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Salvatore "Sal" Barbera is an animator, a sculptor and painter. He is the author and illustrator of the “A Sweetles Dream”® book series. Sal currently resides in Arizona with his wife and artistic partner, Sheri. His book, Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow is on sale through December 31, 2013 and 50% of the net proceeds benefit Phoenix Children's Hospital Child Life Program for children with critical and life-threatening illnesses.

Welcome Sal. We are excited to have you here. Can you please tell our readers a bit about yourself?

I like people and I like making them laugh. Charlie... Read More

Back in the old days, circa 2009 when Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing was in its infancy, authors were publishing books left, right and center, barely able to keep up with the sudden demand for ebooks, which quickly led to the initial Tsunami of Crap populating Amazon’s earlier online offerings. Those authors with a bit of tech-savvy could make their own covers, format their own books and, thanks to the Great Zon’s publishing platform wizardry, have that sucker published within 24 hours. Readers didn’t care as much whether the covers were top notch nor did they care whether the books were... Read More

The online reference source, defines the term “typecasting” as “the process by which a particular actor becomes strongly identified with a specific character” in television, film and the theater. Although this definition is in context to actors and the roles they play, it may equally be applied to authors and the books they write. And while typecasting and the “big bang” status otherwise known as “fame” are probably the last things an author is likely to think about when conceptualizing a series of books, the risk is nevertheless there and should not be overlooked – just ask... Read More

What’s in a title? Plenty, it seems. “A good title is the title of a successful book,” so said American novelist and screenwriter, Raymond Chandler. The title of a book has the power to make a reader stop and give the book more than a passing glance. A good title will immediately stimulate by creating initial curiosity, interest or elicit an emotional response. In the case of non-fiction, good titles convey information – who the book is for and what it will do for them – and will also inspire action (or at least convey the impression of being “non-passive”).

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Much has been said about indie authors self-publishing ebooks through platforms like Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, Smashwords, Untreed Reads and a multitude of others. There’s also been much talk about companies like CreateSpace that facilitate the publication of manuscripts into actual book form. However, not much has been said about indie publishing and crowd-funding platforms.

“Crowd-funding” is a relatively new term in our lexicon of everyday jargon, born via the advent of e-commerce and the Internet. Specifically, “crowd-funding” is defined as the collective efforts of individuals... Read More

Kobo has recently thrown the indie publishing industry into a tailspin, inciting fury among indie authors and adult book lovers alike the world over. And what started it all, you ask? WH Smith, a bookseller in the U.K., was accused of profiting from the sale of ebooks that glorified rape and violent pornography. Kobo is the company at the center of this self-publishing scandal. It has promised to clean up its act and took its entire self-publishing platform in the UK offline, including the website of WH Smith, which has a partnership deal with Kobo and shares the ebook sales profits.

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Joe Sergi is a life-long comic fan who lives outside of Washington, DC with his wife and daughter. Joe writes on the history of comics and censorship for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Joe is an attorney and a Haller Award winning author who has written articles, novels, short stories, and comic books in the horror, sci-fi, and young adult genres. A complete list of Joe’s titles is available at his website,

When he doesn’t write about zombies, aliens, and superheroes, Joe works as a Senior Litigation Counsel in an unnamed government agency and is also a member of... Read More

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