If you’ve self-published your book and are seeking a literary agent, you’re not alone. These days countless authors are taking the “publish first” approach to getting a book deal. Sometimes this method can lead to a traditional publishing deal. But other times, self-publishing before querying literary agents can make the query process a bit more complicated.

Here are our tips for writing a query letter if you have self-published your book (oh, and by the way, Writer’s Relief DOES help authors target self-published books to literary agents). We often help authors work through the tough decisions needed to make a strong pitch for a self-published book.

The discussion over publisher-removed articles is of course a discussion over the reliability of archives. We are accustomed to being able to go back to published material long after the fact and to find a stable and accurate record of what was said. Traditionally, libraries have been the guarantors of this process: Preserving many copies, with no legal liability for the content (or at least less than the publisher might have), and with an institutional commitment to permanence and preservation. The “vanishing act” discussion highlights a feature of unreliability of e-archives that depends (1) on the physical malleability of the record and (2) on the slightly lower commitment to full preservation that a publisher might have. It is disturbing, because it is the tip of the iceberg, I think: If for fairly transient reasons, publishers will pull articles, when might not publishers prove unreliable for other reasons?

But the question that follows on this discussion for me is this: If we were to ask that not publishers but authors be the guarantors of permanence, self-publishing or publishing in institutional repositories where the author retains control over the copyright and disposition of his/her material — what protection do we then have to assure us that articles will remain archived, unchanged, in perpetuity? Are there articles I have written that I wouldn’t mind disappearing? Actually, yes. Are there pieces of articles that I would quietly change if I could? Well, interesting thought, sure.

Is it important that the record abide? Then should not all discussions of e-publishing for scholarly purposes include a discussion of preservation that includes not only the physical vulnerability of the media but their psychosocial vulnerability? What guarantors other than libraries do we realistically have?

—  Jim O’Donnell, via email to Liblicense, excerpted in “What is a library anymore, anyway?”
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Today is the day it all gets real for me. I’ve finished my novel, which I’ve tentatively titled The Lost King. I can’t believe that I’ve actually finished. I started working on this back when I was still working toward my BA at SFSU. I excited and terrified about what I am about to do next. I’ve have decided that I’m going to e-publish instead of going the traditional route. I’ll be posting through out this whole process. Cross your fingers for me.

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Study of self-awareness in MS has implications for rehabilitation

A new study of self-awareness by Kessler Foundation researchers shows that persons with multiple sclerosis (MS) may be able to improve their self-awareness through task-oriented cognitive rehabilitation. The study was epublished ahead of print on July 2 in NeuroRehabilitation. Self-awareness is one’s ability to recognize cognitive problems caused by brain injury. This is the first study of self-awareness in MS that includes assessment of online awareness, as well as metacognitive awareness. 

Yael Goverover, PhD, OT, is a visiting scientist at Kessler Foundation. She is an associate professor at New York University. Dr. Goverover is a recipient of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research Fellowship award (Mary Switzer Award). Drs. Genova, Chiaravalloti and DeLuca are MS researchers at Kessler Foundation.

The researchers assessed 18 people with MS and 16 healthy controls for 2 types of self-awareness - metacognitive knowledge of disabilities (or intellectual awareness) and online awareness (emergent or anticipatory awareness). They also looked at the relationships among self-awareness, functional performance and quality of life (QoL). Assessment involved the Functional Behavior Profile, questionnaires administered before and after functional tasks (purchasing cookies and airline tickets via the Internet) and the Functional Assessment of Multiple Sclerosis measure. 

“Results showed that compared with controls, people with MS assessed their actual performance more realistically following completion of a task. This suggests that individuals may be able to improve their self-awareness through more experience with tasks,” noted Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, director of Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Research at Kessler Foundation.

"Research that leads to better understanding of types of self-awareness, functional outcomes and QOL will aid the development of effective assessments and rehabilitation interventions,” said Dr. Chiaravalloti. “The association between online awareness and task performance in this study, for example, may have implications for cognitive rehabilitation strategies in the MS population.”

Stroke researchers link ability to self administer medication after stroke with memory loss

Kessler stroke researchers and colleagues have identified an association between over-optimistic estimation of one’s own ability to take medications accurately, and memory loss among stroke survivors. Results indicate that assessing patients for their ability to estimate medication skills accurately may predict memory disorder. The article, “Stroke survivors over-estimate their medication self-administration ability (MSA), predicting memory loss,” was epublished ahead of print on May 28 by Brain Injury. The authors are AM Barrett, MD, and J Masmela of Kessler Foundation, Elizabeth E Galletta of Hunter College, Jun Zhang of St. Charles Hospital, Port Jefferson, NY, and Uri Adler, MD, of Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation.

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Researchers compared 24 stroke survivors with 17 controls, using the Hopkins Medication Schedule to assess MSA, the Geriatric Depression Scale to assess mood, and the Hopkins Verbal Test and Mini-Mental State Examination to assess memory. Results showed that stroke survivors over-estimated their MSA in comparison to controls. Over-estimation of MSA correlated strongly with verbal memory deficit.

Strategies that enhance adherence to medication are a public health priority. “Few studies, however, have looked at cognitive factors that may interfere with MSA,” commented Dr. Barrett. “While some stroke survivors have obvious cognitive deficits, many people are not aware that stroke survivors can be intelligent and high functioning, but still have trouble with thinking that can cause errors in medication self-management. These individuals may not realize their own deficits, a condition called cognitive anosognosia. Screening stroke survivors for MSA may be a useful approach to identifying memory deficits that hinder rehabilitation and community participation and contribute to poor outcomes.”

Larger studies of left and right stroke survivors need to be conducted in the community and rehabilitation settings in order to determine the underlying mechanisms for both over-estimation and under-estimation of self-performance.

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any epublishing info?

The ebook is going to be available in various formats from Random House, ebooks by Sainsburys, ebooks.com, Google Play Store, iTunes Bookstore, Kobo Books (plus more when it’s actually released).

It’ll also be on Amazon but as you may have heard they’re being assholes to the publishing community right now so if you could buy it elsewhere that would be sweet.

At the core of Pollen is an argument:

First, that digital books should be the best books we’ve ever had. So far, they’re not even close. Second, that because digital books are software, an author shouldn’t think of a book as merely data. The book is a program. Third, that the way we make digital books better than their predecessors is by exploiting this programmability.

That’s what Pollen is for.

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Pollen: the book is a program

Pollen is a publishing system that helps authors create beautiful and functional web-based books. Hallelujah.

Latest ABC report gives snapshot of progress of UK magazines in growing digital edition circulation

Thanks to the UK media website PressGazette, I was able to look at the circulation figures in a slightly different way than many would. I was far less interested in growth or declines of readership and looked only at those titles reporting digital editions.

http://www.talkingnewmedia.com/2014/08/14/latest-abc-report-gives-snapshot-at-progress-of-uk-magazines-in-growing-digital-editions/?utm_content=buffer79ad3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Introduzione al diritto d'autore e ai contratti di ePublishing
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Le categorie che il diritto aveva creato per il mondo analogico non sono state resettate e ricostruite su nuove basi ma semplicemente adattate, rendendole così quasi inutilizzabili.

Esistono però soluzioni, più o meno raffinate, già applicabili: una base da cui partire per formalizzare nuovi framework di lavoro per l’informazione digitale. Ecco lo scopo di questo ebook: tracciare uno scenario fatto di possibili remix tra contratti atipici, consuetudini, standard tecnologici e le leggi sul diritto d’autore e la proprietà intellettuale.


Un testo dedicato ad autori e selfpublisher, e più in generale a chiunque oggi possa adempiere alla funzione di editore.

Acquista l’eBook qui:
http://sushi.apogeonline.com/ebook/introduzione-ai-contratti-di-epublishing


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