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The Holocaust: More Than Pulp Fiction

By Marta Tandori, published on Dec 30, 2014

The Holocaust. The very mention of this shameful and horrific event in our not-so-distant past causes many to buckle with untold emotion as they weep and continue to mourn for the murdered souls of their loved ones while others are angered and outraged as to how such a thing could have been allowed to happen in the first place. Others still are filled with curiosity as to what the Holocaust actually was while a very small percentage will adamantly continue to deny that the Holocaust ever happened at all.

The Holocaust was the systematic, cold-blooded persecution and murder, by the... (more)

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INDIE PUBLISHING: ITS NEWEST SEVEN-FIGURE SUPERSTAR

By Marta Tandori, published on Nov 29, 2014

Very few ever thought they’d live to see the day when the words “indie author” and “seven-figure advance” were uttered in the same sentence – and yet, it appears that this auspicious day has come. A few weeks ago, it was announced among publishing circles that indie author Blake Crouch had landed seven figures at Crown for DARK MATTER, his science fiction novel. While seven-figure book deals aren’t necessarily a novel concept in book publishing, these deals seem to be happening with more frequency these days.

Publisher’s Weekly reported that before this year’s Frankfurt Book... (more)

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Famous Fictional Girl Sleuths: Nancy vs. Trixie

By Marta Tandori, published on Nov 8, 2014

Many women readers of today will have fond memories of locking themselves into their bedrooms as young teens, voraciously consuming the newest edition of the Nancy Drew or Trixie Belden mystery series, all the while wishing that their young and uneventful lives could have been just a bit more exciting like that of Nancy and Trixie. Both series of books focus on the title characters finding themselves in the middle of a mystery and, aided by an assortment of friends and family and their incredibly intuitive sleuthing skills, they manage to masterfully draw their readers into their fictional... (more)

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BEZOS WITH A BULLET: THE VISION BEHIND AMAZON

By Marta Tandori, published on Oct 29, 2014

The twentieth century had its fair share of influential individuals. You know the kind I’m talking about – the ones with four or five different titles following their names like “industrialist”, “business magnate”, “inventor”, “entrepreneur”, etc.; all lofty titles, to be sure. These individuals achieved fame the world over and became household names, reaping financial rewards, the likes of which most of us can only dream about.

Take for example Henry Ford, the American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company. Although Ford himself did not invent the automobile... (more)

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Middle Age: Euphemism for “Don’t Give a Crap”?

By Marta Tandori, published on Sep 26, 2014

My daughter had recently recorded an interview that Giuliana Rancic of E! fame had done with Lisa Vanderpump, arguably one of the most famous “housewives” from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reality show. Let me say right off the bat that I’m not a fan of reality television – can’t stand it, in fact – but my daughter watches the show in our bedroom and short of kicking her out, I’m forced to watch it. If you’re into the whole backstabbing, catty, bitchy, clichéd drivel these “housewives” dish out to each other amongst the splendor of Beverly Hills, then you’ll definitely love the show.... (more)

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Amazon’s Tsunami of Books

By Marta Tandori, published on Aug 26, 2014

Writer Claude Nougat had recently estimated that the total number of books on Amazon was about 3.4 million at last count. He then tried to calculate how many books were added daily. Nougat took note of the fact that the numbers increased by about twelve books per hour which suggested that one new book was added every five minutes. He then surmised that of those books added, most were probably indie published books.

So what does this mean for the indie publisher? If you’re the optimistic type, then probably very little. However, if you’re the type who’s a die-hard pessimist at best, this... (more)

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Pro Athletes vs. Everyday Heroes: Where’s the Money?

By Marta Tandori, published on Aug 6, 2014

In today’s society, we tend to revere our pro athlete superstars; we put them on pedestals, treat them with adulation, hang on to their every utterance as if it were gospel and shower them with buckets of money – all because they have an incredible talent which we, as mere mortals, cannot ever hope to emulate. This is especially true in a country like the U.S., where the national pastime involves a bat, a ball and an umpire; where branding a box of otherwise sugar-laden cereal such as FLUTIE FLAKES, named after NFL quarterback Doug Flutie, will bring the manufacturer a financial windfall and... (more)

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Women and Middle Age: Time to Hang Up the Superhero Cape?

By Marta Tandori, published on Aug 1, 2014

Middle age. It has a funny way of creeping up on you, especially when it didn’t seem all that long ago that you were young, full of ambition and eager to make your mark on the big, bad world. The road ahead was one big, crazy adventure waiting to happen and if you were the type who had lofty goals or strong convictions, the road called life was merely the means to an end in order to achieve those goals. However, as many of us quickly realize, that road is filled with countless “detours”. For some, it’s in the form of unexpected pregnancies, soured relationships, bad luck and personal... (more)

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Indie Publishing: Navigating Advertising Everest

By Marta Tandori, published on Jul 14, 2014

The indie writer has many dilemmas he or she must contend with like trying to visualize the perfect cover and then bringing that cover to fruition, making sure that his or her manuscript is properly edited and then formatted, as well as a myriad of other minute details before his or her book is ready to be published. By the time the “publish” button is actually pressed, there is nothing more appealing or alluring than the thought of kicking back, grabbing a cold brewskie, and savoring the sweet victory of becoming a published author and letting life get back to some semblance of normalcy after... (more)

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Celeb Memoirs: Publisher’s Folly or Pots of Gold?

By Marta Tandori, published on Jun 18, 2014

Not all that long ago, Michael Korda, the famous former editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster, warned the reading public to stay away from celebrity memoirs (“celebmoirs”) since the majority of these books were “dull, homogenized, bland and sanitized”. Harsh words coming from a man who spent much of his professional life trying to persuade celebrities to write their autobiographies yet there exists an undeniable truth to his words that can’t be ignored.

Once upon a time, a “celebrity” meant a film star, a television star or a well-known singer/rock star. With time,... (more)

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