Review: Unsinkable by Abby Sunderland and Lynn Vincent

Title: Unsinkable
Authors: Abby Sunderland and Lynn Vincent
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 978-1-4002-0308-6

Reviewed by Jo Linsdell

Unsinkable takes readers on a journey around the world as it follows Abby Sunderland from her family holidays on her family boat as a young child to her incredible battle on the high seas.

It's amazing to think that the adventures in this book are actually a true story. Abby is inspiring both for her bravery and her abilities. It just goes to show what can be achieved when you have the courage to follow your dreams.

I learn't a lot about life at sea and sailing from this book but also about making a stand for what I believe in and having the courage to follow it through.

A great book for all ages, especially teenagers. Inpsiring and motivating.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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Site of interest: Book Spot

This weeks site of interest is http://bookspot.com/




BookSpot.com is a free resource center that simplifies the search for the best book-related content on the Web. Featured sites are hand-selected by BookSpot.com editors and organized into intuitive categories, such as bestseller lists, genres, book reviews, electronic texts, book news and more.

This site is full of useful information and has a great selection of resources for writers.

Worth a visit!
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Guest post at Writers and Authors!

Are you planning a virtual tour? Do you have some great tips and advice for others in the writing industry? Do you want to publish more content online to add to your profile?

Writers and Authors is looking for people to guest post on the site on Mondays. As long as the topic of your piece fits with the content of this site, all will be considered. If you would like the piece to be posted on a particular week please specify in the email.

Your finished article should be sent in the body of an email to writersandauthors@yahoo.it and include a byline (in which you are welcome to note your website and/or social media page). Include any images to go with the post as jpeg attachments.

Please make sure you check your post before sending as it will not be edited. All articles will be posted as they are received and no changes will be made after posting, so put your best writing forward.

The length of posts is up to you. as long or short as you like.
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Video: Sell More Books with a Virtual Book Tour

http://virtualblogtour.com Sell More Books Online and Build Your Platform. Virtual Book Tours allow you to reach more people, get to know your readers better and save time and money. Let us show you how to publicize your book using You Tube, Facebook, Twitter and Virtual Blog Tours. The tour is not a one time event, it can be used as a complete marketing system.

For some ideas, download a free guide - 101 Great Ways To Build Your Platform and Sell More Books Online at http://virtualblogtour.com


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Review: What to Charge- Pricing strategies for Freelancers and Consultants

Title: What to Charge- Pricing strategies for Freelancers and Consultants (second edition)
Author: Laurie Lewis
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-4327-6764-8

Reviewed by Jo Linsdell

'What to Charge' should be on the bookshelf of every self employed person. In this book Laurie Lewis uses her many years of experience to communicate simple and effective ways to work out pricing strategies to take careers forward and reach monetary goals.

Through out the book she uses case studies and examples to show her points in action and make both how to do them and why clear to the reader.

The book covers everything from preparation and goal setting to negotiations to end of year analysis and every step in between.

I will definitely be referring back to this book many times over and highly recommend it to freelancers and consultants in all fields. A must-have book for those who take their career seriously.
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Video: Sell More Books, Be a Bestseller - Michael Drew and PromoteABook

http://bookpublishing2.com - We show you more than just how to be a better writer. Book Publishing 2.0 Conference in Midtown Manhattan May 8-10.


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Review: The Final Summit

Title: The Final Summit
Author: Andy Andrews
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7852-3120-2

Reviewed by Jo Linsdell


Andy Andrews manages to combine so many different elements in his books that he makes them appealing to nearly everyone's tastes. The Final Summit is no exception and kept me turning the pages until the very end.

David Ponder, who was first encountered in The Traveler's Gift is back (note is it not necessary top have read this book to enjoy The Final Summit as the second book stands on it's own). With the help of Winston Churchill and other historical greats, David must answer a question in order to save humanity.

Thought provoking and entertaining I'm sure others will find this book as hard to put down as I did.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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Why reading is important

We all know that being able to read is a useful skill to have but with all the other distractions on offer picking up a book is often moved to the bottom of our to-do list. Reading is however important for both children and adults and especially important for people in the writing industry. 


"Children might frequently ask why reading is important and it is imperative that their questions are answered.  Children should be exposed to reading from the womb; however reading must be more to children than a time of fun and enjoyment.  They must have an appreciation for the fact that reading is a skill that they should endeavor to master for the rest of their lives.  Thought they should never think that reading is boring, they should understand and accept the fact that reading is a skill that will require practice and diligence.  When asked why reading is important they should have the understanding that reading is the key to unlocking their future success". - Quoted from http://www.whyreadingisimportant.com/ a great site packed with interesting posts all on the topic of reading.


To list all the reasons why reading is important would take more than just this post but a few are; keeps the mind healthy, develops your creative side and increases your knowledge.


“A capacity and taste for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others" - Abraham Lincoln


“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”  - Sir Richard Steele


"A library is a hospital for the mind" -  Anonymous











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W&A Readathon Day 1

Monday saw the start to the W&A Readathon. What book or books did you start with? Why did you choose that particular book? Would you recommend it to others to read too?

Leave your answers and comments as these may help inspire others to read the same book.
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Video: How authors can sell more books

There are a number of great ways authors can build their author platform and use a ton of unique ideas to sell more book and most importantly, make money selling books.

www.livingradically.com


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Site of Interest : The Slow and Steady School of Writing

This weeks site of interest is http://www.slowandsteadywriters.blogspot.com/

Although not posted to frequently, this site has some great information and is well worth checking out.

The latest post Resources for Steady Writers has some links to useful sites and freebies for writers. 


It also contains a seperate tab with editing tips. 


The site is managed by UK writer Anne Duguid. A copy editor for Suite 101.com in the Noughties, and Associate Editor of Inkwell Newswatch, Annie is now Content Editor for MuseItUpPublishing -- an exciting new venture headed by the indomitable Lea Schizas. An internet addict from way back, she is now trying to get some focus on improving what she likes doing --maths, music, learning languages, reading and writing for a living.
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