Dear Crabby, What’s Up with Amazon?

Dear Crabby, What's Up with Amazon Making All These American Cities Jump Through Hoops for Them? Sincerely, Y. Bother   Dear Y. Bother, You're speaking about Amazon's search to build their second home of operations. It's simple, they do it because they can. It's humiliating to the city and disrespectful to the residents. They offer huge secret incentives and tax breaks - mostly NOT transparent - so the average citizen has no idea what's being offered. Cities spend tons of … [Read more...]

Author’s Corner: The Indie Publishing Revolution

The Indie Publishing Revolution As recently as ten years ago, it was a print-centric world. Printed books accounted for nearly all book sales and the traditional publishing houses controlled the means of production, distribution and sales, working strictly with agents who would screen manuscripts before they were sent anywhere. The agents and publishers of the traditional houses decided which writers actually got published; which books would become available for the public to read; which … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What do you think is the Best Movie Streaming Service out there?

Dear Crabby, What do you think is the Best Movie Streaming Service out there? Curious Carol   Dear Carol, You may be thinking about cutting the cord to cable television - do it, do it now! Cable TV likes to package what it wants us to watch and sells it at a high price. We don't want or need most of what they offer, and for years I wished you could a la cart TV. Now you can, kind of. You have more options than ever before and the easiest thing to do is to get an antenna to … [Read more...]

Author’s Corner: Preparing Your Manuscript for Printing

Preparing Your Manuscript for Printing For my first book, I had written the original draft in WORD. I told you in my last column what an effort it was to create the digital versions. The paperback books were a bit easier (or maybe I was just numb from creating those digital versions). In any event, when I was ready I downloaded that original manuscript (still in Word), into the size I wanted (5.5 x 8.5 is a standard trade paperback) making the necessary tweaks to the file for proper type … [Read more...]

Author’s Corner: Formatting Your e-Books

Formatting Your e-Books A friend asked me earlier this year which company put together the Kindle and Nook versions of my books. When I told him I did it myself, he seemed amazed. “I didn’t know you knew how to do that kind of stuff,” was his response. I smiled and let him think I was a genius. The truth is, I didn’t know. I had to figure it out. I started the same way I suppose many author wannabes begin. I Googled "self-publishing companies" and looked at the first page of 28.2 … [Read more...]

Patterson Announces I-75 Upgrades at State of the County Address

The Modernization of Interstate 75 Oakland County Executive, L. Brooks Patterson, spoke for an hour Wednesday night delivering his 2016 State of the County speech to nearly 600 people in attendance at the Auburn Hills Marriott Pontiac. Representatives from Rochester, Rochester Hills, and Oakland Township were there - mayors, city council members, state reps, supervisors, and others - among hundreds of elected officials and invited guests from Oakland County. "Adding a lane north and … [Read more...]

Take a Number

You’ve written your book, made sure you haven’t stepped on any trademarked toes, and have decided to copyright your masterpiece. Now, there’s just one more piece of the publishing puzzle to consider: Should you get an ISBN? What is an ISBN anyway? An International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a 13-digit number that uniquely indentifies your book or eBook. Similar to how a barcode works in a retail store. This allows for more efficient marketing of products by booksellers, libraries, … [Read more...]

Local Author Releases LOST Lessons 2

Dr. Randy Johnson and David Rutledge released their latest book this week titled "LOST Lessons 2," a unique look at the TV show LOST by 27 high school students from Oakland Christian School. The students' assignment was to review each episode and create a devotional that would apply to real life.  Read more … [Read more...]

Rochester Library to Offer Downloads to Kindles

On April 20th Amazon announced a new alliance with Overdrive which will make Kindle compatible e-books available later this year.  The Rochester Hills Public Library has been offering free downloadable e-books for several years and is looking forward to this new alliance.  Last year over 16,000 e-books were borrowed through the library. The usage was slightly over 9,000 the previous year so it is obvious that there is growing interest in e-books.  Librarians noticed a dramatic increase in … [Read more...]