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Why Is Video Conferencing Good For Business?

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Any business can benefit from video conferencing. Rather than the traditional setup of meetings and consultations involving plane trips,long drives, and hotel expenses, videoconferencing opens up a business’s possibilities from the limits of their office location to the rest of the world. There are several reasons to enlist the services of a videoconferencing provider like Blue Jeans; here are just a few of the many benefits you can experience:

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50 book challenge

50 Book Challenge for 2015?

This is a guest blog from Stacey Croft. Stacey blogs about books on Pretty Books (on WordPress & Tumblr) and works as a Marketing Executive in children’s book publishing. She loves taking photographs of books, exploring London and visiting new bookshops and coffee shops. You can find her at @theprettybooks

You’ve probably come across the BBC’s Top 100 Books, but on social media, people have been getting creative and making their own lists. I discovered the 50 Book Challenge on LiveJournal and LibraryThing in 2009 and in 2010, I brought it over to Tumblr, where I’ve been running it over on Pretty Books ever since. Laura stumbled across my blog and invited me to talk a little bit about the challenge.

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How to pick the best cover image ever

This is a guest blog post from Stacie Vander Pol. Stacie is a marketing entrepreneur with nearly 10 years of dedication to self-publishing. Through her experience publishing hundreds of titles, she knows first-hand that the key to a successful book is more than great writing; it’s also great marketing. Stacie’s passion to support self-published authors was the inspiration behind her latest endeavor, CoverDesignStudio.com.

Do you know the fastest way to connect with potential readers? Your book cover image. That’s because we connect with pictures faster and more easily than we do with words, which makes images ideal for attracting instant attention. Images are so effective, you rarely see a book without one.

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5 tips to break the freelance famine

This is a guest blog from Sara Donaldson. Sara is a freelance editor with an eye for a mystery. When not editing a range of projects (mostly non-fiction) she can be found with her Sherlock hat on as a professional genealogist. You can find her on Twitter @psychodwarf

No matter how hard a freelancer likes to pretend that they have a full schedule – all of the time – for many freelancers there are times when there is no work coming in. It may be because a project has unexpectedly failed, it may be because work naturally comes in waves (imagine the rush to get stuff out for Christmas, then nothing in January), or it may be that there is just no work coming their way. Sometimes it’s all down to lack of marketing and ‘getting yourself out there’ but sometimes it’s just the way the cookie crumbles. Whatever the reason, at some point, even the most in demand freelancer will find themselves twiddling their thumbs and looking at a blank slot in their diary.

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Jasmine Kirkbride

The future of Twitter in 2015: Panic stations?

Jasmine Kirkbride is BookMachine’s new blogger and this is her second blog post. Jasmin is the Editorial Intern at Tenebris Books. She is a freelance editor and published author.  You can find her on Twitter @jasminkirkbride.

Tweeps are panicking about the future of Twitter as, in recent months, its famous reverse-chronological timeline, has come under threat. Discussions are now underway on the possibility of introducing algorithmically curated timelines to sort the Tweet from the chaff – but is this really a good thing?

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Tom Chalmers

Licensing Seminar highlights the Hasselhoff effect

This is a guest post from Tom Chalmers, Managing Director at IPR License.

Late last month we hosted our inaugural Global Licensing: The Bigger Picture conference which saw a host of leading figures from a range of creative sectors highlight how they maximise licensing revenue, combat copyright infringement and piracy in the digital world and what lessons could be learnt by the publishing world. Plus a debate over the future of book fairs and a focus on emerging new markets for licensing.

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Writing competition

4 Questions for TLAC Printing and Publishing

This is an interview with Unambiguous Edit, and Miraz Manji and Andrew Weiner of TLAC Printing and Publishing. Both groups are hosts of a writing contest, That’s Write!, in collaboration with BookMachine and Wildfire Studio.

1. Tell us a little about TLAC Printing and Publishing.

TLAC Toronto Printing & Publishing specializes in self-publishing solutions. Whether it is your first book, or your latest title, we work with any and every demographic of writer.

We’re focused on producing high quality soft cover books and providing additional services to help writers promote their masterpiece on social media.

Our company takes great pride in providing great customer service, and we’re the highest rated print and publish service provider on Google; our clients like us because we’re passionate about providing top-level service, and motivated by our desire to lead new writers towards reaching their goals.

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Publishing Training Courses

Publishing Training Courses in Oxford

This is a guest post from Donna Hutchinson. Donna is a recent graduate of Oxford Brookes’ MA Digital Publishing course.  Since finishing the course, she has been working freelance for a number of projects including taking the lead on the social media marketing for the OPG’s publishing training courses.

Oxfordshire Publishing Group dinners are the place to be. They attract publishers from the largest publishers; OUP, T&F, Pearson; whilst including a healthy mix of CEOs of SMEs and freelancers. Plenty of food and wine gets consumed – and most importantly (for me!) they have resulted in the development of a new series of Publishing Training Courses.

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Self-publishing

FACT: Self-publishing is not all about fiction

This is a guest post from the team at CompletelyNovel, sponsors of BookMachine Brighton (photos here).

There has been a lot of media attention on self-published fiction titles that have gone on to success. Hugh Howey, E. L. James and Bella Andre – to name a few – have all proven that self-publishing is a viable way to reach readers. At CompletelyNovel.com we saw an initial wave of customers focused on fiction (largely, I imagine, due to our name!) but it’s interesting how your customers can start using your service in ways you didn’t necessarily expect.

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