A Neuroscientist Explains How Meditation Changes Your Brain – BBN News

Even better info on #meditation/brain changes.

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NoiseTrade: Build Audience While Boosting Your Mailing List

Love the graphic! Want!

David Gaughran

noisetradeWhat if I told you there was a cool new way to share your work with the world that could help you build audience, boost your mailing list, and make money at the same time?

Welcome to NoiseTrade.

The idea is simple. Authors can upload ebooks (and audiobooks) and NoiseTrade’s community of readers can download them for free – for as long as the author wants. There is a tip-jar, and you can suggest a figure, but it’s not compulsory.

So it’s pay what you want, but with a killer twist. In exchange for the download, the reader provides their email address to the author (in full knowledge they will be contacted in future).

In other words, it’s a smart way to boost your mailing list, with the possibility of making a little money on the side too.

NoiseTrade is quite well established in the indie music scene

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Strange! It’s a Mystery Why a 50 foot Maple Tree Fell in Downtown Vancouver Trapping Two Men

The trees are ATTACKING! I told you so!

This and That

The tree just started shaking then fell. They said the roots don’t appear to be rotten. Weird!!
To read the article go to
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/tree-falls-on-car-and-truck-trapping-2-men-in-vancouver-1.2656211

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Book Marketing: Twitter vs. Facebook

Interesting research and helpful recommendations for #authors, #musicians, #poets, more. Thanks, @Nicholas!ARossis

Nicholas C. Rossis

As you know, there is research being done about pretty much everything nowadays.  I recently came across an interesting research by Michelle Bertino on Klout, that studies the reactions on Twitter and Facebook according to different subjects.  Nice guy that I am, and since a large part of it has fascinating repercussions for our book marketing efforts, I thought I’d share. So, let the battle begin: Twitter vs. Facebook!

Twitter-vs-Facebook, Photo: articlemarketingco.com Photo: articlemarketingco.com

Top 10 Subjects

The research categorized the subjects that get a noteworthy reaction on Twitter or Facebook.  As you can see, music, television, holidays and celebrities have the greatest engagement.  Amazingly enough, religion is in the top 10 of engagement in Facebook – something I did not expect, since the contrast with the previous subjects is quite amazing.  Apparently Facebook attracts many different people!

Research by Michelle Bertino, Klout Research by Michelle Bertino, Klout

I carefully glance through the list, expecting and hoping to see books…

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Why Is The Media Ignoring Author Exploitation By Publishers?

VERY IMPORTANT for potential or actual #self-pub #authors. READ! SHARE!

David Gaughran

prhasiThe Amazon-Hachette dispute has caught the media’s attention. But what about the story the media refuses to cover?

The media is more concerned with one-sided accounts of Amazon’s perceived actions – when no one really knows the exact nature of the dispute.

The media is more concerned with what Amazon might do in the future, than actual author exploitation by the world’s largest trade publisher: Penguin Random House.

Penguin Random House owns the world’s largest vanity press – Author Solutions – which is currently subject to a class action for deceptive business practices, breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and violation of business statutes in California, New York, and Colorado.

The court papers cover the same ground that I’ve been blogging about for the last three years, that Writer Beware has spent even longer documenting, and others like Emily Suess and Mick Rooney have covered in extensive detail.

If…

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