

5 Tips to Hiring an Editor

5 Tips for Hiring a Freelance Editor

by: Jacquelin Cangro

Freelance editors are not cut from the same cloth. Before you entrust your prose to just anyone, consider these tips for hiring a freelance editor:

 

TIP #1: Know the editor’s specialities. Not every editor can help you with any type of book. Editors may work in several genres, but most specialize. For example, I would not be a the right editor for you if you’re working on a script or with material for a highly technical textbook, but I love working with memoirs and novels. Also, some editors will happily review book proposals and query letters, while others won’t tackle these kinds of materials. An editor may be able to recommend a colleague to fit your needs.

 

TIP #2: Request a test edit. It can be expensive to hire a freelance editor. Before you do, it’s perfectly reasonable to ask for a 2-5 page test to get an idea of what you can expect in terms of notes and manuscript work.

 

TIP #3: Make sure the rates and terms are agreed upon before the work begins. Depending on the type of editing services you need, the rates are usually hourly for proofreading / content editing and standardized for query letters or book proposals. Once an experienced editor takes a look at your manuscript, she should be able to give you an estimate of how long it will take to complete the editing. This is just an estimate of course, but a good editor will communicate with you if she determines that it will take longer than expected. Most editors request that payments be made in two installments: the first 25% (or 50%) when you submit your work and the balance upon completion. If you need your pages returned in a hurry, an editor may be able to accommodate a quick turnaround for a extra rush fee.

 

TIP #4: Make sure you and your editor are on the same page (figuratively speaking). This tip is two-fold. First, understand what you need from an editor. Take some time to think about what kind of assistance would most benefit your manuscript. Is your grammar lackluster? Does the plot seem to falter around page 200? Are the character’s motivations feeling flat? Knowing where an editor should focus her energy can be especially helpful in addressing specific concerns. If you need a book proposal or synopsis review, it’s a good idea to find an editor who has written one herself (like me!) or who has experience in pitching them (such as a literary agent-turned-editor). Second, find an editor with whom you have a connection. This isn’t to say that you and your editor need to be best friends, but you are likely turning over work that is very precious to you. You’ve spent hours upon hours writing it, fretting over it, and tweaking it just so. You and your editor should be on the same team. That leads me to…

 

TIP #5: Be prepared for honesty. Even though you’re teammates, your editor’s job is to be truthful (and blunt when necessary) when it comes to your work. If it’s not ready for publication or an agent, she should tell you so. You’re paying for an honest evaluation of the work that needs to be done to make your manuscript the best it can be. That said, comments should never be mean-spirited. Also, keep in mind that it’s not your editor’s job to rewrite your pages. For example, if your editor suggests that the character of Sally is flat, she may provide suggestions on how to make Sally a more well-rounded character, but she won’t reinvent Sally for you. As the author, that’s your domain.

 

If you have questions or would like to inquire about hiring Jacquelin Cangro to edit your manuscript, please use the contact form here to get in touch.  Or call Elite 1(832) 572-5285 to get access to our Ghostwriters & Editors.

Lynda Lighthouse Transier Hits #1 Amazon Best-Seller List

Lynda Lighthouse Transier Hits #1 Amazon Best-Seller List

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Houston, TX–Thursday, June 02, 2016 – Lynda Lighthouse Transier Hits #1 Amazon Best-Seller List With Her New Book Suddenly Single Woman’s Guide to Surviving Divorce: Learn The Things No One Tells You. Get What You Deserve: Financial Security, Emotional & Physical Stability, Manage Expectations of Family & Friends.

The book was released on June 1st by Amazon.com – the nation’s #1 place to buy books.
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Lynda Lighthouse Transier had been married thirty years when her husband, unexpectedly filed for divorce. This book is a personal reflection on what women have to do to make it through divorce, recover on the other side, and regain their balance in life.

In the quest to survive an unwanted divorce, many roadblocks arise that blindside women, creating havoc and swamping their lives like feeder bands of rain in a hurricane. The hurdles may be legal, financial, relational, emotional, physical, or spiritual. As one who has been through it all, and walked with other women through it all, Lynda tells it like it is, helping women face their current reality, anticipate hidden potholes, grasp onto resources old and new, and hang on until their boat stops rocking. And it will stop rocking!

All the while, Lynda interjects humor and the empathetic voice of a good friend, helping women emerge on the other side more whole than they ever imagined and able to (as author H. Jackson Brown wrote) “live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.”

Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you” my mantra. If ever there was a time to practice “The Golden Rule”, it is when you are navigating the life-altering, blindsiding divorce process. Lynda’s goal is to help you through the quicksand, and provide you with a lifeline of insight how to come out the other side a happier, healthier and more wholly satisfied “suddenly single” woman.

On the day of release, Suddenly Single Woman’s Guide to Surviving Divorce: Learn The Things No One Tells You started its upward movement towards best-seller status in four Amazon.com categories with its June 1st release and has reached #1 best-seller status in categories: Divorce, Family Relationships, Divorce & Separation Family Law, and Family & Health Law

Lynda Lighthouse Transier is a University of Texas graduate, former special education teacher, and blogger. She has chaired events for over fifteen non-profits in Houston and is a current or former board member of eleven nonprofits, including the Houston Ballet Foundation, the Houston Arts Alliance, and VICTORY/American Cancer Society. She loves time with her grandchildren, horse riding, fostering dogs, and blogging at SuddenlySingleWomen.me

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It’s a Writer’s Market: Digital platforms have emerged

It’s a Writer’s Market: Digital platforms have emerged

It’s a Writer’s Market

Digital platforms have emerged to serve midlist authors.

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For Greg White, the last straw came when his publisher forgot to ship copies of his book to the launch party last October. It was just one in a series of lost marketing opportunities, says White, co-host of the Food Network show Unique Sweets. So he decided to take his book back. After getting his contract canceled, he turned to the editorial marketplace Reedsy to redesign The Pink Marine, his memoir about life as a gay serviceman. The author, who lives in Santa Monica, Calif., formed his own imprint, AboutFace Books, and cut a distribution deal with Ingram Content Group. “Five years ago, self-publishing was a scar,” White says. “Now it’s a tattoo.”

A new generation of online editorial services and self-publishing platforms is fueling that change in perception. The upstarts offer skills and services that used to be available only through traditional publishing, plus favorable royalty splits. They also allow authors to retain the copyright to their work. The array of offerings is spurring some writers to leave their publishing houses—particularly midlist authors whose books receive scant marketing support. Some are also using the new services to put out e-book versions of their out-of-print titles.

Janice Graham used Amazon.com’s Kindle Direct Publishing platform to release digital versions of her five novels, including 1998’s Firebird, a New York Times best-seller. For a novel in progress, she hired an editor through Reedsy and plans to self-publish unless a publisher offers her a good deal. “I’m not so interested in the prestige of being published by a traditional publisher at this point,” says Graham, who lives in Florence, Italy. “What I’m interested in is maximizing sales.”

Reedsy is a community of about 450 handpicked publishing professionals available for hire. The two-year-old London-based company offers software that allows authors to collaborate with editors without having to e-mail manuscripts back and forth. Reedsy co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel Nataf says he had an epiphany when he got his first Amazon Kindle e-reader: “The barriers to publishing had been removed.”

Self-published titles account for almost half of all e-book purchases in Amazon’s Kindle store, while e-books from the five largest publishers represent just a quarter, according to the website AuthorEarnings. Still, demand for digital titles has weakened somewhat: E-book purchases—which average $4.95, compared with about $15 for trade paperbacks—peaked in 2014, when they made up 36 percent of the publishing market. They’ve since declined, as consumers with digital fatigue return to print, according to Peter Hildick-Smith, founder of Codex-Group, a consulting firm in New York City. “I believe the market is now in more of a steady state,” he says.

To compete against traditional publishers, self-publishing platforms target specific niches and offer authors terms their old-line competitors can’t match. Pronoun, formed last year by a merger of three companies, is free for authors to use, distributes their e-books to Amazon and other online retailers, and doesn’t take a cut of their sales. (Traditional publishers typically keep 75 percent of an e-book’s net profit.) Pronoun only negotiates revenue-sharing agreements with authors who use its editorial and marketing support. “Where publishers make guesses, we run the numbers,” says Josh Brody, CEO of Pronoun, based in New York City. “We apply advanced data science and analytics to help authors price their book competitively, get it into retailer categories that provide the highest visibility, and tag their books so they show up in the most popular and relevant reader searches.” (Pronoun was acquired by Macmillan Publishers for an undisclosed sum after this article went to press.)

Leanpub gives technology writers the ability to publish in-progress works. That way, they get feedback from readers and earn royalties while they’re writing. The company, in Victoria, B.C., takes a 10 percent cut plus 50¢ on each sale through its online store. “If you’re writing about an area that changes quickly, your only hope of being relevant is to publish quickly,” says Leanpub co-founder and author Peter Armstrong.

Meredith Wild, an author of erotic fiction based in Destin, Fla., snagged a $6.25 million advance from Grand Central Publishing’s Forever imprint last year for five novels—four of which she’d already self-published. Forever had sold about 500,000 copies of the books through January, compared with 1.5 million Wild sold before the deal through her own aggressive marketing. That differential is one reason she’s gone back to publishing her work—along with that of other writers in the genre—under the imprint Waterhouse Press, which she started in 2014. “It’s more of a personal investment of time and money to have my own team,” she says, “but at the end of the day, I like being able to call my own shots.”

Self-publishing isn’t for everyone. “It’s definitely like running your own business, and not everyone is up for that,” says the author, who uses the e-book creation software Vellum. “For those who are, it’s a great way to publish on your own terms.”

The bottom line: A number of self-publishing platforms are wooing established authors by rewriting the industry’s contract terms.

Amazon now allows creators to post content on its platform

Amazon now allows creators to post content on its platform

NEW YORK — First Amazon launched its own monthly video streaming service — separate from Prime — to rival Netflix.

Now it’s taking on YouTube with the launch of a new “self-service program for creators and storytellers to make their video content available to Amazon customers.”

NEW YORK — First Amazon launched its own monthly video streaming service — separate from Prime — to rival Netflix.

Now it’s taking on YouTube with the launch of a new “self-service program for creators and storytellers to make their video content available to Amazon customers.”

Amazon Video Direct (AVD), which launches Tuesday, gives creators the opportunity to earn royalties based on minutes streamed.

“It’s an amazing time to be a content creator,” Jim Freeman, Vice President of Amazon Video, said in a statement. “There are more options for distribution than ever before and with Amazon Video Direct, for the first time, there’s a self-service option for video providers to get their content into a premium streaming subscription service.”

 

That uploaded content will be available to Amazon Prime’s tens of millions of members. The platform is currently available in the United States, Germany, Austria, United Kingdom and Japan.

Videos can be made available to rent or own, to view free with ads, or packaged together and offered as an add-on subscription, Amazon said in its release.

At a glance, the list of perks is similar to YouTube’s.


A handful of entertainment companies, news publishers and brands — including Mashable, Conde Nast Entertainment, HowStuffWorks, Samuel Goldwyn Films, the Guardian, Mattel, StyleHaul, Kin Community, Jash, Business Insider, Machinima, TYT Network, Baby Einstein, CJ Entertainment America, Xive TV, Synergetic Distribution, Kino Nation, Journeyman Pictures and Pro Guitar Lessons — have already partnered up with Amazon to test out the new offering.

Also launching Tuesday is the “AVD Stars program.”

This gives creators a monthly bonus from a $1 million fund based on the top 100 AVD titles offered in Prime Video.

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New Story Starter – Capture Your Toddler’s Memories & Words

New Story Starter – Capture Your Toddler’s Memories & Words

Capture your Toddler’s Special Moments and Words

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How to Write your and Capture Your Toddler’s Life Stories: A Guide & Workbook to Write Your Toddler’s Stories, Memories and Special Moments, a Written … and Guided Journal (Elite Story Starters 5)

 

by Melanie Johnson (Author), Jenn Foster (Author)

 

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With over 50 specially crafted guided questions organized into sections about your toddler’s dreams, imagination, thoughts and favorite things, find out & ask what if you could be a superhero, find out what’s really on their mind and how they view the world. Record their answers into this book for a keepsake that will be treasured for a lifetime.

If you need more room to write – look for the accompanying journal we have created for you to write down even more memories and special moments of your child.

 

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Where do you Self Publish Your Books?

Where do you Self Publish Your Books?

In order to see your book all over the web, you should publish your book for Print and Ebook!
We use Createspace for our Book Distribution!

Expanded Distribution offers you the opportunity to access a larger audience through more online retailers, bookstores, libraries, academic institutions, and distributors within the United States. Expanded Distribution will also improve discoverability of your book across all the channels. Regardless of whether or not you include your title in Expanded Distribution, all CreateSpace titles can be distributed through the Amazon.com, Amazon Europe and eStore channels.

How does it work?

Most online retailers, bookstores, and libraries find books through purchasing relationships with large distributors. If your book is not listed with these distributors, some retailers may not be able to buy your book, even if a customer specifically requests your title. Through Expanded Distribution you can distribute and make your title available for order (this does not guarantee that your book will actually be ordered) through the following channels:

  • Bookstores and Online Retailers – make your book available to online and offline retailers such as Barnes & Noble and to distributors such as Ingram and NACSCORP.
  • Libraries and Academic Institutions – make your book available through Baker & Taylor to libraries and academic institutions.
  • CreateSpace Direct – make your book available to certified resellers through our wholesale website.

CreateSpace is always looking for ways to improve the distribution opportunities for our members so, from time to time, we may add or change the channels available through Expanded Distribution.

To publish your book as an ebook we publish it to the following:

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iBooks (for iPad)

Sell your eBook on Apple’s iBooks, the premier eBook destination for iPad, iPhone, and iTouch owners in over 50 countries around the globe. Readers can purchase your eBook through the iBooks app, available for free through iTunes.

Amazon (for Kindle)

Reach millions of readers by publishing in Amazon’s Kindle store. Amazon is the largest online retailer in the world and the Kindle is by far the most popular eReader on the market. Your eBook will be available for sale in just a few days, and able to be enjoyed on the Kindle and many other readers through the Kindle reader app.

Barnes & Noble (for NOOK)

Barnes & Noble is the largest retail book retail chain in the United States, with over 650 bookstores throughout the country plus another 700 college bookstores. Your eBook will be available on their website BN.com and easily purchased by millions of NOOK owners around the world.

Kobo

Publish your book in the Kobo eBook store and get additional distribution in 12 more major international outlets including WH Smith (UK), Libris (NL) and BookWorld (AUS). Kobo owns about 20% of the worldwide eBook market, behind only Amazon, and is the leading eBook retailer in many countries, including Canada and Japan.

Copia

Sell your book on Copia and its growing list international eBook website. Powered by new stores including BookTique (Singapore) and Submarino Digital (Brazil), Copia allows customers to add comments to eBooks that can be read by the Copia community for a truly unique and social reading experience. Copia customers can also join or start group conversations about the books they’re reading.

Gardners Books

Want to find readers in the European Community? Sell your eBook on Gardners Books, Britain’s leading book, DVD, Blu-ray, and music CD wholesaler. Gardners’ network partner (Hive.uk.co) distributes your eBooks to an additional 80+ retail outlets including Tesco (UK) MIBOOK (Denmark), and LAIE (Spain). Gardners also provides an eBook lending model UK libraries.

Baker & Taylor

Baker & Taylor is a leading distributor of books, videos, and music products to more than 36,000 libraries, institutions and retailers in more than 120 countries. Through its own retail outlet BLIO plus 3 manufactuer stores including Dell, HP, Toshiba, T-mobile and Intel, your eBook will be available alongside 1.5 million other titles, from current hits to time-honored classics.

eSentral

Authors are finding great new audiences in emerging eBook markets and publishing on eSentral means your book will be available for sale in three of the largest eBook stores in Southeast Asia. eSentral has eBook stores in Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia, and will be expanding in more countries in Southeast Asia soon.

Scribd

Scribd has been called “the Netflix for books.” Their cloud-based catalog includes stories, essays, academic papers, and books from nearly 1,000 publishers, worldwide. Your book will be available to Scribd users via direct purchase or through their new monthly subscription model.

Ciando

Ciando is one of the leading eBook retailers in Germany , now offering distribution through 5 websites, 60 regional libraries and direct relationship with over 1300 German bookstores. Ciando has been selling “books by download” since 2000, long before the eBook revolution — and they’ve remained at the forefront of digital book retail ever since. Ciando’s catalog consists of over 800,000 eBooks, from thousands of publishers worldwide.

NEW! EBSCO

Through BookBaby’s partnership with EBSCO, your eBook will be available to libraries and research institutions around the globe. As the world’s largest intermediary between libraries and publishers, EBSCO will help you expand the reach of your eBook content.

NEW! Vearsa

Vearsa blazes new trails for  NEW authors. Within a few weeks of publishing, your eBook will be available in 23 major regional eBook retail outlets across a wide variety of territory and genre-specific stores including Waterstones (UK), eChristian (Intl.) and eBooks.com (Intl.) with more stores and libraries added in the coming months.

Elite will help you self publish your book all over the web and in Stores – Contact them today at 1(832) 572-5285