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anonymous asked:

How did you get your book published? I have always wanted to publish a book but I'm not sure of what ways to do it without a publishing deal from a book company. Thank you so much in advance.

Hi there! I used a site called Lulu.com, which is a service that allows you to self-publish your work and then either print it privately or sell it online. 

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BLUE WHALE IS NOT REAL

I recently saw some rumors on foreign sites about the “blue whale suicide game”. It is not real.
It all originates from Russia, from a depressed girl Rina Palenkova, who committed suicide with a lot of drama, and some jerk Philip Lis, who decided to turn it all into a mystical story. It was happening a few years ago, when the government was looking for new ways to control the citizens and monitor the opposition. So, pseudo oppositional newspaper Novaya Gazeta published an article about how “death groups” in Russian social network Vkontakte trick teens into committing suicide. There were published the lists of their rules, pretty much like those now reblogged in foreign media. It was immediately used as an excuse by the government to cut internet freedoms. Now Russian users have much less privacy in the net than 2 years ago.
No private investigation confirmed “blue whale”. According to the psychologists, teen suicide rates are the biggest in oblasts with less internet access. What the government now does is scaring parents into giving up online privacy for the sake of their kids, and it all leads to something ugly.

DO NOT reblog “blue whale” alert posts.
DO NOT support actions of Russian government.
REBLOG this post and spread awareness.

With best regards, your Russian comrade.

LIVING WELL FOR CULTURE

Journalist Chelsey Luger ’10, who has roots in the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribe and Standing Rock Lakota Nation, is on a mission to promote health and fitness among Native American communities.

Describe your website, Well for Culture.
It’s a resource that people can go to on a daily basis to learn fitness tips, new workouts and recipes. I write a “Well for Culture” column for Indian Country Today Media Network that is cross-published on our site. Beyond the website, we’ve been hired to do workshops and presentations in both tribal communities and non-Native spaces like Nike World Headquarters. We want to do more face-to-face work, which is more impactful than if someone simply sees one of our Facebook or Instagram posts. We’re also partnering with language revitalization activists from all over Native Country to translate wellness-related words into indigenous languages. It’s part of a campaign to promote both fitness and language.

What makes your work specific to indigenous culture?
It’s a more holistic approach, which is how our ancestors used to look at it. You had to be fit and healthy in order to survive, get food and contribute to the community. There’s a stereotype today that there’s so much alcoholism, diabetes and drug abuse among our people. We’re reminding our youth that that’s not who we are and that those things have only come from colonization.

How did you get started?
Thosh Collins, a photographer on the board of the Native Wellness Institute, contacted me when he was doing a photo shoot of Native people who are into fitness. We became friends and started discussing the innovative knowledge that comes from our heritage that’s largely been forgotten. We decided we needed to connect Native people who are looking to our traditions to get back into wellness. We’re currently not incorporated and don’t have nonprofit status. Everything that we produce comes out of our own pocket or from the money that we make doing consultations and presentations.

What do you present at your workshops?
If we’re working with a group of youth, we’ll teach them games and exercises to get them moving, and we like to ask a lot of questions about Native American food and lifestyles. We offer tips on how to improve health and fitness and we share concepts like Mother Earth Gym and Ancestral Diet. We love showing historical photos of Native people who are super active and healthy. The Native kids are always surprised to see these. They’re used to seeing people who are really out of shape. We’re adamant about making wellness look cool for Native kids.

What is Mother Earth Gym?
Going outdoors to work out. The more you can get out, the happier you’ll be. There’s a lot of science behind that, of course, but we’re just encouraging people to get outside and to be on the land. You don’t need to spend a bunch of money or have access to fancy equipment. In a lot of Native communities, we may not have access to the best amenities, but we have our connection to the land. It’s not just a Native thing, either. No matter what culture you come from, you would do well to get outside and use a Mother Earth Gym as opposed to going to Planet Fitness.

What are some specific examples of Mother Earth Gym workout routines?
You could go for a hike or a run in the mountains or the forest. You could use a heavy rock or a log as a weight for squats and lunges. You could find a ledge or a stump to do box jumps and step-ups. It’s endless.

And Ancestral Diet?
Ancestral Diet is based in indigenous foods from North and South America. Our pre-European contact diets were very healthy compared to the white flours and sugars that were introduced with government rations about 200 years ago. There are hundreds of indigenous foods that are still available today—buffalo meat, salmon, walleye, beans and white corn—just not to the degree that they used to be. Spending time with food and recognizing its spiritual significance used to be a huge part of our culture, and it’s a practice that we’re trying to revitalize.

What sort of dietary information do you offer?
We have recipes on our website and we’re teaching people how to hybridize the traditional diet into a more contemporary context. We’ve drawn inspiration from clean eating and other healthy food movements, and we’re combining that with knowledge of ancestral foods to help people start to eat healthier. For example, we always tell people that coconut oil is the healthiest oil to cook with. Obviously, Lakota Natives in the Northern Plains weren’t traditionally cooking with coconut oil, but if you’re going to make a buffalo burger today, use coconut oil.

You also write in Indian Country Today about how promoting personal fitness in Native communities is a very political project. Could you speak to that further?
One thing we emphasize is that wellness is empowering. When you live your life alcohol- and drug-free, focused on positive things, contributing to your community and your family, that goes against the negative stereotypes that have become prevalent about our communities. There is still a lot of discrimination, especially in areas where there’s a large Native population. Even in areas where people don’t know Natives at all, like in big cities, we’re seen as a relic of the past. Living healthy and positive lifestyles is making a political statement: I’m not who you expect me to be. I’m not this downtrodden Indian with a dying culture. I’m alive and well, succeeding and happy.

We’ve been talking about the importance of content in social media for a while now. But it’s a pretty broad subject and the details can feel a bit fuzzy. So for the past couple months we’ve been working with Millward Brown Digital and Added Value, two market research firms, to get more clarity. They helped us understand what makes an engaging media consumption experience and how content affects people’s behavior online. 

We ended up with a ton of data. Way more than we can cram into one post. So today we’re just introducing the main themes and we’ll post more about each of them over the next couple weeks. Anyway, here’s what we learned:

  1. The quality of content is the most important thing users look for in social media platforms. 
  2. The content that artists, musicians, brands, and others create for Tumblr is far more resonant than what gets shared on other networks.
  3. Resonant content, especially from brands, drives consumer actions like online research and purchases.

First, high quality content is the most important thing people want from a media platform. 

Of the top ten things people said they were looking for in a media platform, half related to content. And when people were asked to rank different social networks on those qualities,  Tumblr scored highest in each category. Here’s a comparison of the way people describe Tumblr (and the content they find here) to the average score they gave other media platforms that they use:

And keep in mind that this is content from the Tumblr community. It’s from the artists, photographers, illustrators, musicians, and brands that create and share things people are passionate about. Overwhelmingly, people think the best stuff on the internet is posted on Tumblr. Which brings us to point number two:

Keep reading

anonymous asked:

how do you go about getting "real" illustrator jobs outside of tumblr commissions?

I consider a lot of the things I do as real illustrator jobs. All including drawing for myself, selling art goods, tumblr commissions, and even doodling on my notes. I make sure I’m confident about my art when sharing it with you, and by using networking sites like: tumblr, inprnt, linkedin, twitter, and behance. Through that, I’ve worked with a number of publishing companies/businesses (whose names I can’t reveal just yet!) that have found my art. Another great way to get your work out would be sending samples/postcards to studios, which many of my friends found to be helpful as well.

I just keep drawing what I love, share it, work hard, be really good at answering emails, and also try to balance my life.

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We are proud to share with you today the work of Catlaina Vrana! She has written a book to educate others about autism and generously agreed to publish a few excerpts to our sites and blogs. This is the third of three excerpts! 

(You can read the first excerpt here and the second excerpt here!)


Catalina’s book can be purchased here!


Catlaina has published two books, and written a graphic novel. She is autistic and cognitively disabled, and loves spreading information on neurodiversity. Her favorite advocacy network is ASAN, and her special interests include Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood and number sequences.

“How do you even learn or play when everything in your world is so crazy all the time?” asked Sarah.


I typed into my AAC: “Jump. Rock. Swing. Shake. Hands.”


“Ella is talking about Stimming, or self-stimulatory behavior. Ella does find it hard to learn and play, but stimming can help her concentrate, and not hurt so much from her SPD. Stimming can be jumping up and down, listening to sounds over and over, flapping hands, twirling, rocking back and forth, humming- there are many more stims than that, but those are the ones you might see Ella doing. Every autistic person may stim in a different way. ”
“But doesn’t that look strange?”


“Hmm, I think I know of a better way to explain it, Sarah- Imagine stimming is like a wheelchair. A person who uses a wheelchair needs it to get through their life. When you take their wheelchair away, they can still live, but it makes things very hard for them. Stimming is like that- when you take it away, it makes it very hard for the autistic person to live happily because they are too overwhelmed by SPD. So even though it might look a little different, never ask an autistic person to stop stimming, unless it is hurting you or them- then it’s okay to tell an adult.”


“Oh! I think I get it now!”

Lensblr Staff Appreciation Day

Lensblr-Network is comprised of an all volunteer staff over 30 photographers strong. They curate, edit, innovate. They review New Members, they participate in setting the direction of Lensblr and are constantly helping to elevate and improve the quality of posts we publish daily.

We have never balked at publishing our Volunteer’s work on the Lensblr-Network as long as their photography is subject to the same guidelines and scrutiny as the rest of the photography we publish on this site.

In point of fact, many of our volunteers often get overlooked because we want to avoid the specter of favoritism at all costs.

So today is the first (semi annual) Lensblr Staff Appreciation Day. A day set aside to honor all of our Volunteers and their unselfish efforts that strive to keep Lensblr running strong every day and by making sure we always publish the best of the best photography on Tumblr.

All posts published on Lensblr today, between 5AM and 7PM (pst), are hand picked by each staff member that chose to participate. What we are publishing is what they wanted to show you, our followers! I hope you enjoy our own creations, hard work and passion and give them lots and lots of love for their tireless efforts promoting photography on Tumblr.

-Chas, (Editor in Chief)

Publishing: Some Basics

Anonymous asked: I’ve currently written one novel and I have another in the works. The newest novel, in my mind, is going to be much better than the previous. I’m only 16, but I’d still love to try and market my books. I’m wondering if you know of any free publishing companies or companies that market books by young adults? I can’t seem to find anything.


Most publishing companies are free in the sense that you don’t have to pay them to publish your book. At least, you shouldn’t have to. They will actually pay you, and they will take a cut of whatever your book makes in order to cover the services they provide you.

There are two ways to publish these days: traditional and independent. Traditional publishing is where you get an agent (which costs nothing upfront, they will take their cut out of your book’s profits) and they sell your book to a publisher, then the publisher takes care of producing your book and getting it out in bookstores. Independent publishing has a handful of options, but the most popular one is self-publishing through a company like Amazon’s CreateSpace, Nook Press, or Kobo Writing Life, among many others. In this case, it’s your responsibility to produce your book from the ground up, which means getting it edited, properly formatted, having a cover designed, etc., and then you upload it to your chosen service. Whether your publish traditionally or independently, the majority of marketing work will be done by you. Authors need to have a platform, which means a web site, blog, social networking, etc. so that they can reach and engage with readers.

This is all just a very general overview of publishing, but you can read more in these 

Where to Begin
Contests, cover letters, and Query Letters
E-Books
What Agents Do and Why They’re Necessary
Self-Publishing vs Traditional Publishing
Building a Writing Portfolio
A Guide to Self-Publishing

The Dark Side of the Moon: Illuminating Lensblr

Page 5 of 7 : Publish

Our editors work according to a set of internal rules. Rules that are important to us, and which should be important to you. Like, for instance, how often should our editors be able to publish the same photographer in a rolling 30 day time frame? Or, even more important, how do our editors find the undiscovered, under represented or under published photographers? The new kids on the block? Our Publish page is rather exclusive in this regard, and tracks all of this information and more.

Take a look at what we track:

  • We age all images in our system, which stores over 8,000 photographs spanning the last 30+ days. The screenshot above is just a small sample taken from the 4-6 days old category, with 640 photos lying within this band.
  • We can sort and filter on each age category by percentage of positive votes received, by direct submissions or staff submissions, by neglected or overlooked photographer’s submissions, or by the voting record of any particular member of staff. 
  • We can see how many times you have submitted, or our staff has submitted, your work to Lensblr.
  • We can review how many times you, or any other artist, has been published in the last 30 days, split between 10 day intervals.
  • We can click on your blog name and instantly view any other images we may currently have of yours in our system, to enable us to select the best and to take the age of each photo into consideration.
  • This view also shows us what we may already have published of yours in the past 30 days, and what we currently may have queued for imminent publication.

Do you know:

  • We try not to publish anyone more frequently than once every 10 days.
  • We have a hard cap (limit) of 4 photographs per Original Photographer within a 30 day cycle.
  • The yellow star means one or more of our staff really liked that shot.

We are not bots either. Each of our editors has the ability to vote using their savvy or conscience. This means they are not utterly bound by the vote tally nor the percentage of favorable votes. They must look at each and every photograph as they work through an age category and should let their skill, their critical eye, their experience and sometimes even their gut instinct, guide them in their selection.

The Lensblr Publish page is a guide, one that allows us to be fair and represent the broadest spectrum of Original Photographers and their work, as is humanly possible.

The types of analyses our Publish page affords us, would take hours if not days and weeks for any other curated site to replicate. By comparison, they “like” a post, they accept submissions and they publish from the standard Tumblr queue. You can overlook a great deal this way, which is why our curation platform and submissions process helps to ensure that every image gets a fair chance at publication. 

Illuminating Lensblr: The first, the original and the only curated photography blog dedicated to serving all Original Photographers and Photographers on Tumblr.

Lensblr-Network. We publish based on more than a whim.

If you are a FASHION BLOG and want to join the biggest Style Network keep reading!!

We’re looking for new members to join!

Wonder why is this network different?

Because we have our Official Street Style Blog, run by all network members where we actively publish (only) fashion posts. 

Network members are exclusively fashion blogs, chosen by admin and blogs followers.

Blogs are divided into categories:

S – under 5k followers

M – 5-20k followers

L - 20k+ followers

Each group has its own promos and after crossing the limit of followers, blogs exceed to a new category.

Perks of being part of The Network:

  • New friends with same interests
  • Getting bunch of followers everyday
  • Feature on Network page and Official blog
  • Help with coding/html or really anything
  • Links from a lot of sites which will help your SEO

How to apply?

 -reblog this post up to 3 times (*text won’t show up on your blog*)

For a higher chance:

-tag a post with „stylenetw“ saying why we should pick you

-follow admin and Official Style Blog

-fill out application form 

When you are selected we will contact you and tell you further details.

Check out cool design of network made by me :)

For any questions feel free to contact me! <3

iintr0vert  asked:

Are there ever any reasons you wouldn't reblog certain people or photos?

Yes, many reasons for photographs very few for photographers.

We won’t publish photographs depicting: 

  • Explicit or implied sex acts
  • Hate or cruelty of any kind against anything or anyone (exception might be photojournalism regarding world events)
  • Road kill
  • Themed photographs that are of a religious or political nature
  • Gun or weapons play, implied or real
  • Work that is not your own or that we can’t verify as your own and that is not found on your Tumblr
  • Non photography work
  • Photographs with horrendously large watermarks
  • Photography represented by any Stock Photography firm
  • Photographs where a story or poem is part of the caption but the story or poem becomes the focus of the post and not the photography (keep them short, please) 
  • Unattended minors or children in any kind of photograph or pose that may be deemed or even hinted at being inappropriate
  • Bad photography

As far as certain photographers are concerned, about the only time we would refuse to publish someone completely would be:

  • When they ask us not to (even though this is Tumblr and we can reblog anyone and anything we want to) we will try to accommodate their wishes providing the same would apply to all other curated sites.
  • When they are haters such as a personal attack on a staff member or the Lensblr-Network in an open forum such as on their own Tumblr, regardless of whether or not it is public or private. 
  • When the work found on the owners blog is mostly reblogs of other peoples work.

It should be noted that we do publish the photographic work of other editors and volunteers from other competing, curated sites on Tumblr.  Are they not photographers too?

It should also be noted that long internet links (especially when they are numerous) look like garbage when you are trying to publish a great looking photograph, so we will truncate them when they are present.

That’s about it,

Chas (Editor in Chief)