MatchBook – great news for people who like paperbacks AND Kindles!

MatchBook – great news for people who like paperbacks AND Kindles!

MatchBook – Free/Discounted Kindle Books Amazon have just written to authors to announce a new program they are calling MatchBook. It’s a fantastic idea – and one that my daughter has been asking them to introduce for over a year! They are allowing publishers and authors to offer the Kindle versions of their books at a discount to anyone who buys the print versions. This is fantastic news for both readers and authors. Authors will benefit from more downloads of their Kindle books – the more downloads you get, the higher up the bestseller rankings you rise, so more people see your books, so more sales. Readers will benefit because they will be able to get Kindle versions of their favorite books at a much reduced cost – free in some cases. I think this is the best news I’ve read in a long time and I’m very excited about it, as you can probably tell! Amazon are rolling out the program in the next couple of weeks and – here’s the best bit – it will be available for print books you have bought previously (if their publishers/authors enrol in the program). PS – If you are an author and you don’t have your eBooks available as print editions yet, now is a great time to do that. You may be interested in my course on how to use CreateSpace, which is the quickest way of getting your book into print and listed on Amazon.   You may also like:Goodbye To ColaI'm So Glad I Gave Up...

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Goodreads for Authors now available as a paperback

My ‘Goodreads for Authors’ book is now available as a paperback. Amazon.com – http://amzn.com/1482689960 Amazon.co.uk – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1482689960 Amazon.de – http://www.amazon.de/dp/1482689960. This edition is in English. It is currently being translated into German. Sign up for free updates here: http://www.michellebooth.net/goodreads-for-authors-updates/. Things change frequently on Goodreads!   You may also like:I'm So Glad I Gave Up PepsiWhere 'Once Upon A Time' Failed, Paula Margulies...

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New book coming soon … Goodreads For Authors

I’m happy to announce that my new book, ‘Goodreads for Authors’, will be published this week. I have been researching and writing this book since late last year, with the help of the wonderful Anna Maria of Coo Farm Press. Anna is a researcher and proof-reader who has a passion for books. It makes it a lot more fun working with someone who really believes in books! I’m now thoroughly in love with Goodreads. I had been a member for about a year, but with no understanding of how it worked or what I was really there for. Having to study it for weeks has made me understand it and the ethos behind it, with the result that I’m now quite evangelistic about the site. It was founded by Otis and Elizabeth Chandler in 2006. Otis loved looking at his friends’ bookshelves in their homes and wondered if it would be possible to set up a site which represented people’s bookshelves. The amazing result is Goodreads. People indicate the books they have read, or own, and give them a star rating – or write a review of them. They make friends on Goodreads (often friends from the physical world or other social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter) and their friends can browse their virtual bookshelves. It may not sound like fun but it really is! I have made contact with friends from years ago just by finding out that we have similar taste in books, and we’ve renewed contact. There are also lots of contests and opportunities to win books in the Giveaway section. For authors, who also tend to be book-lovers, it means that we can show our readers and potential readers what our reading choices are. We can also interact in book discussion groups – you’ll find me wittering on about Twlight! – and post videos, blog entries and more. If you’d like to connect with me on Goodreads my URL is: http://www.goodreads.com/michellebooth. My book will be available on Amazon in Kindle format on February 20th and on other sites (and formats) at the end of March.     You may also like:A Sneak Peak ...Doesn't a bargain make your...

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Book Review: Homing Instinct

Book Review: Homing Instinct

The cover of this book shows a business-suited woman heading off to work with a baby in her backpack. It reminded me so much of my reasons for wanting to be a stay-at-home mother that I had to read it. I wasn’t disappointed. It is an excellent read with good, strong plotlines, humour and more than a dash of womanly wisdom (but not the rammed-down-your-throat type). It is written in diary format – which usually irritates me, but this didn’t – and is about a successful newswoman. She has a high-powered job, a high-powered, handsome husband, a school-age daughter and a baby. She even manages to find a perfect nanny, who loves her children as if they were her own – and that becomes a problem. Leaving her children each morning becomes harder and harder – and coming home to the housework while her husband puts his feet up with a cold beer gets downright infuriating. There are some lovely little scenes. I particularly enjoyed the bit when the heroine’s mother comes to stay and disapproves of baby Tom being given tinned baby food: “‘What that child needs is a bit of mashed parsnip and some stewed apple,’ she said, brushing me out of the way and hurling the offending jar in the bin. Tom’s eyes followed its trajectory sadly. He loved that one.” … “Tom meanwhile was beginning to howl with hunger, because preparing his lunch normally takes me about five minutes, and he’s not used to waiting for all this cooking nonsense.” I won’t spoil the book by giving too much away here but I will say this: It has changed my attitude to sex. Women appreciate that they have uncontrollable hormones that make them feel suicidal before their period, and then there is the ten-odd years of hell around the menopause. We don’t like it, but we understand and put up with it. But do we even TRY to understand men’s hormones? Men produce testosterone, which makes them muscley, gives them energy and stops them turning into weedy wimps. The side-effect of testosterone is that it makes them want sex. And, all things being well, preferably with a willing partner, not a limp dishrag. But if they do make this clear, we tend to label them as just a randy bloke and don’t show an ounce of understanding. Diana Appleyard has seamlessly funnelled her own experience as well as that gleaned from a career of listening to others into this book. It is one I will be buying for several friends and I highly recommend it to both working and stay-at-home mothers and fathers. Homing Instinct was her first book and she has since produced more – Out Of Love and A Class Apart. I will be ordering them as soon as my bank balance has recovered from my last splurge. The book is available in paperback format from Amazon. Unfortunately, for those of us who love our Kindles, this book isn’t (yet) available in Kindle format. In addition to writing novels, the author is a feature writer for national UK newspapers and also helps her husband run Kirnan Holiday Cottages and Bed & Breakfast in Scotland. I can’t think of a better place for a writing holiday!   You may also like:Do You Struggle To Get Up In The Mornings?Where 'Once Upon A Time' Failed, Paula Margulies...

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Book Review: Get Off Your Arse

Book Review: Get Off Your Arse

This book is written by Brad Burton, who runs a very popular business networking group in the UK. The man is a dynamo with a huge following – which is why he has been able to get away with giving his book such a controversial title! Those in the know refer to it as GOYA. I bet there are lots of people who read the title of this book and never pick it up. I think I may have been one of those if I hadn’t read some of Brad’s stuff online first. He’s a no-nonsense Northerner who isn’t afraid to call a spade a spade. That is why he is so successful. He hasn’t written this in a ‘look at me I’m successful’ way though. He’s written it as a literary bomb, a device to wake up worn-down business people into taking massive action (a sort of Northern Anthony Robbins). The book charts the story of his progress from struggling small business owner to super-motivator and the driving force behind the phenomenally-successful 4Networking groups, but it is also a how-to, giving ideas and sparking creativity. Brad tells it like it is, no sugary sweetness and bland, business-speak. He tells you to get out there, come up with ideas, any ideas, and drag your business out of the small-time into the successful. I talked to Brad at one of the 4Networking meetings and he gave me extra, kooky, wonderful ideas to drive my business forward. The man’s walking dynamite. I highly recommend this business book. It is different from all the rest and may just give you the jolt you need to take your business to the next level. As a separate bonus, it is really handy to keep around the house to motivate lacklustre teenagers. I asked my daughter to clear the dishes from the table the other night. She muttered the usual, “In a minute”. I held up the book silently. She laughed and GOT UP!!!!! Worth buying it just for that. The book is available in paperback and Kindle formats: Paperback:Kindle: Please let me know if it works on your teenagers too! You may also like:Would You Like To Read A Bit Of 'Mo'?Guest interview with Paula Margulies author of The Tao of Book...

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