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    New Book Release by Dan Poynter

    April 30th, 2015

    From Keyboard to Shelf

    Contact: Ellen Reid 805-770-2842

    How long does it take to produce a book?

    Large New York Publishers normally need 18 months, from the time they accept your manuscript, to get your book produced.
    Self-publishers need just 2-3 weeks to have a book printed.

    The time to publish an eBook is just a click.

    Think about your book. How long before a portion of the information will go out of date? How long will your audience wait for your knowledge and research?

    How long should an author wait for monetary reward?
    More and more authors are taking control of their books by self-publishing. They are making more money and getting to press sooner.

    Once the book is written, the next challenge is reaching your target audience to announce that you have a book they will want. Adapting proven techniques to new technology is an exciting part of the Para Promotion Program.

    Dan Poynter’s Para Promotion Program is a series of book promotional projects the author can accomplish without leaving home. The weekly assignments show the author what to do to reach his or her audience. Each assignment takes five to 120 minutes to complete. The program not only shows the author how to promote his or her current book, it is a crash course in book promotion that can be applied to future books. And authors who understand how to reach their audience tend to write books their readers want.

    Para Promotion is the brainchild of Book-Publishing Futurist Dan Poynter of Santa Barbara. Poynter says: “The challenge is that most of us authors are introverts. We prefer not to take part in radio, TV, or autograph parties. So, I assembled a team of PR and website design professionals to design a procedure acceptable to (homebody) book authors.”

    Dan Poynter has written more than 130 books; many on book writing, publishing and promoting. He is often referred to as a “book futurist.”

    Para Promotion is a new division of Para Publishing, established in 1969. For details, see:

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    Global Ebook Awards Deadline Fast Approaching

    March 30th, 2015

    For Immediate Release . . .

    Global Ebook Awards Deadline Fast Approaching: Publishing Wizard-Founder Dan Poynter Invites All Ebook Authors to Submit Their Ebooks for Awards

    With the deadline fast approaching, April 30th 2015, there is just enough time to enter your Ebook in the Fifth Annual Global Ebook Awards.

    This prestigious Award Contest is a fantastic marketing tool for your Ebook. Just for entering your nomination includes:

    • 6 PR opportunities as soon as your enter emailed directly to you
    • Entering differentiates your Ebook from other Ebooks
    • Prestigious judges to read your Ebook
    • An opportunity to alert your local media to your nomination
    • Awards announced on website August 16, 2015
    • And so much more at:

    Winning an Award releases an entire set of new marketing possibilities!

    Enter today. Only one month to enter.

    Go to:

    Questions please phone Becky at 805 968 7277.

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    2015 – The Fifth Annual Program is now Accepting Entries

    September 20th, 2014



    The thrill of your ebook qualifying for an award.

    Entrants receive:

    • An official sticker for your ebook cover, website, and promotion materials.
    • A free listing in Publishing Poynters Marketplace offering copies of your book for reviews in prestigious ebook dealers’ sites such as,, Barnes&, and others.
    • A six-step publicity program. Each week, we show you how to publicize your ebook.
    • Media coverage for your book and you.
    • Winners and finalists will be listed on the official Global Ebook Awards site.
    • Global Ebook Award certificates are available to winners and finalists–attesting to their honor.
    • Winners will be announced to the media in news releases.
    • Discounts on video trailers for YouTube, Amazon, and your website.
    • Discounts on other services for authors and publishers.
    • And much more…

    To be successful, fiction needs to be read.
    To be successful, nonfiction has to be brought to the attention of its category audience. Readers have to read your book, love it, and tell someone else. This is “word of mouth.” The Global Ebook Awards are designed to help you achieve these goals.

    Accepting entries: Now, from ebook authors and publishers.

    Nearly 100 categories: Based on the number of entrants for each category last year, the categories have been expanded.

    More than 200 Judges.
    We have “category experts” such as book bloggers, editors, reviewers, publishers, authors, book club/reading circle members, and others who love a particular category of book. More judges per category mean more evaluations of your ebook.

    Eligibility: Ebooks released to the public anytime in 2013, 2014, or 2015

    Application deadline: April 30, 2015 (midnight, Pacific Time).
    When ebooks are entered early, more judges have more time to read and evaluate them.

    Winners Announcement: August 16, 2015

    This web site is not just about the Global Ebook Awards. It is your resource for “everything ebook.” See

    Submitting your ebook for a Global Ebook Award is a publicity investment which your ebook deserves.

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    Ayshus on the Inside

    April 7th, 2014

    Ayshus on the Inside is a children’s chapter book (though editors say it is a book for all ages) about a disgruntled crayfish named Crawford, who gets stranded in the Upper World of unknown dangers. He is befriended by a butterfly named Alicia, and the two of them share a variety of life-learning experiences. With Alicia’s help, Crawford is able to return to his home in Crawdad Creek.

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    Fourth Annual Global Ebook Awards – Now Open for Submissions

    September 5th, 2013

    For Immediate Release                        

    Date: September 5, 2013

    Fourth Annual Global Ebook Awards –
    Now Open for Submissions


    Ebook Awards Bring Publicity and Readers to Ebooks

    September 5, 2013, Santa Barbara, CA.  To break out of the ebook pack and get the attention of ebook readers, your ebook needs media attention via publicity which comes with your entry into

    Dan Poynter’s 4th annual Global Ebook Awards are more than an honor for the best ebooks published. The Global Ebook Award Program offers high-profile publicity for ebook authors, publishers. Your ebook entry allows readers to discover your ebook through a built-in publicity campaign.

    Entering your ebook is fast and easy!

    What authors/publishers get for submitting their ebooks:

    • Entry into the awards contest
    • 6 Promotional Projects
    • User Post & Promote
    • All books nominated may use the promotional verbiage “Nominated for the Global eBook Award.”
    • Award stickers (files) in .tif, .png, and .jpg for “applying” to ebook covers, websites and promotional materials. Stickers will be awarded as Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Honorable Mention.


    Dates for Entry:

    Ebook released anytime in 2012, 2013, and 2014

    Application deadline: April 30 2014, midnight, Pacific Time.


    Winners and finalists will be listed on the official  site and

    Winners and finalists will be offered Global eBook Award certificates.

    Winners will be announced to the media in news releases.


    And much more…


    “To break out of the pack and rise above the noise, your ebook needs to get read. Readers have to read it, love it, and tell someone else. This is “word of mouth.” Global Ebook Awards are more than a “sticker:” they come with a built-in publicity machine.


    To be successful, fiction has to get read.

    To be successful, nonfiction has to be brought to the attention of its category audience.

    The Global Ebook Awards are designed to help you achieve these goals.


    Dan Poynter, Founder

    Dan Poynter is a well known book futurist and respected member of the book publishing community since 1969

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    Become an Ebook Judge

    September 5th, 2013



    Dan Poynter’s 4th annual Global Ebook Awards needs more judges. We are overwhelmed with entrants in the 100+ categories. Book reviewers and  ebook readers are invited to become a 2014 global ebook judge. In 2013 there were over 200 judges for the almost 1000 entries.

    Contests are more successful when there are several judges per category. Book bloggers, librarians, book club and reading circle members make great judges as well as  professional critics and subject matter experts in the categories they prefer.

    The 2014 Global ebook contest has just opened. Entries come in slowly at first. We are urging people to enter early in order to give the judges more time for their reading pleasure and ebook evaluations:

    Spread the word and urge people to enter now. The other judges will appreciate your efforts. The deadline for entries is April 30, 2014 (midnight Pacific Time).

    Judges are anonymous and will evaluate ebooks in the categories of your choice.

    While your subjective evaluation is most important, judges will be provided a score sheet to aid in an objective evaluation with space for comments.

    Sign up now by clicking on the link below and entering the following information:

    •     Your name
    •     Your email address
    •     Your mailing address and phone number (optional)
    •     Website
    •     The ebook categories of your choice

    You may choose more than one category, most judges chose 2-3 categories. For categories, see

    Thank you so much.

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    Announcing: 2013 Global Ebook Awards Winners

    August 18th, 2013

    2013 Global Ebook Awards

    Global Ebook Awards

    The winners have been announced; Click Here for the full list of winners.  You can also visit to view the list of winners by category. See  (

    Many thanks to our 205 reading judges. Where they gave comments along with their scores, those comments will be forwarded to you over the next couple of weeks.

    Here is a way to get your book reviewed—FREE.

    If you want your book reviewed on Smashwords,, B&, etc., list your request in Publishing Poynters Marketplace (no charge).

    You must be willing to send a book and promotional materials (review-book package) to readers of Publishing Poynters Marketplace who contact you (usually 5 to 10 copies). Include the number of pages in your description and for children’s books, list the age level for which the book is written. Make sure the book is already listed at Smashwords or

    See an example:,%202013.pdf (copy\Paste the URL)

    Just send your request and description to
    Supply full contact information including your email address. Write the draft as it should appear so that he does not have to do more than Copy\Paste. Put “Review Wanted” in the subject line.

    Thank you for your participation.

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    Confessions of a Gay Married Priest: A Spritual Journey

    March 15th, 2013

    GEbA_Gold_WebA Roman Catholic priest struggles to remain committed to his vows, live authentically as a gay person and find intimacy. His social activism throws him into doubt about dogma and, after 30 years of church leadership, inspires a leap beyond the bounds of conventional religion and into the passionate embrace of a bigger God. This deeply personal story invites readers – spiritual seekers as well as those alienated from religion –  into a sacred space to explore their own journeys and make sense of the human longing to trust in something beyond the self.

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    2013 Global Ebook Awards Special Offer

    January 19th, 2013

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    Add a category or add an ebook for ONLY $29!

    Enter a first book for $79
    And an add-on (category or second book) is just $29

    If you have yet to enter an ebook in the Global Ebook Awards, you may do so now for $79. AND add a category or a second ebook for just $29.00 (use coupon code: 50OFF2 during checkout).

    If you have already entered an ebook in the the 2013 Global Ebook Awards, you may add a category or a second ebook for $29.00 (use coupon code: ADDCAT during checkout).

    to add your entries NOW!

    Deadline: January 31, 2013, Midnight.
    Discounts for add-on entries will be matched with our database before processing.

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    Paper Books Easily Infested

    December 8th, 2012

    Reading in bed, once considered a relatively safe pastime, is now seen by some as a riskier proposition. That’s because bedbugs have discovered a new way to hitchhike in and out of beds: library books. It turns out that tiny bedbugs and their eggs can hide in the spines of hardcover books. The bugs crawl out at night to feed, find a new home in a headboard, and soon readers are enjoying not only plot twists but post-bite welts.

    Ebooks are safer.

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