How to Write, Format, Publish and Promote your Book [EPUB]
05 March 2015, 18:53
2014 | EPUB | 2.45MB
A great source of information for those new to self publishing. As it says in the description, most of the information included can be found free on the Internet. If you have the extra time to go searching for the information, more power to you. I'd rather use that time to write.
Everything you need to know about self publishing is right here, from planning your book to how to promote it once its been published. The information that is included on formatting is golden--just that chapter is worth the price of the book. There are some advanced techniques on formatting that I haven't seen, and I'm looking forward to trying some of them out with my next book.
I also loved the honesty in the chapter on promotion. Derek doesn't pull punches--it's hard to promote a new book, particularly if you're a new author with no platform. He's got some great ideas of how to get the word out about your book, a few free (which is the point of the book, right?), but many paid. I did like the list of the '10 Most Powerful Things You Can Do For Free,' but the main focus of the promotion part of the book was on paid methods. I also really loved the section at the end where the experienced writers provided their top tips for other authors.
I've purchased a lot of books about self publishing. This one is well worth the price and provides a ton of good content all in one place. - Amazon customer
B is for Bauhaus, Y is for YouTube [EPUB]
05 March 2015, 18:45
2015 | EPUB | 3.96MB
A tool kit, done in A–Z form, for understanding the world around us through the way we design and use things. Covering subjects that range from authenticity to Grand Theft Auto to Dieter Rams, Deyan Sudjic’s latest book has been called "a master class in musing on modern design." Though it is organized in A–Z format, it is not a dictionary or an encyclopedia in the strictest sense. Rather, it is an essential tool kit for understanding the world through emblematic examples, both historic and contemporary, from the field of design. In stand-alone chapters, Sudjic explores concepts as a whole, specific movements, or specific objects and people.
The result is a kaleidoscopic view of the profound way in which design—both good and bad—has colored the modern world and influenced our interactions with popular culture. Woven throughout are surprisingly nostalgic remembrances and intensely personal perspectives on a life in design by someone who clearly lives and breathes it. Sudjic demonstrates not only a passion for the subject, but also an ability to illuminate what is most inspiring and intriguing about the way we create.
The Partnership: Brecht, Weill, Three Women, and Germany on the Brink [EPUB]
23 February 2015, 18:24
2015 | EPUB | 5.74MB
Among the most creative and outsized personalities of the Weimar Republic, that sizzling yet decadent epoch between the Great War and the Nazis' rise to power, were the renegade poet Bertolt Brecht and the rebellious avant-garde composer Kurt Weill. These two young geniuses and the three women vital to their work—actresses Lotte Lenya and Helene Weigel and writer Elizabeth Hauptmann—joined talents to create the theatrical and musical masterworks The Threepenny Opera and The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, only to split in rancor as their culture cracked open and their aesthetic and temperamental differences became irreconcilable.
The Partnership is the first book to tell the full story of Brecht and Weill's impulsive, combustible partnership, the compelling psychological drama of one of the most important creative collaborations of the past century. It is also the first book to give full credit where it is richly due to the three women whose creative gifts contributed enormously to their masterworks. And it tells the thrilling and iconic story of artistic daring entwined with sexual freedom during the Weimar Republic's most fevered years, a time when art and politics and society were inextricably mixed.