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Aug.24.2010
 (Posted from The Publeconomist, published 08/24/10) If you’ve never heard about AmazonEncore, now’s the time to find out. A news release in May of 2009 by Amazon corporate unveiled the company-that-sells-everything’s new business venture: a publishing house. Maybe publishing house is a bold term...
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Aug.17.2010
(Posted from The Publeconomist, published 8/17/10) This nonsense really ticks me off. Check out the linked article from the New York Times on the recent problems that have resulted from the opening of Books & Books around the corner from the Open Book, another independent bookstore, in...
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Aug.04.2010
 (Posted from The Publeconomist, published 8/4/10) This may be especially useful for authors who maintain blogs (it seems like most authors nowadays have a blog). Anthologize is a cool new Wordpress plug-in that allows bloggers to convert their blogs into books. As soon as I heard about this plug...
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Jul.27.2010
(Posted from The Publeconomist, published 07/27/10) I love to travel, but I can’t seem to imagine walking around a brand new city with an iPad as my tour guide. An article this week in the Wall Street Journal describes the new and expanded efforts of travel publishers such as Lonely Planet, Fodor...
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Jul.16.2010
(Posted from The Publeconomist, published on 7/14/10) If you’re wondering why it’s so difficult to get your novel published (especially if it’s your first) by a big publishing company, this kind of craziness may be why. Good for St. Martin’s Press, refusing to give author Janet Evanovich her...
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Mar.16.2010
Later this year, inGroup Press will be publishing “Finally Out: Unlocking the Closet in Mid-Life and Beyond” by Dr. Loren Olson. Today, the Des Moines Register published a terrific article on Dr. Olson, which can be found here. My life is quite opposite from Dr. Olson’s. He’s a 66-year old gay man...
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Mar.15.2010
I feel like Indiana Jones in The Last Crusade. Forget the ark! All I want is a LGBT “Twilight” or “Harry Potter,” and my search efforts have been long and tiresome. I’ve long believed that mainstream YA fiction doesn’t incorporate enough LGBT-ness. Don’t get me wrong…my style isn’t to call up...
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Mar.10.2010
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It gives me much pleasure to announce that the new inGroup Press website is live. The website has been designed by Shelly Rabuse at Rabuse Design. Going forward, you can expect more books to pop up on the website, and in the meantime we’re offering “A Pale Existence” by Gillian Paige as an e-book...
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Feb.04.2010
(Posted from The Publeconomist, published 2/4/10) "Available at booksellers everywhere except Amazon."  This was the controversial addition to a Thursday New York Times ad that Macmillan took out on behalf of author Atul Gawande's "The Checklist Manifesto."  If you've been...
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Feb.02.2010
 (Posted from The Publeconomist, published 1/23/10) Technology can lead to scary things!  An interesting article was posted yesterday in the New York Times.  Author Motoko Rich wrote about how many new and emerging authors are experiencing an enormous boost in sales without making a penny.  How...
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Jan.03.2010
(Posted from The Publeconomist, published 12/30/09) Can our TSA employees be as effective as Israel's airport security teams?  If you need a refresher in Israeli airport security, check out this great article by Cathal Kelly, posted today on the Toronto Star's website.  The article examines how...
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Jan.01.2010
(Posted from The Publeconomist, published 12/28/09) Now that we have Facebook, is it still necessary to attend our high schools reunions? In the past couple of months I've received Facebook friend requests from a bunch of people in my high school graduating class.  Somewhere, somehow, someone set...
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Dec.26.2009
(Posted from The Publeconomist, published 12/26/09) How strange that on Christmas Eve I blogged about the difference between the good Muslims and the bad ones, and then on Christmas Day, a jackass named Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab exemplified the distinction. I’m sure you’ve all seen the news of the...
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Dec.26.2009
 (Posted from The Publeconomist, published 12/24/09) For those of you who aren’t familiar with The Economist, its articles are split up into different sections, some of them geographical. I’m embarrassed to admit that I often skip most of the Middle East & Africa section. Although I’m...
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Dec.21.2009
(Posted from The Publeconomist, published 12/21/09) Cambodia deports 20 foreign Uighurs, who had been seeking asylum in the country, to China. Uighurs are a Muslim minority group dispersed throughout several Asian countries. They’ve recently been involved in ethnic rioting in western China, which...
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