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Indie Author's Nightmare - The Kobo Cleanse

By Marta Tandori, published on Oct 22, 2013

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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The Remains

By Marta Tandori, published on Oct 20, 2013

Annie Eastwood strode through the main floor of her restaurant, a look of satisfaction on her pretty face. Every table was occupied, the bar was standing room only and there was a line-up wrapping halfway around the building. A pretty impressive opening, thank God, but then she was going to need plenty more nights like tonight if she was going to see any return on her investment. Although she had inherited The Bean and Pole upon her mother’s death, the building, once a thriving souvenir shop in her father’s day, had been in a state of total disrepair by the time her mother died. Annie had... (more)

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Authors of an Era: The Eighties & its Superstar Triumvirate

By Marta Tandori, published on Oct 17, 2013

Some say it’s the movies and the music that define an era. For writers like me, it’s the authors and the books that made them famous.

For those of you old enough to have lived through the eighties, you’ll recall that the era was a time of “conspicuous consumption”. WiseGEEK.com defines the term as “making large, ostentatious purchases to make oneself look rich or high class”. Everything back then was about living large, living on borrowed money and living to outdo the Joneses.

The networks not only sold everyone on the idea of conspicuous consumption but they promoted it and... (more)

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Indie Authors - "The End"...Now What?

By Marta Tandori, published on Oct 13, 2013

Authors are passionate, creative individuals who have stories to tell in their own unique and entertaining voices.These authors have labored countless hours over their characters, have lost precious sleep going over the finer points of their stories’ plot development, have missed family events, barbecues and baseball games to agonize over their stories before finally, hesitantly, and ever-so-reluctantly, they concede that this is “the end” of the road with their story.For the author with a publishing house behind them, they submit their manuscript to their agent who, in turn, submits it to... (more)

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Hollywood & Highland

By Marta Tandori, published on Oct 10, 2013

He ignored the sausage vendors littering the sidewalk, the sounds of their sizzling meat electrifying the humid night air. He was oblivious to the winos nursing their bottles of elixir, shrouded in dirty paper bags, and cut a wide path around the buskers and scam artists hoping to score a quick buck off of the late-night tourist trade. It was two in the morning but Hollywood Boulevard still throbbed with life. His shoulders were hunched and his hands were thrust into his pockets as he walked, seemingly without direction, yet he was very in tune to his surroundings. He forced himself to remain... (more)

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Why "Bang, bang, you're dead!" Doesn't Cut It Anymore

By Marta Tandori, published on Oct 8, 2013

As a writer of murder mysteries and suspense, I’m a huge fan of today’s modern-day police procedural shows like Castle, the Law & Order franchise, Without A Trace, Bones and NCIS, etc. Today’s police procedurals are edgy and much more sophisticated than their classic counterparts from the sixties and seventies, covering a wide variety of topics such as forensics, autopsies, the gathering of evidence, the assessment of a crime scene and the use of search warrants, etc. We viewers have front row seats to the blood and gore as human remains are pulled from rivers and recovered from barrels... (more)

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Eye Candy For the Male Mojo - Please, enough already!!

By Marta Tandori, published on Oct 4, 2013

Is there some hard-fast rule or unheard-of decree which dictates that while it’s perfectly acceptable for female book characters to be frumpy or have a uni-brow or hips as wide as Texas, the same does not apply once that female book character jumps to the small screen? Do television producers honestly believe viewers (especially of the male persuasion) to be so shallow that they’d never watch a show where the lead female characters were anything but hot babes? Sadly, that seems to be the case.

Let’s examine the evidence, if you will. Some of the most memorable and popular male TV... (more)

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Indie Authors - Today's Illegitimate Children of Publishing

By Marta Tandori, published on Oct 2, 2013

Well into the last century, there was a certain stigma attached to being born illegitimate, supported in no small part by the insensitive moniker of “bastard”. Fast forward to today’s world of publishing and we, the indie authors, have become the illegitimate bastard children seemingly no one’s proud to acknowledge, if we believe anything Dr. Jim Taylor has to say in his article, “Are Self-Published Authors Really Authors or Even Published?”, which appeared in The Huffington Post on September 30, 2013.

The following is an excerpt from Dr. Taylor’s article:

At the same time, the... (more)

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Life So Far...Cresting the Mid-Life Hump

By Marta Tandori, published on Sep 30, 2013

Jane Fonda, who recently talked about her life on one of Oprah’s master classes, characterized her life as a series of chapters. To Jane, her 60th birthday was the beginning of the third chapter of her life. I thought looking at life as a series of chapters was an interesting concept although I personally like to think of life as well…“life” – its winding path interrupted only by what I characterize as the “mid-life hump”. The “mid-life hump” is that prickly point between 47 and 51 when you suddenly realize you’re probably at the infamous “mid-way mark” in your journey through life. They... (more)

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Publicity That Cannot Be Bought - At Any Price

By Marta Tandori, published on Sep 28, 2013

Let’s talk about the World Where Publicity CAN Be Bought. Think of Hollywood’s big night, the Oscars, or the football season’s glorious pinnacle otherwise known as the Super Bowl. Companies that want their products and services seen by the masses are willing to pay an arm and a leg for the fleeting privilege. It’s a well-known fact that the cost of commercials during the Super Bowl and the Oscars are exorbitant, with companies willing to pay in the millions of dollars for a 30-second spot. Admittedly, a few are brilliant but more often than not, most fall under the category of ridiculously... (more)

Tags: oscars, celebrities, super bowl, publicity, world wide web

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