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Dec 2

Erotica – The Newest Trend?

Posted on Sunday, December 2, 2012 in Books

There are plenty of werewolf stories available, both in print, as downloads (for e-reader devices and etc) and online. If anything the avid reader of the supernatural is spoiled for choice. However, what about the risque version, werewolf erotica?

There are plenty of people out there that enjoy a story with a few racy anecdotes, and blending the paranormal with a spicy undertone is a big attraction. In essence the genre is a bit like Twilight for mature adults, a kind of 50 Shades Of Grey (Were)Wolf. How many authors are there? Hard to tell, but they’re certainly growing in number.

Much of it is to do with the growing trend for the supernatural, the nations (or perhaps the world’s) need for something that’s just that little bit different. Maybe it’s the rise of the Dracula stories back in the 19th century – let’s face it, however macabre Dracula was it was love that underpinned the story.

With erotic fiction it’s the suggestion of something more … sensual that appeals. Generally there are degrees of, and the baseline standard is more about implication than it is about action. From a written perspective, you can think of it as soft rather than hard pornographic material. We all love a bit of titillation, a little bit of excitement, and when you’re a lover of stories, and an avid book buyer, erotic fiction ticks all the right boxes.

Of course there is hardcore erotica, and yes, werewolves get a look in. For some the mere suggestion is not enough, they need it spelling out in all its glory – and that’s just fine. Embracing your erotic inner-self isn’t vulgar or something to be ashamed of, it’s natural.

For those that enjoy stories about myth and legend, werewolves are one of the more powerful genres, and certainly one of the oldest. Werewolves were feared s far back in time that it’s hard to determine where they truly originated from, or even why. All we know is that, whilst they were once feared, they’re now viewed as an object of desire.

By desire we mean both an individual’s fascination with being one, and the romantic ideal of being loved by one. Again, the joining together or erotica and the powerful figure that a werewolf represents and you’ve got an appealing foundation for a book on your hands.

Human relationships aren’t always fascinating enough – adding in a powerful character such as a werewolf helps the author reach a much wider audience.

Jul 11

The Man Who Said Yes

Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 in Books

In the beginning of The Hero With a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell shares one of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales to illustrate, he hopes, one of the crucial perceptions that his study of mythology has to offer. Long ago and far away, the tale begins, as fairy tales are often known to begin, there lived a king with a beautiful daughter who often played with a golden ball. There came a day when the ball took an errant bounce and rolled into a deep spring, so deep that the princess could not see or hope to recover it.

The sound of her falling tears arouses the curiosity of a frog, who asks what his reward might be should he recover her golden ball. “My pearls and jewels, even the golden crown which I wear,” promises the princess, but the frog asks for something different: “If you will care for me and let me be your companion and playmate,” offers the frog, “I will go straight down and fetch your golden ball.”

The princess of course immediately agrees (and isn’t it a sad commentary that any modern audience of this tale knows immediately that this contract will end badly?), and into the water goes the talking frog, to return shortly with the golden ball. Of course the princess forgets her promise immediately, takes her treasure and skips away, leaving the frog alone once more.

And in her focus on the golden ball–the mundane, the known, the object of immediate, traditional value, Campbell points out, the shallow, self-absorbed princess gives no thought at all to the unusual phenomenon of the talking frog, to the opportunity to share through the frog a wider universe, to come to know more than she could ever grasp in the mundane, familiar world to which she retreats.

But Joseph Campbell’s message at this point–and one of the central features of his study of the heroic life–is that the princess has lost greatly here. Taking a direction from Freud, the “mistake” of losing the ball is no mistake but the opening of an opportunity to a life passage–for a young person crossing into adolescence, for instance–and the response to the wider world offered is crucial.

The one who is ready for growth into that wider world will experience an opportunity–the “call to adventure”–and the response chosen determines whether the person on this threshold continues this awakening into a wider world or retreats into a known, safe–and sterile–existence.

“A Persian city once was ‘enstoned to stone’ . . . because its people refused the call of Allah,” Campbell says, and in the Old Testament, “Lot’s wife became a pillar of salt just for looking back . . . .” Answering the call, Campbell admitted, is stepping into the unknown, but perhaps so is every step of life.

May 12

The Devaluation of KDP Select

Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 in Books

In recent months there has been a trend emerging among Internet marketers to chase the ‘easy money’ offered by eBook sales for Amazon’s Kindle reader.  The Kindle has seen the eBook market explode, and marketers are eager to grab a slice of the pie in genres as wide ranging as how-to manuals to hardcore erotica. 

Driving this rush is Amazon’s KDP Select, their eBook promotional program that offers a range of attractive benefits in exchange for exclusivity to the Amazon site.  By taking part in the KDP Select program, authors can offer their books on loan to Amazon Prime members, each of whom are allowed to borrow one book each month.  With each ‘borrow’ the author receives a share of the monthly pot, which for the last few months has been set at around $600,000 each month.

Each month, the $ per borrow amount has been somewhere between $2 and $2.48, providing a strong incentive to authors selling cheap books.  An author with 100 borrows in April 2012 would have made $248.  I made around $72 in April on borrows alone.  Not world changing money, maybe, but impressive nonetheless. 

Where KDP Select really paid out, though, was through its free giveaway facility.  Books enrolled in KDP Select can be placed on a free promotion for 5 days out of every 90, and with the right book it’s possible to give away thousands of copies in a day.  While the author doesn’t receive a penny for these giveaways, the benefit comes a few days later when they see their book rocketed to the top of the popularity list for their genre (the list Amazon users see by default while browsing the store.  The added exposure from a free giveaway could result in hundreds or thousands of dollars of sales, even for a mediocre book.  

Well, the free ride is over.  Amazon recently rejigged its results algorithm to discount freebies in the popularity list.  While a month ago I could expect a free promotion for my erotic stories about babysitters to result in an extra $100 in sales a few days later, now my sales have stalled in their tracks.  Amazon recognised the gravy train they’d created, and quickly set about changing the system to destroy it.  

While this is sure to be a bad thing for the thousands of Internet marketers who produced books by the boat load in an effort to make some easy money, the truth is that this is a good thing for both buyers and genuine authors.  By evicting free promo books from the popularity lists, Amazon have reduced the churn of the book charts. While this will leave cynical marketers with their noses bent out of shape it will make it much easier for good books to be recognised and rewarded.  Real, honest to God great books will spend much more time on the popularity lists based on their own merits, nd this can only be a good thing.

In the meantime my earnings are in the toilet, but that, as they say, is life.  Besides, when you write erotic stories you have so much fun at work you should be thankful for any pay at all!  

May 6

The Increasing Popularity of EBooks

Posted on Sunday, May 6, 2012 in Books

The ever-growing reader base and presence of eBooks is stunning and over the top. There is no doubt that the production cost associated with eBooks is quite less and it can be distributed all over the world without any shipping costs. These are just some of the benefits enjoyed by the seller or the publisher and the advantages enjoyed by readers also seem too good to be true. Initially, people used to have separate rooms for storing books and this home library could cost house owners a lot of space. However, with the advent of the eBooks, you can easily carry as many books as you want in electronic devices such as the Digital Reader and the iPad, which weigh no more than five pounds and are as small as a notebook. You can take this device anywhere with you while you are traveling, which has made traveling much more convenient and easy.

A recent survey that was conducted on readers who read eBooks to those of the traditional readers pointed out that the former category read more books than the latter ones. In fact, it has been noticed that the eBook readers are the heart of the books market and are its power buyers. For instance, printed books are usually sold one or two at a time while people buy three to five eBooks in a single transaction.

So, let us briefly discuss some of the unique advantages of eBooks over the regular books:

1)    The growing reader base for eBooks is unbelievable. With the advent of the eBooks, the sale of print has gone down while the sale for eBooks has drastically increased.

2)    The production cost for eBooks is quite low or minimalistic when compared to the normal cost of book production. All you have to do is to convert your book into an eBook and then you can sell your eBook over and over again.

3)   The shipping costs associated with these books are practically nil.

4)   The commission rate for eBook is quite higher than compared to the regular books.

Advantages of eBooks for the readers:

1)    Offers massive storage space

2)    Makes travel easy and you have the liberty to carry as many books as you want.

3)   You can adjust the font size as per your liking. The device you are using for reading the eBook will contain all the wanted settings to change the font size.

4)   There is such a wide variety of eBooks that is available for free of cost.

In all, eBooks are definitely the best option when compared to the printed version and whenever you are looking for eBooks, you can easily find them at Amazon.com and ensure that you make the proper use of the Amazon discount codes to get the maximum savings on your purchase.

Feb 27

How to Write Your Own Barbecue Cookbook or Blog

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2012 in Books

There are more people sharing their cooking experiences than ever thanks to new technology and forms of media. But you don’t have to be an Internet expert in order to talk about your love of barbecue. Even using traditional techniques and good old-fashioned writing, you have the potential to come up with an award-winning BBQ cookbook. Of course it’s incredibly competitive field, and the road might be difficult, but the process is just as valuable as the final result. Because if you love barbecue and it’s a passion of yours, you know what it’s like to be compelled to share it. It’s more than just a form of cooking, it’s a family experience that creates food filled with incomparable flavor.

If you think it’s time to finally put your thoughts onto paper, then you need to come up with a plan. Writing a book or creating a blog doesn’t just happen out of thin air. And it’s good to have passion, but this aspect alone won’t carry you through the hard times. You have to be as organized as possible and figure out what you bring to the table. If you can’t put your own personal twist on a project, it’s going to be a lot more difficult. It’s important to realize there are many grilling cookbooks out there already, and you have to find a way to stand out.

Some people dwell on being unique too much, and this can bring the writing process to a complete halt. But it’s really simple to figure out how you’re different. Even if there are lots of other folks out there with delicious recipes and ideas, there’s nothing from your viewpoint. So look inwards for inspiration and have confidence that your experience with barbecue food can make you different in some way. Try to relate with others and tap into the communal spirit that connects people who love outdoor grilling.

Another approach that more people are exploring is the world of blogging instead of coming up with a complete cookbook. This way you can access your readers much more likely, and possibly build up a loyal fan base. And who knows, if your blog becomes popular this nothing stopping you from selling a cookbook down the line – and it will probably be a lot more profitable using this method. This way you don’t have to deal with publishers or any potential bosses. A blog is all your own and you won’t have to answer to anyone. A blog also helps you to narrow down on specific categories ranging from cooking with charcoal, to vegetarian ideas, to ultimate side dishes. You can cover more topics and the freer format of a blog makes it a lot easier to hop from one topic to the next. Whichever format you choose, it’s essential that you simply get started to get the ball rolling, and you might just find yourself coming up with a masterpiece.

Feb 12

The Best Fantasy Novels

Posted on Sunday, February 12, 2012 in Books

I have always been a fan of fantasy and science fiction literature. I have seen an amazing increase in the quality of these stories over the last 20 years and I would like to share with you some of the worlds which grace my book shelves. I’ll warn you in advance, most of these are not children’s books that you read as a bedtime story. These are real books that will leave you shaking with anticipation, anger, happiness and sadness.

One of the most popular fantasy stories on the planet at the moment is A Song of Ice and Fire. You may know it more recognizably as A Game of Thrones. A Game of Thrones is actually only the first book in an ongoing series written by George R.R. Martin, which has been made into a wildly successful series on TV that is one of the best shows you can watch. Give the first season a watch and see if the story appeals to you. As with most books, the novels contain a lot more character development than the already rich TV series.

Fullmetal Alchemist is a Japanese comic that will always have a place in my heart. Scoff if you will but this manga was a big part of my life for 6 years. The series, written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa, is one of the most intricate and original worlds I have ever experienced. It has been adapted into two different animated shows. The first, title simply Fullmetal Alchemist, is really only based on the original story. The Second, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is much more accurate and is quite good. The DVDs sit in my bookcases right next to the 27 volume long comic. At 27 volumes and 108 chapters, this is not a weekend read.

Lastly, we have the father of the modern fantasy novel. Tokein’s works are praised as some of the most amazing pieces of fantasy literature ever created. I think they are great, but they are a bit like reading a history book. From a purely critical standpoint, they come across as dry at times and a bit long winded. This is because he was building the foundation for all fantasy work to come after. Nobody knew what an elf was in his world so he had to go into painful detail. Every fantasy reader should have Tolkein in their book cases. Know your roots.

Built in bookcase

Jan 24

Should You Follow Fitness Book Advise?

Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 in Books

In most cases, when a person wants to seriously get into shape they seek help from some type of knowledgeable source instead of doing it all by themselves. Why not just eat right and exercise? Well, as it turns out that’s the long way of getting into shape. There is a variety of factors that can make the process go faster, but the truth is that most of us are simply unaware of them. Luckily however, a number of fitness instructors have written their own fitness books in an attempt to spread their knowledge to the world.

Fitness Books

These fitness books are most of the time not only a great source of general knowledge on the topic, but they also provide you with various step by step plans designed to help you lose weight. On top of that, they also offer a good amount of advice when it comes to staying in shape and keeping the weight off, which is the hard part as it requires a certain amount of specific lifestyle changes. On the other hand though, it just happens that some of these books were written by people who are simply in it for the money and have no real knowledge to share. However, these products don’t go too long without getting shunned by disgruntled customers.

My personal recommendation when it comes to getting a fitness program is the TRX system. While the price of $199 may put some people off, you should keep in mind that you can easily find a TRX coupon code in order to get it at a discount. The system is basically comprised of suspension cables that are used for the workout, and a book with a variety of exercises, variations, and fitness routines. All in all, the TRX system is designed to provide you with a complete body workout, and if you would like to learn more about it simply check out some reviews and testimonies, and don’t forget to visit the official website.

Nov 25

Do You Know Of Any Good Books On CPR?

Posted on Friday, November 25, 2011 in Books

I was searching online the other day for books about where to get cpr training and I noticed an odd thing. There weren’t any that actually explained either how to do cpr or where to find cpr training classes. I did see a bunch of products related to cpr but no books offering instructions or anything like a step by step guide on how to give someone cardiopulmonary resuscitation. There is plenty of information on other web sites so I know there is a healthy interest in this topic, but I thought it was strange that a site like Amazon didn’t have a reasonable stock of relevant books.

Having said that, I still use Amazon as my number one source for books because 9 times out of 10 they have the best prices and the latest releases. Thinking about it, I also usually head there first for a lot of things apart from books too. As I was researching cpr I was also looking at where people have to go to buy those manikins for practicing cpr on, and also the best defibrillator for people to use when someone suffers a cardiac arrest. Amazon actually had a great selection of both. I’m not sure Amazon can be classed as a bookseller any longer. Even though half the stuff they sell is shipped by the companies that manufacture the products, they are still one of the go to places for anything you can buy online.

Nov 24

Recent books about stock market success stories

Posted on Thursday, November 24, 2011 in Books

Do the following names mean anything to you? Peter Lynch, Benjamin Graham, Carl Icahn, George Soros, Warren Buffett? Well even if you’re not very familiar with finance, the last name on that list should give you a very good indication of what kind of individuals we’re referring to. Of course, we’re talking about stocks market investors who have been so successful they have made a name for themselves. Countless books have been written about them, and there’s even an Investopedia entry titled The Greatest Investors.

Now if I say John Paulson, do you know who I’m talking about? Odds are, you have no clue who this guy is. This guy’s claim to fame is that he is the one who made the most money off of one investment play. He bet against the housing market at the right time, as he correctly estimated that it was overheating and prime for a major correction.

He pocketed a couple billion dollars in the process and his story has been documented in a book titled The Greatest Trade Ever. I read it, and it’s pretty good. I personally think that the fact that the guy made one great trade doesn’t automatically mean he’s a great investor. We’ll have to see if he can keep winning, as the guys who earned the label “greatest investors” have been able to do consistently.

Jul 27

Dictionary Projected

Posted on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 in Books

dictionary projected
Can anyone tell me if there is a place where you can make your own dictionary by inserting the words and print them?

I have to do one for a project due Friday, so please respond as soon as possible.

Go to Microsoft Excel.

한국수어해설사전 나왔습니다(KOREAN-KSL(Korean Sign Language) DICTIONARY)

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