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AMAZON.COM TO DONATE ALL PROCEEDS FROM E-BOOK TO 2011 JAPAN RELIEF FUND

AMAZON.COM TO DONATE ALL PROCEEDS FROM E-BOOK TO 2011 JAPAN RELIEF FUND

 


Amazon.com announced today that it will donate its percentage of the $3.99 sales price of the fund-raising Kindle e-book SHAKEN: STORIES FOR JAPAN to the 2011 Japan Relief Fund, administered by Japan America Society of Southern California.

As reported here several weeks ago, SHAKEN: STORIES FOR JAPAN is a collection of new and original stories donated by twenty highly-regarded mystery and thriller writers who were inspired by the desire to contribute something to the recovery effort from the Great Tohuku Earthquake of March 11, 2011. The book went online on June 11, the three-month anniversary of the quake.


“We're deeply grateful to Amazon for this donation,” says Douglas Erber, president of Japan America Society of Southern California. “The immediacy of the images of devastation may have faded, but the reality of the recovery effort is as pressing as ever, and Amazon's generosity will mean so much to those still suffering in the disaster areas!”


According to a company spokesperson, “Amazon is pleased to be a partner in this effort.”


SHAKEN: STORIES FOR JAPAN was edited by Edgar-nominated thriller writer Timothy Hallinan and features original stories by a group of writers who have, among them, won every major award the genre offers. The authors are Brett Battles, Cara Black, Vicki Doudera, Dianne Emley, Dale Furutani, Stefan Hammond, Rosemary Harris, Naomi Hirahara, Wendy Hornsby, Ken Kuhlken, Debbi Mack, Adrian McKinty, I.J. Parker, Gary Phillips, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Jeffrey Siger, Kelli Stanley, C.J. West, Jeri Westerson and Hallinan.  As we mentioned previously, Booknook.biz's Rick Capidamonte donated all of the ebook design to this worthy cause. 

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan described the disaster as “The toughest and most difficult crisis for Japan” since the end of World War II. The quake moved Honshu, Japan's main island, eight feet to the east. The temblor and the resulting tsunami killed more than 15,000 people, with more than 7,000 still listed as missing and left more than 300,000 homeless.


SHAKEN: STORIES FOR JAPAN can be purchased for $3.99!
 

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Writerspace Identity Theft

Members of Writerspace, Alert!

If you haven't heard, and you were EVER a member of Writerspace, read this now....

WRITERSPACE, a website that's been around since the dawn of time, has apparently been hacked by Lulzsec, and has had over sixty thousand (60,000) usernames and passwords released into the wild.  Given the propensity of so many of my clients to use the same username and password for everything (you know you do--you all tell me about it when we're yakking on the phone), and the age of WRITERSPACE, which has been around since the 90's, it seems like a good idea for me to tell you about it.  If you haven't heard about it, haven't read about it, and don't know that people can use this info to try to hack into your FB, Twitter, etc., accounts, then you should get to reading here

Coincidentally--or not--writer and immensely successful "how-to" author Holly Lisle, whose website is a beehive of activity, emailed everyone just 48 hours ago to tell them that her FB account had been hacked, and that thousands of people had been spammed.  I wonder if Holly is a victim of the WRITERSPACE hack?  Her situation is dire, as Facebook--being themselves--of course seem to have simply denied her access to her own account, so she can't even attempt to fix it.  Before this happens to you:  change your passwords.  I know, I know...but do it anyway

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SHAKEN: STORIES FOR JAPAN

SHAKEN is a collaborative effort; an anthology of 20 short stories contributed by top-selling authors from around the globe, edited by 2011 Edgar Best-Novel nominee Timothy Hallinan.

6/10: UPDATE: SHAKEN is now #10 in the Kindle Store for Fiction->Short Stories and #17 in Books->Literature & Fiction->Short Stories!!

I'm really proud to announce SHAKEN: STORIES FOR JAPAN. SHAKEN is a collaborative effort; an anthology of 20 short stories contributed by top-selling authors from around the globe, edited by 2011 Edgar Best-Novel nominee Timothy Hallinan. This book is being published by the Japan America Society of Southern California, with 100%--absolutely 100%--of the proceeds going directly to earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan. The authors, the editor, and my Crew all donated our services to bring this book to fruition.

It's going to be available on Amazon sometime today, I hope--and I sincerely hope that everyone who reads this, and sees the blogs and tweets about it around the Net will rush to Amazon to buy it. Please tell your friends--tell anyone you know. As soon as I have a link, I'll post it here and I'll be tweeting it, too.

This collection was born out of the writers' concern for the people in the disaster zone. SHAKEN: STORIES FOR JAPAN is an attempt by writers to pool their talents to help people in need, as musicians and actors so often do.

The book contains original stories by Brett Battles, Cara Black, Vicki Doudera, Dianne Emley, Dale Furutani, Timothy Hallinan, Stefan Hammond, Rosemary Harris, Naomi Hirahara, Wendy Hornsby, Ken Kuhlken, Debbi Mack, Adrian McKinty, I.J. Parker, Gary Phillips, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Jeffrey Siger, Kelli Stanley, C.J. West, and Jeri Westerson. As a group, these authors have won every mystery award there is and sold hundreds of thousand of copies. They're all working at the top of their games in this volume. SHAKEN; STORIES FROM JAPAN is art for heart's sake, and the purchase price will help those who are struggling to repair, or at least soothe, these terrible losses.

SHAKEN: Stories for Japan is a collaborative effort of more than 20 writers to raise money for survivors and victims of Japan's devastating Tsunami.
SHAKEN: Stories for Japan is a collaborative effort of over 20 writers to raise money for survivors and victims of Japan's devastating Tsunami.
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Did Lulu and Bookbaby Really Lose Their Bite At the Apple?

Rumors are swirling that Bookbaby and Lulu have lost their distribution deals with Apple's iBookstore.

A little birdie tells me--the same little birdie that alerted me to the Kobo deal some months back-that both Bookbaby and Lulu have lost their status as Approved Apple Content Aggregators. Now, no word on this, overtly, is forthcoming from Apple, of course; but a quick check of Apple's approved list of Aggregators shows that Lulu and Bookbaby are glaringly absent.

Sources say that Apple's sick of dealing with content upload problems, and is paring down their exposure to Aggregators to the companies consistently delivering quality content. Other sources state that while Apple claims that it wants to "own" the ebook space, it also has no desire to own Amazon's staffing requirements, put in place to deal with the Niagara of self-publishing authors. For the purposes of this post, we'll ignore the cognitive dissonance those two goals invoke. So for now, only a very few channels remain for self-publishers and indies to get their content on Apple--Ingram, InScribe Digital, InGrooves, and Smashwords...and there's heavy money being bet on Smashwords going the way of Bookbaby soon. The lesson here? Before deciding on distribution deals (in the biz, "distro"), make sure you've signed with a firm that can bring something to the table...and last through dinner.

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