The View From Up Front

Published by on October 14, 2014 8:30 am


Now that you’ve finished writing the primary content of your book, you’re ready to hammer out the front matter – all of the material found in the front of the book before the main narrative. You can probably figure out what the title page, copyright page, and table of contents are from their names. But what goes in the foreword? What’s the difference between your preface and your introduction? And what order should everything be in? Although it might seem like a minor quibble, getting your front matter properly written and organized is very important. After all, they’re the first words your reader will read. View Article…

Special Islandport Press e-Book Deals!

Published by on October 13, 2014 1:32 pm


One of our publishers, Islandport Press, is running a few eBook price discounts on select titles where many of the stories are based in Maine, home state of Islandport Presss. Three of these titles are available at amazing prices NOW while a forth will be available in December, just in time for the holidays!  View Article…

Publishing Pointers: “Remaining Consistent”

Published by on October 7, 2014 8:30 am


Your manuscript could be grammatically correct with every period, comma, and semicolon in the right place, but have you made sure your book is internally consistent? The way you format and treat certain words and phrases should be the same throughout your text. Continuity errors should be avoided, as readers will notice these careless “change-ups” unless you’ve taken steps to rein them in. View Article…

How to Instill a Love of Reading and Writing in Your Kids for Back-to-School Season and Beyond

Published by on September 30, 2014 8:30 am


It can be challenging to encourage your children to spend time reading and writing when there are plenty of other entertainment and leisure options that keep them distracted. If you want your child to enjoy reading and writing as they grow older, it’s important for them to develop an interest in these activities at an early age. As a parent, you can take steps towards instilling this love that will hopefully stay with your children.

Here are 6 ways to instill a love of reading and writing in your kids: View Article…

It’s Banned Books Week: Celebrate the Freedom to Read

Published by on September 25, 2014 8:30 am


Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is an annual event held during the last week of September. This year, it falls September 21-27. Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read and highlights the value of free and open access to information and ideas. It was started in 1982 in response to a surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores, and libraries to draw national attention to the harms of censorship. View Article…

Publishing Pointers: “Know What You Write”

Published by on September 23, 2014 8:30 am


There is an old adage writers often adhere to that is attributed to author Mark Twain: “Write what you know.” Although this sounds like basic, solid writing advice, some writers will misconstrue it as advising them to “Stay within your area of expertise” or “Don’t stray outside of your Comfort Zone.’” But if this were truly the case, you’d see a sudden drop in the amount of fiction produced. (After all, there are very few people who would claim to have first-hand encounters with vampires, wizards, and space aliens.) View Article…

September New Releases from Bookmasters’ Publishers!

Published by on September 16, 2014 8:30 am


Check out some of Bookmasters’ publishers’ newest releases for September 2014:

The Best Ever Book of SudokuThe Best Ever Book of Sudoku

The 500 Sudoku puzzles in this 352 page book are bound to keep any Sudoku lover busy for quite some time. By Arcturus Publishing Limited, The Best Ever Book of Sudoku features flexi binding and colored end papers. Full solutions to each puzzle are included at the back of the book.

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Books That Complement CNN’s “Whitey: The United States of America v. James J. Bulger”

Published by on September 15, 2014 8:30 am


James Joseph “WhiteyBulger, Jr. is a notorious former Boston mob boss and FBI informant. In 1994, he fled Boston and went into hiding after being tipped off about a pending indictment. He spent 16 years in hiding while listed on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, second behind Osama bin Laden. On June 22, 2011 he was arrested outside an apartment in Santa Monica, California. On June 12, 2013 Bulger went on trial for 32 counts of racketeering, money laundering, extortion, and weapons charges; including his complicity in 19 murders. He was found guilty on 31 counts, found to have been in involved in 11 murders, and sentenced to two consecutive life terms plus five years on November 14, 2013.   View Article…

Bookmasters Welcomes New Vice President of Finance

Published by on September 9, 2014 1:31 pm


David Bird has been named the new vice president of finance of Bookmasters.

Prior to joining Bookmasters, Bird previously served for 14 years as the vice president of finance for Cenveo at their Toledo, Ohio commercial printing and packaging location.

“David is a great addition to Bookmasters and to our management team,” said Ken Fultz, general manager at Bookmasters. “He will play a significant role in the strategic planning and leadership of our company.”

In his new capacity, Bird will oversee all accounting, payroll, and information technology functions. In addition, Bird will assist Bookmasters’ sales and operations teams with their goals and objectives from a financial support and impact perspective.

Bookmasters, based in Ashland, Ohio, is one of the largest integrated providers of publisher services. For more than 40 years, Bookmasters has offered services to publishers and authors such as printing, print book warehousing and distribution, eBook conversion and distribution, editorial, and design. To learn more, visit www.bookmasters.com.

Publishing Industry Jobs to Pursue

Published by on September 9, 2014 8:30 am


If you have an English or writing degree, or a degree in a reading or writing-related discipline, it can be put to good use in the publishing industry. Working for a book publisher is a great way to turn a love of reading and writing into a successful career while avoiding a “starving artist” lifestyle.

Here’s a sampling of a few different types of jobs in the publishing industry: View Article…