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Updated Pink Floyd Holiday Gift Guide for 2013

Updated for 2013, find that special gift for the Pink Floyd fan in your life.

DARKSIDE, TOM STOPPARD – A PLAY FOR RADIO INCORPORATING THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON BY PINK FLOYDImagine an abstract and compelling audio drama influenced directly by (and utilizing) the music from DSOM. Holy cow, right? This was created this year by BBC Radio 2 to rave, rave reviews–including a raves from David Gilmour and Nick Mason!

PINK FLOYD: BEHIND THE WALLA brand new history of the band, including Roger Waters’ latest Wall Tour, illustrated with more than 250 images, including live performance and candid off-stage photographs, as well as rare memorabilia like gig posters, concert tees, picture sleeves, backstage passes, buttons, and ticket stubs, this is the kind of book that every Floyd fan will want on their shelf.

Ready to go beyond just the music of Pink Floyd? INSIDE OUT: A Personal History of Pink Floyd by drummer Nick Mason is a fascinating read that goes back to the earliest days of the band back when Nick, Roger Waters and Richard Wright were all schoolmates, through the early heydays with Syd Barrett and of course everything else. Told in a wonderful casual pace in Nick’s own words, it’s a one-of-a kind documentation from the man who was not only the actual inspiration for ‘Animal’ from the Muppets, but the cornerstone of the rhythm section for the band since the very beginning.  Just a heads up, INSIDE OUT is a bit hard to find, but there are copies out there if you look hard enough.
TEARING DOWN THE WALL: The Contemporary Guide to Decoding Pink Floyd – The Wall One Brick at a Time is a must-read for any serious Pink Floyd fan. This is an engrossing book that reveals all the hidden meanings, messages and Easter eggs in one of the greatest rock albums of all time and lays it out in vivid detail so you can understand what kind of amazing mind-trip THE WALL is truly all about. It’s a great read that not just only puts the magnifying glass on the philosophical side of THE WALL, but allows the reader to revel in the absolute genius of its creator, Roger Waters. ($2.99 ebook/$8.99 paperback)
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Self Publishing 101: Dispensing with the Obvious… You Need a Finished Manuscript


When it comes to indie publishing, let’s dispense with the obvious. To sell books, you first need a sale-able book. 

Duh. 

The good news is that these days, you don’t need 75K words to make a book. There is no prejudice against a thin book spine when it comes to e-books. 

One of my most successful titles was my Bin Laden book which clocked in at about 12K words total. It proved to me that you can succeed with a short book, but just know that you may face trouble charging a lot for a short book. You may be limited by how much people will be willing to spend on something they can read in an hour or two. 

Now writing a book is one thing. Everyone has their own way of doing it. 

However, in order for your book to be market-worthy, you’re going to need the holy trinity… Rewriting, Editing and Proofreading. There are very few people who can create a first draft that is publishing-ready. It’s the kind of thing that takes not only skill, but a great deal of experience. Trust me, your written work will only get better through rewriting. 

It should also go without saying that you NEED others to read your work before it gets published. Writing is lonely work that often takes place in a vacuum. You need objective and honest feedback in order to make your book shine. 

Unfortunately, my recommendation is that you do not trust the opinions of family and close friends. They may not be completely honest assessors of your ability to succeed. They may not want to see you get hurt. They may have an agenda. They may like you just where you are.

Find a writer’s group near you or online. If you have someone who will be straight up with you, you are already ahead of the game. 

Editing and proofreading are also jobs that are too important to be done by you, not so much because you may not be qualified to do it, but because you may not be qualified to do it objectively. It’s your book, you’re too close to it. You need to find and editor and/or a proofreader for your work before it goes out into the world. 

This is actually one of the most difficult tasks in the process and in many cases, the one that will carry the highest expense. Editing and proofreading are such important jobs that you should really hire someone to do it. Thanks to the e-publishing boom, there are lots of vendors offering these services to writers just like you and I. 

When it comes time to find a editor, ask around. If you have friends who have self-published, there’s a good chance they may know someone. Sometimes people are protective of their editors, not wanting them to get too popular lest they raise their rates and lose their availability. I have an editor I like a lot. He’s someone I’ve known for about 20 years so I trust him with my work and I trust him to be honest with me. 

If you really get stuck, I may give you his contact info, but just know he doesn’t work for free. 

Looking for an editor or proofreader can be as easy as an Internet search. You can also find freelance editors at sites like ODesk.com where freelancers hang their shingle looking for gigs. On these sites, you can often put your job up for bids and the editors who have registered have also taken various aptitude tests and their scores are visible on their profiles. 

Whatever you do, try as hard as you can to put your best foot forward. An audience will be your most honest critic. If your book is bad or good, they will let you know. 

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Why do you want to publish a book?

self publishingBe honest. Do you want to publish a book to impress people or to make a living as a writer?

If your heart is set on seeing your name on the cover of a book published by a traditional publisher, then go after it with everything you have. Chase it like a dog after a pork chop.

Just realize that today, self-publishing success has become an opportunity to gain the attention of traditional publishers. It’s the new way to fight the crowded bottleneck of all those millions of others out there trying to do the same exact thing. Success in any field doesn’t go unnoticed for too long.

Of course, traditional publishing isn’t without its pitfalls. As an industry facing a great deal of uncertainty, traditional publishers have tightened the reins. New contracts can include provisions that mean less control of your work, and worst-case-scenario, even loss of your copyright regardless of whether or not your book even comes out. Feeling frisky about an education into the horrors faced by writers under contract to publishers? Go visit ThePassiveVoice.com, a site run by a lawyer who has worked in the publishing industry for decades. Often, he highlights the egregious things found in the publishing agreements sent to him by writers under contract. One thing is clear. Publishing is an industry facing drastic shrinkage, where sometimes the most creative work done by the publishers involves dreaming up inventive new ways to upend the writer by the ankles and shake until more money falls out from their pockets.

Regardless, with a publisher behind your book you may even be forced to wait 12 to 18 months to be released. In some cases, books are never released for whatever reason… even after the contracts are signed. This is the pure definition of literary blue balls.

Plus, to make things even more difficult for the writer to make a living doing what they do best, uh, writing…the contract you affix your John Hancock to may prohibit you from, uh, writing anything else. At the very least, you will be under embargo against competing against yourself.

All in exchange for an advance and the hope there will be more royalty checks coming.

How big of an advance? Well, it seems the days of windfall advances to new writers is past history. Today, advances for new writers now average in the mid-five figures and are shrinking faster than Luke Skywalker’s junk after a cold dip in a Degoabah swamp. Now, I realize that a few thousand bucks may represent a life-changing sum of money for some, but it seems a paltry sum to sign away nearly all control of something you devoted so much of yourself to create.

You also have to take into account that your advance is recoupable against future royalties. That means the 8 to 10 percent royalty per unit sold they’ve given you in that contract has to earn back every penny of that advance money before you see another dime. That is if you even get an advance. Some publishers have started to move away from handing out any upfront dough and are instead basing their deals on royalties alone.

In a way, it’s almost like religion. It’ll work out better for you if you have faith there’s a reward at the end.

Yes, dear writer, the deck is stacked against you. However, those awful publishers put up the financial risk and you signed the contract allowing them to do whatever they want.

A deal with a major publisher can open doors for you. Maybe even lead to bigger opportunities. The sad truth is that because publishers release so much content every month, not every one of their books will succeed and not every writer under contract will make a living. Some writers succeed with major publishers and go on to have those careers the rest of us drool over. Most however, do not. That’s the way it has always been.

Can you make a living self-publishing? Yes.

Be your own boss. Write what you want to write. Be on your own schedule. Just remember… if you don’t sell books, you don’t make money.

How much can you make through self publishing your own books?

Possibly the best-known examples of DIY self-publishing success are John Locke and Amanda Hocking. Both were making six figures, monthly, on their self published books. That’s right, hundreds of thousands of dollars a month! Look it up. Both eventually signed big deals with major publishers. Google the term: “self-publishing success” and you’ll find the latest person to use their self-publishing efforts as an audition to land a major book deal — because a writer with an audience and the know-how to make it happen on their own is a much more attractive proposition for a risk-adverse industry. 

The good news is that you don’t have to be today’s buzzed-about indie author to make a decent living at this. Because e-books are being sold today in mind-blowing numbers, you can stay under the radar and still move enough units each month to make a living. It takes luck and perseverance and a growing catalog of content.

Me? I’ve had my own indie publishing imprint since 2005, and have been doing this full time for the last two years. I can tell you it’s thrilling to be able to write what you want, how you want and sell it to book buyers without a middleman screwing everything up or putting their hands in your pocket.

If you could do anything in the world, anything at all, what would it be? Personally, I’d want to do exactly what I’m doing now. The only difference is that it would be from a desk with a view of the beach.  

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I’m a full time writer, publisher and digital content creator. I’ve been marking the 8th anniversary of the launch of my indie imprint, Glenneyre Press by sharing some of what I’ve learned about about digital publishing. 

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Tips to Rock That Live Radio Interview About Your Book

As an indie, it’s always tough to get the word out. I’ve been lucky to get a bunch of radio interviews across the country to publicize my new book, “Fatal Sunset: Deadly Vacationsand I can gladly report that it’s been helping to move some copies. I wanted to share with you a few simple tips to make sure your next radio interview about your book is as effective as possible.

1. Use a stopwatch – In those brief moments before you go on air, you’ll get a moment to ask the host or producer how many segments you’re doing and how long each one will be. If the segment you’re doing is only a few minutes long, you don’t want to be halfway through talking about something when the DJ/Host throws to the next break.  At the end of the commercial break (when the music bumper begins and the DJ/Host starts talking) start your stopwatch. They’ll introduce you, intro whatever it is you’re there to talk about. This could eat up the first 30 seconds or even more so now the 8 minute segment you’re booked for is even shorter. Remember that right at the end of the segment, before the next commercial break, the DJ/Host will throw to that break, eating up even more of your precious on-air time. General rule, however long they tell you the segment is, subtract a minute for these bumps in and out of break.

Using the stopwatch will help keep you on message. Be concise. Keep an eye on your time. You’ll never have enough time to say it all so make sure you stick to the most important and marketable/interesting points.  About a minute before your segment is about to end, you need to be wrapping up your spiel with a strong hook and your call to action.

2. Make a Cheat Sheet – If there are important anecdotes, tips, facts or sections about your book, make a cheat sheet of notes beforehand. Dont’ rely on memory. Anytime I’ve done a radio interview over the phone it’s been a juggling act with keeping the host’s name straight, the name of the program I’m on along with keeping an eye on the stopwatch all while I’m talking and answering questions. If I have a few important things I want to make sure I say during an interview, I’ll put them on my cheat sheet. I have a few concise sentences about the book, little marketing hooks, that I like to throw in. I don’t need to be pulling them all from memory or trying to search for a specific thing in the book while I’m talking about something else.

3. Keep a Copy of Your Book Open – The host may throw you an unexpected curveball and refer to something in the book, or while they are talking you may think of an opportunity to quote something specific from the book. A copy of your book as an electronic document is searchable and given that you may only have a few seconds to find that thing you’re looking for, every second counts.

4. Know Your Call to Action – If the host asks you where the audience can find your book make sure you’re clear and concise with the info. Your call to action should be brief and you can read it right from your cheat sheet. Don’t give too many URLs in your call to action. Everyone knows they can get books at Amazon so you have a better chance of a listener who is not by a computer remembering that instead of the name of your website. A lot of radio listeners are multitasking while listening–if you’re doing a drive-time show your audience is primarily behind the wheel. They’ll probably have enough trouble remembering your name and the name of your book.

5. Research the Station - Every radion station has a website. Take a look at it beforehand. Look at the bio of the Host you’ll be talking to. If you discover something about that station’s local area or the host that relates to something in your book, you should definitely bring it up to give you a closer tie to their audience’s community. It also helps in making sure you get the host’s name right.

Most of all…have fun, bring the energy and spread your brand!

 

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Awesome 99 Cent eBooks That Will Rock Your World

Million-selling indie author John Locke described his philosophy about his 99 cent ebooks in today’s market is not that he has to prove why his books aren’t 10 times as expensive, but that traditional publishing has to prove why their books are worth 10 times as much.

As a successful and growing indie publisher and author, I see the rapidly-growing market for 99 cent Kindle and Nook ebooks exploding by leaps and bounds because there are lots of avid readers out there who love great content, but hate big publisher prices. That’s why I warmly welcome you to check out some of my 99 cent ebook offerings. And remember, you don’t actually need a Kindle or Nook to read my ebooks!

The Killing of Osama Bin Laden
THE KILLING OF OSAMA BIN LADEN: How the Mission to Hunt Down a Terrorist Mastermind was Accomplished
An Amazon bestseller! Read how we got Bin Laden. Part detective story, part tech thriller and part Bruckheimer action. The true story is amazing.
Get it for KINDLE / NOOK / iBOOKS

Pissed Off
PACIFIC COAST HELLWAY PRESENTS: PISSED OFF-Is Better Than Being Pissed On…
“Imagine Howard Stern dropping acid with Trey Parker and Jon Stewart…”
—PLAYBOY MAGAZINE’s praise for Pacific Coast Hellway and Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff…
If you like rants, you’re in for a treat as I take on the topics that make my blood boil, including: Child Beauty Pageants, Competitive Eating, Autoerotic Asphyxiation and more!
Get it for KINDLE / NOOK / iBOOKS

Go Forth and Kick Some Ass
GO FORTH AND KICK SOME ASS: Be the Hero of Your Own Life Story
“Life is tough and this book reminds you of that, but it also reminds you that YOU are tougher than anything life can throw at you. Mark has taken years of experience and boiled it down to an inspiring, humorous and dead on serious look at what you need to do to be successful in life. It isn’t as difficult as you might believe.”
- C.C. CHAPMAN – New Media trailblazer and bestselling author of “Content Rules”
Get it for KINDLE / NOOK /  iBOOKS 

Go Forth and Kick Some Ass
KILLING MY BOSS
DELIGHTFULLY TWISTED. LIKE HITCHCOCK MEETS WES CRAVEN.
You hate your horrible boss. You’re not alone. And for good reason. Your boss is a complete jerk and everybody knows it. If you have ever imagined what it would be like to send your horrible boss to his or her early demise, KILLING MY BOSS is the “Youdunit” book you’ve been waiting for.
Get it for KINDLE / NOOK / iBOOKS 

Diary of a Madman
SHADOW FALLS: BADLANDS
What lays behind destiny’s door? Is it damnation or salvation… one ex-soldier haunted by apocalyptic nightmares will journey to find out the truth… If you love horror, check out the first novel in the Shadow Falls series.
Get it for KINDLE / NOOK / iBOOKS 

Diary of a Madman
THE ART OF SURFACING
“A deft financial thriller. Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff writes like a man who’s been plundering and pillaging Wall Street for years!”
-STEPHEN POLLAN, bestselling author (Die Broke, Fire Your Boss)
“Great characters, clever writing. This books rocks!”
-PHILLIP RHEE, action movie producer, director, star (Best of the Best)
Get it for KINDLE / NOOK /  

 

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MYN Books Now Available in the iBookstore

 

I happy to announce that 4 of my books are now available for iBooks for the iPhone, Apple Touch and iPad through Apple’s iBookstore. GO FORTH AND KICK SOME ASS, WHERE’S MY F*CKING LATTE?, NUMBER ONE WITH A BULLET and BADLANDS are now for sale in the iBookstores for Australia, Canada, France, Germany, The U.K. and The U.S.

Go Forth and Kick Some Ass (Be the Hero of Your Own Life Story)

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Where’s My F*cking Latte? (And Other Stories About Being an Assistant in Hollywood)

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Badlands

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Number One with a Bullet

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Go Forth and Kick Some Ass Hits 3 Amazon Bestseller Lists on First Day

Hey, not bad, right? I especially like that it hit #50 for all Amazon books, not just ebooks, in the category of “Creativity”. This morning it was #32. I’m stoked, and top 10 on any bestseller list on Amazon is pretty cool so thank you all who bought the book. I hope you’re digging it.

And for the rest of you… what are you waiting for?

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Kickstart Creativity on May 1

I decided that I was going to commence the actual writing of the Diary of a Madman sequel on May 1 and figured it would be cool if maybe 5/1 could be the day some of you procrastinating creatives kickstarted a project of your own be it a book, song, album, painting, whatever. No matter if you draw, write, code… whatever secret sauce your creative juices flow as… let’s all get motivated to begin a new project on May 1.

I first posted this on my Facebook profile and the response was really great. By the end of the day the Kickstart Creativity 5/1 group was a dozen strong with several of us starting novels, one person choosing to write a short story and one so far working on a new album.

So won’t you join us? I don’t envision any rules or milestones–this isn’t NaNoWriMo with a deadline of finishing a 50k word book in a month. In fact, I probably won’t finish the first draft of the Diary of a Madman sequel until mid-June at the earliest. The point of the group was for us to all to keep each other motivated because we all know that starting a project is much easier than keeping one going once the initial euphoria fades and the reality of the difficult road ahead becomes more apparent.

So if you want to Kickstart your own creative project on 5/1 with a group of supportive creative friends, hit me up on Facebook and I’ll include you into the group.

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NFL football lockout got you down? Well get your ass in the game with THE ALL PRO, the gripping new GFL novel from New York Times Bestselling author SCOTT SIGLER!

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THE GALACTIC FOOTBALL LEAGUE SERIES: Set in a lethal pro football league 700 years in the future, this galaxy-spanning story combines the intense gridiron action of “Any Given Sunday” with the space-opera style of “Star Wars” and the criminal underworld of “The Godfather.”

Aliens and humans alike play positions based on physiology, creating receivers that jump 25 feet into the air, linemen that bench-press 1,200 pounds, and linebackers that literally want to eat you. Organized crime runs every franchise, games are fixed and rival players are assassinated.

Follow the story of Quentin Barnes, a 19-year-old quarterback prodigy that has been raised all his life to hate those aliens. Quentin must deal with his racism and learn to lead, or he’ll wind up just another stat in the column marked “killed on the field.”

STAR WARS” meets “THE BLIND SIDE” meets “THE GODFATHER.”

  • THE ALL-PRO is the third book in the Galactic Football League series, following on THE ROOKIE and THE STARTER. Seven centuries into the future, aliens and humans compete for the greatest prize in the universe: the Galaxy Bowl trophy. Quarterback Quentin Barnes enters his third season at the helm of the Ionath Krakens. He’s re-shaped the team in his image, and the time for excuses is over — it’s win, or be replaced. Quentin’s championship quest carries he and his teammates across the galaxy in a brutal twelve-game season fraught with injury and death. But he faces more than just on-field challenges. As he enters a free-agent year, several franchises vie for his services. Will he play for a new team, or will he remain with his beloved Krakens. And then there’s the slight distraction that someone, somewhere, is trying to assassinate him – and he doesn’t know why.
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